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Woman found pushing dead son on swing 'would never hurt him'

Romechia Simms with her son, Ji'Aire Lee.

12:53pm A woman who pushed her dead three-year-old son on a playground swing for up to a day before she was found would never have done anything intentionally to harm her child, her mother claims.

Have you seen these missing children?

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Staff writers 8:43pm The Australian Federal Police has released the following information to locate some of Australia's missing children through the Family Law Court.

Family expecting fourth set of twins

Emma and Loma Uhila's family is about to expand to nine.

Staff writers A couple is expecting their fourth set of twins in five years.

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Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Ada Nicodemou with partner Chrys Xipolitas in 2006.

Mary Ward Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

What the internet thinks Princess Charlotte will look like when she grows up

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Staff writers The moral of the story? If you want to predict the future, free websites that ask for two photos and produce a likeness in seconds should probably not be your first port of call.

The world's great expectations of Princess Charlotte

Talk of the town ... newborn baby, Princess Charlotte shrugs off the attention for some rest.

KYLIE ORR As much as William and Kate attempt to normalise the upbringing of their children, George and Charlotte have been born into a world of great royal expectations.

Nutrition & Wellbeing more articles

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Certain foods make you feel ghastly and gassy.

Susie Burrell Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

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Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

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Staff writers A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Groupon recalls counterfeit condoms

About 400 customers bought the counterfeit condoms between March 12 and April 10.

MICHAEL KOZIOL Counterfeit condoms sold through the online marketplace Groupon Australia have been recalled because of possible defects..

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Do we really need to apologise for babies on planes?

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Megan Blandford It's true that many passengers aren't happy to be sitting near a baby - but do we really need to pre-emptively soothe our neighbours?

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Tips for roadtripping with a baby

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Sue White Techniques that served me well as a baby-free traveller have been rendered useles - but here’s how you can make this season’s road trips smoother than your newborn’s skin.

Tips for flying with a baby

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Theresa Vargas Travelling with kids requires a whole other set of skills - ones that I have learned through (sometimes unfortunate) trial and error.

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The universal working mother experience

Francesca Varney is urging mothers to pursue a career they enjoy.

Francesca Varney 7:30am These days mothers need more than just traditional career advice.

Federal budget 2015: Where are the childcare places, Joe?

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Amber Robinson It’s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

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Getting your family finances in order

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Staff writers Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

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The great new picture book for anxious kids

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Babyology My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

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Staff writers He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

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Why I said no to having kids - and men - at my 40th

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KYLIE ORR I wanted to celebrate my 40th birthday in style. With four children and limited funds, how to achieve that was questionable.

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Large misconceptions about large families

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Kylie Orr Statistics confirm that these days our family is practically a walking freak show.

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The day my daughter almost drowned

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Amy Joyce We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

Takata is responsible for the world's biggest automotive recall.

STEPHEN OTTLEY More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

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Being Dad more articles

Paternity leave is not a holiday

My leave was no vacation. Vacations are a time where you can relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life.

Dave Dash My manager didn't realise "How was your holiday" was the worst thing to ask me after I came back from paternity leave.

It's not easy being a dad in a mum's world

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Nevin Martell I don't want to be the one who doesn't belong or is seen as a trespasser on the sacred grounds of motherhood. I simply want to be regarded as a parent.

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In defense of the dads who do so much

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DONNA WEBECK It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

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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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The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

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Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there’s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it’s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

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