Family life

Family life

Advertisement

My kids won't meet their grandparents

Since he was a baby, I'd fretted over this very moment when he'd start asking about the grandparents he will never meet.

Why kids think money is free

Young children have little understanding where money comes from, with plenty thinking there's a person hiding in ATMs handing out free money.

Meet the voice behind Peppa Pig

The voice behind Peppa Pig belongs to 13-year-old Harley Bird.

The school countdown

Only a few more days now until the new school year starts! And it's not only me that's getting excited; the kids are now on the countdown as well.

Peanuts

Potential peanut allergy cure

Australian researchers have found a possible cure for people with potentially fatal peanut allergies.

Advertisement

what's in this section?

Finances

Time to be smart with money

'Tis the season for fresh starts, and unveiling the fabulous new you; happy, healthy, and wealthy.

Freedom, power and motivation

We didn't just want to teach our kids how to "handle money, we wanted them to learn impulse-control, planning, and the ability to say no to themselves.

Health & nutrition LIFE AS A FORMER FAT KID

Life as a former 'fat kid'

The low self-esteem that comes from being an overweight child can stay with a person for life.

fussy eater

I'm not eating that

I try to make healthy, tasty food but my kids only eat white food - plain pasta, white rice. How can I get them to expand their menu?

TV & movies

Disney's marvellous run continues

REVIEW: Big Hero 6 is 90 minutes of slick, only slightly scary for littlies, smart school holiday entertainment.

Kids TV

Why our family went TV-free

Could your family go television-free? Here, one mum explains why she was the most unlikely to take on such a challenge, but now that she has, she's never looked back.

Technology

Yes, you can master Pinterest

There are two types of pinners: people who do it for fun and businesses that want to entice customers. Here are some key tips for each.

disney collector

Opening toys for a living

YouTube's top earner is a woman who films clips of herself unwrapping children's toys.

Travel

Family travel in Vietnam

It all started with goats' penis soup more than 20 years ago when I backpacked through Vietnam's south.

Have kids, will travel

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

Books Rachel Callander

Super power babies

Families came to celebrate their super-powered children and the book honouring them.

KNOCK KNOCK

Knock-knock bestsellers

It sounds like the usual setup for a knock-knock joke: Who is the best-selling author on all of Amazon.com this holiday season? Rob Elliott. Rob Elliott who?

Recipes gingerbread christmas biscuits

Festive gingerbread biscuits

Nothing says Christmas quite like gingerbread. For coloured icing, add a few drops of food colouring before kneading and mix it in well.

MACAROON

Apricot and macaroon slice

If you're not already overloaded with sweet treats this holiday season, try this yummy slice.

Family dynamics adoption motherhood parent

Meeting my birth mother

My mother chose not to hold or even see me after I was born, as she knew she wouldn't be able to let me go.

Divorce

Negotiating flexible visitation

I need some tips on how to approach my ex about getting to spend the odd day with my son outside of my scheduled times.

Anna Guy

About Anna Guy

Anna Guy is a busy mum of five - four school-aged kids and a baby. She shares anecdotes and experiences from her days running around after her brood.

anna guy

The never-ending holidays

We have two weeks left of holidays now and the kids and I are starting to get sick of each other.

Ask an expert cv

How to update your CV

I am looking at getting back into the work force after being a stay-at-home mum. I'm worried my CV is out of date.

WOMAN RUNNING

Exercise after caesarean

I want to get back into exercise (after a c-section), what are some good 'first-steps'?

Melody McCabe

About Melody McCabe

Melody McCabe and her husband have been trying to conceive for over a year. In this blog she shares the highs and lows of struggling with fertility issues and trying to conceive, as she embarks on fertility treatments in the quest for a family.

Melody McCabe

Picking up the pieces

After having her pregnancy hopes crushed last month, Melody McCabe talks about how she picked herself back up for another monitored cycle.

Greer Berry

About Greer Berry

After facing serious fertility issues Greer and her husband were surprised by their 'miracle baby' - a bouncing baby boy.

Greer Berry

The importance of me time

It's fair to say that when I began spending some time away from my baby I started to feel a bit more human, a bit more like me.

Matt Calman

About Matt Calman

Matt Calman is a work-from-home dad to two girls - toddler Miss A and preschooler Miss K. Matt shares his insights and experiences of raising two girls, with two very different personalities.

MISS K

Fear of dogs

Just when I thought Miss K's fear of dogs was sorting itself out I've discovered that it is as strong as ever

Kiran Chug MILIN

Starting toilet training

Potty training is just around the corner in our house, and it's one of the phases of parenting I have least looked forward to.

Kiran phone

So, this is goodbye

Over the past two years I feel like I've gotten to know you. I've taken advice from comments and got into debates with you.

Family Time Grandparents_Strap

A Grand love

To have a grandchild and hear their laughter is to have a glimpse of eternity, the bond between grandparent and grandchild lasts a lifetime.

Mother and baby

No easy parenting answers

Being the world's best parent is easy, until you have kids, Juliet Beetham discovered.

Columns Milin and Jasmin

Birthday bashes

Isn't that just what motherhood is I wondered? Always feeling guilty about something? Even at your birthday lunch?

Join our Mums' Hub community!
Get exclusive access to:
  • Discussions on our forums
  • Comments on our stories
  • Newsletter guides to pregnancy, babies and toddlers
  • A personal profile and the chance to connect with other mums
  • Newsletter updates from the Essential Mums team
  • Competitions and the chance to win great prizes.
join now!