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

The secret to getting kids to do chores without complaining

Sharon Holbrook We've been doing something wrong when it comes to chores in our house. And I may have just found out what it is.

Older Kids

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

Natalie Swayn, Chris Boyle and Jo Anderson What to do when your child is a bully seems to be harder to contemplate than what to do if your child is being bullied.

Mobile phone ban helps underperforming students: study

Students at a school in Melbourne use their mobile phones in class.

Michael Koziol New research in the UK suggests mobile phone use in the classroom can have a negative impact on test results for under-performing students.

Toy maker creates toys to resemble kids with disabilities

Seven things I love about having 7 to 12-year-olds

How to teach your kids about sugar

Subtraction for years 3-4 students


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