Tweens to Teens

'Not OK for boys to dress like girls'

Austin Lacey was asked to remove his Princess Elsa costume after his school principal told him it was too distracting.

US teen has a bit of fun with an Elsa costume for his school's spirit day but his principal wasn't amused.

'I want to go home to die' video

Phelicity Sneesby,13, of Ballina, New South Wales, who has a congenital heart defect.

Phelicity has spent much of her short life in hospital. She wants to come home to die.

New year, new school

Astra Ticehurst is starting at Marlborough Girls College this year.

"It's gonna be a big step up, but I'm looking forward to learning new things and meeting new friends."

Meet your new favourite tween

Marley Dias: "I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs."

"I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs," says 11-year-old on a mission to make a difference.

'No incentive to work'

A low wage worker says there is no incentive to get off the benefit.

Working solo mum only $34 better off a week since she got a job.

Mum knits herself a new 'son'

Marieke Voorsluijs and her knitted son.

She was sick of her children growing up too fast, so devised a cuddly - and slightly creepy - solution.

Mum's final letter to her young daughter

McManamy passed away this week, leaving her final note.

"Please tell Brianna stories, so she knows how much I love her and how proud of her I will always be (and make me sound waaay cooler than I am)".

Different rules for gay teens?

Do the same house rules apply for same-sex relationships?

Do the same house rules apply if your teen daughter has a girlfriend instead of a boyfriend?

Tattoo of transgender son transformed

Steve Peace has made lovely work of the transformation.

Tattoo artist alters a mini-portrait of his daughter - which he etched on his wife 10 years ago - to now reflect a boy.

Shame on the slut-shamers

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay shared a sweet family pic on Facebook, and the stupid comments instantly rolled in.

Gordon Ramsay's daughters should be allowed to wear their sparkly mini-skirts with pride.

Porn not for kids - therapist

It might frighten parents to think their young children are exposed to porn online, but it's a reality in today's digital world.

A New Zealand sex therapist says we should talk to our kids about porn, but not let them watch it.

Kids, we need to talk porn

It might frighten parents to think their young children are exposed to porn online, but it's a reality in today's digital world.

Parents often underestimate their child's exposure to porn online.

When sex education goes too far

Do you know what they are looking at, all the time?

Would you give your pre-teen or teen access, with some restrictions, to porn on their smartphone?

Beware of the 'BFF' mother

Where do you draw the line between mother and friend?

OPINION: The teacher who claims today's mums are damaging their daughters by trying to be best friends is right.

Cheerleader cut for having curly hair

Mikayla Fallow, 11, and mum Jenny express their disappointment over the dispute with Woodlands Elite Cheer Company.

Eleven-year-old dropped from her beloved squad for not straightening her naturally curly hair for an upcoming competition.

Grumpy Cat to spread joy through books

Banking on that face alone - book deal for Grumpy Cat.

With a perfect scowl Grumpy Cat prepares to conquer the literary world.

The dangers of social media

We may be more 'connected' than ever, but are we using social media in a way that enhances our lifestyle?

Are we now at boiling point with the way show-and-tell technology is controlling us?

Teens can learn from her revelation

'I've had these feelings about social media for ages,' Essena O'Neill said in response to accusations her post was a hoax.

Model Essena O'Neill, who has declared that her popular social media posts were "fake", is a great example for girls, doctor says.

What's the right age for a babysitter?

How young is too young to let someone look after your child?

How can we tell if a teenager is old enough to be left alone with younger children?

When to join social media?

Rules imposed by social media companies are being largely ignored by parents and by children desperate to join their friends online.

Teyalee opened her first social media account at 10 years old. But what age is considered too young?

NZ's booze culture 'hurts teens'

Former Brain Wave Trust member Nathan Mikaere-Wallis believes that alcohol causes irreparable damage to young and developing brains.

Teenage drinking reflects wider and harmful binge-drinking culture in NZ, according to the Brain Wave Trust.

When your son hits puberty

It's important to prepare boys for how their bodies will change during puberty.

It's often thought puberty is easier on boys, but don't be so sure.

Kids could be working until 100

An expert says we need to change the way children are taught to keep up with the changing job market.

Schoolchildren should prepare for a future that could see them working 40 different jobs, an expert says.

Girl Squads: When did female friendship become a competitive sport?

From left, Jazmine Yates, Kayley Rowell, Navneet Kaur, Nakita Sammut and Nikki Gadsby.

Inside the hashtag that every girl aspires to.

Girl can't stop sneezing video

Katelyn Thornley is having trouble eating because she can't stop sneezing for long enough to have a meal.

Three weeks ago a 12-year-old girl from Texas started sneezing and hasn't stopped.

A suicide parents need to know about

Mark Fuschbach (left), aka Markiplier, with Daniel Kyre.

Teenagers worldwide are mourning the death of one of YouTube's cult heroes and their parents may not have a clue.

The naked and the dread

A moment that won't last forever.

When do you think, my husband asked me the other day, it is no longer appropriate to wander around naked in front of the kids?

I don't monitor my kids' texts

If my kid was being a bully, I'd want to know about it. But just gross and obnoxious? Welcome to teenagers.

A big part of growing up is learning to handle mistakes. We need to let them.

'Normal Barbie' gets her period

Period Party Barbie - explaining the menstrual cycle has never been so much fun.

The creator that brought you the "Normal Barbie" is back with an educational add-on for girls: the period party pack.

Reese's daughter Ava turns 16

Are they mother and daughter or twins? Seriously, this is uncanny (and adorable).

Reese Witherspoon posted a sweet tribute to her look-alike daughter Ava Phillippe.

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