Parenting and Families
Bridgette White Flipping through the pictures on my phone, I see it. My first reaction is shock. Who took this hideous picture of me?
Lauren Henderson The effects of being a Good Girl are far-reaching, personally and publicly.
SONJA EBBELS Why we shouldn't worry so much about our children inheriting our anxieties.
What to do
PAUL CHAI "You see kids, Daddy is a bloody idiot."
The 10 year gap
Yumi Stynes After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain – and the pleasure – of birth.
CHRISTOPHER SCANLON Five commiseration clichés you get for being the 'only male in the house'.
Beth Woolsey What if what we've always been told about the key to good parenting is wrong?
Claire Moulds Claire Moulds takes a look at the panic-mongering around women aged 35-plus who have not yet had children.
Anea Bogue The desire to please leaves many girls willing to relinquish their own unique and personal desires, passions and talents, all of which are fundamental aspects of her identity.
ANDIE FOX Andie Fox on the magic of blending families and group parenting on a partnerless retreat.
The cost of kids
Laura Shin A no BS guide to the biggest 'investment' of your life.
PAUL CHAI Paul Chai has had enough of the corporate speak and 'compliment sandwich'.
ANDIE FOX Here is my side of the story. In case that day shall come.
Anea Bogue If girls feel their parents' fear, she will naturally make associations between her sexual desires and fear.
The toughest rejection?
Paul Mitchell Now that Paul Mitchell's daughter has chosen to live with his ex, he wonders if he'll ever get over her absence.
Tim Barlass It's a picture most parents would cherish. You can almost hear mum saying: "Here they are, they loved that first bubble bath together. We couldn't get them out."
Like a girl
T.L. Stanley It’s time to flip that tired old phrase on its head, according to this 'Always Maxi Pad' advertisement.
Effie Mann A powerful US advertisement has highlighted the impact of gender stereotyping on young women.
KATE FRIDKIS The choice to not ever have kids is a world of difference from parenthood.
SARAH MACDONALD Life with a child is a triumph of hope and a tonne of struggle. Celebrate while you can.
Erin O'Dwyer Although Katie Elfar's husband was no longer with her, having a baby using his frozen sperm was the best decision she ever made.
Cathy Sherry A public high school student was prevented from attending an HSC English study day because she had dyed her hair pink. The school claimed that the dye was contrary to the uniform policy. The president of the school’s Parents and Citizens Association said the ban was an attempt to ‘‘mimic private school standards’’.
ANDIE FOX To both sexualise and silence teenage girls is a terribly dangerous combination.
SARAH MACDONALD Procrastination's evil twin is probably making you just as inefficient.
Marisa Black Marisa Black was deeply conflicted about childcare – until a backward glance put her mind at ease.
ANDIE FOX We need to see address child-rearing in terms of intimacy rather than a series of developmental stages.
Lindy Alexander Why telling your child “everyone’s equal” is not enough.
Why kids lie
Melinda Wenner Moyer When kids lie, it’s not a sign that they’re on the road to delinquency.
SARAH MACDONALD Should we mourn or celebrate her dwindling tribe?
PAUL CHAI "As parents we are just a ragtag bunch but there are a few of you who are really letting the side down, and we need to talk."
KATE FRIDKIS Kate Fridkis on crossing the not-so-wide divide between young woman and young woman with a baby.
DOM KNIGHT Dom Knight realises parenting is really hard, and parenting while travelling is harder still.
Nathan Jolly *When you don't have any children
Parenting as therapy
ANDIE FOX Andie Fox on the fraught practice of using parenting as therapy.
Awkward parenting moments
SARAH MACDONALD It’s the sex information night at our local public school this week. But here's why my kids won't be going.
Jacinta Tynan Jacinta Tynan on why mothers need to give themselves a break.
Who on earth would want a baby 10 years after the last one? We do, says pregnant mother-of-two Yumi Stynes.
Grieving on mother's day
CLEMENTINE FORD Clementine Ford: "In the years since my mother’s death, I have often felt like a weightless balloon".
Nicola Petersen The practical changes a family must make following gender transition.
JILL STARK A comprehensive study argues there is no need to panic about the intersection of teenagers, sexual behaviour and technology, writes Jill Stark.
Caroline Beaulieu Having a baby is like losing your leg and winning the lottery.
ANDIE FOX The intense friendship circles where women came to know each other better their partners did.
SARAH MACDONALD What if your kid hates whistles, coaches and sponsored uniforms? Should you really force them to change?
Megan Davies Mennes Since I started blogging about my son Quinn and his disability, I knew this day would come.
KASEY EDWARDS Why do strangers feel entitled to comment on young girls' food habits?
TRACEY SPICER Tracey Spicer's nine-year-old son is convinced that Zombies are involved.
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.