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12 foods you didn't know could kill your dog

<p><strong>1. Grapes</strong></p> <p>Grapes are a simple healthy snack for humans, but they are toxic to dogs. Eating them can make your pooch vomit or lose his appetite. If your dog shows signs of diarrhea, abdominal pain, depression, or tremors, his kidneys could be failing. And yes, raisins are just as bad.</p> <p><strong>2. Onions</strong></p> <p>Cooked or raw, onions contain thiosulphate, a substance that causes your dog’s red blood cells to burst in a condition called hemolytic anemia. Symptoms include diarrhoea, vomiting, breathlessness, and lethargy; it could take two to four days for them to become noticeable. You also put your dog at risk if you give her certain foods that are made with onions, like pizza or tomato sauce, which could trigger the same reaction.</p> <p><strong>3. Coffee and tea</strong></p> <p>These drinks—and really any form of caffeine—can give animals hypertension, abnormal heart rhythms, hyperthermia (increased body temperature), and seizures. A few laps of spilled coffee won’t poison your dog, but ingesting moderate amounts of coffee grounds and tea bags can kill small dogs.</p> <p><strong>4. Lollies</strong></p> <p>Keep the candy bowl far away from your dog. Eating significant amounts of sugary, high-fat sweets can give dogs pancreatitis, even though symptoms may not show for two to four days. Look out for decreased appetite, diarrhoea, lethargy, and abdominal pain.</p> <p><strong>5. Any kind of chocolate</strong></p> <p>Chocolate is the worst kind of candy your dog can eat because it contains theobromine, a substance similar to caffeine. Baking and dark chocolates have the highest levels of theobromine, but milk and white chocolate are also harmful to dogs. As with caffeine, symptoms of chocolate poisoning include high blood pressure, tremors, and seizures.</p> <p><strong>6. Fatty trimmings and cooked bones</strong></p> <p>Don’t scrape leftovers from your steak dinner into the dog bowl. Not only can fat trimmings lead to obesity – it doesn’t take many extra calories for small dogs to become obese – but they also contribute to pancreatitis. Severe cases can result in a blood infection and internal bleeding. Small bones, like those found in meat, are a choking hazard, and they can splinter and tear into a dog’s throat or intestines. If your dog wants a bone, make sure it’s a raw one.</p> <p><strong>7. Peaches</strong></p> <p>The flesh of a peach is a great source of fiber and vitamin A, but the pit contains cyanide. Cyanide interferes with cellular oxygen transport, preventing your dog’s blood cells from getting the right amount of oxygen. Signs of cyanide poisoning include dilated pupils, red gums, and difficulty breathing. Other pitted fruits like cherries and plums pose the same problem. Be sure to cut the fruit into small pieces before feeding your dog.</p> <p><strong>8. Raw fish</strong></p> <p>Eating raw fish regularly can cause a vitamin B deficiency, which could be accompanied by seizures. The most toxic fish for dogs are salmon and trout. Raw salmon can host parasites infected with a bacteria called Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which can be fatal if not treated properly.</p> <p><strong>9. Raw meat</strong></p> <p>Raw meat is a controversial topic for pet owners. It’s a great source of protein, but it does carry the risk of microbes and parasites like E. coli or, in raw poultry, salmonella. If you do give raw meat to your dog, buy the highest quality possible and keep all ingredients fresh.</p> <p><strong>10. Salt</strong></p> <p>Your dog could experience vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive thirst or urination, potential injury to the kidneys, and even death as a result of salt poisoning. Be on the lookout for sources of salt in places other than your kitchen, like rock salt for de-icing products, table salt, paint balls, and sea water.</p> <p><strong>11. Dairy products</strong></p> <p>Just like their owners, some dogs can be lactose intolerant. They happily drink their mothers’ milk as pups, but most dogs can’t produce enough enzymes to digest the lactose in milk once they become adults. Too much milk can mean diarrhoea and vomiting. Cheese contains less lactose than milk, so small nibbles are safe for many dogs to eat as long as the cheese is low in fat and sodium.</p> <p><strong>12. Bacon</strong></p> <p>We’re as surprised as you are about this one. The high fat and sodium content put your dog at risk for pancreatitis, high blood pressure, obesity, and bowel cancer. But if you pet is begging for some of your breakfast, it’s safe to slip it small bits of low-fat, low-sodium bacon. This is the kind dog food manufacturers use in their products.</p> <p>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/pets/12-foods-you-didnt-know-could-kill-your-dog?pages=1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Reader's Digest</a>. </p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Simon Baker discusses his "difficult" relationship with his father

<p>Simon Baker has shared emotional family secrets and details of the strained relationship with his father on the SBS hit series <em>Who Do You Think You Are?</em></p> <p>The Aussie actor agreed to do the show after being approached for many years, “despite my mum, sister and kids saying ‘you should do it’.”</p> <p>Eventually he decided to take part in the show, saying “I thought, I’ll just see what kind of adventure it is and where it will all take me.”</p> <p>He discussed the early days of his life after he was born in Launceston in 1969 to his father Barry Baker and mother Elizabeth.</p> <p>“And soon after, my parents moved to the highlands of New Guinea, with two kids, to a remote area,” he says.</p> <p>In the show he summarises the family’s brief time there, saying “They went on this incredible adventure – and they didn’t come back together.” </p> <p>He explains how his young mother went on to remarry, but his father remained in his life under a different persona. </p> <p>“I didn’t know he was my dad. He was a family friend, Uncle Barry. I’ve struggled with that.”</p> <p>A reunion between the two finally took place when Baker was 18 years old, but in the meantime, the family moved to the northern NSW beach community of Lennox Head.</p> <p>“It was a small community and back then it was an idyllic place to live,” Baker says. “I felt a really strong sense of belonging in that place and still do. It was a phenomenal childhood in that regard – but the personal family life was difficult.”</p> <p>Before he appeared on <em>Who Do You Think You Are?,</em> Baker “looked back at my immediate family as this sort of mess,” he says.</p> <p>“But the truth is, families have many different forms and I think if you can look at your own past and the past of your ancestors with compassion, you can carry that forward with you with a little bit more wisdom.”</p> <p>He admitted that revealing the story of his parents was "challenging", and likened his difficult childhood to why he became an actor. </p> <p>“I’m pretty shy … But there is a kind of psychological reason in why I became an actor. The initial desire when I was young was about connecting with people, the idea of seeing someone in a story on a screen that you could identify with, and it could help you understand feelings inside you that you didn’t necessarily know how to articulate. When I watched certain episodes of <em>Who Do You Think You Are?</em>, I felt a connection to that person – and with that, you don’t feel as alone.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: SBS</em></p>

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"Best dad in the world": Robert Irwin's special tribute

<p>Robert Irwin shared an emotional and heart-warming tribute to his late father, Steve Irwin.</p> <p>The video message, which was posted to mark Father’s Day (celebrated last weekend in other parts of the world) shows Steve, Robert and his sister Bindi having fun at Australia Zoo.</p> <p>Steve Irwin died in 2006, when Robert was only three. The now 18-year-old’s TikTok video showed the father and son cuddling, walking along a beach and playing with a lizard.</p> <blockquote class="tiktok-embed" style="max-width: 605px; min-width: 325px;" cite="https://www.tiktok.com/@robertirwin/video/7111582041237392642" data-video-id="7111582041237392642"> <section><a title="@robertirwin" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@robertirwin" target="_blank" rel="noopener">@robertirwin</a></p> <p>I had the best dad in the world. Thinking of him and remembering nothing but fun times. I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day in the US - sending love to those who couldn’t celebrate with their Dad ❤️</p> <p><a title="♬ Photograph (Instrumental) - Neena Goh" href="https://www.tiktok.com/music/Photograph-Instrumental-6865111382866528258" target="_blank" rel="noopener">♬ Photograph (Instrumental) - Neena Goh</a></section> </blockquote> <p>“I had the best dad in the world,” he captioned the video.</p> <p>“Thinking of him and remembering nothing but fun times.</p> <p>“I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day in the US - sending love to those who couldn’t celebrate with their Dad.”</p> <p>On Twitter, Robert posted another tribute, praising his brother-in-law Chandler for being a great father.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Fathers Day is a day filled with emotion - I think of my Dad a lot &amp; remember him fondly. But now, I also think about &amp; admire my brother-in-law Chandler &amp; what a fantastic father he is to my niece, Grace. I’m happy she has such a fun, kind person to help guide her through life. <a href="https://t.co/h81fOrDGc0">pic.twitter.com/h81fOrDGc0</a></p> <p>— Robert Irwin (@RobertIrwin) <a href="https://twitter.com/RobertIrwin/status/1539100366159024128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 21, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>“Father’s Day is a day filled with emotion - I think of my Dad a lot &amp; remember him fondly,” Robert wrote.</p> <p>“But now, I also think about &amp; admire my brother-in-law Chandler &amp; what a fantastic father he is to my niece, Grace”.</p> <p>Robert’s followers reached out with kind words of support.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Kochie takes three weeks off for very sweet reason

<p dir="ltr">David ‘Kochie’ Koch has announced he will be taking a break from TV for three weeks to spend time with his family for a very special occasion.</p> <p dir="ltr">The <em>Sunrise </em>star revealed he would be taking the time off for his daughter Georgina’s wedding in London.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Georgie is getting married, the last of four, so it’s going to be good,” Kochie said, adding that he would be staying with the parents of his future son-in-law while in the UK.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’ll all sharing a house with he and his parents before the wedding and we’ve never met,” he added.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-93308005-7fff-ba31-1acf-25a329eb8188"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“It’ll either be <em>Father of the Bride</em> or <em>Nightmare on Elm Street</em>. It will be a bit of fun.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Wishing all the best to <a href="https://twitter.com/kochie_online?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Kochie_Online</a> who is taking some time off to travel to London for his youngest daughter's wedding 💛 <a href="https://t.co/1vO8iahVI9">pic.twitter.com/1vO8iahVI9</a></p> <p>— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/sunriseon7/status/1539882978549317632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 23, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">His family-focused break comes after Kochie had another disappearance from screens, this time for a less enjoyable reason.</p> <p dir="ltr">The father-of-four vanished during the ad break of a May episode, with co-host Natalie Barr telling viewers he was suffering from a bad case of laryngitis.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You may notice something slightly different,” she said after the break.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Kochie came in [and] he bravely fought for about 25 minutes.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He had laryngitis yesterday and apparently he’s still got it. He couldn’t really speak.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7d999ed8-7fff-0813-09b0-55ad0c154ac9"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">His latest break promises to be a much more enjoyable reunion, which comes several months after Georgie flew to Sydney for a five-week trip over Christmas.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CYTdgPhLCaY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CYTdgPhLCaY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Georgie Koch (@georgie_koch)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Oh Sydney, not the trip home I expected, but the one I’m glad I had,” Georgie wrote of her trip home on Instagram, along with snaps of friends, her parents Kochie and Libby, and her weeks-old nieces. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Five weeks can’t make up for two years, but I gave it a good crack and I’m leaving with a full heart, a decent tan and an exploding suitcase. Miss you already.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-acce9c14-7fff-324e-897a-c90af834a75f"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @sunriseon7 (Twitter)</em></p>

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Lisa Curry shares daughter Jaimi's dying wish

<p>Lisa Curry has shared the dying wish of her daughter Jaimi that was unable to be fulfilled before her death. </p> <p>In an emotional interview with <a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/celeb-news/lunch-with-lisa-curry-73709" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Women's W</em>eekly</a>, the former Olympian remembered the life and dreams of her beloved daughter. </p> <p>"Jaimi wanted to write a book to help others, but it was too late. We left it too late," the 60-year-old told the magazine.</p> <p>"But I hope that, by being honest and knowing that Jaimi wanted to help others, we can help in some way, in some small way."</p> <p>The revelation comes almost two years after Jaimi's death, as she passed away in 2020 at age 33 from an undisclosed health battle. </p> <p>In Lisa's recently published memoir, <em>Lisa: A Memoir - 60 Years of Life, Love &amp; Loss</em>, she revealed that Jaimi had been fighting a lot of personal demons before her untimely death. </p> <p>While staying by her daughter's side until the very end, Lisa admitted that it was "exhausting" worrying about Jaimi, as she also had to care for her two other children: daughter Morgan, 31, and son Jett, 28, who she shares with ex-husband Grant Kenny.</p> <p>"You can't live your life for one child. You have three children and they are all the world to you, and that's why I have to be really conscious of my self-care, so that I can be there for them and the grandchildren," Curry explained.</p> <p>"But bloody hell it's hard. Morgan and Jett are really understanding."</p> <p>In a previous interview with <em>Today</em>, Lisa said she will continue to tell both the good and bad sides of Jaimi's story to help others who may also be battling similar demons. </p> <p>"Some people are struggling every single day. Their body, their mind, is screaming, but no-one is hearing. Then there is people like Jaimi who just can't get through," she said. </p> <p>Despite the overwhelming grief, Lisa said she gets by knowing Jaimi's spirit is still around. </p> <p>"She's never far away, you know. She's always around, somehow."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram</em></p>

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Bert Newton's daughter shares touching photo

<p dir="ltr">In the days after her mum’s tear-jerking speech, Lauren Newton has shared her thoughts on Patti’s tribute to Bert at the 2022 TV Week Logies.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e1aa703c-7fff-625e-2ff7-cb0b4214f56c"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">While presenting the inaugural award named after Bert, Patti’s words about him struck a chord with many present, including Lauren, who took to Instagram to reflect on the moment.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-04089d43-7fff-9295-79ce-ed2971d06c55">“Dad would have been so honoured to have a Logie award named after him and he would have been so proud of the incredible job mum did in presenting it,” Lauren wrote, sharing a radiant photo of her and Patti together.</span></p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfG3VyTPf0g/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfG3VyTPf0g/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Lauren Newton (@laurenelisenewton)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“She was so wonderful and we were all very proud. It was an emotional night and I was so happy to be there x.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The mother-of-six’s touching post was soon flooded with supportive comments from friends in the industry, including Rhona Burchmore, radio presenter Jane Kennedy, and actress Lucy Durack.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Your mumma and her beautiful words was the highlight of the evening - you were both so brave and so wonderful that you had each other there - Bert would have been so proud,” Burchmore wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You mum was indeed incredible and your dad would have been so very proud of you both xxx,” Kennedy added.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You and your mum did such a beautiful job Lauren,” Durack commented. “I loved watching at home and seeing you beam your good energy to her from your seat. Bert would have been beyond proud of you both xoxo.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On the night, Patti began her tribute before she even took to the stage, donning a silver necklace that read ‘Bert’.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I actually didn’t think that I was going to be able to do this tonight, it’s still very raw and I’ll never get over him not being here,” Patti told the crowd.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I have been his partner for 57 years, it is a long time,” she added to thunderous applause. “Thank you but I don’t need applause because I have loved every minute of those 57 years.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He did say to me when we got married, we will have a few ups and downs, but it will never be boring. And he was so right. It was never boring.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I think I have been very blessed that he chose me.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e9c031ba-7fff-b1cb-4d69-b1f15c9a23d5"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @laurenelisenewton (Instagram)</em></p>

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Prince George holds bake sale for charity

<p dir="ltr">Prince George’s first efforts to help save the planet have come to light, after it was revealed he organised a bake sale for Tusk, a charity that his father is a patron of, during the UK’s Covid lockdown.</p> <p dir="ltr">Charlie Mayhew, the chief executive of Tusk, was the first to speak of George’s fundraiser.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though he wouldn’t disclose how much the young royal raised, Mayhew said the funds were accompanied by “a very sweet card” in which George expressed his concern for endangered animals in Africa.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Prince George very sweetly did a little cake sale to raise money for Tusk during lockdown and wrote a very sweet card about it, clearly demonstrating his concern fro Africa’s wildlife,” Mahew told <em>GB News</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Conservation work has been an important part of life for George’s family, with Prince William, Prince Charles, and Prince Phillip all championing environmental causes.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-693abbe2-7fff-6fcd-b669-af0991bbfdad"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The Duke of Cambridge has previously spoken about passing on his passion to his children, which seems to have been a success with George’s first fundraising venture.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Baking cakes for the local community in Cardiff to enjoy at a Platinum Jubilee street party taking place today! 🎉</p> <p>We hope you like them! 🧁 <a href="https://t.co/lK9QkaGugB">pic.twitter.com/lK9QkaGugB</a></p> <p>— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/1533359456376987649?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 5, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">It isn’t the only time George has shown off his baking skills either, after Kate Middleton and the Cambridge kids baked some sweet treats for a Platinum Jubilee street party in Cardiff.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Baking cakes for the local community in Cardiff to enjoy at a Platinum Jubilee street party taking place today!” the Cambridges tweeted, along with a montage of cute snaps.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We hope you like them!”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-af608ddc-7fff-8897-86d8-da181667e108"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Young mum with 22 kids opens up on life after husband's arrest

<p>A young mother of 22 children, whose millionaire husband has been arrested on money laundering charges, has admitted that life is “hard”.</p> <p>Russian woman Kristina Ozturk, 24, lived with her 57-year-old husband Galip Ozturk in a picturesque coastal town in the Georgian republic of Adjara prior to his arrest on May 31st.</p> <p>Kristina already had one child from a previous relationship when she met Galip, a Turkish businessman who reportedly owns a bus company and a hotel.</p> <p>The couple have spent over $260,000 on surrogate children between March 2020 and July 2021. They’ve had 21 children and spend an additional $124,000 per year on 16 live-in nannies who help care for the kids.</p> <p>However, their plans to grow their family even further have recently been put on hold after Ozturk was arrested following a police raid.</p> <p>He was reportedly detained on charges relating to money laundering and falsifying documents.</p> <p>Since being taken into custody, Kristina has been vocal in sharing her struggles on social media, writing it was “hard” without him.</p> <p>“The feeling of loneliness does not leave me even with so many close people around,” she wrote in an Instagram post.</p> <p>“I’m used to the fact that my husband is always at home, always there.</p> <p>“Now it’s more difficult for me than ever, I can’t stand silence, I can’t stand his absence, I can’t sleep and wake up alone.”</p> <p>The couple met in Georgia when Kristina, a former stripper, was on holiday there from Russia.</p> <p>Ozturk fled to the country in 2018 after being sentenced to life imprisonment in relation to a 1996 murder in his home country of Turkey. He was charged with ordering the murder of a man named Kuvvet Köseoğlu.</p> <p>In another post, the young mother detailed the support she’s received since her husband’s arrest.</p> <p>The couple first hit headlines when Kristina revealed she had plans to welcome more than 100 children using surrogates, declaring she would be happy to spend more than $1.5 million to make her dream become a reality.</p> <p>It costs around 8000 euros ($A12,500) to legally use a surrogate.</p> <p>Counselling and legal paperwork are essential for the surrogates, who carry the babies that are genetically the biological children of Kristina and her husband.</p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Rare snaps of William revealed plus gift from the Queen

<p>In celebration of Prince William's 40th birthday, members of the royal family have shared a collection of unseen family photos throughout the years. </p> <p>Prince Charles and Camilla shared a series of snaps to the Clarence House Instagram page, as they wished the Duke of Cambridge a very happy birthday. </p> <p>The photos show a young William with his father throughout the decades, which begin on the day he was born and showcase heartfelt family moments. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfDyOVQgIHW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfDyOVQgIHW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Clarence House (@clarencehouse)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The official royal family social media account also shared photos of Prince William at times throughout his life with his grandmother the Queen, as they shared details of William's birth. </p> <p>"Prince William Arthur Philip Louis is the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. He was born at 9.03pm on 21 June 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. A bulletin, placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace announced that he weighed 7lb 1 1/2 oz," the caption reads. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfD4_iEsD8_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfD4_iEsD8_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>On top of sharing the throwback snaps, details of Queen Elizabeth's gift to her grandson have also been revealed, with Her Majesty reportedly giving permission for Prince William and Kate Middleton to host a joint 40th birthday party at one of her royal residences.</p> <p>Prince William has been given the green light to host the birthday bash at his grandmother's Windsor Castle home, or at Sandringham Estate, in the coming months. </p> <p>Kate Middleton's 40th birthday will also be celebrated, as her own party plans in January were cancelled due to rising Covid-19 cases in England. </p> <p>It is understood that the Queen, 96, will decide whether to attend on the day of the party due to her ongoing mobility issues.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram</em></p>

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Singer’s fiancée dies on wedding day

<p dir="ltr">Tom Mann, a former contestant on The X Factor in the UK has been left heartbroken after his fiancée and mother of his child died on the morning of their wedding. </p> <p dir="ltr">The singer shared the tragic news to his Instagram on Monday revealing that “the love of my life” Danielle Hampson died on June 18. </p> <p dir="ltr">The touching post was accompanied with a black-and-white selfie of Dani holding the couple’s son, Bowie. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I can’t believe I am writing these words but my darling Dani - my best friend, my everything and more, the love of my life - passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, 18th June,” the post began. </p> <p dir="ltr">“On what was supposed to be the happiest day of our lives ended in irreversible heartbreak. I feel like I have cried an ocean. </p> <p dir="ltr">“We never made it to the alter; or got to say our vows, or dance our first dance, but I know you know that you were my entire world and the best thing that has ever happened to me, Danielle.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Tom said he will continue wearing the ring she gave him to show his “unconditional love” toward her saying that he is lost but will do everything he can to raise their son. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfCO8xPj1mH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CfCO8xPj1mH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Tom Mann (@tommanninsta)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“I will wear this ring that I was always supposed to wear as a sign of my unconditional love to you.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I am completely broken trying to process this and I honestly don’t know where to go from here, but I do know I need to use any strength I can muster for our little boy. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I will not be a mark on the parent that you had already become but I promise I will do my everything to raise Bowie just the way we always wanted. I promise you he will know how amazing his mummy was. I promise to make you so so proud.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The most beautiful person inside and out. The most incredible soul. We have lost such a special person and I am sure we are about to see an abundant outpouring of love that reflects that. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I will try to find peace in your messages and comments, but right now I am grieving and I will be for a very, very long time.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My darling Dani, the brightest light in any room, my world is nothing but darkness without you. I will miss you forever.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Danielle’s cause of death is still unknown. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Heartbroken dad opens up on losing daughter in campsite tragedy

<p dir="ltr">An Australian family has been left picking up the pieces of their life after seven-year-old Khaleesi Roser died in a freak accident during a family adventure in the Northern Territory.</p> <p dir="ltr">Khaleesi and her family had just arrived at a campsite in Central Australia when she fell from their Nissan Patrol while it was still in motion.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her dad, Kim Roser, told <em><a href="https://7news.com.au/news/nt/aussie-dads-frantic-plea-to-daughter-7-as-she-lay-dying-in-campsite-tragedy--c-7188939" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7News</a></em> the kids had just jumped in the car to go get water when the tragic incident occurred.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The kids jumped in the car and we went to get water and I don’t know what happened, I think she tried to jump out the window before the car stopped to be the first open the gate,” he recalled.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We would’ve been doing 15km/h or slower … my 13-year-old daughter was sitting beside her and my friend was sitting there too and I just hear him yell, ‘Kahleesi’ and I just looked back and got out and ran to her.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She had blood coming out her ears, she was all twisted up. I don’t know if her head knocked the wheel or what happened.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I just scooped her up and drove as fast as I could to get help.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Being in the remote outback, the family had no reception and had to go on a mad dash for help.</p> <p dir="ltr">“All I could do was hold my little girl’s hand and look into her eyes and say, ‘Kahleesi, just look into my eyes baby’ and say ‘I love you, you’re a big girl. You’re tough, it’s OK’,” Roser said.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to NT Police, the group was travelling 25km east of Harts Range on June 5 when Kahleesi fell.</p> <p dir="ltr">She was taken to the Harts Range medical clinic before being flown to the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.</p> <p dir="ltr">A spokesperson for NT Police told <em>7News </em>the matter was still under investigation.</p> <p dir="ltr">Since the tragedy, Mr Roser, a single dad, has been trying to make sense of the tragedy while keeping his family together.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s just been the kids and I,” he said. “I w</p> <p dir="ltr">as with the kids every day of the week, every minute. Kahleesi was the youngest.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Her sister was like a mum to her. They’d sleep together all the time like best friends. It’s hit her hard, too.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We just want to wake up from this nightmare.”</p> <p dir="ltr">As the family navigate their heartbreak, Kahleesi’s legacy will continue.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She donated all her organs to save other kids’ lives - she would’ve wanted that,” Roser said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I just know that’s what kind of person she was and she’d say, ‘Dad, if I can save other people’s lives, do it’.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She was just like me, a mini me - I’d do anything for anybody too.”</p> <p dir="ltr">A <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-family-who-have-just-lost-a-little-girl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fundraiser</a> has also been set up by a friend of the family to help them cover funeral expenses.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-d5d84aaa-7fff-c3f0-709c-83a7846541c3"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: GoFundMe</em></p>

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“Tips welcome”: Jacinda Ardern asks for help for relatable parenting experience

<p dir="ltr">Parenting is a challenging task that even New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern struggles with - as showcased in a recent post from the PM.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ardern took to social media to share the relatable experience of being up multiple times in the night with a child who refuses to sleep.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ed6b6c75-7fff-7167-df9b-fc08222c26ae"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">"In the office kitchen making the strongest tea possible pre my morning media round and wondering how many other parents have a 3 year old that suddenly gets up ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT! Tips welcome," the Prime Minister captioned a selfie shared on her Instagram Stories on Monday morning.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/06/jacinda35.jpg" alt="" width="992" height="1762" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @jacindaardern (Instagram)</em></p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Ardern shares three-year-old Neve with her partner, Clarke Gayford.</p> <p dir="ltr">It isn’t the first time Ms Ardern has shared the realities of parenting either - particularly when it comes to kids and bedtimes.</p> <p dir="ltr">Neve made an off-camera appearance on one of the Prime Minister’s live Facebook videos <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/bedtime-fail-jacinda-arden-interrupted-during-live-address" target="_blank" rel="noopener">last November</a>, interrupting her mum’s update on the country’s Covid response.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Mummy,” a tiny voice said in the background of the clip.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You’re meant to be in bed darling,” Ms Ardern said, turning away from the camera to address the little girl.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s bedtime darling, pop back to bed, I’ll come and see you in a second.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Luckily, Ms Ardern’s mum Laurell Ardern came to the rescue, ushering her granddaughter back to bed.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Well, that was a bedtime fail wasn’t it?” Ms Ardern joked to the camera.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ff7ae814-7fff-a312-8a9f-24f8d5f1b711"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The most recent antics have generated plenty of responses on social media, with fellow parents and her supporters praising her.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The Prime Minister opening asking for toddler parenting tips is my kind of Prime Minister. </p> <p>There's something to be said for leadership sharing a human connection, and <a href="https://twitter.com/jacindaardern?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jacindaardern</a> does it naturally 🇳🇿💙 <a href="https://t.co/TdEZHiO6BL">pic.twitter.com/TdEZHiO6BL</a></p> <p>— Geoff Wilson (@geoffwilsonHCD) <a href="https://twitter.com/geoffwilsonHCD/status/1538742469491232769?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The Prime Minister (openly) asking for toddler parenting tips is my kind of Prime Minister,” one person tweeted.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There’s something to be said for leadership sharing a human connection, and @jacindaardern does it naturally.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“No idea but I have a two year old doing the same,” a fellow parent commented.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-23f56747-7fff-c13f-60bf-b634faa48ead"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Isn’t it Neve’s birthday tomorrow? Probably excitement,” another theorised.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @jacindaardern (Instagram)</em></p>

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Queen shares rare photo of late father

<p dir="ltr">Queen Elizabeth II shared a heartwarming throwback photo of her late father King George VI as the UK celebrated Father’s Day. </p> <p dir="ltr">The beautiful image shows a then Princess Elizabeth with her father King George VI smiling at each other in 1946 in the palace's garden. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Wishing all of our followers a very happy Father’s Day. The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) with her father King George VI in 1946,” the caption read. </p> <p dir="ltr">The Royal Family shared the snap on Instagram, the comment section was inundated with heartfelt messages to the Queen and her late father who would be “proud of her achievements”. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce-q73Ysu6q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce-q73Ysu6q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“His Late Majesty King George VI would be beaming with pride at his daughter’s achievements,” one wrote. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Happy Father’s Day and I wish health and prosperity for our Queen,” another commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">“King George VI would be extremely proud of his daughter's achievements,” another wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The most beautiful father daughter photograph,” someone else commented. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Loved this beautiful photo. So precious. Happy Father's Day,” another read. </p> <p dir="ltr">It is said that the late King gave Queen Elizabeth her nickname Lilibet because she could not pronounce “Elizabeth”.</p> <p dir="ltr">She would be calling herself “Tillabet”, “Lisabet”, “Lilliebeth” before King George nicknamed her Lillibet.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have named their daughter Lillibet in honour of Queen Elizabeth. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images</em>: <em>Instagram</em></p>

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Prince William releases new Father's Day photo

<p dir="ltr">An adorable photo of Prince William surrounded by his kids has been released to the public on Sunday to mark Father’s Day in the UK.</p> <p dir="ltr">The heartwarming image shows the Duke of Cambridge smiling widely with his arms around Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, seven, while a cheeky Prince Louis sits on his shoulders.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Wishing a Happy Father’s Day to fathers and grandfathers across the world today,” the Cambridges wrote.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce9t0LDtcD3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce9t0LDtcD3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@dukeandduchessofcambridge)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Kensington Palace said the picture was taken in 2021, during a family holiday in Jordan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fans from all over the world commented their well wishes to the family and wished Prince William a Happy Father’s Day.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Happy Father’s Day William. You have a lovely little family,” someone commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">“What a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing them with us all!” another wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is such a lovely photo! Happy Father’s Day,” another added.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Gorgeous photo! Louis is just adorable,” someone wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Cambridges also used a photograph from Jordan for their official Christmas 2021 card.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Pet owners urged to keep dogs rugged up this winter

<p dir="ltr">Australian pet owners have been warned of the dangers of freezing temperatures increasing arthritis-related problems in dogs.</p> <p dir="ltr">Animal Welfare League senior veterinarian Karishma Dahia told NCA NewsWire that she had seen a 20% increase in consults for arthritis-related problems in dogs in Queensland, following the state’s cold snap.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’d say we’ve seen a 20% increase in consults for osteoarthritis in middle-aged to older dogs sort of seven years older in the winter,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The colder weather does seem to, I guess, progress the worsening of osteoarthritic spine, so dogs seem to get a little bit more stiff and are slower to rise.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The vet said although arthritis is common among all dogs, she mostly treated larger dog breeds for the condition. </p> <p dir="ltr">University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science professor Bob Doneley told NCA NewsWire that arthritis was a degeneration of the joints that caused joint cartilage to erode.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Most commonly, it’s an age-associated problem because both the bone around the joint itself are affected and age is a factor of diet and veterinary care,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“All pets face the same sort of ageing problems as people do, including heart disease, kidney problems, cancer, and arthritis.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“I don’t think you can prevent arthritis, but I think you can reduce the severity of it. And you can certainly reduce the effects on the animal’s quality of life.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-5ae12e6d-7fff-a058-6f87-3f7c46239cc5"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Some common signs of arthritis among dogs include trouble walking up the stairs or jumping into the car, doing circles before they sit down and even muscle spasms causing the back legs to shake.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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New research into the great smacking debate

<p dir="ltr">Spanking children doubles their risk of developing depression and anxiety, according to preliminary results from a team of Australian researchers.</p> <p dir="ltr">The findings come from the Australian Child Maltreatment study, which surveyed 8500 Aussies - including 3500 young people aged between 16-24 years - were presented at the Australian Institute of Family Studies national conference.</p> <p dir="ltr">Out of the 3500 young people surveyed, the researchers found that children who have been smacked or subject to corporal punishment at least three times by a parent or caregiver were twice as likely to develop a “clinically diagnosable”mental health disorder. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Unsurprisingly there were strong associations between experiences of maltreatment and subsequent mental health, and with experiences of non-suicidal self-injury,” a statement on the study’s website <a href="https://www.australianchildmaltreatmentstudy.org/the-prevalence-of-corporal-punishment-in-australia/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">reads</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Approximately 61 percent of those surveyed experienced corporal punishment, which can include smacking, pulling, pinching, or hitting a child with an object such as a wooden spoon or belt.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-75e73345-7fff-6c80-1521-c500ab0ec20e">Professor Daryl Higgins, the study’s lead researcher and Director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University, told <em><a href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/is-it-wrong-to-smack-your-kids-new-research-says-its-causing-anxiety-and-depression-c-7188494" target="_blank" rel="noopener">7News</a></em> physical punishments such as smacking are intended to “cause pain but injury as part of correctional behavioural control - so it’s part of a parenting strategy”.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Great interview on Ch 9 by <a href="https://twitter.com/HigginsDaryl?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HigginsDaryl</a> from our <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ACMS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ACMS</a> team on the prevalence and impact of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/smacking?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#smacking</a> &amp; corporal punishment in Australia. 🧵 for more info on this study. 1/3 <a href="https://t.co/87vYHM2gLs">https://t.co/87vYHM2gLs</a></p> <p>— Divna Haslam PhD (@DivnaHaslam) <a href="https://twitter.com/DivnaHaslam/status/1537329206941872128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 16, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The full results of the study are expected to be released next year, with Professor Higgins noting more findings linking corporal punishment and poor mental health outcomes are likely to emerge.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There is a very real connection between corporal punishment and current and lifelong experiences of mental ill health,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“If you want to reduce population level anxiety for women and men, don’t hit them as children.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The study also found that just over 30 percent of respondents experienced non-suicidal self-injury, with a strong assocation to childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse.</p> <p dir="ltr">Of those who experienced child sexual abuse, men and women were 3.7 and 5.9 times more likely to report self-harm respectively.</p> <p dir="ltr">Women who were exposed to domestic violence were 2.9 times more likely to develop depression and 2.2 times more likely to develop anxiety, while men were 1.9 and 2.4 times more likely to experience either condition respectively.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though the study isn’t the first connecting hitting children with poor outcomes - with <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/mind/spanking-does-more-harm-than-good-study-finds" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a review of 69 studies finding physical punishment didn’t improve a child’s behaviour</a> - Professor Higgins said it is the first time its prevalence in Australia has been investigated.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s the first time we’ve got prevalence of this experience of corporal punishment for Australia,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">With the argument among some Australians - particularly in older demographics - that they were smacked and turned out just fine being a prevalent one, Professor Higgins countered that believing that smacking has negative effects “comes down to whether you can trust science or not”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Anyone who smokes and says, ‘Well I smoke and I don’t have lung cancer, therefore there is no link between smoking and lung cancer’ - well, I’m sorry, that sort of view is just not supported by the science, and we need to take the same rigorous approach here,” he explained.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A case study of one does not prove something.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-d6501565-7fff-85d9-1ce4-a930d9e1ac1f"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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30-year-old single mum shamed for still living with her mother

<p>A 30-year-old woman has defended her choice to live at her mum’s house with her daughter following cruel trolls saying she should be “embarrassed”.</p> <p>Opening up about her living arrangement, the mum-of-one, Maggie says she doesn’t care about awful comments and plans to stay there “forever”, with her daughter Savvy.</p> <p>Posting a short video to her TikTok account, Maggie told her 10,000 followers what she often hears when people discover her situation.</p> <p>Over the top of a video that showed her holding Savvy in her arms, she wrote: “Are you embarrassed that you live at your parents with a baby at 30.”</p> <p>Hitting back, the young mother then shared a video of her and her daughter dancing and typed: “My mom’s house… and all the love my daughter gets here.”</p> <p>She then followed up her sentiments in the caption as she posted: “I turn 31 in 2 weeks and I told my mom that we’re going to live with her the rest of her life.”</p> <p>As well as enjoying spending time at her mum’s home, she added there was a further reason that she refuses to move out, sharing that the family have recently lost their father. </p> <p>Proving her point, insensitive trolls flocked to the comment section to have their say.</p> <p>One wrote: “Just sad. You’re too old.”</p> <p>Another added: “RIDICULOUS and embarrassing.”</p> <p>Fortunately, others were more sympathetic to Maggie and Savvy’s situation and praised her, saying they’d do exactly the same.</p> <p><em>Images: TikTok</em></p>

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“Gamechanger” free schooling announced for kids in NSW and Victoria

<p dir="ltr">Children in Victoria and New South Wales will be given an extra year of free schooling under joint, multibillion-dollar plans from both state governments.</p> <p dir="ltr">Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced that the extra year of schooling will be available to four and five-year-olds, the biggest education reform in generations as reported by <em><a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/extra-free-year-of-schooling-for-nsw-and-victoria/8c81c122-ee7d-48f5-bd1a-81db3de1ca0f" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9News</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">In Victoria, every four-year-old will qualify for 30 hours of free schooling, up from 15 hours currently, and the government has pledged subsidies of up to $2500 for children in three or four-year-old kinder from next year.</p> <p dir="ltr">50 government and low-fee childcare centres will also be built in areas with few facilities and high demand such as Melton, Casey and Dandenong.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-7bf58d3a-7fff-6a79-350b-daa4e5d9c6b2"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The government plans to spend $9 billion a year from 2025 to achieve these changes and hopes they will help women return to the workforce.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Some things are bigger than state boundaries.</p> <p>Giving kids the very best start in life is one of them.</p> <p>We're joining with NSW to start the biggest ever reform to early education.</p> <p>It'll be better for kids, cheaper for families, and give women more choice about returning to work. <a href="https://t.co/ZVBR3BQNuE">pic.twitter.com/ZVBR3BQNuE</a></p> <p>— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/DanielAndrewsMP/status/1537178352884551680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 15, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, the NSW government will be bringing in changes under a $5.8 billion plan, including making a new ‘pre kinder’ year available for four and five-year-olds from 2030 that is free but not compulsory.</p> <p dir="ltr">The policy was also designed to help parents, particularly women, return to the workforce, while also alleviating the pressure on early childhood centres across the state.</p> <p dir="ltr">Speaking to Today, NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said the changes would be a “game changer” for families, adding that trials would be starting next year.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We will see this rolled out in communities before 2030 … we will start to see benefits for families over the next couple of years which is great,” she told the show.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a joint statement, Mr Andrews and Mr Perrottet announced the reforms that are set to be introduced over the next decade.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In the next 10 years, every child in Victoria and NSW will experience the benefits of a full year of play-based learning before their first year of school,” the statement read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A year dedicated to growing and learning, new friends and new experiences. A year devoted to helping our kids be the very best they can be. Giving them the skills they need for school, but just as importantly, the skills they need for life.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e18ac40-7fff-abcc-3068-f673f99a1c45"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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