Toddler set to race go-kart at Ferrari festival

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ANDREW MACLEAN A toddler with a need for speed will be racing around Sydney Motorsport Park as part of the Ferrari Racing Day festival.

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Two-year-old calls an ambulance and saves mum's life

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Riley Ward hasn't been talking for long, but the British toddler knew enough words to be able to ring for help after his mother collapsed.

Video: Dad turns son into action movie hero

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Melanie Mahoney Many kids would love to be an action movie hero in real life, but very few will ever be able to see themselves in movies like these.

Beautiful wooden puzzles by Berkshire Bowls

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Babyology Looking for truly original wooden puzzles that are beautiful enough to be on display? This brilliant Etsy store has got what you need.

How to support your child's learning

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JODIE BENVENISTE Our children are little learning machines - every day, and in almost every way, they're learning. And long before they get to school, all this activity helps them get ready for a more formal learning environment.

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How children learn through play

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JODIE BENVENISTE Our kids do need to learn how to read, write and add up, but they also need to learn many other life skills. And all of these can be learned through play.

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Children's books for soon-to-be big brothers and sisters

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Stephanie Owen Reeder Babies can be cute and cuddly, but their arrival can sometimes cause friction with older siblings. Reading picture books that deal with such issues can help.

Welcome the Brown Wiggle

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"Who ever thought they'd get to hang out as a Wiggle, even if it's just for a day or two?" asks a New Zealand radio personality who has been named the guest Brown Wiggle.

Daycare and separation anxiety

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My toddler is starting daycare again soon and I am dreading the first few weeks because I know it is going to be a running battle. What can I do to try and prevent his anxiety?

Mum's open letter to businessman who entertained autistic daughter on flight goes viral

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AMBER ROBINSON Shanell Mouland's open letter "Dear Daddy in Seat 16C”, about a man who entertained her three-year-old daughter on a US Airways flight, has gone viral - and finally reached the businessman himself.

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Vaccine objectors rise as parents skirt 'no jab, no play' law

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Cindy Ngo Conscientious objection to childhood immunisation is on the rise as parents exploit a loophole in the new ''no jab, no play'' law that allows unvaccinated children to be enrolled in childcare centres.

5 tips for parents of children with port-wine stains and other physical differences

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Martha and Grant Griffin Our son was born with a port-wine birthmark covering the right side of his face. Here are our top tips for helping parents of a child with a vascular birthmark or physical difference.

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Review: Wet'n'Wild Sydney with babies and toddlers

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LETITIA ROWLANDS While my five-year-old son and I were looking forward to a visit to Wet'n'Wild Sydney, I wondered what the park would have to offer my 21-month-old son. As it turns out, I didn't need to worry.

Should we teach our children to say 'sorry'?

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Andrew Whitehouse When Early Childhood Australia asked if children should be required to say sorry after doing something wrong, even though they may not understand what the word means, the reaction was swift, furious - and divided.

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Review: We're Going on A Bear Hunt stage show

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LETITIA ROWLANDS It's a favourite adventure for children of all ages - and now 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' is live on stage at the Sydney Opera House.

The risks of overpraising young children

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PINKY MCKAY And it’s not only TV celebs who gush, ‘you are amaaaazing!’ It seems as though everyone is saying it, everywhere we go, especially parents.

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My children watch too much television

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Kiran Chug If children are meant to have no screen time before they are two, I'm a terrible mother.

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Emma 'the girl with the bow in her hair' ready for new Wiggles tour

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Mike Mather Only one of the original members remains in the new-look Wiggles, but newbie Emma Watkins is actually an old hand, writes Mike Mather.

Toddlers in a tizz over Peppa Pig Live!

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CHRISTINE SAMS Her live concert has sold almost 90,000 tickets in Australia so far, with sales topping $4.5 million. When a new piece of her branded clothing was released in Target last week, it sold out overnight.

Music to their ears: what's your family's soundtrack?

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KYLIE ORR I’ll be sure to ground my children's musical interests in some history - depending on your tastes, you may say it is a history of the rubbish I used to listen to - but what will they remember the most?

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Touch and grow for iTots: a third of toddlers have used mobile devices

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Tamar Lewin A survey has found that children under 2, on average, spend an hour a day in front of screens.

Five reasons why toddlers are actually pretty awesome

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Sharon Paterson Smith Despite the tantrums and tears over anything and everything I'd much rather be here than where I was two years ago - in the land of the newborn.

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VIDEO: Adorable toddlers slug it out

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Staff writers What’s cuter than one toddler dressed in a tae kwon do outfit? Two toddlers who are not only dressed in protective martial arts gear but are squaring off in the world’s most adorable fight.

How Dolly Parton is helping Australian children learn to read

Lynne Trenerry with her 4 year old grandaughter Kayla.

Rachel Browne, Lara O'toole Toddler Kayla Browne's world is being rocked by the arrival a of a new book every month.

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Parents under pressure to educate babies

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RACHEL BROWNE Exercise classes for brain development, language programs for a love of learning, DVDs to enrich and entertain: today's parents are bombarded by products to give their child every chance at future success.

Letting toddlers call the shots

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Maria Guido There is a new breed of toddler on the loose; he has discriminating tastes, he makes decisions, and he weighs in on conversations that no toddler has previously been asked to participate in.

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Ethical dilemma

Come scream with me

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Jodie Noyce When a couple's Sunday brunch is disturbed by a screaming child, they step in - but would it have been more peaceful not to?

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Video: Eagle snatches toddler in Montreal

Staff writers Watch the terrifying moment that a Golden Eagle swoops down and snatches a toddler in its talons.

The fun thing no parent talks about

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DOM KNIGHT Dom Knight says there's a secret parents know about raising children, but they're hogging it all for themselves.

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Starting pre-school: what you'll need for the first day

Marion Turner So your child is making the transition to Preschool. You finally rang around all the child care centres you registered with when your baby was still in the womb and got the offer of the three days you require – albeit not the 3 days you had hoped for!

How to choose the right toys for small children

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LEGO® DUPLO® Finding the right toy for a small child can be a challenging task. But before you spend an afternoon searching the toy section, there are a few things to consider ...

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Bricks build confidence

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LEGO® DUPLO® Research shows that children who are encouraged to use their imagination and express themselves creatively grow into strong and resourceful individuals.

Your child's first sleepover

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Perhaps it's your anniversary and a night out is in order, or you're off to hospital to have your next bub. No matter the reason behind it, your toddler's first sleepover is always a big milestone. Here are a few tips to ensure everyone has a restful night.

LEGO® DUPLO® Giraffe colouring activity

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Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with this colouring activity for younger kids.

LEGO® DUPLO® animal colouring activity

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Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with this colouring activity for younger kids.

LEGO® DUPLO® cut-out activity

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Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with this cut-out activity for younger kids.

LEGO® DUPLO® join the dots activity

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Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with thisjoin the dots activity for younger kids.

LEGO® DUPLO® fruit paint activity

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Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with this fruit paint activity for younger kids.

LEGO® DUPLO® Zoo Colouring Activity

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Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with this Zoo Colouring activity for younger kids.

LEGO® DUPLO® Penguin colouring activity

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Celebrate the fun of : LEGO® DUPLO® with this penguin colouring activity for younger kids.

The building blocks of literacy

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Megan Blandford Learning to read and write is an important step for children. It's never too early to start building their literacy skills - in fact, in their toddler and preschool years, it might actually be easier than you think.

How to make a cresshead

SPONSORED FEATURE This clip from Mr Bloom's Nursery on CBeebies teaches you and your children how to make fun little cresshead characters. The kids will love getting their hands dirty, personalising their own cresshead, and watching the cress 'hair' grow!

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Your child's vegie patch poster

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Download and print this cute garden poster for your child to decorate so they'll have a special garden sign of their own.

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When Easter photos go wrong

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Easter is a time for great family photos with people in cute rabbit costumes, right? Um ... not always, as our gallery shows.

Playgroup: good for parents and kids

Rachel West As well as providing parents and children with lots of fun around the country every week, playgroups can give emotional and practical support to those who take part.

Toddler covers Adele to sing the blues

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A two-year-old Canadian girl has become the latest YouTube sensation, covering Adele's hit Someone Like You and winning millions of fans in the process. Warning: very cute video ahead!

Summer play ideas: fun with water

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Water play is an inexpensive way to have fun with your toddler - and in hotter weather, it’s a great way to cool down, too! Here are a few activities to try with your child.

Toddler swim safety

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Amber Robinson Most toddlers and older children love water play. It keeps them cool in the summer months and provides exercise, developmental opportunities and heaps of fun!

The daycare blues

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Kylie Orr As I mounted the steps of the fabulous new childcare building, my gut churned with the familiar dread at settling a child into care. Again.

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Britain's youngest parents: mother 12, father 13

A 12-year-old schoolgirl and her 13-year-old boyfriend are believed to have become Britain’s youngest parents, after the birth of their baby girl earlier this week.

When Prince George met Bilby George

Prince George has met an Aussie marsupial named after him in his first official engagement in Australia.

Asphyxia link another piece of the SIDS puzzle

An Australian study has uncovered information which could lead to a better understanding of why babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Pregnant woman dies after doctor removes ovary instead of appendix

When a UK woman went to hospital suffering appendicitis, doctors mistakenly removed her healthy ovary - with tragic consequences.

The milestones I can't wait to celebrate

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.

How you develop in your baby's first year

Just as babies undergo rapid growth as they learn and change in their first year, we’re learning and changing quickly as parents, too. Don’t underestimate the developmental stages you go through when you have a baby.

Can you make your baby smarter even before birth?

A product new to Australia claims to help babies be born "as intelligent as possible", but not all experts agree on the benefits of educating babies while still in the womb.

How a mother's love helped unearth the skills of an autistic savant

Autistic savant Ping Lian Yeak, a prodigious artist who has had his work shown all over the world, couldn't have done it without the support and love of his proud mum.

Rescue dog Zoey and BFF Jasper star in adorable pics

Photographer, self-professed "crazy dog lady" and mum Grace Chon takes photos of rescue dog Zoey and her 10-month-old son Jasper together. The results are just too cute. See more on Instagram @thegracechon.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

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

A tiny heart: a baby’s death gives life to another

Simon Alexander Garcia lived only one brief hour. But somewhere, a little girl’s heart is beating today because of him.

Ear piercing: what age is best?

What is it that shapes our opinions on what’s an 'appropriate' age for our children to get their ears pierced? Parents share their views on how young is too young when it comes to piercing.

Why is childbirth still such a pain?

The options given to women to help them cope in labour have barely changed in years.

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