Child Articles

Just as every baby is different, so is every child! BellyBelly has a collection of helpful articles for your child, designed to give you a range of options to try with your own, unique child. You'll also find many useful and practical articles written by BellyBelly's 'Gentle' Parenting Expert, Pinky McKay.

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10 Effective Ways to Build Your Child’s Self Esteem

Self-esteem is your child’s best defence against challenges and setbacks they will face as they grow up. Here are 10 ways to build your child's self esteem.

food affecting kids behaviour

10 Surprising Foods That Can Affect Your Child's Behaviour

Most parents are familiar with the behavioural effects of sugar and red cordial on their children, however these 10 common foods can also cause problems.


11 Reasons Why Smacking Is Ineffective and Damaging

Do you smack (or spank) your children? Here are 11 reasons why smacking children (or anyone for that matter) is damaging and ineffective.

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3 Words You Should Never Say To Your Son

What are three words that you should NEVER say to your son? You may be surprised how harmful these three words can be...

Guidelines For Mothers Of Sons

5 Guidelines For Mothers Of Sons

Mothers - do you have a son? Then you must read these amazing 5 guidelines for mothers of sons. Find out how YOU can bring out the very best in your son.

Getting the best out of your child's teacher

5 Ways To Get The Best Out Of Your Child's Teacher

Studies show that children are most successful in school when there is support from home. Here are 5 great ways you can help your child.

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6 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew

Do you have a child in school? Here are 6 things teachers wish they could say to parents about their children.

Child Becoming A Responsible Adult

6 Ways to Allow Your Child to Become a Responsible Adult

Every parent wants their child to grow up into a responsible adult. Tracey Cassells shares these 6 great tips for parents wanting to raise happy, healthy, moral, empathic, and intelligent children.

Signs of anxiety in children

7 Signs That Your Child May Have An Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety in children: if you suspect that your child may be suffering from anxiety, check out these 7 signs.

Signs of a gifted child

7 Signs Your Child Might Be Academically Gifted

Could your child be academically gifted? Here are 5 common signs of gifted children.

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7 Tips To Make Single Parenting Easier and More Effective

If you're a single parent, here are 7 great tips to help make single parenting easier and more effective.

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9 Important Ways to Take Pressure Off Yourself As a Parent

Here are 9 quick and easy, but important ways to help reduce the pressure and have a more enjoyable time - for you and your children!

Activities For Kids - Screen-Free, Fun Ideas For Kids

Activity ideas for kids! If you're anything like me, you are always looking for ways to drag the kids away from screens - televisions, computers, ipods... it results in stir-crazy, zombie children! So on days where you're out of ideas for activities for kids, check out this article and see what you can come up with!

Advantages and Disadvantages of Having One Child

Wondering what the advantages and disadvantages are for having one child? Several years ago, having big families was common, but these days, more couples are now considering having only one child - and some do not have any desire to become parents at all. Find out the advantages and disadvantages of having a single child.

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Age Gaps Between Children: 10 Reasons Why Big Gaps Rock

If you're wondering if big age gaps between your children are for you, here are 10 reasons why big age gaps can be beneficial.

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Are You To Blame For Your Child's Temperament?

When a baby is born, we look for similarities the baby has with the parents... dad's nose... mums eyes... but when it comes to personality, are your genetics to blame?

Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Parent's Inspirational Journey With Autism

A diagnosis of autism can be devastating, scary or upsetting for some families. For others it can bring relief that a diagnosis has been reached. How do parents then cope? I interviewed a very inspirational friend of mine, Avak, who is a father of an autistic son, living in Victoria, Australia. Here's his story and advice for those who have children with autism.

Board Games - 10 Best Board Games For Kids

Board games can be a great way to bond with your children, get them away from computer screens and have lots of fun! Board games also make great birthday presents. When was the last time you broke out a board game with the kids? 10 board games that both the kids and mum and dad will love playing.

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Bullying: Is Your Child Is Being Bullied? 5 Tips To Help

Bullying: no parent likes to hear that their child is being picked on. If your child is being bullied, here are 5 tips to help your child.

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Chicken Pox - Symptoms, Risks and 13 Foods To Aid Recovery

Information on chicken pox, including symptoms, 13 foods that aid chicken pox recovery, 7 ways to ease the itch and when to urgently call the doctor.

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Child's Skull With Teeth - Creepy But Fascinating Images!

Warning: these images of a child's skull with teeth are not for the faint-hearted! See how a child's teeth come down through the skull.

Choosing a School For Your Child

Public or Private? What school will you send your child to? Pinky McKay discusses the decision she had to make choosing a school for her children, and explains why education isn't necessarily a matter of 'getting what you pay for.' Find out what you need to know about choosing the right school for YOUR child.

Easing Your Child Into School

Is your child about to start school? As many children go back to school, some will do so for the very first time, which can be exciting for some children and parents, but anxious and scary for others. Find out how you can help ease your child into school and how to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Flying With Children - Tips For Flying With Children

Flying with children introduces a new dimension to travel. Patience levels are short, so ensuring a smooth trip is difficult. Check out our tips on flying with children.

Frozen Parody Dads

Frozen Parody - Dad's Response To The Frozen Movie

Been bitten by the Frozen bug? These two dads who are enduring the dreaded Frozen epidemic have taken a stand... see what they have to say.

Frustrated At The Mess? Why You Should Re-Think Playtime Mess...

Mess - it's got to be near the top of the list of parent's frustrations! However here are some important reasons to de-stress over your children's mess. Find out what they are, as well as some guidelines on violent toys.

Gastro and Your Child - Dealing With Gastro

Gastro, an infection of the bowel, is very common in young children. This is usually the result of a virus, which are easily contracted from other people, even if they are immune to the virus.

Head Lice / Nits

Head Lice - Natural Head Lice Treatments That Work

Head lice treatment ideas that are natural and actually work! If you want to know how to get rid of head lice or if you're after prevention tips, this article will tell you all you need to know about nits.

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How to Calm Down When Your Kids Wind You Up

Why is it, I wondered as I took some deep slow breaths, that just when we feel pushed to the absolute limit, our kids seem to be deliberately out to get us?

If You Have A Daughter, This Will Make You Angry

If you have a daughter (or even if you are one) then watching this will probably make you angry. But it's something you really need to see to truly believe.

Ipod Touch - Making Your Child's Ipod Touch Safer To Use

Did you know you can activate restrictions on your child's ipod touch? If your child has an ipod touch, you may want to know how to keep it as safe as possible from accessing inappropriate content. If the ipod can connect to a wifi connection, it can access anything on the web - unless you activate restrictions which are available on the ipod touch. Find out what they are.

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Is Morning Mayhem Affecting Your Child?

Not a morning person? Are mornings chaotic in your home? Pinky McKay has 7 great tips to make mornings more magical (and barable!) for both you and your little ones.

Kids Party Games - 10 Classic Kids Party Games!

Kids party games are a must at any child's party! Here are 10 classic kids party games for younger children.

Kindergarten - What's It All About?

Is your child starting kindergarten for the first time? Not sure what to expect? Starting kinder can be an anxious and scary time for both parents and children, as it can be the first time our little ones head off into an environment where it's more structured and formal than the family home or childcare. Find out what you need to know about kindergarten.

Lunchbox Ideas for Kids - Healthy Lunchbox Ideas and Tips

Looking for some lunchbox ideas for the kids? Not just any lunchbox ideas, but some delicious, nutritious and healthy lunchbox ideas? Look no further - here are some tips to inspire healthy lunchboxes in every school - as well as our top 5 suggestions of foods your child will be excited to find in their lunchbox.

Montessori Schools - What Is Montessori Education?

Montessori schooling was founded 1907 in Italy and has has grown in popularity. There are now over 200 Montessori schools in Australia. Find out what a Montessori school is and how it is different to traditional schooling.

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Night Terrors In Toddlers and Children

Night terrors - what causes them and what should you do if your child has them? Find out here.

NSW School Holidays

NSW School Holidays - 2013 & 2014 NSW School Holidays

NSW school holidays and terms. If you're wondering when the NSW school holidays are in 2013 or 2014, check out our public school holidays table.

Party Ideas - Kids Birthday Party Themes and Suggestions

Stuck for a children's birthday party idea? I can hardly blame you; these days kids birthday parties are getting more elaborate and requiring much more planning than ever before. Here are 10 popular theme suggestions for boys and girls birthday parties.

Planning for Your Family – How to Achieve More With Less Stress

Whether you are going shopping with your children, aiming to have a family holiday, moving house or making changes in your business, planning is an important part of the process toward achieving your goal.

Talking To Children About Porn

Porn: The Talk You MUST Have With Your Children

This is the talk parents MUST have with their kids about porn. We're living in an unprecedented era - and the damage has begun.

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say

Effectively communicating with another person has several benefits for that relationship. Find out what effective communication sounds and looks like and the difference between natural consequences and punishment.

Selective Mutism - What Is Selective Mutism?

Selective mutism in children appears to many people as a child 'just being shy' or perhaps being manipulative, controlling or difficult. But selective mutism is much more than just shyness.

SIDS and the Adopted Child

SIDS in an adopted child has it's own set of challenges and heartbreaks - one that BellyBelly's Sales & Admin Support Person, Liz Casey, has sadly experienced. Read on to hear her story surrounding the SIDS death of her much wanted, adopted baby and the lack of support for adoptive families going through such a tragedy.

Smacking Children - Is Smacking Children Okay?

Smacking children - a topic high on the parenting controversy list, with research showing that up to 90% of Australian mothers believe that smacking is acceptable. So is smacking okay? What does the research on smacking say?

Smacking: To Smack or Not To Smack?

To smack or not to smack - a controversial topic in anyone's language. Here's some thoughts from BellyBelly's Parenting Expert, Pinky McKay, as well as member experiences and thoughts about smacking.

high energy child

The High Energy Child - 6 Helpful Tips For Parents

Do you have a high energy child? Here are 6 tips to help parents of high energy children.

Tonsilitis - Symptoms Of Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is an infection of the small glands located at the back of the throat (the tonsils). Find out what the symptoms of tonsillitis are and available treatments for tonsillitis.

Banned From Television

What Happened When I Banned My Kids From Television & Other Screens

Would your kids survive going without television, computer and ipod screens? I took all three away for a week - find out what happened!

yelling at children

Yelling At Your Children? I Think I Know Why You’re Yelling

Yelling at your children? With so much 'expert' advice out there on raising your children, it can get all so confusing and can leave you without practical tools that actually work. With frustration parents often resort to yelling. In this article by Janet Lansbury, she thinks she knows why you're yelling. Could she be right? Read on to find out.

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