Creating bookworm children

We parents can do a lot to cultivate a lifelong love of books in our children.

Much to my delight, all three of my kids are avid book-lovers, and part of me wants to take credit for that.

This girl's 3am slushie search

Soaking wet, Annabelle Ridgeway climbed onto a bus without her parents' knowledge in search of a 7/11.

A four-year-old girl gave her parents a scare when she left the house at 3am to buy a slushie.

And the royal baby will be called ...

A BABY SISTER FOR GEORGE? Alice is the hot favourite for the name of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child, which is due next month.

Bookies forced to slash their odds after punters go crazy for this new moniker at the last minute.

Fun in the dark for kids

NIGHT SKY: A night-time photo of Tekapo township.

Star finding, spotlight, shadow puppets... we have put together the top fun things to do with your kids in the dark.

Preparing for movement

I'm torn - I want him to learn to crawl but then everything changes... again.

I really hope our little guy's determination is rewarded with a new ability to crawl around soon. .

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And the royal baby will be called ...

A BABY SISTER FOR GEORGE? Alice is the hot favourite for the name of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child, which is due next month.

Bookies forced to slash their odds after punters go crazy for this new moniker at the last minute.

What my time in the NICU taught me about being a mother

The NICU gave me something that no one else could have ever given me. It gave me hope. It gave me patience. It gave me strength.

Greer Berry: Preparing for movement

When one child’s rules are different than the others

Pregnancy

Alcohol risks outlined to mums

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Drinking while pregnant isn't worth the risk, says Alcohol Healthwatch health promoter Christine Rogan.

The certificate helping parents deal with pregnancy loss

NSW is the latest Australian state trying to help parents who experience early pregnancy loss. What's the case here?

As my wife progressed through her pregnancy, it became apparent that the doula intended to play a passive role in the birth, and it was up to us to be very proactive.

Finding the right help, at the right time

Sometimes parents need a helping hand. It starts from the moment you see the plus sign appear in the little window on the pregnancy test and never stops.

Little Kids

Performance evaluation. By your toddler

So, about nap time. I've tried to tell you I'm done with naps twice a day.

Hi, Mum. I have a few things to tell you about your recent performance. Come see me.

Toddler gets 'drunk' after cranberry juice mix-up

A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.

Flying with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

Tips for flying with a baby

Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

Big Kids

How to make your kids love reading

We parents can do a lot to cultivate a lifelong love of books in our children.

Much to my delight, all three of my kids are avid book-lovers, and part of me wants to take credit for that. (That's always much more fun than taking credit for the less-desirable traits of our children, isn't it?)

Disciplining without punishments or rewards

For most people it would seem impossible to discipline without rewards and punishments. However, it depends on your understanding of “discipline”.

NIGHT SKY: A night-time photo of Tekapo township.

Fun things for kids to do in the dark

Star finding, spotlight, shadow puppets... we have put together the top fun things to do with your kids in the dark.

Family Life

'I want a slushie': 4-year-old's 3am search

Soaking wet, Annabelle Ridgeway climbed onto a bus without her parents' knowledge in search of a 7/11.

A four-year-old girl gave her parents a scare when she left the house at 3am to buy a slushie.

Mixing babies and your favourite sport

When you are passionate a sport, it is only natural to want to share it with those you love most.

Aristotle maintained that human beings are naturally curious about things — that to explore, investigate, and learn is just part of who we are.

Why curiosity is important for parents, too

I played a practical joke on my 7-year-old and it’s not yet April Fool’s Day.

Mum's Life

Mum-of-three's bikini body inspiration

'I'M PROUD OF THIS BODY AND EVERY MARK ON IT': This photo from Rachel Hollis' Mexican holiday has given fellow mums a great boost of body confidence.

Rachel Hollis wanted to share a photo of herself in a bikini to encourage other mums to be proud of their bodies.

Babyproofing your job interview

Once upon a time, I was a fan of job interviews. That all changed after I'd switched careers, had a baby and decided to spend the first year at home.

I'm sure, looking at my lopsided, Tetris-fail cart, you'll be able to find a host of other errors I'm making.

I’m grocery shopping all wrong

I have been grocery shopping all wrong. I know all you savvy shoppers will be rolling your eyes at this, but I found out the other week that I make every rookie mistake in the buying-your-food book.

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