Opinion Normal text size Larger text size Very large text size Around the country, a swathe of teenage workers have been quietly going about their business as shelf stackers and cashiers at the nation's supermarkets. In better, pre-coronavirus times, parents encouraged them to find after-school jobs; to help them develop financial independence, self-esteem and personal maturity.
The last time I took my kids on an international holiday a stranger approached me at the airport, gently squeezed my arm and said, “I hope you get a chance to have a break. You deserve it.”
Recently, my children have been very interested in gender diversity, equality and LGBTIQ issues. Now that school camp is on the horizon, the issue of gender equality is being explored even further in relation to the strong friendships that exist between children of different genders.
"The self esteem that we've been teaching for the past 40 years is a false identity." We've all chanted the mantra; Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.
This year, for the first time, my teenager wasn't excited about our annual family holiday. I, on the other hand, was thrilled to be taking my three children to one of my favourite places; Tasmania.
Opinion: it's not a 'sacrifice'. So often I have heard stories about women whose partners are depicted as heroes for being willing to "take them on" even when they have two, three or four small children.
Did one of your children sleep like a dream and never fuss, and the other needed constant reassurance? This is the reason why. We all know someone who has an 'easy' baby. Their child sleeps at the right times, is always happy, comfortable and adaptable in new surroundings, and generally enjoys their life.