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I’m tired of commentators saying that the current generation of parents, my generation, is over-cautious, anxious and indulging in unprecedented amounts of ‘helicopter parenting’.  I’m tired of the unexamined nostalgic longing for the ‘good old days’ when children roamed freely around the neighbourhood.  I’m sick of people attributing changing social norms to dysfunction in my […]

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The horrible reality of childhood sexual abuse seems to pervade the Australian news of late: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, set up in January 2013, continues to investigate instances where institutions failed to protect children from sexual abuse and failed to properly respond to allegations. Robert Hughes, former star of […]

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Becoming a parent awakens a whole cluster of instincts, feelings and thoughts.  A dark and scary part of our psyche, inherited from ancestors long past and dormant until parenthood, wakes within us.  We find ourselves tasked with a single overriding mission: our child must survive. We discover that becoming a parent means being haunted by […]

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