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Baby

I almost lost my daughter to drowning

Drowning doesn't look like the images we have been shown.

I ran into the ER with mismatched clothes and wet hair. "My daughter was just brought in. She was in a pool accident," I said.

Family expects fourth set of twins

New arrivals will bring Loma and Emma Uhila's family to nine children under the age of seven.

Baby girl dies while sleeping in bouncer

Baby talk is nonsense, says Willis

Pregnancy

On finding out you're having twins

Yep that's right.  There are two buns in the oven.

8:13 AM  In one second we had gone from expecting minus one to plus two potential babies.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common - in fact, many of us haven't even heard of it.

Paracetamol medicines, such as Panadol, are one of the most common medicines used to ease pain and reduce fever.

Paracetamol during pregnancy may lower testosterone in boys

Pregnant women who take the painkiller paracetamol regularly for long periods may put their unborn sons' testosterone levels at risk.

Little Kids

The secret to getting kids to do chores without complaining

Don't discount the importance of chores ...

We've been doing something wrong when it comes to chores in our house. And I may have just found out what it is.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Some toddlers aren't the social butterflies we'd like them to be, or they have trouble playing 'nicely'.

Mum fights school over pool party dress code.

Outrage over strict school pool party dress code

"All girls must wear a non-white t-shirt over their swimsuit," it read.

Big Kids

Secret abortion prompted suicide attempt

Stratford mother Hillary Kieft watches National MP Chester Borrows sign her family petition seeking a change to the law that allows teenagers to have abortions without their parents' knowledge.

8:51 AM  Mother urges law change so parents know about underage kids having abortions.

What happens to our girls when we don’t talk about sex

When it comes to learning about sexuality, yes, girls want information from their mothers, but far more than that, it’s the emotional connection to us they crave.

It may even become an act of defiance for a young woman to simply eat whatever she wants.

The simplest act of defiance to encourage in your daughter

9:00 AM  It is an entirely good thing to encourage defiance in our daughters.

Family Life

On finding out you're having twins

Yep that's right.  There are two buns in the oven.

8:13 AM  In one second we had gone from expecting minus one to plus two potential babies.

Anna Guy: My out of control life

Are you ever like me and are sometimes super organised and achieve a lot, but then others go to custard?

When he’s home, I’m off the clock too. We split the remaining chores and neither of us rests until both of us can.

A stay-at-home mum’s duties need to be shared

The term "stay at home" mum connotes an air of leisure and inactivity far from the reality of my daily life.

Mum's Life

Parents, parks and smart phones

Are you part of the 44 per cent?

Researchers found that 44 per cent of caregivers felt they should restrict smart phone use while watching children in the park.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I thought that that in order to be a good mother, I could only worry about my children

Melissa - left: at the start of her weight loss journey, middle: 40kg down, right: after her Gorgeous Me makeover.

I lost 40kg and found me

We love a good story where a mum makes positive changes in her life to put herself first.

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