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DEALING WITH A SHY CHILD HOW TO HANDLE HOLIDAY MELTDOWNS AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SEASON LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

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MUMMY BLOG: A DOSE OF TRUTH

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WHEN DOES BONDING BEGIN? PIERCING YOUR BABY’S EARS GOOD BEHAVIOR TIPS FOR TODDLERS


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CO-PARENTING AT CHRISTMAS - DO’S AND DON’TS

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5 BEST NEW YEAR’S EVE PLANS WITH THE KIDS

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HOW TO AVOID SPOILING KIDS DURING CHRISTMAS

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5 TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM SNAKES

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RELATIONSHIP GOAL SETTING IN 2018

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EDITOR’S

Letter Hi Everyone, Well it’s finally here! I’ve whinged all year how quickly this year has gone by and now here we are, the final month of 2017 and the countdown to Christmas is finally upon us. I must admit that for the last two Christmases since being a mother, we haven’t really been organised with Christmas. This wasn’t the case before Maxie arrived, but trying to juggle a job, a child and then add in Christmas, it’s been pretty disastrous. The tree has gone up on the 24th of December has been swiftly taken down the following week and because Maxie hasn’t showed much interest in Christmas, I have justified my actions... lol Well so much has changed now. Max my adorable toddler (ok semi adorable toddler - yes, we are still at the “No” and everything is “Mine” stage which is why she gets the semi part), is so excited by all the festivity around her and has definitely found a love for all things Christmas. We had her cousins over and we put up the tree all together in mid-November. Every day at some point she sings jingle bells and the cutest thing is, she likes to hug the Christmas Tree! Aww I’ve done my Christmas shopping early and now all I have to do is sit back and wait.... I’m so excited and can’t wait to see Max’s face when she wakes on Christmas morning to open her presents... I bet the wrapping paper will still be her favourite part. I’ve waited for this little pleasure since she was born and now that she has an understanding of this holiday, I know I’ll never be able to slack off again and honestly – that’s the best gift I could get Now let’s take a look at what’s in the December Issue. This month is The Christmas Issue. We have articles to help you with: How to avoid spoiling kids During Christmas, How to handle holiday meltdowns and enjoy the holiday season, 5 Best New Year’s Eve Plans with the kids and Co-parenting at Christmas - Do’s and Don’ts, as well as When does bonding begin? When is it time to go to the hospital? Piercing your baby’s ears, Good Behaviour Tips for Toddlers, Dealing with a shy child, Do Dads Get All The Fun?, Relationship Goal Setting for 2018 as well as great inspirational for the Girl Hero Project and a must read the 5 Tips to Project your Family from Venomous Snakes All the usuals, interior, reviews, blog and much more can also be found in this issue too. May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Be safe and enjoy your break. Until next month

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PREGNANCY

When does bonding begin? Written by Karli Steenkamp Bonding is a term everyone uses quite easily; however it is a very important aspect in life. It is what makes us who we are. Bonding is the intense feelings two people have for each other. It can be between anyone, husband and wife or parent and child. It is a very important process in ones lives and refines how you will react towards other people and relationships. It is essential for a healthy life. Bonding with babies is extremely important; because it makes them feel safe and secure. Babies that don’t bond with people can have psychological problems later in life. There are many ways to bond with your baby, but the question is when does bonding actually start? Bonding is a natural phenomenon. Some parents bond with their babies without even knowing it. For others, it takes a little bit more effort and trying. Every parent is different. Some mothers bond with babies even before birth. From the minute they see the line on the pregnancy stick; they can feel an immediate bond. Feeling the baby kick or move, listening to the heartbeat and looking at the ultrasound helps parents bond with their baby. The baby usually knows the mother or father’s voice at birth and will seek comfort when they hear it. Some parents might feel overwhelmed by becoming a parent, or had a difficult pregnancy or birth. Unwanted pregnancies might cause that a woman rejects the baby and bonding can’t happen while in the womb.

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Natural birth also helps you bond with your baby and it happens often that women who have had c-sections struggle more to bond with their baby. Many women like to have their babies on their chest for skin-on-skin to help the boding process. This often helps mothers or fathers who have adopted a child or had a surrogate to deliver their baby. It is difficult to bond with premature babies, because they are usually in hospital for a while and can have little contact with their parents. If bonding started when your baby was in your stomach, then you can still sing, read or talk to your baby as your voice will be comforting. If you have not bonded yet, then you can perhaps bring a blanket from home that have your scent on it and leave that with your baby so that when he or she is released from hospital, your scent will be recognized and help your baby relax. Whether or not bonding has taken place while pregnant or thereafter, a good way to bond is through a baby massage. This will definitely help your baby relax and trust you. It is also something a father can do. It is important for the father to bond with the baby, so that you can share the duties and

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get some rest. Bonding for fathers can also happen at any time, by feeling the baby kick, being present at birth or giving the baby a bottle is a good way for a father to bond with your baby. Many parents take a while to bond with their babies. It does not make you a bad parent if bonding doesn’t happen immediately. Everyone’s situations are different. Having a child can be a big responsibility and a bit overwhelming. Once your child’s personality starts to show, it makes bonding easier. If however you do not feel a bond within a couple of weeks or a few months it is important to see a doctor or councilor to talk about why you are struggling to bond with your baby. Depression or a lack of support can be big causes why bonding can’t take place. If bonding doesn’t happen straight away, there are many things you can do to help it along, but loving and holding your baby is a good start. References: Webmd, Kidshealth


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PIERCING YOUR BABY’S EARS Written by Jana Angeles Does it ever cross your mind to pierce your baby’s ears? Do you want to get that stage out of the way so your little girl can rock out a new cool pair of studs? It’s common to have babies ears pierced, but it’s subject to opinion for parents. Of course, parenting is a unique journey for all of us, so don’t feel pressured into piercing your baby’s ears at an early age if you don’t want to. The same goes for when you choose to have their ears pierced - don’t let other people’s negative opinions make you feel bad over it! Depending on the culture you grew up in, piercing your baby’s ears may be as common as you think, so we run you through the facts so you can make a decision on whether or not to pierce your baby’s ears. INFANT EAR PIERCING CULTURE & HISTORY In Australia, there is no age limit when it comes to ear piercing for babies as long as there’s parental permission involved. However, practitioners can set up their own rules and regulations on age, with most setting the minimum age of six months. Other countries such as the U.K and the U.S have had heated debates on the topic - lots of people are either against or for it.

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It’s common in Spain and Latin America for babies to have pierced ears the moment they are born or a couple of days after as it’s part of their culture - same applies for people in Europe, India and America. This is because they believe that if you wait until your child is older, it is more painful for them. It’s also a sign of femininity in some cultures and comes under the traditional practice of newborn girls. I WANT TO PIERCE MY BABY’S EARS AS SOON AS THEY’RE BORN, IS THIS POSSIBLE? This can be arranged with your medical practitioner, so make sure to let them know in advance that you want it to be done. However, you should ask if there are any possible complications that may come up afterwards. It’s not uncommon to get your baby’s ears pierced at the hospital, but incase you can’t, arrange to meet with your doctor again in the next couple of days to do the job. Just be aware that your newborn will feel the pain during the process. If you are concerned about this, ask your doctor if some topical anesthesia can be applied on their ears prior to the piercing. In addition, you may not be able to use the earrings of your choice right away as your doctor will use ones that are specially made and sterilised for your newborn. WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT FURTHER COMPLICATIONS OF THE PIERCINGS? When your baby’s ears are pierced, keep the earrings on for six weeks. During that period, wipe some alcohol around the ear lobe twice a day and twist the earrings at least once a day. Avoid pressing on your baby’s ear as this could cause them pain. After each bath you do, make sure to dry the area of the pierced ears so they don’t get damp. Furthermore, it’s also important to watch out for signs of any ear infections. These include bleeding, pain, discharge and inflammation. If you see any of these, take the earrings off and clean the area with some

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alcohol. Ask your doctor if it’s necessary to apply medication on the infections. Your doctor may recommend you some antibiotic cream or ointment to be applied on the ear lobes and the earrings before putting them back inside, You will need to ask them if these can be bought as an overthe-counter purchase or prescription order. However, if your baby has a fever or their earlobes become red or swollen, contact your doctor immediately. After six weeks, the earlobes should be completely healed and you can use a different pair of earrings if desired. WHAT TYPE OF EARRINGS CAN I USE? To make things easier for you, we list down the characteristic of earrings that are safe to use on your baby’s ears: • Made of surgical steel • Gold (at least 14 karats) • Very small, round and as flat as possible in front • Fastener of the earrings should cover the entire back of the earring • Never use dangling earrings (choking hazard and your baby could tug on the earrings and remove them) OTHER STUFF I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? • The safest place to get your baby’s ears pierced is either at the hospital or at a medical practice. Avoid getting them pierced at jewelry stores or shopping centres. • Never let another person’s opinion pressure you into piercing your baby’s ears. • You have the opportunity to pierce your child’s ears at any age. If you prefer them to be older, that’s totally fine too. • Respect other parents who have chosen to pierce their baby’s ears early. Don’t judge them over their personal choice. It could be for cultural or religious reasons too. • Be brave! Watching your baby get their ears pierced can be a nerve-wracking experience for some parents. It’s a quick process and it’ll be over before you know it.


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Determining the signs of labour can be difficult to pinpoint, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Some mums may not know when to make their way to hospital once they reach the nine-month mark of their journey. If you are concerned about what signs to look for when it comes to labour, remain cautious and notify your nearest medical team so they can assess your pregnancy health. It may be time that your baby is ready to come out and join the real world. So, as a parent-to-be, what are the most common signs you should look out for that determine your readiness for the hospital? CONTRACTIONS The most common sign that indicate you need to go hospital are contractions. When you’re in your third trimester, the baby tends to descend deeper into the pelvis. This happens approximately two to four weeks before birth. The contractions that prepare you for labour are different from the normal ones. These can be described as painful and forceful and you could also feel some back pain too. Getting into these contractions prepare you for the phase of ‘latent labour’. During this process, it puts your body into preparation for birth by softening the cervix and the contractions allow it to open. If you feel like you’re getting inconsistent spasms, you are definitely ready to go to the hospital. MEMBRANES ARE RUPTURED This is also known as ‘the water breaking’. This is when the amniotic sac that surrounds and protects the baby bursts and fluid passes through the vagina. For women who are carrying their first child, it’s possible to assume that this fluid is urine - as with all mums, it’s very easy for us to have our own ‘toilet accidents’ when it comes to pregnancy. However,

it’s key to smell the liquid passing through, especially if you’re very close to the day you’re expected to give birth. The fluid has a distinct smell and it’s usually clear and it may have traces of pink in it too. DISCHARGE THAT IS BLOOD-LIKE If you see some discharge that has passed on your underwear, the mucus plug has broken. The mucus plug is responsible for protecting the baby from infections during the term of the pregnancy. Normally, the discharge has colours of pink, light brown or red and has a jellylike texture to it; it can either look spotted or has several clumps. Normally when this happens, the ‘water breaks’ afterwards, making it a clear indication that you’re ready to go to hospital. The signs mentioned above are the most common signs, but there are others you should look out for. These include: • Blurry vision or dizziness • Bleeding (could show signs of premature separation of the placenta or placenta praevia) • You have the urge to push • Waters or mucus plug have a tinge of green, dark brown or yellow (watch out for this as it could indicate the presence of meconium (bowel movement of baby), increasing the risk of infection) • Severe pain • Vomiting for long periods of time • No movement from the baby Please advise that if you show any of these signs, head straight to the hospital immediately. If it’s less than 38 weeks, you should still go in case of early labour. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so be extra cautious when you’re approaching your baby’s birth date. Never delay on it if you feel your ‘water break’ or if you see weird colours on your underwear - it’s your baby’s way of saying, “I’m ready to come out now!”


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Dealing With A Shy Child Written By Jana Angeles Shy children cannot be underestimated for their talents. Just because they’re more reserved and less outspoken than other kids doesn’t mean they won’t go far in life. As I write here today, I can tell you now I used to be a shy kid. I hated being around people I didn’t know and I would hide away, pretending to be invisible.

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The teachers I had in school told me I had to participate more in class discussions if I wanted to go far in life. Of course, I had help coming out of my shell doing drama classes in high school and meeting lovely people I now call my friends. The best advice you could give to yourself in raising shy children is to give them time and understand that they’re not perfect. They will blossom on their own if you allow it. Here are some ways in which you can bond with your shy children and allow them to grow out of their shell. BE A PATIENT LISTENER Your child may be a chatterbox at home but placed in a different environment is as silent as a mouse. It’s important to hear them out first before encouraging them to participate in a sporting club or an extracurricular activity at school. Take the time in getting to know their wants in terms of activities - they may thrive more in ones that allow them to be in solitude. Respect that your child may take time in adapting to group work and provide some encouragement during this process. TALK THEM OUT OF SELF-DOUBT They may not have any friends at school or they’ve faced scenarios where they feel like they’re “weird” to be friends with anyone. Of course, the negativity can bring in some self-doubt but remind them that they can be friends with anyone and that they shouldn’t be shy because of who they are as people. Remind them that everyone is weird in their own way and that people who share the same weirdness become friends! Help them become confident in putting themselves out there to meet new people during school. PREPARATION IS KEY It’s no doubt that preparing them for school can be quite the challenge. When it comes to being introduced to an

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unfamiliar environment, new scenarios can be daunting for a shy child, especially when it comes introducing themselves to other people. Let them know that they may be seated with other people they don’t know too well and that they will meet other kids during recess and lunch. If they know what to expect, their anxiety can be reduced, making it easier for them to transition to school. FIND A PRESCHOOL THAT SUITS THEIR PERSONALITY If you know you’re child is highly introverted and shy, enrol them in a preschool that allows teachers to have smaller-sized classrooms. Working in an environment that suits their personality can allow them to thrive academically and creatively. It will also provide them the opportunity to get to know their peers more closely, providing room to bond with each other. ACT OUT SCENARIOS AT HOME Role-playing scenarios is a good idea and allows your child to prepare for any sort of situation that arises. For example, another child could ask to be friends. Teach them the appropriate response when dealing with different scenarios and always give feedback when undertaking these role plays. Not only will they learn to adapt, but it will also give them a chance to “see into the future” and be prepared for what comes their way. It will help them understand the concept of change and that the unexpected can happen. Just because you have a shy child doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong! Let them grow at their own pace and identify their likes and dislikes. Sometimes being in a new environment can freak them out but with preparation and patience, they will learn to open up to new people and challenges along the way.

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Silent Night... WHAT IS COLIC? Infant colic is a common condition affecting infants in their first months of life. However, it is not a serious medical condition and usually resolves by the age of 3-4 months. Colic is usually recognised by bouts of inconsolable crying, often for hours at a time, for no specific reason. SIGNS OF INFANT COLIC • Inconsolable crying • Baby draws knees into chest • Swollen stomach • Cramping • Passes wind more than usual • May get worse in the evening ABOUT INFACOL Infacol Wind Drops are an effective method for treating wind in babies and infants. Babies get wind by swallowing tiny air bubbles when feeding, which become trapped, causing pressure and discomfort in the stomach. Infacol helps relieve infant wind before colic can occur. Facts: Simethicone is the active ingredient in Infacol, which causes the small bubbles of gas in the baby’s stomach to join together. This forms a larger bubble which can be easily expelled. Infacol Wind Drops are sugar-free and don’t contain any antacids. Each 30ml bottle contains enough liquid for up to 150* feeds. Dosing Pipette enclosed in box. (Based on a 1-month to 2 years child using a 0.2ml dose).

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HOW INFACOL WORKS Infacol Wind Drops work by helping the small trapped gas bubbles join into bigger bubbles which your baby can easily bring up as wind. This helps relieve pain and discomfort. HOW TO GIVE INFACOL TO YOUR BABY Infacol is simple to use — 1 month to 2 years: • 0.2ml added to a bottle or directly into the baby’s mouth before feeding. • After feeding, wind infant normally. • Consult your healthcare professional for advice before using this product for the first time in infants under 6 months. • Do not exceed 12 doses per day. Over 2 years: • 0.4ml given four times daily (after meals and at bedtime). • Do not exceed 12 doses per day. • Always read the label and use only as directed. Infacol, Chosen by mums for treating infant wind - MADE IN AUSTRALIA Available at Coles, Woolworths, Baby Stores and leading pharmacies, For more information please visit: nicepak.com.au/Infacol


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CHRISTMAS

How to handle holiday meltdowns and enjoy the holiday season By Karli Steenkamp This year has come and gone in a blink of an eye. Everyone is still trying to rush and finish off work before getting into holiday mode. Christmas is a time where you need to reset, rest and enjoy the festivities. However, it can be wonderful or insanely chaotic that you count down the days when the kids go back to school. Let’s face it, during these holidays there are going to be tantrums, tears and screaming. There are a few things you can do to try and avoid the inevitable meltdowns and enjoy the holiday.

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ONE THING KIDS THRIVE ON IS ROUTINE. It makes them feel grounded to know exactly what is happening next and when. During the festive season, we often neglect keeping to routine due to various reasons. You are more relaxed or you have many parties, shopping or activities, resulting in a more casual routine. We don’t always understand the breakdowns or the reasons for it, but more often than not, if a child is unsettled, it is usually because of a difference in routine. It is not always possible to stick to your normal day-life activities. Try to keep to your normal routine as much as possible. Even if it is just in the order that you do things, such as eat, bath, read and sleep. MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD GETS ENOUGH SLEEP. A child can’t cope when they are tired or hungry - this makes them cranky, anxious and over-emotional. Try and keep to the times your child usually eats and sleeps. It is crucial for everyone’s sanity that your child has a nap. Limit the sweets and sugar that can make them hyper. PLAN AHEAD THESE HOLIDAYS. This enables you to communicate with your child and explain to them what the day holds and where and what you will be doing. Try your best to stick to that schedule because your child is prepared for what is happening. Planning will also help you know what to pack, such as extra clothes or a snack. GIVE THEM A LITTLE BIT OF CONTROL. Make them choose what they want to wear or what shop you want to go. They will feel appreciated and happy to have contributed in the decision-making of the day’s activities. TRY AND AVOID SITUATIONS WHERE TANTRUMS CAN START. if you go to the shops and there’s a toy

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store that your child loves and you don’t have time to go in there, choose a different route to avoid that shop. When you are at home, make sure the things your child is not allowed to play with, are well hidden. If you see a tantrum is about to start, try and distract your child by changing the subject and focusing on something else. It will work at least once. PICK YOUR BATTLES. When your child gets into a difficult mood or does something you feel they shouldn’t, ask yourself if it is worth the fight because in ten minutes there might be something else to fight about. It might feel as if all you do is fight, but ensure that you praise them when they do something good. Embrace and reward good behaviour so that they see your appreciation for it. A busy child is a happy child. Choose activities to keep your child busy. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to do fun things. Crafts and painting presents for family members is a fun activity. Movie marathons with snacks and baking cookies are always a treat. The festive season doesn’t have to feel like you need a holiday after the holidays. Keep things normal as much as possible with plenty of sleep and things to do. When your child has a meltdown, don’t make it worse by reacting to it. Calm down and keep yourself busy while not giving attention to the tantrum. Kids miss the interaction with their friends and the stimulation of their everyday lives. Enjoy the holidays with your little ones; you can never get that holiday back with them being little. Reference: Webmd Kidshealth

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The Cybex Cloud Q: the Infant Car Seat Turning Heads This Summer Travelling with kids can be quite the arduous task. Your idea of the perfect holiday is sitting by the hotel pool, cocktail in hand; totally zoning out from the world for just a couple of weeks…. If only. Travelling with a young family will see you walking, running, jumping, lifting and carrying – but it doesn’t have to be all that hard. The Cybex Cloud Q Infant Car Capsule is the newest, stylish baby accessory recently launched in Australia by German Baby brand, Cybex, lending a helping hand for all you avid travellers with wanderlust in mind.

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A sight for sore eyes, the Cybex Cloud Q is a stylish, safe and practical infant car capsule that will see your weekend car trips, or cityto-city Uber rides, completed effortlessly. WHAT ARE THE FEATURES OF THE CYBEX CLOUD Q? The Cybex Cloud Q embodies luxury travel, redefined; a premium baby capsule which sets itself apart as a new kind of travel system for outstanding safety in and outside of the car. The Cloud Q is suitable from birth – 12 months, offering a huge range of functions and abilities to make your life as a parent that much easier.


The car capsule can be used harmoniously with the CYBEX Mios and Priam strollers as the ultimate travel system, making the transition from car to stroller effortless. An innovative new function of the Cloud Q is its ability to convert into a near-flat recline position outside of the car. With a longer leg-rest and recline position, your baby can lie comfortably with optimal protection, and in an ergonomically correct position. The angle can be adjusted easily with one hand without having to take your child out of the seat, and the handle remains in the carrying position for easy mobility – perfect for when you have your hands full. A removable seat insert is included for premature and very small babies, and the matching integrated (fold-away) sun canopy is perfect for your child’s sun and wind protection, fulfilling the stringent UPF50+ sun protection standard; hello, sunshine! WHO CARRIES THE CYBEX CLOUD Q? With its incredibly stylish design, practical and ease of use, and above all, it’s safety features, the Cybex Cloud Q has been a no-brainer for the discerning parent. WHERE TO PURCHASE? The Cybex Cloud Q range is available in basic colourways including Stardust Black, Midnight Blue, Manhattan Grey and Autumn Gold and retails at RRP: $799.99 The Cybex Cloud Q is available from Toys R Us, Babymode and other independent specialty stores. It is also available for purchase on the CNP Brands website at www.cnpbrands.com.au For more information, follow CYBEX Australia on social media Instagram: @ cnp_baby Facebook: CYBEX Australia #CybexCloudQ #CybexAu

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WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT Written by Michael Rosen, Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury This classic book was originally published almost 30 years ago, and the beautiful new Snowglobe Gift Book edition, released just in time for Christmas, is a beautiful way to introduce it to a new generation of readers. The cover contains a mesmerizing window filled with soft, floating snow, which captures the image of the “swirling whirling snowstorm” that the characters face within. The adventurous tale itself continues to appeal to readers aged 2-5, who love to follow the characters’ journey as they brave the elements in search of the elusive bear.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, MARY CHRISTMAS Written by Laurie Friedman, Illustrated by Kathryn Durst While the Christmas family has always delighted in their Christmas celebrations, their daughter Mary has always felt it was a bit too much – their tree was too big, their lights were too bright, and they had more food and presents than one family could ever need. Finally, Mary finds a way to enjoy Christmas, by sharing her family’s tree, presents and joy with the whole town, to create a celebration they could all enjoy together. Children aged 4-7 will enjoy Mary’s embarrassment at her family’s excess, and her joy upon discovering what Christmas is really all about.

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PICK A PINE TREE Written by Patricia Toht, Illustrated by Jarvis While we don’t have a winter Christmas here in Australia, this beautiful book captures all the magic of choosing a pine tree from the snowy marketplace and lugging it home to decorate with friends and family. The bold, bright illustrations portray the growing excitement of the children throughout the process, right up until they switch on the twinkly fairy lights. Readers aged 3-7 will be swept up in the joy of this gorgeous Christmas tale.

HUGO MAKES A CHANGE Written by Scott Emmons, Illustrated by Mauro Gatti This is the tale of a vampire who, after years of eating only meat, accidentally mistakes an apple for a meatball one night when he’s out on the hunt. The delicious mistake opens up a whole new world of fruits and vegetables for him to try, and once he gives them a go, he finds these tasty treats also make him feel stronger and full of energy. This is a colourful, humorous tale with a fantastic message, and would be perfect for fussy eaters aged 4-7.

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Staying one step ahead of foot conditions We spend a lot of time protecting our children from elements such as the sun and rain or from people who are ill to ensure they don’t come down with a similar ailment. But how much attention do we give to their feet? There is a number of conditions that affect the feet and active children and young adults are particularly susceptible to them because they are often the result of sweaty shoes or going barefoot in public places. The most common are warts, also called verrucas, athlete’s foot or tinea, and nail fungus – which applies more to adults. WARTS (VERRUCAS) Warts are extremely contagious. They tend to develop on the soles of the feet and present as small, bumpy growths, often with a tiny black dot or dots on the surface. They

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are caused by a virus that gets into the skin through a cut or graze and common places where these viruses lurk include the floors of public swimming pools and communal showers. Places where your children go barefoot, such as at a gym, also present a risk. Warts are more common in children as adults tend to build up their immunity over time. In fact, around 22 per cent of Australian school children have warts. ATHLETE’S FOOT (TINEA) Athlete’s foot is caused by a type of fungus and is contracted from floor surfaces in public areas. The skin is contaminated through direct contact, which means any barefoot activity could be a cause. At any time 5.2 per cent of Australian primary school children and 12.2 per cent of high school children have tinea.


Contrary to its name, children don’t need to be sporting superstars to get athlete’s foot. They just need to come into contact with the fungi. Athlete’s foot generally affects the feet of children who are older than 12 and boys are more likely than girls to get it. Be aware that athlete’s foot does not always look the same. For example, it could present as a cracking or peeling between your child’s toes. Or it could appear as red, flaking skin along the sides and soles of their feet. In many cases it is itchy but not all the time. WHAT ACTION CAN YOU TAKE? If your child has contracted tinea or warts it needs to be treated with a solution from the chemist or doctor. Prevention is always better than cure and there are some steps you can take to help reduce the likelihood of these conditions occurring. Tinea, for example, loves sweaty feet so it’s very important to wash feet every day and to dry them properly, especially between the toes. Some kids sweat more than others and if this is the case with your child then make sure they don’t wear synthetic socks – wool and cotton is best. In summer discourage sweaty feet by making your kids wear sandals. In fact, alternating shoes so they wear different footwear each day is another good strategy and make sure you air their shoes before they wear them again.

Pharmaceutical company First Pharma has produced a protector spray that protects against these types of conditions. The Excilor Protector Spray 3 in 1 is the first and only medical solution for the prevention of warts, athlete’s foot and nail fungus. You spray it on your children’s (or your own) feet and toes where it dries instantly and acts as an “invisible sock”. This “sock” or barrier protects the skin during and after barefoot activity and creates an unfavourable environment for the microbes that are responsible for warts and fungi. It even protects the feet from contamination in shoes and socks that are already infected. The spray is effective for eight hours and doesn’t wash off in water, which means that children are protected when going into public pools, walking barefoot along pool decks, or using public showers. It’s also drug and paraben free, invisible, breathable and safe for children aged from two years. These types of foot conditions are very inconvenient and recurrent, so it’s good to know there is now a medical solution that can help prevent them occurring. For more information go to www.excilor.com.

Summer means swimming or beach holidays where showers are often shared with other members of the public. If this is the case, have your child wear thongs or Crocs in the shower so they avoid any potential fungi. Another preventative measure is ensuring your child doesn’t share his or her socks or towels with anyone else. MEDICAL PREVENTIONS There has never been a medical preventative option for warts or tinea – until now.

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A DOSE OF TRUTH WRITTEN BY: SHEREE ECHLIN

All I am is a personal maid. Clean. Wash. Pick up toys. And the rest of course! There’s always something that needs doing for my charges....um I mean my children. “Mummy I want my water....right now”. Well try to use your manners and maybe it might happen. “Mummy get out of the way, I can’t see the TV. Mummy do this, mummy do that”. Grrrrrrrr! Mummy might just have to disappear and then see what you can achieve for yourself my little darlings (said through gritted teeth of course). But oh no if mummy even steps out of sight the world ends! I’m still trying to remember what going to the toilet on my own feels like! I know it will all stop eventually and I’ll be wishing for these times back but sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of what feels like a very long tunnel. I’ve discovered I’m also a chair, trampoline, anything to sit, stand or walk on really. I have bruises in places I didn’t know I could get them in until I realise why: children! I just keep repeating “I love my children, I love my children”. I really do! Cross my heart. But you all know what it’s like, one bad day…or several…easily wipes out a lot of good ones. Those days where everything just gets on your nerves and you swear if they say mummy one more time you’ll go off your rocker?! Maybe I need more chocolate and wine again.

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I still contemplate running out the door when things are really epic. Mess everywhere, children crying for what appears to be no real reason, you know crying “just because”. When every meal you serve up isn’t good enough for the fussy little sh….I mean eaters. What don’t they eat? More like what will they actually eat??! All the bad food they can imagine most of the time, but if it’s deemed good for them, watch out. And if you ask them to do something so simple as pick up a toy but that’s all too hard and the world ends!! Breaking point really starts to kick in. But then you have to remind yourself, or at least try, that you are mummy and more often than not the kids really don’t know any better. Or do they?! I’m just kidding, well for my two anyway. You be the judge of your own terrors, turds or whatever you like to call them. Angels if you wish. But if you think your kids are angels, we (mums everywhere) all hate you. Seriously though, what is your secret because I think we’d all love to know! Ignore them? Give them everything all the time? Let them run the house maybe? Ha they already do anyway. On a serious note though being a mum isn’t always fun or full of glamour. There are days you will not like your kids. Don’t lie, you know it’s true. I’m not saying you


won’t always love them but there are times when they tick you off so much, you’re just done with them. Does it make you a bad mum?! Definitely not, it makes you human! If you want to walk around and pretend you’re the best mum ever, I salute you and then I’d probably feel like smacking some sense into you, haha! There is too much pressure these days to conform to the idea that everything is perfect all the time, especially if you’re a mum. I’m happy to admit I’ve been through my fair share of really bad times. And it’s okay to admit you’re not coping. But if you can avoid it, don’t let everything get on top of you, unless it’s a “stacks on” with your kids of course.

And I wonder where all my bruises come from, haha! On that note, I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best this festive season. I hope you enjoy good times with family and friends however you choose to celebrate. Remember it’s not all about the presents (well it kind of is especially for the kids, right?! Wink wink) but about spending time together. Oh screw it, it’s really about the presents….just kidding. As always, the fun of parenting never stops, so feel free to follow more of the adventure at shereeechlin.com.

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Co-parenting at Christmas Do’s and Don’ts Written by Jana Angeles Being newly divorced before the holidays is not fun. Having to learn and overcome different challenges brings a toll to us parents, but unfortunately some things don’t go as planned. It’s important to remember that Christmas is a time to celebrate with your kids and we must keep their kindred spirits high during this season. Even if you know you won’t get along with your ex, it’s essential to make fair arrangements between the two of you. Ensure that you communicate effectively and reach to a compromise. Most of all, don’t take out your anger or hate on each other this time of year. Being responsible and mature about your decisions will result in a Christmas time your kids will enjoy. So, what do’s and don’ts do you need to keep in mind when it comes to coparenting during Christmas?

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DO COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER This is key to everything. Even if you’ve ended your relationship on a bad note, having effective communication is vital when it comes to your Christmas plans. Whether it’s through email, text or call, being able to communicate is the only way to understand each other’s own plans with the kids. You need to do this in order for co-parenting to work. SPLIT DAYS EVENLY Organising how Christmas is spent needs to be arranged efficiently. Nominate between yourselves either to keep the kids during the morning or afternoon on Christmas Day. If you are planning on going away during Christmas, talk to your ex-partner to see if you can arrange a week-split in looking after the kids. You can also discuss whether it’s fine to celebrate Christmas a week early if your schedules just work better that way. COORDINATE GIFTS Discuss with them what gifts you’ll be getting the kids in case of any double ups. It’s important to do this so you don’t waste money or time if you do end up gifting the same thing. If your children have gift wish lists, work together and pick the things you want to purchase and let your expartner do the same.

DON’T TELL EACH OTHER HOW YOU SHOULD CELEBRATE So, you may have the perfect idea when it comes to celebrating Christmas and want to tell your ex-partner that they should stick with your idea. However, this is not the best as they probably have limited options in terms of budget and time. As long as they are spending some quality time with the kids, nothing else

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should matter. You both shouldn’t be telling each other what to do in the first place. SHOW EACH OTHER DISRESPECT You may be angry at one another and are not in a compatible state right now. We understand that any type of separation takes a toll on the family, but be mindful that your actions have consequences. The best thing you can do is remain civil with each other and keep your problems out of the way when it comes to celebrating Christmas with your children. Being upset with each other isn’t the right way to go about it and it’s certainly not right to disrespect each other during a time where everything is supposed to be relaxing and joyous. BE INFLEXIBLE Being inflexible will only cause more problems for the both of you. Unless you both reach a compromise and have some set out plans, you need to be understanding of each other’s circumstances. Your ex-partner may not be in a good financial place or have had to make other arrangements during the Christmas period. It’s important to have some understanding and trust. Being flexible about each person’s needs is the only way to come up with effective solutions, so be honest with each other if you need to be! We understand that co-parenting isn’t an ideal way for the holidays, but in order to make things work, you and your ex-partner need to put your differences aside and prioritise what’s best for your children. Remember that you are responsible in creating an environment of joy, so it’s up to you on how you will run things on your end. If you communicate effectively, be flexible and compromise with each other, co-parenting during Christmas won’t be so bad.


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Good Behaviour Tips For Toddlers Written by Lindsay Lonsdale Instilling good behaviour for toddlers is a great way to encourage them to gain some manners and be respectful when it comes to meeting people they come across. Adapting some of these won’t happen overnight - it takes a lot of time and commitment and you will only see results if you’re serious about letting your kids learn to be the best version of themselves.

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Having good behaviour can help them in terms of discipline, giving them the preparation they need for when they go to school. When it comes to steering your children in the right direction to good behaviour, these tips could help you start early and see what works! BE A ROLE MODEL The first step in adapting good behaviour starts with you. Being a good parent will do you wonders because you are the example you set your children. If you have bad habits to get rid of such as smoking, gambling or getting irritated at the most simplest things, it’s time for change! Do your best to not let these get in the way of developing healthy relationships with your children - you need to be conscious about the impact of your own actions. PROVIDE POSITIVE FEEDBACK WHEN THEY SHOW GOOD BEHAVIOUR Feedback is the only way your children will learn to behave themselves. When you are praising them for remembering to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ or even simply helping you clean up around the house, showing appreciation for their small acts of kindness will go a long way. Children love to feel good about themselves and it all starts with receiving praise for something they’ve done. If they’ve been good for the last few weeks, take them out for the day and do something fun! Go to the zoo, the nearest theme park or play centre as a treat for being so well-behaved. POSITION YOURSELF ON THEIR LEVEL WHEN SPEAKING TO THEM Do you want to know why Prince George

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is so well-behaved? His father, Prince William, gets down on his level when it comes to speaking with him. Positioning yourself and talking to your children on their level will keep them balanced. Talking over your children should be avoided at all costs as it gives a powerful stance that could intimidate your children; it doesn’t hurt to crouch down and speak to them on eye level. It’s a simple yet powerful move to get them to listen to you. It could be the thing missing from the picture when it comes to adapting good behaviour. BE FIRM IF THEY THROW ANY TANTRUMS Don’t feel bad for saying ‘no’ even if it causes a scene in public. We all know that scenario where your child becomes extremely upset when they don’t get that chocolate bar at the supermarket. It is, to say the least, embarrassing for all parents, but that doesn’t mean you should let others judge you on your parenting style. If they chuck a tantrum, let them go wild when it comes to their feelings. Simply letting out their own frustrations will allow them to realise that they can’t get everything handed down to them if they do not behave respectfully. Good behaviour is all about reaping what you sow. Yes, it will take a lot of commitment into getting your kids to be well-mannered and respectful but just remember the benefits they will gain later in life. They will need to understand that chucking a tantrum or whining won’t get them what they want in the real world. Learning how to be well-behaved will get them far in life; it will teach them discipline and that their actions always have consequences.

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5 Best New Year’s Eve

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Written by Jana Angeles We can’t believe 2017 has come to an end, as with every year, we’ve dealt with the good and the bad. No year is ever the same and there are different challenges we have to endure each time. Regardless, New Year’s Eve is meant to be a fun way to celebrate! Having children is the best part because they get excited over small things, whether it’s playing with their family and friends, seeing the fireworks or holding onto glow sticks and sparklers. In this article, we note down the top five plans you should consider when NYE comes around.

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HAVE A BBQ GATHERING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS A great way to celebrate and ring in the new year is to gather your family and closest friends for a low key, casual BBQ gathering. Keeping it small and celebrating with your nearest and dearest will bring joy to your children. They will be able to hang out with key family members as well as eat some delicious food! There’s also not much preparation needed if you’ve assigned other members of the family to take care of food and drinks catering. WATCH THE FIREWORKS The most popular option is to round up the family and see the fireworks in the city. However, some of you may not be impressed by limited access to public transport, large crowds and congestion. Keep in mind that you don’t need to trek it all the way to the city to see some fireworks. Guaranteed your local area will have some organised for the community, giving you and your family the chance to see some fireworks painting the night sky! HAVE AN OUTDOOR PICNIC If you prefer doing something during the day time, an outdoor picnic is the perfect option for you and the kids. Spending some quality time with your loved ones in the outdoors is an opportunity for fresh air and admiring the natural surroundings. Your kids will also be able to roam around the park equipment and be inventive when it comes to activities. Having a picnic can also be easily organised if the catering for food and drink is shared amongst family and friends.

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MAKE A VISION BOARD What are you expectations for the new year? Do you have a vision in mind? Creating a family vision board in the last hours of NYE can be a productive and creative way to spend time with each other. It’s super fun being able to set some goals and crossing them off each time they’re completed. Having a vision board can be a great way to see what goals your children have in mind too. It could be as simple as reading one book per month, having a technologyfree hour per week or eating less junk when it comes to recess and lunch. MAKE COUNTDOWN BAGS FOR EACH HOUR Okay, so you’re probably thinking that you should make 24 bags because there’s 24 hours in a day, right? Realistically, creating that many countdown bags is impossible. Generally speaking, the countdown of NYE starts around 7pm. Create a bag for each countdown hour (total of 5 bags). You can be as creative as you like and put whatever you want in the bag. It could be assorted lollies, photos, toys or some favourite things your kids love. This is a great way for your children to spend time with you and they will have something to look forward to each hour during NYE. You might be used to doing the same old thing during NYE and may want to do something different this year. Discuss with your kids what they would like to do for NYE and come up with some fun and creative plans! As long as it’s simple and not time-consuming, any event or activity you participate in is an opportunity to spend some quality family time together

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Gift Guide

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Xmas

Gifts

i Baby

Einstein Sea & Explore Walker rrp $99.95 toysrus.com.au i Your

Baby Can Read - Basic Kit rrp $109.95 babycanread.com.au h Nattou

The Dog

BABY

Rocker Max

rrp $159.95 babybunting.com.au

i Globber Primo

Stars Purple rrp $130.00

globber.com.au

Series Fantasy Sweet Treats Learning Café (for 2+ years) rrp $59.95 i

bigw.com.au

LITTLE KIDS

i Smiggle i JBL

Junior kids headphones rrp $39.95 - $69.95

jbl.com.au

BIG KIDS

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Christmas Popper Pen, Christmas Box Pen, Glitter Pen Wand, Neon Splatter Goo, Delights Scented Notepad rrp $5.95 - $9.95

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Xmas

Gifts

i Wean

Meister - Freezer Pods, Adorabowls, Easy Rinse Bibs, Sippy Skills, Scoopsy Plate rrp $14.95 - $29.95 weanmeister.com.au

h VTech’s

Little Friendlies Giggle & Playmat rrp $89.95

Kmart.com.au

iSaint Germaine Chalet

Rose Doll House rrp $189.95

kidsstuff.com.au

h Mercedes

Benz 4WD 12V Ride On - Blue

h Spiralin’

Seas Waterpark Water Table rrp $129.99

rrp $349.00

target.com.au

toysrus.com.au

i VTech’s

Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 rrp $89.95 each

i Squared

Charts rrp $29.95 each

wearesquared.com.au

bigw.com.au

h Jasnor’s

Bush Babies Dreamstars rrp $16.95 each

kidsstuff.com.au

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i Bead

Bracelet rrp $250.00 tiffany.com.au

i The

Spoilt Mama Gift Box rrp $119.95 mamabodytea.com.au h Gucci

- 50ml

MUM

Bloom EDP

rrp $140.00 myer.com.au

Star Wars The Empire  Nesting Doll Set rrp $34.95 i

i Jade

Green Pineapples rrp $99.95

au.tomandteddy.com

dad.com.au

DAD

i Pamper

Pack Champagne Roses rrp $33.95

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Pavlovo Posad large evening White floral boho shawl rrp $107.29 g

etsy.com/au


Xmas i Euphoria

rrp $149.00 mimco.com.au

Gifts

Drop Earings

h Marc

Jacobs - ‘recruit’ saddle cross-body bag rrp $554.00

farfetch.com/au

g Rayban

Sunglasses - Justin Classic rrp $185.00

ray-ban.com/australia

g Tod’s: h The

Minimalist Slim Three-Hand Navy Leather Watch  rrp $199.00

rrp $419.00

Shoes For Men

raffaello-network.com

fossil.com/au i Family

rrp $33.61

Rock i Kangol

etsy.com/au

Tropic 504

Ventair rrp $79.95 each

carlisleaccessories.com.au h ub-931

Wild Goose Trendy Sheepskin Moccasin rrp $90.00

portphillipshop.com.au

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PRODUCT REVIEW

The New Oricom Aroma Diffuser Night Light Product Review of your favourite essential oils (Lavender, Sandalwood and Roman Chamomile are great for sleep; Tea Tree, Eucalyptus or Peppermint are great for congestion) to the diffuser, select your soft night light colour of choice, and your harmonious oasis awaits.

Written by Olivia Arrow Diffusers are fast becoming the must have item for all households. These handy, easy to use little devices have been known to help improve one’s health, increase energy and most importantly, assist with better sleep. As a parent, the only thing we like better than a healthy, energetic baby, is a baby that has a great night sleep! Oricom have released a new edition to their Baby Care Range, the AD100 Aroma Diffuser Night Light and it’s exactly what sleep deprived parents never knew they needed. The Oricom AD100 Aroma Diffuser Night Light is every parent’s answer to creating a soothing and tranquil environment for your little one. You simply add a few drops

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There are so many features contained in this miracle device, it is increasingly difficult to choose a favourite. The range of features have been well thought out and cover everything that a parent could want for their child. Here are the key features that you should know about: • The AD100 Aroma Diffuser Night Light is unique and has been designed using modern ultrasonic technology (means that it creates a cool mist without a heat source) and includes 3 adjustable mist levels. • You can choose from 7 soft night light colours, or simply set to the light to cycle through the range of colours automatically, or you can choose to not use the light at all. • We love that you can control mist and lamp independently, so there is no need to use the mist when you just need the night light or vice versa. • The device has a generous 400ml capacity, and has an auto switch off function when the water is low.


The AD100 Aroma Diffuser Night Light has been beautifully designed and is shaped like a large egg. Because of its stylish and simplistic look, it can easily be included in any nursery décor. Creating a soothing sleep environment for your child doesn’t have to be difficult anymore. With the new Oricom AD100 Aroma Diffuser Night Light, you’ll be able to turn your child’s nursery into a tranquil oasis that encourages sleep in under two minutes. Hear what our My Child Magazine mums had to say about the AD100 Aroma Diffuser Night Light: “I love how easy this was to set up. You simply unpack, connect the cord, lift the lid and add water and essential oil and you’re ready to go. The 3 buttons (on/off, mist, light) on the front

of the diffuser make it easy enough for even my husband to use without asking for my help. We use the soft red/orange light, which seems to keep bub nice and calm at bedtime and we are getting a good 6-8hrs between feeds” “This device is not only beautiful when turned on, but it looks gorgeous in bub’s room on the shelf too. I’ve been using peppermint oil as my baby is a bit congested with the weather changes, and it’s really helping in clearing him up. I’m loving that it doesn’t heat up and cause moisture on the walls in the nursery and can’t wait to use this throughout the winter time for that reason. We are using the green night light, and this seems to be doing the trick in keeping our baby boy asleep” “As a big fan of the night light, I was immediately impressed with how beautiful this device is. Now I admit, I am not a diffuser user, so it was a bit foreign to start off with. I picked up some lavender oil to use and once I set it up (takes less than 2 mins) I filled the diffuser with water, added the oil drops and simply turned it on. WOW is all I can say. My darling daughters room is divine. I switch on the diffuser about 15 mins before bedtime and close her door. When we enter the room, it has a beautiful aroma and the purple night light makes her room feel peaceful and restful. I loved her nursery before but now I want to curl up and sleep in her room myself” At just $79.95, the Oricom AD100 Aroma Diffuser Night Light is a must-have for all parents that want to implement a good sleep routine from a young age. Its stylish appearance combined with the ability to change different essential oils depending on use, Oricom ensure you’ll have this little gem in use for years to come. For more information, please visit: www. oricom.com.au to search your closest retailer.

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Do dads get all the fun? Written by Cara Barilla The traditional home life would normally consist of a man going off to work to gain the family income, whilst the mother would stay at home and work amid the household duties and utilising home support being “mum�. However, amongst today’s ever so colourful and diverse society, we are vividly surrounded by one of the most progressive countries in the world, creating new generational boundaries within the home life.

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More women in today’s Australian society work from home whilst still raising their children, thus sustaining a double income to break the financial burden. The male’s lifestyle isn’t necessarily tampered with although the standard has evidently risen. As everyone’s family household grows more, men under the age of 50 feel a financial burden and tend to work longer hours, the primary question is: do dads get all of the fun? In the circumstance of no routine alteration, the men don’t feel a change in that aspect. Although, it is increasingly more common that the father is taking paternity leave whilst the higher income earner can return to work. In today’s society, most women are returning to the workforce after they have taken maternity leave. Due to the increase demand for financial stability in families, mothers simply have no choice but to work to make ends meet. On top of that, they have assumed responsibilities in laundry, washing up and cleaning around the house. THE MOTHER’S WORLD ALWAYS CHANGES: In a situation of breastfeeding, many natural maternity routines can fall out of place due to work. Numerous women in today’s generation have admitted their Breastmilk has slowed down or even stopped due to “work related intrusions”, which may also lead to additional stress, post-natal depression, anxiety and guilt. Many housewives of today feel more pressure to fulfil “precision” in household duties as they no longer fulfil financial targets; trying to balance house cleaning each day, washing and ironing and on top of that, raise a child may include inconsistent sleeping patterns. This may result in physical and mental imbalance for many women. You could say that the average woman from each household is overworked to the point where they 64

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can’t find any downtime. WHAT ABOUT THE DAD’S FEELINGS? Many men in 2017 have increased levels of stress, anxiety, depression and anger management issues. This may be due to home life, excessive changes in lack of personal leisure time (as many men may have to work overtime to fulfil financial goals) and the everlasting errands run for their partners; picking up groceries, baby medicine, baby related errands to bring home to the family. Evidently, the new term “PND” has been casually thrown to the opposite sex. Does it get better than this? In times of dramatic change, today’s society has high expectations for the current mums and dads out there. It is important to balance your professional work, social life and wellbeing. Maintaining balance, sustaining a healthy diet and not confiding in abusive substances such as alcohol, cigarettes or other drugs is crucial at this stage. Using professional services such as a cleaner, nanny, financial planner, psychologist or counsellor every couple of months to assist in taking off the burden and create a healthy and steady home life. Stepping outside of the household every day is important for your mind’s wellness - it also allows you to release some tension from everyday life. Overall, it may look like from the outer surface that dads get all the fun, but in reality, they do work hard, especiall y when it comes to providing for the famil y. In a traditional world, dads are normall y the breadwinners but it’s the norm now that mums can be too. Though mums are known to be the “serious” types and dads the “goofy” types, it’s important to remember that the roles can be reversed and sometimes, mums get all the fun too!


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How To Avoid Spoiling Kids During Christmas Written by Jana Angeles Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! During this period, parents, grandparents and other immediate members of the family experience stress and anxiety when it comes to getting the perfect gifts for their loved ones. It’s also an important time to celebrate togetherness, love and appreciation on the wonderful memories created during the year.

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However, parents need to be careful when it comes to purchasing gifts for their kids. Yes, asking them for their wish lists could make our lives easier, but spoiling them during Christmas is a definite no-no. So, what are our expectations as parents when it comes to avoiding spoiling our kids during Christmas? GIVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF GIFTS As much as we all love to be the “favourite” parent, teaching your children that they cannot get all gifts they desire will teach them not to value materialistic gifts and appreciate the concept of giving back during Christmas. You may have encouraged your children to write long lists of Christmas wishes but ensure you don’t go too overboard when it comes to shopping time. Only pick one or two items off the list and let them know that Santa can only give certain items as he has to give other gifts to other children. Over the years, they will understand that not everything is going to be given to them and that gift-giving is only part of the festive season. GIVE THEM A RUNDOWN OF YOUR EXPECTATIONS Communicating what you expect from your children during Christmas time is an important step. Yes, they are excited over opening their long-awaited gifts, but you also have to manage your own set of expectations when it comes to their behaviour and respect for your loved ones. Ensure that they are polite and thankful when receiving gifts from people and also emphasise the importance of giving back. You may want to initiate this by volunteering a couple of hours during Christmas day for the homeless or make a generous donation to your charity of choice. Your expectations of them matter but also be aware that this will only develop over time. Don’t

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immediately assume they will grasp these concepts of Christmas, especially if they’re young and new to the festive season. SET A BUDGET WITH THE RELATIVES We all know that sometimes grandma and grandpa can get a little too overboard when it comes to gifts. If you’re not impressed by your kids receiving extravagant gifts, it’s best to communicate with relatives on an ideal budget for them. Gifts don’t have to be expensive and the ones that are most memorable are treasured as keepsakes. Photo albums, scrapbooks and sentimental toys can go a long way when it comes to your children. There are entertaining toys for cheap - sometimes, the most expensive toy isn’t the best option for kids as some may lose interest after a few minutes of play. DON’T LET YOUR KIDS FALL INTO THE COMPARISON TRAP It’s easy for your kids to compare themselves to their peers when it comes to receiving gifts. Although some of them may have gotten everything they wanted, you need to be firm and clear with your children that Christmas isn’t about receiving gifts - it’s also about appreciating the presence of family and friends. Remind them that materialistic things don’t last forever but memories do. Let them know that you love and support them no matter what and that gifts are only a small part of Christmas. Showing gratitude is what counts during this time of year. Overall, you don’t have to be the grinch during Christmas! As long as you keep teaching your children the important values of the season, you will avoid spoiling them. The memories you create with your kids will forever be appreciated. Enjoy the food, embrace the laughter and most of all, remind them that they are loved for who they are.

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Relationship Goal Setting In 2018 Written by Cara Barilla Many men and women in today’s fast-paced environment don’t necessarily have enough time for each other. Work may be overwhelming and social lives may be shortened as your children come on the top of the priority list, taking up more of your time.

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The underlying modern pressures and exposure can add a lot of strain and tension to many relationships - yes, even the strongest ones. The main question that many couples end up asking themselves is “does it get better than this?” The timeless answer would be a harmonious concoction of the below characteristics: “IN ORDER TO SEE CHANGE IN ONE’S RELATIONSHIP, ONE MUST PRACTICE CHANGES”. In 2018, why not take the leap and plunge into a brand-new venture and start the year off with positive habits: INFLUENTIAL COMMUNICATION Gathering important knowledge with your partner is important to balance and sustain your relationship’s wants and needs. Ask them positive questions, which assists in balancing the daily chores, feelings and priorities. Your partner will appreciate you keeping up with their current persona. Everyone’s personalities, interests, strengths and weaknesses change sporadically; it’s crucial to ask, learn and act on new influences and interests. TIME TOGETHER Whether it’s booking a trip, dinner, date night or a casual picnic: one-on-one time reflects current interests and desires. Bonding time between the two of you at least once a week is important to connect and still feel a long-lasting connection. This will assist in making sparks fly and bring back memories from when you were first dating. Experiment with new interests, hobbies and romantic gestures. This will bring positive energy in all aspects and surroundings, especially with children and friends. BEING THERE Having physical support is just important as psychological support. Being the backbone to many everyday tasks can be helpful and will create more clarity with communication in a couple. Helping out with everyday errands that you don’t

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usually do, and ticking off the “to do list” of your partner’s shows interest and care. BE PLAYFUL Feeling everyday pressures can usually take you through a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual plane. Understanding that there is more to the two of you besides mother and father can balance yourselves in all aspects of your lives, producing positive outcomes within your relationship and your roles as mother and father. Active and creative activities such as Outdoor beach sports, painting classes, dance classes and even cooking classes can not only bring out the humour in your relationship but can enhance your personal strength and release stress. Once children arrive in your life, it’s easy to overlook the importance of your relationship. Taking the time needed to make sure that you are both getting what you want from each other is key in maintaining your connection and having a happy and healthy relationship. Setting goals each year will keep you on track and ensure that you and your partner are on the same page. Setting goals for things like your finances, holidays, and parenting are great, but more importantly you need to set goals for your relationship. This simple exercise can help you identify if either of your needs are changing so that you can work on a new plan where both parties are happy, helping nurture and grow your ongoing relationship. Relationship goal setting may unleash new journeys and also smooth out any obstacles you may have and didn’t know. Many couples find it hard to understand each other’s needs, which is why it is important to take the time to make sure your goals are aligned. If you feel that there may be underlying tension and discomfort within your relationship, it’s best to seek the help of a professional such as a relationship therapist or counsellor for the right advice.


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Girl Hero Project Empowering Young Girls with Words and Stories By Susannah McFarlane The stories we tell our kids matter. We, both kids and grown-ups, are what we think, what we focus on. If we watch films or read stories of courage and overcoming odds, we are most likely to be inspired, if we watch or read horror, we will be probably be scared. An extreme example, maybe but it perhaps makes us think about the stories we put in front of our kids. As a publisher and a writer, I know the power of stories, their power to inspire and to change our thinking, how we see things, but, actually it was as a mum that I started writing my first books. I wrote the EJ Girl Hero series, spy-adventure for tween girls, for my daughter Emma, then 9, because I wanted her to read a story of a girl, just like her, who overcame her fears and helped make the world a better place. (And, also, because I was a little tired of the Hermiones being the sidekicks to Harry the heroes and reckoned it was the girls’ turn to save the world, solo. ) Each EJ book opens with Emma facing a problem –a mean girl, a maths test, school concert nerves, an irritating older brother – and then she is called on a mission that echoes the challenge of the home issue. While Emma might find stuff hard at home and school, as EJ12 she can do anything. At the end of each story, she realises that she can crack the home issue too. With courage and determination – and some very cool secret gadgets – she can be a girl hero in her real life. She can make a difference. And I think our girls need to hear that message - and the younger the better. There was a report out of the NYU Child Study Centre indicating that the average girl’s self-esteem peaks at age 9 then plummets, never to return to that 9 year-old peak again.

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That’s terrible. We need to get in there early. In 2016 and 21 books later, I finished the EJ Girl Hero series. My fictional Emma was leaving primary school and my real-life Emma was starting VCE – and both had grown and changed over those seven years. They had learnt to back themselves and so had my readers: so many girls had emailed and wrote to tell me that EJ had helped them. They told me how EJ made them feel brave, how they read EJ ‘for inspiration. If EJ can do it, so can I!’ Another girl wrote ‘EJ12 has taught me to believe in myself.’ That made me cry, happy mother and writer tears. But what would come after EJ? Now I wanted to inspire those girls by telling them real-life stories of girl heroes and show how they could be one too. And so the Girl Hero Project was born, a safe on-line platform for girls to inspire and be inspired by real-life stories of ordinary girls doing extraordinary things. The Girl Hero Project shares the stories of girls as young as 8 years old who are making a difference to their communities and their world – and shows all girls how they can do the same. We tell the stories of well-known girl heroes from history and today such as Anne Frank and Malala Yousafazi, but we also share the stories of ‘ordinary’ girls doing extraordinary things. Like the story of Issy from Melbourne who always dreamed of being a professional AFL player and now is poised to be the number one draft pick for 2018. Or, Jade who, at 13, started her cupcake business and completely funded her own flying lessons. This year, at 16, she became Australian’s youngest solo pilot. Or Amarni in the US, who, also at 8 and

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with her mum’s help, organised a food drive that delivered over 400 kilograms of food to feed the homeless in her local community. Or Agi in the UK who, at just 8, shot a short film on her mum’s iPhone to show people a different side to people, like her sister, who have Down’s Syndrome. The film went viral and she has made a new film every year, changing how we look at people with Down’s Syndrome. All the girls we profile talk about how happy it makes them to help others and there is now overwhelming research to show that the happiest people are those who think less about themselves and more about others. With childhood anxiety growing at a frightening rate, we need to act – and if we want our kids to be happy, we have to raise helpers. ‘We can’t all do great things’ said Mother Teresa, ‘but we can all do small things with great love.’ So what does that look like when you are 8? It might be giving up a birthday present to help a children’s charity, helping your Dad do the dishes, smiling at someone who looks sad in the playground, letting a new person join your game or playing a game with a younger sibling. It might not change the whole word but it will change it for the person you help. And you can start right now. We need to show our young girls that they don’t need to wait until they ‘grow up’ to make their world a better place. We need to tell them stories that inspire them, help them dream big, give back and be the girl hero that is inside them all. Nothing made me prouder than when Emma, now 18 and vegan, asked that if instead of a birthday party, we would buy two cows she wanted to save from slaughter. We did and I told her story on the Project - it’s a good mum day when your daughter becomes your girl hero.


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PRODUCT REVIEW

BubbleBubs Nappies CLOTH 101 So you’re thinking about doing cloth nappies? Or have a friend/sister/cousin thinking about it? And you’re wondering what they look like these days. Where do I buy those big terry towelling nappies? Where do I buy pilchers? Well here’s the secret, you don’t! Well, you can but most people prefer the ease and simplicity of the new wave of reusable nappy…. The Modern Cloth Nappy. There are a lot of different types of MCN out there and I’m going to break this down for you now so you can get the lay of the land and see what might suit you best. To get started we’ll go over the basics of all the different types of cloth nappies you can use. TWO PARTS Let’s start with nappies that have two separate parts: an absorbent layer and a waterproof 78

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layer. These are trickier to master because you’ll need to learn how to fold them (really it’s not as scary as it looks!) but they are very flexible and usually the most cost efficient option. In this category are three types: flats, prefolds and fitted nappies.


ALL IN TWOS Then we have All In Twos (AI2) these come as two parts that go together to form one nappy. There are two basic types of AI2s, ones with snap-in inserts and pocket nappies (some nappies even come with both options). The great thing about snapin designs (like our Candies) is that if the shell doesn’t get dirty you can just snap in a new insert and use it again! Pockets involve stuffing which people either love or loath BUT they are great for wiggly babies or unsure grandparents and other carers.

ALL IN ONES The simplest and closest thing to a disposable is an All In One (AIO). They are all one piece so you don’t have to match things up in the laundry and no one can get confused. The downside is depending on the structure (some have tongue that come out, some don’t) they can take longer to dry and they’re less flexible when it comes to adjusting absorbency.

Sized nappies are typically less bulky when bub’s small and get a nice snug fit. Note: Lots of nappies will advertise birth till toilet training, this can be misleading as it’s often hard to get a good fit on a newborn but most will fit within a month or two. Phew! Ok that’s the types, are we tired yet? Hold on because next up is fabrics!

BAMBOO, COTTON, HEMP, MICROFIBRE, MICROFLEECE! WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

It’s actually not terribly complicated. Bamboo, cotton and hemp are all natural fibres. They are extremely absorbent but on the downside can take a while to dry. They’re also great for children with sensitive skin, some babies do better with natural fibres against their skin. Natural fibres are also better for the environment. Microfibre absorbs quickly (which is great if you have a baby that floods their nappy before the natural fibres have a chance to absorb it all). It also dries much quicker than natural fibres. The downside is it’s very prone to compression leaks (think about a sponge, it takes in a lot of water but if you squeeze it it all comes back out). Also, microfibre should never be placed against baby’s’ skin, it’s far too drying for their delicate little bottoms. However (just to be confusing) microfleece is a great fabric to use as a stay dry liner again bub. So, sit back, have cup of tea. It might be confusing at first but having options is great. That means everyone can find the exact fit for them, their baby and their family. Get in touch, we’d love to help you figure out the best system for your family and with our money back guarantee you have nothing to lose!

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tips to protect your family from venomous snakes

Written by Mark “Snake Hunter” Pelley A snake bite can happen so fast, you will not have time to think. You only register that your child has been bitten by a deadly snake after it has occurred, and if you don’t act properly, you can have as little as 15 minutes before their life can slip away. Even with medical treatment, there is the strong possibility of long term serious injury including brain, kidney or organ damage, and related side effects. 80

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This is the reality here in Australia as snake numbers increase and find their way into suburban and inner city areas more than people would care to think about. The most common place to find snakes is in people’s homes or backyards. Too many mums say to me: “You never think it will happen to you, until you find a snake in your home, then you panic, and realise you don’t know what to do.” Be prepared this summer by taking the following steps:

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TEACH CHILDREN TO “STAY AWAY”.

This is not as hard as it sounds. There are plenty of reptile shows, zoos, picture books or more whereby you can and reinforce the message: Don’t touch unless an adult says you can. In kindergartens, I run programs where we rehearse the motions of: • If you see a snake: “Step back” (We take 4 big steps back). • Use a loud voice: “There’s a snake” • Get a parent or teacher. • Stay away.

I encouraged the teachers and parents to keep reinforcing this message. For those who are in doubt, in one kindergarten, many months later after a session, one child saw a snake and did exactly as practiced.

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CLEAN UP

I know it sounds simple but it is important to do. If you leave scrap metal or hard rubbish around your lawn, or otherwise you have overgrown grass, shrubbery and weeds in your garden, then expect at some point that a snake may appear without you realising it. Conversely, having a clean garden does NOT prevent snakes from entering your property. Instead it helps you see if they’re around in advance. You also need to clean up inside your house too. I’m finding more snakes inside suburban homes than outside it. A final point on this matter, if you have vermin around your premises (mice, rats), get rid of these as soon as possible – don’t give the snake a reason to stay.

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DON’T BE A HERO.

The Australian Venom Research Unit discovered the people most likely to be bitten by snakes are almost always: Men, over the age of 40, in and around their own home, and after 4:00pm. Why? Because after work, he tries to save his family (or money). Sometimes they are successful but obviously sometimes not. It is never a case of: “Well it was either me or the snake”.

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Snakes are shy creatures and will try to hide. They will bite if provoked, harmed or threatened. If you leave them alone, they will do the same to you. So don’t be a hero. Call your closest snake catcher, follow their advice and keep safe.

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SNAKE REPELLENTS DON’T WORK.

These products do NOT work. I have caught multiple snakes wrapped around or near snake “protection” devices and snakes can find a way past snake “proof” fencing. Don’t rely on these products but instead be sure to follow through with all the steps given here.

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KNOW WHAT TO DO IF BITTEN.

If your child is bitten by a snake, your actions in the first few minutes are critical to improving the chance of survival. 1. Keep a few compression bandages around the home, car and garage. If your child is bitten, you will panic and you do not want that to be the moment you try to remember “if” there is one in the old first aid box. 2. Do a professional first aid course that includes guidance on how to treat snake bites. If you haven’t done one for a while, do a refresher course. Practice performing the snake bite compression bandage technique repeatedly until you get it right. Don’t make the moment your child is bitten to be the first time you try this. 3. If your child is bitten, immediately remove them from the situation, call 000 and follow their instructions. You will need to arrange to transport your child to the hospital as this is a life-threatening emergency.

4. Do NOT put yourself or others at risk by trying to capture the snake. 5. Do NOT wash the bite site or suck out venom. This is counterproductive to treatment. 6. Teach your child that if they are bitten, to approach you immediately and that they will NOT get into trouble. This may sound strange, but your child might be afraid of what happened, that they would get into trouble, or simply just go silent because they don’t know what to do. By educating them to approach an adult, they will hopefully follow through when the time counts. In summary, venomous snakes are more likely to be found in and around your own home than out in the bush. Therefore it is important to teach yourself and your child to know what to do if you see or are bitten by a snake. Taking the right steps can help protect your life and that of your child. Be safe this snake season. For More information on Mark Pelley visit: www.snakehunter.com.au

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Baby Print T-Shirt Grey Giraffe $5.00 rrp Baby Denim Knit Shorts $12.00 rrp Baby Blossom First Walker Joggers $15.00 rrp TARGET

Printed Jersey Top $12.99 rrp Jersey Skirt $9.99 rrp Sandals with appliqués $19.99 rrp H&M

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Oscar De La Renta Kids  - corduroy floral pinafore dress with underwear $307.00 rrp La Stupenderia Front Bow Crib Shoes $152.00 rrp FARFETCH

No Added Sugar - Mixed Feelings Dress $178.00 rrp Gucci Kids - Hook and Loop Ballerinas $335.00 rrp FARFETCH

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GET THE LOOK:

interiors Leah Shannon is a designer and owner of Parade and Company, a lifestyle brand specialising in decor for children’s rooms. She has 15+ years experience in design and a passion for creating children’s spaces that inspire, educate and spark the imagination.

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Neon Sign $79.00+ rrp electricconfetti.com Wall Art $250.00+ rrp dotsbydonna.com

Wallpaper $78.00+ rrp spoonflower.com

Quilt $199.00+ rrp adairs.com.au

Bunny on Bed little-peach-handmade. myshopify.com

Wall Shelving $40.00 rrp prettyinpine.com.au Bed $699.00 rrp incyinteriors.com.au

Doll House $549.00 rrp potterybarnkids.com.au

Round Cushion $99.00 rrp norsu.com.au

Doll Cot $199.00 rrp leoandbella.com.au

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Mr. Fox Art Print $26.00+ rrp society6.com

Vintage Map $345.00 rrp oldnewhouse.com

Mud Cloth Pillow $65.00 rrp emmsandgrace.etsy.com

Throw Blanket $52 rrp dkrenewal.com

Bed Frame $149.00 rrp mocka.com.au

Name Pillow $45.00 rrp milesandtate.com.au Side Table $49.00 rrp target.com.au

Desk Fan $39.00 rrp target.com.au

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REVIEWED BY APRIL DAVIS

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VTECH BABY: LITTLE FRIENDLIES STARLIGHT SOUNDS POLAR BEAR

This cute, soft and cuddly polar bear features four modes of play with a 15, 30 or 45-minute timer. The bear projects four different coloured lights with the option of six different light displays that project onto the ceiling, while playing calming outdoor sounds and lullabies in the nature and lullaby mode. Our verdict If you’re having trouble establishing a sleeping schedule for your little one, or just can’t seem to get them to fall asleep at night, this sweet little polar bear is exactly what you need. Their little imaginations will be quickly captivated by the beautiful light show, while the calming music and nursery rhymes will make them feel safe and like they’re not alone, helping them drift off into the land of sleep. drags this little cutie around with them everywhere they go! RRP $54.95 – AVAILABLE FROM: ALL GOOD INDEPENDENT TOY STORES.

VTECH MY ZONE LAPTOP The My Zone Laptop offers 30 interactive activities with progressive learning levels that teach a variety of subjects that gradually increase in difficulty. Children can also customise it with their name, age, avatar, favourite tunes and more! Packed with learning fun, this laptop will have little learners exploring phonics, letters, spelling, counting, shapes, musical instruments and melodies plus animals, fruits and vegetables. It will also help strengthen problem solving skills through puzzles and logic games. All combined in one portable package, kids will soon be in the learning zone! Our verdict T Educating little minds has never been so easy. We all know that it can be tricky getting toddler to focus on one thing for a decent length of time, but this handy kids’ laptop is so engaging, with countless things to do that it makes learning fun! A few minutes of time each day with this laptop is all you need to get your kids the start they need in phonics, letters, counting, instruments, shapes and music. The only downside is that the screen could be bigger.

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VTECH LIGHT AND FLIGHT DISCOVERY GLOBE Explore and discover the world with this brightly coloured, light up, interactive globe featuring 37 easy to use, touch sensitive hotspots. Fly the interactive aeroplane to discover all about famous places, countries, peoples of the world, animals, continents, oceans, foreign languages, music and more through 5 modes of play. Globe magically light-ups up in different colours when it spins or depending on which hotspots you land on! Also includes a quiz to help develop memory skills and knowledge through repetitive learning. Packed with lots of fun sound effects, music and melodies. Encourages discovery & exploration, independent play and hand-eye coordination.

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Our Verdict Geography helps children learn about where they belong in the world, and this nifty children’s globe will give them the head start they need to ace their geography classes in school. Open their eyes to the big wide world around them, and watch as they turn into little explorers. This globe is both entertaining and educational and will help with your child’s cognitive development, while also exposing them to plenty of music, foreign languages and cultures. RRP $59.95- AVAILABLE FROM: MYER STORES

VTECH GEAR UP & GO TRAIN All aboard the Gear Up & Go Train! Connect the 15 different sized gears to develop fine motor skills and create your very own colourful gear train! Insert the animal gears onto the smartpole to trigger animal sounds and facts and introduce cause and effect. 3 modes of play introduce music, fun locations and learning in quiz mode. 3 light up instrument buttons and an activity slider play different responses in different modes of play. Pull the train along to hear a fun sing-along song about the train. Turn the gear handle to play melodies. Our verdict The Gear Up & Go Train will help with the development of your child’s fine motor skills and teach them the basic principles of cause and effect. They’ll also have a great deal of fun singing along to the catchy tunes, and taking their favourite animals on adventures. Learning has never been so fun!

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christmas pikelets 0.15 Prep

Servings 4

INGREDIENTS • 12 bought pikelets • 410g jar fruit mince • 40ml (2 tablespoons) brandy • Vanilla ice-cream, to serve

METHOD Step 1: Preheat oven to 150°C. Step 2: Wrap the pikelets in foil and place in the oven for 10 minutes to gently warm. Step 3: Place the fruit mince, brandy and two tablespoons of water in a saucepan over medium heat and warm through. Step 4: To serve, place three pikelets on each serving plate. Top with a scoop of ice-cream and a spoonful of warm fruit mince mixture.

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christmas morning muffins 0.15 Prep 0.40 Cook

Makes 30

INGREDIENTS • 300g plain flour • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

• 80ml (1/3 cup) vegetable oil • 1 egg

• 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

• 1 cup icing sugar, sifted

• 75g muscovado* or brown sugar

• 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

• 250g fruit mince

* From delis and major supermarkets.

• 300ml buttermilk

METHOD Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a mini muffin pan (with about 30 holes) with small paper muffin cases. Step 2: Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir in the muscovado sugar. Step 3: Beat together buttermilk, oil and egg until combined, then add to dry ingredients with the fruit mix and stir until only just combined. Step 4: Fill each muffin case with the mixture and bake for 20 minutes (you may need to do this in batches). Set aside to cool. Step 5: Place icing sugar in a bowl, add enough lemon juice to form a soft icing and drizzle over the muffins.

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christmas ham and potato rosti 0.15 Prep 0.20 Cook

Servings 4

INGREDIENTS • 2 large (600g total) desiree potatoes • 1 onion, thinly sliced • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 300g sliced leg ham, torn

pepper • Bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped • 1 tbs olive oil • 40g unsalted butter

• 1 1/2 tsp cayenne

METHOD Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180C. Peel and grate the potatoes. Step 2: Place in a strainer and squeeze out excess liquid. Transfer to a bowl and combine with the onion, garlic, ham, cayenne and parsley, reserving a little to garnish, then season. Step 3: Heat the oil and butter in a 20cm ovenproof frypan over medium heat, swirling to coat the base. Spoon the potato mixture over the base of the pan and press down gently to make an even layer. Step 4: Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes or until the base is golden and the potato is almost cooked through. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the top is golden and the potato is cooked and tender. Sprinkle with reserved parsley to serve.

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Photo Credit: Richard Jung, Jeremy Simons & Kate Whitaker


smoked salmon pasta salad 0.20 Prep 0.10 Cook

Servings 6

INGREDIENTS • 500g trofie or other short pasta • 2 bunches asparagus, woody ends trimmed, cut into 3cm lengths • 3/4 cup (180g) creme fraiche or sour cream • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1/4 cup dill, finely chopped, plus extra sprigs to serve

• Grated zest of 1 lemon, plus juice of 1/2 lemon • 1/4 cup (50g) salted baby capers, rinsed, drained • 2 cups rocket leaves, roughly chopped • 200g smoked salmon, sliced into thin strips

• 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped

METHOD Step 1: Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water according to packet instructions, adding asparagus for final 1-2 minutes. Drain, refresh, then cool completely. Step 2: Meanwhile, whisk the creme fraiche, olive oil, dill, garlic, lemon juice, half the zest and 2 tablespoons water together in a small bowl, then season and set aside. Step 3: When pasta is cool, toss with dressing, capers, rocket, remaining zest and smoked salmon. Serve with extra dill sprigs.

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cauliflower steaks with warm asparagus dressing Servings 8

0.15 Prep 0.30 Cook

INGREDIENTS • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 red onions, halved, thinly sliced • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • 12 chipolata sausages

• 12 small dinner rolls, split • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard • 12 flat-leaf parsley sprigs

METHOD Step 1: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Heat 10g of the butter and half the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add 1 cauliflower piece to pan. Cook, carefully turning, for 3 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a lined tray. Season. Repeat with another cauliflower piece. Heat another 10g butter and remaining olive oil in the pan, and repeat with the remaining cauliflower. Roast cauliflower for 15 minutes or until tender. Step 2: Meanwhile, heat the extra virgin olive oil and remaining 20g of butter in the pan over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus, pistachio and garlic. Stir for 2 minutes until the asparagus is tender-crisp. Stir in the lemon juice. Season. Step 3: Place the cauliflower on a platter. Spoon over asparagus mixture. Sprinkle with lemon zest and serve.

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roast vegetables with lamb Servings 4

0.10 Prep 0.40 Cook

INGREDIENTS • 600g chat potatoes, halved

pepper

• 4 medium red onions, quartered • 1 bunch baby carrots, scrubbed • 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 2 teaspoons olive oil, extra • 2 x 6 cutlet racks of lamb • 150g baby spinach leaves

• Salt & freshly ground

METHOD Step 1: Preheat oven to 220°C. Line a large roasting pan with non-stick baking paper. Place the potatoes, onions, carrots and oil in a bowl. Season well with salt and pepper. Toss well to combine. Step 2: Place the potatoes and onions in the roasting pan and reserve carrots. Cook for 25 minutes. Step 3: Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in an ovenproof baking dish over a mediumhigh heat. Season both sides of the lamb racks with salt and pepper. Add to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes, turning occasionally, until well browned. Step 4: Remove from heat. Place baby carrots around lamb and transfer to the oven. Step 5: Cook lamb and carrots for 15-20 minutes, or until the lamb is just cooked and the vegetables are crisp, golden and tender. Transfer lamb to a plate, cover loosely with foil, and set aside for 10 minutes to rest. Step 6: Steam or microwave spinach. Carve the lamb. Serve with the roasted vegetables and spinach. Photo Credit: John Paul Urizar december 2017 | mychild

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panettone, chocolate and cherry trifle 0.10 Prep 0.10 Cook

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS • 350g pitted cherries • 1/3 cup (80ml) sweet Marsala (see note) • 600ml thickened cream • 200g dark chocolate

• 1/4 cup (35g) icing sugar, sifted, plus extra to dust • 1/3 panettone, torn into 3cm pieces

• 200g creme fraiche

METHOD Step 1: Combine the cherries and Marsala in a bowl and set aside. Meanwhile, place half the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Step 2: Break 150g chocolate into pieces and add to cream, stirring until the chocolate ganache is smooth and combined. Set aside to cool. Step 3: Whisk creme fraiche, icing sugar and remaining 300ml cream to soft peaks. Step 4: To assemble the trifle, divide half the panettone among 6 x 1-cup (250ml) glasses and gently press into the bases. Top with half the cherries and a little of their soaking liquid. Spoon over half the ganache, then half the creme fraiche mixture. Repeat the process, finishing with the remaining creme fraiche mixture. Drizzle over remaining ganache, shave over remaining 50g chocolate and dust with icing sugar to serve.

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Photo Credit: Ben Dearnley


red velvet yule log 0.40 Prep 0.15 Cook

Serves 12

INGREDIENTS • 3 eggs • 1/2 cups (100g) caster sugar

• 1 tablespoon caster sugar, extra

• 3/4 cup plain flour

• Icing sugar mixture, to dust

• 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

CHOCOLATE ICING • 250g butter, softened

• 1 tablespoon boiling water

• 200g dark chocolate, melted

• 1 teaspoon liquid red food colouring

• 1 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture

METHOD Step 1: Preheat oven to 200C. Grease and line the base and side of a 25 x 30cm Swiss roll pan with baking paper. Step 2: Use an electric mixer to whisk the eggs and sugar until thick and pale and mixture doubles in size. Step 3: Sift the combined flour and cocoa powder over the egg mixture. Pour the boiling water down the side of the bowl with the red colouring. Use a metal spoon or balloon whisk to gently fold until just combined. Pour into prepared pan carefully smooth the surface. Step 4: Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until dry to the touch. Step 5: Meanwhile, sprinkle a large sheet of baking paper with extra sugar. Turn the hot sponge out onto the sugared paper. Remove the baking paper. Starting from a long end, using the paper as a guide, roll into a log. Roll in a tea towel. Set aside to cool completely. Step 6: To make the chocolate icing, use an electric mixer to beat the butter until very pale and creamy. Gradually add the icing sugar, beating well between each addition. With the motor running, gradually beat in the melted chocolate. Beat until well combined. Step 7: Unroll sponge roll. Spread a little of the chocolate icing over the sponge. Re-roll sponge to enclose filling. Use a small serrated knife to diagonally cut each end into a 3cm piece. Place the sponge roll onto a serving plate. Attach the cut ends to each side of the log to create branches.

Photo Credit: Al Richardson

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