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    Lollipops at 5.37am. And 5 other things I let my third child get away with.

        By LISA SADIKMAN It is no secret that we parent each kid differently. With my first one, I was on the floor during tummy time, running around to multiple Mommy & Me classes and diligently teaching her the Rules of Life: say please and thank you, share, don’t play ball in the house, [read more]

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    How to raise kind daughters.

              By KARI KAMPAKIS When my daughter Ella was in fourth grade, she got in the car one day after school and announced her plan to run for student council. At her school each class has a representative, and I was thrilled she planned to put her name in the hat. [read more]

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    What former “sluts” teach their daughters about sex.

            By BERN MORLEY The sex talk I had with my own mother went a little something like this: “If you do it, you will get pregnant and then you will die.” Well maybe not exactly like that, but it was pretty close. Basically, it was a very closed and off-limits subject. [read more]

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    15 glorious celebrity women on why they don’t have children.

      When you’re a woman over 30 who doesn’t have children, it can feel – in a world of primary-school reading groups and soccer presentation nights – like you’re the odd one out. A walking taboo. And the question of why you’re not like the others can hang in the air at every unfamiliar social function. Inspired [read more]

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    DILFs. Just like MILFs. But with dads.

    By AVI VINCE What’s the deal with the ovary-pinging hotness of men holding babies? I don’t know whether it is the cute baby making the guy holding them even hotter. Or whether it is that pesky biological clock poking me. So when I stumbled across, what the user describes as, “Welcome to the happiest place on Instagram!”, [read more]

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    HOLLY: “I didn’t feel like a mother. I felt like a fraud.”

                By HOLLY WAINWRIGHT An experience I will never, ever forget. I was a new mum. My baby was five weeks old. I looked like a mother, wandering around with birds-nest hair and a 1000-yard stare, holding an infant. But I didn’t feel like a mother. I felt like a [read more]

  • things that annoy parents

    Every parent’s sh*t list. Perhaps you’re already on it?

      By BERN MORLEY There have been many times during the past 15 years of parenthood when I’ve been annoyed by people for what they have or haven’t done. But it’s always been an internal and mental list, left trapped inside my frustrated mind. Until now. I think it’s time to introduce the Parent’s ‘Sh*t List’. [read more]

  • L Almond and boys

    “My mum has always been my hero. But my kids? Their heroes are toys.”

              By LISA ALMOND My Mum has always been my hero. Even as a child I looked up to my mum and was amazed at how much she managed to accomplish and how she managed to treat all four of us kids equally throughout our entire lives. Even now as adults [read more]

  • sally before and after

    Why this woman’s “post baby body” should not make you feel anything at all.

      By HOLLY WAINWRIGHT Sally Brouwer is amazing. She really is. Sally is a Brisbane police officer, a personal trainer and a mother-of -three who sits on the board of the Blue Sky Foundation for autistic children. That’s amazing, right? And that’s before we even get to her abs, which – credit where credit is due [read more]

  • holly-billy-jpg

    “A comprehensive list of the things I did before 9am.”

        By HOLLY WAINWRIGHT Ah, good morning. Sit down, drink your coffee. Breathe. How’s your day been? Do you remember a time when all you had to do in the morning was get your sorry arse out of bed, into a shower, and onto the bus? And then you had children. And then you went back [read more]

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    The attack of the Lunchbox Police.

          By TANYA ASHWORTH On the day that my eldest daughter started school, I sent her off with a lunchbox of freshly prepared, beautifully presented items. Amongst them was a home baked chocolate muffin dusted with icing sugar, which she had helped make the day before. When she came home that evening, the [read more]

  • baby with 8 limbs

    The incredible before and after photos of a baby who was born with 8 limbs. 

          By CAITLIN STOWER Paul Mukisa is only four months old, but he’s already got a pretty inspiring tale of survival to tell. The baby boy was born on 27 May in Nabigingo, Uganda, with four arms and four legs — and now, after a lengthy surgery involving multiple surgeons, anasthesia and a blood transfusion, he’s successfully had [read more]

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    7 mummy hacks that will change the way you cook dinner.

            By JO ABI Cooking dinner used to be so much fun. I’d cook meals and bask in the compliments as everyone at the dinner party devoured everything in sight. Then I became a mum. Here’s what I’ve learned so far: – The longer you spend cooking a meal, the less your [read more]

  • Pablo's parents are delighted.

    After 16 weeks of bedrest and a lot of heartache, miracle baby Pablo entered the world.

            With his wispy dark hair, tiny pink fingers and his slow-blinking brown eyes, two-day-old Pablo Hernandez is absolutely perfect. But what makes Pablo particularly special is that his parents, Maria Herrara and Andres Hernandez, came frighteningly close to never meeting him. They’d endured eight miscarriages and seven rounds of IVF over six heartbreaking years — [read more]

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    Baby spa: Where babies can recover from their constant sleeping.

          Sometimes, being a baby can be tough. There’s all that crying and pooping and eating and (maybe) sleeping. And lying on rugs, staring up at fluffy, cuddly things which are just out of your reach. Happily, there’s a new baby spa that has entered the market to combat all the stress that [read more]

  • BRITAIN-ROYALS

    Is it ever OK to actually say you want to have a girl?

            By ANONYMOUS Prince Charles knows exactly what he wants when it comes to his new grandchild. After using the very royal word, ‘splendid’ to greet the news of the Duchess of  Cambridge’s pregnancy, he didn’t hold back on his hopes for the gender. “I really hope it’s a girl,” he told [read more]

  • Zoe Foster life after baby

    Zoe Foster Blake couldn’t walk for most of her pregnancy.

          Zoe Foster Blake’s pregnancy was somewhat of a nightmare. The 33-year-old fashion/beauty blogger has spoken about the painful (but joyous) time of pregnancy and post-baby life with parenting blog The Grace Tales. First the health issues. Zoe experienced extreme morning sickness, but she’s also experienced gestational diabetes and a conditional called, ‘Ostetis Pubis’ – [read more]

  • cutting back kids screen time

    Screen time that is actually healthy for your kids.

    By JO ABI It wasn’t long ago that kids used to entertain themselves by going outside and, you know, running around. Then technology happened, and these days kids are more likely to spend their time staring blankly at a screen than they are kicking a ball at the park. This video is brought to you by [read more]

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    Three days. Three kids. And a holiday that actually went to plan.

          By NICOLE MADIGAN Put your hand up if you promised yourself you’d never rely on technology to entertain the kids. You’d never allow your children to play with an iPhone when out for dinner, and there’s no way your kids would waste quality time playing on electronic devices during family holidays. Yours [read more]

  • Kate Middleton name

    Does anyone wait 3 months to announce a pregnancy any more?

            By HOLLY WAINWRIGHT There’s a reason that we don’t tell people that we’re pregnant until that momentous 12-week scan. Many of us will lose our baby before we reach that milestone. 80 per cent of miscarriages happen in the first trimester. And one in four pregnancies will end in miscarriage. But [read more]

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    Own it, Leigh Sales: The first day back after maternity leave.

    By ALISSA WARREN Going back to work after maternity leave is like going on a first date with someone you’ve been in a relationship with before and with someone who you haven’t seen for a long, long, long time. A lot of things have happened since then… To your life… To your brain…. To your [read more]

  • you know you're a parent when

    20 signs you might be a parent.

      There are some fairly distinct signs that you are now a parent. Often it’s quite obvious, I mean there’s a tiny human sleeping under your roof for one thing. But there are other, definite changes in circumstances that you will only fully appreciate when you become a parent. So, you might be a parent [read more]

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    A definitive list of the 7 most avoided household chores.

            By JO ABI Here’s what I quickly learned just weeks after moving out of home… I learned that nothing happened by magic (my mum). Somebody has to do all the horrible, disgusting, foul, nauseating cleaning jobs around the house and that person is me. Gross. It’s a bit comforting really. It [read more]

  • teens cutting themselves

    The cutting helped her feel in control. She said that “everyone was doing it”.

            Warning: This post deals with self harm. Its content, and specific words used throughout the piece, may be triggering for some readers. By ANONYMOUS I found her slumped over the toilet bowl which in itself, was unusual. She wasn’t sick but she “couldn’t go to school” she said. It was her first [read more]

  • kate hunter

    6 reasons why snow holidays are better than the beach.

      By KATE HUNTER I love Alissa Warren, really I do. I respect her as a fellow Mamamia writer and as a woman. I do not, however, respect her family holiday choices. I am judging her. Because her children’s exposure to snowy experience will be limited to that frosty Disney mega-phenomenon of which we do not speak. [read more]

  • Lisa and eldest

    You haven’t met a fussy eater until you have met this kid.

                By LISA ALMOND You haven’t met a fussy eater until you have met my eldest son. I’ve lost count of the hours I’ve spent trying to get my kids to eat good food. Anyone who has fussy eaters knows that every meal is an absolute battle between parent and [read more]

  • pregnant cravings

    21 ways giving birth is different to what you see in the movies.

          By SUMMER LAND Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to be a mum. I used to watch Father of the Bride Part II and daydream about the day that I’d be rushing in a car with my husband to the hospital. We’d get there just in time for my water to [read more]

  • dove fathers day

    Try to make it through this without crying. Go on, try.

      By MAMAMIA TEAM We defy you to make it through this ad without tears crying or swallowing down a lump in your throat. Even the steeliest of the Mamamia team had tears in their eyes after watching Dove’s latest campaign. “Calls For Dad” comes in response to the statistic that 75% of dads say [read more]

  • Holly and her family.

    “Dear People Who Judge My Partner When He’s With Our Kids.”

          By HOLLY WAINWRIGHT Dear People Who Judge My Partner, Yes, clearly you were surprised to see a man. A man at the play centre. On a week day. And he wasn’t on his iPad. He was actually playing. With his children. Perhaps you couldn’t see that the reason he was crawling through that [read more]

  • shared parenting advice

    Your proudest moment as a parent. Go.

    This video is brought to you by Omo Ultimate. There’s an amazing satisfaction you get when you see your kids showing love and care to somebody else. It’s always a proud moment when we see all the lessons we’ve been trying to teach our children come to fruition. But still, the fact of life is [read more]