When do children learn to fib?

The focus of my interest isn't the lie itself, but the truth one tries to conceal. What is so unbearable to face?

It is possible to trace the first time a child realises that the truth is just one of many options.

Mum shamed for 'wearing' kid

Erica Kalnins and her daughters.

Mother shocked after a store manager publicly ridiculed her for wearing her five-year-old daughter.

Pregnant drinking is 'common'

Female smokers are much more likely to drink alcohol when pregnant, a new study shows.

Between 20 and 80 per cent of expectant mums drink alcohol at low levels, new study shows.

I'll never have a 'clean' house

I'm not even sure I want a clean house. I'd much rather spend time making forts.

While our house is usually clean (as in, hygienic), it's also usually a mess.

Is royal nanny Mary Poppins?

Just a spoon full of sugar ... Prince George and Princess Charlotte's nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.

Princess Charlotte's christening was "modern". No one told the nanny.

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Baby

Does your baby really need night feeds?

When we consider hunger as a reason for night time feeding, we tend to think of small babies with tiny tummies that need frequent refills to get their quota of nutrition.

It’s dark and still. The world is sleeping. At least, the world of people without babies is asleep.

Every parent knows the 'poo face'

Nappy manufacturer Pampers has used that universal look that indicates a baby is working hard in a clever advertising campaign for baby wipes.

Study: can autism be diagnosed in a sniff?

Mummy Matters: New mum nerves

Pregnancy

Drinking while pregnant is 'common'

Female smokers are much more likely to drink alcohol when pregnant, a new study shows.

Between 20 and 80 per cent of expectant mums drink alcohol at low levels, new study shows.

Twin sisters give birth on the same day

Like many twins, these two have shared a lot of milestones throughout their lives.

Should young men look to freeze their sperm?

Why one expert says young men need to freeze their sperm

We often read about women being advised to put their eggs on ice - but is it time men started the doing the same with their sperm?

Little Kids

When - and why - do children learn to fib?

The focus of my interest isn't the lie itself, but the truth one tries to conceal. What is so unbearable to face?

It is possible to trace the first time a child realises that the truth is just one of many options.

Do kids belong at funerals?

The same feeling socks me in the gut every time I walk into a wake:  "I don't want to be here. This is sad and uncomfortable."

Six-year-old Jaylyn Gregory and her mum, Nikki Taylor, have the moves.

Watch: Dancing mum and girl kill it

One little girl + hip-hop song + preggo mum = video sensation.

Big Kids

What kids should be able to cook

Everyone should know how to cook some eggs.

When I left home, I didn’t know how to cook much more than blueberry muffins from a mix.

Girl unplugged: Why I don't use social media

Keira Baker is 15 and doesn't have Facebook. Or Instagram. Or any other social media. OMG

As parents we should be doing everything we can to minimise our children's social anxieties, not foster them.

Shame has no place in parenting

Shame, it seems, has become the parenting strategy of choice when all else fails.

Family Life

Reasons I'll never have a 'clean' house

I'm not even sure I want a clean house. I'd much rather spend time making forts.

While our house is usually clean (as in, hygienic), it's also usually a mess.

Greer Berry: Decoding the baby babble

It is the cutest thing hearing your child's voice for the first time.

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

Double Trouble: The Google Monster

It doesn’t take long before The Google Monster drags you into the shallows of terror stories.

Mum's Life

Mum shamed for 'wearing' five-year-old

Erica Kalnins and her daughters.

A mother is shocked and upset after a manager at a store she was shopping in publicly ridiculed her for wearing her five-year-old daughter in a carrier.

Why Kate Winslet loves her muffin top

Kate Winslet rolls up her black shirt and points to her belly, which has that muffin top familiar to most mums.

Guilt. So much guilt. Everywhere.

Guilt is my new shadow

While guilt has always been in my life to some degree, I never really noticed its magnitude until I became a mum.

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