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4:55pm We all know that kids grow up a lot in four years, and so have we. It was time for a fresh new look.

5-year-old ring bearer and flower girl wed 17 years later in the same church

Ring bearer and flower girl wed 17 years later.

Livia Gamble 11:34am In 2001, the pair who met in grade school were paired as flower girl and ring bearer in a family friend's wedding.

US gun victim: McKayla Dyer, 8, shot to death by 11-year-old boy

The latest shooting victim: McKayla Dyer, 8.

Nick O'Malley 9:53am Boy killed daughter because she would not let him see her puppy, mother says.

Love child

Growing up as the child of a secret affair

Rachael Johns Rachael Johns was the product of a passionate but secret liaison. At age 17, she made contact with her father.

Mum terrifies daughter who says she isn't scared of anything


Livia Gamble One mum successfully petrified her daughter after she claimed she wasn't scared of anything.

Good night

5 of the best night lights to keep the boogie monster at bay

The Miffy night light brings both light and smiles.

Kathleen Lee-Joe Reassurance at night is big for littlies and here are offerings to keep the boogie monster at bay.

Parents find sweet note from son after his death

'Still with you': parents find heartbreaking note from son after his death.

Livia Gamble On September 21, doctors diagnosed him with an amoebic infection. Four days later he died.

The different bonds I have with each of my children

One word ... appreciating the different bonds you have with each of your children.

Kerri Sackville If you had just one word, how would you describe your relationship with your child?


What this boy did when he found $8,000 in a playground

Aiden Wright, 7, learns a valuable lesson.

Livia Gamble A seven-year-old boy has learned a valuable lesson in treating others how you want to be treated.

Little girl's kind gesture cheers up mourning police officers

Isabella shows small act of kindness to State Troopers after funeral.

Livia Gamble Five-year-old Isabella Gregory decided to cheer up a group of police officers in the sweetest way possible

Mum secretly films her kids, catches their dad in epic dance routine

Dad's amazing dance moves while mum isn't home.

Livia Gamble When a mother of two set up a camera in her living room she hoped to capture her kids playing. What she got was much better.

Building a relationship with my daughter after I gave her up for adoption


Stephanie Andersen I gave my daughter up for adoption. Then I tried to be her mum.

Student writes open letter to the teen he tried to save

Michael Namey (pictured) had a seizure during a pre-calculus class at the University of Central Florida on Monday.

Livia Gamble Manny Orozco Ballestas did everything he 'was trained to do' when trying to save the life of a fellow student.

Luke Batty inquest: findings to be handed down on Monday

Rosie Batty, mother of murdered 11-year-old schoolboy, Luke, said killer

Chloe Booker Police say killer was low risk, but Rosie Batty says he wasn't considered bad enough until now...and now he's "the worst".

11-year-old boy helps deliver mum's baby

Big brother: 11-year-old James delivers baby brother.

Livia Gamble Hearing his mum scream, James Dukes rushed to her aid.

'A stellar parenting moment': Transgender waitress expertly explains gender identity to young diner

Stellar parenting: Dad's perfect response daughter's question.

It could have been a very awkward conversation prompted by an inquisitive little girl's question.

Do you love your partner more than you love your kids?

Partner first ... is it possible to love them more than your kids?

Kerri Sackville I read a lot of confessional pieces about motherhood. And I can identify with nearly all. But today I read one that I just can't relate to.

Little boy stops baseball game to tell dad, 'I love you'

Sometimes you just have to say what is in your heart.

Livia Gamble In what could possibly be the cutest video you will see all day, a little-league player stopped the baseball game for the sweetest reason.

Nine-year-old girl's fool-proof business plan goes viral

NIne-year-old girl's dog walking business plan.

Livia Gamble A nine-year-old girl has come up with the perfect business model for her future dog walking company.

Many young people have 'worrying' attitudes to violence against women: report

Rebeca Carro suffered through a decade-long abusive relationship.

Miki Perkins, Social Affairs Reporter Young people show a higher level of attitudinal support for violence against women than their parents, research shows.

10 Halloween costumes to start making now

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Halloween is just around the corner and instead of scrambling for a last minute costume, why not plan and prepare one of these.

10 Halloween costumes to start making now

10 Halloween costumes to start making now

Livia Gamble Before you run out of time.

Prime Minister announces $41 million package to help women fleeing domestic violence


Women fleeing domestic violence will get practical help, such as a new mobile phone, under a set of federal government initiatives.

Five year old boy ‘bounced back’ after penis strangled in swimming short netting

Five-year-old boy 'nearly lost his willy on holiday'

Livia Gamble When Laura Collins tried to take her son's board shorts off he let out a scream she says no mother should have to hear from her son.

DIY timelapse

Cancer stricken father builds kids' paradise for his children

Dare Stevens was diagnosed with cancer in 2014.

Alistair Walsh After being diagnosed with cancer shortly before his 40th birthday, an American father spent months building his young daughters something to remember him by.

How helping dads can help everyone have more

Dads as primary parents ... how to let everyone have a little more.

Amy Joyce Finding a true balance and allowing women to have it all is not just about empowering women.

17-year-old Syrian refugee carries puppy 500 km to Greece

A boy and his pet ... Aslan couldn't leave his puppy behind.

Livia Gamble A 17-year-old refugee who made the trek from Syria to Greece said he couldn't leave his puppy behind.

Watch this sassy four-year-old school her dad on being a flower girl


Livia Gamble A four-year-old flower girl has put her dad right back in his place, telling him he doesn't understand weddings "at all".

How a Sydney dance teacher's dark secret was discovered nine years ago

A picture of Grant Davies from his Facebook page in 2013

Nick Ralston and Patrick Begley On a September afternoon in 2006, a young dancer at popular Sydney studio RG Dance was overheard on the phone to a friend calling director Grant Davies a paedophile.

Vulnerable kids to get their own education support centres

Education support centres to help children from troubled backgrounds stay in school.

Benjamin Preiss, state politics reporter Children from troubled backgrounds who cannot live with their parents will be guided through school by experts to prevent vulnerable young people from dropping out.

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