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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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A Letter to my Cupcake

The day you were born was the happiest day of my life. My world instantly collided with overwhelming feelings of love that I have never known. You were so small and innocent.....

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Bonding

For many new parents this isn’t something that takes thought or action, for many parents bonding is instant and as natural as breathing in and out and the bonding begins during pregnancy and continues effortlessly after their baby is born. For others feeling a deep bond and connection to your…

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Say What I Mean…

I'm still getting this wrong. I've had some pretty big fails with saying exactly what I mean to our 4 year old. This is sort of a continuation of “lying to children”, because more and more im finding my little boy needs absolute literal honesty.

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7 Tips for Choosing Childcare

Selecting what form of child care and which one your child attends is an important decision for a parent to make. Although it's not always an easy decision to make. There are so many factors to consider - Cost, Location, Availability, the Values of the care provider and what will…

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The Call of the Cluck

One day you wake up, and take a drive to the shops. You hear an advert about a sale on baby clothes at Pumpkin Patch or a Great Baby Sale is coming to Target right now. You have started answering the call of the cluck. You are getting clucky.

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Cloth Nappies

There are several different types of cloth nappies, and countless brands. The benefits of using cloth are substantial if you consider the cost of using disposables to both your pocket and to the environment as well as being more convenient – yes you read correctly – if you running low…

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Breastfeeding

The slogan is “Breast is best”, but more accurately “breast milk is best”. Because some mothers do experience genuine difficulties breastfeeding – breast is not best if for whatever reason your baby is not being sustained by breast feeding, or breastfeeding alone. However sometimes Doctors, Childrens Health Nurses, Midwifes do…

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Mother Gives Baby A Blanket – Breastfeeding in Public

Imagine you’re a mum who has a baby, who is kept warm with a blanket, and you take baby and her blanket out in public all the time. How would this affect you? Or impact your choices about whether or not you use a blanket? Or if your a mother…

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What is Attachment Parenting

There are a lot of different ideas about what Attachment Parenting is. It can be interpreted in many different ways, both by people who identify with Attachment Parenting in their own family, and by people who judge it from the sidelines.

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Tantrums & Meltdowns

Meltdowns, tantrums, outbursts, whatever term you use, are when your toddler or child are so overwhelmed by their emotions they lose control. They might screaming and cry, throw themselves at the floor, hit, kick, pinch, or bit, they might refuse to move.

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How to Calm a Crying Baby

How to Calm a Crying Baby Below are some tips to try if your baby is crying. These might apply to a newborn, older baby, toddler or child.

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Settling to Sleep

If you’re having trouble settling your baby to sleep or looking to find alternative ways to settle baby if you want to change a sleep pattern, here are some ideas that might help:

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Behaviour

What works for one child, may not work for another, every child is different, your own beliefs and values also play a vital role in deciding how you will handle behaviour and discipline.

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Warrior Mum

One of my fears has been that I've had so many "false alarms" - what if there is something wrong and I don't act quickly enough, because I've been wrong so many times that I second guess myself.

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Unique Names

Naming a child should be a joy. I don't mind people trying to have unique names for their children. But think of them when you are doing it. They have to live with this name for the rest of their lives. SO please, THINK OF THE CHILDREN! Don't give them…

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Jasper’s Breastfeeding Story

Sharing My Breastfeeding Story When he was handed to me, and after a few minutes I asked if I was “allowed” to feed him, as though I needed permission,

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“It’s a Pet!…..It’s a Pillow Pet!”

When I first saw these advertised, and on shelves, I wasn’t that keen on them, I thought they looked weird, but I can see the appeal, they look pretty comfortable for little people to snuggle up to, just that it wasn’t something we would buy. When the dream light ones…

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Amber Teething Necklaces

Today while trying to contain my sugar cravings, browsing the confectionery isle at my local supermarket, a lady with two small children approached me and asked me “Is that amber around your daughters neck,

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Toilet Training

Stay Positive. This cannot be emphasised enough – toileting, or “toilet training” – should not be a source of shame, punishment, anger, or disgust from the parent. If you are getting frustrated and fed up take a breath (or maybe hold your breath) and think about the long term impacts.....

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Newborn Shopping Guide

Newborn Shopping Guide Babies are not like a cake, there’s no set list of ingredients with instructions that will get you the results you are looking for – so keep in mind absolutely everything on this list is flexible, from having a cot or pram to having bath products. This…

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Australia’s Top 100 Baby Names of 2012

Well what can be said, we are beginning to trend more in traditional type names. Such as Hannah, Sarah and Charlotte in our girls names. Charlotte jumped from spot 6 (2011) to no.1 for 2012, knocking Ruby down from 1st spot. Jack and William yet again switch spots as no.1…

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How to Choose a Pram

There are lots of things to consider when choosing a pram, below are some questions to ask yourself before you make that decision. Also, browse our "Top 10 Pram" list.

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Newborn Shopping Guide

Babies are not like a cake, there’s no set list of ingredients with instructions that will get you the results you are looking for – so keep in mind that this newborn shopping guide is just that - a guide.

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