Parenting Articles

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Separation Anxiety and Childcare

Separation Anxiety can occur when a baby, toddler or child starts some form of care, or schooling, they also may start to cry and protest after they’ve been going to childcare for some time, this may happen just a couple of times, or it may be ongoing.

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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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Raising Hippy Babies

Last week I learnt how to tie dye, and as a matter of fact I learnt how to tie dye while I had a 13 month old on my back in a woven wrap, so I was fully embracing the hippy-vibe.

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How i Communicate with a 4 Year Old?

This article was inspired by a friend; He said to me “I like the way you communicate with your boy, My brother just yells and screams at his boy.” There is scientific evidence a baby in the mum’s womb are learning to identify communication via touch and sound. Therefore from…

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Dear Mum on the Iphone

Dear Mum on the Iphone I know I’m coming late to the party, there are already a dozen perfectly good responses to Dear Mom on the iphone, this Dear Mom on the Iphone – I get it being one of my favourites. But that blog post does keep popping back into my…

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Night-Waking, Night-Weaning; It’s Not All Night-Mares

Night-Waking, Night-Weaning; It’s Not All Night-Mares The attachment parents (AP) always cop it hard on this one: night waking. We don’t let our kids ‘cry it out’, we wear them, we co-sleep, we breastfeed on demand, and some of us even take our babies to the toilet (called elimination communication),…

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Unrealistic Expectations

I often hear people talk of the unrealistic expectations they had before they had kids. How they thought it would be a breeze, they'd pop back to their before-baby-body as soon as the kid escaped them.

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Chat with Daddy

Lately my 1 years old daughter has been making a lot of different sounds (apart from the usual crying & bickering.) I decided to try to capture these sounds on my phone, or I wrote down what type of sounds she was making at the time and what it sounded like. I also…

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Shower Time

If we could keep the kids indoors and strapped to the couch, where they can’t get dirty you probably could get away with maybe a shower once a week. There is no fun in that. As parents we both let our kids play and get dirty and every night they…

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What It’s Really Like to be The Stepmother

Writing this has been hard for me, putting down in words the way I feel about being a stepmother. I have never spoken to a stepmother who has been in a similar position to me who hasn’t felt the same way I do, which is why I have chosen to…

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Making Friends As a Mum

In a previous life, before I had children, I was a confident modern woman. I actually asked my partner out on our first date,

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Flying with kids

Flying with kids This is something I’ve had a bit of practice at, flying more times now with little people than without them, and I’m still by no means an expert, but now with well over a dozen flights clocked up between two children, often on my own, I’ve had…

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Satellite Cafe Nurse In – No Apology

Satellite Cafe Nurse In – No Apology The turn out was great, a lot of mums, dads, beautiful babies and toddlers, members of the community and media came out to Satellite Cafe this morning to show their support to Reagan Matthews who was discriminated against by the owner of this…

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Choosing to have a baby under 30

It seems to be a big deal these days, and yes, even frowned upon in some areas, to start a family before you’re 30. In today’s society it’s often seen as irresponsible to even think about babies before the career and owning your first home

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RSVP – It’s not that hard, is it!!?

Yesterday I ordered my youngest son’s invitations for his 1st birthday party. When thinking of putting together a birthday party, your thoughts are always, who and how many are coming.

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Breastfeeding in Public

I know this whole “Breastfeeding in public” thing has just kept bubbling away on social media and I do apologise to those who are a bit over hearing about it because I’m going to bring it up again.

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This Is it

ome days it hits me that the biggest achievement of every day is getting to bedtime. Some nights the biggest achievement is getting to morning (and coffee) because even with very little sleep at least things look a little better in the day light.

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Unsolicited Advice

It's an annoying phenomenon that comes with becoming a parent, from the moment you conceive (or even beforehand) you become bombarded with advice.

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