Avoiding ‘safetyism’ and allowing our kids to stretch and grow, from Maggie Dent

Here, Maggie Dent one of Australia's leading parenting educators, explores the modern tendency of overprotecting children, which can hinder their development and resilience


No, sugar doesn’t make your kids hyperactive

Although the link between sugar and hyperactivity is murky, there is a proven link between the neurotransmitter dopamine and increased activity, writes Amy Reichelt.


Four habits to help kids with social anxiety

We can help children confront their social fears and develop tools to deal with anxious feelings, writes Jamie Lynn Tatera.


How to talk to your kids about misogyny in school

It can be a challenging conversation, but parents must talk to their children about their experiences of sexism and misogyny in school, writes Dr Catherine Smith.


Parenting a perfectionist? Here’s how you can respond

Children and adolescents may experience perfectionism in relation to school work, sport, performance in art or music, or their own body. Here researchers share how parents can tackle it.


Best of the Web: Should you ban your child from social media, and more

Why banning your child from social media might not be the best approach, the finalists in this year's Children's Book of the Year awards, and the need for compassion when it comes to school refusal.


9 things students with disability and their families want teachers to know

Students with disabilities are experts in themselves and their needs. Here, researchers share how listening to students is the key to helping them at school.


Have smartphones created an ‘anxious generation’? Jonathan Haidt sounds the alarm

A new book argues that the first generation to go through puberty connected to their smartphones have had their brains rewired for depression and anxiety, writes Hugh Breakey.


‘Watch the ball!’: why sideline remarks are less helpful to kids than you think

It’s hard not to shout guidance at kids’ sports games. But there are ways to do this without pressuring or criticising your child, writes Elise Waghorn.