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to Kids on the Coast Five years ago this month, after hard work, much planning and risk, the first ever Kids on the Coast landed on the desks of schools, child care centres and retail outlets. Over one million free magazines (and over 300 parenting articles) later, Kids on the Coast is stronger than it has ever been with bi-monthly editions on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, a staff of seven and a swag of exceptional contributors.

5 FEATURE Childcare or childprofit?

10 THE “P” FILES The Birds and the bees – that difficult subject

14 NEW TO THE COAST 15 MEET THE TEAM Introducing the friendly staff at Kids on the Coast

16 EDUCATION Playing by the rules – how have they changed?

20 WHAT’S ON CALENDAR The Kids on the Coast guide to April/May

22 HEALTH What constitutes emotional abuse?

Toni the publisher, Terri in production, Kel in admin, Michelle the designer and Lisa and Tanya in advertising would like to join me in offering a heart felt thankyou - to our readers who devour and swap stories, our contributors who work hard to keep you up to date with parenting news and our advertisers without whom there would be no magazine. This issue is a retrospective look at the past five years. To celebrate our birthday, the Kids on the Coast team share our favourite past articles - most with editorial updates and recommended reading on the subject. Perhaps our most congratulated, and criticised article highlighted problems with the childcare industry in 2006. Many of the concerns raised back then have come to pass so our feature looks back on that article and finds out what has happened since. What were you doing five years ago? Perhaps, like me, you were flicking through a new parenting publication called Kids on the Coast! Thank you for making the magazine part of your lives. Sarah Pye, Editor

25 MY SPACE Creating inspired and practical havens for kids

30 BABIES ON THE COAST Signing for improved communication

32 LET’S CELEBRATE Backwards party – look at the world differently

34 MOTHERVILLE The importance of words

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EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS: Jennifer Cochrane, Andrea Dawson, Madonna Hirning, Christine Hobba, Cindy Mayes, Dr Roger Morris, Justine Stewart. ADVERTISING: For advertising enquiries please phone Lisa Moffat on (07) 5442 8679 or email: PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: Terri Sanderson, email: PARENTS’ CHOICE SUPPLIER PROGRAMME: Speak with your advertising co-ordinator or email: ADMINISTRATOR: Kellie Kruger DISTRIBUTION: Kids on the Coast (Gold Coast edition) is a free publication circulating over 25,000 copies from Coomera to Coolangatta. A separate edition covers the Sunshine Coast.  For distribution enquiries please phone: (07) 5442 8679 or email: FRONT COVER: Various photographers GRAPHIC DESIGN: Michelle Craik

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OPEN ADOPTION NOW AN OPTION New adoption laws for Queensland will mean that, for the first time, people will be able to choose an open adoption. Research shows open adoption results in more positive outcomes for adopted children, by allowing them to find out who they are with the knowledge of both their birth and adoptive parents. Birth parents and the adopted family will soon be able to choose the level of involvement with each other and the extent of information shared. Current laws restrict adopted people and birth parents involved in an adoption prior to 1991 accessing information, if one of them objects. This means more than 1,100 people adopted before June 1991 cannot access their own family history, and more than 1,600 birth parents can’t learn names of the adoptive parents who have raised their offspring. The new laws are expected to come into force later this year.

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A new Melbourne Institute study has linked the baby bonus to the sudden reversal of Australia’s fertility rate. When we were called upon to have 'one for mum, one for dad and one for the country', Gold Coasters jumped straight to it, popping out an extra 1,400 babies from 2004-2007. According to ABS data, Nerang enjoyed the highest number of births in 2007 (426) closely followed by Upper Coomera (391) and Southport (336). Across the whole city, a record 6930 babies were born in 2007.

QUEENSLANDERS: LET’S GET HEALTHY! Queensland men are the most overweight (60%) and smoke more than other states (29%). Women fair slightly better with just over 40% overweight or obese and 20.5% are smokers. To encourage improvement, the Queensland Government has launched its inaugural Healthy Queensland Awards. Some of the innovative ideas already developed include social wheelchair basketball, weekly bike rides, fruit smoothie fundraisers, a permaculture garden and football bootcamps. Look out for an initiative near you or visit

CAN YOU CARE FOR KIDS? Over 150 new foster and kinship carers have opened their hearts and homes to help protect at-risk children, thanks to a $15 million recruitment campaign. Statistics show there are a staggering 7,000 kids in Queensland who cannot live safely at home due to the risk of abuse or neglect. While Queensland has around 3,500 foster and kinship carers, more are always needed, even if it's just to provide a couple of hours support for fulltime carers. To become involved, call 1300 550 877 or visit

GREEN DAY OUT FOR ECO-KIDS The Gold Coast will celebrate World Environment Day on June 7 with a day of family fun and festivity. The Green Day Out, to be held at Currumbin’s Winders Park, will feature live music, delicious food, a petting zoo, market stalls, art displays, games and rides for the kids, street performers, film screenings, environmental workshops, and much more. Event Coordinator, Anna Itkonen, said the day is primarily about celebrating the wonderful environment we live in, and helping people find out how they can help preserve our ecosystem. For full details or to volunteer, phone 5534 1412 or visit

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To understand how the childcare industry has found itself in crisis, it helps to look back on the progression of services. In 2006, Kids on the Coast reported that childcare industry had historically been: “a small-scale affair, with many ‘mum and dad’ operators running centres through their own investment and superannuation funds. Banks, stockbrokers and would-be profiteers certainly didn’t take much notice of the industry. But in 1997, the Howard Government scrapped special subsidies to non-profit and community child-care centres. This meant that profit and non-profit childcare centres were on an ‘equal footing’, at least in an economic sense. The government also agreed to pay rebates to parents in the form of reduced child care fees - in effect, paying the difference direct to child care centres.”

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How to deal with hitting and biting

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It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same. With the recent rollercoaster of events in the wake of the collapse of ABC Learning Centres, and the government pledging to keep ABC centres open only until the end of March, childcare is a topic on everyone’s lips. As the childcare industry faces its biggest challenge ever, the controversy is back in the news and an update is in order. With excerpts from the original article, let’s find out how things have progressed since then.

It was a situation ripe for entrepreneurial business. As we reported in 2006: “Suddenly, the childcare boom took off - with our kids and tax dollars providing the opportunity for savvy entrepreneurs to make large amounts of cash. In the December, 2005 quarter alone, childcare fees rose a massive 10.2% compared to a 0.5% overall increase in the cost of goods and services. It’s worth remembering that there’s a hefty Federal Government subsidy scheme which can account for up to 50% of centre revenue. According to reports, revenue for some of the private sector providers has more than tripled in recent years. Eddie Groves’ ABC Development Learning Centres, which dominates the market with around 900 centres across Australia and New Zealand, reported a 75% increase in profit to $12 million this year (around $100,000 per year per centre).”

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FEATURE We weren’t the only media outlet that found this to be a potential conflict of interest. At the time ABC Radio interviewed Labor's spokeswoman for Youth and Early Childhood, Tanya Plibersek, who believed there should be a 12-month ban on former ministers taking up paid employment and consultancies with companies in areas relevant to their old portfolios. ”As a minister he set up a situation where childcare fees went through the roof, and now he's on the board of the company that will benefit most from those fee increases. When it comes to the Government deciding which childcare operators are able to claim childcare benefit, that's the area that you'd really have to be watching,” Ms Plibersek told ABC Radio. The heat is still on. Only last month, The Australian reported that ABC Learning had paid Larry Anthony “more than $235,000 to lobby government on its behalf”.

The federal minister who engineered the Howard government’s overhaul was Minister for Children’s Affairs Larry Anthony. A former stockbroker and investment banker, In 2005,The Age reported he “played a major role in the development of child care-friendly policies introduced by the Howard government, including the 30% child-care rebate to help parents, which is worth more than $1 billion annually to child-care providers.” All very well, until Mr Anthony lost his federal seat. But look what happened next, as we reported in 2006: “Just months after losing his seat in federal Parliament, former (National Party) Minister for Children’s Affairs Larry Anthony, who had overseen major changes to the childcare industry, was appointed to the board of ABC Learning Centres.”

“Mr Anthony joined ABC Learning's board of directors in 2005, just six months after voters kicked him out of his Byron Bay-based seat of Richmond.” The Australian said. “His private company, Larry Anthony & Associates Pty Ltd, earned $125,000 in 2007 and $110,000 in 2006, according to ABC Learning's annual reports.” The childcare industry revelled in the boom. It seemed as if ABC Learning Centres took over a new centre every few days so, by November 2008, when ABC went into receivership with $1.6 billion in debts, its receivers closed 55 centres and tried to sell the remaining 961. As a parallel disaster to the current financial crisis, the boom has bust. With over 1,000 centres teetering on the edge of closure, many parents were left wondering if they will be able to maintain full time employment and the government stepped in. Minister for Education Julia Gillard spoke at Caboolture High School on January 28 of this year: “We are working through centre by centre with the court-appointed receiver regarding the future of these centres,” she said, “so government assistance is there until the 31st of March.”

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So what caused this nightmare, and what can be done to fix the mess? Julia Gillard said the ABC Learning Centres collapse was the result of a lack of industry control by the former government. In our 2006 article, Brian Elvish, (the CEO of Australia’s community based crèche and kindergarten association C&K), agreed: “[The Government’s} free-for-all development policies have encouraged entrepreneurs by significantly increasing the number of childcare places available. However, the simultaneous removal of operation subsidies to the community sector has virtually eradicated the right of choice for ... families.” “Former president of the Ethical Investment Association Michael Walsh, raised the issue of the potential for lines to become blurred between the provision of the best possible care for children and the quest for the best possible profit margins. Walsh was quoted in Business Review Weekly (BRW) as saying ‘a moral argument lies at the heart of the child-care debate. Who is the client, and what is the service provided to them? For the non-profit centres, the client is the child. For other types of child-care centres, the client is the parent or the employer. The ramifications of this shift are enormous.’ Brian Elvish suggests there is simply ‘a fundamental difference in the quality of service provided by community-based centres, which emphasise parental accountability and individual child welfare’, and that offered by the corporates which, ‘like the fast food industry, are dominated by the logic of shareholder accountability and thus cost minimisations’.” Whether you agree with these sentiments or not, the truth is ABC Learning Centres has folded, and many of the former directors have escaped with a hefty bank balance. On January 29, 2009 The Australian reported that: “Company founders Eddy Groves and his ex-wife Le Neve, along with former director Martin Kemp - who all left ABC last year - were shareholders in Ezi Debit, which ABC paid $108,000 in 2007 and $156,000 in 2006 for ‘parent payment solutions’.”

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It was also reported that Bill Bessemer, a fellow former ABC director, was “a shareholder and director of the Austock Group at the time it was paid $30 million by ABC in 2007 in fees and property rentals. Mr Bessemer is now chairman of Austock, which is the landlord of hundreds of childcare centres run by ABC”. So, two important questions still stand: Firstly, should childcare centres make money? In 2006 Kids on the Coast put it like this: “We need to decide whether we think childcare centres, like schools, are part of the education system and should be funded by taxpayers; or whether they should be commercial profit-making enterprises. When you consider that the age difference between a child in school and one in a childcare centre may only be a matter of months, it does seem odd to deny younger children access to publiclyfunded facilities…” Secondly, even if for-profit centres are acceptable, is it advantageous to allow free market practices to run this industry without severe competition regulation? How long would it be before another major player dominates the industry? Does this put childcare at risk again in the future? The Age reported that Julia Gillard asked the receivers to “look favourably on offers that would inject diversity into the childcare sector, particularly those from non-profit operators, and groups willing to take on the accrued entitlements of ABC workers” which would indicate that the Government understands the risk of a monopoly. In early February, this year, The Age reported that 470 entities made offers for the 240 ‘unviable’ Learning Centres and each was given until Feburary 25 to make a binding offer. At the time of printing, The Courier Mail reported a resulting 180 firm bidders. The Age said “The future of the centres must be finalised by March 31, when the Commonwealth money is due to run out.” It seems the childcare industry stands at a cross roads. We have seen the growth and downfall of a giant and now the industry begins to rebuild itself. What direction will it take? Time only will tell. advertisement/LOCaL BUsiness PrOFiLe

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Dr Clare Boothroyd - gynaecologist, parent, and board member of Family Planning Queensland (FPQ) - says parents need to be prepared to take up opportunities to provide sex education as they arise. “I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to talk about sex with your children, but the best people to do it, by far and away, are parents,” she says. In other words, in the situation above, the mother should let her child know that her question is very important and they’ll talk about it later that day, in private - and make sure she DOES talk about it, that same day. We have no time to waste. Girls are beginning menstruation as early as nine years old. Research shows 30% of females and 40% of males born in 1986 first had sexual intercourse under 16 years of age. And the evidence is clear – early sexual activity has bad consequences for long-term health, including an increased number of sexual partners, increased risk of getting sexually transmitted diseases, and increased risk of teenage pregnancy. We need to be aware that sexual messages come to our children from every direction including television, music, advertising, computer games, the Internet and from jokes with friends. Sex is often portrayed as a threat in news reports about sex attacks, and paedophilia. It’s up to parents to not only protect children from this overwhelming onslaught as much as possible, but to provide context and balance with positive messages about healthy and loving sexual relationships. Research shows young people who have had ongoing and effective sexuality education are more likely to delay sexual intercourse. If they do become sexually active they’re more likely to use contraception and to protect themselves and their partner by practicing safer sex. Family Planning Queensland says part of its mission is to support parents as the primary educators of children about sexuality. Dr Boothroyd says the first thing we need to do is reflect on our own sexual journey: consider the information we were given, what our experiences were, and how we would like that experience to be for our kids. “Parents need to work together to discuss what messages they

want their children to get about sex,” says Dr Boothroyd. Decide as a couple what standards you want to set and what you tell your children, not just about `how babies are made’ but about issues like masturbation, pornography and relationships. FPQ says communicating about sexuality is not just a "one-off" talk. Like road safety, drug education and other life lessons, it takes open and ongoing communication. Your children need to know this is an important subject and one that you’re happy to talk about. In a world where children are forced to grow up too quickly, some parents are reluctant to teach kids about sex for fear of stripping children of their innocence. But sexuality education doesn’t necessarily mean telling a three year old the 'facts of life’. For instance, children receive positive or negative messages about themselves and their bodies by the way they are cuddled, touched and spoken to. They have a natural curiosity about their bodies and those of others, but they do not experience sexual desire. Young children don’t need to know everything about sex, but they certainly need to know enough to protect themselves from sexual abuse - which is far more likely to be perpetrated by a `trusted’ friend or family member than a `stranger’. Children should know the correct names for male and female genitals, that these areas are ‘private’, and that it’s okay to talk about sexual issues with their parents. Teenagers can be overcome with sexual feelings when hormones are raging. With a good knowledge of the biology and emotion of sexuality, they will have a healthy outlook; without it they could see themselves as ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’. “Children who are well informed about sexuality are less likely to feel guilty or shameful about their bodies or their sexual thoughts, because they will understand their feelings and know what is, and is not, okay for them,” FPQ says. “This in turn will also help protect them from sexual exploitation and abuse.” In this way, proper sexuality education can actually help to maintain innocence.

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THE ‘P’ Files “But I don’t know what to say!” Here are some tips adapted from Family Planning Queensland fact sheets. • Answer your child’s questions simply and honestly giving just enough information. If they want to know more they will ask another question but too many details can be off-putting or boring. If you don’t know the answer, find it together in a good book. • Have a selection of resources at home. Check bookshops, your local library or visit recommended websites for more information and resources. For very young children, providing puzzles and games or anatomically correct dolls will encourage them to learn while they play. • Some children just don’t ask a lot of questions, but this doesn’t mean they aren’t interested. They may have picked up the message that this is something you don’t ask about. Look for an opportunity such as a pregnant friend to get the conversation going. You could ask your child what they know already and then build on this knowledge. Children can get frightened and confused by the sudden changes their bodies begin to go through as they reach puberty. To help stop any anxiety, talk about what is happening now as well as the next stage of development. • If you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable, talk about this with your child. You could say something like “I’m finding this a little difficult because no one ever spoke openly to me about sexuality when I was growing up, but this is an important subject so I really want to talk to you.” The more you examine a subject, the more confident you’ll feel discussing it. • Research shows that as a community we have a poor knowledge of sexually transmitted diseases. Do some research for yourself and have the facts on hand. Give teenagers the medical facts about living with a sexually transmitted disease and how their future fertility and health can be affected. advertisement/LOCaL BUsiness PrOFiLe

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• Use the correct name for private body parts. By using these words (penis, vulva, vagina, breast) you don’t single out these parts of the body as being ‘rude’ or ‘embarrassing’ and you give your children an appropriate vocabulary to use in discussions or questions. • How you react when you find your child exploring their body through sex play will give your children very strong messages about sexuality. If you are angry, the child may feel guilty, ashamed or confused. Buy yourself some time and ask “Are you pretending you are grown up?” or “Tell me about the game you are playing”, you are acknowledging your child’s curiosity while giving yourself the opportunity to gather information and discuss it. This is a good time to discuss privacy and safety with your child and set limits about what is OK. For example, if your daughter was playing ‘doctor’ and examining a friend’s genitals you could say something like: “I see you are examining John just like the doctor does. But his penis is private, so he should keep his pants on when he is playing. If you want to know what boys look like then perhaps we can find some pictures to look at together.” • Masturbation is quite normal and being angry at a child for masturbating will not stop it. Rather it is likely to continue, but with feelings of shame. You could say, “I know it feels good to touch your vulva/penis, but it is a private part of your body. People touch the private parts of their body when they are alone in a private place.” • When it comes to talking to adolescents the key is giving them the message without them feeling like they are being ‘told’. Use a conversational learning strategy: “Did you hear/read about …” • Sometimes children or teenagers don’t want to listen, or already feel they know it all. Perhaps you could ask them to do you a favour and discuss it for a few minutes anyway. Make it clear that you need to talk about it with them, even if they don’t feel the need to discuss it. • Continue to hug your teenagers. Some kids who have early sexual experiences are seeking affection rather than sex.

Everyone’s got a bottom is a collaboration between Family Planning Queensland, writer Tess Rowley, illustrator Jodi Edwards and experts from the early childhood and child protection sectors. It is a story about Ben and his brother and sister learning and talking together about bodies and acts as a tool for parents and carers to gently start a conversation with children (3-8) about self protection. Available at • Be aware of yourself as a role model. Your children will learn to be loving, responsible, honest and caring by observing you. Believing in them will help them believe in themselves and to feel positive and confident about all aspects of their lives, including their sexuality. By discussing the emotional aspect of a sexual relationship with your child, she or he will be better informed to make decisions later on and to resist peer pressure. Family Planning Queensland has education centres at Maroochydore (phone: 07 5479 0755) and Southport (phone: 07 5531 2636).

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Miss Simmons asks the final question of the guessing game and speedy hands fly into the air above bursting faces. All eyes are on the adored teacher, even Jack’s - although he’s standing at the back of the room, withdrawn from the game for being disruptive. He’ll have to sit-out play time too. The posters on the wall help remind him to try harder next time. In this school, the behaviour policy is clearly understood by the whole community. Students spend class time learning the keys to success for social interaction, and know what to do if they feel themselves getting angry or if another student is getting angry with them. When rules are broken they know what steps the teachers will take, time after time. Welcome to today’s behaviour management in schools, without the threat of 'the cane' which held kids in check once upon a time. Poor student behaviour is a significant problem in some schools. Teachers’ unions and research reports show that teachers face an increase in the numbers of ‘serious misdemeanours’ that confound their attempts to teach. Education Commentator, Dr Kevin Donnelly, said teachers are finding it increasingly more difficult to cope with disruptive and rude behaviour. He added that compared to overseas countries, one survey suggested Australian classrooms suffer more from disruption. “Good teaching is seriously impeded, and teacher commitment is reduced, by low morale amongst staff due largely to the huge increase in verbal abuse from students, with little or ineffective consequences for students,” he said in his book Why Our Schools Are Failing. Talk to teachers and it is easy to find comments like this: “Perhaps a trip to your local shopping centre might show you where the rudeness is coming from... it’s called society, of which parents are a component. We, as teachers, have no means of discipline that we can fall back on - none. Sure, we can send them to the detention room, but the kids could not care less. Try and explain this to a parent and they give you a mouthful worse than the kid does,” a Brisbane teacher said.

“The current state of society, especially the lack of discipline at home, the rise of a ‘feel good’ culture- based on giving priority to ‘self’- make it extremely difficult for teachers. Many children come to school unwilling and unprepared to be educated,” Dr Donnelly said. Children spend more than 1,000 hours at school each year. For some, this is where aggressive or anti-social behaviour is first recognised. It is where children grow up, try to fit their interests and experiences with curriculum and cope with physical, social and technological change. On average, up to three children per classroom have ADHD. On any given day, some of the students will not have had enough sleep, not eaten breakfast or seen mum and dad argue before coming to school. Each day, teachers face these challenges to manage the relationships and behaviour of all the children in their classroom and achieve the best learning outcomes possible. Acting industrial services officer for the Queensland Teachers’ Union, Louise Comino, [now Assistant secretary] said society is changing and kids are generally becoming more difficult to manage. “But I do not believe classrooms are out of control,” she said. Between 1992 and 1995 corporal punishment was phased out of all state schools. The Queensland Teachers’ Union supported the change. “There needed to be other means of behaviour management put in place. There was a regression around behaviour as other measures were not thought through,” Louise said. The debate about physical punishment continues, only now it’s about parents smacking their own children. While it may relieve an adult’s frustration and stop bad behaviour for a time, smacking does not teach alternative acceptable behaviour, trust, security or good communication. While most students comply with expected behaviour, in all school systems there are 5-15% who need support outside the classroom to comply. An even smaller number, up to 5%, need extensive support including alternative placement programs. It is internationally recognised that up to 5% of children will be challenging and 1-2% will be very difficult.

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Last year, the non-government school sector gained 200,000 students while state schools nationally lost 3000 students. “Surveys suggest that parents are not choosing non-government schools because they are better resourced; the attraction is that parents feel the values in such schools are better than those in government schools. Rightly or wrongly, the impression is that private schools are stronger on teaching discipline and respect,” Dr Donnelly said. Independent and church schools typically base their behaviour codes on core values, beliefs and principles that are well understood by the broader school community and church. For example, Suncoast Christian College (a co-educational, independent school with 930 students from pre-school to year 12) has developed a behaviour management policy in a round table process involving parents, teachers, and the wider community. Suncoast Principal, Mr Brian Barker [Editor: Principal is now Peter Bosker], said the school’s policy takes a positive approach, which promotes students acting responsibility and reaches into life outside of school. “The thrust of our behaviour management process is self-discipline and self-management. Students accept that their behaviour belongs to them. The policy incorporates the values we would like to see our students graduate with,” he said, “A document outlining our formal discipline process is given to every family on enrolment and this clearly articulates the consequences students can expect when behaviour does not meet the standards.” As far as state schools go, last year’s [2005] Ministerial Advisory Committee for Education Renewal prepared a report called Smart School, Smart Behaviour that has since led to legislative, policy and strategic changes in the area of behaviour management. In 2006, the Government spent $28.6 m to strengthen school discipline and promote responsible student behaviour. Such funding supports alternative education programs, such as the Positive Learning Centres now open at Sunshine Coast South and the Gold Coast regions [Morayfield and Labrador], additional guidance officers, a new code of behaviour for state schools and access to training and professional development for staff.

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Dr Kevin Donnelly is a former teacher who was, for 10 years, Director of Education Strategies. In Why our schools are failing (2004), Donnelly empowers parents by explaining the background to the main problems affecting our schools today.

Senior adviser with the Centre for Behaviour Support, Education Queensland, Robyn Lloyd, says the evidence is clear: if you engage and support young people instead of marginalising them, they have brighter futures. [Robyn is no longer in this position]. Robyn explained the Code of School Behaviour shows ‘what’ is expected by the whole community: students, teachers, district staff, and parents. School communities are now developing ‘how’ behaviour will be managed by detailing strategies to promote appropriate behaviour as well as the consequences of unacceptable behaviour in ‘behaviour management plans. Students, parents and principals will sign enrolment agreements requiring them to abide by the Code and other conditions of the school. “When schools and parents work together it is great, but when schools, parents and kids work together it is very powerful. It is not being done ‘to’ kids but being done ‘with’ kids", Robyn said. Today, teenagers are staying at school longer. 20-30 years ago there were lots of jobs available for 16 year olds and so those not suited to school left. New ‘Earning or Learning’ legislation will see teenagers staying at school until they are 16 years old and then participating in TAFE and high school based apprenticeships to year 12 or equivalent. “Research show students finishing senior school or an equivalent level of education have a much better life outcome with career and personal success, Robyn said. Teachers support teenagers staying at school, but helping those who do not want to be there will test the new behaviour management strategies.

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Where/when: Registration is at 9.30am at Runaway Bay Shopping Village. This competition is for ages up to five years. The girls competition is on April 4 and the boys on April 5. Don’t forget a favourite photo for the photo competition. There are optional novelty categories including parent/child look-a-like, best costume and biggest smile. All entrants receive a free gift band and the proceeds go to the Mother’s Milk Bank. Cost: $30 with an additional $2-3 per extra novelty section entered. Contact: Amanda on 0439 777 477.

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Where/when: 10am-5pm, Gold Coast Turf Club, Bundall Fun for the whole family! There will be rides and entertainment for kids throughout the day. Cost: Entry through the gate is free. Contact: Sophie 5591 2556  

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April 16-17

Where/when: Workshop Rail Museum, Ipswich. Get close to cute and cuddly animal babies including chicks and lambs at the Barnyard Babies mobile animal farm. Features appearances by The Workshops Bunny with special treats for children, art and craft fun, and free rides on The Workshops Express miniature train. Larger steam train excursions take passengers through the countryside, but bookings must be made ahead. Cost: Some costs apply Contact: 3432 5100 or visit

Where/when: Peppertown, 320 Olsen Ave, Parkwood, 10-11am Reservations are essential for this fun-packed craft event. Contact: 5563 2844 or email



April 5


It’s time for New South Wales and Queensland to get together again and those Gold Coast residents working across the border can breathe a sigh of relief!

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April 25


This is the day all Australians pause to remember and give thanks not only for the men and woman who are currently fighting wars overseas, but all those who have fought and died in all wars. Where/when: various services and parades at different locations around the Coast. Details:

May 9


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Where/when: Australia Fair Shopping Centre, morning tea Proudly sponsored by Kids on the Coast, the Mumz with Bubz Club features morning tea in the comfort of the cinema, with an interesting speaker each month. Contact: For more information, or to join, visit www.

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Special Events Calendar May 9-10

May 10

May 22-24

Where/when: Currumbin Creek, Currumbin Presented by the Currumbin RSL, the D’Allance is a celebration of the arts, including theatre, performance, comedy and visual arts. Cost: Free Visit:

Where/when: 10am-1pm, Schuster Park, Elanora Tallebudgera Drive, at entrance to Elanora Treatment Plant, alongside Tallebudera Creek. This walk through the estuarine forest alongside Tallebudgera Creek is suitable for children aged eight and above. Learn about the importance of ecological restoration and community bush care involvement. Cost: Free, but bookings are essential. Contact: 5581 1521

Where/when: Tamborine Mountain Everybody loves a scarecrow (except the crows!) Admire the scarecrows created by local schools, businesses and residents. Join in the fun of street entertainment as well as a giant parade down Main Street on Saturday afternoon. Cost: Free Visit:

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May 29 – June 8

Where/when: From 6am, Huntingdale Park, Main Beach Join an expected 70,000 Australians this Mother’s Day, for this nationwide community event. Walk or run in the Mother’s Day Classic with family and friends to help raise money for breast cancer research. Cost: Children from $14 Visit:

Where/when: Coolangatta and Tweed Heads This is billed as Australia’s premier retro rock and roll event featuring performances by over 100 bands, dancing competitions and street entertainment. There will also be over 1500 hot rods, custom and classic built cars on display. Cost: Mostly free Visit:

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Where/when: 2pm and 7.30pm, Gold Coast Arts Centre Directed by Francois Klaus and based on Shakespeare’s beloved play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a magical tale of gods and fairies, mischief and misadventures, and the confusing path of true love. This ballet is suitable for children aged 10 and over. Cost: From $26 Visit: To win two tickets to the May 9 matinee of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, visit www.kidsonthecoast.

Where/when: Gold Coast The bikini battlelines will be drawn for this all female state title tournament. There are many divisions open for entry including under 14 and under 16 years old. Visit the website for specific locations. Cost: $60 per division Visit:

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Where/when: your place Children of all ages are encouraged to plant a tree to create a living memorial to their mums. Cost: The price of a plant Visit:

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Where/when: 2pm and 4.30pm, Gold Coast Arts Centre Scoobie Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Thelma appear live on stage when then try to solve a mystery at a movie studio. You can be sure of plenty of laughs along the way at their madcap antics. Cost: From $29.90 To win one of five family passes or five runner’s up prize packs, visit

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Where/when: 9am-11am, Somerset Park, Wyangan Creek, Mudgeeraba. The park entrance is off Swanton Drive. Become a water watch detective along Wyangan Creek and investigate the life teeming under the creek’s surface. You might be surprised at what you find. This is a hands-on activity for all ages. BYO chair. Cost: Free – but bookings are essential. Contact: 5581 1521


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Emotional Abuse easier than you think Psychological or emotional abuse refers to a pattern of relationship with a child that involves damaging attitudes, feelings and responses to the child’s emotional needs. Neglect, also a form of abuse, is the failure to provide physical and emotional requirements for healthy development. Chronic neglect can have physical, developmental and emotional consequences. There are five main categories of psychological abuse: Emotional unavailability, unresponsiveness and neglect. The child’s primary care givers may be preoccupied with their own difficulties (for instance post-natal depression, substance abuse), and they are unable to respond to the child’s emotional needs. This can result in difficulties with development (especially language and learning) and problems with future attachment relationships. Negative attributions or misattributions to the child. This form of abuse includes hostility, denigration and rejection of a child due to perceived negative attributes. For example a child may be seen and described by the parent as naughty, bad, lazy, deliberately defiant and provocative. This type of abuse is particularly damaging to the child’s developing self-concept and self-esteem and is linked to ongoing relationship and personality problems. Developmentally inappropriate or inconsistent interactions with the child. This may involve expectations of the child beyond their developmental capabilities, overprotection


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of the child, and/or exposure to confusing or traumatic events including domestic violence and adult suicidal behaviour. Some parents expect their child to be independent at an inappropriate age or want the child to ‘look after’ the parent. Failure to acknowledge the child’s individuality. Some parents lack the ability to see the child’s reality as separate and distinct from theirs and may use the child for fulfilment of their own psychological needs. The problem often occurs in custody or contact disputes in parental divorce proceedings where an emotionally needy parent may have unrealistic expectations of a child. Another example is a parent who has fixed and rigid ideas about the child that are not modified as the child develops, leading to anger and conflict. A healthy parent is able to allow their child to develop a sense of separate identity. Failure to promote the child’s social adaption. Parents may fail to provide opportunities for social learning and moral development, and sometimes directly encourage antisocial behaviours and attitudes (e.g. alcohol or drug abuse or involvement in criminal activity). ‘Child maltreatment’ may also include exposure to drugs or alcohol in the uterus, exposure to domestic violence, or failure to provide adequate medical care. The experience of child abuse, including psychological/emotional abuse and neglect, is traumatic and has far-reaching implications for ongoing physical and psychological development. The risk of developing mental health problems is increased by up to four times in those who have experienced abuse. Source: ‘Child Abuse & Neglect’, (Newman), Australian Doctor, Aug 2004 (29-36).


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Murals: They look great if done well, but what if you aren’t that creative, or the idea of decorating a blank wall scares you? There are many other alternatives to personalise a wall than painting a professional looking mural. Try covering the wall with large sheets of butcher paper (using blu tac) and then go wild with the paintbrushes. This way the kids can paint their own wall, and when the mood changes, so can the wall! (This idea works really well if you live in a rented home). Or paint art canvases (Kids on the Coast’s Terri Sanderson made canvases that looked like castle walls and then themed the room to make it look like a princess’s tower!). There are a number of wonderful business on the Coast that create personalised canvas’s for you. A current fad, wall art stickers are available all over – just Google ‘wall art’. Alternatively, try sponge painting: All you need are two colours (white and blue work really well), and a sponge. Start with one colour and dab colour on the wall. Then add a little of the second colour and do it again. Repeat this action until you

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have several layers of different colours. A sponged wall works well as a backdrop to other projects. Blue and white can easily become a sky or an ocean scene. Make sea creatures or aircraft using craft supplies, like paper plates and shiny paper, and hang them in front of the wall or attach them!

For an ever-changing wall, why not paint it with blackboard paint, or attach commercial blackboard stickers? Another, similar, idea is to cover a wall with cork tiles so kids can pin their own creations where and when they like. This way the kids can redecorate whenever they want! Don’t forget to have a place for kids to display their latest creation. It doesn’t matter how you display them, kids love to see their work treasured so cover a wall with artwork, laminate a few, or put your favourites in frames. Commercial business can add the ‘decor’ touch with professional framing or printing on canvas.

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It is important to have plenty of floor space for games and projects. If your kids are anything like mine, a cardboard box provides hours of entertainment. Make sure you don’t clutter their room to the point that a cardboard box no longer fits!


Don’t forget kids bedrooms have six surfaces, and ceilings are just as important as the others. It is usual to keep the ceiling a light colour because this gives the feeling of space, but there is nothing stopping you hanging all manner of things to add excitement. Plastic ivy can help create a jungle theme, mobiles add dimension to baby’s rooms and luminescent stars help tweens get over their fear of the dark.



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Perhaps the most important thing to remember when it comes to floors is ease of cleaning. To avoid wear and tear in the most trafficked areas, buy a colourful and inexpensive rug to add colour and protect the more expensive carpet. Or for little children, why not buy rubber jigsaw mats available at most discount stores, to carpet their nursery. Not only are these mats, colourful, but they provide a soft cushioned fall when learning to walk.

Kids are messy things, and hooks, placed on the wall at their eye level are a great way to clear the clutter. Pockets too can be a godsend. Why not buy a hanging shoe pocket and paint the days of the week on each pocket? Then put those things needed each day at school (like running shoes, library book, homework, musical instrument) in the right daily spot. Colour-coded tubs are good for little fingers and if you want to organise the contents, tape a picture on the front. Storage is important in the bathroom too, where kids’ toys can take over. Simple suction string bags keep bath toys together, or a storage stool can keep toys out of sight, and double up as a knee-saviour at bath time! Make cleaning up fun too, with colourful laundry baskets. I especially like the ones with basketball hoops above because they have reduced the number of times I pick up dirty clothes!

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Keep storage in mind when choosing furniture too. Desks with drawers are great for cutting down stationary clutter; under-bed drawers are an easy way to hide clothes yet enable them to be easily accessible, and bunk beds turn a small room into a usable space. Robes are notoriously crammed with gear and a good shelf system can go a long way. Don’t forget, though, that hanging rails don’t need to be as high as adult closets, and baskets and drawers should also be at child height.

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Sometimes the best ideas are the cheapest. Here are a few of our favourite budget ideas for creating kid havens. • Fill a large tub with recycled boxes, plastic bottles and ribbons for kids to use creating. • Cover a corkboard with bright art paper to change the look of the room, then pin kid’s artwork on top. • Sarongs are colourful and inexpensive, and can be used as bedspreads, cushion covers or curtains. • Add buttons or lace trim onto cushions for a ‘shabby chic’ look. • Save plant pots and paint them. Then replant with herbs to put on a windowsill. • Frequent the craft shop sale tables to top up your kids’ craft box!


Many Australian homes are lucky enough to have a playroom, spare space in the garage or a generous garden so they can limit the kid clutter in the adult living space. Yes, it’s good to clean up after an activity, but the more space you have, the more lenient you can be. Prevention is as good as a cure (my nana used to say!), so why not throw down an old sheet under the craft table before the paints come out? You could even spend a painting session decorating the drop cloth! Give your garage floor two uses by taping a hopscotch board, which can be used when the car is away. Drape a large sheet over the clothesline and cut holes for windows to make a portable cubby, and give your kids a small patch of garden and a set of garden tools so they can create dinosaur gardens, Survivor television sets, or Japanese pebble patterns. If you have a vegie patch, why not give them a corner to tend? They are likely to cover themselves with dirt, so consider an outside shower, or a simple Have your say bracket on the wall where the hose can be Comment on this article at fixed into a shower position… and avoid muddy footprints through the house!

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The 5th of April marks the official opening of the Bubs latest store located in Homeworld Helensvale. This store is by far the Biggest and the Best store in our chain. What we wanted to do was to create a friendly warm environment for expectant parents to shop. With this in mind we have created 10 walk in bedrooms complete with false ceilings, mood lighting and a fake window, Operations Manager Michael Vanderhelm said. In each of these bedrooms we have completely set up nurseries so that the expectant parents can actually see what their nursery could look like. We have set up 6 dedicated displays featuring our best brand strollers such as Bugaboo, Phil & Teds, Baby Jogger and more. We wanted to give our wholesalers the opportunity to display their prams the best they could as if they were displaying at a Baby Expo.

And for the parents with a little one already we have incorporated a 'Toddler Zone'. There you can place your child and be sure that they are safe and entertained. We have DVD's playing, toys and the parents can see their child 360 degrees around the store. We also have a parents areas where parents can sit and have a drink of water, read parenting magazines and relax. We have recently introduced myBubs, an online baby gift registry. You can do this in store and then email all your friends and relatives. It is the only on-line registry that is linked to all of our stores so your friends and family can attend their local store to purchase or soon be able to purchase on-line.

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At first, the idea of teaching a baby sign language seems like the latest trendy ‘hyper-parenting’ technique. But when you think about it, all babies already use their hands to communicate, for example by waving (‘goodbye’ or ‘hello’); clapping (‘hooray! well done’) or pointing (‘what’s that’ / ‘I want that’). It’s easier for babies to control their hand muscles than their mouth muscles. So by teaching them hand signs for words they know, but may not yet be able to say, you can communicate with them at a much earlier age. Babies as young as six months old can express their wants, needs and thoughts, such as being hungry or thirsty, tired or sick, or wanting to read a book or play with a toy. They can continue to learn to speak and sign together until they’re old enough to speak clearly and no longer need to sign.

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Editor’s comment: Have you ever noticed how the

‘terrible twos’ often last from 18 months to three years? When I read this article, published in Feb/Mar 2007, I realised why. As babies become aware of their needs, it raises the issue of communication The gap between this realisation and the development of oral language skills can cause enormous frustration and frequent tantrums. Research shows the use of limited sign language can get parents and children over that difficult time.

The problem with trying to teach a baby sign language designed for hearing-impaired adults is that some of the signs are too hard for a baby to make or remember. However now the Tinytalk system of baby sign language has been especially developed by Australian mum Alison Basson, who has created a range of products to make it easy for parents, carers, siblings...and of course, the babies themselves! Alison herself used the system with her own daughter: “Signing gave me a unique opportunity to know what was going on in my child’s mind and her world, something that is priceless,” she said, “ It also reduced a great deal of frustration for both of us as she didn’t have to wait until she could say the word to be able to communicate.” Even some childcare centres are now incorporating Tinytalk as part of their everyday activities. Some parents may worry that learning sign language could delay a child’s speech but in fact the opposite seems to be true. Because Tinytalk is taught at the same time as normal speech, it actually stimulates the development of the brain’s ‘language centres’ in the same way as does learning a foreign language from an early age. Tinytalk is giving away five memberships to its program. The lucky winners download the Tinytalk EBook about sign lanuage, the TinyTalk EBook of Signing Nursery Rhymes and the Tinytalk DVD. To enter visit and for more information visit



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Stacks of things Sign language has been used effectively for decades to combat for families to do! hearing or speech problems. Speech pathologists use a language called Macaton, while hearing impaired teachers prefer a language called Auslan. Both, unfortunately, are Australian languages only and don’t translate around the world (wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was one international sign language - it could then suffice as the world’s ‘second language’?) Unless long-term speech and hearing problems are a concern, babies don’t need to learn an entire language and the 152 signs in the Tinytalk program can suffice. If you choose to continue signing and learn one of the other languages, Tinytalk is 70% compatible with Auslan. PLUS Parents’ Choice Program, Babies on the Coast, Calendar of Events and lots more!

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The idea of a ‘backwards’ or ‘mixed up’ party is that everything is the reverse of what it normally would be. Here are some ideas for a ‘backwards’ party - but part of the fun is also coming up with wacky new ideas of your own! • Write invitations backwards so they have to be read in a mirror (do it on a computer and choose ‘print mirror image’).


• Ask guests to dress appropriately e.g. clothes on backwards, ponytails over the forehead, shoes on wrong feet.

• Say ‘goodbye’ to guests when they arrive (and ‘hello’ when they leave) • Print backwards name tags and make everyone call each other by their backwards names

backwards Fun and games • As each guest arrives, get them to guess how many lollies are in a jar. The guest who guesses furthest from the correct answer wins! • Non-musical statues - the kids have to stop still during the music and dance when it’s silent. • Backwards Musical Chairs - When the music stops, every person sits down...even if you have to sit on someone’s lap. No one is ever eliminated, but another chair is taken away every round. In the end everyone is sitting on one chair!

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backwards Food To be eaten sitting under the table, of course! (Or at an upside-down table.) • Start with the cake! You could serve individual cupcakes for each guest, upsidedown on a plate so the icing’s on the bottom, with a candle stuck through the paper case. Everyone can sing ‘Happy Birthday from you’, or ‘You to Birthday Happy’.

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Onlywords The other day we were discussing a fancy dress party to which we’d been invited. “Do you have to go as something, uh, specific?” says Mister-Six-Going-On-ThirtySix. Proud as punch I was. Not only could he use the word, he could pronounce it, which is more than I can say for quite a few adults. Now if I could just get him to stop picking his nose. I suppose I’m a little more obsessed with words than most people, seeing as how I’ve spent most of my working life earning a crust by manipulating them. And I married a bloke who’s been known to read a book or three- each week. Recently I begged him to stop going to the bookshop in his lunch hour, in case we went bankrupt before he’d even reached the end of the non-fiction section. So, surprise, surprise, guess whose kids are little word-lovers too? Yeah, alright, the little one’s only able to make burbles and gurgles so far, but she’s obviously trying very hard to communicate. If anyone knows what “oohba pflam” means, let me know. As for our son, he may never win a prize in an art show, run first in a race, or be able to keep his room tidy without some sustained nagging on my part, but boy, does he have a u-beaut vocabulary. It has been somewhat cruelly, although, I fear, accurately, suggested that our son learned to talk so early and so fluently in order to


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My money’s on Australian Houses of the Forties and Fifties, but my husband reckons it’ll be either the Jimi Hendrix biography or The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Football. Then there are his old textbooks. Our darling girl used to be interested in PreStressed Concrete, but now she prefers Waste Management. Hmm. Perhaps it’s got something to do with what’s happening at the other end…

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Did you hear the one about the family that took a holiday in a villa in Tuscany, then a London apartment, followed by a cabin in America’s Rocky Mountains and paid nothing for accommodation? No, it’s not a joke…and to top it all off they had a free car as well! What’s that you say, impossible? Not if you’re prepared to swap your house with someone else’s. House swapping has been working successfully for years. The cost savings are seeing this practice boom, with organisations like HomeLink International acting as a database for potential swappers. Covering over 60 countries, from Brazil to Belgium and Tahiti to Turkey, home exchange gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded people from very different backgrounds, live as a local, and enjoy low cost holidays with all the comforts and warmth of home. HomeLink Australia was established in 1980. On their comprehensive website you can browse listings, learn more about the home exchange concept, and read FAQ’s and members’ stories. Of course, you will find it a little more difficult with children, but there are still plenty of places on offer. Many families are discovering house swapping. The benefits of being in a home rather than a hotel are huge: the kids have space, you can prepare meals, which saves a fortune, you get to meet locals, and it’s a great way to explore a new country or destination. In many cases people swap cars too, which makes it a really cheap holiday.

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low cost holidays can be had with a little lateral thinking and one of those cost effective ways is house sitting or swapping. By using your biggest asset (your house) as ‘collateral’ it is possible to eliminate the biggest cost of travel: accommodation. In this article, published in Sept/Oct 2006, Leah Squire from BYO Kids shared her expertise as travel guru. Since that date many home swapping sites have cropped up and I, for one, have listed my home and started surfing. I suggest starting close to home with people who speak the same language, and have similar cultural expectations. I, for instance, am in negotiation for a house swap in Queenstown so my daughter and I can learn to ski!


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The Gold and Sunshine Coasts host a wealth of literary talent and Kids on the Coast would like to take the opportunity to highlight a few of our home-grown writers: You Sexy Mother

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Jodie Hedley-Ward, Sunshine Coast In a world where becoming a mother often comes with an erosion of the sense of self, Sunshine Coaster Jodie Hedley-Ward’s book You Sexy Mother is a good reminder that staying empowered and self-fulfilled is still achievable. Even better than that, it’s actually sexy! Filled with useful tips, this book makes a wonderful hospital gift to the new mum… (You just might want to flip through the pages first!).

Robert Young, Gold Coast Rather like Thomas the Tank Engine stories, this little book tells the tale of a small aeroplane taking on a big task. It is a simple story, reminiscent of those you might tell at bedtime, with child-friendly illustrations. Suitable for the young reader. To order visit www.

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To win one of three copies of Alec the Aeroplane, visit Tina Derry, Sunshine Coast In clever verse, Tina tells the story of the adventures of Shaymus the seahorse and the other sea creatures he meets while learning to swim. Delightfully illustrated and complete with a colouring in section, this book would make a lovely gift for a beginning swimmer! Visit

How to be a Young Nomad Susanne Rosemond, Gold Coast Why do all the retired folk get all the fun? Susanne Rosemond just returned from a two-year adventure around Australia with her husband and teenager. Besides a swag of memories, the result is this ‘how to’ guide designed to dissolve that list of reasons why you can’t do the same – with or without children! [Editor’s note: As a child I was home schooled on the road, and would recommend it most highly!] To get your own copy visit

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Magic Boots Christine and Paul Clegg, Sunshine Coast If you have a football crazy primary school boy this is the book for them! It’s the story of Charlie who’s not very good at football… until he finds a pair of old, magic boots. From game to game, his skill improves, until one day when his parents buy him a new pair of boots. Written by mother of triplets, and illustrated by her husband, a portion of proceeds go to rugby league charities. Contact the Cleggs at clegg.33@bigpond. or phone 0412 688 372.

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