EDITOR’S PICKS

  • While her high expectations for her son have not come to fruition, Kathie Karapalidis realises he is doing just fine. Getting back into the school routine is daunting. There’s the morning ritual that, quite frankly, had its day last year, and the bedtime routine, which...

  • Louise Bettison looks at how defence-force families cope, and sometimes struggle, with the effects of deployment and frequent relocation. In Perth, a young woman posts on internet bulletin boards, seeking advice about her pregnancy. Having recently relocated because of her husband’s defence-force obligations, she has...

  • Philippa Macken explains how our own genetic cocktail can have fatal consequences for our children. Part of the fun of pregnancy is imagining what traits you’ll pass down to your baby. Perhaps they will inherit your dark curls or your partner’s wicked sense of humour....

  • “We’re not talking about a male toddler who pops on a frock occasionally or a little girl who acts like a tomboy…We’re talking about children who continually, even under the duress of discrimination and abuse, behave in ways that are outside of society’s gender norms.”...

  • Professor Ian Chubb, AC, served as Chief Scientist of Australia from 2011 to 2016. Here he emphasises the importance of scientific knowledge and skills to our children and society. In a rapidly changing world where new jobs and even new industries will continue to be...

  • These stuffed eggplants are a great way to use up any leftover spaghetti in a totally new way. This recipe was kindly shared with us by the amazing team at Mingle Seasoning. RECIPE Ingredients 2 eggplants 1 Tbsp coconut oil ½ brown onion, diced 250g...

Celebrating Mothers

  • Elspeth Ives explains to her five-year-old employer why she chooses to stay home with him and his siblings. “When did you decide you didn’t want to be anything, Mum?” my five-year-old son asked me on the way home from school. My very purpose and many...

  • Inspirational stories from mums juggling it all by Steph Adams and Samantha Brett. (Penguin Random House Australia, softback $39.99) The expensive cover of this softback coffee-table style book looked promising, covered with the head shots of some of the interviewees the authors canvassed about their...

  • Even self-professed exercise junkie MJ Ong struggles to keep up her regimen with a baby in tow. I’m not your average postgraduate student. On the first day of my doctorate course I was eight weeks pregnant. Ironically, my research is on pregnancy and exercise. I...

  • Kate King waxes lyrical about bygone times, before realising she is a different person now she is a mother. One night recently our children gave my husband and me a rare and unexpected treat: they were asleep by 7 pm. As we gently pulled their...

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