Aussie parents who owe child support are being banned from travelling

Aussie parents who owe child support are being banned from travelling

A record number of child support dodgers have been stopped from going overseas as part of a $15 million crackdown on parents shirking their obligations. Child support dodgers are being banned from travelling overseas.

'You had a C-section, I had a normal birth: Here's what I want to say to you'

'You had a C-section, I had a normal birth: Here's what I want to say to you'

I am sorry for how you're often made to feel like you're less of a mother because of the way you gave birth to your child. Like any mother, you just want to give birth so you can finally meet your baby.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

To the woman who mum-shamed me in a deli

To the woman who mum-shamed me in a deli

I politely told her that we, as a family, don’t like that word and walked away. She has belittled me in front of other customers, staff and my own kids who now wonder why they too can’t say ‘God’ and other things we, as their parents, don’t approve of.

Everything you need to know about starting solids

Everything you need to know about starting solids

Babies need other foods by six months of age. Signs your baby is ready for solid food They should open their mouth when offered a spoon. Babies who aren’t challenged to eat textured food can learn to resist any lumps.

The life-changing magic of not tidying up after my kids

The life-changing magic of not tidying up after my kids

"I can't imagine Marie schlepping up the stairs with the mop bucket because her three-year-old has pretended his willy is a lightsaber while having a wee again, can you?" Unless you’re reading this underneath an avalanche of junk, you’ll be well aware of the Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.

'My friend expects us to foot the bill because she has kids and we don't'

'My friend expects us to foot the bill because she has kids and we don't'

"I don’t want to share our honeymoon," the woman said, "because I know we will end up paying for a lot of their expenses." On top of all this, the woman also added the other couple don't work due to health issues and the man is trying to lose weight, so he needs to go to the gym every day.

'My ex's own father helped me escape his abusive clutches'

'My ex's own father helped me escape his abusive clutches'

On my own and working a part-time job at a clothing outlet certainly wasn’t getting my rent and bills paid let alone food and being that I had left rather than being removed from my home, that was my sole income.

The real reason your own mother can be your biggest parenting critic

The real reason your own mother can be your biggest parenting critic

Image: iStock Unfortunately, most of us are familiar with mum-shaming Open and public criticism of mothers is sadly an everyday occurrence. Sixty-year-old women have told me they still feel like this.” Still, it’s pretty hypocritical for them to be so judgey when the attitude to parenting was so much more ‘what evs’ when we were kids.

'I won't let my ex see our son because I'm raising him in a happy bubble'

'I won't let my ex see our son because I'm raising him in a happy bubble'

"I started making plans for a new life" I knew when I was pregnant with our son, George, that our relationship had a use-by date.

'Mum, why are you and Daddy wrestling?': What to do when caught in the act

'Mum, why are you and Daddy wrestling?': What to do when caught in the act

"Most parents panic, but they shouldn’t." Of course, the trick is not to get caught in the first place, and Jocelyn says putting a lock on the door is what most parents think about after they’ve been busted being sexually intimate.

6 ways I'm going to make be a single parent rock in 2019

6 ways I'm going to make be a single parent rock in 2019

" I’m still quite green and certainly not a single parenting expert, but I’ve come a long way, and I want to make 2019 the best year ever." Last night we sat in the pool in the heavy, humid twilight.

'My plan to use my kids to spy on my ex backfired in the worst way'

'My plan to use my kids to spy on my ex backfired in the worst way'

Then, one day it happened The children came home from a weekend at their dad’s and told me that Dad had a new girlfriend he wanted them to meet. So just before Patrick was due to arrive, I asked Jasper to find out a bit more about Denise.

'The ridiculous reason my kids blame me for my divorce'

'The ridiculous reason my kids blame me for my divorce'

Josh doesn’t think it’s a problem but I’ve been taking her to see a psychologist to try to help her deal with her feelings. I did tell Saskia that I’ve cried a lot about the end of our marriage, but that I did it in private because I didn’t want her to worry.

How to make a blended family actually work

How to make a blended family actually work

Of course there were details about the divorce I kept to myself but I repeatedly told my kids that mum and dad loved each other when we married, and when we became parents but we grew apart in many ways and thought the best thing to do was to separate and co-parent from separate houses.

'How do I tell my kids their dad is going to jail?'

'How do I tell my kids their dad is going to jail?'

"My daughters are 6 and 8 - how can I explain why they won't see their dad for a very long time?" My husband Jason and I have two beautiful daughters together but when they were six and eight, our lives changed forever.

'I'm micro-cheating on my boyfriend and I can't stop'

'I'm micro-cheating on my boyfriend and I can't stop'

Toby thinks I’m being helpful, but actually I’ve worked out that if I knock on Dan’s door between 6:30pm and 7pm, I’ve got a good chance of catching him wrapped only in a towel, having just hopped out of the shower.

'My kids love their stepmum more than me'

'My kids love their stepmum more than me'

"I know I sound selfish but it breaks my heart that my kids prefer her to me." The end of my marriage was a very sad time of my life.

'My ex bad-mouths me to our kids and I've finally got revenge'

'My ex bad-mouths me to our kids and I've finally got revenge'

I thought about telling Dylan that I’ve heard about what he’s saying, and asking him to stop because it’s upsetting the children. Paige thinks her dad feels threatened by Michael because he’s younger, more professionally successful, and has a better head of hair.

'Why I give my husband a leave pass every Christmas'

'Why I give my husband a leave pass every Christmas'

I knew that Brad had been in open relationships before, but I’d made it clear very early on that wasn’t something I was into, and he seemed fine with that.

'I'm not buying my toddler any Christmas presents this year'

'I'm not buying my toddler any Christmas presents this year'

We head off on our first family overseas holidays two days after Christmas so I’m really tempted to just re-wrap my son’s unopened presents from last year and save our dollars for the trip.

Divorce lawyer's top 5 tips for an amicable separation

Divorce lawyer's top 5 tips for an amicable separation

It’s important to establish familiar routines between both parents so children better adjust to new circumstances. If you do one thing to keep the process amicable, look forward to the future where in my experience, happier parents will lead to happier children.