Family dynamics

Family dynamics

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SIBLING RIVALRY

'Mum, who do you like best?'

The quest for four little words drives my children to the brink of nearly every one of their self-made disasters. 'I like you best.'

How I learnt to relax about routines

After many routine-led, tough years, we've realised that parenting isn't about being perfect and we're learning to go with the flow.

My dodgiest parenting moments

If my kids grow up expecting me - or any other person - to get everything right, then they've got a lot of disappointment coming their way.

Siblings make boys selfless: study

Encouraging siblings to be friends has lasting effects on their wellbeing - especially for boys.

The extended family

Watching the girls play with their cousins got me thinking about my role as an uncle.

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Stepmum has had enough

My husband's ex wants us to have their kids more often. I feel I am doing as much as I can, so I have refused. Am I being unreasonable?

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My parents criticise how I parent

My parents recently moved in with us. They've started criticising how I parent my children. How can I get them to stop?

Separation

How to parent post-divorce

I'm a newly divorced single father. I'm worried the divorce is going to mess my kids up for life. What can I do?

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Seven joys of single parenthood

Single parenthood is hard. Everyone knows that. But there is an upside to single parenthood, and it is both joyful, and uniquely rewarding.

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The importance of grandparents

There is definitely potential to take advantage of what could be dubbed the Grandparental Babysitting Society.

miss K and miss A

A settled patch

In the last few months the girls have developed a really nice relationship. There's been a gradual reduction in them competing for their parents' attention.

SHY

Don't ask

The fact is that I am 35, I have one child of nearly four and I have had two miscarriages in our attempt to make a sibling for him.

SIBLING RIVALRY

'My kid' vs 'his kid'

My boyfriend complains that my son is causing his daughter to behave badly, and it's causing us huge problems.

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Family time

Anna loves having her family visit and last week she had some much needed sister time.

Grandparents_Strap

A grandparent by any other name

Some grandparents just don't feel ready to get the Granny or Grandpa label - so are opting for more creative names instead.

miss K and miss A

Is it a man's world?

I'm wondering how our family structure, with me at home and my wife pursuing her career, will influence my daughters.

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We all have our moments

After stressing about her kids fighting, Anna took a look around the park and saw other parents under pressure too.

Newborn baby

'You're outnumbered now'

Since the birth of my second daughter six weeks ago, I've had a steady stream of pity come my way.

STAY AT HOME DAD

Men at work

Georgia Cassimatis speaks to three fathers who've taken on the role of stay at home parent. 

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Why I love the school holidays

People shake their heads in disbelief when I tell them I love the school holidays. Here is why I cherish the moments they offer.

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