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At $25 and under these fun Christmas gift ideas for kids won't break the bank

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Work out your most fertile time with our calculator.

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ELF ON THE SHELF

The elf on the shelf

The elf sits on the shelf, watching your kids and reporting back to Santa whether they've been naughty or nice...

Couple arguing in front of child.

An absentee parent returns

My ex wants to renew contact with our four-year-old daughter after not seeing her for two years. I have concerns.

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Ongoing effects of childhood cancer

Children who overcome cancer often struggle with "late effects" of their treatments that may not appear until decades after they are grown.

miss k

Getting ready for school

Miss K looks like a little dot as she tries on her school uniform ahead of starting her next big adventure.

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Trying to conceive Pregnancy test

Best way to conceive?

If you're trying to get pregnant there are some lifestyle choices that could improve your odds.

Expecting Pregnant friends

Maternity misunderstanding

A freind gave me some maternity clothes a couple of years ago. I passed them on to someone else. Now my friend wants them back.

Health

Autism risk linked to pollution

Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have up to twice the risk of developing autism.

Caring for baby Newborn baby

Your baby's first Christmas

Be prepared to pass your baby around a room full of people, and to hear parenting advice from usually far-flung relatives.

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Blog: Greer Berry

After struggling with fertility issues Greer is now sharing her pregnancy journey.
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Blog: Matt Calman

At-home dad Matt Calman talks about life at home with his two girls.
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Blog: Kiran Chug

Kiran has a toddler and a baby and has recently moved back to her hometown of London.
Development SHUSH

Lying sign of 'healthy development'

Punishing kids for lying will only make them lie more, a study finds.

Big kids ANGRY WOMAN

Turning into my mother

My sons were frozen, incapable of anything except staring at me with wide, terrified eyes which were turning red and filling with tears.

Behaviour Baby crying

Jealous of baby sister

We have a 4-year-old and a 3-month-old. The 4-year-old is throwing major tantrums - hitting us and throwing things. What do we do?

Little kids MISS K

'Tis the week before Christmas...

After putting Miss K to bed strange noises can be heard coming from her room in what I have decided to call The Christmas Effect.

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Blog: Melody McCabe

Melody shares the highs and lows of struggling with fertility issues and trying to conceive.
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Blog: Anna Guy

Anna shares tales of parenting four kids - with another on the way.
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Mum's life

'Angel' pays off lay-bys

A woman has been dubbed a "layaway angel" after she paid the outstanding balance on every open lay-by at her local toy store.

Health & nutrition

Ongoing effects of childhood cancer

Children who overcome cancer often struggle with "late effects" of their treatments that may not appear until decades after they are grown.

TV & movies

Paddington Bear's hidden message

It's a cute family comedy, but there's lots more going on in the film than first meets the eye.

Competitions GIVEAWAY

Win a $500 beauty pack

Thanks to Mighty Ape we've got a $500 health and beauty pack to give away to one lucky reader.

Baby

Why my Facebook is a baby-free zone

I won't be posting pictures of my baby on Facebook. There are pros and cons to this policy.

Travel

Have kids, will travel

It's not too late to take your family on a sensational summer holiday.

Relationships Couplefight

Ex going against my wishes

I recently fell out with my father and don't want my kids around him, but my ex is insisting on taking them to my parents on Christmas.

Health tummy ache

Periods may predict disease risk

Women who get their period before 10 or after 17 may have a higher risk of heart disease, stroke or high blood pressure, according to a new study.

TV & movies

DVF: My life in fashion

Diane von Furstenberg doesn't love reality TV but has made a series about her fashion design company.

Mum's life BUSY WOMAN

Don't tell girls they can have it all

Mothers are 'damaging' their daughters by setting unrealistic expectations by telling them, 'they can have it all,' according to a new study.

Celebrities ASHLEE SIMPSON

Ashlee Simpson pregnant

Ashlee Simpson is expecting a child with husband Evan Ross.

Style

Nifty makeup storage hacks

Are your bathroom cabinets overflowing with beauty products that you've amassed?