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Life

Life

Parents Giving Their Kids 'Mashed-Up' Surnames Becoming More Popular Than Double-Barrel

4 min read

Double-barrel last names have been surpassed by a new trend of the blended last name, but not everyone is a fan.

Life

Life

'I Am Disgusted': Mum Stunned To Find 'Horrible' Note From Son's Teacher In Lunchbox

3 min read

When Francesca Easdon wrote a sweet note to her son, she didn't expect a horrible response from his teacher when he returned home.

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.

Life

Life

As A Mummy Blogger Is Attacked For Her Secret Double Life, We're Missing The Real Problem

4 min read

If you've never heard of Clemmie Hooper, the queen of all Instagram mums, you likely scrolled passed a negative headline about her this week.

Life

Life

The 20 'Worst' Baby Names Of 2019 (That Parents Actually Gave Their Kids)

1 min read

Shots have been fired about the 'worst' names parents have given their children this year.

Health

Health

I Was Crying On The Bathroom Floor When My Husband Came In And Found Me

5 min read

In the early hours of a hot summer morning in late 2012, I found myself in the worst mental state of my life.

Life

Life

The Wild List Of Baby Names That'll Be Popular In 2020 Has Been Revealed

2 min read

You probably haven't heard of most of them but having a unique baby name is clearly still a top priority for a number of expectant parents.

News

News

Gender Reveal Stunt Leads To Plane Crash

1 min read

Another gender reveal celebration has gone wrong, this time causing a recent plane crash in west Texas.

Health

Health

Cervical Cancer Survivor's Plea For Women To Get Tested

5 min read

Emma Micallef was young, healthy and just weeks away from meeting her baby boy when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016.

Shona Hendley

Shona Hendley

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

5 min read

Oh Michael Leunig.

Nama Winston

Nama Winston

I’m In A Fight Club With My Son

4 min read

Last night, my 12-year-old son attacked me.

National

National

Is This Australia's Spookiest Halloween Street?

2 min read

They call it 'Zombie Parade', where thousands of trick-or-treaters from across the city descend on Halloween night.

National

National

The Australian Suburbs That Spend The Most On Halloween

5 min read

Halloween is suddenly big business in Australia and we've got the stats on which areas are spending the most to get into the spooky spirit.

Health

Health

Parents Are Struggling To Care For Their Own Health, But My HusbandAnd I Have A Rule

4 min read

Exercise before family time? Parents' health should be a non-negotiable.

News

News

Children Ask Their Parents 10,000 Questions A Year

1 min read

A new poll has found that parents are fielding 10,000 questions a year.

Life

Life

My Kids Want To Go To The Circus -- I Can't Bring Myself To Take Them

3 min read

“Roll up, roll up, the circus is in town,” my husband declared to our kids as we drove past the big tent that was being erected at our local showgrounds.

Life

Life

I Returned A Lost Child To Her Mum And Rather Than Thank Me, She Yelled At Me

3 min read

On a sneaky pop out of the office to pick up my click and collect, I got a lot more that I bargained for when I left with more than just a pair of new shoes.

Nick Bhasin

Nick Bhasin

The Leunig Cartoon Would Have Been Better If The Baby Also Had A Phone

6 min read

A cartoonist named Michael Leunig drew a cartoon featuring a mother looking at her phone while pushing a pram. Seems unremarkable, right? But get this: the baby had fallen out of the pram! And she didn't even notice!

Life

Life

'This Is Offensive': Leunig's New Cartoon Leaves Mums Furious

2 min read

Michael Leunig is no stranger to controversy but his latest cartoon published in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday has hit a sore spot with mothers.

World

World

Mum Gives Birth During Tornado By Candlelight In Laundry

1 min read

A baby girl has made her grand entrance into the world amid candlelight and blaring tornado sirens.

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.

Nick Bhasin

Nick Bhasin

A Moving Open Letter To My 9-Year-Old Son 8 Years Before He Does His HSC Exams

4 min read

Have you ever read a Moving Open Letter to a child on the Internet?

Life

Life

'Get Over Yourself': Mum Attacked After Buying Lunch Box Snacks For Entire School Term

3 min read

Lunchbox snacks can easily cost you a small fortune so mum Kia Bradford Oswald shared her budgeting hack in order to be helpful.

Life

Life

What My Kids Said While Watching 'The Masked Singer' Left Me Stunned

4 min read

In a world where we are judged by our appearance, the pressure to be beautiful is constant and our attractiveness and presentation are inextricably tied to who we are and what we do, the show comes as a welcome change.

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.

Life

Life

A Parent Mocked Me For Having My Six-Year-Old In A Car Seat. Her Reason Is Dangerous

3 min read

As my daughter, Addi climbed into her car seat at school pick up, a parent of one of her classmates who was parked next to us looked over.

Exclusive

Exclusive

Angelina Jolie Talks Resilience And Her Reunion With Maddox

1 min read

Ang Bishop caught up with Angelina Jolie for an exclusive chat about 'Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil' at the film's Tokyo premiere.

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

Why I'm Warning My Kids About Sadfishing And You Should Too

5 min read

We’ve all seen it: a friend on social media tweeting or posting status updates bursting with tantalising cryptic vagueness.

Charles O'Grady

Charles O'Grady

Here’s What’s Missing From The Moral Panic Over Trans Kids

5 min read

An unpublished law reform submission by the Australian Psychological Society has caused no small amount of moral panic in conservative media this week.

Politics

Politics

Thalidomide Survivors Say They'll Die Before Government Memorial Is Realised

6 min read

Survivors of thalidomide fear they may die before an apology from the government for the "health disaster", slamming six months of silence after a landmark Senate report recommended action.

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.

Life

Life

Nikki Webster On Whether She'll Let Her Son And Daughter Become Child Stars

2 min read

Nikki Webster first rose to fame when she appeared on our televisions during the opening ceremony of the Olympics in 2000.

Celebrity

Celebrity

Mother Slams 'False' Reports Over Death Of Snoop Dogg's Grandson

1 min read

The mother of 10 day-old Kai Love -- Snoop Dogg's grandson -- has hit out at false reports after the infant's death.

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.’

Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Why We Should Stop Asking Women About Their Baby Plans

2 min read

It might seem innocent enough, but they're words that can do a lot of harm.

Laura Jackel

Laura Jackel

I Have Two Sons And Even My Two Year Old Knows I Get A Period

3 min read

In a win for common sense, Ad Standards determined on Wednesday that Libra’s ‘Blood Normal’ ad did not breach the ethics code, in spite of the almost 600 complaints against it.

Life

Life

'I Was Really Worried': Pia Miranda Didn't Want Her Kids To Visit Her During 'Survivor'

2 min read

After 50 days separated from her family, the actress missed her husband and two children desperately.

Life

Life

'A Woman Is Demanding I Pay Her Back For 'Art' My Daughter Broke, But I Refuse'

2 min read

Is this woman out of line for declining to pay for something her daughter broke while she was at an open house with her parents?

Life

Life

Why I Won't Be Taking My Daughter To See JoJo Siwa When She Comes To Australia

3 min read

Any parent of a tween would now know the ‘news’ that JoJo Siwa (AKA JoJo Bow Girl) is boomerang-ing her way down under.

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!”

Tech

Tech

Instagram To Combat 'Horrific' Kids' Abuse With Safety Guide For Parents

4 min read

Parents can feel confused or disturbed by the social media platforms their kids use, but there's little information about how to help or guide their children.

Good News

Good News

Hilarious Support Mum Received After Sharing 'Parenting Fail'

2 min read

A familiar moment of anguish for a Sydney mum was quickly turned around thanks to other mothers supporting rather than turning on one another.

Health

Health

Dangerous Button Batteries 'Landmines In Loungerooms', As Kids Choke And Die

2 min read

A leading emergency paediatrician has urged the Prime Minister to "get off his arse" and take action on button batteries, a choking hazard for children.

World

World

Grieving Dad's Heartbreaking Message Of Regret To Other Parents

3 min read

A father has written a heartbreaking open letter to other parents after the death of his own son.

National

National

Climate Change Making Parents Feel Guilty For Having Kids

6 min read

Parents are developing distress, anxiety and depression as they worry about their kids being affected by climate change, with some people simply choosing not to bring children into an uncertain world.

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.

Love

Love

Matty J And Laura Byrne On Trying To Plan A Wedding With A Newborn

2 min read

The pair who fell in love on 'The Bachelor' recently welcomed their first child and it's meant they've had little time to think about tying the knot.

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford

Bandit In 'Bluey' Is The Ultimate Thirst Trap

4 min read

In my short time as a mother of a small person, I’ve taken immense comfort in the online spaces that exist between other women and parents keen for community and solidarity.

Sport

Sport

Help! Should I Watch Crucial Footy Game Or Daughter's Concert?

1 min read

There are moments in a parent's life when your commitment is really tested.

Life

Life

Just Six Mistakes The Kardashians Made During Their Recent Bahamas Holiday

4 min read

Kim Kardashian West and Khloe Kardashian might need to take another holiday just to get away from the drama.

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.

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

All Dads Want For Father's Day Is To Be Told We Haven't Stuffed It All Up

3 min read

I didn’t expect a trip to the Post Office to trigger so much nausea.

Life

Life

Sam Wood On How Life Has Changed Going From Two Children To Three

3 min read

'The Bachelor' star and his wife Snezana recently welcomed baby Charlie into the world and it's made things very different for the now family of five.

Good News

Good News

Father's Sweet Act For Son Goes Viral

1 min read

When one man's toddler wanted to shoot a hoop he stepped in to help him with his goal. 

News

News

Girl Allegedly Finds Razor Blade In Sultana Packet From Supermarket

2 min read

A mother has been left horrified after her daughter allegedly found a razor blade inside a packet of sultanas she bought from a supermarket.

Homes

Homes

A Mum's DIY Le Snak Lunchbox Hack Is Going Viral

1 min read

If you're tired of spending a mint of your children's lunchbox snacks, a clever parent has found a simple solution.

Life

Life

The Moment Another Mum Brutally Rejected Me -- For Her Phone

4 min read

There’s a question that many new parents ask themselves, particularly when it’s a quiet day of watching daytime TV, sterilising bottles and patting the baby: where did all of my friends go?

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.

World

World

Mother's Lesson To 'Ungrateful' Daughter Goes Viral

2 min read

A suburban mum thought she was surprising daughter with a new pencil case, but after a less-than-ideal response, it became a life lesson.

Life

Life

'I'm Trying Not To Cry': Angelina Jolie Says Goodbye To Her Eldest Son

1 min read

The actress might be one of the most famous faces in Hollywood but on Wednesday she was just a proud mum witnessing her 18-year-old's milestone moment.

Life

Life

'Just Look After Your Children': The Bachelor's Lisa Hyde Forced To Defend Her Parenting

2 min read

The new mum welcomed her first child and daughter named Myja-Jae with her partner Damon Collina in July.

Life

Life

'They Were Refused': Mum's Shock After Losing Her Child In Kmart

1 min read

When Amy's son was lost in the retail store, she assumed it would be a simple case of announcing his disappearance over the store's PA system to speedily locate him.

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.

Life

Life

Virgin To Give Babies Their Own Luggage Allowance

1 min read

Virgin Australia has just announced a new policy that means babies can pack up all their soft toys for their next holiday.

Nick Bhasin

Nick Bhasin

What 'Play School' Taught My Three Year Old About Death

4 min read

My mother died very suddenly when I was 27.

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.

Nama Winston

Nama Winston

STFU With Your Parenting Labels. This Is The Only Way To Raise Kids.

4 min read

Can you hear that?

The Project

The Project

'A Tub Of Guilt': Carrie Opens Up On Maternity Leave And Returning To Work

2 min read

The Project's Carrie Bickmore has opened up on the guilt she felt returning to work after maternity leave.

Christopher Pyne

Christopher Pyne

Why My Kids Call Me 'Captain Sparkle'

3 min read

For children of the 1980s, '9 1/2 Weeks' was a raunchy movie released in 1986 starring Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger.

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.

Life

Life

10 Mums Share Their Stories Of Being Shamed For Breastfeeding In Public

4 min read

According to lactation expert Pinky McKay, it sadly happens a lot more than we probably realise.

Life

Life

My Husband Bought A $4.50 Cake For Our Son's Party, He's Being Celebrated Like A God

3 min read

For almost 10 years, I’ve been organising our kids’ birthdays.

Life

Life

The Bachelor Contestant's Name You Keep Spelling Wrong

1 min read

Those of us who have unique names or spellings know this pain all too well.

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.

Health

Health

Measles Outbreaks In WA, Doctors Beg Parents To Vaccinate Kids

1 min read

Doctors are urging parents to make sure their children get vaccinations, following a number of measles outbreaks in Western Australia.

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.

Warwick Smith

Warwick Smith

What I Never Understood Until I Became A Househusband

3 min read

My wife and I have recently switched back and forth in our roles at work and home, and the lessons I’ve learnt have been profound.

Life

Life

Ooshies Are Bringing Out The Worst In Our Kids And They Should Be Banned

3 min read

It appears these squishy Lion King collectables are EVERYWHERE and according to my kids, they are EVERYTHING to EVERYONE.

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.

Angie Maddison

Angie Maddison

The Day I Took My Boobs Back

4 min read

I celebrate breastfeeding mothers everywhere.

Health

Health

How Parents Can Talk About Mental Illness With Their Kids

3 min read

For many parents and caregivers, it can be difficult to pick up the signs that their child may be struggling with mental illness.

News

News

Lion King Ooshie Toys A 'Choking Hazard' For Kids, Woolworths Admits

1 min read

They're the latest toy craze, but parents are being warned about choking hazards in the new Lion King Ooshie promotion.

Health

Health

What It's Like Being Told Your Baby May Only Live A Few Weeks

3 min read

Samantha Cairns fell pregnant with her first baby soon after her wedding, but everything changed for the mum-to-be when she was told her unborn child was likely to die in his first weeks due to a defect she'd never heard of.

Bruce Morcombe

Bruce Morcombe

My Son Was Abducted And Murdered, Here's What I Wish I Had Known

5 min read

Sickening. Heartbreaking. Every parent’s worst nightmare.

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.

Milovan Savic & Kath Albury

Milovan Savic & Kath Albury

Your Kid Is On This Social Media App But You've Probably Never Heard Of It

5 min read

It' one of the fastest growing social media platforms on the planet, with more than 500 million active users. Only YouTube, Facebook and Instagram boast more.

Life

Life

Lauren Brant Publicly Lashes Out At Boyfriend Barry Hall Over Comment

1 min read

Lauren Brant has had a go at her partner Barry Hall on social media less than two months after giving birth to the couple's second child.

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.

Crime

Crime

Mum Devastated After Every Memory Of Stillborn Baby Stolen From Car

1 min read

The bereaved mother of a stillborn baby has made an emotional plea to heartless thieves who stole a box filled with her only memories of her child.

Life

Life

Carrie Bickmore On Which Of Her Three Kids Will Struggle Most With Her Project Return

4 min read

On Monday night Carrie Bickmore, will be back on our television screens after eight months of maternity leave spent away from her seat at 'The Project' desk.

Kelly Dombroski

Kelly Dombroski

The Ingenious Hack That Allows Parents To Use Only One Nappy A Day

6 min read

This year, the small Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu announced a plan to ban disposable nappies, as well as other throwaway items such as plastic bags.

Pinky McKay

Pinky McKay

When An Aussie Mum Was Fined Over Smacking Her Kid, The Memories Came Flooding Back

5 min read

When I read that a Perth mum, who left her daughter with a bruise after smacking her with a wooden spoon, has been fined $750 and convicted of common assault, I had an immediate flashback to my own childhood.

Health

Health

Is It Fair To Shame Hilary Duff For Piercing Her Baby's Ears?

3 min read

When it comes to 'the parenting police' everyone has their own opinions. Their latest target is Younger actress and mum of two, Hilary Duff.

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford

For Pete’s Sake, Let Your Boys Drink Pink Milk

5 min read

During a conversation earlier this week, I heard yet another example of how patriarchy works to break men.

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.

World

World

Teen Suffering Anxiety Cruelly Doused With Juice On Prom Night

3 min read

A teenager who suffers anxiety has been the target of a cruel bully, who doused her with juice on her prom night, ruining her dress and turning what was meant to be a magical evening into a nightmare.

Health

Health

Warning Over Viral Videos Of Parents Punching Toys To Get Kids To Eat

3 min read

Disturbing footage has surfaced on social media, showing parents and carers viciously punching their children's toys in an effort to get them to eat their food.

World

World

IVF Doctor Used Own Sperm To Impregnate Patients, Fathering 16 Kids

1 min read

A fertility doctor has lost his licence for using his own sperm to inseminate at least 11 women, and using the wrong sperm in dozens of other cases.

World

World

Judge Orders Abortion For Woman With Disability

1 min read

A British woman has been ordered to have an abortion by a court, going against her and her mother's wishes, after health authorities argued it would be in her best interests.

Life

Life

Teacher Shares How Ridiculous Helicopter Parents Are Being

2 min read

A 30-year-old high school teacher, who was aggressively approached by two parents during a school athletics carnival, has said she shouldn't be attacked for "not being up to their Olympic grade standards".