Toilet Training

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Time to start introducing the potty or toilet to your toddler and not sure where to start? Here is our section on toilet trainng with expert advice, other mum's experiences, and forums to share and ask advice from other mums.

Bomb threat at daycare centre

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Letitia Rowlands Worried parents took to social media yesterday after their children's daycare was evacuated due to a bomb threat.

10 weird things little kids do

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VICTORIA BIRCH Most kids have their own personal brand of oddity. It's usually nothing to worry about, but every now and again you might find yourself scratching your head and asking, “Really? Is that really a thing?”

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Parenting lessons I’ve yet to learn

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KIRAN CHUG Instead of writing about the stuff I do know since becoming a mum, I thought I'd share some of the things I don't. These are the lessons that motherhood hasn't taught me.

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The moment a pram rolled off a London Tube platform and onto the tracks

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LETITIA ROWLANDS A momentary lapse in attention almost resulted in tragedy when a toddler was left stranded on railway tracks.

Video: When adults act like children

Letitia Rowlands Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

How a comforter or transitional object helps your toddler

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JO HARTLEY At times of confusion or overwhelming feelings, special objects such as favourite blankets and cuddly toys can be a great help to young kids.

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Sophie-May Dixon on why she spray tans her daughters Princess Bliss and Precious Bell

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Forget trips to the park or play centre. This mum prefers to take her daughters, aged just two and four, to the beauty salon.

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New app keeps tabs on your kids at childcare

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RACHEL BROWNE Popular new technology lets parents know what their children are up to at childcare - but not everyone is a fan.

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Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can’t be fun?

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KYLIE ORR I’ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children – you name it, they’ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.

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Help! My toddler tears her hair out

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John Rosemund Our two-year-old has started pulling her hair out, sometimes in handfuls. What can we do to stop her?

Stay-at-home parents need childcare assistance too

Warning: Disadvantaged will be left behind if proposal to restrict childcare subsidies goes ahead.

RACHEL BROWNE A plan to restrict the childcare benefit to working parents will punish children of non-working parents who have an equal right to early childhood education, according to experts

Two-year-old boy goes missing from childcare centre

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Letitia Rowlands A mother is angry after her toddler son went missing from his childcare centre, only to be returned by a good Samaritan who found the boy wandering near a busy road.

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Becoming comfortable with my discipline style

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Sharon M. Smith I have found my discipline philosophy. So I’m going to stop this little act I put on for others, and start doing what works for us.

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How I failed the sippy cup test

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Celebrity UK nanny Emma Jenner has listed five ways in which modern day parents are failing. But perhaps it's okay to not be the "perfect" parent, after all.

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Help! My toddler is a head-banger

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When he throws a tantrum, my 20-month-old often gets down on the floor and starts banging his head. What should I do?

When good kids say bad words

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JO HARTLEY “Oh, bugger!” exclaimed my three-year-old son. It was the start of conversations I knew we all needed to have.

The lies we tell each other about childcare

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Marisa Black I was deeply conflicted about putting my son in childcare – until a backward glance put my mind at ease.

Dealing with toddler sleep regression

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CATHERINE RODIE Although toddler sleep problems can be frustrating for parents they are actually perfectly normal.

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The two-year-old cheerleading star

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Melanie Mahoney A two-year-old has become an internet sensation after a video of her performing a cheer stunt with her dad went viral.

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Making the move from a cot to a bed

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Jess Dehaven Transitioning from the cot to a "big kid" bed is a rite of passage for toddlers and their parents - but it can also become a battleground.

Video: Two-year-old falls asleep at the wheel

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Melanie Mahoney A two-year-old has shown that it’s possible for a toddler to fall asleep while driving – and not even crash.

Is there any harm in baby shaming?

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CATHERINE RODIE Is baby shaming just a new way of sharing the everyday frustrations of parenting, or is it something we should be concerned about? Parents and experts share their opinions.

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The difference a good childcare worker can make

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Naomi Tsvirko My daughter’s first day of childcare was one of the hardest days of my life, but I took comfort in the fact that she had a strong connection with a particular teacher.

When your child bites

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Kathy Lauer-Williams The daycare where my son goes called to tell me that he has been biting other children. I am really embarrassed by this. Is this normal? How can I stop him from biting?

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Video: Toddler sings the blues

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He’s not even two yet, and may not have much of a vocabulary, but little Luca sure knows how to sing the blues.

How you develop as the parent of a toddler

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Jodie Benveniste The toddler years are a major stage in your child’s development, but also mark a time when you develop further as a parent.

8 things every parent needs to know about tantrums

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Josefa Pete Nothing joins parents in unity more than the tantrum; there’s the same fear in their eyes as they stare at their little one spinning uncontrollably in a frenzy. Not universal, however, is our expectations of these tantrums.

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Coping with the dualities of motherhood

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Krys Saclier Parenting is two different things at once: I love my children so much and can't bear the thought of being without them, and at the same time, I desperately want some time to myself.

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'Convos with my three-year-old' tackles a tricky question

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It's the season premiere of 'Convos with my 3-year-old' - and in this episode, the dad and daughter duo are discussing butts. Specifically, butt cracks.

Mother bites off pit bull's ear to save toddler

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LETITIA ROWLANDS What would you do if your child was being attacked by a vicious dog? One mother recently had to learn the hard way.

The milestones I can't wait to celebrate

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JO HARTLEY Nothing can beat the feeling of witnessing that first smile, first step and first word - but here's a list of 'firsts' I'm really looking forward to now.

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Mum's heartbreak as son dies in road accident

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EMMA PARTRIDGE Daly Thomas and her two young sons were walking home from church on Tuesday afternoon. Her youngest son never made it.

Man charged over alleged abduction of girl in Childers

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SIMON O'BRIEN A man has been charged over the alleged abduction of a child from Childers in South East Queensland.

Caring for kids helps grandmothers stay mentally alert

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Looking after grandchildren can help grandmothers ward off brain disease - but it's also possible to get too much of a good thing, researchers say.

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What’s in your parenting toolbox?

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PINKY MCKAY So often as parents, we don’t really talk about our ‘parenting toolboxes’. But you need to be aware of what you and your partner are working with, and to decide what does and doesn't fit in your lives.

Girls might be made of sugar and spice, but boys can be nice too

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Boys need to be taught to treat girls with respect, but our sons also need kindness.

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Why I let my child kiss whoever she wants to kiss

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LAUREN SMELCHER SAMS My toddler likes to kiss. A lot. I have no problem with that - and I will defend her right to continue.

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The truth about bribing your kids

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CATHERINE RODIE Almost a third of parents admit to bribing their children to ‘behave’. But what does this mean for their long-term behaviour - and what can you try instead?

'Right place at the right time': mattress saves toddler in apartment fall

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Jason Wells The mum of a child who fell out a third-storey window said she will "never be able to repay" the couple who cushioned his fall with a mattress.

Letter to a sleeping mum at a play centre goes viral

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AMBER ROBINSON Sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder that the world is mostly populated by good people - to be reminded that, when we’re having a bad day, ‘the village’ will step up and help.

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When grandparents spoil your kids

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PINKY MCKAY The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is very precious, no matter how it’s expressed, but the road to family harmony can be paved with a few rocky patches. Here's how to try to keep everyone happy.

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Why kids don't like vegies (and how you can change that)

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David Cox There are perfectly good reasons for why your child will refuse to eat vegetables - but that doesn't mean you have to give up. Here are some techniques that have been proven to work in the dinnertime battle.

Toddler's iPad tantrum is troubling, not cute

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Letitia Rowlands A dad has been forced to defend his parenting skills after a video in which he gives in to his toddler's bedtime demands went viral.

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What's changed in your parenting?

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KYLIE ORR With my first child I attached so much of myself to my child’s behaviour: my identity, my success as a parent. Now, after four kids, I’ve learnt to separate my own identity from the behaviour of my child. We're just doing the best job we can.

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Dear kids: I'm considering union action

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Renee Valentine It is with deep regret that I pen this letter stating my intention to take industrial action as your stay-at-home mother. To be quite frank, some of the things I am expected to do in this job are making our working relationship less and less tenable.

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Why kids whine - and what you can do about it

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CATHERINE RODIE Most parents would probably agree that whining is one of the most irritating sounds known to mankind. But your kids aren't doing it just to annoy you - and there are constructive ways for you to respond.

Baby suffers third-degree burns at skate park

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Patrick Begley A steel ramp that became scalding hot beneath the summer sun left one-year-old Milla Campion with third-degree burns on her hands and legs.

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Stop telling me girls are easier

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BIANCA WORDLEY Don’t assume, based on antiquated gender stereotypes, that you have it in any way easier or harder based on the genitals of your child. All children are hard work. All children come with their own challenges.

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Mystery of fire poker through toddler's tongue

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Joelle Dally A toddler has had a lucky escape after suffering a freak accident with a fire poker.

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Video: NZ toddler a skating marvel, amid concerns for his safety

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A skateboarding New Zealand baby has become a worldwide internet sensation, despite many people raising concerns for his safety.

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Christina Aguilera announces daughter's name

Christina Aguilera and her fiance, Matt Rutler, have welcomed their daughter into the world.

Couple caught in surrogacy crackdown

An Australian couple caught up in Thailand's surrogacy crackdown have said many parents are distraught and facing dire financial difficulties as are they are unable to bring their surrogate-born babies home.

'Tired' mum dies of undiagnosed diabetes

New mum Nicky Rigby thought her exhaustion was due to the demands of looking after her baby. But the 26-year-old was seriously ill with diabetes, and died due to her condition not being diagnosed.

5 co-sleeping myths busted

In case you are co-sleeping with your baby, and all the ‘helpful’ advice from others is sending you down the slippery slope of self-doubt, let’s bust a few myths on the topic.

When pregnancy takes you down memory lane

One mum-to-be discovers pregnancy hormones can give rise to some surprising emotions.

What’s your love language?

The secret to making your partner feel special is to know which language of love they favour – and it’s the same for your kids, too.

Returning to exercise after a caesarean

I had my daughter four months ago via caesarean, and I want to get back into exercise. What are some good first steps I can take?

20 signs of a great relationship

The secret to a perfect relationship is admitting you are wrong after an argument, five kisses a day and sex twice a week, a new survey suggests.

Video: emotional 60-second Robin Williams tribute

Take a minute to remember some of the greatest films of your childhood ... and have a few tissues close at hand.

The realities of escaping domestic violence

“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.

Home truths: the DIY dos and don'ts

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

Parenting lessons I’ve yet to learn

Instead of writing about the stuff I do know since becoming a mum, I thought I'd share some of the things I don't. These are the lessons that motherhood hasn't taught me.

Will I be wrecked 'down there' after birth?

Did you worry about how you would look "down there" after giving birth? This mum-to-be found plenty of women willing to share their knowledge.

The new weekend playgroup for working mums

Playgroups are great for kids and parents alike - but the downside is that they often meet during the week, leaving working mums out of the loop.

Letting your toddler be the boss at bedtime

Sick of spending hours trying to get your toddler to sleep? These experts say giving your child more of a say at bedtime might be the answer.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

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.

Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

Consulting 'Dr Google' when you're pregnant

We're all guilty of turning to the internet for a quick answer when we need medical advice, but Dr Google should be approached with caution - especially when you're pregnant.

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Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

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Do you suffer from Precious Firstborn Syndrome?

Testing ‘no more tears’ shampoo in your own eyes, warming cucumber sticks so they're not cold straight from the fridge, waking a sleeping baby to check they’re still breathing: these are all symptoms of Precious Firstborn Syndrome.

Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

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.

Video: When adults act like children

Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

Mums hit hardest as flu cases skyrocket

The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.

The mum who had four babies in nine months

Feeling exhausted due to the demands of caring for a baby? Imagine the life of this mum, who gave birth to three boys and one girl in just nine months.

Everything baby at Big W

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Smiggle is painting the town red!

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