Families

A tale of two families

Will McMurdo, 12, loved being part of his parents' wedding ceremony.

Care arrangement

Mother load heaviest in split families

Mum and baby.

Kirsty Needham Most children of separated parents live with their mother most of the time, a major study has found, despite a controversial 2006 law change to promote equal custody after a divorce.

Low-income families, especially home buyers, struggle to pay power bills

Brian Robins MORE than half of all low-income families with a mortgage have struggled to pay their electricity bill over the past year, a level that is expected to rise, since both interest rates and electricity...

Families with two cultures build new bonds

Sue Tosswill and her daughter Georgie.

Kelsey Munro AS SYDNEY'S Chinese community prepares for tomorrow night's Twilight Parade, the big event of the Chinese New Year festival, the occasion holds special significance for one small group.

Families avoid burden of care for aged parents

Elderly

Adele Horin AUSTRALIANS have little faith in the family's ability to care for elderly parents, a study shows. They want government to do more.

Loving families look for permanent solution, not temporary fix

Mother Julie Hall with her three adopted sons

Adele Horin AS AUSTRALIA recorded its lowest number of adoptions ever in 2010-11, Julie and Carl Hall were celebrating the adoption of Codie, the third sibling to be legally embraced by the family in recent...

Battling anorexia

Weight of the world

debbie

Joel Meares Debbie Salmon lived for more than 30 years with anorexia. When the disease finally took her, she left behind a record.

CityKat

What we learn from our parents' relationship

modern family

Katherine Feeney Did your parents have a happy marriage? If they didn't, are you screwed? Too many of us are beginning on the backfoot, and I wonder, what hope is there, if any?

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Breaking down culture of desire

Couple

Cosima Marriner We all know what causes the inherent tension between the sexes - men want sex more, lots more, than women.

The autistic man with a talent for building furniture

Brad Fremmerlid

Megan Levy The frustrating task of assembling flat-pack furniture can be enough to make a grown man weep.

New research

Study finds same-sex parenting is not harmful for children

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Cosima Marriner Children raised by same-sex parents fare just as well in their education, emotional and social development as those raised by heterosexual parents, new research shows.

Knowing your place

Knowing your place

Little girl kissing a little boy, sister kissing brother, siblings, sibling rivalry, kids, children, playing.

Thea O'connor It's 10 years since parenting educator Michael Grose wrote When First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It.

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The cheerleader effect

Bring it on

Sarah Berry I can't say it's always easy having drop-dead gorgeous girlfriends. You have moments of hoping for at least one friend that you don't feel average next to. Alas, no such luck.

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Advice from a child psychologist

How to be a good parent

Photo: Peter Braig

Having your first child can be confusing and confronting. There are ways to make things easier.

Too much?

Womb tubing - the latest trend in oversharing?

womb

Sandy Smith In the era of "is nothing private any more?" thousands of women are revealing their pregnancy test results live on camera and posting the videos on YouTube even before they have told their husbands,...

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'Til death do us part (with cash)

money

Katherine Feeney The price of weddings has gone up. Again. Now, a survey by a national bridal magazine shows, Aussies will spend upwards of $54,000 on their nuptials.

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Heart vs head

The difficult nursing home decision

older woman

Ranjana Srivastava As any number of people involved in placing loved ones will tell you, the decision is difficult, even traumatic.

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Demanding in-laws: where do you draw the line?

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Katherine Feeney I'm about to acquire some new parents through marriage. Thankfully, mine are lovely (hi guys!).

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Yule be right

Credit crunch Christmas lunch

Vanessa Murray An "orphan's Christmas" spent away from family can indeed be a joyous one.

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Learning to love the alien

Westworld

We like the idea of them, but can we rewire our basic human distrust of robots that look like us?