Parenting and Families
ANDIE FOX Andie Fox on why it's so important for working parents to choose the type of childcare they need.
Laura Jackel "I really have no idea what I'm doing, whether I am getting it horribly wrong, spot on or if I am just really crap at it."
LAUREN SMELCHER SAMS Can friendships survive the ultimate parental disagreement?
Joanne Fedler When her children were young, Joanne Fedler’s word was gospel. Now she has teenagers, the whole game has changed.
Archer the koala
An intense level of cute.
Not buying it
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.
Lisa Bryant If he wants to keep his job, maybe it's time he started making some decisions and not just blaming the childcare problem on his predecessors.
KASEY EDWARDS Five things I'm determined to do to help my daughters avoid body hatred.
Kim Lock It's not healthy or helpful for expectant mothers.
CHRISTOPHER SCANLON Starting with, 'Dad, am I pretty'?
KASEY EDWARDS To become a well functioning parent, there are 8 stages you'll need to transition through to adjust to your new life.
Joo-Inn Chew But they are also more accepting than adults, says Joo-Inn Chew.
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.
PAUL CHAI Or are parents merely harbouring an irrational fear of public schools?
Kate Lyons "The kids are very aware that they’re not represented and that there’s nobody like them on TV.”
Oh, and he's also threatened with court action, BTW.
Ask a counsellor
We asked Daily Life counsellor Elly Taylor seven brutally honest questions about marriage after children.
Meredith Hale The Christmas gift our family didn't want: a new Kindle Fire - for my 5-year-old.
Kari Wagner-Peck Everyone in foster care--and really in life--has something that makes them more vulnerable. We just know what our son's is.
NATALIE BOCHENSKI Study shows women value more than just money when choosing a sperm donor.
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."
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
ANDIE FOX It's time for the former Labor Leader to recognise 'leftie mummy bloggers’ are his people. Here's why.
Yumi Stynes Yumi Stynes' powerful response to a tacky newspaper attack on what her baby wore to a children's film premiere.
Juanita Phillips, Ben Elton and William McInnes recount the Christmases that are seared into their memories, for all the right – or wrong – reasons.
Four women explain how they have coped with 'mid-life motherhood'.
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.
SARAH MACDONALD All parents are different but they do one thing the same. They vow to be different
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."
Lisa Pryor My five-year-old daughter favours a look that could be called Highly Flammable High Femme.
Sharon Smith For sufferers of PND, the question of another child is a complex one.
SARAH MACDONALD Don't assume all parents love children, warns Sarah Macdonald.
ROBYN GRACE Jamie Oliver has a hot tip for parents: chilli for naughty children.
CHRISTOPHER SCANLON Gifted children are, it seems, common as muck. But is it a good thing to single them out?
KASEY EDWARDS Scientists predict in the future, sex will be 'for fun only'. But is an IVF-led future a good thing?
Lisa Pryor "I've discovered an unexpected benefit of this disclosure: it is the best-ever conversation starter."
SARAH MACDONALD It’s time workplaces recognised the benefits of hiring working mothers.
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.
KASEY EDWARDS There are thousands of men who fantasise about being pregnant.
LINDY ALEXANDER When Lindy Alexander started reading to her young son, she never expected she would be the one being educated.
Bryony Gordon My name is Bryony and I only have one child. Now please stay away from my uterus.
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."
Jennifer Morton Meet three Australian families who did.
STEPHANIE PEATLING Let's give our childcare workers what they deserve.
"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
KASEY EDWARDS If children are unwelcome in public space, then women are unwelcome also.
Ariane Beeston "It was the help I needed to save my life."
Petula Dvorak And I'm tired of people telling them, “Boys don’t do that."
ALICE WILLIAMS "Do we really shroud something so joyous (and potentially heartbreaking) in secrecy because… it might be awkward?"
KASEY EDWARDS "I don't want a perfect photo, I want a photo of my perfect child."
DOM KNIGHT Life is co-ed, after all. And if our schools are preparing us for it, they should be too.
KASEY EDWARDS How many times have you seen girls’ anti-social behavior dismissed as 'girls being girls'?
Yumi Stynes "It's hard to explain to my daughter that I was never any good at sport at school."
SARAH MACDONALD This is not another blog about parenting techniques.
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."
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.
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
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.