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Life

'I've Wanted To Smash Them': Parents Going To Desperate Lengths To Keep Kids Off Devices

4 min read

Laura Condely is mum to three children aged 14, 11 and 10.

Health

Health

What It Really Looks Like Inside An Aussie Kid's School Lunchbox In 2020

6 min read

There's no doubt lunchboxes have changed in a big way since we were children and are now the cause of much debate.

Sarah Megginson

Sarah Megginson

Branded Kiddie Birthday Parties Aren’t Adorable They're Consumerism Gone Mad

4 min read

Every other week, it seems like one celebrity or another cops a bashing on social media for throwing an extravagant, over-the-top themed celebration for their precious tot.

Lifestyle

Lifestyle

'I Was Mortified': Kids Are Asking Their Parents Why Their Toys Have Penises

3 min read

If you're a parent, it's likely you've had one or two hairy conversations with your children.

Life

Life

Kids Only Just Went Back And A Parent Is Already Being Lunchbox Shamed

4 min read

It seems now with school back, these simple devices used to contain children’s school lunches are back at the top of the agenda for discussion… and abuse.

Life

Life

What First-Time School Parents Need To Know, From A Mum Sending Off Her Last

3 min read

Ambivalent is a word I learned in high school that I probably haven’t used since, until now.

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

The Three Most Important Words To Tell Your Kids (And They're Not 'I Love You')

5 min read

There was a time not long ago when my 13-year-old HSP daughter was feeling particularly sensitive to anything on television that unsettled her in the slightest.

Life

Life

Why Boredom Is Good For Your Kids

4 min read

According to an expert, it's good parenting.

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

Why I Don't Let My Kids Use TikTok And Neither Should You

7 min read

Just when we thought TikTok trends couldn’t get any worse, the latest challenge of 2020 has already proved us wrong.

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford

Kids Should Automatically Get Their Mother's Surname

6 min read

A conversation popped up in one of my online mothers’ groups this week that touched on a perennial concern for many modern parents: whose name do we file the kids under?

Life

Life

'It's Banned In Our House': Parents Name The Most Annoying Kids Toys Of 2020

5 min read

Over Christmas, my household was gifted a present that has brought unbearable noise and subsequent pain to my life ever since.

Health

Health

Study Finds Kids Rice Snacks In Australia Contain Dangerous Amounts Of Arsenic

4 min read

A new study has found rice snacks for kids in the aisles of Australian supermarkets contain arsenic at levels above European safety guidelines.

Life

Life

Aussie Mum's Cheap Hack That Stops Toddler Locking Himself In Rooms Goes Viral

2 min read

When Amanda Southgate's toddler kept accidentally locking himself in his bedroom, she created a $2 solution.

Life

Life

I'm All For Talking To Your Baby -- But A Mum I Met Recently Took Things Too Far

5 min read

Speaking to your baby has long been proven as beneficial for their development for a variety of reasons.

Life

Life

The Experience That Turned My Seven Year Old Off JoJo Siwa For Good

4 min read

A miracle has occurred. A giant, bright coloured, sparkly miracle.

Life

Life

Aussie Mum's Unconventional Budgeting Tip For The School Holidays Goes Viral

2 min read

Looking after your kids on the school holidays is a little bit like running a marathon.

Life

Life

Mum's $1.50 Hack For Stopping Supermarket Toddler Tantrums Goes Viral

2 min read

Surviving grocery shopping with kids isn't an easy task.

Life

Life

Just 23 Parenting Choices I've Been Mum-Shamed For In The Past Decade

5 min read

Being a mother is the toughest gig out there.

Gary Nunn

Gary Nunn

Why You Should Let Your Kids Swear

5 min read

My cousin’s first memory of me was when I rushed up to show him my gingerbread man, but decapitated him as I crashed into his body with overenthusiastic fervour (the biscuit; not my cousin).

Views

Views

Our School Kids' Test Scores Are In Free Fall. Here's How We Fix It.

4 min read

Australia has just recorded the worst labour productivity growth since records began and the worst school test results this century.

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford

Men Aren't Ostracised For Becoming Parents. Why Are Women?

6 min read

Earlier this week, I delivered a speech about #16DaysofActivism at a local city council forum.

Life

Life

'If This Offends You, Unfriend Me': Dad Defends Choice To Kiss Daughter On The Lips

2 min read

Australian father Tyrone Matoka, 39, has asked people to stop sexualising the act of fathers kissing their daughters.

Life

Life

Mum's Hack For Stopping Toy Toddler Tantrums Goes Viral

2 min read

When Kristina's daughter kept throwing wobblies while they were out shopping for gifts, she knew something had to be done.

Life

Life

Men Being 'Stark Naked' In Swim School Change Rooms Used To Make Me Uncomfortable

4 min read

A woman has divided opinion after she complained about a man stripping down outside a cubicle in the local swimming pool change rooms. 

Luke McManus

Luke McManus

The AFL Rule Change That Will Kill Kids' Love For The Game

4 min read

I remember feeling the atmosphere reverberate from my head to my footy boots.

Health

Health

McDonald's And Kellogg's Among Winners Of 'Junk Food' Fame And Shame Awards 2019

3 min read

The national Fame and Shame Awards is run by an online network of parents who focus on improving the food and activity environments of Australian children and the votes have been counted.

Health

Health

'Looks Ridiculous': The Unusual Kids' Breakfast Pete Evans Makes His Daughters

1 min read

Most kids get a couple of slices of toast or a bowl of cereal.

Rebecca English

Rebecca English

Should Aussie Kids Go To American-Style Summer Camps?

5 min read

On a recent family holiday with a friend who is a very successful musician, we learned that he spent much of his early life going to Surf Camps at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast.

World

World

School Bus Driver Accused Of Drinking Beer While Driving Bus Full Of Children

1 min read

A school bus driver is accused of drinking beer behind the wheel of a bus that was full of young kids.

Life

Life

Why I’m Considering Killing Off My Elf On The Shelf This Christmas

3 min read

As December quickly approaches, my Elf on the Shelf anxiety is rearing its ugly head.

Health

Health

Named And Shamed: List Of 'Healthy' Kids' Snacks Called Out As Worst For Children

5 min read

A new study has found that most kids' snacks marketed as being a 'healthy' option have just as much sugar are chocolate bars and lollies.

Shona Hendley

Shona Hendley

Dear Michael Leunig: 1971 Called. It Wants Its Motherhood Advice Back.

5 min read

Oh Michael Leunig.

Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Guard Your Wallets: Kmart Just Launched Ooshie-Style Harry Potter Collectables

1 min read

With the wave of collectable-related frenzies subsiding over at Coles and Woolworths, lifestyle giant Kmart is about to unleash their own.

Life

Life

Teachers Reveal The Names Of The Best And Worst Behaved Kids In 2019

1 min read

UK teachers have shared the names of their students who tend to be the naughtiest and best behaved and the results are very interesting.

Fran Molloy

Fran Molloy

Why Dads Should Never Let Their Kids Win

5 min read

New research shows that fathers who encourage their children to be socially assertive and to step outside of their comfort zone may help their children avoid social anxiety in young adulthood.

Life

Life

Mum Catches Son Using Alexa To Cheat On His Homework

1 min read

We have to give it to him for his out of the box thinking.

TV

TV

'Bluey' Gets Nominated For A 2019 International Emmy Kids Award

1 min read

The hit Australian animated series which airs on ABC was nominated for an International Emmy Kids Award in the Preschool category.

Life

Life

"It's Hard Work': Nikki Webster Shares The Hardest Part Of Becoming A Parent

1 min read

Nikki Webster grew up in front of our eyes but now at 32-years-old, she has two young children of her own.

Sport

Sport

'Oh Fricken No!' Mum Freaks Out As Lost Kid Accidentally Wins 10km Race

1 min read

Nine-year-old Kade Lovell just had an afternoon he and his family will never forget.

Laura Jackel

Laura Jackel

The Note That Came Home In My Son’s School Bag Is Making Me Feel Ancient

3 min read

My nine-year-old son Toby appeared in his first school musical performance this week and it is making me feel both nostalgic and incredibly elderly that his class theme required him to dress ‘90s style.’

Nick Bhasin

Nick Bhasin

Why I Give My Kids Pizza For Breakfast

6 min read

What you feed your children for breakfast says a lot about what kind of bad parent you are.

Life

Life

I Filled Out My Daughter's School Enrollment Form And Cried

3 min read

It used to drive me nuts when I would be out with my two daughters and total strangers would approach me and say, “Enjoy them while they are little, they grow up so fast!”

Wade Shipard

Wade Shipard

Got Kids? Go Glamping. Best Holiday Ever.

4 min read

Glamping -- a portmanteau of “glamorous” and “I’m too precious to actually go camping” -- is ideal for working families.

Lucille Wong

Lucille Wong

How I Will Prepare My Daughter For Racism In School

4 min read

Of all the joys parenting can bring, uncomfortable conversations won’t be one of them.

Carla Gee

Carla Gee

I'm Vegan, But I Would Never Put My Baby On A Vegan Diet

4 min read

I’ve recently become a vegan.

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford

I Used To Be An A**hole Who Hated Kids. Don't Be Like Me.

5 min read

“What’s something you used to be a real a**hole about?” asked the journalist, Erin Riley, on Twitter this week.

Sport

Sport

How Ben Simmons Cheered Up A Brave Little Boy Who Lost His Dad

4 min read

Jaden Exeter idolised his dad, and with good reason.

Anju Regis

Anju Regis

How I Survived My First Family Holiday As A Single Parent

5 min read

Holidays were a dream, but they were far from my own reality.

Life

Life

'Get Your Own Kids': Pink Dyes Daughter's Hair To Stick It To The Parenting Police

2 min read

Pink has had enough of being told what she can and can't do with her own children, so she's taken another stand.

Nick Bhasin

Nick Bhasin

Other Than Disney World, Here’s A List Of Places Child-Free Adults Should Be Banned

4 min read

People who know me know that I am a parent -- and that means I’m one of the most important people on the planet.

Laura Jackel

Laura Jackel

A Generation Of Toxic Parents Is Raising Anxious Kids

4 min read

This week I was fortunate enough to interview award-winning Australian author and passionate educator, John Marsden.

Life

Life

'Everything Smells Like Poo': Mum Of Quints On The 'Hell' Of Toilet Training

4 min read

Speak to any parent and they'll tell you the trials and tribulations of toilet training a child.

News

News

After 7 Kids Get Cancer, Chemical In City's Water Scrutinised

4 min read

Parents in one community are fighting for answers after at least seven children were diagnosed with cancer in the past four years.

News

News

Forget Being An Astronaut, Kids Today Want To Be YouTubers

1 min read

Given last year's top earner on YouTube was a seven-year-old boy who made $31 million, the results of a new study about children's career aspiration goals may not come as a surprise.

Nicola Heath

Nicola Heath

Gender Equality Will Never Happen Until Dads Get Equal Paid Parental Leave

4 min read

It’s time for dads to shoulder the nappy bag.

Jenna Martin

Jenna Martin

Why I'll Never Stop Calling My Dog 'My Son'

3 min read

As far as I’m concerned, I have two boys.

Nama Winston

Nama Winston

Banning Social Media For Kids Would Be As Dangerous As Banning Sex Education

4 min read

Australian journalist Emma Alberici told the ABC this week that kids under the age of 16 should be banned from using social media, because 16 is the age of consent, legal marriage, and driving.

Jane Caro

Jane Caro

Banning Phones In Schools Is Easy To Say But Hard To Do

4 min read

Victoria has just banned phones in government schools, a move that has been greeted with approval by almost everyone who doesn’t work in a school.

The Project

The Project

5 Star Service For The Under Fours

2 min read

A newly opened childcare centre in one of Melbourne’s wealthiest suburbs is rolling out the red carpet for the under-fours.

World

World

U.N.B.E.L.I.E.V.A.B.L.E: Spelling Bee Runs Out Of Words

1 min read

In a championship first, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has ended in an eight-way tie after the competition ran out of words in the final.

Sport

Sport

Baseball Player Inconsolable After Striking Kid In Crowd

1 min read

Don't ever say sportspeople have no heart.

Abby Alexander

Abby Alexander

If I Had To Suffer Sports Day, The Sporty Kids Have To Suffer NAPLAN

3 min read

Yesterday, kids all around Australia opened up their test booklets (or loaded them on their computer screens) and commenced the first day of a three-day testing period for NAPLAN.

Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison

You Have NFI What Your Mum Went Through For You

4 min read

In the delivery room of a hospital, as women become mothers, apparently the most common words uttered -- or shrieked, yelled and howled -- are "I'm never having sex again!"

Kimberley Linco

Kimberley Linco

The Baby Name That Topped The List For 16 Years Before Crashing Out

4 min read

Each year, the states and territories around Australia reveal the top names given to babies in the previous year.

Mina Iacono

Mina Iacono

It's Not 'Greedy Breeding': The Only-Child syndrome Is Simply An Outdated Myth

6 min read

Every now and then my mum repeats a cliché: “Never marry an only-child. They always want things their own way and they don’t know how to act."

Tech

Tech

Huge Security Flaws Don't Deter Parents From GPS Tracking Devices For Kids

2 min read

Nicki Corkill uses an app to check where her kids are at any given moment.

Health

Health

Parents Must Limit Under-Fives' Screen Time To One Hour Per Day, So Say New WHO Guidelines

2 min read

The World Health Organization has issued its first-ever guidelines for screen time for children five-years-old and under.

World

World

Doctors Urgently Warn Parents After Boy Swallows Magnets

5 min read

While the dangers of children accidentally ingesting batteries and laundry detergent pods are well known, doctors are sounding the alarm on the risks of another common household item: tiny, high-powered magnets.

Style

Style

'Daddy's Little F*** Toy': Amazon Pulls 'Inappropriate' Children's Clothing

2 min read

Major retailers Zara and Amazon have been forced to pull both clothing and ads after they were deemed 'inappropriate' by shoppers online.

Homes

Homes

Big W's New Kids Homewares Range Is So Cute You'll Want It For Yourself

2 min read

The ever affordable Big W has released a brand new homewares range just for kids -- but grown-ups might want to keep it for themselves.

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

Here's How I Explain Men Like George Pell To My Kids

5 min read

Cardinal George Pell has just been sentenced to six years in prison for the sexual abuse of two 13-year-old choirboys after a Sunday mass in 1996.

Life

Life

Disney World Is Opening A Mermaid School

1 min read

Fans of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' can get a step closer to living under the sea.

Stacey June

Stacey June

FFS Why Are There So Many Acronyms When It Comes To Getting Pregnant?

4 min read

"I'm a FTM that needs to AIH via IUI. My DH/OH and I can’t DTD and yesterday I got a BFN via HPT. It sucked hard.

Life

Life

Mother's Insta Post Sparks Child Co-Sleeping Debate

3 min read

A mum-of-three has shared a snap of her co-sleeping with all her children on Instagram and it ignited a huge debate among parents.

Katie Horneshaw

Katie Horneshaw

Anti-Vaxxers Threaten My Son’s Health But Have Him To Thank For Theirs

7 min read

The internet erupted into a furore last week when Shanelle Cartwright, wife of footy player Bryce Cartwright, went public with her decision not to vaccinate either of her kids.

James Norman

James Norman

Why Banning Phones In Restaurants Is A Great Idea

3 min read

A few weekends ago I was sitting with my partner at one of our favourite St Kilda cafes. We couldn't help but notice the scene at the table next to us.

Life

Life

Mum's Brilliant Cleaning 'Challenge' Goes Viral

1 min read

A mum has shared a crafty way to call out her kids' -- and her husband's -- sloppy cleaning game.

Style

Style

A Woman Accidentally Wore A Kid's Car Seat Cover As A Skirt

2 min read

Mum-to-be Lori Farrell recently made an adorable fashion faux pas when she wore a stripy kid's car seat cover as a skirt.

Health

Health

Kids Who've Had Gastro Are More Likely To Suffer Coeliac Disease, 15 Year Study Finds

2 min read

A new study has found a link between childhood cases of gastro and coeliac disease.

Richard Holden

Richard Holden

Why We Should (Carefully) Consider Paying Kids To Learn

5 min read

Over the past 15 years, we’ve seen a decline in the performance of Australian school students on international tests.

National

National

Boy's Death In Hot Car Leaves Family 'Shocked' And 'Devastated'

1 min read

"My Baby" were the heartbreaking words posted by a mother who had just lost her baby boy.

Katie Horneshaw

Katie Horneshaw

What I Want To Teach My Boy About Toxic Masculinity

6 min read

One of my dearest friends wrote me an email the other day.

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

As Festival Deaths Climb, How Do I Talk To My Teenagers About Drugs?

6 min read

I have no idea how to be a parent.

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

I Love My Kids But Thank God The School Holidays Are Over

5 min read

On the last day of school holidays, morning sun smashes through my window.

Jean Flynn

Jean Flynn

I Didn’t Think My 10-Year-Old Needed A Phone But I Was Wrong

3 min read

One day early last year, my daughter came home from school and said, “Lots of the other grade sixes already have their own phones.”

Jarryd Bartle

Jarryd Bartle

The UK Is Blocking Online Porn To Under 18s. Could It Happen Here?

3 min read

From April 2019, all internet access to pornography in the UK will be blocked unless users can confirm they are over the age of 18.

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

Why I Celebrate When My Kids Fail

6 min read

It's time they learn how it feels.

Sport

Sport

Watch This Basketball Star Show No Mercy To His Son On The Court

1 min read

DeMarcus Cousins is already teaching his son life isn't fair.

Good News

Good News

Young Hero Heard Puppy's Cries And Leapt Into Action

1 min read

Koda's family has a lot to be thankful for this Christmas.

Jean Flynn

Jean Flynn

The Importance Of Sex, Drugs And Rock 'N' Roll For Children

4 min read

One of my daughter’s friends was recently banned from listening to Morgan Evan’s 'Day Drunk.'

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

8 Reasons Why Having Kids Ruined My Life

7 min read

2018 comes to a close and with it, a chance to reflect on another year of blah, blah, blah.

TV

TV

'Sesame Street' Has Introduced A Homeless Muppet

1 min read

'Sesame Street' has never shied away from teaching kids about social issues in its nearly 50 year history on TV.

Michael Grose

Michael Grose

Was The Ohio Girl's Dad Right To Punish Her On Social Media?

4 min read

Childhood bullying is an insidious behaviour that thrives on secrecy and adult acquiescence.

Sophie Heizer

Sophie Heizer

We Asked Five Experts: Should I Lie To My Children About Santa?

1 min read

Is there any real harm?

Helen Szoke

Helen Szoke

Developing Countries Are Putting Australia To Shame On Refugees

5 min read

Today, the signatures of about 170,000 concerned Australians from across the country will be handed over at Parliament House, calling for the Government to get all refugee children off Nauru.

National

National

How Young Is Too Young To Teach Kids About Sexual Assault?

4 min read

Should we be teaching kids about sexual assault, or are we forcing them into a cycle of fear?

Life

Life

These Are Set To Be The Most (And Least) Popular Baby Names In 2028

2 min read

The names you'll be hearing in the playground in ten years' time.

Style

Style

Céline Dion's New Kids Clothing Range Is Gender Neutral

2 min read

Don't expect to see any pink or blue here.

Movies

Movies

Benedict Cumberbatch Loved Being Mean In 'The Grinch'

1 min read

Perpetual nice-guy Benedict Cumberbatch said he got a real kick out of playing iconic meanie, The Grinch.

News

News

How To Watch A Scary Movie With Your Child

5 min read

On Halloween, the cinemas and TV channels are filled with horror movies. But what should you do if you have a young child who wants to watch too?