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William Tyrrell investigation turns to grandparent support groups

Missing toddler William Tyrrell.

Ava Benny-Morrison 5:10pm Detectives investigating the disappearance of William Tyrrell have examined two grandparent support groups.

How you can help refugees trying to reach safety here and abroad

Elderly Syrian refugee Halima Ali holds her granddaughter Amal, 4, while sitting outside their tent at an informal settlement near the Syrian border.

MARISSA CALLIGEROS  Europe is facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Here are some of the ways you can help at home.

Mum plans to open 'no vax' childcare

Juanita 'Wanda' Halden is planning to open a 'no-vax' childcare centre.

Staff writers and AAP A mother of two is planning to open an anti-vaccination childcare centre in response to government "no jab, no play" policies.

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Glenn McGrath and wife Sara welcome baby girl

Glenn McGrath and wife Sara have been married since 2010.

Staff writers Aussie cricketing star Glenn McGrath and his wife Sara have welcomed a baby girl, their first child together.

Katering Show's bun in the oven update

The ladies are back ... kind of.

LETITIA ROWLANDS The Katering Show ladies have used their unique brand of humour to explain why they are yet to film the second series.

Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer pregnant with twins

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has announced she is pregnant with twin girls.

Letitia Rowlands and wires She famously returned to full-time work just two weeks after giving birth to her son three years ago, now Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer is pregnant with twin girls.

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Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV is the dream family luxury car.

LETITIA ROWLANDS The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Nannies for hire, wherever you're flying

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Jamie Freed Ever dreaded the prospect of a long flight, dreaming about how wonderful it would be for a nanny to entertain the kids?

The challenges of holidaying with a big family

Big families can pose big problems when it comes to accommodation.

TRACEY SPICER A new holiday accommodation website gives mum, dad and kids some much-needed extra room to breathe.

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The Aussie toddlers being given pocket money

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Frances Mao Know anyone who makes $260 a year on the side without doing anything?

The circular experience of a Centrelink client

Centrelink: the bane of many parents' lives.

Katina Curtis A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.

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CASH TRAP

6 reasons you could be missing out on money

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NICOLE PEDERSEN-MCKINNON No one would ignore $100 lying on the pavement Yet most people obliviously pass over more than this every month. It's time to shape up.

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Season end nears

The Bachelor confirms he's met 'the one'

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EBONY BOWDEN Bachelor Sam Wood finally clears up rumours about on-screen tantrums, what it's really like to be the Bachelor, and reveals he found love on the show.

Adorable twins pretend to sleep upon hearing mum's voice

Suzi Catchpole Cute twin girls are up and playing in their cots until they hear their mum's voice through the monitor.

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The Today team's cringeworthy Iggy Azalea cover

Don't give up your day job ... even ACA's Tracy Grimshaw gets in on the act.

NICK GALVIN The presenters and reporters on Today have produced their own lip-sync cover of the rap star's hit track.

Family Home more articles

Parents still failing to buckle up kids

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Melissa Grant The lives of hundreds of children are being put at risk every year because their parents aren't restraining them properly in cars.

Couple poses for newborn shoot with adorable puppy

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Staff writers Tired of being asked about their baby-making plans, Australian couple Matt and Abby decided to give a creative answer.

Why you should think twice before putting your mobile phone number on Facebook

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Peter Munro Facebook has been urged to strengthen its privacy controls after revelations a simple vulnerability could expose the personal data of users, including their mobile numbers.

Being Dad more articles

Dads, here are 12 things every new mum wants you to know (without having to tell you)

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PINKY MCKAY If you're expecting a baby or have a newborn, here are some things your partner wants you to know.

New help for grieving dads

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Staff writers There is no doubt the loss of a baby is one of the toughest things a couple can ever face.

A dad's guide to hyperemesis

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Seamus Curtain-Magee I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.

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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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Win a copy of 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

To celebrate the launch of EB member and contributor Julia's Watson's first book, we have five copies of Breakfast, School Run, Chemo give away.

Electronic tags may keep newborns safe

The possibility of using electronic bracelets for mothers and their newborn babies is being investigated by Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. 

Baby steps: when your little one starts walking

As a parent there are so many milestones to look forward to. That first smile, first word - and, of course, that first step.

Julia Watson's new book 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

Tomorrow my friend Julia launches her first book. And while we're all overjoyed, the success is tinged with sadness. You see, Julia has stage 4 bowel cancer.

How not to name twins

Call me boring, but I don't think that when it comes to choosing my twins' names is the right time to use a good pun.

Fun Sunny Life pool inflatables just for babies

The babies of 2015 will thus be thrilled to paddle their happy baby legs in these brand new flamingo and swan baby inflatables.

Breastfeeding basics for beginners

Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.

Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

How to hide those under eye shadows

Pandas are the only ones who benefit from under-eye shadows. If you're not fluffy and cute, you'll just look tired.

Young mum dies after being denied pap smear

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was deemed "too young" to need it.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

Triplet surprise for newlyweds

As the radiographer moved the wand over her abdomen, Shelley King got the surprise of her life.

3 yummy Thermomix baby and toddler recipes

Louise Fulton Keats shares her recipes for babies and toddlers, including corn and sweet pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Adoption ban on pregnant women to be lifted

Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.

Are you getting enough magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but we don't talk enough about it and the vital role it plays in great health and energy, as well as disease prevention.

5 workplace lessons for new parents

Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

Mums to follow on Instagram

A creative outlet for many, there are some savvy women complementing their blogs and businesses with riveting Instagrams feeds. We've chosen a few which have bucketloads of appeal; there are some big time players and some smaller local ones, and they each bring their special brand of magic to the Instagram experience.

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Dad bags: 10 picks for out and about

Getting out of the house is a big priority in the early years of parenthood and you need to take a well-stocked kit with you. We've chosen 10 of the best nappy bags sure to appeal to dads in style and function.

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To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.

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Designer kids clothing good enough to eat by Oeuf

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Early exposure to peanuts recommended for allergy prevention

A paediatricians' group is recommending that infants at high risk of peanut allergies be given foods containing peanuts before they turn one.

Home brand foods contain less salt than pricier rivals

Supermarket home brand foods, long derided as cheap and inferior, contain far lower levels of salt than pricier, branded rivals, new research shows.

Nannies for hire, wherever you're flying

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