Why you shouldn’t force the kids to hug Granny at Christmas

A high-five might be a less confronting option   for a child. Author provided Granny, who lives interstate and whom the kids haven’t seen since last year, is visiting for Christmas. She loves the kids and is eager to scoop them up and smother them with kisses. The young children, who only have a vague memory of who she is,...

Grey nomad lifestyle provides a model for living remotely

Grey nomads are champions of a radical type of portable urbanism as they travel to far-flung places like Lake Ballard in Western Australia. Image courtesy of Tourism Western Australia,Author provided Every other year, retired couple Jorg and Jan journey some 5,000 kilometres in their campervan from Port Fairy in southeastern Australia to Broome in the far northwest for a change...

Are the tech giants taking over as your city leaders?

Cities are the laboratories where the tech giants are exploring urban innovations. ShutterOK/Shutterstock Global tech players such as Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook – the so-called Big 4, or GAFA – Airbnb and Tesla are redefining work, mobility, leisure and the everyday of how we live. Our cities are increasingly being used as laboratories for countless innovations. Cities are expected to be home...

Five food mistakes to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight

Five food mistakes to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight Salads are a lot less healthy once you make additions like croutons and a creamy dressing. From shutterstock.com Many people wonder why they’re not losing weight when they follow a strict diet and exercise routine. One possible reason is that what look like healthy options aren’t what they seem. Many foods and drinks...

Why do vegans have such bad reputations?

  Shock tactics - such as those used by these vegan activists in Spain - can cause people to switch off. Andrew Daimau More and more people are adopting plant-based diets in Australia and other western nations. But also seemingly on the rise is resentment towards vegans and vegetarians. This can range from ridicule on social media sites (“Nobody likes a vegetarian”) to bumper...

Australia has eliminated rubella – but that doesn’t mean it can’t come back

Rubella has been eliminated in Australia, but it still exists in other countries. From shutterstock.com The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared that Australia has eliminated rubella. Rubella, also known as German measles, is a contagious viral disease. The symptoms in children are generally mild – fever, rash and sore throat – but infection during pregnancy can be devastating for unborn babies. Infection in the...

Report recommends overhaul of My Health Record, but key changes not supported by Coalition

The opt-out period for My Health Record closes on November 15. Shutterstock The Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs report into the My Health Record system was released last Thursday. It has recommended several substantial changes to the way My Health Record operates that attempt to address security and privacy concerns raised about the system. Key recommendations were supported by Labor and Greens...

The five stages of grief don’t come in fixed steps – everyone feels differently

Grief is an individualised process. Toa Heftiba/Unsplash Grief can seem desolate for those in the thick of it who often feel unable to imagine a way out of their suffering. But, as time passes, the pain usually dampens or becomes more fleeting. Understanding the normal trajectory of grief matters for the person experiencing the grief and those treating them. Attempts to...

5 Must-Do Things If You Are a Mum Alone on the Road

Road trips are a budget-friendly transportation/vacation option that is growing in popularity. Single moms no longer shy away from the challenges this course of action faces drivers with. After all, traveling with just your children can be an utterly rewarding experience, one that allows you to escape the daily routine and enjoy family bonding at its finest. Before you...

Sunday essay: family as ‘brand’ – the rise of the digital mumpreneur

Roxy Jacenko and daughter Pixie (centre) at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in 2016. Pixie’s Instagram account has more than 100,000 followers and she has a signature line of hair bows.Getty Images “Taylen has become a brand,” says Angelica Calad, the mumpreneur behind the #influencer account #taylensmom. Taylen Biggs, age five, has more than 150,000 followers. In an era of advertising ennui, #influencers like Taylen’s...