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01 February 2014

HMN MONTHLY

The Life of a FIFO Mum By Amanda Clout

My husband and I have been together for over 9 years, and married for five. We have two gorgeous children who are five and three and we are one of the many thousands of FIFO families that can be found in any corner of Australia. Our little corner is Tasmania.

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In the beginning, there were questions. Always questions. People questioned our love for one another and if we really missed each other. They asked if it was hard, what do I do while he's gone? how often is he home? How long will he do FIFO for? And the questions just kept coming. People find out you’re a FIFO family and suddenly everyone’s got an opinion.

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I love my husband more than anyone will ever know, and shouldn’t have to justify this fact just because of the type of work he does. For him to be away from his family sometimes for up to three months, to miss milestones, special events and tears of happiness and sadness, just to keep us afloat, demonstrates what kind of a man I have. We belatedly celebrate Fathers’ day and birthdays, and it’s not surprising for me to come home to a bunch of beautiful flowers that the hubby has sent me on our anniversary or my birthday. These significant events in our lives are never forgotten, just celebrated differently, in our own special way.

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To answer people’s questions about whether or not this is hard, yes it is.

Day in and day out I am here alone with my children. Waking up to them getting their breakfast, packing lunches and making dinners, cleaning, washing, being the mother, the father, the doctor, the cook, the cleaner and even the Boogie Man catcher! It all takes its toll.

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My favourite are the days when he comes home, although along with the excitement there is also this feeling of dread that our routine is about to be turned upside down again. I love when the kids wake up for that first morning and see their daddy and jump on the bed and giggle and cuddle and scream "Daddy’s home", even telling total strangers when we are out "My Daddy’s home!", like they are as


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proud as punch of him. Then it all starts. I get up to my usual routine and all he wants to do is sleep. I’m tired and worn out too (I run a successful business from home) but I don't care, I push my tiredness aside because I just want to get out and have fun with my family. It’s always hard, most FIFO mums will relate, the husband comes home and for the first two days rests and wants to go to bed early or sleep in. Then there are three good days when we adventure together as a family. Then they get the "Going Back to Work Blues ". He gets down and grumpy and wishes he could just stay. I don't know what to say or how to help him when he's down; I mean what can I say? "Come home its ok we will sort it out?”. But truth be it we can’t, we have bills to pay and mouths to feed. Good paying jobs in this area are hard to find down here in Tassie.

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We try our best to get through but sometimes it just gets too hard and then one of us has a bad day and we don't know what we can do to help each other. Sometimes we just leave each other alone, sometimes we chat on the phone, sometimes we Skype. Every bit of communication helps.

and wait until someone contacted me to tell me everything. I later found out that he was seriously hurt in a work related accident when a start picket ripped his cheek open and knocked him out. He had 20 stitches in his face and was flown home from Papua New Guinea on an emergency flight the next day.

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While he ended up being fine and now only has a faint scar, the thing that hurts the most was not being there to help him. That was the first time I said "you’re not going back, I can’t do this anymore, I can’t cope". Sometimes I think about when he was doing similar work here at home and the amount of quality time he spent with the kids, which was roughly 1/2 hour every night and Sundays, but even then he would just want to rest. Now we have our daddy/husband home for one whole week all to ourselves, for all those adventures and the little moments that are often missed in a day.

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My main piece of advice to FIFO partners, wives and mums is to try and stay positive no matter how hard it becomes. To look forward to the next week you have together, to communicate, share stories and to cuddle There have been times where I have not wanted him to and play. Negativity can ruin your life try and stay go back to work. One day it hit me like a tonne of focused on what your goals are and push through it bricks when I got phone call from my hubby and he knowing there are many other people in the very same was out of it and not speaking properly, slurring his position as you. We will all have our highs and lows, as words and not being able to tell me what happened long as you can find the time to love and cherish the other than that he was hurt. I was frantic I didn’t know time you do have together, I know you can do what was going on. All I could do was sit helplessly anything.

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Challenge Accepted! ! By Lyndal Jolly

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Well, there goes the season, so happy and busy, I ate like a pig and I drank too much fizzy! My body was littered with junk food pollution. So now I have made up a new resolution, To not just 'Get thinner', for surely I'd falter. No, real results come with a true 'Lifestyle Alter'. Through kicking bad habits, and changing behaviour, Well this Weight Loss Challenge, just might be my saviour! A 12 week commitment, along with 5 others, And guess what, HMN? We're mostly all mothers! I met Anne-Petra (she could not be sweeter!), Who'll guide and instruct so commitment won't peter. There at my first weigh-in, I got on the scale. At least, I hope that I weigh less than a whale! Well, 80.8 were the numbers that I had, Some might say 'That's massive!', while others 'Not that bad!'. For me, what it showed was, I MUST make some changes, To move my whole life from the unhealthy ranges. It's taken some effort to get myself started, But from those big numbers, I'll soon be departed! So follow my journey, my dear friend and Mummy, To see if I get there, in shrinking this tummy! But mostly my hope is, through being well fed, A fit, healthy future is lying ahead!

Lyndal Jolly is mother to Benjamin (Bear), 1, and married to David, owner of specialty coffee shop Yellow Bernard. She has just started the 12 week Sandy Bay Weight Loss Challenge with Anne-Petra Green, and will be sharing her experiences over the next four months. She's nervous and excited about openly sharing such a personal journey, but hopes that it will not only motivate her to stick to it, but might also inspire and encourage other Hobart Mums to make healthy changes. For more information on the Sandy Bay Weight Loss Challenge, contact Anne-Petra Green on 0435 153 734 or sandybaywlc@gmail.com

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Lulu & Jess

A Mumpreneur Interview

By Kate Sward, Hobart Mumpreneur Coordinator

Who is Jackie de la Motte? I am wife to an incredible husband, mother to three gorgeous little people aged 4 years, 2 years and 3 weeks and sole owner and operator of Lulu & Jess.

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Tell us (briefly) about your business and what you do. Lulu & Jess retails cloth/reusable products for mum and bub. My aim is to bring awareness of the convenience, easy and cost effectiveness of using cloth products in your home and to provide you with full support.

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What were you doing prior to Lulu & Jess? Prior to starting a business I was a stay at home mother to my two daughters – you could say it was a time of product research! Before having children I had various positions in accounting.

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Who was your inspiration growing up? Why? My biggest inspiration was my parents. We didn’t have a lot of material things in life but our home was full of love and happiness.

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Inspiration behind starting Lulu and Jess? After a couple of years of researching and a lot of trial and error trying to find cloth nappies to suit my little ones, I decided Hobart needed someone local to help and advise other families. There is so much information out there and it’s hard to know who or what to believe. I hope to help families find the right cloth products for their own lifestyle.

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What was your first step in setting up Lulu and Jess? The very first step was product research which initially started long before the business was started.

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You're a business woman- how do you balance home/work life? I’m still yet to find that perfect home/work life balance! My role as mother and wife is most important which means a lot of paperwork is left until the last minute. The housework tends to be a bit neglected!

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Favourite Quote? “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”  or any other Dr Seuss quote.

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Biggest challenge as a business woman? Marketing and selling my business is something that continues to be a challenge for me.

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Perks of being a Mumpreneur? The sense of achievement that I have made all this happen! Being mostly online based means that I can still be at home my children every day. What has been your biggest achievement to date? Surviving the first 18 months of business.

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3 Tips for aspiring mumpreneurs? 1. Find something that you are passionate about; 2. Research your market; 3. Enjoy what you are doing!


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Dear Teachers, ! By Maria Bond

December 2013

!Dear Mrs Nichols and Mrs Millhouse. !What a year!! My first child going to school – well how do I sum up the year?! !I guess briefly it would be that we all did a lot of learning. Here are the lessons I learnt: ! 1. Nothing could prepare me for how many times my heart would break 2.

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during the year. My son took a long time to adjust (even as I write this at the end of the year, this morning his little eyes welled up as he asked me to stay with him). The night he snuggled with me in bed and said he wished the world was different, when asked why, he said, ‘So I can stay with you forever, Mummy.’ My heart well and truly broke in half! I learnt that even though I had spent four years teaching my son that he should not ‘follow the crowd’ nor ‘worry what other people think’. Here I was spending hours deciding between white or black sneakers for him – I didn’t want him to be different and didn’t want him to be teased. I knew that I had more work to do on myself in order to believe what I was teaching him. I learnt that when he was not invited to a birthday party or didn’t receive a Christmas card that it was a good life lesson. I learnt I could either be sad or take the opportunity to teach him that this is a normal part of life and that he won’t always be invited, and that is just o.k.! I learnt that my child is a follower not a leader. That just is who he is. I would need to teach him well, who to follow, and how to lead sometimes. I learnt my son was not well prepared for school. He couldn’t write his name, he couldn’t ‘craft’ very well and he didn’t know how to deal with the social relationships of school. He broke down when someone cheated at tag, and he cried when his friend wouldn’t play with him. We all had to ‘toughen up a bit’. I learnt that I could feel pride and sadness all at the one time! The day my son didn’t want or need to wave me off at the window anymore I was so happy and proud of him, but knew my little boy was growing up (tearing up just typing that!) Lastly I learnt that I was so lucky to have found a beautiful school and beautiful teacher and teachers aide who truly cared about my son and not only his academic ability but cared about him as a little boy who just wasn’t ready to leave his mummy (and they were also dealing with a mummy who wasn’t ready to leave her little boy).

!Thank you Mrs Nichols and Mrs Millhouse for the kindness you showed Leo

and myself during the year. You will always be a part of our family because you taught us all so many life lessons.

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Habitual Behaviour By Hans Kelder

Many of our behaviours are habitual. They are hard wired into our brain and automatic. These are genetic and nurtured over years of being brought up in particular family culture. We rarely ask ourselves, why we do certain things, we just do them. Most of our behaviours express love, concern, support, we encourage and enrich each other. It is these that attracted us to the person in the first place. However some habits can become unbearable, creating tension in the relationship. In marriage we often expect our partners to accept certain patterns of even our bad behaviour and adjust to the them.

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For example, taking our clothes off and placing them on the floor. Leaving all the wardrobe doors open. Letting the mail pile up on the kitchen bench. Watching TV habitually every night for a certain program. A continual connection to the mobile phone. Being the first to read the paper. If our habits are acceptable to our partners then there’s no issue. However it is very rare to be completely accepted by our partners. Most of us have, or we are confronted with some annoying habits which can potentially become the source of disappointment, frustration, ongoing criticism and a plea for change.

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Couples who master marriage, are open to listening to the message from the annoyed partner. They are often willing to make the adjustments because it becomes clear to them that certain behaviours have an ongoing negative impact which can potentially create resentment.

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Being open to change is a better, far more generous and a kinder course of action then expecting your partner to just, “Suck it up,” or ‘Build a bridge and get over it.” Which are common phrases used to describe that someone is not prepared to change.

The challenge in all relationships is to work out which habitual behaviours can be acceptable and which create too much tension.

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The down side of changing our behaviours is that it takes about 6 to 10 weeks to get rid of one bad behaviour and develop a new one, so patience is required. Those who are willing to take up the challenge to work on changing themselves and adapting continually in the long term relationship are often the most successful in building relationship security and contentment.

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See this and more marriage tips go to www.youtube.com search ‘marriage tips, talk to the Hans. Hans is a marriage counsellor, husband, father, step-father, and local minister. You can contact him via www.hobartmarriagecounselling.com.au. He also writes a regular Marriage Q&A for HMN Monthly. You can ask him any question to be answered by emailing info@hobartmarriagecounselling.com.au .

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The thought of sitting down and planning your way out of the daily ‘what’s for dinner?’ dilemma can seem daunting, but with a few tips and setting yourself a commitment to do, you can actually save not only the ground hog day drama but money and valuable time to spend where you really want to be. 

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Break it down into a few sections and plan for success • Plan to sit once or twice a week and commit yourself to that time. Initially it will take a while, this will reduce as you gain experience • Have a collection of magazines on hand to scout for recipes • Google recipes you know you like and print off (even if you cook by feel, this will be handy when collating a shopping list) • Check catalogues for specials before deciding what to prepare • Create a shopping list by adding the ingredients and quantities down as you decide on a recipe • Look for similar meals to minimise wastage of using for one meal • Ask your family what they would like to eat, why wear the burden alone?. Even young children appreciate and respond to being asked, and are more likely to eat without (so much) fuss.    Recipe collections Develop a recipe storage system that is attractive to you and use it, making it as simple or detailed as you like to be • Tags on magazines • Scrap book • Hand written collection • Computer applications • Rip out pages

• Online pages; pintrest/facebook   Bulking up the freezer • Double up and plan to have leftovers; soup, casseroles, fried rice, etc and use them for lunches or nights when there is no time • Marinate and freeze meats, or just marinade • 500g of dry rice cooked can serve 8-10 and freezes well. Cook in bulk for another time.

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 Know your obstacles • What events are going to get you home late? • Is there a regular meeting which holds you up? • Are you a confident cook? 

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Establish strategies • A routine dinner such as homemade pizza, eggs on toast- that leave only six nights to plan for • Request a meeting time change, phone conference • Don’t try elaborate recipes after work • Prep some components the night before; chop the onion and garlic • Mostly though, enjoy your time eating quality over quantity with your beautiful family, the preparation time soon fades from memory as the family time enjoyment grows  

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A Method of Cookery is operated by Penni Lamprey, mum to Alex, Ryan and Grace. Penni is a qualified chef and holds a Post Graduate Certificate of Management, Accredited Certificate of Nutrition, Certificate of Food Psychology, Food & Wellness Coaching and Certificate of Childhood Nutrition. See www.amethodofcookery.com for the full range of health and wellbeing cooking classes scheduled.


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How to Train Your Child in 5 Easy Steps A Book Review

By Briony Downes

Let me begin by admitting this is a completely biased piece of writing. Judi Rhodes is my step mum and I think she is super great. She makes a killer roast and bottles her own blackcurrant cordial. She also writes and publishes her own books and her most recent publication is one I think mums (particularly with preschool aged kids) should know about.

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Judi has been a kindergarten teacher for many years and has been the launching pad for hundreds of kids as they begin their schooling journey. Currently working at Cygnet Primary, Judi was one of the first teachers to introduce early learning programs (birth – 4) into playgroups and schools and she is passionate about teaching young children. “I love helping children enjoy their first experience of school because it sets them up for many years of stimulating learning,” Judi says. “I would like all kindergarten children to have a positive self-concept, to be confident in everything they do. To know who they are, where they came from and what they want to do and to be fascinated with unusual and different ideas and objects and seek to discover new things.”

and wrote a book explaining the steps she uses in class and how to implement them at home. The result is How to Train Your Child in 5 Easy Steps. With easy-toflick-to colour coded sections, Judi outlines her steps for the classroom and provides constructive ways to modify them for the home environment. For example, when describing Walking Feet Judi says, “Talk to your child about the differences between walking, running, jumping, hopping and sliding feet. Play ‘follow the leader’. Walk around inside your house. Go outside and jump, hop, run and slide.” While this might sound like simple common sense (which it essentially is), as the parent of a young child myself, I often forget the simplest things in the crazy cloud of everyday parenting. Judi’s book is a great tool to have on hand as a reminder of the basic things that will help a child in the broader social situations that come with getting older and learning how to be a big kid.

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Alongside How to Train Your Child in 5 Easy Steps, Judi has also collaborated with Tanya McQueen, the Early Years Coordinator at SETAC (South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation), to produce family friendly books for the Aboriginal community. “Tanya and I became great friends after working closely together for the Making the transition from past 5 years. We both wanted to home-life to school is a huge bring Aboriginal culture, in milestone for kids and storybook form, to all Aboriginal parents. One of the most important things Judi does at and non-Aboriginal families in simple, easy to the beginning of the school year is set up a collection understand language. Our two books, ‘Melukerdee of simple steps to follow in the classroom. They are Counting Book’ and ‘Mummy, What’s Country?’ were Gentle Hands, Walking Feet, Quiet Voices and Kind our first efforts and were funded by the Australian Words. While kids often need reminding of these steps Government Dept. of Families, Housing, Community throughout the school year, learning how to follow Services and Indigenous Affairs.” them helps kids to navigate a new, and often daunting, environment with ease and positivity. Judi finds that Currently working on a third book with Tanya McQueen introducing gentle behavioral steps that each child can (I have seen the Echidna’s Judi has made for the book follow helps when teaching and guiding a large group – they are enormously cute!), there seems to be no through the year. “At the beginning of each year I stopping Judi in her ability to help kids learn about our make a commitment to every parent to look after their world and how to get the most out of it. She truly lifts child, to help them develop their independence, guide them to the stars. them through their learning journey and teach them important social skills for adult life,” she goes on to Get in contact with Judi over Facebook at “Judi say. “To leave your 4 year old child with an unknown Rhodes ‘Books’” or email her at adult is a big ask for most parents. I’m grateful every judibooks@skymesh.com.au. How to Train Your Child in day that parents trust me to do this.” 5 Easy Steps is $19.95 (includes postage and handling). Over the last 20 years of teaching kindergarten, Judi has often been asked by parents how to help their kids Melukerdee Counting Book and Mummy, What’s at home and nurture good behaviour during this Country? can both be purchased from SETAC ($10 challenging time of change. Last year she sat down each). Contact Judi for more information.

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School Lunchbox Tips By Hobart Mums

A monthly or fortnightly baking day, wrap and freeze all baked goodies, ready to pop into lunch boxes the night before. Also sit and write down a list of foods your children will be happy to eat and use that to base you lunches around - Jaimi Evans

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Plain flour and one tin of pumpkin soup add enough flour to make a dough. Roll out into a rectangle and sprinkle cheese over. Roll and slice into 2cm rounds. Flip on to a tray and bake scrolls for 15 mins. - Teneil Stanley

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Use good quality and enviro friendly lunch boxes - ones with dividers for separate foods, lunch skins reusable lunch wraps and snack bags, reusable pouches... And teach hubby to pack decent lunch too. - Clare Eddington

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Get the children involved in the process and teach them how to choose from the food groups you've provided, so that they can make their own as they get older, with less and less supervision! - Louisa Doherty

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2 cups SR flour (can use half and half whole meal and white), 2 cups grated cheese, 2 cups milk. Combine and divide into 18 muffin cases. You can add anything extra you like such as curry powder, bacon, spring onion, capsicum or spinach. They freeze really well. I freeze in individual bags and just grab one out in the morning. So easy, cheap and tasty and with endless options the kiddies never get sick of them!

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My 10 year old has also had the responsibility of making his own lunch since grade 1. We have a container of appropriate snacks like Cruskets etc in the pantry and the same in the fridge - yogurt, cheese etc so each night while dinner is being prepared he makes his own sandwich and grabs one snack from each tub plus a piece of fruit and he is done. - Melissa Johns

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Cookie cutters!!! My 6 year old often asks for things I'm not happy to put in her lunch box because other kids get it, a few cookie cutter sandwiches later she is happy! - Jackie Bowden

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Do not put banana IN the lunch box, if you give a banana or citrus fruit in particular, put it with the drink bottle in a drink bottle cool bag, the acids in the fruits can seep into everything else despite separate plastic bags, if you have a child with a fussy palette, who complains their sandwich tastes like banana or orange, this tip is for you saves me lots of heartache! - Carlene Ellis

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Tub up containers if yoghurt and fruit the night before, in summer you can freeze as a cooler, in winter they stay cold enough. For grown up lunches (or schools with microwaves), plan to have dinner left overs to heat and eat at work- soups and casseroles work a treat. There are beautiful cooler bags now available to challenge the best looking hand bags, you'll want to take lunch to work in them. - Penni Lamprey

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Pack lunches the night before to make things easier in the morning. I make loads of sandwiches and freeze them so the kids can just grab one out each day. - Chloe Blair

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Whatever you pack in that lunch box, my tip is... put a little post-it note in saying you love your child/or hope you're having a great day or/ Mummy loves you soooo much. For non-readers put in a little smilies face, or a love heart. Sonja Preston

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We do a lot of Greek salad for lunches, also all types of fruit in season...digestive biscuits are also a big hit...homemade popcorn...sushi is also a huge treat and is given in place of a lunch order once a week, if all other lunches are eaten... Bit of bribery there! Homemade savoury muffins are this on the "request" menu this year. - Rachel Bain

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I have sandwich cutters in cool shapes (train, frog, flower, princess) which I use for sandwiches. I also write little notes to remind them of how awesome they are, how proud I am of them or even how I think they have the most beautiful smile in the whole wide world! I stick to the basics of sandwich, carrot sticks or fruit, rice crackers and cheese and a homemade muffin or bikkie. But sometimes, especially in winter, I will send a mini thermos with a hot dish. - Eva Lavelle


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I make home made dips and provide carrot, celery and capsicum sticks for dipping also rolled up ham slices, home made muffins. Get the kids involved and give them some responsibility. I also do the notes oh and wraps! They are easy for little hands, healthy and easy! - Rachel Beckett


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How You Can Establish Healthy Sleeping Patterns By Sonja Preston

You know how great you feel after a good nights sleep…. You smile more, you have the energy to take on the day with enthusiasm, and you cope better if things don’t go well. Isn’t that what we want for our children too? Whilst we can’t make children sleep, we can create an environment that is conducive to sleep.

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A good nights sleep assists the growth and development of a healthier body, a better concentration and attention span, improved strength and coordination, and more emotional balance.

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A good nights sleep also makes the next day better for both parents and children!

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10. Tell them how much you love (yes, even if it’s been a challenging day!) 11. Say goodnight 12. Leave the room promptly

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How much sleep do children need? The following is a guideline provided by the ‘Parents as Teachers’ body, where I did my training. There are research based, and in a 24 hour period, they recommend:

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• Newborns need 16 - 20 hours; • At 4 weeks they need 14 – 18hrs; • Babies 6-8 weeks need about 15-16 hours; • At 2-3 months they need 12-15hrs; • At 4-9 months they need11-15hrs; • At 9-18 months they need 11 -14hrs; • Toddlers 18months – 3years need 13hours; • Children 3-5years need 11-13hrs. • Obviously some will be daytime sleeps and then the evening sleep.

It is important to establish good sleep routines early in a baby’s life, so that they quickly learn ‘how’ to go to sleep. It is even easier for the child to learn this, when the adults are consistent with the routine – regardless of whether it is Mum or Dad who are preparing the child for bed. When you follow the same routine each night, you establish a pattern in the child which gets them ready for sleep. Does it mean they Tips: will be happy about it – no, not • Have a dream sleep team – you necessarily! But, who is the one and your partner take turns who knows how much sleep settling or resettling the baby/ children need, and what they will toddler. This also conveys the be like without it… You! Young message to the child that both children generally do not know parents are saying it’s time for when they are tired. It’s rare for a sleep.. child to say “Yes” when asked “Do • Stay calm – if you show stress or you want to go to bed?” As adults anger, the child picks up on it, we are the responsible ones! and then becomes more stressed himself. A bed-time routine will look • Overtiredness makes it harder to something like this…. fall asleep. Play quieter, calmer 1. Dinner games in the lead up to the bed2. Bath time time routine. Turn the TV off. 3. Drink of milk • No TV in the child’s room. 4. Cleaning Teeth • The bed is for sleep – not the 5. Change nappy, or take your lounge in front of the TV. Whilst child to the toilet many parents say their children 6. Gentle singing, cuddles, reading settle for sleep in front of the TV, stories the reality is, that their brains are 7. Settle the child for the night, being stimulated by the and tuck them in information they are seeing and 8. Favourite soft toy or teddy to hearing, and so their body won’t cuddle in bed rest as well during the sleep. 9. Talk quietly. Some children like to have their heads stroked

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Children who don’t get adequate sleep are not only grumpy and easily upset the next day, they are less able to function well, and to process new information.

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Good sleep = a better day tomorrow. Calm and Consistent is the key! Sonja is a Senior Parenting Consultant, with 14 years parenting experience, on top of a 20 year teaching background. She is also a Life Coach. Sonja can be found at www.theparentingcafe.com.au or via email: sonja@theparentingcafe.com.au


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Adventures on Bruny adventures in dadulthood

By Richard Casey

Over the Christmas/New Year break we embarked on an adventure to the island called Bruny.

old while betadine was being put on the cut behind her ear.

Accompanying us were my wife’s siblings and their partners and children, so a combined force of about 20 heading south for adventure. Having grown up in the north of the state I had never been to Bruny Island before, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I think the most I knew about it was one of the contestants on Farmer Wants a Wife lived there… but enough about my rubbish taste in television and on with our story.

Once the obligatory medical visit was out of the way our holiday really kicked off. It was the kind of trip that reminded me of my childhood holidays. All the kids in the caravan park out playing cricket or forming their own little clubs and playing in the bush, while the adults sat back chatting and enjoying the peace (and dodging the occasional wayward cricket ball).

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The trip down to the ferry terminal at Kettering only took about 40 mins from Hobart and after a short wait we boarded the ferry. The ferry trip was a fun start to the holiday, we all jumped out of our cars and the kids looked out over the water, their excitement about the holiday nearly at fever pitch. The parents stood about enjoying the view, while mentally figuring out elaborate rescue plans if their children threw themselves overboard in a fit of excitement. After the 10 minute ferry trip we all piled into our cars and headed for Adventure Bay. Adventure Bay, honestly who wouldn’t want to have a holiday at a place called Adventure Bay? It sounds like the title of an Enid Blyton book – The Famous Five at Adventure Bay! I was imagining the kids discovering an illegal penguin smuggling ring and saving the day! I subsequently thought that might be a bit dangerous for my 4 year old and 20 month old. Penguin smugglers are a nefarious sort so I’ve heard. This sort of thing is probably best left to the appropriate authorities. Also crime fighting children usually have a dog with them, and we didn’t bring a dog, so in reality it was never going to work out anyway.

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Now, as any of you who regularly read my articles will know, a holiday doesn’t start for our family until someone gets sick, injured or lost. Our four year old obviously wanted to get this holiday started because we hadn’t even unpacked the car before she had fallen off the bunk bed ladder and split the skin behind her ear. So, I can now let you know that Bruny Island has a very good medical facility, it’s staffed by 2 nurses and they are also available after hours… well at least I think that is what the nurse said, it was a bit hard to hear her as I was trying to hold a screaming, struggling 4 year

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In our three days on Bruny we managed to get to the Hot House cafe, the Berry Farm, the winery and the chocolate shop, as well as having plenty of walks along the beach. Unfortunately the weather during our stay wasn’t the best so we only managed one slightly chilly swim at the beach which resulted in chattering teeth surrounded by big grins. On our final night we had a delicious dinner at Hotel Bruny while the little ones played in the kids area they have set up there. As my wife and I sat in the hotel eating a plate of oysters, we looked out over the D'Entrecasteaux Channel at the rain falling in grey sheets and discussed how regardless of the split ear, bad weather and imaginary penguin smuggler incident we had had a great time. There were so many places on Bruny we hadn’t gone and so many things we hadn’t seen, that then and there we decided that for our next family holiday we would return. Next trip we would definitely visit the Bruny Island Cheese Co, not only because I have a borderline unnatural love of cheese, but also because I have been hearing reports of cheese pirates raiding along Tasmania’s east coast. The Casey Family and the Cheese Pirates sounds like a fitting name for our next Bruny adventure, I just have to remember to get a dog.


HMNMONTHLY 1 February 2014

The Ideas Keep Coming from the Director

By Christine Jolly

I am a YES kind of gal. Someone has a dream and I leap to make it happen. My husband says it’s because I was born American. Something about them lacks inhibition. Ha ha. I suppose.

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It makes sense because I have worked hard to make several “dreams” come true. And several are made possible by the success of our fabulous cookbook, Inspired Cooking, that helps make our network financially stable and the generosity of our monthly advertisers in HMN Monthly and our mobile app.

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And most of our network’s dreams are conjured up in HMN Chat. This online mum-only group serves to connect, encourage, and inspire local mums. Many consider HMN Chat superior to Google searches due to the combined wisdom of local mums. We all have different backgrounds, religions, politics, worldviews, parenting-styles, etc. We mustn't be afraid of communicating those. These will often conflict with other mums' viewpoints but that does not mean that we must necessarily be in conflict. We must all read other’s viewpoints respectfully and with due consideration. We are all sisters in this parenting journey.

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So what have we achieved together so far? 1. The Haven - not just a haven but now a true community hub. The Haven now features regular popular events that create a wonderful buzz in the space as mums connect to one another and the children enjoy playing. A sample of regular monthly events include: 1.1. A Fiction Book Club 1.2. Upcycling Clothing Sew Along 1.3. Mumpreneurs Morning Tea 1.4. FIFO Mums Support Group 1.5. Southern Tasmania Babywearers wrap demonstrations 1.6. and Seasonal women’s clothing swaps 2. Movie Night - Did you join us last year when we went to go see The Goddess, the film featuring a Tasmanian rural housewife who sang her way to fame? Over 100 of you Hobart mums convened on Hobart’s Village Cinemas dressed as housewives. There were gift bags and prizes and loads of fun! (especially when the fire alarm went off half way through.) We should totally do it all again! 3. Pinky McKay - So many questions pop up in HMN Chat day to day about sleep issues and feeding issues and behavioural issues with our wee ones. I invited Pinky McKay to join us here in Hobart and she put on TWO packed-out sessions. 4. Hobart Mumpreurs - Hobart Mumpreneurs has really come into its own over the past year and a half. Kate Sward has taken over the leadership of the group and has arranged for monthly training events as well as informal monthly morning teas to connect local mumpreneurs to one another for

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encouragement and inspiration. This is our most active and engaged group of mums. Swap Shop - Last year a Hobart mum dreamed of a place where you could bring your second-hand baby and children’s clothing and swap it someone else’s a few sizes up. No money would have to change hands. With some of the money raised from Inspired Cooking the racks and hangers were purchased to make the Swap Shop a reality. So many lovely items come through the Swap Shop on a weekly basis it make the volunteers clucky sorting through them all. Book Clubs - This group has been formed so that Hobart mums can stretch their brains and catch up on some decent literature, adult conversation, and fun. There are several book clubs around the Hobart area and now a monthly Fiction club at The Haven. Hobart Mums Choir - On HMN Chat, mums were reminiscing about their days in school choir and missing the opportunity to use their voices. Thus, Hobart Mums Choir was born. Michelle Wood, a mum and co-owner of CMW Music, was also keen to use her voice and offered her space and connections to make it all happen. This choir is all about bringing mums together to sing and share music in a child-friendly environment. A choir for the mums with bumps, babies, toddlers, and the mums who can’t get out of an evening. Repertoire will be mainly contemporary focused, but we will also listen to the requests of our mums. Local voice instructor and performer, Hannah May is thrilled to direct our excited group of singing mums. Hobart Mums Fitness - Coming Soon! A program for mums AND little ones. Why should all the kids have all the fun at gymnastics, dance, playgroup? Why should the kids get stuck in creche while you pump out a workout. The vision for this group is to dance, go crazy, roll around, laugh and get fit TOGETHER.

I hope one or several of these events and groups suits your interests. Or if not put it out there on HMN Chat and see what our collective wisdom, imagination, and initiative can come up with. Why not a babysitting coop? Or a monthly meal swap group? Or a Playground group to visit a new playground each week together? A monthly Busy Bag Swap?

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WITH A POSITIVE MIND YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR OWN GOAL In March 2009 when I had my 1st child I developed severe Post Natal Depression and was admitted into the Mother Baby Unit (MBU) on referral from the State Government Psychiatrist. The MBU was just what I needed and after 6 weeks of treatment in the hospital and ongoing appointments with my psychiatrist and medication I spent the next 18 months getting better and starting to feel like my normal happy self and I began to enjoy my life again. For obvious reasons it took me almost 4 years to want to go back for a second child. I fell pregnant in March 2012 and unfortunately had a miscarriage at 13 weeks. This was such a shock and one of the most awful things to go through imaginable. I fell pregnant again in September 2012 and spent most of my pregnancy very anxious and worried about the prospect of developing PND again or worse, losing another baby. Between having my son Jordan in March 2009 and falling pregnant with my daughter Madison in September 2012, I had been slowly but steadily putting on weight due to having poor nutrition and lack of energy. I went from 70KG to almost 86KG over the course of 4 years. Due to being overweight and unhealthy I developed Gestational Diabetes in my pregnancy with Madison and required 3 insulin shots a day for the remaining 11 weeks of my pregnancy. The first 8 weeks with Madison was tough as most newborns are. Getting used to limited sleep and learning all about my new baby and her signs. I also spent many sleepless nights worrying about the prospect of developing PND again that I actually thought I was going to talk myself into it. Then something happened, it is like I had a brain snap out of the blue and realised I had control of my life and I needed to change what I was not happy with. I started out slow by trying to walk with my kids daily and really watching what I ate. I then joined a local gym In September 2013 and started doing boot camp 3 nights a week whilst walking lots. It was such a struggle to find the energy at times but I was determined to try and improve my health. In that 4 months I was starting to feel better and I managed to lose 3.6KG. My life really started changing in late October 2013 when I was invited to the Free 24Fit Boot Camp Challenge running in Blackmans Bay and as a result came across some amazing nutritional products and learnt about Herbalife Nutrition. I had tried several other weight loss products over the years and was never able to do these for more than a couple of weeks as I always felt hungry and tired. I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined the improvements in my life that have happened in the last few months simply by combining some amazing nutritional products and improving my daily habits with the fun free exercise. My energy levels are amazing, I have lost almost 5 KGs and my body shape has changed immensely (I have gone from a size 16 to size 12 in 8 weeks with less exercise than in previous months), I am confident and happy in myself and most importantly I love being able to help my family and friends. My mental health has also been the best it has been in many years and my family love seeing me so happy and positive in life. The most valuable lesson that I have learnt is if you want something bad enough and it is something you have control of, with the right mindset you can achieve your goal. And having a friend or coach to work with you as well is also a big help. If you would like to learn more about the Free 24Fit Boot Camp Challenge or if you are interested in a Free Wellness Evaluation to discuss your goals, your daily habits and to put a plan together that will help you also improve your energy levels and health, please contact me on 0404 128 314 by email on: cynmattngeorgia@yahoo.com.au Yours in great health, Cynthia Taylor *This picture reflects my 8 week body transformation since using Herbalife Nutrition. These results are not typical. Individual results will vary.


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