Jump to content

Prep enrolment-change of mind
anyone enrolled...late to start??


  • Please log in to reply
31 replies to this topic

#1 newphase

Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:31 PM

So, today on my way to get my yr 8 daughter some new school pants I all of the sudden thought...I should have enrolled DS in Prep (VIC FYOS) to start why didn't I?? unsure.gif

Has anyone changed their mind and enrolled their child last minute like I am SERIOUSLY considering??

DS did go to one transition to primary school last year, then I decided to send him to a 2nd yr of kinder instead. A few kids from his kinder have gone, and we know 2 other kids starting also thru friends, not that that is a reason at all.

I just think I freaked so much last year, agonized actually re deciding to send him or not (almost cut off April boy...cut off being end April in VIC) re the trend to hold Feb/Mar.April kids, especially boys...more so Mar/April kids, and just the though of him pretty much being one of the youngest scared me...and he is my last to go to school also (of 3 kids).

My DS1 goes to the school I intend to send DS2 to, he is in grade 6.

My DS1 a May baby, so started the year he turned 6 as he had to, and DS2 is at the same, if not higher level, emotionally, socially and academically than he was a whole yr older starting, still struggles with maths big time..3 different tutors on mad.gif .

Point is fretting aside I think I made a mistake and he should go but feel stupid re going to school and saying I have changed my mind. I have been seriously thinking re this all arvo.

This was fueeld by a discussion with one of his kinder friends Mums who had her eldest son complete
Prep last yr and talking re what they did etc...seems so right up his alley and his ability level for sure!!

My older two started qat a private school so the standard was a lot higher, a lot more expected and in that environment I'd wonder, but that said my eldest started their a yr older than DS2 and they wanted to repeat him in grade 1 even though he was amongst the eldest in his class already.

Rambling now.....anyone?? unsure.gif

#2 bjk76

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:39 PM

DS's birthday is end of March and although he's only 22mo, I've been thinking about whether or not to keep him back a year. I was 4.5 when I started school (May birthday) and although I was fine academically, I was also quite shy and anxious, but then again, I think that was my nature and this improved over time.

Initially I thought I'd definitely keep him back, but recently I've been thinking it's better to enrol him on time for 3 and 4yo kinder and listen to his kinder teacher's recommendations. I think it is up to the individual child as to whether they're ready or not and you shouldn't do one thing or the other just because everyone else is doing it with their kids. I wouldn't want DS being bored at kinder because he's ready to move up to school.

They had a discussion of keeping kids back on Radio National this week, which might be useful for you to listen to:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/progra...-back-2/4492550

I wouldn't worry too much about starting your DS late to the school year. - It's only a few days and it's not going to have much of an effect in the long run.

Good luck with your decision!

#3 frozie

Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:59 PM

A friend was going to send her DS for another year of 4yo kinder (in Vic) as she was unsure about whether to send him to school or not.   As her other kids were getting excited about school going back, he started getting all excited about starting school so 2 days before term started, she went up to the school to see if she could still get him in.  She had filled out enrolment forms last year and even though her DS hadn't been to any of the transition groups and she hadn't had any further contact about his enrolment with the school, luckily he still had a spot there.. and he is absolutely loving it so far and she feels really relieved that the right decision has been made.

If you feel strongly enough about it, definitely approach the school and see if you can get him in.

#4 newphase

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:12 PM

Thanks for the replies! Listening to that ABC radio discussion now, and have been reading an attached paper re the topic too lol

I think I am DEFINATELY leaning towards going to the school on Monday original.gif !

And yes they kids have only had 2 half days at the school thus far so no big stuff missed yet I'd say! original.gif

#5 unicycle

Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:36 AM

I wish I had thought part way through the year to do that with my daughter! Never occurred to me. Go for it. They change so much from when you have to make a decision.

#6 yabbadabbadoo

Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:49 AM

I say go for it, a year is a long time!  You know your child and wouldn't be thinking like this if you didn't think he was ready.

#7 elizabethany

Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:16 AM

After a week no one will remember that he was a few days late.  Go for it OP.

#8 Isolabella

Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

Go for it.

I had to take DS1 out of school for a week in prep for a family wedding interstate (where he would be seeing cousins visiting from EU for the week too). We did that after two weeks of Prep. That had me more worried then missing first days.

Our school has basically sent home in the newsletter that the first 1.5wks of school are more just 'fun' as the teachers get to know their class and the class gets to know their classmates, plus some standard gathering.



#9 CocobeanLillylove

Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:32 AM

I can't understand why people don't just send their kids to school when it is the right time for their age? (unless of course serious learning difficulties and recommended not to by a specialist) Someone has to be the youngest in the class and youngest doesn't necessarily mean anything anyway. If there are any problems surely the teacher would talk to the parents about repeating a grade and so unless a teacher recommends a repeat I would send them on to the following year level.

#10 JRA

Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:44 AM

Go for it.

Kids seem to mature so much over the summer, especially in your case with siblings around.

Good luck

#11 janeway

Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:12 PM

Go for it if you feel he is ready & the school will accept his enrolment, even if he has to start a day or 2 later.

I was considering a second year of kinder, but my DS had lots of therapies/support groups which got him up to the bottom of the average rage in the areas he was lacking. Over the summer holidays the changes in him have been amazing to the point where I would have been absolutely crazy to hold him back with how he is now.

Good luck OP hope all goes well x



#12 Julie3Girls

Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:26 PM

QUOTE
I can't understand why people don't just send their kids to school when it is the right time for their age.

But both years are right for their age. Both years are perfectly allowable. In NSW, children MAY start school if they turn 5 before July 31. Or they can start school the year they turn 6.  Would it be easier to take the choice away ...  Sure. A hard and fast cut off would be fine if all kids matured at the same rate, but they don't. Having that wider age range for starting gives those kids who are a bit socially or emotionally young, a chance to catch up and have a better start to school.

#13 jo-v

Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:44 PM

So glad WA doesn't seem to have this culture of holding kids back, my DS is a June baby (WA has end of June cut off) and so was the second youngest in his class at Kindy. He's was 100% fine and thrived, no problem at all keeping up with his peers and his teacher was thrilled with his progress.

He starts Pre-primary on Monday and I have no worries whatsoever that he'll be fine (despite starting at a new, private school).

Someone is always the oldest and someone is always the youngest.  shrug.gif

Hope they have a place for your DS and he has a great year.





#14 mum850

Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:51 PM

Do it!
I would prefer there was less choice too. If the child has a genuine special need that would be helped by holding back, all good. If it's just I don't' want my kid to be the youngest, or I want my kid to be a leader etc, you should have to jump through some sort of hoop, even if it's not as stringent as the criteria for early entry.
I worry that kids are being held back for parental reasons sometimes, not always of course. But how come it's fine to send  a WA april kid, could be OK to send a NSW april kid, and if you send an april kid in Vic the sky falls in.
prep is so benign in terms of academics and expectations.The kids are MEANT to be 4 or 5!

#15 Genabee

Posted 02 February 2013 - 01:04 PM

QUOTE (mum850 @ 02/02/2013, 01:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do it!
I would prefer there was less choice too. If the child has a genuine special need that would be helped by holding back, all good. If it's just I don't' want my kid to be the youngest, or I want my kid to be a leader etc, you should have to jump through some sort of hoop, even if it's not as stringent as the criteria for early entry.
I worry that kids are being held back for parental reasons sometimes, not always of course. But how come it's fine to send  a WA april kid, could be OK to send a NSW april kid, and if you send an april kid in Vic the sky falls in.
prep is so benign in terms of academics and expectations.The kids are MEANT to be 4 or 5!


DD is a June baby.

We currently live in VIC and she is due to start school here in 2015. However, we have her on a list to start school in Perth in 2014, just in case we decide to move back there (DH and I are both from Perth originally). The difference - VIC cut off is April, WA cut off is June 30. What is even more frustrating, is that she will probably be more than ready to start school next year, the year before she is allowed to here in VIC.

Back when I went to school, the 'cut off date' was the calendar year!! I understand why cut off dates exist, but I think it needs to be the same across all states. It makes it really hard for those that move around, or just for some kind of consistency. I realise those that move interstate while at school are probably in the minority, but even so... What is good for one, should be good for all.

What about those kids who are more than ready to start school, but because of the cut offs, they aren't allowed to? In same cases, if the child was living in another state, they would be able to start school that year earlier. Gah!





#16 newphase

Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:07 PM

Thanks for the replies original.gif .

Decided it's off to the school I go Monday, though not sure how I will do it as I am meant to be going to school with my daughter who is starting Monday (yr 8) as she has an ASD and bad anxiety so wants me there the WHOLE day...and the 2 schools are not near each other.

Another issue I have (bad timing I know...but boys were both meant to be going away with their father originally also, tis why I booked the holiday) is I am going away Thursday for a week, so I hope DS settles at Prep as he probably wont start until Tuesday, and they have Wednesdays off, so will have one day there before I go away unsure.gif damn it.

Edited by newphase, 02 February 2013 - 03:08 PM.


#17 unicycle

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:29 PM

QUOTE (CocobeanLillylove @ 02/02/2013, 11:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I can't understand why people don't just send their kids to school when it is the right time for their age? (unless of course serious learning difficulties and recommended not to by a specialist) Someone has to be the youngest in the class and youngest doesn't necessarily mean anything anyway. If there are any problems surely the teacher would talk to the parents about repeating a grade and so unless a teacher recommends a repeat I would send them on to the following year level.

I have held one back due to extreme shyness leading to being bullied in kinder and defiantly sent one despite being told not to send. That one would have been one and a half years older than the youngest in the class.
There are all sorts of reasons we are holding children back.

I think many of us do it because we believe school starts too early in Australia.

Also, because when we have to make a decision, in May, for the following  year some of our children are not ready and it is hard to make that call, as decisions for kindergarten need to be made for a repeat.

There is such a difference in the start to school that students have who are ready and those who aren't . Sometimes the bad first year can have effects for a long time on learning.

Finally, many of us also have kindergarten teachers stating categorically that our child is not ready and they call in professionals for assessment. It is hard work , then , to say " no my child's will go to school"  When the experts are saying so because the child is not ready emotionally or socially. Trust me on this one.

I hope this goes a little way to answering your question.

Something I found inequitable about the situation which I hadn't thought through, was that in last year of primary school, the cohort my kept back child was in had a predominance of held back children voted in to positions of leadership( including my child). I think this was an unfair consequence of being more mature, in part.

#18 mum850

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

How did it go today OP?

#19 Kay1

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:35 PM

This age advantage is the reason most of the people I know who have 'held back' have done so. There is a book that addresses this effect in detail (amongst other indicators of success and various interesting phenomena). Its called Outliers.


#20 tenar

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:49 PM

PP why would it be wrong to hold kids back for "parental reasons"?   You imply that those would somehow be the wrong reasons, why so?  Whose reasons would be better?

Or why would it be wrong that a child ends up in the middle of their age cohort rather than being the youngest by a mile?  

Of course some April babies (Vic) are mature for their age and some are not.  What on earth is wrong with parents being able to decide to send the more mature kid younger and the less mature kid older?  That benefits everyone, including the other children in the class, who don't have to cope with an immature or bored classmate.  

OP I hope you have found a good solution for your son.  

We have decided to keep our end-of-April DD1 back for another year of 3yo kindy.  This decision was not taken lightly at all, and I am still worried about it.  It's awful having to make this call so far out from when she will actually start school.  Where we are it would take something really dire to allow her to repeat 4yo kindy, even if we and the teachers thought she needed it.  So the decision has to be made when the child is 3.  It sucks.

#21 Spa Gonk

Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:53 PM

How did you go?

Thanks to the poster who put up the abc link.  I read the accompanying paper and found it really interesting!  31% of kids are held back in NSW, as opposed to 1% in WA and 0% in TAS.  I have a child born a few days before cut off and after reading about so any people holding back I often wonder if I am doing the wrong thing by sendin him.  The article helped show that the holding back thing is really only a big issue in NSW and VIC and to a lesser extent QLD.

#22 FEdeRAL

Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:57 PM

To the PPs who are going to put their kids for another 4yo kinder, are you doing it through the private system or getting funded? We recently submitted DS' kinder application and the forms said that unless your child qualifies for funding to a repeat 4yo kinder, he/she is not eligible for a second year of 4yo, even unfunded (ie. parents bearing full costs). We are in Victoria.


QUOTE (triumvirate @ 04/02/2013, 08:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Something I found inequitable about the situation which I hadn't thought through, was that in last year of primary school, the cohort my kept back child was in had a predominance of held back children voted in to positions of leadership( including my child). I think this was an unfair consequence of being more mature, in part.

The idea of holding back a child is very foreign to me. Where I went to school they did it based on calendar year cut-off, no one questioned it - I guess it was the norm in the old days?

Just yesterday I was talking to a mother group's friend who was going to send her DD to 3yo kinder next year, then defer a year, before going to 4yo kinder the year after (April baby). Her reason being older kids have better leadership skills and therefore do better in school than their peers. Last Christmas I had the same conversation with two of my neighbours whose children were older, born in March, and they were both held back for the same reasons.

DS was born prematurely in December, but his actual due date was March, so I was adopting the wait and see attitude but more inclined towards sending him on time but since then I was wondering if I do that I am not giving him his best chance? It's all doing my head in a little bit but I guess time will soon tell.



#23 myboyz

Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:18 PM


I've had a similar Dilema that had been causing me sleepless nights really.
My ds is a March baby, we are in Sa and it's the culture here to send your child according to the dates and def no holding kids back for what ever reason.
I'm from Vic though where this is the opposite.......so I was thinking I would hold ds back so that he would be turning 6 in the March of that yr he started.

Anyway I thought I would see how he went at Kindy and if he struggled then I would def hold him back. I have since learnt that they only get funded for one yr of Kindy.
So my thought is to send him to school the yr he turns 5 in the March which is when he "should " be starting and if he struggles then he can repeat the yr of prep. That's what I'm thinking for now lol......could change ;-)


Good luck op :-)

#24 mum850

Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:16 AM

When I said parental reasons, I meant things like

"I can't bear to let him go to school yet, I want him to have another year at home with me"
or
"I want her to be one of the oldest so she can be a leader"

cos they are more about the needs of the parent than of the child

OTOH  child centred  reasons would be,
"She has just started speech therapy and she is making great progress, and needs to consolidate her language skills before starting" or "he has ASD and  being a little bit older would be very helpful in terms of social skills and behaviour"

There are a couple, no I can think of three off the top of my head, of kids who are held back for "want them to be a leader" type reasons  in the top groups for academics and their parents have been down at the school many times asking for extension etc. Yup, well they should be in the next grade up!

I am actually so far in the other camp that my youngest is starting early this year. I am thinking of the long term and I want her to learn stuff at school, and to NOT be the top student, to learn to try, and put effort in. My two older kids were old for grade as in 5y 8m, but I was not able to send them the year ealier cos we are in VIc. My oldest found first years of school a very frustrating experience and ended up being grade skipped.

#25 tenar

Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:24 PM

QUOTE (mum850 @ 06/02/2013, 07:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When I said parental reasons, I meant things like

"I can't bear to let him go to school yet, I want him to have another year at home with me"


Well I agree that sometimes that one seems very parent-centered.  But on the other hand there are a lot of people who believe that 4 or 5 is too young for children to start school.  Some well respected educational philosophies argue that children aren't ready for formal education until they are about 7 years old.  In my opinion, it's easy to see the economic benefits (both at a personal/family level and a national level) of children being in school from when they are 4 or 5, but harder to see the benefits to the children themselves.  

QUOTE
or
"I want her to be one of the oldest so she can be a leader"


Well I disagree with you there.  What is wrong with a parent wanting their child to have opportunities to lead or teach other children rather than always learning from or following other children, just because of the developmental level they are at.  Actually this is one of the arguments that our DD1's kindy teacher used to convince us to repeat 3yo kinder.  She reckons that we could either send DD on to 4yo kindy this year and see her struggle to keep up socially with the others, or we could keep her in 3yo kindy and see her be a leader among her classmates.  

PP which would you prefer for your child?  

QUOTE
OTOH  child centred  reasons would be,
"She has just started speech therapy and she is making great progress, and needs to consolidate her language skills before starting" or "he has ASD and  being a little bit older would be very helpful in terms of social skills and behaviour"


So in your opinion it's only the children who are behind for some reason who might benefit from being older in their cohort rather than the youngest by months?

QUOTE
There are a couple, no I can think of three off the top of my head, of kids who are held back for "want them to be a leader" type reasons  in the top groups for academics and their parents have been down at the school many times asking for extension etc. Yup, well they should be in the next grade up!


Well it's more complicated than that, actually, PP.  (actually you are unlucky, because you are raising issues here that I have thought about in great detail for years now, ever since I realised that we'd have to make this judgement for DD1 and that it wouldn't be straightforward due to her birthdate which is 5 days before the Vic cutoff, so I am sounding off at you.  It's not personal).

We have the "fun" situation of having a very bright child, possibly gifted, with a birthday just before the cutoff.  Seems simple, doesn't it - send her young.  But actually, in her social development she is right spot on for her age, which means that if we send her to school young she will be socially months behind her classmates.  As was clear when I observed her in her kindy class late last year.  Since 4yo kindy will require skills of collaborative and cooperative play that she doesn't yet have because she's still only 3, we decided, on the advice of the teacher and with much deliberation, to repeat 3yo kindy this year.  

So the message is, it's complicated original.gif  And yes, I am likely to be one of those parents advocating for academic extension for my child when I could have sent her to school a year earlier and she might have needed less extension.  With a child like this whose development in different areas is uneven, which need do you meet: their need for intellectual stimulation or their need to develop social skills commensurate with their peers?

QUOTE
I am actually so far in the other camp that my youngest is starting early this year. I am thinking of the long term and I want her to learn stuff at school, and to NOT be the top student, to learn to try, and put effort in. My two older kids were old for grade as in 5y 8m, but I was not able to send them the year ealier cos we are in VIc. My oldest found first years of school a very frustrating experience and ended up being grade skipped.


And of course I hope this works out for your child, just as I hope that our choice works for mine original.gif




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win a copy of 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

To celebrate the launch of EB member and contributor Julia's Watson's first book, we have five copies of Breakfast, School Run, Chemo give away.

Electronic tags may keep newborns safe

The possibility of using electronic bracelets for mothers and their newborn babies is being investigated by Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. 

Baby steps: when your little one starts walking

As a parent there are so many milestones to look forward to. That first smile, first word - and, of course, that first step.

Julia Watson's new book 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

Tomorrow my friend Julia launches her first book. And while we're all overjoyed, the success is tinged with sadness. You see, Julia has stage 4 bowel cancer.

How not to name twins

Call me boring, but I don't think that when it comes to choosing my twins' names is the right time to use a good pun.

Fun Sunny Life pool inflatables just for babies

The babies of 2015 will thus be thrilled to paddle their happy baby legs in these brand new flamingo and swan baby inflatables.

Breastfeeding basics for beginners

Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.

Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

How to hide those under eye shadows

Pandas are the only ones who benefit from under-eye shadows. If you're not fluffy and cute, you'll just look tired.

Young mum dies after being denied pap smear

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was deemed "too young" to need it.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

Triplet surprise for newlyweds

As the radiographer moved the wand over her abdomen, Shelley King got the surprise of her life.

3 yummy Thermomix baby and toddler recipes

Louise Fulton Keats shares her recipes for babies and toddlers, including corn and sweet pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Adoption ban on pregnant women to be lifted

Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.

Are you getting enough magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but we don't talk enough about it and the vital role it plays in great health and energy, as well as disease prevention.

5 workplace lessons for new parents

Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

Mums to follow on Instagram

A creative outlet for many, there are some savvy women complementing their blogs and businesses with riveting Instagrams feeds. We've chosen a few which have bucketloads of appeal; there are some big time players and some smaller local ones, and they each bring their special brand of magic to the Instagram experience.

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Dad bags: 10 picks for out and about

Getting out of the house is a big priority in the early years of parenthood and you need to take a well-stocked kit with you. We've chosen 10 of the best nappy bags sure to appeal to dads in style and function.

Win a Mountain Buggy Swift

To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Dads who do their share have more sex: study

For women trying to encourage their partners to take more interest in fatherhood, it could be the ultimate incentive.

Think you might have IBS, coeliac disease or Crohn's?

Conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract are common in modern humans, and many are on the rise - including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and coeliac disease.

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer.

The exercises you know you should be doing (but probably aren't)

I bet your to-do list today is long. But somewhere on that massive list, are you making time for your pelvic floor?

This baby really loves the family cat

Some babies get excited when mum or dad come to get them from their cot after a nap.

Designer kids clothing good enough to eat by Oeuf

Even if you aren't heading to the Northern hemisphere in the next six months, you can't help but love the amazing food-themed knits for babies and kids by cult kids brand Oeuf.

Early exposure to peanuts recommended for allergy prevention

A paediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn one.

Home brand foods contain less salt than pricier rivals

Supermarket home brand foods, long derided as cheap and inferior, contain far lower levels of salt than pricier, branded rivals, new research shows.

Nannies for hire, wherever you're flying

Ever dreaded the prospect of a long flight, dreaming about how wonderful it would be for a nanny to entertain the kids?

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer: with an unusual photo shoot with their 'baby', a groodle (poodle/golden retriever cross) named Humphrey. The talented Elisha from Elisha Minnette Photography caught all the precious shots.

Is it okay to name your baby with a sense of humour?

My husband was sure that Danger was a good option for a boy. And as the pregnancy progressed, it actually started to sound really good.

Woman gives birth after having her own mother's uterus transplanted

In a world first, a healthy baby has been born from the same womb that nurtured his own mother.

So hot right now: double-barrelled baby names on the rise

It's one way to make your baby stand out from the pack – giving them not one, but two first names.

Second time around: is it really better the devil you know?

When I fell pregnant with my second child I was, naturally, very excited. Then it all started to come back to me - and I freaked.

Shopping with kids: breaking the pester-power cycle

You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.

How did we have babies before apps came along?

Three months ago, my wife, Chrysta, and I were driving along Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles when she let out a harrowing cry.

When your toddler disagrees

There comes a time when your child starts having different views to you. I didn't realise that time would come so soon.

Win a Pacapod this Father's Day

To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW

 

FREE TICKET

Discover the magic of the LEGOŽ DUPLOŽ Play Area in Sydney

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.