EDITOR’S PICKS

  • Sarah Cummings finds that her explanation to her son of her friend’s death prompts a serious bout of separation anxiety. Late last year, my best friend Katie died of breast cancer. She left behind a one-year-old son and a loving husband. Obviously, I knew that...

  • Victorian newborns who do not pass their routine hearing screening tests are being invited to join a pilot program screening for the most common viral cause of disability. The study, a collaboration between the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the University of Melbourne and four maternity...

  • Sarah Harris writes about the night that changed her family’s life forever and the challenges that they have subsequently faced. Her mouth had dropped down on one side and her right arm and leg were twisted in an unusual way. I knew something was desperately...

  • Evelyn Santoro, My Forever Family NSW spokesperson, says they hope to inspire more people to consider becoming a carer and to understand there are a variety of ways they can do so. There are currently over 17,000 children living in out of home care in...

  • Spina bifida comes from the term for ‘split spine’ in Latin. It is a serious birth defect that involves damage to the spine and to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord. In people affected with spina bifida, some of the vertebrae of the spine...

  • Clinical psychologist Renee Mill explains that a child who might appear to be the victim of bullying could simply be struggling with class dynamics. Six weeks ago, a couple consulted me about their son, Peter*. They were concerned because he had complained more than once...

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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