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education series Smarter kids Are we too preoccupied with making our kids smarter?





Bubble Family fun in Port

Solar Eclipse Spacey play ideas

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Preschooler checks


a Cubby House for Christmas!



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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.

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parents 02 What’s new 05 Show & tell 09 Real Lives: Nadine Rains 10 Stop the Bullying 13

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Catholic Education

15 Successful Schooling 17



Liar Liar

21 Women & Finance

39 Mental Health Screenings

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23 PakHealth 24 Nutrition 27


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November what’s New

inBRIEF Love Singing?


Cairns BMX

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 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. 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 for entry information

numeracy, social and emotional development etc. It

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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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Entrants must be 15 years old or younger, all

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Space Movies Sci-Fi

Show &Tell


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: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] 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) [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 [2] How would your friends describe you? Quirky, entertaining and creative [3] 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 [4] What’s your idea of relaxation?


Making my own artworks. I meet with two

girlfriends once a month and we all do our

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craft and gossip at the same time, it’s bliss. [5] What was your least exciting job? Collecting pond weeds for aquariums – not very glamorous [6] What is your least favourite kids TV show? Waybuloo, can’t stand it, but I love Small Potatoes! [7] What’s the best parenting advice you ever received? “The days are long but the years are short” [8] 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

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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

Lives Real




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

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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.

STOP Bullying

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

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Series Story thanks to Michael C Nagel

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

consolidate learning.

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

supportive relationships.

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 ($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).

Re-brand it!

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

School Kids

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,

• Vacuuming

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.


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

use it.

understanding the difference between reality and imagination.

[3] Over-prediction

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:

[1] 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.

[4] 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.

[5] 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.

[2] Habit

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.




Women Finance


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.

the next.

• 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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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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(UVB) radiation, but we now know that

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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

drinks consumed.

from UVB rays and prevention of sunburn,

sunscreens that block both wavebands.

Avoiding Hangovers

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.

Healthy Attitude

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

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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

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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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Mental Health screenings

preschool checks


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.

[2] Emotions Problems with expressing or managing their feelings. For example, they may find it hard to calm down after being upset.

[3] 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

[4] Learning

mental health.

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.

[5] Social relationships

Recent researchers had several recommendations

Difficulties in playing with other children,

and one was to expand early screening for infants and toddlers to detect mental health issues, such as relationship disorders, mood

Externalised behaviours such as anger,

didn’t have a mental life. The belief was that

But the lack of specialist early childhood mental


[1] Behaviour

making friends or interacting. Also difficulties understanding social cues and behaving appropriately in social situations.



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e all have different interests and

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People collect all sorts of things from coins,

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Many people are collectors without even

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Pass, on busy days such as school holidays there is

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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

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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.

early dinner in on school nights. The menu is wideranging and international so in addition to the

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As a long time family entertainer in Cairns, Terry

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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

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and truly entertained

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drinks and ice cream for pudding.

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Horse riding M

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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,


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Create a masterpiece on paper, canvas or any

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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.

[8] 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

party commence.

who can already do these tricks, maybe try a few

[4] Water Play Kids love playing in the water so here’s a few different ideas. (1) Fill a little bucket with water

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[7] Bug-hunting

harry hoppers, Twister, horse-on-stick races, mini

Picnics can be casual or formal, in the backyard

the kids


back garden like sack races, hula hoops, bouncing

[3] Picnic


set the kids up a painting area and let the fun

more difficult ones. Have plenty of dog treats on hand.

[9] 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

goes on.

each have their own outside bath.

[5] Gardening

[10] 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.



space activities



• 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

Costume Ideas

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

play dough.

• 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

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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.

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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

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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)

[3] 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)

[4] 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

[2] Where is the best place to see it? The shadow path is about 140km wide and extends from


look like UFOs) • Spaceship cake

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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

Isaac at Muddy’s

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Fav Pet Shot of the month will WIN a bag of Hill’s Pet Food donated by Hill’s and sponsored by Cairns Veterinary Clinic

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Shop local this Christmas & WIN! Simply shop at our list of local retailers and you will get an entry form to win a Grand Jedda Cubby worth over $2,000!

Betty loved by Oscar

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Buddy loved by Jaxon & Baxta

Competition closes: 23 December • Competition Drawn: 24 December

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Boots loved by Jasmine & Rominy

Email your photo, name/s & address to: • Deadline for photos is 18 November for the December 2012 edition of Pakmag.

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PakMag Cairns - November 2012  
PakMag Cairns - November 2012  

Cairns' favourite parenting and kids magazine, November 2012 edition, full of competitions, great articles, what's on and what's new informa...