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Hi everyone and welcome to our 2nd edition! We’ve had a wonderful response from the families and businesses around the region since our launch, thank you for making us
feel so welcome. Our first PakClub event at the Kids
02 What’s New
Life Play Centre was also a huge
04 Show & Tell
success so thanks to all the lovely
06 Family Values
mums, dads, kids and nans and
09 Mackay Christian College
pops that came along and made it so special. Our next one will be in
11 The Family Law Centre
23 Kid’s MiniMag
babies 31 Baby News: Too much milk!
Women & Finance
holiday season and If you’re
travelling, drive, fly or sail carefully!
And, of course, don’t forget to tell
20 Top 5 Things To Do
05 WIN a Boxset Car
everyone you read it in PakMag!
21 What’s On
05 WIN Child Safety DVDs
23 Mini Mag
24 WIN a mystery prize
35 Are dirty kids smarter kids?
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inBRIEF carols by Candlelight School Holiday Activities • Swimming Intensives at the Pioneer
• Botanic Gardens – 18, 19, 20 Dec
Swim Centre (17-21 Dec). Cost: $65 per
(10am-12pm) Two hour sessions to
child. Bookings essential. Call 4957 5767
decorate jingle bells mobiles for
• Mission Inflatable – 8, 15, 22 & 29 Dec (1pm-3pm) Floating obstacle course at the Memorial Swim Centre • Library activities – stories, crafts
children aged 5-15years. Limited to 10 kids per session. Cost: $5. For more info call 4952 7300 or go to
Council are reminding residents to spend some time
Get into the Christmas spirit this month with some good old- fashioned carol singing:
and carol singing
Family New Year’s Eve You can help other people in the community this
independent post offices and is packed
Emergency Action Guide, available online at the
full of family fun for the year. For more
council’s website or at their Customer Service
information go to www.tnqevents.com.au
Centres in Mackay, Sarina and Mirani and libraries.
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach
cleared in exchange for donations of non-perishable
(if it rains it will move indoors to the PCYC)
For your chance to WIN a
• Sarina State School (9 Dec, 6.30pm)
2013 TNQ Events Calendar go
Australia Day Awards
The Mackay Entertainment and
entertainment including King of the Kids
Convention Centre Precinct Lawns will be
Concert, Lil Fi Bluesmama, Queen Bee & Sir
a hive of activity for New Years Eve. This
Ross Concert as well as kids’ workshops to
free family event is one of the largest of
create and model costumes in a parade.
the year and offers a spectacular line-up of
Settle in at 9pm for the fireworks.
To view the full list of what should be included in
Includes lighting of the Christmas Tree
• Northern Beaches at Eimeo State School (2 Dec, 6pm)
31 December (6-9pm)
preparing emergency kids.
an emergency kit, refer to Page 4 of the Council’s
It allows library members to have their overdue fees
branches until 8 December.
up yards, ensuring building structures are safe and
for $22.99 in newsagents, IGAs and
• Carols by the Beach (2 Dec, 5-8pm)
donated at any of the Mackay Regional Council library
getting prepared for the cyclone season by tidying
• Carols in the City (1 Dec, 6pm)
Christmas through the annual Food for Fines campaign.
food items to those most in need. Food items can be
December what’s New
• Habana Carols Under the Stars (22 Dec, 7pm) • Carols on the Quay (23 Dec, 2pm)
Advanced Screenings Birch Carroll & Coyle Kids Club members will be treated to some special advanced screenings of the following new movies this month at Mackay North Cinema: • 2 Dec - Rise of the Guardians (3D). Cost: $12
Know someone in the community who deserves
Join Santa for a carolling singsong at
• 16 DEC (11am) - Wreck it Ralph 3D. Cost: $12
recognition? Nominations for this year’s Australia Day
Every weekend up until the 17 Dec BCC will also be
Thanks to the TNQ EVENTS Calendar.
screening Weekend Family Flicks at 10am. Check
The new 2013 calendars are now available
online for details. For more info call 4771 4101
Awards close on 7 January. You can nominate online at: www.mackay.qld.gov.au/australiaday
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The latest news, products and tips in the world of families and kids
their range that includes this cute little Boxset Car ($59.95).
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process of getting to know customers and
realised a couple of years ago that there
sourcing the perfect pieces to compliment
was an opportunity in Mackay to open
their home. It gives me real sense of
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accomplishment when I see a finished
furniture and homewares store. The
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concept behind L’Amour is ‘affordable luxury’. L’Amour means love in French and this expresses our goal to help customers
 Christmas Wombat (Jackie French/Bruce Whatley)
kids check out the new Beezsafe DVD’s. Produced in Australia they are
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safety, bullying, stranger danger and beach safety. It takes children
(Margret Mahy/Polly Dunbar)
love their homes and the beautiful objects within it.
preoccupied with thinking of new ideas for my business. Thankfully I’m in an industry that I’m very passionate about and
I love attending trade shows in
I have a good support network. I couldn’t
Melbourne and Sydney. I always come
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friend Elaine who works with us and my
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of our business; it allows me to let out my inner fashionista! I also take pride in customer satisfaction and enjoy the
 Kids Garden Adventure Kit (Don Burke)
L’Amour Home is located at the Northern Beaches Central Shopping Centre.
designed to teach children about issues such as being sun smart, road through a series of scenarios and after each one they’re asked questions, if they answer correctly your child’s photo appears on-screen with a congratulations message. You obviously need to provide them with a photo so they can personalize your own DVD. It is aimed at ages 3-8 years and complies with the National Quality Framework for Childcare. They also have an affiliation with Kidsafe Queensland. Go to www.beezsafe.com.au for more information.
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Running your own business isn’t like a 9-5 job; my mind is constantly
New Child Safety DVD’s If you’re concerned about getting safety messages through to your
 The House that Wonky Built (Craig Smith)
I am an interior stylist by trade and
parents who own Tiger Tribe?
 Little Elephants (Grahame Base)
As the co-owner of L’Amour Home with her husband Barry, Debbie Gilbert has a keen eye for style when it comes to creating beautiful rooms and homes. She is also mum to two sons, Ethan (8) and Taj (4) with number three due to arrive any day.
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ur children are increasingly influenced by the values that they see in the media and while many programs are
entertaining and informative, a growing number reflect disrespectful, antisocial and aggressive behaviour that is at odds with the values that many families hold dear. Despite this bombardment from outside influences parents remain surprisingly influential. Research has found that the values and beliefs that teens hold on such major issues as morality and politics tend to be similar to those of their parents. In addition, adolescents whose parents model appropriate behaviour have better skills and attitudes regarding academic achievement, employment, health habits, individuality, relationships, communication, coping, and conflict resolution. Instilling conventional family values improves a child’s chances in the future, like a psychological vaccination that inoculates them for resilience.
What are Family Values?
Modelling is one of the most fundamental dimensions of raising a moral, prosocial child. What you do carries far more weight than what you say. To influence your child in this way you must have a regular, active and continuing presence in your child’s life.  Respect for Authority and Compliance with Rules Character traits based on respect for authority and social rules, such as honesty, cooperation, responsibility, and self-reliance, are learned first within the family sphere. They are learned through consistency of rules, discipline, acceptance and love. When families are unstable or in conflict and when parents are absent, emotionally distant, or preoccupied, the learning of moral values by children is greatly hindered. Statistics show that juvenile delinquency has increased nearly 600% in the past three decades, and teen suicide has tripled.
Traditional family values are usually passed on
Good quality time spent with your children
from one generation to the next, giving children
is arguably the central ingredient of a good
the structure and boundaries in which to
family. There is a strong correlation between
function and thrive.
the amount of time parents spend with their
They can range from the commonplace, such as the belief in hard work, punctuality,
y l i fvaam lu e s
 Teaching Prosocial Behaviour
children, and the adult character of those children when they grow up.
cleanliness, accuracy and truthfulness to the
In order to cement positive family values in
more psychological, such as self-reliance,
your children parents must consciously spend
responsibility, generosity, trustworthiness,
more time with them. There are many ways you
loyalty and concern for others.
can do this including having regular weekend
Children learn family values through three key processes:  Emotional Attachments
recreation time together as a family, getting involved in sports or hobbies together, reading together or playing games instead of watching TV, family holidays etc. Fundamentally, the more time we spend with
Children are influenced most by the people who
our children the greater the chance of us being
are most meaningful to them. If a child does not
proud of the people they turn in to.
have a strong emotional attachment to a parent, the effectiveness of the parent as a teacher and
Jutta Dempsey is the principal psychologist at
moral guide is greatly diminished.
Directions Learning & Behaviour Guidance
great advice With children increasingly influenced by television, movies and the internet, family values are more important now than ever, writes psychologist Jutta Dempsey 6
Eat together at the table regularly – there is evidence that teenagers who eat with their family at the dinner table are less likely to smoke, drink or experiment with drugs Boardgames – once a week, turn off the TV and have fun together playing boardgames
Turn screens off – modern lifestyles mean families interact more with TV’s, computers, phones etc than with each other Get active together – set time aside every week to go cycling, hiking or beachcombing as a family www.pakmag.com.au
Parenting Lessons in
Parenting Wisdom Practical advice for parents gleaned from a lifetime of parenting and teaching
When my wife Candace and I began our
potentially be driving in five years, talk to
parenting journey together we were, like all
them about what good driving is, about their
new parents, quite daunted by the task that lay
responsibility to their passengers, about not
ahead of us. We now look forward to becoming
drinking and driving and so on.
Grandparents and passing on to our children the best bits of advice we were given:
 Be consistent
 Pick your battles Expecting perfection from your children in every area of their lives is an impossible goal and
Children need to feel secure and they feel more
it also sets you against your child in a kind of
secure when they know what the boundaries are.
continuous battle. You are raising a person, not a
If they need reassurance of your love they will
tidy bedroom so decide which battles are really
often test the boundaries to see if you still care
worth fighting in your family. As long as there are
enough about them to bother enforcing them.
some you choose not to fight you are probably
Constantly changing or inconsistently enforced
on the right track.
boundaries cause children to fall into patterns of continuously checking where the boundaries are.
 Quality time almost always occurs during quantity time
 Be parents, not friends
I often hear busy parents claim that what little
Iâ€™m never impressed when parents boast
time they have with their children is quality time
about being good friends with their children.
so the amount is not important. This is not true.
Parents need to be parents since children find
Quality time happens most often in the midst of
it confusing adjusting from friend to child. Of
quantity time. It is when you have been fishing
course parents must be loving and friendly and
for a couple of hours with your son that they
while we want our children to feel comfortable
will suddenly ask your advice about something
enough to tell us about their lives, they do not
that has been troubling them. It is after you have
need to know the intimate details of ours.
listened to your daughter prattle on about her day that she will tell you something surprisingly
 The five-year rule
deep and meaningful. It is rare for quality time not take place in the midst of quantity time.
Begin to talk to your children now about
the issues they will face in five years time.
Pastor Dr Craig Murison
For example, if your child is 11 or 12 and will
Principal Mackay Christian College
In disputes between parents in relation to
She told John “They are my children too, so I
who the children will live with, the Court will
want them half of the time”.
consider the children spending equal time or significant and substantial time with each parent. The underlying principle is whether such an arrangement would be in the best interests of the children.
As an example: John and Jackie had been married for 10 years.
When the Courts make decisions regarding who the children should live with after separation and divorce, they will consider whether equal time with both parents is in the best interests of the children.
she had been to a rehabilitation clinic for the past two months. She was feeling good and thought that she had overcome her problems. Back in control of her life, she felt ready to resume her parental role that she was unable to perform at the time of separation due to her addiction.
They had two children; six- year old James and
John was obviously very cautious about Jackie’s
eight-year old Jemima. They had been separated
sudden recovery and rehabilitation since he had
for two years.
experienced it many times before. He continued
Since the date of separation the children had been living with John and had spent little or no time with their mother. Unfortunately Jackie had a serious drug and alcohol problem and wasn’t able to care for the children. Since becoming their primary carer John had organised his working life around the children and had a very good routine in place for their care. Jackie then wanted to re-enter the children’s lives and be more involved with their upbringing but decided she didn’t need a lawyer and made an application to the Court for the children to reside
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Jackie’s application was based on the fact that
with each parent on an alternate weeks basis.
to doubt her ability to respond to and care for the children on a long-term basis and, whilst he wants to be supportive, his focus is on the children. He decided he would support the children spending time with Jackie but felt that she needed to be carefully reintroduced into their lives. In this situation an experienced Family Lawyer would be able to assist Jackie see beyond her own needs and help her focus on the needs of the children. Any application to the Court needs to address the issues Jackie has had with a plan of gradual reintroduction.
FREE info evening about your property rights Tuesday 15 Jan 2013 6pm-7.30pm - McKays Law Centre (34 Wood Street) Come along to a free information session with Cathy Krieg and find out how you can gain control and get on with your life. The session will cover questions like:
Cathy will also explain the different steps involved when cases proceed through the Family Court in simple, easy to understand language.
• How to avoid common property disputes
To reserve your place call Sam Harris at the Family Law Centre on 4968 5427.
• Whether you get more if the children live with you • The laws regarding superannuation • How you can avoid costly court disputes
There will also be a similar seminar held in Airlie Beach on Monday 14 January, 2013. Please call for details.
Cathy Krieg Associate
The latest news and tips in the world of women, families and finance
Do it Better
How many times have you promised yourself that next year will be different and you’ll put money aside to pay for Christmas? You’re not alone. Many of us start out good intentions but still end up
Saving for Education Costs
struggling to meet the costs of Christmas. One way to avoid this is to get a Queensland Country Christmas Saver Account. Even if you only pay in $25 a week you’ll have a cash injection of $1300 when Christmas comes around next year. If you’ve already got Christmas covered, you could still use the money to treat yourself to a few nights
by Brad Gordon
A recent survey by Australian Scholarships Group (ASG) revealed that 52% of parents believe their child will attend university, but only a quarter (28%) are actually saving for it, despite many saying they wouldn’t be able to afford it. With the increasing costs involved in
required, entry cost, regular contributions
educating our children it’s a good idea
accepted. Pros: diversification. Cons:
to start planning ahead. There are many
Illiquid in comparison, management fees.
options available from the perspective of regular saving as follows:
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Christmas Savings h credit card debts Starting the New Year wit l for a lot of families to pay off can be stressfu ease the financial so here are some ways to you can start 2013 burden of Christmas so e: feeling happy and positiv for buying gifts and • Set yourself a budget at home so you’re not leave your credit card ing. You could also tempted into overspend ily members about only talk to your other fam n or buying gifts under buying for the childre
free after 10 years if no withdrawals,
minimum deposit required, nil entry
automatically transfers to child at
cost, rewarded through higher interest
predetermined age. Pros: divarication, tax
a set figure.
rates if you make regular contributions
effective. Cons: low management fee
s early so there’s less • Start shopping for gift minute Christmas Eve pressure on those last what you want to shopping sprees. Decide go. you buy each person before
low cost, liquid. Cons: earnings taxable, conditions to access higher rates.
The key when considering these investments is to ensure the company you invest in is reputable and has a strong
• Shares - minimum deposit to make
track record. If you’re not saving for their
economical, entry cost, regular
education these same products can also
contributions not always practical but
be used as ways to assist your children in
possible. Pros: franked income, ability to
saving for their first house deposit or car.
reinvest income in shares at no cost, liquid. Cons: higher entry cost and initial deposit required.
deposit, nil entry cost options, tax
period or spend up big in the Boxing Day Sales.
• Higher Interest Savings Accounts - no
and no withdrawals. Pros: low entry,
• Investment Savings Bonds - minimum
away with your friends and family over the holiday
• Managed Funds - minimum deposit
Brad Gordon is a Financial Adviser and Principal of Maven Capital Pty Ltd (AFSL 418504). To find out more, call 4957 2177 or visit www.mavencapital.com.au
• Shop online tribute something • Ask your guests to con meals rather than towards the Christmas doing it all yourself. • Get your kids to make paper, cards and gifts.
their own wrapping
The campaign to raise awareness of the growing resistance to antibiotics is heating up with regional experts saying greater awareness of basic hand hygiene amongst healthcare workers and the public could have a dramatic impact on preventable infections and reduce overuse of current antibiotics.
By Dr. Rachel Adendorff At the mention of ‘women’s health’ most people tend to think about breast and gynaecological examinations but women may obviously have other problems and diseases. Every woman should have a complete health check
Want to sell your home for the highest price?
Overuse of antibiotics has led to a
developing resistance to the antibiotics
worldwide escalation of drug-resistant
we use. Our doctors are running out of
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spectrum antimicrobials” - more complex
as simple as washing hands can stop us
antibiotics - is increasing, as the standard
getting infections in the first place, and
drugs that form the cornerstone of modern
Medicine today focuses much more on prevention
help preserve the working drugs we
medicine become ineffective.
than it used to. All the research done over the last
have. We need to get this message out to the public and make sure standards are
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being implemented in hospitals, clinics and homes across the country,” says Claire Boardman, Immediate Past President of ACIPC.
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status). This becomes more important in the later years especially after the age of 40. Nobody should wait until they are tired or run down or unwell before presenting to a medical practitioner.
30 years has highlighted that we can either avoid or reduce the impact of many diseases and improve quality of life if we focus more on prevention.
reiterated the importance of hand hygiene
The health checks offered by medical practitioners
in reducing the transmission of infections.
may differ between practices but they usually include:
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every one to two years (depending on age and health
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Personal and family history
Weight and BMI
Ear, nose and throat exam
 Systemic examination mulating up to eight Children and adolescents are accu rding to new hours of sitting on a daily basis, acco active 2012 conference research presented at the recent ia usage in the home was in Sydney. Limiting electronic med bat this trend since children suggested as a key strategy to com increases their elevated having a television in the bedroom times. three st cardiometabolic risk by almo activity is well established and Family influence regarding physical importance of fathers as cular emerging evidence shows the parti ing healthy habits teach in role models. Schools also play a part be ren may too sedentary but concerns were raised that child indicated that teachers during school time. However, findings approaches including the and principals were willing to try new swiss balls in classrooms. incorporation of standing desks and
ECG (if applicable)
Pap smear and gynaecological exam
 Skin check  Blood requests (if applicable)  Health advice When you meet with your GP it is also important to mention any stress or psychological symptoms you experience so they can make a follow-up appointment to help you. Dr. Rachel Adendorff is a GP at One Stop Medical (134 Victoria St). For more information call 4951 1411. www.pakmag.com.au
By Ally Crofton, APD
avoiding Allergies in Babies With the latest recommendations always
not suitable for children who have already
changing, the topic of what to feed infants
developed a cow’s milk allergy.
can be quite confusing and this is especially so when allergies are present. Some of the key points from the most recently published summary of evidence-based information from the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) (2010) were:
• Soy milk and other mammalian milks such as goat milk are not recommended for allergy prevention
Introduction of solids • Solids should be introduced from four
to six months
• Breastfeeding is encouraged for at least the
• There is little evidence that delaying the
first six months, and can continue for as
introduction of solids beyond six months
long as mother and infant wish to continue
reduces the risk of allergy
• Breastfeeding during the period that foods
• There is insufficient evidence to support
are first introduced may help prevent the
previous advice to delay the introduction
development of allergy to those foods
of or avoid allergenic foods (such as egg,
peanuts, nuts, wheat, cow’s milk and fish)
This new product is predominantly made up of
for the prevention of food allergy or
Natvia natural sweetener and cocoa, and as such is
eczema. This also applies to infants with
sugar free and contains considerably less kilojoules
siblings who already have allergies to
Before 4 months
than your usual Milo or Nesquik drinking chocolates.
It contains no artificial colours, flavours or artificial
• Low-risk infants (no history of allergic
From 4-6 months
sweetener and is free of gluten, wheat, nuts, and
• Introduce a new food every two to
after dinner treat. It’s also available in banana and
• Exclusion of allergenic foods from the mother’s diet whilst breastfeeding has not been shown to prevent allergies
disease in parents or siblings) may use a standard cow’s milk formula for complementary feeding before solids are started • High-risk infants (history of allergy in the
eggs. Kids will love the taste as an afternoon or
• Give one new food at a time so its easy to identify potential reactions
family) requiring infant formula prior to
• Breast milk or an appropriate infant formula
the introduction of solids may benefit from
should remain the main source of milk until
partially hydrolysed or hypoallergenic (HA)
12 months of age, although cow’s milk can
formulas in reducing their risk of allergic
be used in cooking or with other foods
If you have a nutrition related question, post it on the Nutrition Guru’s facebook wall and a dietitian will answer one of our reader’s questions to feature in PakMag each month.
disease. However these formulas are
10 year I have two kids, a 6 year old and a be they ld shou r wate h old. How muc drinking each day? fluids The recommended daily amount of each day is: • 1 litre for 5-8 year olds • 1.5 litres for 9-12 year olds
• 2 litres for 13+ years
rds this Other drinks like juice do count towa fluid best but water is and always will be the t forget, to quench a thirsty child. And, don’ when or days hot on they may need more
exercising. water Tips for helping your kids drink more e bottl r wate a include always packing of water whenever you go out, keep a bottle down in the fridge at all times and water ials. cord and s juices, sports drink
kitchen kids Choc Crackle Puddings
pantry parents Recipe thanks to: Ava Smart
Honey Glazed Ham
• 1 x 200g milk chocolate,
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1/3 cup maple syrup
• 100g butter, chopped
• 1/3 cup honey
• 3 cups Coco Pops
• 1 tbs Dijon mustard
• 100g white chocolate melts
• 1 whole leg ham on the bone
• 10 red Smarties
• Whole cloves, to stud
Recipe thanks to: Robyn Maison
Line a muffin pan with 10 paper cases. Place milk chocolate and butter in a
Stir sugar, maple syrup, honey and mustard in a bowl until the sugar dissolves.
heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water (make sure the
Preheat oven to 170oC. Line a large baking dish with baking paper. Place an oven
bowl doesn’t touch the water). Stir until the chocolate melts and is smooth. Stir in
shelf in the lowest position. Use a sharp knife to cut around the shank of the ham,
coco pops. Spoon into paper cases and mould into a dome shape. Place in fridge
about 10cm from the end. Run a knife under the rind around edge of ham. Gently
for 2 hours. Place white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled
lift the rind off in 1 piece by running your fingers between the rind and the fat.
with simmering water. Stir until the chocolate melts and is smooth. Spoon a little
Score the fat in a diamond pattern, about 5mm deep. Stud the centres of the
white chocolate over each pudding and top with a Smartie. Set aside until set.
diamonds with cloves. Transfer to prepared dish. Brush one-third of the glaze over the ham. Bake, brushing with glaze every 25 mins, for 1 hour 30 mins.
Send in a recipe to www.pakmag.com.au for your chance to WIN a $20 meat voucher! Entries close: 15/12/12
December what’s on
4 December (10am-2pm)
Don’t miss it! It’s the largest free family NYE party in town
especially for toddlers and their
Check out the latest family entertainment & events guide
December 2012 entertainment & events
with a spectacular line-up of
adults. The program includes
entertainment including: King
free artist-run workshops and
of the Kids Concert, Queen Bee
live children’s concerts. Take your
and Sir Ross Concert. There will
child along for a fun day of art,
also be workshops where kids
singing and dancing.
can create and model their own costumes in the parade. The New Year celebrations start at 6pm and the fireworks commence at 9pm.
Things to do in DEC
17-21 December (9am-3pm) BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday’s fully supervised Santa’s Workshops for the kids are guaranteed to keep the kids entertained as they make hand-made presents ‘from the heart’. To book call: 4948 5400.
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17-21 December (9am-3pm)
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Join local artists and performers
For something a bit different these holidays why not go zipping through the forest?
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This popular family event will feature well-known local entertainers Hullabaloo, Karen Bonham and Hot Hot Hot. The ‘Friends of the Gardens’ will also be selling their raffles, glow candles,
the rainforest at Finch Hatton
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VENUE Mackay City Library PCYC St Anne’s Primary School Gordon White Library, Mt P Koumala State School Gordon White Library Ivers St Bakers Creek Mackay Gymnastics Bunnings Bucasia Gardens Bunnings Warehouse MECC Civic Precinct Sarina State School Indoor Stadium Bunnings Warehouse Gordon White Library Mackay City Library PCYC Mackay MECC Bunning’s Warehouse Mackay Gymnastics Mackay City Library PCYC Harrup Park Country Club Bloomsbury Soldiers Memorial Hall Gordon White Library, Mt P Harrup Park Country Club Botanic Gardens Armstrong Beach Walkerston Bucasia Garden Complex Mackay Botanical Gardens Bucasia Gardens Bunnings Warehouse Birch Carrol and Coyle Nth Mky Bunnings Warehouse Blacks Beach Tavern Botanic Gardens
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Minutes with Santa Santa says he gets really excited as December
3 Any particularly memorable moments?
draws near as he loves meeting all the kids in
I love the innocence and delight children show
the shopping centres and finding out what
when they see me and know Santa is real. I still
they want for Christmas. He explains that every
remember one three year old girl who looked
year he spends time familiarising himself with
up at me very seriously and said “I love you
all the latest toys so he can remember who
Santa” and those are the special moments I
wants which toy.
Which toys are the most popular? It 1 varies year-to-year but Barbie and Dora tend to be the most requested girl’s toys and Thomas
As Santa gears up for his busiest time of the year, he took time out to chat with PakMag to tell us why he loves being Santa and how he prepares for Christmas Eve.
the Tank Engine, Ben 10 and Lego are the most popular boy’s toys. 2 Have you ever had any unusual requests? Many parents ask me to remind their children to behave otherwise they will end up on the naughty list and some children hand over their dummies to me on their mum and dad’s request.
What snack do you like kids to leave 4 out for you and your reindeers on Christmas Eve? I love milk and cookies and the reindeers love carrots and water 5 How do you prepare for a busy night of delivering presents on Christmas Eve? I make sure the sleigh has been serviced and is in top working condition, that my reindeers have had plenty of sleep and that Rudolf’s nose is glowing bright and strong for the trip.
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December what’s on
Mummy Mondays Playgroup - Double Portion Café, Bucasia Gardens Complex. Mondays 9.30am. Cost: Free Lilly Pilly Steiner Playgroup - Holack St. Community Hall. Wednesdays 9.30am. Cost $5. Call 0422 308 698 Beaconsfield Playgroup - Church of Christ. Tuesdays 9am. Cost: Free. Call 4942 3321
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Troppo Treasure Market - Mt Pleasant Shopping Centre. Second Sunday from 7.30am
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Sarina Showgrounds Markets Last Sunday of month from 8am
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detection Dyslexia often goes undiagnosed but it affects up to 20% of the population and can make school very stressful.
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and this may continue on into the workplace where email communication and understanding instructions can also be problematic.
If you’re concerned that your child may have dyslexia, the first step is to meet with a specialist to make a confirmed diagnosis. For more
Local teacher Brett Comerford knows all too
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diagnosed relatively late in life at the age of 37
and admits that life at school was “hell upon earth”. As he says “I would rather have died than
Signs of dyslexia
read out loud in class and getting into trouble for not doing the work became normal. My teachers
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middle of the road.” He made me repeat that year which was embarrassing and I got no extra help.”
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• Not being able to follow a sequence of
and now says that as a teacher he has a special
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difficulties. He has gone on to undertake further studies so he can provide specialist help to these children. “Living with dyslexia and being a school teacher has driven me to make changes
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at school makes me more determined not to let
• Dizziness when reading and slow in copying
that happen for students in my care.”
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Designed and constructed by Sofie of Tinker and Tailor Sewing School and Design, they are fun and simple to make with fabric,
Need something to keep the kids entertained
felt and buttons, a handy bottle of craft
during the holidays? Why not give these
glue and a needle and thread. Or for those comfortable on a sewing machine, dust it
Christmas decorations a go.
What you need
create a loop for hanging. Sew the felt
Your embroidery hoop could become a
 Assemble your decoration by placing
shapes together close to the edge. Leave
Christmas wreath for the front door, a single
the smaller hoop underneath your
which is a Christmas decoration trend for 2012.
open a gap of about 2cm for stuffing.
decoration for the tree or, if you are feeling
fabric and stretching the larger hoop over
particularly festive, you can appliqué one
the top. Tighten the screw at the top of
letter on each hoop to spell out ‘Merry
the embroidery hoop once the fabric is
Christmas themed shapes from your felt.
chopstick or blunt pencil to help get
• Toy fill (or stuffing from an old pillow)
 On one of the felt shapes, which will
the toy fill into the corners and edges of
buttons and beads • Hand sewing needle • Sewing thread • Scissors
Dec o r a t i o n s
tree or star, or an animal shape like an Owl,
 Stuff your shape with toy fill. Use a
• Craft items for decorating such as,
Your stuffed felt decoration could be a simple
 Begin by cutting out two identical
Dec o r a t i o n s
off, and practise some basic appliqué.
become the front of your decoration,
glue or sew your chosen craft items. If
using larger craft items such as buttons
with a 2cm or more diameter it may be
easier to attach them to your decoration
once you have stuffed it with toy fill.
 Once you have finished decorating your
 Sew the gap closed.
What you need • Christmas themed fabric • Felt
 Begin by separating the two parts of the
 Loop a ribbon through the screw at the
• Small wooden embroidery hoops
(available from craft stores)
Christmas themed fabric, use tailors chalk
to draw around the inside of the largest
hoop. This circle becomes the frame
within which you can decorate. Roughly
• Hand sewing needle
cut around the circle about 3cm from the
• Sewing thread
drawn line so that it is easier to work with.
 Within your fabric circle, appliqué simple
• Buttons and beads  Use free clip art websites to help find a
suitable Christmas themed shape. Print
out an appropriate size and use as a
felt shape, place the identical felt shapes
together with the decorated side facing
outwards. Cut a length of ribbon, fold it in
 For non-sewers, you could choose not to
• Craft glue
half and place it in between the felt
stuff the felt Christmas shape and just
shapes at the top of your decoration to
hang on the tree one sided.
• Tailors chalk
template to trace around.
embroidery hoop. On your chosen
top of the embroidery hoop for hanging.
 To neaten the back of the hoop cut away
bulky excess fabric and glue down the
edge of the remaining fabric to the inside
of the small hoop at the back.
Christmas themed shapes made from felt
If choosing to machine appliqué your felt
using glue or machine stitching. Decorate
shape to the fabric, interface the wrong side
your felt shape using other chosen craft
of your fabric first to add stability.
The traditional Aussie Christmas is a social eating occasion with most people choosing to spend the time cooking together and enjoying a meal with family and friends.
TableWear Itâ€™s a special occasion so why not treat yourself to some stylish new tableware for Christmas? Porters stock a wide range including platters and dip containers.
Kids Utensils Young kids will feel extra special at Christmas with a new dining set. This Ecology Naturals Rand of products uses sustainable forestry, recycled packaging and biodegradable materials.
Outdoor Dining Who wants to spend hours slaving in a hot kitchen over Christmas! More than 60% of Aussies fire up their BBQâ€™s at Christmas, but for something a bit different why not consider asking Santa for an outdoor pizza oven this year? Kids love pizzas and they
Christmas Cooking Involving the kids in baking keeps them entertained and makes them feel a part of the family. Christmas novelty cookies are easy for them to make and they also make a delicious gift idea.
also love adding their own toppings so they can help with the cooking. Delicious!
Fav pet shot of the month wins a mystery prize to the value of $30!
Christmas Meeka loved by Charlotte
There is a large selection of Christmas toys and
• What products and housing are needed to
treats available for pets this year, everything from
keep the pet alive and healthy?
edible treats, soft toys, Santa hats and lots more. They are always quick to sell so if you can’t resist treating your pet to something special, get in
• Are you going away over the holidays, and if so
do you have someone to care for the pet?
However, its important to remember that the
Pets for Kids
treats we love at Christmas are generally not so
Nellie loved by Jack
good for our pets. For example, don’t feed the following to dogs: • Chocolate – causes seizures
You could be a winner!
Toohey loved by Kelsea & Vienna
Trav loved by Isabelle
Our pets are increasingly being treated as part of the family.
Here are a few ideas for popular pets for kids at the moment: • Fish – a Siamese fighter can be the perfect fish to start with. They are colourful and can be kept
• Onions – destroys red blood cells
in a small bowl.
• Cooked bones – they can splinter
• Hermit Crabs – Something different that
• Raisins and grapes – cause liver damage
require little cleaning.
• Avocado – causes difficulty with breathing
• Snakes – kids don’t seem to fear snakes and
It’s best to stick to your dog’s normal diet for
for and only need to be fed once a week.
Christmas dinner and give them a doggie appropriate treats. Ham is high in salt and
once you’re over the fear they are easy to care
• Guinea Pigs – Cute, cuddly and don’t need a
sausages are high in fat. One sausage to a dog
can be like a human eating six sausages.
Many pets require years of love and care so it’s
treats and toys being sold and its
Pets as Gifts
really important to do your research before you
not just limited to dogs and cats,
Traditionally there is an influx of animals into
information and help guide your decision.
even birds, small animals, fish
shelters in January and February so if you’re
This becomes very apparent at Email your photo, name/s & address to: firstname.lastname@example.org • Deadline for photos is 15 December for the January 2013 edition of Pakmag.
• What ongoing costs are associated with the pet?
Christmas with the amount of
and reptiles are getting spoilt during the season of goodwill!
buy. Pop in and see us and we’ll give you all the
thinking of buying a pet for someone make sure they’re involved with the decision. Here are some points to consider: • How much time does the pet require for a good quality of life and can you provide it?
Merry Christmas from Mackay Pet Superstore
Congratulations to our Nov prize winners! Colour it in & Win:
Dot to Dot:
• Tania Jones
• Brady Hills
• Flynn Rodgers
• Eva Stokes
Word Scramble: • Lea Hancock
ma c ka y
• Ruby Matheson
Match Words & Pics: • Michael Schmidt
submit your photos
email to: email@example.com
Limbo fun at the PakMag Launch
Jacob & Nickolas at the PakMag Lau
Madison and mum Stacey at the Pak
Mag Launch Party
Trojan & Nite at the launch party
Holly at the launch party
Austin at the launch party
Jacob & Mum at the launch party
Out & About photos thanks to Dream Capture photography > www.dreamcapturephotography.com.au
Lani & mum Leisa at the Baby Welcom
Grace & Mum at the launch party
Amber & Mum at the launch party
Zayleigh at the launch party
Harry at the launch party
Out & About photos thanks to Dream Capture photography > www.dreamcapturephotography.com.au
Have a laugh with a local thanks to SeaFM
This month we asked: What’s your most memorable Christmas with your kids or from your own childhood? Donna Moore
“I have had a lot off memorable Christmas’s with my kids. But this year will be the best, as I am spending my first ever Christmas with my two brothers I just found.”
“I love adding presents under the tree in the lead up to Christmas and listening to the kids conversations about the additions, “That one’s new”, “That wasn’t there yesterday.” So on Christmas Eve the floor around the tree is a maze of presents and then when Santa comes the pile doubles and the kids faces and their excitement in the morning is priceless. My Christmas’s when I was a kid weren’t very exciting so I overcompensate now and I love it. Mind you, it’s not cheap so I have to start Christmas shopping early.”
“Laying on the tramp looking for Santa. One year he left footprints all over the floor, the carrots were eaten and the beer was all gone. The excitement of waking up with all the presents and rushing off to wake my sister and brother up! I was always the first up and still am. I love Xmas morning and now my son is older I hope he has the same enjoyment”
“When my son was four or five we bought him a trampoline for Christmas and planned to put it up on Christmas Eve ready for him in the morning. Needless to say he didn’t go to sleep until after midnight and we were then up until 4am fighting with the bloody thing!”
Lisa Chetcuti “Santa came to our preschool and bought a book for each of the children. When we got home my son was unusually quiet and I asked what was wrong and he replied, “I don’t like Santa”. I asked why and he said, “I wanted a play station, not a stupid book.”
Debbie Brooks-Leeson “We have four boys and when the youngest was five they were into the WWF wrestling. We spent $1500 on the figures and decided to pack them on the pool table so when they got up there was nothing under the tree and we woke up to crying kids! It was terrible but when we pulled off the sheet from the table the tears were suddenly all gone. Wow, I’ll never forget that Christmas!”
Mackay’s favourite parenting and kids magazine, December 2012 edition, full of competitions, great articles, what's on and what's new inform...
Published on Nov 29, 2012
Mackay’s favourite parenting and kids magazine, December 2012 edition, full of competitions, great articles, what's on and what's new inform...