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Bedtime For Older Kids

Bedtimes can be a real battleground between parents and their teens. Study, sleep and socialising all seem to compete with one another. I asked my Facebook community what their thoughts were on bedtimes for teenagers. The discussion covered what time parents send their kids to bed on school nights, weekends and holidays. Interested to…

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Learning to Accept Help

I find it hard to accept help. I’ve never been very good at it. I am a proud person and hate feeling “needy”. I am the eldest of 6 kids and learned fairly early that I needed to be independent and self sufficient;

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The Importance Of Having A Good Cry With Your Children

I am just going to be honest and throw it out there and say that over the last 4 days we have watched A LOT of television. More than we normally would, as both my daughter and I have been struck down with a nasty virus that saw us trapped…

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Best Family Friendly Mornington Peninsula Wineries

Working as a first class flight attendant I am always very proud when we serve wine from my home region of the Mornington Peninsula. I am very patriotic of my home and love telling my passengers from all over the world how beautiful ‘the Peninsula’ is, with National Geographic naming…

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Being A Stay At Home Mum

Being a stay at home mum comes with both its blessings and its challenges. The things I did not realise before becoming one was that not all SAHM’s are like the ones we see on TV. All mothers make choices which cost them in different ways, this is my story…

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8 Easy Security Habits To Teach Your Kids

I always thought I was vigilant with the security around my own house. Ironically, that was until I accidentally locked myself out of my own home (ironic because I’m a locksmith).

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Common Misunderstandings About Local Adoption

There have been times when it has taken every ounce of my being to not slap some people, in the face for the things they have dared to ask us – but I am pleased to say that up until the point of writing this, I have been able to…

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Uh oh. What happened????

Within MOMENTS, before even the fluid had reached the other end of the visual window, that line came up. It was DARK. It was definite. There was no squinting involved. No inverse colours on the phone. It was all too clear.

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How to explain immunisations to your 4 year old

Immunising a baby is relatively easy. They don’t move, they don’t know what’s coming and they forget pretty quickly afterwards if you dangle a shiny toy in their face or give them milk. 4 year old immunisations?

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Keep calm, and go to Oz Comic­Con these school holidays

Families looking for an amazing event to kickstart the school holidays need look no further than Oz Comic­Con Melbourne this June. Held on the first weekend of the Victorian school holidays, June 27­/28, it’s the perfect place to bring the kids to start the holidays on the right note.

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Taking My Own Advice

I am a behaviour management expert. Yes that’s right, I said an expert in my field! I have been working with challenging children for the good part of 14 years. I have been giving advice to desperate parents on how to meet the needs of their challenging children, providing them…

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Failing to Conceive and PCOS

When you've had a baby and you're barely home from the hospital, settling into your new life as a parent, adjusting to the frequent feeds, the no sleep and living almost entirely on love and wonder, it already it begins. And already it begins. The overly personal question of “so…

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Destination Parenthood

Parenthood. The name has so many meanings – and means something different for each and every one of us. It is a difficult, rewarding and an amazing experience, often all at the same time. Life however is not unfulfilling if you do not have kids.

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Things I Swore I’d Never Do As A Mum

Before I actually had kids I had all sorts of ideas about the type of mum I wanted to be. I wasn’t going to let having kids change my life, or change the type of person I was, and my kids were going to be well behaved, well dressed and…

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First Aid For Choking

As you may already be aware, children are very good at testing their physical limits only to get themselves caught in dangerous situations. Choking on food or any small and appealing item is a daily worry as a parent. You may only have two seconds to respond and provide first…

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Louise’s Birth Story – Tuesdays are my favourite day

So Tuesdays are my favourite day of the week. I have a beautiful little community of mums and their little ones with whom we gather weekly and talk of all things birth and breastfeeding while we crochet. I had planned a homebirth; my care provider was a beautiful midwife with…

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Lisa’s Birth Stories

I have experienced two births and both were total shit. I agreed to the second bub with the hubby thinking that “they” (you know as in “they say that….”) were right in that the second one was quicker and less painful than the first, which was excruciating. If someone had…

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“Miss A’s” Birth Story

Birth stories. We all love to hear a birth story, and I thought I should share mine.I have 4 wonderful birth journeys to share with you and I hope you can relate to them, or even perhaps learn something you didn’t already know. So we kick off with birth story…

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Elijah’s Birth Story

On the 28th July, we welcomed our precious little man Elijah George into our lives. This is his birth story. My pregnancy with Elijah was text book – in the sense that it was one of those of pregnancies that progress with no complications and very little discomfort.

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Life After Losing a Baby (Trigger Warning)

Recently I went and placed a single white rose on the grave of my daughter Melissa, she would have been 32 years old if she had lived. Melissa was born at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, 4th October 1982. She was delivered by cesarean and weighed only 5lb 3 oz…

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Resumes for Parents Returning to Work

Returning to work can be both an exciting and daunting experience, especially writing resumes for parents returning to work. For many parents, ‘self-confidence’ is holding you back and keeping you from applying for those part-time positions. Well we’re here to help! It’s only natural to feel intimidated and nervous about…

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Nurse and Mother

April Abbott is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in her field who has effectively been forced out of the hospital system in order to meet the needs of her family. Recently the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling compiled research showing that some mothers are earning as little…

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Birthing Your Breech Baby

Birthing Your Breech Baby – What Are Your Options? About 3-4 per cent of babies present breech at term. This means that the baby’s head is at the top of the uterus and its buttocks, knees or feet are at the bottom. Some breech babies have their legs straight up…

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Kids in Traffic

You are a driver and you know how the whole thing works - a lot of responsibility, focus and seriousness. As a responsible driver and parent, you naturally want to teach your child how to behave in traffic and stay safe.

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The Surprising Finances of Raising Children

Whether you’re a mum and dad working on a rural angus beef farm in Bathurst, NSW or a couple in inner-city Melbourne living the corporate life, the decision to have children is a big one. It affects not only your life, but your daily and monthly routine for the indefinite…

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Krystle’s PND Story

Krystle’s PND Story Before I begin the next part of my story, i want to clear up the misconception i had about PND. I thought mums who got PND hated motherhood, and hence became depressed. How wrong I was. I loved being a mum and I loved my son intensely.…

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Bryce’s Birth Story

Bryce’s Birth Story My name is Krystle, I’m 26 years old, and mother to an amazing 8 month old little boy! My birth story is not what i expected or ever hoped it to be, but is still the most awe inspiring experience of my life. The thing is the…

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Alexandra Birth Story

Hi :-) This is our birth story of baby #4 Welcoming Bentley Alexander Earthside - Our homebirth journey Our story begins on November the 8th 2011. 7 Months to the day that my beautiful Mama had passed away.

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Willow’s Birth Story

Willow's story begins long before she chose to enter this world. Against all odds a one night fling with my ex resulted in my pregnancy with her, the decision to keep her and raise knowing I would be a single mother to a newborn was a hard decision to make.

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Daniel’s Birth Story

My due date was the 26th of June 2009. But Maya was born 4 days before her due date, so nobody expected this pregnancy to last until the due date, let alone go over.

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Maya’s Birth Story

Maya’s Birth Story My due date was Thursday 31st of May 2007. It was my first pregnancy. I was hoping that this baby wouldn’t come too early because my mother was arriving from Germany on Sunday the 20th. I was going to deliver at the birth centre of the Gold…

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“Z”s Birth Story

I was 40 weeks and 6 days and to say I was over it would be an understatement. I was booked in for a stretch and sweep at the birthing centre at 1pm and was hoping it would be the little nudge my comfortable little man needed.

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