Gender & Toys: Why I Wish My Son Didn’t Pick That Baby Doll
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Gender & toys. #mindfield. Writer Klara Donovan shares her dismay at her son’s choice of toy… Recently I took my 18-month-old son on his first trip to the toy shop. I had a voucher to spend, and I figured it would be an easy way to fill an afternoon. Heck, I’d even let him run around the store and pick...
A Letter to the Perfect Social Media Mums
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Dear Facebook Mums, oh my mistake. Let me start again. Dear Perfect Social Media Mums, Just wanted to write you a quick little note on how grateful I am for you. I mean, let’s be honest, how else would I know how badly I’m failing as a mother, let alone as a human being. How do you do it? Us mere mortals...
Undiagnosed Genetic Syndrome: How Do You Help When You Don’t Know What’s Wrong?
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When your child is ill you just want them to get better. But what if you never knew what it was that was troubling them? This is Undiagnosed Genetic Syndrome.  How could you fix things if no matter how many doctors you met, none knew what the problem was or what was causing it? And how would you cope if you never knew...
Birth Photography? No Way!
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Pondering if birthday photography is for you? Our writer says, ‘Get the camera away from my downstairs. Thanks!’  When I was pregnant with my first baby I was all over every detail of the upcoming birth. I had all the regular worries about pain relief, making it to the hospital on time; and of course, the one we all obsess...
Have Your Say in the 2017 Parenting Survey and WIN!
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Here’s your chance to tell us about yourself, your family and what you really want in the 2017 Parenting Survey! Plus, 2 lucky readers will win share in $500 Prepaid Visa Card just for completing! At Mum Central we're pretty passionate about bringing you the freshest, most relevant news, offers and advice on the planet.  From competitions to product reviews,...
#SorryNotSorry: Why I Don’t Ask Kids to Apologise
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Kerry Rosser explains why she doesn't ask her kids to apologise – and maybe you shouldn’t either! I don’t ask my kids to apologise. And no, I’m not in the business of raising little a*seholes either. I stopped asking for sorrys because they seemed to be an easy way out. How often have your kids dished out the requested ‘sorry’ without a hint...
Playgrounds in Movie Cinemas: Yep This Is a Real Thing
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And our writer hates it. Here’s why. Have a look at the above photo. I know what you are thinking. It’s probably something along the lines of “That looks amazing! What a great idea! Where is this place? We are SO going there!” Admittedly, that is what I first thought too when I discovered the grand idea Cinepolis has had to combine...
Enough Already! Stop Giving My Kids Toys! (Here’s 7 Other Awesome Alternatives!)
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Drowning in well-intentioned gifts that you don’t want or need? You’ll relate to Kate Lynford’s desperate cry, 'Stop giving my kids toys!' My son has everything. Dozens of stuffed animals, wooden puzzles, Duplo sets, blocks, annoying toys with bells and whistles, piles of musical instruments. You name it, we have it. This stash, it’s worth a fortune and yet he never plays...
International Womens Day: 5 Simple Ways to Teach Equality in Your Home
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We all want equality for women, don’t we? Achieving it starts at home. Here’s how to teach equality. And make a difference.  March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is also my daughter’s birthday. This correlation is always a poignant reminder that my role as the mother of a daughter is a very important one. I want my daughter to...
Mum Calls It on Life Balance: It’s Bullsh*t!
Never has there been such pressure as a Mum to achieve life balance and perfect parenting...  And while we are frantically trying to do it all, there is a new buzzword: balance. It’s everywhere…. There are whole books dedicated to it: Achieving Balance, How to Balance your Life, Balancing Work and Life. Well I call bullshit. Yep. Bullshit on balance. Balance means “a...