Conversations

Raising Future Fathers 5 min read

While every child is different, there are some basic foundations we can provide to ensure our sons grow up to be men who make us proud. 

Good dads bad dads 2 min read

Good dads Marlin He may have been a little overprotective at the start, but you can’t help but love this little clownfish who unwillingly befriends a Pacific blue tang, faces sharks who claim to be vegetarians, somehow outwits an anglerfish...

Daddy Day Care 9 min read

When Daniel Bell decided to take over from his wife as primary carer for their son, he learned some important lessons in child-rearing.

Work out date? — Exercise with Alisha 1 min read

How to get fit with your partner If you’re running low on date ideas, here’s one for you: a workout date! No I’m not joking. Working out with your partner can have many benefits. Let me just list a few:...

CMV: It’s very common, it causes serious birth defects, and most people have never heard of it 2 min read

Mention Down syndrome or spina bifida and you’ll get a nod of recognition from most parents. Concern about these birth defects has resulted in routine screening procedures during pregnancy. But cytomegalovirus? It sounds like a rare and obscure disease, but cytomegalovirus, or CMV for short, is carried...

Party pooped: Are we spending too much on our kids’ birthday parties? 1 min read

Can you put a price tag on a child? For most parents, the obvious answer would be a definitive “No”. Okay, how about this one . . . Can you put a price tag on a child’s birthday party? Definitely....

Melissa Otto: Sweetness and light 2 min read

Melissa Otto’s voice lets you know that everything’s going to be OK. Gentle, lyrical and uplifting but avoiding syrupy sentimentality thanks to the undisguised rawness of her Aussie vowels, melodic lines that twist in unexpected directions and some genuinely innovative...

Old, but not out-dated: Why we need the elderly more than ever 1 min read

The idea of living in a retirement village has appealed to me ever since I was in my early twenties. As an introvert at heart, I find the large houses and loud noises of modern civilisation tremendously unappealing. Give me...

First chances 5 min read

Newlywed Maritza Brunt learns a valuable strategy for keeping relationships healthy.

Mending Broken Hearts 1 min read

If you stand in a quiet room with a heart-valve surgery patient you might hear it… click… click… click… It’s the rhythmic percussion of a life saved; the sound of a replacement plastic heart valve opening and closing as the...

All I said was, “I don’t want children” 2 min read

Her eyes grew to the size of ping-pong balls and her lips, shaped to form the words that were about to come out of her mouth, froze as she took a step back, shielding her young child behind her. Did...

Life in Death 1 min read

It’s understandable that some people are hesitant about the idea of organ and tissue donation. The thought of having your body harvested for parts once you die is definitely unsettling. But when it really comes down to it, organ donation isn’t about...