Earlier in the year I wrote about the difficulties boys face growing up in the 21st century world — the confusion about how to be male, the growing mental health issues, and a growing intolerance...
Some of the most satisfying sounds are, reputedly, a fire crackling, rain on the roof, waves breaking and children’s laughter, writes parenting columnist Ian Munro.
At a loss about how to talk about child loss? Speak their names, says Emily-Jean Hill, whose daughter was stillborn.
If we shelter children completely from life’s disappointments or fight all their battles for them, we’ll be doing them a great disservice, writes Ian Munro.
Kids who fuss over food can be a right pain and often turn into food-faddy teenagers who would have the family cook prepare several different meals of an evening. It’s a problem best not tackled head-on, writes Ian Munro.
The best Father’s Days cost next to nothing - just some time, energy, a little imagination and lots of love.
This lockdown, you may have a project or two that the kids can be involved with. Skills are learnt and variety added to the day, writes Ian Munro.
Given the Delta outbreak, there’s only one thing we can responsibly do to protect our youngsters and others unable to be vaccinated - vaccinate ourselves, then our youngsters when eligible, writes Ian Munro.
It probably starts most obviously with increasingly persistent requests to have a phone, writes parenting columnist Ian Munro.
Some parents find it hard to let their children learn from consequences but it’s the only way we learn that everything we do does have a consequence of some sort, writes Ian Munro.
A gift to a child should always be made without strings attached, in other words to show our love, appreciation or because it’s a gift-giving occasion, writes Ian Munro.
Unconditional love allows children to flourish, feel good about themselves, feel that they are worthwhile people and, when times are tough, to keep going, writes Ian Munro.
Parenting columnist Ian Munro says children need clear, easy rules when using learning road safety.
Oh, the frustration of trying to get Teen to listen to something we want them to do!
Ian Munro shares some thoughts on how to pick the right school for your child.
It’s good to have a few close friends. It’s good for our mental health among other things. And so it is with our youngsters.
Digital is no longer just our future - it’s very much our present, says parenting columnist Ian Munro.
It’s not easy out there. I wouldn’t like to be managing a young household at the moment, writes parenting columnist Ian Munro.
How successfully teenagers handle peer pressure depends on how they feel about themselves and how they see their place in the scheme of things, writes parenting columnist Ian Munro.
For parents these days, there’s another element to sex education that needs to be addressed - "porn literacy" - says Ian Munro.