A bad time for a tantrum


The toddler banged the ground with her fists. She quickly ended up on the world news.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

When your child is the most reserved one in the group you may worry they're not having fun.

Some toddlers aren't the social butterflies we'd like them to be, or they have trouble playing 'nicely'.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When that voice suddenly goes away, you become desperate to hear it, even for just a moment, and every moment without it is a torment.

Parents instinctively know the sound of their child's voice, the voice that they alone can pick out of a cacophonous playground.

Seven things my toddler taught me about my home

Having a toddler has taught me to be at peace with chaos.

My standards at home were never that high but having a two-year-old has taught me to be cool with chaos

The time I was accused of child abuse

In five-and-a-half-years of parenting she had never even spanked her kids, and yet the police were at her door to investigate child abuse.

Someone had anonymously called the police reporting a woman for slapping her two kids in the face.

Tighter controls needed for toddler's tongue tie ops

When her son Alex's weight stalled at three months, mum Jules Hyde suspected he might have a "tongue-tie".

Their 4-year-olds eat what?

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08:  Actor Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka attend the Broadway Opening night of "The Audience" at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on March 8, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Neil Patrick Harris' young twins, who would eat oysters over burgers, set an example for fussy kids everywhere.

A children’s book that redefines how we view princesses

The Princess Who Saved Herself is based on a song written by Jonathan Coulton and is illustrated by artist Takeshi Miyazawa.

Princesses don't need saving. That's the great message a new children's book is spreading.

4-year-old girl addicted to eating carpet

Four-year-old Jessica with her mum Kelly: Jessica has a rare medical condition and is addicted to eating the carpet underlay in her room.

"To stop her I would have to remove everything from my house, including all chairs and sofas."

The surprising thing about moving with a toddler

Moving house with a toddler? Sometimes it's not as painful as you'd think.

What this move has shown me, though, is that sometimes the biggest changes are smaller than we grown-ups believe.

Your toddler did what?

It's easy for toddler meal time to become a battleground.

It's great when toddlers master new skills - but what about when those new skills end up costing you money?

Anna Guy: Following the toddler hurricane

Anna Guy

I found Miss Ruby in the bathroom cupboards having an absolute ball pulling out boxes of plasters, unrolling toilet paper and she had even found a box of tampons to throw around the room.

Performance evaluation. By your toddler

So, about nap time. I've tried to tell you I'm done with naps twice a day.

Hi, Mum. I have a few things to tell you about your recent performance. Come see me.

The escape of the Houdini nappy

Matt Calman's daughter, Miss A.

I hear about the tots that have a penchant for ripping their nappies off and the odd one that even smears the brown stuff on the walls and fine home furnishings, and I shudder.

Disney can't Let It Go

Back for a sequel: Elsa and Anna from the original Frozen.

The US studio Disney has announced plans for Frozen 2, the long awaited sequel to the blockbuster animated film.

Taylor Swift grants terminally ill 4-year-old girl's last wish

LAST WISH: Jalene Salinas hopes to dance with Taylor Swift.

With the help of their Texas community and the hashtag, #ShakeItOffJalene, Jalene’s last wish was granted.

Should your child be napping?

Blessed sleep: Its absence is stressful for baby and parents and needs right responses.

Last week, the treasured practice of toddler napping was called into question.

'Peppa Pig' episode banned in Australia for sending the wrong message about spiders


According to one viewers spiders should be feared and not befriended.

Dad's frozen mistake angers toddler


Toddler milestones

It is important to realise that a child’s developmental progress does vary greatly, and is not a race.

Five signs your child has head lice

The signs of a head lice infestation may not be as obvious as you think.

Why I'm okay with other people telling my kids off

My discipline pendulum has swung so wildly from tough to lenient and back again it’s given me vertigo.

Antibiotics tied to childhood obesity

OBESITY RESEARCH: Kids who are prescribied broad-spectrum antibiotics have an increased risk of obesity, according to research.

Children who are given antibiotics as toddlers are at higher risk of obesity, according to new research.

What's on screen matters

CONTENT NOT SCREEN: A new study suggests that it is the content children consume that needs to be debated, not the amount of time spent in front of a screen.

We all know the kids and screen time debate, but researchers say it needs to shift to content.

Playing with your kids

PLAY TIME: Kids benefit from playing on their own and not having everything structured by someone else.

Not everyone truly enjoys 'playing with their kids', and many parents feel like they don't do it enough.

This too shall pass

TERRIBLE TIMES? I've decided that when next I'm chanting “this too shall pass” I'm going to try to conjure up some of the good parts.

As I scooped another helping of peanut butter straight from the jar into my mouth, I found myself silently chanting, "This too shall pass."

The casualties of toddlerhood

WHO ME? Cute faces belie toddlers' abilities to wreak havoc.

My three-year-old has discovered the toilet. And no, not in a "we're toilet-trained" kind of way.

When your child prefers one parent

PLAYING FAVOURITES: It's pretty common for kids to show a preference for one parent over the other - and it's also common for that preference to flip back and forwards over the years.

It's common for toddlers to show a preference for either parent, and it will pass. Here are some ways to deal with it in the meantime.

Why 'no kids' policies are absurd

CAFE KIDS: Do you think cafes should be child-free zones?

I have a confession to make: I'm one of those bloody mothers who takes her bloody children to cafes.

I'm not a toddler person

TINY TERRORS: Being a great parent doesn't have to mean being equally great at every phase of your kids' development.

I enjoy about a quarter of my time with them, and even that estimate may be high.

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