Unhappy Meal: Should Schools Have Opinion on What’s in a Kid’s Lunchbox?
If a Mum sends her child with a Happy Meal for lunch, is it the school's right to comment?  An English Principal has divided his community with a newsletter saying that less-than-healthy lunches are unacceptable, with a Happy Meal from the previous night topping the list of school-food-crimes.... The Sun UK reports that John Carty, Principal at Byron Primary in Gillingham, Kent UK...
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
Perfect Social Media Mums
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...
A Bucket List for Babies: 33 Things to do Before You’re 3!
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Children have the foundation of their personality shaped by the play, exploration and learning they undertake before their third birthday. These formative years develop the essential communication, creative and technical skills they will carry throughout their lives. DUPLO has compiled a witty and heart-warming, “Bucket List for Babies”. A checklist for kids and parents alike, that summarises the joys and...
Musical.ly App Security: Man Posed as Bieber to Groom Eight Year Old Girl Online
Musical.ly App security should be of concern to all parents. A Melbourne mother has revealed the horrifying moment she witnessed her 8-year-old daughter being groomed by an online predator — who was posing as Justin Bieber. Via News.com.au: Alicia Bellette of Essendon has shared how she was with her daughter Charli, when four message notifications from ‘The Real Justin Bieber’ popped up on her iPad. The...
Experiencing a Foul Child After School? Combat After School Restraint Collapse
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What in the heck is “after school restraint collapse” and how does it affect your family? There are something like a zillion parenting buzzwords. Oh, and that list is growing every day. So, it’s no wonder that you’re not always up on the hip, cool new mummy-lingo. Hey, don’t stress. There are only so many new vocab words one mum...
What’s the Right Age to Start School? Research Says It Might Be Later
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It's much discussed and much worried about. New research may just help with the answers on when is the right age to start school...  The age when your child starts school might have a direct link to how well-behaved s/he is. Recent research shows that delaying the start of school for an extra year may have long-lasting effects when it...
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...
7 People You Need in Your Parenting Village Right Now!
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The old saying that it takes a village to raise a child is more relevant than ever today! The busyness and disconnection of modern life can make it feel like we’re raising our kids on an island, rather than in a cohesive, supportive community. The great news is that although the village may look a whole lot different these days, we...
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,...