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Isolation of motherhood

Mums share their stories of feeling isolated, and what they do to try to break out of it.

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Celebrity mums pose nude

A few Hollywood mums came together to inspire healthy body image, posing nude for Allure, and we have a sneak peek.

Greer Berry

Feeling the frump

I swore I would be so damned gracious and thankful when I finally fell pregnant that I now feel like an absolute idiot for what I'm about to say.

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Olivia Wilde gives birth

Actress Olivia Wilde has given birth, announcing the arrival of her baby via Twitter.

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Fertility Kylee Poole

A gift like no other

Kylee Poole wanted to help another couple have a family. This is her story of egg donation.

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Delayed cord clamping no barrier

Delayed umbilical cord clamping has been shown to benefit babies, but until now the practice had been cumbersome.

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Most expensive daycare?

This day care in New York costs almost as much in tuition as Harvard University.

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Starting to walk

Parents always place so such emphasis on this milestone. It is one of the big ones, but it doesn't really matter when it happens.

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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.
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Dividing my time

I crave time with just Milin and just Jasmin. And I think they love getting their one-on-one time with mummy too.

Health & nutrition stephens story

Final thumbs up

A teenager charting his fight against cancer has farewelled his thousands of Facebook followers with a final thumbs up.

Education & play bully

Worst bully advice ever?

Don't defend yourself, don't tell anyone and mock yourself when a bully attacks you, this was actual advice sent home with students.

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What our kids are reading

A survey of Kiwi children's reading habits has uncovered some intriguing results.

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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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Thrift becoming on trend

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

Health & nutrition Vaccination child

Winning the war on meningitis

Doctors say meningitis could be almost entirely eliminated in NZ as early as the end of 2015.

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Lego Movie a blast

Yep. Five stars. The Lego Movie really is that good.

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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.

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Isolation of motherhood

Mums share their stories of feeling isolated, and what they do to try to break out of it.

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Fitness scams

The real story on ab machines, diet pills, protein shakes, magic contraptions and more.

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The Other Woman

REVIEW: The Other Woman is a female-strong, but not quite feminist, take on infidelity.

Work Working mum

Line between home and work

For many of us there is little difference between home and work, causing problems for both.

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Olivia Wilde gives birth

Actress Olivia Wilde has given birth, announcing the arrival of her baby via Twitter.

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.