Entering the ‘nightmare-ish’ world of the horse owner
Opinion
It's probably fair to say we've all made some questionable purchases during 2020. There's nothing like a lockdown to encourage online binges at Dan Murphy's, Amazon and eBay, not to mention sneaky trips to Bunnings to buy all manner of household items that suddenly seem crucial. But I took it one step further. My COVID-19 present to myself was a...
Five pandemic lessons (or why we don’t need any more baristas)
Opinion
It's been a strange but instructive six or so months since COVID-19 disrupted our lives, some more so than others. It's either a black cosmic joke or there are a few lessons we can take out of the experience. Here are just five that I hope will resonate: 1. Don't mess with nature. Hey, it wasn't our fault. It's the...
Living with people makes parenting easier – so why don’t more of us do it?
Opinion
Imagine you're a parent, alone in the house with a sick toddler and a grizzly baby, and you've run out of milk. You have to get everyone dressed and put shoes on, strap them into car seats, park, take them out again, put the baby in a carrier and walk to the shop. If there was a second adult in...
Memorial director hits back at architects’ criticism of demolition plans
Opinion
Amid growing anger over The Australian War Memorial's plans for a $500 million expansion, the Memorial's director has directly addressed concerns. Matt Anderson has responded to pointed criticism in an open letter to all members of the House of Representatives from the Institute of Architects' 2018-19 national president Clare Cousins. Her criticism centred on the threat to demolish Anzac Hall, calling its destruction wasteful and...
Goulburn must keep control of its growth
Opinion
Goulburn is developing rapidly in almost every direction on the city’s edges. New subdivisions and proposed industries such as chicken processing and aged care are raising multiple planning issues regarding transport, water, amenity and heritage. Planning guidelines that reflect the aspirations of Goulburnians are more crucial than ever. Regardless of how eloquently expressed pledges are to grow sustainably, what actually...
Why perspective is crucial when it comes to money
Opinion
I've been thinking about the drive that keeps us all on an upward trajectory when it comes to income and assets, and how trying to step back and get some perspective can make us feel instantly richer and more grateful for what we have. As we get older, our perspective changes and things we were happy with in our 20s...
Throw out everything you know about parenting, it’s time to learn from dog-training manuals
Opinion
As a parent or caregiver, what's in your toolbox? What tactics do you use when you need to get across important information to your kids, or stop them doing something? Are there things you wish your kids would do more, or not do at all? Modern parents don't have enough tools at their disposal – so much so that my husband...
Tough times bring out the best and worst in all of us
Opinion
If the Black Summer bushfires brought out the best in many people, it seems COVID-19 is bringing out the worst. When bushfires raged across our wide, brown land, we faced them as one. Volunteers travelled from interstate, and even overseas, to battle the beast. Community groups and individuals donated time, money and resources to make sure people were fed and...
The heterosexual division of labour: for men to step up, women must step down
Opinion
The stats on the gendered division of labour have been clear for years. Women bear the brunt of household work, including being managing director. I'm happily married and feel like I'm in a partnership but it doesn't stop my husband and I arguing about who does what around the house. Our situation is nothing new - women have been asking...
The big swing from 1950s to modern parenting – why we need middle ground
Opinion
I was talking to my friend, Nettie, last week and she told me that when she was about eight years old, she and her brother found a dead body, half-eaten by sharks, floating in the water near their home in Sydney's northern beaches. "We tried to tell an adult who told us, 'It's probably just a mannequin,'" she reflects. "So...
The emotional toll of family separation during COVID-19
Opinion
A lot happens during six months in the existence of two-and-a-half-year-olds. New words, new movements and new feelings as big changes take hold of their precious little lives. From the fun and jovial, to the confusing and overwhelming, every moment matters. The laughter, the tears, the developmental milestones – they comprise the joy of parenthood and are meant to be...
Participation more important than competition when kids take to the field
Opinion
Over the years in Canberra, I have coached and managed a wide range of sports from juniors to seniors. I'm sure many of you have done the same. When I have been coaching junior soccer and rugby with children aged from five to 10 years, my approach was based on the principle that I should be encouraging participation. Once I...
Old dogs, children and watermelon wine
Opinion
American country musician Tom T Hall sung, "Ain't but three things in this world that's worth a solitary dime, but old dogs and children and watermelon wine." I can't vouch for the watermelon wine, but I reckon he hit the nail on the head with the first two in his song, Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine. My 16-year-old cocker...
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