I gave my tween a smartphone

One mum worried about giving her 12-year-old a smartphone – but found surprising benefits.

One mum worried about giving her 12-year-old a smartphone – but found surprising benefits.

Why the 'ban' on formula info?

Finding information and support for bottle feeding mums can be difficult.

Is New Zealand's pro-breastfeeding Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative also mum friendly?

Pregnant after 452 needles

After 452 needles, two rounds of IVF and three failed transfers, the Walkers are welcoming twins.

US couple who are expecting twins shares a photo representing their arduous IVF journey.

'Risky' teething items on sale

Hyland's teething products sold in Australia have been investigated after baby deaths in America.

Some Australasia-based online pharmacies will ship them to New Zealand.

Divorced dad buys ex-wife gifts

Billy Flynn is "rising above" divorce to set a good example for his two young sons.

According to Billy Flynn, the world needs "good men", so he's setting a good example to his two sons.

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Baby

Why the 'ban' on formula info?

Finding information and support for bottle feeding mums can be difficult.

Is New Zealand's pro-breastfeeding Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative also mum friendly?

Baby rice shortage worries parents

"There's no other competition and it's the parents and the babies that go without," says mum Nikki Morris.

Baby taken over formula comment

'Risky' teething products on sale

Pregnancy

Pregnant after 452 needles

After 452 needles, two rounds of IVF and three failed transfers, the Walkers are welcoming twins.

US couple who are expecting twins shares a photo representing their arduous IVF journey.

'It's not a stroke, it's a baby'

Feeling woozy with a tingling arm, she feared the worst - but ended up with the best result.

Recording artist Beyonce performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Award in Los Angeles, California.

Beyonce is unstoppable

Only ill-health will stop a pregnant Beyonce from Coachella, TMZ reports.

Little Kids

Eatery's cashback for 'good' kids

The eatery offered parents with well-behaved kids a five per cent discount on their bill.

A restaurant owner fed-up with unruly children has come up with a creative idea to help curb bad behaviour.

Madonna adopts twin girls video

The pop legend says she is "overjoyed" to welcome twin sisters from Malawi to her brood.

Ma'Kayla Welsh was diagnosed with leukaemia nearly two years ago.

Cancer survivor, 5, shamed

US teacher tells youngster: "You can’t be pretty if you’re bald".

Big Kids

I gave my tween a smartphone

One mum worried about giving her 12-year-old a smartphone – but found surprising benefits.

One mum worried about giving her 12-year-old a smartphone – but found surprising benefits.

Glorious summer glaze

Children got the chance to get creative and learn some hands-on pottery skills while getting an insight into the world of business.

A teacher shamed a five-year-old cancer survivor, when she saw the young girl pulling at her hair.

Cancer survivor shamed in class

Teacher told the five-year-old American school girl, "You can’t be pretty if you’re bald."

Family Life

Nelson's army of Active Dads

Active Dads holds regular activities for Nelson dads and their children.

Putting fathers in the frame is one of the key aims of a Nelson parents group.

Firstborns are smarter video

Parents put more effort into their first child, and it makes them smarter than their younger siblings.

Three-year-old Michael celebrates his adoption.

Adoption: the wait is worth it video

Tara Montgomery was just fostering a child. But the little boy quickly became a part of her family she couldn't let go.

Mum's Life

Kim K has stretch marks removed

"I've been so scared to do it thinking it hurts so badly. I feel so excited that I finally did it."

"I've been so scared to do it thinking it hurts so badly. I feel so excited that I finally did it."

Caught in the act

OPINION: My 1-year-old daughter is a thief, writes Greer Berry.

Mums are increasingly having their first child at an older age than they did in the past.

Good news for older mums

New research shows there are now some advantages to having kids later in life.

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