• sarah-wilson-IQS

    The one where Mamamia asked Sarah Wilson what’s so wrong with Paddlepops.

        For parents, school is about learning and preparing our kids for life. For kids that’s all an aside – school is about lunchtime. Tag, handball, chasies and the big one – the canteen. Do you remember the thrill of being given 50c from Mum to spend at the canteen? A Sunnyboy and a BIG M [read more]

  • baby and comp

    How to kick your career goals (while working, raising a family and generally being awesome).

            By LISA MITCHELL Having children changes you in every single way. When we first have to leave our precious little humans, even for a short amount of time, it hurts, physically and emotionally. Our every instinct screams at us to stay with them. So we become pickier about what we allow to [read more]

  • rainy day

    4 ways to keep kids entertained on a rainy day.

            By CYNTHIA PEARCE I love sleeping when it’s raining. My children are all safe and happy, tucked into bed and then I crawl in, exhausted, and fall asleep to the sound of rain falling. It’s so relaxing. But rain during the day? Total. Nightmare. Children and rain don’t mix, whatsoever. It’s [read more]

  • pregnant tummy

    4 health tips for pregnant women.

          By HELEN VNUK Every pregnancy is different. My first pregnancy I barely even noticed. My second, the nausea really kicked in, I got huge and the whole thing was a lot more of an effort. But both times I just loved that feeling of my baby kicking inside me, and I miss [read more]

  • boy on phone

    The little boy who fell in love with a phone.

              By BERN MORLEY You don’t need be the parent of a child with autism to identify with the story I am about to share with you. It is less about a young boy’s relationship with an inanimate object and more about the beauty to be found in discovering someone who [read more]

  • bored family

    “Babies have made my friends boring.”

              By FRANCES FARADAY OMG you had a baby! That’s pretty sweet. You actually grew a human and pushed it out and now it’s a thing. Awesome job, well done you. The thing is, I know it’s a big job. I know it’s life changing. I know you’re tired from being [read more]

  • fight for ryder

    Fight for Ryder, the 3-year old with four months to live.

              By ISABELLE MCKENZIE Ryder was having nose bleeds for a year and a half before we went to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Every doctor turned us away saying that he must have been picking nose! I knew it couldn’t be that straight forward — his nose had been [read more]

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    Em Rusciano: “I hate play dates. Tell me I’m not the only one”.

          By EM RUSCIANO. I have a confession to make, yes another one. I am not a fan of “play dates” after school. Aside from that, I am even less of a fan of the term “play date” because it gives me the heebie geebies. Like it is some kind of weird pretend [read more]

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    4 life changing Mummy Hacks for busy women.

              By JO ABI The kitchen has always been my favourite room in our home because it’s the room in which I spend the most time. My husband offered to set up a work desk for me in the study but I declined. My office is the dining table in the [read more]

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    BEC: Everything you’ve been told about c-sections is probably WRONG.

      By REBECCA SPARROW It was a headline too good to ignore. A lure, I couldn’t go past. “The major caesarean problem nobody talks about!’ whispered the article on my Facebook feed. What? What problem? There’s a major problem nobody talks about? I had to click. I had to click which is err, RIDICULOUS. I [read more]

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    People are upset about this breastfeeding photo for all the wrong reasons

      By ALISSA WARREN Alas, this picture will just about do me: I’m calling it. This photo is bullshit. This breastfeeding picture has created controversy around the world after it ignited the “when is a child too old to be breastfed?” debate. Let me begin by saying, FORGET IT. I don’t give a baby’s-merconium-smelling-fart about how [read more]

  • mia 5

    Beyonce, don’t bother taking your kids to historical monuments.

    By MIA FREEDMAN You’re Beyonce and when you visit Paris, you can book a private tour of the Louvre so you can walk around in peace. You are happy about this because it means you and your husband Jay-Z can take your 2-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, to see some of the most famous paintings in the [read more]

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    This is the book you wish your teacher had read to you at school.

            Do you read to your kids every night? Chances are, if you do, your kids love books with more pictures than words. Little kids love picture books. But this book. This book changes all that. This children’s book is just words. Just words. Boring ol’ words. So the reaction you’d expect to get [read more]

  • It was

    “The lie I tell each time someone asks: How many children do you have?”

          Six babies are delivered stillborn every day in Australia. And the loss of every single one of those precious children is keenly felt by their mothers, fathers and family. Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day, and in honour of all the families who have ever experienced the devastation of a stillbirth, [read more]

  • work life balance

    I struggle with motherhood every single day.

              By GINGER GORMAN I am a radio producer and presenter. I am a cook and textiles lover. I’m a talker, a reader and a writer. I am also a wife and a mother of two small children. And the truth is, I struggle with mothering every single day. In this [read more]

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    Stop everything. It’s International Babywearing Week.

              It takes about six months of parenthood to master the art of doing pretty-much anything one-handed. Cooking dinner, changing beds, expressing milk, updating Facebook statuses… all easily done with a child under your other arm once you know what you’re doing. But sometimes, to get things done, you just need to Put. [read more]

  • Nicky-and-Amelia

    5 reasons your kids should spend more time with a babysitter.

              By NICKY CHAMP There is nothing like parenting to transform you into a super-efficient person. Suddenly, you have no time to yourself and you’ll wonder what on earth you used to do with all your free time. Which was nothing – you wasted it drinking and sleeping in. By 8am [read more]

  • Nicola And Maddie

    The C-Section side effect that no one talks about.

            By NICOLA MORIARTY I never read What To Expect When You’re Expecting. And yet when I fell pregnant, I had a lot of expectations. I expected a smooth pregnancy, where I felt endearingly weak and ill for the first three months and then the remaining six months, I glowed. I expected [read more]

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    10 time saving hacks for working parents.

    By CYNTHIA PEARCE Being a working mum can be great. As long as you love your job, love your kids and accept the fact that you’ll never have enough time in your day, and that sleep is optional, you’re all set. Or, you can save crucial minutes with Mummy Hacks like this. They are absolute [read more]

  • Rebecca Sparrow

    Dear World, stop asking women if they’re pregnant.

            By REBECCA SPARROW Oh Jennifer Garner, I love you. Yesterday the actress went on Ellen to clear up those ‘baby bump’ rumours that have been hounding her for the past few months. Here’s how it went down according to People: “I get congratulated all the time by people I know. This [read more]

  • Not all germs are infectious

    There’s something your kids use every day that’s probably dirtier than your toilet.

            By HOLLY WAINWRIGHT. Confession time. There’s something that my youngest child uses every single day that I have washed twice in four years. Something that, according to scientists who know such things, is likely to house twice as many germs as you’ll find on a toilet seat. I’m talking about my [read more]

  • Wasn't it so much easier when your parents just yelled "it's time to go"!

    ‘I’m calling it: kids parties have jumped the shark’

              By MELISSA HUGZILLA We need to talk about parties. Kid’s parties have jumped the shark. I went to a birthday party for a five year old last weekend. There were plastic bowls filled with corn chips and Allen’s Party Mix. The kids jumped on the trampoline and ate Cheezels off [read more]

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    “I worry my sister is a little bit TOO in love with this baby.”

            By Dr MARIANNE DIAZ A photo of a pig-tailed and frothy-mouthed little baby, licking up the remains of her first babycino greets me as I look down at my vibrating phone. It’s the latest update from my sister, Jo. I resist the urge to kiss the screen and in a few swift swipes [read more]

  • what to expect

    The five unspoken stages of pregnancy.

      By BERN MORLEY If you were to consult a proper (dignified, science-based) publication about the major milestones that you hit during your pregnancy, it would tell you that there are three major pregnancy stages, hence the word ‘trimester’. As a layperson, who am I to argue with the experts? But as a mother now three [read more]

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    He’s not scary, he’s a little boy.

            By ALICEANN MEYER We’ve had some encounters recently that have inspired me to write this post.  This is something I hope everyone reads and shares.  This is a message that doesn’t just pertain to Jameson, but to all children who are made fun of and singled out for their differences; and [read more]

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    Big brothers find out twins are on the way. Big brothers have many, many questions.

    By ELISSA RATLIFF A family of five are driving along happily. And then the father ask’s them what they see in a picture. Next thing we know one child is in tears. One’s flipping out and one’s in hysterics. So what was the picture? An ultrasound of twins. Reaction 1: “Two more siblings…I hate this”. Reaction [read more]

  • bored kids

    Entertain your kids. With stuff you’ve got lying around the house.

        By LISA MITCHELL One of the biggest challenges I face each day is how to cook dinner for my family during the infamous ‘arsenic hour’, which for each family floats in between 4pm and 8pm each evening. For me the most difficult hour (or two) happens between 5 and 6.30 when I am [read more]

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    “This time every year, the world is full of men I don’t want my son to grow up to be.”

    By HOLLY WAINWRIGHT I don’t want to shock you. But. There was a stripper at the Grand Final yesterday. Not a streaker – the kind of nudity we’re happy to laugh of as harmless hijinks – but a woman apparently paid to take her clothes off for a corporate crowd in a fancy box. Because [read more]

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    “I had no idea that my son was being cyber bullied.”

              By JO ABI I grew up playing lots of video games, so when my boys started playing them, I didn’t think of it as a huge deal. Philip is 10 and is a total and complete Minecraft addict. He has it on our PC, on his iPod and on our [read more]

  • griswold

    The 7 truths about going on holiday with your children.

          By HOLLY WAINWRIGHT I look forward to a family holiday like a starving woman in sight of a breakfast buffet. I crush on the very idea of not having anywhere to be at five-minutes-ago O’Clock, of it not mattering a jot if no-one wants to get out of their PJs til 11 [read more]