Cosima Marriner

Cosima Marriner

Cosima Marriner is a Sun-Herald senior writer

Teenagers and sex: where parents go wrong

Cosima Marriner Teens want more than the standard sex talk, according to a new study.

Birthday cakes banned at Only About Children childcare centre in Surry Hills

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Cosima Marriner A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

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Why dads need to be body positive role models for their daughters

Cosima Marriner Poor father/daughter relationships can be a trigger for girls developing body image issues and eating disorders, new research suggests, prompting a call for dads to be "body positive" role models...

'Sport makes them feel good about themselves'

Cosima Marriner Gerry Faehrmann has two pieces of advice he gives other parents - always sit down to an evening meal together as a family, and get your kids into lots of team sport.

Which families are the happiest?

Of all the components of the survey, the mood on family finances versus a year ago showed the healthiest growth.

Cosima Marriner Big families are the happiest, while single dads struggle the most because they feel left out of their children's lives, a five-year study of parents' life experiences has found.

Bonsai parenting: Why so many children end up in therapy

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Cosima Marriner  Helicopter parents are raising a generation of therapised children, rushing them off to specialists at the slightest sign of a difficulty rather than teaching them how to cope better with life,...

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Parenting challenges in the 21st century

Cosima Marriner Raising children can be difficult in an era where there is much less support for parents than in the past.

Relationship counselling fails more than one in four couples, says Australian Institute of Family Studies

A capacity to self-reflect is crucial to successful counselling, says Relationships Australia.

Cosima Marriner Marriage counselling fails more than a quarter of couples, with those experiencing the greatest distress the least likely to benefit from professional help.

School nut bans don't protect kids with food allergies from anaphylaxis

This Feb. 20, 2015, photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York.

Cosima Marriner School nut bans don't protect children from anaphylactic attacks, but can instead cause resentment and bullying of the growing number of kids with food allergies, schools and parents are now being...

Banning nuts not necessary in schools

Ned, 7, is allergic to nuts but his parents have decided the house should not be nut-free.

Cosima Marriner and Neelima Choahan Banning nuts in schools for older children does not protect them from anaphylactic attacks, but can instead cause resentment and bullying of the growing number of kids with food allergies,...

When should parents take on freedom and 'tell all' challenges with children

Teenagers in love

Cosima Marriner Calling the shots is an ongoing challenge for parents from the day a youngster is born. Cosima Marriner made inquiries.

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Three soldiers' widows recall war and peace

World War 1 widow Mrs Doris Johnson, 91, with a photo of her late husband Neville Johnson.

Danielle Miletic, Cosima Marriner, Candice Barnes As our thoughts turn towards Gallipoli for the 100th anniversary next April, the surviving widows of World War I servicemen will be a special focus of commemorations.

Pensioners forced to flee abroad

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Cosima Marriner Age pensioners are increasingly moving overseas where they can live more cheaply.

Struggling pensioners opt to leave Australia for a cheaper country

Roy Craney cashed in his super and moved to Thailand after struggling to find a job once you turned 55. Roy outside a local school. 15 May 2014. Photo Supplied. Story Cosima Marriner

Cosima Marriner Age pensioners are moving overseas where they can live more cheaply, as the pension fails to keep pace with the cost of living and their superannuation proves inadequate.

Grandparents make grand carers

Cosima Marriner The use of costly nannies to look after children is on the wane, with grandparents and childcare centres taking up the slack instead, a survey of 1900 parents shows.

Families paying the price of a new financial order

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Alexandra Smith, Rachel Browne, Cosima Marriner Life just got a little squeezier for people in middle age. Already wedged between the demands of paid work, dependent children and ageing parents, changes forecast by this week's federal budget have...

Becoming a mum at different ages

Cosima Marriner When is the best time to become a mum?

Mums return to work - but not for the money

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Cosima Marriner More women are reporting they don’t make any money when they go back to work after having children.

Desperate measures to beat the bottle

Tim Byrnes poses for a portrait in the Brisbane CBD.28th of April 2014.Photo: Harrison Saragossi

Cosima Marriner Tim Byrnes is desperate to quit drinking. So desperate he had an implant inserted in his abdomen this week which could poison him if he hits the booze again.

Two-parent families still favoured in Australia

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Cosima Marriner Seven out of 10 Australians believe a child needs to grow up in a home with both a mother and father to be happy.