To mums who are 'never there'

Couldn't make her school event? That doesn't make you a bad mum.

OPINION: No, working mums can't make it to every school event. And maybe that's a good thing.

Breastfeeding stir in church

US mum Annie Peguero and her 19-month-old daughter, Autumn, at their home in Dumfries, Virginia. Peguero was banned from ...

"Why should she have to choose between feeding her child and being able to pray?"

Biggest mistake parents make

Children need discipline and lots of it, right? Perhaps not.

Children need discipline and lots of it, right? Wrong. An expert nanny reveals what you may be doing wrong.

Prem lamb in plastic 'womb' video

The artificial womb created for lambs could one day be used for human foetuses.

An artificial womb has been created for lambs, and could one day be used for human foetuses.

Dad's genius screen time tactic

Ouch! That look.

To get his daughter to put her phone down, this dad is using the one deterrent that's kryptonite to teens.

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Baby

Breastfeeding causes stir in church

US mum Annie Peguero and her 19-month-old daughter, Autumn, at their home in Dumfries, Virginia. Peguero was banned from ...

"Why should she have to choose between feeding her child and being able to pray?"

Premature lamb grown in plastic womb video

An artificial womb has been created for lambs, and could one day be used for human foetuses.

Kiwi mum's comments stun

Outrage over table nappy change

Pregnancy

Pregnant women need more iron

Focus on cooking up iron rich meals during pregnancy.

Studies suggest New Zealand women aren't getting enough.

Who's cashing in on miscarriage

OPINION: It's hard enough to talk about miscarriage without the loss being exploited.

Megan Gale has revealed she's pregnant.

Megan Gale reveals pregnancy

The 41-year-old Australian model is expecting her second child: "There's a bun in my oven."

Little Kids

Give hugs, not lollies, to crying kids

Crying kids are best comforted with a hug.

Comforting kids with sweets can help make them fat.

Mum's laundry pod warning

Jemima Strain's toddler got hold of a squishy detergent pod – and what came next was terrifying.

There's no need to stay home with your budding gourmand, especially if they've shown themselves inclined to try new things.

10 tricks to eating out with kids

Don't think you can dine with your children in a public setting? Use these tips for a peaceful restaurant experience.

Big Kids

Share and share alike

Making use of the Redwoodtown School playground in the holidays are, from left, Cameron Park, 7, Ethan Mills, 7 and ...

School playgrounds in Marlborough could get massive increase in funding, on one condition.

Give hugs, not lollies, to crying kids

Comforting kids with sweets can help make them fat.

Ouch! That look.

Dad's genius screen time tactic

To get his daughter to put her phone down, this dad is using the one deterrent that's kryptonite to teens.

Family Life

What not to buy for Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there.

Don't believe the hype - there are gifts that no mum wants this Mother's Day (and ones they do).

What an average family looks like video

As inequality grows, are we out of touch with other Kiwis' lives? We find out how families are coping.

We could have banned them from watching. Instead, we turned the show into a conversation starter.

I watch 13 Reasons Why with teen

OPINION: We could have banned them from watching. Instead, we turned the show into a conversation starter.

Mum's Life

To mums who are 'never there'

Couldn't make her school event? That doesn't make you a bad mum.

OPINION: No, working mums can't make it to every school event. And maybe that's a good thing.

Breastfeeding causes stir in church

"Why should she have to choose between feeding her child and being able to pray?"

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there.

What not to buy for Mother's Day

Don't believe the hype - there are gifts that no mum wants this Mother's Day (and ones they do).

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