EDITOR’S PICKS

  • ‘No mullets, no mohawks, no ‘awkwardly contrasting colours’.  Researcher Kayla Mildren looks at disputes over school uniform policies and why they often involve hair. A Queensland dad recently took his four-year-old son out of the Gold Coast’s A.B. Paterson College because the school had ordered...

  • Mattel’s new athlete Barbies might seem like a win for feminists and young girls – but they’re not, write Lauren Gurrieri and Suzie Gibson Mattel released a new range of Barbie dolls this week honouring nine trailblazing women in sport. The recognised athletes include Matildas...

  • Dress-up games let your child act out different roles, explore ideas, develop imagination, and express emotions in a safe way. From around the age of 3 years, your child might enjoy dress-up games as they can let your child act out different roles, explore ideas...

  • Australian researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) have found a way to predict which children are likely to outgrow their peanut allergy based on changes in antibody levels over time. The study revealed that two-thirds of children with a peanut allergy remain allergic...

  • Denise Yearian believes that charity birthday parties can encourage children to think and act altruistically. At a time when many parents are pulling out all the stops for their children’s birthday parties, some families are hosting parties where the aim is to give gifts away....

  • CONTENT WARNING: Physical violence, graphic violence; violence against women and children. Monash academic Steven Roberts’ life is littered with experiences of family violence, witnessed growing up, and perpetrated against him. By talking about it, he’s hoping to draw attention to the need for men to...

Celebrating Mothers

  • Evelyn Lewin is dedicated to documenting her offspring’s exploits. I have a feeling that my daughter is going to grow up thinking that she is famous. Either that or her mother has a camera in the place where her nose should be. This is because,...

  •   Linda Gallo and  Shelley Wilkinson are concerned too many people are relying on “pink” multivitamins. Growing a healthy baby relies on getting enough nutrients while pregnant. But rather than following a healthy diet to provide those nutrients, we’re concerned too many people are relying on...

  • A recent study from the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre at Charles Darwin University has revealed that private midwifery programs in Australia provide better outcomes for mothers and their babies compared to the national average. This could be exciting news for prospective parents considering their maternity...

  • Maxine Clarke admits to using deception as a parental ploy. I remember the first time I realised that my mother could be deliberately dishonest. I was only about seven, but the exact details are almost as clear in my mind as if it happened five...

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