Mummy wars

Confronting cover: Time shows mother breastfeeding 3-year-old

A startling Time magazine cover image of a mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son has sparked debate about the technique known as attachment parenting.

New year, new boobs


Katherine Feeney A new year, a new you - but where do you draw the line? And should we judge the choices of others?

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The gender difference in sexual regret

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M.J. Angel New study suggests there hasn't been much of a revolution in our sexual evolution.

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Young women keep their tops on, unlike their mothers' generation


Peter Munro THERE was a time when skin was tanned and love was free and bare breasts dotted the sand as far as the eye could see.

The modern-day quest for the elusive fairy good mother

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Cosima Marriner Mothers and worrying go hand in hand, but today's mums take agonising about motherhood to new heights.

Silent killer

Ovarian cancer, the hunt for answers

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Paula Goodyer Little is known about what causes this deadly disease, or what can be done to help those who are diagnosed.

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Different opinions

How to lose an argument before you've really started


Damon Young In the heat of the moment common phrases can reveal you or your opponent are on shaky ground.

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Controversial methods

Who listens to the baby whisperer?

Tizzie Hall aka Elizabeth Maher.

Tizzie Hall's advice on getting babies to sleep has made her a rich woman. But she is both adored and reviled by new parents for her controversial methods, writes Julia May.

Piffling paternity pay unfair on fathers

Adele Horin LABOR'S paid paternity leave plan has come under fire after Australia finished near the bottom of an international ranking of fairness in families.

Look what they've done to my son, ma

They're barely out of nappies but already little boys are being sexualised, writes Samantha Selinger-Morris.

Battle lines

When parents go to war

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The way we raise our children has become a source of conflict and competition among today's increasingly judgmental parents. Julia Llewellyn Smith reports.

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Spring clean

Turn detox into a treat

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Bronwyn McNulty Nutrients up, negativity down. How to get the most out of a health overhaul.

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Domestic harmony

Gay parents are more equal than others

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Adele Horin ALISON RUTHERFORD is a little surprised that so many women she meets complain about their husbands' ineptness around the house.

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My baby was given to the wrong mum

Breast feeding

Heath Aston A HOSPITAL has apologised to a mother after giving her baby to the wrong woman for breastfeeding.

Real life

The myths of motherhood

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Benison O'Reilly Striving for perfection does kids more harm than good, writes Benison O'Reilly.

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No question, mother's milk lowers SIDS risk


Melissa Davey MOTHER of four Jacqui Soliman has spent more than four of the past six years breastfeeding. She has just stopped breastfeeding her 22-month-old daughter, Emily, and will continue to breastfeed 6.

The key to trust

Finding the 'moral molecule'


Oliver Burkeman Paul Zak is a world expert on oxytocin, what he calls the 'moral molecule' that makes us good or evil. He tells Oliver Burkeman how hugging, massage and soppy movies could make us better people.

School's in for dads

Steve Dow The birth of a child is one of life's great joys, but babies don't come with an instruction manual. Some dads are welcoming a helping hand.

World-first trial

'Love drug' may help mums bond to babies

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Danielle Teutsch A hormone nasal spray may help mothers bond better with their babies.

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