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WATER BABIES -WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WATER BIRTH HOW TO DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES OF SAME SEX PARENTING TAMING TODDLER TANTRUMS

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MR DAVE: ROCK AND ROLL AND CHILDRENS MUSIC

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EDITORS LETTER EDITOR PICKS BOOK REVIEWS

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THE MUMMY BLOG: FUN AND GAMES RECIPES

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IS YOUR BABY HITTING THEIR DEVELOPMENT MILESTONES? LEARNING TO WIN AND LOSE


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10 TIPS FOR PARENTS OF A GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL OR TRANSGENDER CHILD

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FERTILITY TREATMENTS FOR SAME SEX COUPLES

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EXPLAINING RACIAL DIFFERENCES TO YOUR KIDS

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METHODS OF BECOMING A GREAT STEPDAD IN 2017

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TIPS FOR COMING OUT TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT YOUR SEXUAL ORIENTATION

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EDITOR BIANCA MEDINA

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EDITOR’S LETTER Hi Lovelies,

So here we are in April already! I swear before I had Max, my beautiful little girl, time would drag on and getting to the middle of the year seemed to take forever. Now we are 4 months into the year and I cannot believe has quickly it’s gone by! We recently celebrated Max’s 2nd birthday and this crazy journey of parenthood is still so full of surprises that I just hope that it never stop ceasing to amaze me. As a parent of a toddler now, I am in awe of how much she has grown and how much of her personality has developed in the short space of time. It can be challenging at times, especially now that she has learned the words and meanings of “No” and “Mine”. It feels like yesterday that I just gave birth and I wonder if it will feel like that when she is 5 years old? I wish time would just slow down a bit so I could really soak in the memories of this past 2 years, but hey, I bet you all feel that way too :) So this month we are introducing a new Blended Families issue. We are really proud of this issue and hope you enjoy it as much as we have in putting it together. There are some amazing articles from our team that you should definitely check out and forward to those that would benefit from the various topics we have covered which include, How To Discuss Racial Differences With Your Kids, How To Deal With The Challenges of Same-Sex Parenting, Fertility Treatments for Same-Sex Couples, What You Need to Know About Water Birth, Is my baby hitting their milestones, Taming Tantrums, Learning to Win and Lose and How to be a great stepdad. We were lucky enough to catch up and have a chat with Chicago’s celebrity children’s entertainer “Mr Dave”, who has been working in the music industry for many years and is incredibly talented. Since breaking into children’s entertainment, he has been a huge success. His music is catchy and kids (as well as us adults) go a little crazy when they hear his music. We will be giving away some of his CD’s in the April competitions so make sure you enter for your chance to win! All the usuals, interiors, fashion, recipes, book and toy reviews as well as the mummy blog and much more can also be found in this issue too. Until next month

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r e t a W s e i b a B By Caroline Bagga

Water birth has become a mainstream option these days, with many hospitals and birth centres offering it. It is thought to have benefits for both mum and bub. SO WHAT EXACTLY IS WATER BIRTH? Water birth involves labouring and/or delivering your baby in water – this might be an oversized bath or a specialised birth pool. A birth pool is kind of like a large kid’s paddling pool, but with higher, sturdier sides, and handles to grip onto. Sometimes it includes a built-in seat that you can sit on between contractions or once your bub is born. The sides and base are soft, making them comfortable to kneel on and lean against.

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WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER A WATER BIRTH? • Being in water is calming and relaxing. Staying relaxed will help the hormones Oxytocin and Endorphins to flow, which will keep your contractions strong and act as natural pain relief. Being relaxed will also keep adrenalin to a minimum. • Water is great as natural pain relief. The warmth of the water is soothing and it might be just what you need to help you cope with the contractions. • If you’ve ever gone for a swim while pregnant you’ll know that the buoyancy of the water makes you feel light, allowing you to move with more freedom. Your body intuitively wants to move through each contraction, which helps you to cope with the intensity. The large size of birth pools gives you plenty of room for this movement, including using gravity by kneeling and squatting, which also helps your baby to descend through the birth canal. • We know that animals generally give birth by themselves in dark, quiet spaces. We humans have the same mammalian brains and similarly we tend to birth better when we are undisturbed. Being in the water can give you a feeling of privacy and control as you are surrounded by the ‘walls’ of the birth pool and more removed from medical interference. • From your baby’s perspective, being born into water can be a very peaceful, gentle entry into the world. There is usually time for skin-to-skin cuddles and the first feed while still being kept warm by the water. It’s important that the water is not too hot or too cold though. • If you are planning a home water birth, setting up a birth pool is a very tangible act which helps you to prepare your birth space and mentally visualise yourself in labour and giving birth.

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• There are thought to be other benefits of water birth, such as a faster labour and less risk of tearing, although there is no concrete evidence to back this up. ARE THERE ANY DRAWBACKS TO WATER BIRTH? The most common concern is about safety. People worry that if their baby is born underwater they will start to breathe and inhale the water. Don’t forget, your baby has been in a sack of amniotic fluid for the past 9 months, so they are used to being surrounded by water. Your baby’s lungs aren’t activated until their face comes into contact with air, so they won’t take their first breath until they are lifted out of the water. For this reason if you choose to deliver your baby in water, it’s important that you keep your hips covered by the water during the birth, to prevent the baby from getting air on his or her mouth and inhaling before they are out of the water. This is fairly simple if you’re using a birth pool/bath as the water will be quite high anyway. Other potential concerns include: • The risk of infection. However research hasn’t found any difference in rates of infection between women who give birth in or out of water. Certainly if you are just labouring in water this isn’t a cause for concern. • It is harder to monitor blood loss in the water, so if you do deliver your baby in the water and have a haemorrhage you won’t be able to tell how much blood has been lost. • Not all hospitals offer water birth, and for those that do, they often aren’t able to guarantee that a birth pool will be available at the time you need it. This can be disappointing if you’ve got your heart set on a water birth. Some hospitals and birth centres will allow you to take your own pool in with you,


so check with your care provider. • Some people think that if you get in too soon, or stay in too long, it can slow labour down. However there is no research to prove or disprove this theory. • Be aware that labouring or giving birth in water may be against your hospital’s policies if you have any complications or risks, such as high blood pressure or meconium in the water. If monitoring is required during labour you may be asked to leave the pool.

all and you can’t wait to get out! If you know someone who has had a water birth talk to them about their experience. Think about what you would like to wear (bikini, singlet, nothing) and how you would like your partner/support person to be involved (ie. get in the pool with you or support you from outside the birth pool).

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS – PLANNING YOUR WATER BIRTH When planning your water birth it is best to go with the flow and be prepared to be flexible with your plans. What you think you want for your birth might change as your labour unfolds. Perhaps you thought you would labour in water and then get out – but in the end you decide to stay in the water. Or maybe you thought you would want to labour in water but actually when you get in it’s not what you want at

Caroline Bagga is Mum to 3 beautiful girls, age 5, 2.5 and 6 months, two of whom were born in beautiful water births. She is passionate about helping women to have a healthy, active pregnancy and an empowering birth experience. Caroline is Founder of Mother Nurture Yoga, Sydney’s Leading Pregnancy Yoga School, offering Pregnancy Yoga and Pilates Classes, Retreats and DVDs. Find out more at www. mothernurtureyoga.com.au

There are plenty of videos of water births on YouTube. Watching some of these may give you a clearer idea of the potential of water birth.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES OF SAME-SEX PARENTING By Nicki Marie When we talk about parenting, the difficulties are the same, either you are same-sex parents or not. But there is some additional issues attach with the same-sex parents, they mostly face the problems of not being appreciated in the society. Now, in the current situation, improving as same-sex families become more familiar with part of society, but the improvements are still required for same-sex families. If anyone is running with the same-sex relationship but at the same time have children from a heterosexual relationship in past life relationships, then the insecurities are there about losing their child custody, or discrimination will be shown from the law in the favor of heterosexual parents. In case if someone had children through the process of donor insemination then there are chances of worries when your child start thinking, who actually their biological father is. Children who open their eyes in the society of same-sex may start thinking that, how other people are discriminating them, and they might surprise that their other fellows are living with their fathers and mothers. These types of issues are the most concerning part for children and there is very important that they reassured on regular basis. Mostly parents with same-sex relationship always think that their children may have a bad impact while growing up within the domain of same-sex parents and they also think that what sort of impact their children bear in their future life.

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WHAT SORT OF CHALLENGES SAME-SEX PARENTS FACE? Same-sex parents may face horrible challenges likely to other families but at the same time, they always have concerns that, how their children will be treated by the whole society, maybe their child will be bullied because of having a very opposite life compared with the general society. You can yet buck up your child by telling the best part of your family life. You can encourage your child don’t be nervous of being bullied, because of his/father society, give them examples who are not like them even then that they become the victim of bullies. Tell them they did not do anything wrong, so anyone doesn’t have a right to treated them in this manner. The same-sex parents mostly face the issues of “Prejudice” at a personal level or at the institutional level where having no support, understanding, services and legislations. Their children may suffer harder while in the school are in a playground by their peers just because their teachers think that are not fit within their heterosexual society. Sometimes teachers don’t blame others for their bad behavior, but to that child who is living in same-sex families, they just blame their family life at the time of any particular trouble. HOW TO DEAL WITH CHALLENGES AND HELP YOUR CHILD? 1) Go for some particular books which educate you to deal with these issues that are according to the age group. So, they can read books in their leisure time. 2) Go to the school of your child and start talking with their teachers and ask for their help to teach your child about family structures in order to educate other children. 3) Ask help from a local support group where your child can feel he is not the only child who is running with this situation and your child make friends from a similar society he has. If you don’t find any group then make searches on the internet and

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start looking for people who have same problems like you have in your local area. 4) When you have done with your all efforts to deal with the challenges you are facing having same-sex parents parenting. Then you need to encourage and support your child to deal with the all the challenges. 5) Show love to your child, make sure to your child, you will always there for you, love you and protect you. 6) Go for fun together, look for those activities you both can enjoy, and try your best to save time for your children. 7) Always stay true to your child, talk with your child and always stay honest with your child. Guide him why their father or mother family is different from others families in a simplistic way. Educate your child in many ways your family is very similar to others families, tell your child all families have issues and disagreements. 8) Give your child confidence to choose what sort of society he/she wants to choose to live. Always encourage your child to be strong when someone is teasing him or her just because of their parents are homosexual. Teach you’re all the differences among the people, and teach your child how to tackle these problems. 9) Make familiar to your child to those books which discuss the families like their parents have. Try to find out other families like yours, your children will enable to meet with other children who are facing the same problem which your child is facing at the moment. Author Bio Nicki is an author, tech and parental control expert. She writes about teen safety, child protections and social media norms. Her work on spy app for android devices got wide appreciation social media visibility. Follow her on twitter @nickimarie222 to know more about her.


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“IS YOUR BABY HITTING THEIR MILESTONES?” By Cara Barilla - Educational Columnist & journalist

In this day and age, we are constantly undergoing the involvement of technology into our child’s lives, various methods of education & development and the increasing ways to progress a child’s involvement in learning. Whether you’re following an educational app, coach, mothers’ group, developmental planner or pediatrician, we are always under the constant pressure of comparing our child’s development to others. The question is “what is the correct guideline to follow when pinpointing where your little one is at with their milestones”? And, “when is it safe to compare with others in determining when a child has hit their milestones or not”? IS A SPEEDY MILESTONE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE MILESTONE ITSELF? There is constantly the common pattern for women in today’s society to constantly feel the need to be ahead in your “mothers’ group” or relationship circle when hitting a certain milestone. The true importance is if your child is hitting these milestones at all, and if so, how your child is effectively achieving this. The timing of the milestone isn’t necessarily important as there is more emphasis on the method of milestone activity and the way it is being put to action. A natural example is “toilet training”. In time, the importance of “if my child is completing the milestone of toilet training within the age bracket of 2-5 years old”. People tend to believe that the younger the child is at meeting this milestone, the more intelligent they are, which in fact a myth is as children hit peaks of their capability markers at different stages in their lives. Its more so common that parents tend to compare and become disappointed in their children or themselves if they haven’t seen progression by a particular period in time, though in theory; as long as these children have successfully demonstrated a capable example of the marker that’s when they have successfully hit their milestone.

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When your child hits their milestone more or less than the depicted chart informing the “average stage guideline”, it shouldn’t be a worry as long as it has been marked effectively. It’s the quality of behavior and character growth which is of importance rather than the timing. The behavior traits during the process depict healthy substantial development processing as opposed to “who gets there first”. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the average stage guidelines are not effective. It consequently aids in calculating our child’s developmental patterns to look out for learning and motor skill deficiencies or difficulties. If you find that your child is constantly not reaching their peak effectively its best to book in with your local pediatrician for a professional opinion. The growing outlines of your child existing in representative charts and the “guidelines of physical development” can be grasped via the behavior and character of your child. Phases of physical progression is easy to point out. During playtime, tummy time, conversation, cradling and cuddling your child, you will notice the babies ripple effect created by your behavior, which effectively helps with the development. Newborns will show what appear to be arbitrary but balanced actions with their arms and legs. Throughout the subsequent phase of growth, which takes place about the six month period, the child will initiate to stretch out for detailed objects with their arms, following their eyes. Within the months after, they gain sufficient control of both their hands to hold small objects. Anywhere about one year of age many children extend all of their limbs for small blocks or rattles, pick them up and encourage you to play with them whether it’s with their body language,

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hand, eye coordination, speech and facial expressions. HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR CHILD’S LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT? Language portrayal is distinct though more gradual stages of development. Within three months, many children will develop from only crying to a method of fussing or creating firm vowel sounds. The capability to process consonants, especially the sound “mmm”, can exist only a few months after that. (infants who speak words such as “mama” before they say “dada” could possibly be portraying more within their neurological development and synchronization rather than demonstrating their favorite for a parent.) After around 3 more months, children typically reply to their name plus definite recurrence perceived words. After one year, you’re your child will start demonstrating words, particularly nouns. Subsequently after two years of age, your child will understand more than a hundred words and will be capable to express to you the names of some objects, colours, numbers and names in picture books, which is a vital stage subsequently via the period children are prepared for playgroup and the months of social development, they distinguish approximately a thousand words then will momentarily activate the next level of milestone in speech such as “complex sentences” for e.g. “I’d like you to watch me play with my friend”. Overall, if you feel like your child is not meeting the expected milestones, consult your doctor or friendly health professional for advice. Patience is key when it comes these things so never feel like you’re failing as a parent if they are not being met. Some children just need time and space. Allow them to grow at their own pace and always provide them with a loving and supportive environment.


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10 TIPS FOR PARENTS OF A GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL OR TRANSGENDER CHILD By Jana Angeles If your child has recently come out as a member of LGBTQ+ community, you’re not alone! Many parents around the world have witnessed their child come out to them and we understand how difficult that must be at such a young age. Children begin to build their identity and people don’t realise how complex a person’s gender can be. For many of us, identifying as male or female is easy but for others, it isn’t at all. Sexuality is also something that isn’t black and white either. It’s important that we learn to love and support our children who have come out to us. For them, it’s a big milestone to identify with this community. Here are some of our top ten tips on what to do when your child has identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

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DON’T IGNORE IT Your child coming out to you is a difficult process and choosing to ignore it can only make them feel worse. Understand that they are coming from a place of love and sharing an important part of themselves that they identify with. It’s okay to have conflicting feelings over the news and not fully accept the situation just yet. From coming out, your child has opened a new world; a world where you have lots to learn from their identity. Appreciate the courage it took for them to tell you because this shows how much they trust you!

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NEVER SAY, “I ALWAYS KNEW” You’ve probably always had a feeling your child was different from all their other peers, and when parents have an “inkling”, they’re normally right about it. If your child chooses to tell you they are either gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, never tell them that you “always knew”. Because coming out is such a huge step for them, it’s supposed to feel liberating that they can finally share something they’ve kept hidden. Letting them know you always knew their sexual identity can make the event anticlimactic and less freeing for them.

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LEARN TO ASK QUESTIONS Although the Internet has numerous sources on the LGBTQ+ community, your best and main one should be your child. Asking them questions on their sexuality can help you understand them, especially if you aren’t too familiar with their identity. Kids are always wondering about themselves on a daily so asking them relevant things can be beneficial for their own learning too. Always take into consideration the sensitivity of the topic and only ask them questions they are comfortable in answering. Don’t pressure your child and interrogate them with questions that insult their identity or seem condescending. Besides websites, you can also look into books and read more about raising your LGBTQ child. Unconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child by Telaina Eriksen is a good book

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TALK ABOUT SAFE SEX This is up to your discretion but if your child has reached the appropriate age of maturity, discuss the topic of Safe Sex. It’s important that they are aware of their risk in contracting Sexually-Transmitted Diseases and that they know the options of contraception. Receiving any sort of sex education classes can be beneficial for your child.

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identify with only one gender. Although most parents might not find this easy, giving them the freedom of choice is the best option you have for your LGBTQ+ child.

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DON’T PUT THE BLAME ON ANYBODY ELSE Human beings are always going to be complex individuals and no matter our gender or sexuality, we battle through so many worlds within us. For your child identifying as a member of the LGBTQ+ is nobody’s fault and you should avoid blaming a family member, a friend they regularly hang out with or yourself. There are so many factors to consider when it comes to their identity and like us, a number of experiences has helped shaped them for who they are today.

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AVOID ASKING ABOUT THEIR QUEER IDENTITY BEFORE THEY HAVE EVEN COME OUT TO YOU Getting back to the point addressed in number four, assuming anything can only make things worse. Coming out is a huge deal for your child and if you are already aware

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of their LGBTQ+ identity, don’t say anything about it. Putting them on the spot can make them feel extremely uncomfortable and can discourage them from coming out. Let them prepare to do this on their own. It is something even us parents can’t help them with.

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REMIND THEM THAT THEY ARE LOVED It’s tough being an individual within the LGBTQ+ community and the reality is, your child will be facing some challenging obstacles ahead of them. There will be moments in their life where they will come across close-minded individuals who will be less accepting of their identity. They will also be at high-risk of bullying in schools too. It’s important that we remind ourselves that this is our child and they need our unconditional love and support. We need to be there in their darkest moments and to always help them feel encouraged in some capacity. Even if we struggle in understanding them, reminding them that they are loved once can help them get through the pain and heartbreak of people less accepting of them.


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Skyfishing Written by Gideon Sterer, illustrated by Poly Bernatene The bold, vivid illustrations in Skyfishing really bring to life this beautiful story of the relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter. When a lifelong fisherman moves from the country to the city, he finds himself miserably unable to find a hobby he enjoys as much as fishing. His granddaughter suggests an imaginary fishing expedition from the comfort of their balcony, and they transform the city streets into oceans full of Litterfish, Signfish, Furry Snappers and other sea creatures of their own creation. The grandfather recaptures his greatest passion, and sharing it with his granddaughter has her instantly “hooked.”

Green Pants Written & illustrated by Kenneth Kraegel If your child has ever b e co m e co m pl ete l y o b s e ss e d wi th o n e item of clothing, to the exclusion of everything else in the wardrobe, then this is a book for you! Jameson will wear only his green pants, in which he feels he can do absolutely anything. However, taking part in a family wedding, which involves wearing a black tuxedo, forces him to question what is really important to him. The simple illustrations in this humorous book let the story shine – a tale of making tough decisions and compromising for the people we love, suitable for children aged three to seven.

The transformation of all the people and vehicles on a hectic New York street into wildly imaginative sea creatures will be a favourite for children aged four to eight.

UndertheLoveUmbrella Written by Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys

This is ultimately a book about love, and about the people we love being there for us, even when we are not physically together.

Lucy’s Book Written by Natalie Jane Prior, illustrated by Cheryl Orsini

This is a book about books – where we find them, how we share them, and how they touch our hearts. The reader follows the journey of Lucy’s favourite book, from the moment she finds it at the library, on its travels around the world with the other children who borrow it, past its worn-out removal from the library collection, to the moment when Lucy is finally able to take it home with her for good. Children aged three to seven will share Lucy’s joy, as she discovers that no matter how many times she reads her favourite book, and even after she has learned it by heart, it will continue to bring her delight in a way that only a muchloved book can.

It depicts many different types of families going through life’s joys and challenges, sharing a common thread of devotion and support. This beautiful book is perfect to begin reading from birth – babies and young children will love the gorgeous bright colour scheme and simple text, while older children will enjoy the challenge of finding the many umbrellas hidden throughout the book. The final page leaves readers with a question: “Who’s under your love umbrella?” – a wonderful springboard for discussion between parents and children.

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TAMING

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By Jana Angeles

Toddler tantrums are an ugly sight. Whether they happen at the comfort of your own home, a public place or right before they take a well-deserved nap, tantrums are an oddly occurrence and it can happen anytime, anywhere. Taming tantrums is not as easy as it looks and most of us will understand the frustrations that come along with it. Before we even became parents, we judged those around us who couldn’t control their child; now we face the same reality and take back all the remarks that made us supposed “perfect parents”. Tantrums can be controlled though with the right set of tactics. Our children are not monsters by default but they can be if we don’t take the appropriate action sooner. So what can we do to help prevent them? BE AWARE OF TRIGGERS Does your toddler become angry when it comes to playing in the sandbox? Well, like us, toddlers can also be triggered by certain situations if they go to a specific place reminding them of negative memories. To avoid any tantrums happening, we must do our best to understand those triggers and help our toddler be their calm and happy selves. By allowing them to interact in a new place and create fond memories can decrease the chance of them experiencing tantrums, making you the happy parent.

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REALLY MEAN IT WHEN YOU SAY, “NO” Giving in to everything your child wants is a red flag because they’ll gain the mentality that they can get away with things and do whatever they want. When your child wants a sugary treat for breakfast, you have to stand your ground and say “no” to them. Even if they’re on the floor in hysterics, giving in only shows a sign of weakness. Saying “no” gives your child the independence of knowing that sometimes they don’t have a choice and they must do everything they’re told to (good lesson to learn in preparing them for the workforce). CUT OUT JUNK FOOD FROM THEIR DIET Treats like chips and lollies can give your little one a surge of energy in a short amount of time. Once they burn through the calories, they will begin to feel tired and grouchy and it’s from there, they’ll be at risk of throwing a tantrum. Avoid giving out junk food to your child regularly if you know it will end in chaos. Opt out for healthier options such as fruits, vegetables and nuts so they can maintain their energy levels to a high degree. They will also sleep and rest better so nap times aren’t as crazy as they should be. DON’T SHOW ANY NEGATIVE REACTIONS If your child is throwing a tantrum while you’re shopping, it can be embarrassing to see other people glaring at you for not doing anything. Sometimes you just need to let them be because there really isn’t anything you can do once your child has hit tantrum mode. Resorting negative reactions such as yelling and smacking is ineffective and will outcome to nothing positive. You should handle the situation as calmly as possible. If you are in a public setting, the best thing you can do is to stop what you’re doing and just leave with your child as soon as possible.

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SHOW COMFORT When it comes to troubled times, we all want to be held by someone who genuinely cares about you. Same thing goes for your children when they’re experiencing a tantrum. All the energy and tears are drained out of them and sometimes all they want is a hug! Showing comfort to your child will go a long way and it will also let them blow off some steam in the meantime. TELL THEM HOW YOU FEEL Being honest with our feelings is an important aspect of communication when understanding the role of empathy. Because your child is young, they will not be aware of the consequences that come with their actions so throwing a tantrum here and there will seem normal to them. Telling your child how you genuinel y feel will not onl y open a door of trust but it will also show them how vital it is to open up to people when they’re upset. As a parent, we should also be asking them why they are throwing these tantrums and try to gain an understanding on what makes them upset. Doing this may help decrease the occurrence of tantrums, encouraging your child to be happy and calm most of the time. Tantrums are the norm when it comes to raising a toddler so don’t feel like you’ve failed as a parent if your child starts to do this more often than usual. Remember that feelings are complex and there’s nothing we can do but to show support and encouragement throughout this period. Part of growing up is experiencing a set of emotions so put yourself in their shoes and understand that children are still wiring themselves to feel everything.


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FUN AND GAMES WRITTEN BY: SHEREE ECHLIN

Was that water, wee or dribble I just stepped in?!” It’s a regular thought in my house these days with my youngest dribbling absolutely everywhere or deciding her drinks are better all over the floor and my eldest FINALLY warming to the idea of toilet training. It is still very much hit and miss but yay to making progress! It’s funny the things you chalk up as wins once you become a parent. Five years ago I would be super stoked with finishing a story before deadline or getting housework done to free up the weekend (oh those were the carefree days). Now I pretty much high five myself for actually cleaning any part of the house and I cheer my girls on for eating good food, well any food really.....grapes or toast are okay for dinner right?! Don’t even get me started on the cheering we go through for certain body noises and we are talking about little girls, haha! Yep, I often wonder what the hell has happened to me but I know it’s all part and parcel of parenting! I never thought I would get excited about toilet training. But having one less child to change nappies on is kind of a small relief in the whole scheme of things. And being proud of my beautiful big girl and her achievements is just awesome! It feels like it has taken an eternity to get to this point and there is still a long way to go. A little

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bit of bribery with stickers and chocolate won’t hurt in the long run right?! Some days I think what I wouldn’t give to be three years old again. Not a worry in the world with everything accessible and handed to you. I’m not so keen on all the growing up though. But there are days when I watch Miss Izzie going a mile a minute and know her growing brain is ticking over at a super fast rate trying to take everything in. It’s only when I sit back and take stock (a very rare time but it does happen) that I realise her tantrums, outbursts and ranting are just her way of trying to communicate in the way she knows. It’s a pity at the time it has to be annoying, infuriating or any other emotion that hits me as my reaction. But nothing is ever simple when it comes to kids. If it was, we parents would look a little less frazzled and probably have a better grip on what we’re doing. But that’s half the fun isn’t it? Walking around pretending we know how to win the parenting game when in reality we’re all winging it. If you say or think otherwise, you’re kidding yourself! But my girls are always full of surprises and love keeping me on my toes. From Miss Phoebe trying to dive head first off the lounge to her older sister using the bed as a leaping launch pad to the floor, I’m


just waiting for a potential broken bone! And that’s just the indoor “fun”, outside presents a whole new stage of excitement to eager little exploring minds. Scraped knees and hands are only the beginning and all I can say is thank you pretty band aids for saving me from full blown melt downs. If only they fixed everything! Independence is definitely a strong factor in my house right now. A very bossy threeyear-old teaming up with her frustrated and determined one-year-old sister and they feel like they can take on the world (also known as mummy). Sometimes it’s funny and other times I can still feel the imprint of the wall I’ve been bashing my head on through my own frustration. It will get easier

one day right? Don’t worry I know the best, or is that the worst, is still to come. Sitting back and watching their personalities develop, I often wonder what they will do with their lives when they grow up. I knew from a youngish age I wanted to write, but it’s definitely not for everyone. What I do know is there is no stopping my girls (well right now anyway) and it wouldn’t surprise me if they tackle whatever they choose to do, head on and full of determination. Good luck to whoever tries to hold them back, you are up for one fun battle! Head on over to shereeechlin.com to read about more of my daily ups and downs and everything in between.

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FERTILITY TREATMENTS FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES By Jana Angeles

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re you and your partner thinking of having a child but not sure what options are available to you? Choosing fertility treatments can be difficult especially if you’re not sure which one feels right. We give you the rundown on these options so you can be more informed about your choices regarding fertility treatments. Be aware that all laws are different in each state so these options may not be available to you depending on where you live. For same-sex couples, these are some of the fertility treatments available: • Artificial insemination: This procedure is where a treated sperm is inserted into a woman’s uterus. This process improves the chances of conceiving a baby. The sperm used in the procedure is either fresh (from partner) or frozen (from partner or sperm donor). • In vitro fertilisation (IVF): This process uses assisted reproductive technology (ART) to treat an infertile individual, especially to those that have failed to respond to medical and surgical procedures. IVF is classified as “fertilisation in glass” and the fertilisation takes place in an incubator. The embryo then goes back into the uterus. • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) – IVF: Is a specialised form of IVF and is used to treat severe cases of male-factor infertility. It involves the injection of a single sperm into a mature egg.

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• Surrogacy: This is another form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) where a woman makes the choice of being a surrogate. In this process, she carries the baby through pregnancy for a single individual or couple. Once the baby is born, she returns him/ her to the intended parent(s). INFORMATION ON SPERM DONORS You have the choice of picking a sperm donor (friend or family member) or one that is deidentified. IVF Australia have a couple of regulations with sperm donors. These are: • The donor cannot be under 18 years of age, are a close relative of the recipient being treated or from a younger generation of the intended parent(s). • Anyone over the age of 50 years, has a past or current history of severe mental illness or any other medical condition that exists among their family. How does de-identified donors work? • The identity of the sperm donor remains anonymous to the recipient(s) during the time of treatment. However, the information of the donor will become available once the child turns 18 years of age. • IVF Australia recruits their donors locally and internationally. Because of the high demand for sperm donors, there is a waitlist involved to make the process fair for everyone.


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Once you reach the top of the waitlist, you will be given access to the database of all the sperm donors currently available for you to choose from. You will be able to view in-depth questionnaires completed by the donor. These will include information about themselves, their family, physical attributes and their medical history. INFORMATION ON SURROGACY To be eligible to commision a surrogacy for IVF Australia, it is only approved if:

Things you should know when finding a surrogate: • You have to find your own. • It is illegal for you to advertise to find one. • You cannot pay someone to be a surrogate.

• A woman is unlikely to fall pregnant, able to give birth due to a medical condition and carry a pregnancy.

• A woman is also not allowed to advertise and provide a surrogacy service to others.

• As a couple, if multiple transfers of a genetically normal embryo have been ruled out.

Laws you need to know on surrogacy:

• A couple is in a same-sex relationship (male) or a single male Of course, there are conditions that need to be satisfied when appointing a woman to be a surrogate. These include: • The surrogate is unable to use her own eggs but is allowed to use ones taken from a third party donor. • Must be older than 25 years of age, and younger than the age of natural menopause (52 years of age). The age can be pushed to 55 under special circumstances where a gestational surrogate is possible (either done by the mother or mother-in-law of the intended parent). • Neither the surrogate or the intending parents suffer from a psychiatric disorder. • The surrogate must have given birth already. • There is an established relationship

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• Under the Surrogacy Act 2011, the commissioning couple of surrogacy is able to apply for parentage of the child. Until this legally takes into effect, the surrogate mother is still the parent. • In 2010, the NSW Health Department has managed to create a Central Registrar containing information on the donors and donor-conceived offspring. It lists the people who have used ART treatment using donated gametes and surrogacy. • If desired, the child conceived through surrogacy will be given access to the information of their surrogate mother on the register once they turn 18. With the overwhelming information on fertility treatments, it’s really worth looking into these options if you and your partner are thinking of having a child together. With the challenges of parenthood, there’s no substitute for the amount of love and happiness you’ll receive when you have your little one in your arms.


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INSPIRATIONAL READ

“IT FEELS SO GOOD TO KNOW I HELPED” INSPIRATIONAL CHILDREN “YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG TO HELP OTHERS AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE”

That’s the message from Alexander Kho “A.K”, eleven, from Brisbane. A.K patiently grew his hair for two years, only to chop it all off and donate it to help children with auto-immune disease, Alopecia Areata.

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I first got the idea to grow my hair to help other children when I was nine years old. At that time, we were living in the Netherlands. One of my little brother’s friends was growing his hair for a Dutch charity that helped provide wigs for children who had lost their hair because of chemotherapy. I thought it was a really awesome way of doing something really positive for someone else. So when we moved to Australia, a few months later, I asked mum to help me research how to donate hair here. We came across several organisations, and one was Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation (AAAF) and their Wigs for Kids Program. Alopecia Areata is a hair loss condition where someone’s hair literally falls off. It pretty much comes out in clumps and they are either left with a head full of bald patches or they become totally bald. Many people with the condition also lose their eyebrows, eyelashes and even the hair in their nose. Often, the hair never makes a reappearance.

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to cope with suddenly losing their hair, many of these kids were bullied at school because of it. Many of these kids became very self-conscious, while others became depressed and some even tried to avoid leaving the house. The one thing that seemed to be common for many of the kids that I read about, was that their life changed when they got a wig. I remember reading about one girl who was so happy after she got her first wig. She said she felt so much more confident in public and could finally walk down the street without attracting stares – something I just take for granted. THAT’S WHEN I KNEW THAT I HAD TO HELP. Growing my hair was fun and being able to help others was huge motivation in keeping me going. Everyone at school thought it was pretty cool. But on hot days it was a bit annoying, I had to tie it up and as it got longer it was really painful when mum brushed it, until she discovered conditioning spray!

My Nana had Alopecia, so we knew a little bit about the condition. But after doing some more research, both mum and I were very surprised to learn that Alopecia Areata affects so many kids, in fact it often starts at childhood. Sadly, there is no cure. We also discovered that even though many people have the condition, unfortunately the public in general don’t really know what Alopecia Areata is.

Strangers often thought I was a girl. Once at the swimming pool a man tried to stop me going into the boys changing rooms because he thought I was a girl! On occasions it could get a little embarrassing and sometimes people stared at me. But then I would remember about the stories I read about kids with Alopecia and how they got stared at all the time and thought about how hard that would be. It always reminded me why I was doing what I was.

We found lots of personal stories of children with Alopecia on AAAF’s website which we read to find out more. It made me really sad to read about kids, who where just like me, but who woke up one day to discover a bald patch and within a matter of weeks they had pretty much lost all their hair. Not only did they have

Often, mum and I would tell people why I was growing my hair and they were very supportive. Many of these people didn’t know what Alopecia Areata was so it was good to be able to make them aware of the condition. Perhaps, if they see someone with Alopecia Areata on the street, they may now not stare at them so much.

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In the end, after growing my hair for two years, I got quite attached to it and was really sad when it was finally chopped off. Thankfully, my hairdresser, Tommy Guns in Chermside, made me feel really special. They cut my hair for free and did a great job of styling it. They also made sure it was cut the exact right way to make sure as much hair as possible got sent off. Now that it’s gone it feels weird. For weeks I kept reaching out for it and then getting surprised that it wasn’t there! I also kept putting too much shampoo in my hair when I washed it. Even though it feels like part of me is missing, I am really happy and proud to have donated it to AAAF’s Wigs for Kids Program. It’s a really nice feeling to know that my hair is helping someone with Alopecia Areata, even if it is just a little bit. It’s so worth it. For anyone wanting to do something similar, just do it. As a kid, growing up without hair or having bald patches on your head can be really difficult. Donating your hair is a small personal sacrifice but can mean a huge amount to someone with Alopecia. Just remember to get your mum to buy some conditioning spray to help with those terrible knots! WHAT IS ALOPECIA AREATA? • Almost half a million Australians are affected by Alopecia Areata. • Alopecia Areata is an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles which results in hair loss. • Anyone can have Alopecia Areata – women, men and children. The condition often first emerges in childhood. • The vast majority of people with Alopecia Areata experience some degree of

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re-growth. But the condition is highly unpredictable – it can get worse or improve at any time. • Currently, there is no cure for Alopecia Areata and no universally proven therapy to induce hair re-growth and sustain remission. WHAT IS THE WIGS FOR KIDS PROGRAM AND WHERE WILL MY HAIR GO? AAAF’s Wigs for Kids Program provides children with Alopecia with information and financial support to assist them to purchase a wig. All hair that is donated to AAAF is then purchased by wig manufacturers responsible for making hair pieces for medical purposes. The resulting funds go back into AAAF Wigs For Kids Program. WHO CAN DONATE HAIR? Anyone – children, teenagers ,men and women. Only requirements are : • the hair needs to be natural – no dyes, colours or treatments • the donated hair needs to 30cm or greater – layers are ok • secured top and bottom of the pony tail. For more information about AAAF and donating your hair to children with Alopecia visit www.aaaf.org.au WHAT IS THE AUSTRALIA AREATA FOUNDATION (AAAF)? The Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation (AAAF) is a not-for-profit that provides people with Alopecia and their families with essential support. AAAF also funds research into the disease in order to find a cure or acceptable treatment, informs the public about the condition and runs the AAAF Wigs for Kids Program. For more information visit www.aaaf.org.au


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LEARNING TO WIN AND LOSE By Jana Angeles Winning and losing is a part of life. As we have lived through our adulthood, we have seen many experiences that have contributed to our growth and development as people. It’s hard to look past our failures but it’s easy to appreciate our successes. One way or another, life comes with its ups and downs and we just have to learn how to accept them. Teaching our children the concept of winning and losing can be difficult to most parents as some of us may feel protective when awful things happen in our lives.

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Some of us want to create a protective layer in our children’s lives but in most cases, it’s hard to hide our feelings of sadness and anger to our children. What we can do as parents is to teach our children how to be humble winners and to act gracefully when they become sore losers. So how can we teach our children the concept of winning and losing effectively? MAKE IT A REALITY THAT WINNING AND LOSING HAPPENS If your children currently participate in sport, they’re going to learn this sooner rather than later. Being part of a sport challenges them to understand the importance of teamwork and leadership, while also having a strong awareness of reality and what really happens. In sport, there are going to be times where your children will win and lose games. Even if your children do not play sport, they will still learn the concept of winning and losing through school and other aspects in their life. It’s important to tell your children that it’s okay to lose sometimes. The reality is, once they’re older and lose that promotion within their job, you’ve got to teach them the right tools to move past it so they can win in the future. Teach them how to stay motivated and to also have a humbling presence when they successfully achieve a life goal of theirs. LOOK AT THEIR IDOLS AND POINT OUT THEIR FAILURES Does your child have people they idolise? Famous musician or actor? Even for us, we tend to idolise our favourite celebrities and romanticise their perfect lifestyle: earning fame and living in luxury - except we forget that these people have failed too. It’s naive to think that these people are winners because the only difference between us and them is their lifestyles.

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Teach your children that even famous people or people they idolise have gone through failures of their own. There is no such thing as a “quick-fix” in life because what would be the point of it if everything were so easy? Perfection is unattainable; teach them to embrace their flaws and mistakes. LET THEM BE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR OWN TALENT Children have unique abilities of their own and as they grow older, you’ll gain a strong awareness of them too. Learn to nurture your child’s talents early on and show them the importance of gratitude when it comes to appreciating their capabilities. In the future, they will be able to work on their own selfdevelopment and go through their wins and losses headstrong. Be encouraging and never fall into the comparison trap. Comparing them to another child will discourage them and lower their self-esteem. Your actions and words are just as important so if your child shows you a piece of artwork they’ve made, wrote their own short story or perfectly found the solution to a math problem, showing a positive and engaging attitude will help them go far in life. In today’s day and age, we’re expected to be perfect parents but people do not realise how damaging it can be to chase perfection. Some days we are winners and some days we are losers - that’s life. We need to show accountability and to also set an example for our children on handling our victories and failures. Constantly remind your children that they have a bright future ahead of them and to have faith when things get dark. If they believe that, they’re already one step ahead in the game of life.


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EXPLAINING RACIAL DIFFERENCES TO YOUR KIDS? Written by Dr Natasha Alexander, Clinical Psychologist ‘Look! There’s that black family that just moved in next door to us!’ says your kid rather loudly in the library. You don’t know what to say, so you say nothing. Of course your kid isn’t satisfied with this. They say it again. Even louder his time, confused by your lack of response. A couple of people turn to look at you both. How do you handle this? It seems like a teachable moment, but what should you be teaching? Keep reading. I can help you with this stuff. I am a tall black woman, and I wear my hair in an afro. I am not an indigenous Australian and I can only speak about my own preferences and experiences as a black woman born in the UK.

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My family is originally from the West Indies. I live in Brisbane with my white Australian female partner, our black son, and our mixed race baby daughter. Sometimes we get stared at. Mostly I think people are curious about us, and where we are from.

He knows that it is ok to be curious about the race, culture and religious practices of others. We often have conversations about people at his school. He tells us if they are ‘brown’ like him and where they might be from. These conversations are ok and are welcomed in our home.

A couple of my Australian friends in Brisbane have commented that they find it ‘confronting’ when I use the word black to describe myself or someone else.

Back to the situation at the beginning of the article – the potentially awkward moment involving the ‘black family’ from next door. What to do? Shush your kid? Use it as a teachable moment to talk about racial differences”? Maybe you say in a hushed tone “we don’t say ‘black’, we say ‘dark skinned’.

I am aware of some of the history and confusion around this, and the fear about not wanting to offend. I appreciate people’s concerns about not saying something wrong, racist or offensive, I really do. However, we need to be talking about things more, not less! I understand that people may want their children to see people as individuals and equals. This is great, but a colour-blind approach isn’t the answer. Simply saying ‘we are all the same’ isn’t an effective way to prepare children for life in a world that is moving through multiculturalism into interculturalism (1). So how should you talk to your children about racial differences? I love the concept of ‘all different, all equal’ – the title of a campaign from the Council of Europe. It is a concept that covers a lot of differences, such as age, gender, sexuality, culture, and religion and that is what makes it so good to teach to children. In East London in the UK where my son was born, there is incredible cultural diversity. More than 100 languages are spoken in the borough he was born in. It wasn’t always harmonious and equal, far from it. However, there were a lot of benefits of living there. He was born and raised in a context of diversity, acceptance and tolerance.

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Shushing is ok in a library - quiet voices are necessary! You could just say ‘oh yes, You are right. Let’s go and say hello and introduce ourselves properly.’ Back at home, the following tips may be useful. TIPS: • Help children understand the difference between noticing racial or cultural differences (ok) and talking in a derogatory way about people’s differences (not ok). • As a family, have conversations that celebrate who people are. E.g. friends at school or work. People on television, in movies. Talk positively about differences – they are what makes the world so amazing. • Don’t be scared to talk about differences – do it in a curious, positive way. • Avoid pretending that differences don’t exist. • Emphasise that no one should be judged negatively for their differences. • Remember that your children are watching and copying how you talk


about racial differences. You have an important role in stopping racist hate speech at home. • Don’t talk negatively about people from different racial or religious backgrounds. If you must do this, make sure your children aren’t around. • Help your child know what to do if they witness racist or religious bullying. • Ensure that your children have access to a wide range of books and toys that celebrate multiculturalism and interculturalism e.g. dolls or musical instruments. We love the soft dolls from Ikea – our son has two black ones. • Be curious about your child’s friends at school. Don’t shut down comments about the colour of their skin or where they are from. Model ways of talking about it positively, with friendly curiosity. • If your child is subject to negativity about their race, e.g. from people who comment about their skin colour, hair, or style of dress – you can react in a way that indicates that this is nonsense. Just as you would with any other bizarre comment that people make. • Model positive conversations and responses e.g. if your kid says “look at their hair/clothes/headdress” - you could say “yes, they look awesome don’t they!” • If your kid says “why are they speaking funny”, you can comment that people across the world speak in different languages. Have a look on the internet together to explore different languages and cultures.

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• Try different foods. Try a new recipe using ingredients from different countries or cultures – be brave!

• Difference is often viewed negatively and forms the basis of discrimination INTERCULTURAL SOCIETIES:

• If you know about a particular cultural or religious festival – mention it to teachers at school. We did this when our son was in pre-school, and they learned about Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere.

• Different cultures, national, ethnic and religious groups living together within a territory • Characterised by interaction and exchange • Mutual recognition of their own and others’ values and ways of life • Everyone has the same importance

• Look at maps or a globe together imagine what it would be like to travel to different places. Talk together about what it would be like to live somewhere else. Have fun! Dr Natasha Alexander is a black British clinical psychologist from the UK, who is now settled in Brisbane with her family. Dr Alexander is the founder and director of Consentability, a Brisbane based service that provides assessment, consultancy, education, therapy and training for individuals and couples with disabilities and their support network. natasha@consentability.com www.consentability.com Facebook @consentability REFERENCES (1) Council of Europe. All Different, All Equal: Education Pack. Available to download at www.intergroupresources.com under ‘materials/curricula’. MULITICULTURAL SOCIETIES: • Different cultures, national, ethnic and religious groups all living within the same territory but not necessarily coming into contact with each other

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Wright, M. (1998) I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla: Raising healthy black and biracial children in a race-conscious world. A guide for parents and teachers. Jossey-Bass: USA. www.toddparr.com Todd Parr writes awesome books for younger children. ‘It’s ok to be different’ is great.


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Let’s ban texting and other electronics from family meals before conversation is forgotten by Joanne Turner, Founder Toosh Coosh Toddler Seats and Toddler Trays Texting is a vital communication modality. It’s been linked to emotional relief especially for introverted teens. That’s great but not during family meals. Some daily rituals must remain sacred. Discussion at family meals is high on that list. Generational dialogue is almost an endangered pastime. One pastime we cannot afford to disappear. Families converse to bridge gaps and to connect more deeply with each other. Why then do we suffer electronic intervention that may well crush our want to unite? Surely a text, email or Facebook post can wait. The world now demands pressing communication, but let’s draw the line between pass the salt and stacking the dishwasher. There are at least thirty minutes a day, during family meals, where we can breathe, unwind and share in each other’s day. Why has texting and other electronics intruded family mealtimes? Have we become self-absorbed or lax? Is it easier to connect outside the nuclear family? Sharing with ‘internet’ based friends means you’re simply not listening, not present, not available to engage. That’s a slippery slope, and I’m not sure we as a community can accept.

What, as an enlightened parent can you do differently? What steps can you take to reverse this trend? Start today, not tomorrow to do things differently. Banning texting and other electronics may well be a mistake. It may backfire and cause more resentment. You have to outshine the machine. Start by bringing interesting topics to family meals. Open a dialogue with your kids. Be interested in them! Surely you’re able to impart wisdom, debate and listen while chewing. Maybe conversation was an afterthought between commercial breaks at home. Perhaps your parents allowed conversation to dwindle. Simply depositing an Ipad in front of a five-year-old doesn’t teach them life skills. You need a better answer, and it starts with you. Be brave, resist the urge to make life easier, and spend some time each day participating in your children’s life.

Albert Einstein said, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”

Sitting down to dinner each day as a family is easy with the right equipement. Joanne’s range of Toddler Meal Time products make meal times more enjoyable for families. Children have their own ‘perfect size for me” seat that keeps them safe and ergonomically positioned for a more relaxed meal. Add a toddler tray to ‘contain the mess’ and “focus” for little ones and you can wave stress at mealtimes goodbye.

Are we there yet? Yes, maybe! I sincerely hope not.

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MR. DAVE’S JOURNEY WITH ROCK N’ ROLL AND CHILDREN’S MUSIC By Jana Angeles

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Since his journey with rock band 56 Hope Road, Chicago musician, Mr. Dave (aka Dave Hamilton) has always had a passion for music. With years of experience being on the road and immersing everything Rock N’ Roll, Dave has always known the ins and outs of the music industry. While 56 Hope Road have had opportunities to tour with big acts like Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder and The Allman Brothers Band, he always had an interest in working with children and sharing his love for music. From there, this inspired him to start his own music school with his wife, Christina Hamilton, emphasising the vision of bringing the joy of music for children, adults and families. “I’ve always had a connection with kids,” he said. “Younger kids always gravitate towards me and I have always been

musical - the two just kind of came together. I definitely get a lot of good energy from working with kids; it just helps me live my life in a cool way. Music has always been my passion and I just found a niche that’s been working and now I’ve been able to write kids music, which I dig.” With his positive attitude and years of experience, Dave emphasises how much he has learnt about music since being part of 56 Hope Road. Since starting his own music school, he explains how his approach with music has shaped him as a songwriter and a musician. He mentions that he was “able to take those skills I learnt on the road and put it into my own business.” He then shared that as a songwriter, he needed to take on a “go out and find yourself type of deal” when it came to writing songs. While running his own school, Dave has successfully released children’s albums for kids to enjoy. In 2014, he released the record, Come On In, with critics praising his “relatable” and “laid back” approach to music. His upcoming record, Feeling Good (releases June 9, 2017), he was able

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to snag a deal with Grammy-nominated producer Jamie Candiloro and work with him on the songs. Candiloro has worked with musicians like Ryan Adams and Willie Nelson as well. Despite working with a high profile producer, Dave was humble and shared his enthusiasm for children’s music. “I love working with kids the most cause they’re just the most honest people around and if they don’t like it, they don’t like it,” He continues. “They’re not going to fake the funk if you know what I’m saying.” Even with his busy lifestyle of running a business and writing songs on a daily basis, Dave is thankful for all the experiences he has had so far. With many big adventures to come, he’s beyond grateful that he’s able to share such wholesome music to little ones all round, helping develop brighter citizens for the future.

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“Opening the school was huge, marrying my wife was even bigger and I hope that someday, we will have kids, so that will be the future,” he said. “Other than that, being a professional musician has been very, very rewarding for me as a whole.”


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Methods of Becoming a Great Stepdad in 2017! By Cara Barilla; Educational Columnist and journalist In 2017, we are surrounded by positive movements of the “modern Family”. There are children with adopted families, half siblings, step siblings and step parents. There is no right or wrong in today’s society as to what defines a family. Parents are constantly baffled to exercise good parenting. As we are being forced to relate to our children’s quirky new interests, whether it’s the latest phone app, a new sport which has only been invented just 2 years ago and understanding their favorite band deriving from a completely new genre of music! Whether you understand these new 2017 traits or not, the prime foundation to a healthy relationship between stepfather and child is primarily to aid in the comfort of the child when living In a divorced family. The responsibility of a stepdad may be purely simple; as long as the father is there to show love, support and positive habits of a healthy role model and to gain emphasis in the child’s development in a completely positive and structured manner. As your new stepchild lives under the same roof as you they are constantly absorbing your personal traits, interests, speech and behavior. Here are some indicators to gain additional manageability to endure a devoting, naturally progressive relationship. BECOME INVOLVED Whether it’s for a school play or an outside hobby, truly understanding the ins and outs of your step child’s schedule are crucial for bonding. Once you become mindful of your child’s intricate life, your stepchild will definitely know that you have made the conscious effort to be involved, and make the effort to help them with their needs.

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If you see your stepchild sad or even happy, it’s nice to chat about where that feeling came from and how you can be involved to help that scenario for example; if your stepchild comes home from school feeling sad, getting involved and allowing your stepchild to feel that it’s okay to open up to you to elaborate their feelings will not only grow a stronger feeling of confidence to your stepchild, they will feel more trust between the two of you; ensure you can involve yourself in finding a positive solution. ACCEPTANCE Accepting there is another “father figure” other than yourself may be hard. Even though you are living under the same roof as your stepchild, they will always relate certain situations to their biological father even though they see more of you. It’s completely normal for your stepchild to always bring up their biological dad, it’s a normal healing process of being in a divorced situation therefore feeling the wholeness & completion of “family” is important to your stepchild. You have to be the one who makes the first move in terms of bonding, assisting, giving helpful advice and knowledge as your little stepchild depends on you for guidance. Even though you may be titled “stepdad”, your role is a whole lot more significant in their life as they see you 24/7 seven days a week. LAUGH TOGETHER Playtime is crucial to the bonding of stepfather and child. It builds trust, selfesteem, connects both of your sense of humour together and aids in lightheartedness after playing the role of the “parent”. Being a part of your stepchild’s playtime makes them feel comfortable to you. Not only that, you are giving up a part of your leisure time, which instantly increases likeliness. Whether you are taking them to the park to play ball, making quirky jokes, playing arts and crafts together, sharing interests in videogames, or watching a funny movie of their choice, these will subsequently aid in a warm, trusting relationship between the two

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of you. It’s important to find out what your stepchild’s hobbies and interests are and to build from that. You will find this is an easy way to opening your stepchild’s trust and warmth to you. Support and bring out the best of them Support is a huge factor in any child’s life. Knowing they have high quality love, support and guidance in their household will instantly build up their self-esteem, confidence and self-worth. Understand what it is that your stepchild likes to do and encourage them to do that for the good of the community. For example, if your stepchild likes to sing, you should encourage them to sign up to the local community choir, church choir or music group. Encouraging children on their interests not only brings out the best of them, it will aid their capabilities in the future. This will whole heartedly bind their confidence to go for what they want in life when making sensible life and career choices. Taking steps like these will create confident and success-driven adults. When there’s positive support, there is always a pathway to success. GAIN THEIR TRUST Trust is a vital element in a child and adult’s life. Trust can bring a strong foundation of comfortability and openness to love in their childhood, adolescence and adulthood. It’s healthy to show examples that reflect to the child that you are trustworthy as a parent, friend and role model. It may start off asking them to share their day with you, no matter how small the gesture is. Knowing they have a consistent healthy role model they can trust will give them a sense of appreciation towards you. You will be the heart of their important milestones in their life. The importance of a parental role model solely plays a vital highlight into a child’s life. This will impact their life choices, bound their disposition and play effect on their personality. Having a fit father figure in their life will not only build self-assurance, it will consequently increase accomplishment in their family household.


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It’s not uncommon for parents to realise their sexual orientation later in life. With certain experiences and with gender being such a grey area to discuss about, closeted parents may choose not to come out due to the reality of expectations placed on them. It becomes difficult for parents to discuss this with their children because it can be very confusing and difficult for them to understand. It’s okay to feel like this at some point when you’re ready to come out to your children but don’t wait until you are overwhelmed with emotion. As soon as you’re aware that you’re bisexual, trans or gay, you owe it to your kids to be honest with your sexual orientation as much as possible. So what tips should you keep in mind when it comes to officially coming out to your kids? THE CONVERSATION IS NOT OVER ONCE YOU TELL THEM THE TRUTH Coming out to your kids will feel like some weight has lifted off your shoulders but the journey doesn’t end yet. This is new information for them to take on board and depending on how they are as people, we can’t expect them to be fully accepting of the news. This is especially if they are quite young and aren’t aware of the varying sexual orientations that exist among people either. Be thoughtful and considerate of their feelings and understand that this will take a while for them to process. Open up and answer any pressing questions they might have about you and be honest when you answer them. HAVE A SYMPATHETIC EAR Change is something that can happen in an instant and for most kids, it can be very difficult for them to adapt to something new in their lives. Coming out to your children is a huge step and once you reveal your true sexual orientation, nothing will be the same. It’s okay if your children begin to share their worries

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when it comes to the family dynamic. Listen with a sympathetic ear and do your best to see their point of view. Depending on their age, you have to give them time and space to think about the situation. YOU ARE TEACHING YOUR KIDS THAT IT’S OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT A very common saying is ‘better out than in’ and if you think about this in relation to coming out, acknowledge the fact that you are freeing yourself and not hiding anymore. Being a closeted LGBTQ+ individual is challenging and most may battle forms of mental illness and depression. Coming out will make you feel so much better especially when you have children you need to discuss this with. You will be showing them that you’re comfortable in your own skin and that you’re not afraid to show them who you truly are. This will be an important lesson for them to value individuality and to not be scared of being different. Some other tips to remember… • If you’re children are not comfortable in discussing with you after coming out, allow them to speak with other trusted adults (with your permission). • Feel proud! Coming out is not an easy task and many withdraw from ever doing it especially when they have families already. • Remind your children you love them no matter what. Coming out and showing them your true sexual orientation will never change your unconditional love for them. • If you are planning to come out to your children, gather them round privately and give them time to discuss and ask questions. • The reactions from all your children will vary so be prepared for all types when you come out! • If you are nervous about coming out, try and write down what you’re going to say to process your thoughts effectively.


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Dress Images: Mountain Dress Mr Fox Dress Tiny Triangle Dress All RRP: $54.95 Description: Baby doll style dress, featuring scooped back hem line, gathered waist and long sleeves. Fit for any little Miss to run, jump & play. Mr Fox dribble bib Mountain dribble bib RRP: $16.95 Description: Dribble bibs, perfect for your little dribbler and compliments any outfit. Backed with organic towelling, absorbent and kid friendly. Fastened with snap button.

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egg-free breakfast pancakes 10.00 Prep 0.30 Cook

Servings 8

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda • 1 tablespoon raw sugar • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence • Mixed berries, to serve • Maple syrup, to serve

METHOD Step 1: Combine the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and sugar in a large bowl. Add the water, oil and vanilla and stir to combine. Step 2: Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Pour three 1-tablespoonsful quantities of batter around the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until bubbles rise to the surface. Turn and cook for a further 30 seconds or until lightly golden. Transfer to a plate. Repeat in 7 batches with remaining batter to make 24 pancakes. Step 3: Divide pancakes among serving plates. Top with mixed berries and drizzle with maple syrup.

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INGREDIENTS INGREDIENTS • 1/2 firm ripe avocado • 1300g ripepeeled banana, sliced sweet potato, cut into 1cm thick rounds • 11kiwifruit, chopped teaspoon peeled, extra virgin olive oil • Large handful baby spinach 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced leaves • 310ml (1 1/4 cups) fat milk (cow, soy, almond, 75g trimmed kale, low coarsely chopped rice or coconut) • 2 eggs, poached • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1 tablespoon natural almonds, chopped • 2 teaspoons honey • 1/2 cup ice cubes

METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan forced. Line a METHOD baking tray with baking paper. Place potato on tray. Lightly spray with olive Roast Stepprepared 1: Place all ingredients in a blender andoil. blend 20-25 minutes until golden and tender. untilforsmooth, thick andorcreamy. 2. Meanwhile, oil inserve a large non-stick frying Divide between 2heat glasses, immediately. pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stirring, for 30 seconds or until aromatic. Tip:cook, try adding a tablespoon of protein powder for kaleenergy and stir until just the wilted. longAdd lasting throughout day.

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INGREDIENTS INGREDIENTS 500gpeeled lean beef mince • • 300g sweet potato, cut into 1cm thick rounds small carrot, finelyoil grated • • 11teaspoon extrapeeled, virgin olive small clove, zucchini, finely grated • • 11garlic thinly sliced 1 tablespoon tomato sauce chopped • • 75g trimmed kale, coarsely slices multigrain bread • • 212 eggs, poached avocados, halved, removed, peeled, mashed • • 12tablespoon natural stone almonds, chopped • 2 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced • 1 butter lettuce, leaves separated

METHOD • 135g (1/2 cup) hummus

1. Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place potato on METHOD prepared tray. Lightly spray with olive oil. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until golden and tender. Step 1: Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Place theheat mince, and 2. Meanwhile, oil incarrot, a largezucchini non-stick frying tomato sauce in a large bowl. Use your hands pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and to mix well combined. Rollor 1 heaped cook,until stirring, for 30 seconds until aromatic. tablespoonful of mince mixture into Add kale and stir until just wilted. a ball. Place on the lined tray. Repeat with the remaining 3. Divide the potato among serving plates. Top mince mixture. with the wilted kale mixture and poached eggs. Step 2: Place a large non-stick frying pan over Sprinkle with the almonds. medium heat. Add meatballs and cook, turning, for 4-5 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate to cool slightly. Cut the meatballs in half. Step 3: Spread half the bread with avocado. Top with meatball, tomato and lettuce. Spread the remaining bread with the hummus and sandwich together. Cut sandwiches in half. Wrap in plastic wrap.

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grilled eggplant with tomato and ricotta 0.10 Prep 0.15

Servings 4

INGREDIENTS • 4 Lebanese (slender) eggplants, halved lengthways • Olive oil cooking spray • 2 sachets Gourmet Garden basil blend portions • 1 garlic clove, crushed • 80g baby spinach leaves • 4 small tomatoes, thickly sliced • 250g fresh ricotta • Salt & freshly ground pepper • Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, to serve

METHOD Step 1: Preheat a grill to high. Score the cut side of the eggplant halves horizontally at 1cm intervals. Place on a baking tray. Spray the eggplant generously with the olive oil. Grill for 10 minutes until soft and golden. Step 2: Meanwhile, combine the basil blend and garlic in a small bowl. Spread the mixture over the eggplant. Grill for a further 2 minutes. Step 3: Divide the baby spinach leaves among serving plates. Top with the tomato and eggplant. Crumble over the ricotta. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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cherry tomato, cucumber and green bean salad 0.15 Prep 0.04 Cook

Servings 4

INGREDIENTS • 150g cherry tomatoes, halved • 1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced • 90g baby green beans, trimmed • 1/4 cup olive oil • 1 tablespoon lemon juice • 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill • 1 avocado, peeled, stone removed, sliced • salt and pepper

METHOD Step 1: Place the tomato and cucumber in a large bowl. Step 2: Cook beans in a saucepan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes or until bright green and crisp. Drain again and refresh in iced water. Drain and set aside. Step 3: To make the dressing, combine olive oil, lemon juice and dill. Whisk. Step 4: To serve, add beans and avocado to tomato mixture. Season with salt and cracked black pepper. Drizzle with dressing and gently toss to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve. Photo: Emma Riley

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stir-fried noodles with satay chicken 0.10 Prep 0.20 Cook

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS • 5 dried shiitake mushrooms • 250g wide long-life noodles • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 500g chicken thigh stir-fry in satay sauce (see note) • 150g snow peas, julienned • 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced lengthways • 4cm fresh ginger, peeled and julienned • 2 tablespoons kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) • Pinch of ground white pepper

METHOD Step 1: Place the mushrooms in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 10 minutes to soften, drain then slice. Set the noodles in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water, set aside for 5 minutes and drain. Rinse the noodles with cold water and leave to drain. Step 2: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok over a high heat and stir-fry the chicken in 2 batches for 3-4 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Rinse the wok and heat over a high heat with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Step 3: Stir-fry the snow peas for a minute until just tender and transfer to a plate. Add the garlic and ginger to the wok and toss over the heat for a minute until the garlic is golden. Add noodles and mushrooms and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the kecap manis and white pepper to taste. Serve the mushroom noodles topped with the satay chicken and snow peas. 106

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grape and orange yoghurt pots 0.10 Prep

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS • 300g bunch Thompson seedless grapes, grapes picked • 2 oranges, peeled, segmented • 1 1/3 cup (350g) Greek-style natural yoghurt • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar

METHOD Step 1 Toss the grapes and orange segments together. Divide between four 3/4 cup (185ml) dishes. Step 2 Top each one with 1/3 cup of yoghurt. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and allow to dissolve slightly before serving.

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apple & cinnamon turnovers 0.15 Prep 0.20 Cook

Makes 4

INGREDIENTS • 1 sheet (25cm x 25cm) frozen ready-rolled puff pastry, thawed • 1 large pink lady apple, peeled, quartered, core removed, thinly sliced • 2 tablespoons sultanas • 1 tablespoon caster sugar • Pinch ground cinnamon

METHOD Step 1: Preheat oven to 190°C. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Cut the pastry into four even squares. Fold each square of pastry over to form a triangle, then open out flat again. Step 2: Layer the apple over one side of each piece of pastry, leaving a 1/2 cm border around the edges. Sprinkle over the sultanas, sugar, cinnamon and butter. Brush the edges of the pastry with water and fold over to form a triangle. Press the edges to seal. Step 3: Brush the triangles with the whisked egg white and sprinkle with a little extra sugar. Bake the turnovers for 15-18 minutes or until the pastry becomes golden brown. Step 4: Serve warm on their own or with ice cream.

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Mamas and Papas Baby Bud mamasandpapas.com.au

Childcare Primo Hook On Highchair cnpbrands.com.au

Infasecure Vario Vera Booster Seat infasecure.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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Childcare Pod Timber Highchair (Natural) cnpbrands.com.au

Phil & Teds Poppy Highchair philandteds.com

OXO TOT Sprout Highchair White Frame oxo.com

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Redsbaby Jive redsbaby.com.au

Childcare Vogue Stroller cnpbrands.com.au

Mamas and Papas Urbo2 mamasandpapas.com.au

Silver Cross Wave silvercross.com.au

Cybex Priam Lux Seat cnpbrands.com.au

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Redsbaby Metro redsbaby.com.au

Joolz Day2 my-joolz.com.au

Cybex Jeremy Scott WingsPriam Stroller cnpbrands.com.au

Silver Cross Pioneer Special Edition Eton Grey silvercross.com.au

Baby Jogger City Premier babyjoggerstrollers.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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Baby Jogger City Mini GT babyjoggerstrollers.com.au 78

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Greentom Classic greentom.com


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Mamas and Papas Armadillo Flip XT mamasandpapas.com.au

Silver Cross Zest Stroller silvercross.com.au

Babe Care Mira Lite cnpbrands.com.au

LARKTALE chit chat stroller larktale.com

GB Qbit+ cnpbrands.com.au

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favourite TEETHING Cheeky Chompers Chewy - Lovable Hippo Teething Toy cheekychompers.com.au 80

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Cheeky Chompers Chew Pack cheekychompers.com.au


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Gummee Gummee Glove thestorknest.com.au

Difrax Crown Teething Ring difrax.com.au

Beau BĂŠbĂŠ Soother Saver Toy Tether Kit nurturemybaby.com.au

Sophie the Giraffe Sophie the Giraffe lesfolies.com.au

KissKiss HugHug Drool and Chew Me Baby Bib kisskisshughug.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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TRAINING AID

Wee Target Toilet Target weetarget.com.au

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Baby BeeHinds Training Pants babybeehinds.com.au


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