There’s no manual for raising a child. But there are an awful lot of books. Lucy Clark’s Beautiful Failures questions the purpose and pressures of childhood, the latest The Chaser Quarterly is about parenting, and editor Charles Firth shares some of the insights about creativity and parenting. In Still Lucky Rebecca Huntley explored questions including, ‘why do we over-parent?’. Chloe Shorten has been at the parenting frontline, and her book Take Heart: A Story for Modern Stepfamilies is a warts-and-all examination of the challenges of blending families and the social stigma faced by those who don’t fit the norm. A must-have conversation for our times – you’re guaranteed to feel the prick of guilty recognition more than once. 

Curated by Rebecca Huntley.

Rebecca Huntley (Australian)

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Rebecca Huntley is a social researcher, writer and broadcaster. Her recent book is Still Lucky: Why You Should Feel Optimistic About Australia and Its People. She is the head of research at Essential Media/UMR, AN an adjunct senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at UNSW and on the Artistic Advisory Board of the Bell Shakespeare Company and on the board of The Whitlam Institute.