J u ly 2010
issue! Ideas for the holidays
Can babies be spoilt? Nurturing vs spoiling
Cover photo courtesy of Jaypee Abraham from mefoto
Blended Famiilies Fussy eaters
Tips for parents
Tips & tricks for kids
Green Island Family Pass!!! What’s New with Lou What’s On Calendar Treasure hunt ideas
Keep the kids happy
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editors note Hello and welcome to the 37th edition of PakMag, our jam packed holiday edition! Thank you for all the wonderful comments about our new look last month. We’ve had a huge response and we really appreciate your support. Jordan is growing like a weed and I fear by the time he turns two he will be over half my height. He already eats more than me. Well, I’ll rephrase that, he eats all of his food and then my food too. He is becoming a real little character with plenty of attitude. I’ve now realised he is my biggest mirror in life because he mimics everything we do. Of course, all the good ones are from Mummy (I didn’t realise how much I sweep!) , and all the bad ones (like laughing at his bottom burps) is Daddy. Thanks to everyone who attended our 3rd birthday celebrations including the Teddy Bears Picnic and kite day. I’ll let you know next month how much we raised for the Children’s Ward. Until next time, enjoy this edition and don’t forget to tell everyone, you read it in PakMag.
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Instant Families Great information for blended families
Re-partnering & blending two families together can be challenging, writes Mike Friganiotis
ne day it’s one adult and one child,
middle ground – remember, what worked last
grief that their original family is in the past.
and the next day you are re-partnered
time round, may not be as effective this time
And, they will need to learn and adjust to
and there are twice as many people in the
round – it’s a new environment, with new
new lifestyles. In fact, research shows that it
home, four times as much responsibility and
players, and new expectations.
can take from 18 months to five years for a
no time at all for each other…..what to do? That may well be the challenge for a new step-family, where not only adults start up a new relationship, but so do their children. Margaret Howden, founder of the Stepfamily Association of Victoria says, “It’s essential you put time away for each other. It is not selfish to have time to yourself. If you nurture your own relationship and keep it strong, you are doing the best thing for your children. You will be consolidating the structure of your family”.
and don’t have to be detrimental to it. The
phrase ‘extended family’. Those extended
key is to respect each other and not to let
family members who have been close to the
your emotions take over. The chances are
children, such as grandparents, can provide
that when you disagree, you will feel very
stability, particularly when everything else is
passionately, your emotions are heightened,
changing for the child. It is important to note
and you may get frustrated, or even angry.
that children will make their own decisions as
Listen to your body and recognise your
to whom they like and dislike. Members of the
warning signs – starting to raise your voice?
family should respect and acknowledge this.
Sweaty palms? Racing pulse? It may be a good
time, but it can also be a time of tension,
agree to have the discussion later.
deal with, such as, “Who will discipline the children?”, “How do you expect the children will react to their new family? How will you manage that reaction?”, “What kind of relationship does each of you have with your ex-partners? What impact, if any, will this have on your new relationship?”
Stepfamilies can give new meaning to the
idea to take a deep breath, take a break and
will be heaps of questions you will have to
stepfamily to “shake down” into a new unit!
are a normal part of any healthy relationship,
The formation of a new family is an exciting especially when children are involved. There
Disagreements will inevitably occur – but they
All children are more secure if they have boundaries. It is important to set limits and be clear what is to be done if boundaries
Margaret Howden continues, “The biggest
are overstepped. Clear boundaries reduce
challenges for new (step) families in their
the likelihood of children manipulating
early stages are how to respect the past
households. Experience has shown that it is
and what values to maintain when creating
usually better for the biological parent to take
a shared life”. Good communication is the
the lead with discipline. But, if the step-parent
basis of every relationship, but especially so
is the only person around, all hell may break
for those involved in re-partnering, given
loose. So, parents need to be prepared and
the complexity of the situation. Talk, keep
to have communicated clearly to the children
talking, and learning. The key to harmony
that the step-parent has equal authority.
Working out who does what in your family
is deciding what is and isn’t negotiable and
can be a tricky business. Everyone has their
explaining why that is so. Margaret says,
own way of doing things but it is important
“Family meetings are a great way to establish
for your new family to develop its own unique
a sense of belonging and way of learning
way of managing the household duties. And
more about each other”. The moulding of a
the older the children are, the more they
new family will take time, especially where
should be involved in the discussion and final
children are involved. They may have strong
outcomes. You’ll need to listen to everyone’s
and confusing feelings. They often experience
point of view, and come to some kind of
a deep ambivalence and a fresh wave of
It can seem at times that stepfamilies lurch from crisis to crisis with little relief. There is no ‘step parenting school’, but there is help. Talk with organisations like Relationships Australia, The Family Relationship Centre, Lifeline, the school guidance officer, or a counsellor and get professional help – remember, the old adage that ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ really does apply.
Catholic Education Building good homework habits for your kids
the value of homework The value of schools giving children homework is occasionally questioned in the media but there is ample evidence that homework increases learning and achievement, especially in literacy and numeracy, and that parents play a vital role in building good homework attitudes and habits.
eachers are generally keen for parents
productive. So no text messages, MSM,
completed for assessment. Generally students
to support and help children with their
Facebook, Twitter or iPods should be allowed
will have some home work/study to do each
homework and take the view that children
during homework time. Ideally, make this time
school day which requires time to be put
are likely to get more out of it if parents are
quiet, focused and concentrated.
 Keep your home study area well
Homework time is not always the easiest
time of the day for parents but it’s important
involved (as long as they don’t take over too much). Of course, there are times when teachers will want to see what your children can do on their own and as they get older it’s important for them to become increasingly independent in their learning. If you’re unsure
Get fit the fun way
about what your role should be, ask your child’s teachers, they will be pleased that you are interested and will want to help you get the balance right.
most of studying at home:
Friday morning classes for kids 2-5 Saturday morning classes for kids 3-5
If possible, use it only for homework. Keep study materials in one place and make it a rule that during homework time, the computer is used solely for homework (although remember that not all homework requires the internet). Check frequently or work alongside your child.
Here are some tips to help your child make the
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organised and well-equipped.
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children. Homework provides an opportunity for children to develop some lifelong skills and attitudes including being responsible for organising their time and work. It also has a positive effect on their school achievements see the fruits of their efforts. If you are concerned about the amount of teacher-assigned homework your child is receiving, discuss this with the school but don’t allow your children to avoid the responsibilities they have for their own learning and achievement.
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adopt a positive attitude towards it for your
and consequently their self esteem when they
Extra work at home initiated by your child
That means creating the conditions as close
to make it a part of the family routine and to
Tel: (07) 4050 9700 Chances are, you started thinking about your child’s future school long before he or she was born.
• Your child to fulfil their potential in life • Respect and discipline conducive to quality learning • Christian values • A caring, safe and nurturing environment • A school that is affordable and welcoming to all
Then it’s time you considered a Catholic school for your child.
Instilling confidence Story thanks to Cheryl Critchley
growing up fast Childhood is contracting for girls at a scary pace. Five-year-olds love High School Musical, six-year-olds ditch dolls for techno-gadgets and eight-year-olds are social networking.
irls are therefore exposed to the
We cannot underestimate the effect our
• Be what you want to be and don’t let
downside of growing up - the bitchiness,
own words and actions have on our girls. We
anyone stop you.
bullying and peer pressure - sooner than
should never tell them, for example, that they
ever. Despite all this it is possible to instil in
will get fat if they eat too much. Even as young
them the confidence to cope, but we must
as six this can instil a feeling of insecurity and
start early and be strong. Many mothers
inadequacy that can lead to eating disorders.
themselves lack confidence and feel pressure
Girls look up to their mums, even if they
to conform, so it is no easy task.
pretend to hate them as teenagers, so we
Our girls face so much more than we did. At 14 my biggest concern was whether or not my footy team won. Boys were a pain, I never
• Have faith in your talent and personality and don’t suppress either to fit in.
must resist the temptation to talk negatively
• Don’t bat your eyelids to get what you want
about ourselves, diet excessively and be slaves
– earn it.
• If anyone tries to lead you astray, be
used makeup and rarely wore dresses. Due
yourself and be strong. You are the cool
largely to technology and earlier physical
with my two girls since they were toddlers.
one, not them.
development, girls are now light years ahead.
They know ads aim to make them want things
They feel pressure to look “hot”, wear designer
they don’t need, and that mean girls are often
gear, have the latest phones and MP3 players,
insecure. We also discuss the characters, why
attend concerts, socialise online and do
they act as they do and whether it is good or
well at school. They face cyber bullying,
bad. They are certainly not perfect but, now
overprotective parents and the saturation
turning nine and 11, they don’t care about
marketing of clothes worn by stick thin
labels and neither has asked for a mobile
• Don’t butcher yourself with plastic surgery to
phone or set up a MySpace account. I know
reach an ideal defined by superficial people.
approach to raising happy, confident teen girls, Dannielle Miller urges mothers to be role models and show girls they don’t need to be perfect. “My hope is that you may harness the butterfly effect…by being conscious that
things will get tougher, but at least they are reasonably well armed.
What I tell my girls: • Life is unfair but can still be great if you do
• Don’t do anything that makes you uncomfortable. • Anyone who judges people on their looks needs to look at themself.
• You don’t have to change your name if you get married. • Respect people for who they are, regardless of gender, sexuality or ability.
your best and treat people fairly.
• Look beyond the surface.
trivial – have a big influence on your daughter,
• The cool, trendy kids won’t necessarily do
Cheryl Critchley is the author of Unspoil
just as her peers and the media influence her,”
best in life.
your actions and words – even ones that seem
more insecure than you.
I have discussed marketing and peer pressure
In The Butterfly Effect, A positive new
• Don’t copy celebrities who are probably
Your Kids; Escape the Parent Trap (Wilkinson Publishing, $9.95).
Wide Bay Australia Story by Sally-Anne Fairley, Cairns Area Manager
get the savings ball rolling “If only I knew then what I know now!” is a common catch cry from many parents balancing the demands of busy lives with children, work and household finances.
on’t you wish you could wind the clock
18 when tertiary expenses may be looming
• Teach your child how the account works
back, even for two minutes and have the
the sum would be $10,890.69 and by the
and focus them on the growth of their savings
chance to put into practice then some of the
time they reach 25 and looking to move into
in an age appropriate way. They will have
lessons you have learnt as an adult? The good
their first home you will have accumulated
learnt little if just presented with a cheque on
news is your children have the opportunity
$13,939.22* to assist them with.
their 21st birthday.
to learn more about money than perhaps you were taught and the earlier you start this education the better they will be prepared in later life. There are ways you can start the savings ball rolling for your children and, due to the power of compound interest, the younger they are when you begin, the more they will benefit in the long run. New parents often have very little spare cash but you’d be surprised what can be achieved with small amounts. Let’s say you decide you are able to invest a dollar a day for the future needs of your new
• Be aware of the government limits for interest a child is able to earn before having
there are a few things to keep in mind when
to pay tax and if they need to have a tax file
looking at a savings account for them:
number… get them one.
• Try and find an account with no fees
You never know…if you teach them well
• Obviously the higher the interest rate the more quickly their savings will grow. Some accounts offer a bonus interest if deposits are
enough, they may just be able to look after you in a manner you could become accustomed to in your old age!
made but no withdrawals • Find an account with no penalties for withdrawals from time to time
bundle of joy. By the time they’re 16 and
• Be aware of any conditions on the account
thinking about buying their first car there will
that might change at a certain age
be $9,123.30 in the account for them. At age
Regardless of what tack you decide to take when helping your kids learn about finances
*Calculations assume interest at 5%pa, calculated daily and credited to the account monthly with no fees applicable to the account. This information has been prepared by Wide Bay Australia Ltd ABN 40 087 652 060 (AFS Licence No: 239686). This information is general advice only and does not take into account your personal situation or needs. We recommend you seek personal advice from your financial advisor before acting on this general advice.
Story thanks to Amanda Cranston
Managing fussy eaters can be stressful for parents as they often feel like they are fighting a losing battle. Despite the plethora of websites, books, nutritionists and maternal health nurses now on hand to offer practical advice, many parents still resort to bribing, hiding vegetables and offering alternative foods just to make it through meal times. There are even products available now to
looking for more ways to incorporate ‘hidden’
with occasional treats and take out dinners,
bring the fun back into dinner time and assist
vegetables in to meals including Deceptively
as long as a healthy diet is maintained and
parents entice their little ones to eat. One
Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. There’s no end
daily exercise is encouraged as this will help
example is a new Food Face Plate that comes
to the lengths we mums go to encourage our
children burn energy and feel more hungry.
with either a boy or a girl face and provides
kids to eat more healthily including making
wacky examples of food art you can create
fruit smoothies, freezing fruit in ice-cubes,
by adding vegetables and other foods to the
threading fruit and marshmallows on to
face on the plate. Or there’s a Chew Chew
kebab sticks, grating vegetables on to pizza
Train dinner set which comes in the shape
or giving kids vegetable sticks to enjoy with
of a train with the engine, glass, plate with
dips. Some mums even ask their local butcher
wheels and different shaped containers which
to make vegetable sausages, while others
when put together make up a train. These
suggest turning mealtimes in to celebrations
quirky designed products will certainly bring
like picnics, tea parties, pretending to be in a
fun back to the dinner table, but may not
restaurant or by rolling a dice to decide what
necessarily make vegetables look any more
foods are to be eaten. But surely mealtimes
exciting than they did before.
shouldn’t be such hard work!
Some parents simply rename foods to make
So what do the experts suggest parents do?
Seneque at Cairns Community and Primary
them sound more enticing such as calling
Firstly parents need to set a good example
Prevention Services on 4046-8582.
mashed potato ‘fairy clouds’ or shepherd’s pie
with their own eating habits and with the
‘pirate pies’. Last year a study in the US proved
foods they eat. Children also need to get
that this strategy works. Renaming food items
involved in mealtime routines by helping
to spark your child’s imagination with names
prepare dinner and setting the table. Other
like X-Ray Vision Carrots, Power Peas, Tomato
suggestions are eating at a reasonable hour
Bursts and Dinosaur Broccoli Trees, seems to
preferably between 5pm and 6pm, avoiding
also spark their appetite.
snacks before dinner, turning the television
LOCAL STOCKISTS: For quirky dinnertime
off at mealtimes, sitting down together as a
products visit Robins Kitchen (Smithfield),
family to eat, not putting too much food on
Amazen Games (Cairns Central) and The
your child’s plate, praising your child for good
Nurture Child (Mossman).
It has also been proven that children are much more likely to eat fruit and vegetables if they are homegrown. If none of this works many parents choose to puree vegetables and hide them in recipes just to avoid arguments. Tips from some mums include adding pureed cauliflower to mashed potato and macaroni and cheese and even pureed spinach to chocolate cake. There are some good books available for mums
Even if mealtimes are a battle with fussy eaters testing out their independence, most children will eat when they are hungry and will normally outgrow this fussy eating stage. However, if parents are concerned in any way about their child’s eating then they should consult either their doctor or a specialist.
Help with Fussy Eaters: ADVICE: For advice or details on local fussy eaters courses contact nutritionist Melissa
BOOKS: Good books on this subject include Feeding Fussy Kids by Julie Maree Wood & Antonia Kidman, Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld and More Peas Please by Kate Di Prima & Julie Cichero.
behaviour like eating or feeding themselves, and most importantly not using food as a reward or punishment. All snacks throughout the day should preferably be nutritional such as fruit, vegetable sticks, cheese, yoghurt and other healthy finger foods, and drinks should generally just be water or milk. Many nutritionists say there is nothing wrong
PakHealth genetics PakHealth story thanks to Mario Calanna
beating genetics We all know how important diet and exercise are for our general wellbeing but how big a part does genetics play in our health and, is there anything we can do to change it? We are all provided with DNA when
maintained your house is the less likely it is to
• Resveritol – a powerful antioxidant and
we’re conceived which contains a unique
anti-aging compound found in red wine. You
combination of our parents DNA along with all of its perfections and imperfections. Our heritage can predispose us towards heart disease, diabetes, breast or prostate cancer,
These foods and nutrients can help you with your ‘household’ maintenance and form the basis of a holistic approach to your health:
depression and so on, but since the body is
• Probiotics – are the bacteria required to aid
continually replacing its cells throughout our
in the digestion of all food and help absorb
lifetime (the skin replaces itself once a month,
nutrients into our cells. Lactobacillus is the
the liver every six weeks, the stomach lining
every 5 days) it is also capable of healing itself if we give it the rights tools. In other
• Protein – important for muscle growth and
words you are capable of adjusting, as it were,
your DNA to enable your body to cope more effectively with daily challenges. Research and assumptions vary, but it is commonly assumed that genetics are less than 20% to blame for our health and ageing. That means you have at least an 80% choice in how healthy you are. I like to use the analogy of a house – the footings (genetics) need to be strong and stable and can’t really be changed. All the other parts of the house – walls, roof, guttering, plumbing, garden, décor – can all be modified and maintained. So the better
• Low sugar intake – critical as too much leads to over stimulation of the pancreas and leads to diabetes.
would probably have to drink a bottle of wine a day to obtain your daily quota but your liver would soon be in trouble. There is a powder available that contains this plus vitamin C and bioflavinoids. • Olive Leaf - an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, cholesterol-lowering ‘jack of all trades’. It is a fantastic all purpose healing herb. • Lifestyle – no smoking (just about the worst thing you can do for your body) and a low intake of alcohol. • Hormones – these are also lined to energy and vitality so if you’re feeling flat for any
• Fish Oils – especially the Omega-3
length of time get your hormone levels
component. It is an anti-inflammatory as
it provides cell membranes with structure elasticity, the cardio vascular system with elasticity and cholesterol reduction and the brain with the source of neurotransmitters – dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine. • Green Tea – a powerful antioxidant.
The other ingredients for a healthy life are fun, laughter, family, friends, harmony, passion for what you do in life and good health professionals including a family GP. Mario Calanna is the CEO of Calanna Pharmacy Group
PakHealth get fruity PakHealth stories thanks to Jo Whitton
get fruity! “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is not far from the truth. Fresh fruit provides our bodies with fresh water, living enzymes which aid digestion, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, natural sugars for energy, and fibre to help clean out the body. Fruit should be eaten regularly – at least four pieces a day, with as much variety as possible. Ways to get more fruit in to your diet: • Start the day with fruit salad – add it to cereal or make a fruit smoothie • For a quick energy boost during the day, whiz up a ‘boost juice’ • Keep a fruit bowl or basket on the table (and on your desk at work) to encourage the family to snack on fruit instead of junk.
ditch the fizzy pop Women who drink one can of fizzy soda a day are 83% more likely to get diabetes. In the past century diabetes has increased massively due to diet and lifestyle changes. In Australia there are now 1500 people a week who are diagnosed.
• Send fruit to school in the kid’s lunchbox
apple/berry sauce on pancakes and even ‘fruit
– try making them a fruit salad drizzled with
pizza’! Make sure you cook fruit very gently
some fresh orange juice.
over low heat so you don’t kill the enzymes.
• Make it a habit to grab a piece of fruit each
• Make a fresh fruit sorbet for an afternoon
whenever you go somewhere in the car – this
helps avoid the temptation to buy junk food while you’re out.
For more healthy recipe ideas see Joanna Whitton’s blog at www.quirkycooking.
• Use lightly cooked fruit in desserts and
baking – apple pie, fruit muffins and cakes,
kids & needles While Australians have happily embraced alternative therapies to maintain their health and wellbeing, there are probably few parents who think of acupuncture when it comes to their child’s health. But there’s no reason why children can’t also benefit from this, generally painless, treatment. Julie Simpson,
give me a break Apparently 83% of Australian women feel chronically exhausted. Experts say ‘techno-exhaustion’ is partly to blame with the use of computers and mobiles late in to the evenings. Other possible causes are being low in iron or suffering from depression.
acupuncturist at Awakening Therapies on Anderson Street, says she has successfully treated children for various conditions including teething, digestive problems, sleep disorders, bed wetting, chronic colds and coughs and colic to name a few. She says that while small children and babies usually sit on their parents lap during treatment, older children are often curious to watch the whole procedure which takes 10-15 minutes.
PakParent Get better PakParent story thanks to Amanda Cranston
create a ‘get better’ box As any mum will tell you it is hard trying to lift the spirits of a sick child who only wants to watch television and cuddle mum, but Amanda Cranston explains how to create a special Get Better Box full of fun activities and cosy comforts.
here is nothing worse than being sick
beans, sliced fruit and other nibblies to
• A pirate hat
in bed and feeling like you are missing
make your little one better
• A new book
When it comes to activities, you don’t want
• A new matchbox car
anything that will make a mess in bed so try to
• Plastic animals
avoid anything with scissors, textas, glue and
• A piece of jewellery (ring or bracelet)
out on all the fun, and for little ones being confined to their bed either at home or in hospital it can be an utterly miserable time. So why not create a Get Better Box to keep
paint. Fun activities to help your child pass the
at home for when your little one is sick, or
time can include:
even just for a rainy day. This special box can
as well as little surprises and comfort items.
• Beads and string
• A hand-held computer game
Your child can help you choose items for the
• Felt picture packs
• A new toothbrush
box, knowing that when they are sick they will
• Cardboard crowns to decorate
• A small packet of lollies
• A new pair of pyjamas
get to enjoy using them. Comfort items can be anything that makes
• Activity or puzzle books
your little one feel more comfortable, snuggly,
• Stick-on tattoos
cosy and loved, and can include:
And for children who have to spend weeks or months in bed, especially those in hospital,
• Jigsaw puzzles
then some other ideal bed toys that might
• A special pillowcase (handpicked by them)
• Hand puppets
help them pass the time include:
• A pair of silly socks
• Play dough on a tray (if supervised)
• An eye mask for sleeping
• A book to read (age appropriate)
• A small box of tissues
• Their own special face washer
• An Etch A Sketch
• Kids colourful bandaids and bandages (to
• A Do Not Disturb door hanger to decorate
like Jenga, Guess Who and Operation
It is also nice to add some little surprises to
To make a Get Better Box you just need a
the Get Better Box, so each time the box is
plastic tub, a basket or a box, and then either
opened there is something new and exciting.
• A plastic food container with lots of
tie on a label or get your kids to decorate their
Depending on the age of your child, some
different compartments like a fishing tackle
box with stickers, glitter, cut-out pictures or
special additions to the box can include:
ribbon. This special box of goodies will make
bandage up teddy too) • A special drink bottle that only comes out when they are sick
tray or a muffin tray which can hold sultanas, rice crackers, dried fruit, marshmallows, jelly
• A plastic tea set
• Colouring books and pencils
contain lots of fun activities to do while in bed,
• A barbie doll
• A tiara and wand
• A laptop • A portable DVD player • A musical keyboard • Boardgames that can be played on a tray
even the most disheartened child feel special.
JIM TURNOUR MP Federal Member for Leichhardt
the green gym
Outdoor exercise Story thanks to Cairns Regional Council
While the benefits of exercise and the ongoing national battle against obesity are well recognised, few people appreciate just how important it is to your health to have regular contact with nature.
orking out on machines in an air-
self-worth and higher cognitive function.
banner of “Fun Free Fitness”. Currently over
conditioned gym will certainly service
A lack of contact with nature has also
20,000 people annually participate in these
the physical needs of your body, but it fails
been linked to Attention Deficit Disorder
activities. The classes are varied and include
to provide the mental and spiritual work-out
(ADHD). Studies have concluded that the
Yoga, Boot Camp and Aqua Aerobics as well as
that is necessary for your overall health and
“greener a child’s play setting, the less severe
FitKids for children and Active Hearts classes
symptoms of ADHD appear” (Children &
for the elderly. Zumba currently attracts over
Nature Network 2010). In 2005 Richard
200 people to each class on Friday evenings.
Human evolution has always had critical links to the natural world but many people in our modern society now live in isolation from nature. City living has little connection
Helping families with education costs
Louv (www.childrenandnature.org) gave this phenomenon the name ‘Nature-Deficit Disorder’.
upgrade of the Green Gym fitness equipment at the northern Esplanade with components
to nature, and rapid advances in technology
Cairns Regional Council has recognised the
selected to allow low-impact cardio style
have resulted in many people now spending
potential health and community benefits to
exercise that facilitates strength and mobility.
more time in front of a screen than any other
be gained from enabling people to engage in
The equipment will be designed to suit the
activity, including sleep. This has lead to
active recreation in a natural environment.
needs of older persons or those recovering
recognised psychological and neurological
The equipment on the Council’s Esplanade
from illness or injury.
“Green Gym” allows the community to access
A close proximity to green spaces is associated with less depression, anxiety and other health
fitness and exercise equipment in a beautiful natural setting, and therefore gain combined health benefits from both exercise, and
Education tax REfund - claim Education ExpEnsEs up to:
problems, and this relationship has been
• $750 for each child undertaking primary studies (max refund of $375 per child per year)
who experience high levels of contact with
Free exercise activities are also provided by
nature are reported to have higher levels of
Council on the Cairns Esplanade under the
• $1500 for each child undertaking secondary studies (max refund of $750 per child per year)
In the next few months there will be a further
shown to be strongest for children. Children
exposure to nature.
For more information about how your family can benefit from being active in a natural environment go to: www.cairnsesplanade.com.au
for more information go to: www.educationtaxrefund.gov.au
JIM TURNOUR MP 102 Grafton Street, Cairns QLD 4870 • Phone: 1300 301 917 www.jimturnour.com.au “I’ll keep working to make our community an even better place to live and raise a family” 20
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VENUE City Place Edmonton Library Esplanade Volleyball Courts Cairns Esplanade Skate Park Cairns Esplanade Skate Park Cairns West State School Trinity Beach State School Mt Sheridan Plaza Mondos Esplanade City Library Cairns Esplanade Skate Park Cairns Esplanade Skate Park Cairns West State School Trinity Beach State School Mt Sheridan Plaza Esplanade Funship Mondos Esplanade Esplanade Mt Sheridan Plaza Trinity Beach Hotel Esplanade Mondos Tanks Art Centre Mondos Gordonvale Library Earlville Library Cairns Esplanade Skate Park Stockland Esplanade Fogarty Park Mondos Manunda Library Stockland Smithfield Community Center Mondos
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Free school holiday jewellery workshops 6-1O July
Parlay - trio Storytime FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - Beach Volley Ball Clinic FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - Skate Board Clinic - BEGINNER FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - Skate Board Clinic - ADVANCED CARROT ON A STICK HOLIDAY PROGRAMME Drama Holiday Program School Holiday - Fun for all the Kids Unsigned and Unplugged Songwriter Night DRUM UP BIG Gruffalo School Holiday Workshop FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - Skate Board Clinic - BEGINNER FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - Skate Board Clinic - ADVANCED CARROT ON A STICK HOLIDAY PROGRAMME Drama Holiday Program School Holiday - Fun for all the Kids Mums and Bubs Fitness Live Music: 3's A Crowd Esplanade Markets Cairns Ukulele Festival School Holiday - Fun for all the Kids Nikki the Clown - Face Painting and Craft Rainbow Roots Roadshow All Day Dining with Giant Lawn Games & Bean Bags Cairns Ukulele Festival Time Out Mondays - Chocolate Fondue with bookings over 5ppl Storytime Baby Rhyme Time FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - Beach Volley Ball Clinic FREE Jewellery & Keychain workshops Fit Kids Program Family Night with Terry Doyle & Rachel the Face-painter Storytime FREE Jewellery & Keychain workshops Positive Parenting Program Hump Day Hungry's - $15 Fajita's
12:00 PM 10:30 AM 3:00 PM TBC TBC 10:00 AM 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 10:00 AM TBC TBC 10:00 AM 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 8:00:00 PM 6:00:00 PM 8:00 AM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM 7:30 PM 11:00 AM All Day 9:30 AM Evenings 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:00 PM 11:00 AM 4:00 PM Evenings 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 6:00 PM Evenings
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CairnsShow theme 11 July at Cazalys For more information: (07) 4054 1464
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HolidayPolly Crafts 28June to 3July For more information: (07) 4036 3150
DATE 8 Jul
11 Jul 12 Jul 13 Jul
VENUE City Place Mossman Library Stockland Smithfield Library Cairns Esplanade Skate Park Cairns Esplanade Skate Park Mondos Cairns Esplanade Skate Park City Place Esplanade Funship Cairns Civic Theatre City Library Esplanade Stockland Cairns Esplanade Skate Park Cairns Esplanade Skate Park Tanks Art Centre Mondos Esplanade Stockland Esplanade Cairns Civic Theatre Esplanade Yorkeys Knob Boating Club Tanks Art Centre Esplanade Cazalys Mondos Mondos Gecko's Indoor Play Centre Esplanade Fogarty Park Stratford Library Cairns Regional Gallery Mondos City Library Railway Institute Hall
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at the Esplanade Tuesdays 4pm free
For more information: (07) 4044 3715
ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Naidoc Week: Bel Lui Storytime and Baby Rhyme Time FREE Jewellery & Keychain workshops Baby Rhyme Time FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - Beach Volley Ball Clinic FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - Skate Board Clinic - BEGINNER Unsigned and Unplugged Songwriter Night FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - Skate Board Clinic - ADVANCED Naidoc Week Entertainment Mums and Bubs Fitness Dora the Explorer Live Gruffalo School Holiday Workshop MARKS AUSSIE ANIMAL SHOW FREE Jewellery & Keychain workshops FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - Skate Board Clinic - BEGINNER FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - Skate Board Clinic - ADVANCED Live Music: Northern Exposure Live Music: Celine DeeAz & Nikki Doll Esplanade Markets FREE Jewellery & Keychain workshops Naidoc Week: Koahlition Dora the Explorer Live Naidoc Week: Bayjah Live Music: Barbary Coasters Live Music: Deborah Conway Snake Gully PAKCLUB - Cairns Show Themed - Win VIP CAIRNS SHOW Passes All Day Dining with Giant Lawn Games & Bean Bags Time Out Mondays - Chocolate Fondue with bookings over 5ppl Colouring In Competition Fit Kids Program Storytime Tiny Tackers Program - 4 week term - Booking Essential Family Night with Terry Doyle & Rachel the Face-painter Storytime Free Dance Lessons (10 weeks) sign up today!
TIME 12:00 PM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 10:30 AM 3:00 PM TBC 6:00 PM TBC 12:00 PM 8:00 AM 10:00 AM 7:00 PM 11:00 AM TBC TBC 6:30 PM 6:00 PM 8:00 AM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 3:00 PM 5:00 PM All Day Evenings 10:00 AM 4:00 PM 10:30 AM 10:00 AM Evenings 10:30 AM 4:00 PM
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DATE 15 Jul
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VENUE Mondos City Place Mossman Library PCYC Stratford Library Mondos Esplande Mondos Esplanade Funship Tanks Art Centre Esplanade Esplanade Tanks Art Centre Tanks Art Centre Trinity Beach Hotel Esplande Mondos Mondos Gecko's Indoor Play Centre Esplanade Fogarty Park Smithfield Library Cairns Regional Gallery Mondos Babinda Library Cairns Showgrounds Mondos City Place Mossman Library Earlville Library Cairns Regional Gallery Lifeline - 188 Aumuller st Mondos Cairns Showgrounds Cairns Showgrounds Fuller Sports Edmonton Esplanade Funship
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For more info: Sea FM (07) 4046 4800
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ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Hump Day Hungry's - $15.00 Fajita's Pauline Bradshaw Duo Storytime and Baby Rhyme Time Mumbalates Class Baby Rhyme Time Unsigned and Unplugged Songwriter Night FORESHORE FIRESHOW - CYCAS CIRCUS Live Music: Azonic Mums and Bubs Fitness Live Music: PHRASE, M-PHAZES & ILLY Esplanade Markets The McMenamins Live Music: Avenue Band Forum Live Music: THE AMITY AFFLICTION Nikki the Clown - Face Painting and Craft Sapodilla All Day Dining with Giant Lawn Games & Bean Bags Time Out Mondays - Chocolate Fondue with bookings over 5ppl Story Time Fit Kids Program Storytime Tiny Tackers Program - 4 week term - Booking Essential Family Night with Terry Doyle & Rachel the Face-painter Storytime CAIRNS SHOW Hump Day Hungry's - $15.00 Fajita's Brooks Brothers Duo Storytime and Baby Rhyme Time Storytime Tiny Tackers Program - 4 week term -Booking Essential Stress Down Day - 2 1/2 Hr Workshop Unsigned and Unplugged Songwriter Night CAIRNS SHOW CAIRNS SHOW Live Music: Barbary Coasters Mums and Bubs Fitness
TIME Evenings 12:00 PM 10:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:00 AM 6:30 PM 8:00 AM 3:00 AM 11:00 AM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 3:00 PM All Day Evenings 10:00 AM 4:00 PM 10:30 AM 10:00 AM Evenings 10:30 AM All Day Evenings 12:00 PM 10:30 AM 10:30 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 AM 6:00 PM All Day All Day 6:30 PM 8:00 AM
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ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Live Music: 3's A Crowd Esplanade Markets I & I Tuala - Trio Children’s Fine Art Classes - 6 week Term - Booking Essential Lost @ Last Tanks Markets Day All Day Dining with Giant Lawn Games & Bean Bags Time Out Mondays - Chocolate Fondue with bookings over 5ppl Creative Craft Baby Rhyme Time Fit Kids Program Ready to Read Workshop with Dr James L Thomas Tiny Tackers Program - 4 week term - Booking Essential Family Night with Terry Doyle & Rachel the Face-painter Hump Day Hungry's - $15.00 Fajita's Marcus Storytime and Baby Rhyme Time Tiny Tackers Program - 4 week term - Booking Essential Unsigned and Unplugged Songwriter Night Vikarious Mums and Bubs Fitness UMI Arts Indigenous Market Live Music: Barbary Coasters Esplanade Markets Cerebal Pausy Day - event TBC Kym Campbell Annual Gem Festival Live in the Auditorium - Kevin Bloody Wilson supported by Jenny Talia Live Music: Fat Freddys Drop Nikki the Clown - Face Painting and Craft
TIME 6:00 PM 8:00 AM 3:00 PM 10:00 AM 3:00 PM 9:00 AM All Day Evenings 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 4:00 PM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM Evenings Evenings 3:00 PM 10:30 AM 10:00 AM 6:00 PM 12:00 PM 8:00 AM 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 AM 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 9:00 AM TBC 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
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GO Bowling Cairns Specials on all month for adults, kids, birthdays and groups! (07) 4053 3497. Super Special Sunday Sessions - 3pm until late ($15.50 p/p for 3 games) Cairns Recreation Centre Heaps of fun activities for kids 7 days a week. For further information and session times call (07) 4053 5353 Fun Free Fitness (07) 4044 3715 - For all timetables & class info go to: www.cairnsesplanade.com.au/funfreefitness
The SANDS Support group meets on the second Friday of each month 10am-12pm at the Marlin Coast Neighborhood Centre in Smithfield (45 Cumberland Ave). If you would like more info call Nerissa on 4098 3089 or Kelly on 4033 7917. The 24/7 phone listeners line is 1800 228 655. Cairns PCYC MON to THUR - Kindy Kidz Gym @ 9am-10am Cost is $7. Call (07) 4053 1532 for more info Playgroup Queensland 1800 171 883 Mon-Fri for families with 0-5 year olds Gecko’s Indoor Play Centre (07) 4038 1181 Mon, Tue, Wed - child minding = $25 for 2 hrs, $32 for 3hrs includes entry, minding & childs sandwich (discounts for more than one child)
Cazalys Juniors Kids Club 6pm Sundays Brothers Leagues KIDS Club Every Sun - Kids Disco 3.30pm-6pm (ages 3-12yrs) AJ Hackett Live Music Sundays, BBQ & Free Jumping Castle for Kids Ravenshoe Rail 1.30pm Sundays Red Beret Kids Club Sundays 11.30-4pm, Sunday Buffet Breakfast $10, Monday-Believe it or not trivia
Atherton Markets 1st Sat of each month from 7am at Platypus Park
Cooktown Markets Every Sat from 8am - noon at Lions Park
Mt Sheridan Markets 2nd Sat of month at Mt Sheridan Plaza
Babinda Markets 1st Sat of each month, except January, from 8am, Munro St
Gordonvale Cottage Markets 1st Sat of each month from 8am-12pm at Norman Park
Pier Farmgate Market 7.30am-2pm every Sat at the Pier Shopping Centre
Rusty’s Markets All day Fri, until 2pm Sat & Sun, Grafton St
Innisfail Red Cross Markets 3rd Sun of each month at Anzac Memorial Park
Port Douglas Markets Every Sun from 8.30am-2pm at Anzac Park
Esplanade Markets Every Sat from 8am-4pm at the Esplanade
Kuranda Markets Every Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun 9am-3pm in Therwine St
Ravenshoe Markets 4th Sun of the month
Holloways Beach Markets 2nd Sun of month 8am-1pm at Holloways Beachfront
Malanda Markets 3rd Sat of each month from 6am-12pm at Jack May Park
Mt Sheridan Markets 2nd Sat of every month
Mareeba Markets 2nd Sat of each month at Centenary Park, Byrnes St
SPeewah Markets Every Sun 8am-2pm Carpark of the Speewah Tavern, Speewah Road, 6ks past Kuranda
Night Markets Daily from 4.30pm-11pm, entry from Espanade or Abbott St
Mission Beach Markets 1st & 3rd Sun of each month 6.30am-12pm, opposite Hideaway
Tanks Art Centre Markets Last Sun of each month from 9am-1pm
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VENUE Mondos Esplanade Esplanade Cairns Regional Gallery Esplanade Tanks Art Centre Mondos Mondos Gecko's Indoor Play Centre Manunda Library Esplanade Fogarty Park City Library Meeting Room Cairns Regional Gallery Mondos Mondos City Place Mossman Library Cairns Regional Gallery Mondos City Place Esplanade Funship Esplanade Mareeba Leagues Club Esplanade Esplanade Esplanade Cairns Youth Centre Brothers Leagues Club Tanks Art Centre Trinity Beach Hotel
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Swap Meet @ Rodeo Drive-in Mareeba Every Sun from April-September, Highway 3 Tolga Markets First Sun of each month at Morrow Park Race Course Tully Markets Every second & fourth Sat of each month at Tully Showgrounds Yungaburra Markets Fourth Sat of each month 7.30am-12.30pm in the Main St
Winter word search Find all of the winter words and when complete circle the remaining letters left to right, top to bottom to learn an interesting winter fact and you could win!!!
Match the words & pictures WORDS Blizzard Cold December Drifts February Freezing Frost Hockey Ice Icicles January March Shovel Skate Skiing Slush Snowman Snowstorm Tobbogan Wind Chill
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Dora’s Out of This World Adventures It’s triple the adventure with Dora in this 3 DVD collection. Restore the Snowy Forest when Dora jumps into a storybook to save the Snow Princess, dive under the ovean to save Mermaid Kingdom with Mermaid Dora, and set sail on an epic sing-along journey in Dora’s Priate Adventure. Each DVD contains a double length adventure plus additional episodes.
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Who hasn’t seen kids chucking a tantrum in
at this stage are the same as their wants, so
they are used to. By this age, babies have
the shops or lying prostrate on the footpath,
when you try to meet their needs, what your
developed distinct preferences for sleeping
screaming and hitting the ground until their
baby learns is that everything will be OK,
and feeding routines, and they will cry when
parents give into whatever demand they
that the world is a safe place. In turn they feel
those wants are not facilitated. As difficult as it
have at that moment? I have seen so many
secure and confident in their surroundings.
is to take away what once was comforting to
bad examples that when I became a mother
Parents to colicky babies sometimes have
your baby, some habits need to be changed.
last year, one of my biggest concerns was
to hold their baby for hours while they cry
One of the most critical skills to teach your
accidentally spoiling my baby. And when you
from having wind. It might seem like they’re
baby is self-settling. As a parent, your choice
are a new parent, people are always quick to
spoiling their baby, but they’re not. In fact,
of action will reinforce or break them out of
give advice. We have all heard the “Don’t pick
researchers find that colicky babies who are
habits, which would continue to get more
up your baby every time he cries or you’ll
responded to don’t cry for as long compared
demanding as time goes on.
spoil him” warning. Fortunately, science says
to those who are left to “cry it out.” That’s
because young babies who feel a deep trust
According to researchers, it is impossible for parents to spoil their baby before they reach six months of age. Experts say there’s a huge
in their parents tend to develop a more secure sense of self that helps them self-soothe later on.
If your toddler breaks down at the supermarket for that Kinder Surprise and you give in because you feel embarrassed about your kid making a scene, you might be spoiling your child. But young babies are not
fallacy in the thinking that responding to a
Spoiling essentially means giving into
sophisticated enough to manipulate you to
newborn’s every cry and whimper will result
demands that are not necessary which leads
do what they want. One child-development
in a dependent, self-centred child. What some
babies to expect to have their way all the time.
specialist gives spoiling a fresh perspective.
people consider “spoiling” is in fact critical to a
There’s a fine line between nurturing and
She says if you’re unsure whether you are
healthy development and beneficial in raising
spoiling, and that line becomes more blurred
spoiling your kid, ask yourself, “Am I doing
a confident, secure baby.
as babies’ wants become more sophisticated
something for my child that she can really do
around six months. For example, they will
Newborns cry because they need to be fed, changed, comforted, and loved. Their needs
cry to demand a particular parent’s care over another or to be nursed to sleep if that’s what
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reclaim your body Getting back into shape soon after giving
walk along the Esplanade with bub in the
 Push Ups: Start with the hands set in a
birth can not only help with the demands of
pram. For example:
wide position on a bench and then lower
looking after a newborn, it can also reduce the risk of postnatal depression.
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the chest between the hands. Keep the body long and straight (esp. the hips) and draw your belly in.
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According to health and fitness coach
hips back (like you are sitting on a chair).
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Ensure knees do not track over the top of
 Tricep Dips: Start with the hands set
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your toes. Draw your belly in to support
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Goose Blocks are $74.95 at Baby Yeti.
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Lately I lie awake at night worrying about the fact that I’m not very good at things like scrapbooking! Will my kids be emotionally scarred because their friends all have books full of beautifully put together, lovingly crafted memories and they don’t? Am I less of a Mum because I’ve just got a pile of photos shoved in a drawer somewhere? I admire the skill of mum’s who have the knack of this fiddly craft. My one creation resembles something Dali may have done… on a bad day…blindfolded…while hanging upside down and being whacked with piñata sticks! I may show the kids one day when they are ready for a good laugh. Until then, I’ll console myself with the fact that every mum has her strengths and weaknesses and we all show our love to our kids in our own, individual ways…and that’s what’s important.
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School holiday activities Most mums will tell you the phrase “mum I’m bored” can be a little testing during school holiday time, so here’s a list of ideas to keep them amused.
laying board games is a great way of
so maybe a trip to the library to borrow some
A Teddy Bear’s Tea Party at home is easy to
spending time together, providing mental
new books or even re-reading favourites at
organise. Lay out a picnic rug or set a little
stimulation and having fun. There are lots of
home is a wonderful school holiday activity.
table with a table cloth and kids tea set, bring
board games on the market for all age groups
Older kids can read on their own and younger
out all the teddy bears and soft toys, put party
and some popular choices include Hungry
ones can snuggle up to mum or dad for story
hats on them all and your tea party is set. You
Hippo, Elefun, Connect 4, Guess Who, Snakes
can serve party food, play party games and
and Ladders, Jenga and Kerplunk. Having a picnic at home in the back garden, at
super easy to more difficult. Many families
the local park or down at the foreshore is a fun
like to do complicated jigsaws together so
outing and the kids will love to be involved
everyone can be involved.
in planning it. Get the kids to help prepare the food, grab the picnic rug and a few comfy cushions and off you go. Why not pack the frisbee, ball, books and a board game as well.
“Mum, I’m bored!”
can then either give the card to a friend or relative or save it for a future celebration. Packets of blank cards and envelopes in all colours are readily available, and the kids can
home, especially if there are lots of good
decorate them by putting a painted handprint
hiding spots. Mum and dad can play too,
on the front, cutting out pictures and gluing
helping hide the younger players.
them on, sprinkling glitter, drawing a picture,
and cushions. Kids love building cubbies and
using stickers, cutting and pasting some of their artwork or decorating with feathers.
will enjoy having morning tea or lunch inside
Playing dress ups is one of the best things
about being a kid and having an enormous
Baking biscuits and cupcakes is always popular with kids. Give each child their own apron and set them up at the table. There are lots of different cookie cutter shapes available and you can add chocolate chips, sultanas or
dress up box filled with costumes, hats, scarves, wigs, feather boas, gloves, shoes, bags and costume accessories can create princesses, pirates and a host of other characters.
smarties to the biscuit mixture. And a range of
Blowing bubbles can keep younger children
coloured icings and toppings such as snakes,
occupied for hours and there’s a whole range
sprinkles, coconut and smarties will inspire
of different bubble blowing accessories
creative cupcake decorating. Keep some for
available at the supermarkets these days. You
morning or afternoon tea and freeze the rest
can also add some food colouring to bubble
mixture and the kids can blow colourful
Face painting is great for little ones and face paints are available in most toy shops in either
bubbles onto paper to make beautiful artwork.
crayon or paint form. You can be as creative
Karaoke at home is always lots of fun and is
as you like from simple flowers and butterflies
even more enjoyable if the kids have a few
to more intricate animal faces, or borrow a
friends over to sing along with them. You can
face painting design book from the library for
buy karaoke DVDs or borrow them from the
inspiration. Don’t forget to take photos!
library and then plug in real microphones or
Reading books is great for the imagination
Making cards lets kids be creative and they
Hide and Seek is a great game to play at
Build an indoor cubby with blankets, sheets
Jigsaw Puzzles are good fun and range from
get the kids to improvise using hairbrushes to
take photos of all the guests including the teddy bears to make up an album of the event later. Dancing to music is a good way to burn off energy and tire the kids out. They can put on some of their favourite CDs or plug in the ipod and dance around at home. You can even turn it into a disco.
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so the kids don’t become too familiar with the
If you want to create a more challenging
knowing that locating the clues will
location of the clues. If you laminate the clues
treasure hunt you can set about drawing a
ultimately lead to hidden treasure is one
they will last a bit longer and you can draw a
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to the next clue such as move five steps to the left and then turn to your right and move seven steps directly in front of you. Your child should be able to find a clue in this spot, before reading directions to the next clue, and the next and so on until they find the treasure.
While many little ones may need some help
this clue is a tricky one, it is stuck underneath
When it comes to treasure you can be as
deciphering the clues or reading the rhymes,
a chair, at the dining table, can you find it
creative as you like. Treasure can be anything
kids as young as two can play and get caught
there? If the kids are fairly young try to write
from a little box of sultanas through to a
up in the excitement by following the bigger
no more than ten clues, as many kids will start
colouring book with crayons. It can be stickers,
kids in the race for the next clue. The difficulty
to lose interest if there are too many clues.
a chocolate bar, lollypop, lip gloss, matchbox
of the clue cards will depend on the age of
The final clue leading to the treasure could be
car, chocolate coins, pirate money, twirly
your children, but basic rhyming cards is a
head back to the lounge room, your treasure
straw or face paints. McHappy meal toys
great way to introduce them to treasure hunts.
awaits you there, check down on the floor,
are also great items to put away for treasure
behind the reading chair. Or maybe now to
hunts. Keep a small box handy and fill it with
find the treasure, look inside your bed, have
small items as you come across them either
a look under your pillow, where you lay your
at home or at the local two dollar shop. Once
head. Then wait for the excitement as your
the item is wrapped in newspaper and hidden
little ones squeal with delight at finding their
as treasure, your child will be delighted no
matter what it is.
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Daytripper holidays Keep the kids occupied these school holidays
Green Island is one of the best family day trips our region has to
If you feel like you’ve lost your sense of adventure since having
offer and perfect for a family day out during the school holidays.
kids you should check out the Jungle Surfing in Cape Tribulation.
Only a short 45 min ride by catamaran, you can spend the day
It’s the perfect family adventure activity.
lazing on the beach while the kids snorkel and play safely in water teeming with colourful fish. And, if they get bored with the beach there’s also the rainforest walk, underwater observatory, complimentary glass bottom boat tour or the Marineland Melanesia Aquarium, Museum & Crocodile Habitat.
Deep in the beautiful rainforest with gorgeous views of the Cape, you will find people from as young as three years old whizzing through the trees 20 metres above the ground on flying foxes. We recently made the trip up there (approx. 2½ hours from Cairns) not really expecting our 3 year old daughter to want to do it. We
As far as eating is concerned on the island, there are various
had spoken to a friendly staff member on the phone beforehand
options for lunch including the resorts excellent restaurant
who reassured us that kids are rarely a problem; it’s the adults who
Emeralds which has reasonably priced snacks and meals. There’s
sometimes freak out!
also a buffet lunch available or you can take your own picnic esky.
And so it was. To much hilarity we had a big guy in our group who
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Then our 3 year old casually strolled up next and calmly launched
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bushwalking There’s no better time of year to get outside and explore some of Cairns beautiful bushwalks. These tracks are all close by with stunning views. Red Arrow Track (40mins) & Blue Arrow Track Starting from a parking area on Collins Avenue next to the Botanic Gardens, these tracks lead up to the Mt. Whitfield Conservation Park with gorgeous views across the airport and out across the Coral Sea. The Red Arrow is short and brutal (a popular exercise circuit and great for toning the legs with lots of steps). The Blue Arrow gives you the option of a much longer steep walk.
Stoney Creek to Glacier Rock (3hrs return) Starting from the Stoney Creek carpark this walk takes you through beautiful rainforest with views along the way of the Barron Valley.
The ultimate goal, Glacier Rock, is a rocky
the creek and eventually finishing where the
outcrop with views across Cairns, canefields,
Clamshell Falls cascade down the gorge in to
rivers and the ocean.
deep green pools.
Crystal Cascades to Lake Morris (2 hrs return)
Don’t forget to be well prepared for bushwalks
Crystal Cascades has 3 walking tracks – two
water, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks, a
easy ones and one for the fit. The two easier
first aid kit and toilet paper (for emergencies!).
ones take you on gentle strolls along creeks,
Don’t forget to tell family or friends about your
rockpools and rapids. The harder walk takes
plans and beware some of the local ‘friends’ to
about an hour and is a steep rough climb up
look out for eg. snakes, cassowaries (stay back
to Lake Morris.
and wait for them to move), leeches (don’t sit
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on moss), ticks and the wait-a-while palm.
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good sportmanship Despite the media reports of some parents behaving badly on the sidelines of their children’s sports matches, a recent survey revealed that 78% of Queensland parents consider good sportsmanship an important life skill and that it’s primarily up to parents to teach it. But what does being a good sport actually mean?
o many people, it means knowing how to win and lose graciously, but in fact, good
sportsmanship encompasses much more. It’s about treating fellow sportsmen with the same respect and manners that we would show them on the street and it’s also about learning how to handle challenges. A child who is learning to be a good sport is also learning how to overcome conflict, negotiate obstacles and handle failure. Taking my son to soccer is always an enlightening experience. Some parents applaud every goal, regardless of which
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team scored it, and some constantly yell instructions and irritated exhortations to do better. Presumably, they are trying to motivate their kids, but it’s more likely to make them feel miserable for disappointing them. In a society where many famous athletes (and
 Be a role model. Kids always look to their parents for guidance on how to behave so offer praise and encouraging words for all athletes, including your child’s opponents. Importantly, never demean any athlete, coach, or referee. Let your child see you enjoying the sports and athletic activities that you play or watch, regardless of who wins.  Teach your child to be respectful, on and off the field. Explain to your child that the respect you expect him to show at home extends to the playing field as well. This means playing fair, and showing appreciation for another player’s skill or win.  Teach your child to be empathetic.
the time. Lead by example when you win or lose, but also prompt your child to respond appropriately when they win or lose.  Encourage your child to lighten up. Sports are supposed to be fun! Encourage them to laugh about the things that went wrong, like falling flat on their face. Help them to keep the right perspective. Remind them of the reason they joined the sport in the first place ie for fun or to play with friends.  Teach your child to focus on effort. Teach your child that success comes from knowing they did their best. If they tried their best and still lost the game, then they have every reason to be proud of themselves, and so do you. No matter what the scoreboard says, kids
parents) model bad behaviour on the field,
Encourage your child to think about other
need to know that they are worthy and
how do we teach our children to be good
players’ feelings. Ask him how he would
special. Let them know how proud you are
feel if he won a game and other players
of their efforts and how much you enjoy
complimented him, and how he would feel if
watching them play the game. Knowing that
they were rude.
their parents will not be disappointed in them
 Enrol your child in a sport! Sports are the best way to teach your child about fair play and sportsmanship. By
 Don’t always let your child win.
putting kids into a competitive arena, you are
Family games are a good way of teaching kids
providing many opportunities to develop the
how to handle winning or losing graciously.
social skills that make up sportsmanship.
So tempting as it is, don’t let them win all
if they lose, goes a long way towards teaching a child to be a good sport.
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Share parenting Story thanks to Lauren Doolan
shareparents A new website has recently launched which enables single parents to pool resources, writes Lauren Doolan
reating the best home environment is
developed a simple way for single parents to
them if they could join forces with someone in
important for every family. But when it
come together and share their resources in a
a similar situation and tackle the tough times
comes to those single parents saddled with
bid to minimise the daily pressures that they
all the household responsibilities it can be
very difficult for them to provide financial and
emotional support for their children. Add to this the growing costs of rent, food and child care and the burden can be a large one to shoulder on your own.
a place where single parents can contact
and dads an attractive alternative to solo
each other with the intention of pooling their
parenting. Shareparents is an online resource
that helps single parents halve their financial
in their standard of living after separation.
costs and ongoing utility bills. With the
Many are forced to move out of their current
support and assistance of another single
homes and often have to move their children
parent in the house, single parents suddenly
to a school in another area. For those paying
have more money, more freedom and better
mortgages, they suddenly find they can no
facilities on offer for both families.
in a more stable financial position. In addition to this, many single mothers find it impossible to go back to full-time employment, as the cost of childcare is just too high and often hard to find.
a website designed to give single mums
burdens by sharing accommodation, grocery
renting can be overlooked for tenants who are
shared responsibility possible by providing
For most single parents there is a huge drop
longer keep up with payments, and those
The Shareparents website makes this idea of
Their brainchild is shareparents.com.au,
Parents coping alone may have different reasons for using the site. Some may want financial assistance with their mortgage by renting out rooms while others may want to create a dual income to help pay for groceries, gas and electricity. Or they may just want the company, support and assistance of another
Shareparents co-creator, Wendy Lilley said
person who understands what they are going
the idea came from seeing friends and family
struggling as single parents. “It was only when we all came together for a group picnic or barbeque that we saw them relax as each of us lent a hand with the kids or the cleaning up. It was obvious that there must be thousands
But there’s good news for the single parents
of other single parents in the same boat. We
of Australia. Two Australian women have
thought how much better things would be for
It is a very user-friendly site and is open to all single parents – mums, dads and even part-time parents. For more information go to http://shareparenting.com.au
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