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The creepy world of role-playing with stolen baby photos

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Kasey Edwards Social media was invented for sharing baby photos, or so it can sometimes seem. But while it’s mostly about the cute factor, there is a more sinister side.

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Mum's pain over losing unborn baby in crash caused by drug-affected driver

Marco Silvestri had taken drugs before the crash.

Shannon Tonkin 10:34am "I have lost my daughter, my womanhood, and my chance to ever become a mother naturally."

Man tries to snatch baby from mum

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A cyclist has thwarted an attempted abduction in Sydney's inner west on Tuesday morning.

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Germaine Greer blasts royals over Kate's pregnancy

The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, and Prince William. Germaine Greer says it's cruel that the Duchess is expected to have more children.

RACHEL CLUN Germaine Greer has blasted the royal family, saying the Kate " has a b…..d of a job" and is under too much pressure to produce more children.

Betting heats up over royal baby name

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Bets are flooding in for the name of the new royal baby, but a source close to the Palace claims it has already been named.

Chelsea Clinton shows off baby Charlotte

Family photo: Chelsea Clinton with her husband Marc Mezvinsky and baby Charlotte.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton finally have the titles they have long wanted: Grandpa and Grandma.

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Aussie parents the best at saying 'no'

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Children ask for something once every three minutes while shopping, but new research shows Australian mums and dads are better at saying no than parents in the USA.

Mixed pain and joy on a motherless Mother's Day

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Every Mother's Day, as friends express their appreciation and love for their own mothers, I'm acutely aware of the void that was left in my life when my own mum passed away.

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The truth about phantom pregnancies

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Rashida Tayabali It started with the usual signs of an impending birth, but a caesarean revealed something astounding: there was no baby. The woman had experienced a rare, yet not unheard of, phantom pregnancy.

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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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Air travel with an infant

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Michael Gebicki What is the safest way to fly with an infant? While children under two generally travel free sitting on a parent’s lap is not the safest option.

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Can 'Daughter Water' help close the gender pay gap?

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JO HARTLEY More than 3000 bottles of 'Daughter Water' were yesterday delivered to the desks of chief executives across the country - all in an effort to help equalise pay for men and women.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

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Melissa Browne Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'A woman's IQ halves when she's pregnant,' boss told pregnant worker

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Hannah Low A former state manager of a wealth management firm claims she was sexually harassed and bullied to stand down from her job after taking time off to have children.

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Justine Clarke: Why kids are the best (and worst) fans

Justine Clarke is embarking on a new tour entertaining kids around the country.

CANDICE BARNES 4:21pm Justine Clark is starting a new tour of Australia - and is going to make she all her audience members, no matter what their age, have a good time.

Pinterest hit 'My imaginary well-dressed daughter' now a book

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Heather Schroering 2:16pm A new book, based on a satirical Pinterest board, take on hipster culture, trendy food and of-the-moment fashion.

Mummy-and-me dressing: cool or kitsch?

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Elizabeth Clarke Does dressing like your children make you haute or not? And, more importantly, are we all enjoying ourselves?

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The truth behind the bread wars

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Sue Mitchell The Australian bread market is worth around $4 billion a year - and a new price cut means it's war between the major labels and independent bakers.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

There are lots of hidden storage spaces to be found in the nursery.

LIVIA GAMBLE Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

Are we 'oversharenting' our children?

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Jennifer Morton Many modern parents are creating a digital footprint for their children before their little ones can even speak, but are they going too far, too soon?

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That's my boy: a dad's diary from 5 to 8 months

Bruce Williams This diary is dedicated to my wife (my boy gets quite enough already).

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

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Bruce Williams Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

Man who created ice bucket challenge a new dad

Kari Paul The 29-year-old man who inspired the world to raise millions of dollars for ALS now faces a different kind of challenge: parenthood.

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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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Video: 10-week-old baby sounds like she says 'I love you'

It’s mixed in amongst garbled baby talk, but this 10-week-old's apparent attempt at telling her parents that she loves them has made her an internet star.

I only enjoyed pregnancy after booking my caesarean

To say I became obsessed is something of an understatement. Everywhere I went I found cause to be reminded of my impending pain.

When your bundle doesn't bring immediate joy

One mum says joy is very a personal feeling and expecting all new mums to feel it in the months after their baby born may do more harm than good.

Lessons learned from my toddler

Blogger Kiran Chug explains why she is going to let her toddler make more decisions for himself.

Family welcomes first baby girl in more than 100 years

The Silverton family has heard the phrase "it's a girl" for the first time in four generations.

When a community of kindness steps in

In future when someone I care for, or even someone I barely know, is experiencing a difficult time, I will not overthink it. I'll follow my heart.

Mum in Business: Jac Bowie

Jac Bowie is the founder of Business in Heels, one of the fastest growing women’s networking events in Australia. She shares her story, including how she juggles work with a young family, and ways to work smarter.

What not to say to a mum of twins

Being a mum of identical twin boys stirs up great interest and fascination. It also opens itself up to nosy, invasive questions, as well as huge assumptions.

The mums suing over unplanned babies

A mother-of-five who calls her two youngest sons "miracle babies" is just one of many mums seeking financial compensation for their children's unplanned conceptions.

Video: Dad sings 'Hallelujah' to his daughter every year

It's a gorgeous song to begin with, but this dad's version of Hallelujah, sung for his young daughter, is especially touching.

Constipation in babies when starting solids

While starting solids can be frustrating and messy (yet also fun!), introducing solids can also play havoc on tiny digestive systems.

Parents reunited with baby snatched from hospital

A mother whose newborn baby was snatched from hospital has spoken of her joy and relief at getting her daughter back.

In defence of the bumpie

Are bumpies - bump selfies - really "exhibitionism of the weirdest kind"?

Life on the other side of the fence: Why I'm child-free and quite content

Acknowledging that motherhood isn't a bed of roses – to begrudge lack of time, sleep, money and spontaneity – is sacrilegious and a no-no, especially by mother superior-types.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

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I sent invitations on burgundy scrapbooking paper stamped with a field of poppies, and told each person why I wanted him or her there. I warned that there would be nudity.

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As I sat across the table from my friend – me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum – I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

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