Veronika Winkels

Veronika Winkels writes from Melbourne. She is the mother of three young children.

Recent blog posts by this author

Australian Doctors Are Bullying Parents of Transgender Children

Parental disenfranchisement in the face of transgender juggernaut has come to Australia. In a recent article in The Weekend Australian (paywall), Bernard Lane provides a terrifying picture of parents’ despair at seeing their...

Control vs. Controlling: The Difference Parents Need to Understand

A new parenting study affirms that children are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression when they have controlling parents. Wendy S. Grolnick, who supervised the research, urges parents to understand the difference between being...

Six Factors That Produce Academically Strong Kids

As the decline in education standards in Australia continues, new research conducted by the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) offers a solution. The study, headed by research fellow Blaise Joseph, examined 18 schools in disadvantaged...

Is It Time for International Women’s Day to Lose Its Victimhood Status?

This International Women’s Day, I recall how I spent it last year -- meeting one of the sanest men on the planet, Jordan B. Peterson, during his book tour in Melbourne. Although Peterson is famous for his appeal to young men who have never been...

Can Highly Sensitive People Succeed in Parenting?

Do you struggle with loud noises? Startle easily? Get immediately overwhelmed by certain environments or find it incredibly difficult to switch off? Chances are you have a High Sensitivity Personality (HSP), or, in scientific terms, you may have...

Delayed Motherhood and the Body Beautiful

There are some who say children rob you of your youth. Perhaps this belief is even influencing the trend of Western women putting off having kids till later in life. Though the delaying of motherhood is explained by demographers in various other...

Motherhood: Why Society is Making it the Most Stress-Ridden Career

An op-ed published last week in the New York Times has confirmed that motherhood is the most controversial and stress-ridden career of the 21st century. Author Kim Brooks knows this better than most. For her, it all started with a knock on the door...

Why Men Are Being Told to ‘Be Careful’ About Holding a Door Open for a Woman

Recently my workplace instigated new measures to ensure a safer, more equitable environment. This included learning what constitutes sexual harassment. As part of this exercise, I was asked to rate the acceptability of a man holding a door open for...

Do Your Child a Favour - Give Them a Mission in Life

Generation Y– my generation– and those since, (Millenials, iGen, Dot-Commers or whatever you want to call anyone younger than 30), have received at least one message from Western culture loud and clear: “Have a good time.” This principle holds...

Why Sleeping Beauty is Now Facing a Book Ban

A British mum of a six-year old has asked his school to withdraw the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty from its curriculum because it conveys inappropriate sexual messages. Whaat? Well, if you have been listening to the post-Weinstein #metoo...

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