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Series • Is kindy right for your child? • FNQ State Education News • Helicopter parenting

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Are your kids safe enough to give up lessons?

EXTRA Curricular Activities How many is too much?

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Hello and welcome to our 73rd edition of PakMag. Its Sean’s 2nd birthday this month, and the terrible two’s seem to have just kicked in. I call him the smiling assassin because he can be so naughty but then smiles and looks so cute. He recently dragged me into the kitchen and demanded “Sausages. Dinner. Mummy, NOW, I'm 'ungry." I politely explained that, "I am no 1950’s housewife darling so go tell daddy!” It’s Cairns Show time this month and we hope to see lots of you visiting the PakMag/Stockland Parents' Room in Fred Moule Pavilion if you need to feed or change your little ones. A big thank you to everyone that supported our 6th Birthday Party and Teddy Bears Picnic. We will let you know how much we raised as soon as we know on Facebook. Until next time, enjoy this month's edition and remember to tell everyone you read it in PakMag.

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parents 02 What’s New 05 Show & Tell 09 Education: Brighter Futures 10

Education: Stepping Back


BLA - 20 Years


Extra Curricular Activities


Women & Finance



20 Family Nutrition


Mount Sheridan Plaza MiniMag

babies 38 Baby News: Baby Monitors

things to win

23 PakFood 25 What’s On 27

Mount Sheridan Plaza Mini Mag

35 Tackling Teens / Modern Parenting 37

Education: Preparing for Prep

38 PakBaby

03 WIN Cairns Show Family Passes! 23 WIN a mystery prize 28 WIN Movie tickets 29 Four $20 vouchers to WIN 54 WIN a bag of Hill’s Pet Food

41 Cycas Circus 43 Swimming

Publisher: Bree James Editor: Elaine Seager What’s On/MiniMag: Robyn Christensen Sales & Biz Development: Angelina Mortley Design & Layout: Trina Jensen Articles: Elaine Seager, Amanda Cranston & submitted writers

46 Play Themes: Circus Fun

Phone: 4053 3331 Fax: 4053 3350 Email: Address: Level 2, 68 Abbott Street Virginia House, Cairns QLD 4870 Postal: PO Box 7433, Cairns QLD 4870

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49 Cairns Veterinary Clinic 50 Biz Directory 52 Out & About 54 Fav Pets / Competition Winners

ModelS: Evan Bradshaw and Sophie Yates Photography: by Veronica at Blueclick Photography

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PAKClub 28 July (9am-11am)



FUNKY Kids Photos

This month’s PakClub is being held at Go Bowling on Pease Street so come along and experience ‘glow in the dark’ bowling! The theme will be a Supporters Party so come dressed in your favourite team or sports persons clothing whether it’s Ford, Holden, Cowboys, Maroons or the Socceroo’s and you could WIN prizes for being the best dressed. Entry is free and everyone will get a free game of bowling including shoe hire. There will also

MUMMY Central

be a soft area for littlies.

13 August (9am-12noon)

Swisse Colour Run

Cairns' Biggest Play Group is coming to Cairns Central from August onwards. Held at least once a month (first one 13 August, 9am-12pm), Cairns Central will be the place to be if you have kids under the age of five. There will be Coffee Shop deals and retailer specials of the day to make this a monthly must-do. Grab your copy of PakMag next month for more details.

17-19 July Cairns Showgrounds

28 July (9.30am) Fogarty Park Esplanade

• Poultry & Caged Birds Pavillion – check

at this year’s show. Some of our picks for this

out the variety of birds from exotic parrots

year include:

to noisy hens.

• Pig racing – Apple Sauce and Pork Crackling

• Ronald McDonald & Friends Show – Magic

check out the new dress up photographic sessions that

will be back to speed around the track.

dancing and singing for the young at heart.

Cairns Adventist College is hosting a Prep Open

Veronica at Blueclick Photography is now offering. They

• Stage performances - Watch all the

• Horse riding tricks (main arena)

are completely original, not to be seen anywhere else,

community groups and schools performing

get the chance to experience what Prep 2014 will

and she has a range of different costumes and props to

on the Community Stage (11am-5.30pm)

If you’re looking for stand out kid’s portraits or want some unique funky artwork for their bedrooms,

This fun, crazy and colourful event is coming to Cairns later this month so get ready to paint the town red, yellow, blue, green and pink. Inspired by a Hindu festival, the five kilometre fun run will see participants of all ages and fitness levels covered in coloured powders. It promises to be a fun family friendly atmosphere. Register at

suit whatever your child’s favorite story or character is. For more information call Veronica on 0414 815 286 or email

PCYC News NEW Club in Edmonton opens

SMALL Print 13-14 August

The new PCYC Edmonton has just opened

more to come. The brand new state of

with a $14.5 million state of the art facility

the art gym also comes equipped with

situated in Edmonton to provide sporting,

dedicated weights and cardio area and

social and cultural services to the growing

will offer personal training for members.

population in South Cairns. They are

The club will also be introducing a

currently welcoming local community

crèche, dedicated youth space, café and

members to join up.


The activities kicking off include Futsal,

For more information call Sergeant Steve

email sue directly on Call to

Netball, Boxing, Zumba, and Tai Chi with

Pattono on 0438 987 946.

register your appointment time.



Keep your fingers crossed for sunny weather

Sue Gray from Smallprint is making her annual trip to Cairns next month to turn your child’s finger, hand or footprint into pure silver keepsakes. You can use them as charms, pendants, cufflinks, keyrings and lots more.

30 July (9am-11.30am)

Day later this month where you and your child will

Family tickets can be pre-purchased at

be like in the 80-student family style atmosphere of

Stockland. TO WIN A FAMILY PASS to the

the school. If you’re interested in attending call the

• Animal Nursery – check out all the cute

Cairns Show go to our website and tell us

school on 4051 2585 to make a booking, then go

baby animals and say hello to Paul the Bilby

what you love about the Show?

along on Tuesday July 30 (9am-11.30am).




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Things to do at The Cairns Show

The latest news, products and tips in the world of families and kids My Business

[1] Grab a Show Bag [2] Rides, rides and more rides [3] Visit the Animal Nursery [4] Munch down on a Dagwood Dog [5] Watch the racing pigs

Book Review Owner of Tropical Beauty and Princess Pamper Parties, Shae Howlett used to be a make up artist in film and television in Melbourne before moving to Cairns. She is also mum to Aisha (6) and Nate (4). We decided to move to Cairns for a bit

little girl is exactly the same. Sometimes

of an adventure but then found the

I think I have created a monster, when I

tropical lifestyle very hard to leave.

don't style her hair the exact way she wants

I started Tropical Beauty seven years

it to be.

ago catering for brides coming here for a destination wedding. Then I threw a princess pamper party for my daughter and had such a lot of feedback that I decided to branch out into pamper parties too. Recently I have also started doing them for big girls for things like hens nights.

written by Melbourne chef, Elizabeth Long, has

feel beautiful on their special day. It’s so

recently been awarded first prize for ‘World’s Best

much fun to watch how excited the girls

Children and Family Cookbook’ by the popular

are once they arrive to a princess pamper

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris.

party. It makes them feel all grown up, and to watch them all compare their bright

This beautifully presented book teaches kids how to cook authentic, simple and delicious

nail colours and beautiful hairstyles is so

an early age wanted to be a hairdresser.

rewarding. We know we have made it a

I even had a cubby house set up as a

very special day for them.

world. Long shares her favourite recipes and

For more info about Princess Pamper

follow instructions, handy tips, interesting facts

some of my cousins’ hair (lucky spikes were in in then!). I was such a little princess

The Junior Gourmet, a children’s cookbook

princesses the confidence to shine and

I have always liked girlie things and from

hairdressing salon, occasionally cutting


I love giving my brides and little

growing up so it’s funny to see how my

Parties, call Shae on 0402 482 025 or go to

recipes spanning 15 countries from around the makes them accessible to kids with easy to and stunning photography. It is available in all good book stores for $19.95.


Show &Tell

'FEEDING' Kids Imaginations

Got something to share or shout about? Email us at

New Portraits One of our readers recently contacted us to tell us about local artist Nicole Greenfield who drew a portrait of her son to present to his grandma for her 80th birthday. She loved it so much that she wanted every other

17th-19th July 2013

Looking for ways to jazz up your kid’s lunchboxes? Check out new website for lots of awesome tools and gadgets to create fun ‘food art’ to entice children to eat healthy food. Created by young artist and local mum, Emilie Moore, she got the idea from her own children. Using her natural artistic talent, she began sparking their imaginations by turning food into favourite storybook characters and creating ‘food art’ on a plate.

PakMag reader to know about her too. Nicole works with charcoal and black, grey and white chalk pastels and she does original and unique drawings that are very detailed and personal. She uses photos rather

Footy Fables

than live settings so you don’t need to worry about

Book review

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wiggly bottoms. If you’re interested in having a sketch portrait done contact Nicole on 0413 306 016 or email


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New Book Fox Swift by David Lawrence

It seems like the publishing industry is finally realising that boys need books specifically written for them if they’re to be engaged in reading. Released this month, new book Fox Swift, is a fun-filled book for footy-loving kids that combines an hilarious story with witty cartoons

The NRL have teamed up with publishers Macmillan Education to produce curriculum based reading resources to break down the stereotype that sports stars don’t like reading. Their new book, Footy Fables, features a host of NRL players in rewritten popular fables and short stories (Benji Marshall is one of ‘The Three Little Tigers’ and Billy Slater and Cameron Smith are ‘Hansel and Gretel’).

and expert footy tips from AFL star Cyril Rioli. It

To order a copy of the book online go to:

is available from all good book stores for $16.95.


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Series Story thanks to Clive Dixon

Futures Brighter

As a grandfather, father, former teacher and

• improvement to Far North Queensland’s

principal, and now Director of Education and

NAPLAN scores – particularly in the early years

Training in the Far North I care about the

where scores have increased by 7 per cent

real life outcomes of our young people – to

Clive with grandchild Sienna

Real life

Outcomes Clive Dixon, FNQ’s Director of Education and Training, is putting strategies in place to ensure a brighter future for all of our children.

me it’s personal. When I reflect on the pathways my own three children took after leaving school it is clear that one way does not suit all: one of my children followed an academic route and studied teaching, another learnt a trade and another went straight to full-time work and now is returning to study at James Cook University.

improved by 18 per cent. A key to these student improvements has been the introduction of explicit teaching, which is often referred to as: I do (teacher demonstrates), we do (class participates), you do (individual student does activity). Examples of how our FNQ teachers and students are leading the country in this area is available at

(FNQ) principals gathered to discuss how our – it’s well worth

state schools could provide our young people

having a look.

with the best start in life. They were passionate about making a difference and developed a bold, innovative strategy – today this strategy is called our Service Commitment.

The Far North education region is unlike any other, it covers over 273,000 square kilometres from Cardwell to Thursday Island. There are over 100 state schools providing services to

In 2010 I launched the Service Commitment

34,000 students ranging from early childhood

for all schools and students in Far North

and primary school, to distance education, high

Queensland; in short it says: 100 per cent of

school and college where a range of vocational

students in our state schools will graduate as

and academic pathways are offered, such as

confident and healthy young Australians and

TAFE and university subjects. FNQ state school education is on a journey of

• an Overall Position (OP) and enter university, or

improvement and I am proud of the significant

• a clear Vocational Education and Training

progress we have made in a short time. I

(VET) pathway to employment, or • paid employment of 25+ hours per week, or • alternative pathways for some students

encourage the whole community, especially parents and caregivers, to join me on this journey – together let’s create a brighter future.

with special needs.

If you would like to know more about the

Since the introduction of our Service

revised teaching methods contact your local

Commitment there has been: • an 18 per cent increase in students achieving

scores – in some instances scores have

Six years ago a group of Far North Queensland



• dramatically improved Indigenous NAPLAN

the Queensland Certificate of Education

Service Commitment or to see first-hand our state school, additionally you can email me:




Series Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

o called helicopter parents have

assume responsibility for a problem that

been getting a lot of bad press lately

rightfully belongs to a child, they end up

with reports that over-parenting is

compensating for the problem without truly

starting to become an issue in schools. Some

correcting it. These compensations have the

schools around the country have even gone

unintended effect of allowing the child to stay

to the extent of implementing new rules to

irresponsible,” he says. As a result many children

counter over-parenting and started providing

struggle accepting the consequences of their

workshops to educate parents on appropriate

actions because they know mum and dad will

levels of involvement.

jump in and defend them and there won’t be

Helicopter parenting is a phrase that was first coined in the 1960’s to describe an intense style of parenting in which parent’s ‘hover’ over

Too much interference in a child’s life has been shown to undermine their confidence and

this kind of over-parenting tend to take over

self worth. Research also shows that in the

and do too much for their child instead of

long run over-parenting actually produces

encouraging their independence. In schools

anxious children who have poor life skills, no

this may show up when parents interfere in

sense of responsibility, a lack of resilience and

schoolyard politics or haggle with teachers over

a strong sense of entitlement. Once children

school grades.

reach adulthood they struggle coping if they

So what can parents do to allow their children to develop their own age-appropriate strengths

for themselves and it means they don’t get to

and skills?

kids build self-esteem and confidence.

growing up.

children to learn and practise problem-solving

on their own. These are some of the ways that


haven’t learned these important life skills while

unfortunately takes away the opportunity for

experience setting goals and achieving success

ildren whose parents are It is well documented that ch their school and education engaged and involved with oom. But when does being do much better in the classr ed? ucation become too involv involved in your child’s ed

taking over.

everything they do. Parents who demonstrate

have positive intentions, ‘helicoptering’


children to try and fail, without stepping in and

their children, micromanaging and monitoring

Whilst there is no doubt these parents


any consequences. Parents need to allow their

Parents can teach their children how to problem-solve by asking them questions rather than solving problems for them or just

Child psychologist Jutta Dempsey says it is a

giving them the answers. They also need to

delicate balancing act for parents to support

teach responsibility, encourage independence,

their children without taking over. “The more

inspire and motivate them to set goals and

children feel that their parents will take care of

achieve them, encourage friendships and of

their problems for them, the less goal-directed

course, allow them free time to play and relax.

they are and the more depressed they are in

Sometimes parents simply need to step back so

late adolescence,” she says. “Children become

their children have the space to step up.

less accountable for their own successes.”

Children benefit when their parents are

Whilst we all want what’s best for our children,

engaged in their life and education but over-

they need to be allowed to learn from

parenting hinders their independence and

mistakes and take responsibility for their own

development of much-needed life skills. Jutta

performance in the classroom. They also need

says it all comes down to balance. “Parents who

to learn how to stand up for themselves in the

restrain from helping unless their child really

school playground and negotiate friendships

needs it and compliment their child rather

on their own.

than substituting their child’s own effort, are

In John Rosemond’s book The NEW Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children, he says that protecting a child from the experience of failure is counterproductive. “When parents

providing a sound foundation for goal directed behaviour and emotional resilience,” she says. “Knowing your own parenting style and the temperament of your child is the key ingredient in getting this balancing act right.”

KEY Points • Be engaged – show your

kids that you value education

• Step Back – Let them lear

n from mistakes

r child solve problems by • Ask Questions – Help you giving them the answers asking questions instead of


Let no child ever come to us without leaving happier, smarter and more confident.


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This year the Business Liaison Association (BLA) is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary as it continues to help high school students get on their career path The Business Liaison Association (BLA) has

The make-up of the volunteer committee has

3200 secondary students and over 45 training

been providing a vital link between schools

changed over the years, bringing in many

organisations from local universities and TAFE to

and the FNQ business community since 1993.

talented and memorable people who have

the southern universities delivering pathways on

It provides secondary school students with

contributed to the BLA’s longevity and its ability

how to get that job.

relevant, up to date knowledge, skills and

to remain relevant.

resources to meet the current and future

Twenty years on, the BLA has grown to be a

In this 20th anniversary year, the BLA will stage

strong, regional association with involvement by

37 different events, competitions and workshops.

students and educators from Tully to Cape York.

The BLA started because Angela Toppin, who

They will range from workshops in jazz, drama

Tens of thousands of students have attended

was then principal of Malanda High School,

and mathematics; a master class for chefs of the

BLA events, participated in BLA competitions and

recognised a need to bring schools and industry

future; a Mock Court and design competitions

heard speakers ranging from Australia’s Governor

together. With $2,000 in seed funding from the

where students design a house or building

General, Quentin Bryce to Darren Lockyer. It has

Department of Education the association was

structure or use a nude mannequin torso as a

stuck steadfastly to its original objective to bring

incorporated and in its first year raised $16,000 in

blank canvas.

students, educators and the business community

demands of the local business community.

sponsorship from the business community. This money funded the staging of 10 career evenings and prizes for eight awards and competitions.

The Careers and Education Expo is the largest event on the BLA Calendar attended by over

together and continues to be a vital link between education and industry.

BL A Events, Business & Workshops


• Annual Awards Presentation Evening

• Early Childhood Education Awards

• Mock Court Competition

• Architect Workshops

• Engineer Workshops

• Myer Mannequin Competition

• Artist in Residence Workshops

• Natural Sciences Awards

• Australian Institute of Office Professionals Awards

• Excellence in Physical Education Awards • Industrial Technology and Design Awards (INTAD)

• Author Workshops

• Information Technology Awards

• Ports North Environmental Awards

• Bendigo Bank BLA Golf Day

• Keith Goodwin Memorial Scholarships

• Proarch Podiatry Bare Foot Competition

• Bendigo Bank Hospitality & Tourism Awards

• Legal Studies Workshops

• QDU Debating Workshops

• BLA Breakfast Cruise for Sponsors

• Marino Moller Breakfast with the Law

• RACI Lecture Tour

• BLA Careers & Education Expo

• Marino Moller Legal Studies Awards

• Robotics Workshops

• BLA Twentieth Birthday Celebrations

• Mathematics Excellence Workshops

• Sportsperson's Breakfast

• Business Plan Competition

• VET Awards

• Design Awards Bursary

• McDonald’s Restaurants Performing Arts Awards

• Digital Arts Competition

• McDonald's Restaurants Business

• Drama Workshops

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Issues Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

ost children are involved in at least

addresses this topic in his book The New Six-

one activity per week outside of

Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children.

school whether it’s a sport, dance,

He argues that children don’t actually need

art or learning a musical instrument. However,

extra-curricular activities at all. “The trend in

some children are participating in extra curricular

recent years has been toward structuring a

activities every day of the week and when there

child’s time with such activities as organised

is more than one child in the family, this makes

sports, music lessons, classes in etiquette and

for a pretty hectic family life. Not to mention the

early academic instruction. We mistakenly

financial cost.

believe that these things are more meaningful

Psychologist Jutta Dempsey says apart from the financial burden on parents there are also physiological, social and emotional effects on children when engaging in too many activities. “It can lead to stress which affects a child’s moods and their ability to relate to others,” she says. She also says that some of the signs your child may be feeling stressed and overloaded include moodiness, physical ailments like

independently and that they develop through imaginative and creative play. Basically, kids need to be allowed to be kids.

all the after-school sports and activities that

of stress. “Having only a few structured activities is better than too many, and parents should encourage their children to take up only activities they are passionate about,” Jutta says. “It is important for kids to be involved in activities they love otherwise it can begin to feel like a chore.”

kids are involved in, not to mention homework, there’s just no time. I contend that many children are growing up without an adequate sense of what family really and truly means,” he says. John suggests children are not contributing to the family like previous generations did and instead are being driven around to and from activities, which is breeding a generation of kids who feel they are entitled because their needs are always put first ahead of what’s right for the family as a whole. He believes that by taking children out of all after-school activities, families will enjoy a

With long days in the classroom and then

more harmonious environment and kids will live

homework after school, it is important for

more carefree childhoods with less stress and

children to also have sufficient unstructured

behavioural problems.

downtime in their week so they can relax, spend time with friends and to interact with family. Constantly rushing from one activity to the next with minimal downtime can cause, not only the child, but the whole family to feel stressed, and

to know how to entertain themselves and play


coping and whether or not they are showing signs


for themselves.” He believes that children need

curricular activities means less family time. “With

that parents need to be aware of how their child is

do the amount of extra curricular activities your children are engaged in become too much?

have not learned how to plan and do things

wetting, clinginess and self doubt or extreme

participate in. More importantly, Jutta suggests

While most kids are enrolled in at least one activity per week, the big question for most families is when

planned for them, many of today’s children

John also points out that too many extra-

rule regarding an ideal number of activities to

How much is too much?

says. “Furthermore, because so much has been

headaches and stomach aches, unexplained bed

She says all children are different and there is no

Extra Curricular Activities:

than play, when exactly the opposite is true,” he

relationships may suffer.

Of course, every child and every family is different. If you’ve got a budding Olympic champion in your family you may make a very different decision to other parents on this topic. However, at the end of the day we must all make what we believe are the best choices for our own family.

Family psychologist and author John Rosemond

KEY Points Be selective – encourage your children to only participate in those activities that they love to do Downtime - Plan for plenty of unstructured play time and family time Stress symptoms – watch for signs that your children are becoming too overloaded with activities with not enough time to just relax




Women Finance


Ho Ho Ho

The latest tips in the world of finance

KIDS & Money

by Fiona Thorogood

Teaching your kids financial values Having children comes with all sorts of responsibilities including the important task of shaping their financial attitudes. Money management is a valuable life skill to teach your children so if they don’t learn positive attitudes to money from an early age it could cause them a lot of difficulties in adulthood. So here are a few ideas for instilling good money habits from the outset: [1] Set a good example Most of us learn our attitudes towards money from our parents so it’s important to be a good role model. If you showcase positive financial habits then the chances are your offspring will do the same. If you have a financial plan in place and make everyday decisions to ensure you stick to it, then this is a way of setting the right example for your kids. [2] Involve them in decision-making Good financial management is about making the right decisions when it comes to money. Allowing your kids to be involved in the decision making process is a positive way of encouraging them to think about money and the impact their choices will have.

[3] Encourage saving Giving children a sensible allowance will help them understand the value of money and the benefits of saving. As they get older you might want to consider setting clear boundaries about what their money should be spent on. For instance, will you continue to buy their clothes? Should they contribute towards the weekly shop? These are decisions you need to make to help children understand the value of money. [4] Avoid hand-outs If your children are given an allowance, it is really important to avoid the temptation to top-up their savings whenever they are short of cash, otherwise you will undermine the lesson you’re trying to teach. Should they ask you for a spare few dollars for something, help them understand that is what their allowance is for. ‘You teach people how to treat you’ so if you always bail them out they will begin to expect it. You might not think this is a problem now but you may end up with an adult child taking you for granted in the future.

Start preparing for Christmas now With the festive season less than six months away, now is the perfect time to start preparing for Christmas. Setting up a savings plan now and putting aside a few dollars each week can help reduce any financial stress felt in the New Year because of overspending. Christmas Club savings accounts are designed to help you save for the Christmas period and more importantly, resist the temptation to make early withdrawals. Regular deposits into Christmas Club accounts are a great way to build a Christmas nest egg and with a competitive interest rate, you’ll see your savings grow in no time. Accumulated funds in a Christmas Club savings account are typically available to draw on in December. Why not consider opening a Christmas Club account at your local Queensland Country Credit Union branch and start saving for a merrier Christmas today.

Fiona Thorogood is a Financial Planner from ipac north queensland and can be contacted on 4046 5555 for more info, or visit Queensland Country Credit Union Limited ABN 77 087 651 027 AFSL 244533


These articles contain general financial advice only and do not take into consideration your personal circumstances.

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Coughs & Colds By Dr Joseph Rillera

HEALTHY Eyes Outside play is good

outdoors in the sunshine. Professor Kathryn

Exposure to sunshine as a small child is

age assists in the growth of a normal

crucial to the development of a healthy

healthy eyeball preventing it from growing

eye according to the results of long-term

too fast or over-expanding and becoming

myopia study conducted by University of

oval or egg-shaped instead of round.

Sydney researchers. Their findings show children who spend more time outdoors were less likely to become short-sighted or myopic.

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Teaching your child when it is and isn't okay to interrupt you READER QUESTION: Do you have any tips

Here are a few tips to help teach your

• Don’t always expect your child to wait.

on how I can stop my four year old from

child to not interrupt:

Sometimes they will need your attention and

constantly interrupting me when I am on the phone or talking to another adult? All parents occasionally need time to make phone calls or have conversations without being interrupted. Your child isn’t being rude when they interrupt, they just don’t know yet when they can and can’t get your attention. Knowing when it is okay to interrupt is difficult to learn, even some adults still struggle with it, so it's important to have reasonable expectations

• Talk to your child about interrupting and clearly explain your expectations to them • When you don’t want to be interrupted, set your child up with activities to do while they wait • Teach your child to wait for a pause in the conversation and to say, “excuse me”. When they do this, remember to praise them and respond appropriately to them

of your child. Expecting them to not interrupt

• Politely let your child know when they are

during a short phone call may be reasonable,

interrupting and ask them to wait. Don’t

whereas expecting them to not interrupt during

yell at them as you’re trying to teach them

a conversation that lasts an hour is probably

good manners

it will be more reasonable to expect the other adult to wait • Try to keep phone calls brief. Where possible don’t make longer phone calls until your child is asleep or being cared for by someone else • Model good manners and remember that children are more likely to display positive behaviours when their parents have positive attitudes and behaviour Megan Colahan is the principal psychologist at Colahan Psychology (37 O’Keefe Street, Cairns North). For more information call 4053 1122 or email


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Helping teens deal with relationship break-ups READER QUESTION: My seventeen year old

feelings of grief and loss and withdraw from

about his feelings with you, but make him aware

son recently broke up with his girlfriend. They

family when a relationship ends. Some teenage

that you are there to give him your love and

had been seeing each other for two years.

boys become more aggressive in their behaviour.

support if and when he is ready to discuss the

He is taking it very hard and is not eating or

Others start to take part in risk taking behaviours


sleeping well. He has also stopped going out

with drugs and alcohol when a relationship ends.

with his mates.

may need to seek help from professional

It can be very distressing as a parent to see your

intuitive about when he needs his own space and

counsellors at organisations such as Centacare or

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Relationships Australia.

self-confidence and enjoyment of life. Break-ups

despite how unhappy he feels now, hundreds

hurt and unless we find our life-long partner at

of thousands of people, including celebrities,

14, most of us will experience a broken romantic

survive break-ups.

relationship at some time in our lives.


If he continues to feel sad, lost/or angry, you

This is a vulnerable time for your son. Try to be

Denise Bewert is Group Educator for CentaCare, mother of two and author of two books, Tackling Teens and Troubled Teens. If you would like to ask

It may be appropriate for you to share some of

Denise a question about your teenager send an

It is normal for teenagers to have some changes

your (and other family and friends’) experiences

email to:

in eating and sleeping patterns, experience

of a break-up. Your son might not want to talk


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With greater expectations now placed on our children through the new national curriculum, how important is it for your child to attend kindergarten?


ince the introduction of prep in 2007, and the recent transition to a national curriculum, many Queensland kids have been playing catch-up with their southern counterparts. So how do you prepare your child for the academic, social and emotional challenges of school life? Well, according to many (including our politicians) one of the best ways to introduce kids to the educational system, is through a government approved kindergarten program. In order to appreciate the advantages of kindergarten, parents first need to understand the requirements of prep. Now entering its fifth year in Queensland schools, the noncompulsory preparatory year is a full-time, early education program, offered to children who turn five by the 30th of June each year. Initially based on the “Early Years Curriculum Guidelines” (an approach based on learning through real-life situations, investigation and play), the recent changes to the curriculum mean prep students are now also taught English, mathematics and science – with history to follow in 2013. According to Deb McGuinness, a prep teacher at Mother of Good Counsel School, the expectations have certainly increased with the Australian curriculum and children who have attended some formal settings before coming to school, usually have an easier transition. “They are familiar with the structure of a learning environment and used to listening to instructions,” she says. “Most are also more emotionally ready as they are used to parents leaving and coming back at the end of the day.” So, just how important is kindy? As part of their commitment to ensure all four-year-

olds across Queensland have greater access to a government-approved kindy program, the state and federal government's have committed over $900m into making it accessible. Kindergarten is now being marketed to parent’s as an essential part of childhood education yet despite this push, both prep and kindy remain non-compulsory with parents given the responsibility of deciding which pathway best suits their child. As a teacher at Whitfield Community Kindergarten, Robyn Alexander says their program is now delivered both under a national framework 'The Early Years Framework' and through the C&K Curriculum 'Building Waterfalls Teaching & Learning Guidelines'. “We are passionate about providing an age appropriate educational program to Kindergarten aged children that is delivered through play,” she says. And while as teachers they need an in-depth knowledge of both documents to plan, document and assess children, Robyn says it’s important not lose sight of what’s important. “We also want to share children's learning with their parents in meaningful ways and ensure we are still interacting, guiding and teaching the children we have the privilege of sharing the year with.” Both Robyn and Deb emphasise that every child is different, and encourage parents to explore as many ways as possible to assist their child in the transition to school. “Families and children are all unique with different needs and circumstances, so while Kindergarten can be a valuable experience, I don't believe it should be compulsory,” Robyn says. For more information on how to “Get set for Prep” visit:


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could be placed one metre from cots,

inspired to start a new small business making finger

nursing mums feel more comfortable about

baby monitors are common household

as a compromise between minimising

puppets for young children. As she says, “I’ve experienced

breastfeeding in public. "With my first child

items but because they are relatively

exposure but still being able to hear the

firsthand how much more engaged children can be in

I had so many problems breastfeeding

baby clearly.

books when you add voice changes, suspense and props.

that I gave up way too early but when I

Finger puppets are especially useful for children that prefer

had my second child, I was determined to

hands-on learning and would otherwise not sit still long

breastfeed for as long as possible.”

new it is impossible to be completely sure about whether they’re safe.

"Given the priority we give to children's

"If you use them with their antennas

and babies' health, and the small

very close, you can be exposed to

amount of research specifically relating

much higher emission levels," a new

to children's exposure to [emissions]

Lucy’s finger puppets come in many different size sets, in a

to overcome. "When I went in search of

Government fact sheet states. It

it would seem wise to err on the

colourful bag along with the laminated song/finger play or

nursing garments, I found so many were

recommends moving these devices to

side of caution and keep the baby

areas where people spend less time.

monitor only as close to the baby as is

A spokesman said baby monitors

necessary," he said.

enough to make it through a whole story.”

story they relate to. To find out more go to her Facebook page, Finger Puppets & More.

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But there was one hurdle Rachel had

designed for women living in cooler

Many parents these days are opting for toys and soothers that don’t contain the potentially dangerous chemicals such as phthalates that are commonly used in these products.

So, like so many enterprising mums, Rachel decided to design her own breastfeeding garments for women living in northern Australia. Her online clothing business, Rachel Jayne, was launched last month.

Natural Rubber soothers are becoming popular (thanks to Miranda Kerr and other celebrities) as they are free from BPA, chemical softeners, parabens, PVC, phthalates and proteins that cause latex allergies.

"If mums have clothes that make it easier

They also have the benefit of being more hygienic

to breastfeed, and especially to do so in

because they’re moulded in a single piece and are

public, I am hoping it will help some mums

therefore easier to clean (no cracks or joins).

breastfeed for longer.”

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climates," she said. "Most were out of my

To find out more go to

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budget and not suitable to wear in our

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Everyone loves the thrill and spectacle of the circus but few people ever imagine that they’ll get the opportunity to actually learn some circus skills for themselves. However, thanks to Patti Burnheim, founding

performing to the public and they now conduct

They start with some warm up and stretching

director of a local professional youth circus

up to 80 shows a year. Patti eventually moved her

exercises before learning and practising skills and

troupe, all children in Cairns have the chance to

classes to the PCYC but has recently relocated to

tricks on the ground before moving on to the silks

experience all the fun of the circus for real.

the Cairns Recreation Centre where there is more

and trapeze. This is where the fun really starts as

space to create a ‘circus centre’.

its obvious right from the beginning of the class

Patti grew up in the United States where her



While circus training is a great way to inspire kids

the Depression, so perhaps its no surprise that

to value physical activity Patti says that contrary

circus blood runs through her veins. With a

to what some may think, circus is also a team

background in both performing and teaching

activity. ‘We don’t divide ages and we concentrate

the arts (specialising in lighting, sound and

on everyone helping everyone else out. You don’t

staging), Patti formed Cycas Circus in 2004 as an

have to be great at everything because there are

There is something for everyone in the circus

extracurricular after school activity at Smithfield

so many things that we do from tumbling and

whether you’re a budding clown, juggler or

State High School where she was a Drama

juggling to hooping and aerials.’

trapeze artist. Of course, mastering any circus


olds), kids (6-12 year olds), teenagers and adults.

‘reach out’ to children who don’t quite fit into the

They incorporate circus, drama and dance skills

traditional sports mould. “I thought there are a lot

with lights costume and sound to create unique

of kids around who don’t have a social group or


fun, non-competitive and it’s for every one of any age and any ability, so I thought I’d give it a go.”

Patti runs weekly classes for toddlers (3-5 year

She says she started the circus in an effort to

who aren’t involved in competitive sport. Circus is


that all the kids are itching to get on to the aerials.

grandparents had a family circus troupe during

It didn’t take long before Patti’s troupe started

In the kids classes children can learn stilt walking, unicycling, diabolos, poi, plates, juggling, hula hoops, acrobalance, clowning and lots more.

The silks are clearly a favourite and, whilst quite physically demanding, most kids quickly manage to climb up and hang upside down. Patti then teaches them some basic moves to practise.

skills requires lots of practise but with teenagers practising cool tricks in the background there is plenty of inspiration to keep the kids going back for more. Cycas Circus classes are held at the Cairns Recreation Centre (44 Behan Street, Manunda). Classes start at $12 (pay as you go). For more information go to



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[7] Swimming is a wonderful cross training sport for all other sports

If you didn’t start swimming lessons early don’t worry, but do it now! If your child is fearful of the water they can still flourish in a swim school that recognises each child’s differences and shows patience and praise.

The most common stage that parents drop their children out of swimming lessons is when they believe their child can safely swim in a backyard pool. I believe this puts the child at a higher risk, as you believe they are safe when in fact they are not.

For those parents who discontinue lessons because their child can ‘sort of’ do strokes and ‘they’re not going to be an Olympic swimmer’ consider the following:

The key benchmark of swimming competence according to the swimming industry is when children can swim a kilometer of freestyle with good technique and can tread water proficiently for at least 15 minutes.

[1] Swimming is the only ‘sport’ that also provides a life saving skill [2] It can provide an entry to many other aquatic activities [3] Like any other skill it must be practiced to be retained [4] Children do not have skill retention until about 7 years of age

[5] Swimming is a skill that can then be retained for life

The question of when and how children should learn to swim is under constant scrutiny given the tragic level of childhood drowning. And, despite the overwhelming evidence of the benefits of starting swim lessons under five years of age (recently confirmed by a Griffith University study), many parents still do not choose to commit to learn to swim lessons for their children.

[6] Just because a child can ‘swim’ in their backyard pool does not mean they are safe or are actually able to swim effectively

Children will only achieve this level of competence and good stroke technique from ‘learn to swim’ professionals, preferably in a small group situation. If you are relying on the school to teach your child to swim, be aware that school programs are carried out for a short time and are not geared to instruct your child individually.

Transitioning to swim clubs The biggest mistake that parents can make is to transition a child into a swim club too soon. I would advise keeping your child at a swim school that focuses on fun, technique and fitness over small distances to ensure correct technique is retained before progressing to a swim club. If they have an undeveloped or poor technique, swimming long distances with large groups causes fatigue and a breakdown in technique. These children will need constant stroke correction to avoid their poor technique becoming a learnt skill that is impossible to correct. Swimming clubs and other aquatic sports and activities provide a fantastic opportunity for fun, friendship, fitness and/or competition but ensure your child has a solid background, obtained from a technique focused learn to swim school, before they join. Christine Dellit has been involved with swimming for over 40 years. Her family own and operate Essential Skills Swim School, Bentley Park and Little Snappers Swim School, Smithfield.





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Themes Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

• Huge welcome sign saying ‘Welcome to

• Bright coloured tablecloth and red and

the Greatest Show on Earth’

white striped plates, bowls and cups

• Bright coloured bunting flags

• Papier mache a large clown face or

• Multi-coloured helium balloons all tied together in big bunches • Piles of carnival ticket strips (print them off and glue on to foam circles) • Puppet theatre (made out of cardboard

circus tent piñata and have hanging ready to play • Decorate conical cardboard party hats with ribbons and pompoms • Play carnival music in the background

and painted red and white stripes)

Things to Eat:

• Large Popcorn Cart (made out of cardboard and painted red and yellow)

the Greatest

SHOW on Earth

to the other so bags of fairy floss can be

• Fairy floss

hung by pegs along the string)

• Clown face cake

Side Show Alley - Games to Play:

top and kids have to knock them over

gifts, big bowties, red clown noses, etc

with a ball.

• Piñata – Make your own clown face

• Magic Show – hire a clown or get the

piñata and fill with lollies and prizes

kids to take turns putting on a short act

• Bubble Blowing – everyone loves

• Puppet Show - have a puppet

blowing bubbles

theatre ready (store bought or made out

• Face Painting – have a dedicated

singlet and black pants or animal print

• Clowns – colourful curly wig, red nose, brightly coloured spotty and stripey clothes and huge spotty bowties • Jester clown – similar to a court jester with bright clothes and hat • Girlie clowns – colourful tutus, stripey tights, feather headpiece or


fancy headband

one strap & large (fake) barbell weights • Ringmaster – red jacket, black or red top hat and black pants • Trapeze artist or tightrope walker – colourful leotards or ballet

• Fortune teller – belly dancing-style costume or scarf on head, shawl over skirt, hoop earrings and lots of bangles • Lion – brown or yellow pants and top, lion headpiece for hair and paint face

tutus with matching sequin headband

• Magician – black cape, top hat, red

(boys can wear leggings and singlet)

waistcoat, wand and rabbit in hat

• Large fabric spotty bowtie (with elastic at back so bowtie can be worn like a necklace) • Clown nose

along the ground and get kids to take

• A joke written on a piece of paper

from one side to the other.

all-in-one dress-style costume with only

adult to do face painting

Goody Bag IdeAS:

• Tightrope Walking - Lay a rope turns walking on top of the tightrope

ideas...after all, it is the circus.

• Musical Chairs • Pass the parcel – prizes can be joke

puppets for kids to have a turn.

• Strongman – fake moustache, stripey

• Egg and spoon races

the bottom, two above and one tin on

of cardboard) with plenty of hand

Think crazy & wild with your costume

• Popcorn

painted and string hung from one side

tins on top of each other with three on

Roll Up, Roll Up - Dress-up Ideas:

• Cupcakes decorated as clown faces

• Fairy floss stand (made out of cardboard,

or cover in pretty scrapbook paper) Pile

themed party. What’s not to love about the circus? So ladies and gentlemen, let the fun begin!

• Party pies and sausage rolls

upside down round fishbowl

• Skittles – (make out of tins and paint

This month is the Cairns Show so why not use this as an excuse to have a colourful circus

• Hotdogs

• Fortune teller stand – shawl tablecloth,

• Gimmick prizes

• Strong man comP/ Tug of war

• Face paint

• Limbo

• Glittery covered party hats

• Pin the Nose on the Clown

• Large round lollypop

• Horse races – give all the kids a

• Fairy floss wrapped in clear

horse on a stick and let the races begin • Sack races, three-legged races and wheelbarrow races

cellophane bag • Popcorn in red and white striped popcorn box


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ost local residents are in agreement that Cairns is a great place to get out and about. Whether its visiting the northern beaches, swimming holes at Crystal Cascades, walking around the botanical gardens or enjoying the wet tropics heritage areas, there is plenty of natural beauty to enjoy.

Dog Park Etiquette

However, for our canine companions most of these areas are off limits and it is becoming increasingly hard to find safe, suitable places to allow our dogs the freedom to run off the leash and play with other doggie friends. Dog parks provide owners with a safe secure area and they provide many benefits:

• Keep young puppies away from dog parks until they are four months old and have been fully vaccinated.

Benefits of Dog Parks • “A well-exercised dog is a happy, healthy, quiet dog”. Dog Parks provide dogs with the space and freedom to run off leash with other dogs, whilst being safely supervised. • A well-socialised dog is less likely to develop behavior problems such as aggression and excessive barking. • For many people, their dogs are their only companions. For some, going to the dog park gives them a reason to get dressed, go out, socialise with others and play with their dog. Dog parks have been proven to promote fitness and improve the mental state of owners. • Dog parks help promote responsible pet ownership in the community. They provide opportunities for people to chat and share valuable information about pet ownership and can bring people together and create a greater sense of community.

• Ensure your pet is up to date with their annual vaccinations, heartworm prevention, flea and tick treatment and they’ve been wormed in the last three months. • Dogs should also be desexed.

• Scoop your dog’s poop. • Know your pet’s temperament – you can’t predict how other dogs may behave so be sure to consider your dogs temperament and how they will handle any situations that may arise. • Don’t let your dog rush to new dogs entering the gate. This is confronting and threatening for dogs wanting to enter the park. • Fully supervise and keep control of your dog at all times. • Interrupt your dog’s play to allow calm down time if they are becoming over-excited. • Remove your dog if it appears afraid or begins to show signs of aggression. • Leave special toys at home to avoid problems. • Ensure your dog has access to water. • Have fun! The Cairns area has many off leash areas. To obtain a list of off leash areas available in our local community, visit our website at

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Max at Fig Tree Playground

Out & About photos thanks to Blue Click photography >


te Ship Flynn & Grace at the Esplanade Pira Ollie at the Esplanade Pirate Ship

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Amelia & Cody at the Pirate Ship

Nelson at the Pirate Ship

Out & About photos thanks to Blue Click photography >


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puzzle??? page

Read this month’s edition to help you solve our June crossword puzzle. Good luck!


You will find some of the answers in the magazine

Across [1]

Biggest family event of the year 17-19 July


He's short and stout


Mike & Sully's occupations


Will be at Stockland first week of July

[13] Miss White's first name [14] Size of the swimming Snappers in Smithfield [15] Ice age's Diego has a tooth like this [17] Venue for this month's PakClub [19] Temperature of water at Goomboora [20] Type of pole you might not want to eat in winter [21] Surname of Helen in Monsters University [22] Baby's bed [24] Aboriginal celebrations being held in July [26] Surname of actor who voices Mike in Monsters inc [27] Creature on MiniBeast Wildlife's ad [30] Opposite of off [31] Mexican term for foreigner [32] Idle [33] Toys that Lucy Blackmore makes

Down [2]

Part of a circumference



[4] Indian dress [5]

Mike's surname in Monsters University


How many bananas in pyjamas?


They've just opened a new one in Edmonton


Coming to Cairns in August to make silver keepsakes

[10] Sight-seeing [11] Instrument with it's own festival this month [12] How many public holidays we have in July [16] Cairns tutoring business [17] Surname of Sully's voice actor in Monsters University [18] Wait-a-….. (plant) [23] Something you might learn at Cycas Circus [25] Swisse …… Run (28 July) [28] 12 o'clock [29] Brand of mozzie spray [31] Criminal in Despicable Me 2


Thanks to Event Cinemas we are giving away tickets to see the recently released Monsters University, the sequel to blockbuster Monsters Inc. This movie goes back to the beginning of the relationship between Mike and Sully when they couldn't stand each other and unlocks the door to how they became the best of friends. Now showing at Cairns Central and Earlville.

For your chance to win tickets go to page 28 and enter our colouring-in competition.


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PakMag Cairns - July 2013  

Cairns' favourite parenting and kids magazine, July 2013 edition, full of competitions, great articles, what's on and what's new information...

PakMag Cairns - July 2013  

Cairns' favourite parenting and kids magazine, July 2013 edition, full of competitions, great articles, what's on and what's new information...