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Work Family Balance - One of the Holy Grails of Motherhood?

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2012/02/27/work-family-balance-one-of-the-holy-grails-of-motherhood">Work Family Balance - One of the Holy Grails of Motherhood?</a>

More than 9 years ago, I became a parent for the first time. Since then, I've tried on some of the many combinations of work family ‘balance’ that are on offer. Nine years on, I’m not yet sure that I have it right. As much as income generation and work satisfaction are important, the question that ends up being the deal breaker is always - does this fit for the children too? How do you know when you have got the balance right? What is right? Read full article

Living in the Present - Really Seeing My Kids

<a href="/blogs/kirsty-rice/2012/02/13/living-in-the-present-really-seeing-my-kids">Living in the Present - Really Seeing My Kids</a>

I'm trying not to begin the countdown. Last night at the dinner table everyone started making their calculations. How many weeks until our guests get here? How long until Easter? And then it came "well how many weeks until we go back to Australia for school holidays?" Last year we began the countdown at 17 weeks ... This year I am living in the present. Read full article

Keeping Friendships Alive - Connection beyond Facebook Updates

<a href="/blogs/meganblandford/2012/01/11/keeping-friendships-alive-connection-beyond-facebook-updates">Keeping Friendships Alive -  Connection beyond Facebook Updates</a>

In a way I talk to my friends more than ever: Facebook, Twitter, text messages and email mean it’s easy to communicate with them. I can show all my friends what’s happening in my life with a quick status update and a photo, and they can do the same. I can show them I’m thinking of them by writing on their wall or ‘liking’ their status. We get to know the facts of each other’s lives ... But sometimes knowing these facts feels lonelier than ever. Read full article

Nothing is All Bad - and other Lessons from a Veteran School Mum

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2011/12/13/nothing-is-all-bad-and-other-lessons-from-a-veteran-school-mum">Nothing is All Bad - and other Lessons from a Veteran School Mum</a>

I am writing this post a day before my eldest son’s Higher School Certificate results are released. I’m still living in blissful ignorance but we’re expecting results in the disappointing to disastrous range. That’s okay. Yes really okay. My son and I sat down the other day and worked out a contingency plan in case we’re faced with the disaster scenario. He, however, is dreading telling others his results, and now wishes he’d worked harder. That’s a lesson he had to learn. What have I learned this year? Here are a few random thoughts. Read full article

Smug Alert - Are you a Smug Mum?

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/12/02/smug-alert-are-you-a-smug-mum">Smug Alert - Are you a Smug Mum?</a>

Smug, smug, smug – it’s one of those words that the more you say it, the stranger it sounds. What is it about human nature that means we feel better about ourselves when we hear about someone else getting it wrong? It’s why gossip magazines sell in the millions, pushing sales with pictures of celebrities getting into endless varieties of trouble. It’s why we read about mothers who drive and breastfeed at the same time and think, ‘I might not be the best parent on the block, but at least I wouldn’t do that.’ ... Read full article

Raising Barry - an Unconventional Parent Raises a President

<a href="/blogs/arunabey/2011/11/15/raising-barry-an-unconventional-parent-raises-a-president">Raising Barry - an Unconventional Parent Raises a President</a>

Ann Dunham (Soetoro) Sutoro’s life is changing the course of history, yet most people have never heard of this remarkable woman. When I first met Ann in Jakarta in March 1981, I had no idea how great an impact she would have on world history and politics ... We had an immediate rapport. Ann saw me as a young person who shared her idealism and passion for solving the problems of poverty in Indonesia. Perhaps I reminded her of her son Barry, born in Hawaii in 1961, a few years younger than me, and then studying and working in the United States. Read full article

OMG I am Good - Look, I am Parenting

<a href="/blogs/kirsty-rice/2011/11/04/omg-i-am-good-look-i-am-parenting">OMG I am Good - Look, I am Parenting</a>

There's a new family at our school. They're Australian and they have 5 children. When I told my husband about them, he feigned devastation. "You know what that means. We're no longer the Australians with the 4 kids, we've just become the Australians with the 4 kids who didn't try hard enough". I have often joked that 4 children in 6 years was an exercise in extreme parenting. It was also an exercise I wore with an indulgent and oversized badge of honor. Read full article

The Father Effect - Positive Effects of Involved Dads

<a href="/articles/the-father-effect-positive-effects-of-involved-dads">The Father Effect - Positive Effects of Involved Dads</a>

While the shift towards shared parenting is real, a recent study found “seventy-five percent of men worry that their jobs prevent them from having the time to be the kind of dads they want to be.” And when asked what single change would make the greatest difference in their ability to juggle work and family life, fathers named workplace flexibility as their top demand. The research shows that fathers are right to want to spend more time with their children. Read full article

Problogger Blogging Conference – Parents, Prams, Positives and Perspective

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/10/24/problogger-blogging-conference-%E2%80%93-parents-prams-positives-and-perspec">Problogger Blogging Conference – Parents, Prams, Positives and Perspective</a>

Some of you will have never heard of Problogger, nor of #pbevent (a label given to the blogging conference on Twitter) and so you may have been blissfully unaware of the gathering of some of Australia’s most enthusiastic, experienced and new bloggers in Melbourne on Friday 21st October 2011. And many of you were there with me - catching up with friends, learning and squishing into some of the floor-seating-only popular sessions. It was an energy-filled day ... Although the Problogger conference was not a gathering of parents, because I connect with so many parents online and offline, I wanted to first share with you the Twitter names of some of the beautiful parents I met before and at the event ... Read full article

Are Older Women Selfish for Having Babies?

<a href="/articles/are-older-women-selfish-for-having-babies">Are Older Women Selfish for Having Babies?</a>

It seems we have a new “barbecue stopper” about women and families, after comments last week by Perth obstetrician Barry Walters that it is selfish for older women to have babies. Defending himself from attack in the heated national debate that followed, Walters sought to defuse the political impact of his comments, by claiming that he was talking about “medical facts”, and the risks of later pregnancy, not “values”. Well, that’s another can of worms. Facts, after all, in their selection and presentation, can reveal as much as any overtly political comment.... Read full article