EDITOR’S PICKS

  •  Is this the game-changer for Aussie kids? Asks Wendy Boyd and Michelle M. Neumann Shutterstock Celebrations greeted Thursday’s co-ordinated announcement by the NSW and Victorian governments that they will invest $6 billion and $9 billion, respectively, to provide 30 hours a week of play-based learning...

  • Timothy Heffernan reports on what the online furore #Swedengate, tells us about Swedish food culture and social expectations From meatballs and cakes to soups and seafood, Sweden is known for its hearty cuisine. It’s also renowned for its quality of life, topping many countries in...

  • Overweight and obesity is the second-largest contributor to Australia’s disease burden and health costs, including significantly driving Australia’s high-cost diseases (for example, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers). It’s estimated to cost the Australian economy $11.8 billion, and if obesity rates continue to in

  • Is there a special time when our children’s brains are more open to learning new skills like reading, writing and playing a musical instrument? And is ‘earlier’ always ‘better’?

  • Holidays take on a new meaning once kids arrive, but a change of scene can still leave you re-energised. 

  • Caroline Webster, author and founder of the blog Caro & Co, chats to us about motherhood and encouraging unstructured play in kids; getting them off technology and exploring the outdoors instead.

Celebrating Mothers

  • Vicki Englund finds herself on the outer in a community of much younger mothers. It’s funny when you look back on the things about motherhood you hadn’t anticipated. When my husband and I decided to try to have a baby, at rather advanced ages on...

  • Carla Pascoe Leahy reviews: Mothertongues – Ceridwen Dovey and Eliza Bell (Hamish Hamilton) Mothertongues creatively responds to the question: what kind of genre and form could possibly describe a human experience that resists language? Is it possible to capture the inexpressible complexity and absurdity of...

  • Yes, the ‘terrible twos’ are full-on – but let’s look at things from a child’s perspective write researchers Rochelle Matacz and Lynn Priddis Meet Eli. He entered the second year of his life with gusto and now, aged 18 months, he is discovering new things...

  • If you’ve ever tried to make new friends as an adult, writes Anastasia Hronis, you’ll probably see why loneliness is at an all-time high. Making new friends feels just plain hard. In school, making friends can be as simple as going on the monkey bars...

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