30-Something and Over It

30-Something and Over It

Kasey Edwards has everything she’s always wanted: a successful career and the lifestyle and assets to match. But she’s empty and uninspired and doesn’t want to go to work . . . Ever again.

Terrified that she’ll spend the rest of her life wearing pinstripes and pretending to care about ‘adding value’, Kasey embarks on a quest to rediscover passion and purpose in her life and work.

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Why mothers shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting to work

An extract from my new book GUILT TRIP.

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The upside of having a mum who is ‘never there’

Why I refuses to feel guilty for missing the odd school event.


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The sad reason why many mothers take selfies with their kids

No, it’s not to do with narcissism, but something more insidious.


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Is my belief that ‘things will be better for my daughters’ a delusion?

Research indicating millennial men want stay at home wives suggests gender parity may be further away than we thought.

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Why I refuse to feel guilty for sending my kids to childcare

“Childcare is child abuse.” That’s what I was told from an early age.


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Personal choice? The uncomfortable reason why I shave my legs

I hate that removing my body hair is a requirement for being an acceptable woman … but I still do it.


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What if your child is the bully?

No one likes to think it of their own child, but there are some warning signs to look out for.

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Is it possible to be your own best friend?

I was challenged to turn it around in 10 days. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sceptical, but I figured I had nothing to lose.

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When people ask ‘aren’t your children enough?’

I feel like I’m constantly defending myself against accusations that I don’t love or don’t deserve my children. Is a man’s love for his children ever questioned when he voices parenting frustration / pursues interests other than his kids / spends time away his from family?

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30-Something and the Clock is Ticking

When Kasey Edwards discovers she’ll be infertile within a year, she is forced to bring the baby issue to the forefront of her mind. In 30-Something and the Clock Is Ticking, she explores what motherhood would mean to her identity, her career, her body, her relationships and her mental health.
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Look out for these five tricks gyms use to manipulate you into signing up

You’d be forgiven for thinking the industry is filled with altruistic types who only have your best interests at heart.

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‘Cake culture’ warning leaves sour taste

Last year we were told that sitting down in office chairs was the biggest health risk to employees. Not anymore.


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School holidays are here. Mothers, get to work

The first year it happened I was in shock. Now I’m just pissed off.


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Why saying ‘no’ to your kids should make you feel good

Rather than feeling bad about saying “no” to our kids, here’s five reasons why we should feel good about it.

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White, working class men have nothing to fear but other white men

Populist politicians, men’s rights activists, and s–t-stirring columnists are falling over themselves to find a group, any group, to blame for the loss of the days when white men’s identities were fixed and they were guaranteed secure and well-paid jobs for life.


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Why reducing advice to a BMI number is hurting our health

“You’re overweight, borderline obese.”


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Parents in the playground: Should we get involved in our kids’ friendships?

When my daughter started school I was plunged back into the schoolyard right along with her.

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What a man should promise you in his wedding vows

The idea of walking down the aisle to a man who promises to love, honour and cherish you “until death do us part” is so romantic. But it’s not that helpful.

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What the playborhood’s Mike Lanza gets wrong about ‘helicopter mothers’

Teaching kids safety and respect isn’t “ruining childhoods”, but doing the opposite may just ruin their adulthoods.

30-Something and Over It

30-Something and Over It

Kasey Edwards has everything she’s always wanted: a successful career and the lifestyle and assets to match. But she’s empty and uninspired and doesn’t want to go to work . . . Ever again.

Terrified that she’ll spend the rest of her life wearing pinstripes and pretending to care about ‘adding value’, Kasey embarks on a quest to rediscover passion and purpose in her life and work.

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Why do people still prefer male bosses?

We need to critically examine why it is that we demand perfection from female leaders while the opposite is true for men.

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Childbirth was not the best day of my life.

Should that come as a surprise?


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Republicans are finally denouncing Donald Trump. Here’s why that’s still depressing

As welcome as the denunciations of Trump are, it reveals a depressing truth about powerful white men


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Seven ways The Bachelorette exposes our sexist dating culture

I had many expectations when I started watching Channel 10s The Bachelorette. And so far it’s delivered.

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Has multitasking become new norm holding women back?

The roots of equality are not planted in boardrooms, but in lounge rooms and kitchens and nurseries.


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Why are we still trying to talk women out of epidurals?

Culturally, we’re obsessed with women suffering as much as possible during childbirth.


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Why I prefer the company of women over men

In the company of women, there’s more likely to be reciprocity and mutual respect, and a willingness to search for common ground.

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Why are we still ironing our husband’s shirts?

Most of the women I know who iron their husband’s shirts aren’t at all pissed off about it. Some see it as their duty, others see it as a free choice.

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When did over-scheduling our kids become a sign of good parenting?

Parents have been guilted into believing that cramming as much knowledge, skills and experience into our children as early as possible is synonymous with good parenting. On the contrary, over-scheduling kids is a recipe for increasing childhood anxiety.