YouTube's top earner is a woman who films clips of herself unwrapping children's toys.
Ever since we moved to Christchurch we've driven past the dilapidated, earthquake-damaged Waltham Pool. On the weekend it finally reopened.
If there's anything you can say about kids' behaviour online, it's that trends move quickly.
Specsavers are offering one lucky Essential Mums reader the chance to win a voucher for two pairs of designer kids' glasses.
It all started with goats' penis soup more than 20 years ago when I backpacked through Vietnam's south.
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The low self-esteem that comes from being an overweight child can stay with a person for life.
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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.
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.
Suddenly, we were faced with the prospect of our 5-year-old owning a tablet, on which she could play games, practice reading or surf the internet.
It's not too late to take your family on a sensational summer holiday.
With December approaching rapidly, we are now starting get excited about our summer holiday. This year all seven of us are off camping.
Nothing says Christmas quite like gingerbread. For coloured icing, add a few drops of food colouring before kneading and mix it in well.
If you're not already overloaded with sweet treats this holiday season, try this yummy slice.
Families came to celebrate their super-powered children and the book honouring them.
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?
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.
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.
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 I'm worried my CV is out of date.
I want to get back into exercise (after a c-section), what are some good 'first-steps'?
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.
We have two weeks left of holidays now and the kids and I are starting to get sick of each other.
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.
After having her pregnancy hopes crushed last month, Melody McCabe talks about how she picked herself back up for another monitored cycle.
After facing serious fertility issues Greer and her husband were surprised by their 'miracle baby' - a bouncing baby boy.
One of the worst things you have to consider as a new parent is the thought of a stranger stabbing your beautiful baby with a big, nasty needle.
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.
Over the holidays I've seen the benefit in stealing some one on one time with Miss A. She really responds to it, and in a good way.
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.
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.
To have a grandchild and hear their laughter is to have a glimpse of eternity, the bond between grandparent and grandchild lasts a lifetime.
Being the world's best parent is easy, until you have kids, Juliet Beetham discovered.
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