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Florida girl's lemonade stand raises $18,000 to rebuild family home

Alistair Walsh Alyssa De Le Sala set up a lemonade and baked goods stand outside her family's fire-damaged house in Tampa, Florida.

Five-year-old boy feeds homeless man, brings waffle house to tears

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Livia Gamble Josiah Duncan generously bought a homeless man dinner. But what he did next brought everyone to tears.

US mum outraged over school's strict pool party dress code

Mum fights school over pool party dress code.

Livia Gamble An Indiana mum takes a stand against pool party dress code.

Bathurst boy Braiden Peters-Whitwell's brain tumour is inoperable

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Livia Gamble After strangers donated more than $125,000 to help try save four-year-old Braiden Peters-Whitwell, his parents have received the heartbreaking news that his brain tumour is inoperable.

Kid narrates manatees having sex, has no idea what is actually happening

Boy unknowingly narrates manatee mating.

Livia Gamble For a manatee, mating in public is the norm and performed in a large group. But for a young child it looks like something completely different.

I moved my family in with my parents

Three generations living under one roof.

Elana Benjamin Three generations under one roof certainly has its challenges. But I've found living with extended family to be an antidote to some of the stresses of modern parenting.

'Looking for Adam': Son creates dating ad for his 69-year-old mum

'Looking for Adam': Son searches for the love of his mum's life

Livia Gamble Alex Lyngaas spent the last year working on a secret project to help find his mother a man.

5 things full-time work taught me about parenting

Family chaos: work prepared me better than I thought.

Kylie Orr Upon reflection, with the cynical filter removed, I can see that working full-time primed me for parenthood in five key areas.

The Project: Waleed Aly's powerful plea for proper domestic violence funding

Waled Aly's powerful plea to the Federal Government.

Livia Gamble 'By this time next week domestic violence will cost another woman in Australia her life.'

Watch: 10-year-old Down syndrome girl's reaction to becoming a cheerleader

'I made it': Lacey's reaction to being a cheerleader

Livia Gamble Lacey Parker's mum filmed her daughter's excitement when she found out she was going to be a cheerleader.

An app is helping me be a better mother

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Veronica Sherman Not all mums are looking forward to Mother's Day on Sunday.

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Do you organise your own Mother's Day present?

Mother's Day stalls are going cash-free and leaving mums to organise their own gifts.

Elana Benjamin Along with everything else I do as a mum, I'd even become responsible for organising my own Mother's Day present.

Very Special Kids providing vital respite care for families in need

The Rogers family.

Livia Gamble For Lorelle Rogers, having access to respite care is vital for the whole family.

Brother of Natalya Franklin, 9, says she has been found

Found: Natalya Franklin's brother says she has been found.

Megan Levy The brother of nine-year-old Natalya Franklin, who has been missing for a day on the NSW Mid North Coast, says his sister has been found.

Five-year-old girl hailed a hero girl after saving her best friend from choking

Hero: Little girl saves her best friend.

Livia Gamble A quick-thinking Emma Hayes knew exactly what to do when her best friend Dexter, 4, began to choke.

Natalya Franklin, 9, missing from home near Coffs Harbour

Missing: Natalya Franklin disappeared from her home near Coffs Harbour.

Megan Levy  A young girl who disappeared from her family's property on the NSW Mid North Coast nearly a day ago was wearing light clothing unsuitable for the near freezing conditions that hit the region overnight.

Sex offender registers don’t mean we can assume children are safe

Naming child sex offenders: it is important to be aware of the limitations of US-style child sex offender registries.

Caroline Taylor and Eyal Gringart Newly published research into Australia's first publicly accessible register of sex offenders highlights the dangers of public misunderstanding of how it works and, indeed, of where the risks for children are greatest.

Stranger gives encouraging note to girl, 5, while on the bus

Encouraging note: Stranger makes five-year-old girl's day.

Livia Gamble Starting school is scary for a number of reasons, but for Ella Mitchell, what scared her most was not being able to read.

QLD community raising money for girl, 7, who was hit by a car

Road to recovery: Sienna,7, with her dad Shane.

Livia Gamble Sienna McColl had just finished her first day of grade two when she was hit by a car last month.

Mum photographs kids with special needs, captures their true spirits

The Superhero Project: Mum hopes to preserve the superhero spirit inside little survivors.

Livia Gamble Renee Bergeron's son was born with a rare congenital heart defect, but he's still the biggest superhero around.

The spirit of survival – in pictures

After photographing her son, Apollo, dressed as a superhero, Renee Bergeron created The Superhero Project.

My not-to-do list For Mother's Day surprised even me

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Mihiri Udabage After years of being told that Mother's Day was my day off I decided to make a list of all the things I wouldn't be doing - just so everyone's clear.

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Little girl has the best reason for cutting her hair

'I want to be like dad': Little girl's excellent reason for cutting her hair.

Livia Gamble Give a child access to scissors and there's a good chance they will try and cut their hair.

REVIEW

I reluctantly fell in love with the Kia Carnival

Kylie Orr reviewing the Kia Carnival.

Kylie Orr I’ll be honest. I didn’t want to love the new Kia Carnival. Perhaps my resistance to a car with sliding doors was simply denial that I have four children?

Have I disappeared since I became a mum?

Feeling invisible:

Ann Cinzar That desire to be noticed, to be seen, doesn't fade like the glow of my skin. No one wants to feel invisible.

Facing my first Mother's Day without my mum

Mother's Day: For some it is a day of grief instead of celebration.

Jessica Abelsohn Everywhere I look there is a reminder that Mother's Day is approaching. Signs, cards, emails, reminders that I should be buying my mother a present because she is wonderful.

Mums share their Mother's Day wishlist

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We have looked through the Essential Kids' forums to see what real mums want for Mother's Day this year.

Breaking the cycle of rage in families

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Wendy Bradford There was a time when I could imagine losing my children because of my ongoing issues with anger.

Managing grandparent expectations

Too involved:

Meghan Leahy Too close or close enough for comfort? It's really up to you.

Watch a little girl hilariously tell her mum she's moving out

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Livia Gamble A video shows a five-year-old girl telling her family she is "moving on" after her brother threw dirt at her.

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