How to survive the ‘terrible teens’

By Louisa Simmonds. Unlike a lot of my ‘smug-parent’ friends, I didn’t gel instantly with my kids when they were little people. Some parents prefer that stage, when their children are needy dependent and still have some parental control; I always considered myself to be a more hip parent. I wanted to be friends with.. Read more

“The greatest challenge is keeping up with the changes” Reader Spotlight – Allymum

This week we are shining the reader spotlight on Allymum, a very valued member of The Kids Are All Right forum who thinks about the big issues. We love how proactive she is, sharing resources and links she has found, and posting thought-provoking questions and answers. Please tell us a bit about yourself and your.. Read more

Putting a square family in a round hole

By Rachel Hynes. In NSW state schools, there is an enrollment form parents submit when their child starts a new school. I was filling it out this year for my five-year-old and found myself getting irritated again. The last time I completed it was when my teenager moved high schools. What’s nuts about this form.. Read more

“Kids are human beings, whose lives belong to them and no one else” Reader spotlight – Mimbles

This is the first post in our new feature where we profile one of our readers. We’re starting with someone who has been with us from the very early days. Mimbles is a wonderful contributor to The Kids Are All Right community in general and the forum in particular. When Mimbles gives advice, shares her.. Read more

Breaking up is hard to do – especially for teenagers

By Rachel Hynes. It was more than 25 years ago but I remember the moment clearly, despite forgetting so many other things between then and now. It was evening, I was lying down on my bed. My face hurt from hours of crying, my body was doing those shuddering breaths caused by a bout of.. Read more

The heavy responsibility of choosing the right school

By Emma Toomey. As the first day of the school year looms large there is the usual nervous buzz of anticipation – stationery is bought, haircuts are had, uniforms are sorted and old pencil cases are salvaged. But this year at our house there is a palpable anxiety … at least for me. Our three.. Read more

Avoiding the back-to-school shopping extravaganza

By Rachel Hynes. The “back-to-school” season is sandwiched between Christmas and Easter and is fast becoming as big a retail event and wallet drain. This year, I have two kids doing the back-to-school shop. We are lucky enough to live very near an Officeworks. And I do mean lucky – I dash up there for.. Read more

What online gaming taught my Asperger’s son

By Lisa Young. A few months ago I responded to a forum post on The Kids Are All Right stating that Xbox LIVE has been the best thing we could have possibly had for our Asperger’s teenage son.  I was asked to explain a bit more about this, so here goes…. Our son was diagnosed at.. Read more

Important things my kids will learn these holidays

By Emma Toomey. As school holidays arrived, and I found myself yet again hurtling towards the inevitable happy chaos of a large family Christmas, I again bemoaned the domestic ineptitude of my darling children. The normal circumstances that seem to keep things chugging along in a fairly civilised manner – helping with dishes, taking out.. Read more

Mum’s iPhone for teenager – too many strings attached?

By now, many of you will have read the article doing the rounds about the American mom who gave her 13-year-old an iPhone for Christmas, with an 18-point contract. Janelle Burley Griffin posted her letter to her son on her personal blog on Christmas Day, but it has gone viral since it was republished at.. Read more