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

Siblings: The pros and cons of sending siblings to the same school

Livia Gamble It all comes down to who your child is as an individual.

The gift of the youngest child

Precious time: Relishing in the fleeting moments of childhood.

Kerri Sackville The childhoods of my elder two seemed to last forever. But I can see the road stretch out before my youngest. I know where she is going. I know where it is ending. And she is racing along far too quickly.

Snackism: How we are teaching our kids to think they constantly need to eat

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

Starting age for first year of school

The secret to getting kids to do chores without complaining

Older Kids

Girls look up to female CEOs but aim to be actresses, study

Livia Gamble A new study released by Oregon State University highlights the conflicting message girls receive from the media about women.

Active children become healthier teens and less prone to obesity: study

Activity in children pays off in just a few years, a study has found.

Harriet Alexander A study of 4600 children has found those who were more active in their late childhood had a lower body weight and lower smaller risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes by their mid-teens.

How to make edible Lego gummy bricks

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

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

Sydneysiders are getting an official Hello Kitty diner

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

Watch how a herd of elephants react to calf collapsing on the road

Livia Gamble A video has emerged showing the moment a baby elephant collapses while crossing the road in South Africa.


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