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Issue 49

March/April 2012

sunshine coast

Food relief fills empty pantries Would I lie to you? How to instil the worth of honesty. Escaping plastic at home and school Dust-off the cot Educating your gifted child

plus Babies on the Coast, what’s on Calendar and lots more!

March / April 2012


From the Editor


Meet our Contributors




CHECK THIS OUT: New, fun and funky things


FEATURE: Food relief fills empty pantries




THE ‘P’ FILES: Would I lie to you?


EDUCATION: Educating your gifted child


CALENDAR OF EVENTS Find out what’s happening on the Coast during March & April


BABIES ON THE COAST: Dust off the cot


ONLY NATURAL: Escaping Plastic


HEALTH: Approaching Obesity


PARENTVILLE: A tasty wee treat








HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Skiing with Kids


PARENTS IN BUSINESS: Steve Parish - Leave only Footprints


Parents in Business: HANDPICKED Our selection of handmade parent finds Parents in Business: Directory



Kids on the Coast magazine is printed with vegetable/ soy based inks on paper supplied using pulp sourced from sustainable forests and manufactured to environmentally accredited systems. Kids on the Coast encourages recycling. Please keep this issue for future reference, pass onto your friends and family, use for craft projects or place into the recycling bin.

PUBLISHED BY: THINGS 4 KIDS PTY LTD. PO Box 491, Eumundi QLD 4562 PHONE: 1300 430 320 FAX: 07 5471 2372 WEB: ABN: 86 473 357 391. All editorial and advertising in Kids on the Coast is published in good faith based on material, verbal or written, provided by contributors and advertisers. No responsibility is taken for errors or omissions and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. All material in Kids on the Coast is subject to copyright provisions. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Feedback/comments/ suggestions? Send to: au. We aim to reply to all correspondence but don’t guarantee to do so. Letters to the editor may be edited for length or clarity. PUBLISHER: Toni Eggleston ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER: Simone Bell EDITOR: Jackie Goldston EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS: Dr Fiona Pelly, Maxine Arthur, Kim Lahey, Michelle MacFarlane, Aleney de Winter, Sandra Smith, Wendy Buckley, Jessica Jane Summut, Melinda Saunders ADVERTISING: For advertising enquiries please phone 1300 430 320 or email: advertising@kidsonthecoast. LOCAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY: Speak with your advertising coordinator or email: advertising@kidsonthecoast. Production Department: Email: production@ ADMINISTRATION: Kellie Kruger DISTRIBUTION: Kids on the Coast (Sunshine Coast edition) is a free publication circulating over 20,000 copies from Caloundra to Noosa and through the hinterland. Separate editions cover the Gold Coast and Townsville. For distribution enquiries please phone: 1300 430 320 or email: admin@ FRONT COVER: Allison Wills. Treat from Cafe Lolli GRAPHIC DESIGN: Esther Bundellu

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Some Of OUR KIds on the CoAST

COntRIButors Welcome to our 8th birthday edition of Kids on the Coast magazine. What an amazing year it has been. We have seen a few new faces join the team and were delighted to meet our publisher Toni’s beautiful baby. Even though I have only been editor for the past year, I cannot believe how supportive and important the Kids on the Coast team have become to me. The strong friendships between the KOTC team are a reminder of the importance of friendship and how critical it can be to have a good support network around you when things go wrong. With hunger a largely hidden problem in society, this edition of Kids on the Coast looks at where people can turn when the basics of sustaining your family has become unaffordable. Our birthday edition is jammed full of diverse articles, from what it means to have a gifted child, obesity in children and why children lie, to how you can escape plastic in the home and the lunchbox. I have also had the chance to catch up with Steve Parish to discuss how he found his passion for photography and how he maintains a balance between his business and family life, as well as a fun chat with Sesame Street favourite, Elmo.

Kim Lahey After an initial career in travel product-development and publishing, Kim moved to the coast and three gorgeous kids later she now writes freelance articles, words for websites, and life-stories from home.


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Michelle is a journalist and mother of two who crams in as much writing as she can around the happy chaos of family life.

JESSICA JANE SAMMUT Jessica is an internationally published freelance writer from London, as well as being mother to a little ball of fire, Zac Xavier, 3, with one more on the way.

Celebrating Our 8th Birthday!

sANDRA SMITH With her novel “in progress”, freelance journalist and web editor Sandra, can’t imagine life without her kids.

WENDY BUCKLEY As a parent and now a grandparent, Managing Director of Travel with Kidz, Wendy has over 15 years’ experience in local and international travel planning with children.

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Dr Fiona Pelly is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She has been the nutrition advisor for The Wiggles for the past ten years and is currently researching a food labelling system specifically developed for young children.

As always, we would love to hear from you, so please feel free to contact me via kidsonthecoast, our website or email. And of course, keep an eye out for new competitions on our website as they are added regularly!

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Aleney de Winter A former magazine publisher turned writer, Aleney traded a designer wardrobe for vomit stained trackydaks and sleepless nights. And wouldn’t change a thing.

MELINDA SAUNDERS Melinda shares her artistic passions with her two young children and anyone who enjoys being A Little Creative. She runs classes at her Golden Beach studio and sells art materials and hand-made items online.

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Learn how to take professional photos Throughout the month of March locals can learn how to take professional photos by attending a Better Photography course at one of the many Sunshine Coast Council library branches. This workshop is designed for beginners with point and clicks right through to advanced amateurs with Digital SLR cameras. Learning the basic operation, care and maintenance of your digital camera can be daunting but despite the myriad series of buttons, dials and menus there are really only a few things you need to know to operate any digital camera. Bookings are essential by visiting http://

Pet a dinosaur? It’s a Petting Zoo, but not as you know it. The J Noosa is hosting an extraordinary performance that takes kids and adults on an interactive, prehistoric journey through an incredible cast of dinosaurs that inhabited the Australian landscape millions of years ago. Children will be able to get up close and personal with these amazingly life-like creatures during the show with the opportunity to help feed and water these creatures themselves. Thursday 3 May 6pm and Friday 4 May 10:30am. For ticket prices and more information phone: 07 5455 4455 or visit www.scveneusandevents.

RAISING AWARENESS Monday 2 April 2012 marks International Autism Awareness Day. AEIOU Foundation is joining an International campaign to ‘Light it up Blue’ which will see iconic structures all over the world turn blue to raise awareness for Autism. Some examples include the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Centre, and here in Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane’s City Hall, King George Square, the Treasury Hotel & Casino will all turn blue for the occasion. Autism is not a rare disorder and affects more than one in 160 Australian children. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. It is part of a spectrum that is often referred to as Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The word ‘spectrum’ is used to describe the varying degrees of Autism. People with Autism share three main areas of difficulty; social communication, social interaction and social imagination. For more information contact:,,

Queensland’s Biggest Playgroup Playgroups are being encouraged to host Queensland’s Biggest Playgroup as part of National Playgroup Week (held from 25 March – 1 April). Playgroup Queensland is asking local Playgroups to promote the benefits of play to their local communities through fun events. Events registered with Playgroup Queensland will have access to resources including an event guide, posters, play ideas and other promotional materials. The five Playgroup Queensland affiliated Playgroups who hold the biggest Playgroup events will receive great prizes (total prize pool $3,000). For more information about Queensland’s Biggest Playgroup, visit or contact us on 1800 171 882.

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Baby comprehension? It has always been suspected by parents and now scientists have confirmed that babies as young as six months can understand a wide vocabulary. It had previously been thought babies could not connect the sounds to meanings at such a young age. They also found that at if parents speak to babies normally it could improve their language skills later on. Researcher Dr Swingley said, “You can talk to your babies and they’re going to understand a bit of what you’re saying. They’re not going to give us back witty repartee, but they understand some of it. And the more they know, the more they can build on what they know.”


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Exploring early learning ARC funded research has found that babies under 18 months used sophisticated techniques to make friends, attract attention, manage group situations and even make each other laugh. Using tiny cameras which attached to the sides of the babies’ heads with a headband or hat, and worn for about 15 minutes at a time, the footage showed the babies “were much more capable at a young age than we had anticipated.” said researcher Dr Jennifer Sumsion at Charles Sturt University. Family Day Care Australia chief executive Carla Northam said the research would help educators understand the infants in their care.

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Food banking:

Making food affordable for needy Australians by Maxine Arthur

Australians respond generously to humanitarian disasters at home and abroad with money, goods, emergency workers and, sometimes, our own labour. During the 2011 floods, thousands of ordinary people saw what needed to be done and simply did it - a ‘bucket brigade’, working with our emergency services and welfare organisations to help people in need. In need of a helping hand There is, however, a problem of human suffering that is occurring daily in our local communities. It doesn’t appear on our television screens accompanied by dramatic footage and those that need our help are often embarrassed to ask for it. The uncomfortable truth is that a large and rapidly growing number of Australians go hungry regularly, and welfare agencies are struggling to help them put food on the table. Foodbank Australia is the largest hunger relief organisation in Australia. It is a not-for-profit, nondenominational organisation which distributes surplus food to welfare agencies which feed the hungry. It has distribution centres in six states and the Northern Territory. “Hunger is one of the best kept secrets in Australia,” Foodbank Australia’s website says. “Hunger is a largely hidden social problem and many victims suffer in silence. The victims could be a child, unemployed or elderly person in your street. Each year, two million Australians will rely on food relief and around half of them will be children. These children will often go to school without breakfast, or to bed without dinner.” Living costs are increasing – electricity, water, petrol, the cost of housing and council rates, childcare, insurances and food, without a corresponding increase in wages. Most of these are fixed costs. When a family starts to struggle financially the food shopping list is cut dramatically. An increasing number in the community, including a growing tide of the working poor, are unable to provide enough food to feed the family and must turn to charities for assistance.

Filling the state’s biggest pantry Foodbank Queensland is an organisation making a real difference to Queensland’s hungry. It was set up in 1996 to feed those in need by collecting and


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“ Each year, 2

million Australians will rely on food relief and around half of them will be children. These children will often go to school without breakfast, or to bed without dinner.” redistributing the tonnes of wasted food being dumped in landfill. Good food may be unable to be sold through regular outlets due to faulty packaging, incorrect labelling, being close to use-by date or surplus to need. Sometimes manufacturers do a special product run to fill a particular need. Foodbank Queensland also receives food from the Foodbanks in other states. “Foodbank sources food from all players in the grocery industry – retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, farmers, processors and importers,” Foodbank Queensland General Manager Ken McMillan said. As well as generous food donors, other sponsors contribute goods and services such as warehousing and trucking. Ken explained how the Foodbank warehouse in Brisbane acts as the pantry of the welfare sector.

“Foodbank collects food on behalf of 300 welfare agencies who, in turn, distribute the food to those in need. Agencies include St Vinnies, Salvos, Meals on Wheels, Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA), Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC), Wesley Mission, Spiritus, Adracare, Mission Australia, street vans, soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, drug rehabilitation centres, foster carers and more.” Foodbank Queensland distributes about 800,000 kilos of food a month on average, helping to feed over 80,000 people a week - half of them children. The State Government built the Brisbane warehouse and, in 2010, increased support funding to $750,000 per annum for three years. Generous corporate, group and individual sponsors also support Foodbank. The warehouse currently has 10 paid staff and about 60 volunteers.

Tough times In October 2011 the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) Annual Poverty Statement said that more than 480,000 Queenslanders were living in poverty, with seniors and other Queenslanders on fixed incomes hit particularly hard by increases in household expenses. The number of people needing help has grown rapidly over the past few years due to a deteriorating economy and a string of natural disasters. Traditional groups such as the homeless and unemployed are now joined by ordinary families and pensioners who cannot make ends meet and have never needed assistance before. “Demand has doubled in the last few years, firstly as a result of the global financial crisis, followed by the summer disasters of 2011,” Ken said. “The natural disasters greatly impacted on Foodbank and its charities, particularly in the first few months after the events. Our logistical resources were stretched to the limit and we were delivering emergency relief MARCH / APRIL 2012 – KiDs on tHe CoAst


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to places and welfare agencies where we had never been. We are still involved in flood relief 12 months after the event,” Ken said. At the same time, flood damage reduced the supply of fresh produce. Generous donors like the Rocklea markets and Tully banana farmers suffered severe damage in the floods, losing their own livelihoods. Finding enough food to fill the Foodbank pantry is a constant challenge. “One third of all food produced in Australia is wasted. Most of that is edible and most of it ends up as landfill. Our aim is to capture as much food surplus as possible and pass it on to the poor,” Ken concluded.

In the front line Suncoast Christian Care Co-op in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast is one of the agencies working to help low-income families and individuals to put food on the table. They run a low-cost food co-op, soup kitchens and breakfasts in Nambour, a mobile food van for outlying areas and give emergency relief vouchers to people in urgent need. Co-op manager Hugh Matchett explained how the Co-op works. “The food is sourced in various ways. We go to Foodbank in Brisbane two or three times a week to collect food. We also receive generous food donations from local supermarkets, wholesalers, and


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fresh fruit and vegetables from other local businesses. We have individuals who regularly donate food surplus to their needs from their gardens or eggs from their chooks. We network with other agencies in the area to share surpluses. Sometimes we receive donations of money to help purchase food.” The Co-op has seen an increase of approximately 30% in membership in the past 12 months as the number of people unable to afford the bare necessities of life increases. People who may be ill or disabled, unemployed, single mums or pensioners are finding that budgets do not stretch far enough, once essential bills are paid, to feed themselves or the family nutritious meals. Members choose their items in a mini-mart set-up. Some food items are free while others are low-priced to contribute towards the basic expenses of running the co-op. “People can fill a trolley for approximately $20,” Hugh said. Volunteers and Work for the Dole participants staff the co-op. To join the co-op proof of low income is required, such as a health care card or aged pension card. There is a low membership fee to join (currently $5) and the co-op is open five days a week. Hugh emphasised that the co-op treats members with dignity and care. Members often enjoy a friendly chat over a cup of tea or a reassurance that they or their

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loved ones will be remembered in a daily prayer that starts each day at the co-op. As with most welfare groups, it is becoming harder to meet increased need for free or subsidised food. “We need much more fresh stuff from businesses and individuals. Money donations are welcome but if more people could bring in excess home-grown produce, it would really help.”

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Food for thought What can you or your organisation do to help? Foodbank Queensland suggests: - Setting up a canned food collection at your workplace or local schools. - Running a golf day or other fundraiser and giving the proceeds to Foodbank. - Adopting Foodbank as your charity of choice, remembering that they feed over 80,000 people in Queensland every week. - Talking about Foodbank and the work it does – spread the word. - Offering your services one day a month in the Foodbank warehouse at Colmslie. Foodbank Queensland is always looking for support from companies who can donate food and groceries that are surplus to commercial demand. If your company is not part of the food industry but can donate goods, services, funding or time, Foodbank would like to hear from you. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council in New Zealand set an excellent example recently. In December 2011 they decided that instead of posting out Season’s Greetings cards they would send electronic cards and donate what it would have cost to print and post these to the region’s food banks. Staff members and councillors also collected boxes of non-perishable food items to donate to the food banks.

Volunteering – giving back to your community Ann has been volunteering at Foodbank at Colmslie since October 2010. Prior to retirement Ann and her husband owned a fruit and vegetable shop. Ann learned about Foodbank from a customer who volunteered there and decided to do ‘something worthwhile and fulfilling’ in her retirement. “Since then I really now appreciate what Foodbank does for the community. I did not realise how many people are in need of help to just keep going and how many children go to school on an ‘empty tummy’. What truly amazes me is that if Foodbank didn’t exist, perfectly good and usable food would be wasted, ending up as land fill. I realise by being in constant contact with the people from the various charities, who are always appreciative of this food, that if this food was wasted there would be many, many more hungry families around. My family has never been in that situation and I am thankful for that. I think by doing some volunteer work at Foodbank I am, in a very small way, doing my bit to help these people also.” Ann enjoys getting to know the people from various charities who come to ‘shop’. “I am constantly impressed by their gratitude for Foodbank and also their caring and dedication to the people they help. They are very special people.” “My advice to anybody thinking about volunteering at Foodbank is ‘Just do it’. It is a really great place to be. Ken and all the staff are really nice people and all the other volunteers are too. I really enjoy going there two days a week. I feel like I am being useful and helping other people into the bargain.”

Research shows that Australians discard up to 20% of the food they buy. It also shows that the percentage of food waste goes up with income. The more you earn, the more you are likely to waste. Over-catering, poor handling of food, and sometimes, just lack of thought, contribute to the wastage. Perhaps with a little more planning and care with the weekly food shop, the money saved could be donated to feed the hungry. Sarah Pennell, Business and Communications Manager of Foodbank Australia describes food banking as a ‘win-win’ for all. “The environment benefits - food doesn’t go to waste and therefore the water, nutrients and land involved in their production doesn’t go to waste…Also carbon generation which would come from the food going to landfill is avoided.”



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“Society benefits – we provide 75,000 meals a day for people who may otherwise go hungry. Because we provide this food to the charities for free or for the cost of a small handling fee, those charities can use the money they save (about $160 million per year) to provide services which help the people address the core issues which have put them in their predicament.”


“One of our big challenges is to gain acknowledgment that there is a hunger problem in Australia. Greater awareness of this issue is needed in order to increase the assistance we receive from the government, companies and the public.”


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Little Kickers New Home in Buderim Boost your child’s confidence and help them learn important life skills in a vibrant, group-play environment with Little Kickers approved soccer training for both boys and girls aged 18 months to 7 years. “The focus is on fun, within a friendly, pressure-free environment” says Dean, Director of Little Kickers, Sunshine Coast. “We have previously held our sessions in a number of locations, but decided to amalgamate, and create a new home for Little Kickers, Sunshine Coast. The Goodlife Centre in Buderim is perfect for kids to come together, learn new skills and have fun. The kids get to know their dedicated coaches, they receive personal attention and coaches understand the child’s limitations” The Little Kickers program teaches soccer techniques as well as listening, sharing,

taking turns and team work. This successful franchise started in the UK, by two Mums frustrated by the shortage of invigorating activities for enthusiastic preschoolers. Little Kickers is now training thousands of children across Australia and looking forward to creating their new home in the Goodlife Centre, Buderim. Two coaches run each session, allowing the parent to relax while they observe their child’s progress. Kids are put in to one of four groups according to their age – Little Kicks, Junior, Mighty and Mega Kickers. Each program is specifically tailored to challenge boys and girls in their age group teaching them the ‘Play not Push’ motto with skills important to a child’s mental and physical development. For more details, give Rhys a call on 0458 782 922 or visit the website

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After trials in the UK revealed that Hypnosis Gastric Band Programs had up to a 95 per cent success rate in helping people lose weight safely and keep it off, it is now available on the Sunshine Coast. Leading Coast Hypnotherapist, Maggie Wilde has launched the program explaining, “Rather than costly and serious surgery, we use the power of suggestion in hypnosis to train the mind and body to feel completely satisfied with far less food.”

We all know we’re not supposed to play with our food … but no one ever told us not to experiment with it! Blue Sky Science is a new Sunshine Coast based business that uses hands on (or should we say hands in) science activities and experiments to inspire your kids’ natural curiosity about the world around them. Owner Tracey O’Connell says “In our workshops it’s the kids that do the experiments. We’re just there to help and make sure everything goes according to plan.”

The program addresses issues such as food choices & portion size; stress, comfort or boredom eating; food cravings; motivation to exercise; and self-confidence & stress reduction. The only thing to give up is yo-yo dieting. Research shows that incorporating hypnosis into your weight loss program can more than double your success and your ability to keep it off. If you have been challenged by weight issues in the past, you can now learn how to conquer it once and for all. For more information contact Maggie on 1300 664 544 or 0405 138 567

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helping women and their partners conceive, sustain a full term pregnancy, and deliver a healthy child. The clinic prides itself on being a positive, caring and nurturing environment for both the patients and the practitioners, focusing on passion and support to ensure the best results for your health. The clinic has positioned itself to be a single point of contact for all of your natural health needs, from herbs, supplements, organic skin care and tea, to the professional management of pain, fertility, cosmetics and muscular skeletal disorders. Located conveniently at 12a Maple St Cooroy, Maple St Acupuncture & Natural Medicine is set in a newly renovated, modern, fresh and uplifting premise, promising to be a welcome, beneficial addition to Cooroy’s already growing community, that Amy and her family are very proud to be a part of.

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The Australian parenting website, The Raising Children Network ( stipulates that lying is a normal part of childhood development, confirming that children lie for a variety of reasons depending on the situation they find themselves in and their motivation, such as to: •

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LYING THROUGH THE AGES So at what age can lying begin? “The telling of an untruth can start as young as two years old,” Chapman explains. “At this age, the fibs are often related to story telling and a mixture of make believe and reality involving creative play and everyday life. In order for a child to actually lie however, they need to know that what they are saying is false and that it is wrong, and this awareness does not occur until around three to four years old. As they cognitively develop, a child’s ability to lie improves and they can discern the audience’s belief of their version of the story.“ Whether lying becomes a tool to use in the future depends on two things: •

the effect of the lie – if it was in any way useful; and

whether there is seen to be an alternative way to get through the discomfort of disapproval if the child is lying to avoid getting into trouble.

Simply put, if kids lie and it gets them out of a sticky situation or they achieve another such benefit, they are motivated to keep on lying. It is then that lying can get more complex as children grow up. Not only can it become a way of avoiding punishment, but it can also become a manipulative technique to increase a child’s power and sense of control.


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In addition, as children get older, their lying skills improve so that they are: •

potentially better at thinking up a lie that is believable;

more adept at constructing pre-emptive lies (lies that occur because they are planning to do something wrong and want to prevent getting caught, as opposed to lies created after an unplanned event; and

more capable of maintaining a cool, calm composure when lying.

The good news is, however, that older children are also potentially better at owning up to their mistakes and coping with disapproval than a younger child, so honesty can be easier for them to manage, which can make them less likely to lie. The worry is that if lying is not dealt with appropriately in childhood, kids can come to rely on it as a tool for getting their own way and this pattern can then continue into adult life with lies getting more serious, more complex and with greater consequences if discovered, such as lying to the tax man, to an employer or even a friend. The harsh reality is that the cold world out there it is not as forgiving as the family unit, and the perils of lying could be a very hard lesson to learn in adult life with so much more to lose, such as a job, social standing or reputation. Plus, the longer the pattern goes on, the harder it is to extinguish.

LEARNING BY EXAMPLE Founder of the Great Parents Institute (www., Philip Pryor, stipulates that parental examples are critical. He stresses that the first most vital step in helping your child to understand that lying is not acceptable is not to do it yourself, and to own up and show remorse if you are uncovered as having told a lie. “Kids need solid role models in this regard, and need to have the worth of honesty demonstrated through positive example and reinforcement.” Heyworth agrees, clarifying that the example parents need to set is how to respect honesty, with parents exhibiting this quality even if it makes them look bad. “When kids see an adult lie, children witness cause and effect (i.e. a lie got mummy/daddy out of trouble). They also pick up tips on how to do it cleverly to avoid getting caught, whilst learning that honesty has no value.” If you do have to fib and you are observed by your child in doing so, Chapman states it is important that you are aware of the indiscretion and explain the circumstance of your lie to your child. However, Chapman also states that this can cause confusion for a child who has been taught that there is never a time to lie. At the end of the day, if a child sees that an adult is successful as a result of their lie, they will learn that it is a good thing which will reinforce the benefits of lying despite any short-term consequences imposed.

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“If a child sees that an adult is successful as a result of their lie, they will learn that it is a good thing which will reinforce the benefits of lying despite any shortterm consequences imposed.”

HOW TO DEAL WITH A LIE? If you catch your child telling a lie, Heyworth advocates staying calm and not letting the lie get in the way of the real issues connected to the lie, which are that: • •

your child has done something wrong; and they need to learn how to be honest.

Dealing with the lie by applying the sequence of ‘logical consequence-fresh start’ (applying a consequence immediately and then moving on afterwards) shows the child that they have done the wrong thing by lying, and it also promotes the development of conscience and helps them move through the mess in which they have found themselves. Consequences must be commensurate however, because if the punishment is too extreme, it

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2. Praise honesty in your child in their every day life, rewarding and reinforcing honest behaviour.

In addition to dealing with lies, honesty must be encouraged on a daily basis and praised when exhibited. Even in a moment of discipline when a child has acted inappropriately or been naughty, a parent should still strive to acknowledge the honesty of the child if they admit to their mistake. Honesty then brings with it a positive association and an ‘approvalfactor’. With our kids striving for our approval (at a young age especially), this rates highly in their world.

3. Put the truth into perspective and don’t overreact if you catch your child lying. Determine whether reality and fantasy are being confused for young children. Consider the motives of the untruth.

A final way of helping children understand the worth of honesty is through story telling. Chapman advocates ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ and other such allegories to teach a child the dangers associated with lying.

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1. Be the ultimate role model, setting a good example by showing how to be honest. Don’t blame your child for lying if you are inconsistent with honesty yourself. If your child seems confused about lying, it might be time to self-assess.

can actually motivate a child not to stop lying, but to conversely get better at it so they don’t get caught the next time and punished as severely.

FURTHER RESOURCES Raising Children Network - Early Childhood Australia - Parenting and Child Health - The Me Strategies - Happy Child – It’s a Jungle – A Parent’s Guide to Emotions and Behaviour’ by Dr Brenda Heyworth (It’s a Jungle Pty Ltd)



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Children with high ability will generally fall into the top 10% on IQ tests. Up to around 100,000 Queensland children fall into this group.

The Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children (QAGTC) is a volunteer organisation providing advocacy, advice and workshops for gifted and talented children and their families. QAGTC State Secretary Judith Hewton says ‘gifted’ children are those with high ability. “Simply put, you’re starting with ability, because these children have ability,” she says. “And researchers often talk about performance, that these children are capable of, or have the potential to perform at, a high level in some or many areas.” Judith says that children with high ability will generally fall into the top 10% on IQ tests. Up to around 100,000 Queensland children fall into this group. “A standardised IQ test is the single best indicator of ability,” she says. “But there are also many checklists and observational techniques that can show you that a child has potential for excelling or for exceeding average performance.” Judith says it’s important to realise that ‘gifted’ doesn’t automatically equal ‘high performance’. “You can have the potential to excel in any area,” she says, “but whether you do or not depends on whether you have great support, good teachers, a supportive family, and good opportunities.” Early signs So, what signs might suggest that your child is gifted? Judith says to watch out for a child reaching milestones early. “These children often talk early, sit, stand, etc... If a child is talking early and asking questions about the universe before school age, teaching themselves to read... There might be an incredible amount of activity going on, they’re using materials around them and seeking to control their environment and make it a


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But she cautions that other gifted children may not present like this, especially if they are introverted. Some gifted children may even have a learning disability as well.

“When Lachlan was going into Grade 1, the pre-school said, ‘Here, you’re going to need to take all of this information because his school is going to need to know about just how gifted he is.’ They basically said, ‘You just don’t realise how gifted he is.’”

“There are also gifted children who don’t reach milestones early, so it’s a matter of the whole picture of this child: what am I seeing, what am I hearing. Some of them it’s really obvious, and in others it’s not.” Judith recommends that interested parents use checklists and observation to help determine if their child is gifted (see ‘Tests and checklists’ box). Sometimes, though, the signs are clear, but parents don’t have the experience to recognise them. For example, Tony, father of three gifted children, took for granted the abilities of his oldest son, Lachlan. Lachlan spoke early, read early, and grasped mathematical

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concepts well before school. Tony and wife Sharon were pleased, but didn’t realise Lachlan was gifted. “We had no experience, really, of the development of other people’s children,” Tony says. “We played with Lachlan, and read stories to him and those sorts of things, but the level of response that he was giving at extremely young ages, we just thought, ‘Oh, that’s really cool’, and we didn’t realise that other children didn’t respond like that.”

Gifted children at school Gifted children love to learn, so you might think that they will also love school. Some do have positive school experiences but, sadly, others struggle to get their needs met. Judith Hewton says that many parents first approach QAGTC when their child enters school and they encounter difficulties.

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“Negotiating with schools, I think, is when parents mostly come to us,” she says, “because their child is usually fine in the early years. “Then, when they get into the school peer group, if you’re putting a gifted five-year-old with other five-year-olds, they don’t fit in, they’re not being challenged, that can be when problems start.”

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Tony’s son Lachlan began his school journey in the 1990s at a small Catholic school. Tony and Sharon, teachers themselves, did their best to support him and his teacher. “We knew that the school did not have the resources to be able to deal with this properly. So what my wife was doing was actually getting gifted-education books and reading them and summarising them for the teacher... We just walked in and said... ‘If there’s anything we can to help, we will do that’.” Lachlan’s teacher was receptive, and the school guidance officer agreed to give Lachlan individual sessions each week. But, says Tony, it was soon clear that the school couldn’t meet Lachlan’s needs.

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Tests & checklists to identify giftedness “The guidance officer came and saw us halfway through the second year and said, ‘I’m sorry, we’ve got too many people at the other end of the scale, we don’t have any time for Lachlan’... So we quietly took him out of the school and went to find another school.”

Education Queensland (EQ) says parents should ask their local principal what their school can offer gifted children. Acting EQ Assistant Director-General Suzanne Innes says regional offices and local schools are responsible for implementing the department’s Framework for Gifted Education policy.

• Recognised IQ tests must be administered by a qualified person. Such testing can cost hundreds of dollars.

Tony and Sharon tried another school before moving Lachlan to the local state school in Year 4. By this time, they’d learned a lot about schools, their role, and the importance of friends in Lachlan’s life.

“All Queensland state schools must have specific strategies to meet the learning needs of students who are gifted,” she says.

• Free checklists and observation can be used by parents and teachers. Ask your school guidance officer or email for more information on approved tests and checklists, including the names of psychologists who conduct IQ testing.

“We eventually just decided, ‘He’s brght enough that he’s going to be successful in whatever he does, we’ll support him and do what needs to be done.’ Our big thing was that he have lots of friends in the local area... the local state school had an excellent music program, and they promised a lot of things.” Again, the school didn’t quite live up to its promises, but Tony says Lachlan was happy there and Sharon continued to provide strong support. By Year 5, Lachlan was taking maths and science classes at the local state high school, which he went on to attend for his secondary schooling. He’s now a happy 19-year-old, studying software engineering at university. Tony’s also seen his two gifted younger children, Sam, 16, and Gabrielle, 13, through their schooling. He now believes that good schools should be willing to modify classroom work, accelerate individual children, and group high-ability children together , to meet gifted children’s needs. Judith Hewton agrees. “Ideally, you’d want the school to know how to look for gifted children, to use one of the good checklists at least. To realise that gifted children do make up a significant number, at least one child in every classroom, and to think about how they’re going to cluster them across the school... I would like some ability grouping, where they get a chance to spark off other very intelligent children. “After ability grouping, acceleration is the single best strategy. It doesn’t just mean grade skipping, it means ‘How can I help this child go as far and as fast as they need to for their own satisfaction and to keep them ignited and involved?’”

“Prior to enrolling their students in a particular school, parents could ask the principal how gifted and talented students are identified, and how the school caters to the needs of these students.” Ms Innes says that high-achieving secondary students can also participate in three specialised Queensland academies, or in the Head Start acceleration program. What else can parents do? Outside of school, parents can also do much to support gifted children, says Judith Hewton. “Learn as much as you can about giftedness,” she says. “Compile a profile, a portfolio on the child... “Get your child involved in activities where they’re challenged, whether that’s in the performing arts, or sports, or whatever, where they really have to struggle occasionally, even learn to fail, learn to pick themself up, that’s all part of living. With gifted children who learn quickly and easily, they often don’t have those experiences otherwise. “If it doesn’t happen through the school, the family needs to make sure it happens through the community, through their involvement in other learning areas, or through a mentor. Find that retired professor in the community, or that uncle or aunt who’s got particular expertise and can match with the child.”

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Brightwater Education in the Community What is it that makes a suburb a community? What makes you think “this is where I want to live”? With so many fabulous locations to live on the Coast, what are the key ingredients to help you find the right fit for you and your family? Brightwater is Stockland’s newest master planned community on the Sunshine Coast. Stockland has pulled all of the things that make the Coast the best place in the world to live and put them all together; finding the perfect blend between indoor and outdoor living. Moments away from three different water experiences - ocean, river and lake. All set on one of the last pieces of quality land this close to the coastline. And importantly for families, ensuring excellence in education is at the heart of building this growing community. 2012 has started with a bang for Brightwater with the opening of two quality educational and care facilities, with Award-winning Sunshine Coast child care group Bella Grace opening their latest centre at Brightwater near the new Prep to Year 7, Brightwater State School.

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Brightwater State School

For those with young children, the Brightwater Bella Grace centre caters for age groups from six-week old babies through to school children. General Manager Amanda Southwell says, “Our centres are developed to create an environment where the children are nurtured with love and respect, in a stimulating environment. Optimal learning and caring environments are built on co-operation and consultation with the needs of children and families as first consideration. We believe that children learn best when they feel secure and loved and all their needs are being met. Within our Brightwater Centre, many of our staff live in the area and there is already a wonderful sense of community”.

Brightwater State School Principal Robyn Taplin has spent the past 6 months ensuring the smooth opening of the school in January this year. Robyn explains, “The participation of parents from the local community has been extremely gratifying. Because this is the launch of a new school, parents have been instrumental in helping to develop the ethos that will become central to the school. Parents have played a critical role in a wide range of decision making; from the name of the school to uniform design and selecting the high quality before-and-after-school care providers.”

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The school has a strong e-learning agenda which has been driven by the progressive nature of Principal Robyn. She has introduced her i-Learn 1:1 initiative which is specific to Brightwater State School. All students in Years 4-7 have the opportunity to own their own MacBook Air laptop, which can be paid for outright or in instalments and is then theirs to keep rather than being rented temporarily from the school. This atmosphere of e-learning at school will include a strong element of teaching safe and responsible approaches to the internet and social media. Younger children will learn in classrooms using shared iPads and iMacs which will be available for use in all classrooms. The schools learning environment will encompass the selected tools and resources that are available on the internet as well as those within the classroom.

Bella Grace aim to provide teachers who are warm, dependable, experienced adults who are committed to providing for equity in care and education of all children. They value each child’s unique cultural background, customs, language, abilities, likes, dislikes and learning styles. Their schedule of education experiences includes visits from farm animals, ocean life as well as a perceptual motor program which includes fortnightly visits from a personal trainer. Bella Grace educational programs are based on the notion of integrated curriculum - responding to the interests and needs of individual children, integrating creative, constructive and expressive facets of programs - promoting independence, problem solving ability, social, physical and communicative development and inspiring a love of learning.

Indoor and Outdoor space to explore Bella Grace Brightwater offers fun and creative indoor and outdoor spaces, developed to ensure that children’s needs are met in each environment. From the swings, sandpits and bike path outdoors to the light and fun-filled playrooms indoors, children will have many diverse opportunities to play and learn, as well as quiet spaces for reading, individual play and rest.


Flexible Design The design of the classrooms is something that Robyn is particularly proud of. Flexible learning options were at the core of the classroom design process and each classroom has its own kitchen attached. This has given teachers a range of teaching options not usually available, from science to food health and sustainability. The classrooms also have lots of light and high ceilings to allow for maximum air flow.

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The School’s Resource Centre provides a number of learning spaces including a filming suite (green screen filming studio), robotics lab, media lab, meeting spaces and a screened outdoor learning space. There are also ample under covered areas and toilets throughout the school including student toilets within each teaching block. The outdoor play spaces are vast and in addition to this the school backs onto Sunshine Coast Regional Council sporting fields and Mooloolah National Parklands. These fabulous facilities will allow for maximum student engagement and enjoyment in learning.

A Parent’s view Parents love being able to walk or ride to both the local school and child care centre, as mum of two, Tracey shares, “Both schools made me feel included and part of the community even before they opened, with regular newsletters, Facebook updates and open days. I have children at both Bella Grace and Brightwater State School, as well as working nearby; I feel incredibly lucky to live somewhere like this and cannot wait for the new Town Centre to open!” Tracey’s enthusiasm is echoed in many families who have been delighted with the positive start to the school year and the growing sense of community throughout Brightwater. “As I watched my house being built last year I had the chance to meet many neighbours, who welcomed me and made me feel at home right away,” tells Sarah, whose family recently moved into their new home. Are you looking for a community like Brightwater? Visit the Brightwater Display Centre today, check them out online at or or call (07) 5444 1333 for more information today.

NEWS & EVENTS Coming Soon • Brightwater shopping precinct • Supermarket • Lakefront tavern • Medical centre with pharmacy For details on Brightwater’s regular community events like Movies in the park check out Did you know that the Wishlist House charity auction achieved a sale price of $505,000 to lucky buyers Bob and Jenny Goodwin. Congratulations and a big welcome to Brightwater!


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C a le n d a r Sunshine Coast 2012


A calendar of regular weekly events is available online. For details of playgroups, library activities, weekly sporting events, craft classes, Australian Breastfeeding Association meeting times and much more, visit

Where: The J Noosa When: 6 - 8pm The ever so popular Green Zone Disco is held on the first Friday of most months with a popular DJ, great prizes and giveaways. Suitable for eight to 12 year olds. Cost: $6 per child. Bookings essential. Details: W au P 5455 4455

March 3

Kids Club Children’s Art Activities Where: Caloundra Regional Gallery When: 10am – 12noon Children’s art activities based on current exhibition. Cost: FREE. No bookings required. Details: 5420 8299

March 11

The Third Annual Vintage BMX Show & Shine

March 11

Witches, Wizards & Warlocks

Where: Cooroy Butter Factory, 10 Maple Street, Cooroy When: 10am - 2pm Parents come and show your kids what you used to ride in the BMX Bandits era! BMX collectors from all over QLD and interstate will be here to show off their BMX’s from the 70’s to 90’s. There is also a swap meet to source rare BMX bits. Cost: FREE Details: Troy Phillips 0409 110 833

Where: Lake Kawana Community Centre When: 3pm. Come dressed as your favourite magical character and be spellbound as Maestro Antoni Bonetti wields the wand and Brisbane Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of magical stories, mystical events and famous wizards! Details:

March 17

March 23 to 25

Concert for Cancer A Dance Extravaganza!

Where: Nambour Civic Centre When: Check details closer to event A fundraiser featuring students and teachers from local dance studios and high schools with all profits going to Cancer support. Cost: $20 Adult, $15 Child

Mooloolaba Triathlon Where: Mooloolaba The Olympic distance Mooloolaba Triathlon is the centrepiece of a 3 day multisport festival that celebrates the best of the Australian summer lifestyle, at one of the world’s premier beaches. Cost: FREE to watch Details:

March 6

Sea Week Organisation: Marine Education Society of Australasia Sea Week aims to encourage appreciation of the sea. Each year a different theme is chosen, with this year’s theme being “spotlight on marine science.”

March 12

New Ginger Café and Menu unveiled Where: The Ginger Café, The Ginger Factory, Yandina Over the past few months, the Ginger Factory has undergone some exciting renovations, which includes the fully refurbished Ginger Café, boasting three new chefs and a tantalising new menu. A great spot to meet with friends over lunch or coffee. Cost: FREE admission. Menu charges apply. Details:

March 6

Storytelling with Shaun the Sheep Where: Sunshine Plaza, Riverwalk Stage When: 9am - 12noon Storytelling with Shaun the Sheep, plus have your face painted. Cost: FREE Details:

March 16

Crazy Hair Day 4 Kids Organisation: Leukaemia Foundation Show your true colours and go colouring crazy to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. 1000 schools will be getting their free kits soon thanks to Cinta Intense Colour Hair Sprays. Schools and Child Care Centres can still sign up and purchase hair colour from a local pharmacy or hair supplies store. Details:

March 26

March 24

Meridan Easter Fiesta Where: Meridan State College, Caloundra When: 10am - 4pm A celebration of all things Meridan! Details:

March 10 & April 14

Cooroy Blue Light Disco Where: 25 Maple Street, Cooroy When: 6:30 to 9pm Party with your mates in a safe environment. Ages eight to 16. Cost: Entry $5. Refreshments available for purchase. Details: cooroybluelightdisco

March 27 & April 24

March 25 & April 22

Sunshine Coast’s Got Young Talent

Mini Steam Train Rides

Where: The Events Centre, Caloundra When: 11:30am. Duration 50mins (no interval). Join The Events Centre, Caloundra for the magical, musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book. The Gruffalo’s Child brings together physical theatre, music and beautiful puppetry to deliver songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged four and up and their adults! Cost: Full price: $23.00 / Group 10+: $20.00

Buy a Butterfly Month

Where: Sink or Swim School, Capital Place (opposite Spotlight Kawana) When: 9am - 11am Story time, craft, play and education. You can purchase snacks and there is a coffee machine! Cost: FREE Details: W au P 0400 500 610

Organisation: Hear and Say Centre for deaf children and their families Hearing impairment is the most common disability in children, with four children in every thousand developing hearing impairment by age five. Buy a Butterfly Month aims to help hearing impaired and deaf children hear and learn to speak.

March 31

Teddy Bears Picnic on The Valley Rattler

Where: Queensland Air Museum When: 10am - 4pm The Queensland Air Museum presents its collection of historic operational aircraft engines in a special display of aviation horsepower. Cost: Adult $12, Concession $9 , Child $7, Family (2 adults, 3 children) $26. Price includes regular museum display. Details: P 5492 5930 E -

Where: Mary Valley Heritage Railway, Tozer Street, Gympie When: Arrive at 9am for a 9:30am Departure. Returns: 12:15pm All teddy bears big and small are invited to pack their blankets, grab their favourite human and head to the Old Gympie Station. Have your faces painted, play games and listen to storytelling as you ride on the steam train to the picnic.Cost: Adult $35, Child (under 14) $18 Details: www.

Regular Events Each week, Monday to Saturday Maleny Dairies Farm & Factory Tours

Where: Maleny Dairies, McCarthy’s Rd, Maleny When: 10:30am & 2:30pm. This interactive tour includes hand milking demonstrations, a tour of the dairy and a baby animal farm. Bring a picnic and enjoy the countryside. Kiosk now open with coffees, milkshakes, soft serves and sundaes. Cost: $9 per person Details:

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Where: Caloundra Surf Club When: 6:30 - 8:30pm This family event is designed to give students (seven to 17) a chance to develop their confidence and perform for a very welcoming audience. Cost: Free meal each act Details: Contact Deb on 0438 452 025

Every week Storytelling

Where: Sunshine Coast Libraries When: Various times - see website for details. Storytelling sessions for pre-schoolers, babies and parents occur weekly at every library across the Sunshine Coast and are free! Cost: FREE Details:

Swampy Gym

Where: Buderim Pool When: Wed 11am - 12noon & Thurs 2pm - 3pm. Bring your baby for an hour of watery fun with swim toys, small inflatables, kickboards and music. Friendly, qualified instructors are on hand to give advice and tips.Cost: $6 for the first child and $3 for any subsequent children in the family. Newborns to five years all welcome! Details: 07 5445 6685

Easter ArtScool

Where: The Ginger Factory, Yandina Join in the fun with chef extraordinaire and caterer to the stars, John Guy. Cost: TBA Details:

Where: Caloundra Regional Gallery When: 10 – 11am 5 - 8yrs 11am – 12noon 5 -8yrs 12:30 – 2pm 9 -12yrs Children’s school holiday art workshops. Cost: $15 per workshop. Bookings essential. Details: 5420 8299

Kids Cooking Classes

Where: The J Noosa When: 9:30am & 11:30am Rhythm Culture takes you on an exciting journey through rhythm, movement and sound with these West African percussion workshops. Ages from seven to 14 years (older ages welcome, but no younger than seven). Cost: $10 per person

April 7

Good Friday - April 6 Easter Saturday - April 7 Easter Monday - April 9 Anzac Day - April 25

Folded cityscapes Where: Noosa Regional Gallery When: 10:30am - 12noon Using paper and glue children will build various miniature buildings, learning about space and architectural design. Ages four to eight. Cost: $15 per workshop. Bookings and pre-payment essential. Details: 5449 5340

Kids Club Children’s Art Activities Where: Caloundra Regional Gallery When: 10am - 12noon Art activities based on the current exhibition. Cost: FREE. No bookings required. Details: 5420 8299

April 7

Meet The Easter Bunny & Alice in Wonderland

April 2 to 5

WOT WOTS SHOW Where: Sunshine Plaza, Riverwalk stage When: 11am & 1pm Come down and see the Wot Wots live show Cost: FREE Details:

April 10 to 13

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Where: Kawana Shoppingworld When: 10am - 1pm The Easter Bunny and Alice in Wonderland will be handing out Easter Eggs at Kawana Shoppingworld. Cost: FREE Details: 5444 1944

Where: The Ginger Factory, Yandina When: Shows daily at 11am & 1pm Bring along your own “MAD” hat creation for the chance to win a daily prize. Cost: $6 per child or $3 with a combined Overboard and Moreton train ride ticket. Details:

April 7-9

Aussie World by Twilight Anzac Day:

April 13

10 to 14 April

Be a Rock Star for a Day Where: Sunshine Plaza, Riverwalk Stage When: 10am to 2pm Be a Rock Star for a Day – Sing and record your own song on stage and take it home on CD. Cost: FREE Details:

April 25

The Easter Magic Show

Featuring Award winning Magician Nickleby Where: The J Noosa When: 10am Back by popular demand! These school holidays Nickleby will be performing some of his most amazing tricks including floating a child from the audience in mid air. Don’t miss out on this action packed show with incredible illusions and a special guest appearance from the Easter Bunny. Cost: $12 Entry or $10 Groups 8+ Details:

Easter Long weekend Where: Maroochy RSL Hop on down to Mystery Island this Easter for the most fun you can have this side of the rabbit hole. Bunny Origami, Easter basket craft, Easter egg treasure hunts and a special visit by the Easter bunny

Where: Aussie World - From 1.30pm until 8pm If you think Aussie World is fun during the day wait until you see it lit up at night! All thrilling rides and games will be open and will be even more exciting at night especially new water ride Plunge, thrill ride Redback and fun Giant Slide. At night you’ll have to hold on tight while your knuckles go white!

25 April

Anzac Day

ANZAC Day is more than a commemoration of the day ANZAC troops landed on the beach at Gallipoli in 1915, it is a day of remembrance for all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Website: commemoration/anzac

holiday camps

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March 31 to April 7 & April 7 to 14 - Horseriding Camp Where: Kiah Park When:11am on arrival day and 7am departure day. Looking for a terrific holiday for the kids? Your child can enjoy seven days on a farm, horse riding twice a day, milking the cow, feeding animals, collecting chook eggs and lots of other fun activities.Cost: $720 includes full accommodation, horse riding & activities. Details:

Mary Poppins December 30 to March 17 Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane

Alice in Wonderland March 31 to April 14 QPAC, Brisbane

BANG! CRASH! TAP! May 11 Lake Kawana Community Centre

Witches, Wizards & Warlocks March 11 Lake Kawana Community Centre www.scvenuesandevents.

Annie April 7 QPAC, Brisbane

The Nutcracker on Ice June 20 to 24 QPAC, Brisbane

April’s Fool April 19 Nambour Civic Centre www.scvenuesandevents.

I-BUNYIP July 3 Lake Kawana Community Centre

March 18 - Sunny Coast Baby and Kids Market - Where: Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North St, Caloundra When: 8am – 12noon Pre-loved handmade clothes for under-fives. Cost: Entry $2 April 14 - Mamma’s Market Where: Buderim War Memorial Hall, Cnr Main St and Gloucester Rd, Buderim When: 9am - 1pm. Mamma’s Market is a high quality boutique style market with a focus on handmade, unique items and services catering to pregnancy, baby, children’s and family needs. Cost: FREE entry www.

Public Holidays

April 4

April 4

April 2 to 5

April 5

Rhythm Cuture Drumming Workshop


Where: Model Railway Park, 1 Florence Street, Nambour When: 10am - 3pm Kids love riding on these mini steam trains and diesel locomotives. Bring a picnic and make a day of it. Cost: $3 per ticket or four tickets for $10 Details:

Where: Noosa Civic, Food Court When: Shows daily at 11am Set sail for adventure in the Noosa Civic Food Court. Swashbuckling fun for kids in this energetic 20 minute live show. Cost: FREE! PLUS pick up your special complimentary Easter Pack from the Customer Service Desk from Sunday 1st April, when you join the Kids Club. Only while stocks last. Details: P 5440 7900

March 26 - April 26


Aero Engine Run Day

Popcorn Pirates Live Easter Shows

March 17

The Gruffalo’s Child

March 31 & June 30


April April 1 - 5

March 2

Greenzone Disco

* We publish information based on what is supplied to us - to the best of our knowledge all details were correct at time of printing, however we do recommend you check event details with the organisers.

April 22 - Sunny Coast Baby & Kids Market - Where: Nambour PCYC, Youth Avenue, Burnside. When: 8am - 12noon. Pre-loved handmade clothes for under-5s. Cost: Entry $2. Every Wednesday & Saturday - Eumundi Markets. Where: Memorial Drive, Eumundi. When: Wed 8am – 1:30pm, Sat 7am – 2pm. You’ll find original artworks, sculptures, furniture, handmade toys, homewares, and skincare, as well as cutting edge fashion and jewellery by local designers, “we make it, bake it, grow it, sew it”.Cost: FREE entry Details:

The Gruffalo’s Child 17 Mar 2012 The Events Centre, Caloundra Elmo’s World Tour 27 March 2012 Nambour Civic Centre How to Train your Dragon 28 Mar 28 - 1 Apr 2012 Brisbane Entertainment Centre

The Neverending Story April 27 to May 12 QPAC, Brisbane The Wiggles Live in Concert May 5 to 7 QPAC, Brisbane

Treasure Island August 2 Lake Kawana Community Centre Fairy Tales - Stories of Hans Christian Andersen December 1 to 19 QPAC, Brisbane

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by Kim Lahey The fire pit has edged out the turtle sand-pit, and dinner these days has left the ‘mash-and-veges on the cusp of sunset’, for dust. What will it be like to re-enter the baby-zone? Whether fertility challenges or a surprise pregnancy decide gap-size for you, or you are wondering if it makes sense to wait, let’s take a look.


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But the same risks kick in again when the gap between babies is over about five years.

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Despite the well-publicised increased-challenges for mums and babies when mums are over 35, the vast majority of over-35s in good health have healthy babies. The biggest obstacle may be pregnancy. Whatever side the clock is on, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor preconception.


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“Put on a dressing-gown and stick a beanbag down the front. Leave it there for nine months. After nine months take out 10 percent of the beans.” Thanks for the reminder Biddulphs!

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At least a longer gap between babies can offer the chance of helping the body ‘lose the beans’. It can be easier to get back to the gym or a fitness regime if older kids are at kindy or school.

Sibling see-saws

Helping a younger sibling has the two-fold impact of boosting the older child’s learning as well. This can be an education in patience for the older child, plus a greater chance for them to seize responsibility and ‘protect’ others. “I remember how intensely my big boys (then 5 and 7) would compete to snuggle up to their tiny sister in the pram while they kept ‘dog-watch’ (to stop the dog licking her face)!” Coast mum Donna says.

Déjà vu If you are surfacing for air after a gap of three years plus, the ‘messies’ may greet you with some vaguelyrecalled aromas. Steve and Sharon Bidduph’s tips for car-travel will jog your memory. “Buy a chocolate ice-cream, put it in the glove box and leave it there. Take a family size packet of chocolate biscuits and mash them down the back seats. Run a garden rake along both sides of the vehicle.” But you’ve been there before; this time it will be more relaxed. Your time-travel will be balanced by being able to cherish every motion (sorry, I mean moment!) because you know how fast the nappies will be shed. Besides, you’ll remember your old trick to put the nappy on backwards when they are shed a little too prematurely!

One-on-one Sibling-space will give kids the attention they crave, and there’s the chance - albeit fleeting - to devote time to the new arrival while the kids are at kindy or school. Couples with a babe-in-arms and older kids at school comment that they ‘enjoy the baby more this time’ and ‘feel so much more relaxed’. Coast mum Sonia said she relishes the thirteen years with her firstborn as an ‘only’ child. Her boys (18, 5 and 2) are often mistaken for step-brothers, she explains. “We married at 22, had our first bub at 23 then worked and travelled for ten years before we even thought about another,” she says.


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Children require their needs to be met at their respective developmentstages and supported as an individual,

“as well being supported in learning how to share and spend time with the rest of the family,”

There are plenty of brain-benefits for the kids from this one-on-one time too, more about that later.

Physical forces Every body needs time to recuperate and medical research suggests that the ideal time between babies is 24 to 35 months. A very short gap between pregnancies increases the risk of having a premature or underweight baby, but these risks lessen month-on-month as the pregnancygap increases, becoming insignificant by 18 months.


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This strong emotional support siblings have for each other is life-long and is rarely determined by the agegap. But conflict between siblings is inevitable too; some of it healthy for social development. (I’m not sure how healthy it is for the social development of parents!) Research points to when the first child is under-one or over-four, as the ‘ideal’ time for the second, as far as rivalry-reduction. Children under one don’t have a sense of their special status yet, and those over four have had enough time to enjoy attention and have a ‘life of their own’. But, while age-gaps may matter, often a great deal, to children, personalities impact sibling relationships more than age-gaps do. Clinical psychologist Maya Griffiths says there are multiple factors that play a part with rivalry. She notes that many parents like to have their children close together (18-24 months apart) as they feel they will grow up as better friends. But it is temperaments, along with how parents manage ‘the gap’ that all play a part with rivalry, Dr Griffiths says. Children require their needs to be met at their respective development-stages and supported as an individual, “as well being supported in learning how to share and spend time with the rest of the family,” she says.

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Donna’s two boys are 20 months apart, then there’s a five-and-a-half year gap to her third child, Stella. “When Stella came along, our house ‘softened’, everyone became more loving, not just towards her, but to each other.” Loving, but certainly not fight-free she explains, “Stella (now-5) thinks she can do whatever her 11 and 13-year-old brothers do; that includes the same bedtime!”

New-arrival tactics Inclusion of older children and open communication with them is vital, regardless of the gap, Dr Griffiths says. Older children need to be told “…even though life is going to change for everyone, they will still be loved.”

Large gaps between children in small families will benefit all kids in the family because older kids maintain a greater share of resources (aka parent time) for longer. And younger children born when the older kids are absent will gain a greater amount of resources, the studies found. So, in short, parent-time has a significant impact on academic success.

A big predictor of a child’s vocabulary size at age three, is the number of words spoken to the child prior to that time. So in terms of short-spacing, “If parents are spending most of their time with an infant, it’s likely that their spoken language to the first child, right in the middle of their language explosion, is decreased,” study authors said.

Helping out as much as possible (changing nappies, bottle feeding) will make older children feel included and lessen “the gap”, but they shouldn’t be forced to do anything they are uncomfortable with, so let them help out at their own pace, she says.

Competition for resources can negatively impact laterborns scholastically and the studies indicated this could be overcome with a longer gap. But birth-order still had the strongest impact.

But they did stress that no matter what the agespacing, the path to academic achievement lay in reading and talking to your child from day one, in everyday interactions.

Recent US surveys of first-born young adults and their siblings have shown that the greater the age-gap between siblings, the better the older child performed on maths and reading tests. But there was no evidence the age-gap affected younger sibling test scores.

Fascinating for their variety and influence, age-gaps will keep us wondering. But no matter what the gap, brothers and sisters will learn from one another. And love another.

If parents notice behavioural or mood changes in the older children it is important to be realistic about it, she says. It may be a normal adjustment issue and will possibly resolve over time as everyone settles into life with a new baby, Dr Griffiths explains.

Brain boosts? Family size and birth-order help shape our academic and ‘economic’ future. But some studies have added gaplength to the mix. Studies found intellectual benefits for the longer-gap younger sibling, if the older child is at school, due to greater access to the ‘resources’ of their parent.

Parents tended to read to the older sibling more and kids watched less TV when the age-spacing was greater, study authors noted. The study confirmed that the more productive-time parents spend with their children, the more advanced the children’s academic achievement will be. Since it is easier to spend productive time with one child, one-on-one, than with multiple children, this could explain the findings.

Here’s one last heads-up from the Biddulphs, before bub arrives. “Go to the local chemist, tip the contents of your wallet on to the counter and tell the pharmacist to help him/herself.” Did that years ago, you say!

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Caring for the environment starts at home and every small step we take to cut down our consumption of plastic helps to make a difference.

Australians have one of the highest carbon footprints in the world and disposable plastic is a significant contributor to this. In Australia, we use 1.3 million tonnes of plastic each year, which is more than 71 kg per person.

Queensland Litter Prevention Alliance (QLPA) spokesperson Cerran Fawns says we can minimise the amount of plastic that escapes into the environment by first reducing the amount of single use plastic that we buy and use in our daily lives.

QESSI Sunshine Coast facilitator Clare Fox says policies for reducing waste in schools include reducing the amount of waste-to-landfill rubbish coming into the school through student and staff lunches, the tuckshop and through purchasing decisions.

“Escaped plastics are one of the major causes of litter in our natural and built environments,” she says. “Plastics do not break down and remain in the environment.”

“Obviously the most direct way for parents to contribute to lowering the school’s environmental footprint is to support these policies in the school, from home,” she says.

Disposable plastic is generally any “crunchy” form of plastic, says Cerran.

For school lunches, Clare recommends the following:

“This includes plastic bags, cling wrap, and other types of packaging, for example, fruit that is now being sold pre-packaged plastic tubs,” she says. “Taking your own reusable shopping bags and shopping at local farmers’ markets is generally a good start. This also reduces food miles thus lessening your carbon footprint. Reuse containers and bottles and finally recycle.” Keep Australia Beautiful spokesperson Lara Shannon says most fruit and vegetables can just go straight into the shopping basket and on to the supermarket checkout. This can be difficult with smaller items like cherries, but Lara says small recyclable bags are a great alternative. “Most of the hard-skinned, larger fruit and vegetables are easy,” Lara says. “Buy a whole watermelon or rockmelon rather than individual portions that come already wrapped in plastic.”

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Use washable containers, recyclable paper wrap or alfoil

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Support teachers and the P&C Association to build knowledge and seek QESSI help to embed these ethos and practices in the school

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Buy in bulk to reduce packaging

Use reusable stainless steel and aluminium bottles

Use BPA-free plastic containers and bottles (Note: BPA is Bisphenol A, a compound used to make certain types of plastic)

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Fast facts: • Most bottled water is packaged in PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a type of plastic which is derived from crude oil • For every ton of PET produced, three tons of carbon dioxide is released • Plastic bottles take up to 1,000 years to break down • Up to three litres of water is required to produce one litre of bottled water • 250ml of oil is required to produce one litre of bottled water • The energy saved by recycling one plastic drink bottle will power a computer for 25 minutes. • Over 90 per cent of the cost of a water bottle can be traced back to the bottle, lid and label. • Plastic bottles are among the ten most common rubbish items picked up on Clean Up Australia Day.

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Say ‘NO’ to plastic bags Each year Australians dispose of around four billion plastic bags, or 20,700 tonnes of plastic. Of these, just three per cent are recycled and the rest end up as litter or in landfill, adding to the greenhouse gases. Plastic bags are convenient, but they cause significant environmental damage all over the world, because they float easily in air and water and often travel long distances. They don’t decompose; they just break up into smaller pieces and accumulate in the environment. The National Waste Report 2010 states that environmental campaigns have effectively reduced consumption of single-use bags and increased the use of alternatives, such as the “green bag”. A national survey of retail carry bag use showed that the number of single-use plastic shopping bags issued in Australia fell from 5.9 billion in 2002 to 3.9 billion in 2007. Retailers who charge for plastic bags have found a significant reduction in single-use bags with the majority of shoppers choosing re-usable bags or no bags.

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The amount of waste is increasing and if it continues unchecked, the National Waste Report predicts that by 2020/21 Australians will generate 81 million tonnes of waste each year. This will increase demands on landfill as well as increasing potential greenhouse gas emissions.

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Restoring your confidence with bladder control Dr Petra Ladwig from Suncoast Women’s Centre understands the problems most women face after giving birth. One of the most embarrassing side effects is often incontinence which can occur due to weakened pelvic floor muscles. A lot of women simply put up with this as the natural course of being a woman after child birth but this need not be the case. If addressed early these problems can be managed, improved and even cured by something as simple and painless as sitting in a chair, fully clothed for 20 minutes! The pelvic floor controls your urinary, bowel and sexual functions yet these muscles are your most neglected. The new ‘Wave Brilliance’ Magnetic Pelvic Floor Stimulation chair (magnetic chair) uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve impulses which rapidly flex and tighten your pelvic floor muscles. This is the equivalent of approximately 200 pelvic floor contractions every minute at 20 times greater the intensity than the patient can do themselves! It is the ideal way to kick start or regenerate the pelvic floor and surrounding muscles to restore strength, endurance and continence. Treatments are tailored to individual patients but a typical therapy program consists of two 20 minute treatments per week for eight weeks. Of course children are most welcome to attend with you and can simply sit and play whilst you undergo your treatment. For more information about the new Wave Brilliance magnetic chair treatment phone the Suncoast Women’s Centre on 5437 7244 or visit Suite 5, 5 Innovation Parkway, Birtinya (Kawana). Medicare rebates available.

      How do we prevent our children from becoming overweight? Firstly, offer a wide    variety of foods from a young age, particularly fruit and vegetables. Children will look to their parents as role models for healthy eating so think about the types of food    you and your family eat. Be positive about healthy food and continue to offer it even    after it has been rejected on several occasions. Young children in particular are driven     by their appetite and won’t ever starve. If a food is rejected after many attempts, try       again a year or two later as your child’s tastes may have matured.  


             1) Is your child eating a variety of healthy food or do they have a very limited       amount of foods that they agree to consume? A good indicator is to think about      the colours of food they eat – are there sufficient green, orange and red items      (excluding lollies!)     

The following guide can assist you to identify the areas that may need a change.


 2) How often are they eating treat foods such as lollies, chocolate, ice creams,  pastries or deep fried food? Daily, weekly or on special occasions? 


3) Do they drink a lot of sweetened drinks such as soft drink, cordial, fruit drinks or juice?


4) Do they snack on high fat foods such as chips, biscuits or crackers? 5) How much do they eat? Are they looking for sweets or second helpings after every meal? Finally, if you are still concerned about your child’s weight or size, and are unsure how to choose the right quantities of food to ensure they meet their individual needs for growth and development, seek advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Offering a range of affordable photographic options. Call Allison Wills on 0415 378 711 or contact to book your appointment.


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The information contained in this article is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for individual professional medical advice from your physician or qualified health care provider.

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A tasty wee treat After several emotion packed years of trying to conceive, our merry little band of three is now a blissful family of four. My ever eccentric first born had been busily anticipating the new arrival and, having witnessed ultrasound footage of his sibling to be, concluded without a shadow of a doubt that I was carrying a “tiny little shark… and a rainbow” in my tummy, much to his excitement. I must confess my partner and I also found this exciting as giving birth to either would surely guarantee such fame and fortune that we’d be able to cover our sky high IVF bill. “Woman gives birth to shark!” Now that’s a headline, we mused. In fact, we figured, there might even be book and movie rights in it. Alternately, we imagined getting in touch with the female shark gestating our human embryo to take out a class action on our IVF clinic for the mixup!

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Obviously such steps weren’t needed and we were finally able to convince our little loon, just weeks before her arrival, that there was actually a baby girl on the way. Though, when our tiny 3kg of perfection arrived, so did the shark! After all, who were we to ruin our imaginative little man’s fantastical notions of a fishy sibling? Happily, he was thrilled by both the fluffy stuffed shark and the precious little girl laying side-byside in the hospital crib.

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Embracing big brotherhood with gusto he was immediately under the spell of his beautiful baby sister - who he insisted should be called Blue Remy Rat, something we didn’t humour him on but something he still insists on addressing “his” baby as. And, while we’re thrilled that there’s been no jealously or resentment and that he loves her “bigger than a really tall jump”, we aren’t without some concerns, but they’re not ones addressed in any parenting books I’ve stumbled across. You see, given our little man’s huge appetite - a thing of perplexing enormity that is inversely proportional to his lanky little body - we’re a tad worried that he might find our delicious little bundle of joy just a touch too tasty. He frets when she cries, as babies are want to do with great frequency, and to end the tears proffers such sage parenting advice as “maybe we should just sprinkle her with cheese”. An interesting idea, my random darling, but I think not. Then there’s the suggestion that we “put some bread in her bassinet” to mop up the tears, perhaps something commonly done by parents in a parallel universe I’ve not yet visited, but something that I must confess hadn’t occurred to me two kids in to this whole parenting malarkey.

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Another hint of his carnivorous leanings came to light when she was just weeks old and he carefully sat at his plastic piano and composed the haunting ballad “Baby sister, baby sister, you cry a lot… can I lick you?”

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But it is with his latest line of questioning, whilst we were enjoying a pleasant family breakfast, that the fear our beloved firstborn is actually a flesh-eating zombie seems truly founded and I worry that my beautiful baby girl is going to get eaten by the end of the day.

“Mummy, what does baby sister taste like?”


If he asks for some fava beans and a bottle of Chianti, I’m outta here.

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Children 4-7 years, and 7-12 years Children: • Learn how to be brave and use assertive communication skills • Develop an understanding of their own and others feelings • Learn how to recognise and self-regulate feelings • Learn strategies to change unhelpful thinking into more helpful thinking • Become aware of their self talk and that they can control what they are thinking • Recognise that our thinking affects the way we feel and the way we behave • Develop empathy skills and ways to use strengths to help others • Learn how to achieve goals or overcome fears • Develop ways to reward themselves for doing their best and having a go • Look for role models and support networks • Explore friendships- what makes a good friend and how to be a good friend

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For more information or to book your child’s place, call Donna Farman Mobile: O414 674 674

Groups are run by registered teachers and facilitators of the Fun Friends and Friends for Life Programs. These programs are authored by Brisbane psychologist Dr Paula Barrett ( and have been recognised by the World Health Organisation. Research has shown the positive effects of the strategies and skills taught in the program in the prevention of anxiety/depression as well as for general well being and ability to cope with life for all children.

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Happy Chatting

with Elmo!

By Jackie Goldston

When I was asked if I wanted to interview Elmo, I jumped at the chance… My kids were just disappointed that they couldn’t sit down and have a chat with him too! And as expected, Elmo is a little red dynamo with a positive attitude!

Cadabby made me promise to say hi to Bill the platypus she made friends with when we last visited Australia.”

Elmo explained why he is so excited to have a chance to do a world tour. “Elmo loves to travel to interesting places with Elmo’s Mummy and Daddy. Elmo’s been to Hong Kong and South Africa. Elmo really loved Capetown. Elmo went to Paris too. Bonjour. And China, and Germany, and Japan! Konichiwa! Elmo has been learning to say hello in a lot of different languages. Travelling and learning is so much fun!”

“One of Elmo’s favourite things he did last time in Australia was a car-ride on the Great Ocean Road. Elmo also thinks it is so nice to see the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House without having to move. Elmo is nervous, but he is thinking about climbing the Harbour Bridge this time! Abby flew up there last time and said the view was amazing.”

So learning things is something you enjoy doing? “Elmo loves learning new things. Big Bird, Abby, Cookie and Elmo have been doing a lot of experiments recently which makes us think really hard and ask lots of questions. Elmo just learned that dancing is really exercise. You should check out Elmo’s moves.”

So what about Australia? Aren’t you coming here soon? “Elmo’s on his way to Australia! Elmo can’t wait to be there and see all of Elmo’s friends again. Abby

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What was your favourite memory from your last trip to Australia?

What are your plans for this trip to Australia? “Elmo can’t wait to see all his friends in Queensland, especially on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and in Townsville. Elmo knows it is very beautiful there!”

Will any of your friends be joining you in Australia? “Elmo is bringing all his friends to Australia! Big Bird is coming, Bert, Ernie, Abby and Zoe will be there too. Don’t count out The Count either. He loves visiting Australia and counting all the Koalas. Cookie Monster is coming too, I think he is flying TIM TAM airlines.”

ONE STOP KIDS SHOP ON BUDERIM Let’s hope Cookie Monster doesn’t eat part of the plane! “The thing about Cookie Monster is that he is always eating something! Once he ate a whistle and for an entire day, every time he opened his mouth, he would tweet like a bird! Oh, and of course, he loves eating Cookies. Cookie Monster is learning that cookies are a sometimes food–he’s kind of getting the hang of it.”

Why are you laughing? “Laughing makes Elmo feel so happy.”

Thanks so much for talking to us, Elmo. Have a great day and we can’t wait to see you soon in Queensland! “Thanks for having Elmo. Elmo loves you.”

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Breakfast in Bed!!

Mum’s are always organising this event and that, but why not get organised and surprise her this year with an extra special high tea. Cafe Lolli will make this super easy with their delicious and beautiful little treats. You can buy them singly or in party packs for everyone to enjoy. Drop in and see what other beautiful gifts Cafe Lolli has instore. Cafe Lolli 86 Burnett Street, Buderim 0409 377 117


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With a fabulous salon and convenient location in the heart of Buderim, the team at Coco Pearl Hairdressing will help you get the look you want at an affordable price. Hairdresser Gemma explains “We take pride in ensuring that we understand our clients’ needs and not just rush in with what we think they want. We want each and every visit to be one that you look forward to and walk away from happy”. The team at Coco Pearl will also welcome your children in for their next cut. Coco Pearl Hairdressing have a wonderful Mother’s Day Special Offer: FREE KMS brand shampoo and conditioner set with every cut and colour (valued at $57). Make your appointment now and enjoy your next visit to the hairdresser. Coco Pearl Hairdressing Shop 12/86 Burnett Street, Buderim Phone: 5456 1999.

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Are your kids driving you bonkers? Sick of scouring books and websites for answers? Well Hot91.1 is here to help. Send us your kiddie conundrums and our very own Todd & Sami along with Jan from Settle Petal could be coming to your rescue. Find out more about Settle Petal at If you’ve got a parenting question you’d like answereed email it now to

THIS MONTHS QUESTION… I think my 8 year old daughter is being bullied at school. She regularly says that she is sick in an attempt to stay home and avoids conversations about kids at school or situations where she thinks we might bu mp into them. When I try to ask her questions she tells me everything is OK, but I sense something isn’t. What should I do?


Bullies are like muffin tops. No matter how hard you try to avoid them and detest them, they just do not go away. I feel I am not adequately armed to give solid advice about dealing with bullies because it is such a serious issue with some heart breaking consequences. So please, please go to see a counselling service and keep talking to your eight year old daughter. I think we all remember being bullied at least once in our lives. Bullies are still around as adults and they are my pet hate. They pick on the weak and they are the most depraved ego maniacs who usually have a raft of mental issues themselves. I am not afraid to stand up to them anymore but it was a very different story when I was in grade eight. One girl, who was the leader of the pack, decided for an unknown reason to me, that she no longer liked me and I was not allowed to be in her ‘cool gang’ at school. I never spoke to my Mum about it and I just suffered in silence, but to be blunt, that little cow made my life hell for a good six months. The funny thing is, this year, she sent me a friend request on Facebook. It sparked a range of emotions from anger to confusion. I was tempted to write back to her and ask her if she realised the hurt she inflicted upon me. I did not. It was a door I was not willing to open ever again. I thought to myself I am so content in life with a gorgeous family and wonderful friends that I do not need to pander to someone from the past that was so awful. We whine about getting older, but I love as we age we are able to be more comfortable in our skin and more confident in our choices. Children and teenagers don’t have this luxury. It makes you want to just wrap them up in your arms and never let them leave the house, doesn’t it?


Wow this is a hard one; in fact it’s fair to say it’s tougher than the skin on the back of Grandpa’s hands. It’s something we are all worried about when it comes to our Bin Lids,


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along with all the other everyday green outs we have for them. (Are they brushing their teeth enough? Did I pack enough water? Did I give them enough money for a Sausage Roll and a choccy milk? Are they watching too much telly? How many serves of fruit and veg was it again? Should they be listening to Jason Derulo singing ‘bout “sexy time “?) The list is huge but this particular concern is easily the biggest. It’s the Bobby Brown of childhood dramas in that you kinda hope if noone acknowledges it exists then it might go away quietly never to be heard from again! The lad in me wants to tell you to sign your baby girl up to learn the ancient art of Kung Fu and instruct her to “bring the rain” whenever someone disses her. However because this isn’t the harsh mean streets of the Seventies and Eighties, littered with stone wash jeans and bad haircuts, where justice in the schoolyard involved “chinese-burns” , “curry-cups” and “two for flinching”, I’m obliged to suggest you speak with your Daughter’s teacher, maybe the school Chaplain or even the Principle to get to the bottom of what’s going on. Another option is to sit your beautiful Daughter down and order her to tell you what’s going on...or else... clearly that’s a joke...Good Luck, may the Force Be with you.

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JAN - From Settle Petal Good on you mum - it is very important not to brush off child and teen bullying. It seems extreme, but children as young as ten years old are now committing suicide as a way to escape the pain and loneliness felt from being bullied. Not wanting to go to school is a common cry for help and parents need to hear their cry. What to do in this situation will vary depending on individuals. It will depend on the personality, self-esteem and home environment of the child being bullied and how concerned and keen their school is too help. Changing schools I don’t believe is the answer, as we need to teach and equip our children with skills to handle all situations that they may face in life. Bullying is an early form of aggression and violence which unfortunately occurs today in some work places, social networks and homes. It is important to build children’s self-esteem and confidence to help them see that the person bullying them is often doing it to make them feel important because their self-esteem is low. Let children know you are there for them and let the teachers or principal know what is happening to your child so they can watch and intervene as necessary. Parents need to stay calm and make sure their children know they are loved and feel safe at home. Keep communication lines open - give hugs (whether they like it or not) - build repour to really know your child and engage in family activities together to build strong family bonds. From personal experience - interrogating the situation is the last thing they will open up too.

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Egg blowing & decorating for Easter This Easter inspire your children to be creative using everyday household items to make a fabulous Easter keepsake and an activity long to be remembered.

Everyone from children to grandparents can blow out the contents of an egg and just the act of trying it provides hilarious entertainment! I recommend you have a camera handy to capture the various faces that will be pulled as you try to blow an egg – kids will want to try it again and again as the ‘funniness’, ‘grossness’ and ‘challenge’ of this task is very appealing!

Materials needed: - eggs (at room temperature) - piercing tool eg. large needle - piece of wire - bowl - soapy water - tea-towelzzz - timber skewers - egg carton - paint and craft items for decorating - spray varnish.

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Once the egg is blown – the creative possibilities for decorating the eggs are endless: painted designs, making 3D creatures and animals. Of course don’t forget that the eggs are fragile – so consider the age of your child. I have worked with 5 year olds who could successfully blow and decorate the egg – but then unfortunately dropped the egg and smashed it soon after it was finished. To avoid disappointment with young children they can create their masterpieces on fake eggs made of polystyrene or paper-mache.

bowl and purse your lips over the top hole and blow as hard as you can! (This may seem disgusting – but as long as you are blowing and not sucking it shouldn’t be a problem – I have tried other ways of blowing air into the egg and nothing is as effective as just using your mouth.)

Step 2: Insert the piece of wire into the egg and move about to break up the egg membranes which will assist in allowing the liquids to flow out easier – at any stage whilst you are blowing, re-insert the wire to help unclog the contents.

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Step 5: Rinse out the inside of the egg by immersing in soapy water. When there is water inside the egg (you may need to assist the water getting in by poking at the holes with your piece of wire and helping air-bubbles to escape), cover the holes with your fingers and shake egg to wash off the inside surface. Then blow out the water and leave egg to dry out before decorating.

Step 6: Paint and decorate your egg! Use your imagination and any craft materials you like to decorate your egg. For ease of painting and handling you can place a skewer through the egg holes to hold it, and then poke the skewer into the egg-carton so it will stand up to dry.

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Step 4: Keep blowing until the entire contents of the egg have been removed into your discard bowl.

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Fa m i ly Snow Holiday! By Wendy Buckley*

A ski holiday brings the whole family together while being active during the day and snuggling up with a hot chocolate in front of an open fire at night. Family ski holidays include skiing, snowboarding, playing in the snow and for the non-skiers or tired legs in the family its important you have lots to do in the day including snowmobile tours, heli- skiing, paragliding, horsedrawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing and ice skating. There is a wide variety of countries all promising fabulous snow and facilities, though based on 16 years of experience we have put together an exciting “taste of skiing for families” from around the globe.

A taste of skiing in America with your kids With the Aussie dollar currently sky rocketing there is no better time to head to America for some fabulous northern hemisphere skiing. Families have the added bonus of being able to stop in Disneyland and Universal Studios on the way back through Los Angeles.

A family favourite is Aspen Snowmass Village. Aspen Snowmass is only seven miles from downtown Aspen in the heart of Snowmass Base Village. Viceroy Snowmass Resort offers ski-in/ski-out lodging in the heart of the village, restaurants and Generation V kids club. The hotel is ideally situated for families only minutes from Aspen/Snowmass Treehouse Children’s Centre. The Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Centre boasts family-friendly activities, Ski & Snowboard Schools check-in, rental, retail and family après entertainment all under one roof. The facility is linked to a system of seven new lifts, including kid-friendly gondolas and magic carpets. There are flights direct from Los Angeles to Aspen throughout the ski season.

A little closer to home? Something more local and easy to fly into directly is Queenstown in New Zealand. Real mountains, incredible scenery, lively ski towns, friendly locals and fast access from Australia are just a few good reasons to discover what New Zealand has to offer. If you have been to New Zealand to ski or board before, but not for a while, you will be surprised at the changes – new express lifts, improved base facilities, accredited child-care centres and specialised kids lessons. With spectacular alpine views and a mix of open, cruisy bowls or rugged chutes to cater for all levels and styles, New Zealand offers a skiing and riding experience unlike anything at home.

Where to stay with kids in New Zealand.

American ski resorts offer spectacular scenery and impressive terrain on which to ski. Skiing in the US is all about convenience, and it’s the attention to detail which makes a US ski holiday such a pleasurable experience. Attentive guest service is a high priority and most resorts have a comprehensive range of ski school programs and options. Resorts in the US are littered with high speed lifts to enable fast access to vast expanses of terrain, and are renowned for their wellgroomed trails, well planned trail design and variety of terrain. This allows for all standards of skiers and riders to enjoy easy navigation and access to all areas of the mountain. The American season generally opens late November and closes late April giving you heaps of time.


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Distinction Nugget Point Hotel Queenstown is the gateway to Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Cardrona and Treble Cone mountains and offers plenty of off snow family activities for those non ski days. Relax in this boutique luxury hotel offering onsite restaurant, gym, spa, room service, free WIFI, laundry service and keep the kids entertained with a game of tennis or squash or in our movie theatre room. A nanny service is available. The Glebe Apartments are located just a brief walk from Queenstown’s main shopping area, the Glebe apartments offer 36 luxurious contemporary spacious 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom suites perfect to relax in after a day on the slopes or an active day in Queenstown. All apartments are self-contained with gourmet kitchens, sumptuous bathrooms, full laundry facilities and are serviced daily. The reception offers booking and information services for all local activities & attractions.

Family ski holiday TIPS from the experts 1) It is essential to pre-book ski school for your kids especially in school holidays. 2) Don’t hire your ski gear until you arrive at the mountain, it may not fit and you will be unable to change sizes. 3) On snow hotels are worth the extra money. Kids do not like sitting in cars or transfer buses each morning and afternoon to the gondolas and chair lifts.

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4) Prepay everything including lift tickets, accommodation, ski school, meals when possible. 5) Research prior to your arrival what activities are offered for non-ski days. Tired legs, injury or non-skiers are able to have a fun snow holiday. 6) Stopping in a warm beach destination on the way back when possible after a ski holiday is a great idea. 7) Plan ahead, if planning to buy ski gear plan the year prior and head for the sales. Savings of up to 50% are common at the end of season sale time. 8) Buy your kids their own helmets. You need to ensure the helmet is “Australian standards” and has not been in an accident. 9) Prepare your legs for skiing including the kids. A few squats and lots of hill climbs a few weeks prior will help you enjoy your trip. 10) When possible avoid local school holiday periods to minimise the waiting time at lifts in Australia. Waiting time in the northern hemisphere is minimal due to the huge number of runs and chair lifts. 11) Do not leave home without it, travel insurance. It is essential to have travel insurance as accidents are common on the ski fields and emergency evacuation services are very expensive. *

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Is it easy to get this balance right? No, it is very difficult at times. However sometimes just being aware of what is wrong is half the battle, it is the beginning of awakening.

What would you consider your greatest achievement so far? Finding how to enter the ‘now’ which, as a result, enabled me to appreciate that I am not what I do for a living.

Who do you find inspiring? My wife and partner Catherine Prentice and my spiritual teacher Eckhardt Tolle. The spiritual side of my life has been and will always be far more important to me than a career.

What’s the motto you live by? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

What has been your most life-defining moment? Nearly dying from cancer twelve years ago! When you are so close to death, you appreciate just how unimportant so many of the things that we stress over are.


Where do you see yourself in five years – personally and professionally? Personally; far more highly developed as an ‘awake’ person; a person who works for others. Professionally, handing over the ‘business’ aspects of what I have created in my publishing company which will enable me to focus on personal development and subsequently teaching others how to connect their own lives to nature.


Steve Parish: Leave only Footprints by Belinda Hopper

Introduced to nature through the underwater world at age nine, Steve Parish soon became a spear-fishing enthusiast. At sixteen, Steve met his mentor, underwater photographer Igo Oak. It was then his fascination with marine life was transferred from hunting with a spear gun to recording his discoveries on film. He says, “Despite being young and inexperienced, the idea of being able to share my discoveries with others was captivating; although my earliest efforts were on the blurry side!” That was fifty years ago. In the decades since, Steve Parish has become synonymous with Australian Wildlife. He has a library of over 500,000 photographs and his own publishing company, which he started in 1985. His range of books includes; educational and fun kids fact books, activity books and storybooks. He has a range of guides, maps, calendars, posters and souvenirs and has won every children’s book award under the sun. Thanks to weather halting his day’s work in the Blue Mountains, Steve was able to give us a glimpse into his life and passion.


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Where do you live and why? I live on a three acre block of subtropical woodland with a creek and gully of rainforest, just west of Brisbane. We chose the block because of its connection to Brisbane Forest Park and also because of its high diversity of wildlife. We have five species of possums, several microbat species, seven species of frogs and numerous bird and reptile species. I work in my studio at home or at my Company Head Office in Brisbane, depending on what projects I am working on. Can you give us a snapshot of your family? I am married to Catherine, my business partner and the mother of her three daughters Jessie, Elly and Trish. Jessie is the youngest and she is a fashion nut who works in our head office, she is 22 years old. Elly is 25, and she is a Marine Biologist who is studying marine turtles at the moment. The eldest, Trish, is 30 years old and she is an Indigenous Art Lawyer based in Sydney. Keeping everyone on their toes is Quincy, the German Short Haired Pointer. He is seven-years-old and loves tennis and swimming, oh yes and sleeping and eating. What was your motivation for the concept “Leave Only Footprints”? By ‘leave only footprints’ I mean tread lightly on our planet. I have always promoted our connection to the earth we share with tens of thousands of other living creatures. We are only just starting to discover how very important all life is and more importantly how important so many natural elements are to our own survival. As basic a concept as it is, it could be argued that the importance of nature connection is rarely, if ever, brought into conscious thought by the greater proportion of people. Society is separatist in its thinking and most believe - if they were to have considered the issue at all - that their lives are lived apart from ‘the natural world’. For many, nature is ‘out there’ apart from where they are. I would argue that the fundamental concept of natureconnection is the single most important issue of our time. It is certainly something worth devoting ones’ life to. What is your passion and how has it shaped your career? My passion since childhood is to experience nature and share those experiences with others. It began for me as a young child of nine. By the time I was nineteen I was publishing photographs and now, fortyseven years later, I am still passionate about sharing

nature and especially about teaching others how to photograph their own experiences and share them even more widely. Of course today sharing images is one of the most popular pastimes on the planet! Can you tell us a little bit about your current project? I am just finishing an e-book on Australia’s best National Parks and have been spending a lot of time in the field re-photographing Australia with some of the latest and best digital cameras. I am also launching an online and paper-based-magazine and taking my now large range of products into our own retail spaces. We have also just released an online art gallery The next great big project is to develop a wider range of children’s readers, both as books and in digital format.


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What does a typical day look like for you? In the field I am always up well before sunrise, having planned what I will be shooting the day prior I finish when the sun goes down. So field days are long and busy. At my computer I often start the day with social media at 5am and finish it in much the same space in the evening… my laptop comes to bed! During a studio day I work with editors and designers developing new projects. My week doesn’t have a weekend, it’s my life and has always been a seven day ‘job’

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What advice has had the biggest impact on you? Two things: a quote, “Whatever the mind can conceive, and truly believe, it can also achieve”. As a child I had trouble believing in myself because my education was lousy. And later in life, the work of Eckhardt Tolle in, ‘Power of Now’ and ‘The New Earth,’ have been very helpful. Living in the now and not lamenting the past or worrying about the future is the path to true happiness. I have also learned how important it is to confide your dreams only with people with a positive outlook on life.

Recycled memories Eddie+Eve turn their love of vintage and kooky books into beautiful, practical and functional diaries, journals, sketch & graph books. With original pages from the books included - these make great gifts. Priced from $22 at River Read, Noosaville or

How do you balance family and work demands? At the age of sixty-six, having had three broken marriages and been in business for myself for a quarter of a century I can speak with some experience in saying that the best balance is.... 1. The care of mental and physical health 2. The care and maintenance of personal relationships 3. Professional/commercial activities.

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Elle J Gorgeous clothing & accessories just for babies and kids!

Fairy fun Whimsical fairy twig furniture hand made by Coast kids Samara Welbourne, Ella & Ned Woodgate. 10% of all sales goes to Sippy Downs Animal Refuge. From $10 at Cafe Lolli Buderim or by phoning Cherrell 0408 025 407

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Books APPS & Movies


Learn through play with C&K in 2012.

Ophelia Wild, Secret Spy by Elena de Roo Walker Books Australia RRP $14.95 Feisty Ophelia Wild decides to set up her own detective agency, with its headquarters in her tree house. Along with her assistant, Albert, she foils bullies, solves a meat-pie mystery, and cracks the case of the disappearing dentures. For ages 6 +

Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster by Axel Scheffler Nosy Crow Ltd RRP $19.95 A fun story about the simple pleasures of toddler life with Pip and Posy, created by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo. When Pip comes to Posy’s house wearing a scary monster mask, he gives Posy a bit of a fright! For ages 1 – 4 yrs.

Now is the best time to enrol your child in a C&K kindergarten program with Health Care Card fee reductions for eligible age children of up to $2,600 per year.


Sophie Rated PG RRP $24.95 Available to rent or buy from March 21 A sweet story of 17 yr old Sophie, who has two great loves, ballet and animals. Growing up on her parents’ zoo she dreams of becoming a ballerina. When her parents are forced to sell her best friend, Shelba the elephant, she abandons her dream and works at a circus to get Shelba back.

Helicopter Taxi with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad RRP $1.99 Need a ride? Call Helicopter Taxi and we’ll come and pick you up! Let your kids fly around their bedroom while getting calls from Señor Fox and his friends that need help to get home. Helicopter Taxi uses the camera on your iPhone so that it looks like it’s really flying next to you! For ages 3 +

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Dr Seuss’s – The Lorax The Kids on the Coast team are addicted to this website. Create virtual pin boards to organise images of things that you love.

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C&K Queen Street Community Kindergarten 46 Queen Street, Caloundra 5341 8560

Palmwoods Community Kindergarten & Preschool 28 Churchill Street, Palmwoods 5445 9027

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C&K Peregian Springs Community Kindergarten 193 The Avenue, Peregian Springs 5471 3168

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C&K Sunshine Coast Conference A childhood fulfilled Registrations now open!

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In cinema: March 29 Rating G The 3D-CGI feature Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is an animated adventure that follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Starring: Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Rob Riggle, Taylor Swift

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C&K Sunshine Coast Parent & Community Forum Guiding children’s behaviour Registrations now open! Lake Kawana Community Centre 19 March 2012 In this seminar Dr Louise Porter, child psychologist will advocate for a guidance approach to children’s behaviour. This method teaches children to manage their emotions and impulses, instead of punishing them for not knowing how to do so.

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