Parenting and Families
ANDIE FOX A manifesto to new parents.
Rowan Pelling When it comes to disciplining children, is yelling better than silent treatment?
JO HARTLEY Jo Hartley meets three women whose longing for a baby was so great they each decided not to wait for a partner.
ANDIE FOX A beginner's guide to coping with all the surprises of single parenthood.
SARAH MACDONALD Parenting books say yes, but Sarah MacDonald isn't so sure.
KATE FRIDKIS A new poll says one in five expectant mums will consider hiring a 'birth photographer'. Would you?
Robyn Doreian When it comes to introducing a new partner to your children, the experts advise baby steps.
Laura Vitto It sure pays to have a Dreamworks animator dad.
SARAH MACDONALD Schools are banning red pen in the name of positivity, but are we going too far?
Benjamin Law and Michelle Law The pleasures and awkwardness of growing up with an Asian mum.
ALEXANDRA SMITH Australian women in their late 40s and even 50s, desperate for a baby, are increasingly travelling to Greece and Spain to get pregnant.
Parenting rule to break
LAUREN SMELCHER SAMS Lauren Smelcher Sams on why grown ups shouldn't shame little girls for kissing their friends.
'My Little Pony' ban
Emma Young It took a child with the 'wrong' bag to pose the pertinent questions about gender stereotyping.
Paula Sirois Call it stretching the truth or little white lies or whatever you wish, but the facts are the facts.
SARAH MACDONALD By saturating our children with pressures we are robbing them of their childhoods.
KATE FRIDKIS New mum Kate Fridkis has stopped indulging everyone's curiosity. And thinks you should, too.
PAUL CHAI If they see their parents have the odd fight and then make up, they may end up learning about real life.
As told to Danielle Colley "I can't imagine how confusing it must be to feel you're not in the right skin."
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.