We need to teach our kids how to be sad

A UK report suggests that "happiness lessons" be added to school curriculums to help combat mental health issues amongst children. But maybe the opposite's what's really necessary, writes Paul Chai.

12:00 PM  A UK report suggests that "happiness lessons" be added to school curriculums to help combat mental health issues amongst children.

Stay out of my child's lunch box

"In the quest to promote nutrition, schools may unintentionally be damaging kids' relationship with food," writes Kasey Edwards.

"As a brand new school mum, I’ve recently discovered that schools have assumed the role of the Lunch Box Police," writes Kasey Edwards.

When you start embarrassing your kids

No longer cool: When you're child goes from thinking you're fun to embarrassing.

It has come to my attention that I'll soon mortify my children.

How to be civil in an uncivil world

Life can be hard, and people lash out.

Life can be hard, and people lash out. My kids are exposed to a lot of unpleasantness at school because it trickles down from what many of their classmates get at home.

Unschooling: What is it?

When it comes to university fee deregulation, the rankings offer no clear answer.

Thirteen-year-old Fin Hewitt and his 10-year-old brother Rye sport belt knives instead of backpacks.

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Five To Ten

Stay out of my child's lunch box

"In the quest to promote nutrition, schools may unintentionally be damaging kids' relationship with food," writes Kasey Edwards.

"As a brand new school mum, I’ve recently discovered that schools have assumed the role of the Lunch Box Police," writes Kasey Edwards.

When you start embarrassing your kids

It has come to my attention that I'll soon mortify my children.

How to be civil in an uncivil world

Five signs your child has head lice

Tweens To Teens

Should we make it easier for teens to get condoms?

Teenagers as young as 13 are being given access to free condoms in the UK under a new scheme that hopes to reduce teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Should we follow suit?

What's a reasonable curfew?

Our 13-year-old boys have to be home by 8.30pm on non-school nights. They say that's pitiful and want to stay out later. Who is right?

HELP NEEDED: Sudden changes in your child's demeanour and behaviour should be investigated.

Drastic changes demand action

My teenage son has lost a lot of weight, is sullen, has lost contact with most of his friends and barely communicates with me or my husband. We're worried he's doing something self-destructive. What can we do?

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