Parenting and Families
Hannah Rosin The birds and bees talk is not fun for anybody.
Kasey Edwards Starting with: knowing when to let go.
Jessica Grose A new study reveals what we've always suspected: breast isn't always best.
Marian Children and adopting parents are being cut adrift by a community services sector without funding for ongoing support.
RACHEL BROWNE Or are modern parents too reluctant to let their kids enter the part-time workforce?
KATE FRIDKIS Not every woman wants to “get their old life back” after childbirth.
Julia Llewellyn Smith Is it OK to opt out of your child's birth?
Hanna Rosin All of the problems associated with over-involved parenting won't miraculously disappear by being 'in the moment.'
Ruth Graham Why do parents make parenting sound so God-awful?
Jane Shilling Should we give up on teaching children how to eat nicely?
This short film is based on a true story and is probably the most touching thing we've seen all week.
Dr. Darla Clayton, Psy.D. Friends, acquaintances, family members and complete strangers are remarkably comfortable questioning and commenting on various aspects of our lives.
All joy and no fun
Jessica Grose Once having a child became a choice rather than a necessity the roles got scrambled and remain fraught.
The father wound
Steve Biddulph Men are finally becoming the dads their children need, writes "Raising Boys" author Steve Biddulph.
KATE FRIDKIS "I spent the entire evening on my computer, reading lists of thousands of names. I canceled some plans. My daughter needed a name!"
KASEY EDWARDS "Children, particularly girls, should be allowed to be in charge of their appearance."
SARAH MACDONALD 'Cotton woolling' children could be stopping them from reaching their full potential.
Jessica Grose Please, can we call a moratorium on all “new” baby-rearing techniques for the foreseeable future
Children vs child-free
PAUL CHAI Paul Chai on why it’s a question so many couples struggle to answer.
KASEY EDWARDS It's time to banish the assumption that women who opt for a c-section are lazy and self-indulgent.
PAUL CHAI Don’t you hate it when a play date goes off the rails?
Miranda Buck and Lisa Amir New research into breastfeeding practices is attempting to improve the experience for both mother and baby.
Melanie Mahoney For a company that makes billions of dollars a year selling bras, whose ads feature women dressed in nothing but sexy lingerie, you’d think that Victoria’s Secret stores would be breastfeeding-friendly. But one mum learnt that it isn't the case.
Josephine Tovey, Inga Ting Parents with children in NSW selective schools pay voluntary fees on average five times the amount of those with children in comprehensive public schools, creating a stark inequality within the public school system, an analysis by Fairfax Media reveals.
Jessica Grose Let's agree on some behavioural codes in 'adult spaces' -- for parents and non-parents alike.
Keeli Cambourne What it's like to parent a teen with an eating disorder.
Melinda Wenner Moyer The way parents handle clinginess can have a big impact on how long it lasts and how bad it becomes.
Cindy Ngo Conscientious objection to childhood immunisation is on the rise as parents exploit a loophole in the new ''no jab, no play'' law that allows unvaccinated children to be enrolled in childcare centres.
Kari Wagner-Peck Can a child -- any child -- understand what that means?
ANNIE STEVENS Going home for Christmas can be a fraught affair, here's how to handle it like a grownup.
PAUL CHAI Paul Chai is far too busy teaching his kids to live well and respect others to worry about the occasional F- word.
Ice-breakers for girls
KASEY EDWARDS What to say to young girls apart from 'you're so pretty'.
KASEY EDWARDS Have we gone too far in the direction of celebrating our periods?
KATE WILCOX 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.