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How to build your own village as an expat

Julia Cahill 1:51pm The expression ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ assumes of course that parents live within a community where they have a support network to rely on but what if you don't? Can you build your own?

10-year-old girl bullied after donating her hair to charity

Jetta before she donated her hair to Wigs for Kids.

Livia Gamble An Ohio girl donated her hair to charity because she "thought it was the right thing to do" but then things took a turn for the worst for the brave 10-year-old.

Hospital staff surprise a little girl with a unicorn ride

Lily Rafferay meeting her unicorn.

Livia Gamble Five-year-old, Lily Rafferay’s only wish after finishing chemotherapy was to ride a unicorn.

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10 reminders of why parenting is rewarding

Taking time to remember the rewards of parenting.

Thuy Yau Sometimes it can feel like the rewards of parenting are few and far between. We all need a little reminder from time to time and here are ten to get your started.

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How to take the stress out of family dinners

Dinner more chaos than calm in your house?

Lakshmi Singh If preparing and eating a family dinner together is more stressful than helpful it appears you're not alone. Here are the new initiatives and tips taking the stress out of family dinners.

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20 smells from childhood

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Play-Doh and fabric band-aids are scents that probably remind most people of their childhood. Some of these things are still around, but others (like scratch 'n' sniff stickers) are harder to find. In a trip down memory lane, here are 20 scents sure to remind you of growing up.

On the run serial paedophile questioned in McCann case

Briton Roderick Robinson, from Aldershot who has been on the run for 23 years from sexual offences charges. He has been arrested in Pattaya, Thailand and will be deported back to the UK.

Rania Spooner and Nick Ralston A serial paedophile who will reportedly be questioned about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was on the run from Australian authorities when the British toddler vanished from a Portuguese resort.

Kids photographed with their comfort objects

Do you remember the item that comforted you as a child? A favourite toy or blanket? Photographer Anna Ream has captured children with the objects that they treasure most for the soothing comfort they provide in their early years. You can see more of her work documenting family and children here. Source: Lenscratch

15 desserts from around the world

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Those partial to a sugar craving can take inspiration from these desserts from around the world, something is sure to hit the spot.

Why kids should help with chores

Don't rob your kids of the benefits of cleaning.

Jennifer Chung Even though doing things yourself around the house may be faster, giving kids chores can teach them valuable life lessons. Here are a few ways to get started.

Watch: 8-year-old boy's amazing 'Dirty Dancing' moves

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Livia Gamble A video of a boy dancing the final scene of the movie Dirty Dancing has gone viral

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How to make sure a pet is a keeper

Take your time when choosing a family pet and you'll have a friend for life.

Mari-Jane Williams Choosing the right pet for your family isn't a task to be undertaken lightly or on a whim. Here is what you need to know to make the right choice.

'The smell never bothered me anyway', six-year-old spoofs 'Let It Go'

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Livia Gamble Emily Mandelbaum has come up with her own take of the hit song.

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Kids shouldn't be your highest priority

Why parents shouldn't make their kids their whole world.

Dr. Gregory Ramey Why focusing your life around the needs and wants of your children is a serious mistake.

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Kate Winslet says celebrity mums shouldn't complain about parenting

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Livia Gamble Winslet, 39, appears on the cover on the November issue of Marie Claire and shares her feelings on being a working mum.

Reporter finds missing boy

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Livia Gamble A boy has been reunited with his family after a T.V journalist covering the story found him.

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5-year-old cancer patient makes inspiring commercial

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Livia Gamble 5-year-old Hannah Higgins has created a “cancer commercial” to inspire others to be brave just like her.

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Watch: 11-year-old girl dancing to Nicki Minaj

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Livia Gamble A video of an 11-year-old girl dancing to Nicki Minaj’s song 'Anaconda' has gone viral.

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Firefighters save family of hamsters with tiny oxygen masks

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Brian Koerber No life is too small to save for the firefighters of Lacey Fire Department.

Mixed bag of emotions, brothers react to their mum being pregnant with twins

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Livia Gamble The news of twins was met with a mixed bag of emotions from their three sons.

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15-year-old boy inspired by Watson's UN speech

Actress Emma Watson attends the UN Women's 'HeForShe' VIP After Party at The Peninsula Hotel on September 20, 2014 in New York City.

Livia Gamble Ed Holtom said he was saddened by how uninformed his male classmates were and “felt compelled” to share his views in a letter to the editor of UK's Sunday Telegraph.

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The event that made me realise I couldn't parent alone

The night it all became too much.

Kerri Sackville Last night Kerri Sackville discovered that no matter how mighty you think you are, you can't do it all on your own.

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Don't stay together for the kids

Zaren Healey White A child of divorce reflects on what she learnt from her parents marriage breakdown and why you shouldn't stay together for the kids.

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What lies do you tell the kids?

Little white lies ...

Megan Blandford Whether it is for their safety or our sanity, we all tell the odd little lie to get by.

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Artist transforms people into anime characters

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For a small fee, US artist Robert DeJesus can turn you into a Japanese anime character. Using pencil and copying from a photo he adds all the typical anime characteristics to your portrait. "I wish I could draw all of [the requests], but I fear I'll get burned out trying. My plan was to do these as a side thing to help fund the other projects I am also dying to work on," DeJesus told Bored Panda. Click through the gallery to see more of his portraits.

English family buy 40 metre slide for their backyard

If you think a ordinary slide is great, a 40 metre one must be ten times more fun.

Rachel Clun Rachel Betts is a strong contender for Mother of the Year after buying a giant 40 metre slide for her two young sons.

7 joys of single parenthood

Focusing on the joys of single parenthood.

Kerri Sackville Everyone knows that single parenthood is hard but there is also an upside that is both joyful and uniquely rewarding.

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Mother bakes a batch of vagina cookies, brings them to school

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Livia Gamble When a Reddit user heard this story from her primary-school teacher friend, she had to share it.

Brazilian students wear skirts in defense of their transgender classmate

Brazilian students wearing skirts in support of their transgender classmate.

Livia Gamble Brazilian students have protested in skirts after their transgender classmate was fined for wearing one.

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First look at Romeo Beckham in Burberry's Christmas campaign

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Livia Gamble A teaser picture of Romeo Beckham for Burberry's Christmas Campaign video has been released.

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