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Woman 'embarrassed' by porcelain dolls scare

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It seemed extraordinarily creepy and disturbing - but police now say it was all just a misunderstanding.

'Cannabis saved my son': a toddler's transformation

A WA mother has told how cannabis helped her young son walk and talk.

LEANNE NICHOLSON A mum has told of her toddler's amazing transformation after taking cannabis to alleviate life-threatening seizures - and how it led to her being investigated by child welfare services.

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Parents who lost all three children in MH17 disaster issue heartbreaking tribute

Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin and their grandfather Nick were killed on MH17.

LUCY CORMACK Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris have released a statement addressed to "the Ukraine, the politicians, the media, our friends and family."

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Kate Middleton pregnancy rumour mill in overdrive

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DANIEL FALLON Prince George turns one next week. According to the tabloid media, this surely means the time is nigh for the little prince to have a playmate.

Prince George took first steps in Australia, says Vanity Fair

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JENNA CLARKE Did Prince George learn to walk on his Australian trip? Vanity Fair thinks so.

Chrissie Swan breaks down in emotional interview

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RACHEL CLUN Radio and TV personality Chrissie Swan has opened up in a revealing interview about her children, her weight, and online bullying.

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Ten things I've learned about motherhood

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KIRAN CHUG Never take a good night's sleep for granted. There is no logic like toddler logic. Standing on Lego hurts every time. These are the truths of parenthood.

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Why couples with daughters are more likely to divorce

The reason parents of girls are more likely to divorce is surprising.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Couples with daughters have higher divorce rates than those with boys. A new study reveals why that is the case.

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Reality star poses in four-year-old's pyjamas

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Former Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel's social media followers were outraged by photos of her posing in children's clothing.

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A great gift idea for mum and the car

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Jen Ng Being stuck on the side of the road with a flat car battery can be a nightmare. We think the PowerAll can help you out.

Kid-friendly fun in Bali

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Sam Gribben People thought we were crazy attempting a holiday in Seminyak, Bali, with three kids under five. As it turns out, they were all wrong.

Should kids get discounted flight fares?

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JANE E FRASER In a recent survey, more than 77 per cent of people said children’s flight fares should be cheaper than adults’. And even though I'm a parent, I disagree.

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One in two mums, one in four dads experience discrimination at work

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Elizabeth Broderick One in two mothers and more than a quarter of the fathers and partners surveyed reported experiencing discrimination in the workplace at some point during pregnancy, parental leave or on return to work.

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Childcare costs, not paid leave, the real issue for parents

Paid Parental Leave is fast becoming a noisy distraction to the real issue confronting working parents, which is the cost of childcare.

Jonathan Hastie Given the choice between maintaining their wage for six months to have a child, or having a reduced rate of pay for a time but a better deal on childcare when returning to work, there are no odds on what most working parents would choose.

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Late-night childcare not needed, parents say

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MIKI PERKINS The plan for childcare centres to operate around-the-clock is neither practical nor in demand, according to a nationwide survey.

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Groom wows bride with Beyonce dance routine

Groom Sean Rajaee lip-syncing to the Backstreet Boys.

RACHEL CLUN A video of a "Crazy in Love" groom doing a coreographed dance with his groomsmen at his wedding has gone viral.

Play School should be outsourced: government review

ABC's <i>Play School</i> host Abi Tucker.

MATTHEW KNOTT A review of the ABC by the Abbott government suggests the outsourcing of most television programs including beloved children's program Play School.

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From rock to The Wiggles and back again

Anthony Field, alongside his brothers John and Paul and former Wiggle Jeff Fatt, are re-forming their band the Cockroaches after 25 years.

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'Forgotten baby syndrome' can happen to any one of us

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Julia Watson When my third child was two months old, I strapped her into her car seat, then promptly forgot all about her. But she survived, unharmed, because it was winter, and I was lucky.

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Before and after: 9 laundry renovations

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Erin Boyle While you don't want to spend too much time in the laundry, perhaps these before and after pictures of well done renovations will inspire you to add a little more panache to yours.

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The rule every parent should break

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Beth Woolsey In my early parenting years, it didn't occur to me that my unrealistic Consistency Ideal was more of a problem than my failure to be consistent. But I eventually saw the light - the blessed, inconsistent light.

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What they don't tell dads-to-be about the big day

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Neil Lyndon Only one in 20 fathers now avoid being in the delivery room when their baby is being born. The rest, I guarantee, are desperately telling themselves to be brave and wondering where to look.

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The sweet antidote to the 'bumbling dad' ad stereotype

Ashleigh Gleeson Sick of seeing dads portrayed as bumbling, clueless fools on TV? So were the creators of this ad campaign, which aims to acknowledge the caring moments of fatherhood that often go overlooked.

From penis amputation to fatherhood

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Vivian Ho After a botched circumcision as a child, Mike Moore was left without a penis. Years later, and after meeting the right surgeon, he was able to become a dad - naturally.

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Chocolate drizzled nutella meringues

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The Kitchen Coquette Easy to make and even better to eat, your kids will love these nutella meringues.

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DIY guacamole

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Jill Dupleix Mexican restaurants now offer a guacamole service at your table, crushing the avocado in a traditional molcajete or mortar and mixing it with condiments just before you eat it. Here's a version for you to try at home. Set everything up at the table and get pounding for the freshest guac you've ever had.

Chocolate-coated fairy wands

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NICOLE AVERY These super simple chocolate coated fairy wands are perfect for a princess or fairy party and by changing the colours of the sprinkle they would easily work for a Harry Potter or Halloween party too. With only a few steps, this recipe is a perfect one to get the kids cooking in the kitchen.

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Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Toddler pleads for return of "stolen" nose

A two-year-old's reaction to a game of "got your nose" shows it doesn't take much to make a toddler cry.

The 15 photos new parents share (and five they don't)

From the first scan photo to the baby covered in cake at their first birthday party, there are 15 photos most parents seem to share - and some they don't.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Breastfeeding friendly café goes viral

A photo of a breastfeeding-friendly sign in a cafe has been posted to Facebook and shared by hundreds of mums around the world.

First look at the Bugaboo Bee3

The newest Bugaboo Bee – the Bee3 – offers a variety of improved features, including a much asked-for bassinet and a rainbow of colour combinations.

Childcare costs, not paid leave, the real issue for parents

Given the choice between maintaining their wage for six months to have a child, or having a reduced rate of pay for a time but a better deal on childcare when returning to work, there are no odds on what most working parents would choose.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We’re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

We lost three babies in two years

Our first pregnancy ended the way we all expected it to - with a healthy, happy baby in our arms. What a true blessing he was, for we were not to know the heartache we were about endure.

Family turned back from doomed flight MH17

'There must have been someone watching over us and saying, 'You must not get on that flight,' says mother who narrowly avoided boarding the Malaysian Airlines flight which exploded in mid-air over the Ukraine last night.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Adorable Skeanie loafers for kids

Your little toddler or preschooler can now get their nautical on with a new range of classic loafers by Australian show brand Skeanie.

My baby is hypermobile

For months, I have been telling myself not to worry that Jasmin isn't crawling or walking. This week I heard the term hypermobile for the first time.

When you don’t bond with your baby

They say that there is no bond greater than the bond between a mother and her child. But for some women, the mother-baby bond takes more time and effort to develop.

Yumi Stynes: Having a baby after a 10-year break

After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain - and the pleasure - of giving birth.

Grieving father asks for help to Photoshop his daughter's image

When Nathan Steffel's daughter Sophia died from a liver condition at just 6 weeks old, he reached out for someone to create a beautiful image of his little girl.

Raising kids in a 'low media' home

Can you imagine a life without TV or computers? Some parents are opting for a low-tech, screen-free life for their kids.

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The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

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Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

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The Nappy Collective starts new drive

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Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

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