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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.

How much of The Bachelor is real? Former contestant tells all

Art chose Matilda as his match; Dani (right) was the runner-up.

Staff writers Given some of the cliches that come out of the girls' mouths, you could be forgiven for thinking The Bachelor is just one big set-up.

Parenting in the Facebook age: should we rethink how we share?

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Stacey Steinberg When our children one day learn of the personal stories we've shared, will we find ourselves asking them for forgiveness?

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What ex-yellow Wiggle Sam did next

Former yellow Wiggle Sam Moran, pictured in 2007.

ELISSA BLAKE The usually chipper former Wiggle finds himself playing a gruff patriarch in the children's story of a magical nanny.

Video captures sweet surprise for grandparents

Baby Niall meets his grandmother Mary O'Regan for the first time.

It was a touching video that would strike a chord with the families of any ex-pat separated from the ones they love.

Meet Jeremy Ryan, The Voice contestant with seven kids

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Darren Cartwright If you have trouble recalling the ages of Jeremy Ryan's seven children on The Voice, you're not alone. So does he.

Why I capture my baby's every moment in photos

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Megan Ritchie Jooste When my daughter came into this world, the sleek silhouette of my iPhone was right there in the front row alongside the doctor.

10 kids' book parodies we'd love to see

CATHERINE RODIE Since parenting is such a hoot it's no surprise that a handful of authors have turned classic children's books into hilarious parenting parodies.

Life after shaken baby syndrome: turning personal trauma into fiction

Antonia Hayes found inspiration for her novel <i>Relativity</i> through exploring her own personal moments of pain.

BENJAMIN LAW For Antonia Hayes, the dark cloud of her son being diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome ended up having a silver lining.

Never ending search

From Married at First Sight to Farmer Wants A Wife

Lachlan McAleer didn't find love on Married at First Sight.

MICHAEL LALLO He got married at first sight, but it didn't last.

Mum demands refund for 'beargina' christening cake

Staff writers It was meant to be a tasteful cake to help celebrate a three-year-old's christening.

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Sister freaks out at twin reveal

Shocked - but so very, very excited.

Staff writers What's better than a gender reveal of one baby? Two, of course.

Dining out with your friends and children, in just 37 easy steps

Ariane Beeston Feeling frustrated by the fact that once you have kids, maintaining a social life becomes just that little bit (okay, a lot) harder? It can be done!

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

Kylie Orr at her birthday party.

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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Struggle Street: tragic stories told by brave, honest Aussies

Single mum Erin (right) has taken homeless teenager Bailee (left) under her wing.

Darren Devlyn This three-part documentary gives blunt insight into a corner of the country dealing with high levels of drug addiction, unemployment and family dysfunction.

Women compete on game show while in labour

A couple competing on 'Labor Games'.

Neil Genzlinger "Labor Games" may be simultaneously the most brilliant and the most head-shaking game-show idea ever.

Mothers say the strangest things

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Kylie Orr Since becoming a mum, I've been surprised by a multitude of things, not the least being phrases that come out of my mouth.

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It's a Wiggly wedding: Purple Wiggle to marry Yellow Wiggle

Wiggles Lachlan Gillespie (bottom left) and Emma Watkins (centre) have announced their engagement.

Mary Ward It's official: The purple and yellow Wiggles are getting hitched.

How old do you really look? This program will take a guess

Close but not quite: At the time this photo was taken, Prince William was 31 and Kate Middleton was 30.

MICHAEL KOZIOL Microsoft has developed a facial recognition program that does what no polite human would ever do - tell you exactly how old you really look.

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Apology

Samantha Armytage 'mortified' at suggestions of racism

Mortified ... Sam Armytage upset by race bias suggestions, even though it earned her a sideways glance from David Koch.

Channel Seven presenter Samantha Armytage says she is 'mortified' at suggestions an off-the-cuff remark could have appeared to be racially insensitive.

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No, having a dog is not like having a human child

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JO HARTLEY It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

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5 spooky photos with babies and children

Reddit user Kevin Matthew Dennis uploaded this image of him and his bride on their wedding day - complete with a

Staff writers These five photos show some ghostly images - but are they real? Do you believe in the spirit world?

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'Disgrace'

Petition calls for axing of 'Married at First Sight'

Michelle stars on <i>Married At First Sight</i>.

Melissa Jenkins A petition calling for the axing of new reality show Married at First Sight has surpassed its target of 15,000 signatures.

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Kids prove every mum is unique in sweet new ad

A mum and her daughter in the touching ad.

LETITIA ROWLANDS  All mothers love and care for their children but, despite their similarities, no two mums are the same.

Fish & chip shop owner's sad note goes viral

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Staff writers A lengthy note put on the window of a fish & chip shop has gone viral due to the writer's serious doubts about the romance of travel.

Tell us your story for Mother's Day and win

Share your story of motherhood to win.

To celebrate Mother's Day this year we are giving you the chance to win one of five great prizes simply by telling us your story.

Photo of mum and baby with deceased dad goes viral

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Melanie Mahoney It’s a beautiful photo that marks a bittersweet experience for a mum and her baby.

A sweet proposal video worth watching

A gorgeous proposal.

'The Special Proposal' tells the story of Salvatore asking his girlfriend Caterina a big question.

Ed Sheeran surprises couple by singing at their wedding

British pop star Ed Sheeran drops by at a wedding

Su-Lin Tan Crashing a wedding would not normally be looked on favourably - unless the crasher is international superstar, Ed Sheeran.

5 unspoken fantasies of mums of young kids

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Samantha Rodman Every so often, you descend into one of these mum fantasies that so many of us have but don't usually discuss aloud.

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Wiggles' Emma and Lachlan a couple

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KYLIE NORTHOVER The two newest members of preschool supergroup The Wiggles - yellow Wiggle Emma and purple Wiggle Lachy - are a couple.

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Managing your family photo overload

It can be easy to lose track of your family photos.

Lindsey M Roberts When technology gives us new solutions, sometimes, it also gives us new problems. Consider the ready access to the camera in your smartphone, and then the glut of photos that follows.

Dads give cheers for 'Cool Baby'

The Cool Baby in action.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Next time you see a man toting a baby in a carrier, take a closer look before you admire him for being such a hands-on-dad.

Hilarious plea from the children of hipster parents

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Letitia Rowlands A new video is appealing to mums and dads tempted to get creative with their baby's name to think beyond having a "six-month-old baby named Blueberry".

Video: Why mums get nothing done

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Melanie Mahoney In spite of being in an almost constant state of motion while looking after the kids and trying to keep things together at home, it can seem as though parents have managed to get nothing on the to-do list done by the end of the day.

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The real deal for mums when it comes to turning up the heat

Forget <i>50 Shades of Grey</i> - a mum shares what she really wants in a man.

JO HARTLEY "Was there nothing this man could not do?" she wondered.

Chrissie, you're doing the right thing

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AMITY DRY I read Chrissie Swan’s column about her decision to leave her kids to film 'I’m a Celebrity', and I immediately thought two things: I know how she feels, but we shouldn't have to feel that way.

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I'm a parent ... get me out of here!

Ever wanted to just get away from it all? You're not alone!

Megan Blandford Watching 'I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!', I couldn't help but think of my life as a parent. A few scenes in particular that struck me as likenesses for life with a small child.

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The earworm, and how to let it go

Mercy! Parents are still plagued by the songs from Frozen, more than a year after the film's release.

ROBYN GRACE What causes an earworm? And, more importantly, how do you get rid of it?

'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.

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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'

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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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