'Mummy wars' clip strikes a chord

A still from the 'Welcome to the Sisterhood of Motherhood' video.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A hilarious new ad shows the so-called 'mummy wars' being played out among a group of parents gathered at a local park.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

LETITIA ROWLANDS When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

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Sharing the secrets of midwives

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LETITIA ROWLANDS When Sally Hepworth was pregnant with her second baby her husband would often come home to the sounds of a woman screaming her way through the final stages of labour.

Video: Funny 'Lips Are Moving' parody just for mums

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MELANIE MAHONEY Meghan Trainor's song 'Lips Are Moving' was already a hit, but now it's been turned into a hilarious parody that is set to be very popular with frustrated mums everywhere.

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'Straya': an Aussie anthem for 2015

How Terry Mann identifies Aussies for his <i>National Anthem of Straya!</i>.

PETER VINCENT Just in time for Australia Day, a would-be producer's clever ode to living in Australia is getting noticed on social media.

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Video: Ten-year-old boy overjoyed by mum's baby announcement

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Melanie Mahoney Young Ethan has been asking for the same Christmas present every year since he was toddler ... and this year, his dream finally came true.

5 most controversial videos of 2014

Some of the stars of the most controversial parenting videos of the year.

MELANIE MAHONEY Here are the five videos of babies and toddlers that really got people talking this year.

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Can nits be romantic?

This, I think, is the meaning of true love.

Bryony Gordon And so I face the prospect of a Christmas with nits. It was inevitable, really, given the matter of my daughter's recent outbreak.

10 top parenting stories of 2014

Baby names topped our list of most popular articles last year, with a selection of parenting news from around the world completing our top 10.

10 cutest baby and toddler videos of 2014

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Watch the top 10 cutest and funniest videos starring babies and toddlers from the year gone by.

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

Emily Kaye Lazzaro There are pros and cons to this policy.

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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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Tween gift guide

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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.

Christmas stocking gift ideas

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Babyology Babyology have found a great selection of gifts you can stuff into your kids Christmas stockings.

Party on, parents ... within reason

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Lisa Pryor We may not be teenagers any more, but our fun nights still get cut short by vomit.

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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.

The podcast that reminds mums they are not alone

The Longest Shortest Time bills itself as 'A 3am bedside companion for parents'.

Heidi Stevens A mum's complicated, gruelling labour gave birth to two lovely beings: her daughter and her delightful podcast, The Longest Shortest Time.

How to get the best photos of kids' birthday parties

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Children's birthday parties are often the subject of weeks, or even months, of preparation. But the job of photographing the celebrations is possibly the most important one of all.

Why we still need to capture the important moments

There's a reason the family photo album is the number one thing people would save from a burning home.

LETITIA ROWLANDS To me it is a tatty photograph featuring a gap-toothed smile and crooked ponytails, but to my five-year-old son my kindergarten class picture provided a window into the world "when Mummy was a little girl".

This baby minion costume just won Halloween

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Laura Vitto Forget whatever costume you've got planned for your baby this Halloween. Your kid should be a minion this year.

8 tips for capturing great family photos

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Thinking about getting a family photo shoot to catch this moment in time? Here are tips to help you make the most of it to capture an image everyone will love.

Video: Wild kangaroo brawl on Aussie street

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

'God Only Knows' cover unites musicians for children's charity

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

Brian Anthony Hernandez How many artists does it take to properly cover a Beach Boys classic?

Gay dads share adoption story in touching ad

André and Jonathan with their daughter Raphaëlle.

Melanie Mahoney It may be selling breakfast cereal, but the new Cheerios ad is giving people around the world a serious case of the warm and fuzzies.

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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.

Rosamund Pike takes comfort in pregnancy after Gone Girl's tough demands

Persona and facade: Rosamund Pike as Amy considers one of her diary entries in Gone Girl.

JENNY COONEY CARRILLO The psychological challenges of her role in director David Fincher's film were matched by fluctuating weight requirements.

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

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

Video: Love from a mum with Alzheimer's

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Get the tissues out, folks - this mama and daughter moment is made of pure joy, with a big old sprinkling of heartbreak.

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Dad's amazing videos with his action hero son

What do you get when you combine a dad with awesome animation/CGI skills, his enthusiastic son, a bit of spare time and a camera?

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: Man gets stuck in highchair

Letitia Rowlands Man + beer + highchair = ridiculous hilarity.

Video: emotional 60-second Robin Williams tribute

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Take a minute to remember some of the greatest films of your childhood ... and have a few tissues close at hand.

Photos of rare baby panda triplets released

Baby panda snoozes.

Colin Gorenstein These newborn panda triplets, born in China two weeks ago, fit inside a human palm.

Fifty Shades of Frozen: video

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Melanie Mahoney It’s the mash-up absolutely no one was asking for, but this 'Frozen'/'Fifty Shades of Grey' video has combined the popular kids' movie and sexy book series in a very memorable way.

Australia Zoo films giraffe's birth and first steps

Australia Zoo's newest arrival, a baby giraffe.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI Australia Zoo has filmed the birth a baby giraffe after first-time mum Penny went into labour earlier than expected.

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

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Nick Galvin Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are set to star in a film based on Liane Moriarty's New York Times bestseller, Big Little Lies.

Crying baby loves 'Dark Horse' - and Katy Perry has even offered to babysit

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Katy Perry has offered up her babysitting services to the mother of a young girl who stops crying at the sound of the pop star's hit song Dark Horse.

Have we seen the final episode of Offspring?

The extended Proudman clan ... and the family portrait that has left a nation hanging.

It's the picture that is leaving Offspring fans hanging, as the stars took to Twitter for what appeared to be a final bow.

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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.

Offspring finale: how will it end?

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.

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.

Video: Dancing Korean toddler is an internet sensation

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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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Does Peppa Pig face the chopping block?

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JACQUELINE MALEY Mark Scott cannot confirm if everyone's favourite porcine character would survive budget cuts to the ABC.

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Rosie Batty named 2015 Australian of the Year

One year ago, Rosie Batty could not have imagined she'd be where she is. Tonight the grieving mum who put domestic violence on the national agenda was named Australian of the Year.

Five reasons to hug more

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Help - my three-year-old has started throwing tantrums

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Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

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Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

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Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

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