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The 411 on Fidget Spinners.
One week it was all about the slime, the next, fidget spinners are all the rage.   At school pick up last week, I thought I'd show off my "cool nanny" skills by initiating a conversation with the kids in the playground about the latest craze, slime. I was met with a slight eye roll, a sigh, and a pitiful look... "Slime is so last week"...I've clearly lost my touch.   As we all know...
Screen time: How much? How often? If at all?
  Screen-time; the double-edged sword of parenting. Although a few minutes of much-needed peace and quiet is guaranteed once the iPad comes out,...
Would you leave your newborn alone at home?
It's an issue that has always, and continues to, divide parents across the globe. Is it ever okay to leave a newborn home alone?   Recently, popular...
The Funniest Parenting Confessions.
Oh parenting. Some days you truly bask in the joy of raising little mini me's, and others, you clean s**t out of the bath tub. We put together a few of...
The Survival Guide to Toddler Tantrums.
Toddlers. One minute they're telling you how much they love you. The next, they're throwing a tanty because you gave them a red cup instead of blue. Oh....
The Best Green Smoothies in Melbourne.
The humble Green Smoothie is so much more than just a fad.  A good one can do more wonders to your body than a double shot latte following a few...
Top 3 Breakfast Places in Sydney.
Australins love a good brekky. So it's no surprise that some consider the meal as our national cuisine. It's fair to say that nothing beats a good smashed...
The Best Playgrounds in Melbourne.
  We've compiled a list of the top playgrounds across Melbourne, with their proximity to cafes serving extra strong lattes taken into consideration. Weekends...
Is it okay to let your kid walk to school...
Gone are the days where allowing your child to walk to/from school alone was considered the norm. Nowadays, with concerns of stranger danger and reckless...
Aussie education: are we lagging behind?
It’s no secret we’ve got it good down under. A great lifestyle, beautiful beaches, world class coffee and home to three of the world's most...
Top Date Night Ideas for Sydney-siders.
Finding time (and a babysitter) for a date night, once kids are added into the equation, is like finding $20 in an old pair of jeans. Friggin' awesome. But...
A bub in a pub.
A baby walks into a bar... Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. But for some, it’s completely out of line. But as every parent knows, sometimes...
Make the most of Date Night in Melbourne.
A night out. Without the kids. It’s the stuff of dreams. The babysitter has arrived, and you can smell the freedom. One night out on the town,...
Appropriate white lies. For real.
Sometimes you just gotta do, what you gotta do. And as a parent, that may involve dropping a few innocent white lies every so often.   Can't stand...
The 'Golden' Latte...not to be confused.
Coffee's younger, hotter sister; she's all the rage. The Golden Latte has taken over the streets, and she's here to stay.   But what is a Golden...
Bottom smack. Yay or nay?
We’re opening a can of worms with this one, we know.   69% of Australian parents still smack their kids today. But with smacking banned in...
Don't take advice from Fran the Nanny.
Fran the Nanny and I have more in common than I would like to admit. Mad hair? Check. Mismatched outfits? Check. A frequent inability to get dinner...
What's hot & what's not this Christmas.
  Kids are fussy little things, and are hard to buy for. What was cool one minute, can be so last year the next. Avoid the eye roll by being in...
Bearable Xmas Albums. Ho, ho, ho.
  It's that time of year again when our ears are subject to gentle, harmonic sleigh bell harmonies. Some of us love it, some of us loathe it. Whatever...
Top 3 Naughty Cafes in Sydney.
For when you’re feeling a little “norti”.   Whilst we all strive to eat clean and live a healthy lifestyle, sometimes, a little...
Is Santa Claus Real?
 “Is Santa Claus real?” Uh-oh, it's all downhill from here. No child likes to hear that the mythical and generous Santa Claus, or his...
Meditation for Kids.
Adults benefit from it – so why not pass the meditative baton to our kids?   Granted, the concept of meditation is synonymous with extremely...
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