When a child’s behaviour is persistently difficult, parenting faults often set in and just keep rolling out, says educator Joseph Driessen. He looks at the top ten and suggests what people can do differently.
It’s not as simple to adopt as it used to be but Katy Gosset finds that for the lucky few, the rewards are worth waiting for.
Insight – Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy announcement made headlines around the world, and then we learnt that her partner Clarke Gayford would take over as primary caregiver of their baby. What prevents more New Zealand men from becoming stay-at-home fathers, asks Hamish Caldwell.
The shame and isolation often experienced by women who are ‘childless by circumstance’ is something we need to have more sensitivity to as a society, says researcher and counsellor Dr Lois Tonkin.
Why are girls’ t-shirts emblazoned with words like “princess” and “pretty” while the boys get “wild” or “adventure”? Katy Gosset looks at gender, how it’s presented to our kids and how we can encourage them to think differently.
Most people lie, but we teach our children that lying isn’t good. Psychologist Penny Van Bergen explains all about how children’s lies are really a good thing, and how best to handle it.
Talking to boys is pretty easy until they hit a certain age, around adolescence, and then the wall of silence often goes up. Chalking it up to ‘boys being boys’ is not good enough for clinical psychologist Dr Adam Cox.
Sleep is essential for children, but each child is different and the key for parents is to be responsive while also looking after themselves, researcher and commentator Nathan Mikaere Wallis says.
It’s time for parents to step back and actively consider how they spend their own – and their children’s – time, and stare down competitive parent-shaming, says Australian journalist Wendy Tuohy.
Teenagers are always going to make silly decisions, but there are things parents can do to help minimise the risks, according to psychology professor James McCue.