Parenting and Families
Patrick Lenton "As anyone who's worked in a museum knows, conserving an old artifact isn't just about setting it aside - it's about performing regular upkeep."
Victoria Lambert Victoria Beckham's lip-kiss to her daughter Harper has divided parents.
No strings attached
Jen Vuk The email began tentatively enough, and then came this: "I wondered whether it would suit you if I came and cooked for your kids one night a week."
Kasey Edwards "We bring girls up in a world where being hot and sexy is the most valued thing a woman can be - and then we mock them for it," writes Kasey Edwards.
Nikki Wallman I'd always imagined I would slip into pregnancy gracefully; a swan dive into the cool, welcoming waters of the next stage of life. Right?
Kasey Edwards Kasey Edwards thinks it could have something to do with 'deadbeat dads' who are just as prevalent in well-off homes as on struggle street.
Kasey Edwards "I don't want to calculate the number of hours of my life I have wasted fixated on my body and everything I thought was wrong with it."
Sarah Armstrong There's a tension between writing and family responsibilities, but it can be a productive one, writes Sarah Armstrong.
Sally Rawlings It's pre-election danger week. Sally Rawlings warns against letting political passions turn longstanding relationships into long-time standoffs.
Natalie Reilly "I'm not always making prolonged eye contact with my kids... and I'll not be judged over it," writes Natalie Reilly.
Kathy Lette After experiencing rejection after rejection looking for a job, Kathy Lette's autistic son Julius finds his true talent.
Erin O'Dwyer A surrogate mum and the parents of the baby she gave birth to tell their story. It took trust and courage - and a very detailed plan.
Cat Rodie I thought my five-year-old daughter's love of Disney princesses was harmless, but new research has me thinking twice.
Billy Doidge Kilgore "I see the damage done by narrow gender roles. They force men and women into rigid positions not in the best interests of their family."
Natalie Reilly "What is obvious from the now-famous gif of the Queen scolding William is that Her Majesty places a higher value on protocol than parenting," writes Natalie Reilly.
Erin O'Dwyer I announced the television was broken, and the following seven days were a revelation.
Kasey Edwards "We live in a culture where it's so normal to judge women on the basis of their beauty, that even little girls in sporting competitions are subjected to the oppressive beauty imperative," writes Kasey Edwards.
Cosima Marriner What happens when avid opponents of vaccination "convert"? Cosima Marriner looks at the fallout.
Paul Chai "If I had a penny every time I heard this, I'd have amassed a lot of cash by now," writes Paul Chai.
Robyn Passante My sisters occupied and experienced the same world as me, at the same eye level as me, and there is an incredible intimacy in that.
Christine Organ It is important for children to see their grandparents as the flawed, complex people they are, argues Christine Organ.
Amy Joyce Many of us seem to think kids are born with empathy and respect for women, Amy Joyce writes.
Nikki Wallman I fell in love with a rescue dog. Then along came a baby. Could we all live happily ever after?
Paul Chai Paul Chai swears there are more birthday parties than kids at his school.
Sara Lindberg "My daughter has taught me a lot about the quiet and wonderful world of introverts," writes Sara Lindberg.
Tom Rachman Emily's library remained like a silent repository of her, and I had to dismantle it.
Bernadette Morley It really is quite something. Deconstructing a life that has spanned more than 76 years without either that person's consent or supervision.
Kasey Edwards There's no shortage of inspirational videos challenging social limitations placed on girls, but without the same for boys they won't solve anything.
Megan Blandford "I've landed on my feet, but I nearly didn't get here, and that level of sacrifice just isn't worth it," writes Megan Blandford.
Patrick Lenton "I've had to learn to be OK with the fact that my birthday gets celebrated around the schedule of the AFL Grand Final," writes Patrick Lenton.
Helena Andrews "What's funny about the question of motherhood and daughterhood is how easily the once permanent-seeming titles get wiped away."
Kasey Edwards "The thing about parenting is that it doesn't stop. Every day, every night, every week, every month for YEARS," writes Kasey Edwards.
Erin Riley Choice can be a complicated matter for women with fertility issues, as Erin Riley discovered.
Eliza-Jane Henry-Jones "Alzheimer's is not forgetting where you've put your coat or the names of your family - it's forgetting what a coat is and seeing your family as strangers who are trying to hurt you."
Katy Chatel Katy Chatel had to let go of rigid expectations to live the life she'd always wanted.
Meshel Laurie For as long as I can remember I've been focused on accumulating stuff - money, objects, jobs, friends. So why does it feel like grasping at straws?
Lisa Papademetriou I don't want my daughter to follow in my career footsteps, and it turns out that I am not alone.
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen "As I begin to think about what I want for my own future children, I develop a deeper understanding of my parents' decisions."
Amy Joyce People overwhelmingly feel better after a chat to Mum, even if she doesn't have the solution to their problems.
Janie Barrett Intrigued by the very private nature of birth, photographer Janie Barrett took her camera into the delivery ward to capture the awe-filled moment when a woman becomes a mother.
Fiona McArthur At this time of year, midwife Fiona McArthur thinks also of the mothers who have empty arms.
Ruby Hamad "We are in difficult situations. We can't even go back to where we came from, and these hard circumstances of make things worse for our kids."
Celina Ribeiro "My sister, like scores of aunts the world over, is essential to the bringing up of my child," writes Celina Ribeiro.
Gabrielle Lane The trend for parents to continue to give money to their offspring well into adulthood is bad for young people as well as old, writes Gabrielle Lane.
Beth Spencer "In the old days, this would be called a 'Home'. Nowadays they've dropped the pretence. A 'residence' or 'facility' is, after all, more accurate," writes Beth Spencer.
Lisa Papademetriou There is value in modelling being afraid of something, and doing it anyway.
Kathy Lette With their natural talent for snooping, middle-aged mothers really do make the best spies, says Kathy Lette.
Paul Chai "Recently, after years of being the United States of Parental Agreement, my wife and I have found that we are not always on the same page," writes Paul Chai.
Susan Margolis Stillman "Intellectually, I am all in. Emotionally, however, it's a little hard for me," writes Susan Margolis Stillman.
Kasey Edwards We shouldn't make the mistake of trying to protect our children's innocence by maintaining their ignorance, writes Kasey Edwards.
Lyz Lenz "Have I not made a safe enough home? Did my worry slide down my DNA and into her? Did my husband give her blue eyes, while I gave her fear?"
Kasey Edwards We've been fed a line that workplaces are more friendly to mothers now. Let's get real.
Kasey Edwards Think football "isn't just for boys"? Kasey Edwards doesn't buy that.
Three years ago, Amelia Kaiser's 42-year-old mother, Lorrin Whitehead, walked out of a supermarket in Bannockburn, Victoria. She has not been seen since.
Kerri Sackville An overseas holiday casts a new glow on life at home, says Kerri Sackville.
Erin Mantz "You prepare yourself for a lot of things when you get divorced and have kids. But holidays alone are especially hard,"
Michael Kruger Michael Kruger, who was raised by two mums, says "what defines a parent is the relationship".
Kimberly Palmer Kimberly Palmer says she is very careful about the way she speaks about money around her young children.
Judith Ireland Just as pornography is only a few clicks away for adults on the internet - so it is for children.
Louise France Six-year-old Iris' art has thousands of fans include Angelina Jolie. Here, her mother opens up about her unique challenges.