pakmag NOV 2012
magazine of choice for local families
education series Smarter kids Are we too preoccupied with making our kids smarter?
MINI MAG Inside
Bubble Family fun in Port
Solar Eclipse Spacey play ideas
Cover photo courtesy of Blueclick Photography
a Cubby House for Christmas!
planner for November
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Hello and welcome to the 65th edition of PakMag. It’s been a busy month at PakMag this month since we’ve launched our first edition in Mackay and the Whitsundays. As you can imagine we are very excited to be able to reach so many families in NQ and it all started right here in Cairns with your support, so thanks so much for helping us grow. This month’s cover star, Cayley, was the recent winner of the 5-10 year olds category in the Face of Cairns Central modelling competition so a big congratulations must go to her. We also have another cover star competition running where you can vote for families that were photographed at the baby welcoming expo. See page 3 for details. Until next time, happy reading, and don’t forget to tell everyone, you read it in PakMag.
parents 02 What’s new 05 Show & tell 09 Real Lives: Nadine Rains 10 Stop the Bullying 13
kids 31 Mount Sheridan Mini Mag
15 Successful Schooling 17
21 Women & Finance
39 Mental Health Screenings
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23 PakHealth 24 Nutrition 27
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43 Wardrobe Wake Up 45 Home Heroes
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November what’s New
inBRIEF Love Singing?
11 November (5-7pm) What do you want to be when you grow up? Come along to our next PakClub at Cazaly’s on 11 November and you could win some fun prizes if you come dressed as your favourite profession whether as a football star, doctor, firemen, pilot etc – use your imagination.
Trop Jr 2013
Recently returned to Australia from London,
young vocal talent. So, if your children love
The Cairns BMX Club has got a new ‘Mini Wheelers’
Keesha Mclean is a vocal coach who has
to sing and want to have fun while learning
group for little riders from the age of three who fancy
a strong track record of working with
the technical aspects of vocal training, go to
racing their balance bike (no pedals) around the track.
performers of all ages and abilities, including
www.keeshamclean.com or call her on
Kids can bring their own balance bike or borrow a
West End musical theatre performers. She is
0437 865 555 for more information.
couple from the club. They will also need to take
now available in Cairns to help nurture our
from ADHD, Autism, speech and language difficulties
Weight Watchers, Australia’s leading weight loss organisation, has announced that a new meeting is starting on the northern side of Cairns just in time for summer. It will be held at the Marlin Coast Community Centre on Reed Road, Trinity Park on Saturday
Prep Open Day 6 November (9am-11.30am)
Adventist College is holding a Considering school options? Cairns -11.30am) so you can find out Prep Open Day on 6 November (9am was the first Independent a bit more about what they offer. This operating since 1950) and school in the Cairns region (it’s been Year 7. Based on Christian has 85 students in total from Prep to focus on using information and values, the school also has a strong classroom. For more info go to communication technologies in the ipal on 4051 2585. www.cas.qld.edu.au or call the Princ
premiere and contain the Trop Jr Signature Item, which for 2013 is ‘JUMP’. Entries will close on January 3, 2013.
ASSESSMENT Help Knowing exactly where your child stands in terms of development and performance compared to their peers can really help make the decision about what school and grade year is best for their abilities. Education Consultant Melita Carton is now offering
Trop Jr will take place at venues across
objective personalised assessments of children
the largest short film festival in the world for
Australia on 17 February, 2013. Visit
covering everything from language skills, literacy,
kids. With a massive pool of prizes, including
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numeracy, social and emotional development etc. It
the chance to have your film screened
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to thousands of people, Trop Jr is a great
will also identify any possible learning difficulties so you can brief your child’s new teacher. For more info call Melita at Personalised Education on 0437 133 624.
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Santa’s Brekky Go to our website and tell us if you’ve been naughty or nice this year and you could be one of 30 children who will able to join us with Santa for a special pre-Christmas breakfast. There will be lots of entertainment, carol singing, presents and lots of fun
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Entries are about to open for Trop Jr 2013,
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mornings (9am). The first one will be 17 November.
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Space Movies Sci-Fi
The latest news, products and tips in the world of families and kids
Get to know... Dig out your favourite space sci-fi movies to celebrate the eclipse this month:      After 10 years of being a high school art teacher and three years at Cairns Regional Gallery, Kate Hard wanted to work creatively with young children. She recently started her new business Mini Miros to provide art classes for 2-5 year olds. She is also mum to young children, Charlie (3) and Bertie (1)  What’s the best thing about teaching art to young kids? Children’s artworks are so fun and amazing because they’re not at all self-conscious about doing things right. Every class is hilarious because they always interpret an activity their own way and make completely crazy artwork that I never anticipated  How would your friends describe you? Quirky, entertaining and creative  What did you want to be when you grew up? A vet until I realised that you had to do more than just pat the animals  What’s your idea of relaxation?
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craft and gossip at the same time, it’s bliss.  What was your least exciting job? Collecting pond weeds for aquariums – not very glamorous  What is your least favourite kids TV show? Waybuloo, can’t stand it, but I love Small Potatoes!  What’s the best parenting advice you ever received? “The days are long but the years are short”  Who’s your inspiration? Right now it’s my kids. I love the way they keep trying at something until they get it right. I think of them when I’m ready to give up on something
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Elf on the Shelf If you don’t know what the Elf on the Shelf® is yet, you soon will. Touted as
Dale Jackley is the owner of Jackley’s Bakehouse
the “best thing since
and when he’s not busy whipping up delicious apple
The Night before
turnovers or cream horns for his loyal customers, he is
Christmas”, this gift set includes a hardbound children’s
a proud family man and father to three year old Tia.
book, a North Pole elf and a keepsake box.
I have been a qualified baker for 14
Bakehouse is very much a family enterprise
Written by mother-
years and my business is a way for me
with everyone pitching in including my
daughter team Carol
to express my love of making bread and
dad helping out as a deliveryman. We go
Aebersold and Chanda Bell, it is hugely popular in
cakes for people to relish. Owning an
against the old advice of keeping family
the US where children have embraced the magic
independent bakery in a world of franchises
and business separate since two of our
of adopting their very own Santa scout elf who
and supermarkets is definitely hard work
closest friends also work with us and they
travels back to the North Pole each night to report
but it means I can spread my wings and
are the most hardworking and loyal team
on how the kids are behaving. Find out more at
make the products that my customers want
we could ask for.
rather than conforming to a set routine of products. I love being able to offer something different each time a customer
For you chance to win an Elf
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makes a trip to our bakery. By stamping my name on the business I’m showing how proud I am of what we produce.
I like to push my limits so we’ve expanded quickly into Mt Sheridan as well as Raintrees. I’ve learned to surround myself with positive people including my wife who is my number one fan, critic and pillar of strength all in one. Business life is
I’ve had the idea in my head to start my
a lot easier when its shared with someone
own bakery for several years. Jackley’s
you love and trust.
people Story thanks to Nadine Rains
Nadine’s winning BLA entry
y name is Nadine Rains. I have just
waiting for the day when I’ll be strong enough to
returned to school to finish year
return to my old life, but in the meantime I feel
11 and 12 after a very difficult year
happy and peaceful just to be back at school with
that started when I was involved in a major burns accident during the Easter holidays. I spent five weeks in an induced coma and another five weeks in the burns ward at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where I nearly lost my life six times.
Earlier this year Mareeba schoolgirl Nadine Rains was badly burned and almost lost her life. Her love of photography and design not only allowed her to cope with these experiences but also led her to becoming one of the winners in the BLA’s recent Bare Foot Competition.
all my great friends. The images that I submitted to the BLA Barefoot Competition reflect the very dark experience I’ve been through this year and take me to a place where I can forget the whole accident and edit my life in the way I want it to look. Most
My experience was very traumatic and the time
of them are in black and white to reflect the
I spent in hospital recovering was quite boring.
trauma I’ve endured – for me, bright colours are
Since I enjoy being creative I decided to help
about happiness so I wanted to hide them and
pass the time by gathering photos of my nurses
bring out the stark reality of my experiences.
and other people in the hospital and playing
The model in the photo is my cousin Jessica who
with them in photoshop to create images to their
spent several weeks in Brisbane with me and has
liking. I spent hours at a time on each photo and
kept me going through it all. I owe her my life.
it bought me a great deal of happiness at a very stressful time in my life.
The BLA (Business Liaison Association) is a link between education and industry in Far
My life before severe burns was wonderful; I
North Queensland. Each year they run over 20
was happy and peaceful and would often bring
different types of competitions for secondary
out my camera to take snaps of flowers or of my
students, sometimes with prize money of over
family. I miss those days and I am still patiently
$1000. For more info go to www.bla.org.au
cycle and Cool Bullies are perceived as popular but bully, taunt and ridicule others to maintain their popularity and social position. Julie says often bullies are just looking for a reaction and if they think they can get one and get away with it, they will keep doing it. “Most bullies bully in public to impress their peers and look powerful. When peers are no longer impressed there is no payoff for the bully,” she says. But unfortunately only one in 10 victims of bullying will report it to their parents or a teacher so the cycle of bullying continues.
Some of the reasons kids choose not to tell their parents is the fear that the bullying will get worse, they don’t want to snitch, and they don’t want to disappoint their parents or be embarrassed by their involvement. So what are some of the signs should parents look out for?
SIGNS OF BULLYING: • Suddenly doesn’t want to go to school and comes up with excuses • Feeling stressed, regular headaches, stomach aches and nausea • Trouble sleeping • Unexplained injuries • Torn clothing or constantly losing clothing • Loss of interest in friends
• Doesn’t want to talk about school • School grades deteriorate • Wanting to be driven to school or walking unusual alternative routes • No appetite or increased appetite (because lunch stolen) • Permanent mood swings, depression, upset and angry In addition to these there are also additional signs your child could be being cyber-bullied: • Suddenly starts spending much less time on the computer • Noticeably angry, depressed or withdrawn after being on computer • Looks uncomfortable whenever receiving emails or texts • Stops answering phone or reading texts in front of you • Hides what he/she is doing on the computer and won’t discuss with you The emotional, mental and physical effects of bullying can be life-long and in too many cases lead to suicide. Many victims feel there is no hope after facing the constant torment alone and can’t see a way out. Julie and Andrew have some suggestions on how to deal bullying:
Dealing with Bullying Talk to your kids – From a young age explain what bullying is, how it effects others and why it is important to tell someone if you are being bullied or if you know someone else is being bullied.
As we all know bullying is a BIG problem. It’s a problem not only for misfits, loners, chubby or skinny kids, unpopular kids, those who are depressed or those from dysfunctional families. It also happens to happy, attractive, fun-loving and popular kids too, writes Amanda Cranston
ocal authors Julie and Andrew Matthews have sold over seven million books in 42 languages and they have just published their latest book Stop The Bullying! in response to reports about teenage suicides due to cyberbullying. According to the authors, bullying is a learned behaviour and normally begins
at home. “Kids aren’t born bullies just like they are not born racist. Children are very accepting but they learn by imitation and unfortunately bullying can be seen as early as in childcare,” Julie says. She explains that bullies normally fall into one of two categories. Bullied Bullies are usually bullied at home or school and continue the bullying
Tell someone – Victims need to tell someone - a parent, a teacher or another trusted adult. A mediation between the teacher and the parents of the bully and the victim should take place. If this doesn’t resolve the bullying, speak to the principal. Keep a diary – Keep a record of all bullying including dates, times, where it happened, names of the bullies, what was said, any injuries sustained from physical bullying including photographic evidence, keep any threatening emails or text messages as evidence and write down dates you spoke with an adult (parent/teacher/police) about the bullying. Parents can help - Be aware of your child’s behaviour when they come home from school. Talk with you child and support them, but don’t judge them.
Schools can help - Principals must be involved as they are responsible for every child within their school. Bullying has to be taught as a subject and discussed on a weekly basis and tougher consequences for bullying needs to be put in place. Bystanders can help – Be a friend to the person who is being bullied, take them to see a teacher and show you care. Stop the Bullying! by Julie and Andrew Matthews is available from Collins Booksellers in Smithfield Centre, Crystal Ball at 91 Grafton St, QBD in Cairns Central and from www.seashell.com.au
Andrew Matthews will be speaking at the Cairns Business Women’s Club lunch on 14 December. To book your seat email firstname.lastname@example.org www.pakmag.com.au
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Keys to school
arlier this year I was walking past a
the claims made and in fact much of the research
bookstore and I couldn’t believe my
cited is either invalid or biased due to the fact
eyes - NAPLAN preparation materials for
that it was commissioned and conducted by the
children to help them do better on the national tests held each May. And interestingly, right nearby there was also collection of books and DVD’s for parents related to making their children ‘smarter’. This may seem harmless enough, after all, what could be wrong with any parent trying to do what is right by their child in terms of their education. However, all too often the very things
According to human development expert Associate Professor Michael C Nagel, one of the most worrying trends occurring in Australian education is a growing preoccupation with standardised testing and educational enrichment.
that we take for granted or fail to scrutinise
very company that is selling the products. Truth be told, the factors for ensuring an enjoyable and successful journey through school are simple. Study after study shows us that if we really want to do what’s best for our children we should provide: • Regular routines and consistency.
effectively may, in the long term, be not so good
• Chances to repeat activities to help
for our children. This includes an overzealous
focus on ‘standards’ and testing in schools along with a growing ‘educational’ industry making large profits under the guise of making kids smarter. There is a great deal of research that highlights the frailty of standardised testing. In terms of learning, they don’t really tell us much given that
• Opportunities to learn through hands-on interactions and activities. • Novel ways to learn through experimentation and exploration. • Exposure to rich, interactive language.
they focus on very surface level learning, they
• And most importantly, positive, reliable and
are often socially and culturally biased, and they
are misused to compare students and/or schools. Standardised tests may be a convenient way for
During any discussion about our children’s
politicians to look like they are fixing ‘schooling’
educational achievements, we should pay more
but its at the expense of creating anxiety in
attention to their emotional and social wellbeing
students, especially young children.
than any increments on a standardised test or the latest learning ‘gadget’. Years of experience
They may also contribute to a growth industry
coupled with the latest research tells us that
focused on making children smarter.
children are most likely to succeed in school and
Since the early 1990’s there has been a
in life when they feel safe, known and cared for.
proliferation of toys, DVD’s and various other
Michael C Nagel Ph D is an Associate Professor
types of ‘learning’ tools promoted as mechanisms
at the University of the Sunshine Coast where he
for enhancing a child’s intellectual and/or
teaches and researches on human development
cognitive development. Often they make claims
and educational psychology. He is also the
about their efficacy by noting very ambiguous
author of Nurturing a Healthy Mind, available
aspects of ‘brain research’. The fact of the matter
from www.exislepublishing.com.au ($32.99).
is, there isn’t any scientific evidence to support
issues Story thanks to Kate van Eck
Chores Many professionals agree that encouraging kids to contribute to household tasks has advantages, writes Kate van Eck While at one time, household chores were an integral part of family life, these days many of
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us are unclear what our expectations should
If children can see their responsibilities presented
be when it comes to kids doing their fair share
visually, it gives them the satisfaction of marking
around the house. With the demands of school a
them off as they go. It also shows them that other
lot higher than they were in previous generations
members of the family have jobs to do too and
and extra curricular activities robbing us of our
that they are playing an active part in the family.
precious spare time, is it reasonable to expect our
Make it fun
children to carry out even more duties around the home? Many professionals agree that setting chores for our children is an essential part of training them to be responsible and independent adults. Michael Grose, who is the author of eight parenting books and considered Australia’s No.1 parenting educator, states the following, “It makes sense for parents to work hard to provide opportunities for kids to contribute to their
Some parents let their children choose their own jobs. This allows them to feel useful without dreading having to do something they hate. Chores like washing the car or dog, can be done as a family (try dressing them in swimmers and goggles as a productive way to cool off after school).
family so they feel valued for what they bring to
The word “chore” has so many negative
their family rather than what they take.”
connotations and the last thing you want is for your kids to see what they’re doing as a burden.
In fact, encouraging your kids to contribute to
Why not give each child a list of jobs with a
the home has a number of advantages including
catchy heading like “Jane’s in charge of…” or “Ben
building confidence, teaching appreciation
is the boss of…”
and value for property and understanding time
• Watering plants • Feeding pets • Packing up toys
Preschoolers • Folding washing • Setting the table • Weeding
It’s almost impossible to talk about chores
lot on the approach of the parents as well. Some
without bringing up the topic of pocket money.
ways to encourage your kids to contribute rather
Depending on how you structure the division
than force them include:
of labour in your home, the two usually tend to
• Making their bed
be intertwined. While some parents believe in
• Washing the car
Children respond better when they know what’s expected from them. By carrying out certain tasks at the same time every day or the same day every week, it becomes second nature to them.
management. Of course, success can depend a
Sticking to a routine
Examples of age-appropriate chores:
rewarding their children for all the work they do,
others say that contributing to the home is all part of being in a family, and only offer money for additional tasks completed. Either way, many experts believe the younger children learn a respect for money the better. www.pakmag.com.au
Liar Liar Lying
children How parents should handle their children’s lying depends on what is motivating them to lie, writes psychologist Jutta Dempsey
When you catch your child lying it’s natural to
fear of consequences. If this is unsuccessful then
feel betrayed, hurt, angry and frustrated. If your
punish and teach the child a different way of
child is under five years of age you don’t need to
problem solving and then praise them when they
be too concerned because they have difficulty
understanding the difference between reality and imagination.
However, for school-aged children it’s important to
Some children lie because they over-predict
find out why they are lying and address the source
the reaction of teacher’s and parents finding
of the problem rather than the symptom. Yelling
out the truth. One of the most productive ways
will only worsen the situation so give yourself
of addressing this is to provide a child with
some time away from your child to calm down and
clear boundaries, and yet emphasise that these
think about how to handle the situation.
boundaries are negotiable. Talk through the child’s
Here are some of the reasons why children lie and what you can do about it:
 Fear Lying to cover up the truth of a wrongdoing is very common, especially among children with parents who tend to be angry, restrictive and rigid. The problem with punishing lying sourced by fear is that the punishment is not associated with lying but being found out. These children usually know
thought process to help to gain an understanding of their thinking.
 Modelling Parents telling ‘white’ lies can be confusing for children because the mind of a child is a lot more black and white. They don’t comprehend ‘grey’ areas.
 Compulsive liars
they’ve done something wrong so parents need
When children become compulsive liars they tell
to get beyond the lying and address the original
lies by reflex. It may indicate underlying problems
behavior that caused them to lie in the first place
such as ADHD (impulsiveness), depression,
eg. hitting their sibling. Rather than getting angry
anxiety, adjustment difficulties, family stress (eg.
with your child, listen before accusing and allow
difficult divorce) or bipolar, antisocial or conduct
room for negotiation and compromise. This
disorder which typically manifest for the first time
usually helps to pave the way for more honest
during adolescence. If compulsive lying continues
into adulthood, it can cause significant social and personal problems.
The psychological pattern of the compulsive
Sometimes lying becomes such a habit that a
liar destroys the bond of trust between a child
child may even insist it’s the truth when they’re
and parents. Once it has been assimilated into
confronted with it. There are a myriad of possible
a child’s temperament it becomes increasingly
causes including low self esteem, a need to be
difficult to stop so the immediate intervention
perfect, not liking being wrong or attention
of a psychologist or psychiatrist who works with
seeking (eg. if a new baby arrives). It often starts
children is required. They will provide parents
with exaggeration and white lies.
with specific parenting styles and a deeper
This kind of lying is often strengthened by hostile confrontation so it’s more effective to give the child an opportunity to retract the lie without
understanding of the problem they face whilst giving age-appropriate psychotherapy for the child.
Change for Debit Cardholders
The latest news and tips in the world of women, families and finance
Playing your cards right
Visa Debit cardholders can now choose the ‘credit’ option at the register when shopping at stores in the Woolworths group. This new change applies to purchases at stores including Woolworths supermarkets, Big W, Safeway, Woolworths Liquor, BWS, Dan Murphy’s, Dick Smith, Thomas Dux and Caltex Woolworths petrol outlets. Woolworths and Visa have recently come
Do you remember life without credit cards? • Use credit cards to fund personal short
Woolworth’s group brands. This will give
radically changed our shopping lives by
term cash flow imbalances, but never to
customers the choice to pay with any card
giving us greater flexibility in the way we
fund cash flow deficits. If you can’t pay off
they wish. All stores are now able to accept
spend our money. Recent figures from the
your credit card balance after the interest
the new credit function.
Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) show people
free period (44 to 55 days from purchase
have reduced cash advances on their cards,
date), you will go backwards. It’s that
no doubt aware this is an expensive loan
simple. Interest is applied from the
option. Unfortunately, RBA figures also show
purchase date, not the day after the
that about 72% of cardholders still carry a
interest free period ends.
• Restructure your debt - debt funded by a credit card is expensive, so consider
While there are great advantages to credit
accessing cheaper funds in order to pay
cards, the fact that they have given us the
off debt, like redrawing equity from your
ability to make more spontaneous purchases
home loan, or taking out a personal loan
has brought fear, trouble and debt for
with a lower interest rate.
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the acceptance of Visa Debit across all
There’s no doubt that ‘plastic fantastic’ has
card balance forward from one month to
to a commercial agreement to enable
• Complete a budget and review it regularly.
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Hangovers New Light on Sunscreens The incidence of skin cancers, particularly melanomas, has continued to increase in Australia despite 30 years of the ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ sun protection campaign.
By Dr Julia Driscoll Yes, this is still a medical column but since the year is rapidly drawing to a close the subject of hangovers may become more topical over the next few weeks. A hangover is the body’s way of trying to rid itself of the poison in your body – alcohol. It affects the whole body including the brain, kidneys, liver, heart, stomach, metabolism of glucose and dehydration.
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According to Associate Professor Jan
(UVB) radiation, but we now know that
The symptoms you experience will depend upon
Hanrahan at the University of Sydney
it is just as important for them to block
your genetics, your weight and your size (for this
this is partly due to the fact that the
ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation, which can be
sun protection factor rating, or SPF, in
more damaging to the skin. It is therefore
sunscreens is biased towards protection
best to use the newer broad-spectrum
from UVB rays and prevention of sunburn,
sunscreens that block both wavebands.
New Australian and New Zealand standards
• Drink responsibly – remember that you are always
now permit sunscreens to have an SPF
setting an example for your children no matter
Sunscreens were originally developed to
rating of up to 50+. Previously, only SPF
what age they are. Even if you arrange for them to
prevent sunburn caused by ultraviolet B
30+ was available in Australia.
be babysat they will still observe your hangover the
but does not measure how effective a sunscreen is at blocking UVA.
celebratory night out.
wellbeing. and Analysing data on the diet, exercise people, 7000 personality type of more than their ve they found that those who belie ns life can be changed by their own actio ed ate healthier food, exercised more, smok less and avoided binge drinking.
earlier than males) and the type and amount of
following day and think “that must be normal” for a
Researchers from the University of Melbourne have found a direct link hy between personality types and healt de attitu lifestyles with a positive ‘can do’ and h being seen as the key to good healt
reason women generally are prone to a hangover
Meanwhile, those who have a greater faith in ‘luck’ or ‘fate’ are more likely to lead an unhealthy lifestyle. Professor
• Alternate drinks with something non-alcoholic. policy Deborah Cobb-Clark says “The main been response to the obesity epidemic has but on, mati infor r bette the provision of ge information alone is insufficient to chan the ding rstan people’s eating habits. Unde n’s psychological underpinning of a perso is ts eating patterns and exercise habi central to understanding obesity.”
en The study also found men and wom of fits bene hold different views on the ical phys ed a healthy lifestyle. Men want while results from their healthy choices,
• Eat first – try to avoid drinking on an empty stomach. • Minimise fizzy drinks – fizzy alcoholic drinks like champagne tend to raise your blood alcohol level more quickly. • Minimise cogeners - researchers have implicated cogeners as another causative factor of hangover. They are high in some spirits so minimise your intake of whiskey, brandy, bourbon and red wine. Gin and vodka have less cogenors. Dr Julia Driscoll is a doctor at Apple Tree Medical Centre in Smithfield, Cairns. She is also the author
women were more receptive to the hy everyday enjoyment of leading a healt
of “My Story”, an interactive children’s book to
reduce sibling rivalry. For more information go to
By Ally Crofton, APD
upping the Vegies According to the governments guide on healthy eating, children aged 4-12 years should be eating an average of three to five serves of vegetables per day. Vegetables are fantastic for the whole family because they
Dinner Whatever’s on the menu, there are lots of different ways to whip up some quick vegies to go with dinner. For example:
are a low energy food with lots of vitamins,
• Microwave – green beans, peas, snow
minerals, antioxidants and other goodies
peas, broccoli, cauliflower (hot tip: buy a
that are absolutely essential for maintaining
steam container from the supermarket)
good health and a healthy weight. The more ways you can find to add vegetables to the family diet the better. Here are a few quick and easy tips:
Breakfast If your kids love eggs you can easily add a few extra vegies like some grated carrot and zucchini. You can also turn them into
• Fresh salad – carrots, cucumber, capsicum, lettuce, cabbage, bean sprouts, celery, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini or tomato • Canned vegies - bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, sweetcorn, beans or lentils
These delightful little snack packs are ideal for kids’ lunchboxes. One snack pack is the equivalent of one serving of fruit, and with approximately 3-4 prunes
• Pan-fried vegetables – onion, tomato,
per pack they are a perfectly portion-controlled
eggplant or asparagus
snack size. Prunes can also be of benefit if your child is constipated, as they are an excellent source
delicious Spanish-style eggs by adding
• Oven-roasted – potato, sweet potato,
chopped up tomato, mushroom and Spanish
pumpkin, beetroot, squash or onions
onion topped with coriander. Baked beans
If you’re concerned about wasting money
dry, hard stools and possibly pain when having a
are another vegetable option for breakfast
on uneaten fresh vegetables or find yourself
and can be served with some nice grainy
running short on time in the evenings, buy
bread for extra nutritional value.
frozen vegetables instead. Bird’s Eye, Heinz
and Woolworths Select even have different
Add vegetable leftovers to lunchboxes or
steam fresh vegetables that only take a
sliced fresh carrots, cucumber and capsicum
couple of minutes in the microwave.
combinations of individually portioned
with some dip or tomato salsa.
ly Whether it’s their funny looking wigg some for ess, shape or their addictive saltin les mysterious reason two-minute nood
are a common favourite among kids! lly Unfortunately, they are not a nutritiona les nood te minu Twoadequate snack option. h (whic are high in simple carbohydrates hungry means that your son will probably be
bowel movements. Signs of constipation include
If you’re concerned about your family’s diet, call Health Management Dietetics on 4051 9093 to book an appointment. Alternatively you can post nutrition related questions on their Nutrition Gurus facebook page.
m, and soon after his noodles), high in sodiu buying e you’r ss Unle ents. low in quality nutri ably prob ’re they the 99% fat free noodles Some high in overall and saturated fat as well. de a healthier after school snacks could inclu popcorn, handful of nuts, a cup of air-popped cheese. fat ced redu or some rice crackers with
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of both soluble and insoluble fibre to help regular
Ally Crofton is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) employed by Health Management Dietetics.
kitchen Kids Beef Stroganoff
pantry Parents Recipe thanks to: Madeline James
Simple Lamb Shanks
• 1kg rump steak, sliced thinly
• 8 lamb shanks
• 4 tbsp vegetable oil
• Plain flour
• 2 onions, sliced
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 4 tbsp tomato paste
• 2 onions, sliced
• 2 tsp beef stock powder
• 4 cloves garlic
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1 cup red wine
• 500g button mushrooms
• 2½ cups beef stock
• 1 tsp sweet paprika
• 400g can crushed tomatoes
• 200ml light sour cream
• 1 tbsp rosemary
• 4 tbsp flat-leaf parsley
• 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley
Recipe thanks to: Lyn Johnson
In a frying pan heat a tablespoon of oil and fry the beef strips in small
Toss the shanks in flour. Place oil in a casserole dish over high heat. Add
batches until brown. In the same frying pan cook the onions with
shanks and brown. Remove and set aside. Add the remaining oil to the
the garlic, tomato paste, stock powder, paprika and mushrooms until
pan and cook the onions and garlic. Return the shanks to the pan. Add
the onions are translucent. Add the water and beef and simmer for 5
the wine, stock, tomatoes and rosemary and bring to the boil. Reduce
minutes. Stir through the sour cream and parsley. Serve with fettucine.
the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove the shanks and continue to simmer the sauce, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until reduced. Return the shanks to the dish and add the parsley. Serve with mashed potato.
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health Story thanks to Jutta Dempsey
Mental Health screenings
he tag ‘mentally unhealthy’ has negative
and self-regulation problems. Early screening
connotations in Australia as something
and intervention means these children have a
to be ashamed of, yet mental health
much better chance of positive mental health in
difficulties affect one in five Australians at some
later life. Signs of mental health concerns in
time in their lives (20%) and one in seven (14%)
of Australian children. Rather than thinking about children as potentially having a ‘mental disorder’, it is best to think about mental health as ranging on a continuum from good mental health to mental health difficulties. Good mental health in children allows them
The recently announced initiatives to check the mental health of preschoolers has been met with both acclaim and horror but signs that would be concerning in later childhood are commonly seen in early years, writes Jutta Dempsey
to feel good about themselves, be open to trying new things, being able to handle change and disappointments well and forming good relationships with others. It provides the foundation for positive mental health in adolescence and adulthood. Scientists used to think that young children
impulsiveness and hyperactivity can be quite disruptive and are relatively easy to recognise. More difficult to spot are internalised behaviours including inhibited and over-controlled behaviours.
 Emotions Problems with expressing or managing their feelings. For example, they may find it hard to calm down after being upset.
 Thoughts Experiencing negative thoughts about
children were immune to early adversity and
themselves or what is happening around them
were resilient enough to ‘grow out of it’. However,
can be a sign. For example, they may think that
later research has shown that even very young
nobody likes them and this stops them from
children can react to the biological, psychological
interacting with others.
and social experiences they experience which could have lasting effects on their long term
Difficulty taking in, understanding and
health practitioners, often makes it difficult for parents to find the help they need. Even if they know their child is having difficulties they are unsure of where to find help and even if they do,
remembering information. Also problems with attention and concentration so they’re not able to understand what they have to do, or find it hard to complete a particular task, movement or action.
the cost of treatment may be too prohibitive.
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However, even though most women in
• Not being worried about dealing with
the survey admitted that they didn’t feel
the baby in public.
capable of being a mother at times, the majority also said they wouldn’t admit this to other mums for fear of being seen
Stage 2 (6mths–1 year)
• Not panicking when the baby is sick or has a temperature.
as a failure. Australian baby author Pinky
• Always leaving the house with a spare
McKay encourages mums to discuss these
change of baby clothes.
kinds of feelings with other women. As she says “There’s a conspiracy of silence that isolates mothers, and because
• Never leaving the house without food or milk for the baby.
they don’t want to face criticism they
• Being able to change a nappy quickly.
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perpetuate the very conspiracy that divides and holds them hostage.”
• Having the baby sleep through
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It can take time to get used to being a mum. According to one recent survey it takes an average of five months for new mums to feel comfortable in their new role but it can take some women up to two years.
Data was recently released showing that more than 5,400 parents in NSW have been fined and lost demerit points for not using the right restraint for their children since the national laws were introduced in March 2010. It has raised the question as to whether the message has been getting through and whether we are aware of the responsibilities we have towards our most precious cargo.
mums Getting to Grips
Factors that allow new mums
• Feeling able to keep on top of the
to feel confident:
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Stage 4 (4–7 years)
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• Knowing what to do when baby cries.
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e all have different interests and
While the aim of being a collector is about the
hobbies and what often starts as
joy it brings, it is also worth noting that some
a casual interest in something can
collections can actually sell for big bucks later
lead to a passion for collecting the most amazing
and kept in mint condition. Some stamps, coins,
the adventure and hunting for them at garage
comic books and artwork can fetch thousands
sales, online or through specialist suppliers is part
of dollars, many even in the millions, if rare and
of the fun. Most people take great pride in their
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The art of collecting can be a wonderful lifelong adventure and one which parents can help nurture, writes Amanda Cranston.
down the track if they have been well looked after
things. Finding items for a collection is all part of
But if you are introducing your children to the joys of collecting, the goal is really to find something your child is interested in and help nurture this by sharing in the adventure with them. Provide them with ways of displaying their collection such
People collect all sorts of things from coins,
as albums or special boxes. Help them document
stamps and comic books through to bugs, rocks,
and label their favourite things with a bound
badges, medals, dolls, caps, model and vintage
journal or little tags. And let them play with and
cars, trains, vintage toys, military memorabilia,
enjoy their collection rather than making them
rare books, old records, spoons, old cameras,
keep their items in the original packaging for
musical instruments, guns, shells, buttons,
future value. They can always collect rare and
rockstar memorabilia, artwork and antiques.
valuable items as they get older, but while they are
Many people are collectors without even
still small and learning how wonderful it is to start
realising it, accumulating sporting memorabilia
a collection, teach them it can be fun and that you
of their favourite sports team or collecting books
want to share in the adventure with them.
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If you’re looking for a great day out with the family, look no further than Aqua Bubble, located at the Sheraton Mirage Resort in Port Douglas.
Sit back and enjoy your special event.
Resembling an inflatable ‘It’s A Knockout’ course,
can enjoy Aqua Bubble all day with a Sheraton Day
Aqua Bubble is an awesome collection of aqua
Pass, on busy days such as school holidays there is
play equipment that is now available for day
often a one-hour time limit per go as only so many
visitors as well as hotel guests at the Sheraton
people can safely use the Aqua Play equipment at
Mirage in Port Douglas. It includes a fun floating
any one time. On these days, it is best to just book
trampoline connected to inflatable logs and
into the next available timeslot and enjoy one of
platforms, a water zorb ball which you climb inside
the other 13 pools for a swim in between goes.
and roll across the water, a large water roller which you sit inside and spin and a ‘water Saturn’ (a large inflatable ball with rings around it shaped like Saturn) which can hold up to five people at once. There are also a range of kayaks and inflatable
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boats with spare oars, which can be rowed easily by kids of all ages around the pool and are a fun way to get over to the Aqua Play equipment.
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The inflatable Aqua Play area is located on one of the Sheraton’s 14 pools with the Zorb Ball and the Water Tunnel being set up at the shallower end of the pool for easy access on and off the equipment.
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Our kids especially liked the water tunnel and
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flipped upside down, we were able to sit back
while they had a blast being spun around and and enjoy watching them from the deckchairs surrounding the pool. There are staff members overlooking the
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equipment but all children must wear a lifejacket and be supervised by parents. And although you
Family day passes (two adults and two kids) are available at the Sheraton for $95. This includes the use of Aqua Bubble from 10am- 4pm, a delicious lunch and free use of any of the resort’s two hectares of swimming lagoons. Guests need to check in at reception upon arrival and wear a coloured wristband for the day. Aqua Bubble can also be booked for parties and
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Free face painting
ondo’s is blessed with an awesome location. With lawns right down to the edge of the inlet this is a
great place to watch the sun go down. If you’ve got kids, sunset drinks may not necessarily be a high priority on your social calendar but on Tuesday nights at Mondo’s, the kids might just be distracted enough that you’ll actually be able to enjoy the views.
Tuesday nights at Mondo’s is all about the
Doyle knows very well how to work a kid’s crowd. His simple songs are perfect for them to sing along to with him (he even gives them a microphone) and relaxed enough not to be too hard on the ears of dining parents. The night we were there I’m not sidekicks Georgia and Molly.
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Show and face-painting
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As a long time family entertainer in Cairns, Terry
sure who was most entertaining – Terry or his little
Kids meals include the popular fish and chips,
event on Tuesday nights at Mondo’s for some time.
noon. Dinner starts from 5.30pm so you can get an
usual steaks, fish and pasta you will also find Sri
and truly entertained
The Doyle Family Fun Show has been a regular
Mondo’s offers casual dining all day everyday from
kids. The Doyle Family Fun is sure to keep them well
drinks and ice cream for pudding.
Rachel Bradley, otherwise known as the Singing Face-Painter, was also on hand to provide some awesome facial artworks. Given that the staff at Mondo’s also greet you with a free colouring-in sheet when you arrive, what more could you possibly want on a family night out in the middle of the week?! Mondo’s is located on the waterfront in front of the Hilton Hotel. It is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner with all day dining from midday on Sunday. To book call 4050 2096. www.pakmag.com.au
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Horse riding M
y kids recently had their very first
discipline and responsibility,” she says. “And whilst
horse-riding lesson ever and they
riding is recreational and good physical exercise
thoroughly enjoyed it. Previously
there are many other intrinsic benefits. Riding
they had only ever been on pony rides as
improves balance and coordination, builds self
toddlers so they were a little bit nervous at the
confidence and provides a sense of freedom.”
start of the lesson but by the end they were a lot more confident. We went to Crystal Cascades Horse Park where the riding instructors were really wonderful, helping my kids establish a rapport with their horses and giving them the confidence to handle the horse on their own. My daughter was paired with a gentle horse called Ninja and my son with a calm, well-mannered horse called Licky, and both horses happily followed my kid’s instructions even though they were novice riders.
Taking your kids horse riding is not only great fun but there are many therapeutic benefits too.
For their first lesson they were taught how to mount and dismount, the basic saddle position for riding, how to hold the reins, how to start the horse walking, how to steer, how to stop and how to do this all on their own with the instructor walking beside them but not holding the reins. They also learned to steer their horse around a basic obstacle course of plastic witch’s hats and had their first ever trot on a horse, this was their favourite part of the lesson. Karen Flanagan of Crystal Cascades Horse Park says learning to handle and ride a horse is great fun and provides the opportunity for families and individuals to experience the joy of horses without having to buy their own horse. “It is a lot of fun, great exercise and it teaches respect,
Karen explains that research shows that working with animals can help many people learn general coping techniques, overcome fears and sometimes break down social barriers. Because of this, horse riding is often used in therapy as the relationship between a horse and its rider can be quite powerful. Horses are very perceptive to people’s body language and build strong bonds with their rider. Crystal Cascades Horse Park offers individual lessons or group lessons with a maximum of four kids per group made up of those of similar age and ability. The facilities are fantastic as all lessons take place in a huge weatherproof undercover arena. Parents or visitors are not allowed in the arena but they can watch from outside. Riders and visitors are both expected to wear covered shoes at all times and riders are recommended to wear long pants and long sleeves even on hot days. All riders are also fitted with a helmet before entering the arena. For more information about horse-riding lessons at Crystal Cascades Horse Park call 4039 3143 or go to www.crystalcascadeshorsepark.com. au. They are located at Lot 626 Redlynch Intake Rd, Redlynch (just past the Quarry). www.pakmag.com.au
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Hold your own mini Olympics at home with a range of fun activities you can easily set up in the
Give your kids a magnifying glass and a little bug catcher container each and let them scour
golf, frisbee, boomerang throwing, circus juggling
the back garden for bugs, worms, caterpillars,
balls, quoits and skipping ropes.
ants and a host of other creepy crawlies. Then
or at the local park. If it’s a backyard picnic you can invite along all the dolls and teddies and put paper party hats on each of them. Lay out a big
google each of the bugs they have caught and learn about each one. You could also make a little homemade book and include photos of the bugs they caught.
 Doggy tricks
blanket on the grass, bring out your tea set, put
For those with a dog for a pet, why not try to
some chopped fruit and little treats on a tray with
teach your dog some new tricks like how to sit, lay
a jug of something refreshing to drink, and let the
down, roll over or shake hands. For those pooches
who can already do these tricks, maybe try a few
 Water Play Kids love playing in the water so here’s a few different ideas. (1) Fill a little bucket with water
Stuck for ideas for entertaining the kids? Here’s 10 fun ways to get them out of the house.
harry hoppers, Twister, horse-on-stick races, mini
Picnics can be casual or formal, in the backyard
back garden like sack races, hula hoops, bouncing
set the kids up a painting area and let the fun
more difficult ones. Have plenty of dog treats on hand.
 Nature Scavenger Hunt
and add a few paintbrushes and let the kids ‘paint’
You can either write easy clues or just provide
an outside brick wall or fence. (2) Fill up a couple
a list of items the kids must find. These might
of water pistols so the kids can squirt each other.
include finding a particular shaped leaf, a certain
(3) Fill a paddling pool with water and colourful
colour flower, a stone, a small cup of sand from
plastic balls and let them jump in. (4) Fill a couple
the sandpit, four strands of grass...and the list
of plastic tubs with soapy water and let the kids
each have their own outside bath.
 Kite flying On a windy day there is nothing better than
Kids love helping plant seeds or watering the
getting out a kite and watching it catch the
garden. You could also make a scarecrow and
breeze. You could even try making and decorating
take a trip to the op shop for old clothes like a
your own (google it). Try flying the kite at home in
shirt, trousers, straw hat and gumboots. Then all
the back garden or take it down to the park or the
you need is some straw and a hessian bag for the
beach to really let it fly in the wind.
head and some wood posts to tie him to before putting him in the ground.
• Astronaut Races – walk slowly like on
• Pin the Rocket on the Moon – Paint
the moon taking giant moon steps to
a large moon and laminate it with
the finish line.
clear contact, then make little rockets
• Musical Planets – Cut out and paint large planets and craters out of cardboard beforehand, then place when the music stops everyone must
paint rocks silver before the party
jump onto a planet (similar to musical
then hide them around the garden for
party guests to find.
• Rocket Races – each contestant races
• Crater Ball – Cut out a huge round
in a mini cardboard rocket, each
cardboard crater with holes in it and
rocket made from a box and each a
players have to throw balls at the
different colour or design.
crater and they win a prize if the ball
pole in silver foil and play limbo • Pass the moon package – similar to glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark stars.
The 2012 full solar eclipse will be
goes through one of the holes.
• Space Dough – Make aliens and
• Cardboard box helmets covered in
outer space creatures out of coloured
silver foil with hole for eyes cut out
• Headband with star on front • Leotards, tights, capes, spray paint gumboots silver
happening on 14 November. This great opportunity to celebrate all
to pin the rocket on the moon. • Search for Moon Rocks – spray
pass-the-parcel and prizes can be
once in a lifetime experience is a
Blindfold each player and take turns
them on the ground randomly and
• Lunar Limbo – cover a long stick or
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with each player’s name on them.
Things to make
Aliens • Green sheet with big eyes sewn on and crazy spots all over it
things spacey, so why not get into the
• Create aliens and outer space
• Green one-piece leotard, green face paint,
eclipse spirit with these moon and
creatures out of play dough.
googly antennas on headband
space themed party and play ideas.
• Make alien masks out of paper
• Any Star Wars or Star Trek characters
plates and collage items. • Make individual telescopes using
Solar eclipse faq’s  When is it? 14 Nov starting at dawn (slightly varies depending on location)
coloured cardboard or toilet rolls. • Decorate a cardboard spaceship or rocket with paint and collage items. Collect a load of cardboard boxes and get everyone to make one huge rocket with all the items.
Bloomfield to Innisfail. The centre of the track will be at Oak Beach. Beaches are expected to be popular viewing spots –
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the Tablelands will also see it, just find somewhere with a good unobstructed view of the horizon.
• Moon rocks (chocolate crackles)
 How long will it last?
• Moon Balls (rumballs minus the rum)
It will take almost two hours in total but only a small portion will be in total darkness (Port Douglas will be approx. two minutes but further out will be a matter of seconds)
• Moon Drops (Marshmallows)
 What if it’s cloudy?
• UFOs (mini pizzas decorated to
happening by the stillness (no bird or animal noises)
• Moon Fruit (melon balls) • Pop Rocks (popcorn)
There will still be total darkness and you know it’s
• Silver balloons • Hang black sheets and silver stars and
 Where is the best place to see it? The shadow path is about 140km wide and extends from
look like UFOs) • Spaceship cake
• Hang foam planets • Huge rocket/spaceship made out of cardboard and painted • Black tablecloth, silver coloured stars on table and silver coloured plastic plates, bowls and cups • Papier mache a large moon piñata and have hanging ready to play • Set the scene with Star Wars music playing in the background
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As the threat of cyclone season approaches and we begin to prepare our gardens and emergency kits, sometimes we forget that our furry family members need to be prepared and included in our disaster planning.
pet to stand and turn around in are essential. They also can be used as a safe shelter for your pet during the storm. Be sure to label the carrier with your pet’s name, breed, sex, date of
For larger dogs, ensure you have a good quality lead in your emergency kit. During the storm keep your dog on the lead at all times and keep them with you. • In your home disaster plan, record contact
annual checkups are essential to keep your pet healthy and immune from deadly diseases.
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room, such as the bathroom or laundry, for your pet. Provide a supply of newspaper for their toileting needs and blankets for comfort. • For each pet, ensure you have two weeks supply of water, food and any medications that may be needed.
accept pets so if you have to leave your pet
• Ensure your pet has up to date vaccinations –
• Before the storm, prepare an easily cleaned
• Remember, council evacuation centres don’t
RSPCA and local Council Animal Control Office.
basis contact Joanne on 0416 200 166
pet is lost.
and any important medical information.
local animal welfare organisations such as the
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• Keep a current photo of your pet in case your
birth, your current address and contact details,
phone numbers and addresses of your vet,
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easily identified and reunited with you.
home alone during the cyclone threat, leave a note inside the front door of the property or on the outside of the door where the pet is contained stating how many pets are contained on the property, what kind of pets they are and where they can be found. • After the cyclone threat has passed keep pets inside until any damage has been assessed. Hopefully we won’t have to test our cyclone preparation this year, but in the event of a cyclone, it’s nice to know you have done all you can to prepare your family members and homes.
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Denzel & Clint enjoying a day at the
Will on the slippery dip at Muddy’s Cooper playing the day away at Mu
Issabella enjoying water play at Mu
Havana at the Pirate Ship
Harley at the Esplanade
Oscar at the Esplanade Lagoon
Louis at the Esplanade Lagoon
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Madison at Muddy’s
Rhiana at the Esplanade
Liam at the Esplanade
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Published on Oct 26, 2012
Published on Oct 26, 2012
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