Oops! I did it again - mum

When mum slips up...

What happens when your child copies your more 'inappropriate' mannerisms or sayings?

Picked the right name?

"Hi my name is Dweezil"

Buddy Bear might seem like a sweet name now, but what about when that kid gets in to trouble?

Sexualisation an issue for kids

Research suggests that from the age of six young girls may be recognising sexualisation through advertisements and marketing.

Research suggests girls from the age of six may be identifying sexualisation and associating it with being 'cool'.

Epidural to reduce depression?

"Once it took effect, my first thought was, 'Why hadn't I done it sooner?'"

When Jenny* was pregnant with her first baby, she knew she didn't want an epidural.

5 tips for travelling with kids

Choose child friendly activities.

This expert mum spent 6 months travelling full-time with a preschooler and a toddler - while pregnant.

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Baby

Ashton Kutcher reveals son's name

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher named their newborn son Dimitri.

The actor wanted to name his new son Hawkeye, but it "didn't cross the Mila threshold."

Have you picked the right baby name?

Buddy Bear might seem like a sweet name now, but what about when that kid gets in to trouble?

Weaving supports safe sleeping

Can epidural reduce postnatal depression?

Pregnancy

Jamie Oliver birth controversy

"Only strange people found it odd we let our kids watch the birth."

"Only strange people found it odd we let our kids watch the birth."

Amanda Seyfried is pregnant

The actress, who is expecting her first child with fiance Thomas Sadoski, shows off her baby bump.

"Once it took effect, my first thought was, 'Why hadn't I done it sooner?'"

Can epidural reduce postnatal depression?

When Jenny* was pregnant with her first baby, she knew she didn't want an epidural.

Little Kids

Cute girl mistakes cop for Santa

'Santa' meets one of his fans.

"When a three-year-old comes up to you and thinks you are Santa Claus, you roll with it."

Water beads a 'serious risk' to kids

A popular kids toy, water beads pose a serious hazard to children – and can even result in death.

Choose child friendly activities.

5 tips for travelling with young kids

This expert mum spent 6 months travelling full-time with a preschooler and a toddler - while pregnant.

Big Kids

When kids learn bad habits from you

When mum slips up...

What happens when your child copies your more 'inappropriate' mannerisms or sayings?

Sexualisation an issue for kids

Research suggests girls from the age of six may be identifying sexualisation and associating it with being 'cool'.

My daughter was self-conscious and she was nervous. She was eight. When did this happen?

Through my daughter's eyes stuff nation

OPINION: A seed planted in little girls' heads can grow. I have to change the climate in which it grows in the hope it will bear the sweetest of fruit.

Family Life

Mothering views stuck in the 50s

"There is an assumption that fathers work and mothers care."

Opinion: While the conversation around fathering has changed, it hasn't for mums.

Hell is: Other people's kids

There is one thing more terrifying than being responsible for a child: being in charge of someone else's.

Don't buy into the stereotypes about adult children who still live at home.

Why adult children stay at home

Don't buy into the myths about those "kidults" who just won't leave the nest.

Mum's Life

Young mum wins impressive accolade

Applelonia Rapata with her daughter Te Atairehia Dunstan-Rapata after she was awarded top achiever at the Nelson Young ...

Young mum wins accolade after completing two NCEA levels in one year.

Why I let her eat junk food

A day of eating nothing but fat and sugar taught my daughter a lesson she has never forgotten.

The campaign has launched a Change.org petition and has introduced a 'give me space' sticker for parents to display in ...

More parking spaces for parents?

What parents in the UK are doing to campaign for more parent friendly parking spaces.

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