Parenting and Families
KATE WILCOX 11:57pm Why is it so hard to buy gender neutral presents for children?
Lucinda Schmidt Is it more important to be around your children when they are toddlers or as they grow into teenagers?
Suniya Luthar It is often thought that children of privilege have an easy ride through life, but it may be time to reassess the stresses they face.
KASEY EDWARDS A new book reveals all the common gender traps that parents fall into -- despite their best intentions.
Keli Goff The importance of being culturally conscious with your kids.
Jessica Catcher Warning: Have a box of tissues handy before pressing play.
Boy's v girl's books
SARAH MACDONALD Why so many children's books have male protagonists.
Andie Fox Read the very last line of the inquiry’s scope. This should be something of a warning to parents.
Melody McCabe The video of Mary Lynne Leroux crying as she hears her mother sing has gone viral. And now she's on Ellen.
RACHEL BROWNE Children's books author Mem Fox knows just the thing to say to make your blood boil.
KATE FRIDKIS Kate Fridkis on why being a new mum can sometimes feel like learning how to date.
Hanna Rosin All mother's know how this story goes. Hanna Rosin on her whirlwind visit to Australia.
Melissa Jacob reports on a very modern parental headache.
PAUL CHAI Because parenting, like any job, goes better with mentors.
LAUREN SMELCHER SAMS A new law has just been passed in the US to stop people from touching baby bumps without permission.
ELLY TAYLOR It’s hard to have compassion for a child who has trouble with empathy, but modelling is key.
Like for rate
LAUREN SMELCHER SAMS One teen magazine editor dissects Facebook's growing 'like for rate' trend.
Robyn Doreian Three women compare their life with that of their mum at the same age.
COSIMA MARRINER Having babies later in life means mothers are happier and less stressed, new research suggests.
Pretty or ugly videos
SARAH MACDONALD Teens asking strangers to rate their appearance is "an act of self-mutilation as toxic as cutting or an eating disorder".
Pregnancy and childbirth
KASEY EDWARDS A drug-free vaginal birth is held up as the gold standard of female empowerment.
Zanni Louise How to work through the guilt and reconnect with your children after an angry outburst.
Daisy Dumas, Daniella Miletic Luke Harris jumped at the chance of extended parental leave, he's not the only one.
Fear of free time
KASEY EDWARDS Are we so uncomfortable with free time that we are running away from it?
Erin O'Dwyer When life throws an unimaginable curve ball.
Lauren Smelcher Sams A new book reveals why awkward teen boys deserve our attention.
The working mum paradox
Matt Wade Researchers reveals surprising findings about working mums and their children's performance.
KASEY EDWARDS Here's why you should't feel so guilty about it.
RACHEL BROWNE Should we put a dollar value on our children's development?
Body image lessons
KASEY EDWARDS Things we can all learn by observing a four-year-old child.
Susan Murphy A new inquiry found that stricter rules should be applied to parents who supply alcohol to teens.
Adoption via Facebook
Lauren Smelcher Sams Why more and more couples are turning to Facebook to find a birth mother.
SARAH MACDONALD A new experiment reveals distressing results. But should we smother kids with our fears?
KASEY EDWARDS Why do so many women feel the need to keep their fertility treatment a secret?
Bad parenting behaviour
SARAH MACDONALD It's finals season and there’s plenty of bad behaviour from over enthusiastic parents.
Awkward parenting dilemma
Natalie Meehan Apparently one in five new parents admit they are privately disappointed with their child's looks.
KASEY EDWARDS Kasey Edwards on how to handle awkward 'compliments' about your weight.
John Birmingham Why should a full time dad's paid parental leave based on his wife's salary?
SARAH MACDONALD Is the fear of not being in control making us think twice about motherhood?
DOM KNIGHT Dom Knight wants to thank you for taking one for the team (and for keeping the cool bars less crowded).
Rebecca Golden Is it best to speak up, or stand back and say nothing?
Mathematics of divorce
KASEY EDWARDS An economist reveals that there is less chance of the husband leaving the marriage where the firstborn is a boy.
SARAH MACDONALD One mother's fear of watching her children turn into ungrateful wretches.
Words of wisdom
DOM KNIGHT By Dom Knight. Yes, he has no kids. Duck and run Dom, ruuun!
'Give us a kiss'
KASEY EDWARDS One mother wants to put an end on the ritual of demanding affection from children on cue.
Andie Fox One mother explains why it's not as ludicrous an idea as it sounds.
KASEY EDWARDS The bizarre argument that men should save themselves for the 'more important tasks' of parenthood.
Fight or flight
S.A. Jones It's an unpalatable truth, but sometimes fighting back is the best response.
KATE FRIDKIS Kate Fridkis on the 'ultimate crime' of letting yourself go.
JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN Living on a different continent to your family doesn't necessarily mean that you wanted to get away.
Lauren Smelcher Sams There have been numerous documented cases of male lactation. So why is the concept so strange?
Empty nest syndrome
SONJA EBBELS The varying ways mothers cope when their nests begin to empty.
KASEY EDWARDS "Fifty per cent of the women in my mothers' group were made redundant soon after they announced their pregnancy or while they were on maternity leave."
KASEY EDWARDS Motherhood deserves more than pocket money, but negotiating a price isn't easy.
KASEY EDWARDS The introduction of cheaper fertility treatments highlights the real cost of IVF.
KASEY EDWARDS Turns out, lots of American mums. But Shezow continues a long tradition of socially progressive cartoons.
KASEY EDWARDS Learning body hatred from my mother.
Mums and leisure time
KASEY EDWARDS Why doesn't the ‘work hard, play hard’ motto ever apply to motherhood?
CHRISTOPHER SCANLON Christopher Scanlon shares some handy dos and don'ts.