Family Finances

Kids and money: The bucks start here

Amy Joyce We all avoid it but money is probably one of the most important things we can teach our kids if we want them to have a good life.

What Tony Abbott's families package means for you

Childcare reform: Flexible, affordable and accessible.

Judith Ireland The Abbott government is hard at work on a "families package". What does this mean? Judith Ireland explains.


Cadbury to reduce the size of its family chocolate blocks to save costs


Simon Evans Cadbury, the No.1 player in Australia's $2 billion chocolate market, plans to reduce the size of its big-selling family blocks of chocolate by about 10 per cent to save costs.


Private schools spending government funds on luxury pools: Greens

John Kaye

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

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

Teaching kids about money: give them pocket money to spend.

Rachel Clun A recent study by the Commonwealth Bank has found young children have little understanding of where money actually comes from.

Honest cover letter gets Queensland teen noticed

Keen and honest job hunter: Connor Gerrard.

Rachel Clun Connor Gerrard has no experience, but he won't let that get in the way of getting a job.

Nutty examples of over-the-top parenting

Nutty parents ... giving children extravagant gifts they are too young to appreciate.

John Rosemond Psychologist John Rosemond questions the sanity of parents who go over-the-top with extravagant gifts and experiences for their kids.

A letter to my husband as he becomes a stay-at-home dad


Megan Blandford Here's my advice after six years of being home with the kids: how to retain a little bit of your sanity (it's the best you can hope for, I'm afraid) as a stay-at-home parent.

Creative inexpensive Christmas gift ideas

Get the kids to help you create more memorable gifts this year.

Louise Wedgewood This December, give more memorable gifts and avoid the stress and expense of Christmas consumerism.

Knackered parents in the office: how to help these poor people

Sleepless nights aren't only for parents of newborns.

Josephine Fairley Twenty-four per cent of parents polled can't remember the last time they had a good night's sleep. No wonder the number of parents that admit to falling asleep at work is one in 20.

How to take the silly spending out of the Christmas season

How to not let the number of presents under the tree get out of hand this year.

Jo Hartley We all know how easy it is to blow our budgets out of the water and end up buying big as the festive cheer takes hold. Here's how to keep control of your spending this Christmas.

Café-owner mum outraged over journo's request

Whisky Business owner Kylie Rhodes (right).

Rashida Tayabali When Queensland café owner and mum of two, Kylie Rhodes, was contacted by the Wynnum Herald for an interview on her success she didn't expect what happened next and took to Facebook to express her outrage.

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Why don't men talk openly about work-life balance?

Work-life balance is as important to men as women but why don't we hear about it?

Rex Huppke The thing I care most about balancing is work and life. That doesn't sound too revolutionary these days, but many women might find it unusual to hear me bring up work-life balance for one simple reason: I'm a man.


Foster parents need more support to care for vulnerable children

Foster parents often receive inadequate emotional and financial support.

Morag McArthur Foster carers are often not adequately supported – both financially and emotionally – to care for some of Australia’s most vulnerable children.

Time is the best investment a parent can make

For teenagers, the best long-term investment is in themselves.

Marcus Padley It's a subtle art talking to kids; it's not about telling them what to do, it's about telling them stories.

How to choose a guardian for your children

Who would you want to raise your kids if you were gone?

Dilvin Yasa It's one of the hardest tasks a parent ever has to undertake, but as Dilvin Yasa discovers, it's also one of the most important.


How my kids have made their lemonade stall a money-making success


Nova Weetman My daughter has cleverly identified poor, unassuming couples walking back and forth from the shops as potential customers. And she’s spent the last six months working out the best way to take their cash!


Family finds a way to get paid to go on weekend getaways

Claire Ferguson gave up her job to make her lifelong dream to become a pilot a reality.

Letitia Rowlands Becoming an Airbnb host might be the answer for families looking for ways to add some extra income to their family budget.

Childcare reforms provide no incentive for mothers to work more

Tax rates dissuade some mothers from working more than two days a week.

Anna Patty and Rachel Browne Mothers will continue to be punished economically if they work more than two days a week despite the Productivity Commission’s aim to improve their participation in the labour force.

Six-year-old buying pizza with dad's credit card is the cutest thing

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Rachel Clun Small children love imitating adults, and it’s the cutest when they get things a little bit wrong.

Have you ever lied about your child's age?

Have you felt the need to lie about your child's age?

Catherine Rodie It’s an option most of us have at least considered, particularly when a small difference in age equates to a big difference in cost. But does lying about your child's age really hurt anyone?

The teenagers taking on eBay

Nathan and Naomi Feglin

Alexandra Cain Siblings launch a site that could be superior to the popular online marketplace thanks to one crucial difference.

Parenting when your partner works away

Dealing with distance.

Kym Campradt When my husband broached the subject of working away from home for periods of time, I was nervous to say the least. With two boys, how would each of us cope?


Top 7 last-minute tax tips

Tax time

Justine Davies Does anyone enjoy doing their tax return? Here are a few simple things to help reduce the stress of tax time – as well as hopefully boost your return.

Happy Animals Club: the journey

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Nine-year-old Ken's journey from feeding stray dogs on the streets of the Philippines to creating his very own no-kill animal shelter.

9-year-old boy raises enough money to start own animal shelter

Happy animals club

Rachel Clun Nine-year-old Ken from the Philippines has created his own club: the Happy Animals club.

Five fathers start charity to support families facing cancer

Anthony Lenza

Rachel Clun When Anthony Lenza’s two-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia, he knew he needed support but it is what he did next that is making a profound difference in the lives of many families supporting kids with cancer.

When your family is struggling financially

When things are tight ... How much should you burden your kids with?

Thuy Yau How open should you be with your children about your money problems when you are struggling financially?

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Poorest families to pay more than wealthiest in budget


Tom Allard Poorest 20 per cent of Australian families will pay $1.1bn more into government coffers than the richest households as a result of the budget.


Brooklyn Beckham gets a weekend job in London coffee shop

Brooklyn Beckham is learning the value of hard work.

Livia Gamble David and Victoria Beckham are teaching their eldest son the value of hard work, with 15-year-old Brooklyn reportedly holding down a job as a barista in a London coffee shop.


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