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J u n e 2011

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issue 48

pakmag turns 4

holiday Activities Keep your kids busy!

Cover photo courtesy of Cheeky Monkey Photography


Tickets! Comp details on page 3

Predictable Parenting Being predictable is a good thing Full story page 8


June What’s On Guide Ukulele Festival Fun Author Trudie Trewin


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08 publishers note Hello and welcome to the 48th edition of PakMag, our very special 4th birthday edition. Wow, I can’t believe it’s been four years. Creating PakMag has been one of the most challenging and yet rewarding things I have ever done. Thanks so much to all our readers, businesses, and community groups who have supported us and made it such a vital and popular resource for local families, we couldn’t have done it without you. The biggest thank you must go to my team and of course, my wonderful, patient, supportive husband Trent as well as all those other friends and family who’ve helped keep me sane (almost!). By the time you read this it’ll be only 4 weeks until baby no. 2 arrives so I’d really better start getting myself organised! This second pregnancy has certainly not been as easy as the first and it’s funny how much more nonchalant you are with the second when so much time is still taken up doting on the first. We really hope you enjoy this edition, and hope to see you at one of our many events this month. Until then, happy reading, and don’t forget to tell everyone - you read it in PakMag.


contents parents 02 What’s new

Publisher: Bree James Editor: Elaine Seager What’s On/MiniMag: Trent Stievano Client Manager: Angelina Mortley Design & Layout: Trina Jensen Articles: Elaine Seager, Sue Edgerley, Amanda Cranston & submitted writers Phone: 4034 3331 Fax: 4034 3342 Email: Address: Level 2, 68 Abbott Street Virginia House, Cairns QLD 4870 Postal: PO Box 7433, Cairns QLD 4870 Disclaimer: No part of this magazine, including the advertisements within it may be reproduced, in part or in whole without the expressed permission of the editor. Whilst the greatest of care is taken to ensure that the information in the magazine is correct at the time of going to press, readers are advised to check details before visiting. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. The expressions expressed within PakMag are not necessarily the views of the publishers, but those of individual writers.

kids 25 Kid’s MiniMag

04 Party Etiquette 07 Catholic Education 08 Predictable Parenting 11 Are dirty kids smart kids? 13 Money & Work 15

MacDonnell’s Law


Proarch Podiatry



23 PakFood 24 Out & about photos 25 Mini Mag 27

What’s On

33 Out & about photos


pakmag : for parents of beans to teens

35 PakBaby 38 PakParent

babies & toddlers 35 PakBaby

things to win 02 WIN Cars2 movie tickets 09 WIN a parenting book 20 WIN Calanna Lysine Plus Tablets 23 WIN a mystery prize 26 WIN a mystery prize 31 4 mystery prizes to WIN 36 WIN a Baby Sleep Book

41 Wardrobe Wake Up 43 Tackling Teens 45 Kids Birthday Party Guide 49 School Holiday Guide

cover shot Model: Sophie Page Photographer: Cheeky Monkey

53 Ukulele Festival

Stylist: Gerlinda Aras

54 Quirky Adventures

Clothing: Little Angels, Best & Less

55 Movie of the Month

cake: Jennifer at Icing Bits

56 Stockland Time for a Break

decorations: Gift of the Gab Party Shop

Find us exclusively in your local:


what’s new june

what’s new june

Movie Releases

Tjapukai parties

Special screening

Stuck for ideas for your next birthday party?

World Oceans Day is held on 8 June each

Tjapukai are now doing kids birthday parties

year and it’s an opportunity to celebrate our

and we can guarantee the games will be a bit

world ocean and our personal connection to

different! Prices start from $17pp including

the sea. Since the ocean is a major part of our

food and a choice of activities from playing didgeridoos to throwing boomerangs.

Show countdown

environment in the tropical north, the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) and the Protect our Coral Sea Campaign are You can save money and buy your pre-sold

This year the Blitz Flame Jet Truck will be

tickets and bonus dollars at Raintrees Shopping

returning. You’ll also be able to see the Tjapukai

Centre and the Cairns Show Association’s office

They are hosting a special event – the

Don’t forget to take your moggies along to

performers set off the fireworks with a lit spear,

at the Showground from 6 July.

only screening of the new Disney nature

this year’s Cairns Cats Show on 19 June at

the Crack Up Sisters, the Surfing Scientist and

Brothers Leagues Club in Manunda. You don’t

Ronald McDonald. And, of course, there’ll be

Cats in Cairns

X-Men First Class (TBA) In cinemas June 2 disney Digital 3D

Super 8 (TBA) In cinemas June 9

Not long now to the annual Cairns Show.

WIN Cars2 tickets!

need to be a professional to enter. For more information contact Linda on 0409 845 130

the animal nursery, the Grand Parade, the HiLux Heroes and lots of showbags!

blockbuster ‘Oceans’ in Cairns. Since this Check out the website for more information

awesome new movie is not being shown in

on the Show at See

local cinemas this is your only opportunity

mini-mag for kids competition.

to see it on the big screen. It will be shown at the Jute Theatre on 8 June (7pm). Tickets

or email The new Cars movie hits the tracks on 23 June

Oranges & Sunshine (TBA)

when star race car Lightening McQueen heads

In cinemas June 9

overseas to compete in the first ever World Expect lots of detours, potholes and hilarious

In cinemas June 16

Cars 2 3D (TBA)

In cinemas June 23


If your kids get inspired by the idea of

Next PakClub: 12 June (5-7pm at Cazaly’s)

free tickets.

triathlons after the Challenge Cairns events

Theme: Disco Party, dress up & you could win! Birthday cake, loads of prizes & heaps of fun! Book your spot now on 4054 1464.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Cairns Crocs Triathlon Club are giving kids

truck gets caught up in some international espionage.

years are invited to go along and learn the basics of triathlon at Gordonvale Swimming

In Cinemas 23 June 2011

Day in the Park

Pool (79 Sheppards St) on 19 June (7-9am). They will need to take bike, helmet, goggles,

For your chance to win a family movie pass thanks to Birch Carroll & Coyle, simply email us at and tell us who voices the character of Lightening McQueen?

emailing If you’re one

the opportunity to try it for free. Kids 8-16

In cinemas June 23

Kung Fu Panda 2 3D (TBA)


on 5 June (includes a junior event), the

surprises when his friend Mater the tow

WIN movie tickets!

can be purchased by calling 4032 1746 or of the first to call you may be able to get two

Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car.

Bridesmaids (TBA)

asking people to join in the celebration.

Camping Expo

swimwear, running shoes, sunscreen, water bottle and towel. For more information call Sonya on 0431 092 985.

The Caravan, Camping & Boating Expo is on

Raising funds for children’s ward on June 25 from 12-8pm. Stalls from local businesses, entertainment & Toy Story 3 on big screen. For more information and stall bookings call Stevi at Sea FM 4081 5135.

Don’t miss the annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic on 25 June – Come along and join us as part of Sea FM’s Day in the Park to raise money for the Children’s Ward. There will be stalls, entertainment and lots of teddy bear competitions.

3-5 June. Lots of adventure & leisure products being showcased & lots to keep the family entertained. For more info call 1800 671 588.

Mr Popper’s Penguins (TBA) In cinemas June 30

Kids Moves

Rhymes Festival

Harry Potter & the

New children’s yoga, zumba style dance and

If you haven’t already booked your tickets, this

Deathly Hallos Part 2 3D

boot camp classes are being introduced at

could be a really good time to visit Townsville!

(TBA) In cinemas July 14

Club One Fitness at 219 Sheridan St. Cost $5

Hi5, Angelina Ballerina, Ben 10 and a host of

per child (additional $3 for parents to join in!).

other kids favourite characters will be playing

Parents also have the option to attend the gym

at the Rhymes Kids Music Festival on 26 June.

while classes are in progress for an additional

Go to for more

$8. Call 0408 772 590 for more info.





Birthday etiquette Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

party etiquette

As kids get older the humble birthday party exposes a whole new world of underlying politics, writes Amanda Cranston While for many of us, childhood birthday parties

friendships obviously come and go throughout

allowed their child a certain number of guests.

bring back lovely memories of pass the parcel

the year. One way around this is to make the

You may want to circumvent these problems

and musical chairs, today’s parties can be a

party a family-only affair.

by adding extra wording to the invitations such

minefield of competitive parents and over-the-

Photo: Cheeky Monkey Photography • Model: Vallia Green • Stylist: Gerlinda Aras • Cake: Icing Bits • Balloons: Gift of the Gab Party Shop

top events with caterers, limousines and wedding



style cakes. The peer pressure amongst parents

welcome but will not receive a goody bag’, ‘Parents welcome to stay’ or ‘Drop off 2pm and

can be enormous so we asked our readers about

Many parents don’t bother to respond by the

their views on birthday party etiquette.

RSVP date or even at all. This is inconsiderate to the party host and makes it tricky for them

pick up 5pm’.

Party Food

Guest List

to plan for catering, games, prizes and goody bags. RSVPs are particularly important if the

Many parents stick around at kid’s birthday

While some parents lose sight of the fact that the

party is being held at an outside venue which

parties, especially when kids are under the age of

party is for their child and not themselves, it’s

requires a deposit or booking fee. While the host

six so it is often assumed and acceptable for the

important to let your child decide who should be

normally pays for all invited guests, it’s obviously

host to provide party food for everyone present

on the guest list. Often the best party is one with

not fair for them to have to pay for no-shows or

at the party. However, it is still recommended to

your child’s closest friends rather than the whole

uninvited siblings.

be mindful that the party food is firstly for the

class. Remember that handing out invitations at school is frowned upon unless everyone is

Uninvited Siblings

receiving one as this leads to many children

as ‘Invited guests only, no Siblings’, ‘Siblings


Keep It Simple

feeling left out and rejected. Hand out invites

While it is a common occurrence for parents

individually after school or mail them, and on the

to bring along other uninvited siblings, the

The only person you really need to impress is

day of your child’s birthday take in cupcakes or

consensus is that it is completely inappropriate.

your child and they just want to have fun with

slice to share with everyone.

For families who are close friends the host may

their friends. Traditional party games are always

assume siblings will be present at the party

fun and goody bags don’t have to be expensive.

Reciprocal Birthday Invites

too but it is never okay to rock up at a child’s

If you can afford an expensive party then go

birthday party with your other children in tow.

ahead and have one, but do it for the right

What do you do if your child has been invited

If you absolutely have to stay at the party and

reasons. Kids can also be overwhelmed by over-

to another child’s birthday party who they’re

can’t get your other half or friends to watch your

the-top parties so check with your child first to

not bothered about inviting to their own?! The

other children, then you should always check first

see what kind of birthday party they want.

consensus seems to be yes, you should invite that

with the host if this will be okay. Often the host

child although circumstances can change and

will have a limited budget and may have only



Catholic Education Story thanks to Christine Masters


Extra tutoring for children has it’s pluses and minuses Along with extracurricular activities, tutoring

mentors to very academically able students,

would be aware if a child was stressed and

is another activity that chews into the

stimulating engagement and interest while

would “raise any concerns about stress with

‘downtime’ of kids and some education

in a remedial capacity, tutors can help raise

the parent, even if it means recommending

professionals have expressed concerns about

self-esteem in students who, in a regular

that the child discontinue tuition”.

the added pressure of tutoring for some

classroom setting, may be missing out.

children. As Dr Margetts says “I am concerned that there is too much focus on academic learning which restricts opportunities for building up the social and emotional skills necessary for the long term”.

and unstructured play, at home or elsewhere.

up on whether a child is stressed. “Typically

“Play, thinking time, quiet time free of

these days many parents will cram the after-

distraction from electronic media, reading,

hours space with music lessons, sport, drama,

time with parents one to one and reflection

singing, dance, educational tuition, cultural

are all crucial in the development of insight,

activities and so forth,” he said. “A responsible

self understanding and social skills,” he said.

Executive Officer Mohan Dhall said he had

tutor will identify if, in addition to tuition,

seen “a consistent and steady rise” in children

there is too much else on. A stressed child is

enrolled in tuition over the past decade. Mr

not likely to learn effectively.”

two drivers of the spike but the main driver, he said, was “the reorientation of parents towards a model of self-help regarding their child’s education”. Parents are tending to ask what they can do themselves, independent of schools, to best support their child’s education and some see tuition as an investment. According to Mr Dhall tutors can act as

Good tutors have their antennae tuned to pick

Australian Tutoring Association Chief

Dhall points to My School and NAPLAN as


Mr Dhall said there were merits in structured

On the other hand, tutoring may help some children benefit from the self esteem that comes from academic success. “This then is

Signs that children may be stressed were easy

beneficial to all aspects of life, as a successful

to spot, Mr Dhall said. “Younger children will

life is a disciplined life. However, where

become sullen or resistant, argumentative

discipline is negative or stressful then it is

or unusually quiet. An older student may

not beneficial. In this way parents, tutors and

be consistently late, express resistance

mainstream educators need to place the

or disinterest, skip classes and so forth.

interests of the child foremost.”

Sometimes children will be visibly anxious (lip biting, nail biting, etc) and parents should listen to and observe children.” A good tutor

Christine Masters is Catholic Education’s Senior Officer-Curriculum



Predictable is good

predictable parenting

Story thanks to Sue Edgerley

Being predictable is a good thing, writes Sue Edgerley Children need boundaries. Boundaries enable

The key to being consistent is to keep it simple.

them to draw a map of their world in their head

Children need simple, predictable consequences

which, in turn, gives them a great sense of

so they can make good choices. And parents

security and stability.

need simple, predictable consequences that they

And the way children learn boundaries is through

can employ as a correction.

consistent parenting. Being consistent allows

This is so important because when parents are

children to predict with 100% accuracy what

consistent, children learn that their parents are

will happen. They quickly learn how far they can

predictable and reliable. They know exactly how

safely go - and what the consequences will be if

their parents will react in any situation because

they cross that boundary line.

that is how they have always reacted. Children

If, on the other hand, consequences change from day to day, how can children learn the rules of the home, let alone the outside world? Inconsistency causes confusion in children, which, in turn, may be misinterpreted by adults as disobedience. Sara, a mum of a three year old, admits she struggled with being consistent. “When my daughter misbehaved, I would try reasoning first, then a naughty corner, timeouts in her room, taking a toy away etc but nothing seemed to work. I felt so frustrated and helpless.” This is a problem many parents encounter. It can be difficult to know what the appropriate consequence to use is, and when it should be applied.

Tips for creating consistency [1] Have a simple plan that’s easy to remember. If you have to juggle too many different strategies and consequences, you increase the risk of being inconsistent. It also makes it difficult for your child to predict what the outcomes of their choices will be.

of consistent, calm parents do not fear their

[2] If you introduce a new rule, be prepared

reactions because they have learned that their

to enforce it every time. This allows a child to

parents never yell; they do not wonder what the

predict the outcome of his action with 100%

consequences will be because it is always the

predictability, which in turn teaches the

same consequences. This creates a wonderfully

lesson quickly.

relaxed, safe environment for children to grow

[3] Give corrections promptly. When a

up in.

behaviour is corrected immediately, the

Sara, the mum of the three year old, ultimately

lesson is learned faster.

decided to try a simpler approach. She selected

[4] Be calm and loving. Children need to feel

just two consequences which she used calmly

safe and loved at all times, even when mum

each and every time a correction was required. It

and dad are correcting them.

took a few weeks but she reported a significant improvement in her daughter’s behaviour. “She settled down a lot. I know it’s because I’m being

Sue Edgerley is the author of ‘5 Keys Parenting:

consistent now whereas I was all over the place,

The No-Nonsense Guide to What Really Works’.

before. And maybe because I’m not so stressed

It is available in selected bookstores and at

out anymore!”

WIN a copy of this fantastic parenting book!!! For your chance to win a copy of this book simply email us at and tell us why you think you need a copy of this book?! • Entries close: 18/06/2011




Get down and dirty Story thanks to Rachel Licciardello

are dirty kids smart kids? Research shows ingesting or breathing in a particular bacteria found in dirt can improve learning. Rachel Licciardello gets the dirt on what’s in the dirt. Seeing your little one with dirt smeared all over

and learning, so they investigated whether live

his or her little face, across his or her little tongue

Mycobacterium vaccae could improve learning

and coating his or her little fingers is enough

in mice. They found the mice that were fed the

for any mum to run straight for the antibacterial

live Mycobacterium vaccae navigated through

baby wipes, but research shows dirt is actually

a maze twice as fast and with less demonstrated

good for kids.

anxiety behaviours as the control mice. When

The New York researchers behind these findings, Dorothy Matthews and Susan Jenks, released their research last May in the US and claim specific bacteria in the environment can increase

[1] Play at the playground

live bacteria, they found the mice were slower

[2] Grow your own garden

making their way through the maze, but were still faster than the control mice.

[3] Build a tree house [4] Fly a kite

It makes sense. We know nature is good for us,

Mycobacterium vaccae has previously been

yet for whatever reasons our modern instincts tell

proven to also increase levels of serotonin and

us to sterilise our surroundings. Perhaps we need

decrease anxiety in mice. Basically, we ingest or

to return to our basic instincts and get outside

[7] Walk the dog

breathe in the bacteria from the soil, and this

more. If dirt can help children, and adults too,

[8] Start a worm farm

gives our brain a bit of a kick.

be less vulnerable to depression and anxiety, lift

already recognised link between serotonin

the researchers stopped feeding the mice the

learning behaviour. The natural soil bacteria

The New York researchers acknowledged the


PakMag’s Top 10 Things To Do Outside

our immune system and improve learning ability, shouldn’t we all spend a little more time playing

[5] Go on a treasure hunt [6] Play in the sprinkler

[9] Plant a tree [10] Hunt for bugs

in the dirt?



money & work Main story thanks to Fiona Mountford

tax time Nobody likes paying tax so with the end of the financial year fast approaching it’s time to see what government bonuses and tax savings you may be eligible for. There are many ways to save on tax using super

contribute the maximum additional $1,000

$3,000 into super on behalf of a low income or

contributions. One way is via the government co-

co-contribution into your super fund. The co-

non-working spouse, you may also be eligible to

contribution scheme whereby the government

contribution amount gradually reduces until it

receive a tax offset of 18% of your contribution

contributes up to an additional $1,000 into your

cuts out once your income reaches $61,920 for

amount, up to a maximum of $540. To be eligible

super fund when you make a non-concessional

the financial year.

to claim the maximum tax offset, your spouse

(after-tax) contribution into super. To be eligible you must have employment or business income and your total income cannot exceed $61,920 for the financial year.

Salary sacrificing into super is also a tax effective way to save for retirement, while reducing your current taxable income. This involves making additional super contributions from your pre-tax

must be receiving total income of $10,800 or less in a financial year. The offset then gradually reduces until it cuts out once your spouse’s total income reaches $13,800 for the financial year.

If your total income is less that $31,920 and you

salary, rather than receiving it as take home pay.

Fiona Mountford is a Financial Planner at TFS

make a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution

The money that is salary sacrificed into super

Financial Planning. Call 4046 5555 for more

of $1,000 into super the government will

is taxed at the low rate of 15%. By contributing

information or go to

interview tips

thanks to Diane Clarke

There’s nothing quite like a job interview to get the butterflies dive bombing in your tummy, get you tongue tied and see your memory pack up and leave you feeling like a blithering idiot. But with preparation and some deep breathing you will be talking your way to the top. [1] Research the business and be armed with

will be using your resume as a guide to the

had a great interview and have walked away

useful information that will impress your

questions they ask.

with your dream job. Never underestimate the

future employer. [2] Do a dummy run to avoid being flustered and late on the actual interview day. [3] Practice your answers; the interviewer


[4] If you are nervous don’t be afraid to say so, the interviewer will understand. [5] Take a few moments before you go in to visualise your success. Imagine that you have

power of positive thought. Diane Clarke is the CEO of RediTeach Essential Training. For more information go to


50/50 is fair isn’t it? QUESTION: 50/50 is fair isn’t it? – I mean for kids and property. I don’t want to fight; I just want to be fair. After 15 years and 3 kids we should just share equally – right? Don

by Catherine Ross from MacDonnells Law

court must consider whether the child spending


equal time with each of the parents:

couples (both married and de facto) will be split

• Step Four – Justice and Equity, consider the

[1] would be in the best interests of the child; and

equally upon separation or that children will live

proposed orders, are they fair.

There is no presumption that the property of

equally with parents after separation. Each case is looked at individually.

In many cases it is not fair to divide property equally. For example, one party may have had

[2] is reasonably practicable. To determine if equal time is reasonably practicable the courts, must consider:

Division of Property

significantly more property when they met the other party, or have received a large inheritance

[1] how far apart the parents live from each

Couples are able to reach their own agreement

during the relationship. One party may have

other; and

how they will divide their property after separation. If they do agree they should record this agreement in either a binding financial agreement or consent order for certainty and

stayed home to care for the children and has forgone employment opportunities, while the other party’s career has advanced over the

[2] the parents’ current and future capacity to implement the arrangement;

relationship and they are now on a high income.

[3] the parents’ current and future capacity

These are just some examples of matters the

to communicate with each other and resolve

If couples cannot agree how to divide their

court will take into account.

difficulties that might arise in implementing the

property, then either party can apply to a court



seeking property adjustment orders. The law says that property must be divided in a just and

Parties are encouraged to agree about where

equitable way - that is a “fair way”. There is no

their children will live following separation. If

mathematical formula and no exact definition on

parents cannot agree, then either parent (or

what is fair. There is however a four step process

another interested party) may apply to a court for

that is applied to each case to help a judge

parenting orders.

decide what is fair:

The court’s paramount consideration is the best

arrangement; [4] the impact that an arrangement of that kind would have on the child; and [5] such other matters as the court considers relevant. Each case will be looked at on an individual basis and decided from the perspective of the best interests of the child. In some cases it will be in

• Step One – Identify and value the current net

interest of the child. There is a presumption

property of the parties. This includes everything

that it is in the child’s best interest for parents to

a couple owns together or individually, and

have equal shared parenting responsibility for

includes superannuation.

the child. That is, decisions regarding the child’s

If you would like further information

upbringing and health. This presumption does

about any family law matter, please contact

not apply to the time the child lives or spends

MacDonnells Law on 07 40 300 600.

• Step Two – Consider the contributions of the parties, both financial and non financial. • Step Three – Adjustment for future needs

Legal matters

and disparities in their financial and parenting

Dear Don,



the child’s best interest to live equally with both parents and others it will not.

with each parent. When a court makes an order for equal shared parental responsibility, then the



Proarch Podiatry Story thanks to Tyson Franklin

buying footwear Make sure that your child’s shoes are symmetrical when you buy them. Not too long ago I had a young patient at my clinic complaining of painful ankles. While examining their walking pattern, foot range of motion, muscle strength and flexibility, I enquired about the type of footwear they use on a day-to-day basis, for general use and for sports.

made incorrectly by the manufacturer. Footwear like this that is already distorted before its even been worn will have a dramatic affect on

If they are not even and symmetrical from side-

how the foot functions by causing it to roll inwards

to-side, give them back to the shoe salesperson

or outwards too much. This can lead to long-term

and ask for a pair that has been made correctly.

foot, leg, knee and lower back pain, especially if

Keep handing them back until you are happy with

the shoe is used for sports, where more force is

the shoes you’ve purchased. There will always be

but they said that they had just purchased a new

being placed on your feet.

slight discrepancies between left and right shoes

the mother to bring them in. Upon examining the shoes it was quite obvious that the shoes were not symmetrical from left to right and the heel counter on both shoes was already distorted inwards. What concerned to me most was that these shoes were brand new so they hadn’t been distorted through daily wear and tear. They were actually

This is especially important for children as they are still developing. If their footwear is throwing their foot the wrong way, their lower limb development will be negatively affected. So, when you’re buying shoes it’s important to remember to place both shoes on a flat surface to check that they’re symmetrical. Look at them

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from behind to check regardless of whether you’re

and they will never be perfectly symmetrical, mainly because left and right shoes are usually made independently of each other and human error can occur. Tyson Franklin is a Podiatrist at PROARCH PODIATRY (Earlville). Call 4033 2218 to make an appointment or for further information visit their website

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PakHealth feature Story thanks to Lauren Smith

nit persistence A recent Canberra study has confirmed what many parents already knew – there is a “persistence of (nit) epidemics” due to growing resistance to topical treatments. With an estimated 1 in every 5 Australian primary

This new study conducted by the University

The survey also found that while most parents

school children infested with head lice at any

of Queensland shows a significant difference

checked kids’ heads all the time, 20% still wait until

given time, the increase in infestation is believed

between the effectiveness of an older chemical

the child is scratching before investigating further.

to be the result of growing resistance to some

treatment (Banlice) with newer products including

Nits and head lice do not always cause itchy scalps

of the older chemical treatments and the survey

a tea tree and lavender oil formulation and a

so it’s important to check regularly regardless of

proved that this is the case.

“suffocation” product. The results showed that the

whether there’s scratching or not.

newer products were significantly more effective.

Surviving Vomiting

thanks to Dr Julia Driscoll

Vomiting is a common symptom of lots of things. Some children are born “chuckers” and may vomit from nothing more than overtiredness or an unfamiliar taste but the common sources of vomiting are frequently viral and may last a couple of days. The best treatment is fluids and medicine to treat any fever. When children can’t keep anything down

If the vomiting settles and your child feels

mouth, or there is associated neck stiffness and

my tip is to start by sucking on a wet washer

hungry try a light diet high in easily digested

high fever, seek medical advice. Even if you’re

or crushed ice. This tricks the stomach and

carbohydrates including small amounts of

worried because you child ‘looks sick’ gain a

makes it less likely to regurgitate. Electrolyte

white bread, white potato and white rice, then

professional opinion.

replacement iceblocks are good but some

graduating to stewed apple or chicken soup.

children don’t like the taste of it. Red cordial has

Avoid dairy products because the inflamed gut

been shown to be effective against the bugs

can’t absorb lactose and fatty foods.

but is very sweet for the body and may make dehydration worse so I recommend one portion of weakened red cordial or flat lemonade iceblocks to two portions of crushed ice.


Dr Julia Driscoll is a doctor at Apple Tree Medical Centre located in Smithfield, Cairns. She is also the author of “My Story”, an

If the vomiting continues for over 24 hours see

interactive children’s book to reduce sibling

your doctor. If at any time there are signs of

rivalry. For more information go to

dehydration such as loss of skin elasticity or dry



PakHealth snippets Main story thanks to Gina Davis

active kids Did you know children and adolescents need to be active for at least 60 mins a day to be healthy? This means engaging in moderate or vigorous activities like running, walking, cycling, swimming or playing sport. Yet research is suggesting that children are becoming less and less active. As a parent the most effective way to help your child enjoy being active is to be a good role model so find ways for your family to enjoy being physically active together. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune – try making some of these ideas a part of your family routine:

2006 found that only 16.5 % (boys) and 6.5% (girls) in Year One and 12.5% (boys) and 4.8% (girls) in Year Ten achieved the 60 min daily target for physical activity. This same survey

day (inc. TV, video and computer activities).

• Family Bicycle rides or bush walks • Ride or walk to/from school – easiest way to be active most days • Playing with the pet dog • Skateboarding or roller-blading

hopscotch chalk etc .

disease, high blood pressure, depression and obesity.


skin infection. Caused by the herpes simplex virus it is highly contagious and can be spread via general household items such as face towels as

light and sunburn, windburn, some food allergies and excessive rubbing of the skin. The best way to deal with a cold sore is to keep them dry and clean; this tends to speed up the healing time to a number of days rather than weeks and can be achieved by using lip balms or Vaseline. Lysine and antiviral creams such as Zovirax also work well as treatments.

• Create a fun kit which contains balls, bats,

to achieve healthy growth and development of

today’s common illnesses such as diabetes, heart

and uncomfortable

They can be triggered by stress, illness, UV

frisbees, bubble blowing gear, hula hoops,

exercise can also prevent and improve many of

be an embarrassing

hole, public pool or beach

Being active every day is important for children muscle, bone and nervous system. Regular daily

from cold sores, it can

well as facial contact.

also showed that many children exceed the recommended limit of 2 hours of screen time per

For those that suffer

• Outdoor days – visits to the local swimming-

• Picnics and barbeques in the park A recent “Healthy Kids Queensland” survey in

cold sores

Gina Davis is a dietician with the Community Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Team. For more information about how to help your child lose weight through the Reach High FLI program, contact Gina on 4226 4403.

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pakfood kids in the kitchen Anzac Slice

parents in the pantry

with Paula Dickson

Special BBQ Chicken

• 1 cup rolled oats

• 1kg of chicken thighs (cut into palm size portions)

• 1 cup brown sugar

• 1 tblsp of fresh ginger

• 3/4 cup coconut

• 1 tblsp of fresh garlic

• 1/2 cup plain flour

• 1 tblsp of seeded mustard

• 125g butter

• 1 tablespoon of tumeric

• 2 tblsp golden syrup

• A good dollop of fresh natural yoghurt

• 1/4 cup shredded coconut



Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease an 18cm x 28cm slice pan. In a large bowl, combine oats, sugar, coconut and sifted flours. Heat butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan on low heat for 1-2 minutes, until butter has melted and mixture is well combined. Make a well in centre of dry ingredients. Add butter mixture and combine well. Press firmly into prepared pan using base of a glass. Sprinkle with coconut. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden. Sprinkle with coconut. Cool completly in pan. Cut into squares to serve.

[1] Cut chicken thigh fillets into palm sized portions. Chop ginger and garlic finely. Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly. [2] Put all ingredients into the bag the chicken came in for easy storage and better coverage of the marinade. Let the mix sit for a minimum of 1 hour in the fridge. [3] When ready, cook on a hot BBQ. Serve with a fresh green salad.

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out & about

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mag Josiah dancing up a storm at PakClub

at Cazalys Arianna at PakClub at Cazalys

Sam having fun at PakClub

Gracy having fun at PakClub

Nicolas having fun at PakClub

Out & About photos thanks to anya at Cheeky Monkey Photography

Jamie having fun at PakClub

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ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME BABES IN ARMS: Pirates 4D Marcus Live Music: Sweet K Challenge Cairns Event: Quicksilver Reef Swim Disco - ABBA V Bee Gees Trivia Night: Give me Five for Kids Fundraiser The Middle East Hillbilly Goats Duo SUNSET FRIDAYS - ITALIANA FESTA Live Music: Sunbirds Live Music: 10 Foot Tall Cairns Home Show&Caravan,Camping and Boating Expo Lavendar For Leukaemia Ladies Luncheon The Coral Sea: Our Ocean Paradise - Photo Exhibition Challenge Cairns Event: The Cairns Post Breaky Fun Run Esplanade Cotters Market Sunbirds The Hit Fanatics - Trio Roller Disco - Fundraiser for Awesome Cheerleading for Nationals Live Music: Carrizma Live Music: 10 Foot Tall Cairns Home Show & Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo The Coral Sea: Our Ocean Paradise - Photo Exhibition Challenge Cairns Event: Challenge Junior Italian Republic Day Concert Souljah Live Music: Carrizma Cairns Home Show & Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo The Coral Sea: Our Ocean Paradise - Photo Exhibition Challenge Cairns Major Event! Live Music: Big Jim Free Parenting Courses World Oceans Day - Disney Nature Blockbuster "Oceans" BABES IN ARMS: Xmen CALANNA 35yr Celebrations - Goody Bags and Bday Cake

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ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Chris 'Live & Acoustic' - Solo Live Music: Big Noise Kitty Flanagan 'Charming & Alarming' Afro Mandinko Pauline Bradshaw Duo SUNSET FRIDAYS - DRUM UP BIG LIVE IN THE AUDITORIUM: J BOOG Live Music: 10 Foot Tall Live Music: Out of the Blue LIVE IN THE AUDITORIUM: KATCHAFIRE BANFF Mountain Film Festival 2011 - World Tour Esplanade Cotters Market Funky Love Tank 4 in a groove Live Music: 10 Foot Tall Live Music: Justin Wellington Hypnolarious Festival of the Knob DJ Bart Live Music: Carrizma DISCO PAKCLUB - YEAH BABY! QUEENS BIRTHDAY Live Music: Carrizma Pecha Kucha Night - Cairns Volume 1 Soweto Gospel Choir BABES IN ARMS: Super 8 MIMIC Live Music: The Ruby's Soweto Gospel Choir Diana Clark Trio - Jazz Up North Series Arbonne - Skin Care and Makeup Pamper session Mark Lane Solo SUNSET FRIDAYS - Tango In The Plaza Live Music: The Ruby's Live Music: 10 Foot Tall Michael Jackson History Tour Esplanade Cotters Market The Void McMenamins Leukaemia Foundation Cent Sale Woman Before A Glass starring Diane Cilento Live Music: The Ruby's Live Music: 10 Foot Tall Cheeky Monkey Club presents: Circus Circus Artbabies: Contemporary Printmaking Jemma Myers - Fundraiser

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Edmonton Family Health Centre City Place Brothers Leagues Club Birch Carroll & Coyle Smithfield Family Health Centre Munro Martin Park Tanks Art Centre - Tank 5 City Place Esplanade Plaza Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club, Edmonton Gecko's Indoor Play Centre Ravizza Park EDMONTON Esplanade Plaza Esplanade Ravizza Park Edmonton Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club, Edmonton Fogarty Park Fogarty Park Fred Moule Pavillion Tanks Art Centre - Tank 5 Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Esplanade Tony Irelands Stadium Townsville Tanks Art Centre - Tank 5 Freshwater Christian College Fogarty Park Barron Valley Gymnastics Mt Sheridan Plaza KickArts, Centre of Contemporary Arts

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regular weekly events XTREME ILLUSIONS Dinner Show Starring Sam Powers at the Reef Hotel Casino Every Mon-Sat @ 7.30pm > Call 1300 500 331 to book. 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 Active fitness (Fun Free Fitness) (07) 4044 3715 - For all timetables & class info go to:

The SANDS Support group meets on the second Sunday of each month 10am-12pm at the Manoora Community Centre (Cnr Marchant & Murray Streets, Manoora). If you would like more info call Kelly on 4033 7917 or Nerissa on 4098 3089. The 24/7 phone listeners line is 1800 228 655. Cairns PCYC Monday to Thursday - Kindy Kidz Gym @ 9am-10am Cost is $7. Call (07) 4053 1532 for more information. Playgroup Queensland 1800 171 882 Monday to Friday for families with 0-5 year olds Gecko’s Indoor Play Centre 4038 1181 Celebrate your child’s special occasion at Gecko’s. All your party food favourites, games & a party host so you can relax & enjoy.

Geckos indoor play centre Sunday Breakfast – Every Sunday from 9.30am For info call 4038 1181 or visit CAZALY’s Wed throught to Sat - Live Music @ 7.30pm 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

regular markets 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

Northern Beaches Markets 3rd Sun of each month from 9am-3pm, Smithfield Shopping Centre Tanks Art Centre Markets Last Sun of each month from 9am-1pm

Monster Markets Last Sun of each month 8am-2pm, April-Nov at Marcs Park Mossman Markets Every Sat from 7am-12pm under the raintrees

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

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This year at the Cairns Show

20th-22nd July 2009

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Caitlin enjoying QLD Playgroup Play

Day Sasha enjoying QLD Playgroup Play

Cairns Show kids comp Have you entered any of the comps for the Cairns Show yet? There are lots of categories to enter

Art competition as well as the return of the

including Equestrian, craft and needlework,

billboard competition for those of you who

home economics, woodwork, cakes, fruit,

are budding artists. If you know a talented

produce and animals. And, for something a

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bit different there’s a scarecrow competition

would it be to show your artwork on a huge

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friends and family or get your school class to

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Kai at Playgroup Play Day

Annabel at Playgroup Play Day

Madison and Dominic

Eli and Max

Out & About photos thanks to anya at Cheeky Monkey Photography

This year there is also a new Indigenous




cairns obstetrics & gynaecology

PakBaby feature

T h e O N LY C h O i C e F O R e x C e L L e N C e i N W O M e N ’ S h e A LT h

• ONLY private female obstetrician in town.

• ONLY private lactation service in Cairns.

• ONLY private ultrasound service for obstetrics

• ONLY private obstetrician in Cairns routinely giving

performed and reported by an obstetrician with post

15 minute antenatal appointments after a 30 minute

graduate diploma in high risk obstetric ultrasound.

booking visit.

• ONLY private nuchal translucency service with results given at time of scan.

Feature story thanks to Dr Julia Driscoll

• ONLY place in Far North Queensland where a lactation consultant is able to fit you properly for a maternity bra.

• ONLY private obstetrician bulk billing routinely for antenatal services after a one-off “pregnancy management fee” is paid – this is further discounted for women having second and subsequent babies and

• ONLY private obstetrician routinely working with midwifery support. • ONLY private CTG service outside of hospital.

and then there were two

is also eligible for a Medicare rebate.

See us on line at • PHONE us on 4031 5811 or send us a fax on 4041 3615 or just drop in! We’re upstairs on the Mezzanine Level at The Pier at the Marina, next to the Shangri-La. Follow the signs to Dr. Natalie Kiesey-Calding (MBBS, FRANZCOG, RCOG/RCR Dip Adv Obs US)

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Little kids love to be prepared for what is going to happen. It makes them feel more secure. When a new baby arrives on the scene some sibling rivalry is inevitable. I’ve witnessed seeing siblings at war in my work

“Darling, I love you so much I’m going to bring

on the couch and saying, “It’s hard being the big

as well as at home whilst raising three kids of

home a new wife – but I love you still...”. Your

sister when bubba is always crying but it won’t

my own. It is even prevalent in the animal world.

elder child probably feels the same way!

last forever, I promise.” Our second child was just

Baby black eagles turf out the weaker ones from the nest. In Melbourne Zoo, there was a toddler elephant who was annoyed at all the attention his baby brother was receiving and deliberately tripped him up so that the baby fell down. Whilst it may be inevitable, its important for parents to reduce sibling rivalry before it gets

So, to smoothe the process during this period of transition follow these tips to help you prepare your children for the new baby: (1) Involve your child in events like the 20 week scan. Explain that there is “a baby growing in Mummy’s tummy – just like you were.”

a toddler when my third child arrived and she showed her displeasure by being naughty. I set her limits but still hugged her and told her she was special to me. Remember that when you go in to hospital your toddler is going to feel separated from you so when they first arrive for a visit ensure you have

a foothold. In small children the right cerebral

(2) Allow them to practice holding a baby gently

free arms to cuddle them. You may even have a

hemisphere develops before the left. This means

by feeding their own baby doll. Boys should be

couple of little gifts handy including one from

the child is sensitive to emotions but may not be

included, they will also love to role play.

the baby.

(3) Talk to your child/children about the benefits

Remember it takes time and patience to fully

that come with age. Every age has its pleasures

grasp the meaning of adjusting to a new sibling.

and pains.

Relationships between siblings last longer than

able to process them or verbally express them. Your child will view your growing girth (the absence of a lap to cuddle in), with ambivalence at best so you need to convince them that sharing you won’t mean diluting you.

(4) Read stories to them about babies.

Parents are often asked how the elder child is

(5) Acknowledge that they will sometimes

reacting when a new baby is brought home from

experience negative feelings.

hospital. “Oh he loves his baby sister...” is often the response. In fact, the arrival of a new baby is a complex blend of protectiveness and self preservation. Imagine if your husband told you

probably any other. It is in the nursery that we can learn to develop patience and compromise helpful skills for all human relationships. Dr Julia Driscoll is the author of ‘My Story’, an

Our eldest child was five before circumstances

interactive children’s book designed to reduce

allowed her sibling to appear. She admitted that

sibling rivalry. For more information go to

“I’m a bit jealous, Mum.” I remember cuddling her



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Multiples Expert Verity Hoyle shares her tips The trick to handling multiples with only one

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The next Mum & Bub Welling Being morning at Amanda Gale (17 Anderson St) will be on 20 June (10.30-12.30). Cost is $25 & includes yoga, a head & shoulder massage, baby massage & morning tea.

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a burn from touching something hot or severe injury from a fire or explosion, the golden rules are the same.

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[1] Treat the affected area with cool running water. No matter how distressed the patient

Colds, although unpleasant, are quite common

own noses a simple way of clearing the nasal

may be or if they insist they are okay, it is

in a baby’s first year of life because their

passage is to use a saline solution and nasal

crucial that you apply cool running water to

immune systems are still developing.

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the burn for at least 20 minutes or longer if

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the skin is still red or over-heated.


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winter months and try to avoid large shopping

nasal decongestion as well using a chest rub.

[3] DO NOT use adhesive dressings, apply

centers and public places where germs are

(Always consult a pharmacist or doctor if you’re

fat, ointment or lotion, break a blister or

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teddy ready Babes in arms

This month’s Babes in Arms movie sessions at Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas are: JUNE 1 - Pirates 4 (2D) JUNE 8 - X-Men: First Class JUNE 15 - Super 8 JUNE 22 - Bridesmaids Don’t forget that any noisy under 5 year olds are welcome! And, the lights are dimmed rather than dark so they can wander around.

Wine lovers

• Teddy Bears Picnic • Kids Fashion Parade • Entertainment all day • Displays of local “Parents & Kids” businesses • Raising money for SeaFM’s Give Me 5 For Kids Gold coin donation per bear to enter. Categories Include: Biggest Bear, Smallest Bear, Bold Bear, Beautiful Bear, Best Bear, Health Bear, Oldest Bear.

Leisurely brekkies $1000’s of dollaRs IN pRIzEs TO BE wOn

on 25 June (3-6pm). It will be a huge wine tasting event with over 1000 different wines from around

Email for info on having a stall or being part of the day. Email if you would like to donate a prize.

Australia and New Zealand on display for the public to taste Call 4042 6666 for more info.

Triple P parenting


Need some help getting your kids in order?!

A local family recently received the

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devastating news that their 22 month old

Parenting Programme can help with these

daughter has a rare nerve-cell cancer. Jemma

seminars around the city:

Myers’ charity auction night is Saturday 18 June from 6.30pm at the Fred Moule Pavilion, Cairns Showgrounds. Tickets cost

Date: 22 June (Wednesday)

$10 from Mannings Pies on Lyons Street. To

Time: 10am-12noon

help the family you can make a donation by

Centre: Westcourt Phone: 4226 4333

WHEN: Sunday 25 June from 3pm to 4.30pm WHERE: Fogarty Park on the Esplanade BRING: Your favourite Teddy Bear

All monies raised on the day goes to Sea FM’s Give Me Five For Kids Fund. Register your teddies between 12pm and 3pm. Prize for every entry.

Don’t forget to get the afternoon off for the Cairns Show Wine Awards at the Fred Moule Pavillion

Centre: Edmonton Phone: 4226 4900

pakmag’s teddy bears picnic

contacting Gail Barton on 0419 663 845.

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Remember when you used to have nice lazy Sunday mornings before you had kids?! Gecko’s in Smithfield are now doing Sunday Breakfasts from 9.30am. It may not be quite the same but at least you’ll get the opportunity to read the Sunday papers in peace over a coffee. For info call 4038 1181.

Date: 7 June (Tuesday) Time: 12noon-2pm Centre: Smithfield Phone: 4226 4800 Date: 23 June (Thursday) Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm

History tour Michael Jackson lovers will get the chance to strut their stuff to the King of Pop on 17 June at the Cairns Civic Theatre. Direct from Las Vegas the world’s number 1 Michael Jackson impersonator Kenny Wizz, stars in a spectacular tribute. Cost $69.00 (adults). Call 1300 855 835 to book.

Party room for hire • Starting from $50 for a fully airconditioned facility • Catering is also available upon request • Advice on entertainment, decorations & cakes

Call Charlene on 4033 1355 for info

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Wardrobe wakeup Story thanks to Gerlinda Aras

Win family VIP tickets to the Townsville Rhymes Festival 26 June plus Family Accommodation and loads more!

Defining your style

Simply send us a 30 second video entry performing your favourite Rhyme and you could win. Judges will select the top 5, and it will be put to a vote in June. So get your cameras ready and submit your entry today!

The key to a successful wardrobe is wearing clothes that reflect your personality. Unfortunately many women succumb to the influence of fashion or the advice of family and friends and they end up losing sight of their own core style.

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Scuba Ranger Courses for 8-12 yr olds, plus Dive Clubs • Personalised classes of up to 4 people • School Holiday Courses $375per person • After school Tue & Thu $50/class • Junior Open Water Courses on weekends $500 For more information phone Scuba Rangers on 0411 612 442 or 4055 1954

tackling teens Columnist Denise Bewert answers your questions about handling challenges with today’s teenagers. READER QUESTION: My 15 year old

less strong at 15 than at 8 years of age. Male

everyone smiling. Laughing brings people

daughter is confusing me! Some days she

brains are not fully formed until 25 years

together and helps us cope with life’s stressors

behaves like a mature, responsible woman

of age; females at 21 years. Reasoning and

so it may help you both survive the teenage

and within hours can seem more like a 6

emotional regulation are the areas of the

years. Seeing a smile and returning it gives us

year old than a teenager. Is this normal?

brain developed last. So, yes, as confusing

a natural high.

First of all you need to remember that the adolescent brain is still ‘under construction’ and this can result in teenage mood swings and changes in behavior that can be concerning for parents. The latest research has found that the biggest brain changes occur in adolescence and the brain is actually

(and often frustrating) as it is, your daughter’s behavior changes are ‘normal’. You can’t necessarily change it, it’s just a part of her development and eventually it will pass as she becomes an adult. In the meantime having a good laugh with your daughter as much

and Troubled Teens. If you would like to ask Denise a question about your teenager send an email to:

There are some great books for teens on the market – these are our top picks

Self-Help Books for Teens

of two and author of two books, Tackling Teens

as possible will help relieve things and keep

teen reads


Denise Bewert is a Guidance Officer, mother

Great Reads for Teens

How to talk to boys & How to talk to girls

Navigating Teenage Depression


Plain Truth

By Jennifer Donnelly

By Jodi Picoult

By Dianne Todaro & Jonathan Toussant

By Gordon Parker & Kerrie Eyers

Allen & Unwin, RRP $15.99

Allen & Unwin, RRP $17.99

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Allen & Unwin, RRP $24.99

Two girls are united in a quest to save

This gripping young adult read is about

a young prince, but are separated by

an unmarried Amish girl who is suspected

over two hundred years. One girl lives in

of killing her own baby, but the girl has

present-day New York while the other is

no memory of the night the baby died.

Two fantastic books to help teenagers

This is aimed at teens and parents trying

through obstacles like shyness and

to understand whether typical teenage

awkwardness, while addressing how to

ups and downs is something more serious

develop friendships with the opposite

and how to spot signs of depression.

sex, how to start conversations and

This book sheds light on the subject and

understand how the opposite sex thinks.

provides useful advice for families.

in Paris during the French Revolution.


It’s Party

Time! Book your child’s next Birthday Party at Cairns Indoor Sports They can choose from Cricket, Netball, Soccer, Beach Volleyball & Dodgeball. Come & relax while your children have a blast!




Every school holidays:

Birthday Guide

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 1pm to 3pm Cost is only $7 per child per session. All ages catered for. ComE & Play Indoor CrICkET, nETBall, SoCCEr, BEaCh VollEyBall & dodgEBall.

164 Mayers St, Manunda Phone: 4032 2844 web:

Story thanks to Elaine Seager

kids parties

Throwing the ultimate kids birthday party? Cairns now has lots of local businesses geared up and ready to help parents put on a great show. [1] Venues

• GJ Creations Craft n Sewing Studio

throwing, playing didgeridoo, theatre and dance.

– parties are held at the studio and the kids

Minimum 10 guests. Call 4042 9922 to book.

Looking for a hassle-free party with minimal

can make and take their own creations from

organising and clearing up? Check out these

beading to painting. From $10/person. For more

• Mobiles & More – party room for hire on

external venue options:

information call Glenette on 4033 0240 or email

Mulgrave Road near Stockland starting from $50.

Catering available. Call Charlene on 4033 1355.

organised parties for kids 3+. Cost $150 for up to

• Brothers –$10.90 per child (min. of 8) which

• Aussie Farm Entertainment – party on

15 kids ($10 per extra child). For more info go to

includes snack food, balloons and decorations.

down at Spurwood Springs Farm (Mena Creek) or call 4055 1711.

Call 4053 1053 for more information or go to

with lots of fun entertainment for $13 per person.

Kids get to cook damper, milk cows, feed calves,

• Barron Valley Gymnastics – active

ride a horse etc. Very hospitable hosts and

• Cairns Recreation Centre – skate parties and rock climbing parties for a min. of

• Esplanade – hire BBQ’s for half a day from

relaxing for the parents. Call 4065 3310 or go to

10 people. Call 4053 5353 for info or go to

$158 (the ones closest to Muddies are more

expensive). These fees may increase from July onwards. Call 4044 3715 for more info or

• Cupcake Creations – baking parties where

• Cairns Indoor Sports – supervised

download application form from the website at

kids get to bake & decorate their cupcakes as well

games cricket, netball, soccer, dodgeball or

as indulge in a high tea and play games. Cost $25 per child. Call Lyndsey on 4051 1600 for info.

beach volleyball for $9pp (min. of $150/ party). For info go to

• Gecko’s Indoor Play Centre – parties

or call on 4032 2844.

from budget to ‘the works’. For more info go to

• McDonalds (Smithfield & Redlynch) – or call 4038 1181.

choice of party packages to suit you. A party host sets up games & activities, organises food

• Go Bowling – one game parties including all the gear plus a choice of party food menus. Call

• Tjapukai – party packages start from $17 per

and prizes and just generally manages the whole

4053 3497 to book.

child inc. food and choice of 3 unique cultural

party for you.

activities including spear and boomerang


While every effort has been made to ensure all information is correct, please check with individual supplier for more information.



Birthday Guide

kids parties [2] Entertainment Many of our local party entertainers can adapt to the theme of your party.

Story thanks to Elaine Seager

birds, turtles and a baby croc. Starting price $220

• TINS Cake Tin Hire – novelty and character

for up to 15 children. For more info call Jodie on

cake tins with easy baking and decoration

0415 696 439 or go to

instructions. Call Nicole on 0418 786 045 or go to • Icing Bits – handmade edible cake

and any number of guests. Facing painting and

Ponies can also be dressed in your theme for

decorations made to order. Cost $12 (enough

games, plus jumping castles and kid’s karaoke.

extra fun. Go to or

for 12 cupcakes or one big cake). For more

Packages start from $150.

call Christine on 4093 0650.

information go to or call

• Rachel Bradley – best known as ‘The

• Slithering Reptile Demonstrations –

Singing Face Painter’, Rachel is a versatile

if you want slithery friends on your guest list call

• Gift of the Gab – novelties, balloons,

children’s entertainer and offers interactive

Rohan on 0422 412 864 or go to their website

decorations, party supplies, costumes and all

music, various themed costumes, games and

those extras you need for a party and more!

Jennifer on 0410 107 722.

painting, balloon shaping, games & interactive


or go to for more information. • Flip Ripley - clown or other characters and a magic show. Go to for more

Run by REAL Cheerleaders For more information contact Tamara 0402 225 630 or email or visit


or go to

- $150 for 2 hours of facepainting and balloon modelling. Call Rhiannon on 0438 170 688 or

your party theme. Call 4057 8019 for bookings

Suitable for all ages

For more information call Kathy on 4038 3939 • The Facepainters and Body Artists

• Nikki the Clown – puppet shows, face live music. She can also dress in characters to suit

BE READY for great games, stunts, dancing and a whole lot of cheer!

• Ponies 4 Parties – Pony with a handler costs $180 for an hour of non-stop pony rides.


Cheerleading Party Kids parties with a difference

• Bopstars – can cater for kids of all ages

balloon sculpting. Call 0428 600 213 for more

Bring the fun ON!

100% edible

• Princess Pamper Parties – Mini day spa for 4-13 year olds with mini manicures,

Handmade decorations

pedicures, make up and hairstyling. $200 for 2 hours. Call Shae on 0402 482 025 or go to

for your cakes

Our icingbits turn your cakes into works of art!

info or call on 4039 0622 (mobile 0410 510 095)

[3] Jumping Castles

• Cheeky Money Club – funtastic themed

• Gonjump – Free delivery, set up and pack

birthday parties for all ages including dancing,

up within 12 kms of Cairns CBD. Cost $120 for 2

singing, acting, costumes, games and craft.

hours or $160 for 4 hours. Call 4031 4131 or go

Cost from $150. For more information go to

to for more info.

WHEN: Mon-Fri 9am-10am Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 10am-11am

• Jumping Jims – Services Tully to Mossman

COST: $10 per class

Aussie Farm Entertainment

For info call 0410 107 722 or visit or phone 4057 5412.

inc. Tablelands. Open 7 days. Can book online • Awesome Cheerleading – a qualified

at Cost $120 for 2

cheer coach can come to your home or venue of

hours. Call 0418 779 608 for more info.

(There is also a $40 annual registration fee)

Icing Bits

choice and teaches the kids a cheer routine with stunts inc. poms poms & glitter as well as other games. Go to or all 0402 225 630. • Zoo to You - wide range of native wildlife

[4] Cakes & Decorations If you’re not very confident with creating cakes or theming your party try these great businesses:

available inc. possums, lizards, pythons, frogs,

Gonjump 46



Holiday activities Story thanks to Elaine Seager

Brrr...winter warmers Activities for the Winter School Holidays [1] Lifetime Tennis

[5] Cairns Libraries

[9] Cairns West PCYC

The Cairns International Tennis Centre has a

As usual, Cairns Libraries is offering several fun

Lots of fun, fantastic activities for the kids

school holiday camp with non-stop games,

workshops, boardgames and craft activities

including laser tag, break dancing, swimming,

activities, prizes and giveaways. Cost: $25 per day

across their branches for kids during the holidays.

movies, face painting and fishing. Any school age

or $99 for a full week of half days. For more info

FREE. Bookings essential. Check the website at

children can attend. Morning and afternoon tea

contact LifeTime Tennis on 1300 30 15 30 or visit or call 4044 3785 for

provided. For more information speak to Jodie on

times and program details.

4053 1532 or visit

[2] Cairns Recreation Centre

[6] Cairns Regional Gallery

[10] Craft n Sewing Studio

Sports and recreation holiday programme

The Gallery is hosting specialised art workshops

Theme – pirates & princesses. Boys and girls can

weekday’s 8am-5.30pm. Children from 5-14

for 7-12 year olds 27 June - I July (2 sessions per

decorate treasure chests, jewellery boxes, paint

yrs will be able to participate in roller skating/

day). Bookings essential. Cost $18 per session,

bandanas, make tiaras etc. Cost starts at $10.

blading, a range of indoor sports, agility courses,

$80 per week (one session per day). To book your

Bookings essential. Contact Glenette 4033 0240

team building events and activities, novelty

child’s spot phone 4044 4800 or you can email

or email

events, arts & crafts and educational visits. Cost

$25 per day. For info call them on 4053 5353.

[3] Cairns Indoor Sports

[7] Tanks A Dance Boot Camp for 11-16 year olds will be

vs. super-villains and week 2 is based on pirate

running 27-29 June (9.30am-3.30pm). Cost $120.

stories. Each week is a 4-day programme

every Wed, Thurs and Fri during the holidays

Call Sarah on 4032 6626.

(9am-3pm) exploring all the elements of stage performance. Cost: $195 per course. For more

[8] Barron Valley Gymnastics

information call 4041 4066.

164 Mayers St, Manunda Ph: 4032 2844. Visit

Lots of fun and games with crafts, cooking

[12] Gecko’s Indoor Play Centre for more info.

activities and lots more. No gymnastics

they can participate in cricket, netball, soccer, dodgeball and beach volleyball. Cost $7. Located:

experience or leotards needed – it’s all playtime.

[4] Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

Suitable for kids 5+. Cost $25 per day. Times:

A new kids club operates during the school

Club, 46 Magazine St, Stratford.Call 4055 1711.

holidays 4 days a week (Fri-Mon).

WINTER DRAMA SCHOOL: Week 1 is superheros

The ‘multi-sport madness’ programme is open from 1pm-3pm. It is open to kids of any age and


[11] Young Company

9.00am-3.00pm. Venue: Barron Valley Gymnastics

Check the Gecko’s website at www.geckosplay. to find out what activities are scheduled during the school holidays. It will include disco, facepainting, card making, play dough and limbo competitions. Call 4038 1181 for more info.



fav pet shots

fun for parents & kids

Fav pet shot of the month wins a mystery prize to the value of $30!

kids eat


this month’s entries

froM the Buffet

Buffet $15 for members & $17 for non members

PaKMaG’s 4th Birthday Party

Possum loved by Olly

Snake loved by Cohdee

*Under 10 year olds eat free from the buffet with each paying adult.

family ‘disco’ night Raising money for Sea FM’s Give Me 5 for Kids

Henry’s first bath

Tim loved by Ella

Xadia loved by Bonnie

Email your photo, name/s & address to: • Deadline for photos is 18 June for the July 2011 edition of Pakmag.

prize winners

Congratulations to our May prize winners!

• Prizes for best dressed ‘Disco’ theme • Lots of fantastic prizes • Spin our new wheel of fortune • Parents and Kids lucky door raffle • Showcase from local businesses • BIG birthday cake and heaps of fun games (Disco is suitable for kids aged 0-12 & parents of all ages)

Book your table at Cazalys now & get ready to have fun! Phone 4054 1464

To claim your prize drop into our office on Level 2, 68 Abott Street between 9-5pm Monday to Friday and collect your prize from reception.

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• Storm McDonald • Sofia Trinca

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Word Match Elizabeth Hodson

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Parents in the pantry

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Wine Book

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The whole family can get involved in this years Cairns Ukulele Festival, writes Gaby Thomasz When the Cairns Regional Council first proposed

ukulele ensemble (currently held by London).

Musical styles range from jazz to ragtime and

the idea of a ukulele festival it met with sniggers

Last year there were almost 700 playing, and

classical to pop so there will be something for

and snide remarks but the success of last years

whilst the record wasn’t broken, the sheer joy of

everyone. Those interested in learning to play

inaugural event soon changed all that. The happy

the event is spurring on another attempt.

the uke can go along in the morning to Mike

and melodic sounds of the ukulele proved a surprising hit with locals and tourists alike.

year’s performances at the Tanks were a sell-out, so book your tickets early through Ticketlink.

concert on Green Island on 1st July with two

the popularity of the ukulele in recent years.

of the headline artists (from Hawaii and Japan)

For art-lovers, there is also a Uke Art exhibition

Factories can’t make enough of them to satisfy

appearing. The concerts are part of the regular

at the Tanks Arts Centre, which runs from 25

Available for themed childrens’ & adult parties

worldwide demand and every self-respecting

Great Adventures Green Island package that day

June - 12 July. Dozens of ukuleles are painted by

musician now owns one. Even grunge musician

so you will be able to attend the concerts and

emerging and established artists, all of which

For bookings cAll 0428 600 213

Eddie Vedder (of Pearl Jam fame) has recently

workshops by these artists in the usual ticket

will be sold to benefit Harald’s House (street

released a ukulele album.

price (discounts available if you mention the

level youth care). Due to the playful nature of the


exhibition, kids will love it.

Portugal but was later adopted by the Hawaiians

The highlight of the whole festival will be the

For more information, visit http://

and is now part of music education in many

performances at the Tanks on Sunday 3 July. or ring 0405619026. For

schools due to its small size, affordability and

Performances will run all day and include

tickets to Green Island ring Great Adventures (07

ease of play. If you want your child to experience

concerts by multi-Grammy award winning Daniel

40449944). For tickets to the Tanks Arts Centre,

the joy of making music, take them along to

Ho, 20’s style stringband the Sweet Hollywaiians

ring Ticketlink on 1300 855 835.

the Courthouse Hotel on 2 July to witness the

(Japan), virtuoso Brittni Paiva (Hawaii), singer /

attempt to break the world record for the largest

songwriter Victoria Vox (USA) and many more.


This small 4-string instrument originated in

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to enjoy ukulele music will be at the special

Jackson’s all ages introductory workshop. Last

There has been an enormous increase in

The Singing Face Painter


Another great opportunity for the whole family



Trudie Trewin Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

Quirky adventures Dressing up as a cow, dreaming of being an astronaut and writing about silly adventures is all in a day’s work for quirky, local children’s author Trudie Trewin. Amanda Cranston caught up with Trudie before the launch of her latest book Camp Croc. PM: You were born on a farm in South Australia,

ambulance to avoid giving a class talk. The book

eventually discovered he had a pea plant

so how did you end up in Cairns?

is part of the Macmillan Trekkers series, a guided

growing in his lungs. Tales like that just beg to be

reading series for schools.

turned into stories. And the idea for my book I’ve

TT: When I was 25 I decided I wanted to drive around Australia and I got as far as Cairns when

PM: Were you lucky enough to be picked up by a

my car broke down. By the time it was fixed I had

publisher first go or do you have a drawer full of

fallen in love with the place and couldn’t leave.

early rejection letters?

PM: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

TT: Yes I have a whole drawer full of rejection

TT: Growing up, it wasn’t something I considered seriously as an occupation, apart from briefly flirting with the idea of becoming a journalist. Over the years I have written here and there but never imagined I would be a children’s writer. It was a random comment from a co-worker that started me thinking about writing for kids and then I discovered it was way more fun than writing for adults. My first job was actually in a bank but I definitely prefer working with words than numbers. PM: What is the first story you ever had published? TT: A short novel called Stowaway which is about a girl who hides in the back of her aunt’s


letters! One of my most successful children’s books, I’ve Lost My Kisses, which has now been published in the US and translated into Chinese and French was rejected 12 times before

Lost My Kisses was actually thanks to my middle son who informed us one day that he had run out of kisses and couldn’t kiss us anymore until his body made some more. It was so gorgeous. We made a bit of a game out of looking for his kisses every night, and the idea was born! PM: Since becoming a writer have you had any funny encounters while promoting your books?

Scholastic Books accepted it. You just have to

TT: Yes, I have a cow suit that I used for school

learn that a rejection doesn’t necessarily mean

visits when I was promoting I’ve Lost My Kisses,

your story sucks, sometimes a rejection just

and it is quite hard to see out of. One day while

means “This story is good, but it’s not what we’re

leading a class of grade twos on a ‘kisses hunt’

looking for at the moment”. Of course, sometimes

I walked into a low hanging tree branch and

the story does suck and you have to be able to let

knocked my cow head off. One of the kids went

it go and start again!

“Aha, I knew you weren’t a real cow!” Then he

PM: Where do your ideas come from for your books? TT: My ideas come from everywhere, for example, I recently heard a news snippet about a man who had a bad cough and the doctors

pointed to my wrist and added “Real cows don’t wear watches!” Trudie Trewin will be signing copies of her new book Camp Croc at Collins Booksellers in Smithfield on June 19.


Time for a break jokes

Being a parent changes everything. But being a parent also changes with each baby. Here are some of the ways having a second and third child is different from having your first.



1st Baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.

1st Baby: You change your baby’s diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.

2nd Baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby’s bottle.

2nd Baby: You change their diaper every 2 to 3 hours, if needed.

3rd Baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.

3rd Baby: You try to change their diaper before you see it sagging to their knees.

Quiz? Question 1



Question 4



Every year your body replaces 98% of your atoms.

There is a disease called ichthyosis that turns the skin scaly like a fish.

Question 2

Question 5





When you take a step, you are using up to 200 muscles.

It takes approximately 20 hours for food to entirely digest.

Question 3

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