A baby cries by Maria Josey

A letter to my teenage son by Angel Adams-Hall

A look of love by Steve Gregar

A new life by Daphne Hargreaves

A poem for Kallahari by K. Danielle Edwards

A Quiet Radio, A Dim-Lit Room by Heather Taylor-Johnson

A teenage girl’s mother by Maria Josey

A tyranny of infant proportions by Ros Schulz

Alive by Michelle Ham

An autistic child to his mother by Caitlin Louise Thomas

At twelve by Sharon Kernot

Baby blue by Jackie Hosking

Baby Health Centre by Betty Johnston

Balloon World by Ros Schulz

Bath towel wings by Nathan Curnow

Beloved sons by Ian C Smith

Bubble bath babe by Marilyn Linn

Careless by Debra Kaufman

Collecting honey by Silvia Manuela

Creation by Sheryl Persson

Darling by Kristin Martin

Day of reckoning by Mary McIntosh

Devouring life (for Christopher) by Ian C Smith

Early days by Angela James

Earth to Avoca by John Blackhawk

Edges of me by Lyndal Edwards

Five-day-old parents by Cameron Semmens

Flowers for Anna by Linda Wyrill

For Eleanor, April 18, 2012 by Denell Downum

For Hannah by Kylie Lehman

Frightening Father by Andrew Lansdown

Goodnight by Michelle Brock

Harvey by Stella Jones

Have you done your jobs yet? by Jackie Hosking

Hey, watch this! by Heather Taylor Johnson

I remember… by Liana de Jong

I’ve a wak in my ear by Leanne Wicks

If I would by Shoshana Kleiman

Invisible thread by Emily Rogers

Laura by Sheryl Persson

Labour of love by Maria Quinn

Little gems by Siimon Petkovich

Letting go by Vesna Leto

Love at eight by Debra Kaufman

Manflight by Heather Matthew

Married with children: An aubade by Brandy Lien Worrall(-Yu)

Moods of a mother (with postnatal depression) by Kristin Martin

Mornings with Elessar by Asther Creo

Motherhood by Sue King-Smith

Motherlog by Julie Rosenzweig

Mum’s home by Ian C Smith

My grandchild by Marilyn Linn

My Life - Dawn to Dusk (and then some...) by Victoria Purdie

My Little Boy: A Pee Story by Kathy Szaters

My perfectly imperfect princess by Kimberlee Francis

New beginnings by Felicity Chapman

Night terrors by Jackie Hosking

No Giants by Ros Schulz

Ode to pregnancy by Karen Peradon-Alaga

Ode to Sadie by Missy Willis

Painting your picture by Kylie Lehman

Please Don’t Play in the Toilet by Jackie Hosking

Reverse Parenting by Sheryl Persson

Parachute fires by Ian C. Smith

Poo sticks by Teresa Dikkenberg

Portrait by Heather Taylor-Johnson

Reef dreaming by Ray Liversidge

Revisionist tale by Khadijah Ali-Coleman

Roman at three by Maria Josey

School of elephants by Linda Wyrill

Second shift by K. Danielle Edwards

Secret and silent rock by John Blackhawk

Seeds of Honesty by Ros Schulz

Selfishness shelved by Michelle Ham

Shelling peas by Kristen M. Ploetz

Single mum blues by Leanne Wicks

Spared by Sheryl Persson

Stark raving mad by Mardi Sheridan

string bag by Trisha Helbers

Support by Heather Taylor Johnson

Sweating it out by Ian C Smith

Taking flight with daddy by Tim Law

The dream that haunts me by Hal Judge

The little toy by Jeremy Hsiao

The sound and the sigh by K. Danielle Edwards

The three of them by Marilyn Linn

The Transit of Venus by Sheryl Persson

The tricycle by Tiggy Johnson

They think I’m normal now by K. Danielle Edwards

Thirteen by Sharon Kernot

This girl will burn… by Hal Judge

Those laughing eyes by Richard & Esther Provencher

Through Daddy’s eyes by Richard L. Provencher

Timeless toys by Leanne Wicks

Today we played by Missy Willis

Tom is growing up by Fiona Johnston

Treacherous by Michelle Ham

Trio by Andrew Slattery

TV Tragedy by Anne-marie Taplin

Two ways to bake a cake by Kate Deller-Evans

Under the weather by Heather Taylor-Johnson

Untitled by Lynette Washington

Voices by Sharon Kernot

Wiggles by Tiggy Johnson

Will He? by Richard L. Provencher

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem