Clinical Psychologist Leanne Hall: Tips for Managing Anxiety as a New Mum

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Up to 70% of new mums will feel anxious at some stage during their pregnancy or early motherhood. This is normal considering the many unknowns that lie ahead. In addition to learning the ropes ‘on the job’, new mums are also performing under the spotlight of social media and multi-tasking like never before! Anxiety will be transitory for many new parents as...

Preventing Child Abduction: What You Need to Teach Your Kids Now!

What to Teach Your Kids to Prevent Child Abduction
There are few things more terrifying than the thought of your child being abducted. Keeping our children safe, and more importantly, giving them the skills to remain that way, is crucial. Here's the latest information on best equipping your child for dealing with this kind of situation. A very real fear Recent attempted abductions have brought the topic of child safety firmly back...

The 6 Golden Rules of Exercise for Busy and Time Poor Mums

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The alarm sounds as the clock ticks over to 5:15am. It’s early. It’s dark. It’s pretty bloody cold. I’ve got two options; I can sink further into my warm, cosy bed – or I can lace up my trainers and get moving. Six months ago, the bed would have won, hands-down. I was tired, I needed sleep, I had to work,...

How Old Is ‘Old Enough’ to Stay Home Alone? And What’s the Law?

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Home alone? Is your child ready for this major step? Staying at home without mum or dad is a major milestone. It shows that your child is developmentally ready to care for herself, that she can handle a mature level of responsibility and that you have the trust in her (and her abilities) to go without a babysitter. Even though Australia...

Helping Your Child to Handle Tragedy In the News: How to Discuss Hard Topics with Kids

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Bad things happen. It’s just a terrible fact. So how do you talk to your child when tragedy strikes? The TV is on and the news is reporting a terrorist attack or some other horrific incident. Before you can hit the ‘off’ button, your child hears the story. Here comes the questions. Understanding how to talk to your child about...

The Real Mum’s Guide to What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag
Some women are so organised that their hospital bag is packed before their baby bump has even appeared. Others scramble to shove bits and pieces in a bag while breathing through contractions as they head to the hospital.  Whatever your organisational style, your hospital bag is a pretty important piece of luggage! So, other than PJ’s and undies, what do...

7 Smart Money Tips: Budgeting for Baby

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Bringing a new person into this world – or, essentially, keeping them fed, watered, warm, dressed, amused and pretty darn comfy – can hit your bank balance hard. For such tiny beings, having babies can cost big! As parents, we simply want to concentrate on all the mini milestones, bask in the OMG cuteness and not stress the baby budget....

10 (Hilarious Yet Soul Destroying) Truths of Cooking for Kids + Meet 16 of the Pickest Eaters of the Internet…

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Anyone who has ever cooked for young kids, (their own or someone else’s), knows it can be a tricky task. Kids are fickle creatures, and nowhere is this more obvious than when it comes to food. So for your sanity, here are some home truths of cooking for kids. Never assume they will eat anything. And if feeding more than one...

New Bed Wetting Research & Expert Tips on Managing Bed Wetters

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Clinical Psychologist, Leanne Hall shares insights and tips into bedwetting. In a new survey, parents of 2-15 year olds have revealed differing attitudes in relation to bed wetting and how they approach this issue in the home. Mothers of younger children are more accepting of bed wetting behaviour whereas mums of older children express feelings of stress, worry and even anger....

31 Tips for Surviving Your First Week at Home with Baby

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If you’re bringing home bub soon here’s 31 expert tips from our real mums. You can do it! With nine months to plan for the arrival of your little bundle, it’s difficult to imagine that you would be anything but prepared when he or she (or both) makes an appearance. The nursery is all set, you’ve read the books and now...

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