Lying to your kids

Whether it is for our kids' safety or our sanity, we all tell the odd little lie to get by.

'Gentle parenting' explained

Forget the naughty step, forget the sticker chart. Let's take a journey into the world of gentle discipline, which teaches empathy, self-control and calmness.

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10 stages of kids' birthday parties

One thing they leave out of the baby manuals is just how much time you'll spend at these parties when you become a parent.


Dad shames little boy

Rob Devine made his four-year-old son stand stand on the side of the road holding a sign saying, "I hit girls."

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Raising a threenager

My son has recently graduated from the terrible twos (which thankfully weren't so terrible) to threenagehood.


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Development Tantrum

Resisting routines

Our morning/dinner/bedtime is a hot mess of horrors.


Kids do it better

There are many things I've noticed my children can do better than me.

Health & nutrition Madison and Alana

A step closer to transplant

Madiee Merrick has been waiting more than a year in the UK for surgery that will save her life.


Preschooler obesity factors examined

Attention is turning to preschoolers in the effort to combat childhood obesity.

Education & play DISNEY PRINCESS

Stop hating princesses

To those people who consider fairy tale princesses to be bad role models, I'd like you to consider these 10 points...


Toddler relations

"This boy at kindy called me a poo butt today." Not everything goes smoothly when you're four.

Behaviour Tantrum

The 'crap parent' label

An Australian pyschologist believes we are raising a generation of spoilt brats, because we just can't say no.


Who ate all the doughnuts?

Despite the evidence on her chin, Emma Meaux claims she absolutely did not eat one of the missing doughnuts.

Activities BCD trace

Letter trace - A, B, C, D, E

Get the little ones to practice writing the alphabet capital letters - starting with A B C D E.


Letter trace: F, G, H, I, J

Get the little ones to practice writing the alphabet capital and lower case letters - with F G H I J.

Products miss k little shop

Little shop of horrors

Okay New World, you had your fun. Miss K is excited that Little Shop is back.


Chemo Barbie for sick kids

Thanks to a campaign by a mum and her brave daughter, Matell has agreed to keep making Ella, a bald doll to help kids going through chemo.

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