Let children accept failure

Today's over-protective, failure-avoidant parenting style has undermined the competence, independence and academic potential of an entire generation.

Are over-protective parents are undermining their youngsters' attempts to become independent?

Kids edit 'selfies' for approval

Think there's nothing wrong with teens editing their online images? Time to have a re-think.

Children are measuring their worth in the amount of likes or comments they get.

Worth their weight in gold stuff nation

Something should change, midwives are worth their weight in gold.

Something should change, midwives deserve a good wage, new mum Ellie Sorensen writes.

How to talk to teens about sex

It seems many teenagers feel school sex education focuses too much on risk prevention and not enough on communication in relationships.

They understand the mechanics, but want to know more about building relationships.

'Realistic' Disney princesses

Belle from Beauty and the Beast with a fuller, and some would say, more realistic figure.

From beards to 'real life', Disney princesses have been re-imagined too many ways to count.

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Baby

Midwifery is about the joy of childbirth

Christchurch midwife Jacqui Anderson with two-week-old Oliver Huband.

OPINION: Sure, the pay isn't great, but the satisfaction of helping bring a new life into the world is enormous.

Good things come in threes

As an older first-time mum, Shelley King wanted a pregnancy scan for reassurance. Instead she got a shock.

Would you give your baby two first names?

This baby really loves the family cat

Pregnancy

How not to name twins

twinnies

Why you shouldn’t name your twins Dwayne and Shane or Ken and Barbie.

Lucy Liu welcomes baby boy

Lucy Liu welcomes baby boy

For her first post-pregnancy-announcement appearance, Kim Kardashian plumped for this latex dress.

Kim Kardashian may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy.

Little Kids

Missing child scores try

Laiken had made his way onto the field during a charity match between Queensland and New South Wales in Toowoomba earlier this month.

Turn your back for five seconds and who knows what your child will get up to.

Breaking the pester-power cycle

We've all been there: you're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining.

Is it time to ditch the tooth fairy?

Tooth Fairy is the weakest link

At 6.25am my alarm clock started blaring its annoyingly tinny chimes and my mind snapped to attention, one thought piercing me through the sleepy fog: I messed up.

Big Kids

Kids edit 'selfies' for approval

Think there's nothing wrong with teens editing their online images? Time to have a re-think.

Children are measuring their worth in the amount of likes or comments they get.

Kids are big business gallery

Is the little collectables craze harmless family fun, or ethically questionable marketing?

Giving your child a smartphone shouldn't be a rushed decision.

Why my son isn't getting a smartphone

My colleague Michelle Quinn got her son an iPhone when he entered high school last year. My son wasn't so lucky.

Family Life

Anna Guy: The daycare search begins

Anna Guy.

I’ve discovered that there is about a two-year waiting list for most early childhood centres here.

Which families are the happiest?

A new study has revealed which types of families are the happiest and the most resilient.

Anna Guy.

Anna Guy: Changing our dinner routine

Being a stay-at-home parent can be hard work sometimes.

Mum's Life

Exercises you aren't doing

I bet you haven't done your pelvic floor exercises. Go on, do some now.

Somewhere on your massive to-do list, are you making time for your pelvic floor?

Forced back to work after 6 weeks

Australian bus driver must put her newborn in childcare after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".

Cameron Sigmund, 5, with a selection of collectables from the New World Little Shop promotion of 2014.

Kids are big business gallery

Is the little collectables craze harmless family fun, or ethically questionable marketing?

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