Confused About the Changes to Centrelink Family Benefits? Here’s Our Quick Rundown
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The New Year brings a whole lot of new changes for Centrelink’s family benefits. See how they affect you. The clock struck midnight, you raised a bubbling glass of champagne (or more likely, groggily chugged a sippy cup of grape juice thinking it was the mum-friendly version), gave your honey a quick kiss and felt the freshness of the new year...
Breastfeeding Woes: When Your Breasts Just Aren’t Committed
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I planned to breastfeed. I did the introductory breastfeeding class in my 3rd trimester, purchased a nursing bra and selected a lactation cookie recipe from thousands on Pinterest. Then the breastfeeding woes set in. Breast was best, I had no doubt about it, and I was all-in. “It’s like watching grass grow, isn’t it?” It was uttered by a tactless lactation consultant...
When Does my Baby Need Shoes?
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With so many styles and sizes of children’s shoes on the market from newborn and up, it can be confusing which ones to buy and when to buy them! When does my baby need shoes? What is the most important criteria when choosing them? Is a good fitting pair of shoes really that important? Read on and all will...
Special Needs Children: Tips for Starting School Successfully
Starting school involves excitement and change. It can also be a tricky time for parents and special needs children. The implementation of simple strategies can minimise the stress of transition and hopefully enable an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both you and your child. Of course, each child is unique and learns and adapts in different ways. My own daughter Eleanor...
Watch your Child Fly: Why Imaginative Play is So Important
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Imaginative play is a key part of your child’s development. Watch your child as they role-play and you’ll see how much impact day-to-day life can have on them. Plus, you can see how key people in their life — like you— can influence their world. So next time the kids are complaining that they’re bored, why don't you pull out the...
8 Steps to Successfully Introduce Your Baby to Your Dog
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Bringing a new baby into the world changes yours completely. What a lot of dog owners forget is that it also completely changes the pack dynamic of your household. This can lead to tension and boundary issues if not great problems with your dog if it is not tackled up front.  Preparing Your Dog Ready For Your Baby’s Arrival Sad...
Mini Millionaires: How to Teach Your Kids To Manage Money
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Being able to teach your kids to manage money is an important life skill for them. But all too often we treat money as a taboo subject. To me, it’s less about how much pocket money we give and more about the lessons we try to teach. Here’s the top 6 lessons I want to teach my kids about managing money. Money matters....
The Not So Shitty Truth About Cloth Nappies
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I have to say it took me by surprise. A close friend had chosen to use cloth nappies. Amongst all my breeding friends it had simply never entered our minds or conversations to debate cloth versus disposable. And we had discussed all the choices. Knowing the gender or not. Caesarean or natural. Drug free or drug me. Boob or bottle....
This Baby Store is Exclusively for Dads and the Clientele Couldn’t be Happier!
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Dads don't babysit, they parent, and that’s exactly what drove this clever father to create a dad-friendly baby boutique, Seahorses PDX. “Dads don’t babysit. It’s called parenting.” That’s what dad and owner of Seahorses PDX, Don Hudson, had to say. Why Seahorse? Well, it’s not just because those little marine creatures are so amazingly adorable (seriously, they’re crazy cute in the...
Grab the Tissues: This 4-Year-Old’s Rare Disease Will Melt Your Heart
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There are so many costs to come with being a mum. Clothes, toys and all of that gear can really add up. But, the one cost that no parent wants to ever think about is the cost of their child’s funeral. For the Fitzgerald family, that’s precisely the cost that they will soon have to deal with. Like any mum...