'Mummy, put your phone away'

A break from the phone could be a good thing.

OPINION: The toddler has a point. Phones are distracting and they shouldn't rule our lives.

Beyonce's celeb baby shower video

Beyonce's baby shower

An African theme, celebrity guests and a henna belly tattoo - welcome to Queen Bey's baby shower.

Kate Middleton - we feel you video

Two glowing newlyweds - and a sister who could really do with a cuppa and a lie down.

On her sister's big day, Kate Middleton is every mum at a wedding - stressed out and dropped in it.

Rise of the 'Sad Dad'

Actor Brad Pitt opened up about his feelings on the end of his marriage to Angelina Jolie.

Brad Pitt is one, so is Ben Affleck, but the trend for newly introspective men isn't just because of divorce.

Mum finds snake in car seat

The snake found coiled up in a toddler's car seat.

The entire world has agreed to never leave a car seat outside again.

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Baby

When toddler knows best

A break from the phone could be a good thing.

COLD COFFEE: The toddler has a point. Phones are distracting and they shouldn't rule our lives.

Mum finds snake in kid's car seat

The entire world has agreed to never leave a car seat outside again.

Keep cotton buds out of kids' ears

'Little angel' helps mum find lump

Pregnancy

Beyonce's star-studded 'push party' video

Beyonce's baby shower

An African theme, celebrity guests and a henna belly tattoo - welcome to Queen Bey's baby shower.

3D-printed ovaries success video

For the first time ever, US researchers successfully implanted artificial ovaries in a mouse, which went on to give birth to healthy pups.

Thanks to the new app Babyname, choosing a baby name is as easy as finding a date on Tinder.

New Tinder for baby names

Choosing a name is as easy as finding a date.

Little Kids

Give the kids' rooms a break

Kids love colour, although you may not be able to go to this extreme - the fabulous Calvin and Hobbs bedroom is by Katri ...

Whatever happened to colourful kids' rooms - bedrooms designed for children, not adults?

Quacking good duck race

The little yellow bath toys are graduating to a river race

Entrepreneur Patricia McCormack has started The Little Kakapo, a business which sells baby clothing that helps children ...

Stopping infants itch

New Hamilton business aims to prevent babies from scratching, pulling and thumb sucking with bamboo mitts.

Big Kids

Share the Sheeran experience

Ed Sheeran's one-man-band approach offers a fairly awe-inspiring spectacle.

OPINION: Why concerts have replaced sporting events as "experiences" for young Kiwis.

Mum's fidget spinner warning video

A 10-year-old girl who put her fidget spinner in her mouth to "clean it" has nearly choked to death on the popular toy.

Love can mean many different (sometimes confusing) things for teens.

Teens need more than 'sex talk'

Young people are unprepared to learn how to love and develop caring, healthy romantic relationships.

Family Life

Bill English talks nappies video

Father of six Bill English reveals he was a pro with a cloth nappy and a safety pin when his children were younger.

Stuff's new video series, RadDads talks fatherhood with Prime Minister Bill English.

Stress-free car trips with kids

Try these strategies for family car trips you’ll remember for the right reasons.

Maddie with her four parents.

Photo reveals joy of co-parenting

How one family's statement about co-parenting has touched hearts around the world.

Mum's Life

Mum and son booted out of home

Tania Thomson and her son Jack, who help the homeless in Napier, are losing their own home and could end up sharing the ...

A cancer sufferer who has dedicated her life to helping the homeless faces living in a car with her son.

Kate's fears about Pippa's wedding video

OPINION: Taking a child that young to a wedding fills me with dread as I think about the utter chaos he could unleash.

Monique Patterson and her son Cael, 7. "It's also okay to take a breather as a mother once in a while, and let your ...

In defence of 'slummy mummies'

OPINION: It's also okay to take a breather as a mother once in a while, and let your child help themselves to a chip sandwich.

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