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Why you should get kids gardening

Gardens are jam-packed with opportunities to learn, move, explore and be mindful. They can can also provide our children with the chance to process their feelings and their experiences—both good and bad.  Learn how to set your kids up for life by getting their hands dirty in the garden right...

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Tylissa Elisara on Writing and Representation

As a child, Tylissa Elisara loved The Magic Faraway Tree and Winnie the Pooh. Then, when her son experienced racism at age two, she decided to create a book like the ones she grew up with that also featured First Nation's culture.

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Meet the Makers of Roobee Roo

We're yet to meet a kid that doesn't love a lift-the-flap board book, but we have met several parents who are tired of reading the same ones over and over again. Enter Roobee Roo—a new series of fun, playful and inspiring Aussie-made books for families.

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Yvonn Deitch on Design, Motherhood and Creating a Home

Stylist, creative and mother, Yvonne Deitch, chats about what makes a home and how she draws inspiration from her childhood in East Germany.

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Meet Aseel Tayah: A Palestinian Artist, Mother and Activist

Aseel talks about growing up in Palestine, raising a child in Australia, how food can be a form of resistance and the healing powers of music.

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EVERYWHERE LIFE TAKES ME – Meet Nat Woods: editor, writer, mother

Nat Woods chats about raising twin boys, creating a co-working office full of creatives, and making a living from writing.

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EVERYWHERE LIFE TAKES ME – Meet Tegan Murdock: Weaver, Artist, Mother

Tegan chats about connecting with her Aboriginal culture through weaving, passing on her heritage to her children and finding support for her people's craft.

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Nat McComas on Wildflowers and Photography for Nature Baby

Byron Bay local, Nat McComas, has been taking photos since high school and her latest shoot for Nature Baby took her right back to her childhood.

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Confessions of a Preschool Teacher

Kids listen to everything we say and preschool teachers are re-told every word! New Zealand writer Anisa MacLean spills the beans on life teaching toddlers and why Chuck Taylors shouldn't be worn.

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Dr Libby Weaver: The Invisible Load

Dr Libby Weaver: The Invisible Load

The invisible load is the unseen burden we carry in our minds and in our bodies. If we're not careful, it contributes to all sorts of health problems. Dr Libby Weaver chats about how we can take better care of ourselves, and why women often carry the biggest loads.

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Helga Stentzel and her creative food photography

Growing up in Russia amongst a culture of DIYers provided Helga Stentzel with a rare gift. She can see the beauty in everyday objects and believes boredom is crucial for her creativity.

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MiNiMONO: upcycled furniture for playful families

For one Berlin-based family, the pandemic provided the setting for new ideas to be born. The result is MiNiMONO, a playful furniture brand that uses 100% recycled materials. We chat with the founders Dirk and Julieta about building a sustainable family brand.

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Meet Molly Hunt + diversify your bookshelf

Molly Hunt is a natural storyteller with a rare gift—she's an animator, journalist, radio presenter and illustrator. Molly chats about her life, passions and creative process.

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Sleepless Nights: A Motherhood Confession

Sleep habits can be a controversial topic in the world of parenting. But Liz Petrone reckons that letting her kids find comfort in her bed is one of the few things she can get right as a mother.

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Talking About Disability with Kids

Cathy Reay wants you to start talking to your kids about Disability, and she reckons films and books are the perfect place to start the conversation.

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the beautiful bunch: a conversation with Jane Marx

Jane Marx spent years establishing a thriving hospitality-based social enterprise that employed young refugee women. Then the pandemic struck. With a newborn under her arm, she pivoted the business and created The Beautiful Bunch. Read her inspiring story here.

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Five Fields Playground: Redefining Play

In Massachusetts, in the USA, the Five Fields playground looks unassuming. But it redefines the boundaries between architecture and play, and provides a space children can engage with on their own terms.

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a guide to herbal teas

Learn how to cure the winter blues, soothe nerves, induce calmness or just enjoy a cuppa with your kids, with our handy-dandy guide to herbal teas.

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beddie: a nostalgic bed linen brand

Beddie is ethically-made bed linen in the colours and prints that rocked eras gone by. We chat with Beddie founder, Deborah Brown, about her inspiration and why Beddie sheets are great for the whole family.

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Mums who Play: Interview with musician Nici Ward

Professional musician Nici Ward took time out from playing music while raising her babies. But as they got older, she returned to her passion and found that playtime is truly transformative for adults.

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Mums who Play: Interview with roller skater Zulfiye Tufa

Zulfiye Tufa began roller skating in her living room during the pandemic lockdowns. Three years later, her entire life has transformed and she wants other mums to know the benefits of play.

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Mums who Play: Interview with surfer Lauren Hill

We play with our kids, but often don't prioritise having our own playtime. Professional surfer, writer and film maker, Lauren Hill, chats about the benefits of taking timeout to play as an adult.

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Family Camping Trips: next time, it will be different

Edmund Burke loves camping. Well, he thinks he does. Because every year, as the memory of the last bad trip fades away, the illusion of a new (better) camping trip arrives. Next time, things will be different.

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Without a Village

Without a Village

In the absence of a village, we are left to raise ourselves and our children, alone and at sea. An opinion piece by Tekie Quaye.

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