Men need to get fit for pregnancy

A man's lifestyle habits and weight before conception can make a difference to his child's future health.

What does a would-be father's waistline have to do with the health of his future children? More than you'd think.

Bridesmaids star welcomes son

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale have been dating for three years and now have a baby boy.

Australian actress Rose Byrne and her partner Bobby Cannavale add son named Rocco to their family.

Pregnancy information overload

Pregnant? Whatever you do. Avoid listening to every little piece of advice you get.

Pregnant? Whatever you do. Avoid listening to every little piece of advice you get.

Feeding: Does boob size matter?

While size generally doesn't matter, some mothers have shot glasses, while others have jugs.

While size generally doesn't matter, some mothers have shot glasses, while others have jugs.

Marriage challenges after kids

Head above water: how do parents keep their relationship afloat?

Lack of intimacy and insufficient communication can come into a relationship after children.

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Baby

Breastfeeding: Does boob size matter?

While size generally doesn't matter, some mothers have shot glasses, while others have jugs.

While size generally doesn't matter, some mothers have shot glasses, while others have jugs.

Baby born on side of state highway video

Couple head to midwife as fast as they can but baby too quick for everyone.

Watch dad knock kid out with piano

'Freaked out mumma' sees 'ghosts'

Pregnancy

Bridesmaids star welcomes first baby

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale have been dating for three years and now have a baby boy.

Australian actress Rose Byrne and her partner Bobby Cannavale add son named Rocco to their family.

Preganancy information overload

Pregnant? Whatever you do. Avoid listening to every little piece of advice you get.

A man's lifestyle habits and weight before conception can make a difference to his child's future health.

Men need to shape up for pregnancy

What does a would-be father's waistline have to do with the health of his future children? More than you'd think.

Little Kids

Blind budgie's a wonder

Steve the budgie was born without eyes in the bird aviary at the Kids Barn child care centre in Hawera.

Steve, a budgie with no eyes, is helping teach preschoolers about accepting differences.

DIY kids' games for the backyard

Summer fun can be cheap and easy - try these two classic lawn games.

Three-year-old Claire Crosby recording Part of My World.

The 3-year-old singing sensation

Move over Ariel, there's a new little mermaid in town giving you a run for your money.

Big Kids

Teachers choose to unschool

Talia Burton-Walker has decided to unschool her children. She and daughter India Walker, 2, do some painting.

"In terms of education school is a relatively new thing; 200 years ago children learned by being at home, they learned by cooking and gardening and being part of a community."

Home school kids set agenda

They're free spirits, and becoming a doctor or an artist is up to them, say parents.

"Most of the kids drew long hair/beards. My son, coffin."

Boy's brutally honest answer

The seven-year-old was asked what he'd look like in 100 years - so he drew a coffin.

Family Life

Hannah wants to inspire

Hannah Moore, 15, is out to inspire other young women that girls can do anything.

9:11 PM   Hannah Moore was second runner in Miss Teen Taranaki, but there is a lot more to the story.

A letter to my younger self

One man warns his younger self about obsessions with SodaStream, quad stretches, and, uh, kids.

Rhiya Williams is casting shade at a university level, despite her young age.

NFL players style their daughters' hair video

Well, advertising gods, you've done it. This ad worked on us and we love it.

Mum's Life

'Pressure on mums is ridiculous'

Mums are "constantly" expected to be nurturers for the rest of the family, but often ignore their own needs, says Christina Aguilera.

Christina Aguilera says women need to find time to nurture themselves after having kids.

Michelle Bridges under fire - again

The fitness star and new mum has caused outrage once again after sharing "irresponsible" post-natal workout advice.

A new study has found that having more children can actually help slow your cells from ageing.

Have kids... look younger?

OPINION: So you might look and feel like you've aged about 70 years... but science says otherwise.

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