Australia Family & Parenting
The intriguing image Jacinda Ardern used to announce her pregnancy has a deeper meaning
Senior Aussie politician and mum of two offers pregnant Ardern advice
17-year-old disabled girl was tortured and attacked by three teenage girls
Husband’s heartbreaking final letter to wife who died from cancer
Daughter’s shock after dad was revealed to have a second wife on national TV
Cyberbullying blamed for Australian child model's suicide
The intriguing image Jacinda Ardern used to announce her pregnancy has a deeper meaning
2018-01-19 12:22:24 When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her pregnancy via Twitter on Friday, she did so with an intriguing image choice. Rather than taking a happy selfie with her husband, the PM chose a photo of three fishing hooks to post alongside her message. The meaning of the symbol is likely twofold, according to those in the know. The most obvious meaning is hinted at in the announcement itself: "This year we'll join the many parents who wear two hats   Read More ...
Jacinda Ardern's pregnancy while serving as Prime Minister is significant for all women
2018-01-19 10:18:19 Congratulations to Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke on their wonderful announcement that they are expecting their first child. It is huge news for them, but it is also huge for all women because what Jacinda and her young family are going to do is to help make having children a normal part of public life. As soon as I heard the announcement I put in a call to Jacinda to extend my personal congratulations   Read More ...
The intriguing image Jacinda Ardern used to announce her pregnancy has a deeper meaning
2018-01-19 08:23:40 When New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her pregnancy via Twitter on Friday, she did so with an intriguing image choice. Rather than taking a happy selfie with her husband, the PM chose a photo of three fishing hooks to post alongside her message. The meaning of the symbol is likely twofold, according to those in the know. The most obvious meaning is hinted at in the announcement itself: "This year we'll join the many parents who wear two hats   Read More ...
Senior Aussie politician and mum of two offers pregnant Ardern advice
2018-01-19 08:05:54 COMMENT: Firstly, warmest congratulations from Australia's Northern Territory on your wonderful, life-changing news. Oh, and congratulations on being New Zealand's prime minister, too. Like you, I am a proud member of a Labor Government. I also hold the positions of deputy chief minister and treasurer of the Northern Territory, and last year, along with delivering my first Budget on May 2, I delivered my daughter, Grace, on May 22 - a little sister for my then two-year-old son, Aiden   Read More ...
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces pregnancy
2018-01-19 07:06:11 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced she is pregnant and will "be PM and a mum". Key points: Jacinda Ardern's first child is due in June She has previously been questioned about juggling motherhood and her career She has been serving as New Zealand's Prime Minister since October Her news comes after she was quizzed about motherhood when she was first elected as the Labour Party leader   Read More ...
California parents accused of torturing their 13 children plead not guilty to abuse and false imprisonment
2018-01-19 07:05:49 The California parents accused of torturing their 13 children at their house by chaining them to their beds for "months at a time" as punishment, have pleaded not guilty to child abuse, torture and false imprisonment. Key points: David and Louise Turpin plead not guilty to abuse, torture, false imprisonment Prosecutor says parents kept children chained to beds for months at a time The 17-year-old girl who escaped home had been planning it for two years David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were charged with more than two dozen counts of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment and face 94 years to life in prison if convicted   Read More ...
Jacinda Ardern's pregnancy while serving as Prime Minister is significant for all women
2018-01-19 06:40:36 Congratulations to Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke on their wonderful announcement that they are expecting their first child. It is huge news for them, but it is also huge for all women because what Jacinda and her young family are going to do is to help make having children a normal part of public life. As soon as I heard the announcement I put in a call to Jacinda to extend my personal congratulations   Read More ...
Are pregnant employees an inconvenience?
2018-01-19 06:38:13 Back in 2004, Donald Trump was interviewed on NBC Dateline about pregnant employees. Pregnancy is "a wonderful thing for the woman, it's a wonderful thing for the husband, it's certainly an inconvenience for a business", he said. "Whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business." Family values, huh? It reminds me of a discussion I had years ago with a human resources executive who revealed she never hired women of childbearing age   Read More ...
Wife pulls brilliant prank on husband years after her untimely death
2018-01-19 06:14:37 ONE woman didn’t let her battle with cancer dampen her sense of humour, using one of her last requests to pull the ultimate prank her husband five years after her untimely death. ONE woman has had the last laugh after a brilliantly thought out prank revealed itself years after her untimely death.   Read More ...
Talented Canberrans collaborate on new kids podcast, 'Imagination Station'
2018-01-18 09:10:58 For parents who want to give their children some screen-free entertainment, here's a solution. A couple of years ago, former Canberrans Mim Rizvi and Laura Dawson teamed up in Sydney with friend Michael Yore, originally from Newcastle, to form children's entertainment group The Beanies. Rizvi and Dawson have known each other for at least a decade, since they acted together in a Free-Rain Theatre Company production of Grease   Read More ...
17-year-old disabled girl was tortured and attacked by three teenage girls
2018-01-18 03:06:40 It’s alleged the three teenage girls, two 15-year-olds and a 12-year-old, lured the disabled teen to a local Moe picnic spot before filming the despicable attack and posting it online. The incident took place in the early hours of Monday morning where the intellectually disabled teen was forced to inhale broken glass from the smashed screen of her iPhone before her hands were burnt on a sizzling BBQ   Read More ...
Two children taken to hospital after being hit by a car in North Sydney
2018-01-18 02:08:49 Two children are being taken to hospital after being hit by a car in North Sydney on Thursday. Emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway near Rocklands Road in North Sydney at 11am after reports of two pedestrians being hit by a car, a NSW Ambulance spokesman said. The six-year-old boy was conscious, breathing and had a graze on his head and the 10-year-old girl was also alert but had reportedly hit her head, the spokesman said   Read More ...
Steep learning curve for husband-and-wife teachers at isolated Cape York school
2018-01-18 00:15:17 Husband-and-wife teachers say they're ready to head back to an isolated Cape York community despite experiencing three of the most challenging months of their careers last year. Brisbane couple Steve Mills and Karen Hoshcke-Mills left their inner-city teaching jobs to work at Lockhart River, an Aboriginal community 2,000 kilometres north of Brisbane. Their blog is filled with idyllic pictures of unbelievably blue coastal waters, huge fish and lush bushland   Read More ...
Model Nicole Trunfio gives birth to baby girl
2018-01-17 22:15:15 Australian model Nicole Trunfio has given birth to a baby girl. The Perth-born model, 31, who is married to US musician, Gary Clark Jr, gave birth early Monday morning US time, announcing on her Instagram that the girl's name is Gia, Gigi for short. "Gary and I are humbled to announce the arrival of our healthy and incredibly stunning daughter into the world on Martin Luther King Jr   Read More ...
Husband’s heartbreaking final letter to wife who died from cancer
2018-01-17 12:07:27 Laura Vickery, 29, from Bath in the UK, died in hospital on Sunday morning with husband Sam by her side. Sam says he is now facing a life without his “soulmate, lover, best friend and favourite person in the whole world”. In the letter he describes how Laura took her last breath moments after he “kissed her on her forehead and told her it was okay to let go”   Read More ...
Father hires helicopter in frantic bid to find missing son
2018-01-17 07:02:34 Tony Lethbridge couldn't sleep. It was early on Monday morning and his 17-year-old son Samuel was missing. It had been almost 24 hours since anyone had heard from him. It was out of character and his family feared the worst. A few hours earlier, after a series of unanswered calls to Samuel's mobile, Mr Lethbridge and his wife, Lee, had left Canberra and driven home to search for their boy   Read More ...
Man's ute stolen while he helped child running in and out of traffic on busy Melbourne road
2018-01-17 07:01:23 A "good Samaritan" whose ute was stolen when he stopped to help a boy running in and out of traffic on a busy Melbourne road says the incident had shown the "absolute best and the absolute worst of people". Aaron, who does not want his last name published, said he was concerned when he saw the boy, aged about 12 or 13, on the road at Maidstone in Melbourne's west   Read More ...
Daughter’s shock after dad was revealed to have a second wife on national TV
2018-01-17 05:43:48 Daisy Gundry, 18, revealed she “collapsed” as her dad Daniel was last week sentenced to six months in prison on after illegally marrying Susan Brooker behind his wife Helen’s back. Both Helen and Susan reported him to police after finding out about his double marriages. Speaking of the bombshell discovery for the first time, Daisy said she was overwhelmed when she found out about her dad’s deception   Read More ...
When your ex breaks the rules they wouldn't bend for you
2018-01-16 14:22:13 In the last month, two of my exes have had babies. One of these babies is a human child, born to an ex-lover and his new partner. The other is a tiny fur baby, adopted by my ex-husband and his wife. I was aware that both these babies were on their way. I'd heard through the grapevine that my ex-lover's partner was pregnant, and, in my experience, pregnancy generally results in an infant   Read More ...
Aussie dad 'with a gut feeling' hired helicopter to find missing son
2018-01-16 11:03:33 Tony Lethbridge said he suspected his son may have been in a car wreck when he did not return by Sunday morning to the family home at Lake Macquarie, after a Saturday night out with friends in the nearby city of Newcastle. The teen had dropped off a friend about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from home early on Sunday morning before he vanished, the father said   Read More ...
Illegitimate son battles his way into Dutch royal family
2018-01-16 10:18:24 Rome: The illegitimate son of a Dutch prince looks likely to finally be accepted as a member of the Netherlands royal family after a long legal battle to overturn an informal deal struck at his birth. Hugo Klynstra, 21, is the son of Prince Carlos - the cousin of the Dutch King Willem-Alexander - and Brigitte Klynstra, a childhood friend of Carlos with whom he had a relationship   Read More ...
Father hires helicopter in frantic bid to find missing son
2018-01-16 10:15:16 Tony Lethbridge couldn't sleep. It was early Monday morning and his 17-year-old son Samuel was missing. It had been almost 24 hours since anyone had heard from him. It was out of character and his family feared the worst. A few hours earlier, after a series of unanswered calls to Samuel's mobile, Tony and his wife, Lee, had left Canberra and driven home to search for their boy   Read More ...
Australian father's instinct helps find trapped son
2018-01-16 06:04:43 An Australian teenager has been found alive in a car wreckage after his father made an intuitive decision to search for him with a helicopter. Samuel Lethbridge, 17, was trapped for 30 hours after his car left a New South Wales highway on Sunday, police said. His family had become concerned and alerted police when he failed to arrive at a friend's house that day   Read More ...
California parents charged with torture of their 13 children after police find siblings chained to beds
2018-01-16 04:08:44 Thirteen siblings, ranging in age from two to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture. Key points: Thirteen siblings rescued from California home Some of the children were chained to beds Police made the discovery after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house in Perris, about 113 kilometres east of Los Angeles, and used a mobile phone she had found in the house to call them, the Riverside County Sheriff's Office said in a statement   Read More ...
Illegitimate son battles his way into Dutch royal family
2018-01-16 00:17:29 Rome: The illegitimate son of a Dutch prince looks likely to finally be accepted as a member of the Netherlands royal family after a long legal battle to overturn an informal deal struck at his birth. Hugo Klynstra, 21, is the son of Prince Carlos - the cousin of the Dutch King Willem-Alexander - and Brigitte Klynstra, a childhood friend of Carlos with whom he had a relationship   Read More ...
'I don't want to lose my mum': Families face being torn apart by Trump's Salvadoran ban
2018-01-15 22:12:13 Donald Trump's El Salvador migrant ban has families facing prospect of being torn apart Like hundreds of thousands of others across America, the Avalos family are bracing for a heartbreaking future after United States President Donald Trump ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvadoran migrants. Helen Avalos may have to return to El Salvador, while her American-born son Uriel would be able to stay   Read More ...
'Part-time parenting' can benefit kids while liberating mums and dads
2018-01-15 22:11:58 Lucy Good loves being a co-parent. When her relationship with her husband broke down five years ago, they agreed splitting the time with their two daughters 50/50 was the best option. Not only does she treasure having both her own space and one-on-one time with the kids, she believes the girls have better relationships with her and their dad because of it   Read More ...
Miley Cyrus Celebrates Liam Hemsworth’s Birthday in Australia Alongside His Parents and Friends
2018-01-15 19:04:59 Miley Cyrus had a little help with wishing Liam Hemsworth a happy birthday this year! The “Malibu” singer, 25, celebrated her fiancé’s by attending a festive outing with his family and friends held at a cafe near Byron Bay in the actor’s native Australia. Cyrus embraced the warm summer weather by dressing down in a red crop top and a pair of cutoff jeans, which she accessorized with a series of layered golden necklaces   Read More ...
When your ex breaks the rules they wouldn't bend for you
2018-01-15 18:17:32 In the last month, two of my exes have had babies. One of these babies is a human child, born to an ex-lover and his new partner. The other is a tiny fur baby, adopted by my ex-husband and his wife. I was aware that both these babies were on their way. I'd heard through the grapevine that my ex-lover's partner was pregnant, and, in my experience, pregnancy generally results in an infant   Read More ...
Cyberbullying blamed for child model’s suicide
2018-01-15 14:36:04 CANBERRA, Australia — A 14-year-old girl who was the angelic face of an iconic Australian bushmen’s hat brand was remembered by hundreds of mourners Friday after her suicide focused attention on the dangers of cyberbullying. The memorial service for Amy “Dolly” Everett was held in the tiny Northern Territory town of Katherine near her family’s cattle ranch. Most mourners dressed in her favorite color, blue, and many had driven hundreds of kilometers (miles) from distant ranches   Read More ...
Cyberbullying blamed for child model’s suicide
2018-01-15 14:08:59 CANBERRA, Australia — A 14-year-old girl who was the angelic face of an iconic Australian bushmen’s hat brand was remembered by hundreds of mourners Friday after her suicide focused attention on the dangers of cyberbullying. The memorial service for Amy “Dolly” Everett was held in the tiny Northern Territory town of Katherine near her family’s cattle ranch. Most mourners dressed in her favorite color, blue, and many had driven hundreds of kilometers (miles) from distant ranches   Read More ...
Cyberbullying blamed for child model’s suicide
2018-01-15 14:04:48 CANBERRA, Australia — A 14-year-old girl who was the angelic face of an iconic Australian bushmen’s hat brand was remembered by hundreds of mourners Friday after her suicide focused attention on the dangers of cyberbullying. The memorial service for Amy “Dolly” Everett was held in the tiny Northern Territory town of Katherine near her family’s cattle ranch. Most mourners dressed in her favorite color, blue, and many had driven hundreds of kilometers (miles) from distant ranches   Read More ...
Cyberbullying blamed for child model’s suicide
2018-01-15 14:04:37 CANBERRA, Australia — A 14-year-old girl who was the angelic face of an iconic Australian bushmen’s hat brand was remembered by hundreds of mourners Friday after her suicide focused attention on the dangers of cyberbullying. The memorial service for Amy “Dolly” Everett was held in the tiny Northern Territory town of Katherine near her family’s cattle ranch. Most mourners dressed in her favorite color, blue, and many had driven hundreds of kilometers (miles) from distant ranches   Read More ...
Cyberbullying blamed for child model’s suicide
2018-01-15 14:02:15 CANBERRA, Australia — A 14-year-old girl who was the angelic face of an iconic Australian bushmen’s hat brand was remembered by hundreds of mourners Friday after her suicide focused attention on the dangers of cyberbullying. The memorial service for Amy “Dolly” Everett was held in the tiny Northern Territory town of Katherine near her family’s cattle ranch. Most mourners dressed in her favorite color, blue, and many had driven hundreds of kilometers (miles) from distant ranches   Read More ...
Cyberbullying blamed for child model’s suicide
2018-01-15 14:01:36 CANBERRA, Australia — A 14-year-old girl who was the angelic face of an iconic Australian bushmen’s hat brand was remembered by hundreds of mourners Friday after her suicide focused attention on the dangers of cyberbullying. The memorial service for Amy “Dolly” Everett was held in the tiny Northern Territory town of Katherine near her family’s cattle ranch. Most mourners dressed in her favorite color, blue, and many had driven hundreds of kilometers (miles) from distant ranches   Read More ...
Cyberbullying blamed for child model’s suicide
2018-01-15 13:44:49 CANBERRA, Australia — A 14-year-old girl who was the angelic face of an iconic Australian bushmen’s hat brand was remembered by hundreds of mourners Friday after her suicide focused attention on the dangers of cyberbullying. The memorial service for Amy “Dolly” Everett was held in the tiny Northern Territory town of Katherine near her family’s cattle ranch. Most mourners dressed in her favorite color, blue, and many had driven hundreds of kilometers (miles) from distant ranches   Read More ...
Australian Bahais fear for relatives in Yemen after detainee sentenced to death
2018-01-15 06:12:35 A Bahai family in Melbourne is living in fear for the life of a relative detained in Yemen after another Bahai man was sentenced to death by a court in the capital, Sanaa, this month. The uncle of one of the members of the Melbourne family is among several Bahai men in detention in Yemen. The Melbourne family, who are not Yemeni, do not wish to be identified because of the risk to their relatives in the war-torn country   Read More ...
Woman stabbed in South Lake attack, police hunt teen boys
2018-01-15 03:07:02 Police are on the hunt for two teenage boys who stabbed a woman in the backyard of her South Lake home late last year. The attack happened on December 30 when the 31-year-old woman was in her backyard. Two young men entered the yard about 7am and approached the woman from behind before punching her several times to the face, causing swelling and bruising to her eyes   Read More ...
Friends mourn Queensland brothers found dead in molasses tank
2018-01-15 00:10:28 Friends and family are mourning two Queensland brothers found dead in a molasses tank. The bodies of truck drivers Frank and George Vella, 52 and 48, were found in the tank on Saturday night. Police believed the men, working for Vella Haulage Sarina, had been affected by fumes. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is investigating the incident at Sarina Beach, about 37 kilometres south of Mackay   Read More ...
'Baby brain' is a real, measurable phenomenon, Australian scientists say
2018-01-14 16:11:55 By medical reporter Sophie Scott, health reporter Olivia Willis, and Rebecca Armitage "Baby brain", the mental fog many women say they experience during pregnancy, is a genuine, measurable phenomenon, an Australian study has found. Key points: "Baby brain" is a real phenomenon, but scientists aren't sure what causes it Mothers-to-be are most likely to be affected in their last trimester Memory lapses and problems planning are mild and mostly unnoticeable to others Researchers at Deakin University undertook a meta-analysis of 20 studies involving more than 1,200 women   Read More ...