Parenting Files

Child's play: The benefits of boredom

“I’m bored!” It’s a niggling whine that gets under our skin; a familiar growl of discontent. Maybe its school holidays or another rainy day, but whatever the reason, our children’s world...

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The pitfalls of perfectionism

Striving to be perfect is a seed planted early in life these days. For the first four or five years simply being ourselves is enough. Every new skill, mastered when we are ready, is greeted joyfully....

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Party time …on a budget

We all want our children to have an enjoyable and memorable party; however when you are focusing on the family budget, it is important to make every dollar stretch as far as possible. Kids on the...

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The raunch effect

At what age is this getting dressed up, rather than “sexualisation” of a child? There has been much debate in the media over the past few years and the lines seem to be becoming more and more...

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Who am I?

As mothers, we are fiercely protective of our children and we put their health and safety before our own. It’s a basic instinct that ensures the survival of the species, but when we forget to look...

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Untangling shared care

Cradling a fragile, red-faced newborn is a life-changing moment for new parents starting out on the journey of parenthood. It’s a road that most parents imagine they will travel together, but the...

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Dinner party distractions

At Kids on the Coast, we know how hard it can be to keep any resemblance of your previous social life once you have kids. We asked for your assistance on Facebook and many of you had some fabulous...

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Striking a balance: How do we keep kids safe without being overprotective?

Think back to your own childhood. Remember the freedom of tearing off on your bike in search of adventure? Maybe you walked to school with friends, or took a bus solo to piano lessons or soccer...

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The great divide

It’s not the first time. And you have an inkling it won’t be the last. But glance sideways and you’ll find another mum or dad in the same territory. Because locking horns over...

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Is only lonely?

With single child households fast becoming the nuclear family for the 21st century, parents are beginning to consider the effects of being an ‘only’ child: Is their personality or level of...

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Kids behind the wheel

We've all seen the news reports: another young driver killed or badly injured in a car crash, often with friends involved. We’ve watched the grieving parents face the television cameras, heard the...

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Family Favourites

If you like to see the sparks fly occasionally, ask the parents around the table (though not in front of the children) who is their favourite child. It’s an uncomfortable topic for some. Be...