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Development

Dear Santa, please don’t go yet

Cath Jenkin discusses the fear of saying goodbye to Santa and fairytales.

Health & Safety

Total toddler destruction!

How to set up a real home for your toddler, writes Denise Philip.

Development & Behaviour

Talking toddlers

Try not to rush your toddler into speaking correctly soon after saying their first word.

Care & Nutrition

Breastfeeding a toddler

Take a look at the trials and tribulations of breastfeeding a toddler.

Care & Nutrition

Cupcakes get eaten, memories don’t

Some moms prefer to make memories than bake treats for their kids cake sales, says Cath Jenkin.

Development & Behaviour

I miss our imaginary friends

Kids find comfort in having imaginary friends, says Cath Jenkin.

Family Finance

Is pregnancy and parenting a money game?

Whether you’re a parent or expecting, money seems to empty your wallet at every turn, says Kim Norton.

Think about

Want to fall pregnant? Step on it.

Could reflexology cure infertility? Put one foot in front of the other to find out!

Development & Behaviour

I miss our imaginary friends

Kids find comfort in having imaginary friends, says Cath Jenkin.

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The perfect pigeon pair

Do you need a boy and girl to have the perfect family?

Development & Behaviour

Boobs out for the babes

Chris McEvoy can't understand how people can see breastfeeding as creepy.

Babycare

The challenges of “Irish twins”

A small gap between kids can make life very tricky, suggests Tori Hoffmann.

Development

Parent24 chats to Pixelslave10

The dynamic of a blended family has taught this mom that it all can be both heart-wrenching and rewarding.

Care & Nutrition

Parent24 chats to Stacey Vee

Supermom Stacey didn’t plan on being a mom to a kid with special needs, but she calls it her "second childhood".

Care & Nutrition

Parent24 chats to Cams

Real parent Cams shares her parenting experiences, and tickles our funny bones with "Tashisms".

Care & Nutrition

Parent24 chats to Angel Conradie

Real parent Angel Conradie shares her experience with raising an ADHD child.

Care & Nutrition

Parent24 chats to Tanya Kovarsky

Mommy blogger, Tanya shares her thoughts on life with a toddler.

Care & Nutrition

Parent24 chats to Cath Jenkin

Fearless real parent Cath Jenkin is determined to find laughter in the challenges of parenting.

Health & Safety

Teach NO SECRETS to ensure your child’s safety

Being an honest parent makes it easier to raise honest children.

Development & Behaviour

Teaching age-appropriate choices and consequences

Different discipline and instruction for different age-groups.

Development

“Life is more fun with three of us”

From single to shared parenting- changing definitions.

Care & Nutrition

How green is too green?

Can your eco drive affect your kids?

Development & Behaviour

Doctor Parent often knows best

Medical professionals are important, but so is a parent’s intuition.

Care & Nutrition

A Little Post-Potty-Training Perspective

Who decides when it’s time to switch to potty-pooping and beyond?

Health & Safety

Snakes and Snakebites

A resource for South African parents.

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When children’s parties get out of control

Terri Lailvaux suggests five golden rules for parties.

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Making sure your child wins at school sport

There’s more to school sports than results, says Greg Hurvitz.

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What makes a good parent?

We shouldn’t assume that everyone knows how to raise ‘good’ children.

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'Keep your meaty mouth shut!'

'Please don’t tell me what my child should eat,' says this mom of a little vegetarian.

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Growing up at 24

No matter how old you are, while you're still living under your mum's roof, you are a child.

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Growing up: Fact vs Fantasy

This mom realises that her little girl is at a crossroads between being a princess and learning how to do math.

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Gardening with kids

Growing food has become a wonderful way to commune with nature – and my kids.

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Whose birth is it anyway?

All a woman about to give birth needs is support, not judgement, says this mom.

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A love of reading

If Mom loves reading, so will the kids, right? Not that simple says this mom of 3.

Parenting

When mothers leave

Women who decide to give up custody pose a conundrum for this mother of 3.

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Finding family

A paternity test confirmed a family connection for this mother of 3.

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Discipline in public

When it comes to curbing inappropriate behaviour, this mom takes her cue from Bill Cosby.

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Do fertility ovulation monitors work?

This TTC hopeful takes a fertility ovulation monitor for a test run and shares her experiences.

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'We don't want another child'

After her first son wasn't planned, this mom wonders if it's selfish to want only one child.

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The perfect mix of Mom and Dad

Cath Jenkin takes a look at her daughter and hopes that she'll become a super version of her parents.

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No strap, no ride

What are people thinking of letting their kids travel unrestrained?

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What a tonsil!

With repeated infections, is it time to whip out the tonsils, wonders this mom.

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Potty Training by Example

How one mom inadvertently taught her child to use the toilet.

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Trying to be Supermom

Janine wonders if looking good is part of being a great mom.

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Dumb TV, dumb children?

Why do kids shows have to be so mean, asks this mom of 3.

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Are we sexualising our kids? Share

Would you speak out about inappropriate styles for children?

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Finding time for fitness

Forget the excuses! Getting active saved my sanity, says this mom of 3.

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Should dads do less?

Whatever the research says, dads need to do more than play, says this mom.

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‘I want my bed back’

I think my toddler is developing a master takeover plan, says this mom of two.

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Too late to circumcise?

When does foreskin trouble indicate a circumcision should be considered, asks this 3-year old's mom.

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Teen party terrors

'What kind of party should I have?' asks Jen’s teen daughter. Mom shudders.

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Good morning, sickness

The second trimester dawns, so when does all that promised blooming begin, asks Suki Lock.

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A midwife birth at home

With hypnobirthing, an ‘official birth Tweeter’ and the Geek on hand, this was never going to be the average birth story.

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Choosing good parents

Is it possible to be too narrow in our definition of a good parent?

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Take the parent test

Pregnant mom Suki is pretty glad she didn't have to pass before starting her family.

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Toddlers in demand

Seems I should have booked my child’s activities before he was born. Seriously.

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Pregnant hot mama

Has anyone seen my inner hot mama? I know she’s in there somewhere...

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When going potty hurts

Trouble with potty training isn't always about their stubbornness, says this mom.

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The power of binky

Binky, blankie, toto, doodee. Never underestimate the emotional attachment of a kid and his special item.

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The toy I’ll never forget

When I was little, wherever I went, there Tilly went too. She was more than a doll, she was my friend.

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Goodbye, sweet 16

A mom of three contemplates 17 years of being a parent, and how she’s changed.

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How to be a TTC friend

When your friend is trying to fall pregnant, there are certain things you just shouldn't do. This TTC hopeful offers some advice.

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Kids making money

How much effort should parents put into supporting budding entrepreneurs?

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Why I’m a stay-at-home mom

Finding the perfect job led this driven career woman to the place she least expected: home.

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From a son to a mother

On his mother’s death, this adult son looks back on what she means to him and his family.

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‘My baby is vegetarian’

A vegetarian mom explains why she’s raising her family with the same ideals.

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Does my child need school?

Should my special needs child go to daycare or stay at home with me? Razia Hisham weighs the choices.

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Baby’s first year

Crazy and wonderful, that’s how this mom describes the first year with her baby.

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1st day of preschool

Making the decision to send your child to school takes bravery and planning, says this mom.

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Baby-making sex

No, says a mom of two, trying isn’t always the fun part.

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Waiting for a baby

Sometimes I get so whiny about trying to conceive, I get tired of myself!

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Infertility: how it really feels

Trying to conceive has been an emotional journey, shares this mom.

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How qualified is your babysitter?

Would you leave your child with an unqualified person? One mom explains why she does.

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Babies then and now

‘Crying is good exercise’ and other gems from when granny had her babies.

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Our son’s name is…

Giving an unusual baby name can cause some weird reactions, says this mom.

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Petrus the eighth

Why would you give your child your name when he cannot – and should not – be like you?

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The twins’ big brother

With twins on the way, here’s how we helped our oldest feel special.

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My son defriended me

It’s surprisingly distressing to discover your teen no longer wants to be your friend.

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‘I lost my baby’

The absence of a heartbeat confirmed what this pregnant mom already knew: the baby was not alive.

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Does winning matter?

Is competition a useful motivator for children, or do parents emphasise it too much, asks this school counselor.

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Stop hurting the children

Why do kids always have to bear the brunt of humanity’s worst side, asks a dad of two.

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What children don't need

Think about what not to do, and doing the right thing becomes much easier.

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The thinner mom inside

Boxing helped me to get my body back after having kids, says this mom of two.

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'Why do people break the law?'

Is there a way to explain to a child why some people don’t respect the country’s laws?

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‘I’m going to be a Dad!’

From the moment you hear that your partner is pregnant, all the hopes and dreams of fatherhood start flooding in.

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Should babies watch TV?

‘You can't raise children without TV,’ says this mom’s friend. Agree?

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‘Daddy paid for my career’

Are you doing your kids a favour if you bankroll their job ambitions?

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Toddler on a plane

The horror movie started at take off for this mom of a toddler.

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Why TV is good for your sex life

I love you, you love me, let’s take the opportunity for some privacy.

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Finding a talent

Developing skills and interests is a sure way to build self-esteem, says this school counsellor.

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A nappy-free newborn?

We assume babies have to wear nappies from the minute they’re born, but this mom tried another way.

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A matter of masturbation

It’s only natural for toddlers to explore all their body parts – isn’t it? Suki Lock investigates.

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Redefining our family

As a single parent, it’s a huge choice to add another person to your life.

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Sometimes, parenting sucks

Balancing the needs of 3 kids is not always a bed of roses, admits this mom.

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'I see pregnant people!'

Why is it when you want to get pregnant the world is full of other people’s babies?
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