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Why I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook

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The biggest YouTube hits of 2014

YouTube has collected all your favourite videos from 2014 into one.

You may not realise how many strange and wonderful things popped up until you see this recap from YouTube.

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Babyology Tweens (around 10-12 years of age) can be incredibly hard to buy for. Here's a great list of Christmas gift ideas that the kids are sure to love.

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Party on, parents ... within reason

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Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

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Laura Vitto Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

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This baby minion costume just won Halloween

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A feud between two kangaroos spewed into a an ugly street fight in Australia - and the video has gone viral.

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The new cover of <i>God Only Knows</i> is sung by two dozen famous musicians.

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André and Jonathan with their daughter Raphaëlle.

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How to take the perfect baby photo

Keep the background simple to let your gorgeous baby take centre stage.

LETITIA ROWLANDS It takes patience and persistence, but there are few tips you can follow in order to capture a mantelpiece-worthy photo of your baby.

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

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

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

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

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Video: Love from a mum with Alzheimer's

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Young boy 'exasperated' at mum's pregnancy

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Hearing that his mum was pregnant this young man voiced his opinion: "What were you thinking?"

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15 classic Aussie ads

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Melanie Mahoney Watch some of the classic Australian ads of the 80s, 90s and 00s, and remember the catchphrases and jingles we all used to know so well ...

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Video: emotional 60-second Robin Williams tribute

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Baby panda snoozes.

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Australia Zoo's newest arrival, a baby giraffe.

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Kidman and Witherspoon to star in movie adaptation of Aussie mum's book

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Top 10 inspiring parenting films

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KAREN HARDY There's a lot you can learn about parenting by watching some old - and not so old - movies. Here's a selection of Karen Hardy's favourites.

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Go #teamleo ... Patrick Brammall's Leo has been the most seemingly normal guy in Nina's life.

LOUISE RUGENDYKE Here are five predictions for what might - or should - happen next.

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

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From rock to The Wiggles and back again

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Melanie Mahoney Once upon a time, the internet had a famous dancing baby. But now a new dancing star has emerged – a child known only as “chubby Korean baby”.

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15 adults reveal what they've always kept from their mums

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There will always be a few secrets that you just can't tell your mum.

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5 facts about the new season of Offspring

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Keen theatregoers: Richard Vowles and Elsa Santo with their kids Hugo, 4, Etta, 5, and Luis, 18 months.

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Viral 'Look Up' video has millions looking down

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Is this the worst Mother's Day ad ever?

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Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

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Attack of the 'mummy brain'

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Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

A young mum is in intensive care after she took a friend's antibiotic and wound up with an ailment that is burning her body 'from the inside-out'.

The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

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