OK to swear in front of your kids?

Dropping an f-bomb occasionally isn't as harmful as one would think - rather, making this slur is far more damaging.

Dropping an f-bomb occasionally isn't as harmful as one would think - rather, making this slur is far more damaging.

'I loved being a mum to boys'

Sons may not enjoy shopping, manicures or going to the hairdressers - but do you know a girl would have ticked those ...

"I knew that I'd be in for more soccer, more toilet humour and much more farting.

'Boys compete to be drunk'

Your son will try to be the drunkest person in the room, says writer Jenna Price.

Don't bother locking up your daughters. Why it's your teen son you need to keep a close eye on.

'Hard if it's your 1st or 5th'

The Oliver family had been through weeks of sleep deprivation since baby River arrived.

Jamie and Jools Oliver have hired a night nanny after being "battered" by sleep deprivation.

Call of 'Mum' drove me batty

Merryn Porter decided to invest in a clicker to measure the number of times her sons called her.

One mum decided to count how many times her kids said her name a day and the results are terrifying.

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Baby

First pic of Adam Levine's daughter

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo have been together since 2012. Dusty Rose is their first child.

Would Dusty Rose be our pick for a baby name? No, but she's pretty damn cute.

'Hard whether it's your first or fifth'

Jamie and Jools Oliver have hired a night nanny after being "battered" by sleep deprivation.

When parenting choices are judged

No more hospital-based midwives for top of south mothers

Pregnancy

No thanks, I'm happy with only boys

Sons may not enjoy shopping, manicures or going to the hairdressers - but do you know a girl would have ticked those ...

"I knew that I'd be in for more soccer, more toilet humour and much more farting.

Homebirth baby death 'preventable'

One couple put their birth plan ahead of the safety of their baby - with tragic results.

Little Aria suffers from impaired vision, hearing loss, scoliosis, and developmental delays. Her parents, as New ...

Parents sue over birth defect

Kiwi couple living in Australia say doctors never told them about the problem during pregnancy.

Little Kids

Mystery maker behind Barbie Beyonce

Barbie Beyonce is the splitting image of Beyonce.

Your daughter may have a new Barbie to play with - thanks to one mysterious Instagram user.

No high heels for my 5-year-old

"High heels are impractical for grown women, but for children they are ridiculous."

Adam Millen talks about his book Jack Feels Big with the kids at Bell Block primary school.

Too many feelings for one book video

The book help kids communicate, one feeling at a time.

Big Kids

'Boys compete to be drunk'

Your son will try to be the drunkest person in the room, says writer Jenna Price.

Don't bother locking up your daughters. Why it's your teen son you need to keep a close eye on.

Life with a 'gender creative' child

How this US mum found acceptance for her son in a clothing store just for girls.

Dropping an f-bomb occasionally isn't as harmful as one would think - rather, making this slur is far more damaging.

OK to swear in front of your kids?

Dropping an f-bomb occasionally isn't as harmful as one would think - rather, making this slur is far more damaging.

Family Life

Be a holiday explorer

Petra Graney explores Mill Flat.

COLUMN: There is no need to be at a loss for holiday fun, writes Department of Conservation community ranger Brigid Graney.

'Bird's nest' custody: Does it work?

Is this new shared custody trend for families the smartest way to get divorce?

Megan Blandford (not pictured here) decided to swap roles with her partner.

'My husband and I did a role swap'

What happens when a stay-at-home mum and a full-time working dad swap roles?

Mum's Life

Constant call of 'Mum' drove me batty

Merryn Porter decided to invest in a clicker to measure the number of times her sons called her.

One mum decided to count how many times her kids said her name a day and the results are terrifying.

Jools Oliver slams body shamers

The celeb chef's wife shared a modest pic of her post-baby body. Some people weren't impressed.

"There is a huge societal pressure on women when it comes to motherhood."

Emily Blunt on 'mommy cults' danger

"There is a huge societal pressure on women when it comes to motherhood."

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