Family dynamics

Family dynamics


goldie hawn and kate hudson

Mother daughter relationships

Are you the perfect daughter, the one who speaks to her mother every day,or the flawed version who forgets her birthday?

Family time

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

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.

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.

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.


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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.


Men at work

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

mum and kid watching tv

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.

Teenage girl talking on the phone

Too much information

My stepdaughter is constantly telling her mother things that go on in our home. We don't have anything to hide, but I need more privacy.


When I knew my family was complete

It's funny how in a few short years you can change from desperately hoping you conceive to desperately hoping you don't.


Parenting through sibling wars

If you kids are fighting constantly should you step in to help them sort things out or steer clear and let them work things out themselves?

anna guy

A case of cabin fever

This spate of terrible weather isn't ideal when you have a whole lot of kids stuck inside AND have the school holidays coming up.

Teen tech

When your child chooses your ex

Since my divorce my daughter has split her time between two houses. But she doesn't want to do that any more.

miss K and miss A

A visit to the grandparents

Grandparents are important. I used to see my Grandma once a year at Christmas. That was great, but I would have liked to have known her better.

mum and baby

The joyful moments

We hear about the traumatic deliveries, the reflux, the exhaustion, that 'Groundhog Day' feeling, but there are plenty of fun moments too.

anna guy

After school pressure

When everything gets a little too busy in our household and the kids go slightly mad, it's very easy to cave in when the pressure goes on.


Life as a widower and dad

Just after 8pm I was a happily married 33-year-old father. By 9.17pm I was sitting in an ambulance, a widower in shock.


Turning into my mother

Now that I'm a parent myself, it's apparent that I'm more like my mum than I had ever realised.

Dad and child

My son and grandson are the same age

My daughter is 38. My sons are 14 and 11. My grandsons are 11 and 7. Yes, my grandson and son are the same age - which is not lost on them.

Sad woman, depressed, grieving

Parenting through sadness

After her divorce and the loss of her sister, Kerri Sackville questioned how much of her sadness should her kids see?

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