Planning the Perfect Baby Shower Health & Fitness for Kids Winter Warmer Recipes for all the Family
Red Nose Day SIDS for KIDS
Is cloth better for my Baby?
Going back to Work
Child Care (pros & cons)
cover photo - Sophie-Lee
Fun Crafts for Kids Issue Two June/July Issue
“All about babies, toddlers and young children”
Contents Page 3
HFMD - What is it?
Red Nose Day SIDS and KIDS
Health and Fitness for Kids
Planning the Perfect Baby Shower
Introducing a New Baby to Siblings
Baby’s nearly here! What should I pack for hospital?
Caring for yourself after having a baby
Is cloth better for my Baby?
Going back to Work! (Childcare pros & cons)
Battling the Winter Cold and Flu
Charlie Bear - bits and bobs I want the Best of both Worlds
Crafty Kids Zone
Winter Warmers Recipes for the whole family
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Editor’s Desk Welcome to our 2nd issue of Kiddly Winks. We hope you all enjoyed first issue and here we are back with another one. It has been an exciting time as the KW Team have been brainstorming and busy writing. We hope you enjoy our collection of articles.
won out. As a new Grandmother, who else would I show off but my gorgeous new granddaughter. Would you like your Kiddly Wink to be on the cover of our next issue? Stay tuned! The next Cover Photo Competition will be starting very soon.
As with any new business, we have been working on making Kiddly Winks the best magazine for you. This means putting together articles that are important to YOU. Life can get very busy, so take a few moments to recharge your batteries and enjoy a good read.
Kiddly Winks is a bi-monthly magazine and alternates release months with our sister publication WAHP Published.
The next issue of Kiddly Winks will be out on the 1st August 2013 and we have many exciting plans already We have a fantastic issue for you, with a feature on the boil for this issue. article on an Australian small business - Charlie Bear bib and bobs. We also have articles on Health and In the meantime - grab a cuppa, find a comfy seat, sit Fitness for Kids, some winter warmer recipes for the back, relax and enjoy this issue. whole family, what to pack for hospital when having a baby and also a great article on planning that very special baby shower for the parents-to-be. You will just have to read on to see the rest. Regards, We now have a Submissions section and we are very interested in receiving articles for future Helen Dayman issues. Do you have a topic that you would like to Editor submit an article on? Send it through to our email - Kiddly Winks email@example.com Exciting times ahead with Kiddly Winks as we have many plans ready to unfold in the next few months. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for some exciting developments that we know you will enjoy. Isn’t our cover girl, Sophie-Lee gorgeous? Unfortunately, our cover photo competition didn’t get any response this month. So... editor’s choice came
Red Nose Day - SIDS and Kids 28th June 2013
SIDS and Kids Australia established the National Scientific Advisory Group to review and recommend research and provide educational campaigns. They are also a member of he International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID) and International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) maintaining strong What is SIDS? SIDS is not a specific disease or illness, relationships with international research. but a diagnosis of exclusion when a healthy baby dies without any warning. All other possible causes have Red Nose Day on the 28th June, 2013 is the main been ruled out before SIDS or SUDI (sudden unexpected fundraiser for SIDS and Kids Australia, with over $16 death in infancy) and there is no specific reason for a million contributed to research into possible causes and prevention of infant death (SIDS) since 1988. child’s death. Sadly, SIDS (suddent infant death syndrome) is still a big concern for many parents in 2013. Increasing research over the past 10 years has aided awareness of risk factors which have decreased the amount of children lost to SIDS.
You can take some steps to reduce the risk of SIDS (see images below and visit SIDS and Kids website).
Research is constantly being undertaken to identify risk factors and possible causes of SIDS. Some research suggests that a combination of different factors may be involved. One piece of research suggests that some babies may have an issue with a part of the brain that controls breathing which creates difficulty in responding to breathing challenges such as bedclothes covering the nose or mouth. The majority of SIDS incidents occur when the child is asleep.
‘Sleep Safe, My Baby’
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‘Sleep Safe, My Baby’
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Infant must not be overdressed under the wrap
Wrap should be firm but not tight
3 Safe sleeping environment night and day 3 Sleep baby in safe cot in parents’ room
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Planning the Perfect Baby Shower My younger sister and I used to fight like only sisters can, however over the past few years we have become very close. The day that she came to me and told me that she was going to be a mother, I freaked out. She was due 5 days before my wedding… and she was one of my bridesmaids. Needless to say she was more worried about breaking the news to me, than she was about breaking the news to our parents. Of course I was ecstatic for her and I got to work planning both my wedding, and helping to plan her baby shower.
Written by Tamara Hayes
Planning a party can be a massive event in itself, but planning not one but two so close together was very stressful, so our mother jumped in to help out with the organisation - I was in charge of games. Games was actually the one part I was NOT looking forward to organising, as there are so many options to wade through online that it can be hard to know where to start. Here is the process we went through to make her day perfect Especially if you are a first time parent. No one comes to a baby shower without at least something small for mother or baby, and lord knows you need a lot when you have a As my sister and her partner already knew the sex of their baby. So invite everyone you know - family, friends and child, this made it a lot easier to theme her party. We neighbours. went with the colour scheme of pink and purple. If your mother-to-be does not know the sex of the baby then If all they can give you is advice this is not a bad thing, she may like to choose a neutral colour, such as green or advice from seasoned parents is a fantastic gift. yellow. This can be helpful when advising guests on what types of gifts to purchase as well. That way if they end up having a boy, they are not stuck with a whole pile of pink clothes. If you are planning a general get together with some fun Another fun option, if the parents do know the sex of games, the best option for food is lots of nibbles and fintheir child, is to reveal it to your guests at the shower. ger food. This will allow everyone to mingle and interact This can be done by simply decorating in a distinct colour. while having something to eat and a good time. Be aware to give the guests some guidance on what colAs an extra something special for the expectant parents ours to purchase as well though. I purchased a nice notebook and some fun glittery pens and had all the guests record in the book their guesses for baby’s date of birth, height, weight, hair and eye colour. I also had everyone leave a little piece of advice for the Traditionally baby showers are generally for women, expectant parents and asked them to write a short letter however unisex showers are becoming more and more to the expected baby. To be honest, this was something popular. My sister and her partner decided to go with a that I wanted to do. I thought it would be nice to surprise unisex baby shower, so her partner was there as well as my sister and her partner with this little notebook, so that family and friends’ partners. they could then share it with their beautiful daughter once she was older. No surprise… they both loved it! This can be a fun option especially for first time parents, as this is one more special event that they can share in Planning my sister’s baby shower was fun, but being able together. to celebrate it with her was even better. My sweet little niece and god daughter Sophie-Lee was born 3 days before Rule of thumb is to invite EVERYONE!!! my wedding. Even better, both mother and baby were able to share in our special day with us.
Choosing the Theme:
Who to Invite:
Baby Shower Games This was the part I was dreading in the planning stages. Too many times I have been to parties where there were games. More often than not, the games were boring or over complicated. Here are some games we played at my sister’s baby shower. Everyone had a great time and the games were fun too. I even had some people asking to play more games, which was fantastic. As everyone arrived they were given a lanyard. These were made using ribbon, and some toy baby bottles, dummies and rattles. Ask each guest to wear it for the duration of the party. I made a few extra ones with real baby dummies as prizes too. Prizes can be anything. I went with chocolates, I had a few boxes of chocolates that were given out to the winners of the games.
Guess What’s in the Diaper
Pin the Dummy on the Baby
This is a fun, but pretty gross game, especially for those with an over-active imagination.
This game is exactly as it sounds, like pin the tail on the donkey. For this game all you need is a printout of a baby, and a picture of some dummies. I used a cartoon “colouring book” style picture for both, and were just printed at home.
1. You will need is a pack of new born nappies, and a box of favourites Chocolates (with different flavours and soft centres). 2. Melt the chocolate (only a little bit) in the microwave and then smear the melted chocolate into the inside of Cut out the dummies and attach blu-tack to the back each nappy. side of each. I wrote people’s names on them as well 3. Make sure to write a number on each nappy and just so everyone was able to keep track of their dummy. record which chocolate/flavour is in it, so you can remember for later. 4. Guests need to guess what is in their nappy using any NOTE: Don’t forget a blind fold… I did! means they can - sight, smell and taste included. Any leftover nappies can be given to the parents to use once bubs is born.
Baby Shower Bingo
Just like regular bingo, you need a game card for each NOTE: Make sure you have someone taking photos of player, bingo picture cards, and markers for each person this game! to use.
Pin the Nappy on the Baby
These you can make yourself, or you can purchase them from most discount stores. (I got mine at Stacks)
You will need a pack of cloth nappies, nappy pins and blown up balloons. I know that the use of cloth nappies is very rare these days, but it is still a good skill for young parents to know anyway, just in case. These can then be kept and used a rags, or nappies by the parents once bubs is born.
(How many chocolates in the bottle) This was just a bit of fun. I bought a couple of baby bottles, and some m&ms and malteasers. Each guest had to guess how many chocolates were in each bottle. The closest person to the correct number won the bottle and the chocolates in it.
The aim of the game is to get the nappy on the balloon the quickest, without it falling off. A better option would be to get everyone to put the nappy on a wet wriggling octopus, as this would be a lot more realistic, however due to health and safety reasons, this was not a viable option.
Baby’s nearly Here! What should I pack for Hospital It has been nearly nine months since you first got the exciting news that you were expecting a little bundle of joy. Not long to go now! Have you packed your hospital bag yet? If not, here are a few suggestions. Your stay in hospital might be only a day or two, or you may be a little longer. Each hospital is different, like every pregnancy and birth is different. It doesn’t hurt to take a few extras just in case.
Tip # 1
Pack two bags, one for you and one for the baby Bag for Mum
Bag for Baby
Make sure you bring comfortable clothing and Pyjamas Lots of underwear Maternity bra Maternity pads Breast Pads Toothbrush and toothpaste Hair brush Body Wash/Soap
Jumpsuits Singlets Wraps Newborn Nappies Baby wipes Baby powder Baby soap Baby face washers Baby Blanket
Tip #2 With Baby clothes make sure you have several different sizes just in case your baby is larger or smaller. Each pregnancy is different, you won’t know your baby’s weight and size until he or she is born.
Tip # 3 Hospitals do not supply nappies or any baby care products like they did many years ago. You must make sure that you bring everything you will need to care for your baby as soon as he or she is born.
Tip # 4 You have had a wonderful stay in hospital with your new baby, but now it is time to come home. It is important that your vehicle has been fitted with an approved baby car seat. Get this done well in advance.
Baby’s Baby’s nearly nearly Here! Here! Have you got everything? Baby’s room
Baby’s Change Area
Baby’s Bathing Area
Bassinette Bassinette Sheets Bassinette Blankets Cot Cot Sheets Cot Blankets
Change Table Lots of Newborn Nappies Lots of Baby Wipes Baby Powder Sceented Nappy Bags
Baby Bath Baby Face Washers Baby Soap Baby Towels Baby bath thermometer
Other Baby Items
Jumpsuits Singlets Shirts Long pants Shorts Summer Jumpsuits
Pram Newborn Car seat Baby Bouncer Snuggle Bed Insert Baby Rocker Baby Bean Bag Port-a-cot
Written by Caitlin Dayman
Is Cloth better for my Baby? Once you have found out the wonderful news you are expecting, everything changes and a lot of questions start going through your mind; what do we need to care for our baby? Do we want to use cloth or disposable nappies? Where do we start? Most people straight away think of disposable newborn nappies, especially if it’s your first. If you haven’t had friends or family with babies you don’t know all the options out there until you start looking. Cloth is always the best option for your baby. Your baby will be in nappies for at least 18month to 2 years until you start toilet training. So thinking about all the nappy changes and cost for disposable nappies over this time before you start. Obviously the cheapest way to cloth nappy your baby is with terry squares (the old fashion square nappies). If you’re open to that option, you’ll save a stack of cash. However, if terry square nappies don’t appeal to you, then modern cloth nappies are the best way to go. Having a good quality modern cloth nappy system is an excellent investment for your family. By paying a little extra per nappy, you are getting products that are more effective and absorbent, and durable enough to last over the time.
PLUS, you have additional costs such as wipes to consider as well. If you have 2 or more babies in disposable nappies, these costs will double even triple! You’ll save thousands with Funki Bums Modern Cloth Nappies! People look at the cleaning side of cloth nappies and it puts them off straight away, but there are great options out there from flushable liners that are bio-gradable as well. Also people keep saying that you use more water to wash the nappies, BUT “disposable nappies require more water, more energy, more raw materials and more land to produce and use than cloth nappies, and they generate 60 times more waste.” Every family is different and has different situations, you might have your children in day care, but most day cares these days accept cloth nappies, you may not have the time to use cloth 24 hrs but just to use them at home will save you money as well. So before you go and buy those disposable nappies, just think about the future of your little one. Cloth nappies are so much softer, cuter and better for the environment and your pocket.
So let’s have a closer look at the figures and see how they compare to disposable nappies. For the sake of this comparison, we have used a price-point of 50 cents per disposable nappy. Obviously cheaper disposable nappies are available, but generally need more frequent changing than we have estimated in our comparison
Written by Tamika Broun
On those figures above, consider the following costs:
Age newborn to undies From 6months From 12months From 18months From 24 Months
Nappy change 7600+ 5500+ 3900+ 2700+ 1500+
$3850 $2750 $2000 $1400 $ 800
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Grandma’s Corner Mary, Southport QLD My five year old daughter has always been lively and playful with other playmates, but with her two year old brother she has started being a bit aggressive. She seems to get annoyed over small things with her little brother and retaliates quiet violently. I have tried punishing her, but it isn’t working. Grandma This sound like a little bit of sibling rivalry. Punishing doesn’t always work, so we need to look at some other ways to have them play together nicely. Two year olds can be annoying to older siblings. At first I would suggest that you watch how they interact with each other. Your five year old interacts with other playmates, so she has the social skills. Try spending some one-on-one time with her where just the two of you do something fun together. An ideal time would be when her brother goes down for a nap. Then try some guided activities with the both of them together. This way you will be on top of any potential issues and be able to diffuse them before they start. When the children play nicely together, reward them with positive words to encourage nice playing. Stephanie, Lismore NSW I am at my wits end. How do you discipline a child when they think it’s funny? When we try to use a stern voice and look serious when our 2 year old misbehaves, he just laughs and runs away. Its infuriating. What should we do? Grandma Two year olds have only a few ways to express how they feel - anger, tears, laughing and a few words. He is not laughing at you or even in defiance. He is probably hoping that you are playing a game with him. He might think you are playing a game of ‘chase and catch me’. You don’t want to have to starting chasing him around the room as it will reinforce his thoughts that it is a game. Before you start to discipline, you are better to be closer to him than across the room. This way, you can catch him before he gets a head start. No yelling, just guide him back to stand in front of you and get his attention. Using eye contact you could say ‘You don’t like that Mummy is reminding you about __________”.
Then start at the beginning. Repetition is the key in small to the point sentences. You are best to ignore the laughing. Persistence is the key here. Use logical sequences. “Pushing the chair over is naughty”. “You could hurt yourself”. Then have him help you to pick it up. Always reward with praise, “Thank you for helping Mummy, you are a good boy”.
Lucy, Perth WA My 6 year old is friendly and very outgoing. She loves to talk to people. What concerns me is that when we are at the park or out shopping, she approaches strangers and starts to talk to them. How do I tell her this could be dangerous? I don’t want to scare her, but I think she needs the “stranger danger” talk. Grandma I can understand your dilemma. You want to keep your daughter safe, but not have her scared of the world and lose her friendly outgoing nature. It is important to have the ‘stranger danger’ talk, but how you approach it needs to be carefully done. You could try explaining it with examples such as these “Sometimes a grown-up might ask you to help find a puppy or other pet. If anyone asks you, you run to find mom or dad as fast as you can.” “Sometimes a grown-up might want to share candy or treats with you and your friends while you’re playing. If anyone offers you treats run to find mom or dad as fast as you can.” “If a grown-up tells you that me or dad said it is okay, that grown-up is not telling the truth. Come find mom or dad as fast as you can.” With young children it is sometimes better to give examples for different situations. If she asks, “Why do I have to run and find you or Dad fast?” You could reply that: “All grown-ups know the rule that they need to ask parents before they can give kids a treat or ask kids for help. All grown-ups know that kids have to go see their parents to ask, too. Grown-ups that do not follow these rules may not be safe.”
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Charlie Bear - bits and bobs I want the best of both Worlds
I wanted my cake and eat it too! First time mother, wife, I’m not complaining though. I love the feeling of doing something productive for my family and contributing a small business owner and professional juggler! little extra money to the household budget. I’m doing Well a juggler of my life anyway. Having the best of both what I love, and my daughter inspires me immensely. worlds is great, one HUGE balancing act, exhausting and very much time consuming, but it is great. I get to At the moment I love all things vintage for girls! Beautiful be with my 15 month old daughter all day, everyday - to pastel coloured beanies with handmade lace and spend quality time with her, watch her grow and learn fabric flowers, Lace embellished skirts and winter tops, new things. I also get to do something for myself, I get bunting, pillows and personalized blankets are just the start! Boys are a bit more difficult for me though! But to do what I love and that is to create! at the moment … Dinosaurs seem to be pretty popular! I started a small, at home, homemade children’s business - Charlie Bear – bits and bobs making clothes, It wasn’t easy trying to start a new business from hair accessories, blankets, bibs, pram liners, toys and scratch, as well as teaching myself new techniques anything else that inspires me! I don’t have a fancy shop and skills. Supplies aren’t always cheap and trying to or employees. I don’t have business hours, set holidays get my name out there and to get people interested in my products is always, for everyone I’m sure, a bit of a or lunch breaks or even a babysitter to help! challenge. My uniform mainly consists of ‘comfy clothes’ that may be dotted with various unknown marks, my handbag is My business is mainly run through my Facebook Business filled with basically everything apart from the kitchen page - Charlie Bear – bits and bob. You can custom sink and going to buy one colour of thread and returning order any of my products, you can even design some with armfuls of various fabrics is completely normal for yourself! I make personalized clothing and blankets and I am always happy to try and hunt down specific fabrics me. that you may want me to use! I’m also very open to My daily list of things to do includes trying to raise new product ideas and love all the feedback from my my very energetic toddler – First priority! Then on to customers! I put in 110% effort into everything I do, to … orders to make, paper work to do, errands to run, a ensure customer satisfaction! house to clean, supplies to order, bills to pay, groceries to buy and more products to design… Maybe even time Living this lifestyle isn’t easy, but it is the lifestyle I want and I’m very fortunate to be able to have the for a coffee! If I’m lucky. opportunity to live the best of both worlds. Written by - Jaimi-Lee Evans
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Winter Warmers Recipes for all the Family Roasted Vegetable, Tuna & Pasta Bake Serves: Family of 4 Preparation: 20 minutes Cooking: 50 minutes Ingredients 450g Butternut pumpkin (leave skin on), cut into 2cm cubes 450g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm cues Olive oil spray Salt and ground black pepper 400g dried macaroni or penne pasta 425g can tuna, drained and flaked 700g bottle Italian tomato pasta sauce 1/3 cup chopped chives 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
Method 1. Preheat oven to 220⁰C. Arrange pumpkin and sweet potatoes in a large roasting pan. Spray with oil to coat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water, following packet directions, until al dente. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add tune, pasta sauce, chives and roasted vegetables. Toss gently to combine. 3. Grease a large shallow ovenproof dish with oil spray. Spread pasta mixture into dish. Top with breadcrumbs and evenly spray with oil. Reduce oven to 200⁰C. Bake pasta for 15 minutes or until breadcrumbs are just golden and serve. Note: If preferred, leave out the breadcrumbs and step 3. Make the recipe up to step 2 and toss pasta over low heat until warmed through and serve.
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Butternut pumpkin Supplies beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A. 100g has enough beta carotene to supply more than half a child’s vitamin A for the day. Vitamin A is important for healthy eyes and skin. A naturally sweet way to give kids 20% of their daily needs of vitamin C. One of the functions of vitamin C is to help the body fight infections.
BEST PUMPKIN SOUP Serves: 4 people Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking: 35 minutes
Ingredients 1.5kg peeled, seeded, chopped pumpkin 1 brown onion finely chopped 1 Litre pack Campbellâ€™s Real Stock â€“ Vegetable 1/2 cup cream 1/4 tsp grated or ground nutmeg Freshly ground black pepper to taste Sour cream, to serve Method 1. Place pumpkin, onion & stock in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. 2. Transfer mixture to a blender in batches, and puree. 3. Return to the saucepan, stir in cream, nutmeg and pepper, and cook until heated through. 4. Serve with fresh crusty bread and sour cream. Note: Add some potato or sweet potato in addition to pumpkin to make the soup thicker. Soup can be frozen in air tight freezer safe containers. Find Recipe at www.campbellskitchen.com.au
BROCCOLI, TUNA & CREAMY TOMATO PENNE Serves: 4 kids Preparation: about 10 minutes Cooking: about 15 minutes
Ingredients 300g dried penne pasta 250g broccoli, trimmed and cut into small florets 1 tbs olive oil 2 tbs tomato paste 250g cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup reduced fat thickened cream 2 x 185g can tuna in oil, drained and flaked 1/2 cup reduced fat shredded tasty cheese
Method 1. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water, following packet directions, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 2 tablespoons cooking liquid. Set pasta aside. 2. Meanwhile, wash broccoli and place in a microwave-safe plastic bag, twist to seal. Microwave on high/100% power for 2 minutes or until just tender. Open bag and set aside. 3. Heat oil in the saucepan over medium heat. Add tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes to pan and cook, stir often, for 2-3 minutes or until tomatoes slightly soften. 4. Reduce heat to medium-low, add cream and gently stir to combine. Add pasta and reserved cooking liquid, broccoli, tuna and cheese. Toss gently over low heat until combined. Serve with extra tasty cheese if desired. HEALTH BENEFITS Broccoli: One of the most nutritious of all vegetables with a high content of vitamins, including Vitamin C. The body needs this vitamin for healthy gums and connective tissues throughout the body. A good source of folate, one of the B complex vitamins that is important for heart health.
CARROT & ZUCCHINI MUFFINS Makes: 12 Preparation: about 20 minutes Cooking: about 20 minutes Ingredients Melted butter, for greasing 2 cups self-raising flour 2/3 cup caster sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 ½ cups grated carrot (about 1 medium) ½ cup grated zucchini (about 1 small) ½ cup sultanas 100g butter, melted 2 eggs, lightly beaten ½ cup reduced fat milk Method 1. Preheat oven to 200⁰C. Grease 12 x ½ cup muffin pans with melted butter, or line with paper cases. 2. Sift flour into a large bowl. Stir in caster sugar and cinnamon. Add carrot, zucchini and sultanas. Mix until well coated with flour mixture. 3. Whisk butter, eggs and milk together in a medium bowl. Using a large metal spoon, quickly fold butter mixture into carrot mixture until just combined. Spoon mixture evenly into muffin pans. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through when tested with a skewer. Remove and cool in pans for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Note: Store in an airtight container. Best eaten within 2 days.
HEALTH BENEFITS Carrots: Crunching a carrot or some carrot sticks is an ideal way to freshen the mouth and help keep teeth clean. The old adage that carrots help you see in the dark comes from their high content of beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A. Healthy eyesight (especially in dim light) depends on adequate vitamin A. The natural sweetness in carrots makes them popular with kids and they’re also a good source of dietary fibre (keeps kids regular).
MICROWAVE JACKET POTATOES
Makes: 4 Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking: 22 minutes
Ingredients 4 x 220g Sebago or Coliban potatoes 1/3 cup creamed cottage cheese 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled, stone removed and diced Ground black pepper (optional)
Method 1. Preheat oven to 220â °C. Wash and scrub potatoes and pat dry with paper towel. Using a fork, pierce each potato 8 times. Place potatoes around the outer edge of a microwave turntable plate, spacing potatoes evenly. Cook on high/100% for 6 minutes. Turn potatoes over and cook on high/100% for 5-6 minutes or until potatoes are just tender (skin should not be wrinkled) when tested with a skewer. 2. Place potatoes into over and cook for 10 minutes or until skin just crisp. 3. Cut a cross into the centre of each potato and gently squeeze potatoes to open up. Set aside to cool slightly then top with cottage cheese and diced avocado. Season with pepper if desired, and serve. Note: Be creative with toppings. Add diced tomato, fried bacon pieces and onion for a different taste.
CRUNCH POTATOES WITH CHEDDAR CHEESE CRUMBS (A great vegetable side dish for any meal, particularly a roast) Serves: 4-6 Preparation: about 20 minutes Cooking: about 1 hour 15 minutes
Ingredients 6 Desiree potatoes (about 200g each) Olive oil cooking spray 1/2 cup fresh wholegrain breadcrumbs 1/2 cup grated reduced fat cheddar cheese, finely grated. Method 1. Preheat oven to 180â °C/160â °C fan-forced. Peel potatoes and halve lengthways. Place a halved potato cut-side down onto a board. Slice thin, evenly-spaced cuts, about two thirds of the way through potato. Repeat using remaining potatoes. Liberally spray potatoes with oil and place cut-side down onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 50-55 minutes until tender. 2. Combine breadcrumbs and cheese. Remove potatoes from oven. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over potatoes. Bake for a further 12-15 minutes until golden and crunchy. Serve immediately. Top Tip: When preparing potatoes, place a chopstick either side of the cut potato to prevent cutting right through the potato. HEALTH BENEFITS Desiree Potatoes: A reliable source of vitamin C, the vitamin that helps protect the body against infection. Provide dietary fibre in the skin and the flesh. The skin of potatoes helps retain vitamins during cooking.
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HFMD - What is it? Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Over the past few months, there has been an increase in children being affected by HFMD or hand, foot and mouth disease. What is it and how do our children get it? We will attempt to answer most of your questions here.
Common signs and symptoms High temperature (fever) Sore throat Small blisters on inside of mouth; sides of tongue; palms of hands and fingers; soles of feet; nappy area Poor appetite Drinking and eating may be painful due to blisters in mouth Tiredness
Hand foot and mouth disease is a viral infection, so this means that your doctor cannot prescribe antibiotics as they are not effective against viruses. Firstly, let’s clear up myth number one - it is not linked to foot and mouth disease that affects animals. Children most affected by HFMD are children under ten years and young adults. It is spread from person to person by direct contact. This may be from touching the fluid inside blisters or fluids spread by sneezing and coughing. It can also be present in bowel movements (poo) for several weeks after initial infection. What are the signs and symptoms? You might start to see symptoms as early as 3 - 7 days after being exposed to the infection. Symptoms usually last for 7 - 10 days including blisters which do not become itchy like they do with chicken pox (some consolation).
How can we stop the virus spreading? A few basic personal hygiene steps go a long way, like washing hands regularly. Children should not share items such as cutlery, drinking cups, toothbrushes or even clothing. This will Hand foot and mouth disease is not life threatening, but aid in reducing the spread of HFMD to other children. If if your child develops headaches, stiff neck or back pain your child has been infected, it is best to keep them at you should seek medical advice immediately. home until all the fluid in the blisters has dried. HFMD is caused by a group of viruses known as Unfortunately, there is no cure or treatment for HFMD enteroviruses. The most common virus affecting as virus antibiotics will not work. So… how do you children in Australia is the A16 strain of the Coxsackie treat your child? The best you can do is making them virus. The EV71 strain is less common in Australia. There comfortable, give pain relief for mouth blisters, frequent is currently no vaccine or cure for HFMD. Children in sips of drink to reduce dehydration. Don’t pierce or bust China are infected predominantly with the EV71 strain the blisters, as this will spread the infection, leave them and researchers have developed a trial vaccine that is to dry naturally. providing significant protection against the C4 strain of EV71 virus. The final testing phase showed a 90% For more information effective rate. These results sound very promising and hopefully medical science will develop vaccines to Your local family doctor or Child Nurse http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/ combat all strains of this virus.
National Center for Infectious Diseases, Respiratory and Enteric Viruses Branch (USA ) - www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/enterovirus/hfhf.htm
Written by Helen Dayman
Health and Fitness
Australia is a growing population and unfortunately, it isn’t the number of people that is growing as much as the fact there is an increase in obesity in children. In 2007-2008, one-quarter of all Australian children (600,000) aged 5-17 years were overweight or obese. The obesity rate for children increased from 5% in 1995 to 8% in 2007-2008 (ABS). So what can we as parents do for our children? Diet is a big issue, so healthy eating and steering away from processed and fast foods is a good start. But diet isn’t the only step. Australian children live in a modern world with gaming xbox and Wii, computers and television capturing their attention with exciting new shows that keep them riveted to sitting in front of a box. It’s time to get our children of all ages, even toddlers up and doing something active. Here are a few activities that you can do at home.
Heads, Bellies, Toes
This game helps with identifying body parts, flexibility, and understanding the concepts of up, down, low, and high. 1. Stand facing your child. 2. Beginning slowly, call out the names of the three body parts that are in the title, asking your child to touch each part as he hears its name. 3. Once your child is successful at this, reverse - and mix up - the order of body parts.
Walking on tiptoe uses the child’s own body weight to develop strength. It also helps with balance! 1. Show your child how to tiptoe and ask her to do it with you. 2. Tiptoe as long as your toddler stays interested. You can also, play a piece of quiet music as you both tiptoe. Try using imagery - for example, asking your child to pretend she’s sneaking up on someone, or a kitty cat trying to catch a bird. Vary pathways (straight, curving, and zigzagging) and directions (forward, backward, and sideward).
You can also, change the tempo at which you call out the body parts - sometimes slow and sometimes fast. Another possibility is to start out slowly and gradually get faster. When your child is ready, play Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. Later, you can once again Enjoy some fun and games with your children, get fit change the order of body parts and the pace at which and healthy! you call them out. Written by Helen Dayman
Introducing a New Baby to Siblings Isn’t it exciting being pregnant again and welcoming a new baby to your family? Will this be your second or third child? The being pregnant part doesn’t worry you. You have been there before and know what it is all about. But… exciting times are ahead as you now plan how you will introduce this new family member to his or her siblings. The first question is - When to Break the News! There is no one answer to this question. Most parents wait until they are safely past the first trimester, but it will all depend on the age of the sibling-to-be. Young children don’t have a clear concept of time or they may share the news a bit earlier than you would like. You know your child best. Children are very perceptive and know that something is happening. If you keep them in the dark, they may become anxious. When telling your sibling-to-be the good news, it is best to pair your due date with a milestone that the child will recognise. The baby will be arriving near Easter or Christmas, or maybe after Daddy’s birthday. What will you say? It is best to keep it very short and sweet, long explanations can be confusing to young children. You could say, “Mummy and Daddy are going to have a baby, my belly will get bigger and bigger until the baby is born”. Some children are more curious than others. Give just enough information, but you don’t need to go into the ‘birds and the bees’ talk. Each child will react differently to the news. Avoid assumptions and take guidance from what your child says and does. Some may be excited about being a big brother or sister. Some may think it will be great to have a real, live baby doll to dress up. Some children may be upset that they will have to share their parents’ attention with another sibling. The family unit will change with the addition of this new baby, but that can be a good thing.
Will you be setting up a new nursery for the baby? Maybe your child will need to move out of his cot or into another bedroom. Make these changes early in the pregnancy. Make any changes always a positive experience. “You are getting a big boy now Jason, lets buy a big bed and set up your big boy room”. Not… “You have to move, because we need this bed for the baby”. You can see the difference here on how you approach these changes. Remind your child that he or she was a baby once, too. A great way to do this is to talk about what new baby’s do. They cry a lot, they sleep a lot and they eat a lot. Your child might think of the new baby as stealing their attention. Explain that it is Mummy and Daddy’s job to work out why the baby is crying. He might be wet or hungry. To help your child, dig out all the baby books with photos of him or her from a newborn till now. You can spend some fun time together talking about all the funny stories about what the child did when that photo was taken. You might have a great photo of your child screaming. See… “you did that too”. It is time to welcome your new baby into the world. How do you tell your child this? It is best to give specific information that the child can count on. “Mummy has to go to the hospital with Daddy. Grandma will stay here with you. It might happen during the day or at night. Daddy will come home with you until I bring the baby home.” This is information that the child understands and recognises. Also it is information that they can rely on. Once the baby is born, your child should come up to visit on the first day if possible. Introduce the new baby to your child and give him an opportunity to hold their new sibling. Keep calm and your child will take confidence from you, his parents. Guide the child on how to hold the new baby and make it a wonderful positive experience. Special occasions are always a reason for giving presents. A new baby is a wonderful celebration and involves gifts for both mother and baby. “What about me?” your child might ask. A little advance planning is a good idea to forestall any potential jealousy or early rivalry. Prior to baby’s arrival, maybe work to make a beautiful gift for the new baby from your child, maybe a photo frame to hold a picture of both siblings. Exchanging gifts are wonderful, organise a special gift from baby to your child too.
Involve your child in getting everything ready for the new baby. You might like to take him or her along to a prenatal visit so that they can see the baby in mummy’s tummy (ultrasound) and hear the heartbeat. You know your child best, some might find this frightening others will find it exciting.
It is a balancing act, but letting your child and partner help with the new baby will make things easier and an enjoyable experience. Take a few moments each day to spend quality one-on-one time with your older sibling. It is a great time to sit down and read a book together, play a game or even have a chat about their day.
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Caring for Yourself after having a Baby Rest
Congratulations on your new baby boy or girl. You are about to embark on a wonderful journey. But first… there is heaps of information out there on caring for a baby, but what about you? It is also time for you to care for yourself too. Healthy mummy means a healthy baby. Once upon a time, new mothers spent a week in hospital after giving birth being taken care of. Both mother and baby received constant care and the new mother could rest up before heading home. Times are a changing! New studies have found that it is generally safe to discharge both mother and baby within 24 48 hours after birth. Of course, this rule is for those problem free births where both mother and baby are doing well. It is important for you to spend time everyday caring for yourself both physically and emotionally. So… what can you expect to happen with your body after the birth of your beautiful new baby? Most changes occur in the first 6 weeks - called postpartum. This is a time of healthy change in your body as it restores itself to a non-pregnant status as well as allowing your body to provide food and care for your newborn baby.
You will quickly find that your baby’s time clock is very different to yours. Your newborn may wake up every 3-4 hours - need to be fed, changed and comforted. You may feel overwhelmed and exhausted from lack of sleep. Here are a few suggestions that may help. - Sleep when the baby sleeps (every little bit of sleep you can get helps) - Have your baby’s bed near your bed (easier for feeding baby during the night) - Ask family and friends to wait a bit before visiting (don’t be shy and excuse yourself for a nap or feed your baby if visitors arrive) - Take a few minutes each day to get outside (use this time to begin walking and doing light postpartum exercises) - Introduce the bottle after 2-3 weeks to give you a break if breastfeeding for the occasional night time feed (during summer it is also a good idea to give boiled water to keep baby hydrated)
During pregnancy, your body has undergone many changes that still occur following the birth of your baby. Maintaining a healthy diet is important to promote your body’s healing and recovery. A healthy diet, if breastfeeding will also maintain a good quality In postpartum, your body will start to heal and shed milk supply for baby. Here are a few healthy tips for a excess water, your uterus will shrink and there will be healthy diet. hormonal changes. While at this time you are focussed - Eat a variety of healthy foods and include choices high upon your role as a parent, it is easy to forget about in fibre and iron such as fruits, dark leafy vegetables, your own needs. Caring for yourself means monitoring whole grains, protein and low-fat dairy products. your own health and rebuilding your strength. The - When breastfeeding, you will need between 300-500 best way to do this is by getting plenty of rest, good more calories per day nutrition and accepting some help during the first few - Avoid fish that may contain mercury such as tuna steaks, canned tuna, swordfish and mackerel. weeks. - It is best to finish your bottle of prenatal vitamins and Foods high in Iron Foods moderately high in Iron: then move to a regular strength multivitamin. Beef, chicken Lean meats (lamb, turkey, veal) - Ensure that you drink enough liquids that you don’t Kidney or pinto beans Cooked beet greens feel thirsty. Liver (preferably organic) Cooked dried apricots Blackstrap molasses Rice bran Beet greens Mustard greens Lentils Dried peaches Prune juice Plums Asparagus Broccoli Raisins Okra Kelp Parsley
Dates Lima beans Chili Cooked spinach Dry and fresh peas Apples Whole grains Turnip greens Yams Bananas
If your doctor has identified that your body is low in iron (anemia), then you will need to have a diet that is high in iron. Eating certain foods and taking iron supplements can help with this. If taking iron supplements, you need to be aware that they can cause constipation.
Whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding, all mothers need to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Most experts recommend that breastfeeding mothers should eat when they are hungry. But many mothers may be so tired or busy that food gets forgotten. So, it is essential to plan simple and healthy meals.
Activity and Exercise
Kegel exercises are fantastic and a sneaky little exercise you can do. No-one will know that you are doing them and they are great to tighten your muscles. You can start Kegel exercises the first day after delivery. They will improve your vaginal and perineal muscle tone and shape, as well as help to contract your uterus. It is easyâ€Ś just tighten the muscle that starts and stops the flow of urine and hold for 10 seconds. Tighten and restâ€Ś Tighten and rest. No-one will know you are exercising. Do this a couple of times a day. This will help to strengthen your entire pelvic floor muscles.
It is important to note that breastfeeding is not a form of birth control. Have a chat with your doctor about different birth control methods. Unless you are planning to expand your family now, it is best to be careful and take contraceptive precautions.
The easiest activity to start with is walking and will help you to get back to your pre-pregnancy body. If you had a natural birth, then you can start mild exercise about two weeks after delivery and this will help to restore your abdominal areas. Caesarean births need a little longer and it suggested that you wait 4-6 weeks before doing any abdominal exercises.
Yes, we do need to address this issue. You should speak to your doctor who will advise you when your body will be ready to return to sexual intercourse. A rule of thumb is that your body is ready when vaginal bleeding has stopped and this usually occurs 4-6 weeks after delivery. If you are breastfeeding, you may find that you have a decreased sex drive, this is normal.
You may choose to breastfeed or bottle feed, the choice is yours. Once your baby is born, you will find that your breasts will begin to feel warm, tender, become firm and swollen. About 72 hours after birth, your milk will come in. Before this, the fluid that your baby receives is called colostrum. It is important to empty each breast at every feed, it is recommended to feed baby 20 minutes on each side. Regular feeds will reduce engorgement. You should wear a supportive maternity bra. If your nipples become sore or bleed, you can purchase nipple guards from your local chemist. Sore nipples make it difficult and painful to breastfeed your baby.
This is a lot to take in when you have just had a baby. You are the best the judge of your body and how to care for it. Making the time to give yourself a little TLC can only benefit you and your baby. Rest and a good diet will give you the energy to enjoy your new baby.
Written by If you are in severe pain and find lumps and redness, Helen Dayman you can massage these out under a hot shower or apply a hot wheat pack to dissolve them. If they persist or you have a fever or chills, you should see your doctor immediately in case you have Mastitis.
Going Back to Work Child Care (pros and cons)
Deciding to go back to work after having a baby is a big decision. Recent changes to the Baby Bonus and Family Tax Benefit in some cases are forcing this decision on families sooner than expected.
Cons - There is not the same access levels to equipment or large playgrounds as is available in a Child Care Centre. Depending on availability, you might still have to travel distances that are not convenient to your home or work. The travel time will need to be factored into your daily routine.
So what are your options? There are a few different options for childcare and choosing the right type of care for your child can be daunting. We have looked at the different types of childcare available for you to choose the right one for your family.
Costs - Family Day Care is generally subsidised and could be from $4.50 to $7.50 an hour. Cost of meals and nappies might be included or extra to this fee. See - www.fdca.com. au and www.familyassist.gov.au
Long Day Care is child care centre based day care. It is provided outside the home and with an approved child care facility. Centres operate usually between 7.30am to 6.00pm Monday through to Friday. You have the choice to have you child at the centre every day or only on selected days of the week.
Home-based Care is childcare provided by a carer in our own home by nannies, babysitters, au pairs or family members. Nannies are carers with child care qualifications. Babysitters and au pairs usually donâ€™t have qualifications but have experience caring for children. An au pair normally lives inhouse with your family.
Pros - Childcare Centre has licensed facilities with qualified staff. This form of childcare is much cheaper than in-home care. Often centres provide meals and nappies. There is a structured program in place for all age groups, with set routines and activities. The bonus is that your child has the opportunity to socialise with children their own age.
Pros - Your child receives individual attention and care from one person. With childcare provided in the childâ€™s home environment, the transition of care provided from a parent to another carer is easier and less traumatic for the child. Family members as carers within your home, such as a grandparent is the most ideal solution, but not always possible. An au pair also often does light housework which is helpful to the parent. No travel time to pick up or drop off children. There is less exposure to childhood illnesses as limited social interaction with other children.
Cons - There are often long waiting lists. In most child care centres, there are two qualified teachers/leaders to 8 - 10 children. You child will receive less individualised attention. Some children have difficulty in settling into the new environment. Once children mix and mingle with groups of children, they also risk exposure to childhood illnesses. Childcare Centre may be located at a distance from your work and involve extra travel time to pick up and drop off your child. Cost - Long day care costs up to $100 a day, but you may be eligible for child care benefits or rebates. See: www. familyassist.gov.au Family Day Care is the option to have your child cared for within the home of a professional carer. Each State and Territory government has laws that state how many children are allowed in each Family Day Care home. In most cases, this is limited to five children. Pros - Childcare is provided in a home environment and by a professional carer who is usually, also a parent. Your child has the advantages of social interaction with other children in small groups of different ages. Family Day Care is flexible and is suited if your work hours vary.
Cons - Using a nanny or babysitter is very expensive. An au pair is less expensive, but as they live in the home, there may be some adjustments required for the family. There is limited social interaction with other children unless they are taken regularly to playgroups. You are reliant on one person for all your childcare needs, if they get sick or leave to seek other employment, you will need to find alternate childcare arrangements. Costs - Nannies and Babysitter charge around $18 - $25 an hour. Au pair costs from $150 to $200 a week, plus living costs and agency fees. A family member is free plus lots of cuddles. See: www.familyassist.gov.au Written by Helen Dayman
Battling Battling the the Winter Winter Cold Cold and and Flu Flu It is that time of year again - change of season and Winter is here. The best friend and pal of Winter is that horrible cold and flu that arrives every year. Have you had it yet? We have… it struck our household in the last two weeks. We have been out for the count and not very happy about it either. What made it even worse was that we had somehow missed out on getting a cold or flu over the past 2 years. It will catch up with you in the end. So what can we do about it? How can we avoid or battle the Winter cold and flu? Cold and flu symptoms range from sniffles and full blown sneezes, to wracking coughs, to shivering chills and raging fevers. It doesn’t sound like much fun, and it isn’t. You can grab pharmacy over the counter medications that ease symptoms or try many of home-made remedies. Here are a few tips to help you battle the Winter Cold and Flu season.
Regular exercise -
Keeping fit with exercise helps to keep your immune system in top shape. The link between physical activity and immune function exists and of course any form of exercise keeps you healthy. It might be cold outside, but a little bit of light exercise even indoors will help keep out the winter chills.
A good nights sleep is the cure of all ills. Make sure you get at least 8 hours sleep a night and this will help your immune system to regain energy to successfully battle the winter cold and flu. When your body is sleeping, it focuses on resting and replenishing your energy. By not getting enough sleep, you have less energy and are weakening your immune system.
Healthy Eating -
A healthy nourishing diet full of yummy fruits and vegetables provide many benefits for your body. Not just giving a shine to your hair, a healthy sheen to your skin, they also help your body to prevent sickness. If you need that little extra boost, you can use vitamin supplements that will help power up your immune system. ViGet a Flu Shot tamin D3 and Vitamin C (500mg every 4 hours) I know, obvious, but have you got your flu shot will give you that extra zing in your step and help yet? There are no guarantees that you won’t get zap those horrid viral bugs. the flu, but it is worth it to reduce symptoms and give yourself a fighting chance.
Want to try a few home-made remedies? Chicken Soup is curer of all ills; hot lemon and honey tea; lemon, honey and garlic tea, spoonful of honey will soothe sore throats. Ask friends and family, you will find many other wonderful remedies to help you battle the winter cold and flu.
Another very simple but obvious one. Washing your hands and keeping a sanitiser gel on hand will help reduce the risk of spreading the flu to others in the household. We know sharing is caring, but in this instance… keep it to yourself. It is a good idea to wash down surfaces that you Written by share with others. Helen Dayman
Crafty Kids Zone
People don’t take the time to sit down and put pen to paper to write a letter anymore. It is a lot faster to type an email and click send than it is to take the time to write a hand written letter, put it in an envelope, stamp it and take it to a Post Box. Imagine the surprise a loved one will get when they get the mail and find your letter, written with love. I’m sure it would put a smile on anyone’s face, because they know you put in the extra effort. So with that in mind...
Do It Yourself Wrapping Paper You will Need Paint Crayons Glitter Paint Brushes Sponges Paper ( A3 Art Book paper or Brown paper works well to cover larger presents ) An old sheet or tarp Perfect for birthdays, Christmas, or any other occasion you find yourself exchanging gifts, D.I.Y wrapping paper is great to add extra personality to anything! LITTLE HANDS AND FEET COME IN HANDY AS WELL! We used pre-made NON-TOXIC paint from our local dollar store, but if you would prefer to make your own, you wil find 2 different ways to make CHEAP and NON -TOXIC paint from scratch on the next page!
We have a large concrete driveway, so we did our painting out in the beautiful sun and used 2 plastic cheap shower curtains to lay onto of the concrete so our paint didn’t go through. Make sure you put your children in clothes that you wont mindWritten getting stained or messy! * Just in case... they are children after all! * After that.. Let your children express their creativity! I found it easier to put dollops of paint on the paper then try to keep it on a paint tray, but each to their own! Once all the paintings have been done, and you feel you have enough to cover your presents, leave them to out to dry fully before attempting anything with them! These are the beautiful paintings I was left with! To tidy them up a bit, cut off the ripped edges. Using sticky tape, or whatever you have available, use the paintings to wrap up your presents! You won’t find any wrapping paper exactly the same elsewhere and its such a sweet idea especially for upcoming birthdays and Christmas! Wrapping paper, painted with LOVE. FINISHED PRODUCTS! ( The paint we used pictured above is Artist Acrylic Colour Paint - non toxic. The paint VERY EASILY washed off us both! We didn’t even need to scrub! )
Written by Jaimi-Lee Evans
Home Made Non-Toxic Paint Easy Recipe 1*
You will Need - 3 Tbs Sugar - 1/2 Tsp Salt - 1/2 Cup Corn Starch - 2 Cups Water Combine all ingredients in a small saucer, warm until mixture thickens. Let it cool, then poor into jars or containers, add food colouring to create desired colours, ENJOY! Easy Recipe 2*
You will Need -1 Cup Salt -1 Cup Flour -1 Cup Water Mix it all together then just add food colouring!
Bookshelf Reviews Can You Cuddle Like a Koala? Written & Illustrated by John Butler Suitable for babies, toddlers and preschoolers This is an enjoyable story for bedtime. Written in rhyme, your little one can snuggle up and pretend they are cuddling like a koala mother and baby. Creep, wink and stretch like all different types of animals. Then enjoy a final hug and curl up to sleep. Beautiful pictures that support a wonderful transition into sleep. An Undone Fairy Tale Written by Ian Lendler and Illustrated by Whitney Martin Suitable for preschoolers and school-age Not your typical princess fairy tale. A funny story that finds the illustrator madly trying to keep up with the reader. He keeps asking the reader to slow down, “don’t turn the page”! A wonderful book for little girls. This little princess gets tired of waiting to be rescued and gets out of the tower all by herself. She then… rescues the prince. A fun fairy tale and lots of fun to read.
Peek-A-Zoo! Written by Marie Torres Cimarusti and illustrated by Stephanie Peterson Suitable for babies and toddlers These flip books engage very young children, who, with a turn of a page, get to play peek-aboo with a cow, a dog, a lion and more. The pictures are bright, happy images that fill an entire page. Though for babies and toddlers, this is not a board book. Because children quickly come to love books that require their little fingers to “read” too, be aware that you’ll need to keep your sticky tape available for quick repairs. The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No—it’s just their developing brain calling the shots! Raise calmer, happier children using twelve key strategies, including • Name It to Tame It: Corral raging right-brain behavior through left-brain storytelling, appealing to the left brain’s affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension. • Engage, Don’t Enrage: Keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting. • Move It or Lose It: Use physical activities to shift your child’s emotional state. • Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion, and help them understand that feelings come and go. • SIFT: Help children pay attention to the Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts within them so that they can make better decisions and be more flexible. • Connect Through Conflict: Use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success.
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