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Ready, set, go – off to a flying start at school Is your child left-handed? Today’s tomatoes are tasteless! (Want to know why?)

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FEATURE Crafty Mums!


22 EDUCATION S tarting Prep or being “the new kid” can be nerve-wracking






26 BABIES ON THE COAST Toilet training? We’ve got the answers

28 PARENTVILLE The war on slumber




32 ONLY NATURAL Grow your own…veggies, that is

34 HAPPY HOLIDAYS Three-generation family holidays


Singer/songwriter Nadia Sunde

14 THE “P” FILES The struggles and strengths of left-handers

31 LET’S CELEBRATE Birthday cake hits and misses

20 WHAT’S ON CALENDAR The Kids on the Coast guide to February/March

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Who could have predicted our devastating start to the year in Queensland? Our New Year excitement has floundered, but Aussie grit and resilience will buoy those rebuilding their lives. Catastrophes shift our focus, reminding us to value life above all else and cherish our families. I’m excited to join the team here at Kids on the Coast, to share stories and resources for parenting with you. I reckon we’re probably more alike than different; so if I find parenting both fulfilling and exhausting, I assume it’s the same for you, in which case we could all do with some nourishment as parents.

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Meet the Kids on the Coast crew Jen

Right now I don’t know whether to laugh or cry as the youngest of my three girls starts school. But it’s perfect timing as I take on this role.


My secret nickname is: Jen: Mrs Hogadoona (my husband’s name for me when I hog the blanket!) Jess: Jessie. I hate it and for some reason people insist on calling me that! I try to always have ___ in my fridge/ pantry/handbag: (Wouldn’t want to get them mixed up, would you now?! Ed.) Jen: Milk, juice, and a bottle of wine! / Plenty of toddler snacks / A pen, some cash and my make-up bag! Jess: Milk and Coca-cola / Biscuits and chocolate / Wipes for those snotty little noses and grubby little hands!

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Everyone at Kids on the Coast pays out on me about my: Jen: Organic food obsession (“It’s organic so it must be healthy!”) Jess: Unhealthy eating habits and the fact that I’m still thin! Last night I dreamt: Jen: Hmmmm.... lets just keep that under wraps (my husband might read this!) Jess: I didn’t dream because for the first time in a long time, I had a full 8hrs of dead-to-the-world sleep!!

Cake disaster or triumph story? (see Let’s Celebrate, p.44) Jen: Triumph – first ever kid’s birthday cake: Ladybug from the Women’s Weekly I love my job because: This issue – the newest additions Jen: I work with a group of fantastic women cookbook! I was chuffed! who are all mothers and all passionate about Jess: I have some of each…including to our sales team, Jen and Jess producing a quality magazine to help others disasters where I’ve had to start all over I can’t get through the day without again! When I made a train for my twoon their parenting journey. saying: Jess: There’s always something that needs to year-old’s birthday this year, I couldn’t get Jen: I love you Miss Moo! (that’s what I call my be done so I’m never bored and I’m learning the rectangle of cake to stand up against 18-month-old) things all the time. And the other ladies are the cake roll to make the engine. I shoved a million toothpicks in it, then ended up Jess: Would you kids stop fighting and play great to work with! cramming icing in between the bits and nicely?! throwing it in the freezer!

Until next issue, may we all parent with grace and good humour. Belinda Hopper P.S. I hope to meet you on our Facebook page for a chat sometime.

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Jamie’s healthy food comes to Qld

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World renowned chef Jamie Oliver is bringing his Ministry of Food Challenge to Australia for the first time, with an Ipswich-based cooking centre and mobile truck visiting Queensland communities and schools to conduct demonstrations and cooking classes. Queensland Health says education about healthy eating is vital, with one in four children now either overweight or obese. Stats show Queensland kids don’t eat enough fruit and veggies (particularly as they get older), have too much sugar and fat, and not enough milk and dairy products. So sign up for a cooking class or become a volunteer at

Two thumbs up for Triple Ps The findings of two independent European studies—Belgian and Dutch, show that The University of Queensland’s Triple P – Positive Parenting Program can treat childhood depression and tame out-ofcontrol teenagers. Researchers Professor Dirk Deboutte and Dr Inge Glazemakers found that providing parenting support to the mothers significantly improved the emotional states of their children, when compared to children receiving only standard psychiatric care. Fifty percent of children were found to have improved conduct and emotional problems.


Spanish authorities are considering whether the family of a girl, 10, who recently gave birth should be allowed to retain custody of both mother and baby. Although under Spanish law, sex with a person under 13 years is considered child abuse, in this case the father is also a minor and the authorities don’t think they would be able to prosecute him. The tenyear-old’s mother, a Romanian Gypsy woman, says she’s delighted to have a new granddaughter and doesn’t understand why the birth has shocked anyone. 6

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If previous trends are anything to go by, Royal Wedding fever will see Kate soar in popularity as a name for baby girls this year, according to new research. Aussie family history website looked at 230 million birth and marriage records dating from 1837, and found that the names Victoria, Elizabeth, and Diana all enjoyed huge increases in popularity in the years corresponding to the weddings of British royals of the same name. With Kate Middleton set to marry Prince William, and Kate and its variations already popular, Prep classrooms look like being full of Kates in 2016!

BATTERIES CAN KILL Queensland doctors are warning parents to be extra vigilant this summer, the peak period for kids to be rushed to hospital after accidentally swallowing dangerous objects, including batteries, magnets, and fishing line sinkers. On average, between two or three children are rushed to Queensland Health emergency departments every day after having accidentally swallowed foreign objects. Particularly hazardous are the bright, shiny, button-shaped lithium batteries found in many Christmas toys and electronic devices. Last year, one-year-old Hunter Cheshire was lucky to survive after his windpipe and throat were partially eaten away by acid in the battery he accidentally swallowed.

GOTTA LOVE IT In a state-wide survey of over 450 business owners and staff by a local Queensland mum and business owner Vickie Johnson, an overwhelming 86% of respondents said Queensland was the best place in the country to live and work. Of those not originally from Queensland, most said it was our climate (31.8%) or lifestyle (36.1%) that brought them here. For more survey results, call O3 Office on 1300 014 000.

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COAST LIFESAVERS HELP BRISBANE FLOOD VICTIMS Gold Coast surf lifesaver Sammy Hallett and her family spent a night in an inflatable boat helping stranded flood victims to dry land as water inundated Brisbane. Sammy’s dad, Peter Hallett, said an army of about 150 surf lifesavers from the Gold Coast had converged on flood-stricken Brisbane to help other emergency services groups. “When disaster hits everyone comes together. It’s the best thing seeing so many clubbies from all over here helping others in need.’’ For 22 year old Sammy, being part of the emergency team was especially poignant as she was in Phuket in 2004 when the Asian tsunami hit.

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We’re very proud of our Associate Publisher, Simone Bell, who headed off to Brisbane recently with her family to take part in Convoy4Kids, an event that got an impressive number of trucks ‘n’ utes rolling to raise approximately $40,000 for Camp Quality (for kids living with cancer). If you want to be part of this year’s event, check out

REMINDER - SWIMMING POOL SAFETY Keep your kids safe! Check to make sure your pool gate still closes properly, as old, faulty, or open gates have been proven to be a significant factor in fatal child drownings. Almost 60% of Aussie kids under five who drown die in backyard swimming pools – that’s why new pool safety laws are now in place across Queensland (see for more info).

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Turning a hobby into a home-based business

by Maxine Arthur

Best of all, craftspeople no longer have to rely on the school fete or the local weekend markets to sell their creations. The Internet has changed all that, by providing access to a global marketplace. It also gives crafters access to knowledge about craft techniques and business know-how, assists with purchasing materials, and offers the support of networking with a world-wide craft community. This has given many creative mums the opportunity to run a craft business from home, combining work and motherhood. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that women now make up 33% of small business owners and two thirds of small businesses are home-based. Women are generally having children later, and these older mums bring confidence, business experience, and skills to the challenge of a home-based business.

Turning a hobby into a business Little Star Design’s Amanda McLardy, mum to three young children, creates custom-made personalised cushions, bags, and a range of accessories, all from her home studio. Amanda has been sewing since she was eight years old. “My mum and my nan nurtured my love of all things creative. I started my first business when I was ten, selling crocheted bookworms to my school friends.” Last New Year’s Eve, Amanda decided to set up Little Star Design as a homebased business. “It was exciting the day I decided to quit my book keeping job and give Little Star a go. We had a spare room that is now my studio. I love spending time in there, and being able to spend time with the kids whenever I want. I had tried to do both [book-keeping and running her business] but it didn’t work. I set up my website, got my Facebook up and running and it only took a day to get my first order. It has snowballed from getting a few orders here and there to now working on the business fulltime.” Amanda has three children under eight, so planning is a must to keep it all happening. “I work to a pretty tight schedule. I have one written up day by day, hour by hour on the fridge and in my studio. If I don’t follow this it all falls apart. I also menu plan


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Have you noticed that handmade goods are suddenly trendy, innovative, upmarket, and accessible everywhere? Traditional crafts such as crochet now sit alongside a stunning variety of jewellery, clever accessories, soft toys, beautiful fabric bags, decorative home wares, funky clothing and much more. A new generation, tired of mass-produced and poor quality goods, is hungry for the unique and authentic. People are looking for quality and prepared to pay for it. and am lucky to have a supportive husband who is a very hands-on dad. Having said that, I really need a cleaner because I don’t have much time for that!” Amanda has some advice for other mums considering selling their craft work. “Don’t undersell yourself or your product, come up with something new, create your own style, and learn to say no when things get too hectic.” And for those who missed out on the craft gene? “There are lots of fantastic local crafty mums out there. Look online or head to the markets. You really never know what you may find. I think a beautiful handmade item made with love is a far more personal and special gift than a piece of plastic made in China,” Amanda says. Dichroic Creations’ Mandy Codd is a glass artist running her jewellery-making business from home. The family cars now live in the driveway because the garage has become Mandy’s studio. Dichroic jewellery is made by fusing thin layers of glass together with metallic oxides to make brilliantly coloured pieces of glass art. Mandy, mother of three, bought her first pendant after her last child was born four years ago and was so taken with the beauty of it she was determined to make her own. “I have found my passion with glass,” Mandy says, admitting that her craft is ‘part addiction’. All her previous forays into craft – card-making, sewing, scrapbooking and picture-framing – have given her an eye for the detail and colour that is reflected in her glass creations. So how do you turn an idea and creative talent into a paying proposition? Passion helps. “I put my heart and soul into my work,” Mandy says. Discipline is also essential. Mandy has two ‘creating days’, making and firing her jewellery when the youngest is at kindy. She fits the other jobs around the family – grinding and finishing, photographing items for the net and packing orders. Next year, with her youngest off to school, Mandy will be able to work on her business full-time. It’s the World Wide Web that has allowed Mandy to turn a hobby into a thriving business. From day one, the Internet has been Mandy’s friend as she searched relentlessly for information on dichroic glass art. She found a local glass artist who gave

her a couple of lessons and then experimented with colours and fusing techniques. Then she turned to the Internet for advice on setting up and running a home-based business. “I worked it all out as I went along. I just got better and better,” Mandy says. Internet sales make up 95% of Mandy’s sales, mainly through online craft markets Madeit and Artfire. Mandy has sold her jewellery at local markets in the past but says the return on time invested is not as great as selling online. “The Internet is brilliant. I’m making a good living from this,” Mandy says. The key to making sales is to post new items regularly, encouraging buyers to return to your site frequently. “Keep it fresh. Keep it new. List daily if possible,” Mandy advises. AnK Bowtique owners Angie Bettridge and Kristy Sparrow specialise in ‘accessories for little princesses’ – headbands, clips and bows, beanies, hats and more. Angie is mum to Mikaela, 6, and Sienna, 4, while Kristy has seven-year-old twins Madelyn and Tom. “AnK Bowtique began when my friend Angie and I started creating accessories for our girls. Soon other friends wanted bows and clips for their girls too, so our little hobby very quickly grew,” Kristy said. Angie and Kristy both live on cattle stations in rural Queensland, so the opportunity to grow the hobby into a business would not have been possible without the Internet. They mainly sell their work on Madeit and have been on the top sellers list for the last few months. “Madeit is great as we don’t have the troubles of hosting our own website,” Kristy says. “We can upload as many or as few items as we want and even put our store in ‘holiday mode’. It has also provided us with a great network of fellow crafters who we have formed great friendships with. Facebook is also a very powerful marketing tool for us. We can share new designs, receive custom orders and with almost 1500 ‘fans’ keep everyone up to date with AnK.” Kristy and Angie also use the Internet to search for supplies, look at fashion trends and find inspiration. “The Internet is just like a large ideas book,” Kristy says. In addition to running their business, both mums teach their children at home through Longreach School of Distance Education and help run busy cattle grazing properties. How on earth do they do it? “Organisation is the key, not only with your business but also with home life,” Kristy says. “A typical day in our household would involve an early start to check and answer emails, household chores and other ‘motherly duties’. We start school at around 8am and finish at around 2pm. In between is a mix of phone calls, on air lessons, getting our schoolwork done, and cooking for the musterers. After school is our time to create, do the cattle accounts, prepare meals, and tick off the list of jobs that comes with being a mother/wife/crafter/and all round girl.” Hectic as life is, Kristy and Angie enjoy running AnK. “It is something that we can call our own and is what keeps us sane most of the time,” Kristy says.

Selling your craft online There are several sites that sell craft goods – Madeit, Etsy, eBay and Artfire are some of the better-known sites. They have different policies and different ways of charging sellers for their services. Crafters who sell online often test the waters on one or more sites until they find what works best for their type of work. Bigger may not necessarily be better. For example, eBay may get the most traffic but it may be difficult to sell your work for a fair price because most people shopping on eBay are looking for bargains. Buyers who visit dedicated craft sites are often prepared to pay more because they value quality and the originality of short-run handmade craft. Little Star Design, Dichroic Creations and AnK Bowtique all have shops on Madeit, an online site selling only handmade items and handmade supplies. The founder of Madeit, Bec Davies, loves to buy “unique, small run, handmade goodies” but in 2006 when she began searching the Internet for independent designers it was “like finding a needle in a haystack”. She compiled a directory of her favourite independent sellers as she found them and this led to the opening of her e-commerce store Madeit in 2007.

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FEATURE Getting the business know-how Marketing communications lecturer at the University of Canberra, Kylie Watson, is the author of an e-Book Mumpreneur Online-A Guide to Starting a Successful Online Business. She is also the owner and director of La Bella Creations. As the mother of two daughters, now two and five years old, Kylie went looking for fashionable jewellery that was lead-free, nickelfree and tug-proof. She discovered a gap in the market and has focused on creating strong fashion jewellery that is affordable and reliable. “I used to paint but that wasn’t practical around the children. I’ve always loved jewellery so it started out as an alternative but practical creative outlet. It grew into a business when I decided to use it to spend time with my children and quit my full time job. Then I did every training course, attended every networking session and read everything I could to be successful.”

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Kylie has some advice for budding mumpreneurs: “If you can afford a business coach, then get one, or tap into the local government business networks and associations or the chamber of commerce. Attend training sessions, network and read as much as you can. Your business might be craft based, it might entail flexible hours and it might be home-based like ours, but you need to treat the business seriously! Also, surround yourself with supportive people.”

Buyer, hobbyist or home-based business owner? Much like browsing at real markets, checking out online craft markets can be a pleasant way to spend a few hours, and you’ll almost certainly find some favourite shops to bookmark. Many of us will be content to be buyers only, choosing from the beautiful work of others, but some of you crafty mums out there may just be inspired to turn your hobby into a home-based business.

Ten ingredients for building a successful online craft business Passion It shows in your work and keeps you going through the tough times. Quality Take pride in your work and build a reputation for quality.


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Networks Exchange information with other crafters. Use forums, blogs, Facebook and other online resources Marketing Take quality product shots for posting online. Your product will stand out from the competition. Learn to say “No”. Don’t undersell your work. Don’t over-commit and then fail to deliver.

Uniqueness Make your product stand out by adding a small touch of your personality. Research Understand your target market, your pricing and current trends. Persistence It doesn’t happen overnight. Learn from your mistakes, adjust and move on. Service Treat customers with respect and courtesy. Realistic expectations Start small and grow your business within your means.

Useful websites is an Australian online community for budding ‘mumpreneurs’. lists useful contacts and has an articles section with tips for setting up a home-based business.

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Helping students excel Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School is one of the leading Preschool/Kindergarten – Year 12 co-educational day schools on the Gold Coast. Located at the southern end of the Coast in Terranora, the school was recently ranked in The Australian newspaper’s top 100 Australian schools for its outstanding Years 7 and 9 NAPLAN literacy results, clearly acknowledging the school’s excellent academic standards and practices of all teaching staff and students.

The school is currently enrolling students for its Kindergarten (equivalent to Prep in Qld) for 2011 and encourages prospective parents to contact the school and arrange a time for a tour of the campus and discover more about life at Lindisfarne Grammar. Telephone 07 5590 5099 or visit the website

School Principal, Mr Chris Duncan said, “Over the past 30 years, Lindisfarne has forged a strong reputation as being ‘the all rounder school’ where every student has the opportunity to achieve their own personal best in a wide range of academic, vocational, sporting, cultural, spiritual and co-curricular activities within a supportive and values rich learning environment.” Mr Duncan went on to say, “Parents entrust their children into our community because we provide quality education complemented by a pastoral care program that nurtures personal, social and academic wellbeing.” The school has recently embarked on a $4 million dollar building program to expand its current Science, Library, Sporting and Performing Arts facilities to ensure that students have a state-of-the-art learning environment to assist in progressing towards their future career pathway.


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Although (thankfully!) we’ve moved on from this cruel approach, many left-handers still struggle with everyday frustrations. Tasks, tools, and teaching methods are geared to the right-handed majority, which is why left-handers may appear awkward or clumsy. What does it mean to be a ‘lefty’? Essentially, it means having a preference for using your left hand for tasks such as writing, throwing, catching, and using tools. In some cases, it includes a preference for using the left foot for kicking, to start walking and running, and even to stand on first while dressing. In some people these preferences are stronger or weaker than others; for instance, some left-handers are right-footed. A lefty may also have a dominant left eye, particularly noticeable when using cameras and telescopes. Knives, scissors, sharpeners, can openers, jugs, musical instruments, even spiral-bound books – all these things and more can present significant challenges to left-handers. (Not just because of how you hold them, but because of the direction of sharpened edges, for example.) Even left-handed adults may not realise the difficulties faced by left-handed kids, especially if the adults themselves are only partially left-dominant. Although ideas about brain function and right or left dominance are still developing, some say that left-handers are more likely to be ‘right-brained’ creative and visual thinkers, with famous artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, renowned for left-handed mirror writing, being prime examples. Is this creativity what makes them left-handed in the first place? Or does being left-handed force them to adapt and come up with new ways of doing things? The jury is still out, but famous lefties include musicians from Beethoven to

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Jimi Hendrix, writers like Lewis Carroll and Mark Twain, politicians from Julius Caesar to Bill Clinton; and a stack of Hollywood actors including Charlie Chaplin, Robert De Niro, Nicole Kidman and Whoopi Goldberg. And whether it’s because of brain function or simply the ability to swing from an unexpected side, highly successful left-handed sports people include tennis greats Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors, Monica Seles and Martina Navratilova, and cricket stars Allan Border and Rodney Marsh. But why were left-handers discriminated against in the past? And even today, are right-handed parents really aware of the challenges faced by left-handed kids?

The left hand’s chequered history In ancient times the left hand was considered sacred by the Celts, and the Central American Incas also held left-handers in high regard. However, some cultures also had negative beliefs about left-handedness. In some Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, the left hand is considered ‘unclean’ and used for toileting. By Christian tradition, and in some Biblical texts, God is said to have separated people using His right or left hand; those on his right considered blessed and deserving of Heaven, those on His left cursed and sent to the devil. In most early paintings the devil is shown as left-handed. These medieval beliefs about the left hand carried through until as late as the 1960s and ‘70s, when some left-handed children were still beaten or had their left hands tied behind their backs. (Hence Lena’s strong memories, which are, sadly, shared by many older left-handers.) Then there’s the right-handed handshake, invented by Roman soldiers. Since most of them normally held their weapons in their right hand, extending the empty right hand was considered a sign of peace.



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What makes people left-handed? Most sources give the number of left-handers as about 10% of the population in developed countries. Interestingly, they are more likely to be male, and some research indicates they are more likely to suffer from allergies and asthma. Why are left-handers in the minority? One theory is that left-handed warriors had an advantage in hand-to-hand combat, since they could land blows from an unexpected direction. Such an advantage would be lost, however, if left-handedness were common.

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Scientists have recently identified the gene that makes it possible, but not guaranteed, to have a left-handed child. In other words, if neither parent has it, they can only have right-handed children. Conversely, if either parent has the lefthanded gene, it’ll be passed on to their offspring, although not everyone who has it will be left-handed themselves. So left-handedness is almost certainly genetic; but because left-handers make up such a small minority of the population, most lefthanded children will have both a right-handed mother and father.

How can you tell? Many children don’t show a definite pattern of handedness before about age three, but will gradually discover which hand they have most success with. As your toddler starts exploring their world, picking up and moving things around, you may see them swapping hands. When giving an item to your toddler, rather than favouring one hand over the other, place it directly in front of them and let them choose.

Many European languages inherited a negative root for their word for left. The Latin word sinister means ‘left’ and dexterous came from the Latin word dexter, meaning ‘right’…er, that is, the right side, because in English, the word right also means ‘good’, and ‘correct’. The French use gauche for left, which in English can mean awkward, and left evolved from the old English word lyft, which meant weak. No wonder lefties feel a bit discriminated against!

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Growing up lefty Thankfully, younger ‘lefties’ have much more positive left-handed experiences than Lena’s. Rhiannon Hart, a writer, says she always enjoyed being left-handed as a kid, and on the whole has found it a positive experience: “I like being that little bit different,” she says, “and the teasing, being called ‘cacky handed’ for instance, was always good natured.” Jill Browne has similar views. At school she was encouraged to use her right hand but thinks that was more pragmatism than superstition, as at that time many school-leavers needed to be able to use right-handed machinery.

Write and left Queensland Prep teacher Margaret Carty says last year she had an unusually high number of left-handers: six in a class of 21. “We note handedness at the beginning of the year but it’s not an issue at all,” Margaret says. “We try to consolidate a child’s preferred hand in Prep year [in readiness for Year 1].” For parents, it may be worth doing some research and discovering the best ways to teach writing to lefties, who are actually ‘dragging’ and ‘pushing’ their pencils in the opposite directions to right-handers when forming letters. Since few teachers are taught any of this information, you may have to bring it to their attention. Many left-handers struggle to find a way of writing that prevents smudging and allows them to see what they write. This often results in ‘hooking’ where the left hand is curled around the writing. Whereas right-handers tend to slant the paper left to right, many lefties prefer their paper slanted right to left, or even sideways. Pencil grips, left-handed pencil sharpeners (which rotate in the opposite direction) and left-handed rulers (which allow the left-handed user to see the measurements as they rule) may also be useful, depending on the degree of left-handedness. ADVERTISEMENT/LOCAL BUSINESS PROFILE

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THE ‘P’ Files Tools of the trade “Lots of things in life are geared for a right-handed person,” says Jill Browne. “I knew I was different, or odd, but I adapted to use things like scissors and tin openers.” In fact, Jill adapted so well that when her mum eventually found her left-handed scissors, she couldn’t use them properly, and she doesn’t buy left-handed products. (It’s worth noting here that some scissors labelled ‘left-handed’ are just gimmicks and are still awkward for a lefty to use. True left-handed scissors will always have the top blade on the left.) Artist Ngaire Stirling says that while smudging paint is a problem for her, she has trained herself to use a right-handed computer mouse. She allows, however that she’s not as strongly left-handed as some other lefties. Rhiannon Hart doesn’t buy left-handed products either, other than some ‘hand neutral’ dressmaking scissors. However she says she still finds getting ink on the side of her hand when she writes “a constant frustration”. “And the main design on mugs is always facing away from me when I drink from them!” Lefty Vanessa Portors says she and her left-handed son share the same frustration with writing: “I think the days are gone that you can’t write with your left hand,” she says, “but my son finds it frustrating sometimes, particularly when he wants to write something special in ink and smudges it.”

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New challenges may come along as your kids grow and take on new skills, perhaps helping in the kitchen at home, or in design and technical drawing classes. Be aware that things like power tools and jugs of boiling water can be more dangerous if a left-hander has to, in effect, use them ‘backwards’. For a parent it becomes a balance between helping and equipping your child without making them feel like they’re up against an impossible challenge.

Vanessa says she finds some tasks difficult: “I find learning quilting and sewing is hard to learn from a right-hander, and my grandmother can’t teach me to knit. I just can’t get my head around it!”

And if your little lefty is having a frustrating left-handed day in a right-handed world, remind them what James T deKay and Sandy Huffaker say in The World’s Greatest Left-Handers: Why Left-Handers are Just Plain Better than Everybody Else: “Left-handers are wired into the artistic half of the brain, which makes them imaginative, creative, surprising, ambiguous, exasperating, stubborn, emotional, witty, obsessive, infuriating, delightful, original, but never, never, dull.”

If you’re right-handed, you may be able to teach a left-hander a detailed skill, such as tying shoelaces or sewing, by sitting opposite the left-hander and having them mirror you with their opposite hand.

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Where/when: Pirates Rugby Club, Pizzey Park, Miami. From 3pm The day commemorates the signing of a treaty between the New Zealand Maori and the British Crown. There will be Expat Rugby games, Hangi and ethnic and fun foods and beverages on sale. Entertainment will be available during and after the games. Cost: $10 entry. Parking available for gold coin donation. Details:

SCIENCENTRE ‘OUR WATER’ Where/when: Brisbane Sciencentre, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, Southbank. All Day If you were in control of Australia’s water, how would you use it? Our Water challenges visitors to investigate water from an urban, agricultural, industrial and environmental perspective. It comprises 28 hands-on exhibits designed to inform and challenge visitors to make decisions about water and to examine the consequences of the different uses and re-uses of water in Australia. Cost: Free with admission to the Sciencentre. Admission costs children 3-15yrs $9. Adults $12. Family Pass $40 Details:

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Where/when: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise. 9am-2pm The Butterfly Tree is a unique boutique market for families with children aged from newborn to teen years. It offers an impressive collection of specially selected vendors with stunning handcrafted pieces including clothing, toys, bedding, decorator items and accessories. Find one-of-a-kind stylish items for the kids in a spacious family-friendly indoor venue. Cost: Free entry Details:

Where/when: Brisbane City Botanic Gardens Green Earth Day is a free, family orientated, grassroots, community event which aims to stimulate awareness by bringing environmental, green, health and lifestyle, cruelty-free, recycling and sustainable issues into the public eye. Green Earth Day will comprise live bands/ performers, demonstrations and speakers, food zone, kids’ zone, video zone, art and fashion displays and much more. Cost: Free Details:




February 12

REPTILE AWARENESS Where/when: Carrara. 10am-12pm Be prepared to bust misconceptions and myths about snakes and other reptiles at this live display. Get up close and personal with some of South East Queensland’s common reptiles. Learn about their behaviour, how to identify them and why they are an important part of an ecosystem. Learn about snake bite first aid, how to help in an emergency and how to avoid being bitten. Activity suitable for all ages. Cost: Free Details: Bookings essential. 5581 1521

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Where/when: Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drive, Surfers Paradise Experience the luxury of a premium dining venue. Tickets include 4-course luncheon, racecourse entry, reserved table with personal LCD screen. Book now and you will also receive a complementary bottle of bubbly plus many more little goodies including a Star Shots Photographic session. Bookings essential. Cost: $77.50 members $92.50 non-members Details:;

Where/when: The Board Room, Gold Coast Turf Club. Racecourse Drive, Surfers Paradise. 11.30am-5.00pm Bring your valentine - or find one there! Wear your best red outfit to win some amazing prizes. Tickets include complimentary drink on entry, entry to the racecourse, cocktail style seating in the Board Room, sumptuous hot and cold cocktail menu, live racing and DJ. Bookings essential Cost: $45pp Details:

Where/when: Frascott Park, Yodelay Drive, Varsity Lakes. 10-11.30am Join in this fun and energetic family-based activity program. Mad Sports will have you laughing and enjoying an extensive range of unique games including soft rockets, scoop ball, parachute, noodle hockey, water soakers and so much more. Mad Sports provides a healthy, active sports program that is a heap of fun. Cost: Free Details: Bookings essential 0431 323 076 or email





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BABY & KIDS MARKET Where/when: Carrara Indoor Stadium, Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Entrance Gate 2, Carrara. Inside the Sport Hall The Baby & Kids Market provides excellent quality preloved goods by great brands at bargain prices. It’s the perfect place to stock up on furniture, prams, toys, clothes, books and just about anything imaginable for babies and children. Cost: Free entry Details:

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February 26

THE BURLEIGH WATERS PHYSICAL CULTURE COMMUNITY CONNECTION FUN DAY Where/when: Caningeraba S.S. Whistler Drive, Burleigh Waters. All day The Fun Day is a way of connecting local businesses to the community. Stalls and displays for businesses to promote or sell their products or services, there will be fun for the whole family and heaps of things to do too! Proceeds go to Burleigh Waters Physical Culture Club. Cost: Costs may apply for entry, $25 for a stall to promote your business.



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February 20

Where/when: Fig Tree Food Court, Australia Fair Shopping Centre, 9am-12pm Need a bit of time away from the household? Come and join other mums for a cuppa, activity centre and craft workshop at the next Mumz with Bubz morning tea. The March morning tea will feature Sharon from Yoga for 2. Cost: Free Details: Members only, join via the Australia Fair website

IDEAL BRIDE EXPO Where/when: RNA Showgrounds, Gregory Terrace, Fortitude Valley The Ideal Bride Expo will be showcasing the diversity of Australia’s leading high quality wedding services and will also include fantastic offers such as prizes, win your wedding dress, show specials and a whole heap more. Cost: Tickets $12 each Details:


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Where/when: Upper Coomera State College, Reserve Road, Upper Coomera The Ultimate Market for your children’s needs. At Zero 2 Five Markets you can buy or sell quality pre-loved and new products such as clothing, toys, books, prams, car seats and nursery furniture all at amazing prices. Cost: $3 per adult, children free Details:

Where/when: Evandale Park, Ouyan Street, Bundall. 10am-1pm Evandale Park will be transformed into an irresistible water park with a range of inflatable activities including icebergs, trampolines. Water balls and water rolls will be placed in the swimming enclosure, putting a whole new meaning to fun. Don’t forget to slip slop slap and bring a picnic lunch, water and sunscreen. Cost: Free Details: Bookings essential. Email or visit

Where/when: Samurai Judo Club, 56 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin. From 6pm Throw yourself into it at Samurai Judo under Gold Coast’s highest ranked Judo black belt and former Australian Champion Steve Potter. Bring your child aged over 7 for a free open night in Judo/self-defence/fitness classes. Classes are held very Tuesday evening. Cost: Open night – Free Details:


March 3-6

TOP GEAR LIVE – THE PROTOTYPE TOUR Where/when: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Melaleuca Drive, Boondall Experience the thrills, spills, speed and mania of precision stunt driving during the all new PROTOTYPE Top Gear Live world tour. Top Gear Live will feature some of the world’s most expensive, powerful and absurdly modified cars including the first ever transparent car, Porsches transformed beyond recognition and a custom made “Godzilla” Nissan GT-R going head-tohead with a police helicopter…Indoors. Cost: Ticket prices vary, dependant on package Details:



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LISA WILLIAMS MESSAGES FROM BEYOND Where/when: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise. 7.30pm Ever wonder what happens when you die? Do you yearn to hear from someone who recently passed? Join TV’s top medium and clairvoyant Lisa Williams as she describes the transition into the spirit world. She will demonstrate her astonishing mediumship abilities by performing live readings with members of the audience. Cost: From $89.90 Details:

March 6

MAD SPORTS Where/when: Frascott Park, Yodelay Drive, Varsity Lakes. 10-11.30am Join in this fun and energetic family-based activity program. Mad Sports will have you laughing and enjoying an extensive range of unique games including soft rockets, scoop ball, parachute, noodle hockey, water soakers and so much more. Mad Sports provides a healthy, active sports program that is a heap of fun. Cost: Free Details: Bookings essential 0431 323 076 or email

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March 24-27

Where/when: Anywhere in Australia Register your school, or your business, or just family and friends, and get stuck into cleaning our environment. Pick up rubbish at the kids’ school, the beach, bushlands or your street. Register online and show the kids how important it is to keep our community clean. Cost: Free Details: 1800 282 329 or visit

Where/when: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise. 11.30am and 1.30pm “A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood….” Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark wood in this big scary monster of a show. This imaginative show is pitched at just the right level for three to seven-year-olds, as well as the big ones they have brought along with them. Cost: From $15 Details:

Where/when: Brisbane Exhibition Centre, Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets, Southbank. 10am-4.30pm Craft enthusiasts of all ages (even the youngest ones) will find plenty to keep themselves entertained when CraftExpo comes to Brisbane. Featuring a host of interactive features, classes and displays, designed to encourage kids to get in touch with their inner artist. Sign up to be a Craft Club member, book tickets online by 5pm March 11 and pay only $10! Cost: Admission costs apply Details:



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STARTED by Justine Stewart

Whether it’s entering Prep or moving to a new school, change can be daunting but you can help kids successfully tackle the challenges involved Imagine moving to a new city, starting a new job, and meeting your prospective in-laws for the first time…all on the same day! If you get butterflies in the stomach just thinking about it, spare a thought for what your kids might be feeling in the lead-up to the start of a new school year. When we think about some of the things we say in daily life about schools, teachers, and learning (“I hated school”, “I’m terrible at spelling”) and about how school is depicted on television and in the movies (a world full of bullies, scheming blondes and cranky teachers, apparently), is it any wonder kids might be anxious? For some kids, even moving up a year level can create anxiety, and that goes double — or maybe squared — if they’re starting Prep or moving to a new school. “Let’s face it, we all, myself included, feel anxious when starting something new,” says Elissa Seib, Principal Mentor at Queensland educational mentoring service Curious Kids Can. And some kids (and adults) are genetically more predisposed to worry and anxiety, says Donna Farman, of Growing Early Childhood, also based in Queensland: “Research tells us that one in five babies are born more sensitive. When babies are exposed to the Apgar testing in hospitals, one in five are more difficult to settle, even when cuddled by mum. A sensitive child will naturally be more cautious and take longer to settle in to new environments.” Elissa says those questions that race through our minds when we’re doing anything for the first time, from starting a new job (“Will I be good enough? Will they like me? Will I fit in?”) to trying a new hairdresser or restaurant (“What if I don’t like it? How will I get there? Will I find a park?”) relate to our primal fear of failure and fluctuating self-esteem. For anxious/sensitive kids, the questions about how they’ll cope with yelling teachers, harder schoolwork, changes in routine and peer groups and fear of loneliness or bullying can literally keep them awake at night. “Anxiety tends to be worrying about past or future events, and bedtime is often when children will worry,” says Donna. “Their thoughts can become out of proportion to what is actually going to happen. This is an important time for parents or caregivers to be close by, to offer reassurance and also to explain what is ‘really‘ going to happen, as children will make their own assumptions due to not having the life experience,” she says.


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But even kids who are normally quite confident can be anxious about starting school, or starting at a new school, because it’s a big step into the unknown. Parents may also feel nervous about how their kids will cope, or sad about them moving on to a new phase, and kids can pick up on these emotions. “As the adult, being calm and positive will help your child’s transition,” Donna explains. “Even if you’re a bit upset or concerned for them, it will help them if you can put on a brave face.”

WHAT TO LOOK FOR Donna says that in young children, the most obvious sign that your child isn’t confident about how they’re going to cope is separation anxiety: when your child is clinging to you, either literally or in a metaphorical sense by finding excuses to show and tell you “just one more thing”. “Perfectionism can also sometimes be a sign a child is feeling anxious,” she says. “Having things ‘just right’, gives them a sense of power and control, however they can become quite obsessive and upset if things don’t appear to be ‘right’ in their mind. I have seen this even in a free activity like drawing, where an attempt at drawing a picture kept being scrunched up because it didn’t look right.” There may be other sudden changes in behaviour. Kids may also show physical signs of anxiety such as being jittery or fidgety, nail-biting, not eating, talking extra

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quickly with their eyes wider than normal, being too loud/boisterous, complaining of stomach or headaches, or crying (even though they might say it’s about something else). Both Donna and Elissa say that the signs can vary from one child to another, and may also change depending on who else is around at the time. “An anxious kid…may be quiet, withdrawn and reclusive at school, yet when they get home they may become obnoxious, aggressive, rude, disrespectful or may even exhibit bullying behaviours themselves with siblings at home,” explains Elissa. Kids (and adults) suffering from anxiety are a little like those suffering from depression. As much as you might tell them to “snap out of it”, their anxiety causes them to focus only on what might go wrong, to the exclusion of all else.

A POSITIVE START TO THE YEAR Elissa Seib says the earlier a rapport between parent, child, and teacher is established, the better, because then all three can work together to reduce anxiety levels. She also suggests making a habit of taking an interest in your child’s day, either during afternoon tea or before going to bed. If you suspect something might be worrying them, try asking subtle questions that require more than a one-word answer, like “What did you do at lunchtime today?” or “What’s your teacher like?”, followed up by “How does that make you feel?” You may be able to guide your child to seeing things in a more positive light. Helping them to come up with possible solutions is better than rushing in with all the answers yourself, as it gives them more of a sense of control. According to Elissa, learning how to ‘look on the bright side’ is the key to happiness and success at school. Bir Co tH St DA uM Ho y e ol P Ho Arty Hire liD PA Ay C wo kAg e rk SH S oP S


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TELL ME A STORY For young children, role-playing, reading positive stories about school, or telling stories using your child’s favourite toys as characters can help foster a happy and confident attitude towards school. “Story telling is a powerful tool for young children,” says Donna Farman. “It gives them clues as to what they might be able to do in certain situations. If you make the story about your child or their favourite character, it allows them to relate to the messages. These messages might include: • It’s okay if you don’t know everything • There are caring people around to help you • It’s okay to make mistakes, because someone will show you what to do next time (often anxious or sensitive children are fearful of doing the wrong thing) • If you’re worried you can get help, or figure out a way to fix the problem, or both


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education IS SOMETHING ELSE THE MATTER? Give your child time to settle in, but if you feel that their anxiety is overwhelming, it might be time to ask your school, doctor, or child health expert for more help. Anxiety is sometimes a symptom of other undiagnosed problems. It might be worth a health check to ensure your kids aren’t also dealing with: • A learning disorder, speech or language disorder • Being out of step socially with their peers due to immaturity/giftedness • Physical discomfort (such as back or foot pain) • Vision or hearing problems

SKILLS FOR LIFE Whether or not your kids are especially anxious about school, Donna Farman recommends parents actively teach kids resilience and coping skills. “It’s about setting kids up for success, rather than failure, by arming them with these skills and strategies in advance, rather than waiting until something goes wrong,” she says. Queensland psychologist and alternative therapist Amberley Meredith says that kids, like adults, will naturally respond emotionally to some situations, and that the trick is to learn to recognise and identify these emotions. This is the first step to keeping strong feelings under control so they don’t become overwhelming and disabling. Courtesy Educat

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Amberley teaches meditation techniques which can be practiced every day to help kids keep their anxiety at a manageable level. “It’s a bit like in Karate Kid where he learns moves through mundane tasks,” she explains. “Practising meditation daily helps you control emotions throughout the day when they arise.”

HELPING KIDS TO BE INDEPENDENT Education Queensland recommends helping kids to feel more relaxed about school by giving them more chances to develop self-reliance and verbal confidence. Help your child communicate effectively to: • • •

make his or her own needs known (I feel sick, I need to go the to toilet, may I have a drink of water, I have a question etc) use appropriate greetings respond appropriately when spoken to

Help your child get used to: • • • • • • •

putting on and doing up his or her shoes eating and drinking without help (checking that they can open and close lunchboxes, food containers, and drink bottles, unwrap school lunches and drink from water bubblers) caring for and putting away play things using a handkerchief or tissue using playground equipment safely carrying his or her own bag identifying his or her own belongings

Toilet training: The occasional accident is normal in Prep-aged kids, and most schools will recommend you include a change of clothes at school or in your child’s bag just in case. If your child is about to start Prep and toilet training hasn’t been successful, there are frequent accidents, or you have any other concerns, now’s the time to ask for help. Check with your doctor or call the free Child Health Line 1800 177 279 (toll free statewide). You can call 24 hours a day for confidential information and support by registered child nurses.


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YUM! PACKING A GREAT SCHOOL LUNCH All that learning is hard work, so by lunchtime they’ll be hungry and thirsty. • • • • •

Don’t overload them or leave them hungry – give healthy food and drink in realistic quantities Label morning tea and lunch separately for little kids Try a variety of smaller items rather than one or two large items Provide a water bottle every day Don’t give sweets, chips and other party food for lunch; save them for occasional treats (eg at parties) only

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Potty Savvy Pressure-free toilet training

by Kim Lahey

There they were — mum and toddler — in the middle of the busy car park, when I heard the little girl call out “Mummy, I need to do wee!” I felt for them (I knew the nearest toilet was miles away), but out of the corner of my eye I saw the clever mum whip out a potty, pop it into the back of their car, and spare her little girl a long, hot hike. A little packing and planning can ease the way to potty training, but how do you start the process in the first place? How do you know your kids are ready? Your toddler’s public announcements they have wet the nappy or don’t want to wear it anymore (or maybe the ‘non-verbal cue’ — just ripping the nappy off!) might seem strong enough hints, but do these really signify they’re ready to shed their ‘wearable toilet’?

Starting out Psychologist Philippa McTaggart, manager of The University of Queensland’s Child and Family Psychology Clinic, says around 2 years of age is the ideal time to start toilet training, but every child is different. “Be confident your child is developmentally ready,” Dr McTaggart says. She explains that a child needs to not only be able to recognise internal signals like a full bladder, but also have the verbal skills to tell you they need to go to the toilet, and have the motor skills to walk there and remove their pants, get onto the toilet, wipe their bottom, get their pants back on, flush, and wash their hands. It doesn’t need to be emotionally overwhelming, but it can be if you don’t realise how complex it is for a young child. “There is a lot to learn,” Dr McTaggart explains. “The way parents handle toilet training can make it quite daunting for children.” Dr McTaggart’s advice is to choose a time that’s not stressful and give toilet training a try for about a month. “Toilet training works best when it is done calmly and without pressure,” she says. Dr McTaggart recommends getting rid of nappies totally at this time so your child becomes more aware of when they are wet. “Be prepared for mess, though,” she says. Some parents say it really helps to read a book or watch a DVD about toilet training before starting the process. Mother-of-two Peta says she took a fairly ‘free range’ approach to toilet training with “loose pants and lots of encouragement”. “And we did hang fairly close to home for the first week or two,” she adds.

How long will it take? Three to four weeks sees many kids achieve dryness, but for others it can take a few months. This has nothing to do with ‘not trying hard enough’. (Imagine if you thought your kids could be taller if only they would try harder!?) Kids’ nervous systems need to be mature enough to control bowel and bladder function. Bowel control tends to come first, followed by daytime bladder control, then night-time bladder control. “If you find that your child is not making progress in a month or so, or they are getting upset about the process, then go back to using nappies for a while (at least a month) and then try again,” Dr McTaggart recommends. Make sure they’re getting plenty of fruit and fluids to prevent constipation, and try getting them to blow up a balloon while on the toilet to help them relax and push. Peta says some parents get a bit competitive about toilet training, but usually realise with time and experience that all kids are different. If you think boys are slower than girls to master toilet training, you could be right. Dr McTaggart says one reason for this could be that the overall development process for boys is a little slower than it is for girls. Secondly, “boys need to learn to wee while sitting down before they learn to do it standing up (even though they have probably watched daddy wee while standing up),” she explains.

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Like all parents, Peta has had her toilet-training challenges. She says her second-born (now three) insists on wearing a nappy at night, despite being daytime toilet trained before she was two.

Some kids are happy to use both the toilet and potty, but others show a preference from the word go. Toddlers might like the potty because they can decide where it goes, perhaps preferring their own private corner. The potty may also seem less daunting than a toilet, but with the right gear the loo can also be a comfort zone (and saves potty-emptying).

“My next step is to try the potty in her room at night, because she seems scared about going to the toilet then, despite the night-light and our assurances it’s OK to wake us up (maybe we seemed a bit unenthusiastic about the waking up bit!),” Peta says.

Little toilet-users need a toilet-step and a smaller seat that fits securely inside the existing toilet seat, so they are not uneasy about ‘falling in’. Some kids worry about the sound of flushing, so you might want to wait until they’ve left the room before pressing the button.


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‘Go now’ moments are urgent, so setting up the toilet so that it’s safe and has a night-light and open door will (perhaps) allow you to all sleep easily. ‘Pull up’ training pants (‘absorbent underwear’) are a popular choice and can help with the move to underwear, but some say they make it harder for kids to work out when they’re ‘wet’. Check with your doctor before using them beyond age three or four.

Handling hiccups Mum Peta says her girls had a few ‘accidents’ when they were playing with friends and were just too distracted to think about getting to the toilet in time. “I carried spare pants around for months, though we only needed them a couple of times,” she says. Learning to control their bowels and bladder can be a big ask for a toddler, so there’ll almost certainly be setbacks. It can be worse if a child feels pressured. “You might find that your child becomes afraid of making a mess or getting into trouble and then she won’t be quite so willing to try,” Dr McTaggart says. She advises avoiding battles. “You can’t make them go on demand, and if they are tense they are unlikely to have success.” Being positive and encouraging when things go well and philosophical about accidents helps your kids develop the right attitude. If they become fearful and hold on to bowel movements for too long, it can create compacted blockages – not the desired result! Regression can simply be a sign of big changes in a child’s life, but it can also signal health issues. If a child over 4 years old is having problems, or if they were previously dry and are now having accidents during the day, Dr McTaggart advises seeking medical advice. Many under-fives wet the bed long after they are dry during the day, but if bedwetting continues after this (or your child has been dry and starts wetting again) it’s best to check with your doctor to make sure there is no medical problem. Over 10% of younger primary school children still wet their beds. Most will grow out of it naturally, although some need the help of bedwetting pad-and-buzzer systems.

The adventures of poo... It’s no fairytale when you find your child has left a poo behind the couch or even in the cupboard! But research shows that half of children being toilet-trained like to hide sometimes when they poo. There’s no (known) reason for this, but the habit stops without parents doing much, other than giving encouragement to use the toilet (and praying they get over it!). Putting the potty in a more private place might help, but like many toddler-challenges, it’s usually just a waiting game. Equally ‘interesting’ is when toddlers like to experiment with their poo: “We were staying with my parents-in-law and I had proudly declared to Mia’s Nan that she was fully toilet trained (aged two),” Peta says. “After her (nappyless) daytime sleep one day, her Nan went in to take her out of the portacot and at first she thought Mia had been quietly drawing on the walls with brown crayon...!”

While I celebrated the chance to rid my kids of their nappies (and salve my landfill conscience), from the child’s point of view it is different. It is a big step. I understood a little more when it was finally time for us to give away our cot and pram, and, with some (unexpected!) emotion, the ‘turtle’ potty. Maybe it was because that steady white turtle was a symbol of a sizeable step in my children’s independence. Fittingly, it was also a reminder that ‘relaxed and steady wins what-is-not a race’. For more information: Queensland Community Child Health Services. Phone the Health Contact Centre on 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) and ask for contact details for your nearest Community Child Health Centre. Helpful websites:;; eBook Take Aim Toilet Training, by Jan Murray. A straightforward approach to toilet training — when and how to start, overcoming bedwetting, and what to expect for how long. (Available at

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by Aleney de Winter

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Having long had a dysfunctional relationship with slumber, broken sleep isn’t new to me. So, though I was warned that motherhood would be anything but somniferous, I thought I’d manage just fine when night feeds and a crying baby at 2am became my reality. In fact, I was lucky to have had previous experience in the world of the perpetually awake, because my son delighted in maternal tête-a-têtes during the wee dark hours for a year, by which time even a seasoned insomniac like myself started to crave sleep. When the circles under my eyes turned from purple to black, I stoically accepted the fact that he wouldn’t sleep through until he was 34. Until, one morning I awoke feeling oddly refreshed and terrified, and rushed to my baby’s side where, like any normal paranoid mother, poked him repeatedly to make sure he was breathing. He was asleep (or had been). He’d slept through! On this great day, there was much rejoicing and the people danced and feasted and all was right with the world. Yea, verily. Night after night, sleep and I snuggled up tight...until someone came between us; someone with curly hair, blue eyes, and four teeth. At first their trysts were brief but soon they were spending whole nights together. My diaper-clad despot was ready to go to war to ensure sleep and I were through.

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Though I can normally cope with broken sleep, I must clarify. There’s the broken sleep of the occasional insomniac and there’s the broken sleep of the mother of a despotic devil boy. Sleep so broken that it has been smashed to pieces, set fire to and buried, before having its grave danced merrily upon. Using all my skills of diplomacy, I carefully explained to my son that he was contravening human rights laws as sleep deprivation is defined as torture under UN conventions and figured I could begin rebuilding my fractured relationship with sleep. I knew that it might take time for us to reach those former giddy heights — but I believed that sleep and I were meant to be. Sadly, my sleep-stealing sadist of a son disagreed. I tried everything, even replacing his bedtime reading of ‘Hairy MacLary’ with ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights’, to no avail. Last night he cranked up his war on slumber. After being woken for the seventh time I lay in wait for him to start pulling out my fingernails with pliers and pondered whether, if apprehended, he’d be tried at The Hague and if they’d need me to be a witness for the prosecution. At 4am I’d have happily testified.

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Now, bleary-eyed, I watch as my angel-faced oppressor plays with his Little People, a picture of innocence. But I’m on to my mini-Machiavelli as he toys with their little plastic lives... popping this one in a helicopter and another in a car and the one that looks like a plastic sleeping mummy on the plastic railway tracks — before gleefully mowing her down with a bright red train. All I can do is wait for a celebrity activist to start a campaign to save me from my tiny tormentor. I pray it won’t be Sting (though his soporific droning could put us both to sleep). Personally, I’m hoping for George Clooney. He likes a good cause and, as well as giving me something nice to look at, he’d be sure to bring a couple of martinis to help ameliorate the pain.

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Music is the perfect way to express her joyful experiences of parenting, says singer and songwriter Nadia Sunde, whose work as a radio presenter and producer with ABC Coast FM has given her a high profile by Sandra Smith on the Gold Coast. Nadia’s indie music background includes touring on the Australian folk circuit as lead singer and bass player in popular folk/ roots group Spot the Dog, and she’s now moving in a fresh direction, her creative journey enriched by motherhood. Having also worked as an early childhood music educator and facilitator of Kindermusik programs, Nadia’s now also mum to Asher, 6, and Mia, 4. The family home is a creative hub where music and song are a natural expression of their lives together, and these magical, everyday moments have inspired her first children’s album, Homespun. One of the album’s standout tracks, The Goat and the Goose, came third in the prestigious 2009 International Songwriting Competition (Children’s Song category), and Nadia continues to win over kids and adults alike with her quirky lyrics, infectious enthusiasm, and captivating performances. Where do you live and why? We live on the southern Gold Coast. It’s home, it’s where I’m meant to be. It’s such a beautiful place, because you’re able to access these incredible waterways and estuaries and the ocean, but the forest is so close. Tell us about your family home. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to live in a house that had a secret passageway. It might have been the magic of C.S. Lewis that inspired my ambition, but I never really thought it would happen - that is, until I found the house we live in now! Her name is ‘Esmeralda’ and she’s a quirky A-frame cottage, perched on the side of a hill, backing onto a beautiful reserve and only a two-minute walk to the beach. Describe your journey as a mother. Motherhood is the biggest, craziest, most challenging and rewarding thing I have ever done in my life.

What qualities do you love most about each of your children? My son, Asher, has the most amazing empathy that is actually beyond his years. His level of empathy is outstanding. He’s incredibly kind, generous, happy, and funny. He’s also really creative. My daughter, Mia, is an incredibly strong person, so she knows what she wants, but she’s very polite in how she goes about expressing that. She has a great level of empathy as well, and she’s very caring of other people. She’s also very creative. Has motherhood influenced your musical direction? Taking a break from performing while my children were babies meant I had the freedom to create


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music without expectation. I began to write from the inspiration of my family life. I love that motherhood has brought me to my path as a children’s songwriter and performer. I’m in my bliss. How do you encourage your children musically? Music is a natural part of our everyday rhythm. We dance and sing loudly together, make up songs and ‘jam’ on whatever we can find. We also subscribe to the School of Spontaneous Song, where you make up a song from whatever pops into your head. What does a typical day involve? My work is varied, diverse and incredibly exciting. On any given day I could be presenting radio on ABC Coast FM, performing to a festival crowd of 5000 people, conducting a music teacher training workshop, singing to children in a hospital ward, planning a Queensland tour for my adult ensemble, co-writing a song with a beloved musical friend, or getting interviewed by someone from Kids on the Coast. Lucky me!

How do you balance your career with raising children? Late last year my husband and I committed ourselves to following our creative path and making it financially sustainable. This was a terrifying prospect. It’s been 12 months and the gamble is paying off. Jeff and I both work from home, so we share the responsibilities of parenting and house management. I couldn’t be as musically active without the support of my beautiful husband. What do you enjoy most about performing for children? Children are generous, open-hearted, loving, funny, expressive, intelligent and creative people. The rewards are immeasurable. I had a mother say to me recently: “Your music plays such a big part in our daily life. Thank you so much.” It doesn’t come much better than that, unless you’re two years old and all you can do to show your gratitude is hug me round the knees. I love that too. Where do you see yourself in five years– personally and professionally? In five years from now, I will still be fit, healthy and enjoying family life. I’ll have produced two more albums for children, accompanying DVDs, five more children’s books, and be commissioned to write music for ABC and BBC Kids TV, have cowritten and recorded two albums with my adult trio, Burton, Sunde and Fix, be living on the Coast, be enjoying my work at ABC Coast FM, be performing at international and national music festivals and loving my life as much as I do now. Hey presto manifesto! To find out more about Nadia’s music and her 2011 performances, visit



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Let’s face it, some birthday party memories are better than others! Birthday cakes can turn out fabulously or flop disastrously, but chances are the kids will still happily eat them up regardless. We asked Kids on the Coast readers (via Facebook) for their best, or worst, birthday cake experiences. Thanks everyone! Here are the edited highlights: LINDA: Accidentally bought yellow jelly instead of blue, so ended up with green pool (with algae…). Also this one, for my daughter Rachel’s 7th Birthday – complete with fly (LOL). JEN: This was my first ever decorated cake for my daughter’s 1st birthday. Since then I have started my own business on the Sunshine Coast called Pudcakes, come see my page sometime. SUPATTRA C: My son’s 5th birthday cake, he loved dinosaurs so I surprised him. CASSANDRA: Making cakes is something I love to do, not that I’m particularly good at it! But I have a little mantra I stick to...”if you like someone, buy them a cake, but if you LOVE someone you have to make them a cake”.

JULIE: My mother was a professional cake decorator: talk about a lot to live up to! My first attempts were disasters. Now, I’ve learnt the tricks...I love seeing the kids eyes light up! I let my kids decorate cakes for my birthday. I don’t want them growing up scared of decorating cakes like I was! JAYNE: Made a Thomas cake for my son’s 3rd birthday…he wouldn’t eat it after all that effort because it had vanilla buttercream in the cake layers and not chocolate buttercream filling. CHRISTIE: When I was turning seven my PRIZE PACK wonderful mother made me the little old WINNER woman who lived in a shoe cake (boot, actually). She did such a fantastic job with lots of attention to detail. Cake time rolls around with the party in full swing, everyone sings happy birthday





and waits... and waits ...and waits for me to blow out the candles. They even started chanting. But I didn’t want to, because I knew as soon as I did, the masterpiece would be cut up! Eventually the roof started to burn down, the wafers caught fire and down came the lot – it had to be put out with a jug of water and that was the end of that!!

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We all know the importance of teaching our children to eat veggies so they grow strong and healthy, but many parents are not aware that how the vegetables are grown is just as important. Monica Brzezinski and her husband run Pandora Downs, whose mission is to restore heritage varieties and “bring back to consumers (and gardening) what has been lost.” “My husband and I started to become sceptical about the quality and nutritional value of supermarket food,” Monica says. “Luckily, living on a small acreage farm, we were able to [be] as self-sustaining as we could.

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“We weren’t happy however, with the seedlings we were using and began to research.” Monica says she was shocked at the GMO [genetically modified organism] hybrid, sterile seedlings available and fears we are the living trials for these GMO foods, as they have only been available for the past two decades. Hybrid seed varieties are produced by cross-pollinating two plants or more. Hybrids however, usually don’t germinate properly. (That is, their seeds either won’t grow at all or won’t grow exactly the same way again.) she says. “The large food chains need the GMO vegetables to suit their needs: They need to last for long periods and be tougher on the outside for transportation,” Monica says. As a result, they may look nice in the shop but taste terrible. Being bred to withstand long storage periods, many also have lost freshness and nutritional value by the time you buy them.

have historically been used in human diets. However, less than 150 are used today, and all the major vegetables we eat are represented by just 12 species. (NB – there can be many varieties within one species). “Different varieties of wheat and potato can disappear as permanently as the dinosaurs,” says the Global Seed Vault’s website. “Everyone has the freedom of choice,” says Monica. She suggests people use that freedom by “buying from local markets as much as possible,” to see a continued resurgence in organic, heirloom vegetables. Monica, who is also a children’s author and mother of six, says she’s noticed a lack of education about vegetables when she’s visited daycare centres and schools. “I find it a bit sad to find so many children can’t identify the basic veggies.”

Encourage eating by growing

With children specifically in mind, Monica has created The Brown Paper Bag of heirloom seeds to encourage kids to eat their veggies. Instructions to nurture these rare vegetable varieties are also included, and different styles of vegetable plants are available, including seedlings suitable for pots, veggie patches or to grow as fence climbers. “I’ve found that if the children are involved in the growing of the vegetables, they are very proud to eat their harvest,” Monica explains. What can planting heirloom veggies teach your kids? Kids will learn how to make things grow, watch life cycles and understand that food doesn’t have to come from a jar, but can be eaten straight from the plant.

Helping future generations

“As the varieties come to seed, the children can also harvest the seeds and, after drying them, begin the process again,” Monica says.

Heirloom seeds are those that have been passed on through family generations, rather than bred commercially and are not usually available in supermarkets. And they have many benefits over a non-heirloom variety, such as providing an assortment of vegetables, including over 200 species of tomato. “It is important to keep these ancient varieties available to preserve biodiversity,” Monica says.

The Pandora Bag Junior is designed to provide a more instantaneous garden for even younger kids (who perhaps have a little less patience)!

“Heirlooms are open pollinating, non-GMO, non-hybrid and chemical-free. They basically have not been touched — just as nature intended…grow true to type, are easier to grow, hardier, more resistant to disease and pests, produce over a longer season, environmentally friendly... [and] they taste fantastic,” she adds.

Hopes for the future

Monica says that a study done by the US Department of Agriculture (Changes in USDA Food Composition Data for 43 Garden Crops, 1950 to 1999), examined food nutrients and proved heirloom variety vegetables have more nutrients than GMO vegetables.

Maintaining food biodiversity International schemes, such as the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway, are also aiming to save heirloom seeds. The Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food explains the vault preserves seeds from food plants to conserve biodiversity and therefore food for the future, in the case of loss through regional or global disasters. According to the Seed Vault’s website, more than 7,000 plant species


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Monica says schools are now getting on board and creating their own veggie patches. Many have received grants to do so, through the federal government’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program. Although heirloom variety vegetables can only be found in certain gourmet shops at the moment, Monica believes program such as Master Chef can help raise community awareness of heirloom vegetables, and therefore their availability. For further information To buy an Heirloom Brown Paper Bag or Pandora Bag Junior, or to discover organic tea recipes for your garden” Visit: Contact: 5533 8894. To find out more about the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program Visit:

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Families are now living and working all over the world, more so than ever before. Just as you might have packed up the kids and caught a train to Sydney twenty years ago, now you can jump on a plane to visit Mum and Dad on the other side of the world. (Although the latter is far more exciting, and will probably include personal TVs on the back of your seat with hundreds of movies and songs to keep them amused.) Baby boomers are expected to live longer due to medical advances and healthier lifestyles, and good financial planning is allowing the grandparents of today more time and flexibility to travel with their children and grandchildren.

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When planning a family holiday spanning three generations, you need advice based on experience and firsthand knowledge. Among the many things to consider when looking at a multi-generational holiday, families should ask themselves whether they want the holiday to be mainly: • Cultural: eg dancing with the Maasai in Tanzania, or exploring a sacred cave in Fiji • Historical: eg staying in a 100-year-old Tuscan Villa and walking the cobblestone streets of Siena • Environmental: eg staying in Jean Michel Cousteau’s Fiji Resort where marine biologists are available to guide you • Active: eg anything from Club Med Circus School at Club Med Lindeman to riding a cable car to the peak of Table Mountain in Capetown • Relaxing: eg taking time out on a sandy beach where a chef prepares family dinners in your private villa You should also discuss whether you prefer self-catering or all meals included; what kind of climate everyone likes (tropical/beach or cool/mountainous?); and whether to holiday closer to one family group or the other, or meet in the middle. Another important variable to consider is whether you want boutique or resort accommodation. Many families love all the frills of big resorts like the Sheraton Port Douglas Mirage Resort, which offers a golf course, tennis lessons, massages, lagoon pools and a kids’ program during school holidays, along with a choice of one, two, or three bedroom villas which are perfect for families. Others like intimate, personal, boutique hotels, such as the luxurious Nam Hoi located in Hoi An, Vietnam, with its butler service and limousines to buzz you around your shopping trips. Some families find it easier and less stressful to book and pay for all transfers, accommodation, meals, and tours in advance. For example, a Club Med holiday allows multi-generational groups all-inclusive deals and a huge range of prepaid activities, allowing each family member to be as active or relaxed as they want to be, without having to arrange transport and argue over where to eat, or who’s paying! Organising safe, reliable childcare that provides adults with a break to enjoy time together can also help to ensure a successful family holiday catering for all the generations.

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Carnival Cruise Line Your package is paid for up front and includes transport, accommodation, meals, entertainment, and professional childcare. You’ll visit amazing destinations and only have to unpack once! The whole family can splish and splash at Carnival WaterWorks, do lunch on the Lido Deck, catch a movie, and enjoy mini golf, swimming, shore excursions and shopping. Grown-ups can be pampered at Spa Carnival, check out a stage show, chill at the adults’ Serenity Retreat, hit the casino, dine in the steakhouse, get physical in the fitness centre and more. And the kids can mix, mingle, and have fun with Carnival’s children’s programs (awarded Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2008 “Readers’ Choice Award”). On offer are Camp Carnival (ages 2-11), Circle “C” (ages 12-14), and Club O2 (ages 15-17). Maria Island, Tasmania Why not try the great outdoors and keep even teenagers busy? The Maria Island Walk is a unique four-day experience on beautiful Maria Island, just off the coast of Hobart. The spectacular, abundant wildlife includes Tasmanian kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and echidnas. Spot unique birdlife such as the endangered forty-spotted pardalote, Cape Barren Goose (the world’s second rarest breed), eagles and numerous sea bird species. The crystal clear waters include protected marine reserves teeming with fish, dolphins, seals and migrating whales. The days are spent doing not-toostrenuous walking with highly qualified enthusiastic guides, and top quality food and wine and accommodation are all included (cabins for two nights and the homestead for one night). Perfect for family groups of up to eight people. While textbooks and televisions can teach history and geography, nothing beats sharing the real thing with your family. Lifetime memories are made on a family holiday, so plan carefully to get the most out of your multi-generational travel experiences. Specia


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Yearning for some quality family time? In our overly hectic lives, we often yearn to slow down, reconnect with the kids and live a life less complicated. Especially in summer when the beaches are packed with tourists and the crowds are unrelenting. It might not be possible to run for the hills permanently, but at Cedar Glen Farmstay it’s possible to escape for a little while. Cedar Glen has been in the Stephen’s family since 1882. Located at the foot of World Heritage Lamington National Park, this spectacular 1050 acre property is home to beef cattle, Arabian horses, milking cows, sheep, pigs and poultry. With private swimming holes, shady 100-year-old trees and cool summer breezes, Summer & Autumn are great times to visit. Imagine the kids’ excitement as they get to feed the animals twice daily, or try their hand at milking the house cow each morning.

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A real highlight of Cedar Glen is the activities they have to offer. Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on a horse ride through some of South East Qld’s most spectacular country – riders of all ages and experience are catered for. You can also learn how to throw a returning boomerang and crack the Australian stock whip while enjoying a cup of billy tea and freshly made damper. Guests can stay in the stately 1901 homestead, or choose one of three historic cottages which have been renovated to maintain the charm and authenticity of a bygone era. All buildings are surrounded by wide breezy verandas perfect for a summer siesta. Mums in particular will love the optional fully catered holiday. Imagine leaving even the cooking behind!

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