Sarah Macdonald

Sarah Macdonald

Journalist, author and radio presenter

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Not buying it

Can we stop trying to make 'mummy tribes' happen?


Sarah Macdonald This advertisement is as far from a campaign for a 'sisterhood of motherhood' as Tony Abbott's maternity leave scheme is from reality.

Family dinner

The family dinner is not a sacred rite that will save our children

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Sarah Macdonald A recent article in the Washington Post is just another example of the push telling us that family dinners are good for the brain, the body, the spirit and world peace.

Parenting cliches

Are you guilty of these parenting cliches?


Sarah Macdonald All parents are different but they do one thing the same. They vow to be different

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You don't have to like kids to have them

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Sarah Macdonald Don't assume all parents love children, warns Sarah Macdonald.

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Productive mothers

Why working mothers are model employees


Sarah Macdonald It’s time workplaces recognised the benefits of hiring working mothers.

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50/50 parenting

You only have to be a good parent half the time

Sarah Macdonald This is not another blog about parenting techniques.

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Your salary could be the victim of a subconscious bias against assertive women

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 27: Fashion Blogger Noor De Groot is wearing a Green Paper Boys sweater, Bas Kosters skirt and Rayban sunglasses on day 5 of Paris Collections: Women on September 27, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images)

Sarah Macdonald Studies have proved women who negotiate better pay rises are more disliked and seen as less socially skilled,

Appropriate spanking

There's no such thing as 'appropriate spanking'


Sarah Macdonald Children are vulnerable, they are dependent upon us, they are smaller than us, they are learning from us.


#NoKidsPolicy how a hashtag changed the way the media treat children

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12:  Kim Kardashian and daughter, North West are seen in walking in Soho on August 12, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)

Sarah Macdonald On consent, permission, control and the celebrity mum.

Baby Gammy

What Baby Gammy's story teaches us about commercial surrogacy


Sarah Macdonald The trouble with calling out 'villains' in the baby making business.

The marriage test

Do smart women have better marriages?


Sarah Macdonald A new study plots the effect of a woman's success on their chances of getting and staying married.

Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life

Elizabeth Gilbert

Sarah Macdonald Elizabeth Gilbert thinks we should stop using the word 'balance' as a weapon against each other.

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Parental pride

It's okay to brag about your kids

Sarah Macdonald Life with a child is a triumph of hope and a tonne of struggle. Celebrate while you can.

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Are you a victim of 'pre-crastination?'

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Sarah Macdonald Procrastination's evil twin is probably making you just as inefficient.

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The end of the stay at home mum


Sarah Macdonald Should we mourn or celebrate her dwindling tribe?

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Awkward parenting moments

Why I won't give my teens the 'sex talk'


Sarah Macdonald It’s the sex information night at our local public school this week. But here's why my kids won't be going.

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What to do with a child who hates sports


Sarah Macdonald What if your kid hates whistles, coaches and sponsored uniforms? Should you really force them to change?

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Parenting myths

Are we responsible for our children's happiness?


Sarah Macdonald Parenting books say yes, but Sarah MacDonald isn't so sure.

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Sex myths

Are women less suited to monogamy than men?


Sarah Macdonald Sarah Macdonald on how to climb back up the sexual cliff.

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Positive Education

Are we being too kind to our kids?

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Sarah Macdonald Schools are banning red pen in the name of positivity, but are we going too far?

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