Parenting and Families
8:35am Here’s what Jacinta Tynan has learnt from living with two pint-sized Zen masters – her sons.
Amanda Hooton It was a glimpse into another world: a midweek night out amid inner-city adults doing curious things.
Dave Dash My manager didn't realise "How was your holiday" was the worst thing to ask me after I came back from paternity leave.
Kate Holden Before I had a baby, children were movement rather than people. But then my depth of field changed.
KASEY EDWARDS "Any woman who’s seen to be taking care of her own needs, rather than being totally devoted to those of her baby, is liable to be branded selfish."
Katy Chatel When one parent can be better than two.
Emily Maguire Emily Maguire is adored by children, and loves them right back. It’s just that she doesn’t want any of her own.
KASEY EDWARDS When Matt proposed to Emma he stipulated one non-negotiable condition. Children.
Lost in translation
Abigail Rasminsky Watching her learn German is heartbreaking, as she is entering a world I literally cannot understand.
Emily Kaye Lazzaro I would love to keep my choices private, but I need to be in the world and I won’t be sequestered.
Catherine Rodie Why is the idea of nursing someone else's baby so socially unacceptable?
KASEY EDWARDS The 'pregnancy abs' thing began after lingerie model Sarah Stage started posting her pregnant belly selfies online.
Belinda Peters "When he flashed me his first crooked smile when he was six weeks old, both happiness and fear flooded my body. I knew then that facial palsy would always be a part of our life and if he was to grow up different then so must I."
KASEY EDWARDS Pete Evans' paleo cookbook for kids has caused a storm. But there are plenty of other unsafe food trends for babies and toddlers.
As new parents quickly discover, babies don't come with an operating manual.
Kim Lock Birth is yet another area of society where to remove gendered oppression we need to stop moralising and listen to women, despite how confronting it may be.
Bonds Baby Search
KASEY EDWARDS It’s marketed as just a bit of harmless fun, but let’s face it: the Bonds Baby Search competition is the reputable version of 'Toddlers and Tiaras', writes Kasey Edwards.
Kari Wagner-Peck After two years, we realised school was hindering my son's education.
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.