EDITOR’S PICKS

  • A note from school prompts a hair-raising experience for Sandy Leen and her family. When the note came home from school advising that there was an outbreak of head lice in my son’s class, I was intrigued. The note instructed me to stop everything and...

  • Anna Gibson discovers why making time for a story is the biggest contribution you can make to your child’s ‘success’ in life. Albert Einstein was once asked what we could do to make our children smarter. He answered, “If you want your children to be...

  • School education needs radical reform if students are to thrive in an increasingly complex world, writes Greg Whitby. For the past 150 years, schooling has remained largely unchanged. For many, the launch of the Federal Government’s Digital Education Revolution initiative in 2008 was the first...

  • Teachers, parents and particularly other students are responsible for helping to prevent bullying, says Sam Chadwick. “I was only joking, I didn’t mean it!” How many times have I heard that in my 10 years of teaching? These words are so often spoken by children...

  • Giving of one’s free time reaps rewards for everyone concerned, writes Lucinda Bertram. As Australians, we pride ourselves on our generous nature. While in some countries volunteer fire-fighters and lifeguards are unheard of, the situation in Australia proves that money doesn’t need to be a...

  • When Karen Eriksen’s son began refusing almost all food at the age of two, it would take five years and several specialists to establish what the problem was. My child lives on air alone. You might think I am exaggerating, but I’m not really. My...

Celebrating Mothers

  • 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...

  • With both her kids now at school, Jean Flynn contemplates a ‘career change’. I’m looking for a job. I already have one, but I’m interested in doing something a bit different – branching out. I’ve been in my current position for nearly eight years. It’s...

  • More and more employers are aware of their obligations to assist mothers returning to work. This  advice from the Australian Breastfeeding Association provides the latest updated information to help parents to make their best choices. Many mothers successfully combine work and breastfeeding. Our work environment...

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