EDITOR’S PICKS

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • While it has long been recognised that as many as 15 per cent of new mothers may experience a period of depression after the birth of a child, Kylie Ladd explains that postnatal depression affects fathers as well as mothers. There is a stigma attached...

  • It was a relief when the mystery of why Liz Dunoon’s son was having difficulty in reading was solved. I sat in the driver’s seat of my car feeling empty and numb as a warm tear slid down my cheek. I stared blindly through the...

  • Cathy Watson tells of the time it became clear that her son would not be following his classmates into the next grade. “How could you do this to me?” he wailed. It was some time in his second year of school that we realised that...

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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