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Motherless Disney princesses

Why are so many heroines in Disney movies motherless? One theory is that Walt Disney was guilt-ridden over his mother's death.

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The importance of grandparents

There is definitely potential to take advantage of what could be dubbed the Grandparental Babysitting Society.

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Pear and raspberry muffins

Muffins are a mainstay of school lunches, easy to make at the weekend for the coming week. Get the kids involved in baking.

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When kids have cancer

From broken marriages to strained sibling relationships, even the most durable relationships may splinter when childhood cancer rears its ugly head.

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Talking vegetarianism

At some point your kids might start to really think about where their food is coming from and want to exercise some choices in what they're eating.

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Budgeting not pie in the sky

Healthy eating might seem prohibitively expensive - but it is possible to do it on a shoestring budget.

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Looking after your money

Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women’s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

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Shining a light on child obesity

With most parents unable to tell if a child is overweight, should anyone else be raising the issue?

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Good eating without going broke

Flatters and young marrieds often ask me how they can keep their weekly food bill in check. Here are 10 ideas.

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Blanchett to star in Jungle Book

Cate Blanchett has joined the cast of the upcoming adventure tale Jungle Book: Origins.

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Couch potatoes for life

The more television children watched at age 10, the more they watched in middle age, according to a new report.

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Big idea for families

One company reckons it's time for tablets to bring families together rather than isolate them. So they've gone big.

Tampon game destigmatises

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Two New York school girls have created a video game that features tampons instead of weapons.

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Would you let your child do this?

Fred Sirevag was taking in Norway's view when he saw a baby crawling along the edge of a 600m cliff.

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Airline fails

Here are five airline fails when it comes to kids.

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Super power babies

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

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Lessons of Dirty Politics

What does Nicky Hager's book, Dirty Politics, have to do with parenting?

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Banana balls: Food babies love

Your baby will love you for these. Like a piece of cake in a ball, they're also great for anyone with egg allergies.

CHICKEN NUGGETS

Chicken nuggets for babies

These delicious nuggets make great finger food for babies and can be served with dips or diced veges.

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Mother daughter relationships

Are you the perfect daughter, the one who speaks to her mother every day,or the flawed version who forgets her birthday?

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A settled patch

In the last few months the girls have developed a really nice relationship. There's been a gradual reduction in them competing for their parents' attention.

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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'?

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Running low on time

If I thought I didn't have enough time in the day before, I know I definitely don't now.

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The trouble with teeth

With the kid's baby teeth now starting to fall out and their new sparkly adult teeth filling in the gaps, we seem to be hitting a rough patch.

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Flawed infertility logic

A recent TV piece about a couple's battle with infertility attracted some of the worst, ignorant attitudes those battling with infertility face.

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Dealing with pregnant friends

If there is ever an occasion that brings up tough feelings it is attending a baby shower when you are battling infertility.

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What a difference a year makes

For my husband's birthday last year I gave him a sizeable cyst on my left ovary.

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The reality of parental leave

A friend mentioned: "I just can't imagine you as a mother, you're Greer. You're a writer. You are your job."

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Coping with a bolter

Miss A no longer shuffles along. Both feet leave the ground now giving her much more speed.

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Moments of mischief

How do children know how to do take the utmost advantage of a parent's distraction?

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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.

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When siblings fight

Milin and Jasmin love each other. They really, really do. But at the moment, it can be hard to believe it.

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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.

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Weary travellers

When they were good, we loved those weeks of mayhem and when they were bad – well, we had Baxter to show us how it’s done.

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Birthday bashes

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

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