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Neve Te Aroha Ardern, just three months old, discovers UN headquarters in New York with his father and mother, who holds the highest political office in New Zealand. Shutterstock

It’s only a baby, right? Prime ministers, women and parenthood

The media interest in the New Zealand leader, who gave birth this summer, is an illustration of the difficulties faced by women who choose to pursue a career without sacrificing their lives as mothers.
A luxury home near Philadelphia. Alexandra Staub

Is bigger really better?

Middle-class houses in the US have grown ever larger. The average single-family home is almost twice the size of a home in the 1960s. It's time to consider the downsides of sizing up.
Most caregivers today are assisting their relatives. What will happen in the years ahead? ChaiyonS021/Shutterstock.com

Why the daunting economics of elder care are about to get much worse

The demographics, which include declining numbers of adult children free to step up and potentially fewer immigrants, suggest that this big problem society faces will get bigger.
There are considerable mental health and wellbeing benefits conferred upon those in the fortunate position of being able to legally marry. AAP/Lukas Coch

Evidence is clear on the benefits of legalising same-sex marriage

The majority of academic research is either non-committal or in favour of the benefits afforded by legalising same-sex marriage.

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