Don't fall for it: How to protect your kids from online hoaxes

Don't fall for it: How to protect your kids from online hoaxes

We’ve seen recently a rollercoaster of panic from parents trying to protect their kids from a supposed online threat known as the Momo challenge , that has for months been debunked as a hoax .Yet the panic from parents continued, as did reports in the media and even warnings from celebrities – all of which could have been avoided if parents had done a few simple checks before raising the alarm.

An open letter to my 4-year-old: I’m sorry for being a hot tempered mother

An open letter to my 4-year-old: I’m sorry for being a hot tempered mother

My over-the-top concern that comes off as impatience and quick temper may come from a good place, but really, Mummy just needs to learn to chill out.

'Catastrophe' star Rob Delaney opens up 14 months after son's death: I'm 'sad and angry'

'Catastrophe' star Rob Delaney opens up 14 months after son's death: I'm 'sad and angry'

'Catastrophe' star Rob Delaney opens up 14 months after son's death: I'm 'sad and angry'. 'Catastrophe' star Rob Delaney opens up 14 months after son's death: I'm 'sad and angry'.

There's nothing more difficult than introducing your kids to a new partner

There's nothing more difficult than introducing your kids to a new partner

But I wanted to be trustworthy during a time of turmoil, so I don't know if I made the right choice or not (more churning).The eventual meeting between the kids and the girlfriend turned out unexpectedly well though.

Here's what to do if your child sees violent footage online

Here's what to do if your child sees violent footage online

But there are some things we do know about the impact of violent imagery on the adolescent brain, and ways in which adults can help teenagers process such information.

The dodgy back-story to our essential oils obsession

The dodgy back-story to our essential oils obsession

The leader in the MLM (multi-level marketing) game is doTERRA, with Young Living coming a close second. With both companies, I always felt I was spending more money each month than I wanted, buying oils I didn’t need, just to get the ones I did.

Alienated parents share tattoos of their missing children

Alienated parents share tattoos of their missing children

Here, alienated parents share the tattoos they’ve made to keep their beloved children close to their hearts, as a way to remind themselves never to give up on loving that child, or hoping that one day they will be reunited.

Viral photo perfectly captures mum life

Viral photo perfectly captures mum life

Jazmyne Futrell, 31, from Victorville, California posted an image of herself surrounded by her beautiful children in her kitchen. "I shouldn't be cooking while holding my baby, my son has a ponytail because I didn't have time to braid his hair, and my kids are on the floor," she said.

'A stranger did something shocking to my baby on a flight'

'A stranger did something shocking to my baby on a flight'

It was an overnight flight and my baby was crying loudly, despite my efforts to soothe her. Babies have good days and bad days, just like grown-ups - you can’t always predict how they will feel on a flight.

'To the mum who doesn't want to be touched'

'To the mum who doesn't want to be touched'

"Every bone in my body has changed since I had a baby, of course intimacy would change too." I feel you, Mama (but not literally because I know that’s the last thing you want).

'My mother-in-law has been feeding my baby behind my back'

'My mother-in-law has been feeding my baby behind my back'

The current guidelines say no solids before six months because of the ways babies' stomachs digest." Another pointed out it's not just about following guidelines, but it can be a sentimental thing for many parents: "I’d be furious.

'My SIL stole my baby name on the eve of my c-section'

'My SIL stole my baby name on the eve of my c-section'

I was not impressed that I was being told it was her name to use and not mine and most of all I was not impressed that Liz had decided to share this information the night before I was to have my daughter, not in conversation months, weeks or even days prior.

'How the pictures on the NICU wall saved me'

'How the pictures on the NICU wall saved me'

I worried about him every second we were apart, I found myself praying to a God I hadn’t believed in since I was a young child, clinging to any kind of hope that this little fighter of mine would make it through and one day grow to be like those kids from the pictures in the hallway.

'My daughter saved my life after I fell 200m off a cliff'

'My daughter saved my life after I fell 200m off a cliff'

"Trinity," I said, trying to stay calm. I’m sitting in a car, halfway off a cliff, I realised, stunned. Image: How I Survived So stunned I was still alive, he jumped when I spoke and smacked his head on the gear stick above us.

'My MIL gave my nieces anti-abortion foetus dolls and it's not OK'

'My MIL gave my nieces anti-abortion foetus dolls and it's not OK'

I had full development of my frontal lobe so could understand the impact of my decision and how I felt about it.When we feed images to children about embryos in the form of a doll that they nurture and care for, we create a cloud of guilt around a potential future decision they may be faced with.

The sickening truth about George Pell and Michael Jackson we can't ignore

The sickening truth about George Pell and Michael Jackson we can't ignore

Watching the internet heave with commenters defending of two child sex offenders - Michael Jackson and George Pell - you’d think it was Bambi and Mother Theresa who had been thrown in Long Bay. The disbelief. Michael Jackson and George Pell fit the profile of child sex abusers as much as any horror movie paedophile, if not more.

8 things I want my daughter to know about March 8

8 things I want my daughter to know about March 8

Not as a day where women wear pink and have scones and tea, but to know that it's a day that matters. I want my 8-year-old daughter to know that International Women's Day is about her.

'I know why survivors stay silent about sexual abuse, because I am one'

'I know why survivors stay silent about sexual abuse, because I am one'

Image: iStock "Suppressing my story has taken its toll" I’ve never told anyone this, but I remember a handful of times I was verbally and physically cruel to other kids.

Isaac's disease is not a fad

Isaac's disease is not a fad

If 11-year-old Isaac Tulemija eats even a microscopic speck of gluten, he can wind up in severe pain and vomiting for hours.

I never thought I'd be a co-sleeper, but how fast things can change

I never thought I'd be a co-sleeper, but how fast things can change

Needless to say, this setup only lasted a few nights (sleeping on the floor is a recipe for an aching back and a foul mood) and sure enough bub got her way – she moved into our bed.

What I wish I'd said to the woman at the shops who betrayed the mum code

What I wish I'd said to the woman at the shops who betrayed the mum code

And then we've got women like that, publicly mum and dad shaming a couple, who seemed like very nice people trying to put their little demon child into his pram.

There's a solution to those calluses in your vagina and wait, what?

There's a solution to those calluses in your vagina and wait, what?

By shedding off the dead skin cells of the superficial layers of the vagina’s epithelial skin, Jamu Stick helps to regenerate and balancing the vaginal micro-flora while sustaining the humidity level and substance balance of the vagina." As you can imagine, the comments began to pile up pretty fast, and the post has since been removed, but we're happy to say we were swift enough to grab some examples to share with you.

'After years of building a wall, we finally learnt how to build a bridge'

'After years of building a wall, we finally learnt how to build a bridge'

How a mum and a stepmum finally came together for the good of their daughter will give you a new appreciation for blended families. Image: Facebook/Candice Curry We've learnt how to be each other's cheerleader We've learnt a ton about forgiveness and grace.

'A letter to my mama, who is still here but isn't'

'A letter to my mama, who is still here but isn't'

'It's like losing the one you love in slow motion.' Image: Supplied What began as difficulty knowing how to answer your phone and forgetting how to turn off your radio in the car when you visited me, has now developed into forgetting how to read a menu at a cafe and asking me the same questions over and over again in quick succession.

'Hey mama, it's not your fault you're crying on the toilet'

'Hey mama, it's not your fault you're crying on the toilet'

Image: Instagram / Laura Mazza "Parenting is just hard" But you’re doing great mama. Image: Instagram Laura Mazza "Everyone around you seems to be acing this" It’s not your fault that everyone around you seems to be acing this parenting job.

Why Have Overdose Rates Risen for Middle-Aged Women?

Why Have Overdose Rates Risen for Middle-Aged Women?

Furthermore, consistent with weight concerns, women are increasingly using drugs that lead to increased mood and decreased appetite. Although this is often not the stereotypical demographic we picture when we think of “drug addicts,” middle-aged women are increasingly using drugs, in part because of body weight and shape concerns.

'Dear John Howard, sticking up for George Pell is an insult to survivors'

'Dear John Howard, sticking up for George Pell is an insult to survivors'

Image: Newscorp Dear former Prime Minister John Howard, I just wanted to write to you in regards to your recent character reference you wrote for George Pell. Like many survivors it has taken me years to understand the impact on my life.” You see this victim wants to remain anonymous.

Sex tips to help new parents get back in the sack

Sex tips to help new parents get back in the sack

Image: Universal Explore that quality time together As a new parent, you are no stranger to sleep deprivation and feeling worn out. Quality time spent together is so important to maintain as new parents.

'I don’t want to have my breast removed until I breastfeed my baby'

'I don’t want to have my breast removed until I breastfeed my baby'

Image: Supplied As the daughter of someone who was taken by breast cancer, and a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, there was no way Eloise could imagine running the risk of watching her own child experience that same immense fear.

The unlikely bits advice we're getting from the couples on MAFS

The unlikely bits advice we're getting from the couples on MAFS

Wash your mouth out lady (and you too Bronson!) Image: Channel Nine Compromise is key Don’t get me wrong, opposites can attract, but it makes things a bit trickier when it comes to negotiating your differences on a day-to-day basis.

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