Rajakariar, Tamara
32 Articles at Lifeissues.net

Tamara Rajakariar is a Sydney journalist and the editor of Family Edge.



Single mothers by choice

Yes, the solomor concept does present a better situation financially than a single mother who is not so by choice, and I think the women feel that they're doing the right thing. But still, I find it somewhat selfish. A defenseless child's needs should come first, whereas this sounds like it's all about what's convenient for the mothers in question.

Date posted: 2015-09-25

The best age to get married

20 is much too young to be engaged... Oh, you're 30, and you're not married yet? Whatever age we tie the knot, people are going to have an opinion. But what do the statistics say?

Date posted: 2015-08-01

Why I'd like to be a mother

Being the eldest of nine siblings, I've always wanted to be a mother of a large family. Most people in my life know this, and yet now that I'm engaged, many seem surprised that I'm sticking to my guns.

Date posted: 2015-05-27

Living with your parents till 35 and beyond

It's a funny world that we live in. In Australia, it is considered unusual for anyone in their early twenties to be living at home. Parents aren't seen as unloving for wanting their kids to move out at the age of 18, and young people are generally pretty keen to get their freedom when the time comes along.

Date posted: 2015-05-11

Student adopts his homeless, pregnant cousin

Just when you thought that the majority of Aussie blokes were in the man-boy category, here's a story to warm the heart and inspire hope.

Date posted: 2015-04-27

How married men are trumping their unmarried peers

These days, it's common for people to make marriage sound like a trap, a life-ender, a stupid decision. Turns out though that the odds are stacked in the favour of the married: who enjoy many a benefit when compared to their single peers.

Date posted: 2015-04-21

7 tips for a happier home

What makes for a happy home? Is it having plentiful sofas, nice neighbours, or perhaps super-fast Wi-Fi?

Date posted: 2015-04-07

Happier kids in eight steps

So we hear a lot about raising smart kids and raising successful kids. But what's more important than that? Happy kids! Which is why I loved yesterday's article from Time which listed 10 science-backed ways to teach your kids happiness.

Date posted: 2015-03-12

No Gender December #firstworldproblem

No Gender December - if you haven't heard of it, it's a month dedicated to raising awareness on and taking a stand against gendered marketing in kids' toys.

Date posted: 2014-12-11

Positive peer pressure - four tips

19-year old Georgina Bartter collapsed and died at a Sydney music festival from a suspected adverse reaction to drugs

Date posted: 2014-12-10

The high cost of modern heartbreak

Heartbreak. It ain't what it used to be. Seems like a weird thing to say, but you can call me convinced after reading this recent article from Time. Here are five parts of modern life that affect the dynamics of heartbreak.

Date posted: 2014-10-30

Bigger the wedding, more likely the divorce?

The smaller and cheaper the wedding, the better the marriage - agree or disagree? Well, according to a recent study out of Emory University, the more expensive the wedding and engagement ring, the shorter the duration of the marriage.

Date posted: 2014-10-25

Teaching your kids to be happy

Let's face it - kids are meant to be happy and full of life, but all too often these days we come across little ones that are sulky, moody, and just keen to get back on their mum's iPad. Not ideal!

Date posted: 2014-09-23

Here's a sticky IVF situation

IVF. Do you think it should be used for anything other than infertility? To fall pregnant after a husband's death, for example, using his frozen sperm?

Date posted: 2014-07-30

18-year old male not having sex. World freaks out

So there's this guy. His name is Phin, he's 18, and he's never had sex before. And he doesn't plan to until he gets married. No, he's not ugly, and he definitely seems to have met females before. But he explained his choice really well in a Guardian article (which was originally published in his school newsletter), so I'll let him do the rest of the talking:

Date posted: 2014-07-23

Men's brains are hardwired for...fatherhood

It's common knowledge that women are too often valued only for the way they look or the pleasure their bodies can give, which means that the recognition of other talents and abilities falls to the wayside. But we sometimes forget that men are often underestimated too - when it comes to parenting.

Date posted: 2014-07-09

Marrying before 30 ain't all that bad

It's funny - with most things these days, we want it immediately. That new movie that's out, Facebook notifications, those clothes we bought online. The only thing we seem happy to wait for is marriage, as made clear by a recent article titled "5 Good Reasons Why You Should Wait Until You're 30 to Get Married" by a certain Paul Hudson at Elite Daily.

Date posted: 2014-06-30

A happy marriage is simple

Is marriage on the horizon for you? Stop buying every self-help book you can find and there's no need to look into a pre-nuptial agreement - because it's simpler than you think.

Date posted: 2014-06-08

Millennial dating tips

I am often awed by how differently I see dating to how my parents view it.

Date posted: 2014-05-11

How to raise a moral child

As a parent, would you rather raise a successful child or a moral child? According to a recent article in the NY Times, parents surveyed the world over put greater importance on their child caring rather than achieving (can't say I expected that, but what a great outcome!).

Date posted: 2014-05-04

Marriage advice from a divorcee

I realise that one might not think to get marriage advice from someone who just got divorced. However, upon reading this article, you might just change your mind. Gerald Rogers, upon the finalisation of his divorce, had 20 points worth of wisdom to dole out - in my mind, all things that help to keep the love young.

Date posted: 2014-04-21

Bored? Hire a friend

Question: If an underdeveloped country has economic poverty, what kind of poverty does a developed country have? Answer: a poverty of genuine friendship, judging by Friends For Hire - a new website that's about to be launched in Australia.

Date posted: 2014-03-22

Common teen behaviours linked to depression

Too much media, not enough sleep, and little exercise. Sound like your average teenager? Yes, and worryingly so, according to a recent article by Time Magazine. New research shows that a combination of these three behaviours puts teenagers at risk of mental health issues.

Date posted: 2014-03-02

What daddy's little girl learns from her father

We often use the phrase "daddy's little girl", but I don't think fathers realize just how much impact they have on their daughters.

Date posted: 2014-02-25

Taking outsourced parenting to a whole new level

Sometimes it feels like people will make a dollar off anything and everything. Newly trending - parenting services. According to a recent article, if you haven't got the time or expertise, don't fear because you can hire someone to do it all for you.

Date posted: 2014-02-13

Passing on your faith to your kids

It's something I've definitely wondered about before - what makes a child either take on or resent the faith of their parents?

Date posted: 2014-02-12

Middle-aged marriages

Why more Australians are waiting until later to get hitched.

Date posted: 2013-12-16

81 years married and loving it

Among all the doom and gloom about the state of marriage these days, it's nice to celebrate a heart-warming story once in a while. Meet John and Ann Betar, who celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary last week - making them the longest-married couple in America. And how happy they look to still be together!

Date posted: 2013-12-16

Getting dating advice from an app

Women love advising other women when it comes to guys. As a girl, I can vouch for this. And a new app called Lulu is letting women do this even more - but you get to "advise" women that you've never met, regarding guys that they're potentially interested in.

Date posted: 2013-12-16

The vanishing art of asking a girl out

There's a lot of uncertainty in dating these days. Common complaints amongst the single ladies start with the fact that guys these days often don't ask a girl out, and kind of hope it will just happen. Or if they do, it's so vaguely put that we are left to agonise over whether this is a just-friends situation or an Actual Date.

Date posted: 2013-12-16

Is marriage for you?

When I saw the title of an article, "Marriage Isn't For You," accompanied by a photo of a happy-looking couple on their wedding day, I was naturally intrigued.

Date posted: 2013-12-15

Never Alone

What's it like to grow up in a family of nine kids? Great!

Date posted: 2013-06-22