pakmag AUG 2013
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Hello and welcome to the 74th edition of PakMag, our Cairns Festival special. Thanks to everyone who visited us at the Cairns Show. It was wonderful being able to chat with so many readers and hear such positive feedback about the magazine and our mobile parents room. It certainly gives me renewed energy to keep up the hard work that we all put in. My boys have been getting into so much mischief lately. I'll go mad if I see any more black permanent marker on my walls or the insides of a bean bag or toy dumper trucks bringing things into the house that most certainly belong outside! Until next time, enjoy the Cairns Festival and remember to tell everyone you read it in PakMag.
parents 02 What’s New 05 Show & Tell 09 Breaking Down Barriers 10 Anti-Social Media 13
Mem Fox Interview
Women & Finance
20 Family Nutrition
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Baby News: Baby Showers
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23 PakFood 25 What’s On 27
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35 Tackling Teens / Modern Parenting 37
28 WIN Movie tickets to Smurfs 2 29 Four $20 vouchers to WIN 54 WIN a bag of Hill’s Pet Food
38 PakBaby 41 Family Daycare 42 Cairns Festival Guide
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
45 Golf for Kids
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52 Out & About
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47 Budding Artists 49 Cairns Veterinary Clinic 50 Biz Directory 51 Baby Bridges 54 Fav Pets / Competition Winners
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PAKClub 10 August (10am-12pm) Stockland Shopping Centre
This month’s PakClub event will be
held at Stockland Shopping Centre and is free for everyone to attend. Our theme will be Mad Scientists so
13 August (9am-12noon)
come along in your Lab coats and safety goggles for your chance to
Cairns' Biggest Play Group starts this month at
win best-dressed prizes.
Cairns Central and to kick start the event they are
GREAT Pyramid Race
offering 100 free coffee vouchers to the first 100 people to collect their membership cards. To join the Mummy Central Club all you have to do is fill out
16 August (4pm onwards)
an application form available from the Customer Service Desk at Cairns Central or sign up online
at www.cairnscentral.com.au. By joining this exclusive club you will gain special access to offers Former Cairns boy Dan Sultan is returning as the guest
and events just for parents with babies and toddlers.
performer at this free family friendly concert that
Mummy Central will run on the second Tuesday of
includes a line-up of FNQ’s best Indigenous bands,
every month – stick it in your diary!
musicians and dancers. From 4pm onwards, there will be Indigenous art and craft market stalls. For more
CAR BOOT Sale
information go to www.ciaf.com.au
FAMILY Expo 10 August (2pm) Gordonvale Fifty-four years ago two cane farmers had an argument after the end of a hard day’s work which they decided to settle with a race to the peak of the nearby Walsh’s Pyramid (922m and the world’s tallest natural pyramid). Described as “a never ending uphill scramble followed by a ‘controlled’ downhill free fall” this annual event has since turned into a full day
Parents new and old are invited to attend the 2013 Baby Welcome and Family Expo being held this year on Sunday 27 October from 10am to 2pm next to Muddy’s on the Esplanade in Cairns.
24 August - 1 September
18 August (8am-1pm) Cairns Recreation Centre Go along for a skate on 18 August and check out the car boot sale and sausage sizzle to help the
August is all about the Festival and celebrating the cultural diversity of our region. This year
local Junior Roller Derby League raise much-needed
there is a big focus on family friendly events with lots of great activities for kids and families to
funds to allow them to attend Australia’s first ever
get involved in. It all kicks off with the James Cook University Grand Parade and Fireworks on
Carnival in Tweed Heads. To book a stall call Michael
24 August. Go to pages 42 & 43 for a more detailed rundown of our favourite events.
on 0414 816 592 (no food vendors).
event including a Country Fair. The festivities start from 8am with performers, musicians, and roving entertainers. The Kids Zone includes workshops, circus training, slime and goo Stations, zoo animals and rides. It all culminates with a Fireworks spectacular at 7.30pm.
This great event welcomes newborn Cairns residents into the community with a lovely ceremony. Parents
Tough Mamas 8 August (10.30am)
of newborns (born between 1 September 2012 and 1 September 2013) are invited to register their baby to take part from 1 September. Even if you haven’t welcomed a new member to the family in the past year all families are welcome to attend. There will be exhibitors, kids entertainment,
Kids in the Community
Has your child or a child you know contributed to our community through charity or social work, entrepreneurial initiatives, sporting achievements, or other community focused accomplishments? Then nominate them for a community achievement award.
Heaps of prizes to be won!
and animal farmyard and lots more fun. For all you mum’s out there who love Simone Kay’s Mumbalates classes, check out her new Tough Mamas classes starting this month. It is specifically designed for mums and their toddlers and the initial trial block consists of four weeks for $60. To book your place call Abi on 0409 260 230 or go to the Mumbalates facebook page to find out more.
Exhibitors interested in participating in the day should contact the organiser, Rebecca Anderson, by email on
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Show &Tell The latest news, products and tips in the world of families and kids Get to Know
Favourite Coffee Shops Cairns has been getting a few new funky coffee shops lately:  Caffiend  re:hab  Mama Coco/The Clever Duck  Ozmosis  The Flying Monkey
Former arachnophobe Deanna Henderson, is now the owner of Minibeast Wildlife, a local business that educates children about the world of insects.  What was your first pet? A snail.
worked fulltime at the Melbourne Museum
Handmade Cans on Sheridan Street is a
in the Live Exhibits department.
new community shop for lovers of all things
breed? We breed all kinds of insects to
 What inspired the seachange to
handmade and is the creation of friends
send around Australia for pets and stick
FNQ? We moved our family to Kuranda
and fellow mums, Tameson Godfrey and
insects are the most popular.
in 2010. We had been making annual field
 What is the most common pet you
 Did you always love creepy crawlies? I’ve always loved all kind of animals but I wasn’t keen on spiders. In fact, I was an arachnophobe as a child and couldn’t stand being in the same room as a spider!
to put on display in the Museum in
Their philosophy is simple – provide a
Melbourne because Kuranda is known for
reasonably priced space for local designers
it’s amazing biodiversity. We wanted to
to promote and sell their works; and
immerse ourselves in the rainforest and
encourage the community to support
we also had an opportunity to work on
them. Designers pay a weekly rent to
 What’s your favourite creepy crawly?
a TV series about bugs for the Discovery
Cockroaches – I don’t mean the ones
exhibit, promote and sell their products,
Channel. This year we also worked on the
who invade your kitchen. I love the native
latest David Attenborough doco called
and in return receive 100% of the sale price.
Australian species because they are so
amazingly coloured and marked.
trips here looking for exciting invertebrates
Minibeast Wildlife offers school programs
 How did you get into creepy
and parties. For info call 0434 998 263 or
crawlies? I majored in Zoology at
go to www.minibeastwildlife.com.au
Melbourne University and then afterwards I
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Cairns Festival Local News
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Q&A with the Women Behind the Festival The Cairns Festival is a fantastic community
as one is finished it’s time to start thinking
event and, behind the scenes, there are
about the next one.”
a lot of dedicated people who bring it to life. The two women who coordinate it all are producer Karen Valentine and
 How will you celebrate after it’s all finished? Karen: “Hopefully with a long weekend in
My Gypsy Child
Administration Officer Caz Williams.
Local mum Sacha Maujean has recently started her own
to about this years Festival?
Caz: “With a nice cool glass of Sav Blanc!”
Karen: “Bringing the Sounds of
 What do you think will be the stand-
AustranNesia to a wider Cairns audience.
out events for kids? "We've got a lot on
They are an amazing ensemble comprising
for the kids this year with kid's activities
14 different cultural backgrounds
happening all day on both weekends at
showcasing our regions rich cultural
the Festival Hub 'Paradise on Esplanade'.
diversity (catch them at Fogarty Park ion 30
There will be all sorts of painting, craft,
performance storytelling and even
business creating 100% natural skincare products for babies. Her own daughters have sensitive skin so when she was unable to find 100% natural skincare that didn’t irritate their skin she decided to start making her own. Since then she has been doing a roaring trade at the local markets and now she has launched her website. The My Gypsy Child range includes bum balm, bath wash, colic oil, massage oil, aloe vera gel, teething oil, insect repellent, goat milk soap, head lice treatment, kids shampoo, amber teething necklaces, plus 100% organic bamboo baby towels, face washers and wraps. For more info go to www.mygypsychild.com.au
 What are you most looking forward
Caz: “I’m particularly looking forward to seeing Melbourne band Mustered Courage (25 August at Picnic in the Park)”  How long does it all take to organise? “It requires year-round planning so as soon
the bush away from phones and emails.”
a children's butterfly parade in the afternoons to show off the beautiful wings they've made. Carnival on Collins will also have lots of kids activities." For a full rundown of Cairns Festival 2013 events go to page 42.
Story thanks to Amanda Cranston
Making a name for herself with her indigenous clothing range and design business, Banggarru Deadly Wear, Rose Henry has finally found her niche. Raising her two daughters (Hayley 9 and Taylah
Rose has worked hard to build up the brand since
you are spending more time on one than the
5) on her own, Rose says she loves that she is
she launched it as JR Apparel in 2008 with the
other, but it is incredibly rewarding,” she says. “I
able to provide for them while fulfilling her
future vision of supplying all indigenous sports
also have the flexibility to take my kids to school,
own dreams. “My business actually started out
teams, businesses and organisations in Australia
I try not to work after three in the afternoons
as a hobby but after my girls were born I found
as well as overseas. “I spent six to nine months
so I can spend time with them and help with
myself wanting to do something while they slept
researching before starting the business, but it
homework, we try to keep all sport and hobbies
during the day like many new mums,” she says.
has been persistence and determination that has
to only weekends and I try to keep a good
While Rose initially studied teaching and holds
seen it grow,” she says. “This year I changed the
routine at home.” Rose says her girls are also very
a teaching degree, it was her time managing
name to Banggarru Deadly Wear, as Banggarru
independent which helps and this allows her
touch football teams that had the most influence
is my Aboriginal name, meaning freshwater
to work extra hours when needed to fulfil client
on her as she was given the freedom to design
turtle in my Jirrbal tribal language. And of course
the team’s uniforms. “People would comment on
deadly means wow, awesome, it’s so deadly.”
my indigenous designs all the time, saying how unique they were and how much they stood out from other teams,” Rose says. “Now I design sportswear, workwear, banners and flags for a growing list of clients.”
Rose says since she has been operating her business she has seen many mainstream companies copy and branch out doing aboriginal designs, but Rose says her clients are attracted to her range because her designs are true to
While the Banggarru Deadly Wear range is only available online at the moment or at the various festivals and carnivals Rose attends, Rose would like
Rose’s deadly designed apparel incorporates
her own indigenous culture. Born and bred in
sportswear for touch football, rugby league,
Atherton and now living in Cairns, Rose wants
netball, basketball, cricket, AFL, soccer, cycling
her children to grow up understanding their
and triathlons and many other sports. The
Aboriginal heritage while also being inspired
workwear is designed individually for each client
by a mother who runs her own business. “As all
with Queensland Health and Aboriginal Hostels
working mums would agree, juggling both work
For more info on Banggarru Deadly
Limited being just a few of her corporate clients.
and family often leaves you feeling guilty that
Wear visit www.banggarru.com.au
to pursue other retail opportunities for the business in the future, as well as expanding her range both in Australia and globally.
As we navigate our way through the information age, technological devices have in many ways become a necessary evil. While at one time a family would gather around the dining table to talk, these days we are more likely to be conversing with people online than with those present. Which begs the question: is the early introduction to gadgets really about educating our children, or are we merely providing them with a modern-day babysitter?
Issues Story thanks to Kate van Eck
As technology rapidly infiltrates our lives, many
In addition to the social implications, perhaps
believe we are in danger of raising a generation
the most important factor to consider when
of overweight and unmotivated children who
introducing a child to technology is safety.
have no concept of how to play creatively.
Not only do we as parents need to consider
According to mother of three, Teresa Johnson,
the exposure to inappropriate imagery, we
the overuse of technology is already affecting
also need to be aware that the earlier a child
many children’s ability to socially interact with
becomes accustomed to social media the
their peers. “You have to wonder what is wrong
sooner they are potentially at risk of anti-social
when you organise a play date and kids as
behaviour such as cyber bullying. Now with
young as two years old refuse to play with your
recent surveys revealing that Australian children
children because they would rather play Xbox or
are amongst the youngest and most prolific
their iPad,” she says. “I don’t see a problem with
internet users in the world, It’s more important
older children using technology in moderation,
than ever to be well informed.
but some of the kids I have seen are not even toilet trained, yet they know how to search You Tube and show little interest in normal kid’s games such as ‘hide and seek’ or ‘tiggy’.”
the youngest in the 26-nation survey. In addition to this, a report released by Senator Stephen Conroy titled ‘Tweens, Teens and Technology
computer literate. “Provided you monitor their
Report’, revealed that children are adopting
usage and have all the appropriate safety
technology much faster than expected. In fact,
software in place there’s really no reason to hold
67% of tweens (children ages 8 to 12) currently
them back,” she says. “There’s no avoiding it
use a social media site while more alarmingly,
these days, so it’s important to be educated as a
13% have admitted being “friends” with people
parent, so you can foresee any possible dangers.”
they don’t actually know online.
different from handing them a colouring book
at just 8 years of age – making them amongst
fact that her three year old daughter is already
keep children occupied, Jacinta believes it’s no
average Australian child starts using the internet
On the other hand, Jacinta Riley is proud of the
And in terms of using electronic devices to
According to recent study, AUkids Online, the
and pencils. “There are times when it’s simply unavoidable,” she says. “I’d much rather give my child an iPad for half an hour than suffer the consequences. It’s not only disruptive to me, it also inconveniences other people when children
Like everything in life, technology requires balance. While it’s important for children to be educated and entertained – there has to be limits. We also need to ensure that in our quest for a minute’s peace, we aren’t depriving them of the opportunity to learn those old fashioned virtues such as courtesy, patience and self-reliance.
are constantly whinging and throwing tantrums
For info on the “Tweens, Teens and Technology
Report visit: www.mcafeecybered.com/cybered
TIPS for Parents • Set limits on what your child can and can't do on media devices • Remember that many phones and consoles now have internet access and built-in webcams • Stay in control – don't be pressured into allowing you child to use technology if you don't think they're mature enough
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Best selling children’s author Mem Fox is passionate about literacy and encouraging parents to read with their children. She also hopes her books help teach children some important messages. Australian author Mem Fox has won many
One of her earlier books Whoever You Are tackles
Mem says growing up immersed in two different
awards for her much loved stories such as
the subjects of war and racism and teaches
cultures made it easy to accept diversity and
Possum Magic, Where’s the Green Sheep, Ten
children that no matter where you were born, the
not see people as any different from each other.
Little Fingers and many more best selling
colour of your skin or the language you speak,
“I get so upset that today in our multicultural
children’s books. Behind her colourful and
we are all the same.
society people still look at others and only see
delightful stories is a woman with some strong philosophies and convictions about the world we live in. Mem claims to have been born a pacifist and, perhaps as a consequence of her experiences growing up on a mission in Africa, she is vocal about the terrible effects of war and racial intolerance on children.
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Although prompted by a news story about two schoolmates-turned-enemies during the Bosnian War, Mem says it was always a story just waiting for her to write after witnessing prejudice during her childhood. She explains that up until the age of six she went to an all-black school in Rhodesia at a time when white children were not allowed
differences like age, race and gender, when in reality we are all the same inside with the same hopes and fears,” she says. “When I wrote Whoever You Are, my goal was to write about the similarities between the peoples of the world rather than the differences. I think it is important to teach children these values from a young age when they have not yet learned to be
When I caught up with Mem she explained that it
to attend school with black children. When the
is hard to write a story without passing on a value
authorities discovered there was a ‘white girl’
of some sort, but even then they must appear
at the school she was pulled out to attend an
Mem says she often reflects on how fortunate
with the utmost subtlety in the story otherwise
all-white school. “All my friends were black, I
she is that so many of her books are loved by
kids can spot them a mile away and they don’t
spoke with an African accent and I didn’t see us
children all over the world but finds it hard to
like to be preached to. She explains that Possum
being different in any way,” she says. “Those first
pick her favourite. “I love all the books I have
Magic, her very first book, was about resilience as
few months at the new school were really hard
written for different reasons so it is hard to
well as acceptance of Australia’s heritage, but to
because I didn’t understand why I couldn’t go to
choose a favourite. Besides, if I mention only one
kids it is just a wonderful story which takes them
the same school as my friends.”
book then all the others will get upset!”
judgemental of others.”
on a journey. www.pakmag.com.au
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With today’s busy lifestyles, homework can often be a source of anxiety and conflict in the home but most schools still believe it has some important educational and developmental benefits. While there is evidence to suggest that there
development of the child,” she says. “However,
be available to help during homework time,
are no academic advantages to children doing
homework also needs to be balanced with the
it is not your job to do it for them or to do the
homework (especially in lower primary), many
other important aspects of the child’s life such as
work of the teacher. If your child struggles with
schools and people in the education industry
social, family and independent time too.”
their homework despite their best efforts, let
still believe it serves several important purposes including: • Consolidation of learning – it gives children an opportunity to review what they’ve learnt • Development of study skills and habits (which they will need as they get older)
homework then it is obviously in the best interests of your child if you support them to accomplish homework easily. Here are some tips:
Education Queensland has provided guidelines on how much homework to expect for children at different ages. These have been developed to ensure children have a balance in their lives with time for school, recreation, sports and family. However, each individual school will have their
• Teacher feedback – it enables teachers to see
at home – Provide a well-lit space away from
own homework policies so you may wish to
how well students are grasping concepts which
distractions but somewhere where they can
check your own school’s particular expectations.
they can then use to plan for their next lessons
ask for help
It is also suggested that homework teaches
• Make homework a part of the family
children responsibility, discipline, motivation
schedule – Children need some downtime
and a number of other personal characteristics.
after school but it helps if you create a routine
So, while many parents would probably prefer
for when homework gets completed. Parents
it if their school had a policy of not giving out
can also start to teach their children time
homework, it looks as though its here to stay,
management skills by providing a diary or
especially with increasing pressure from the
calendar to keep track of homework deadlines
Years 1-3 = 1 hour each week
• Set clear rules – If you’ve got younger children
Years 4-5 = 2-3 hours each week
Education QUeensland Homework Guidelines: Prep = No homework recommended
Educational psychologist Jutta Dempsey says
make sure they’re engaged in quiet activities
homework is beneficial if it is not just an ‘add-on’
such as reading during homework time to avoid
but more sophisticated as part of the unit plan
distractions and sibling rivalry
Years 8-9 = 5 hours per week
• Let your child do homework to the best of
Years 10-12 = Will vary according to
their ability – While it is useful for parents to
learning needs and school requirements
of learning. “Homework that is more problemsolving or research based in nature can be very www.pakmag.com.au
If your child attends a school that supports
the teacher know.
• Create a positive learning environment
How can parents help?
beneficial for developing community or social
Years 6-7 = 3-4 hours per week
The latest tips in the world of finance
by Fiona Thorogood
TAX Refund Tips  Provide your bank account details on your tax return so your refund can be deposited directly into your account.  Plan how to use your tax refund so it doesn’t get frittered away from impulse purchases.  Pay down your debts or set some aside in a high interest account.  Look for ways to reduce your power consumption eg. upgrading to more efficient appliances or installing solar panels.
Over the next few months as we pore over our bank statements to complete our income tax returns, it’s a good opportunity to discover which accounts are charging excess fees, and if you reckon you’re paying too much it’s time to take your business elsewhere. A recent industry report shows bank fees continue to gouge a hole in our finances. The average Australian household currently pays just under $9 each week in bank charges. This may not seem like much in isolation, but it adds up. Over the course of a year it works out to be around $465. Over ten years they’re starting to approach $5,000. Isn’t there a better way to use that money?
switching legislation introduced in July last year means your new financial institution has to do all the legwork changing regular direct debits and credits from your old account to the new one.
If you’re not happy with the fees charged on your everyday account there are plenty of opportunities available to get a better deal. Some transaction accounts on the market have virtually done away with fees altogether. Take a look at comparison sites like Mozo or RateCity for more options.
Even if you select a zero-fee account it pays to be mindful of your own banking behaviour too. When you use an ATM not linked to your own bank’s network you will incur foreign ATM fees applied by the owner of the ATM, and these can really add up over time. It’s possible to avoid or at least minimise foreign ATM charges by planning your cash needs so that you’re not forced to use a foreign ATM. You may also be able to withdraw cash fee-free when you make a purchase via EFTPOS.
Plenty of people stick with an expensive everyday account because it seems all too hard to change to a new account. If that sounds like you, bear in mind that account
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Diabetes is a universal chronic disease that can manifest in any age group. In children, Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes diagnosed. However children from a family with diabetes and obesity can also develop Type 2 Diabetes so taking good care of your health through daily exercise and attention to food, is important for preventing this condition. Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes usually has a rapid onset. Symptoms include increased thirst, drinking liquids often, passing urine often, blurring of vision, weight loss and recurrent thrush. In children it is important not only to look for these symptoms, but also to look for tiredness, vomiting, abdominal pain and confusion. This is a serious complication of diabetes called Diabetes Ketoacidosis and demands urgent medical assessment and management. Type 2 (non insulin dependent) diabetes may not show any symptoms initially. Risk factors include a family history of diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, polycystic ovary syndrome in the obese, gestational diabetes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait and Pacific Islander’s, Asian and Indian people. Gestational Diabetes occurs during pregnancy, particularly the second trimester. Risk factors for this type include obesity, being over the age of 30, a family history of diabetes and ethnicity (noted above). Diabetes can occur at any age and weight so if you have concerns discuss further with your GP.
Going Gluten Free? ‘’Carbs are not your friend!” was a popular catchphrase in the 90’s that sparked controversy amongst health professionals and gave rise to a wave of ‘low-carb’ alternatives on our supermarket shelves. If supermarket shelves, café menus, health blogs and Gwyneth Paltrow are anything to go by, it seems that gluten has been added to the list of no-no’s. But will going gluten-free improve your child’s health? If your child has been diagnosed with coeliac disease, the answer is unequivocally, YES! This protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats causes severe gastrointestinal problems for coeliac sufferers and must be eliminated from their diet. However, if they don’t have coeliac disease it is important to consider the implications of a gluten free diet: • Gluten helps bind foods together, making them thick and tasty and because of this it can be added to everything from baked goods to soy sauce and seasonings. Many manufacturers of gluten-free products replace the gluten with extra fats and sugar to maintain flavour and texture. • Bread bakers in Australia use fortified wheat flour to ensure our food supply
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contains an increased amount of important nutrients such as folate, thiamin and iodine that are sometimes lacking. • Social situations such as birthday parties often centre around food that contains gluten so it could cause your child to feel excluded. Going gluten free can sometimes be a great tool for increasing fresh foods in a child’s diet such as fruits, vegies, lean protein, dairy and delicious gluten free grains such as quinoa and amaranth.
They are cheaper than chips and packed with vitamins and fibre so here are a few ideas to increase their appeal to kids: • ½ an English muffin topped with ¼ thinly sliced
If you do decide to have a gluten free diet in your household here are some tips:
apple and 1 tbsp melted shredded cheese.
• Skip packaged gluten free products and instead focus on fruits, dairy and homemade gluten free baked goods for snacks
sandwich with peanut butter smears and sultanas.
• Use naturally gluten free grains such as quinoa and amaranth • Allow your child to consume foods with gluten in social situations such as birthday parties and play-dates It is always advisable to seek professional advice from your family doctor or an Accredited Practicing Dietitian before placing a child on any diet.
• 1 cored and sliced apple place in a microwave bag, sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. • Grate into morning porridge or an afternoon yoghurt snack.
Connie Eales is an Accredited Practising Dietitian at Health Management Cairns (www.healthmanagement.com.au) You can connect with Health Management and ask
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Teaching young children not to wander off READER QUESTION: My toddler often runs
• As you are walking, talk to your child and
• If your child continues to wander off and
away or wanders off when we go on outings.
distract him with conversation and questions
refuses to hold your hand, consider returning
Can you please give me some suggestions on
so staying close is more interesting than
him to the stroller for short periods. It is
how I can teach him to stay close to me?
wandering off. Comment on what you can see
important however that he is given
and encourage them to look at what is around
opportunities regularly to learn how to
them. Play thinking games such as “Can you
stay close and not run off.
Children tend to wander out of curiosity and wanting to explore their environment. This is a
find the red car?”
normal part of their development and learning but they obviously don’t always understand the
• When your child starts to wander off give very
consequences and that you may not be able to
specific warnings and instructions. Just saying
see them. The following tips may be useful to
“stop” is unclear. Instructions such as “stay on
help teach your child to stay close:
the path” or “keep your feet on the grass” are
• Talk to your child about where you’re going and
much more specific and direct.
what’s expected of them. For example you might
• Be aware of your child’s needs. If your child is
say “We are going for a walk to the shop and I
hungry or tired he is more likely to have
want you to stay on the path and hold my hand.”
difficulty following instructions and may be
You may need to repeat this several times.
• Remember to praise your child when he stays close. Megan Colahan is the principal psychologist at Colahan Psychology (37 O’Keefe Street, Cairns North). For more information call 4053 1122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Encouraging teens to talk about "private body stuff" READER QUESTION: There have been stories
imperfections as a reflection on their ‘manhood’.
about his physical development with them. You
in the media recently about young people
Many teenage boys are under pressure to
could also establish regular check-ups with your
self-harming and even committing suicide
conform to media images of ‘big and strong’ men
GP to make sure he’s safe and healthy.
because they were too embarrassed to talk
with bulging muscles and apparently perfect
to their parents about lumps and other
physiques. If teenage boys notice any lumps or
malformations in their private parts. As a
other deformities on their private parts, they may
single mother of a teenage son, how can I
be reluctant to discuss these with adults or peers
support any worries or anxieties that he has in
which may result in a misconception of their
relation to ‘private stuff’?
In recent years there appears to have been a
I can understand that discussing ‘private
sharp increase in young men’s concerns about
stuff’ may be uncomfortable and potentially
body image. Late developers, who don’t have the
embarrassing for both of you. Do you have a
obvious signs of having gone through puberty,
male friend or relation who could talk to your son
can become victims of teasing, bullying and
about some of the experiences, thoughts and
negative self-talk. Any indication that they are
feelings they had as an adolescent? If your son
‘different’ from their peers may cause anxiety
can establish a trusting relationship with an adult
and even depression. They may see physical
male, he may be more prepared to share and talk
If your son appears unduly worried about his body image or physical characteristics, consider speaking to the School’s Youth Health Nurse or Guidance Officer or refer him to a counsellor. Books and resources on puberty and adolescent development are available from Family Planning Queensland. 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 Denise a question about your teenager send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Plan the perfect baby shower Party Tips By Amanda Cranston
Having a baby is an exciting time and definitely an event worthy of celebrating so what better way to toast the impending birth than with a baby shower shared with your nearest and dearest.
Today there are no rules when it comes to baby showers. Many people like the traditional element of having a baby shower but with a modern twist. Traditional baby showers are often similar to a high tea with dainty cakes and finger sandwiches, pretty cupcakes, scones, little platters of chocolates, non-alcoholic punch, tea and coffee. Modern baby showers can be themed or just a unique afternoon such as a girl’s pamper party at a day spa, lunch at a favourite restaurant or a garden party with games and plenty of laughter.
Venues Think garden party at home or a friend’s house, a restaurant, day spa, hotel room or maybe even an afternoon out on a boat.
Decorations You can decorate in pastel pink and blue, but if you know the sex of the baby then go all out in that colour. There are also lots of ideas online if you’re looking for inspiration for a different kind of theme eg. an animal print colour scheme, gold and red for ‘a superstar is born’ theme or black and white for a classic and contemporary feel. There are many free templates online too for invitations and thank you cards. Many party supply shops also have gorgeous baby themed goodies from little cupcake holders and cake toppers to baby shower games, mini dummies, giant safety
pins and other fun stuff.
Gifts This depends on the mum-to-be as many mums have already accumulated baby stuff so it is best to ask what gifts the mum-to-be would like or need. Or you can ask everyone to bring a children’s book to contribute to the new baby’s library and ask each guest to
• Charades – act out nursery rhymes or children’s book characters • Guess the Baby Picture – each guest brings their baby picture for the game • Nursery Rhyme Karaoke – how well do guests know their nursery rhymes?
bring their favourite children’s book that they loved as a child.
• Nappy Changing Races – side-by-side guests race to put nappies on dolls
• Paper Bag Surprise – guests put their hand in to guess the baby items in bag
There are so many fantastic baby shower games that can turn an average party into a memorable one for all the right reasons. Here are some ideas: • Guess the Baby Food – blindfolded players smell or taste baby food • Baby Pictionary – guests take turns drawing baby items for others to guess
• Guess the name of celebrity babies & kids names from popular TV shows (trivia game) • Don’t Say Baby – guests lose pegs/points if they say the word ‘baby’ at party So why not throw a baby shower with a difference and make the mum-to-be feel special before baby comes along. www.pakmag.com.au
NEW Baby Books
The Day-By-Day Baby Book By Dr Ilona Bendefy & Dr Lionel Lubitz This comprehensive baby book is a great reference for new parents. Published by Penguin Books. RRP $49.99
The Chiropractors Association of Australia has recently endorsed the award-winning Hippychick Hipseat.
Colds are very common in young children, with most suffering around 10 colds in their first two years of life.
(3-4 years) on the hip without strain on the hip, back, neck or
They are spread through the air, or by
irritability. Fever is NOT usually associated
shoulder, the Hipseat is the only baby/child carrier to receive
coming into contact with the nose, mouth
with the common cold. This is more likely
their official endorsement.
or throat secretions of an infected person.
to be related to a bacterial infection so seek
Most colds occur in babies when they are
advice from your GP.
Chiropractor Dr Natessa Henville said “I’ve been recommending the Hippychick Hipseat to my patients that
In case you didn’t know it, newborn babies’ mouths are essentially sterile. No bacteria, no viruses, nothing.
carry children for years. It is extremely beneficial in alleviating
touched by someone who hasn’t washed their hands.
Administration (TGA) restricted the use of
The common cold is annoying to a baby
cough and cold medicines to treat young
is something that most parents find themselves doing.”
but usually clears up without any serious
children so they should not be given
complications. Breastfeeding offers
to children under 6 years of age unless
protection against the cold in the first
recommended by a Doctor or Pharmacist.
couple of months.
If your baby is suffering with a cold a
The Hipseat consists of a back-supporting belt with a padded foam ‘seat’ (positioned over one hip) which enables the child
gum disease can easily spread their germs to their offspring by the transfer of saliva. It’s
to sit and be carried in a natural and comfortable position.
as simple as a kiss on the mouth or the sharing of food, cups, spoons or toothbrushes.
The child’s weight is supported from underneath, unlike
Typical symptoms include a mild, persistent
So if you care about your baby’s teeth, it pays to keep your own mouth healthy so you
slings and carriers, which suspend the child from above. They
cough, loss of appetite, refusing breast or
don’t share any nasty surprises.
can be bought online for $79.95 at www.tinlidideas.com.au
bottle feeds, runny nose and sneezing and
for your cakes
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In 2012 the Therapeutic Goods
the strain associated with carrying a child on one hip - which
They get their germs mostly from their families. Parents with active dental decay and
By Martha Mumford This gorgeous book is a celebration of the birth of the newest royal baby. Published by Bloomsbury.
Designed for carrying babies from 6 months up to 20kgs
BABY Dental Tips
Shhh! Don't Wake the Royal Baby!
Pharmacist will be able to advise you on infant cough mixtures, saline nose drops or paracetamol to help relieve the symptoms.
Time for Bed, Fred! By Yasmeen Ismail A lovely story about a little dog called Fred who doesn’t want to go to bed. Published by Bloomsbury. RRP $14.99
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fabulous giveaway With the Government’s push towards providing early education for as many children as possible, what are the implications for Family Day Care and how are they responding to the new guidelines? through play and we also know that engaging
of Educators, we still operate within the same
children in a wide interest base extends their
Early Years Learning Framework as childcare
knowledge of the world in which we live and
centres and kindergartens. In fact, Family
develops skills for life.
 Physical environment
Children are in a continuous process of learning.
 Staffing arrangements
Day Care Cairns (office at Edge Hill) has been assessed and rated as Exceeding National Quality Standards.
Father's Day 2013 Thanks to the support of some great local businesses we are giving away some awesome prizes this month to some lucky dads. If you would like to win one of these prizes simply go to www.pakmag.com.au to enter our competition. Event Cinemas $100 Gift Card
BCF Fishing Set
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Why not give dad the gift of
If your dad loves the great outdoors
Many men may be not very
the day whizzing around hairpin
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father’s day gifts. And, with so many
wellbeing but all dads deserve good
There is a double kart available if
watching Chris Hemsworth and
awesome fishing spots in our region
health and energy to keep up with
dad wants to take the kids for a
Natalie Portman in Thor: The Dark
every Queensland dad should have
the kids! So, why not help the dad
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in your household stay healthy this
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or the legendary Ron Burgundy
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and are on sale at the box office or
Learning takes on many different forms from crawling through to counting experiences,
 Children’s health and safety
 Relationships with children
Our Family Day Care Cairns Educators offer small
literacy skills and social and emotional skills
 Collaborative partnerships with families
groups with individualised attention for each child
as children develop their sense of wellbeing.
and they work with children from babies through
We focus on offering learning through hands
to high school depending on the individual
on experiences backed up with recognition,
 Leadership and service management
Educators care arrangements. Our flexible care
encouragement and planning for achievement.
options include daytime care, evening and
We have high expectations for each child.
the assessment and rating process and was
The National Quality Standard that guides us in
overnight, weekend care, public holidays, before and after school and vacation care.
the service we provide is linked to two learning
Family Day Care Cairns has recently completed assessed as Exceeding National Quality
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief
Since parents are children’s first and most
frameworks – the Early Years Learning Framework
influential teachers we take the time to develop
and the Framework for School Age Care. These
working partnerships with families to create the
support us in being child-focussed and providing
best outcomes for the children in our care. This
quality teaching and learning outcomes for
childhood.” Fred Rogers.
includes communicating about children’s needs
Family Day Care Cairns - Gordonvale and
and routines as we plan for their play-based
Cairns Go Kart Hire Track
 Educational program and practice
While Family Day Care is provided in the homes
learning and development. We know that young children are engaged and challenged best
The National Quality Standard is divided into seven Quality Areas:
from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of
South Cairns, Redlynch Valley, Northern and Cairns Suburbs.
gift card to one lucky dad.
 I Live Here (puppet theatre) 25 August & 1 September
Worm and an interactive children’s workshop in the gardens with Rachel Terri. Location: Collins Ave, Edge Hill.
This enchanting tale of survival and determination presented in shadow play will engage audiences of all ages. It features the beautifully detailed silhouette puppetry of Danielle Henderson. This performance tells
There is a full day of activities planned around
resilience of the creatures that live there.
the parade with Paradise for Kids open from
Dates: 25 August and 1 September (10am-11am
10am-4pm. TropOlympics will be held 11am-
and 11.30am-12.30pm). Location: Paradise on
3pm featuring zany Aussie sports such as
coconut bowling and inflatable croc races.
26-30 August Workshop leaders from the Northern Circus Alliance will guide toddlers to teenagers in how to use circus props and equipment in a fun, give-it-a-go atmosphere. Those who are young at heart are also welcome. Dates: 26-30 August
performing at Paradise on Esplanade
community picnic from noon-6pm along the Esplanade. Everyone is welcome to stake their patch of grass and enjoy the afternoon
1 September (3.45pm-4.15pm)
and gloves. There will be cricket workshops
at their own pace. Take a rug, hamper, bat
The high-energy music and funky hip hop, jazz
with Queensland Cricket, music and children’s
funk and contemporary moves in this workshop
activities including face painting, jumping castle
and demo will get you reaching for your dance
 Festival Concert
 Kids in Paradise
30 August (5-9pm)
With creative activities from printing cloth and
Dance battle from the Block Party, performances
 Gallery Family Fun Day
7.30pm followed by Tribal Connections
 Backstreet Dance
4pm). Location: Paradise on Esplanade
Fogarty Park. The fireworks will start around
The main event on this day will be a big
creations. Dates: Saturday and Sundays (10am-
Street at 5.30pm and follow the Esplanade to
• Fool’s Gold (PG) – 27 August (7pm)
allowing young Festival-goers to showcase their
Master storyteller Michael Quinn works his magic
Fogarty Park. The parade will start from Minnie
25 August (11am-6pm)
each day culminates in the Children’s Parade
24 & 31 August
on Esplanade as well as kids carnival rides in
 Outdoor Movies (Esplanade)
making masks to face painting and storytelling
 World Storywaters
local bands on the Progig Stage in Paradise
 One Kilometre of Sunday Fun
shoes. Location: Fogarty Park stage
This year’s Cairns Festival theme is all about Celebrating Paradise and since it has such a family friendly focus many of the events will be free, including all of the kid’s activities. The hub for this year’s festival is called Paradise on Esplanade and the kids pavilion is called the Octopuses’ Garden.
From 2pm there will be live entertainment from
(10am-noon). Location: Paradise on Esplanade
• Nim’s Island (PG) – 28 August (7pm)
Here’s our pick of the best family events:
24 August (10am-9pm)
the tale of the lush tropical rainforest and the
 Super Kids Circus
 James Cook University Grand Parade and Fireworks
from local bands including the stirring voices of Sounds of AustraNesia, dance and song from local cultural groups and roving performers to delight with their antics. Laughing clowns, face painting, balloon animals and rides for the young ones. Location: Fogarty Park
31 August (10am-1pm)
 Fields of Fire
Free entry to the gallery and free activities for
31 August (4-7pm)
kids making Cairns Birdwing butterflies and
Show the kids what it was like in the “olden
tropical birds from found materials. Location: Cairns Regional Gallery
 Kids Carnival 1 September (9am-3pm)
bringing alive ancient tales from a variety of
Part of the ever-popular Carnival on Collins, this
places and cultures. Dates: Saturday 24 August
special kids area will feature Mauloni’s Aussie
(11am-noon) & Sunday 31 August (10am-noon).
Farm Entertainment, balloon art workshops with
Location: Paradise on Esplanade
Cody from Twisted Designs, bush poetry, the
days” with this traditional cane burn on sunset! Leading up to the spectacle the Doyle Family Fun Duo and Zoo to You will be on hand to entertain younger audience members while the old timers try out the mechanical bull ride. Local bands will perform and Rotary will provide the victuals. Location: Blazing Saddle, Yorkey’s Knob Road
Golf for kids Graham Bolton, local golf professional and director of Aspire Golf Coaching, has developed a junior coaching program that allows kids to have fun playing golf as they learn the basic skills. As a teaching golf professional I wanted my
jumping, throwing kicking etc) and fundamental
• The different group age levels correspond to
children to have the same sporting opportunities
sports skills (grip, posture, alignment etc). The
sporting and movement development levels
I did as a child and if possible, to take up
idea is that by providing them with this solid
golf. Golf is such a versatile game, it can be
foundation they can’t help but be good at golf, or
competitive or social and, because of the
any other sports for that matter.
handicap system it allows players of all ages and abilities to play together. I was never able to beat my late grandmother on the course and there are not many athletic sports where you can cop a hiding from someone 70 years your senior!
16 or older in order to become good at it. In fact, it is beneficial to play many different sports while learning golf since the movements learned from the other sports will transfer back to improving
I came to realise through my experience as a
your golf swing.
range with the odd 9 holes was not really what kids wanted. I began to explore different junior golf programs before discovering one run by the Titleist Performance Institute in the US. The basic premise of this program is to build kids
that you don’t need to specialise in it until you’re
When it came to introducing children to golf, teaching Golf Pro that just hitting balls on the
Golf is a ‘late specialisation’ sport, which means
• There is a strong focus on correct fundamentals of a golf swing If you like the idea of getting your kids involved in golf the best way to start is by enrolling them in a junior program at your local golf club. Most golf clubs run some form of junior program throughout the year. Kids can start playing golf at any age but generally around the age of five is a good time to get them started.
The junior golf program that Aspire Coaching now runs at Paradise Palms ticks all the boxes in terms of what kids want and need to develop
Aspire Golf Coaching run their junior
their golfing and sporting skills:
program at Paradise Palms golf club
• It’s fun
Mondays after school at 4pm. The cost per child is $12. For more information
into good little all-round athletes by developing
• They build confidence by playing with other
call Graham on 0435 533 724 or email
a strong base of movement skills (running,
kids at the same level
By Amanda Cranston
Budding Art i s t s
Using the creative side of the brain is just as important as using the logical and analytical side, so exploring one’s artistic talents and self-expression is vital in childhood. The ‘art scene’ for children in Cairns is thriving
self-expression as they use their imagination
home by keeping a well-stocked supply of art
with many classes on offer for children to enjoy
to create whatever comes to mind. Artistic self-
and craft materials such as paper, pens and
and learn about a variety of artistic skills. And,
expression also allows children to develop their
pencils, paints and brushes, scissors, glue and
while very young children may just seem like
emotional and communication skills as they work
sticky tape. Creativity knows no bounds; it can
they’re making a lot of mess, getting involved in
through their feelings and emotions in a creative,
range from painting and drawing to modelling
art actually has some important benefits.
safe, freethinking and experimental way.
with playdough, creating collage with recyclable
The brain is made up of two hemispheres. The
There are practical benefits too. Art allows
left side of the brain is used for logical thinking
children to develop problem-solving skills by
and analytical processes such as science, maths
learning how to use their art supplies, how to mix
and reading and the right side of the brain is
colours and how to achieve the result they are
where all of our creative processes occur such
after. Hand and eye coordination and fine motor
as intuition, perception and emotion. Both
skills are also developed as they learn to cut with
Making time for creative play is vital for children’s
sides are equally important but it’s when they
scissors, squeeze glue, hold a paintbrush, pencil
development and this is why it plays such a
work together that a brain’s potential can be
big part in kindergartens and daycare centres.
unleashed. Leonardo da Vinci, one of the world’s greatest painters, is a great example of what can be achieved when both sides of the brain work together since he is was not only a great artist, he was also revered for his technical innovations. This also explains why learning music helps with mathematical ability. All children enjoy the freedom of uninhibited
The joy of art is that creativity does not equate to talent. Anybody of any ability can benefit from getting involved in creative activities and any child is capable of creating their own masterpieces whilst having a lot of fun. The end result is not so important as the process. While there are many excellent arts classes in Cairns, creativity can also be encouraged at
scraps or singing, dancing, storytelling and performing. Kids also love to know their creations are appreciated so hang their art on the wall or keep a special folder to display their mini masterpieces.
The founder of kindergarten in 1840, Friedrich Froebel, believed art activities were important for children as it encouraged each child’s “full and allsided development”, and this same philosophy still applies today. So take the time to help your budding artist create their own masterpieces and, if you don’t like the mess at home, book into a local arts class! www.pakmag.com.au
Cairns Veterinary Clinic
fun for parents & kids FREE monthly Club
scientist party • Prizes for best dressed Mad Scientist Theme • Spin our wheel of fortune to WiN a faNtastic Prize • Fantastic prizes to be won • Loads of fun for all ages • iNteractive disPlays • Parents & kids lucky door raffle
esexing is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthesia, which prevents sexual and reproductive behaviour and related health and behaviour problems. In males the surgery, called a Castration, involves the removal of the testicles. In females the surgery, called a Spey, involves the removal of both the ovaries and the uterus.
Did you know? • Desexing your pet can save you money. Cairns Regional Council gives a discounted registration for desexed pets, saving you up to $70 per year.
Animal shelters and rescue organisations are overflowing with unwanted pets and many thousands of cats and dogs are euthanized across Australia each month. Desexing your pet has many benefits and ensures that you are not contributing to the pet overpopulation.
• Desexing can extend the life and health of your pet. In female dogs and cats, desexing prevents the risk of conditions such as Cystic Ovaries, ovarian tumours, uterine infections, mammary tumours (breast cancer) as well as physical and nutritional exhaustion if breeding continually. In males, desexing prevents the risk of conditions such as prostate and testicular cancer and desexing male cats reduces territorial fighting, which in turn prevents catfight abscesses and decreases the risk of exposure to life threatening diseases such as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). • Desexing your pet also saves you from the humiliation of your pet humping your best mate’s leg! It can also help prevent wandering, territorial aggression, fighting, dominance, urine marking, howling and yowling. • Desexing your female cat can prevent 420,000 unwanted kittens! Yes, that’s right, an undesexed seven year old female cat has the potential to generate 420,000 kittens (through
the generations her offspring have). Imagine how many kittens an undesexed male cat can potentially be responsible for!
The procedure The best time to desex your pet is between the ages of three to six months but pets of any age can be desexed. At our veterinary clinics desexing surgeries are performed Monday to Friday and your pet is normally discharged the same day. The process involves: • A thorough examination before surgery and a pre-anaesthetic injection to make them sleepy, calm and less anxious. Once this drug has taken effect, your pet will be placed on intravenous fluids, to aid hydration. They are also given a rapid recovery anaesthetic that hastens their recovery without leaving them groggy or weak. They will be placed on an anaesthetic machine that delivers oxygen and anaesthetic gas to maintain anaesthesia. • Your pets will be watched closely during the procedure with monitoring equipment used to check heart rate and rhythm, oxygen levels in the blood, blood pressure and breathing. • Once the surgery is complete your pet is given pain relief and antibiotics and monitored until they are fully recovered from the anaesthetic. • After the procedure your pet should be kept quiet, clean and dry and confined for 10 days until the stitches have been removed. For more information about desexing your pet or to make an appointment please call or visit our website at www.cairnsvet.com.au
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Brisbane for many years. Geraldine was at a local sports match one day when she noticed a young mother working hard to manage an unsettled child. She offered to help the mum and was soon engaged in a personal conversation during which
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office visits, therapy appointments, and waiting
Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist,
lists. Having a child with a disability can result
or Physiotherapist. Each therapist visits the
in a mind-boggling amount of information
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relating to diagnoses, funding packages, and
the program to give guidance to the support
available services. Alternatively, parents of a child
workers and to meet individually with each
with a disability may feel like they don’t know
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therapeutic play activities, their parents meet in an adjoining room for a chance to relax, talk with other parents in similar situations, and listen to guest speakers from relevant local services. Baby Bridges provides parents with the opportunity
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the mum shared that her child had a disability. After hearing the mum describe her confusion over not knowing where to turn or where to get support and information, Geraldine created the idea for the first Baby Bridges program.
in Cairns through ARC Disability Services. The program runs for six fortnightly sessions during school term time. If you would like more information about the Baby Bridges program in Cairns, you can check out the Baby Bridges website (www.babybridges.com.au) or ring ARC Disability Services on 4046 3600. www.pakmag.com.au
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Billy &the kid BIlly
Bentley Sea FM Breakfast Announcer, considers himself a bit of a kid so he seemed like the perfect candidate to go out into the community and have a chat with some of our small locals.
Billy & Maddox Walpole
This month he met up with six-year old Maddox Walpole for a chat at Muddy’s Playground. Billy: Hi Maddox, who are you here at Muddy’s with today? Maddox: My dad and my little brother.
Billy: Have you ever wondered why adults say it’s always important to tell the truth?
Maddox: Dad is a sparky but I want to be a scientist.
Maddox: So you know what’s going on and people know you’re honest.
Billy: Wow that’s impressive! What does your mum do?
Billy: As a proud Queenslander and keen sportsman you must obviously eat lots of healthy food to give you strength, so what’s your favourite vegetable?
Billy: What grade are you in at school? Maddox: Grade 1 Billy: Why do you think it’s important that kids go to school? Maddox: It’s important to go to school to learn. But my favourite part is playing and hanging out with my friends. Billy: I like playing sport, do you like sport? Maddox: Yep, I play soccer, AFL and golf. Billy: Golf? That sounds like a good sport to earn lots of money! Where do you think money usually comes from?
Maddox: Dad is the boss of the house.
Billy: What does your dad do for work?
Maddox: Mum is a hairdresser. She cuts my hair and does a good job.
Maddox: Dad’s wallet. www.pakmag.com.au
Billy: So who’s the boss at your house?
Maddox: My favourite is broccoli because it looks like a big tree. A big thank you to Maddox and his dad George for chatting to us. It turns out that Maddox was born on State of Origin night six years ago and he is a very proud Queenslander who has only ever seen Queensland win! So, if there’s one thing Billy’s learned, it’s that it’s certainly been a long time since New South Wales has won State Of Origin! If you would like to be a part of BILLY & THE KID and have Billy visit you for a chat, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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