Considerable parental favouritism is associated with lower mental and physical well-being for all children in the family.
Two child development experts share the latest research on sibling favouritism and offer practical tips for parents on how to avoid it.
Children and young people told us they were often overwhelmed by the risks that surrounded them.
Children are constantly hearing about threats to their safety. Sometimes they find it hard to know if a danger is real, and they need help processing their fears. Here's what they need you to know.
Bubble-wrapping children doesn’t work. They need to experience mild adversity, to know how to overcome it when they inevitably face it in life.
Paying to get your kids into prestigious universities is an example of a 'bulldozer parenting' trend, which reduces exposure to failure and can lead to mental health difficulties.
Significant changes in your child’s behaviour could signal they are being sexually abused.
Parents must encourage open conversations with their children from a young age.
Young people may have a harder time processing violent footage, as their brains are still developing.
Many teenagers may have seen the live footage of the Christchurch shooting. Here are some ways parents and teachers can help them process it.
South Africa’s child support grant reaches over 10 million children.
Children whose families benefit from social grants and family support interventions enjoy better health, nutrition and schooling.
The Suzuki method requires a lot of parental involvement, so it may not be right for every family.
The Suzuki method can work, but requires a high level of parental involvement.
Children’s lives are being stifled. No longer are they able to spend time with friends unsupervised, explore their community or hang around in groups without being viewed with suspicion.
Children can get quite expensive.
Sen. Warren is proposing universal child care as a way to rein in the soaring costs of raising a family. A sociologist explains what’s driving the trend.
Male plainfin midshipman fish take care of the nest, but climate change is affecting their ability to raise their offspring.
Male plainfin midshipman fish take care of their nests and offspring, but climate change is threatening their ability to do so.
Perfectionism often develops in childhood, is impacted by parenting and can lead to mental health struggles in later life.
New research shows that perfectionism has increased dramatically over the last 25 years, and that perfectionists become more neurotic and less conscientious as time passes.
‘Say cheese so I can show all my friends how cute you are – and unwittingly show corporations your age, race and gender!’
Parents have engaged in forms of 'sharenting' for generations. The digital age has complicated things, but while critics make some valid points, they're not seeing the forest for the trees.
We need a new legal definition of ‘parent’ to reflect the diversity of Australian families.
Who is a child's legal parent? The question is at the heart of a case due before the High Court this year. It may have implications for children born via IVF or surrogacy, and the people who raise them.
It’s not all smiles and cups of tea.
Young people can make big savings living with their parents, but it throws up some thorny issues.
Sometimes the reaction doesn’t go as planned.
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With the surprise meticulously planned, all eyes – and lenses – turn to the kids. All they have to do is react as expected: overjoyed. So why don't they?
The excessive use of mobile devices by parents is wreaking havoc on children, and family dynamics.
It's not too late for a New Year's resolution. If you're a parent - resolving to stop 'technofering' could be one of the most important things you do this year.
Good friendships translate to higher achievement at school.
Making good friends in primary school is not always an easy task. Here's how teachers and parents can help.
A high-five might be a less confronting option for a child.
In many households, Christmas means visits from relatives eager to smother kids with kisses. But respectful parenting means giving the kids fair warning so they can decide whether that's ok.
While the first child improves parents’ mental health, a second child does not.
Many parents decide to have a second child in the expectation that two can't be more work that one – but new research shows that idea to be mistaken.
Research shows that a parent’s level of generosity and charitable behaviour is linked with their child’s display of the same behaviours.
Children start developing empathy and compassion as toddlers and should have a good understanding of generosity by age nine. Parents can help foster these behaviours.