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Party Plan Selling Why mums are loving it Story page 4

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08 welcome note Hello everyone and welcome to the 9th edition of PakMag. Another wonderful month has flown by with so many great things on it was almost hard to squeeze it all in! Our 2nd Pakclub event had a Superhero theme and we had lots of fun with all the lycra-clad munchkins that turned up. Our next PakClub will be “Bollywood” themed so come along and join in the fun. This month we’ve had two new additions to the team. Dan Miller, a Journalism intern from JCU, has done a fantastic job as Guest Editor and written some great stories including a profile of some of the local mums who do party plan selling. And, our publisher Bree has had a beautiful baby boy called Sean Scott.

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Colour it in & win

07 Catholic Education

Well, the weather is still amazing and cool enough to enjoy lots of outdoor activities so check out our What’s On guide and have some fun before it heats up again. Just remember to tell everyone you read it in PakMag!

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08 Study Tips 11 PakHealth

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What’s On

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pakmag Publisher: Bree James Editor: Elaine Seager Guest Editor: Dan Miller Publication Manager: Debbie Stewart What’s On/MiniMag: Trent Stievano Client Manager: Angelina Mortley Design & Layout: Trina Jensen Articles: Elaine Seager, Karen Keynes, Dan Miller and submitted writers Phone: 4034 3331 Fax: 4034 3342 Email: info@pakmag.com.au Address: Level 2, 68 Abbott Street Virginia House, Cairns QLD 4870

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35 Generation Gap 37 Graeme Base’s World 38 Road Runners 39 Movie of the Month 40 Smile with a Local

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what’s new august

what’s new august Ready Steady Go Kids

Book Week

Movie Releases

Calling all Bookworms With National Book Week running from August 20-26 what better way to celebrate than getting stuck into a great book?

Rise of the Planet of

The Wombles

the Apes (TBA)

Elisabeth Beresford

In cinemas August 4

These loveable characters from Wimbledon Common will delight readers with their adventures. Today’s parents will remember these stories from their own childhood and will enjoy sharing them with their children (Bloomsbury/ Allen & Unwin) RRP $13.99

Glee! Live 3D (TBA) In cinemas August 11

Green Lantern (TBA) In cinemas August 11

Jane Eyre (TBA) In cinemas August 18

Cowboys and Aliens (TBA) In cinemas August 18

Friends with Benefits

WIN movie passes When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours -- in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down. Starring Hank Azaria.

In Cinemas 8 September

WIN movie tickets! For your chance to win a family movie pass thanks to Birch Carroll & Coyle, simply email us at pakcompetitions@pakmag.com.au and tell us who wrote the original comic book series of the Smurfs?

In cinemas August 18

Family fun day Conan the Barbarian In cinemas August 18

Come to the Kirwan Aquatic Centre from 9am-3pm August 28 for the Cure Starts Now Family Fun Day. The whole family can enjoy games, raffles, jumping castles,

The Priest (TBA)

face painting, photo booths, theatrical

In cinemas August 25

performances and cent sales. There will even be crane rides up to 100 feet! The proceeds of the event will go towards research into

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paediatric brain cancer, so come along for a lot of fun and a good cause.

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Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle Axel Scheffler – Pip and Posy are having such fun that Pip forgets he needs a wee...whoops! This is one to read to your toddler while toilet training (Nosy Crow/Allen & Unwin). RRP $19.99

When Horse Became Saw: A Family’s Journey Through Autism Anthony Macris – A truly emotional and moving account of how a Sydney couple coped with discovering their 18 month old son had autism, a disorder with no known cause and no cure. After this vibrant, healthy little boy began his regression, the family faced an uphill battle with limited services and lack of government funding but love and hope pulled them through (Penguin/ Viking). RRP $32.95

Celebrating diversity If you enjoy teaching your children about other cultures then head to the Strand Park from August 17-21 for the 17th annual Townsville Cultural Fest. The community based event, consisting of over 400 different community organisations, is the best way to experience the many wonderful cultures of the world without taking a long distance flight!

Remember to take your video cameras because if you happen to capture a memorable moment from this year’s Cultural Fest or if you have already from previous years, upload it to the Cultural Fest website for a chance to win an iPad. Entries will be open till 1pm on the August 21 and the winner will be drawn that night on the Main Stage.

“Unity in Diversity” is this year’s motto and it looks set to be another great one. Not only can you sit down and enjoy food from one of the many food stalls, the family can also find beautiful gifts, information, resources and participate in one of the many workshops in the Global Village.

To upload your video or for a full festival guide head to www.culturalfest.org. Individual day passes start at $5, family passes are also available and kids under 10 get in for free. It’s bound to be a fun-packed five day experience for the whole family so make sure you don’t miss out.

Come along to watch self-defence demonstrations, learn about Indigenous culture or see art installations. There will also be great performances, such as Bollywood Magic – a Celebration of India, throughout the festival. For the kids there are amusement rides, Science Week star gazing and the dedicated kid’s corner.

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Australia’s largest multi-sport and exercise program for preschoolers has just arrived in Townsville and it’s set to get the region’s tots moving. Developed in 2004 with classes held all over Australia, Ready Steady Go Kids is a fun, high-quality, physio designed sport and exercise program for two-and-a-half to six year olds. “It gives young children the chance to try a number of sports in a fun, inclusive and safe environment. Involvement in sporting activities helps combat childhood obesity and promotes confidence in children,” Townsville franchise owner, Sharon Mortimer, says. To book your child a place call 1300 766 892 or for details visit their website www.readysteadygo.net.au

On the run

Fill up those water bottles and strap on those joggers for the Townsville Running Festival. Held August 7 the running festival consists of six different running events. From the full marathon, for the more serious competitors, to the 5k junior fun run/walk, there are races to cater for all ages and fitness levels. Events start at the Tobruk Pool at The Strand. For info or to register for any of the races head to www.townsvillerunningfestival.com or head to page 40 for more on running for kids.

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Party planning Story thanks to Dan Miller

party plan selling Party plan selling is making a revival and it’s savvy mums who are cashing in. Made popular by iconic brands like Tupperware, the form of direct selling can provide a way for stay at home mums to boost the family income without the inflexible hours of a more traditional job. With the possibility of selling anything from

six hundred thousand active direct sellers in

to wait for customers to come through the door,

candles to educational supplies to massage

Australia and the overwhelming majority of them

you take your products right into their homes.

chairs, it’s no wonder that more mums than ever

are women. The appeal of party plan selling is

before are becoming party plan sellers. In fact,

obvious for mums, start up costs are low because

the Direct Selling Association (DSA) reports over

there are no fixed premises and you don’t have

Diana Ewer

Corryn Christie

Larissa Bright Australia

Chocoholics Anonymous

In between raising her two girls, for the last nine months Diana has been selling kitchenware and gourmet cooking products for Your Inspiration at Home, and she is loving the freedom it has provided her.

Mum of two boys, Julie

Working for Chocoholics

has been a consultant for

Anonymous means Corryn

the North Qld party plan

gets to spend her days

cosmetics company

hosting chocolate eating

Larissa Bright since 2003.

parties. Jealous much?

Unhappy at an office job, she turned to party

Corryn had previously done both clothing

plan selling for the social contact if offered and

and homecare party plans before settling on

“I was looking for a party plan business to start up that allowed me to work around my family as my husband was working away. It’s all about working your business when and where it suits you,” she says.

as a way to be able to set her own hours.

Chocoholics Anonymous. But with access to a

“They are a great way to share your products with customers who are not within close proximity. My last online party had customers purchasing from as far away as Tasmania.” Diana advises mums looking to get into party plan selling to choose a company that interests them. “It’s a lot harder to sell products that you don’t use or don’t believe in. Also make sure to find a company that has the kind of support network and training options you want.”

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had success party plan selling.

Your Inspiration at Home

Perhaps the revival in party plan selling can be attributed to modern technologies. Diana has been able to cater to clients outside the Townsville area by throwing Facebook parties.

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Julie Owen

So let’s meet three Townsville mums who have

“The great thing with my business is that I work as much or as little as I choose. Some Consultants do it full time and some do it part time around a traditional day job. The flexibility of hours is one of the greatest appeals for this type of business, and being your own boss

range of over 300 different chocolates who can blame her. While getting to take the odd sneaky sample is no doubt a bonus, the added income that party plan selling brings in and the time it allows Corryn to spend with her three kids is its own sweet reward.

and the controller of your own destiny is very

“I make sure that I make time for family and I

empowering.” she says.

find that after a good party I am able to treat

Being an enthusiastic soccer mum, Julie loves

my family to an outing or dinner,” she says.

that her job means that she is still able to make

Corryn’s tips for mums wanting to get into

time to cheer from the sideline at her boy’s

party plan selling: “do your research, ask

games.

around, ask customers and current and ex

“I was even lucky enough to attend their school camp. Sometimes, I think they wished my job wasn’t so flexible.”

consultants. There are going to be a few pitfalls, like not making enough at one party, but you have to treat it as a business. You won’t get paid unless you work!”

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Catholic Education Check out the latest with Catholic Education

mental health & wellbeing In recognising that mental health is a prevalent & growing issue affecting families, schools, organisations & communities, Townsville Catholic Education engaged a panel of international & Australian experts at a Mental Health & Wellbeing Symposium. The Townsville Catholic Mental Health and

where possible, mental health issues within our

“Our objective was to generate awareness of

Wellbeing Symposium took place in July in

school communities,” Mr Christie said.

the prevalence and depth of this issue and to

Townsville, bringing together more than 100 educators and industry representatives.

The program looked at the statistics, perspectives and preventative practices for mental health

develop a formal Catholic Education framework for managing this across the organisation,” Mr Christie said.

According to Catholic Education Acting Director

and wellbeing in the early years, adolescence

Ernie Christie, this event was an important part

and adulthood. Guest presenters identified that

“With 1500 staff and 12,000 students, we believe

of the organisation’s proactive and holistic

employing positive practices in the early years

it is essential to professionally and proactively

approach to mental health and wellbeing.

is extremely helpful in reducing the incidence of

manage our mental health and wellbeing

“This symposium served to inform and help us

mental health problems.

practices in our school communities.”

as Catholic educators to manage and prevent,

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Today’s Class:

Study Tips

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Studying Feature Story thanks to Dan Miller

School can be tricky for kids. There’s playground politics, picking up papers, packed lunches and even the dreaded report card. But the good news is you can make it easier on them by helping your child live up to their full academic potential (while not letting them get too stressed doing it). Here are some tips from the pros that you can use

McGinty. “Every child is different and some kids

information into a set of points,” Dr Boon says.

to help your children do well in school:

can work in a block, but some can’t.”

“Those points then act as triggers to remember

Emphasise the importance of working hard.

Know when to push them to do their work.

Educational psychologist and former teacher

“For some children if you leave them to their own

herself, Dr Helen Boon says one of the best ways

devices it will never get done because they’re not

for parents to help children in school is by praising

naturally disciplined. Some children if you push

hard work and perseverance rather than just

them they will rebel and it’s going to backfire. The

“If the child has a concept to learn get them

intelligence.

trick is to know your child,” Dr Boon says.

to give the work to you so you can read and

“If a parent wants their child to do well at school,

Understand how anxiety can affect school performance.

from an early age they need to give them opportunities to try things out and say ‘you tried

“Stress can be a motivator as long as it’s not

you clever.’”

excessive,” Prof. McGinty says. After all, if people weren’t a little anxious about grades they’d never

Dr Boon says that’s because by praising lil’ Billy for

put in the effort to study. It’s when the anxiety

the hard work he put in to get 9/10 on his spelling

becomes too much that there is a problem.

test you’re helping him learn a valuable lesson

Try a different approach to homework.

maps are also good.”

Get your kids to teach you.

understand it and then talk to the child and ask them questions about it. Get them to explain it. The best way to learn something is to teach it to

“If it’s ‘I’m anxious because I want to do well’ that’s fine. If it’s ‘I’m anxious because I’m terrified I’m going to fail’ that’s not,” Dr Boon says.

Communication! Both the good doctors list communication between you, your child and your child’s school as top on their list for parents trying to help their kids. If your child is not doing so well at school you can always ask them why that is. If you don’t understand work that your child is bringing home

If getting little ones to sit down and do their

realistic expectations of them and letting them

or you have concerns don’t wait until the parent

homework is a struggle maybe it’s time to try

know that a single test is not the be all and end all.

teacher conference to ask the teacher. Most

working. “It’s a matter of picking the time. Your child might do better in the morning as opposed to

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that summary. Conceptual overviews and concept

You can reduce your child’s test anxiety by setting

shorter sessions or change the time of day they’re

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essay, make a summary and make dot points from

someone else,” Dr Boon says.

really hard at this, that’s great’ rather than ‘aren’t

about working hard to achieve goals.

the rest of the passage. If you have a three page

When helping them study try reducing information to summaries.

after school when they are tired and just want to

“For material that is information dense my

chill out,” says teacher turned academic Prof Sue

tips would be to summarise and make that

teachers like having engaged parents.

Avoid the last minute rush. Finally, Prof McGinty leaves us with an oldie but a goody: “leaving everything until the last night before it’s due is probably not a good idea.”

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PakHealth feature Main story thanks to Dan Miller

paint linked with asthma A recent study indicates that it is important for parents to be particularly mindful of fumes when painting the rooms of toddlers and preschoolers. The study found that exposure to a group of

have asthma and 2.5 times more likely to have

advice to consumers on sustainable, healthier

chemicals known as PGEs, which are widely

eczema, when compared to children who slept in

paints and coatings,’’ says GreenPainters

used in water based paints, can increase the risk

bedrooms with lower PGE concentrations.

managing director Daniel Wurm.

of young children developing nasal allergies, asthma and eczema. The bedroom air of 400 children was measured for the study. It was found that the children of bedrooms with the

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highest PGE concentrations were 4.2 times more likely to have nasal allergies, 2 times as likely to

“We urge pregnant women and parents with

“We have recently conducted government-

young children to check the GreenPainters

subsidised training in Townsville, and there are

web-site for suitable products prior to painting,

now local painters qualified to provide advice to

or to seek advice from trained green painters.

parents located in the Townsville region.”

Accredited green painters are qualified to offer

For more info go to: www.greenpainters.org.au

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Controlling a toothbrush is still going to be a

(approximately 500ppm) and is available from

Mastering the spitting reflex does takes

challenge and, of course, for the next few years

any supermarket or chemist.

some time. As a result little ones may end up

you’ll still have to brush their teeth yourself to ensure a thorough clean. But help them to start now and this dental care routine will be carried with your child throughout life.

Extensive research has shown the concentration of fluoride in our water and toothpaste is not only safe but beneficial – with

swallowing some toothpaste after a brush. While that is normal, remember don’t let them eat the toothpaste! Keep that tube out of reach.

water fluoridation acknowledged to have

Tessa Smith is a Dental Hygienist and

(Pick up Monday and drop back Friday)

Always brush in the morning and before bed.

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It should take around three minutes, using a

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green tips with Karen Keynes

PakHealth feature

BAMBOO - Eco friendly...or is it?

Thanks to Lucy Dall’Alba, Occupational Therapist at CHADC

Bamboo rates highly as an eco-friendly option.

and diseases into Australia. The Australian

So how do we avoid these toxins and still

It is one of the fastest growing plants on the

Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)

buy eco-friendly renewable timber products?

planet; produces 30% more oxygen than trees;

approved treatments for these items include

Simply buy timber products that are

regenerates itself and assists in the prevention

the use of an insecticide called Ethylene

made from sustainably sourced Australian

of soil erosion. But Australia grows very little

Oxide (EtO).

timbers and that are made in Australia. This

bamboo so is it really eco-friendly to buy imported bamboo products?

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EtO is a by-product of the petroleum refining process and a very toxic gas (it has to be to

way, the products are not subject to the toxic fumigation process, and you are still supporting sustainably produced timber and

The first thing to consider is all the transport

kill bugs!). It was previously used to disinfect

and energy consumption that’s involved in

some foods as well, but in 2001 the Australia

bringing these products to Australia from the

New Zealand Food Standards Council

Karen Keynes is the owner of

plantations to the manufacturing facilities and

(ANZFSC) decided to phase out its use on

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on to the distributors.

food in the longer-term interests of public

for the eco-conscious.

Secondly, these products are subject to quarantine and may require treatment to address the risk of introducing pests

local jobs too!

health and safety. Its continued use on imported timber may be protecting our country from invasive pests, but what is it doing to our health?

Many people are unaware of the assistance that can be offered to parents in helping their child manage and reduce difficulties in toileting, attention in class, handwriting, sensory processing and a wide range of other areas. is likely to have a flow on effect on behaviour and participation in activities and family life. For

Healthy Bodies Expo

example if a child has challenges with thinking

Child Health & Development Centre Despite occupational therapists (OTs) becoming increasingly recognised and respected within the community, confusion still exists around the specific role of an OT during childhood. OTs can be found working with children to assist them in engaging in meaningful, age and lifestyle appropriate activities, or what we in the industry call ‘occupations.’ Some occupations that children are involved in include school, dressing, toileting, sleeping, sport and play. Each of these occupations require a complex set of skills such as thinking, planning, motor co-ordination and social skills. If challenges exist in any of the skill areas this

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and planning, they may need some extra

From August 26-28 the Townsville Family

support with toilet training. This might also

Medical Centre will be playing host to the

show later in the child’s life as difficulties with

Healthy Bones, Health Bodies Expo 2011.

handwriting or sport.

Come along for an interactive three days of

largest range - best price

demonstrations and workshops including The OT may work with the child and their family

health checks, hearing checks,

to develop the necessary skills to complete the

tai chi, osteoporosis care

activity or may provide the family with aides

and prevention, infant and

or tools to allow the child to participate. They

youth health, including

may work to increase a child’s participation in

nutrition and diet, and

activities by slightly modifying them to make

an interactive boot

them more achievable. OTs can also design,

camp demonstration

review and update a program for the child’s

for kids. There will also

family or school to help them better assist the

be stalls run by health

child.

organisations from around

Lucy Dall’Alba (Occupational Therapist), Laura Browne (Speech Pathologist) and Anya Gordon (Physiotherapist) are specialists at the Child Health and Development Centre. You can call them on 4723 0777.

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pakfood parents in the pantry

Recipe thanks to: Jessica Reardon

Oven Baked Chicken & Broccoli Risotto

kids in the kitchen Gluten Free Playdough

• 2 tblsp olive oil

• 400g (1 cup) of rice flour

• 500g chicken breasts

• 400g (1 cup) of cornflour OR equivalent amounts of any gluten free flour

• 1 onion, finely chopped • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed • 1 tsp finely grated lemon zest • 250g arborio rice • 3 cups chicken stock • 1 large head of broccoli

Recipe thanks to: Marian Manser

• 400g (1 cup) salt • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar • 800ml (2 cups) water • 2 tblsp vegetable oil • Food colouring

• 1/3 cup parmesan cheese • Sea salt & pepper

Method Preheat oven to 180oC. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large casserole dish over high heat. Add the chicken and cook till golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove chicken and set aside. Add remaining olive oil and the onion to the dish and cook, stirring occasionally until soft. Add garlic, and lemon zest, cook, stirring

Method In a large saucepan, mix all the ingredients with a whisk to get rid of any lumps. Gently heat up for 5 mins or so, stirring to make sure no lumps form and eventually the mixture will become firm. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then knead the mixture for a couple of minutes, to ensure there are no lumps. You can now start playing with the gluten free play dough! Any creative masterpieces can be left to air-dry for a few days then painted with kid-friendly non toxic paints. As this mixture contains a huge percentage of salt, it will keep for a few months in a sealed container, and better still, will taste so disgusting, your child will be dissuaded from eating it.

for 30secs. Add rice and stir to coat in mixture. Add stock and bring to boil before covering the casserole and place in oven for 20mins. Add the broccoli to the dish and cook for a further 3-4 mins until broccoli is just tender. Stir through parmesan and season with salt and pepper.

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mag Livia Wickham enjoying her day at

Riverway

Toby Stewart chillaxing at Riverway

Bike riding at Riverway

Hannah Stewart at Riverway

Josiah Burstow at Riverway

Alani Sims at Riverway

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4773 8819

Free

1/08/11

Aitkenvale Library

Baby Rhyme Time

11:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

2/08/11

The Womens Centre

Creating Choices

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

2/08/11

Flinders Street Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

2/08/11

The Womens Centre

Garden Group

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

3/08/11

The Womens Centre

Playgroup

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

3/08/11

The Womens Centre

Singing Group

12:30 PM

4775 7555

Free

3/08/11

Thuringowa Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

4/08/11

Aitkenvale PCYC

Tai Chi For Beginners

9:30 AM

0434 002 721

4/08/11

Riverway Arts Centre

Disco Inferno

7:30 PM

4727 9797

Cost

4/08/11

Warrina Cineplex

TCG presents "Strength of Water" & "Farewell" - members only

7:15 PM

4771 5505

$12

4/08/11

Thuringowa Library

Baby Rhyme Time

10:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

4/08/11

Thuringowa Library

Baby Rhyme Time

11:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

5/08/11

The Womens Centre

Women Beyond 2000

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

5/08/11

The Womens Centre

BBQ Lunch the 1st Friday of the Month

12:00 PM

4775 7555

Free

5/08/11

Riverway Arts Centre

Disco Inferno

7:30 PM

4727 9797

Cost

5/08/11

Aitkenvale Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

4727 9797

6/08/11

Townsville Civic Theatre

Young Families Concert

10:00 AM

6/08/11

Riverway Arts Centre

Disco Inferno

7:30 PM

6/08/11

Tyto Wetlands, Ingham

Australian-Italian Festival 2011 -'mangiamo, beviamo e cantiamo'

4727 9797

Cost

4776 5288

Free $10

6/08/11

Willows on Wheels,Parkside Drive

Junior Roller Disco

6:30 PM

0409 767 184

7/08/11

The Strand, Tobruk Pool

The Townsville Running Festival

All Day

www.townsvillerunningfestival.com

Cost

7/08/11

32 Burke Street, North Ward

Tennis Townsville's Centenary Celebrations Family Fun Day

11:00 AM

4721 5129

Free

8/08/11

The Womens Centre

Balancing Life

10:30 AM

4775 7555

Free

8/08/11

The Womens Centre

Yoga Class

12:00 PM

4775 7555

Free

Age:

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CareerExpo

8 August at 1Oam Tsville RSLStadium For more info: www.careersevent.com

DATE

VENUE

8/08/11

Townsville RSL Stadium

LaTraviata

8 August at 7.3Opm Tsville CivicTheatre For more information: (07) 4772 9797

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Townsville Careers EXPO

TIME 10:00 AM

blue = adults

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RugbyLeague

Circus Oz

CowboysVsBroncos 12 August @ 7pm For more info: www.cowboys.com.au

FOR MORE INFO www.careersevent.com

COST Free

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DATE

PakClub

19 August 7.3Opm the Civic Theatre

Bollywood Sunday 21 August Brothers

For more information: (07) 4727 9797

For more information: (07) 4773 6699

VENUE

19/08/11 Pimlico Performing Arts Centre

green = kids

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Townsville Little Theatre presents: Kiss of Death

TIME 8:00 PM

blue = adults

FridayFlicks 28 August at 6pm at Heatley Park

For more info: www.fridayflicks.com.au

FOR MORE INFO 4727 9797

COST Cost

8/08/11

Aitkenvale Library

Baby Rhyme Time

10:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

19/08/11 Townsville Civic Theatre

Circus Oz: Steampowered

7:30 PM

4727 9797

Cost

8/08/11

Aitkenvale Library

Baby Rhyme Time

11:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

19/08/11 Aitkenvale Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

4772 4800

Cost

8:00 PM

4727 9797

Cost

8/08/11

Townsville Civic Theatre

La Traviata

7:30 PM

4772 9797

Cost

20/08/11 Strand Park

Townsville Cultural Fest 2011

9/08/11

The Womens Centre

Creating Choices

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

20/08/11 Pimlico Performing Arts Centre

Townsville Little Theatre presents: Kiss of Death

9/08/11

Townsville Civic Theatre

La Traviata

7:30 PM

4772 9797

Cost

20/08/11 Townsville Civic Theatre

Circus Oz: Steampowered

7:30 PM

4727 9797

Cost

9/08/11

Flinders Street Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

20/08/11 Ignatius Park College Hall

School Disco

7:00 PM

4727 9797

$10

9/08/11

The Womens Centre

10/08/11 Pallarenda, 3 Mile Ck Turnoff

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Garden Group

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

20/08/11 Thuringowa Central Library

Floor Talk: From the Publishers Mouth - Stephen Greenwood

11:00 AM

4773 8811

Free

Family Double Helix Event: Astronomy Night

6:30 PM

4753 8518

Free

21/08/11 Thuringowa World of Learning

Centre Fun Run - Prizes, sausage sizzle and drinks

10:00 AM

4773 7155

$5

4772 4800

Cost

3:00 PM

4727 9797

Cost

10/08/11 The Womens Centre

Playgroup

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

21/08/11 Strand Park

Townsville Cultural Fest 2011

10/08/11 The Womens Centre

Singing Group

12:30 PM

4775 7555

Free

21/08/11 Townsville Civic Theatre

Circus Oz: Steampowered

10/08/11 Kirwan Health Campus

Diabetes Education Group

1:00 PM

4799 9500

Free

21/08/11 Queens Gardens

IGA "Hill 4 Hearts" Charity Walk

8:00 AM

4796 1337

$10-$15

10/08/11 Thuringowa Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

22/08/11 The Womens Centre

Balancing Life

10:30 AM

4775 7555

Free

11/08/11 Townsville Entertainment Centre

2011 Queensland Derby Dinner

7:00 PM

1300 GO COWBOYS

Cost

22/08/11 The Womens Centre

Yoga Class

12:00 PM

4775 7555

Free

11/08/11 Jupiters Townsville

NAIDOC at Night - Change, Next step is Ours

6:30 PM

4727 9797

Cost

22/08/11 Aitkenvale Library

Baby Rhyme Time

10:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

11/08/11 Aitkenvale Library

Floor Talk: NQ Deserted Towns: Colin Hooper

7:00 PM

4727 8310

Free

22/08/11 Aitkenvale Library

Baby Rhyme Time

11:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

11/08/11 Thuringowa Library

Baby Rhyme Time

10:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

23/08/11 The Womens Centre

Creating Choices

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

11/08/11 Thuringowa Library

Baby Rhyme Time

11:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

23/08/11 Flinders Street Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

12/08/11 The Womens Centre

Women Beyond 2000

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

23/08/11 The Womens Centre

Garden Group

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

12/08/11 Dairy Farmers Stadium

NRL: NQ Cowboys Vs Broncos

7:00 PM

www.cowboys.com.au

Cost

24/08/11 The Womens Centre

Playgroup

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

12/08/11 Aitkenvale Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

24/08/11 The Womens Centre

Singing Group

12:30 PM

4775 7555

Free

14/08/11 Gregory Street Amphitheatre

Full Moon Drum Circle

6:00 PM

www.therhythmconnection.com

Free

24/08/11 Sheriff Park, Mundingburra

Seniors Week Event: Seniors Picnic in the Park

4727 9000

Free

14/08/11 Townsville Civic Theatre

Dylan Moran Yeah Yeah Stand Up comedy Show

7:30 PM

4727 9797

Cost

24/08/11 Townsville Civic Theatre

The Ten Tenors - Double Platinum World Tour

8:00 PM

4727 9797

Cost

15/08/11 The Womens Centre

Balancing Life

10:30 AM

4775 7555

Free

24/08/11 Thuringowa Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

15/08/11 The Womens Centre

Yoga Class

12:00 PM

4775 7555

Free

25/08/11 Thuringowa Library

Baby Rhyme Time

10:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

15/08/11 Aitkenvale Library

Baby Rhyme Time

10:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

25/08/11 Thuringowa Library

Baby Rhyme Time

11:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

15/08/11 Aitkenvale Library

Baby Rhyme Time

11:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

26/08/11 The Womens Centre

Women Beyond 2000

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free Free

16/08/11 The Womens Centre

Creating Choices

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

26/08/11 Sports House North Ward

Workshop: Physical Activity for Older People

10:00 AM

4799 7010

16/08/11 Townsville Civic Theatre

Beethoven's 9th Symphony

7:00 PM

4727 9797

Cost

26/08/11 Heatley Park, Fulham Road

Friday Flicks

6:00 PM

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Free

16/08/11 Riverway Arts Centre

Arj Barker - Eleven - Sometimes 10 Just Isn't Enough

8:00 PM

4727 9797

Cost

26/08/11 Aitkenvale Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

16/08/11 Flinders Street Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

27/08/11 Townsville Showgrounds

Townsville Hospital Foundation "Book Fair"

8:00 AM

4796 1337

Free

16/08/11 The Womens Centre

Garden Group

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

28/08/11 Kirwan Aquatic Centre

Family Fun Day - The Cure Starts Now Fundraiser

9:00 AM

4751 8234

Free

17/08/11 The Womens Centre

Playgroup

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

28/08/11 Townsville Showgrounds

Townsville Hospital Foundation "Book Fair"

8:00 AM

4796 1337

Free

17/08/11 The Womens Centre

Singing Group

12:30 PM

4775 7555

Free

28/08/11 Alma Bay Park, Magnetic Island

Seniors Week Event: Seniors Music Day on Magnetic Island

12:30 PM

47279000

Free

17/08/11 Strand Park

Townsville Cultural Fest 2011

4772 4800

Cost

28/08/11 JCU Sports Precint

2011 Sporting Adantage Townsville Corporate Games

9:00 AM

4788 7196

17/08/11 Pimlico Performing Arts Centre

Townsville Little Theatre presents: Kiss of Death

8:00 PM

4727 9797

Cost

29/08/11 The Womens Centre

Balancing Life

10:30 AM

4775 7555

Free

17/08/11 Dan Gleeson Park, Kirwan

Playgroup QLD, Playgroup in the Park

9:30 AM

4721 2304

Free

29/08/11 The Womens Centre

Yoga Class

12:00 PM

4775 7555

Free

17/08/11 Thuringowa Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

18/08/11 Strand Park

Townsville Cultural Fest 2011

4772 8819

Free

29/08/11 Dairy Farmers Stadium

NRL: NQ Cowboys Vs Sharks

7:00 PM

www.cowboys.com.au

Cost

4772 4800

Cost

29/08/11 Aitkenvale Library

Baby Rhyme Time

10:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

18/08/11 Pimlico Performing Arts Centre

Townsville Little Theatre presents: Kiss of Death

8:00 PM

47279797

Cost

29/08/11 Aitkenvale Library

Baby Rhyme Time

11:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

18/08/11 Warrina Cineplex

TCG presents "Mammuth" & "Eveyr Jack has a jill" - members only

7:15 PM

4771 5505

Cost

30/08/11 The Womens Centre

Creating Choices

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

18/08/11 Thuringowa Library

Baby Rhyme Time

10:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

30/08/11 The Womens Centre

Playgroup

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

18/08/11 Thuringowa Library

Baby Rhyme Time

11:00 AM

4773 8819

Free

30/08/11 Flinders Street Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

19/08/11 Cranbrook State School

30th Anniversary School Fete

5:00 PM

0401 169 119

Free

30/08/11 The Womens Centre

Garden Group

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

19/08/11 The Womens Centre

Women Beyond 2000

10:00 AM

4775 7555

Free

31/08/11 The Womens Centre

Singing Group

12:30 PM

4775 7555

Free

19/08/11 Strand Park

Townsville Cultural Fest 2011

4772 4800

Cost

31/08/11 Thuringowa Library

Storytime for PreSchoolers

10:00 AM

4772 8819

Free

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regular weekly events Riverways Lagoon Fri 10 Dec to Wed 26 Jan (excluding Fri 31 Dec) Friday 31 December Monday to Sunday – 9am to 9pm For more info visit: www.townsville.qld.gov.au Townsville Rockpark The Water Park is closed every Tue and Wed for cleaning and maintenance (except it is open daily on Queensland Public Holidays, and during Queensland and New South Wales State School Holidays). For more info call 4727 9000 Operating hours: April & May: 10am to 6pm June to August: 10am to 5pm September to November: 10am to 6pm December to March: 10am to 8pm” Northern Beaches Leisure Centre (1 Dec 2010 to 31 Jan 2011) Monday to Friday - 6am to 8pm Saturday - 7am to 7pm Sunday - 7am to 6pm Community TimeOut Community Time Out is an informal opportunity for you to visit your local community centre. Have fun, share your skills and interests with others, get new ideas and info, meet new friends, or just have a cuppa. For more info 4727 9050

Oonoonba Community Centre - Every Wed 9am-12noon Wulguru Community Centre - Every Fri 1.30pm-4.30pm Strand Presents: Entertainment on the Strand Free Live Entertainment on the Strand - see www.townsville. qld.gov.au/community/events/Pages/strandpresents.aspx For more info 4727 9000 North Queensland Jazz Club Regular Jazz Night (more info call 0413 456 542 Marie Gibson) Venue: Townsville PCYC, Wellington Street, Aitkenvale Time: Every 2nd & 4th Sunday 5.30pm - 9pm Cost: $10 members & $15 non-members We feature a range of very talented local bands playing great jazz music in a relaxed, friendly environment. The regular jazz night always has a sit-in bracket and visiting musicians are encouraged to come up and play. Dancers are most welcome! Townsville Mini Golf Fun Park - For info 4771 3999 Traffic Light Tuesday: 7pm to 9pm. A meet and greet event for 18+ patrons, including half price Mini Golf. Wear the Traffic Light colours to show your relationship status: (Green - single, Yellow – nothing certain, and Red – unavailable.) Make new friends or maybe even find your perfect match. A fun filled night is guaranteed.

Wet Wednesday: 5pm to 9pm. All ages welcome.  Each Weds evening in December, January, February and March.  Summer nights are HOT!! So lets turn the sprinklers on and cool off.  Cool  summer night fun with Wet Wednesday Mini Golf. Come prepared to get wet and also prepared for fun. Licensed Bar will be operating to cool off even more. Thursday Social Competition:  Come to win or just for fun. Chances are you may do both!!  All ages welcome. $10 per competitor for 18 holes of challenging Mini Golf. Register singularly or in pairs between 6pm and 6.45pm. Tee off at 7pm. Winning prize $50.  1st and 2nd runners up receive free pass to try again the following week. Bar operating throughout the evening. Friday: (fortnightly) Youth Disco, Rides and Mini Golf. 6.30 to 9.30pm. Alcohol and Drug free event for High School Age patrons. $20 per person  for Safe, supervised fun for teenagers. (Current High School ID essential) Friday: (fortnightly) Drive in Movie. Yes, Drive in Movies at Townsville Mini Golf. Relive the fun days of the Drive In era. Space is limited so booking is essential. $35 per car (limit 8 seats) for Movie and Mini Golf. Food, Bar, and refreshments available. Mini golf from 6pm to 7.30pm and Movie screening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Seating areas also available if you wish not to bring the car.

regular markets COTTERS MARKETS 8.30am-1pm every Sun at Flinders Mall STRAND NIGHT MARKETS 5-9pm 1st Fri of the month (May-Dec) at Strand Park SHOWGROUND MARKETS 6.30am-1pm every Sun at Townsville Showgrounds WILLOWS MARKETS 8am-12.30pm every Sun at Willows Shopping Centre SUNDAY MARKETS – CASTLE HILL PCYC

BALGAL BEACH MARKET 3.30pm-7pm 1st Sat of the month Fisherman’s Landing Café

CHARTERS TOWERS STOCK EXCHANGE MARKETS 8am-12.00 noon 1st & 3rd Sun every month on Mosman Street

MOUNT VIEW PLAZA MARKETS 8am-2pm every Saturday

CHARTERS TOWERS SHOWGROUND MARKETS 7.30am-11.30am 2nd Sun every month

THURINGOWA COMMUNITY MARKETS 8am-1pm 1st Sunday of each month

INGHAM MARKETS 3rd Sun every month at Rotary Park

HORSESHOE BAY MARKETS (MAGGIE ISLAND) 9.30am-1.30pm last Sun of every month at Horseshoe Bay Foreshore

AYR MARKETS 8.30am-12.00 noon 1st & 3rd Sun every month at Plantation Park

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out & about

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Jaxon Stewart having fun at Riverway

Playground fun at Riverway

Playground fun at Riverway

Silas Wickham at Riverway

Playground fun at Riverway

Bike riding at Riverway

Out & About photos thanks to the team at insight creative > www.insightcreative.com.au

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PakBaby feature Feature story thanks to Shannon du Plessis

Stockland Northshore Main Street, Burdell QLD 4817 pHoNe 07 4774 8298

Now opeN FliNders pavillioN Flinders Square pHoNe 4724 4028

early arrival The premature birth of a baby sometimes brings more heartache than joy, writes Shannon du Plessis When my daughter was born two weeks before

abortion, history of premature births in the

emotional trauma, grief and often ongoing

her due date I thought: “Great … there go my last

family, mother’s age (younger than 18 or older

health concerns for themselves and their

moments of rest and relaxation.” I was excited

than 40), pre-eclampsia, uterine or cervical

children. In most cases the mother is discharged

about meeting my baby, but I was put out by the

abnormalities, thrombophilia (clotting disorder),

from hospital while the baby stays for an

fact that I had made plans for those two weeks

alcohol or drug abuse, and placental risks.

extended period of time which often creates a

involving massages, pedicures and cooking meals to freeze for later.

premature baby survives. These include the

mopping the floors and packing my bag to take

baby’s gestational age and weight at the time

to hospital. For some reason I felt the house

of birth as well as the presence or absence of

needed to be spotless before the baby arrived,

breathing problems, congenital abnormalities or

as if this little mini-me would be horrified at

malformations and other severe diseases.

course, was so I would not have to lift a finger to do housework when I came home from hospital a few days later. The “nesting” instinct is really just a term for mothers who plan ahead.

Gestational age is important because it determines if the baby’s organs, particularly the lungs, have developed enough to allow the baby to live within the limits of our current technology. Because of this, many premature babies who do

So my final trimester was cut a wee bit short, but

survive have additional health complications in

I was prepared for the birth and my husband

the future. These include respiratory problems,

and I were both ready to meet our baby. Imagine

pneumonia, infection, hernia and sepsis.

then, if instead of being two weeks early, she arrived two months early.

The survival rate for a baby born at 23 weeks is less than 10%, 24 weeks 50%, and this gradually

A normal pregnancy lasts for about 40 weeks.

improves up to 30 weeks or longer at 98%.

A premature or preterm birth is when a baby is

However statistics for a major disability among

born earlier than 37 weeks of pregnancy. It is

survivors is startling: 30% of babies born at 23

unknown why many premature births occur, but

weeks have a major disability, as do 20% born at

there are a variety of risk factors that increase

24 weeks, and 10% born at 28 weeks and older.

the chances of a baby being born too early. Risks include: multiple births, previous premature births, a short period between pregnancies, smoking, chronic illness, recurring infection,

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many factors that determine whether a

Instead I spent the early stages of labour

the sight of a speck of dust. The real reason, of

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Just as there are many risks, there are also

It must be incredibly heartbreaking and stressful for parents and families suddenly faced with a premature birth. These families experience

sense of isolation, sadness, guilt, anger, shock and anxiety. The parents are overwhelmed with unfamiliar medical terms relating to their baby’s condition, a variety of specialist doctors, and a ward full of huge beeping machines attached to tiny, helpless babies.

Support for Premmie Families: • The National Premmie Foundation is a non-profit group offering support and information for families, carers and health professionals. Visit www.prembaby.org.au or call 1300 PREMBABY/1300 773 622 • Queensland-based PIPA (Preterm Infants’ Parents’ Association) which is run by parents of preterm babies and offers practical and emotional support for parents and families whose babies are admitted to Special and Intensive Care Nurseries. Visit www.pipa.org.au or phone Kim Rivers on 3216 5114. .

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Babes in arms

This month’s Babes in Arms movie sessions at Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas are: AUG 3 - Bad Teacher AUG 10 - Harry Potter 7 Part 2 3D AUG 17 - Glee 3D (*3D sites only) AUG 24 - Jane Eyre AUG 30 - Friends with Benefits 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. Popular amongst mums for baby showers and birthdays, Koolaman Designs is owned

Maternity ward chic

and run by two sisters, who specialise in creating beautiful personalised jewellery

Tips for tiredness Motherhood is tiring even without the sleep deprivation so it’s important to do some basic things for your body to prevent tiredness. These include: [1] Nutrition - Our bodies have a few

[2] Water – keep you body topped up by

simple requirements including basic nutrition

drinking water regularly because it’s hard to

and that means more than a bite of leftover

function well when the body is dehydrated.

toast. Did you know amino acids (proteins) only stay in the body for a few hours? They are the building blocks of our structures and hormones and we need to eat them often.

[3] Oxygen – Taking deep breaths floods the body with oxygen. When was the last time you took a deep breath?

Protein sources are fish, eggs, meat, seeds and nuts.

Fashionable dummies decorated with ‘bling’ have recently been banned in Australia and the blanket ban also applies to chains. Some chains are on the market that have been tested to Australian toy standards but the ban has been put in place whilst the department of consumer protection decides if they should implement a new specific standard. The main concern is home made “cottage industry” products sold over the internet that have pieces that may fall off and become a choking hazard. Parents who might be using these dummies are advised to discontinue their use and discard them.

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the business from their homes and the pieces are handstamped at Koolaman station, a remote property in rural NSW. The pieces range from pendants, bangles, earrings, cufflinks and chains. For more information and to view the entire range, go to www.koolamandesigns.com.au

Colic

baby but not looking forward to the thought

Thanks to Helen Bailey, Calanna Baby Nurse

no-one’ hospital gown? Check out this range

Burping after each feed is also important.

of designer hospital gowns from Designer

identify why our baby is crying and one of

Going for a walk or giving them a warm bath

Mamas.

the more difficult problems to identify is colic.

and gentle massage may also soothe them.

Colic can affect up to 20% of babies in the although wind and indigestion have been suggested as culprits. Colic may be relieved in a number of ways such as swaddling the

One minute your toddler is sitting quietly, the next you turn around to see them launching off the sofa. Or death-defying attempts at riding a scooter end up in a crumpled mess at the bottom of the driveway. Broken bones and bruises are a normal part of growing up. So here’s what to do when it’s time to put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

of looking drab in the standard ‘one size fits

We all know how frustrating it can be to

first few months and it has no known causes

Baby first aid

Excited by the impending arrival of your new

baby, holding and rocking the baby, sitting baby upright when feeding and smaller frequent feeds. Breastfeeding mothers should also avoid tea, coffee, spicy foods and alcohol. If you’re bottle-feeding make sure the flow is not too fast.

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• For sprains and strains remember RICE: Rest; Icepacks; Compression and Elevation.

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pieces in silver and gold. The pair manage

With broken bones and fractures immobilise the patient and the injured limb. Use padded splints and bandages to prevent movement.

• Be careful not to cut off circulation with bandages that are too tight. • If unsure if the injury is a sprain or a fracture always treat as a fracture. • Seek medical assistance.

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Extreme mothering moments

Q&A: parenting

Extreme mothering moments, we’ve all had them. They usually occur at times of high stress, like trying to get to swimming lessons or a birthday party that inexplicitly starts at 9am.

Send in your parenting questions to our parenting expert and child psychologist Jutta Dempsey

For me, extreme mothering occurs when

and pacing the kitchen, annoyed because we’re

Extreme mothering moments come when

preparing to go out to dinner. On these nights

running late. When he does finally respond

complete control over the situation seems the

I’ve found myself breastfeeding and tucking

everything he does is, of course, wrong.

only way out. It’s when the family needs to

children into bed decked out in full make up, underwear and high heels because I’m not game enough to put my clothes on until the children are in bed asleep. It would be any man’s fantasy, except the person clad in such attire is short and angry. I holler down the hall for help but my pleas go unheard because my husband is fully dressed

“Don’t wrap him that way or he will never settle,” usually comes first, followed by “if you leave the door open that much he will only get up again in

understand that if everyone would just listen and do exactly as I say, then maybe we can all get out of here alive…

five minutes,” or “those are the wrong pajamas,

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environment around them, such as family and school. Your 6 years old, has not yet developed the ability to calm himself. When he knows that he can cool the rage building within him, he will gain a sense of self-control, self-esteem, and mastery. Your expectation for him to gain this skill is important.

Anger is a normal way for children (and adults) to express their feelings of disappointment, hurt, confusion, fear, frustration and rage. When your 6 year old son has lost a game he needs to express these feelings. All children go through predictable stages that involve learning to master their feelings and behaviour and learning to think about others. Children pass through these stages of development at different speeds depending on temperament and the

You can help him in many ways. Here are a few: Help him learn the language of self-control and sportsmanship. Role play with him and use simple phrases such as “you take your turn and I will go after you” or “I am mad right now. I need to play alone for a minute”. Then make clear your expectation that he uses them. Help him learn to use self-soothing techniques. When he was younger you would help him to

sooth himself by providing a dummy, music, massage and distractions among other things. At 6 years old he needs to learn his own “soothers” such as relaxation, active distraction, and other ways of thinking about his loss. Role Model. Like all children, the role modelling provided to him is of the utmost importance to how motivated he is to change the way he deals with his anger. It is important to make sure that the sex-role stereotype of boys earning recognition for their physical feats and their ability to “punch out” their enemies is balanced with a family value of teaching boys to handle frustrations and conflicts peacefully. If you would like to ask Jutta a question please send an email to elaine@pakmag.com.au

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READER QUESTION: My Year 9 son suffers from anxiety. Among other things, he worries constantly about his teachers and school, how he looks and whether or not his friends will keep liking him. His anxiety appears to be making it difficult for him to concentrate in class and to enjoy his time with friends and family. We are all born with two fears – the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises, but as we develop, so too do the number and intensity of our fears. However, when people worry excessively, experience a general sense of doom or are scared for no particular reason, there is cause for concern. Anxious children may have learned that the world is a dangerous place from observing parents, relatives, peers or the media. Your son may be overestimating the likelihood and

seriousness of something bad happening to him. Working through these questions can help fearful teenagers think more realistically and therefore reduce anxiety: • What event is causing the anxiety? What is happening? What has happened? • What are their thoughts and feelings about this event? • What evidence is there that something bad will happen? What else could happen? What happened when they worried before? What has happened to other people in the same situation? • If the event did happen how would they handle it? What will they do about how they feel? This may help put your son’s fears and worries

in perspective. Another strategy is for you to challenge his negative thoughts and words (Ask him: Is that really how it is?) Find out all you can from organisations such as the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (www.crufad.unsw.edu.au); Beyond Blue and the Macquarie Psychology Unit (www. psy.mq.edu.au/profserv.htm). If you continue to have concerns, it may be appropriate to request a referral to the school’s Guidance Officer or a psychologist for counselling. Denise Bewert is a Guidance Officer, mother of two and author of two books, Tackling Teens and Troubled Teens. If you would like to ask Denise a question about your teenager send an email to: denise.bewert@bigpond.com

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What not to wear? Or what to wear?

Wardrobe wakeup

We can ansWer your question!

Story thanks to Gerlinda Aras

Maternity wear a new web-based program, My Private stylist, is transforming lives and wardrobes everywhere. stylist and image consultant Gerlinda aras said the program makes fashion recommendations for women, based upon their personal measurements. “the program tells you what clothing you should wear for your body shape, age and measurements. no matter if you require clothing for business or pleasure, My Private stylist makes recommendations for your clothing, hairstyle, shoes, eyewear and accessories,” Ms aras said. “ To find out more about the My Private stylist program, go to website www.mirrorimageconsultations.myprivatestylist.com/

A lot has changed in maternity wear since I was first pregnant ten years ago. Back then the only choices for a maternity bra were white or beige and after 37 weeks the only thing you could find to fit was your husbands T-shirts! These days there is a large range of sexy maternity bras, some even have safe

Maternity Wear Tips

underwire, and you can find beautiful

• Unless you are Angelina Jolie you are

maternity clothes that will last you right from

unlikely to fit into your normal clothes for

the first trimester through to breastfeeding.

a few months so be prepared to wear your

You don’t need to spend thousands on a whole new wardrobe when you

maternity clothes a little longer than you anticipated.

become pregnant; you can purchase a few

• There are clever little accessories to extend

inexpensive ‘regular’ tops and dresses in a

the life of your normal pants and skirts.

stretchy fabric that will grow with you.

Your basic maternity wardrobe should include: • 2 x maternity bras

• Avoid strappy tops and dresses that may show more bra than bust. • Invest in a post pregnancy belly wrap. They get your tummy back into shape much quicker and if you’ve had a caesarean it

• 1 x dark denim jeans

helps with the healing process.

• 1 x ¾ casual shorts

• After you’ve finished with your maternity

• 1 x skirt • 4-5 smart casual tops

Trina’s makeover

After

clothes, pack them away ready for the next baby.

• 3 x day dresses • 1 x evening dress

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Gerlinda Aras is a stylist and image consultant for Mirror Image Consultations. For more information or to book a consultation visit www.mirrorimageconsultations.com

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Grand parents

fav pet shots

Story thanks to Elaine Seager

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

this month’s entries

Jube chewing his fav shoe

July winner!

Hazel loved by Aaron

Turbo loved by Skye & Toby

Jimmy loved by Mason

Email your photo, name/s & address to: pakcompetitions@pakmag.com.au • Deadline is 18 August 2011 for the August edition of Pakmag.

prize winners

Congratulations to our July prize winners!

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generation gap Most grandparents love their role in the family – they’ve done all the hard yakka of raising their own kids and now they can sit back and enjoy quality time with their grandchildren. How often do we hear the quip about them getting to have all the fun and then being able to hand them back when they’ve had enough? These days though, handing them back is not

Of course, not all grandparents are the same.

so easy with many grandparents taking a more

Some grandparents gladly jump at the chance

active role in the raising of grandchildren. While

to be involved and love feeling needed again; for

there are no official figures it has been estimated

others burping and changing nappies doesn’t

that modern grandparents provide as much as

quite fit with their dreams for retirement and

50% of childcare in Australia. The increase in

can limit their social life (it’s not quite so easy for

single parent families, mums going back to work

grandparents to meet their friends for a coffee

and the cost of formal childcare causes many to

with a 3 year old pulling at their ankles). Parents

rely, at least in part, on family members to share

may also need to be especially considerate of

the responsibility.

younger grandparents who are still working

Whilst there are obvious benefits to this arrangement, including the fact that the children

themselves, since they can end up juggling responsibilities just as much as the parents.

are being looked after by people who genuinely

Whatever role the grandparents in your family

care about them, there are both positive and

play there’s no denying that children who

negative aspects for the grandparents. On the

are lucky enough to have a bond with their

one hand it provides them with an opportunity

grandparents benefit greatly from the extra love

to build a close bond with their grandchildren

and encouragement they receive through this

but on the other, caring for young children again

special relationship.

after all these years can be both physically and mentally challenging.

To celebrate Senior’s Week (August 20-28), the

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at Sheriff Park from 9am until 2pm. Enjoy some

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of satisfaction with this caring role is related to

great food and a big line-up of entertainment.

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the amount of communication and negotiation

Or if enjoying some musical performances in a

• Marian Manser, Kelso

that occurs within the family. Clear agreements

relaxed and friendly atmosphere sounds more

and boundaries obviously need to be set up

your style, head to the Seniors’ Music Day on

beforehand to prevent any tensions occurring.

Magnetic Island on August 28. The event will

Grandparents are at the time of life where

run from 12.30pm until 3.30pm at Alma Bay.

they value their free time too so whilst they’re

Bookings are not required. To register for the

happy to help their children out they are also

picnic or for more information on either event

sensitive to being ‘put upon’ and used as unpaid

phone the Townsville Council customer

babysitters.

service centre on 1300 878 001 or visit

• Ella and Breanna Castellana, Jensen • Kendall Ellis, Idalia • Tarquinn Forster

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• Michaela Hassel

Christening gown • Dannielle Cooper, Kirwan

Angel Fish Blanket • Fran Nikolic, Mount Low

Senior’s Picnic in the Park will held again this year

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Top 10 things grandparents can do with their grandchildren: • Introduce them to different music – play your old ‘records’, sing them ‘My Generation’ and ‘When I’m 64’! • Teach them about your favourite hobbies eg. knitting, crocheting, woodwork, gardening etc • Show them your old photo albums, tell them about their family and share your life stories • Play ‘what do you know?’ games • Show them old mementoes and things you’ve collected • Do a puzzle together • Make and play with homemade toys eg. paper aeroplanes •

Write letters – today’s Gen Z’s know how to play on iphones but there’s still nothing to beat the excitement of receiving snail mail

• Keep a scrapbook of all the things you do together • Teach them how to play chess or card games

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Sibling Rivalry Story thanks to Jutta Dempsey

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Bollywood! Family Fun Come and join us for this FREE Family EvEnt • Prize for best dressed ‘Bollywood’ theme • Parents and Kids lucky door raffle • Heaps of fun games for the whole family • Loads of fantastic prizes to be won • Showcase from local businesses

They fight all the time! Child Psychologist Jutta Dempsey unravels sibling rivalry When your kids fight, it’s upsetting for the whole

To avoid siblings fighting over attention, have

• Is your morning or evening routine too hectic –

family, but it’s also a good opportunity for your

strategies in place for one-on-one time with

does it need to be more child-friendly?

children to learn how to handle conflict and for

each child. These should be on a regular basis so

you to teach them important problem solving

that any problems they have can be discussed

and emotional control strategies.

and your relationship strengthened. If children

There are six major reasons why siblings tend to fight: • Fights over toys

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it inappropriately by telling tales, pretending to be hurt or escalating arguments by shouting or hitting until they can’t be ignored. For children over four years, teach them to ask for attention

• Fights caused by children feeling crowded or

appropriately by giving them the words to use

needing more time alone

or non-verbal cues that say they need your time. Then give them the attention as soon as

• Fights caused by children feeling slighted

you are free. This won’t work for children under

over fairness

four years old who require immediate hugs and

• Fights used to get parents’ attention • Fights because kids are bored and restless

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don’t get the attention they need they may get

reassurance. Quarrels caused by meltdowns are particularly difficult to deal with when they occur in public

• Fights caused by physical or emotional

or at the “heated” time of day. Working out the

meltdowns.

message behind the meltdown is of utmost importance in rectifying and preventing one. For

It helps to identify the reason for the quarrel so

example:

you know how to handle it at the time and also, so you can teach coping strategies to prevent it

• Is your child coming down with a cold, flu

happening again.

or other illness?

As a family you should have agreed rules and

• Are you pushing yourself and the kids

solutions to cover most of the issues that end in

too hard?

quarrels. For example, what are the rules about special toys in your home and where they are stored compared to shared toys? How long can

• Are you expecting behaviour that is beyond your child’s development?

they play with a toy before sharing it? When a

• Has something upsetting happened to your

battle then erupts the children need only be

child at school or day care?

Prevention is the best approach, but when it happens then your response depends very much on the age of your children. 0-4 Years: Tune in to your child’s physical needs and try to get them to do the same, even while they are quarrelling with their sibling. If they can use the words to tell you what the problem is, then reward them, such as “I’m hungry” leading to food. Plan all transition periods with routines and rituals in mind that involve food, rest and nurturing. It is important to separate the siblings initially if possible. Quiet time chairs are excellent to achieve this. 5-8 Years: Find out what is going on in a caring and concerned manner behind the scenes of the quarrel. Once the real problem is identified you can problem solve with them the best way to handle the upset, rather than taking it out on their sibling. It is important to do this after an emotional cooling, such as time out, so that your child can reason calmly. Once you start treating conflicts as if they were opportunities, you are on your way to giving your children the best start. Jutta Dempsey is a parenting expert and child psychologist for Directions Learning and Behaviour Guidance.

reminded of the rules for them to be enforced.

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Family activities Story thanks to Lorraine Lawson

road runners: fun fitness Adults who run are usually very healthy. Their hearts are strong, they have dense bones (which will be important later in life), and they have a reduced risk for several diseases from the common cold to cancer. Running is one of the best aerobic exercises for

adults so why not capitalise on their enthusiasm

find that they are also very good across a wide

physical conditioning of your heart and lungs,

at a young age and get them running as a

range of sports and any sport that gets the blood

ensuring the efficient flow of blood and oxygen

regular daily exercise? It’s relatively inexpensive

flowing is healthy. Running is an individual sport,

around the body and decreasing the risk of a

(all they need is a good quality pair of running

it is competitive, challenging and also gives

heart attack.

shoes), can be done anywhere and it’s great

runners a sense of freedom,” says Townsville Road

training for other sports.

Runners juniors co-ordinator Brian Armit.

associated with running, like many other forms of

Of course, like any activity, there are risks.

“We try to encourage young runners to join an

exercise, it’s also a great stress reliever. One of the

Children need to be encouraged to drink

athletic club to learn how to run and to learn

many things that runners love about their sport

sufficient fluids, warm up properly before

speed, but as a club we facilitate lots of junior

is the euphoric, clear and calm state they get

running and stretch afterwards. It’s important to

events,” he says.

after a good long run, otherwise known as the

guide and supervise them so they avoid injury

“runner’s high”.

and allowing them to join an athletics club will

Not only are there tremendous health benefits

So, is it any good for kids? Medical experts agree that active children are healthier than those who are sedentary. What’s also been proven is that when children are engaged in regular sporting activities, it forms a good foundation for healthy exercise habits in later life. Children tend to enjoy running without too much encouragement from

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provide the necessary support if their parents are not runners.

Junior Running Events Townsville “There are always a number of youngsters who just want to run. These kids are at all the cross country races, they just love it. Sometimes we

Each year the Townsville Road Runners club holds a series of cross country races during April for all primary and secondary schools in the Northern region. They also hold junior races throughout the year in conjunction with their regular Saturday morning races and all major fun runs, the next being the Townsville Running Festival, August 7.

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Smile with a local Thanks to 4TO and Minty

smile with a local This month on facebook we’ve been talking about the worst thing our reader’s kids have done to them on a plane From: Kerrin Fisher On my three year old’s first plane

Prize

Winner

From: Tegan Hart My 2 year old son is going through a phase

trip (and maybe her last) the entire flight to

where he gets upset about smoke alarms going

Brisbane she screamed “let me off!” over and over.

off. On a flight last week he saw what he thought

All I could do was agree.

was a smoke alarm in the roof of the plane as

From: Natalie Ivers

we were preparing to take off. Of course he

Just as the plane was taking off and the seat belt

what other passengers wanted to hear.

signs were going on, my five month old did a

From: Toni McElligott

power explosion number three all down himself

screamed “oh no, smoke!” I’m sure that’s not

and over my white dress! We had to sit there and

We travelled a two leg trip by plan to Melbourne.

wait until the plane was stable and the seat belt

My 18 month old did ok the first leg but the

signs switched off. I had a yellow stain on me all

air pressure played havoc with her ears on the

day while he had spare clothes. Lovely!

second. She pretty much hollered the whole way.

I wanted to crawl under a rock. To top it off, at the end of the flight the people in front of us turned around and said “looks like you’re driving home to Townsville.”

From: Kelly Leonard Just as we were preparing to land my 18 month old, who was strapped to me via a toddler seatbelt, did an explosive poo. It leaked all over both of us. My four year old started yelling “I smell poo” at the top of his lungs. Joy.

Next month’s question: What’s the funniest thing your child has said about their daddy? Email your answers to “Smile With A Local” with your contact name, suburb and number to pakinfo@pakmag.com.au by August 18 and you could win!

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