• When your child hates you

    If your child has ever broken your heart with their words of hatred you will be able to relate to this mother’s story.

    Parents need to develop a thick skin fast.
  • Can you inherit happiness?

    We grow up witnessing and measuring every one of our parents' emotions.

    How happy were your parents?
  • When a child is overparented

    The damage done by "overparenting" can be hard to repair, as this mother discovered.

    Overparenting can have a crippling effect on kids as they age.
  • Cold and flu play dough

    Here’s a simple recipe for making a special batch of play dough when your children aren’t feeling the best.

    A fun way to clear stuffy noses.
  • Anxious parents aren't bad parents

    ‘Is the front door locked?’ my eight-year-old son asked as I tucked him into bed. Several hours later his little sister was crawling into my side of the bed, tears staining her cheeks, as she complained of the monsters in her room.

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Preschoolers

Emotional big sister wants baby brother to stay just the way he is

KATIE CARLIN Five-year-old Sadie doesn’t want her adorable baby brother to grow up. So much so, that she is reduced to tears when her parents break the news to her that he won't be this small forever.

Review: Giggle Galaxy quilt cover set

Giggle and Hoot

Margarida Fantini There is a range of 'Giggle and Hoot' products available for little fans of the show and this one is about to help us transition our firstborn into a big boys bed.

Nannies: a viable alternative to traditional childcare

Childcare report: Government dismisses swipe at paid parental leave

Call for paid childcare for 'qualified' grandparents

How to talk to kids about same sex relationships

Younger Kids

Five tips for a great play-date

VICTORIA BIRCH Here are a few ideas to make sure you host a play-date rather than a play-don’t.

When your child hates you

Parents need to develop a thick skin fast.

Julia Cahill 10:41am If your child has ever broken your heart with their words of hatred you will be able to relate to this mother’s story.

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Can you inherit happiness?

Cold and flu play dough

When a child is overparented

Is changing schools the answer to bullying?

Older Kids

Mum's viral complaint letter secures science-themed tees for girls

RACHEL CLUN 1:33pm Thanks to one mum’s complaint letter which went viral, an American apparel brand has made scientific t-shirts for girls.

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What it's like to be an anxious parent

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SONJA EBBELS ‘Is the front door locked?’ my eight-year-old son asked as I tucked him into bed. Several hours later his little sister was crawling into my side of the bed, tears staining her cheeks, as she complained of the monsters in her room.

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Should gifted kids be in accelerated programs?

An open letter to my kids

8-year-old makes sure his disabled brother finishes kiddie triathlon

Keeping silent when you should have spoken up

Entertaining Kids

Toca Boca's Hair Salon games challenge Disney in kids' apps

Adam Ewing If you're wondering why a preschool science app is eating your iPhone battery, you probably have Toca Boca to thank.

Internet

Tweens good at keeping internet activities hidden from parents

Report finds tweens and teens good at hiding online.

ESTHER HAN Children admit to creating fake social media accounts and fudging browser histories in an attempt to keep parents in the dark about their online activities, a new report finds.

PR disaster: Backlash over Ninja Turtles' 9/11 'mistake'

Kids think parents have too much screen time

The humiliation of constantly being asked if you are expecting

6 apps to make travelling with kids easier

Family Life

How 'normal' is your sex life?

RACHEL CLUN Different workloads, changes in libido and having children can all impact on the amount of sex you get during any given month but how much sex is normal and how do you find time to prioritise intimacy?

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Recipes

Spicy Cherry and Apple Pie with Vanilla Cream

DANIELLE COLLEY By using a bought sweet crust pastry you can simplify your life and still have an impressive dessert on the table. Nothing beats a delicious fruit pie for a winter dessert and when you team it with a simple whipped vanilla cream you are in for a taste sensation that is easy, affordable and impressive!

Reader reviews

Moroccan Roast Chicken with Cous Cous Stuffing

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DANIELLE COLLEY Add some zing to your traditional roast chook with warming Moroccan flavours. Your skin crisps beautifully under the gentle coating of spices and the aroma fills the house with a touch of the exotic. The cous cous stuffing is studded with nutty pops and fruity hits turning a humble bird into a lipsmackingly delicious feast.

Reader reviews

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Cauliflower fried rice