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Roaming with a group of kids unsupervised in the ‘80s was awesome and your kids deserve that when you assess they can handle the risks. Here, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin in 'Stranger Things,’ Season 2. (Netflix)

When can kids trick-or-treat without adults?

The right age for an unsupervised Halloween is highly debatable, but it's something parents should carefully consider. Some reasonable risk is important for development.
Parks are places where children make their own decisions, explore their imaginations and expand their abilities. Daxiao Productions/Shutterstock

Why suburban parks offer an antidote to helicopter parenting

Parents are more willing to let children do their own thing in parks. It's a chance for children to make their own decisions, explore their abilities and imaginations, and weigh up risks.
Bullying and harassment are not the same as a student or parent being annoying. from shutterstock.com

Almost every Australian teacher has been bullied by students or their parents, and it’s taking a toll

A recent study found more than 80% of Australia's teachers have been bullied or harassed by students and parents. Verbal abuse was most common and female teachers were bullied more than males.
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. (Shutterstock)

From playground risks to college admissions: Failure helps build kids’ resilience

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.
You don’t share your phone with strangers Mum, so I’m not sharing my doll with her. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Should we teach our children to share? Or let nature take its course?

Should we teach our kids to share their things considering adults don't share their possessions? Shouldn't kids be taught not to use things that aren't theirs? Maybe we should just let them figure things out for themselves.
If you’re constantly clearing their path of any obstacles, how will your kids find their own way? Shutterstock

Bulldozer parents: creating psychologically fragile children

An aged-care nurse was recently telling me that their nursing home was seeing most of their World War II veterans pass away, to be replaced by baby boomers. “You know something though,” she quipped “compared…
Rural or metropolitan? Communities make a big difference when deciding how independent your kids should be. Peter Gordebeke/Flickr

What do parents fear? Unwrapping the bubble-wrap generation

We hear so much these days about fearful parents who “bubble-wrap” their children. So-called “helicopter parents” try to protect their children from life’s dangers and, in the process, prevent them taking…

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