Parenting and Families


Stop saying 'I'm doing it for the kids'

PAUL CHAI "I don’t want my kids to think I am aimless or without goals, but nor do I want them to think that I only do things for them."

How to leave the house without wasting time to get ready

Lisa Pryor.

Lisa Pryor If you're willing to drag your brood out the door half-dressed and snot-encrusted, getting out of the house is really a breeze.

Dear Mark Latham

Dear Mark Latham, mothers are not the natural enemy of stay-at-home dads

Mark Latham

ANDIE FOX It's time for the former Labor Leader to recognise 'leftie mummy bloggers’ are his people. Here's why.

Yumi Stynes: "looking at that photo of my daughter now, I could cry"

Yumi Stynes and daughter Mercy at the <i>Paddington Bear</i> premiere.

Yumi Stynes Yumi Stynes' powerful response to a tacky newspaper attack on what her baby wore to a children's film premiere.

Yule never forget: Christmas memories

Tug of war: with all the pressure in the build-up, it's little wonder that some of us are ready to break come Christmas Day.

Juanita Phillips, Ben Elton and William McInnes recount the Christmases that are seared into their memories, for all the right – or wrong – reasons.

Mid-life motherhood

Being a new mum in your 40s

Four women explain how they have coped with 'mid-life motherhood'.

Mother forced to cover up with large napkin while breastfeeding at London hotel

She tweeted two photos of herself breastfeeding, with and without the napkin she was forced to cover herself with.

Melanie Hall Lou Burns criticises hotel's 'Victorian' policy after staff told her to cover herself with 'ridiculous shroud' while breastfeeding her 12-week-old daughter.

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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Are birth stories the best or worst kind of oversharing?


Yumi Stynes "Sharing the details of a birth is one fascinating element of parenthood I didn't anticipate. The need to share is as overwhelming as the need to push."

When, despite your best efforts, your daughter just wants to be a princess

Lisa Pryor.

Lisa Pryor My five-year-old daughter favours a look that could be called Highly Flammable High Femme.

Having another child after postnatal depression

Sharon Smith For sufferers of PND, the question of another child is a complex one.


You don't have to like kids to have them

Sunday Life, family sept 28

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

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Chilli for naughty children: Jamie Oliver in hot water over parenting tip


ROBYN GRACE Jamie Oliver has a hot tip for parents: chilli for naughty children.


Why I won't call my daughter 'gifted'

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CHRISTOPHER SCANLON Gifted children are, it seems, common as muck. But is it a good thing to single them out?

What if there were no more unplanned pregnancies?

KASEY EDWARDS Scientists predict in the future, sex will be 'for fun only'. But is an IVF-led future a good thing?

An honest answer to 'how do you do it all?'


Lisa Pryor "I've discovered an unexpected benefit of this disclosure: it is the best-ever conversation starter."

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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Parental pangs

Will I see my children turn 40?

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PAUL CHAI As someone who was very blasé about having kids, I was surprised at the pang of possibly not seeing them in middle age.

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Meet the Mpregs: male pregnancy enthusiasts


KASEY EDWARDS There are thousands of men who fantasise about being pregnant.

Children's books

Reading children's books has changed my life

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LINDY ALEXANDER When Lindy Alexander started reading to her young son, she never expected she would be the one being educated.

Constant questions

Why should women be judged on the size of their family?


Bryony Gordon My name is Bryony and I only have one child. Now please stay away from my uterus.

I'm not the person my husband married


KASEY EDWARDS And here's why I don’t want to be.


When no one believes your child has a deadly allergy


Kristin-Lee Campbell "I have been called a lot of things since dealing with my children’s allergies - a control freak, a helicopter mum, even a liar, or that my children are just fussy eaters."

Free-ranging families

Would you pack up your life to live like a modern-day nomad?


Jennifer Morton Meet three Australian families who did.


Should you send your sick child to school?

"There are few things more important than a good education, but I do not fear them missing a week or two out of a year."

No kids policies

The real reason 'no kids policies' are so absurd


KASEY EDWARDS If children are unwelcome in public space, then women are unwelcome also.

Post-natal psychosis

I fought post-natal psychosis in a mum and baby unit

'It was the help I needed to save my life'

Ariane Beeston "It was the help I needed to save my life."

Gender stereotypes

My sons love getting their toenails painted


Petula Dvorak And I'm tired of people telling them, “Boys don’t do that."

Pregnancy myths

Is it time to end the three-month 'don't tell' pregnancy rule?


ALICE WILLIAMS "Do we really shroud something so joyous (and potentially heartbreaking) in secrecy because… it might be awkward?"

Airbrushing children

When your six-year-old's school picture is photoshopped


KASEY EDWARDS "I don't want a perfect photo, I want a photo of my perfect child."

Is it time to ditch single-sex schools?


DOM KNIGHT Life is co-ed, after all. And if our schools are preparing us for it, they should be too.

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Are we expecting too little from our boys?

KASEY EDWARDS How many times have you seen girls’ anti-social behavior dismissed as 'girls being girls'?

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Being a parent who's hopeless at sports


Yumi Stynes "It's hard to explain to my daughter that I was never any good at sport at school."


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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Parental truths

It's okay to feel unprepared for your baby


Kate Johnston-Ataata and Renata Kokanovic "'I thought my baby would come with me to the café and I’d sit there and stare lovingly into her eyes."

Body image

Actually, your sons don't really need to see you naked

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Natalie Reilly Trying to safeguard our sons from 'perfect bodies' doesn't tell them so much about the world as it does about how we see ourselves.

Parental playground

Why I like taking my kids to the local playground


Lisa Pryor "At my stage of life, the park is one of the last bastions of spontaneous adult socialising left. It's like the park has become our new pub."

Stay at home dads

CEO quit his job to be a dad and the response is troubling


CHRISTOPHER SCANLON If El-Erian were a high-flying woman, it’s likely that the narrative would have played out quite differently.

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Holiday challenges

Are school holidays the most gruelling part of parenting?

Sunday Life, family sept 28

With two children aged nine and five, Elana Benjamin squares up for the challenge of playing school-holiday CEO.

Do younger mothers have an easier time?

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Amy Mills Meet three women who took the motherhood plunge before they graduated from university.

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.

Education system

Is Asia’s school system better than Australia’s?


PAUL CHAI Asian schools regularly outperform our own in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) ratings, but is the pressure on children worth it?

Toddler truths

I'm just not that into kids, including my own


Samantha Rodman "I'm not a toddler person. Which is unfortunate, because I have three kids under 5."

Female sterilisation

What it's really like to be a woman who chooses to be child-free

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Bri Seeley "Why did the medical community continue to deny me of my personal right to sterilisation? What is the difference from an adult man deciding he doesn't want to procreate and an adult woman making the same choice?"

Mothers Grimm

The lies we tell each other about motherhood

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Danielle Wood "I’d take any amount of well-intentioned belly groping in exchange for the much more insidious public evaluation of your actions, choices, priorities and beliefs that begins not long after your child is conceived."

Flying solo

Why I am preparing my daughters to be single women


KASEY EDWARDS We need to remind our children (and ourselves) that being in a bad relationship is not a better alternative to being single.

Baby changes

When will I feel like myself again after having a baby?


J.J. Keith New mothers, repeat: Pumping isn’t forever. Bottles aren’t forever. Nappies aren’t forever.

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Parenting expectations

Two words I hated hearing as a new mum


NATALIE REILLY And what they tell us about the way we view parenting.

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Honey, I disinherited the kids

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Helen Kirwan-Taylor Some rich kids won't be getting the windfall they expected. But is closing the Mum & Dad Bank such a good idea?

Down syndrome

Why I kept my baby after finding out he had Down syndrome


Elizabeth Schiltz "Though people do not ask aloud, you can see the question in their eyes: ‘If you knew, why did you have the baby?’"

Performance parenting

Judging – and being judged on – the way we parent in public


ANDIE FOX How parenting practices are being bound by opportunity and culture.



The question we need to stop asking mothers: "When will you have another child?"


Laura Jackel "Most people ask out of curiosity and not animosity, but it doesn’t stop me feeling irritated by its tone - that by only having one, we are somehow not ‘finished’ as a family."

Youtube ratings

Why age classifications on music videos are a good idea


PAUL CHAI Any parent that's watched the Anaconda film clip with a young person is going to nod their head.

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

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SARAH MACDONALD On consent, permission, control and the celebrity mum.

What's in a name

Why I don't call my daughter 'Princess'

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CHRISTOPHER SCANLON When a pet name says so much more than tiara, big hair and sparkly dress.

Asker’s Syndrome

Do you suffer from Asker’s Syndrome?


KASEY EDWARDS It's a little understood, but surprisingly common condition that afflicts women from all walks of life.

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Community longing

I miss the village I never had: it's what's missing from modern parenting

Back view of mother and child wrapped in striped towel

Bunmi Laditan I can tell from your curious glance and shy smile that you miss it, too.

The lie women are told about breastfeeding and weightloss


KASEY EDWARDS And how it sets new mothers up to feel like failures.

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