Kasey Edwards’s new book Guilt Trip: My Quest To Leave the Baggage Behind is out now. Click here to buy it now.

Kasey spent over a decade climbing the corporate ladder as a management consultant until she woke up one morning and realised she didn’t want to go to work. Ever again. This inspired her to write her first book Thirty Something and Over It. After it become an international bestseller she decided to continue writing. She has now published six additional books. She mixes humour, irreverence and credible research to write about issues such as work satisfaction, motherhood, IVF, body image and the diet and beauty industries.

She writes a weekly column for Fairfax’s Daily Life, and for other publications in Australia, the UK and US such as the Huffington PostThe Age, The Herald Sun, The Sydney Morning Herald, Grazia, The Guardian, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Girlfriend Magazine and Best Magazine. She was the most read columnist for Fairfax in 2017.

She has a wide international reach, with articles going viral such as When You Mother Says She’s Fat and A Plea To Fathers To Take More Photos Of The Mother Of Their Children.

Kasey is an accomplished public speaker and corporate presenter. She was a Cosmo Fun Fabulous Female award nominee.

She lives in Melbourne with her husband Christopher Scanlon and their two daughters. She has co-writing a YA fantasy series with her husband Chris under the pen name Violet Grace. Book 1 of The Chess Raven Chronicles, THE GIRL WHO FELL. Book 2 is THE GIRL WHO CHOSE. Click here to buy now

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  • Loved this piece in today’s Age. So many seeds are sown when children are small then become oaks big but invisible. I have been married for 53 years and while my partner is a good man he can never understand the point you have just made. Too fine a line for his generation.

  • Rosalind Byass says:

    Your article published in the AGE today leaves me wanting to expand your arguments. Breast feeding should be appreciated as the most meaningful form of nourishing an infant when realistically achievable. The first priority must always be for the baby to be enjoyed. Having experienced extreme distress with my first born I was determined to help any one suffer such distress – my reason for becoming a Maternal & Child Health nurse. The negative memories can impact on the future relationship throughout life. Support is essential whether breast or bottle regime is followed. Your argument that artificial feeding is not proven as negative is reasonable – however the immune system diseases, obesity etc have risen dramatically since the baby boom period. The importance of natural gut bacteria is only now being realised. How compensation and real support can be given are essential. Parenting must be enjoyed – guilt arguments forgotten – wet nursing considered reasonable.

  • Gwen Harper says:

    Just read your article on the inherant sexism of baby surnames. In total agreement. I am happily married but kept my last name, our son has his father’s last name and our daughter has my last name. We were lucky to have one of each and also to have the boy first, but there was contention and even a question or two about the legality of it from the paternal grandfather. I stood my ground, and proudly explain our naming convention at each opportunity, and have yet to encounter a downside. Schools these days deal with blended families and a variety of primary caregivers all the time, they didn’t bat an eye. For the life of me I cannot understand why this shouldn’t catch on; for me my name is my identity and the one thing I completely own which cannot be taken away. As you mention also in your article, a marriage certificate is not like a property title where possession (in this case my identity) is handed over, I use this analogy all the time. I also know a number of divorced women who have found the whole rigmarole of changing everything back to their maiden name traumatic and tricky. I hope my daughter feels the same about her name when she grows up. The giving up of our surnames in marriage and when naming children is INCREDIBLY sexist and should be recognised as such. I would love a journalist like yourself to do a follow-up piece to raise awareness that this is optional. Some interesting international research would make good content also, there are different naming conventions around the world. Just a thought.

  • Just read your article on baby surnames. My husband and I had two boys, one has his surname the other mine. It was no big deal in our families, but I was shocked by others reactions. Maternal health nurses and schools would question the child’s father! I would explain the situation and they would say well people will think there were two different fathers- my thoughts were so what if there were two different fathers, what’s wrong with that? Who’s business is that? One of the lovely things about the two surnames is that the kids want to link to my family history as much as my husbands. I think I am a bit of an oddity though as I thought it was perfectly normal and natural to have both my mother and father as well as my husband at the birth of both boys it was only afterwards that I realised people just don’t do that, why should my dad miss out? Stupid sexist rules. We stop men and women from so many experiences.

  • Hello Kasey,
    I loved your article. My husband and I have been together 16 years and we have three fabulous daugters. For no reason at all-I am not a feminist, not a cultural thing etc- my husband has his last name,I have mine as I believe I got equally married NOT changed my identity (I do find the whole name changing weird) and the 3 cherubs have my surname. People quiet often question and ask if my husband minds. No, not at all. It was never even a debate. It’s just a surname. We prefer putting the energy into our marriage instead of worrying about a last name.

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