Parenting and Families
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.
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.