Newcastle cafe's Facebook post sparks debate over children in coffee shops

Mel McMillan The operators of The Little French Cafe have received both applause and criticism after posting a 'housekeeping' announcement on the cafe's Facebook page.


Does your preschooler refuse to dress themselves?

Does your child spend more time playing with their clothes than putting them on?

Catherine Rodie This mum of two preschoolers was delighted to hear that Adam Mansbach, the writer behind 'Go the f**k to sleep' released a new book about eating but the one she really needs is: Just put your f**ing clothes on!


Kinetic Sand: You will be as addicted as your kids

Five things I have not taught my kids and it is okay

Top four challenges of raising boys

Girl, 4, hands out heroin at day care

Younger Kids

Toys 'R' Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' action figures after public outrage

Deborah Gough 2:25pm Toys 'R' Us has been forced to remove from its shelves drug dealer action figures based on the hit TV show Breaking Bad.

Parenting when you have a different religion to your partner

A young Muslim girl kissing mothers hand during Eid.

Rashida Tayabali Do you have a different faith to your partner? This often poses its own unique set of challenges when raising kids. Here is how some families make it work.


Skylanders Trap Team review

When your daughter makes Barbie a killer

Healthy Halloween treats for kids

This 8-year-old could crush you in a dance competition

Older Kids

Siblings make boys selfless, study

Livia Gamble A study from Brigham Young University found that strong sibling relationships make boys selfless.

A generation without chores

Don't discount the importance of chores ...

Richard Rende We want our kids to spend time doing things that promote their likelihood of success - personal, academic, and eventually professional - but we have gotten away from encouraging chores, which is a proven predictor of these outcomes.

Soft drink warning sign deters teens from drinking

8 girls that are changing the world

Principal says school doesn't work for most kids

Watch: Dance company's powerful anti-cyber bullying video

Entertaining Kids

Harry Potter has a new literary rival

Rachel Clun 4:50pm A competition in England has unearthed what could be the next Harry Potter, after a PHD candidate won for her children's story about a circus girl turned detective.

Family Life

When should you leave your child at a birthday party

Donna Webeck 1:15pm Do you still stay with your child when they attend birthday parties? Donna Webeck does, but her apparent unexpected attendance at a recent party left her wondering if her child is old enough to be left with the host.

Comments 1

Rosie Batty shouldn't have to answer for her son's death

Rosie Batty at the Coroner's Court.

Amber Robinson 11:34am What kind of world do we live in when a woman whose son is brutally murdered in front of her is made to answer questions about her own behaviour leading up to the event?

Comments 3

Newcastle teen missing for over a week, family pleas for information

Parents' appeal for answers after their daughter was dragged by car at high speed

Watch: Princesses drop F-bombs for feminsim

How to build your own village as an expat


Chia breakfast cups

Danielle Colley These delicious chia pots can be made the night before and be ready to grab, throw on some yoghurt and berries and eat on the go.

Reader reviews

No bake carrot cake balls

No bake carrot cake balls

Nicole Avery Ever feel like cake, but want a healthier option? Then make up a batch of these delicious and healthy no bake carrot cake balls. They taste like carrot cake, but don't need to be baked and they are gluten, dairy and egg free.

Reader reviews

Spring lamb pilau

Parmesan and poppy seed shortbread

Greek yoghurt dessert

Halloween: Apple ogre mouths

Halloween: Spooky orange and black fruit kebabs