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Step-sibling squabbles

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My partner and I have just moved in together. Our girls used to get along fine, but now fight constantly. Any advice?

Grandparenting

Grandkids keep grandma alert

Get on the phone and tell grandma it's time for babysitting - new research shows it can help ward off brain disease in older women.

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Fussy kids plonked in front of TV

You've got a squalling baby, a long to-do list and a DVD on hand. Presto. A child crying at the top of his lungs is suddenly calm.

Carmen Baldwin

When should you pierce?

So what is it that shapes our opinions on what’s an appropriate age for our children to get their ears pierced?

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Stages of pregnancy Greer Berry

Hello second trimester!

We're now into our second trimester of our first pregnancy and it definitely feels like we've turned a corner.

Development BABY

Baby roadmap

Babies develop according to their own timeline, but there are some key milestones that are worth understanding and celebrating.

Celebrities Thandie Newton

Thandie's bundle of joy

Thandie Newton has introduced her baby boy Booker Jombe Parker to the world via Twitter.

Celebrities Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

A girl or boy for Ashton and Mila?

Insiders 'close to' Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis reportedly know the sex of the couple's baby.

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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.
Education & play LEGOLAND

Calling all Lego fans

Getting your kids stuck into their Lego stash these holidays could pay off.

Caring for toddler Miss K and Miss A

Happy Easter

Whatever you celebrate about Easter, be it secular or religious, I hope you enjoy the special time with your families and your little ones.

Technology WALKMAN

A Walk-what?

When a bunch of kids were confronted with a Walkman they couldn't believe this weird black box played music.

Education & play Easter egg

Easter fun with little ones

Milin is allergic to eggs, so Kiran has found some inventive and fun ways to celebrate easter with the kids.

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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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Ask an expert column

Got a parenting question? Let us know and we'll get an expert to answer it for you.
Finances Jackie Norman

Thrift becoming on trend

Thrift has come a long way in the past 12 years, Simple Savings' Jackie Norman tells Rob Stock.

Health & nutrition Sugar free

This family gave up sugar

Can you imagine cutting sugar out of the whole family's diet? This family did and survived.

TV & movies Pixar

Can you spot the Pixar Easter eggs?

Pixar has crammed a considerable number of hidden gems into their films.

Competitions SMART LUX

Win: phil&teds stroller

We have a phil&teds smart lux stroller valued at $599 to give away to a lucky Essential Mums reader.

Technology WALKMAN

A Walk-what?

When a bunch of kids were confronted with a Walkman they couldn't believe this weird black box played music.

Travel Bali Strap

Paradise or dangerous dump?

To Bali, or not to Bali? We have a love/hate relationship with the island.

Family dynamics sad child

Step-sibling squabbles

Ask an expert

My partner and I have just moved in together. Our girls used to get along fine, but now fight constantly. Any advice?

Health Sad woman

Life with anxiety

At times, I feel pretty worthless. In those moments, all I want to do is curl up into a ball and hide in the dark.

TV & movies Mad Men

Mad Men dream ends

It's the last roll of the dice for Don Draper as the series that has explored sexism and infidelity reaches its conclusion.

Work Generic money

Money not top of the list

Making a lot of money is not the main focus for half of NZ's small business owners.

Celebrities Jessica Simpson

High flyer

Throwing the kids around and long walks on the beach, that is what happens in the Simpson household and it had a few Instagram followers worried.

Style LISA LYFORD

Transform yourself: week four

Dressing for your shape

In week four of our six-week personal makeover series, Lisa Lyford shares tips on dressing to suit your body shape.