My mother chose not to hold or even see me after I was born, as she knew she wouldn't be able to let me go.
I need some tips on how to approach my ex about getting to spend the odd day with my son outside of my scheduled times.
Do you often feel guilty over the amount of time you don't spend with your kids? Don't underestimate the power of tiny moments of connection.
I'm going through a divorce and my ex and I are leaning towards joint custody. A friend says this never works. What should I do?
I really like my new husband's kids, but they treat me horribly. He tends to take their side. I'm worried our marriage is doomed.
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As someone who was very blase about having kids, I was surprised at the pang I had thinking I might not see them in middle age.
Not everyone is cut out to be a parent. Some people are unable to deal with the emotional rollercoaster of raising a family.
My son has just remarried and now has four stepkids. I'm having trouble accepting his new family. Where do I start?
Four-year-old Miss K is desperate to come along on a fun run, but can she run 4km? She and her mum go on a test run to find out.
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.
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.
Encouraging siblings to be friends has lasting effects on their wellbeing - especially for boys.
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.'
Watching the girls play with their cousins got me thinking about my role as an uncle.
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?
My parents recently moved in with us. They've started criticising how I parent my children. How can I get them to stop?
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?
Single parenthood is hard. Everyone knows that. But there is an upside to single parenthood, and it is both joyful, and uniquely rewarding.
There is definitely potential to take advantage of what could be dubbed the Grandparental Babysitting Society.
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.
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