Real stories

Real stories from real parents to inspire you.

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Michael Ray: “My ‘wild ride’ as a solo dad”

“Fatherhood is messy and magical, exhausting and rewarding, exhilarating and sometimes terrifying.” Read Michael Ray’s journey as a solo dad.

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Every time the kids show particularly helpful behaviour they get a point!

With a point system and a routine, Lawyer Lucy Lyttleton shares her advice for working with kids during COVID-19.

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Jodi’s personal story of three generations of strong women

Jodi Geddes and mum Jackie reflect on three generations of strong women in their family.

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Handing over to my partner made returning to work so much easier

Iris Appelo on shared parental leave, family adventures and the joy of handing over to her partner.

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I rediscovered a passion for my first career after baby #2

Journalist Cindy Lever has created the life she craved: raising her children and doing a job she loves from her farm in Australia’s Gold Coast Hinterland.

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The Digital Picnic’s Cherie Clonan on the juggle and start up success

Raw. Inspirational. Laugh-out-loud funny. Cherie Clonan of the Digital Picnic’s account of parenthood and the juggle…warts and all.

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“In the tech age, we must remember people are the most important thing”

Tanya Windscheffel is driving authentic conversation about parenthood in the workplace, and the IT industry is taking notice.

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“My husband died suddenly and I have raised my two children by myself”

Mandy lost her husband when her children were only two and three years old. Her story will inspire you and warm your heart.

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“I returned to work after six weeks parental leave”

Laura Conti returned to work as a financial controller after six weeks of parental leave. Her one regret? Not preparing a comfier return to work wardrobe…

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“How I navigated my IVF journey while working full-time”

Do you tell your employer you’re going through IVF or keep it to yourself? We share one woman’s experience.

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“Life is always great and rewarding outside a capital city”

Thinking about that tree-change? Rebecca Crossling and family are here to prove that country life actually is all it’s cracked up to be.

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“I created extreme flexibility for my family (and you can too)”

Want extreme flexibility? Meet Sarah Nally, the working mum shaking up nine to five as we know it.

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