EDITOR’S PICKS

  • Professor Kevin Wheldall explains that there’s more to learning to read than meets the eye. Even if a child can read fluently and has a good vocabulary, that is not enough. The child also has to be able to make sense of words in context....

  • Chicken and corn soup (and crabmeat and corn soup) from the local Chinese restaurant was a childhood staple in our household and is filled with fond memories for me. This popular crowd-pleaser also provides the perfect opportunity to sneak in other hidden treasures and bump up...

  • Jenny Wilbow finds that as her son is getting older, managing aspects of Asperger’s syndrome is getting easier. The sign said quite simply, “Dirty Plates and Trays Here”. We were at one of those dreary self-service cafeterias en route home after a long day-trip. With...

  • Klay Lamprell explains that selective mutism is now understood to be a form of severe anxiety, rather than a sign of a stubborn or manipulative child. Even as a baby, Danielle Dawes was extremely shy. She would turn her head away if anyone looked at...

  • Do you know someone who has had a successful time at their workplace balancing home and work life? Most likely you know someone who has not! Parenting education providers, Parents At Work and Karitane have teamed up with corporate Australia and researchers from two Australian...

  • Reading aloud to young children is akin to going on the stage. It requires a willingness to be theatrical, to sing, to change voices and be animated in your actions and facial expressions says Nan Williamson It is true that the magic of reading lies...

Celebrating Mothers

  • Family medical history, fear and trepidation take their toll on Karen Weeks, even after the birth of her perfectly healthy son. We all know parenthood is difficult. We know because we’re parents and have experienced it firsthand. But before having children, I had no idea...

  • 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...

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