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.

SPECIAL OFFER: bellabox's Essential Baby pack

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bellabox has created an exclusive special selection, just for Essential Baby followers.

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

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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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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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

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It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Trying to understand why your baby is upset

Working out what’s underlying your baby's fussiness can be a case of trial and error. Here are a few common causes and how you can remedy each one.

When those you love judge your parenting

In today's society, never has it been harder to parent without judgment. But what about when judgment is coming from closer to home?

Don't play the victim blame game with family violence

It's not a woman's job to teach violent men how to behave.

11 truths about having two under two

When I told my mothers’ group that my husband and I had started trying for our second baby they told me I was crazy. Now I can see why.

'How do you say goodbye to someone you've only just started to get to know?'

New mum Sarah Sutton was faced with a shattering scenario no person should have to endure.

It's a ... boy! Couple welcomes son number 13

"It's a boy!" That's the phrase Kateri Schwandt has heard in labour delivery ward for the 13th time in her life.

Six reasons to go for a walk

Can't find time to get to the gym? It could be just as beneficial to put your baby in the stroller and go for a walk.

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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