When 'good' nannies go bad

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Tanith Carey While most nannies take pride in their work, there can be some who have a hidden side.

Why some dogs might attack babies or young kids

Dogs and children can be the best of friends, but they should be supervised when together, experts say.

INGA TING A baby's smell, the noises it makes and even its gaze can contribute to the potential for a dog attack.

Which sex is better at driving?

A new study has found men have less accidents than women.

STEPHEN OTTLEY The result of a new study in accidents may surprise you.

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Can you spot the drowning child?

A crowded pool can be a dangerous place.

Staff writers Can you spot him in the video? The child who loses his rubber ring, panics, and then almost drowns? It isn't easy.

The dangers - and benefits - of Dr Google

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JO HARTLEY Googling as a parent can be a dangerous thing, because it can potentially send us into a tail spin. But that doesn't mean we don't do it.

Grieving mum shares warning after common spice kills preschooler

Matthew Rader: 'It was like he was having a seizure and just collapsed.'

LETITIA ROWLANDS It's a common spice found in the pantries of homes around the world, but a grieving mother is warning of the dangers of cinnamon following the death of her four-year-old son.

Damp house played a part in toddler's death, coroner says

'What can I do now. It's too late': Emma-Lita Bourne died last year.

Laura Walters, Josh Fagan and Vernon Small Mould on the walls and floors, and a cold draught, played a part in a two-year-old's death, a coroner has found.

Giving mum (or the primary carer) a break

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Seamus Curtain-Magee For me, parenting is a team sport, and I was going to be down a team-mate. Here's what I learnt.

10 fruits and vegetables you're probably storing wrong

Bananas for potassium: Whether it plays a direct role in better health, or encourages a focus on healthy foods, the survey indicated potassium is a positive.

Candy Sagon To keep your produce fresher longer, remember these tips.

Large misconceptions about large families

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Kylie Orr Statistics confirm that these days our family is practically a walking freak show.

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The day my daughter almost drowned

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Amy Joyce We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

Takata is responsible for the world's biggest automotive recall.

STEPHEN OTTLEY More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

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The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

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Celia Walden They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

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Kinetic sand warning after dog's brush with death

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Staff writers A dog owner is warning of the dangers of the toy kinetic sand after her dog almost died eating it.

Cadbury announces Vegemite-flavoured chocolate - yes, really

A screenshot from the video Cadbury used to launch its new Vegemite chocolate on social media on Thursday.

Georgina Mitchell Vegemite and chocolate sounds like an unlikely combination, but blocks of it will be hitting the shops next month.

My laundry list of complaints

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Evelyn Lewin The thought of washing actually once made me smile. Washing no longer makes me smile. It makes me tired instead.

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16 things Sydney parents can relate to

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CATHERINE RODIE Every city comes with its own set of unique quirks, and there are some things that only Sydney parents will understand.

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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.

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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

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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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William Tyrrell's family marks birthday with cake and renewed appeal

The family of missing boy William Tyrrell will mark his fourth birthday on Friday making a cake to share with friends and family as NSW police renewed their public appeal for information on his disappearance.

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Unfortunately, the belief that sex should always be spontaneous is a myth. It just isn't.

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Former All Black Jerry Collins' critically injured orphaned daughter has awoken from her coma and is able to bottle-feed.

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.

'Samuel is our firstborn, and he will never be forgotten'

Having lost their firstborn at one day old, the Carrolls were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Isobel into the world a year later.

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From 'morning sickness' to 'the terrible twos', there are many parenting terms that are misleading.

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While most nannies take pride in their work, there can be some who have a hidden side.

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Gauze seeding: the bacteria-breeding birth trend

A number of women having caesarean deliveries are now taking steps to give their baby a better 'microbiome' start in life.

Jimmy Fallon writes new children's book for dads

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recently wrote a children's book about every father's secret wish for their baby's first word to be "dada" - not "mama".

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Looking for some baby name inspiration for a bub born during the colder months? Here are 28 options from around the world to consider.

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