Stranger pays it forward for struggling mum of two

Lashae with her daughter Mia and son Leo.

Sarah Harris A mystery man has literally paid it forward for a struggling mum at a supermarket.

Cheese toastie lovers have more sex, says survey

Start your engines: A grilled sandwich cheese with tuna and Swiss.

MICHAEL KOZIOL If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, give him grilled cheese.

Dad thinks stay-at-home mum is worth $96,762 a year - at least

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Staff writers Some misguided husbands wonder just what stay-at-home mums do all day. Not Steven Nelms.

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When to call an ambulance for your child

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Michelle Fiddian I’m often asked: ‘How do I know when I should call an ambulance? Wouldn’t it be faster if I just drove there myself?’ But there are a few variables that can influence your decision.

Easter bonanza 2015: $17,000 in prizes to be won

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Grieving families give warnings after toddler deaths

Caiden made his way to a nearby dam last week.

Staff writers Two Queensland families are grieving the loss of their toddler sons after the boys drowned in separate incidents last week.

How to stay calm in an emergency

When something goes wrong, try to reduce panic and talk your way through it.

Michelle Fiddian I’m not expecting you to be as calm as you might be right now. What I mean is that if your panic levels are through the roof during a stressful situation, let’s bring them down to just under the ceiling.

Sheryl Sandberg's advice

'Choreplay': Help out at home to get more sex, Sandberg tells men

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MICHAEL KOZIOL Forget foreplay. The new and improved route to intercourse is "choreplay" - it's good for your spouse, good for your house, and comes with the imprimatur of feminist du jour Sheryl Sandberg.

I'm A Celebrity

Why this 'I'm a Celebrity' tweet has outraged mums everywhere

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Fairfax Media Entertainment commentator Peter Ford has sparked uproar online with a vindictive tweet about working mother Chrissie Swan.

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How my iPhone addiction made me a terrible mum

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Meredith Hale I embarked on an experiment. I decided to quit my phone, cold turkey, for one week. I wanted to see if I really needed all that connectivity.

In praise of growing up without a lot of money

Is having more money really better for kids?

Jade Warne It's about time I did an analysis of my life so I can celebrate all that’s good - and often overlooked - about the lower middle class.

The tidying trick that works for us

Sometimes it takes a fresh approach to get your kids helping with housework.

KYLIE ORR We have four kids. We could be the poster house for how not to display stuff. But I've discovered a new trick that's working ... for now.

Five second rule

Four times you shouldn't eat food dropped on the floor

Five-second rule: foods high in sugar and salt are safer to eat after being dropped on the floor.

LIVIA GAMBLE A survey found that 87 per cent of people would eat food after it was dropped on the floor - but here are four times you shouldn't.

Childcare centres and schools on alert over frozen berries-linked hepatitis

One of the recalled Nanna's frozen berry packs.

ESTHER HAN Childcare centres and schools across NSW are on heightened alert after a health warning on potential hepatitis A cases linked with recalled frozen berries.

How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?

Second case of hepatitis A linked to Nanna's frozen berries

Patties Foods is recalling Nanna's mixed berries following a Hepatitis A contamination.

Brittany Ruppert and Timna Jacks A second person in NSW has been diagnosed with hepatitis A after consuming Nanna's frozen mixed berries.

Who will manage your Facebook account when you're gone?

Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.

Hayley Tsukayama This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.

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Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

LETITIA ROWLANDS With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.

'It does not get much worse than this': baby fights for life after swallowing battery

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An eight-month-old may never talk or breathe on his own after swallowing a button battery.

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Mum banned from pool after pram altercation

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Staff writers A mum is outraged after being banned from her local pool following an altercation over her baby’s pram.

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Keeping kids safe in the right car seat

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JO HARTLEY In Australia, 1000 children are seriously injured in motor vehicle incidents each year. Using a well-fitted, correct car seat could save a life.

When one parent travels

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Samantha Shanley It happens several times a year: my husband takes a 10-day business trip, leaving me to juggle my own life, work, and the family alone.

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Why I'm never calling myself 'just a mum' again

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BIANCA WORDLEY I’ve grown three human beings. I feed them, dress them, teach them, care for them and love them 24 hours a day. Yet for eight years, when I meet new people and they’ve asked me what I do, I tell them: “I’m just a mum”.

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22 handy hints for better living at home

PLASTIC FANTASTIC: Get those Legos nice and fresh.

It's time to wash those Legos (and 21 other tips for better living in 2015).

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

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Liam Hyslop One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

11 tips to avoid buying a lemon of a car

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Buying a second-hand car can be a bit like navigating a minefield. Here are 12 tips for dodging the old bombs and clangers.

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10 tips to get your home cleaner

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LIVIA GAMBLE How often do you wash your towels and sheets? Our experts say it's probably not enough.

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Out with the clutter

Decluttering by the numbers: take the 30-day challenge

Writer Victoria Lambert with some of the items she decided to turf.

Victoria Lambert Forget the 5:2 diet - Twitter's 30-day declutter challenge will have your house back in shape in no time (well, a month).

So hot: 13 iconic Aussie ice creams reviewed

13 Australian ice creams ranked.

TOM COWIE We present a definitive ranking of ice creams you can find in your local freezer.

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Toddler killed in grandparents' driveway

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Jorge Branco A 15-month-old boy hit by a car in an Ipswich driveway has died.

I'm not a mum, but I can have an opinion on raising kids

Kitty Flanagan I think it's time childless people were allowed to offer an opinion on modern-day parenting.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Detective Sergeant Scott Andrew Nicholson with his family.

Cydonee Mardon Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Tips for studying while raising young kids

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Kym Campradt Making the decision to return to study can be a tough one, no matter what stage of life you're at. But when you're a mum, it can be an even more tricky.

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Dad films baby playing with snake

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

It's time for the least-liked Christmas tradition

Farewell tree: it was fun while it lasted.

JESSICA RUDD Packing up the tree is the first domestic ordeal of the calendar year, which is why many of us put it off.

Victoria to make raw milk undrinkable

Tough new laws for raw milk are being introduced in Victoria.

Melissa Laria Raw milk products produced in Victoria will have to be treated or laced with a bitter taste to stop humans drinking it.

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10 things to cook with Christmas leftovers

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CAROLINE VELIK Always left with mountains of ham, salmon and bread after Christmas? Make the most of your leftovers with these great tips.

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How to deal with family on Facebook

Still learning: Older relatives new to Facebook may need to be told their shared posts can be seen by strangers.

Rashida Tayabali Feeling red-faced or angry with the oversharing sister-in-law or mum? You’re not alone.

How to take the perfect family Christmas photo

Great family Christmas photos will provide happy memories in years to come.

Kari Richardson Do you struggle to capture that perfect photo of your family in front of the Christmas tree? Here are some simple tips to help you succeed this year.

Help - we have a maternitywear misunderstanding

Uh oh ... what now?

Andrea Bonoir I have a major, awkward misunderstanding with a friend. What now?

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Lyndey Milan's 10 best baking tips

Lyndey Milan's chocolate hazelnut biscuits.

Lyndey Milan Whipping up a cake or biscuits need never instil fear again.

Ouch: study supports 'male idiot theory'

Dutch courage? Men are more prone to risk-taking behaviour.

CATHERINE RODIE A new study has used data to claim that men are idiots.

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Pineapple puts dog on high alert

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Pineapples are certainly unusual looking – but to this dog, they're particularly alarming.

The 'Secret Santas' paying toy bills for strangers

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Rob Crilly Wealthy 'secret Santas' are popping up across the country and paying off toyshop bills to spread festive cheer and help struggling families.

The danger of portable pools

Children under three years of age are the most at risk of drowning in portable pools.

LETITIA ROWLANDS They may seem like a great way to keep your family cool while having fun in the backyard over summer, but the Royal Life Saving Society Australia is warning parents about the dangers posed by portable swimming pools.

Marriage proposal goes horribly wrong

A crane crashed into the roof of a house when a man's wedding proposal went wrong.

A Dutchman's attempt at a romantic wedding proposal was a smashing success, but not in the way he had hoped.

I accidentally became a stay-at-home mum - and I love it

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Hannah Shuckburgh Much to her surprise, Hannah Shuckburgh finds that being a stay-at-home mum is just her cup of tea.

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10 easy DIY Christmas decoration ideas

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Babyology It's officially time to get into the Christmas spirit. Why not branch out when you put up your tree this year and add a personal touch with a few DIY decorations? We've found the perfect easy-to-make ways to put more festive fever into your home.

Not-so-bright spark disconnects street light for Christmas display

Christmas lights may be fun, but not worth possibly electrocuting yourself over ...

One bright spark has risked electrocution by disconnecting a street light outside his house to add that extra twinkle to his Christmas light display.

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Facebook 'copyright notices' won't protect your photos

You already own what you post, Facebook says.

LARISSA NICHOLSON A viral post doing the rounds says it will shore up your copyright if you post it. But does it work?

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The workplace isn't always a friendly place for pregnant women. Yet working women inclined to conceal a pregnancy from prying coworkers may be better off opening up and carrying on, according to a new study.

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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.

Where to get help to help your baby sleep

There is so much pressure about having a baby who sleeps 'all night' , it's no wonder you worry about your baby if she wakes in the night.

Vintage baby names having a comeback

What makes some names have comebacks while others silently fade into oblivion? A few factors come into play.

When your partner doesn't want you to breastfeed

Dads can have many reasons for not wanting their partners to breastfeed their baby, but both parents should learn more about it before making a final decision.

Model mum Sarah Stage shares post-baby selfie

Most new mums would recoil at the thought, but Sarah Stage has shared a post-pregnancy selfie just four days after giving birth.

I'll admit it: I have last child parenting fatigue

If you're a new mum and feeling ignored by the older mum/the old hand/the has-been, please know, it's not you, it's me. Blame the last child parenting fatigue.

Exhaustion is not the same as tiredness

Having a new baby isn't tiring - it can be downright exhausting.

Five posterior babies, four home births

I was on a high. I'd done it all by myself with no help from anyone.

Mum's list of birthday gift demands goes viral

We're big fans of kids' birthday parties - but this is one bash we're glad we didn't get an invite to.

Kate Middleton to receive 'loyalty discount' for second birth

Everybody loves a bargain - including the Duchess of Cambridge.

Fish & chip shop owner's sad note goes viral

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.

Pregnant women need good nutrition advice, not judgment

Pregnant women are under pressure to do all the "right things" to have a healthy child. It results in women feeling judged about their decisions.

When your child wants you to have another baby

Giving your child a sibling when you don't want to have another baby can be a complex issue.

William Tyrrell's mum speaks out: 'We hope he is still alive'

The mother of missing toddler William Tyrrell says she has a vision that somebody "picked him up and moved him on ... that's the only way ... to explain for him not to be there".

Family comes first for 23-year-old Tommy Connolly

Most 23-year-old blokes spend their hard earned cash on fun times with mates or romantic dinners with their girlfriend, but not Tommy Connolly.

Newborn all-girl quintuplets 'doing great'

The first all-female quintuplets born in the United States were delivered last week, at 28 weeks and two days.

Model mum's big baby silences critics

He may be less than a week old, but baby James Hunter has already helped his model mum silence her critics.

Jammy, Hula Hoop, Rage: Reddit reveals most unusual baby names

A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.

Woman awakens from coma, learns she gave birth

A US woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family.

'Give us a break': mum sent shocking letter over Facebook baby pics

Posting a lot of baby photos doesn't make you a bad person. It may make your Facebook feed a little irritating, but it doesn't make you a bad person.

In defense of the dads who do so much

It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

The modern cloth nappies too cute to cover up

If you're only just joining the modern cloth nappy movement, or would like to spruce up your collection, we have to introduce you to Designer Bums.

How breastfeeding can affect your libido

When you’ve just had a baby, having sex isn’t usually top priority. In fact, for a lot of women it rates about as appealing as changing another dirty nappy.

Should pregnant women be allowed to use 'parent and child' car parking spots?

Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?

Healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man died

Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.

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