Covetiquette

Here’s something I wrote for The Age on ‘Covetiquette’. I was raised in a non-physically demonstrative family. Kissing and hugging was not our thing. Passing the soy sauce bottle to each other at dinner was the most touchy-feely we got, and the deeper emotions were expressed in other ways. When, for example, I was upset […]

The Christmas spirit

Ho ho ho. Here’s something I wrote for The Age on the Christmas spirit. May you all have a wonderful festive period! I was going to say that Christmas has crept up on me, but actually this year it feels more like an ambush and I feel a little resentful. Most of my grinchiness is […]

Back to the office

Working with kids during the pandemic has been challenging (I may never actually recover), but the flexibility has been brilliant. Something I wrote for The Age. * The debate about how the world of work can realistically accommodate mothers juggling childcare and careers is not new. But as Victoria reaches its 90 per cent vaccination […]

Negligent mothers

Here’s an opinion piece I wrote for The Age addressing Leunig’s recent mothers-neglecting-children cartoon. I thought it was an interesting cartoon that, for me, brought up many issues around how we parent, flexible work, the internet (!) and being judged. Anyway, I had a strict word count so I couldn’t touch on much, but here […]