The Olympic Sport That is Competitive Parenting

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It begins innocently enough. Baby is born, other baby-mummy friends are made and the chat on ‘how your little darlings are developing’ is established. Seems easy, right? Wrong. This moment is where your conversation can go 1 of 2 directions. A: Continue to chat about said milestones and seek and/or give advice accordingly…in short, enjoy happy, healthy talk about your growing...

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...

100,000 Socks: What It Really Means to Be a Mum

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What does it really mean to be a mum? One simple word. Socks. Socks? I hear you say. Why socks? Well here’s some mummy mathematics for you. I was pairing socks the other day when it occurred to me. There’s 5 pairs of feet in my family. 2 socks per pair is 10 socks per day. Which makes 70 socks a week. That’s 3640 socks...

Real Mum Confessions: Hilariously True Second Kid Shortcuts

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Sometime (when you’re pregnant, awaiting bundle of joy #2), somewhere (while you’re just minding your own business), someone (whether you ask for it or not!) will come up with this corker, ‘Ah you’ll be more relaxed this time round’… Now, let’s see, ‘relaxed’. It’s quite a considerate way of putting it, actually. Others might say you’ll be little distracted, others may...

19 Things About Toilet Training You Won’t Find in the Parenting Books

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So, your kid is ready to start toilet training huh? Yet another fluffy milestone in your angelic little cherub’s short life so far.... You’ve read the articles, you’ve consulted the books and you’ve spoken to your friends who’ve been through it.  Surely it can’t be that hard, right? I mean you’ve got all you need…you’ve done the research, got the toilet...

Why I Wasn’t Crying at the School Gate

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When Heidi Lewis dropped her baby to school for the first time this week she didn’t shed a tear. She freaking loved every second! Think what you will but she couldn’t kiss him and get out of there quick enough… Don’t get me wrong I love my little blue eyed, blonde angel-faced devil-in-disguise with all my heart. The morning snuggles...

Children’s Milestones: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Compare Your Kids To Mine

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Comparison is the maker of worries and the Grinch of mummy happiness. Stop looking over your shoulder and focus on your own little ones.  We’re all guilty of looking at the kid at the playground that seems to be the same age as our little one, watching them scale the equipment like a Cirque du Soleil performer while our monkey...

Get Off Me: How To Help Your Clingy Child Find Independence

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There’s nothing quite like having children to make you appreciate alone time. Before kids, I’d often seek out the company of other people rather than be alone. Now, my kids give me more company than I can handle some days, and after a particularly long day of one or the other of my kids attached to my leg, I’m desperate...

10 Natural Remedies For Teething (Besides Your Finger!)

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So you’ve noticed your bub is unsettled, drooling bucket loads, and is chewing on just about anything within reach? It sounds like teething might be around the corner for your little one. Before you rule out teething because you’re not seeing little white spots or any ruptured gums, it certainly does not mean your child hasn’t started the teething process. They...

Starting Your Baby on Solids is Simple. Here’s What To Do and What NOT to Do!

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Starting your baby on solids is a major milestone in your baby’s development and often the cause of much excitement, followed by confusion in parents.  Many parents can feel a little overwhelmed by where and how to start and find the thought of providing three meals a day daunting. Just ease yourself into it, following the simple and practical Food...

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