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Hello and welcome to the 83rd edition of PakMag! I'm really looking forward to Mother’s Day this year and all I want is to enjoy some quality time with my boys for the day. It’s funny how from that first moment you become a mum your whole world changes and you realise what's really important in life. So whatever you do for Mother’s Day, enjoy - you deserve it! Our Teddy Bears Picnic is coming up in August, so if you would like to book a stall or be involved, go to our website for more information. Until next time, Happy Mothers Day to all of you, and a special Happy Mothers Day to all the mums in my life, we love you all. Have a great month, and remember to tell everyone you read it in PakMag!
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Do not miss the inaugural Cairns Children’s Festival on Sunday 4 May. The entire Tanks venue will be packed with fantastic events and activities for kids of all ages up to 12 years. The signature event is Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo, which is a ticketed show, but there will be lots of other FREE workshops and activities, entertainment, live music and family focused market stalls.
Finding it difficult to find time away from the kids to do some exercise? Then why not try doing a class together. Parents Primal Playout is a brand new fitness class where parents and children play, have fun and exercise together. The first trial session is free. It runs on Saturday mornings (9:00am-9:45am) at Mother of Good Council Primary School, 394 Sheridan Street, Nth Cairns. Park on Seymour Street. Call Bec on 0409 896 466 or email bec@ parentsprimalplayout.com
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The Queensland Ambulance Service have announced that they will no longer provide their baby capsule service after 30 June. Since correct installation of baby capsules is essential for the safety of babies travelling in cars, the Hire for Baby group in Queensland are stepping in to honour the same service at the same price ($76.70 for six month capsule hire including installation). For more information call Hire for Baby on 4032 1984.
Cairns Regional Council has launched a new program to help local kids discover the natural wonders of the tropics. The Little Taccas program, named after the tropical plant Tacca integrifolia, will run fortnightly at the Botanic Gardens for kids under-five with nature-based activities including art and craft, storytelling, sing-alongs and garden discovery walks. Dates: Alternate Thursdays (10am-noon) starting 1 May. Bookings essential. Call 4044 3044. www.pakmag.com.au
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NEW Cabbage Patch Kids As the owner of Mind Matters, psychologist Nia Barnes has a rewarding life helping children reach their potential  Tell us a bit about your background?
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I was born in Greece and raised in Sydney
about tolerance, forgiveness, sacrifice,
after moving here with my family in the
resilience, love and most of all, hope.
early 70's. I came to Cairns 23 years ago and just as I was about to return to Sydney I was introduced to Shane who later became my husband. We have three children.  What do you love about your work? The opportunity to connect with others at a level that we rarely get to in our dayto-day lives and the opportunity to share what I know in the hope that it might
 Whose pictures were on your bedroom wall when you were a teenager? Dare I say it…Scott Baio (Chachi from Happy Days)  Tell us something most people wouldn't know about you? I love to sing along to Greek songs, which I play loudly in my car on the way to and from work.
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16-18 July Cairns ShowGrounds The 2014 Cairns Show is just around the corner so make sure you grab a copy of the Kids Competition Schedule, which is available online or from the Cairns Show Office. Children can enter as many categories as they like so growing vegetables, building a scarecrow, baking cakes, taking photos and creating competition-winning artworks should keep them busy for the next few weeks! Go to www.cairnsshow.com.au for more information.
Goanna's Playgroup Mondays (9.30am-11.30am) QCWA Hall Gordonvale The Gordonvale Goannas Playgroup is welcoming new members to join them on Mondays (9.30am-11.30am) at the QCWA Hall on Norman Street. They have different art and craft activities each week, loads of activities like obstacle courses, home corner, puzzles, story time, music sessions, sand play, water play and more. For more info call Debbie on 4067 5344.
Mother Knows Best: Life Lessons From The Animal World
Kids Meditation Club
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By Michelle Dryburgh
A Mother's DayMessage Nyrie Contor was 28 weeks pregnant with twins when doctors diagnosed her with advanced breast cancer. She was 38 years old. Less than two years later, Nyrie is winning her
hormones to the cancer. “It was gut wrenching,”
returned to work part time, exercises regularly,
battle with cancer and has made it her personal
she said. “It meant no more children, and going
maintains a healthy diet and also practices yoga
mission to make other young women aware of the
through menopause at 38. But I had to look
warning signs to look out for.
at what was going to keep me alive, and that
“I had been to a wedding and was getting into the
she said. “I’m doing everything my doctors have
Her surgery was followed by five months of
told me to in the hope it will give me a longer
recalled. “It was quite close to my armpit, at the left
chemotherapy. Nyrie was unable to come into
life. When you’re faced with your own mortality,
edge of my breast. I was concerned straight away. I
contact with the twins or her young son, now six,
it makes you think. I definitely see life differently
had a gut feeling something wasn’t right.”
for seven to 10 days after each week-long cycle.
now, and I make more time for creating fun,
She lost her hair, and grew violently ill. “It was at
memorable times with my family.”
prompted Nyrie to make an urgent appointment with her doctor. She was sent for an ultrasound that afternoon, had a biopsy the following day, and just two days later - her worst fears were confirmed. The diagnosis would be just the beginning of a long, emotional and difficult journey. Nyrie’s twins were delivered by Caesarean at 32 weeks, and spent six weeks in a neonatal unit gaining strength. Meanwhile, Nyrie was given just three
“I’m cautiously happy with how things are going,”
shower when I happened to feel the lump,” Nyrie
The lump was the size of a five cent piece, and
outweighed the costs.”
that point we had to get a nanny, we couldn’t manage otherwise,” Nyrie said. “I couldn’t touch the children and I wasn’t working so my husband had to work to cover the medical bills.” “I wanted to breastfeed my babies, but I wasn’t
That’s exactly what Nyrie would like other mothers and daughters to do by getting involved in this year’s Mother’s Day Classic walk or run. The Cairns event will be taking place on Sunday 11 May at the southern end of the Esplanade, opposite The Pier.
allowed to because it would have helped the cancer grow,” she said. “But I was very lucky a few friends donated breast milk to me, allowing
To find out more and to register go to|
the twins to have a better start than I originally
Registrations close 7 May. All proceeds will
days to decide whether or not to have her ovaries
The twins are now 18 months old and thriving
and fallopian tubes removed to halt the supply of
– and Nyrie is doing much better too. She has
go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
isillusioned with juggling full time
while also exploring other areas of clothing and
work with family life, a growing
accessories. “I usually only make skirts that my
number of women are stepping
daughters or I would wear. I love colours and try
off the corporate treadmill in pursuit of more
and keep my eye out for fabrics that are bright
flexible work options. The recently coined term
and/or unusual,” she says. “The best part of what
“mumpreneur” which was added to the Collins
I do is that I can sew when I want and still be
English Dictionary in 2011 is now commonly
free to do school pick ups and drop offs.” As well
used to describe female entrepreneurs who
as distributing her label through markets and
successfully work their businesses around
Cairns’ local community store Handmade Cans,
motherhood. And if recent statistics are anything
Melody also promotes and sells her designs
to go by, more and more Australian women may
through her facebook page; www.facebook.
be finally discovering the secret to “having it all.”
More than just a passing trend, the “mumpreneur
While the term “mumpreneur” is often used to
phenomenon” is gaining increasing popularity
describe mums that work from home with their
and by all accounts, appears to be here to stay.
kids, there are also an increasing amount of
According the Australian Bureau of Statistics,
women who are finding ways to run a business
home-based businesses are now the fastest-
online or during school hours. According
growing small business sector in the country,
to business owner Kim Kelly, mumpreneurs
and a recent study by BankWest found that
needn’t restrict themselves to home-based
women are now starting businesses at twice
opportunities. After establishing The Business
the rate of men. Driven by a number of factors
Booth in July last year, she and her female
including the rising cost of day care, inflexible
colleagues – who are at various stages of family
working conditions, and the guilt associated
life – have successfully juggled their work/life
with missing out on time with their children, an
balance through a more modern approach to
increasing amount of women are embracing
business. “The fact that someone can’t work the
technology to redefine the way they work today.
traditional 8 – 5 doesn’t mean you can’t tap into
Like many mumpreneurs, Melody Forrester’s business evolved from a hobby that soon attracted an enthusiastic following. “While living in Abu Dhabi in 2011, I couldn't find any skirts I liked so I began making my own using fabric from the local IKEA store,” she says. “When
their skills,” she says. In order to extend greater flexibility to both their clients and themselves, the team offer strategic, low-cost business, marketing and finance advice from either their innovative head office on Mulgrave Road Cairns or online at: www.thebusinessbooth.com.au.
one of my neighbours saw me wearing one
While the pursuit of self-employment can
she ordered a few off me straight away and it
certainly seem like an attractive option, it’s
snowballed from there.” Named after Melody’s
important to prepare yourself for the risk
two daughters, Monet & Lily Threads soon took
and responsibilities it entails. Becoming
on a life of it’s own. “As word got around I was
solely responsible for your own income isn’t
selling more and more each week, so I decided
something to be taken lightly, but with the
to establish a label and a Facebook page.”
right preparation, good work ethic and positive
Now based back in Australia, Melody specialises
outlook – it could be a life changing opportunity.
in girls and women’s mid-length A-line skirts
By Kate van Eck
Mumpreneur Websites For more information on becoming a mumpreneur or to find support for your existing business, contact: • www.mumpreneursonline.com
As more and more women are venturing into self-employment as a way to balance work and family life, it seems that the ‘mumpreneur’ phenomenon is here to stay 10
• www.ausmumpreneur.com • www.connect2mums.com.au
By Jutta Dempsey
Really knowing your
Research shows that temperament is innate and the key to effective parenting is understanding the particular character traits your child is born with. Without this knowledge parenting and discipline are largely just ‘hit and miss’.
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Understanding your child’s, and your own temperament, occurs usually over time and with increasing self-awareness and insight. Slowly, as your child develops, you work out if they are like either parent or another family member, or their own little soul. The lucky ones are like one or both parents because then you instinctively understand your child’s ‘manual’.
Feelers are kind and considerate of others,
While introvert parents find it much easier to
being liked is very important to them and they
understand an introverted child, the down side
get upset by conflict and anger. Thinkers have
of this depth of understanding could cause
a passion for knowing what’s true, they respect
them to over-indulge their child’s social wariness
honesty and fairness and use logic to reason and
by helping them avoid potentially stressful
situations. This may seem like a good idea but it
 Perceiver or Judger
can help parents gain this awareness and
Perceivers are happy-go-lucky, relaxed,
insight to help with parenting, but without a formal test you can make some of your own observations. Here are four of the basic elements of temperament:
 Extrovert or Introvert Extroverts are talkative, smiley, enthusiastic, impulsive and recharge their energy by being around lots of other people. Introverts are
adaptable, love change and don’t particularly enjoy structured time and routine. Judgers are orderly, dependable and like things to be predictable.
could also limit their experiences and life lessons. Temperaments within families are often varied. Sometimes children and parents may even have opposite temperaments, which causes them to grate on each other but trying to change your child’s temperament rather than making allowances will only lead to difficulties and
This information can provide some valuable
unhappiness. Part of the journey to effective
insights for your parenting. For example:
parenting is understanding these differences
Extrovert Parent & Introvert Child:
in temperament and adjusting your style of parenting accordingly. Once you do this you will
Extrovert parents may see their introvert child’s
achieve much greater family harmony.
exhausted by being around a lot of people.
need to quietly recharge as a problem and push
For more details on understanding and parenting
them to be more social. Reading their ‘manual’
 Sensor or Intuitive
children with different temperaments go to
incorrectly in this way could cause them to
reserved, reflective, prefer quiet and get
Sensors love to make and do things, are very now. Intuitives are good at seeing the big picture of how things go together, they’re imaginative, love new ideas and are interested in the future.
Introvert Parent & Introvert Child:
There are a number of ways psychologists
observant and usually focused on the here and To book go to www.pakmag.com.au
 Feeler or Thinker
feel overwhelmed, resulting in withdrawal, meltdowns, low self-confidence and oppositional behaviours. Your child will have much higher self-
Jutta Dempsey is the principal psychologist
esteem if you show you understand their need
at Directions Learning & Behaviour Guidance.
for quiet recharge time by making allowances. www.pakmag.com.au
By Elaine Seager
Baby CapsuleNews Recently, it was announced that the Queensland Ambulance Service will cease hiring capsules in July but the crew at Hire for Baby are stepping up to ensure the on-going safety of FNQ babies. For the past 15 years, Queensland Ambulance
first few months. Capsules can be taken out of
• Checking shoulder heights with in built in
has been providing this wonderful service to
the car while your baby is sleeping and some are
ensure newborns in the Far North travel in the
also compatible with prams and strollers to make
safest way possible. The ceasing of this service is
a complete travel system. Since babies are only in
a big loss because no matter how expensive the
capsules for a few months most people tend to
capsule you buy, your baby’s safety is ultimately
hire them rather than buy one because it works
determined by its correct installation.
out to be more cost-effective.
Hire for Baby in Cairns and the Tablelands take
Hire for Baby’s sister company, Baby Restraint
child safety very seriously so in an effort to fill the
Fitters, also offers a restraint fitting service for
• How much space to leave between the
gap caused by the loss of this valuable service,
those parents who decide to buy their own
restraint and front row seats
they have decided to continue offering the same
restraint but want to make sure it is fitted
service, at the same price.
correctly. They use this opportunity to talk
From now until the end of the year, Hire For Baby will offer all bookings of a six-month hire of a Safe
through some important safety pointers with parents including:
& Sound Infant capsule, including professional
• Checking and fixing twisted belts in the inbuilt
installation by one of their trained restraint fitters,
at the exact same price Queensland Ambulance charged - $76.70. Hiring a capsule for your newborn is a very
• Reapplying tension on the seat belt pathway for both rear facing and forward facing restraints
• Loosening the tether strap each time before taking the baby out of the restraint, and putting the baby in the restraint. And the correct tension required for this strap. • Getting the right fit/tension of the harness
Child restraints are only as safe as their installation so having them professionally fitted by people who have to update their training and qualifications each year, gives parents peace of mind that their children are as safe as possible.
For more info contact Hire For Baby on 4032 1984 (Cairns) or 4091 1047 (Tablelands).
convenient way to transport your infant for the
Screen time Guidelines Everything in Moderation
Technology is becoming a big part of
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our children’s day-to-day lives and while there are advantages, most people recognise that children’s use of technology needs monitoring, especially with the proliferation of hand held devices. As a guideline the associations of American and Canadian Paediatricians recommend that children 0-2 years of age should have no exposure to technology, 3-5 year olds should be restricted to one hour per day and 6-18 year olds should only be allowed
• Children who are allowed a device in their bedrooms have a 30 per cent greater risk of obesity. It has also been shown to impact their school grades. • Overuse of technology has been implicated in rising rates of psychological
access for 2 hours a day.
issues in children
These recommendations are based on a
• One in eleven children aged 8-18 years
number of research studies that show:
are addicted to technology
• Too much technology restricts a
• High speed media can contribute to
child’s movement which can cause developmental delays
attention deficit, decreased concentration and memory
Mobile Devices What are other parents doing? If you’re wondering whether you’re the only parents allowing your children to use mobile devices, fear not. A recent survey hosted by Bub Hub showed that nearly all parents allow their children to use them. Here are a few other findings that came out of the survey:
New: Maya the Bee - Flower Party Following her success on ABC TV Maya the Bee is launching her big screen movie career this year. The app is targeted towards Maya fans but will also appeal to young children who enjoy exploring new virtual worlds.
Favourite: The Wrong Book One of our readers wrote in to tell us how much they love this app. It is a Gold winner of the Parents Choice Awards and is suitable for kids aged 3-8 years.
Popular: Petting Zoo This app has had over one million downloads and has received a lot of positive reviews for it’s quirky
creativity. Suitable for kids aged 3-10 years. www.pakmag.com.au
The Time Factor
by Narelle Muller
news HEART Week
Health This year the Heart Foundation will be using Heart Week to urge
The single thing that stands between every parent and good health is time.
Australians suffer a heart attack but many may not realise they’re at risk.
of tag, skipping, a bike ride, dance to some
“I just don’t have time to exercise”, or “I
loud music until you’re sweaty, join in at
don’t have time to cook”, I’d be in early
the playground, set up an obstacle course –
rediscover your inner child.
Now, I’m a working mother of three and
This almost always involves turning off the
I’m not about to claim I never cut corners. I
TV/PlayStation/computer and having some
• Discomfort in the neck or a choking or burning
can’t even say I always get it right. But the
real human interaction. Not only will you
feeling in the throat
one thing we do all have to admit is that we
be forging stronger bonds with the little
as adults are collectively responsible for the
person you love more than anything in the
rise in childhood obesity and for our own
world, you’ll be ensuring you both take
health. So as, for the first time in history,
steps on the road to fitness.
related), it is time to take stock. By setting a good example, you are creating a healthier future for your family, so take a few minutes every day to do some form of physical activity with your child. A game
The warning signs can vary from person to person and they may not always be sudden or severe as many people expect. • Aching or tightness in the lower jaw
• General ache, heaviness or pressure spreading from the chest to the shoulders • Heaviness, tightness, pressure or a crushing sensation in the centre of the chest
in young children (Type 2 being lifestyle-
heart attack. Each year almost 10,000
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard,
cases of Type 2 Diabetes are being recorded
people to learn the warning signs of a
Narelle Muller is a journalist and health writer of more than 20 years’ experience, as well as a qualified personal trainer. For more info call Fit & Well Health on 0402 114 754.
• Dull ache between the shoulder blades • Discomfort, numbness or tingling in the arms Call 000 immediately if these warning signs are experienced for 10 minutes or if they are sudden and severe. www.pakmag.com.au
TO FEED or Not to Feed... If you have been following the news in the past couple of months you may have seen the news stories about Santiago, ‘Columbia’s fattest baby’. He already weighs 19.5kg and he is only eight months old! Anxiety has been pegged as the cause of
Here are my top 5 non-food related
this weight gain as every time Santiago
cried, his mother would provide him with
review Weet-Bix have just released a new range called Energize, which is aimed at providing extra protein at breakfast. This is great news for kids who love Weet-Bix as it means they will be getting an extra
• Try a nice drink of cold water
7.4 grams of protein per serve of Weet-Bix at
and thought “yep, I can see how his mother
• Put on their favourite song and dance
breakfast which will help keep their tummies fuller
used this as a way to cope.” Most of us know
around the lounge room together
there is a big connection between emotions
(you will have a smile on your face too!)
food or milk. I’m sure, like me, you read this
and food, and feeding a small child every time they are upset or anxious can lead to
for longer. It is also full of important B vitamins and 4.5g of fibre per serve to help with healthy bowels.
• Go for a stroll down the street • Spend some quality time playing with the
Rebecca mckenna is an Accredited Practising
family pet or if you don’t have a family pet,
Dietitian at Health Management Cairns
talk to your child about animals
(www.healthmanagement.com.au) You can
a wonderful thing. However, the best types
• Get out some photos of friends and family
connect with Health Management and ask
of distractions do not compromise health.
and talk to your child about the photos
these behaviours being instilled for life. In the case of Santiago, the food was being used as a distraction, and distraction can be
Rebecca questions on Facebook.
want to feed ding my new baby who seems to READER QUESTION: I am breastfee four hours. Is d says her baby only feeds every every two hours, whereas my frien feeding every two hours normal?
different and is best for your baby. All babies are The main thing to remember is what ers are also moth according to age, hunger etc. All will follow different feeding regimens e would be to storage and feeding plans. My advic different with different rates of milk when they are es are very good at letting us know take notice of feeding cues, as babi has a 24 hours ralian Breastfeeding Association hungry. For expert advice the Aust ising Dietitian. or you could see an Accredited Pract hotline you can call (1800 686 268)
Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bar By Bianca Johns (PakMAG Promotions) Ingredients • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar • 1 cup self raising flour • 1/4 tsp baking powder • Pinch of salt • 1 cup of rolled oats • 1/2 cup of butter softened • 3 cups of frozen raspberries • 1/3 cup of sugar
Sit back and enjoy your special event.
Bianca's Fav "I love this recipe as it is such a yummy snack that you can whip up very quickly. Great for afternoon and weekend snacks."
Preheat oven to 175oC. Grease a square pan or line with baking paper. Combine brown sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and rolled oats. Rub in the butter with your hands to form a crumbly mixture. Press 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the pan. On the stove heat 3 cups of frozen or fresh raspberries with 1/3 cup of sugar until it forms a beautiful raspberry sauce. Pour the raspberries over the oats mixture that is already in the pan. Making sure it covers the oats. Then sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture over the top of the raspberries and lightly press down. Bake for 35-40min in the oven, or until brown. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.
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School holiday ProgramS 3 hour Sessions plus 1 & 2 day riding camps
• Group/Private Riding Lessons for Children and Adults (beginners to advanced) • Pony Rides for Children under 5 years of age
BookingS eSSential CALL 4039 3143 Lot 626 Intake Rd, Redlynch • www.crystalcascadeshorsepark.com.au
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VENUE Edmonton Library Manunda Library Smithfield Library Tanks Arts Centre, Tank 5 Botanic Gardens Smithfield Library Westcourt Tavern City Library Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Regional Gallery Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Hospital Community Open Day
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ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Storytime & Craft Email Basics A (basic computer skills required) Google Basics (basic computing skills required) KT Tunstall Little Taccas Program for under-5's - Bookings essential Classroom Canines - Reading confidence program for kids Barbary Coasters Duo Grow Your Family Tree - Family History Drop In Session T20 Blast 8-12 yr olds Hairy Maclary Community Day - Kids Art Activities Tiny Tots Nikki the Fairy Queen Facepainting Nikki Lowmass Facepainting Pioneer Weekend Sunday Arvo - Free Entry, Jumping Castle & Facepainting Cairns Children’s Festival featuring Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Pioneer Weekend Monday Read Club Mother's Day Gift Wrapping - 5-10 May Bellies and Bubs Group (Newborns to 18 months) Multiple Group Coffee Morning Baby Rhyme Time Storytime & Craft Exhibition - Queensland Wartime Romances (ends May 30) Tiny Tots Art Class for 6-8 year olds Art Fun for 2-5 year olds Storytime & Craft Trivia Art Class for 9-12 year olds Computer Basics - Beginners Baby Rhyme Time
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"It's the 20th Anniversary of Port Douglas Carnivale. Events start 16 May."
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VENUE Marlin Coast Neighborhood Centre Smithfield Library Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Indoor Sports Tanks Arts Centre Botanic Gardens Cairns Regional Gallery Cairns Indoor Sports AJ Hackett Cairns The Esplanade Mother's Day City Church Cairns Smithfield Library Little Diggers Community Centre Cairns Central Stratford Library Cairns Indoor Sports Lil Scribblers Lil Scribblers City Library Mount Sheridan Tavern Lil Scribblers Stratford Library Manunda Library Earlville Library International Day of Families Botanic Gardens Smithfield Library Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Indoor Sports
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green = kids
Multiple Group Coffee Morning Classroom Canines - Reading confidence program for kids Tiny Tots at Cairns Indoor Sports Milo In2 Cricket Under 8s T20 Blast 8-12 yr olds Jazz Up North - Emma Pask
9.30am 3.30pm 9.00am 3.30pm 5.15pm
Kids Nature Stencils Workshop with artist Annika Evans (6-12 year olds)
10.00am 1.00pm 9.00am
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Monday Read Club Bellies and Bubs Group (Newborns to 18 months) Mummy Central Storytime & Craft Tiny Tots Art Class for 6-8 year olds Art Fun for 2-5 year olds Storytime & Craft Trivia Art Class for 9-12 year olds Baby Rhyme Time Email Basics B (completion of Email Basics A is required) Facebook 101 (basic computer skills required)
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10.00am 3.30pm 9.00am 4.30pm 5.15pm
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Kids Cupcake Decorating Workshop with Pastry Chef (8-16 year olds)
Tiny Tots Sunday Arvo - Free Entry, Jumping Castle & Facepainting United Voice March - Nikki Lowmass Facepainting Celebrating Mothers Service with kids activities, coffee & cake for mums
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Wordsearch Puzzle In The 13-Storey Treehouse Terryâ€™s second batch of seamonkey eggs hatch into actual monkeys that go crazy and almost destroy the treehouse. See if you can find all the words in this monkey-related wordsearch. When you have finished there should be 13 letters left over that spell out something to do with this part of the story.
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MOTHER’S DAY TREAT BAG
"Get ready for a great day out at the Family Beach Day in Port Douglas 17 May."
Materials  Brown Paper Bags  Bakers Twine  Felt Hearts  Glue
 Plastic Heart Beads  Shredded Tissue Paper  Scissors DATE
Instructions  Start by decorating your bag. Simply glue the felt heart
shapes onto your paper bag.
 Cut a length of bakers twine - approximately 150cm in
length. Wind this around and around your paper bag.
 As a finishing touch, thread some beads through the twine
This makes a beautiful gift bag for Mum or a special friend.
We recommend using CraftSmart PVA Glue for this project. *Products used in this project are available at Craft Direct. www.craftdirect.com.au & 1300 354 240
Q: What is the most important day in Egypt? A: Mummy’s Day!
Q: Why do elephants paint their toenails red?
Q: Why is a computer so smart?
A: So they can hide in a strawberry patch.
A: It listens to its motherboard.
Q: Where did the spaghetti go to dance? A: The meat ball!
and then tie each of the ends to form a bow.
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VENUE Brothers Leagues Club Innisfail RSL Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas Port Douglas Carnivale Cairns Indoor Sports Trinity Beach Tavern Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas Four Mile Beach Daintree Station Stadium Court House Hotel AJ Hackett Cairns Smithfield Library Port Douglas Carnivale Port Douglas Carnivale Little Diggers Community Centre Babinda Library Smithfield Library Babinda Library City Library Cairns Indoor Sports Sugarworld Gardens Lil Scribblers Lil Scribblers Cairns Libraries Mount Sheridan Tavern Port Douglas Yacht Club Lil Scribblers Earlville Library Smithfield Library Brothers Leagues Club Early Yeas Centre, Benevolent Society
Sugarworld Gardens Smithfield Library Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Indoor Sports Westcourt Tavern
ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Diesel Barbary Coasters Duo Carnivale - Market Park Fun Fair Macrossan Street Parade & Fireworks Tiny Tots Nikki Lowmass Facepainting Carnivale - Market Park Fun Fair Carnivale Family Beach Day Carnivale - Mossman Rodeo Drought Relief Country Fair Live Band Monday Read Club Sunday Markets Carnivale Garden Games Bellies and Bubs Group (Newborns to 18 months) Storytime & Craft Storytime & Craft Catalogue Quest - Learn how to search, reserve and renew Computer Basics - New computer users Tiny Tots Under 8's Day - Sausage sizzle, Jumping Castle, Arts and Crafts Art Class for 6-8 year olds Art Fun for 2-5 year olds National Simultaneous Storytime - see website for locations Trivia Barbary Coasters Duo Art Class for 9-12 year olds Storytime & Craft Conversation Café - Book Chat & Morning Tea The Kings of Country Multiple Group Coffee Morning Under 8's Day - Sausage sizzle, Jumping Castle, Arts and Crafts Classroom Canines - Reading confidence program for kids Tiny Tots Milo In2 Cricket Under 8s T20 Blast 8-12 yr olds Barbary Coasters Duo
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VENUE Cairns Civic Theatre Botanic Gardens Cairns Indoor Sports Trinity Beach Tavern Cairns Civic Theatre AJ Hackett Cairns Cairns Civic Theatre Crystals at Arc Little Diggers Community Centre Cairns Civic Theatre Smithfield Library Manunda Library Cairns Indoor Sports Brothers Leagues Club Lil Scribblers Lil Scribblers Stratford Library City Library Mount Sheridan Tavern Smithfield Library Lil Scribblers Tanks Arts Centre, Tank 5 Botanic Gardens Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Indoor Sports Cairns Civic Theatre Cairns Indoor Sports
pink = family
green = kids
ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Pete the Sheep Kids Woven Sculpture Workshop with artist Annika Evans (6 -12 year olds)
Tiny Tots Nikki Lowmass Facepainting Pete the Sheep Sunday Arvo - Free Entry, Jumping Castle & Facepainting Pete the Sheep Kids Meditation Club Bellies and Bubs Group (Newborns to 18 months) Pete the Sheep Monday Read Club Baby Rhyme Time Tiny Tots Troy Cassar-Daley & Adam Harvey Art Class for 6-8 year olds Art Fun for 2-5 year olds Internet Basics - Beginners (basic computing skills required) Baby Rhyme Time Trivia Classroom Canines - Reading confidence program for kids Art Class for 9-12 year olds The Waifs Little Taccas Program for under-5's - Bookings essential Tiny Tots Milo In2 Cricket Under 8s T20 Blast 8-12 yr olds Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt Tiny Tots
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By Michelle Bell
Pregnancy and the first year after the baby’s birth (the Perinatal period) can be a positive and beautiful experience but it is also one of the most significant life events people experience, writes Michelle Bell. Expecting a baby, giving birth and becoming
• Lack of emotional or practical support
Anxiety becomes more of a problem if these
a parent brings many great expectations and
• Current or history of domestic violence
symptoms are present:
changes, and many parents find adjusting to
• Persistent and excessive worry, anxiety or fear
• Current stressful life events
that interferes with daily functioning tasks, or
• Unwanted or unplanned pregnancy
stops you going out with your baby or leads
these changes and new roles challenging. About one in ten women experience antenatal anxiety and/or depression, increasing to about one in seven women in the postnatal period. It also affects 10 per cent of fathers. Anxiety and
• Stresses relating to child care
much has been done to raise awareness of
• Neonatal medical problems
Anxiety is often overlooked. However Perinatal Anxiety is likely to be at least as common as
• Temperament of the baby • Pregnancy
depression, if not more so and severe anxiety can
• Birth or breast feeding complications
be present without depression.
• Neonatal loss and physical health issues
Besides the general risk factors for Anxiety
And, if that weren’t enough, society and the
(difficulty adjusting to your changing role and
media present idealised images and prescribed
lifestyle) there are some quite specific things that
behaviours about what a ‘good’ parent/mother
may increase the risk of Perinatal Anxiety.
should be and many women and their partners
These include: • Fear of childbirth • Fear that the baby will become ill or die
can feel like they have failed if they perceive they have fallen short of these ideals.
treated and early intervention and emotional support enable parents to recover faster so they
• History or family history of anxiety
can enjoy time with their baby. Some of the ways
to help deal with anxiety include not expecting
or perfectionism • High expectations of the pregnancy and labour and feelings of failure when these are not realised
you to constantly check on your baby. • Constant irritability, restlessness or difficulty concentrating. • Physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath, tense muscles, or finding it difficult to relax or fall asleep at night. • Panic attacks - episodes of fear and panic that feel overwhelming and uncontrollable. If you, or your partner, are experiencing any of these symptoms talk to your Obstetrician, Midwife, Child Care or GP. GPs can provide immediate psychological support, check for physical symptoms and refer onto programs that provide psychological support.
The good news is that Perinatal Anxiety can be
• Complex births
• Personal characteristics like low self-esteem
• Many children
Depression often walk hand-in-hand and while Perinatal Depression, information about Perinatal
• First child
For more information go to www.beyondblue.org.au (1300 22 4636) or www.panda.org.au (1300 726 306).
too much of yourself, having plenty of rest,
Michelle Bell is a Mental Health Liaison
talking about the changes in your life with your
Officer at Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local.
partner and health professionals, socialising with other new mums, eating healthily and avoiding drugs and alcohol.
Some information sourced beyondblue website.
Reflux in babies is fairly common because the sphincter valve is underdeveloped, the oesophagus is short and they lie down a lot.
Unfortunately it can even cause tooth decay in babies’ first teeth as the stomach acids weaken the enamel. Reflux, commonly known as heartburn, can start in infants and continue on into childhood and adult life. So if your baby is fighting feeds, has 20-minute ‘catnaps’, has sour breath and is not
This month the Miracle Babies Foundation will be raising awareness about the programs and resources they provide to support premature and sick babies and their families.
Up to 90 per cent of pregnant women
massaging tender points along energy
are affected by morning sickness, usually
lines and can provide relief for some
in their first trimester. The causes are not
women. There are three points to try
entirely clear but high levels of hormones
pressing: 1) on the inside of your wrist, two
and blood pressure fluctuations are
Babies are often admitted into specialised
thumb widths up from the wrist crease 2)
thought to be contributing factors.
medical units if they are born prematurely
in the small hollow just below your inner
(before 37 weeks gestation), they have a low
For most women, dietary and lifestyle
ankle bone and 3) the line running down
birth weight, there have been difficulties
changes can help them continue with their
from the hollow between your collar bones
everyday life. These include identifying and
down past the sternum (press deeply
avoiding triggers (eg. foods that make you
on the most tender spots). For more
nauseous), avoiding an empty stomach
info contact Acupuncturist Lara Joffe at
(always have a few dry crackers handy),
Awakening Therapies on 0406 783 039.
eating small quantities more often and drinking plenty of fluids.
There are approximately 45,000 babies born each year that require the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care
during their delivery, they have medical complications or if they’re one of a set of multiples.
Many new mums seek out organic products for their new
Nursery (SCN). Of these, about 25,000 are
For information about how the Miracle
baby so if you want peace of mind that your precious
born prematurely. For the families involved
Babies Foundation supports premature
In extreme cases, if these lifestyle changes
newborn is sleeping safely, check out the gorgeous range
it can be a very stressful and overwhelming
and sick newborns and their families go to
don’t provide any relief, see you doctor
of baby bed and cot sets at www.ecocotton.com.au. In
journey of highs and lows as they navigate the
www.miraclebabies.org.au or call the 24Hr
Acupuncture and acupressure are also
about medical treatments that are safe for
response to the trend for more ‘green’ products, Eco-Cotton
very technical environment where their baby
Family Support Helpline on 1300 622 243.
worth checking out. Acupressure involves
make their range from 100% certified organic cotton.
growing well, speak to your doctor.
SLING Safety Following a recent inquest where a baby sling was found to be a factor in a three-week old baby’s death, authorities are developing a campaign to educate parents about how to use baby slings safely. The key tips are: • Keep your baby’s face uncovered (especially the nose and mouth) • Avoid your baby being curled in a ‘C’ position with their chin against their chest • Be extra careful about using slings with premature or low weight babies, or those with a cold • Reposition your baby after breastfeeding to make sure their airways are clear • Check on them regularly
CCB Approved • EnroL today • 3-5 yeAr olds
VotEd “Best Childcare Centre” in PakMag’s Best of Cairns awards
Learning through Play each & every day
For more information visit www.redlynchkindy.com.au or call 4055 1814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
70 Russell Street, Edge Hill
Home Awayfrom ENROL
Learning to Swim is a gift for life...
Cairns leading learn to swim school has recently renovated and now offers undercover facilities, heated pool, airconditioned parent viewing room, great coffee, daily newspapers and free WiFi.
By Elaine Seager
Choosing childcare for your children is an important decision and Family Day Care Cairns gives parents peace of mind by providing personalised care and education in a family environment. Family Day Care Cairns has been providing
After moving him to Family Day Care Cairns,
would be cared for at home if she was a stay-at-
valuable support to local families for 35 years.
Nicole says that Freddy began to flourish under
Their flexible 24-hour service for children from
the individual care and attention provided by
babies to school leaving age, reaches to the
his Educator, Emily. Since Emily only had four
areas of Cairns, Southern, Northern Beaches and
children in her care she was able to be flexible
Redlynch Valley. It includes day care, before and
and adapt her daily activities with the children
after school care, vacation care, evening and
to suit their individual personalities, needs and
overnight care or emergency care. Care is also
available on a casual basis so you don’t have to be in permanent daycare to take advantage of the out of hours services.
All Family Day Care Educators use a curriculum and they are carefully selected and then trained, supported, and monitored by Early Childhood
Nicole Starchenko first chose Family Day Care
professionals so parents can have peace of mind
Cairns for her family after her eldest son Freddy
that they are receiving the best quality care and
became seriously ill with viral encephalitis. At the
time he had been in long daycare but his illness meant that his development had fallen behind and Nicole felt he required more personalised care rather than just “being pushed through a system where boxes have to be ticked.”
As far as Freddy was concerned the results spoke for themselves – by the time he was ready for school he had gone from a scared little boy challenged by social environments and change to his routine to a confident young man who easily handled the transition to big school. If you would like to find out more about Family Day Care Cairns call the Coordination Unit in Edge Hill on 4032 1259. They place children with Care Educators and manage the transfer of care when Care Educators go away on holiday. It is a not-for-profit scheme whose primary goal is to
Another plus point for Nicole was knowing that
provide care for children of local families by local
whilst in Family Day Care, Freddy was involved
families. As an Approved Child Care Service you
with other educators and children. She is
can access your Child Care Benefit and Child Care
comforted by the knowledge that her children
Rebate. The cost of care is affordable and child
are being cared for in the same way that they
care benefit and rebate are available.
EDUCATIONAL AQUATIC PROGRAMS for children aged 5 months through to PERFORMANCE SWIMMING.
OPEN NOW To book phone 4053 2549 Email: email@example.com Web: www.cmeswim.com.au Download our FREE “C Me Swim“ APP to your smart phone now!
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Stages NEW Books Twins A Practical Guide to Parenting Multiples from Conception to School by Katrina Bowman and Louise Ryan A comprehensive reference book that explains medical jargon, survival tips and everything in between.
Unfortunately bullying can be common amongst children and if they’re scared of a bully at school it may cause them to want to avoid going to school altogether. So how can you help them cope?
Funny and informative, this is a must-have for any new parents of twins. RRP $32.99
Raising Stress-Proof Kids
• Listen to what your child has to say. Remain calm and ask what they would like to see happen. • Talk to your child about respectful behaviour so that they know what they should expect from classmates. • Teach them how to be assertive.
by Shelley Davidow Davidow says we’re robbing
• Don’t encourage your child to fight back. It can make things worse.
• Teach them to tell a teacher or another adult at school. • Talk with the class teacher and school support staff. Most schools have policies in place to deal with bullying. For more general information on dealing with bullying to www.bullyingnoway. gov.au. It’s a great website with tips and resources for parents, children and teachers.
children of their childhood by saturating them with the stresses of adult life. She offers simple steps
Tackling Teens: Sexting
By Denise Bewert
to minimise the effects of stress on kids. RRP $24.99
How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm
by Mei-Ling Hopgood A fascinating look at parenting around the world in relation to bedtime, potty training, discipline, feeding, playtime, education and the roles of mothers and fathers. RRP $29.99
Many young people think that ‘sexting’ (a mix of ‘sex’ and ‘texting’) is innocent flirting but there are legal implications to sexting that they may not be aware of. Some young girls make the mistake of sending nude, semi-nude or sexy pictures of themselves to boys who flatter them by saying, “they want to see more of them because they are so beautiful.” However, these boys may not be aware that they are actually committing a criminal offence if they keep indecent images of people under the age of 18 on their phones. In fact, they could be charged with child pornography and the police may seize and
retain their phones (as well as the phones of any other young people the images have been sent to). If you are aware of sexting occurring amongst teenagers that you know, I would recommend informing the school administrative staff so that they can educate all of their students about the serious legal, social and emotional ramifications. www.pakmag.com.au
Got a decorating dilemma? Send in a photo of your room to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll
get our experts at Bold Interiors to give you some design ideas.
Geometric patterns are popping up
way, it’s an easy DIY style to achieve - try
everywhere this year. The edgy trend of
combining varying colours and the scale
triangles and trapeziums can be seen in
fabrics, lighting, rugs, furniture and even
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Design Tips: • Pick one or two items with varying shapes and colours. For example, larger scale geometric forms versus multiple
Easy Ways To Go Geometric:
Like many recent trends, the geometric
• Lighting – look for some subtle
style is a revival from the 80’s that came
• Share the pattern around and evenly
through to home décor from the catwalks.
• Floors – introduce a new rug that
to the ceiling. For example, use a floor
The diversity of this pattern can be mixed and matched with multiple styles from
contrasts or complements the colours in the room
distribute your geometry from the floor
• Try it in your kid’s bedrooms – it’s a fantastic trend to incorporate into kid’s rooms and they will love the bold shapes and colours.
TilingTips from Zanzoo Floors
rug and pendant that have geometric shapes rather than a floor rug and floor
Lively and brazen patterns are on trend in
• Walls – add eye-catching geometric
cushion with similar patterns - the key is getting an even spread.
tiles. They make a dramatic statement in
with geometric wallpaper or tiles?
• Accents – look for geometric designs
• Look around online for DIY wall decals.
Alternatively, a cheaper approach is
on cushions, vases, plant pots, napery
And check out Pinterest for inspiration.
to bring in some subtle accents. Either
or other decorative items
Industrial and retro to contemporary chic. If you’re feeling bold why not create some ‘wow’ factor by redecorating
your home and work especially well with neutral colour schemes where the tiles can take the spotlight.
Designer Pinboards: While pin boards used to be restricted to bland notice boards, cork boards and fabric boards, two Sydney designers have set up a new business offering a more inspiring and stylish alternative. As well as being durable, they are also “self healing” meaning that the board closes over once a pin is removed. Visit www.designerpinboards.com.au
Splurge on Kids Style: If you’re not keen on bright plastic Dora or Thomas furniture in your home and want something a little more aesthetically pleasing, then check out this gorgeous coffee table and stool set from www.gatherkids.com.au. It has been designed to integrate into modern family furnishings.
While living in regional Australia has many advantages, one thing we don’t have is IKEA home of stylish, affordable furniture and homeware products. However, an entrepreneurial mum in Townsville is on a mission to bring IKEA products to NQ families who want more choice. You can now order IKEA products to be picked up at their Townsville depot or if you happen to be visiting Townsville or you can get it delivered to your home for an extra fee. Go to www.swedentoyou.com.au to find out more.
Some things just don’t mix and kids and glass are one of them. So, if you’re concerned about exuberant kids running through windows or glass doors, you can reduce the risk with safety window film. It can be applied to any glass surface, acting as a membrane that holds the broken glass together if an accident occurs. So instead of sharp shards flying out from a breakage the film holds the shattered pieces securely in place. It is already a requirement for pre-schools and schools. For more information or to find a professional installer near you please refer to the WFAANZ website www.wfaanz.org.au
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Snow Holidays By Kylie Stokes (Travel Managers) A family snow holiday can be the perfect combination of activity and relaxation with days spent hitting the slopes on skis or snowboards followed by snuggling up in front of an open fire at night. And for those who are not skiers there’s plenty of other activities to keep you busy including snowmobile tours, snowshoeing and ice-skating. There are many different destinations to choose from: Northern Hemisphere Winter (November-April) • America - wide choice of mountains and ski resort to choose from with the added bonus of being able to stop in LA to visit Disneyland. • Canada – spectacular mountain scenery and amazing skiing and snowboarding terrain suitable for all levels of ability. • Europe – great skiing combined with a cultural experience available in Italy, Switzerland, Austria and France. • Japan – closer to home and allows you to combine a cultural experience with your ski holiday. Southern Hemisphere Winter (June-October) • Australia – perfect if you only have a limited amount of time with the choice of resorts in New South Wales or Victoria. • New Zealand – great value with ski resorts on both the North and South Islands although the South offers more ski field choices. Ski Tips • Book early to take advantage of early bird specials. • Pre-book ski school for your kids, especially during school holidays or Christmas. • Hire your clothing and include it in the cost of your holiday. • Look for family friendly options including free deals. • Plan for some non-ski days and try other activities. • Travel insurance - don’t leave home without it! Always check that your policy includes snow sports as some policies don’t automatically cover this.
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Pole dancing. For many, the mere mention conjures up X-rated images of scantily clad women on a dimly lit stage. But the pole fitness craze taking Australia by storm is shining a different light on the art of pole. Children’s pole fitness classes are fast becoming
also bring in the hula-hoops for our warm ups
experienced the classes for herself, she was
just as popular as the ones for grown-ups, and
and cool downs,” she says. “It’s really all about
happy for Rachel to join in after showing an
they’re on offer right here in Cairns. Pole Fitness
interest while watching a class.
Parents are welcome to stay and watch their
But Suzy has faced criticism from other parents
children, or join in the fun. Weekly casual classes
questioning if pole classes were appropriate for
are open to all ages and Monica welcomes
an 11-year-old girl. “There is absolutely nothing
parents and their children to take part in the
even remotely sexual about it. Anyone who has
tried pole knows it’s about strength and fitness,
Cairns teaches the sport of pole dancing to people of all ages, with a sole focus on fitness, health and having fun. Classes are available for a range of fitness and experience levels, from beginners through to the most advanced. Owner and instructor Monica Reid says pole classes help children get active without realising they’re exercising. “It gets them physically and mentally involved in a fun environment that gets them fit and strong and doesn’t feel like work,” she says. “They make friends with the other children in the class and you see their selfconfidence sky rocket as they master new tricks and spins.” In these classes, children are taught basic spins, climbs and pole sits, as well as how to safely and correctly do handstands, backbends and cartwheels. Monica says each class also involves cardio, core strength and flexibility activities to maximise their performance on the pole. “We
Mother and daughter duo Suzy and Rachel are regularly seen together at Pole Fitness Cairns. Rachel, 11, started kids’ classes a year ago and
and watching my 11-year-old daughter up there performing amazing moves and tricks is just awe-inspiring.”
now joins in the more advanced classes with her
Suzy encourages anyone interested in or curious
mum. She takes a break from doing handstands
about the sport to look into classes for both
to say she looks forward to learning new and
themselves and their children. “Anyone can do
harder tricks each week and has made new
it. It doesn’t matter if you get there and you’re
friends with other girls in her class.
flopping about on the pole. In time you do build
Mum Suzy has seen her daughter’s confidence and self-esteem soar in the past 12 months.
strength and that’s what it’s about. Being strong, fit, healthy and having fun.”
“Before this she was really quite shy but now she has a lot more confidence.” Suzy says pole also boosted her own confidence after pushing herself to take on a new challenge when
For more information visit www.polefitnesscairns.com.au
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As a member of Australia’s popular musical group ‘Hi 5’, Dayen Zheng travels the world singing, dancing and entertaining kids but says she still calls Cairns home. “I grew up in Cairns and my family still lives
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5 is about, the core foundation and that what we
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one dream. “I believe everything happens for a
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reason and if things change, it’s okay to change
Anglican School up until the end of year nine.
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your dreams, just don’t give up on them,” she
She says it was a fantastic school because it
year with Hi 5, many still consider her new to the
says. While Hi 5 does have a national tour coming
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group as the ‘Hi 5 House’ series has only recently
up later this year visiting the capital cities, Dayen
students to try a variety of sports, music and the
started back on free-to-air television. She
says she is hoping they can bring their show to
arts. Her favourite subjects were English, Sport,
says she loves all the singing, dancing, acting,
Cairns and the far north soon. In the meantime
Art and Drama and in her downtime she played
performing and travelling but says Hi 5 is much
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By the time you’re reading this I will be in China with my entire family where we are visiting my wife Coco’s family in her hometown Qingdao.
Obviously we had been doing our best to get our
“Dad, you know we are going to China for a
kids all excited about our holidays to China and
while they were excited, they were not as excited about the trip as a certain other important event on the kiddie calendar. Unfortunately, because we’re boring adults, we did not even think about the fact that the dates we were booking for our trip clashed with the annual visit from the Easter
So it was that the week before we left I was
“But what about the Easter Bunny? He doesn’t go
to China! We won’t have any eggs!”
“Are we going to be there during Easter?”
“Oh come on! They have the Easter Bunny in
“Er… well, I hadn’t thought of that before but yes, I guess we are.” “BUT DAD! THEY DON’T HAVE EASTER IN CHINA!
don’t have chocolate over there.”
HOW WILL WE GET EASTER EGGS??!!”
China (lie) and they have eggs (unsure, possibly a lie also) and what’s more I’m sure he’ll be doing a treasure hunt with little notes to read at each location like he does every year.” It was at this point that little Nina, five years old,
driving my two daughters to school and noticed
Oh no! It was one of those parenting moments
who had been listening with great interest to the
that they were both sitting in the back seat being
where your kids put you on the spot and it’s up
conversation, suddenly spoke.
unusually quiet. Checking the rear view mirror,
to you to instantly improvise, like a Jimi Hendrix
I saw my normally chirpy and cheerful oldest
guitar solo (Woodstock Day 3). I made this up as I
daughter Tessa, staring quietly out of the window
went along so don’t expect me to play the guitar
into empty space, hand resting despairingly on
with my teeth…
her chin, looking a sad and forlorn figure.
“Well…Tessa…er…yes, you are correct, we will
“Tessa? What’s the matter?”
be there over Easter. But hey, it’s not like they
“Daddy, we can’t do a treasure hunt in China because all of the writing will be in Chinese and we won’t be able to read it!” Final Score: Daughters: 2, Dad: 0 www.pakmag.com.au
Cairns' favourite parenting and kids magazine, May 2014 edition, full of competitions, great articles, what's on and what's new information...