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Introducing A New Baby To An Older Sibling

The idea of introducing a new baby to your first baby can be a little daunting. There's no way to know beforehand how they'll respond to an enormous change in their lives like becoming a big brother or sister. The best we can do is prepare our older child as…

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School Lunchbox Ideas

Packing lunches every morning does become a bit uninspiring, my lunch boxes certainly don’t look like the ones on Pinterest. But here are some ideas that might brighten them up, without too much fuss and expense. Firstly some simple (and not overly expensive) gadgets might help make lunch box filling…

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Why are Kids Getting into trouble for being kids?

The little boy at the playground could not have been more than 20 months old. Although I had seen him with his parents before, when he came wondering slowly over to the water play area, his parents were nowhere to be seen. My girls had asked for permission to get…

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Ice cream in a bag

Ice cream in a bag is an incredible simple, versatile and FUN recipe that you can adapt easily to your own tastes or what you have on hand. You will need: 250 mls of Milk A flavouring and/or sweetener Several handfuls of ice A few tablespoons of salt Some flavours…

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Gardening with Kids

Gardening with kids is a great way for children to learn about nature, where food comes from some basic biology. (and if you're gardening skills are anything like mine they may also learn about disappointment when the garden doesn't grow - fortunately this isn't "my" garden so it should be…

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R U OK?

Today – and any day – is a good day to ask people that simple question; “R U OK” You might start a conversation that could change someone's life. According to Beyond Blue in Australia: 1 in 6 people will experience depression at some stage in their lives. 1 in…

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What Do I Do All Day?

This moment on Futurama summarised how I feel about what I do all day - especially since being a "Stay at home Mum" for the last 3 years. Most of the time what I do goes unnoticed, not because nobody cares but because it’s just what must be done. Nappies…

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Breastfeeding in Australia needs to grow up

There are more than a billion monthly active users of Facebook, 500 million tweets are sent every day and overall nearly 40% of humans are able to access the internet. Until this year women sharing images of their children breastfeeding were at risk of having their photographs reported for obscenity…

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Toilet Paper Roll Activities – Father’s Day

A couple of weeks ago our son decided to start collecting toilet paper rolls (again - this is not the first time he's started ensuring that no toilet roll wind up in the bin) They started piling up so we needed to find a way to use them (or lose…

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Ready Set OOBLECK!

Oobleck is pretty much what it sounds like. "Ooh! BLECK!" Otherwise known as a non-newtonian fluid. Which means it's a fluid that doesn't act like a fluid according to newtons laws of physics. It's often referred to as Oobleck based on a Dr Suess story called "Bartholomew and the Oobleck".…

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Children, Respect and Saying No

This letter was written by 9 year old Chloe. It says: “Dear Parents, It seems you both are a little overly strict tonight. Therefore I do not wish to read with you tonight. But if you change your additude I will be happy to. Goodnight.  From Chloe L Smith.” It’s…

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There’s Nothing to be Scared About

“There’s Nothing to be Scared About” is Something I Never Say to My Kids. Her whole body was trembling. She was terrified. Margo’s swim lesson last week, was the last lesson of the day. She had been going to swim lessons at a different pool for a few years, but we…

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It’s My Birthday

Happy Birthday To Me! It’s my birthday on Saturday and I’m super excited – my kids are being baby sat overnight (yay sleep!) and I have plans to meet friends (yay friends!) in the city (yay city!) for drinks (YAY DRINKS!) I have a table booked, I’ve given some serious…

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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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Breastfeeding Battles

Online society in particular has this thing where you have to be pro or con on the breastfeeding stance (this is how it comes across, I am not at all saying breast feeding mothers are exclusively bottle feeding haters and anti formula Nazis) I have felt more shame feeding my…

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Proudly Raising Dependent Children

I’m raising dependent children. No, that’s not a typo. I know that independent children is supposed to be the thing that parents want to achieve, but it’s really the last thing I want to do. Like, literally the last thing I do as a parent will be when my child…

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Safe Cosleeping isn’t Dangerous

Cosleeping is natural, normal, and nothing to be ashamed of. Most people will share a bed with their baby and some stage. According to the Australian Breastfeeding Association website “One Australian study found that 80% of babies spent some time co-sleeping in the first 6 months of life.” Which is…

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10 Thing I Love About School Holidays

I know school holidays get a lot of bad press but here are ten reasons I actually like school holidays. More Time With My School Kid While we have moments when the children are bickering over the same toys...

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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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Locked Out

Panicking doesn’t solve anything Pretty obvious, right? But it’s easier said than done the moment the door clicked behind me when I realised I had left my hand bag inside. I gathered up the nappy bag, pram, buckled in my toddler and strolled out the door – off to collect…

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7 Tips for Gently Weaning a Toddler

My daughter is 2 and for me that signifies the end of “demand feeding”. I did the same with my son, after 2 years old of breastfeeding him on he was gently restricted to only feeding at home, at night, in bed. This sounds so easily done, 2 years of…

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Pocket Money and Chores

There are two main schools of thought around Pocket Money and Chores. On the one hand, pocket money can be given as a direct payment to your child in return for chores they do. They may earn a set amount per activity completed (for example $1 for washing the dishes…

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Little Frog – Sunny Agat II Review

The Little Frog iss surprisingly supportive, I only have a Hoppediz “Light” to compare, but even as a bit of a beginner to wrapping – and my first size 3 – I found it pretty easy to handle. Also, I understand that it should still soften up as it’s broken…

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Unraveling Woven Wraps (Woven Wraps FAQs)

I am by no means an expert on Woven Wraps. I have two, a Hoppediz "light" size 6 and a Little Frog Sunny Agat II size 3 from Woven Wraps Australia. Being part of a couple of online baby wearing communities I’ve gathered a lot information about wraps over the…

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Drowning in toys

We have a lot of toys. Like - a lot of toys; and not a lot of space for them. Though even if we had more room, there is still just too much "stuff". My kids are very very loved and have many adoring grandparents, uncles, aunties (both the related…

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The Most Bittersweet Day Of The Year

Mother’s Day. For many, a day of sleep-ins, breakfast in bed, new slippers and handmade cards. For some, it also serves as a reminder of one of the most significant losses we can experience. For me, it is both of these things. My mother passed away on May 28th, 2008,…

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Mother’s Day For Mum and Me

Mothers day, it's almost upon us again. The chance for shops to spruke things that mums 'want'. Those fluffy dressing gowns, the heated slippers, the foot baths, fizzy bath bombs, smelly soaps and the latest romantic novels. But to me, mothers day has always been about making my mum breakfast,…

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Overdue for a Pap Test

t’s been a few days since my last Pap test, so I’m feeling very proud of myself (my doctor even gave me a Jelly Bean, so pats on the back for me!) The one prior – and only other papsmear I’ve ever had – was 5 years ago. Whoops. Better…

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Mother’s Day On A Budget

Mother’s day is back! This day always sneaks up on me, as most years I consider myself the mother, and I forget about my own mother for Mother’s Day (sorry mum!) So with a few days to go, I’ve compiled a list of cheap and cheerful ways to say “Hey…

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Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy

So, there’s this women in the UK who’s breastfeeding her 5 year old. Her picture is all over social media. People have been commenting “That’s sick!” “There’s no nutritional value!” “Who is it for, the mum or the child?!” and so on

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Top Australian Baby Names 2013

It's that time of year again. I have been looking and comparing the Top 100 Baby names of Australia for 2013 from 2012's list. Let's start with the girls names. Charlotte still is our no1 name of choice, with almost 150 more babies named Charlotte then 2012. With Ruby still…

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Baby Beehind Magicall Review

I first purchased 6 Baby Beehind Magicalls, size large, when my first baby was about 11 months old, up until then I’d been using old-school terry towel nappies with pins, as well as prefolds with a Snappi nappy fastener. After the first couple of washes and wears I ordered another…

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A Bit of DIY

I love a bit of DIY. It my surprise people after confessing to being a pram enthusiast, but I really am a very thrifty person! (How else do you think I’m able to fund my prams, got to save every penny!) More honestly though I dislike spending money on myself,…

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Bad Day

Ever have one of those days where you want to run away from home, or hide in the bathroom with a never ending bar of chocolate? I am having more and more days like that. I tripped over my toddler last night while holding my dinner. A full bowl of…

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Learning, Playing and Expectations

Children see no difference between playing and learning, as long as the learning is fun! ’Fun‘ does not mean things have to be flashy, shiny, loud, expensive or exotic (although they certainly can be). I swear, give a kid a cup and some water and they might play with it…

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Breastfeeding is not a Piece of Cake

Breastfeeding is not a piece of cake, but there are similarities. The year my daughter turned two it took me three days to construct her birthday cake. It was a beautiful white chocolate mud cake with a fondant farm yard, inspired by something I saw by Martha Stewart. It didn’t…

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(Little) Guys and Dolls

My friend phoned me and was understandably upset about a situation that had just happened to her and her son. She’d taken her daughter to school, bringing her 2 year old boy along. He was playing with a Barbie doll when they left, so Barbie came along for the ride.…

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My Challenging Toddler

There’s so many polite euphemisms I’ve used to describe my daughter: “Challenging”, “Strong Willed” “Determined” and “Intense” (by which I mean “difficult” “combative” “stubborn” and “throws tantrums… a lot”) She’s always been like this, since she was a brand new baby, I’ve been shocked by how intense she can be.…

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Families First Gastro

The last couple of weeks have been wrought with illness and injury. Not looking for sympathy here, just setting the scene. We started out with my dodgy hip acting up where I could barely walk, let alone pick up my 9.3kg 8 month old who currently loves climbing all over…

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Wanting a Pet

Today we visited Masters Homewares and they were having some celebration, out the front was a petting zoo and I won’t lie, I was more excited than the children were about the prospect of patting a bunch of sweet, fluffy animals! I love animals, growing up I always had several…

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You Are Not The Voices In Your Head

My kids were bouncing around on the bed tonight, singing ‘Ring Around the Rosie‘. I told Margo (the older one) to stop (for the eighteen millionth time) because the little one is still a toddler and clumsy on her feet. Margo didn’t really listen and I didn’t really have the…

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Dealing With Croup

My 2 boys (ages 2 and 4) have had croup more than 5 times between them and every single time it's turned everything upside down. My last experience start last Sunday (16th March), and I thought I would share this story to help parents want to know when dealing with…

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Good Parents Do

I saw a quote pop up in my Facebook feed, a familiar quote, I’ve seen it many times before. It reads: "Good mums have sticky floors, dirty ovens and happy kids!" And the response is almost always the same. A collection of mums commenting things like “so true!” “thanks, I…

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An Extract of my Life in the Modern Cloth World

When i was born my parents had one choice; to use terry cloth nappies. And mum would soak, wash, dry then fold them ready to use. Now it seems more convenient to use disposables. Simply purchase from the supermarket and use then throw. Now when i fell pregnant with my…

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Late Shift

I’m working the late shift this week and by that I mean, my partner is working late. I feel for him, I really do, most day's he's leaving early and he’s getting in late, he’s often getting home tired, hungry and frustrated. But as bad as I feel for him,…

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First Kiss Video

The first time I saw the "First Kiss" video, I did get caught up in this sweet and oddly familiar scene, despite it being a bizarre set up of 20 "strangers" asked to kiss for the camera, but I think we can all relate to that "first kiss" awkwardness, building…

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What’s My Excuse

I really don’t know what to make of Maria Kang. On the one hand, I do like her overall message, I’ve spent some time over the last couple of days reading through her websites, looking at what she’s said in media responses and interviews, and she does appear to be…

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In A Hospital Hallway

To the man who sat next to me in a hospital hallway, We didn't talk, but we shared an hour of our lives. Not just any hour, but an hour that I’m sure felt like a lifetime for you as much as it did for me. We didn’t speak. We…

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Ban Childcare Waiting List Fees

National parent advocacy group The Parenthood is launching a campaign to see all childcare centre waiting list fees banned in Australia. Their data found that in Sydney, in the inner west suburb of Leichhardt 60% of childcare centres are charging parents between $15 and $100 per child just to put…

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Reading to Children

I am the first to admit that I think reading is boring. Especially children's books. Especially when my kids often want the same books read night after night. The only time that I read is when I want information, so I am interested about the topic and require an answer.…

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Why It’s All Worthwhile

I read this post “Why do parents make parenting sound so God-awful?” recently and then again on DailyLife under the title "Do parenting blogs put women off motherhood?" and I’ve heard childless friends express similar feelings, so I thought I’d throw a little glimmer of hope your way. I’ll start…

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“Helicopter Parenting” is on the Rise.

We've been hearing for a while now that "Helicopter Parenting" (or the academic term "Intensive Parenting" ) may have a detrimental effect on children. By hovering, and managing children's play times, parents may be interrupting their child's creativity and problem solving. Then by swooping in to save children from any…

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Reason’s my Toddler wants to Breastfeed

Breastfeeding is like a favourite snack, a cuddle with Mumma and the comfort of sucking all rolled into one, so it’s no wonder that my toddler wants to feed often, but yesterday walking home from dropping her big brother off at school she lifted up her arm to show me…

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Do Kids Need Daycare For Socialisation?

The past week at the beach, Margo (nearly 4 years old), has been on a serious mission to make new friends. She’ll spot some kid (usually a girl dressed in pink), who is relatively her age, but often a quite a few years older and says, “Mom, do you see…

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How Was Your Day? – A Poem For Starting School

To my big school boy, I try really hard not to overwhelm you with questions but I just want I know and I want you to tell me, How was your day? And who did you play with? Did you like your lunch? Did you eat all your sandwich? Do…

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Choosing the Right Contraception – The Contraception Paradox

Firstly, I’m going to talk about sex, contraception, my sex life and my sex drive, so, look away now, or consider yourself warned. I recently took a break from the pill (The mini-pill “Microlut” as I’m currently breastfeeding our daughter). Not to try to make a baby or anything exciting…

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Smart Phone in Motherhood

I'm going to say it. I don't think having a smart phone hasn't ruined my life, relationship or ability to feel joy. I'll admit I do get too distracted sometimes, too busy, too caught up in "hold everything, someone was wrong on the internet" but on the whole I find…

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Baby Boy Starting School

In just 7 days my first baby will start school. It’s just starting to really hit me. I've been saying confidently for the last 6 months whenever I’m asked if I think I’ll cry, or how I feel about it, that I’ll be fine.

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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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12 Ways to Calm Down and Cheer up

Energy reserves start to plummet into oblivion and the room starts to spin. The demands from my kids get louder and more persistent…

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When Breast Isn’t Best

There was a few other issues leading to her suicide, including PND and having lost a baby in the past, but according to her husband, Chris Bingley "The hospital seemed only to focus on the breastfeeding issue, not the mental health one. That’s the breastfeeding lobby for you."

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I Hate Making Mistakes

I hate making mistakes. I hate it. I agonise over mistakes, mistakes I've made, mistakes I might make, mistakes that could have been worse, mistakes that I feel nobody else but me would ever make. Rationally I know that everyone makes mistakes, but ...

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Have A Little Faith

So somewhere between there and adulthood the “not believing” outweighed the “believing”, and I stopped praying, or saying grace, and at some point I stopped having faith.

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Standing Back

"Put your foot here, hand here, Push off, lift, pull, there you go! I'm right here for you." I'm here for you. But I won't do it for you.

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Adventures of FamousDAD – We went to a park

Family Car Pic - this is us on the way to the park Front left - FamousDAD, Back left - Magic Famous, Front right - Missus FamousDAD, (Who took the Picture) Back right - Turbo Famous

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But I Want Another Baby

Watching the kids playing at the park, our big boy helped his little sister up on to the swing while I got to sit back and enjoy the sun, enjoy watching them play, I started thinking how nice is this.

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Taking the Christ out off Christmas.

I will start by telling you I am just a bit in love with Christmas time. Everything about it, The tree, the decorations, the food, the gifts

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Choosing a Career in Child Care

When you envision life as a child care provider, you likely have a very specific picture in mind. But child care providers work in a wide variety of settings, and the job options available to child specialists are as diverse as the child care providers themselves are! Good child care…

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Newborn to Toddler Apptivity Seat

The Newborn to Toddler Apptivity Seat by Fisher Price  is one of those things that when you’re exhausted, and baby or toddler will not let you put them down for long enough to pee (and you’re sick of either peeing with someone small screaming at door OR peeing with someone small…

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Reason for the Season

“Oh, Hi little one“, said this excited lady, flapping her arms, at the shopping center, “It won’t be long until Christmas… Santa is going to come and bring you lots of presents… Are you excited?!”  I did the ‘ol smile and nod as she walked past.  She was speaking to…

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Sitting with Jolly Santa

With Christmas coming up, I enjoy taking my boys to go see Santa every year. It’s something I think I did once when I was kid, and I really wish we did it more. I loved talking to him, and I loved the keepsake of the photo. There are lots…

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How much of your children’s lives is it OK to share online?

  Catherine Rodie-Blagg recently wrote about a book titled “Reasons My Kid Is Crying” and how her opinion of that book was changed after taking a photo of her own daughter mid-tantrum. The post was definitely pause for thought for many, and kicked off a whole different train of thought…

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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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Nursing Aversion: Tandem Feeding

Nursing Aversion: The toe-curling, blood-boiling, rip-your-hair-out, bite-the-back-of-your-hand and want-to-go-running-down-the-street-screaming feeling that you may get when your toddler asks for the boobies

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Are We Becoming A Sore Loser, Bubble Wrap Society?

I opened the Herald Sun the other morning and almost choked on my toast. A Victorian suburban primary school has stopped their students form playing tag (or tiggy when I was at primary school) beacuse it led to kids getting disappointed and upset about getting caught. You read that right:…

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Moving With Kids

Moving with kids is hard work and can be emotionally draining and stressful, but it helps to be organised and prepared. We're in the process of moving interstate for the second time in 3 years, and the third time we've moved since having children, so I thought I'd share what…

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Becoming Mummy

Two months ago, I welcomed into my life my beautiful baby boy Elliot. He is my everything and it feels like he's been with us for so much longer than just eight weeks. And while yes, he has, my pregnancy was a fairly full on thirty eight and a bit…

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Gentle Parenting

I was being a smart alec tonight, and just for fun, I started googling the following ‘mean parenting‘ phrases to see what would turn up.  Here are just a few that I looked for: How to get your kids to obey by smacking them Ways to punish a child so…

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Clearing Out Baby Stuff

This is something I've dreaded since our daughter was a few months old and we discussed that she is absolutely our last baby. After a year of discussion, I've finally decided it's time to sort out all the baby clothes, nursery furniture and accessories and find it all new homes.…

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Say Your “Sorry”.

To me, just saying ‘sorry‘ is just lip service. Actually, in some cultures, the term ‘sorry‘ is rarely used because it is considered awkward and insincere. Of course, I’m not bashing anyone for ‘actually‘ teaching their kids to say sorry.

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Learning to Read vs Loving to Read

I've always loved the way a good book can take you out of yourself - make you see and think things you’d never have thought of; make you reassess the world and your place within it. Aside from the joy of immersing myself in a story, I also love the…

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Early Childhood Educators Shortage

Childcare and Nanny Agencies have to recruiting early childhood educators from overseas to meet childcare needs in Australia. As reported by News.com.au, Michael Crosby, from the Childcare union United Voice said “Educators are leaving at the rate of 180 every week. They love the work, but they cannot afford to…

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My Definition Of A Legend

In just over a week Ash and three of his closet mates Jason Stivala, Rohan Eggleston and Gary Dester, will be riding their bikes 860km in six days from Adelaide to Geelong, raising money for Kids Plus. He is riding for his beautiful son Jacob, who was diagnosed with cerebral…

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Positive Parenting 101: Say ‘Yes’ More and ‘No’ Less

Just about every kid’s most frequently used word is ‘NO‘. It sometimes comes out even when they mean to say ‘yes‘! Really, it’s bizarre behaviour and can often be quite maddening for parents.

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Conversations with Grandma

My grandma is the perfect grandma. Growing up she was the grandma who didn't come over empty handed, she always had sweets or toys. She always had time for stories, and to play. She was the kind of grandma who'd take us to the park or the beach. She was…

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How to Visit a Newborn

The best guests I had were with my son, some friends came to stay for a couple of days, and we sat on the couch eating junk food, watching dvds, them telling me how beautiful my new baby was, and they were people who I felt comfortable talking to, felt…

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To Doctor Blank on World Breastfeeding Week

After a few days of wondering how to best approach a response to an incident which took place – ironically on August 1st, which was Day 1 of World Breastfeeding Week, I’ve decided to rather than address the doctor himself, because I doubt it would make any difference anyway, I’ve…

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Living With Sleep Deprivation

Undoubtedly sleep deprivation is one of the more difficult aspects of parenthood - particularly early parenthood. Sleep deprivation can cause a range of problems for parents, including poor concentration, clumsiness, forgetfulness, irritably, anxiety and depression. If you feel like you aren't coping speak to your doctor or children's health nurse.

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Co-Sleeping with Two

Co-Sleeping with Two This isn’t something we do every night, Our 4.5 year old usually sleeps through the night in his own bed, even if he needs help getting to sleep and then wakes up in the morning and crawls into our bed for cuddles. However….. This night was a…

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BLOCKMANIA

How to build an everlasting relationship with your children..... I start with one block, then another block + 2 more block,

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Australian University finds father’s Sperm link to children obesity

Researchers have found obese father’s sperm could increase the risk of their children in being overweight. Dr Tod Fullston, of University of Adelaide, has revealed in a study, using mice, a connection between the father’s sperm and obesity and diabetes-like symptoms in up to two generations of offspring. Dr Fullston…

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Fair Work Australia to Review Childcare Wages

United Voice, the union which represents childcare working, has lodged a complaint with Fair Work Australia to increase early childhood educators wages by $10 an hour.

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Raising Children Without TV

Raising Children Without TV Sometime today, the house got quiet… like real quiet. The motormouth had stopped motoring for a few moments and I went looking to see what sort of trouble my three year old was getting into. When I found her, she was sitting on the couch, glued…

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New v’s DIY Second Hand Nursery Furniture

Initially we were going to buy a new set from Baby Bunting to cover everything. It was a convertible cot/change table/draws with a bassinet attachment that converted to a toddler bed with change table and draws, that then once again changed to a single bed with bed side tables/draws. I…

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Safety

This is intended as a general guide, for potential safety hazards in  child’s environment. Your home and risk factors might be different, so just take from this list what is relevant to you. If there is anything you would like us to add, please comment below. General Rule Always follow…

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Sleep “Nightmare” Routine

Sleep “Nightmare” Routine For some kids, it’s have a bath, get dressed and brush your teeth, and in to bed. Other kids need a story, maybe a song, a drink, a kiss and a cuddle or maybe even a soft toy. Bedtime in my house is long….. very long. We do…

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Mum Uniform

Do you have a "mum uniform"? I'm not sure exactly where it happened by somewhere along the way a bold statement for me became wearing a coloured tank top, rather than a black one. I wear jeans in winter, and denim shorts in summer, teamed up with either a singlet,…

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“Ban The Bottle” – A Formula For Disaster

In Venezuela, law-makers will be discussing legislation which would deny parents access to formula, with exceptions including mothers with limited milk supply or in the case of the death of the mother.

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Calling Triple Zero

I don't drive. I’ve had my Learner's for over 5 years, I have anxiety around being in cars, even as a passenger, I am working on it, but at the moment I can’t drive. People have asked me, but what if there's an emergency? What if the kids need to…

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Tips For Feeding Hungry Kids Without Going Crazy

Is it bad to admit I'm a bit over feeding my kids? Sure I'm grateful to have healthy, energetic children with good appetites, but sometimes I run out of ideas and sometimes I feel like we're running out of food! What do your children like to eat?

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