Six commandments of eating healthily as a family

How do we get our kids to eat their vegetables and grow up healthily?

JODIE BENVENISTE 4:40pm How are children’s eating habits developed? How much control do we really have other them?


Woman swallowed by sinkhole while hanging out washing

The Spingvale sinkhole which is on the site of an old well.

MARISSA CALLIGEROS 10:46am A mum of six who fell into a sinkhole in a Melbourne backyard remains in hospital.


Teaching our son to say no to violence against women

Siobhan and her two boys.

Siobhan Kent Today, on White Ribbon Day - and every other day - we're teaching our son to say no to violence against women.


Bad news: we're running out of chocolate

Dry conditions and a fungal disease have contributed to a chocolate drought.

Roberto A. Ferdman The world's biggest chocolate-maker says we're running out of chocolate.

Model's family photo deemed 'inappropriate' by Facebook

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Australian model Rhys Uhlich has hit out at Facebook after a photo of his young family in the bath was deemed inappropriate.

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Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

Spike: Shoppers spent $8.5 billion on cigarettes and rolling tobacco with major supermarkets in the 12 months to June.

Mark Hawthorne One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

More than 100,000 Australian cars have been affected by a recall over deadly airbags.

DAVID MCCOWEN The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.


10 great meals to make for new parents

Pork and fennel pasta bake.

DANIELLE COLLEY Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

Laundry detergent pods 'a serious risk to young children'

Laundry detergent pods are being mistaken for toys or lollies.

Fred Barbash A study has shown that 17,000 US children swallowed brightly coloured pods, with many hospitalisations and one death.

15 gadgets to make cooking more fun


Jillian Kumagai Here are 15 gadgets that will help make cooking more fun and not just some mindless chore.

Kids don't fly: window and balcony warnings for summer

Window and balcony safety can help save a child's life.

Melanie Mahoney Families are being urged to do regular window and balcony safety checks following two events which saw children admitted to NSW hospitals after falling from windows.

Why Whirlpool's smart washing machine was a dumb idea

Whirlpoo's smart washing machine connects via Wi-Fi, can be stopped or started remotely, and pings your phone when its detergent is low.

Drew Harwell If you're wondering who would want to buy an internet-enabled washing machine, you're not alone.

What I took when my house caught on fire


Claire John If you had to leave your home in a hurry, what would you take? This mum thought she knew – until faced with the reality of a house fire.

Who would look after your children in an emergency?


Catherine Rodie The thing about emergency situations is that you can’t predict the circumstances. But it helps to have a plan in place.


Baby's life put at risk by ambulance safety seat debacle

Worrisome wait: Kate Anderson and her daughter Isabelle.

JAMES ROBERTSON Kate Anderson had been waiting for nearly five hours. Two-month-old Isabelle was sick and getting worse.

Partner doesn't want sex? Try doing the vacuuming

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Kathy Lette Men still do far less housework than women, with the old multi-tasking myth offered as an excuse.


Doctors who accept drug payments to be named on public register

The ACCC wants the names of doctors who accept payment from drug companies to speak or attend conferences to be disclosed.

LISA VISENTIN The Australian competition watchdog had demanded that pharmaceutical companies publicly declare the names of doctors who accept conference fees or speaker fees.

Should I speak out about our affair and derail his career?

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Emily Yoffe Many years ago I had a brief, passion-filled affair with a co-worker. I could now derail his political career. Should I?


Woolworths pulls offensive singlets from shelves


BEAU DONELLY Supermarket giant Woolworths has pulled its range of "racist" and "offensive" singlets after a social media backlash.

The child protection checks keeping kids from grandfathers, foster dads


Kirsty Needham Foster fathers and grandfathers are being barred from living with children for whom they are the primary carers after undergoing tough new child protection checks.

Missoni for Target hits Australian stores

Target for Missoni home range.

Melissa Jenkins Collection includes a large lifestyle range, featuring items like an umbrella ($99), outdoor serving tray ($30), and deck chair ($99).

8 laundry mistakes most people make

Overload: Don't wash it all at once.

Some of us have dirty laundry to air. Well, in the washing machine at least.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy


Babyology Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

How your surname can influence your personality


Brett Graff New research proves that the ordering of children in school by surname will have very real effects in adulthood.

Annabel Crabb's recipe for a family that works

Annabel Crabb.

SUSAN WYNDHAM It's probably not what Annabel Crabb intended, but the lingering image from her new book is of her spoonfeeding her new baby with jellied breast-milk because she would not drink from a bottle.

The truth behind the bread wars

Breads from Sonoma

Sue Mitchell The Australian bread market is worth around $4 billion a year - and a new price cut means it's war between the major labels and independent bakers.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

There are lots of hidden storage spaces to be found in the nursery.

LIVIA GAMBLE Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

Are we 'oversharenting' our children?


Jennifer Morton Many modern parents are creating a digital footprint for their children before their little ones can even speak, but are they going too far, too soon?


13 ways to reuse your baby's old crib, high chair, toys and more

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Brian Koerber Not only can you create new and interesting pieces that tell a story and hold countless memories, but you can help save the planet in the process.

Search for William Tyrell expanded

William Tyrell was last seen wearing his Spider-Man outfit.

RACHEL OLDING The search for three year-old William Tyrell has moved to a more "evidence-based search" in a further sign that the toddler may have been abducted.

'Can I take the normal one?': new allegations in baby Gammy saga

Explosive allegations surface of a frenzied scramble to offload baby Gammy when he was born, including abandoning him.

TAMMY MILLS Further details have emerged over the scramble to find a family for baby Gammy after his birth, including a suggestion to abandon him at a temple.

Tips for managing pollen allergies and hayfever


PETER HANNAM They're simple tips, but they can have a big impact on those who suffer from hayfever and pollen allergies.

Pokies venues can fill childcare gap: lobby group

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Tom Cowie and Kirsty Needham More than 1000 licensed clubs can fill the childcare shortfall by opening childcare centres on their premises, the poker machine lobby says.


Modern etiquette: Is it okay to ask for money instead of gifts for a christening?


Nicole Thomson-Pride First it was weddings. Then it was engagement parties. Now it seems christenings are following the trend of asking guests for money in lieu of gifts.

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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.


Three-year-old dies in driveway accident


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


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


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.


How to build a worm farm


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


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.


'I was so sleep deprived I crashed my car'


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.


Nutella supplies threatened by bad weather


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


Home truths: the DIY dos and don'ts


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.


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


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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How a baby can survive alone for days on end

The baby found abandoned in a Sydney drain may have been alone for up to six days without being fed, leaving many asking how he could have survived.

When it begins to look a lot like Christmas

A child's excitement at Christmas time is a beautiful thing, but one dad ponders whether his toddler daughter is getting into the festive mood a bit too soon.

Hospital lets dads the experience some of the pain of childbirth

A new experience is radically altering men's views of childbirth.

Italian doctors questioned over formula bribes

Italian police have placed 12 doctors under house arrest on suspicion of promoting baby milk formula over breastfeeding.

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

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.

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Every now and then your child does or says something that is truly memorable.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Baby monitor footage posted online

Footage of Australian babies and children sleeping in their bedrooms are among the images on a Russian site showing live feeds from thousands of homes and businesses around the world.

Did this new dad really hit on his wife's midwife?

Was there really a man who was actually there by his wife’s side as she laboured and gave birth to his child, all while he was making what he perceived to be meaningful eye contact with a midwife?

Keep calm and ignore the Tantrum Trolls

Tantrum Trolls are a small but growing species of predatory bottom-feeders who delight in picking on parents at their most vulnerable.

It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

In a bizarre bid for relevancy, Former Opposition leader Mark Latham has deduced that because one female journalist had this week light-heartedly thanked antidepressants and caffeine for getting her through a medical degree while raising two small children, that ergo, all 'inner-city feminists' are selfish harridans who despise their offspring.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia’s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

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When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

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Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

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