8 things my dad taught me about parenting

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KYLIE ORR He taught me to question, to see the world beyond my own bubble and to stand up for those who are unable to defend themselves.

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Three-year-old dies in driveway accident

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SAFFRON HOWDEN A three-year-old has died after being struck by a car reversing out of a driveway on the NSW mid-north coast.

Spring a time for changes, for both home and mind

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KAREN HARDY It's time for the proverbial spring clean. The de-cluttering of mind, body and soul … and yes, pantries and linen cupboards and wardrobes and Tupperware drawers, too.

Fracking may pose risk of birth defects, but further studies needed

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Isaac Arnsdorf The first research into the effects of oil and gas development on babies born near wells has found potential health risks.

Carseats have twice as many germs as a toilet

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Most parents know their child's carseat is not always squeaky clean, but they might not realise just how dirty it really is.

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How to build a worm farm

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Tricia Hogbin Worms are wonderful workers to have in your garden, and a worm farm is an easy, kid-friendly do-it-yourself project.

Special nappies made with love for angel babies

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Agron Latifi Angel Baby Nappies make and provide tiny bereavement cloth nappies for pre-term stillborn babies and premature babies who pass away in the NICU.

The cost of growing your own vegies

Chicken and egg: Keeping chooks almost always makes financial sense.

Alexandra Cain Does it make financial sense to grow your own veggies, or are you better off ordering produce from the local food co-op?

When 'furbabies' meet real babies

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GREER BERRY I am obsessed with my dogs, and can't imagine loving them any less once my baby arrives. But that doesn't stop everyone from telling me I will.

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'I was so sleep deprived I crashed my car'

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DANIELLE COLLEY There are no laws regulating driving while tired, but statistics show that driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to the road toll.

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Nutella supplies threatened by bad weather

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There's bad news for fans of Nutella, the gooey, chocolatey hazelnut spread.

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Home truths: the DIY dos and don'ts

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Cassy Small A professional renovator gives advice on which jobs you should do yourself, and which you should outsource.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

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KERRI SACKVILLE As I sat across the table from my friend – me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum – I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

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My kids are spoilt - but I'm working on it

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AMITY DRY I want my kids to be grateful, resourceful and determined, not spoilt and entitled. So from now on, no means no.

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The realities of escaping domestic violence

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Sarah Wendt “Why doesn’t she just leave?” is the common question people ask when trying to understand domestic violence. For many, leaving the relationship is far from straightforward.

Playdate site brings mums together

Playdate has proved a hit with lonely mothers within days of it's release.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI Brisbane's "Tinder for mums" notched up 1000 members on its first day of operations.

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Cot, stroller and bunk bed safety standards under review

A baby girl sleeps ... the ACCC is reviewing safety standards for cots, strollers and bunk beds.

ESTHER HAN Two eBay vendors have been penalised for selling non-compliant cots that could have severely injured or killed babies.

Sentences to double for Victorian parents who leave children alone in cars

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DEBORAH GOUGH Parents who leave their children unattended in a car or at home face harsher fines and double the jail time under proposed laws.

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'Forgotten baby syndrome' can happen to any one of us

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Julia Watson When my third child was two months old, I strapped her into her car seat, then promptly forgot all about her. But she survived, unharmed, because it was winter, and I was lucky.

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Before and after: 9 laundry renovations

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Erin Boyle While you don't want to spend too much time in the laundry, perhaps these before and after pictures of well done renovations will inspire you to add a little more panache to yours.

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The rule every parent should break

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Beth Woolsey In my early parenting years, it didn't occur to me that my unrealistic Consistency Ideal was more of a problem than my failure to be consistent. But I eventually saw the light - the blessed, inconsistent light.

A grandparent by any other name

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JO HARTLEY A growing number of grandparents are shunning tradition and going against conventional names - but a grandparent by any other name still gives the same awesome cuddles and kisses.

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Why the RBA says you're probably better off renting

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Jonathan Shapiro Home ownership has long been the dream of most Australian families, but the Reserve Bank has some advice that may surprise couples trying to get on the property ladder.

To the parents who take their kids everywhere

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KERRI SACKVILLE I adore my kids and I adore most other people’s kids, too. But on a child-free night I want child-free time, and I resent missing out because of inconsiderate parents.

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Rescue dog and baby make an adorable pair

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Dennis Green Little Carter has what everyone wishes they had as a kid: a real-life teddy bear in the form of an extremely affectionate and loving pup.

The moment I knew our family was complete

Amity Dry with her two children.

AMITY DRY It’s funny how in a few short years you can change from desperately hoping you conceive to desperately hoping you don’t.

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Which chocolate bar are you?

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Matt Shea Today is International Chocolate Day. Yes, really.

Babysitting club helps parents take time out

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LETITIA ROWLANDS The cost of a babysitter can often be enough to stop parents from enjoying a night out, but one group of mums have been helping each other take a break.

The Facebook competitions that fool thousands

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CRAIG PLATT Thousands of Facebook users have fallen for a competition promoted by a fake Jetstar page in part of a rising trend of 'like farming' scams.

Wood fire heaters a winter pollution woe

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HEATH GILMORE The air pollution from wood fire heaters in winter now poses a bigger immediate health danger to Sydneysiders than cars or cigarettes, health experts say.

Pregnant teen overwhelmed by public support

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Melanie Mahoney A pregnant 15-year-old says she has been overwhelmed by positive feedback after a media outlet published her letter about life as a teenage mum-to-be.

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The pizza bed taking the internet by storm

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Colin Gorenstein A mock-up bed adorned with a pepperoni duvet, sauce sheets and crust pillows has Internet users drooling.

The photos getting mums banned from social media

A photo by Joyce Schafer of her kids playing in the bath was removed by facebook for nudity. Photo: Joyce Schafer

Tim Barlass It was an innocent photo of her two kids sharing a bubble bath - well, that's what Joyce Schafer thought, anyway.

Warnings over USB phone chargers after mother's death

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Emma Partridge, Saffron Howden Authorities are warning against the use of off-brand USB phone chargers after a mother of two was electrocuted in her NSW home.

How to spot a fake phone charger

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MICHAEL KOZIOL Why your phone charger could be a killer - and how to spot a faulty or potentially dangerous appliance.

The 'sick baby' rumours about Ronaldo's hair aren't true

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Melanie Mahoney Cristiano Ronaldo’s zigzag haircut has started conversations around the world - and has also given birth to a story that's just not true.

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Mum and son create adorable 'While you were at preschool' series

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It started as fun project to make her daughter laugh, but Heather Spohr's ‘While you were at preschool’ series has become a wonderful keepsake for the whole family.

The TV ads that drive us mad and let us down

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JO HARTLEY Only one in five women say they can relate to the mums in TV ads, so why are we still being shown the same worn stereotypes?

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Family who turned their grief into the gift of life

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Antonia Hoyle Her parents were distraught when three-year-old Georgia suffered a fatal brain aneurysm. But in the midst of their profound shock and grief, they decided to donate her organs to help save other children.

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The eZee Expedir cargo bike review: one year later

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Marion Turner After my initial trial to review the ezee Expedir cargo bike I didn’t want to give it back, so we decided to buy it. We haven't regretted it for a second.

Recall: All Jamie's Garden plush toys from Woolworths

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Esther Han and Beau Donelly Woolworths has recalled every plush toy sold in its Jamie's Garden range, saying poorly attached hands and feet could result in a child being choked.

Support Red Nose Day in 2014

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It’s Red Nose Day on June 27, so there’s still time to grab your goodies for a great cause.

10 debunked DIY Pinterest tips

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Andrea Romano We love browsing pin boards for life hacks, DIY crafts and recipes. But it's time to debunk some of these too-good-to-be-true hacks.

I opened my mouth and my mother came out

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JO HARTLEY In between competing thoughts of “Oh no, it’s happened” and “Did I really just say that?” I realise that sometimes, when I open my mouth, my mum really does comes out.

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Hair salon charges extra for 'screaming children'

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LETITIA ROWLANDS A sign in a hair salon telling parents they would be charged $4 extra for screaming children has sparked debate, with some applauding the salon's stance and others angered by it.

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No, Ryan Gosling is not a dad

A fake Facebook account for actor Ryan Gosling has caused a stir with a prank post on Father's Day.

RACHEL CLUN Is Ryan Gosling really a dad? Well, no. But that didn't stop a million social media users being fooled by a prank on Father's Day.

Children 12 times more distracting to drivers than using a mobile phone

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JEN VUK A new study has found that the average parent takes their eyes off the road for an incredible three minutes and 22 seconds during a 16-minute trip.

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Grandparent carers 'falling through the gaps'

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JUDITH IRELAND Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren need greater help to access to government payments and support services, says the Human Rights Commission.

Jamie Oliver under fire from Aussie farmers over Woolies fees

Jamie Oliver is aware of the campaign by Australian farmers.

ESTHER HAN He's known for making a stand for the standards and ethics of where our food comes from, but Jamie Oliver is under fire for his association with a campaign that's hurting Aussie farmers.

10 stylish bunk beds for kids

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Babyology with staff writers Bunk beds are a childhood favourite and a great space-saver. Here are some of the most amazing and beautiful bunk beds you’re likely to see.

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Many were quick to condemn Beyonce and Jay Z after appearing on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards with their two-year-old daughter, but others thought it was a sweet family moment. What do you think?

Toddler attacked at gym creche

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Carseats have twice as many germs as a toilet

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Doctors remove foetus from 'medical marvel' after 36 years

Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years.

Nine months in six seconds: new parents' Vine clip a hit

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Sonia Kruger speaks of baby joy

Celebrity mum-to-be Sonia Kruger has spoken candidly about using donor eggs and IVF to fall pregnant at age 48.

Dressing to not impress: life through the eyes of a three-year-old

When it comes to getting dressed, my three-year-old has only one criterion: “I don’t want to look beautiful.” And now I've worked out why.

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'I was so sleep deprived I crashed my car'

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