Am I the only fearful grandparent?

Felicity Price prepares for her job as Grandma by sewing curtains for the wee one.

OPINION: "Watching my daughter go through this terrifying time is not something I'm really looking forward to."

'It's a different kind of love' video

John Legend says becoming a parent is a 'beautiful' thing that's brought him and Chrissy Teigen closer.

John Legend gushes about his wee girl Luna - and it makes us love him even more.

IVF sex selection not harmless

"My friend believed that had she given birth to daughters, rather than sons, her life would be complete."

OPINION: My friend believed that had she given birth to daughters, rather than sons, her life would be complete.

To mums who are 'never there'

Couldn't make her school event? That doesn't make you a bad mum.

OPINION: No, working mums can't make it to every school event. And maybe that's a good thing.

Biggest mistake parents make

Children need discipline and lots of it, right? Perhaps not.

Children need discipline and lots of it, right? Wrong. An expert nanny reveals what you may be doing wrong.

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Baby

Am I the only fearful grandparent?

Felicity Price prepares for her job as Grandma by sewing curtains for the wee one.

OPINION: "Watching my daughter go through this terrifying time is not something I'm really looking forward to."

'It's a different kind of love' video

John Legend gushes about his wee girl Luna - and it makes us love him even more.

Breastfeeding causes stir in church

Premature lamb grown in plastic womb video

Pregnancy

Ronan Keating welcomes baby

'We're all bursting with love for the newest member of our family!'

The Irish singer shares a photo of his first squeeze with his son - and it's just the sweetest thing.

Megan Gale reveals pregnancy

The 41-year-old Australian model is expecting her second child: "There's a bun in my oven."

Focus on cooking up iron rich meals during pregnancy.

Pregnant women need more iron

Studies suggest New Zealand women aren't getting enough.

Little Kids

Give hugs, not lollies, to crying kids

Crying kids are best comforted with a hug.

Comforting kids with sweets can help make them fat.

Mum's laundry pod warning

Jemima Strain's toddler got hold of a squishy detergent pod – and what came next was terrifying.

There's no need to stay home with your budding gourmand, especially if they've shown themselves inclined to try new things.

10 tricks to eating out with kids

Don't think you can dine with your children in a public setting? Use these tips for a peaceful restaurant experience.

Big Kids

Share and share alike

Making use of the Redwoodtown School playground in the holidays are, from left, Cameron Park, 7, Ethan Mills, 7 and ...

School playgrounds in Marlborough could get massive increase in funding, on one condition.

Give hugs, not lollies, to crying kids

Comforting kids with sweets can help make them fat.

Ouch! That look.

Dad's genius screen time tactic

To get his daughter to put her phone down, this dad is using the one deterrent that's kryptonite to teens.

Family Life

What not to buy for Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there.

Don't believe the hype - there are gifts that no mum wants this Mother's Day (and ones they do).

What an average family looks like video

As inequality grows, are we out of touch with other Kiwis' lives? We find out how families are coping.

We could have banned them from watching. Instead, we turned the show into a conversation starter.

I watch 13 Reasons Why with teen

OPINION: We could have banned them from watching. Instead, we turned the show into a conversation starter.

Mum's Life

To mums who are 'never there'

Couldn't make her school event? That doesn't make you a bad mum.

OPINION: No, working mums can't make it to every school event. And maybe that's a good thing.

Breastfeeding causes stir in church

"Why should she have to choose between feeding her child and being able to pray?"

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there.

What not to buy for Mother's Day

Don't believe the hype - there are gifts that no mum wants this Mother's Day (and ones they do).

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