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Bean to Bub




Cover photo courtesy of Anya from Cheeky Monkey Photography

Shake up your look!

Win Gnomeo

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Birds & Bees How to have the talk! Valentines Getaways Money & Work tips What’s On in Feb

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31 publishers note Hello and welcome to the 44th edition of PakMag. This month, inspired by the pregnancy of two PakMag team members, we’ve decided to create a ‘Bean to Bub’ Guide. Our lovely designer Trina is 32 weeks pregnant with number 2, and yes, you guessed it, I am also 17 weeks. For those who are good at maths, yep, it’s a wedding/ honeymoon baby! It’s taken me a little while to adjust to the idea since it was a ‘surprise’ that I wasn’t planning until next year but hey, I always love adding more to my plate and making life interesting. Jordan is loving the idea and gets very excited when he see’s a baby on TV and bashes my tummy saying ‘baby-baby’ (why are boys so rough?!) It’s going to be interesting juggling two kids, two mags, and two other businesses but apparently women can do it all!

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We’re also starting a new series this month called ‘Wardrone Wake Up’ with local personal stylist Gerlinda Aras. We’ve given her a brief to makeover some daggy mums and I was the first guinea pig. We’ve had a few entries in our competition for a makeover so a few of our readers will also be getting a much needed ‘wake up’ in the wardrobe department! Until next time, I hope you enjoy this edition and don’t forget to tell everyone, you read it in PakMag.


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Publisher: Bree James Editor: Elaine Seager What’s On/MiniMag: Trent Stievano Client Manager: Angelina Mortley Design & Layout: Trina Jensen Articles: Elaine Seager, Amanda Cranston, Shannon du Plessis & submitted writers Phone: 4034 3331 Fax: 4034 3342 Email: Address: Level 2, 68 Abbott Street Virginia House, Cairns QLD 4870 Postal: PO Box 7433, Cairns QLD 4870


02 What’s new

21 Kid’s MiniMag

04 The birds & the bees

22 Colour it in & win

07 Catholic Education



09 Money & Work 11 Proarch Podiatry 13 Explaining ADHD 15



Thermomix Food

20 Out & about photos 21 Mini Mag

babies & toddlers 35 PakBaby - Bean to Bub

things to win

23 What’s On 29 Out & about photos

02 WIN Gnomeo & Juliet tickets

31 PakBaby - Bean to Bub

03 WIN a Nando’s mixed platter



pakmag : for parents of beans to teens



WIN Calanna Head Lice Range

38 Wardrobe Wakeup

22 WIN a mystery prize

41 Tackling Teens


4 mystery prizes to WIN

43 Romantic weekend getaways


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44 Fav Pets / Competition winners 45 AFL Cairns 46 Daddy Diary 47 Movie of the Month 48 Stockland Time for a Break

cover shot Model: Matilda Machan Photographer: A big thanks to Cheeky Monkey Photography

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what’s new february

what’s new february Little Book Club

Movie Releases

New books this month at Cairns Libraries include: Oh Baby! : The A to Z – From anteaters to zebras and all baby creatures in between, this delightful

Sanctum 3D (TBA)

alphabet book is perfect

In cinemas February 3

for parents and children (ages 0-2) to share.

No Strings Attached (TBA) In cinemas February 10

127 Hours (TBA) In cinemas February 10

Unknown (TBA) In cinemas February 17

Gnomeo & Juliet (TBA) In cinemas February 17

I Am Number Four (TBA) In cinemas February 24

The Adjustment Bureau (TBA)

WIN GNomeo & Juliet tickets! Gnomeo & Juliet is the “greatest love story ever told…starring garden gnomes”. Shakespeare’s tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover in this new movie directed by Kelly Asbury (codirector of “Shrek 2”). It showcases both classic and original songs by Elton John, and features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors.

In Cinemas February 17

For your chance to win tickets to see Gnomeo & Juliet simply email us at and tell us what are the names of the two feuding families in Romeo & Juliet?


– Children (2-3 yrs) will enjoy the bright and colourful illustrations while the texture patches help develop sensory awareness.

The Mitten Jan Brett – The much loved Ukranian folk tale about forest animals who crawl into a lost white mitten (suitable for children 4-5 yrs).

talking with your ex Struggling to communicate with your ex? The Relationship Centre are running a FREE 3 week course for separated or divorced parents to help them learn techniques to help them manage emotional responses, identify some of the communication difficulties people experience with their ex-partner, and provide support from other

party catering

FREE gallery day

If you’re thinking about caterers for a party, Nando’s is now in the market to supply delicious platters with mini Pequeno burgers, easy to eat tenders on skewers and BBQ tenderloins. For a yummy hassle-free event call them on 1300 NANDOS, order online at or just pop in and see them at 127 Abbott Street.

The Cairns Regional Gallery are holding a free community day on 5 February (10am-5pm). No bookings required. For more information call 4046 4800.

separated parents in similar situations. Starts: 7 Feb (9.30–11.30am or 6–8pm). Location: 125 Grafton Street, Cairns. Bookings essential. Call 4041 6063 to book.

Other courses: 7 Feb-14 March: 6 week support groups for 6-9 yr olds (Poppers) and 10-13 yr olds


(Popstars) to help them through parental separation. Monday afternoons, 3.30-5pm at Manunda. Call 1300 364277

WIN a nando’s platter For your chance to win one of 5 Nando’s vouchers for a mixed platter email us at and tell us the location of Nando’s in Cairns?

Next PakClub: 13 Feb (5-7pm at Cazaly’s) Theme: Pyjama Party Disco

9 Feb-16 March: Rebuilding after Separation course for parents. 6 weeks,

Become a Cazaly’s member, it costs $5 for

6.30pm-8.30pm at 182 Gatton St, Manunda.

one of you to join which you get back via a

Cost $60. Call 1300 364277 or email

drink/food voucher to use on the spot.

yoghurt lovers! If you struggle to get your fussy eaters to

new acting school

eat yoghurt, give the new gourmet range

Acting Out Up North are offering speech,

Think thick, creamy and luscious! They’re

drama, elocution and performance skills

made from the best quality milk and hand

classes for Prep to Year 7 students at locations

produced on a daily basis in Cairns in small

on the northside and southside starting 14

batches. They’re available at IGA (ask the

Feb. Call 0451 671 411 for more information.

dairy manager if you can’t find them).

Hall Pass (TBA)

After a sold out show to over 7,000 in Brisbane, The IGA Rhymes Kids Music Festival comes north to Townsville at Tony Ireland Stadium on Sunday 26 June for one massive day of kids music and entertainment. The starting line up includes an exclusive first appearance in QLD from UK Act - Zingzillas, not to mention Yo Gabba Gabba! Ben 10, Angelina Ballerina, The Tweenies, Raggs Kids Club Band, Brett Campbell Children’s Musician and still more to be announced. PRE-SALE tickets are available now at only $30pp to see all these acts on one day (save up to $29pp). Visit now to secure your pre-sale tickets (while stocks last) and remember to become a fan of “Rhymes Festival Townsville” on Facebook for even more offers.

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WIN movie tickets!

In cinemas March 3

In cinemas March 3

That’s Not My Tiger

kids music festival

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Birds+bees feature

the birds & the bees

Story thanks to John Shay

John Shay reports on how to begin ‘The Talk’ with your children “Well Tim we are going to have a new addition

is always to tell them the truth in an age

‘The talk’ is not a one off event. If you want

to the family soon, you are going to get a new

appropriate way. If you don’t tell them the

your children to develop healthy and

little brother or sister”. “Where is the baby now

truth they will eventually find out and possibly

appropriate attitudes towards themselves and

mum?” “The baby is tucked up inside my belly

grow to distrust what you say.

other people it needs to be fostered in them

and it will stay there and grow for about nine months until it is born.” “Oh……but how did

John Shay is a Family Life Educator with

yourself on aspects of sexuality and anatomy

Natural Fertility Services. For more information

Children are very inquisitive and every

that you are a bit rusty on. Being well armed

call 1800 114 010

parent will inevitably face similar tricky

with accurate information means you won’t

questions about sex and sexuality at some

get caught off guard so you’ll feel more

stage. Research indicates that children and

relaxed and comfortable when you respond

adolescents prefer to seek this information

to those questions. In turn, this will help your

from their parents more than any other source

children feel comfortable coming to you with

and perceive their advice to be trustworthy.

their questions.

However, many parents are not only

So, how do you decide how much of the truth

A practical and straightforward guide on

uncomfortable in discussing the topic of sex

to give your child? If your child is asking the

how to have the conversation about sex and

with their children, but feel inadequate in

question then developmentally they are ready

sexual topics from early childhood to teens.

their own understanding of sexuality and

for the answer. However, we also need to bear

anatomy. Being uncomfortable, embarrassed

in mind that children will not necessarily link

or avoiding answering these questions

certain concepts together like adults will so

communicates indirectly to your child that this

it’s important to be clear on what they are

is a topic to be avoided and not discussed. This

actually asking. Don’t jump in head first. The

message could lead them to seeking answers

key is to listen, ask questions and start with

from less reputable sources that could put

a simple answer. Then ask if this is what they

them at risk of harm.

meant and adjust your answer accordingly.

Sex and sexuality are topics that can’t be ignored. The reality of both is physically present in the very nature of our bodies. Boys have penises and girls have vaginas so your inquisitive child, as they develop will inevitably ask, why? The best approach

from a young age.

idea to prepare yourself first and educate

the baby get in there?”


If you have very young children it’s a good

The importance of listening can not be overstated. Sometimes your child may ask a question that seems wildly inappropriate to their level of development and maturity, so asking what they mean is important because

Recommended Resources: [1] Talking to Your Children about Sex

(Dr. Laura Berman)

[2] Everyone’s Got a Bottom

(Family Planning Queensland)

A storybook for children aged 3-8 in which a brother and sister learn about bodies. A good tool for beginning the conversation about self protection. [3] Where did I come from?

(Peter Mayle)

A good book to read with 5-8 year olds to explain the mechanics of making babies. Mayle also write ‘What’s Happening to Me?’ A Puberty Guide which is good for pre-teens.

it may be a topic they overheard but they don’t understand the words.



Catholic Education Story thanks to Christine Masters

when will the children play? The modern day pace of life poses a threat to children’s play time, writes Catholic Education’s Senior Officer-Curriculum, Christine Masters. When author Angela Rossmanith wrote ‘When

around the streets. This in itself would give a

and behavioural development. It lays the

Will the Children Play’ in 1997, she saw signs

greater sense of community and help render the

foundation of learning and enhances problem-

of children’s days becoming highly structured

neighbourhood a safer and friendlier place.”

solving skills. When adults say, ‘He is only playing’,

with less and less time for them to do what children do best – play. “I use the word ‘play’ in its broadest sense to include fantasy games,

experience that play offers.” One of the best alternatives to children’s activity-

said. “Education has become a race and many

laden lives was to involve children more in jobs

middle-class parents believe that the sooner

around the house, Ms Rossmanith said. “Even

These days, the pace of children’s lives has

children start on academic subjects, the better”.

very tiny children can learn to pick up toys and

become even more frantic and the reasons for

The pressure on children is increasing at earlier

older children can prepare meals for the family.

the shift are many and complex.

ages, she said. “Even thirteen years ago when

It all sounds old fashioned, but at the core of

I visited preschools to give talks, the director

this approach is the notion of pulling together

would often take me aside and plead that I

as a family, showing children early that they play

urge parents to stop worrying about whether

an important part [in the family] and that their

their 3- and 4-year-olds were learning enough

contribution is valued. Yes, it takes supervision

at preschool.” Parents of such tiny tots were

at first, and some encouragement, but that’s

agitating for proof of the day’s education.

what parenting is all about.” Families seemed to

environment, and creative play.”

“Once upon a time, there was a parent – usually a mother – at home to keep an eye out for the kids. Life was simpler in many ways with less TV to stimulate, fewer outside activities on offer, and a greater sense of safety in the neighbourhood so children could roam more freely,” Ms Rossmanith

concerned about their children’s futures and

they don’t realise the depth of development and

wanted them to be prepared in every way, she

dreaming time, free exploration of their


Parents were becoming more and more

said, while insisting that life wasn’t always a

Sadly, Ms Rossmanith’s more recent

bowl of cherries for parents or children back

investigations have revealed that little has

then. “Parents are far more anxious these days

changed. Such parents did not have an

about their children’s safety and people are too

understanding of the value of play, she said.

busy with both parents often working, to stroll

“Studies reveal that play promotes brain growth

have lost the art of doing things as families and with other families, such as going to the park, beach or bushwalking together. “Children benefit from growing up in an atmosphere of social connectedness,” she said.


money & work


skills audit Story thanks to Diane Clarke

If you’re thinking about returning to the workforce or changing careers, start by taking a serious look at the skills you have and how they can be used in your chosen career. [1] Skills are what you gain through training

[3] If some of your skills are out-dated, take the

[5] Don’t overlook anything. Driving, speaking

and experience. You may not have a certificate

opportunity to refresh them with a short course

a second language and being a good

in Project Management but chances are you

or research the latest information on the Internet.

communicator are all highly valued skills.

have organised heaps of holidays, parties and

Keep all your certificates safe.

functions so think outside the square.

Training. For more information go to the

[2] Stick a list of your skills on the fridge and add

pies in a busy take-away shop is customer

RediTeach website:

to it as you remember them. Ask your friends and

service. Looking after children will always involve

family to join in too.


flood insurance

and some of the stories emerging from the

highlighted the need and benefit of having

floods is sadly, very predictable. Payouts in some

insurance in place. Since flood cover is not

instances are not going to adequately cover

provided on most home and contents policies

the replacement costs because the insurance

as standard, it’s also highlighted the need to

coverage has not been updated in years.

make sure we have sufficiently comprehensive

Remember, not that long ago $150,000 brought

insurance in place to cover any possible event

you the land with a nice house; nowadays it’ll

small biz expo

we may wish to claim for. Flood cover may be

only get you the land.

added in to some policies when requested.

Review your insurances every two or three years

and services to grow your business, the

and use an insurance broker so you can utilise

inaugural North Queensland Small Business

their expertise. Now is a great time to lock in

Expo is happening in Townsville on 25/26

some premiums for the next year before the

March. Hosted by the Nth Qld Small Business

very probable rise in insurance costs.

Development Centre (NQSBDC), it will be an

this you can assume that insurance premiums will soon increase so this is a good time to review your insurances. This is also a good

thanks to Errol Boundy

The terrible recent flooding in Queensland has

Whenever there is a large scale disaster such as


Diane Clarke is CEO of RediTeach Essential

[4] Recognise your transferable skills. Serving

time to make sure your insurance is up to date.

Errol Boundy is a risk manager at Ibessa

Under-insurance is a major problem in Australia,

Strategic Financial Specialists (4041 6299)

If you’re a mumpreneur looking for advice

opportunity for local NQ mumpreneurs to network and speak to experts. For info go to



Proarch Podiatry Story thanks to Tyson Franklin

Should kids wear shoes at school? This is a question I’m often asked by concerned parents and the answer is ‘yes’. There are two main reasons why children

is Plantar Warts. This is a condition caused by a

and 3. over-supinated (high arched). The majority

should wear footwear during normal day-to-day

virus which invades the sole of the foot through

of the population are either flat footed or high

activities at school.

small cuts and breaks in the skin. Plantar Warts

arched so a lot of children are running around

are highly contagious and easily picked up in

at school with underlying foot problems (even if

high traffic areas and areas where a child may

they’re pain-free at this stage)

Firstly, going barefoot is a healthy activity for children under the right circumstances and conditions; however, I don’t feel that school is one of them. A child, who walks around all day barefoot is exposing themselves to the dangers of infection through accidental cuts and contusions, due to the hard surfaces the child is walking on.

stand for a short continual period of time, such as the toilet. Treatment of Plantar Warts is simple, however, on some occasions they keep children from school and other activities. Once a child has developed Plantar Warts, they will then take it home with them, unknowingly, and share it with the rest of the family.

I would assume that most of the time spent at school is spent on hard surfaces, and very little amount of time on soft ground, such as grass. Our feet were not designed to put up with hard surfaces and long term it will cause problems in their feet and lower limbs.


it is the first step towards helping the child’s overall foot health. Just like we teach them about brushing their teeth, it’s also important that we teach them why footwear is important for their health. Just telling a child they have to wear shoes without explaining why is meaningless

in childhood, which brings me to my second

but hopefully these reasons will create more

point. There are many foot-types, based on size,

compliance. This goes for the parents as well.

shape, depth, length of toes, etc. However from a Podiatry point of view, they can be grouped into (the lucky ones), 2. over-pronated (flat footed)

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properly?” To be honest, no it can’t. However,

Many adult foot ailments have their origins

three distinct categories: 1. Normal foot-types

A common problem seen in most Podiatry clinics

“Can footwear alone control the child’s foot

Walk Right Footwear are the only Clarks Footwear fitting specialists in Cairns, and when it comes to fitting children’s shoes you want someone who knows exactly what they are doing. Every team member at Walk Right Footwear has undergone a specialised training program developed by Clarks Australia as growing feet need specialised attention.

Tyson Franklin is a Podiatrist at Proarch Podiatry. For more information call 4033 2218 or visit

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Colahan Psychology Story thanks to Megan Colahan

explaining ADHD Most parents will have concerns about their child’s behaviour at some point during their childhood. However, for some parents their child’s behaviour might seem uncontrollable, unpredictable and very difficult to manage a lot of the time. This behaviour may even cause their child to have

by their peers. Some children learn to cope with

difficulty with school work and making friends.

this by avoiding work altogether, sometimes

Approximately 2-6% of children suffer from the disorder commonly known as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). It is also sometimes called

ADHD. All children (and adults too) can have

• Work collaboratively with your child’s classroom

periods of poor attention which may be caused

teacher and school staff

hyperactivity and impulsivity. Children with ADHD

by being tired, hungry, stressed or simply

struggle to sustain attention and are often easily

disinterested in the task they are meant to

distracted by noises or visual things. They can find

be focussed on. Children with ADHD display

it difficult to finish tasks and they may find it hard

inattentive and hyperactive behaviours more

to remember instructions.

often and more intensely compared to other

hyperactive usually appear to be in constant


and school

characterised by difficulties with attention and/or

as being constantly restless. Children who are

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Not all children with attention difficulties have

picture a child running around wildly and out of


naughty can be preferable to feeling ‘stupid’ in

• Start with a thorough assessment with a

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

When we hear the word ‘hyperactivity’ we usually


becoming the ‘class clown’. Appearing silly or

Tips for managing attention problems:

children their age. It is very important that a thorough assessment is conducted when

• Make sure that your child is not tired or hungry when you need them to behave well • Try to ignore minor irritations • Build rest-breaks into activities and allow time to wind down between activities

diagnosing ADHD which should usually involve a

• Think of fun and relaxing activities your child

paediatrician and a psychologist in consultation

can do when things get stressful. Keep in mind

with the child, parents and teachers.

what is relaxing for them (eg. reading a book is not likely to be as relaxing as playing an exciting

motion – tapping their fingers or feet, swinging

Up to 60% of children with ADHD also have a

their legs or squirming and wriggling in their chair.

diagnosis of a specific learning disorder. As part

Children with ADHD can tend to be impulsive and

of the assessment of ADHD it can be very useful

• Focus on positive behaviours and give lots

act without thinking which can lead to all sorts of

to have a cognitive assessment by a psychologist

of praise

problems, especially if they blurt out comments or

to gain an understanding of the child’s learning

lash out at others. Even though they may know the

potential and the child’s cognitive strengths and

• Encourage your child to do things they enjoy

rules they can find it hard to pause for long enough

weaknesses. Once a cognitive test is conducted,

to consider the consequences of their actions.

referral to other specialists can be arranged

Children with ADHD often feel frustrated, inadequate, bad or lazy. Their behaviour can cause them to experience failure and to be rejected

if necessary. For example some children may require an assessment by a Speech and Language Pathologist or an Occupational Therapist.

computer game)

and do well, take an interest and show them you are proud of them If you’re concerned about your child’s behaviour call Colahan Psychology on 4041 1148 or email



PakHealth feature Story thanks to Gina Davis

steps to a healthier family Fed up with hearing about the childhood obesity epidemic? If so, you are probably not alone! Instead of...


Buying cordial, juice & soft drink to stock

Drink more water by making sure there is

the fridge

always cold water in the fridge

Biscuits, crisps and confectionery for snacks

Buy more fruit and veggies, in season, attractively cut up for morning & afternoon tea

Grazing any time of day

Set kitchen off-limit times and agree on a meal and mid-meal routine

We read in the media that scientists and

Eating in bedrooms or in front of TV

at least one meal a day as a whole family.

health professionals are warning that more than a quarter of the children in Australia are considered overweight or obese. If your child has a weight problem the chances are that you already know although it isn’t as easy as

All meals and snacks eaten at table. Try to have

Skipping breakfast

Make time for a simple healthy breakfast.

Watching TV or playing computer/video

Set time limits for watching TV – choose a

games any time of the day

favourite program & stick to that. Don’t be afraid to turn the TV off! Limit video/computer

just looking at them. Talk to your GP to assess

games to half-hour sessions.

your child’s weight using Body Mass Index to determine if they are in the healthy weight

Feeling bored

you can enjoy. (e.g. playing charades, cards,

range. When a child has a weight problem, the whole family needs to be a part of the solution.

puzzles and books. Fussy eaters

fridge? Are you happy with your meal time routine – do you have one? How much time is spent at the TV, computer or other “screens”? Use this list to help you choose one or two things to set as realistic achievable goals for the next month.

Involve the children in making a shopping list or growing your own vegetables/fruit. Try

Start by looking at your family environment and habits. What’s in the food cupboards and

Create a “Fun Box” full of activity ideas that

cooking simple meals together. Too busy to do activities together as a family

Make an appointment and keep it as family time. For example, Sunday afternoons are outings or visits to family friends. Walk the kids to school or home form school. Reward children for chores like sweeping, washing cars, walking the dog, buying the newspaper/ milk from the corner shop.

When your family successfully creates a new health habit, celebrate with a special outing or new toy. Gina Davis is a dietitian with the Community Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Team. For more information about the Reach High FLI program for healthy families contact Gina on 4226 4403.




PakHealth snippets

head lice

Worms story thanks to Dr Julia Driscoll

The kids are back at school so it’s time to be on alert for itchy scalps. Head Lice are tiny insects that spread by crawling from one head of hair to another. Furious itching is usually the first sign but not

• Repeat the process 8 days later to catch any

everybody feels the itchiness so a regular hair

lice that hatch between treatments

WIN head lice range

• Treat all family members

Thanks to Calanna we

check is recommended, especially around the fringe, back of the ears and just above the neck. Even if you don’t see head lice, you

The JCU Public Health Dept comment that

might notice the eggs (nits) stuck to the hair

once off the head, lice dehydrate quickly so

shafts which are grey/whitish in colour.

washing is pointless. Their research found no lice on school hats etc so the main focus

What should you do about it?

should be on eliminating lice and nits from

have Mario’s Head Lice Range to giveaway to one lucky reader (includes treatment shampoo, conditioner and

• Use a Head Lice treatment to kill the lice.

the head.

• Massage lots of conditioner into the hair

To prevent head lice there are sprays

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and work through it in sections with a fine

available such as Calanna’s Lice Prevent Spray

win this great prize, simply email us at

metal comb, combing from the roots to the

which uses natural active ingredients to help and tell

tips, to remove lice and nits (special combs are

deter lice from taking up residence in your

us why you should win.

available from pharmacies).

child’s hair!

worried about worms

thanks to Dr Julie Driscoll

preventative spray

asthma management

Firstly in any part of Australia, the only worms that commonly concern us are the tiny pinworms or threadworms. These only affect humans and you can’t catch them from your pets. So how do you get worms? Well, the eggs are

carried by a person without symptoms,

microscopic and can be picked up from any

everyone in the family needs to take the

surface. Bedding, eating utensils, sandpits,


toilets and bathrooms are all common sites. The worms live about 6-8 weeks fastened to the wall of the bowel until they are ready to lay eggs around the anus.

to be troubled by worms. This is because they are still learning to wash their hands and clean under their nails. There’s no solid advice

• Total cleaning solutions • Fast Vacuum repairs One out of every nine children suffer from asthma and for parents starting school causes concern about how their child’s condition will be managed while away

Then they itch! It tends to occur more

on how often to treat the issue but I treat my

from home. Parents can now purchase

frequently at night (just one more excuse

family twice a year or if anyone has symptoms

a soft pack that their kids can carry with

for disturbance of sleep). I find that they

of an itchy bottom!

them containing equipment, medication

can also cause a sore or itchy vagina in little girls. Obviously the children will scratch the itch, and then they will get eggs under their fingernails and the cycle starts again.


Families with young children are more likely

Dr Julia Driscoll is a doctor at Apple Tree Medical Centre located in Smithfield, Cairns. She is also the author of “My Story”, an

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and instructions for other people to administer. Called ‘MyAsthmaBag’ it allows for better management of the condition

interactive children’s book to reduce sibling

resulting in less doctor visits. It’s available

A pharmacist can help you with some

rivalry. For more information go to www.

online for $57.70 in a range of colours at

medication and because worms can be

Need help cleaning your world?

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minutes, 100 degrees, speed 1.  Add all other ingredients, and cook for

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15 minutes, 100 degrees, reverse, speed 1. Remove bay leaves, check

check seasonings, and serve with crusty bread.

seasonings, and serve with some crusty bread.

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mag s Beach

Kade soaking up the rays at Machan

Logan enjoying a day at Palm Cove

Lily enjoying outside play

Chloe cooling down in the pool

Harry at the Pirate Ship

Out & About photos thanks to anya at Cheeky Monkey Photography

Hannah enjoying outside play

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For more info:

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PAKMAG, Colour-it-in February


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and WIN a fantastic mystery prize!


Closing Date: 18 February 2011



1 Feb at Salthouse starting at 7.3Opm

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pink = family

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Live Music: Karaoke Sunday Storytime Family Fun Night Tango Dance Night Storytime Babes in Arms: Movie Screening - The Next Three Days Live Music: Out of the Blue Live Music: BackStreet Catz Baby Rhyme Time Storytime and Rhyme Time Tobias Moldenhuaer duo Live Music: Out of the Blue Unsigned & Unplugged Live Music: Heat Latino Rand Bliss Relay Rockers - Rock N Roll Dance Group Opening Night: Effervescence: to give off bubbles Live Music Every Friday Creative Crawl Launch of: My Culture Live Music: Shari & the Mice Live Music: Funky Love Tank Live Music: Hip2Soul Esplanade Cotters Market Saturday Morning Drama Classes - Speaking Confidentially Funky Love Tank CADCAI's Annual CNY Festival Banquet The Void Kids Club: Nikki the Facepainter Live Music: Juicy Fruits Live Music: Big Noise Koahlition PAKCLUB: Pyjama Party Disco Orientation Day Valentines Eve Fun Run (theme: Red) Live Music: Karaoke Sunday Morning Melodies: Series 2011 Live Music: Sweet K Storytime Family Fun Night Tango Dance Night Storytime Babes in Arms: Movie Screening - No Strings Attached Live Music: Small Baggage TOUR: "Billy Connolly: The Man" Live Music: DeeAz

green = kids

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blue = adults

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pink = family

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green = kids

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pink = family

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green = kids

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regular weekly events XTREME ILLUSIONS Dinner Show Starring Sam Powers at the Reef Hotel Casino Every Mon-Sat @ 7.30pm > Call 1300 500 331 to book. GO Bowling Cairns Specials on all month for adults, kids, birthdays and groups! (07) 4053 3497. Super Special Sunday Sessions - 3pm until late ($15.50 p/p for 3 games) Cairns Recreation Centre Heaps of fun activities for kids 7 days a week. For further information and session times call (07) 4053 5353 Fun Free Fitness (07) 4044 3715 - For all timetables & class info go to:

The SANDS Support group meets on the second Friday of each month 10am-12pm at the Marlin Coast Neighborhood Centre in Smithfield (45 Cumberland Ave). If you would like more info call Nerissa on 4098 3089 or Kelly on 4033 7917. The 24/7 phone listeners line is 1800 228 655. Cairns PCYC MON to THUR - Kindy Kidz Gym @ 9am-10am Cost is $7. Call (07) 4053 1532 for more info Playgroup Queensland 1800 171 882 Mon-Fri for families with 0-5 year olds Gecko’s Indoor Play Centre (07) 4038 1181 Celebrate your child’s special occasion at Gecko’s. All your party food favourites, games & a party host so you can relax & enjoy.

CAZALY’s Wed throught to Sat - Live Music @ 7.30pm Cazalys Juniors Kids Club 6pm Sundays Brothers Leagues KIDS Club Every Sun - Kids Disco 3.30pm-6pm (ages 3-12yrs) AJ Hackett Live Music Sundays, BBQ & Free Jumping Castle for Kids Ravenshoe Rail 1.30pm Sundays Red Beret Kids Club Sundays 11.30-4pm, Sunday Buffet Breakfast $10, Monday-Believe it or not trivia

regular markets Atherton Markets 1st Sat of each month from 7am at Platypus Park

Cooktown Markets Every Sat from 8am - noon at Lions Park

Mt Sheridan Markets 2nd Sat of month at Mt Sheridan Plaza

Babinda Markets 1st Sat of each month, except January, from 8am, Munro St

Gordonvale Cottage Markets 1st Sat of each month from 8am-12pm at Norman Park

Pier Farmgate Market 7.30am-2pm every Sat at the Pier Shopping Centre

Rusty’s Markets All day Fri, until 2pm Sat & Sun, Grafton St

Innisfail Red Cross Markets 3rd Sun of each month at Anzac Memorial Park

Port Douglas Markets Every Sun from 8.30am-2pm at Anzac Park

Esplanade Markets Every Sat from 8am-4pm at the Esplanade

Kuranda Markets Every Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun 9am-3pm in Therwine St

Ravenshoe Markets 4th Sun of the month

Holloways Beach Markets 2nd Sun of month 8am-1pm at Holloways Beachfront

Malanda Markets 3rd Sat of each month from 6am-12pm at Jack May Park

Mt Sheridan Markets 2nd Sat of every month

Mareeba Markets 2nd Sat of each month at Centenary Park, Byrnes St

SPeewah Markets Every Sun 8am-2pm Carpark of the Speewah Tavern, Speewah Road, 6ks past Kuranda

Night Markets Daily from 4.30pm-11pm, entry from Espanade or Abbott St

Mission Beach Markets 1st & 3rd Sun of each month 6.30am-12pm, opposite Hideaway

Northern Beaches Markets 3rd Sun of each month from 9am-3pm, Smithfield Shopping Centre Tanks Art Centre Markets Last Sun of each month from 9am-1pm

Monster Markets Last Sun of each month 8am-2pm, April-Nov at Marcs Park Mossman Markets Every Sat from 7am-12pm under the raintrees

Swap Meet @ Rodeo Drive-in Mareeba Every Sun from April-September, Highway 3 Tolga Markets First Sun of each month at Morrow Park Race Course Tully Markets Every second & fourth Sat of each month at Tully Showgrounds Yungaburra Markets Fourth Sat of each month 7.30am-12.30pm in the Main St

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out & about

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Sam at the Pirate Ship playground Fun times at the Pirate Ship playgrou


Fun at the Pirate Ship

Fun at the Pirate Ship

Fun at the Pirate Ship

Nathaniel at the Pirate Ship

Out & About photos thanks to anya at Cheeky Monkey Photography



pakbaby - bean to bub EvErything you nEEd for your baby

Get prepared for your new arrival

CotS • nUrSery eqUipMent • toy paCkageS Car SeatS • HigH CHairS • praMS Corner Mcleod & Upward Streets, Cairns • P: 4041 0468 •

Affordable quality maternity clothing CaSUal wear • evening wear • Corporate lingerie • SwiMwear • all aCCeSSorieS Corner Mcleod & Upward Streets, Cairns • P: 4041 0468 •

cairns obstetrics & gynaecology T h e O N LY C h O i C e F O R e x C e L L e N C e i N W O M e N ’ S h e A LT h

• ONLY private female obstetrician in town.

• ONLY private lactation service in Cairns.

• ONLY private ultrasound service for obstetrics

• ONLY private obstetrician in Cairns routinely giving

performed and reported by an obstetrician with post

15 minute antenatal appointments after a 30 minute

graduate diploma in high risk obstetric ultrasound.

booking visit.

• ONLY private nuchal translucency service with results given at time of scan. • ONLY private obstetrician bulk billing routinely for antenatal services after a one-off “pregnancy management fee” is paid – this is further discounted for women having second and subsequent babies and

• ONLY place in Far North Queensland where a lactation consultant is able to fit you properly for a maternity bra. • ONLY private obstetrician routinely working with midwifery support. • ONLY private CTG service outside of hospital.

is also eligible for a Medicare rebate.

See us on line at • PHONE us on 4031 5811 or send us a fax on 4041 3615 or just drop in! We’re upstairs on the Mezzanine Level at The Pier at the Marina, next to the Shangri-La. Follow the signs to Dr. Natalie Kiesey-Calding (MBBS, FRANZCOG, RCOG/RCR Dip Adv Obs US)


It seems like everyone is pregnant again (well, two of the PakMag team are anyway!) so if you’re one of those people who is expecting again this year here’s a refresher of everything that’s available to you. health [1] Medical Care

no gap (ie. covered by Medicare). Natalie Kiesey-

you’d like more support, especially for the birth,

Calding offers an excellent all-round maternity

you now also have the option of hiring a doula.

If it’s been a while since your last baby you might

service from testing to maternity bra fitting.

They have no medical training but can help

have forgotten what your options are with

You don’t need to go anywhere else. Medicare

provide information to help you make decisions

regards to pregnancy care and birthing options.

holders are eligible for free midwife care in the

about your birth plan and give emotional support.

If you’ve got private health cover, start by asking

community health centres during pregnancy

your health fund what doctors are available with

followed by a birth at Cairns Base Hospital. If

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pakbaby - bean to bub [2] Acupuncture

[3] Pregnancy fitness

Acupuncture can help relieve many conditions

Exercise is important for a healthy pregnancy

associated with pregnancy and it can also assist

and for preparing you to endure childbirth

with the birthing process. Research has found

more easily. Yoga is popular during pregnancy

that it results in 35% less inductions, 31% less

although the best results are obtained by women

epidurals and 32% less caesars. For best results

who are already regular yoga practitioners.

have regular treatments during pregnancy and

Even if you don’t already do yoga it is still useful

increase them towards your due date. Contact

during pregnancy as it teaches relaxation and

Julie Simpson at Awakening Therapies for more

breathing techniques which are useful during

info on 4031 1124.

childbirth. Pilates is also popular – check out

pakbaby - bean to bub have the largest babycare range on the southside at their Edmonton store)

acupuncture (but without needles) and has also been found to be of use during pregnancy. One study showed it could reduce labour times by up to 60%. Local midwife Dagmar Hirsch offers one on one birth coaching including yoga, reflexology and relaxation both before and

local centres for specific pregnancy classes. Local personal trainer Simone Kay specialises

Massage during pregnancy can be very relaxing and beneficial – ask to see a practitioner who is specifically trained in pregnancy massage. When the baby is born, baby massage is a wonderful way to bond with your baby and helps them sleep. Contact Renea on 4045 6870 at Cairns Total Physiotherapy in Edmonton.

[5] Physiotherapy

in working with expectant and new mums. She offers Mumbalates classes at the PCYC and on the

If your body’s feeling out of whack during

Esplanade (Wednesday 9.30am). It’s a low impact,

pregnancy, physiotherapy can help with pelvic

Pilates based work out that was designed for new

instability and back and neck pain as well as

mums to do with their babies.

helping with post natal perineal pain and pelvic floor dysfunction. Check out ProActive Physio

during childbirth (email her on dagmarcairns@

Other ways to prepare for birth could also include

on Jensen Street for more info on 4053 6222

a visit to a naturopath. Make an appointment at

(they also have TENS machines for labour and

Calanna Pharmacy to find out more (they also

childbirth education).

baby stuff [1] Going Green If you’re keen to go green with your next baby, start by checking out Baby Yeti on Grafton Street. They have a wealth of information and stock a range of organic and eco-friendly products including toys, clothing and nappies. They also stock glass and stainless steel feeding bottles if you’re concerned about the BPA in plastic ones.

[2] Prams


If it’s been a while since your last baby and you want to buy a new pram, do your research, there’s

[1] Pregnancy Swimwear

second hand baby clothes business called

but what do you wear? Check out: for tankini’s, wraps, kaftan’s, nursing dresses and more.

[2] Maternity Clothing

[3] Belly Wraps Post natal belly wraps help support and flatten the stomach after pregnancy reducing discomfort and swelling.









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It’s worth checking out the option of buying

safe alternatives can be introduced to your baby

second hand or hiring baby equipment if you

from birth. Amber teething necklaces are all the

want to keep your costs down. Hire for Baby

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and Baby equipment hire have a wide range of

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(Baby Barn and Juniors stock and can order

for ‘chic’ hospital gowns

Mountain Buggys and Baby Joggers).

[5] Nappies


[3] Car Seats

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[6] Saving dollars These simple and

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baby equipment from car seats and prams to breastpumps. You can rent products for a day or several months. There is a 10% discount to PakMag readers who book during February. Another alternative for second hand gear is, a local Cairns

Disposable or cloth? There are heaps of websites

online marketplace for quality second hand

selling cloth nappies these days if you want

products (including maternity gear). You can also

Capsules are available for limited hire from the

to save yourself about $5000 over the course

contact Jane the owner directly on 0418 189 905

Ambulance Service on Anderson St (they will also

of your baby’s nappy wearing life (check out

or pop in to see her for second hand clothing at

local business

195 Martyn Street.

Absolutely Baby F n Fun

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All classes meet at the Lagoon Café, except Zumba,ViPR, Mumbalates and Active Hearts meet at Fogarty Park Sound Shell and Beach Volleyball meets at the courts.

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cost $45 (PakMag readers entitled to a 5%

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available in IGA’s).

big national retailers may not stock appropriate

of maternity and baby products


example, Little Takas have just launched and are

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Stockland for your baby’s first shoes. Soft shoes

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place so kids have to be in a car seat until aged 7

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[3] Photographers

Baby Feet Forever makes a statue out of your

We have a number of talented portrait photographers in Cairns

baby’s feet using a non-toxic material.

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[2] Smallprint Finger Jewellery Smallprint Finger Jewellery create gorgeous handcrafted silver jewellery using your child’s fingerprint or artworks. For more information go to

These days there’s a plethora of activities

from 6 weeks (0438 670810). It’s also never too

classes from 4 months (check out Southside

available to give your baby a good start in life.

early to start getting your baby accustomed to

Aquatics on 0409 347064)

Locally, Kindermusik with Nicole starts classes

water, start by splashing their face with water in

from birth (4034 2219) and Gymbaroo starts

the bath and think about joining learn to swim

Call Leigh on 0410 112 035

When it’s second or third time around most mums don’t need more baby clothes! Some other alternative and practical gift ideas include: [1] Additional Childcare

[4] An odd job man

Additional childcare for the other kids.

Call Mr Handy Hands on 0405 622 991 to get

Cairns Nannies now offer an overnight service.

those maintenance jobs done before baby arrives. Or, for something simpler, treat your new mum to a pampering Mother & Baby Pack from

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Local SEA FM Announcer Lou Morrow shares parenting tips:

We all know that having a support network

Was there a blackout a few months ago that I missed?! Everyone seems to be expecting. As wonderful as this is, for me it only reiterates my desire to NOT to join them. It may sound harsh but I am well and truly done and dusted in that department! The prospect of another few years of having my sleep rudely interrupted at all hours, the endless nappy changes and the hours of having a little limpet stuck to my chest for feeds just does not sound the least bit appealing any more. Don’t get me wrong, I was more than happy to do it the first time around and still happy, but slightly less enthusiastic the second time around, but I huddle in fear at the thought of a third. And that’s not even taking into account the horrors of pregnancy and existing on salt and vinegar crisps and lemon squash because that’s all I could keep down. No thank you, enough is enough. But best of luck to all those expecting, I hope you manage to glow through the whole nine months and look forward to swapping war stories soon!

in place is vital to your sanity when you’re a parent, even more so when you’re a single parent family. A new single parents’ support group is in the process of being reinstated in Cairns but in the meantime we thought we would help by providing the single parents of Cairns with a well deserved opportunity to get out and meet other people in the same boat. In March we will be holding a

coping with parents Sick to death of your parents and in-laws after Christmas? We’ve got 5 copies of a

single parents networking evening. Fun is guaranteed so start lining up a babysitter and join us for a few laughs. Who knows? You could meet another friend, babysitter or romantic partner!

new book to give away called ‘Coping With Parents’ by Lowell Tarling which lists 101 solutions to all the common difficulties people have with parents.

unwanted dresses The Leukaemia Foundation are looking for unwanted bridal and formal dresses to sell at

WIN a great book! For your chance to win a copy email us at and tell us what difficulty you have with your parents?

the Bridal Expo on 20 Feb. If you would like to donate your dress to a good cause, deliver them to the Leukaemia Foundation office at 68 Abbott St or to Events NQ on Sheridan St. For info contact Annette Jarrett on 4041 1454.

Party room for hire • Starting from $50 for a fully airconditioned facility • Catering is also available upon request • Advice on entertainment, decorations & cakes

Call Charlene on 4033 1355 for info

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Wardrobe wakeup Story thanks to Elaine Seager

Wardrobe Wakeup [2] Owning items that don’t match

[5] Keeping torn, worn or items that need

anything else in the wardrobe

mending in the wardrobe

Like most women I come across Bree had

Any clothes that have holes, stretched fabric

items which did not go with anything else in

or broken straps should be removed from

her wardrobe. Purchasing items in the hope

your wardrobe – get them mended, give them

you will eventually find something to match is

away to charity or chuck them.

usually fruitless! The reality is you will probably never buy anything to match it so my rule is that whenever you add a piece of clothing,

We go through many changes in our lives. We

it should go with at least 3 other items.

change location, partners, job roles, become

your body shape

a wardrobe to fit all facets of her lifestyle is

a baby and yet she still keeps clothes in her

crucial to creating a wardrobe that works.

wardrobe from all stages of her pregnancy. My

Your wardrobe should reflect who you are and

tip if you’re planning on becoming pregnant

where you spend your time.

for those clothes.

[1] Buying Duplicates

struggle to find something to wear each day. The reality is I don’t wear half my clothes. I like

wardrobe (just after she’d been given 5 bags

functional easy to wear clothes that I don’t

of hand-me-downs!)

have to iron.

Bree’s Story

Gerlinda’s view:

a good thing to do at the time but it lacked

I’m a lazy shopper, when I find something I

There are some typical mistakes that most

Bree at all!

like I tend to buy it in several colours to save

women make as far as their wardrobes are

time! I think my wardrobe is pretty good;

concerned and Bree was guilty of all of the top

there’s plenty of variety in it although I still

7 deadly wardrobe sins. They are:


Buying dresses, skirts, tops and shoes of the same style in a different colour is a big no-no! Bree’s easy shopping may have seemed like originality and personality, which is not like

Wardrobe Wakeup (continued on page 40)

Bree’s Conclusion: Having Gerlinda to help de-clutter my wardrobe has been quite a liberating experience although I can’t believe that 80% of my clothes were the wrong size, shape or colour or just simply things that I didn’t wear! Shopping will now be much easier because I know what colours and styles I should buy to suit me. In 3 hours

[7] Relying on the safety of boring black

Gerlinda helped me buy a whole new

and beige

wardrobe which is mixed and matched so everything coordinates. Even my

Bree had quite a few beige items in her

shoes, accessories and handbags match

wardrobe. In NQ we have a great opportunity

so I don’t have to think too hard about

Things you have had since high school (unless

to embrace the vibrant tropical colours that

putting outfits together.

of course you are still in high school) are not

surround us. Wearing colours that also suit

acceptable in your wardrobe. You may think

your skin tone, hair and eyes will make you

The best part of working with a stylist

it’s a classic when in reality it may be tragic. If

feel good and look good. So, instead of beige

is that it’s given me a kick up the bum

it’s a special piece, for example your wedding

EvErything you nEEd your baby to make morefor of an effort with my I introduced navy to Bree’s wardrobe to bring

dress or in Bree’s case her graduation dress, I

out the colour of her blue eyes. CotS

appearance. Since becoming a mum I

[4] Keeping dated items

the test and sent her off to sort out Bree’s

plays many different roles in her life - mother,

Bree’s body shape has changed since having

separate section in your wardrobe specifically

So we decided to put Gerlinda’s theories to

parents and our likes and dislikes change. Bree wife, business owner and entertainer. Creating

or changing your current weight, is to create a

When was the last time you had a good look through your wardrobe? If you’re like most women your wardrobe is stuffed full of clothes you never wear. Local stylist and personal shopper, Gerlinda Aras says that if women understood the best colours and styles that suit them before they went shopping they could save themselves a lot of money.

personality or lifestyle

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[3] Keeping items that no longer fit or suit

Wardrobe Wakeup

[6] Wearing items that don’t suit your

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tackling teens Columnist Denise Bewert answers your questions about handling challenges with today’s teenagers. Reader Question: My son is spending more

Internet Addiction Disorder is a condition where

time on the computer as a coping mechanism for

and more time on the computer playing war

people have a sense of euphoria or well-being

many other issues that are impacting on his life.

games. He does not seem interested in taking

while at the computer and are unable to stop

Talk to him about your concerns that his habit/

part in family activities and rushes through his

the activity. People with this condition complain

addiction with computer war games may be

meals so that he can get back to the computer.

about feeling empty, depressed and irritable

creating social, emotional and physical problems.

I have tried to restrict his access but I am away

when not on the computer. Physical problems

Understanding and support may be needed to

from home working a lot and find it difficult to

such as carpal tunnel syndrome, dry eyes,

help him find ‘the balance’ between computer

control his use of the computer.

migraine headaches and eating irregularities have

games and other aspects of his life.

Your son’s apparent obsession with war games is not rare. Many young people today suffer from varying degrees of Internet dependency. Valid until 28 Feb 2011

Sociologists have expressed concerns that many

all been linked to computer addiction. If you feel your son is obsessive about his computer use and is unable to stop, he may need to be referred to a doctor or psychologist for assessment.

of our teenagers may be spending more time

A young friend who described himself as an

with technology than they are at school. When

ex-war game addict commented that ‘nearly

Internet linked activities become obsessive

everyone who is addicted to war games is

and impact on a teenager’s social, physical or

escaping from something. If they are not, they

emotional health, we need to be concerned.

don’t last on the game’. Your son may be using his

Denise Bewert is a Guidance Officer, mother of two and author of two books, Tackling Teens and Troubled Teens. If you would like to ask Denise a question about your teenager please send an email to:

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Valentines dinners & roses may not be on the agenda for many parents but it’s a good excuse to plan a romantic weekend away without the kids, writes Brenda Campbell The Far North has something for everyone in the “Romantic Getaways” stakes with romantic hotspots everywhere you turn. In Cairns, I would put my money on “North Shore Towers”, a luxury retreat on the Esplanade, just a 10 minute romantic stroll to the restaurant strip. Think cream leather lounges, sophisticated

both your senses and your appetite. Port Douglas is right on our doorstep but widely rated as one or the most romantic locations in the world. If the world’s third best swimming pool is on the list as one

balconies. If you can tear yourself away from your chic and classy apartment, make your way to one of the restaurants where the locals eat or wander the path to the headland and watch the world and clouds drift by.

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For a secret hide-away check out the award

romantic getaway, then Sea Temple Resort

winning Pink Flamingo Resort Port Douglas.

and Spa is the place to go. Featuring glorious

It’s rated as one of the top 10 most romantic

architecture, elegant but peaceful decor and

resorts in the whole of Australia. It’s intimate,

that pool, Sea Temple is not only the place to

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If Palm Cove is more your idea of the perfect

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It’s unique and amazing and, best of all, it will

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for more information on these and other

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romantic getaway options in the Far North.

decor and panoramic water views. It’s a very unique and one off apartment so be quick as availability can be limited.

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AFL Cairns feature

fav pet shots

Story thanks to Elaine Seager

Fav pet shot of the month wins a mystery prize to the value of $30!

this month’s entries

Roxy loved by Tatum

Roufus loved by Taylor & Zachary

AFL Cairns If you’re looking for ways to tear your kids away from the TV, XBox and Wii, maybe it’s time to sign them up for one of Australia’s greatest sports

Januar y winner!

Lockie loved by Cohd’s

Ducky with Louise & Stacey

Email your photo, name/s & address to: • Deadline for photos is 18 February for the March edition of Pakmag.

and good sportsmanship while helping to refine

visit the AFL Cairns Juniors website www.

gross motor skills and build self esteem. It’s also, or call Eddie Skiba, the

a great way to make new friends and keep fit

AFL Development Manager on 0402 116 614.

and healthy.

prize winners

Congratulations to our Jan prize winners!

To claim your prize drop into our office on Level 2, 68 Abott Street between 9-5pm Monday to Friday and collect your prize from reception.

Yogi Bear Comp

Word Scramble

Baby Teether

• Gareth Innes • Caroline Adam

• Rachael Gilbert

• Johanna Marshal

• Rona Cootz • Kirsty Kerkic • Frances Allen-Spralja

Calanna Supplements • Amanda Luscombe

Colour In To Win • Sebastian Beable • Jacinta Frizelle • Seanna Bell • Taylah Campbell • Sam Lee


Trinity Beach Bulldogs 0410 490 033, Port

in the south side of town. Cairns Hawks, Cairns

Douglas Crocs 0427 984 112, Pyramid Power

Saints and the North Cairns Tigers are close

(Gordonvale) 0417 702 032, South Cairns

to the city, and to the north we have Cairns

Cutters (Fretwell Park) 0418 257 421, Cairns City Lions (Redlynch & Holloways Beach) 0414 768

Centrals Bulldogs at Trinity Beach and the Crocs

859, Cairns Saints (Griffiths Park) 0414 718 105.

time to get active, grab some footy boots, join

up in Port Douglas.

a team, and join in the AFL action and fun for season 2011. AFL Cairns juniors are having their

• Simon Baker

• Katherine Wesbit • Jo Burnett

Word Search

New Year Pampering


• Sharline Hamblen

Research has found that participating in

Zahra Cale

the South Cairns Cutters and Pyramid Power

City Lions at Redlynch and Holloways Beach,

Morning Glory

Word Match

Cairns Hawks (Cazalys) 0416 006 768,

The new AFL season is about to start so it’s

Dot To Dot

Sophie Doyle

North Cairns (Watsons Oval) 0403 265032,

There are AFL teams all over Cairns including

2011 sign on day on Sunday 13th February at various football clubs in the Cairns and Port Douglas area and your family can be part of the

team sports like AFL can have a healthy developmental impact on young children. Sports promote cooperative play, teamwork,

If your child is unable to commit to an AFL club

AFL in Cairns continues to grow and the age

for the whole season but still wants a taste of

groups for 2011 will be U8, U9, U10, U11, U12,

AFL action they can also join one of the many

U14, U16 and U18, and yes, girls can play too.

Auskick programs run at schools and AFL clubs

AFL also remains one of the cheapest team

around Cairns. Auskick is a fun, friendly and safe

sports in Cairns.

introductory program that is normally run for

Getting involved with an AFL club is easy. Just decide which team you would like to play for and head down to your chosen club on sign on day. For more information you can contact your club of choice directly on the numbers below,

eight weeks with participants receiving lots of AFL goodies such as their own football, Auskick cap and other items. For more information on Auskick you can visit or contact Tim Mackrill on 0439116651.


daddy diary


Potts, one half of the Sea FM morning crew, continues his chronicles of first time fatherhood There are two types of air travelers, those with kids and those without. Whilst checking in at Cairns airport recently we encountered a nonparent who wasn’t very impressed with Noah’s activity and noise level. The lady behind us asked “You’re not going to Perth are you?” and then let out a huge groan when she realised we were on the same flight! Unfortunately we didn’t get to sit next to her. Noah obviously didn’t want to stand quietly in line, he wanted to explore, and other parents would know this and sympathise with the probable 5 hours of hell we had ahead of us. Although we had tried to make life easier by booking an evening flight so Noah would hopefully sleep through most of it. That obviously didn’t happen. He slept for 20 minutes and the rest of the time we tried to entertain him with DVD’s (fail), food (fail), alcohol… And, if you think that’s bad, how about dealing with a gastro baby on the return flight? We knew we were in trouble when Noah spent most of the previous night throwing up. None of us got any sleep and by 6.30am Kylie was also throwing up. Our flight was leaving at 10am!

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So, being the only non-sick person, I end up packing all the bags and cleaning up the spew. I’m happy to report that the flight back to Cairns was relatively incident-free apart from one small piece of banana thrown up on my shirt and a smelly gastro nappy about 10 minutes before landing. A quick clean up in the airport toilets and the end to a long day was in sight. I’m happy to report that Noah and Kylie soon recovered but I caught the bug two days later. Can’t wait for our next family holiday!



Time for a break jokes


Silence followed and after a few minutes, the

A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from New York to Los Angeles. The

captain came back on the intercom and said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier, but while I was talking, the flightattendant brought me a cup of coffee and spilled the hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!”

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