Parenting and Families
Stay at home dads
CHRISTOPHER SCANLON If El-Erian were a high-flying woman, it’s likely that the narrative would have played out quite differently.
CHRISTOPHER SCANLON Dads, it's time to get domestic.
With two children aged nine and five, Elana Benjamin squares up for the challenge of playing school-holiday CEO.
Amy Mills Meet three women who took the motherhood plunge before they graduated from university.
SARAH MACDONALD Children are vulnerable, they are dependent upon us, they are smaller than us, they are learning from us.
PAUL CHAI Asian schools regularly outperform our own in PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) ratings, but is the pressure on children worth it?
Samantha Rodman "I'm not a toddler person. Which is unfortunate, because I have three kids under 5."
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?"
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."
KASEY EDWARDS We need to remind our children (and ourselves) that being in a bad relationship is not a better alternative to being single.
J.J. Keith New mothers, repeat: Pumping isn’t forever. Bottles aren’t forever. Nappies aren’t forever.
NATALIE REILLY And what they tell us about the way we view parenting.
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?
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?’"
ANDIE FOX How parenting practices are being bound by opportunity and culture.
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."
PAUL CHAI Any parent that's watched the Anaconda film clip with a young person is going to nod their head.
SARAH MACDONALD On consent, permission, control and the celebrity mum.
What's in a name
CHRISTOPHER SCANLON When a pet name says so much more than tiara, big hair and sparkly dress.
KASEY EDWARDS It's a little understood, but surprisingly common condition that afflicts women from all walks of life.
Bunmi Laditan I can tell from your curious glance and shy smile that you miss it, too.
KASEY EDWARDS And how it sets new mothers up to feel like failures.
JACQUELINE MALEY Most Australian mothers go back to work when their children are still young. But what is it like when they get there?
KATE FRIDKIS "I would like to feed my baby without giving the impression that I'm doing something scandalous."
ANDIE FOX Including what it's like to have an ex you can't move on from.
SARAH MACDONALD The trouble with calling out 'villains' in the baby making business.
PAUL CHAI According to a new study, this is a thing now.
Bridgette White Flipping through the pictures on my phone, I see it. My first reaction is shock. Who took this hideous picture of me?
Lauren Henderson The effects of being a Good Girl are far-reaching, personally and publicly.
SONJA EBBELS Why we shouldn't worry so much about our children inheriting our anxieties.
What to do
PAUL CHAI "You see kids, Daddy is a bloody idiot."
The 10 year gap
Yumi Stynes After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain – and the pleasure – of birth.
CHRISTOPHER SCANLON Five commiseration clichés you get for being the 'only male in the house'.
Beth Woolsey What if what we've always been told about the key to good parenting is wrong?
Claire Moulds Claire Moulds takes a look at the panic-mongering around women aged 35-plus who have not yet had children.
Anea Bogue The desire to please leaves many girls willing to relinquish their own unique and personal desires, passions and talents, all of which are fundamental aspects of her identity.
ANDIE FOX Andie Fox on the magic of blending families and group parenting on a partnerless retreat.
The cost of kids
Laura Shin A no BS guide to the biggest 'investment' of your life.
PAUL CHAI Paul Chai has had enough of the corporate speak and 'compliment sandwich'.
ANDIE FOX Here is my side of the story. In case that day shall come.
Anea Bogue If girls feel their parents' fear, she will naturally make associations between her sexual desires and fear.
The toughest rejection?
Paul Mitchell Now that Paul Mitchell's daughter has chosen to live with his ex, he wonders if he'll ever get over her absence.
Tim Barlass It's a picture most parents would cherish. You can almost hear mum saying: "Here they are, they loved that first bubble bath together. We couldn't get them out."
Like a girl
T.L. Stanley It’s time to flip that tired old phrase on its head, according to this 'Always Maxi Pad' advertisement.
Effie Mann A powerful US advertisement has highlighted the impact of gender stereotyping on young women.
KATE FRIDKIS The choice to not ever have kids is a world of difference from parenthood.
SARAH MACDONALD Life with a child is a triumph of hope and a tonne of struggle. Celebrate while you can.
Erin O'Dwyer Although Katie Elfar's husband was no longer with her, having a baby using his frozen sperm was the best decision she ever made.
Cathy Sherry A public high school student was prevented from attending an HSC English study day because she had dyed her hair pink. The school claimed that the dye was contrary to the uniform policy. The president of the school’s Parents and Citizens Association said the ban was an attempt to ‘‘mimic private school standards’’.
ANDIE FOX To both sexualise and silence teenage girls is a terribly dangerous combination.
SARAH MACDONALD Procrastination's evil twin is probably making you just as inefficient.
Marisa Black Marisa Black was deeply conflicted about childcare – until a backward glance put her mind at ease.
ANDIE FOX We need to see address child-rearing in terms of intimacy rather than a series of developmental stages.
Lindy Alexander Why telling your child “everyone’s equal” is not enough.
Why kids lie
Melinda Wenner Moyer When kids lie, it’s not a sign that they’re on the road to delinquency.
SARAH MACDONALD Should we mourn or celebrate her dwindling tribe?
PAUL CHAI "As parents we are just a ragtag bunch but there are a few of you who are really letting the side down, and we need to talk."
KATE FRIDKIS Kate Fridkis on crossing the not-so-wide divide between young woman and young woman with a baby.
DOM KNIGHT Dom Knight realises parenting is really hard, and parenting while travelling is harder still.