EDITOR’S PICKS

  • Homeschooling boomed last year, write Rebecca English and Karleen Gribble. But these 4 charts show it was on the rise before COVID Home education, sometimes called homeschooling, is when children are educated outside a formal institution like a school. Parents of home-educated children are wholly...

  • Elizabeth Bate is surprised when an unconventional entertainer becomes the hit of the party.  My daughter, Rosie, was desperate to have a fairy party for her fourth birthday. She’s always loved frills, glitter and ribbons; new skirts are assessed on their ability to twirl and...

  • There are lots of picture books for young kids about having a birthday. We have selected a few more recent ones available. We also found some great books about birthday cakes. There are some Birthday Cake books that never go out of fashion and the...

  • Claire Yezbak Fadden outlines her plan for the perfect party. One month before Set a budget. Determine the number of guests you plan to invite. Choose a location for the event. Decide on a theme. Three weeks before Send out your invitations, be certain to...

  • A party isn't a party without a cake! Here are our top 25 favourite cake ideas to inspire you for your next big celebration.

  • The federal government is pitching its 2021 budget as “women-friendly” writes Danielle Wood, Kate Griffiths and Owain Emslie. This week it announced a key feature of that – more money to make child care cheaper and boost women’s workforce participation. The Coalition’s policy will increase...

Celebrating Mothers

  • A major report just released has revealed that many Australian babies are being placed at unnecessary risk because their birth by caesarean section is scheduled too early, without a medical reason. This is despite clear evidence that waiting until 39 weeks – unless there is...

  • The word ‘colic’ can strike fear into the hearts of any parent, writes Dr Valerie Sung. But now new research could potentially give hope to those struggling with colic in a newborn baby. An international study has found that a specific probiotic group is twice...

  • Milk is so intrinsic to us that we forget it’s even there, write Professor Ben Boyd and Dr Andy Clulow. Nine out of 10 fridges contain milk, usually from a cow, although increasingly, because we like “milk” so much, from plants. Human milk, meanwhile, is...

  • New research called [email protected], found disadvantaged mothers’ mental health and wellbeing improved after regular maternal and child health nurse home visits during pregnancy, continuing up until the child turned two. Trial at a Glance: Australian research has shown a positive impact on the mental health...

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