Issue 1 // Winter 2011
winter’s just around the corner and we’re loving it!
Plenty of prize giveaways within!
healthy kids we ask our doctor & dietician for a fool-proof plan!
market day must haves we’ll show you the best in show!
Try our too cute kid’s high tea recipes!
Issue 1 // Winter 2011
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welcome! As a group, the team at Mathilda’s Market are a diverse bunch of truly inspirational women. We all have hectic home lives, husbands, children and ironing piles ten miles high but when we come together to work at Mathilda’s, we do so with a smile and a passionate attitude. We love our jobs and we love all things Mathilda’s! Mathilda’s Market began as an amazing place to shop, but it is continuing to evolve and become much more than that. Through our interaction with out customers via our social media, blog and e-news we have come to realise that Mathilda’s is much more than a shopping event - it is a thriving community. Acknowledging this, our first e-zine is a tribute to all who are part of our community, my team, our customers, our advertisers and sponsors and finally, the gorgeous retailers who showcase at our events. As a quarterly online (and FREE!) publication, Mathilda’s Magazine is filled to the brim with expert advice, stories of interest and the must have items that will be showcased at markets around the country. Throw in some fabulous freebies and exclusive shopping deals and we think we have the Mathilda’s mix just right – I know you are going to love it!
let’s meet our
contributors Mathilda’s Issue 1- Winter 2011
Emma Owers Dietitian B. Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics)
Rachael Zelensky Business Owner, Artist, Illustrator & Mother of two! Rachael Zelensky is the owner and operator of Mathilda’s Market and Boutique Markets. An accomplished artist and published illustrator, Rachael moved from running her own small business showcasing her own artwork to creating events that showcased the creative talents of others. Bringing to the table over 10 years experience in Retail Management both in Australia and abroad, this busy mum of two never stops, but confesses that she wouldn’t have it any other way!
Taryn Newland Photographer, Director of BVA Photography Taryn relishes her role as National Event Photographer for Mathilda’s Market. With a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photography, Taryn is a natural light photographer specialising in pregnant bellies, newborns, babies and weddings. Her creative talents also extend to crafting, styling, baking and design. Taryn recently had her third child Aurelia (affectionately known as Lolly) and is also mum to Siena who is 10 and son Dante who is 8.
Emma Owers is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) through the Dietitians Association of Australia. Emma has worked in private practice and for the public sector in regional and metro areas including work with Paediatrics. Emma’s project work has included developing guidelines for health and nutrition within daycare centres and the provision of educational sessions aiming to foster good nutrition with primary school children. Emma has a broad knowledge of nutritional requirements for children of all ages with a special interest in allergies and intolerances.
Kerina Alter HR Consultant, Director of Altered Career Kerina Alter is the founder/ director of Altered Career, a career marketing and employment services consultancy and has over 10 years experience working across the government, education, charity, science/ technology and corporate sectors. Kerina has successfully consulted with hiring managers, recruiters, participated on numerous recruiting panels, worked with university career service areas and been a board member at Monash University for seven years. Kerina is a mother of two, a qualified career counsellor and a member of Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA).
Kerry Townsend Author & Mothers’ Coach
Louise D’Allura Revamp Professional Organisers Pty Ltd
Kerry is the published author of FREE Your Time, Mother’s Essential Personal Toolkit and Mother’s Essential Romance Toolkit.
The ever-organised Louise is a qualified Home Economist, a member of the Home Economics Institute of Australia (HEIA) and an accomplished member of the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers (AAPO).
Since 2007, Kerry has reveled in her ‘mother coach’ status and has provided support for mothers, providing them with the tools and strategies for raising happy, fulfilled families. Kerry’s philosophy, services and products all promote and encourage a harmonious work/life balance for mums.
Nisha Langdon LLB(Hons) Law degree, Diploma in Primary Education
Louise’s background as a home economist/ nutritionist has been heavily influenced by her Italian heritage where food, eating and vegetable patches are fundamental parts of life! It’s no surprise with this background that Louise became a qualified Home Economist/ Nutritionist and worked at Nutrition Australia delivering health promotion programs, teaching hands-on cooking classes, and organising trade shows and seminars. These days, Louise shares her passion and enthusiasm for being organised and healthy eating through her business Revamp Professional Organisers.
White Lotus Health and Healing is the brain child (or some would say third child) of Nisha Langdon, a Brisbane based mum of two. Nisha has had a long time love affair with natural health and wellbeing and is passionate about helping people heal their bodies naturally. Having lived a diverse life; travelling the globe, getting a law degree, and then becoming a primary school teacher, Nisha is finally following her passion for health, sourcing the best natural remedies, foods and body care. whitelotushealth.com.au
Jodie Benveniste Author, Psychologist and Parenting Expert In addition to her busy role as Director of Parent Wellbeing, Jodie Benveniste is also the successful author of four books including the highly acclaimed Full Belly: Comfort and inspiration for pregnancy and birth and Little Bundle: Comfort and inspiration for baby’s first year. Jodie has been featured on Today Tonight, The Morning Show on Channel 7 and Channel 10, in The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, The Courier Mail, The Advertiser, The Sunday Mail, ABC and commercial radio, and in all the top parenting magazines. Jodie is Affiliate Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide, editorial advisor on Family Fun magazine, and is also mum to two young children. parentwellbeing.com
Louise Stewart Bachelor of Education Specialising in English teaching & Literacy With a Bachelor of Education and Literacy, Louise has been involved in English teaching and literacy professional development in Queensland and Victoria for 13 years. Her passion is literacy education particularly with disadvantaged students and schools and the use of grammar in the teaching of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Currently her work in Victoria includes developing and contributing to a range of literacy professional learning tools for teachers in government schools in both primary and secondary.
Dr Rebecca Anne Stewart (MBBS FRACGP MClinEd) General Practitioner & Medical Educator Rebecca is a General Practitioner and Medical Educator in Townsville, North Queensland, where she has lived for most of her life. She divides her work time between training GPs and medical students, research, and supporting the health needs of her local community. Her areas of special interest include women’s health, pregnancy care, paediatrics, management of skin cancer, health education and mental health. Rebecca is involved in many research projects related to General Practice and has disseminated her research through medical journals and conferences around Australia. Afterhours, Rebecca’s main focuses are her two beautiful girls, aged 9 and 4, and her very tolerant husband!
Susan Volz Artisan and Hobby Farmer
Michelle Freer Graphic Designer Lily&Cino Studio
Susan Volz, the Brisbane-based artisan behind bespoke homewares company, Our Kitchen Garden, is a down to earth mother in every sense. From doting wife and mum; dedicated hobby farmer; avid gardener; passionate country cook; inspired designer and crafter; market stall operator; and committed locavore, Susan applies a holistic approach to healthier and more sustainable living.
Michelle is a mutlidisciplinary designer who spreads her creative energy between her many interests; from graphic design to illustration, from jewellery design to stationery... and of course, to the role of mother to her energetic 4 year old son, Jasper!
Susan’s newest baby, Our Kitchen Garden is an extension of her and her family’s passion for all things homegrown and quality home wares that can be treasured. ourkitchengarden.com.au
With a degree in design from UNSW’s College of Fine Arts, Michelle now runs Lily&Cino Studio, a boutique design studio that specialises in branding and graphic communication for the boutique retail sector. studio.lilyandcino.com
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Mathildaâ€™s Magazine Issue 1// Winter 2011
contents THIS MONTHâ€™S FEATURES!
events page 12
feeling social? page 16
give peas a chance page 18 too busy to eat well? page 20 letâ€™s talk nutrition page 22
tiny tea parties page 26
healthy attitudes towards reading page 30 keeping children safe in a crowd page 34 confidence as parents page 36
winter health tips page 38
mother nurture page 40 an apple a day page 42 dipping your toes back in the career pool page 46 when parents need a holiday page 48
spaces for little faces page 50
our favourite things page 52 market must haves page 54 exclusive shopper offers page 56
ts n e v e / / e r o l exp 11
0 2 r ily days out! e m t fa in g in w / m o n c p st u autum tion of the be ed selec
our hand pick
Monday May 2nd - Friday July 29th The Australian Ballet in Schools Program Melbourne Metropolitan, Victoria
Highlights: The Australian Ballet has offered innovative dance-movement programs since 2006 to over 20,000 primary students with Talking Doing Dancers and Out There! Supporting positive child development, this dance program will be enriching students’ lives during our equity-based week-long program consisting movement workshops. For ages 5 to 12 years. Bookings essential, contact: 03 9669 2790 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday May 3rd to Sunday July 31st
Kids High Tea (Ages 5 to 12)
Sir Stamford Hotel at Circular Quay, 93 Macquarie Street, Sydney (available daily, 1pm- 5pm) Highlights: It’s High Tea Time in the heart of Sydney! Treat the kids to a special afternoon tea complete with scones, sandwiches and sweets at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay. Located a stone’s throw from city sights such as the Opera House, Sydney Harbour and Royal Botanic Gardens, make it a regular afternoon event! Bookings essential, contact 02 9252 4600 or email@example.com Transport/Parking: A short walk from central station, parking available.
Friday May 20th
ArtPlay Dance: From Your Toes to Your Nose ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr (Federation Sq.), Melbourne 10:30am to 11:15am (2-3 years) & 11:45am to 12:30pm (4-5 years) Highlights: How can everyday things get a wiggle out of you? Children and adults will use ordinary objects to connect in playful ways, wiggling, hopping and dancing together in a creative dance experience to music from all around the world! Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9664 7900 or www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/artplay Transport/Parking: Take the bus, train or tram to Flinders Street Station, paid parking is also available nearby!For ages 5 to 12 years.
Saturday May 21st
ArtPlay Hairbrush Rock Choir ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr (Federation Square), Melbourne - 1pm to 3pm Highlights: Do you sing into your hairbrush? Or stage dive off your bed? Musician Grant J War will help children create their own performances with their favourite songs! Email the song (title and artist) you’d like to sing to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 1 May. For ages 9 to 12 years. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9664 7900 or www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/artplay
Sunday May 22nd
ArtPlay Everyone Can Dance...Swing! ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr (Federation Square), Melbourne 10:30am to 12pm and 1pm to 2:30pm Highlights: Get into the swing of things in a lively dance session the whole family will enjoy. Jitterbug and jive your way across the dance floor to the swinging 50s beats, then swing, jump and twirl as a dancing team! For all ages. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9664 7900 or www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/artplay Transport/Parking: Take the bus, train or tram to Flinders Street Station, paid parking is also available nearby!
Sunday May 22nd
Brisbane Boutique Markets Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton - 8am to 1pm Highlights: Support local independent designers with over 50 stalls featuring exclusive and uniquely made art, design and crafts. Look out for our live entertainment and gourmet treats! Transport/Parking: Lots of parking around Portside Wharf!
Sunday May 22nd
Canberra Mathilda’s Market Park Hyatt Hotel Ballroom, Commonwealth Ave, Canberra 9am to 1pm Highlights: Over 50 stalls of the best local craft, design and fashion. Great shopping, food, coffee and entertainment for the whole family! Transport/Parking: Lots of free parking around the Park Hyatt, with easy pram access at rear of Hotel!
Saturday May 28th to July
ArtPlay Cardboard Play Spaces
ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr (Federation Sq.), Melbourne 10am-2pm (Wed to Fri) & 12pm-4pm (weekends) Highlights: Putting a new spin on children’s playgrounds, the interactive Play with Cardboard is returning to ArtPlay. First year architecture students from Monash University have taken an ordinary material and designed extraordinary interactive play spaces made entirely from cardboard, one of which can travel outdoors! For ages 4 years and above. No bookings required, entry is FREE! Contact: 03 9664 7900 or visit www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/artplay Transport/Parking: Bus, train or tram to Flinders Street Station.
Saturday May 28th
Brisbane Mathilda’s Market Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm, 230 Lancaster Road, Ascot 9am to 1pm Highlights: A perfect Queensland outing with over 50 stalls of the best local craft, design and fashion. Look out for our live entertainment, bouncy castle and face painter! Transport/Parking: Lots of free parking around the Racing Club!
Saturday May 28th
Adelaide Mathilda’s Market
The Burnside Ballroom, Cnr Greenhill & Portrush Rds, Adelaide 9am to 1pm Highlights: Handcrafted treats and homemade sweets with over 50 stalls of the best local craft, design and fashion. A lively and bustling atmosphere perfect for a family day out!
Sunday May 29th
Sydney Mathilda’s Market St Ignatius College, Riverview, Tambourine Bay Road, Lane Cove 9am to 1pm Highlights: Over 50 stalls of the best local New South Wales craft, design and fashion retailers. Look out for our live entertainment, friendly faces and handmade treats! Transport/Parking: Lots of free parking on the College grounds! (Cash only, no ATM on site)
Sunday June 5th and Sunday July 3rd
Family Days at Collingwood Children’s Farm
18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Melbourne - 10:30am to 2:30pm Highlights: Bring the whole family out to experience a bit of country life in the big city along the Yarra River at Collingwood Children’s Farm in Melbourne. Featuring hay rides, a BBQ and seasonal activities, come visit our friendly cows, horses, pigs, goats, chickens and other animals! Transport/Parking: Buses run to the Farm. Paid parking available on site, with proceeds going to the Abbotsford Convent Foundation & Collingwood Children’s Farm.
Saturday June 11th and Saturday July 9th
Farmers’ Markets at Collingwood Children’s Farm 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Melbourne - 8am to 1pm Highlights: The whole family is welcome to experience over 70 Victorian producers brought directly to the heart of the city on the second Saturday of each month. As a plastic bag free event, bring your own trolley, baskets and bags to stock up on the freshest fruit and veg around! Transport/Parking: Buses run to the Farm. Paid parking available on site, with proceeds going to the Abbotsford Convent Foundation and Collingwood Children’s Farm.
Sunday June 12th
Brisbane Boutique Markets (Kids and Pets Big Day Out) Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton - 8am to 1pm Highlights: It’s a great day out for the whole household in support of Guide Dogs QLD, with over 50 stalls featuring local art, design and crafts. Look out for our face painter, petting zoo, story telling and sand wizard! Transport/Parking: Lots of parking around Portside Wharf!
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Sunday June 26th
Brisbane Boutique Markets Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton - 8am to 1pm Highlights: Support local independent designers with over 50 stalls featuring exclusive and uniquely made art, design and crafts. Look out for our live entertainment and gourmet treats! Transport/Parking: Lots of parking around Portside Wharf!
Monday July 4th to Saturday July 16th
2011 Melbourne Magic Festival
189 High Street, Northcote, Melbourne Highlights: This yearâ€™s Magic Festival promises to be bigger, better and more spectacular than ever with over 135 performers and 36 different shows returning to Northcote Town Hall this winter! Bring the kids for the perfect school holiday outing or get inspired to take your own show on the road â€“ we know this much anticipated event will leave your miniature magicians scrambling to perfect their own tricks! Transport/Parking: Train, Bus and Tram lines run within walking distance of the venue. 24 hour and short term paid parking are available on surrounding streets.
Sunday July 10th
Melbourne Boutique Markets (Launch Event)
Hawthorn Town Hall, 360 Burwood Road - 9am to 1pm Highlights: Support local independent designers with over 50 stalls featuring exclusive and uniquely made art, design and crafts. Look out for our live entertainment and gourmet treats! Transport/Parking: Lots of parking around the Town Hall.
Sunday July 10th
Brisbane Boutique Markets
Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton - 8am to 1pm Highlights: Support local independent designers with over 50 stalls featuring exclusive and uniquely made art, design and crafts. Look out for our live entertainment and gourmet treats! Transport/Parking: Lots of parking around Portside Wharf!
Sunday July 24th
Brisbane Boutique Markets
Portside Wharf, 39 Hercules Street, Hamilton - 8am to 1pm Highlights: Support local independent designers with over 50 stalls featuring exclusive and uniquely made art, design and crafts. Look out for our live entertainment and gourmet treats! Transport/Parking: Lots of parking around Portside Wharf!
explore // feeling
Visit our favourite blogs, twitter & facebook forums! Mummy’s Wish
Mums On The Go
www.mumsonthego.com.au We all know between mealtime, playtime, bath time, and bedtime, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routines of your family without putting much thought into yourself and your own needs. That’s where Mums On The Go comes to your rescue! Created by two busy mums, for busy mums, the site provides information regarding child friendly eateries and cafes, health services and a wealth of mum-centric articles and information.
With ongoing support for those undergoing cancer treatment, Mummy’s Wish aims to assist mums with young children during their diagnosis. Started by a mum diagnosed with cancer during her second pregnancy, the charity was created with the goal of making mums feel special, while helping them through difficult times. This growing organisation offers specialised support services including a feel-good ‘treat bag’ to keep mums connected to their family and community.
OurKidz Australia www.ourkidz.com.au
This extensive online children and youth service directory provides resources for parents and teachers, complemented by timely news articles, industry and product updates that effect families in Australia. OurKidz Australia offers a free membership allowing you to access an interactive calendar to add community events, enter competitions, post your own media release, shop online and exchange information with other users. Join their community for recent health, education and parenting information or simply check out their meal and kids party planning ideas!
Kids Style File
www.kidstylefile.com.au daily bargains, news & inspiration
Does your child desire to be styled? If you’re looking for the best designer and boutique clothing for your little fashionista, Kids Style File will keep them on trend from newborn to nearly grown! This 100% independent mum-run blog also provides insider information on new products, special offers, discounts and sales. We suggest you add this to your bookmarks and let the styling and saving begin!
The Crafty Crow
www.babypages.com.au Ever yearn for a Yellow Pages directory made specifically for your needs? Baby Pages is the answer to your past online search for local products, retailers and services! As an Australian leader in all things pregnancy, baby and childrelated, find everything you need on their user friendly site, save on brand name products, enter competitions and chat to other mums on their facebook page! Whether it’s furniture for baby’s room, stylish clothes for new mums or parenting support services for families, they’ve got you covered.
Here at Mathilda’s we love to make, bake and create – so naturally we turn to The Crafty Crow for handmade inspiration! This online ‘children’s craft collective’ focuses on age-based projects derived from the outdoors that can be created using recyclable materials. Family-oriented environmentally-friendly crafts, influenced by nature, what more could a mum ask for!? Also worth a look is their extensive craft and reading resources, facebook and twitter sites. And if you’re a crafty mum yourself, they are always looking for new ideas and colourful submisisions!
This national glossy magazine has a website but we always find ourselves flocking back to their timely tweets full of tips and mum-friendly links! LittleONE Mag is full of inspirational stories on life as a mum, true and tested tricks, beautiful décor ideas and stunning feature photo spreads. Whether you’re an expecting, new, travelling or many times over mum, their conversational articles, artfully styled photos and real life experiences will have you following their multiple social media sites in admiration. page
The name says it all – and yes, we didn’t believe them either until we checked out their website and wealth of 4 Ingredients or less recipes! With the bestselling cookbook in Australia and a 10,000+ following on facebook these mums are onto something good. Order your cookbook online, choosing from 4 books full of delicious and easy recipes, including a gluten free version and their newest and much-anticipated collaboration with Deepak Chopra, ‘Fast, Fresh & Healthy’. Only have a few items in the pantry? Head online now to give a few of their recipes a taste test, check out their blog or look for their next live appearance!
toobusy to eat well?
Do you feel like making healthy food choices is just too hard in your busy life? Home economist and professional organiser, Louise D’Allura explores the techniques and strategies for eating well economically and efficiently…
we’ve all been there... it’s the end
of the day and you’re tired, you’ve not even thought about what to feed the family, and it just seems a WHOLE LOT easier to go to a fast food chain and throw fast food on the table. While this quick fix seems to solve our immediate need, it is having a huge im-
pact on our health and on the health of our children. The health problems we are seeing in children today are often the sorts of health disorders that we only ever used to see diagnosed in adults. There are even concerns that today’s parents will outlive the current generation of Australian children. What a horrifying thought. page
The good news is there is a lot we can do about it! There are a few easy strategies you can implement so that a hectic life doesn’t mean that dinner time has to be fast food or takeaways on the run! Start with just one of these tips to get more healthy choices in your week and see how you go!
what’s your favourite?
Start by working out what are your favourite takeaways? Is it pad thai, laksa, pizza, tacos, fried rice? The latest research from The Nielsen Company’s 2010 ShopperTrends Report - The Future of Retailing has shown Thai cuisine is already the second most popular type of cuisine eaten out of home (behind traditional Australian) among Aussie households; followed by Italian, Chinese and Japanese cuisine! It also found that Asian food items in our pantry has grown by two percent (equivalent to an additional 268,000 households) since 2007! So, the great thing is that there are many easy, fast, and healthy versions of our favourites that you can make at home. Many of our favourites actually originate as fast street food in their country of origin. They’ve gained popularity because they are so easy to cook and can be made almost anywhere! Many recipes can be made in under 30 minutes (most less than this) and can sometimes have only 5 ingredients. The good news is you can easily make healthy versions of these AND you have the advantage of making your version with all natural ingredients!
“many recipes can be made in under 30 minutes” Pick one of your favourite takeaways and try and master it at home. Find the healthiest, quickest and easiest version you can that tastes great. The easiest way to make it healthy is to look at how you can “pyramid” it!
Yep cast your mind back to that Healthy Eating Pyramid from Home Ec class! That advice has guided me for over 15 years - I have never succumbed to any diet, or diet books, I ignore them all! I am clear on my food philosophy so the only advice I follow is “everything in moderation” as encouraged by Nutrition Australia’s Healthy Eating Pyramid.
So, in a nutshell, the best way
to make your recipes healthier is to look at ways you can incorporate lots more vegetables (fresh, canned or frozen), grains and legumes; include only moderate amounts of meat/ fish/ poultry/ vego alternatives, dairy; and small amounts of fat (avoid too much saturated fat), salt and sugar. Once you find a “hit” with the family, store the recipe in a book, on your computer, and in your phone!
“a useful pantry is a useful friend” Have as many of the ingredients on hand as possible for your “I have no time dinners.” A full pantry isn’t always your best friend, but a useful pantry full of the foods you ACTUALLY eat is!
When you cook, make large batches and freeze extras. This way, you’ll already have meals in the freezer that give
you a head start, or you can just thaw, heat, and serve. This is one of the easiest ways to enjoy “fast” food at home. For me I only have a few dishes I make batches and freeze – dahl curry, soup, and my absolute favourite - Bolognese sauce! When I make a batch I make a BATCH - I’m seriously talking a few kilos of lean mince! It works brilliantly as a super quick meal of spaghetti or lasagna or burritos/ tacos (just add canned beans!). There are heaps more but if you can make these three you are on the way!!
“make dinner time a social experience” Can you make dinner about enjoying each other’s company? If you are looking for ways to get your kids involved with meal preparation (at least setting the table!) and make meal time a part of that learning. If they are doing a project on a country, relate the meal back to what you know about that country. We’ve all seen an example of this (to some extent) with Emperor Nasi-Goreng and the great wall being built to keep the rabbits out. If you don’t have to stretch the truth that much you’re doing just fine!! I hope these ideas will give you some ideas on how to whip together food in no time! The skills your children can learn from you at home really will help to set them up for life.
Download Louise’s Free Guide “Solving the What’s for Dinner Challenge” by visiting: www.TheRevampExperience.com.au
let’s talk nutrition Dietitian Emma Owers explores the importance of nutrition for childhood development and growth.
It is important that good nutrition plays a role in your child’s early life, for their current health and their health in the future. Good nutrition ensures that your child will get everything they need for their body to work normally, to help them to grow adequately and to maintain a healthy weight. A healthy diet consists of a variety of foods from all five food groups, daily.
5 Food Groups #1 cereals
bread, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles
veges, salad and legumes
fresh, dried and juiced
milk, yoghurt and cheese
#5 meat & alt. fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, legumes
Foods with high amounts of fat or sugar (for examples, sweet biscuits, chips, lollies or ice-cream) are not every day foods and should only be eaten occasionally. These are known as ‘extra’ foods.
Q. How much food should my child eat?
The amount of food a child needs differs depending on their age, size, activity, appetite and growth rate. You can use the following page as a guide for you child’s daily intake. N.b. serving sizes differ in the 1-3 yrs age group than the 4-7yrs age group.
breads/cereals Age 1-3 years (6 child sized serves) 1 slice bread ½ cup cereals ½ cup cooked rice, pasta or noodles ½ cup cooked porridge ¼ cup untoasted muesli Age 4-7 years (3-4 regular serves) 2 slices of bread 1 cup cereal 1 medium bread roll 1 1/3 cup ready to eat cereal 1 cup cooked rice, pasta or noodles 1 cup cooked porridge ½ cup untoasted muesli
veges & legumes Age 1-3 years (6 child sized serves) ¼ cup cooked vegetables ½ cup salad vegetables ½ small potato ¼ cup legumes e.g. baked beans, lentils Age 4-7 years (4 regular serves) ½ cup (75g) cooked vegetables 1 cup salad vegetables 1 small potato ½ cup legumes
Age 1-3 years (4 child sized serves) 1 small piece of fruit (e.g. small apple, banana, orange)
¼ cup fruit juice
n.b. offer unsweetened diluted of ¾ water with ¼ juice, no more than once per day
Age 4-7 year (2 serves) 1 medium piece of fruit (apple, banana, orange)
2 small pieces of fruit (apricots or kiwifruit)
1 cup (150g) canned fruit 1 ½ tablespoons of sultanas 4 dried apricot halves ½ cup (125mL) fruit juice (max. of once per day)
A healthy child will never starve themselves, so trust that your child knows when they have had enough to eat.
dairy foods Age 1-3 years (4-6 child sized serves) 125mL milk or calcium fortified soy milk 20g (small slice) cheese 100g yoghurt 125mL custard n.b. reduced fat varieties of dairy foods are not suitable for children under 2 years Age 4-7 years (3 serves) 1 cup (250mL) milk or calcium fortified soy milk 2 slices (40g) cheese ½ cup evaporated milk 200g yoghurt 1 cup (250mL) of custard
meat & alternatives
Age 1-3 years (4 child serves) ¼ cup legumes 1 medium egg 30-50g meat (1 small chop, ¼ cup
mince, 1 slice of roast meat/chicken)
40-60g cooked fish 1 tbsp peanut butter
n.b. do not offer whole nuts to under 5’s, only smooth peanut butter
Age 4-7 years (2 regular serves) 65-100g cooked meat or chicken (2 small chops, ½ cup mince, 2 slices of roast meat)
80-120g cooked fish 2 small eggs ½ cup legumes ½ cup nuts (for over 5 years only,
otherwise offer 2 tbsp peanut butter)
Tips for Meal Times
These foods do not provide essential nutrients and no more than one extra food is recommended for 1-3 year olds, and 1-2 extra foods for 4-7 year olds.
• A parent chooses the foods prepared and when they are given, and the child chooses whether to eat and how much to eat
Some examples of extra foods are: 1 (40g) doughnut 4 (35g) plain sweet biscuits 1 slice (40g) cake 1 tbsp butter, margarine, oil 1 can (375mL) soft drink 1 small (30g) packet chips 12 (60g) hot chips 1 ½ scoops (50g) ice cream 60g (1 tbsp) jam or honey 25g (1 fun size or ½ regular size) chocolate bar If you are concerned that your child doesn’t eat enough, just remember: • A healthy child will never starve themselves, so trust that your child knows when they have had enough to eat • Fussy eating can be a sign of a child developing their sense of independence • A child’s growth rate and therefore, appetite, slows down from 1-5 years compared with their first 12 months of life • Meal times can be seen as an interruption to play time • A child’s daily intake will vary from day to day so include a variety of foods to ensure your child receives adequate nutrition • Your child will eat less if they are tired or have eaten another snack too close to their meal time • Your child will consume less food if they have filled up on other fluids such as soft drink, milk or cordial
• Meal times should be enjoyable and your child should not feel pressured about the amount of food they eat. Remember to praise children when they eat well • Don’t get frustrated when your child won’t eat and be realistic about the amount of effort you put into meal times and food preparation. Don’t use bribes like lollies, chocolates, milk or desserts to make your child eat • Eat with your child and avoid distractions at meal times. Talk to your child about the foods that they are eating. Allow 20-30 minutes for meal times
Remember Healthy eating extends to snacks not just main meals. Try these healthy snack ideas: • Fresh, dried or canned fruit
day is adequate. Encourage fresh fruit instead of juice • Limit sweet drinks such as cordial, soft drink and juice as they are high in energy and will make your child less hungry • Involve your child with preparing and planning meals
EMMA’S ADVICE If you are concerned about your child’s nutritional development, ask your general practitioner for a referral to a pediatric dietitian at your local hospital, or visit the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www. daa.asn.au) and click the find a APD link to locate a private dietitian in your area, no referral is required to see a private dietitian.
• Crackers with cheese • Small sandwiches with a healthy filling such as banana • Plain or flavoured yoghurt • Milk, milkshake or smoothies made with fruits like strawberry or banana • Raw vegetables e.g. cucumber, cherry tomato, sticks of carrot • Encourage water as much as possible. Milk is suitable, but excess milk can lead to poor appetite so keep to recommended amounts per day • One glass of fruit juice per
For meal and recipe ideas, you can visit the Go for 2 & 5 fruit and vegetables website (www.gofor2and5.com.au). Other helpful children’s books include: I Will Never Not Ever Eat A Tomato (Lauren Child) I Eat Fruit or I Eat Vegetables (both by Hannah Tofts) Eat Your Peas (Kes Gray) Information provided in this article has been adapted from the Queensland Health publication, Fun not Fuss with Food – information for parents, 2005.
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cupcake biscuits ingredients
125g butter, chopped 1 tsp vanilla essence 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 egg yolk 1 1/4 cups plain flour, sifted extra flour for kneading
1. Preheat the oven to 180 and line an oven tray with baking paper 2. Put the butter, vanilla and sugar in a small bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk and beat well 3. Add flour to the butter and egg mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined 4. Turn the mix out onto a lightly floured board and knead gently until the dough is smooth 5. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 mins 6. Roll the dough out between 2 sheets of baking paper to 3mm thick 7. Cut out shapes using cutters 8. Bake biccies for 15-20 minutes 9. Remove from oven and stand on a wire rack to cool
1. Ice biscuit with a layer of white icing, then pipe on the ‘patty pan’ using pink
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teacup biscuits ingredients
24 Tic Toc biscuits 24 Marshmallows 12 Lifesaver lollies 24 Freckles 1/2 cup royal icing
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towards reading How can we as parents and guardians help our children develop positive attitudes towards reading? Louise Stewart explores the importance of literacy.
“Reading is important because when the kids go to high school they read harder books.” (Oscar, age 7)
“Reading helps you read the blurbs on books to see if you are going to like it!” (Alice, age 6) Oscar & Alice
have developed healthy attitudes towards reading. When being interviewed for this article (I decided to go straight to the source), Oscar and Alice spoke about how much they loved to read and why learning to read is important. In my years of teaching I have to say this has not always been my experience and children who develop negative attitudes towards reading often struggle with the literacy demands of schooling. So how can we as parents and guardians help our children develop positive attitude towards reading like Oscar and Alice? From birth children’s experiences within their families builds their understanding, ideas and values about reading. From newspapers to magazines, SMS texts, the internet and the back of cereal boxes we are reading constantly and for a variety of purposes. It is our modelling and making explicit our
reading practices to children that encourages the value and enjoyment of reading. In our daily interactions with our children there are many activities we participate in that encourages healthy attitudes towards reading:
6 Familiarising children
with how a book looks and feels. It is important children see themselves as readers from an early age which includes identifying the name of the book on the front cover, knowing to turn the pages and being able to interpret the images before they can read the words
7 Making reading time
every day with your children and reading books you both enjoy
8 Surfing the internet
together including googling interesting facts and how you navigate from one page to the next
9 Sharing family storytell-
ing time about important events in the family’s history. 10 Encouraging children to role play and dress up. Help them make signs for the corner store, the hairdressers or police station
Giving your children 1 Speaking and singing 10 access to books and materials to our children from birth using the alphabet (for exambooks, blocks, fridge 2 Sharing nursery rhymes ple, magnets, mobiles, iPads and and stories with repetition and rhyme. Older siblings are often keen to join in this activity
pens and paper)
11 Spending time watch-
we go - even labels on supermarket shelves or signs you see while driving
ing movies or television together. Asking questions about the storyline and why the characters might have acted in the way they did
4 Making shopping lists
3 Reading aloud wherever
writing cards and emailing together
5 Reading books aloud
to our children, using different voices and sounds to create a sense of enjoyment and excitement
do not expect children to come to school being able to read from day one, however like Oscar and Alice, children should begin school with a positive attitude towards reading and motivation to learn to read.
research into successful readers tells us is that ensuring children have access to a broad range of literacy activities from the earliest age prepares them for the increasingly complex world they will participate in. From the internet, computer games, iPhones, magazines, books and eBooks, broad exposure, valuing and enjoyment of all of these is the best way to promote a healthy attitude towards reading. The role parents, guardians and siblings play in modelling positive reading habits and attitudes should also not be underestimated.
Department of Education and Training 2008, Queensland Government, Brisbane, 21st April 2011, http://education.qld.gov.au/ literacyandnumeracy Department of Education and Childrenâ€™s Services 2010, Government of South Australia, Adelaide, 21st April 2011, http:// www.earlyyearsliteracy.sa.edu.au/ pages/resource/connecting Department of Education and Early Childhood Development 2010, State of Victoria, Melbourne, 21st April 2001, http://www.education.vic. gov.au/studentlearning
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It’s natural for parents to be concerned about keeping their children safe when they’re out and about. For the toddler who has just discovered that walking or running is better than riding in the pram, every day activities like getting groceries from the local shops have the potential to bring parents a heart-stopping moment when they realise they don’t know where their child is. Very young children have a limited capacity to
recognise potentially dangerous situations, let alone remember what they are supposed to do, but there are many positive things parents can do to keep their children safe in a crowd – whether it’s at the local shops or a major theme park. TEACHING PERSONAL SAFETY It is important to begin teaching your child about personal safety early. Begin by encouraging them to know their full name (first
SAFE and last). Teaching them their parent/carer’s name is also important, and a great way to practice this at Playgroup is during morning circle time. Singing good morning/good-bye to each child and parent/carer is a fun way to practice. Here are some options that might work for your group: 1. Sit in a circle with a ball. 2. Roll the ball to one person in the circle for the group to sing hello to. 3. Tell me what your name
is, I’d really like to know! Your name is... (person says their name, repeated by everyone around the circle) Hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello (waving action) 4. The ball is then rolled to another person and the song repeated until everyone in the circle has been greeted. You might also like to take photos of parents and children in the group and talk about who is in the photos. At home, create a small photo album with significant people in their child’s life that you can look at and talk about together. As your child gets older, teach them their address and phone number. ESTABLISHING ROUTINE BEHAVIOR can help make it easier to keep your children safe: Make it a rule that all children place their hands on the car until you tell them it’s OK to move away when you’re getting out in a car park. This keeps mobile children in one place while you get younger ones out of the car, or open out the pram. Teach your children to stop and put their hands on their heads/up in the air/ on their shoes in response to a phrase or song (eg: “tata-te-te-ta”). This will help you catch them when they make a dash towards the toy department. BEING PREPARED For larger outings, such as a big fete or amusement
park, setting a few rules and being prepared can help should you become separated: Take a picture of your child on your mobile phone before you set out for the day. This is handy as a reminder of exactly what they are wearing and will help when asking other people if they have seen your child. Always hold hands, and make sure each parent is aware if you are transferring primary “look-out” duties. When out with a number of children, count faces, not just heads (there are a lot of Thomas the Tank Engine hats out there!). Show your child who they should go to for help if they do get lost. Finding a policeman in a large crowd might not be all that practical. Other options include: 1. Someone working behind a cash register; 2. Someone working in an information booth; 3. A uniformed security officer, cleaner or maintenance worker; 4. Another Mum/Dad with children and prams. Emphasise that while it’s OK for a child to ask an adult for help, it’s NOT OK for an adult to ask a child for help. SAFETY DEVICES There are also a variety of child safety products on the market to help prevent or respond to situations where you are separated from your child: Identification wrist bands and temporary tattoos page
identify your child’s name and a contact number. Some have space to handwrite the best contact details on the day, while others are pre-printed or even engraved. Try Googling “ID tattoos for kids” or “child ID bracelet”. Walking harnesses or safety straps have been denounced by some as being degrading to the child, but many parents consider the benefits far outweigh any possible consequences. Ranging from a basic wrist strap to elaborate animal shaped back-packs, there are a number of such devices on the market, usually available from department stores or specialty baby stores. At the top end of the scale, are GPS tracking device. They can be pinned inside clothing or a bag, looped onto a belt or hung around the neck, and integrated with a mobile phone or PC interface to locate the device using GPS tracking technology. They are also suitable for use with older children and the elderly. Playgroup Australia is the national not-for-profit peak body that advocates for Playgroups and is responsible for the development of nationally consistent frameworks, policies, resources, and partnerships. It is comprised of the eight State and Territory Playgroup Associations that deliver Playgroup services to families and communities, and represents the largest group of families with young children in Australia. www.playgroupaustralia.com.au
confidence as parents Psychologist and parenting expert, Jodie Benveniste discusses the importance of developing confidence as a parent.
magine for a moment if kids came with a manual. Your child won’t sleep through the night. You open your book, and presto, there’s the answer. You child won’t eat the beautiful, healthy food you make. You open your book, and there are 20 sure-fire recipes they will always eat. Your child’s good behaviour is sporadic. You open your book, and there’s a chapter: ‘Good behaviour guaranteed’. If only. Some parenting books do promise success. Child won’t sleep? Easy! Follow a strict sleep, feed, play routine, there will be no more nighttime waking.
Fussy eater? No problems! These recipes tempt even the pickiest of eaters. Whinging, whining kids? Simple! Follow steps 1, 2, 3 and your child will turn into an angel. But being individuals, kids rarely follow instructions written by someone who doesn’t know them. Instead, most of us bumble along fighting fires, and doing the best we can. Some days we triumph, but other days we feel like life is getting the better of us. No one raises kids without making mistakes or wishing some experiences away. But it’s not about being error free. What’s
more important are your intentions as a parent. What kind of a parent do you want to be? How do you want your kids to behave? What kind of a vision do you have for your family?
confidence as a parent is key. Confident parents:
Recognise that there is no one right way to parent Sift through all the parenting info and choose what’s right for their family Raise their kids according to their own values and beliefs. Confident parents also: Don’t falsely compare their own family to other families
Only judge other parents if it’s a way to make decisions about their own parenting, and keep those judgements to themselves
recognizing what’s great about your family, and envisioning an even more enriching and enjoyable family life.
Hold the big picture and the end game in mind.
That is where many parenting books fall short. They don’t know you and your family, and they don’t know your beliefs, and your vision.
Step 2 involves taking your values and turning them into a manifesto – a set a beliefs you’d like to live by as a parent.
If you love and care for your children in a way that’s consistent with your values and beliefs, you provide your kids with the best possible care. When you make decisions that are right for you and your family, you raise your kids with confidence.
so how can you be a confident parent?
Write your own parenting manual. Writing your own parenting manual begins with deciding how you want to raise your kids. It’s based on the assumption that there’s no one right way to raise kids. There is only your way done with confidence, love and care. It’s also based on the assumption that you are the expert. You know your kids, your family, and yourself.
so how do you write your own manual?
What do I value most about family life?
What kind of a parent do I want to be, and what kind of kids do I want to raise? Step 3 involves devising some practical ways to head toward a better family life.
What could I do right now, no matter how small, that would help move me toward the future I want for my family? With your own parenting manual, you follow your own values and beliefs rather than feeling like you should raise your kids according to other people’s views or standards. And it’s okay if your manual looks a little different to the next family’s. It’s about what suits you and your family. Ever wished your kids came with a manual? Now they can!
Step 1 involves exploring what you value,
want to join in? In Jodie’s new parenting book, she is developing a step-by-step process where parents can: Explore their current situation – what’s working and what’s not working Create their own blueprint for being the family they want to be Learn practical tools and techniques to raise capable kids, and enjoy doing it! Mathilda’s Magazine readers can get first access to all the information and tools discussed in the book! Jodie will be setting up a Facebook user group for parents to obtain the chapters as they are written and to also connect with other like-minded parents who also want to worry less and enjoy parenting more. Every parent who is involved will be personally mentioned in the book and on the website, unless, of course, they’d prefer to remain anonymous. Participating parents will also receive their own parenting manual that outlines how they want to raise their kids. Places will be limited so if you’re interested, find out more at www.parentwellbeing.com/parent_manifesto
Unfortunately we often hear winter coming, months of intermittent runny noses and bugs doing the family circuit! Dr Rebecca Stewart shares her winter health tips.
everyone knows the
pattern – one child sick, next ones down, the ‘Man-flu’, and then poor Mum succumbs, as she’s knackered from looking after everyone! Is there anything we can do, other than not breathing on each other and washing our hands? Hopefully I can give you a few useful bits of information to help you survive your winter health blues.
The flu is a virus, i.e. not a bacteria. It laughs at antibiotics. There are around 100 flu viruses so they’re tricky to avoid. Mr Flu usually enters our lives very suddenly with a dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache and fever within 24 hours. He hangs about for around a week and generally makes us feel like we’ve been hit by a garbage truck. So….. What can we do? REST, REST, REST, lots of fluids, eat healthily, TLC, something for the fever and if you’re worried – off to the Doc. There is a medication for adults and kids that can reduce the severity and length of the flu but it only works if given in the first 72 hours so if you’re feeling really rotten or have other health issues - see your GP early. The flu vaccine is available for ‘at risk’ adults and children so it’s worth having a chat to your family GP to see if prevention might be the best cure!
the cold family
Colds are viruses too but different from the flu. Colds tend to be sneakier and come on over a couple of days – runny nose, low-grade temps and a
dry cough. Again antibiotics are futile and getting better is about rest and TLC. Flus and colds can have complications and many parents are aware of this but not sure when to go to the Doctor. A basic rule of thumb is happy kids who are eating well, racing around and behaving ‘normally’ are unlikely to have a serious complication of their flu or cold. However, if your child: • Has a fever despite antifever medication • Persistent (>24 hours) cough, sore ears or sore throat • Headache or rash • Reduced food and fluid intake (and in particular less than 6 wees in a day) • Other medical problems • Or you are worried (remember parents know their children best then you should see your family doctor or can phone for advice. It is difficult to assess any patient over the phone so the usual recommendation is to bring the child in to be seen
other winter stuff
Unfortunately at present there are outbreaks of whooping cough across Australia. This condition can be life threatening for children, particularly those unvaccinated under the age of 6 months. It is really important to ensure your children’s (and your own) vaccinations are up to date. Whooping cough vaccine is subsidised in most states for new parents, grandparents and those in contact with children under the age of six months. Please ask your doc-
tor about this.
Making the medicine go down! (When standing your child on their head is not an option) • Try giving in a syringe or by dropper bit by bit (1ml at a time) – it is very difficult for kids to vomit this up when it is in such small bits • Ask an older sibling to model taking the medicine, followed by a reward • Ask your Doctor to provide a formulation if possible that is given less frequently • Ask the child to hold their nose whilst taking their medicine and drop to the back of the tongue – these tricks reduce ability to taste the medicine • Ask your Pharmacist about alternatives – different brand (and taste), different strength (so need to give less), different formulation (some kids medications are available in chewable tablets or rectal formulations) Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is of a generic nature and does not purport to be a substitute for health and parenting advice. Readers are advised to seek a doctor for all medical and health matters of concern.
Mother Nurture Nurturing yourself will provide many positive benefits to your life as a parent and a person. Kerry Townsend explains...
hen you become a mum, life as you knew it can quickly become a distant memory! All of a sudden your focus changes and your baby becomes the centre of attention and where you tend to expend all your energy! As time goes on it just becomes a way of life and your needs continually get pushed aside while family comes first. However, as a result, what may happen is, you may lose touch with who you are and what you enjoy doing. Your identity is now ‘mum’, and you just ‘follow’ the kids lead... Being mum becomes comfortable and safe and you tend to ‘hide’ behind that role because you’re not sure what you would do anyway if you had time out for yourself! But, unintentionally and unknowingly resentment may build and ‘mother guilt’ can take over! Guilty that you’re not satisfied as a mother, guilty you have some resentment being stuck in a rut, guilty that all you want to do is escape and have some sleep, guilty because you’re not enjoying your time with the kids, guilty for getting cranky when you don’t have time for yourself, etc, etc! Mother guilt is unproductive and unnecessarily robs you of a joyful life and your family will feel the effects as well. Here are 10 typical reasons that resentment builds, hinders your growth and enjoyment of life, and will affect your role as a mother: 1. Neglecting yourself. When you tend to overlook your needs, you may feel unhappy, unsatisfied, regretful, tired, tense, unproductive and lack self-worth and selfconfidence 2. Not taking responsibility. It’s easy to come up with excuses and play the blame game for not doing things you want, but by avoiding responsibility you’re not
accountable for your failures or successes, and you’re robbing yourself of growth and satisfaction 3. Doing the same thing. Change is not going to happen unless you do. If you keep repeating the same things you will keep getting the same results. 4. Being inflexible. What you resist, persists! You will create endless misery for yourself if you choose to be resistant and stubborn through the need to be in control! 5. Lack of direction. All roads will lead to nowhere if you are not clear about what you want, which results in being easily led, scattered in all directions and easily overwhelmed! 6. Waiting... When you choose to wait for something before you can be happy, then you put your whole life on hold. “Waiting is like riding a bike with no wheels.’’ You’re going nowhere, fast! 7. Not having a plan. Without a plan you are not giving your dreams a chance to become reality. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail 8. Doing it on your own. Trying to do everything on your own for the sake of appearing like a ‘Super Mum’ will lead to isolation, stress and feeling unfulfilled 9. Giving up. Whether it’s provoked by impatience, resistance or frustration, quitting is a selfdefeating habit that robs you of the success you deserve
10. Ignoring your achievements. Self-criticism might feel natural, but this doesn’t make it right. Ignoring your achievements is ignoring your self-worth So what can you do? If you’re ready to rediscover who you are, be joyful again, enthusiastic about life and leave the mother guilt behind then the first thing you need to do is: nurture yourself! Nurturing yourself is about respect. It is about taking ‘time out’ to do the things that you enjoy… looking after you by living a healthy, well-balanced life… eating plenty of healthy food, sleeping and exercising. When you nurture yourself your ability to raise happy children increases; their behaviour reflects the behaviour you model. Nurturing yourself allows you to affirm that you are a worthy individual who deserves good things. Rather than thinking, ‘I’m selfish for taking time out’, think to yourself, ‘I’m selfish if I don’t take time out’. Nurturing yourself regularly will revitalise your life so you can spread your wings and set your inner butterfly soaring. Become more energetic, positive, productive and healthy! For further information regarding work/life balance for mum’s, visit Kerry’s website www.motherstoolkit.com.au
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Busy mums face many challenges in the day, often leaving their own health and wellbeing to the wayside. Nisha Langdon discusses the essentials for maintaining your health and energy.
hey say an apple a day keeps the doctor away but, if you’re like me, an apple is the last thing you feel like eating after being on the go all day, surviving on coffee and whatever else comes to hand (normally chocolate!). Being busy working mums, we are used to multitasking; answering the phone while changing a nappy; quickly checking emails while the kids are watching TV and all the while figuring out what to cook for dinner that night, whether the washing that’s been sat in the machine can be hung up smelling damp, and most importantly, making sure the children are fed,
nourished, happy, clean, contented and healthy. But what about us? How many mums out there constantly think “tomorrow, I’ll start eating more fruit, take better care of myself, and put myself FIRST. Well, I’m happy to tell you it’s not hard to be healthy whilst busy, in fact, with a few little adjustments, it can very quickly become part of your routine, and before you know it, you’ll have more energy, sparkle and whizz than Harry Potter on a broomstick!
So what are my top tips? page
1.Start the day with water
It’s so simple, just drink as much pure water as you can upon rising, which will hydrate your body and flush out all the toxins that have accumulated while you’ve slept. I’m not going to tell you to give up coffee, because most mum’s I know live on the stuff, but have the water first, then the coffee. You will notice a huge difference after a few days.
2.Have some fruit with breakfast This will ensure a nutrient packed start to your day. Either as whole fruit, or chopped up with some yoghurt and muesli. Another options is to blend
some fresh fruit up into a smoothie. A good one I like to do (and the kids love this too) is to blend a mango, with a frozen banana, some apple juice, spirulina powder, flax oil and whatever else I can get in there without the kids seeing.
3.Have a ‘lunch break’
Take a break at any time during the day that you can manage. By this I mean take 15-30 mins to have a cuppa, read a magazine or watch Oprah. You need those few minutes during the day where you are not interacting with anyone (this includes emails and texts), and you can switch off and recharge yourself.
4. Get enough sleep
Hands up if you start your ‘business day’ when the kids are in bed and work into the night. Yep, that’s most of us. Try and set aside two nights a week where you do no work in the evening (yes checking emails does count), and spend some time with your partner, doing a hobby or just chilling out! Make sure you go to bed early on these nights to catch up on lost sleep.
5.Eat some greens
Get in your serves of vegetables every day. This is a lot easier than you think. As well as having page
the obvious vegetables like broccoli, spinach and rocket with your evening meal, try a spoon of barley grass powder in some juice or a smoothie, it is amazing for boosting energy and nutrients. Green vegetables have lots of minerals in them and are alkalising on the body (to curb the effects of all that coffee!). Make these five easy steps part of your daily routine and start noticing the difference in how you feel and think. All too often we are so busy we end up neglecting ourselves and our health, but by making small changes we can look after our wellbeing and our families, and have more energy to put into our businesses!
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dipping your toes BACK INTO THE CAREER POOL
Getting back into work after a break can be a daunting task, Kerina Alter explores the reasons why returning back to work can be difficult for some Mumâ€™s and provides a plan of action for reinterring the workforce.
often hear from Mum’s who are anxious at the thought of returning to work. Their reasons are many and varied but generally include:
Attempt to include some of the following into your action plan:
#1 Update your resume
“my skills are out of date” “my position/ company or work contacts have moved on”
and online profiles at your earliest opportunity, this will remind you of your skills and boost your confidence in your abilities
#2 Stay in touch with
“my interests lie elsewhere” “my old job is not flexible” “my coworkers won’t treat me the same”
“my guilt level is high”
do and keeping you on track for returning to your career.
“my level of motivation is low”
DO ANY OF THESE SOUND FAMILIAR? Here’s some good news – an action plan can help! Taking a break should not mean being out of touch. Start planning for returning to work as early as possible, even before your break starts and know that professional help is at hand. Developing an action plan can be a great way of knowing what to
your employer and work contacts, attend events, send and receive work and industry emails and if possible obtain work from home access
#3 Explore flexible work
options, for example job sharing, working from home, changing hours, switching tasks or areas of responsibility
#4 Continue with professional development and keep across opportunities for learning
#5 Be aware of external events that might impact on your line of work
#6 Update your work wardrobe
#7 Discuss and plan
your return to work ideas with your support network
#8 Research and
confirm your child care options page
#9 Be organised at
home – shopping, cooking, cleaning
#10 Understand what
quality time with your kids, family and friends means to you and plan to make it happen
#11 Know how to
negotiate what you want from your employer, for example would a gradual transition back to work be helpful?
#12 Know your com-
pany’s policies for flexible work and other examples or precedents within your company and other work situations Mums who choose to switch into stand by mode, not off mode when taking a break find the transition back to work much easier. Stay tuned not tuned out! For further career tips and advice, visit Kerina’s website www.alteredcareer. com.au
WHEN PARENTS NEED A
HOLIDAY Being a parent is a full time job and one that sometimes calls for a well deserved break. Linda Anderson explores the secrete desire of many parents…
s I sit to write this article I am looking out at the grey winter sky of Melbourne and dreaming of the warmth of North QLD... I am currently planning a long overdue family holiday to Magnetic Island. I am really looking forward to having some time away from the laptop and mobile phone, playing at the beach with my 3 year old, introducing sand between the toes to my 7 month old and having quality ‘fun time’ as a family. However, I am aware of this somewhat secret desire within me for a ‘parents holiday’ - time where my husband and I can have a holiday from being parents... even just for a day or two. As much as I am looking forward to our family holiday I know it doesn’t free me from dealing with toddler tantrums, negotiations about whether to brush teeth tonight or why you cant squash your baby sister, or a seemingly endless number of times I hear “but why Mum”? I will still be eating dinner at 5.30pm and getting up 5 times during my meal to get ‘more drink’, ‘a different spoon’ or whatever else is required to get toddler dinner consumed. This secret desire of mine has raised many questions, mainly ‘am I selfish for wanting a parent holiday?’ and ‘how can my husband and I actually get one especially now we have baby #2?’.
A woman in my new mother’s group here in Melbourne recently took a 7 day parents holiday to Hawaii. She has 4 children, the youngest being 6 months old, and had never taken a holiday with her husband since the first child was born. She didn’t tell anyone in our mothers’ group what she was doing for 2 reasons: a. She didn’t want to flaunt her child free getaway to a group of sleep deprived women b. She didn’t want to potentially be judged for being a “bad mother” because she left the baby in Australia with her mother. There can be no question that every parent deserves a little time out and I have no doubt that many of you will share my secret sentiment for a little “parent time” whether it’s a day time escape, a weekend away or a week long sabbatical with your partner. The question is though – how do parents achieve this? After drawing upon my own experiences and those of other parents, I’ve listed below some tips and suggestions that might help you plan your well deserved escape. #1. Holiday with other families and give each other time out from being “parents” #2. Take grandparents on holiday with you so you can share responsibilities and precious memories page
#3. Leave the children with relatives/friends for the weekend (or longer) to have a parent holiday ... I recall being very envious of friends who left their toddler with grandparents for 5 days whilst they went skiing #4. Holiday in places that have a “Kids Club” to allow for some parent time off #5. Swap “sleepover” Saturday nights with another family to have a mini-weekend break By the time this article is published I will be building sandcastles on the beach, looking in rock pools or once again answering the question “but WHY Mummy?” ... and be rest assured I will be loving it! My secret desire will remain of course, but with planning ahead, drawing up on the tips I’ve listed above and acknowledging that it’s okay to seek some time for myself there is no reason why I can’t occasionally give my life as a parent a little balance by taking a well deserved break. Hopefully you can too! Linda Anderson is the founder of Mums on the Go (www.mumsonthego. com.au), which features a directory of child-friendly businesses that meet a Mums needs. Linda is also the Principal Coach of a2a coaching (www.a2acoaching.com) a boutique Life Coaching company.
spaces for little faces!
Julie-Ann Hind from ‘The Decorating Forum’ has her top tips for setting up your nursery.
Whether you are eagerly preparing for your first arrival or just looking to add a little more style to your little one’s nursery, we have plenty of tips and decorating tips to make your child’s room comfortable and creative!
do it up
Furniture doesn’t need to be new. Give it a good scrub or a fresh coat of paint.
Baby furniture that can change as the baby grows is very practical. There are cots that can become beds and change tables that can later become a chest of drawers.
stash You’ll need lots of drawer storage especially close to or underneath the change table.
safety is paramount. Make sure your cot, cradle and change table all meet the recommended safety standards. This article gives some guidelines www.chw.edu. au/parents/kidshealth/safety_ factsheets/pdf/ cots_and_cot_mattresses.pdf
get comfy Include a very comfortable chair for feeding at night. If it comes with a footstool even better as you will spend many hours sitting in this chair. page
Choose colours that are peaceful and restful for the nursery.
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Little faces need tailored furniture for their creative spaces & we are loving these products from Bespoke Design & Mougiddy! Small table & 2 chairs $249 (left) www.bespokedesign.com.au Mougiddy Magic Garden Rocking Chair $80 (right) www.mougiddy.com.au
Theme your nursery with wall hangings and wall art. Cost effective & with maximum impact, wall furnishings offer a modern & interchangeable means of decorating. We are loving the range of wall decals offered by Gelatiart (right) www.gelatiart.com.au or the framed wall art features by Twine & Teacups (left) www.twineandteacups.com.au page
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Skeanie’s “Love Me” Shoes
Mathilda’s Market Tote Bag
These limited edition shoes have been designed exclusively for the McGrath Foundation with SKEANIE donating $1.50 from every pair sold to the charity.
Avid followers of Mathilda’s Market can rejoice with the market revealing their exclusive Tote Bags for 2011. The bags, containing exclusive product samples and flyers for shoppers, are now available at each market.
Made of soft, high quality genuine leather, the ‘Love Me’ shoes allow little feet to breathe and grow naturally. The suede sole also provides superior grip whilst crawling or walking. Available in both pink and silver.
As an introductory offer, 500 of the Tote’s will be given away for FREE at each market during the month of May so be quick!!
Visit www.skeanie.com for further information.
Head to the Mathilda’s Market website for market dates and locations!
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Scallywag Press Photo Personalised Books These are just the cutest! Encourage your child to love reading with these personalized books. Featuring the photo of your child and also that of parents, siblings and other family shots, these truly unique books are full of colour, textures and patterns. Visit the Scallywag Press website for further details www.scallywagpress.com.au
Mum’s Secret Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one convenient, all-round repairing cream that was gentle enough for sensitive baby skin, yet provided effective soothing relief from irritation and protected their skin against the harsh environment? The team behind the multipurpose Mum’s Secret cream believes they have just the product! With all natural ingredients free from petrochemicals, fragrances and synthetic preservatives – we think it’s definitely a worthy purchase! You can see the Mum’s secret product range for yourself at the Brisbane Mathilda’s Market or visit their website www.mumssecret.com.au
shop// Borne Naked A Stylish Nappy Bag in 60 Seconds! Keeping your bag organised is challenging at the best of times! Now, the Borne Naked clear bag organiser provides a structured solution for all of motherhood’s essentials. You’ll never rummage around your bag or pram for keys, wallet or a ringing phone ever again! The Borne Naked Baby Bag Organiser is available online from www.bornenaked.com
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Jolie Petite Chose “Pretty Little Thing” in French, is a range of beautiful mobiles lovingly handmade in Melbourne. As well as being an exquisite piece that adds a special touch to any nursery, mobiles are an important item to any child’s development. Each mobile has been designed to stimulate and inspire your child’s imagination. These beautiful handcrafted mobiles are timeless and unique, and make the perfect gift for a new baby or for celebrations such as christenings, birthdays or Christmas. www.joliepetitechose.com.au
Avado Baby Sunscreen
We love this fun and simple food labeling system. Using brightly coloured cupcake baking cups and food flags, Allergy Riders takes the stress out of negotiating food at parties, sleepovers and even at home. Guests who have allergies can simply choose food with the appropriate coloured flag or cake cup and enjoy!
Protect your little one from the suns damaging rays with Avado Baby Sunscreen. The all-natural formula consists of a rich non-irritating blend of natural oils and waxes that will hydrate and moisturise baby’s skin. www.avadoorganics.com
Bugaboo – Delicious Autumn Colours Put your best fashion foot forward with the new season colours in the popular Bugaboo range. From tangerine and soft pinks to light greens and deep purples, the autumn colours are suitable for the Bugaboo Cameleon or Bugaboo Bee prams. Visit the bugaboo website for stockists. www.bugaboo.com/retail-locator
market must haves!
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www.mondocherry. com.au We love this Brisbanebased business run by a family of two sisters and their mother! The mondocherry trio design handmade artwork, decorations and vintage tags using beautiful fabric prints and specialty paper sourced from old books, flea markets and charity shops. Inspired by a rich colour palette, you can find their products online, at stockists in QLD, NSW and VIC and at Mathilda’s Markets of course! Look for mondocherry at these upcoming markets: Brisbane Saturday, 28 May 9am to 1pm Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm, 230 Lancaster Road, Ascot Brisbane Saturday, 6 August 9am to 1pm Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm, 230 Lancaster Road, Ascot Melbourne Sunday, 21 August 9am to 1pm Hawthorn Town Hall, 360 Burwood Rd
urchin www.urchin.net.au With a mission to design children’s clothing and accessories your kids will love, urchin takes pride in their hand finished garments designed for individuals. The focus is on keeping it local with all t-shirts made from 100% cotton in Australia and a commitment to using recycled buttons and fabrics whenever they can. Clothing designs range from extra girly to tomboy chic to suit your little fashionista. Decorations are hand stitched and often contain vintage flair! Look for urchin at these upcoming markets: Sydney Sunday 29 May 9am to 1pm St Ignatius College, Riverview, Tambourine Bay Road, Lane Cove Sydney Saturday 27 August 9am to 1pm Byron Kennedy Hall, Fox Studios, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
www.pipandco.com. au Welcome to a world where your imagination can run wild – where remarkable wooden and acrylic shapes and words spark daydreams of animals and adventure! Their wall art designs, words, silhouettes and mobiles make for lovely keepsakes and are internationally renowned for their quality and durability. Choose from custom-made shapes, animals, letters and mobiles available online or at Mathilda’s Markets in Melbourne and Sydney! Look for Pip&Co at these upcoming markets: Sydney Sunday 29 May 9am to 1pm St Ignatius College, Riverview, Tambourine Bay Road, Lane Cove Melbourne Sunday, 21 August 9am to 1pm Hawthorn Town Hall, 360 Burwood Rd Sydney Saturday 27 August 9am to 1pm Byron Kennedy Hall, Fox Studios, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
furious kingston www.furiouskingston. com.au
koolamasn design www.koolaman designs.com.au Creating silver keepsakes with character, these two sisters design a beautiful range of hand stamped and unique jewellery pieces. Designed, produced and stamped at Koolaman Station, a remote sheep and wheat property, koolaman designs are essential for special occasions, milestones and celebrations. You can find the pair of sisters online and showcasing their collection at a variety of shows and markets throughout the country! Look for koolaman designs at these upcoming markets: Brisbane Saturday, 28 May 9am to 1pm Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm, 230 Lancaster Road, Ascot Adelaide Saturday, 28 May 9am to 1pm The Burnside Ballroom, Cnr Greenhill & Portrush Rds, Tusmore
Sydney Sunday, 29 May 9am to 1pm St Ignatius College, Riverview, Tambourine Bay Road, Lane Cove Brisbane Saturday, 6 August 9am to 1pm Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm, 230 Lancaster Road, Ascot Adelaide Saturday, 13 August 9am to 1pm The Burnside Ballroom, Cnr Greenhill & Portrush Rds, Tusmore Melbourne Sunday, 21 August 9am to 1pm Hawthorn Town Hall, 360 Burwood Rd Sydney Saturday, 27 August 9am to 1pm Byron Kennedy Hall, Fox Studios, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
If you have a mischievous boy who sometimes moonlights as a hoodlum then we have the clothing line for you! Made from dapper fabrics with a vintage flair, this Melbourne based husband and wife duo created Furious Kingston around the same time their son was born. After experiencing a lack of selection in accessories and attire for their handsome little man, the pair set out on a mission to bring retro back with a classic twist – complete with waistcoats, bow ties and newspaper boy caps! Look for Furious Kingston at this upcoming market: Brisbane Saturday, 28 May 9am to 1pm Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm, 230 Lancaster Road, Ascot Melbourne Sunday, 21 August 9am to 1pm Hawthorn Town Hall, 360 Burwood Rd
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