Explaining to my children why they’ll never meet their grandparents

Patricia Tan Since he was a baby, I’d fretted over this very moment when he’d start asking about the grandparents he will never meet.

Younger Kids

Why our current education system is failing students and teachers

Michele Freeman Have we become so obsessed with testing that we have forgotten to allow children to learn properly by engaging with what they are doing?


The first day of school sets the tone for academic achievement

First day: the start of the school journey.

Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett Whether your child is feeling slightly anxious about starting school or bursting with excitement, all children benefit from a bit of planning and preparation in order to ensure the transition to school goes as smoothly as possible.

Three-year-olds need preschool time as well

Technology expenses raising back to school costs

Do you belong to the 'Competitive Lunch Box' circle?

Should we 'dum' down language to make it easier to learn?

Older Kids

Healthy menu shakes up school canteen

Benjamin Preiss 12:17pm The Shuk is no ordinary school canteen. At Bialik College's cafeteria, students feast on fresh salads, falafel, quinoa and soba noodles.

Girl with Down Syndrome aims to "inspire" with cover of John Legend's All of Me

Madison Tevlin singing All of Me by John Legend.

Mary Ward 9:21am According to a 1994 report from Down Syndrome Education International, very few people with Down Syndrome are able to sing but no one told 12-year-old Madison that.

School students forced to drop pants for inspection

Cancer survivor, Aidan Fisk, 9, to swim Cole Classic

Australian kids are losing that sporting edge

19 ingredients listed in McDonald's French fries

Family Life

Private schools spending government funds on luxury pools: Greens

Kirsty Needham 12:06pm Government funds to NSW private schools are being used to build “extravagant” facilities rather than lowering fees, a Greens MP says.

Packing up for a move with kids

Moving house: Preparing kids for the unfamiliar.

Megan Blandford I’m in the process of moving my family 300 kilometres away from where we’ve always lived. This is exactly as exciting and nerve-wracking as it sounds, but the prevailing mood around here is that of pure chaos.

Why children think money is free, and what to do about it

As children go back to school, parents face great lunch box challenge

A holiday where kids stay and eat for free

Keep going: My daughter's 'a different type of perfect'


Peach and coconut crumble muffins

Danielle Colley 11:39am There is a really great movement towards no sugar and no gluten, which is undeniably better for us, but not everyone is interested in jumping on the bandwagon. Here is a recipe that can go either way.

Reader reviews

Apple and raspberry mini-teacakes

Apple and Raspberry Mini-Teacakes

Kristy Komadina Everybody loves a classic teacake, so who wouldn’t love a mini-portion of their own? Perfect to pack in a lunchbox or just to eat warm with a cup of your favourite hot beverage for afternoon tea.

Reader reviews

Lunchbox mini sushi rolls

Chicken and mango salad with pomegranate dressing

Fast and fresh chicken lettuce cups

Mango coconut ice cream

Greek meatballs and tzatziki

Lunchbox-friendly date and sunflower seed balls

Beet berry burst