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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. Children’s...

Gabriella Salmon tells of being in the world of motherhood, but not of it. I spend my days wiping snotty noses, changing dirty nappies and interpreting two-year-old speak. I have spent anxious hours in the hospital with a croupy 18-month-old, and I have dealt simultaneously with...

New research by Dr Ana Gamarra Rondinel and Dr Anna MH Price finds that the birth of a first child reduces household income and increases the risk of disadvantage Australia is a high-income country with universal health, education and social services. But, like many countries around...

Researchers Maria Nicholas, Andrew Skourdoumbis  and  Ondine Bradbury look at ways gifted students can be better supported now the NSW Government rolls out their new program. Earlier this month, the New South Wales government announced it would roll out programs for gifted students in every public school...

‘Why did he Leave Me?’  is one, reports researcher Lauren Breen, Death and grief are not easy to talk about. Talking to children about these can be harder still. Our instinct to protect children from harsh realities means we might avoid these topics altogether. But, as we...

 Tamara Heath wonders if liberation equals hyphenation – or is it just more complication? For want of a better solution, my daughters have a hyphenated surname. And I am the first to admit the ‘double banger’ name can be more than a little annoying. It takes careful...

Kellie Haratsis comes to understand that multiculturalism is normal to a five year old. Some changes in life are easy; others challenge our thoughts and actions. Recently, our family moved from the country to Australia’s largest capital city. We had no time to explore options for...

Kids have a tendency to give our language a whole new meaning, writes Donna Reis. At my children’s primary school back in 2011, maths lessons are gay. Salami sandwiches are gay. Ironically, boys playing with girls in the playground is gay. In the late seventies, when I...

Struggling students need early support, reports Anika Stobart, if we want more Australian students to learn to read When you send your child to school, you expect they will learn how to read. However, according to 2023 NAPLAN results, about one-third of Australian school students can’t...