EDITOR’S PICKS

  • Melissa Cowan looks at ways to manage your emotions when you are stressed. When Katie* was driving her four-year-old daughter to daycare, her daughter got teary out of the blue. She said it was unfair her friend got to do swimming classes while she did...

  • Most of you will have noticed hosting a dinner party is harder than it used to be. Evangeline Mantzioris One friend is gluten-free, another is dairy-free, one can’t eat onion and two more are vegetarian. Are food intolerances increasing? Or do we just hear more...

  • From shopping lists to jokes on the fridge—learning how to be a confident and communicative writer is one of the most important skills students learn at school, report researchers Anabela Malpique, Deborah Pino Pasternak,  Debora Valcan and  Susan Ledger But NAPLAN results show a significant decline...

  • Researchers Rebecca English, Chris Krogh, Giuliana Liberto, and Karleen Gribble say, Australia needs more flexible options  Schools were thrown into a spin by the COVID-19 pandemic. When children were sent home to learn remotely, teaching methods remained largely the same. Many children, parents and teachers...

  • Time in hospital sets back tens of thousands of children’s learning each year, but targeted support can help them catch up, reports Rebecca Mitchell and Anne McMaugh NAPLAN scores can tell us about a child’s learning, but can they also help us to support learners...

  • The “Real” 7-Up – the 30-Year Study Linking Childhood Obesity and Fitness to Midlife Cognition The world’s first study of the impact of childhood fitness and obesity on cognition in middle age, followed over 1200 people who were children in 1985 for over 30 years,...

Celebrating Mothers

  • GP Phoebe Holdenson Kimura reports on what to expect when coming off the pill and 5 things to do before you do “The pill” (the combined oral contraceptive pill) has been giving Australian women control over their reproductive health since the 1960s and remains the...

  • Can her baby have too much of a good thing, asks Michelle Dickson-Garay It seems that some things are naturally associated with becoming a mum. Growing larger during pregnancy is natural, getting less sleep after your bub is born is natural, losing your memory while...

  • Sarah Halfpenny reflects on some of the more character-building experiences of her life. My first face-to-face encounter with Hector the Road Safety Cat was not a good one. Despite his daily televised preachings of road awareness in an attempt to save young lives, he almost...

  • 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...

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