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Past articles by Helen:

'As a mum watching the drama between Tati Westbrook and James Charles unfold, I feel sick.'

OPINION: What did Tati do to James? Following the friendship breakup, we need to support James Charles as his subscriber count plummets. He is vulnerable. → Read More

Why no one calls their baby Jessica anymore.

Sorry to almost every second girl we went to school with. → Read More

"Is it safe?": A midwife tells us exactly what it's like to have a home birth in Australia.

Thanks to Meghan Markle, at home birth rates are up by 40 per cent. While they aren't as common in Australia, a midwife shares what mums can expect. → Read More

"Tantrums, swearing, physical abuse": The bullying of teachers by parents has got to stop.

Abuse of teachers: "Tantrums, swearing, physical abuse": Why the bullying of teachers and principals by parents has got to stop. → Read More

Lucifer, Panda, Moet and Schapelle: The most unusual Aussie baby names of 2018.

Unique baby names 2018: From Lucifer and Panda to Moet and Schapelle, these are the most unusual baby names to come out of Australia in 2018. → Read More

What we're missing when it comes to Bec Judd's lavish 5th birthday party for her daughter.

When Bec Judd threw her daughter Billie a lavish Lol Doll themed birthday party, parents angrily called the event excessive. Here's what we're missing. → Read More

The small detail that matters deeply when we tell the story of Aya Maasarwe.

Aya Maasarwe Israel: Her family have requested that she be described as a Palestinian Arab, not just as Israeli or an Israeli Arab. → Read More

A bride's been labelled “downright wicked” for two requests she made to her sister-in-law.

A bride has been labelled “downright wicked” for the two requests she demanded of her sister-in-law, like wearing a bridesmaid dress for no reason.. → Read More

The unexpected side-effect of Australia having longer and longer heatwaves.

Heatwave Australia 2019: Australia is already dealing with a heatwave - how do these weather events impact the way children enjoy their summer? → Read More

If you gave your baby a royal name in 2018, we have some awkward news.

Royal baby names 2018: The royal baby names Australian parents have adopted in 2018, and the ones that haven't taken off. → Read More

'Don't baby them.' A teacher's stern warning to parents about 'coddling' behaviour.

Parents coddling children: A teacher, posting on Mumsnet, took a swipe at parents who carried their children’s bags for them. The responses were divided. → Read More

"What I think every time I see a photo of a child sitting on Santa's lap."

Should we really be shoving our kids in a stranger’s lap and telling them to sit there and smile, just for a Santa photo? Let's rethink this tradition. → Read More

'My daughter's substitute teacher told her a Christmas truth that horrified her and me.'

How should you tell your kids about Santa? For a US woman, a substitute teach did the job for her, much to the anger of parents. → Read More

'My friend has given her baby a unique name but I think she's just misspelt it.'

"My friend thought she had given her baby a unique baby name, but I think she just got the spelling of the name wrong. Should I tell her?" → Read More

Why are there so many Australians called Smith, Jones, Lee, Nguyen, Wang and Singh?

Most common surnames: Why are there so many Australians called Smith, Jones, Brown, Nguyen, Wang and Singh? Inside the history of our most common surnames. → Read More

'The thing I finally did for myself, 12 years after having a baby.'

It can be difficult to know how to start running again. This mum says she hadn't run for 12 years after having a baby, until now. Here's how. → Read More

A man messaged a woman after they had sex on a date. When she read it, she was revolted.

Some of the responses to the body shaming message included “I choose cake,” as well as several other hilarious replies. Here were the best ones. → Read More

The simple reason Queensland students are making better progress than the rest of Australia.

Naplan results 2018 Queensland: Queensland has been focusing a lot on building literacy and numeracy in recent years because of NAPLAN. → Read More

The name that can claim the title of Australia's trendiest ever boys' name.

Australian kids born in the 1960s and 70s will remember going to school with multiple boys named Jason, this is why it was such a popular baby name. → Read More

"When a kid attempts suicide over a NAPLAN test, we need to stop and think."

A Year 5 student struggling through a NAPLAN test attempted suicide on the school grounds. One mum asks, "Why are we doing this to our kids?" → Read More