JODIE BENVENISTE Our children are little learning machines - every day, and in almost every way, they're learning. And long before they get to school, all this activity helps them get ready for a more formal learning environment.
JODIE BENVENISTE Our kids do need to learn how to read, write and add up, but they also need to learn many other life skills. And all of these can be learned through play.
Stephanie Owen Reeder Babies can be cute and cuddly, but their arrival can sometimes cause friction with older siblings. Reading picture books that deal with such issues can help.
"Who ever thought they'd get to hang out as a Wiggle, even if it's just for a day or two?" asks a New Zealand radio personality who has been named the guest Brown Wiggle.
My toddler is starting daycare again soon and I am dreading the first few weeks because I know it is going to be a running battle. What can I do to try and prevent his anxiety?
AMBER ROBINSON Shanell Mouland's open letter "Dear Daddy in Seat 16C”, about a man who entertained her three-year-old daughter on a US Airways flight, has gone viral - and finally reached the businessman himself.
Cindy Ngo Conscientious objection to childhood immunisation is on the rise as parents exploit a loophole in the new ''no jab, no play'' law that allows unvaccinated children to be enrolled in childcare centres.
Martha and Grant Griffin Our son was born with a port-wine birthmark covering the right side of his face. Here are our top tips for helping parents of a child with a vascular birthmark or physical difference.
LETITIA ROWLANDS While my five-year-old son and I were looking forward to a visit to Wet'n'Wild Sydney, I wondered what the park would have to offer my 21-month-old son. As it turns out, I didn't need to worry.
Andrew Whitehouse When Early Childhood Australia asked if children should be required to say sorry after doing something wrong, even though they may not understand what the word means, the reaction was swift, furious - and divided.
LETITIA ROWLANDS It's a favourite adventure for children of all ages - and now 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' is live on stage at the Sydney Opera House.
PINKY MCKAY And it’s not only TV celebs who gush, ‘you are amaaaazing!’ It seems as though everyone is saying it, everywhere we go, especially parents.
Kiran Chug If children are meant to have no screen time before they are two, I'm a terrible mother.
Mike Mather Only one of the original members remains in the new-look Wiggles, but newbie Emma Watkins is actually an old hand, writes Mike Mather.
CHRISTINE SAMS Her live concert has sold almost 90,000 tickets in Australia so far, with sales topping $4.5 million. When a new piece of her branded clothing was released in Target last week, it sold out overnight.
KYLIE ORR I’ll be sure to ground my children's musical interests in some history - depending on your tastes, you may say it is a history of the rubbish I used to listen to - but what will they remember the most?
Tamar Lewin A survey has found that children under 2, on average, spend an hour a day in front of screens.
Sharon Paterson Smith Despite the tantrums and tears over anything and everything I'd much rather be here than where I was two years ago - in the land of the newborn.
Staff writers What’s cuter than one toddler dressed in a tae kwon do outfit? Two toddlers who are not only dressed in protective martial arts gear but are squaring off in the world’s most adorable fight.
Rachel Browne, Lara O'toole Toddler Kayla Browne's world is being rocked by the arrival a of a new book every month.
RACHEL BROWNE Exercise classes for brain development, language programs for a love of learning, DVDs to enrich and entertain: today's parents are bombarded by products to give their child every chance at future success.
Maria Guido There is a new breed of toddler on the loose; he has discriminating tastes, he makes decisions, and he weighs in on conversations that no toddler has previously been asked to participate in.
Jodie Noyce When a couple's Sunday brunch is disturbed by a screaming child, they step in - but would it have been more peaceful not to?
Staff writers Watch the terrifying moment that a Golden Eagle swoops down and snatches a toddler in its talons.
DOM KNIGHT Dom Knight says there's a secret parents know about raising children, but they're hogging it all for themselves.
Marion Turner So your child is making the transition to Preschool. You finally rang around all the child care centres you registered with when your baby was still in the womb and got the offer of the three days you require – albeit not the 3 days you had hoped for!
LEGO® DUPLO® Finding the right toy for a small child can be a challenging task. But before you spend an afternoon searching the toy section, there are a few things to consider ...
LEGO® DUPLO® Research shows that children who are encouraged to use their imagination and express themselves creatively grow into strong and resourceful individuals.
Perhaps it's your anniversary and a night out is in order, or you're off to hospital to have your next bub. No matter the reason behind it, your toddler's first sleepover is always a big milestone. Here are a few tips to ensure everyone has a restful night.
Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with this colouring activity for younger kids.
Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with this colouring activity for younger kids.
Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with this cut-out activity for younger kids.
Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with thisjoin the dots activity for younger kids.
Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with this fruit paint activity for younger kids.
Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with this Zoo Colouring activity for younger kids.
Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with this penguin colouring activity for younger kids.
Megan Blandford Learning to read and write is an important step for children. It's never too early to start building their literacy skills - in fact, in their toddler and preschool years, it might actually be easier than you think.
SPONSORED FEATURE This clip from Mr Bloom's Nursery on CBeebies teaches you and your children how to make fun little cresshead characters. The kids will love getting their hands dirty, personalising their own cresshead, and watching the cress 'hair' grow!
Download and print this cute garden poster for your child to decorate so they'll have a special garden sign of their own.
Easter is a time for great family photos with people in cute rabbit costumes, right? Um ... not always, as our gallery shows.
Rachel West As well as providing parents and children with lots of fun around the country every week, playgroups can give emotional and practical support to those who take part.
A two-year-old Canadian girl has become the latest YouTube sensation, covering Adele's hit Someone Like You and winning millions of fans in the process. Warning: very cute video ahead!
Water play is an inexpensive way to have fun with your toddler - and in hotter weather, it’s a great way to cool down, too! Here are a few activities to try with your child.
Amber Robinson Most toddlers and older children love water play. It keeps them cool in the summer months and provides exercise, developmental opportunities and heaps of fun!
Kylie Orr As I mounted the steps of the fabulous new childcare building, my gut churned with the familiar dread at settling a child into care. Again.
Babyology Babyology looks at amazing alphabet art with Zoom Zoo Flashcards.
Leearne Hynes Are you itching to get out of the house with your baby or is your toddler ready for a bit of fun and interaction? We have some fabulous ideas for fun filled activities for you and bub to enjoy together.
Babyology There are dozens of ‘learn to count’ apps and so it takes quite a few bells and whistles to separate one from the pack. I think a new winner has emerged.
Mia Freedman From the moment I gave birth to a daughter, I knew this day would come. The conversation was crucial and it would have been negligent of me to avoid it. I just didn't expect to be having it so soon; she's only five!
Amity Dry As a parent every instinct you have is to want to protect them, so what do you do when they are being hurt emotionally or physically outside of your control?
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