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.
Kiran Chug If children are meant to have no screen time before they are two, I'm a terrible mother.
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.
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.
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?
Tamar Lewin A survey has found that children under 2, on average, spend an hour a day in front of screens.
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.
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.
Rachel Browne, Lara O'toole Toddler Kayla Browne's world is being rocked by the arrival a of a new book every month.
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.
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.
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?
Staff writers Watch the terrifying moment that a Golden Eagle swoops down and snatches a toddler in its talons.
DOM KNIGHT Dom Knight says there's a secret parents know about raising children, but they're hogging it all for themselves.
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.
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!
Download and print this cute garden poster for your child to decorate so they'll have a special garden sign of their own.
Easter is a time for great family photos with people in cute rabbit costumes, right? Um ... not always, as our gallery shows.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Babyology Babyology looks at amazing alphabet art with Zoom Zoo Flashcards.
Leearne Hynes Are you itching to get out of the house with your baby or is your toddler ready for a bit of fun and interaction? We have some fabulous ideas for fun filled activities for you and bub to enjoy together.
Babyology There are dozens of ‘learn to count’ apps and so it takes quite a few bells and whistles to separate one from the pack. I think a new winner has emerged.
Mia Freedman From the moment I gave birth to a daughter, I knew this day would come. The conversation was crucial and it would have been negligent of me to avoid it. I just didn't expect to be having it so soon; she's only five!
Amity Dry As a parent every instinct you have is to want to protect them, so what do you do when they are being hurt emotionally or physically outside of your control?
KEEP WATCH Spending time in, on or around the water is an enjoyable part of living in Australia. However drowning is a serious problem in Australia with 315 people drowning in Australian waterways between 1st July 2010 and 30th June 2011.
Children suffering as result of disconnect from nature – new activity boxset inspires littlies to explore their backyard.
KEEP WATCH Royal Life Saving warns drowning has become a hidden epidemic and says much more must be done to ensure that Australia achieves the 50% reduction in child drowning hoped for by the year 2020.
KEEP WATCH Water is a fun and enjoyable environment for children and the ability to safely enjoy water is a critical issue. How water aware are you?
Leearne Hynes Fisher Price Little People is wild about animals! In stores October 2011! Perfect for Christmas presents.
Download and print this tie for dad - colour it in, draw patters and shapes then you can cut it out and give to dad on Father's Day.
Parents of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers face a wealth of information on the importance of developing their child’s early literacy skills, but what exactly are early literacy skills?
Mia Freedman I'm deeply suspicious of people who play hide-and-seek with their kids. They make me feel supremely inadequate because I do not play hide-and-seek with mine. Or games of any kind. Not if I can possibly avoid it.
SAMANTHA SELINGER-MORRIS There's a sinister side to fairy costumes and stiletto booties, writes Samantha Selinger-Morris.
Thomasin Litchfield Gender obsession still rules as boys are discouraged from experimenting with girly clothes and toys.
Maggie Dent Our children's childhoods are being stolen from them by the National Curriculum and its clash with what is truly beneficial for 5-year-old children's learning.
Francesca Newby If you fancy something a little more involved, you can make your own woolen pompoms. Depending on their size, you can either string them as a garland or hang them as ornaments.
Puzzles | Games | Activities
Shaping up as the family hit of the summer, the animated feature Megamind features top Hollywood talent in an action-packed superhero comedy. EB has teamed with DreamWorks to bring you some puzzles, games and activities to print out and do.
Kirsty Needham Childcare costs could rise by up to $9.62 a day for the youngest children when new rules for staffing ratios are introduced to childcare centres, a report for Community Services NSW says.
Here are some fun “edible” finger paint recipies. You may have these ingredients in your pantry already, so pop an art smock on your kids and get mixing, cooking and painting.
Easy download and print page in black and white, ready to colour-in. Have this one on hand for when you are out at a cafe.
Easy download and print page in black and white, ready to complete and then colour-in. Do you need to keep your kids busy while waiting for swimming lessons to start?
Download and print these fun mazes - keeping little hands and minds busy
Download and print these fun mazes - help mum find her way to bring the washing in off the line
Easy download and print page in black and white, ready to colour-in. Pop the music on & let your little one express themselves musically and artistically.
Easy download and print page in black and white, ready to colour-in. Have this one on hand for your little one while waiting for her ballet class to start.
Easy download and print page in black and white, ready to colour-in. Have this one on hand for your little one when its raining outside.
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