How I learned to embrace being 'the other mum'

Adele Levine I was walking across the street to collect my 3-year-old son, Hanno, when I overheard a neighbour boy taunt him for not having a father. I'd always wondered how I was going to broach this subject with Hanno. Suddenly it was floating at me in singsong across the sidewalk: "You don't have a dad!"

Prime Minister Tony Abbott confident childcare deal good for parents

Childcare changes:

Katina Curtis Prime Minister Tony Abbott is sure parents will thank him once they see the plans for a new system of childcare subsidies.

May the fours be with you

The time I was accused of child abuse

My biggest parenting regret

What happened when my 4-year-old told me she was fat

Younger Kids

Should I be worried about my child's reading level?

Catherine Rodie All children develop their reading at a different pace, it isn't helpful to make comparisons but how do you know if they need extra help?

Older Kids

How to make edible Lego gummy bricks

Livia Gamble 1:14pm Make your toys and eat them too.

Maryland 'Free-range' family cleared in one neglect case

Danielle and Alexander Meitiv were found responsible for "unsubstantiated" neglect for allowing their children walk home alone from a playground a mile from their home in Silver Spring, Md. Danielle appears here with Rafi, 10, in January 2015. Illustrates KIDS-ALONE, (category a) by Donna St. George (c) 2015, The Washington Post. (MUST CREDIT: Photo by Sammy Dallal for The Washington Post)

Donna St. George A US couple investigated for neglect after they let their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases, according to the family's attorneys and documents.

Sir Richard Branson shares Aussie girl's inspiring video on embracing dyslexia

Sydneysiders are getting an official Hello Kitty diner

Taking on the advice we give our kids

What to do when your child is the bully, rather than the victim

Entertaining Kids

New voice, no pants

Humphrey B. Bear set to return to our screens as a talking cartoon

Michael Lallo A-list Australian stars are said to be in talks to provide Humphrey's voice for a new generation of kids.


Screen time for kids: Ditch the techno guilt

Screen time: how to ditch the guilt.

Martine Oglethorpe Before we torment ourselves, lets take a look at how we can gain a little perspective, some factual understanding and learn to ditch the techno guilt.

Six best non-Disney movies from the 80's and 90's

19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar apologises amid molestation allegations

Olsen twins to skip Full House reboot

Watch the trailer for Batkid Begins

Family Life

Poorest families living on less than $18 a day, finds Salvation Army report

Rachel Browne 1:44pm Australia's poorest families are regularly skipping meals and avoiding basic health care because they cannot afford it.

Perth couple throw $50K Disney-themed party for three-year-old

Lauren's Disney-themed third birthday in Perth cost her parents, Eric Lembo and Trang Nguyen $50,000.

Jo Hartley 10:15am How much do you consider too much to spend on a child's birthday party? Would $50,000 be too much? It wasn't for a Perth couple celebrating their three-year-old's day of birth.

Ten food hacks you didn't know existed

Tax time: Legal and simple tips to help you beat the ATO

Our family gave up buying new things for a year and here is what we learnt

Ten vegetables and fruits you're storing wrong


Quick and easy chocolate cake slice

Nicole Avery This recipe is super easy and quick to make. It also has the added bonus of being entirely made in the food processor, so dishes are kept to a minimum. It is the perfect sweet treat for the school lunch boxes.

Reader reviews

Brown butter beef stew

Adam Liaw's brown butter beef stew.

Adam Liaw The rich and nutty flavour of brown butter in this stew is matched with sweet and spicy raisin bread for an unconventional family dinner. It may seem a little strange, but they are a perfect combination.


Mexican turkey tacos

Cornflake choc biscuits

Popcorn slice

Grain free cereal

Apricot and molasses muesli slice