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Spotlight 10 Backpacks 4 VIC Kids Backpacks helping out-of-home children.

36 Bec Judd Partners with ABS Reading Eggs Eight easy steps to boost your child’s reading skills.

14 Mindful Sleeping and Waking Getting enough sleep is crucial to general well-being.

42 Want your Kids to do Well at School This Year? The APA says to get them physically active.

18 Animal Assisted Therapy The secret to building confidence in children.

50 Why We Don’t Make Holidays all About the Kid’s Clubs. Olivia from The Wilsons of Oz shares her love for getting away from the tourist trails and kid’s clubs.

22 Your Household Budget Sorted Jo Violeta helps us get our budget sorted in five simple steps. 26 Talking the Birds and the Bees with Your Kids When, how and why are all discussed by expert Isiah McKimmie. 28 An Interview with Mermaid Tarielle Erica from Kidtown Melbourne chats to our local Mer-friend.

62 Lets Talk Kidney disease Kidney realated disease kills more Australians each year than breast cancer, protrate cancer and road accidents combined.

CONTRIBUTORS Special thanks go to the gorgeous and talented group of contributors who breathe life into every issue by sharing their best with us.






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Pregnancy & Baby



33 PARC School Holiday Program 41 Pram Walks for Autumn 58 Beretta’s at the Langwarrin Hotel 52 Garden Babies Fairy Parties 56 Party Planning by Faerie Crystall


94 Why Your Baby Won’t Let You Lay Him Down 96 Birth inspiration Around the World 98 Six Loving Ways to Boost Your Baby’s Brain 102 Mayka Toy Block Tape 104 paper Strip Egg 106 Finger Knitting

68 How to Become Actively Involved at your Child’s School 70 Focusing on Our Schools 74 Fill Your Child’s Resilience Backpack


77 Recipes with Jodie Blight


84 Are You Prepared for Potential Dangers of Venomous Creatures? 87 Fever in Children Infographic 88 Understanding Food Labels


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BACKP CKS Helping out of home Children

By Brodie Cowburn


ackpacks 4 VIC Kids is a not-for-profit organisation determined to make a difference in the world. With children going without essential clothing and luxury items from as young as birth, Backpacks 4 VIC Kids took it upon themselves to try and bring about positive change. Their packs are aimed at kids who are entering out-of-home care and emergency accommodation, and in need of essential items to get them through their day-to-day life. Created for ages 0-17, Backpacks 4 VIC Kids offers a variety of different backpacks suitable for any child who might be in need. "Children are often moved or displaced from their homes quickly, and they are often relocated with nothing more than what they’re wearing at the time, so we make sure that they have some clean clothes, sleepwear, toiletries, and more to make sure they feel comfortable,” said founder Sally Ritter. “These common relocations, especially in emergency situations, often leave the child with nothing. What we do is give these items to the children, so they have their own belongings. When they do get moved they get to take their soft toy, their blanket, and their backpack with them.” For the youngest children, they offer packs including disposable nappies, baby wipes, a feeding bottle, a bib, a dummy, sets of clothes, a teddy, and more. For toddlers they also include a blanket in addition to soap, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. For older kids, their packs are full of many items, including toiletries, clothes, sleepwear, stationery, and a torch to help make their stay in a new home a little less daunting. 10

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Backpacks 4 VIC Kids is growing each year, and in 2017 easily surpassed the number of packs they had handed out the previous year. By the conclusion of 2017, Backpacks 4 VIC Kids has donated a total of nearly 4000 backpacks. Of all those packs delivered, over 260 went to children based on the Mornington Peninsula who had been re-homed, helping them with the process of being placed in an unfamiliar environment. Recently, Backpacks 4 VIC Kids also started an initiative called Christmas 4 Kids in Care, which saw free gifts provided to children in out-of-home care. Close to 1000 children received gifts for Christmas, courtesy of the organisation.

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In order to survive and keep providing in-need children with their packs, Backpacks 4 VIC Kids relies on donations of money, time, and goods. Donations of items that can be placed straight into their packs are especially helpful. “We’re absolutely relying on donations of items from anyone and anywhere. We don’t have any funding, so we’re totally reliant on the kindness of our community, and that includes the backpacks themselves and everything that goes in them,” said Sally. Requests for packs can be made by foster care agencies, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria Police, crisis support staff, crisis accommodation facilities, Children's and Family Services staff, and Refuge Facilities. Donations can be made by dropping off the items at the Backpacks 4 VIC Kids headquarters at 86 Camms Road, Cranbourne or by going to one of their designated drop-off points around the state. One drop-off point for donations on the peninsula is Collie Anne Jewellery in Dromana. More information about drop off points, including those on the Peninsula can be found on their website and Facebook page. The team at Backpacks 4 VIC Kids is extremely small, so donations of time to help pack backpacks full of essential items is needed to


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make sure children are getting the essentials they need. “We need as many people helping out as possible. Our volunteers do everything from sorting donations and packing the backpacks, to helping organise fundraising events. They do a bit of everything really,” Sally said. “We’re the only ones in Victoria packing a bag with sleepwear and clothing and all of the items that we give. We’re resourcing the children but it’s about more than that. This backpack becomes everything they have in the world, and it’s what they get to take with them when they’re moved.” More information can be found on social media or at their website www.backpacks4vickids.org.au


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very morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. Training our attention through mindfulness and developing focus also requires that we look after our general wellbeing. Getting enough sleep is crucial to our capacity to focus, think clearly and generally be well. Sleep deprivation can significantly impair our mental performance and, in some situations, put us at risk of accidents. Investigationsinto the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island and the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl revealed that sleep deprivation was a significant factor in both accidents. Even if you're not dealing with radioactive material, chances are there are many moments in your day when alertness and awareness are crucial. As a doctor working on-call, often in a sleep-deprived state, I would worry about my own impaired mental performance. A colleague once told me that one night during her shift she found herself writing the contents of her dreams into a patient's file. Although at first the story made me laugh, it was a frightening reminder of the very real impact of sleep deprivation. Even without working night shifts, many of us are suffering sleep deprivation thanks to our mobile phones. Given that the last thing many of us do before we try to sleep is check our phones, or collapse into bed directly from a computer screen, it͛s not surprising insomnia is an increasing problem. At night, the light from our devices throws our circadian rhythm completely out of whack, and science has proven that blue light – the light emitted from our devices – actually suppresses melatonin (a hormone that influences our circadian rhythm and supports sleep). A FEW TIPS FOR GETTING A BETTER NIGHT'S SLEEP Try to reduce your exposure to blue light at least an hour before bed (mobile phone, computer and tablet screens). If your work requires you to be near screens at night, you can try out blue-light blocker glasses. If you are prone to thinking and planning while trying to go to sleep, take five minutes to "brain-dump" in the evening. Write down all of the things that are on your mind and the things you need to do the next day. This won't get rid of all your to-dos, as the mind is a brilliant thought generator, but at least it will give you a finite time and space to create some lists for yourself and get your thoughts out of your head and down on paper. Do the breath meditation (or one of the other guided meditations in my book) just before you are planning to go to sleep. This time, if you fall asleep while you are doing the practice, it's an added benefit. You can also bring mindfulness to the moment you wake up in the morning. Next morning as soon as you wake up, take a moment to reflect on these questions:

Three Wake-Up", and I quickly noticed how powerfully it affected the rest of my day. It shifted my attention in a way that made my body feel lighter and helped me step into the day with more energy. As I brought more conscious awareness to how I felt each morning, it also became more obvious that I needed to start getting to bed earlier at night to avoid always waking up feeling exhausted. Mindfulness makes our patterns more obvious and gives us more insight into our own lives. This practice takes less than a minute, but can have a big impact on your mood. TODAY'S PRACTICE The Ten-By-Three Wake-Up. This mindful morning practice is a quick and powerful energy shifter, and an easy way to start your day with presence and gratitude. 1. When you first wake up in the morning, take a moment to sense how you are feeling: Rested? Tired? Lazy? Energetic? 2. Bring awareness to your body, and more specifically to the feeling of your breath. 3. Before you do anything else (like check your phone!), count ten breaths as they move in and out of the body and make sure that as you are counting, you actually feel the sensations of the breath in your body, allowing your mind to be free from any concerns about the day to come. If you lose count and get distracted, simply begin again when you notice you've lost count. 4. After counting the breaths, drop the counting and bring to mind three things you are grateful for. 5. Get out of bed and start your day with a positive, appreciative attitude. WAKE UP ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BED What does your morning routine look like? Take a few moments to reflect on any changes you'd like to make. How could you start your morning in a more conscious way by engaging in an activity that improves your sense of wellbeing and mindfulness? Perhaps you could connect with your body through a short stretching session, or allow yourself time to sit and eat breakfast rather than rushing out the door? Notice how these small adjustments affect you.

• What is the first thing you do immediately after you wake up? • What kinds of thoughts are you thinking, and how do these colour the way you feel and move into your day? Rather than wallowing in thoughts about how tired you are, which can exhaust you before you've even started your day, the moment you wake up, actively shift your attention to things you can be grateful for.To help myself wake up more mindfully, I created a morning practice called the "Ten-By-

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A Father’s Role aughter's life in his d

By Deanne Atkinson


here was stillness in the room which was ironic as minutes before there was high excitement, loud grunts and groans as our baby daughter was born and taking her first breath. Within seconds she was placed on my husband’s bare chest.

The next twelve minutes were the most moving I have ever experienced. I watched my husband fall in love. I watched my daughter drink up his love, his warmth, his strength and gentle touch on her warm, naked body. A man of great height and strength he connected ever so softly with his newborn daughter. They connected physically and energetically, together in love, gentleness and purity. He poured an intense love into her, embracing her with everything he had and she cuddled into him like they were old friends. I witnessed the purist exchange of tenderness and love. She found contentment in his arms, embracing his smell, his touch and his soft words. They had connected on all levels. She had met her dad and they had bonded. Feeling that I had already bonded with our child during the pregnancy, we listened to some great advice from some wise, old friends. It was recommended to us, to place our newborn straight on her father’s chest. It was truly one of those moments you never forget. The energy in the room was palpable. Our daughter began her life, settled into her father’s embrace.


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A father’s role to his daughter is one of great importance. It is her first relationship with a male. Teaching her and preparing her for relationships later in life, setting her up for healthy relationships with confidence. One of the most important things a father can teach his daughter is how special and beautiful she is. It is important for a mother to step aside and encourage this bond between father and daughter. To foster one on-one-time and daddy-and-daughter dates are a great way to build this relationship. Daughters will grow confidence and look forward to the attention. Each parent is equally important in raising a child and will do so differently in their own individual way. Ideally, if parents can parent in harmony, support each other and encourage each other to grow in their role their child will benefit and flourish. Respecting that each parent has differing roles to play; together they can meet the needs of the child. One of the most wonderful things in life is to watch your partner grow into their role as a parent, persevering through the challenges, finding fulfilment, growing in love and experiencing joy as a mum or dad and together as parents.

Deanne is the Founder of Parent with Passion. This is a service which helps break the negative cycle in parenting and supports a childhood for our children that they don’t have to recover from in years to come. As a Parent Coach and Spiritual Counsellor she is determined to increase awareness of the power of parenting; how our actions can last a life time. She has a spiritual approach to parenting meaning she is all about feelings and emotions. Deanne looks beneath behaviour to the emotion and supports both children and parents to move through negativity by addressing what the underlying feeling is. For appointments or more information: Website: www.parentwithpassion.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/parentwithpassion



ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY: The Secret to Building Confidence in Children By Brooklyn Storme


nimal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative intervention that supports the healthy emotional development of children. But what is it and how does it work?

AAT is an approach to wellness that involves the child, the practitioner and the animal. The animal's role is to do most of the therapeutic work with the practitioner being there for guidance and handling. AAT is more than just taking your pet to work because the animal has to have been trained in interventions or strategies to help the child. A good AAT practitioner will have attended formal training with their animal and while there are equine AAT practitioners on the peninsula, the most commonly used animal is a canine. Using a canine as an example, the owner would first take the dog to training. There, the canine would be trained and tested for temperament and obedience. It’s also very important that the animal is taught a selection of ‘tricks’because this can help engagement especially with shy or unconfident little ones. There may also be some children who are afraid of dogs. In these cases, AAT would begin with the practitioner talking with the child about dogs and about their fears. When ready, the next step would be to talk about the therapy dog and so the practitioner might tell funny stories about the dog to the child. From there, the practitioner and child might look at videos or photos of the therapy dog and so on. When the child is ready, the practitioner will talk with the parents or guardian about next steps. They will explain the process of AAT and discuss the occupational health and safety matters associated with the service. Just like the practitioner has to ensure the safety of the child, the practitioner also has to ensure the safety of the canine or animal. When ready, the child will be introduced to the animal and this could begin with a simple observation (the child observing the animal). Eventually, when the child becomes de-sensitized or used to the animal, next steps can take place. The practitioner might teach the child how best to approach the dog, how the dog likes to be patted (or not). continued next page..... 18

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CASE STUDY - AAT can be very rewarding. There was a child that came to the practice and he was very shy. His name was Max and he was six years old. Max barely spoke and when he did, he would look down at the ground, mumble very softly into his chest and avoid eye contact. We thought AAT might work with Max because we knew he liked small dogs. So we arranged a meeting. At first, Max was curious about Gabe (our AAT canine) but he still sat slumped over in the chair, watching Gabe from under his long fringe. With encouragement, Max eventually attempted to give a command to Gabe. He told Gabe to ‘sit’. Gabe ignored Max and kept doing his own thing. So we encouraged Max to try some more and gave him some pointers on how to get Gabe to listen. In time, Max stood up and when he did, he got Gabe’s attention. Gabe was looking and waiting for Max* to say something. In a firm voice and with a pointed finger, Max gave the command ‘sit’ and Gabe promptly sat. Max was very surprised! Max gave Gabe a treat and a pat and then tried again. Again, Gabe responded and Max gave him a pat. Max was starting to get the hang of it. So I explained a few more commands to Max and he tried each one in turn and guess what? Gabe responded to every single one of them! Max learned that in order to be heard and to have a voice, he needed to stand up and use his voice with confidence. So what happened next? Well, Max came back and met with Gabe two more times and his teacher and parents reported significant gains in confidence at 20

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home and at school. Max was interacting with peers more effectively, was performing better in class because he was able to focus and concentrate and he was enjoying being able to disagree with mum and dad at home sometimes. Max doesn’t come for counselling anymore but he often sends Gabe an email to keep in touch. This is just one example of how AAT can sometimes help in cases where even the most educated and skilled clinicians might not be as effective. WHERE TO FROM HERE? AAT is currently not a regulated profession in Australia although guidelines are being prepared to ensure that all practitioners are adequately trained (as are their pets), and to ensure that all pets meet the minimum requirements for temperament, obedience and physical fitness (ie are vaccinated, free of parasites and so forth). If you’re thinking of AAT for your child be sure to inquire as to the training or education that the practitioner has completed so that you can make an informed decision about next steps. Most of all, have fun!

Dr. Brooklyn Storme, PhD is the Director and head psychologist at All Psyched Up, a mindfulness-based allied health practice on the Mornington Peninsula. When she’s not at work, she’s usually teaching Gabe new tricks or spiking up his purple Mohawk. Facebook: allpsychedup Ph: 8765 2434



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Those first couple of years were financially tough. But what got us through was careful planning and budgeting. Following a household budget was key to keeping us afloat. Even now that our business has grown, we still stick to a budget. Budgeting has enabled us to build our savings, put money away for a holiday and plan to buy a new investment property. Budgeting might not seem like your idea of fun. The perception is that it’s restrictive; that you’ll have to do without, and that they’re hard to stick to. However, when done right sticking to a household budget can help you achieve the type of lifestyle you want for you and your family. A household budget reduces money worries, so you can focus your energies on enjoying your family rather than stressing about the family finances. So, grab a cuppa, settle in, and let’s get your budget sorted. - KNOW YOUR


You must have a clear picture of your expenses. Write down all your bills and living expenses such as rent/mortgage repayments, car repayments, insurances, groceries, school fees, after-school activities and utilities. Next list all of your discretionary expenses such as eating out and entertainment. Remember to also include irregular expenses like haircuts and birthday presents/parties. To get a true picture of your expenses, track your spending for a week to see where your money goes. I recommend collecting receipts or carrying around a notebook and pen for a week to write down EVERYTHING you spend money on. - WRITE


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Enter all your expenses into a budget planner by week or by month (it’s best to choose the same cycle as your income e.g. paid monthly, then show expenses by month). We use a basic excel spreadsheet for our family budget, which you can download here www.bit.ly/ FamilyBudgetPlanner. There are also some great online budgeting tools such as the ASIC MoneySmart Budget Planner. Enter your income into the planner. We get paid monthly, so we break our expenses and income down into monthly amounts. For example, on average we spend $120 per week on groceries, so that’s about $480 per month. If car registration is $800 per year we allocate $67 per month in the budget for that.



Ideally, you should be earning more than you spend, so you can use the surplus to build your savings or to pay down debt. If you need to reduce expenses: - Review all your subscriptions and memberships (i.e. magazines, streaming services, gym memberships) and cancel any that you don’t use regularly - Plan and bulk-cook meals ahead of time - Make lunch instead of buying it - Consider whether an expense is a “need” versus a “want” - Contact your service providers such as insurance and utilities, and negotiate a better deal -

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Sticking to a budget can be tricky at first but there are some simple ways to make it more achievable. Be realistic in your savings or debt-pay-down goal; don’t expect to save $10,000 a year if you can comfortably only save $200 per fortnight. If the goals are unattainable, you’ll give up more easily. Ensure you get a reward for the little wins along the way. Don’t deny yourself every pleasure of life or you’ll only resent your budget!

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It’s important to review and adjust your budget regularly. From my experience your first attempt at creating a budget is rarely the right fit. It takes a couple of months of adjustments to get it right. Once you’ve set your budget up, it’s important to review it regularly to ensure it’s working for you. I review my budget every 3 months or whenever there is a significant change in my income or expenses.

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ou may have just worked out how to tell bae their hair is #goals; but words like lit, goals, slay and bae are so 2017. Here are the hottest buzzwords of 2018 according to the witty wordsmiths at Things by Bean.

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Often used to describe someone who is over the top for completely unnecessary reasons. Used in sentence: “Man, Josh is being so extra today.”


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(adjective) Frequently used to refer to perfectly arched eyebrows, it can also be used to describe any part of your makeup that is particularly well done—or just anything that’s perfect or #onpoint. Used in a sentence: “Your eye liner is on fleek!”

3 3 Basic

Basic is used to describe someone devoid of defining characteristics that might make a person interesting, extraordinary, or just simply worth devoting time or attention to. Yikes. Used in a sentence: “He's too basic to even carry on a semi-intelligent conversation.”

4 4 Woke

 oke has been around for a minute, but it’s poised to become W more mainstream in ‘18. Think of ‘woke’ being the inverse of politically correct. If P.C. is a taunt from the right, then woke is a back-pat from the left. Woke statements might also low key stir up drama. The more woke one is, the more sympathetic and knowledgeable one is about a topic or type of person. It’s often used to describe a man who is also a feminist. Used in a sentence: “That guy is so woke.”

5 5 Low key

Low key can be used in place of the formerly popular phrase 'down low,' meaning something you don't want everyone to know about. Used in a sentence:

“I low key hate butterflies... don’t tell anyone.”

6 6 Adulting

 illennials needed to create a verb that described any and all M duties associated with being a bona fide grown-up. This means paying taxes, working through the summer instead of going on holidays, changing your car oil, playing nice with co-workers, and having "adult" concerns. Used in a sentence: “I cannot be bothered adulting today.”


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the little things ...like extra nappies and spare goggles, so rushed parents don’t have to worry about anything they may have forgotten. Little things like caring teachers who know when a child needs a little extra attention and welcoming staff that are happy to help when a parent has their hands full of bags, toddlers and towels. At Kingswim, we know it’s the little things that make all the difference.




The last couple years have been all about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). In 2018, people will finally feel empowered to open up about their JOMO - Joy of Missing Out. JOMO is all about choosing to do what makes you happy instead of saying yes to every event because you feel like you have to. Unlike FOMO, JOMO stems from a positive emotion rather than a negative one! Used in a sentence: "Nah, I can’t make it to the party - I’m staying in tonight and I’m bursting with JOMO.”


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8 8 Salty

To be exceptionally bitter, upset or agitated. This particular irritation generally stems from a past event that you still haven't got over. Used in a sentence: “She was salty because she lost the game.”

9 9 Done

A word often used when someone is tired, exhausted or fed up. Used in a sentence: “I am so done with today.”

Jo Power brought Things by Bean to life in 2011. Jo's collection of cards for all occasions, non-occasions and made-up occasions began as a stack of ten cards in a biscuit tin and since then, Things by Bean has grown into a brand stocked at more than 60 retailers across Australia. It's taken Jo to New York City for the National Stationery Show once and down the road to the post box thousands of times. Things by Bean cards are always cheeky, sometimes creepy and usually quite cute! If they make someone happy, they've done their little job well. In 2017, Things by Bean expanded to become a one-of-a-kind e-place for outrageous cake recipes and DIY party ideas. Poke around at thingsbybean.com/blog and you'll feel all kinds of inspired to throw together a shindig for your pals!

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Talking the By Isiah McKimmie


ducating children about sex can be a daunting task for any parent.

Most of us haven’t been taught or had any experience talking about sex with kids, and many of us struggle to talk about sex with our partner, let alone our children. You might think that your child doesn’t want to learn about sex from their Mum anyway. However, the average age that children are first exposed to porn on the internet these days is 11 years old. Our young people are increasingly being influenced by this culture, so it’s more important than ever to provide them with a real sex education. And to make yourself available to answer any questions your child may have about sex. The truth is, we all have questions about sex and our children are no different.

Children naturally explore relationships, sensuality and sexuality from a young age. Ultrasound images have been captured showing erectile responses in male foetuses as early as 16 weeks. Yes, children’s experience and understanding of these responses is likely different to adults’, but it’s part of their experience and natural exploration nonetheless. The explicit and implicit messages we receive about sex from our culture and family impact our experience (and enjoyment) of sex throughout our lives. In educating your child about sex you have an opportunity to help them become safer, impact their future enjoyment of relationships and become someone that your child easily receives advice from.

So, when is the right time or age? Deciding at what age to start educating your children about sex is challenging. The truth is, there’s no ‘appropriate age’ to start talking to kids about sex. Children need age-appropriate sex education at all ages. This includes using the correct words for genitalia from an early age. 26

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It can be tempting to wait until they’re old enough to understand or until they’re approaching adolescence to broach the subject, but children often will have already received information (or misinformation) elsewhere by the time their parents feel it’s appropriate. Children’s ability to understand sex and the stages of their own sexual development will change over time so we need to try to meet them with appropriate education at each age. We shouldn’t just be having ‘one talk’, but an on-going conversation, that will change and evolve over time. If sex is something that’s openly talked about often, it takes the pressure off an individual conversation, supports your child, and allows them to feel more comfortable discussing it with you. Education around sex doesn’t translate into an earlier age of sexual initiation. Not wanting children to engage in sexual activity can be one of the reasons we ‘shield’ children from knowing ‘too much’. But research shows that comprehensive sex education doesn’t impact the age of a child’s first sexual experiences. It’s been shown that comprehensive sex education lowers the rate of teenage pregnancy drastically. It’s normal to feel a little awkward and uncomfortable talking to your children about sex, but here are some of the things you can do to make it easier on all of you.


Your comfort will make the biggest difference.

As human beings, we’re wired to detect emotions and reactions. Although it can be difficult, if you have feelings of shame, anxiety of discomfort discussing sex, your child will pick up on that, and is likely to feel uncomfortable in the conversation themselves. The more comfortable that you are talking about sex, the more your children will understand that sex isn’t something they should be ashamed of. And they’ll feel that they can approach you to talk about it.

....With your Kids Use correct terms

It can be tempting to use euphemisms for referring to genitals such a v-jay, or doodle, but using anatomically correct terms is important. Using nicknames or baby terms for genitals sends a signal that it really isn’t okay. We have to give it a special name in order to be able to say it. We take on a message that what we’re talking about is shameful. It’s also important because if your child experiences sexual abuse being able to use correct terms in describing what happening is going to support them in reporting the experience to a trusted adult. Penis is used for men. Though vagina is commonly used for women’s genitalia, this actually only refers to the inter vaginal canal. Vulva is a term now widely used that includes the external areas.

Talk about consent

feels comfortable coming to should issues arise. Our increasingly digital world offers new challenges for children navigating the world of sexuality and relationships. •Children sometimes seek information online and can be left confused and even traumatised about what they find. •The ease at which children engage in conversations and disclose personal information to people online places them at risk, both physically and emotionally. It is possible to have open, honest conversations with your child about sex that increase their safety, sense of empowerment and enjoyment of sex and intimacy throughout their life. Keep in mind – our own experiences from our cultures and families also impact our experience (and enjoyment) of sex throughout our lives. So, when discussing sex with your child, be aware of the perspective you are transferring to them

Sexual education needs to include more than biology. Educating your children around consent is vital. We need to know exactly what consent is - and that we’re all entitled to it. Conversations around consent will change as your child ages, but the fundamentals remain the same: They - and they alone - have autonomy over their body. They do not need to tolerate touch from anyone that isn’t wanted - this includes tickles, kisses and cuddles from family and friends and any kind of touch from someone they don’t know. Learning to say ‘no’ is something we need to practice - and know that it will be honoured.

Isiah McKimmie is a Couples Therapist, Sexologist and Sex Therapist. She spends her days helping couples have important conversations about sex and intimacy - and helping women discover their sensual and sexual selves. She offers online courses and coaching via Skype to women and couples around the world. www.isiah-mckimmie.com

As children approach adolescence, they also need to know that not saying no isn’t considered consent. Unless someone specifically says ‘yes’ and is cognisant of mind enough to do so, their sexual contact may be considered assault.

It’s about safety

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w e i v r e t An In d i a m r with Me Tarielle By Erica Louise


ove aside Arcto the Seal there's a new creature gracing the shores of Port Phillip Bay; a beautiful, graceful and glittery mermaid! Mermaid Tarielle swam into Seaford Beach recently and she caused quite a stir! Families far and wide travelled to see Melbourne's mystical and very friendly creature, who smiled for a solid two hours whilst chatting to visiting children and posing for photographs. Melbourne's friendly mermaid has been popping up at beaches around the bay to tell families about her new partnership with Melbourne party hosts Waggle Dance. Waggle Dance offer experiences for children including kids' parties with a difference. This Melbourne-based small business arranges unique party entertainment hosts for children's special events, all over the city and beyond. Mermaid Tarielle took some time out of her busy swimming schedule to chat to us about her life as a mermaid in Port Phillip Bay!

Hello Mermaid Tarielle! What a wonderful opportunity to chat to you! Here are some questions we have for our little peninsula mer-fans. Q. Assuming you live in Melbourne, are you the only mermaid in Port Phillip Bay? 28

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I am based off Melbourne. My pod lives outside Port Phillip Heads in Bass Strait, however I am one of the few mermaids who swim to shore to interact with humans!

Q. We know that you meet children for private pool and beach parties. This is very exciting. What do you do with the kids on their special meet-amermaid day? Little people are fascinated by what lies beneath the ocean and the fables of mermaids and sea creatures, and I love to celebrate this sense of wonder with storytelling, games, mermaid swims, siren songs, photo fun and answering all their questions about life as a mermaid! I can visit any of my mer-fans by magically appearing in their pool, on a beach or even on-land in their living rooms! Q. How long can you spend out of the water and what happens if you don’t get back in the water in time? I can spend a little while outside the ocean, a little more than an hour, before returning to my ocean friends and merfamily, especially my best friend, Yertle the Turtle Q. Where do mermaids sleep? I have a bed made of the softest coral in all the oceans! It’s

surrounded by a cave of rock and keeps me protected from the cold sea currents. I can watch the schools of fish, dolphins, sharks and octopus swim past a little opening in the top of the cave! It’s very cosy. Q. What do mermaids like to eat and what is your favourite food? Mermaids eat a lot of seaweed and varieties of kelp. But I have discovered a love of human food, especially birthday cake. Yummy! Q. You must meet quite a lot of children! What do you like most about human kids and how do they differ from mer-children? I have met quite a few human children! I love looking at their feet and the odd looking fingers on them - I think they are called toes? I love seeing the toys they have which look like me and answering all their questions! Mer-children and human children are very similar, both are very curious and have lots of questions! Q. Have you ever met pirate? I have never met a pirate personally, but have swum through and explored many sunken ships! Sometimes I see all the treasures they have collected and my mersisters and I love exploring and playing with them! Q. There are quite a number of dolphins who live in Port Phillip Bay. Are they friendly and can you speak dolphin? I have quite a few dolphin friends! We love to play together, blow bubble rings and splash around in the shallows. We love having fun together and sometimes swimming to shore and meeting humans! I speak 123 languages both human and marine. Dolphin is one of the easiest languages and is super fun to speak! Q. Lots of humans are scared of sharks! Are you scared of sharks too? I have quite a few species of shark with whom I’m continued next page.....



very close friends! Whitetip reef sharks and hammerhead sharks are my favourites as they are super funny, but don’t ever steal their food, or they might nip your fins! Some sharks aren’t as friendly, such as the mako sharks who are definitely the bullies of the ocean playground! I wouldn’t go near them if I were you. Q. What would you say to kids who want to protect your environment (the ocean)? Part of a mermaid’s daily life involves taking care of the ocean and the reefs. This means we clean up all the rubbish, which takes a lot of time and stops us from being able to play, or come and visit our friends with feet! Sometimes our fish friends also get tangled in plastic debris and we need to free them. It makes us sad to see our home and our friends being destroyed or harmed, when people carelessly toss their rubbish on the ground, which ends up being washed into the ocean, or straight in the ocean. We would love it if people could recycle their rubbish and make sure to always put it in the bin! If you are ever at the beach and see trash lying around, pick it up and bin it correctly!

Erica hails from the United Kingdom, and has been living in Australia for 12 years. She has two sons, 3 and 8 years. She writes, edits and runs the social media pages for KidTown Melbourne, a website showcasing all the fun things to do with kids in Melbourne.

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Q. How do our children get meet to you; what do we need to do to book a Mermaid Party?

To book a mermaid party, feel free to call me on my shell-phone. Pick up any shell, listen to hear the ocean and then speak to me through it! If you can’t seem to reach me (I might be out exploring the reef or playing with Yertle) then contact my on-land friends at Waggle Dance, who are my eyes and ears in the human world. They will let me know all the important details and then I can come and visit you if I am near Melbourne. Just ask mum or dad to go to waggledance.com.au, find the Mermaid Magic Party, choose which option is best for your party and SPLASH, it’s done. Mermaid Tarielle has Facebook Page www.facebook.com/mermaidtarielle


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Life of the Aussie Child in the Colonial Era

WET FEET Paddlers on the Geelong (Victoria) waterfront in about 1900. Bathing in the open sea was forbidden in daylight hours, but public baths were available for those who fancied a swim. For ladies there was the old Western Beach Baths in the background, while both men and women could take a dip at the nearby Eastern Beach Baths, although at different times of the day. Only in 1917 was mixed bathing permitted in Victoria. SIT UP STRAIGHT Arms neatly folded, children at a Victoria school do their best to feign interest for the sake of the camera. Most families in the area where this photograph was taken in 1895 – a primary school in the Beaconsfield district, southeast of Melbourne – either owned or worked on small farms. With money tight at home, and school compulsory only until the age of 13, the majority of those seated here were fated to begin their working lives in the very near future, most probably as farm hands or domestic servants.

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reat news for people of the peninsula. PARC swimming pool closed for a short period over spring due to a malfunction in the underground plumbing system but thankfully, all is restored and the aquatic playground is again open to the public.

This is great timing what with the large chunk of school holidays fast approaching, because PARC is a fantastic indoor play space to visit with the kids, regardless of what the weather decides to do. We took our two children to PARC Aquatic Recreation Centre over the last school holidays to take advantage of the facilities and additional activities offered to families over the two-week break. The aquatic centre is large enough to cater for all ages. There are two lap pools, a heated exercise pool, shallow wading pool for the tiny ones, a kiddie pool with water sprays and jets for splashy fun. The centre’s pièce-de-résistance for kids is the impressive water playground complete with slides and big buckets pouring water down onto smiley faces. The beauty of PARC is that there are enough things to do to keep children entertained for hours. Kids can go wild on the waterslides. There are two slides in operation at PARC; the aptly named the Constrictor™ as well as Australia’s first ever PARC Python Waterslide. The Python is an exciting activity hurling children and grown-ups down a high-tech tube of light and water whilst they are safely seated in an inflatable raft. This rather exhilarating waterslide, which pleased Dad just as much as our nine-year-old, uses sound and lighting effects that give slide-goers a spectacular multi-sensory experience whilst shooting down 114 metres. The second slide, the “Constrictor™” shoots either single or tandem

slide goers down a water tube that narrows to 2.1m, expands to 3.1m and then back again to 2.1m. This slide’s appearance has been designed to resemble snake skin! Once the water slides had been conquered, our nine-year-old took to the “Ninja challenge” activity, especially designed for kids to complete during school holidays. The inflatable structure floating on the surface of the pool challenged kids to complete the course in record time, inspired by the TV show Australian Ninja Warrior, only this time on water. Those who won the fastest times went on to compete in the finals with a chance to win prizes. Activities for the younger ones saw our three-year-old decorate himself with a ninja headband at the craft table. After a good couple of hours of water play, we took our hungry tummies to the PARC café, all located within the same complex. Kids' lunch packs during school holidays are exceptionally reasonable, with nuggets and chips setting you back a mere $5. Healthier options are also available such as sandwiches, wraps and fruit. On a side note, I should also mention PARC’s changing facilities are spacious and clean with the ability to choose a family change room if preferred. We would highly recommend taking advantage of the casual locker hire for just $2 for three hours. Visitors are given a waterproof wrist band that opens a coded locker. We could leave everything safely locked away and didn’t need to worry about losing a key in the process. Why be envious of your friends cavorting in one of Bali’s water parks when you can splash about and have a whale of a good time at PARC in Frankston? Keep up to date with all the latest happenings and school holiday activities by visiting www.parcfrankston.com.au. www.peninsulakids.com.au



n a th r e i s It's ea . k n i th u yo By Janelle Ryan


ecently I have found myself in deep conversations with talented, dynamic women who are ready for change. Some have kissed their children good-bye as they’ve started school while others are making the break from 9 to 5 to follow their passion. Or they have found themselves in a situation they did not anticipate BUT are ready to learn from the experience and create a new life for themselves.

The common theme among them all, is that they JUST WANT TO MOVE FORWARD. They are sick of feeling stuck. They are over the procrastination. They are tired of "bloody talking about it all the time".

THEY ARE ALL READY FOR ACTION! There are a plethora of coaches, change catalysts and consultants who would love to help you. But maybe you are not financially, spiritually, emotionally or physically able to invest in one right now. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of courses, books and articles on how to create change in your life. However, if you complete the course but don't apply the learnings your life won't change very much. If you research articles and buy books but never read them, you'll stay stuck. If you want something simple and cost effective KEEP READING because outlined below is my 5 STEP CHANGE FORMULA. This could not be easier to follow and implement - and the easier something is, the more inclined we are to TAKE ACTION.

Step 1. Clarify what it is you want, and WHY. Crystal-clear vision provides you with a 'point on the map'. We are no longer driving around aimlessly - we know our destination. Bringing forth the desire and passion of your WHY will propel you forward and keep you in gear. Step 2. Decide on the date you want your vision to appear.

This is quite easy if your vision is to attend an event on a date set by the organisers. A little more difficult if the timing is to be set by you. Ensure the date is realistic; too soon and you may set yourself up for disappointment; too far may promote procrastination.

Step 3. Brainstorm every single thing you can do to move you

towards your vision. List them. The smaller the better. Once you've completed this action take a break, then do it again. You will think of even more action items the second time around.

Step 4. Choose the smallest action item on your list and DO IT.

Step 5. Repeat all the above. Remember every day what it is you want and why. Write in a journal or create a vision board if it helps. Remind yourself of the time frame. Remove the completed action items from your list and add any new ones. Choose the smallest one and DO IT. That's it - simple! Follow these steps and watch the "magic" unfold!

Janelle Ryan is a Change Catalyst who helps high achievers get out of their own way, align their actions with their goals and create a life they desire and truly deserve. www.skyhighcoaching.com.au www.facebook.com/skyhighcoaching.com.au


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BEC JUDD PARTNERS WITH ABC READING EGGS To inspire parents to encourage their children to develop an early love of reading


ugely popular online reading program ABC Reading Eggs is kicking off 2018 by once again partnering with bubbly Aussie media personality Bec Judd. The popular radio and TV presenter and busy mum of four will work with the awardwinning program inspiring parents to encourage their children to develop an early love of reading.

Parents will be offered an extended free trial of ABC Reading Eggs – the award-winning program that makes learning to read easy and fun for kids aged two to thirteen. The trial gives your child access to a range of the most comprehensive online reading programs including Reading Eggs Junior for two to four-year-olds, Reading Eggs for four to seven, and Reading Eggspress for seven to thirteen. Also available is their popular online maths program, ABC Mathseeds for ages three to nine. 36

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Surround your child with a range of reading materials such as books, kids’ magazines, posters and charts. Creating a print-rich environment from an early age encourages your child’s interest in reading. You can even give them their own bookcase or a special reading nook at home.


Digital technology has come a long way and is now incorporated into most classrooms. Online reading programs like ABC Reading Eggs are designed by experienced educators to build essential reading skills in a fun, interactive and motivating way. Remember, not all apps are created equal. ABC Reading Eggs is great because it’s based on scientific research and doesn’t bombard your child with ads and needless distractions.

5. READ AND SING NURSERY RHYMES Nursery rhymes are not only fun to read, they develop essential pre-literacy skills like phonemic awareness and build vocabulary. Choose nursery rhymes that have a lot of repetition, which also makes remembering sounds, words, lines and verses easier.

Point out and read street signs, billboards and labels when you’re at the supermarket or visiting a new place. This draws your child’s attention to the different sounds that make up printed words. Ask them if they recognise certain letters (both uppercase and lowercase) as well as the sounds they make.


Even if your child is making small progress in their reading, make sure they know how proud you are of their efforts. Encouraging them to pick up a book or have a go at sounding out tricky words will boost their confidence and motivate them to keep trying. Remember to praise their efforts rather than how “smart” they are. 6. PLAY WITH ‘ONSETS’ AND ‘RIMES’

A fun way to teach your child how to decode words is by playing with onsets (the first phonological unit of a word) and rimes (the string of letters that follow). Cut out pieces of cards and write a phoneme on each one (e.g. b, c, f, p, r, s, m and h). Then write the letters ‘at’ on a different card. Ask your child to create words by matching cards (e.g. b + at = bat).



Reading together regularly is the single most important thing you can do to build your child’s reading skills. Making reading a fun, relaxed and bonding experience helps to nurture their love of reading, which is crucial for sustained success. It’s as simple as sharing a nightly bedtime story to get them on the right path.

Our companion animals make the perfect reading partner, especially for children who are struggling with reading and may fear being judged. If you don’t have animals at home (or can’t get yours to sit still), try getting your child to read to a younger sibling or even their toys.

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ABC Reading Eggs uses a progressive sequence of highly interactive lessons, games, activities and e-books. The comprehensive program is designed by expert educators and has been used by over 10 million children worldwide. Rebecca, who is mum to Oscar, 6, Billie, 4, and twin sons Tom and Darcy, 18 months, will share the trials and tribulations of motherhood and her children’s experiences with ABC Reading Eggs. She will also appear in new video content with her kids. As a former speech pathologist, Rebecca understands the value of children developing vital reading skills at a young age. “I think the program gives kids a really good head start in reading and can aid in developing communication skills as the flow-on effects to the brain’s processing system are really positive,” Bec says. “It’s good for sequencing and retaining information. It also has an emphasis on phonics which we know is the best way to learn to read. Plus, it’s already used successfully by millions of kids around the world so the proof’s in the pudding. “My own kids have now been using the ABC Reading Eggs program for a few years and continue to enjoy using it. Oscar is now in year one at school and has come along in leaps and bounds with his reading, thanks in part to the program. He’s has so much fun with all the lessons and games and it’s continuing to enhance his reading skills which are growing rapidly all the time. “Meanwhile Billie who’s four is having fun getting to know all the letters and sounds of the alphabet as she gets ready for prep next year. Even the twins who’ll be turning two this year are itching to see what all the fun is about!” Katy Pike, lead publisher of the program, says she’s excited to partner with Bec once more. “We couldn’t be more excited to join forces with


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Bec to reach out to other Australian parents who want to give their children the best possible start in life,” Katy says. ABC Reading Eggs includes hundreds of one-on-one reading lessons that teach children essential early literacy skills, including phonics and sight word recognition. Parents can access detailed assessment reports to track their child’s progress, and print out certificates and worksheets, which supplement the program. Based on scientific research and the most up-to-date learning principles, ABC Reading Eggs uses a highly motivational reward system, which keeps children highly engaged while they learn to read. It also includes an online library of over 2000 children’s books to suit all reading levels. Ms Pike says many parents find it difficult to know where to start when it comes to teaching their kids to read. “ABC Reading Eggs is created to make a real difference at home, making it as easy as possible for children to learn the many skills they need to learn to read and further develop their comprehension, spelling, grammar, and writing skills,” she says. “As a mother of four, I know that it’s wonderful to be part of the journey. Watching your child enjoy that sense of achievement as they learn each new skill is always a pleasure. Together with Bec, we hope to bring this incredibly special experience to every child and parent.” For a limited time only, new customers can enjoy a 4 week FREE trial of ABC Reading Eggs at www.readingeggs.com.au/getreading. Try the multi-award winning online reading program for ages 2–13 and see how your child’s reading skills improve in just weeks!

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Want your kids to do well at school this year? Get them physically active!

By Australian Physiotherapy Association


etting kids away from screens and being physically active is not only good for their mental and physical health, it also boosts their academic prowess. So says two separate research papers—the Copenhagen Consensus Statement 1, which gathered research from a variety of academic disciplines to determine the effects of physical activity in children and youth, and the Active Brains study2 released in November by the University of Granada. It is well known that physical activity across all age groups improves cardiovascular fitness and reduces the risk of developing a range of chronic illnesses, including Type 2 diabetes and osteoarthritis. However, the link between physical activity and cognitive function is less well known, particularly in relation to the academic outcomes of young Australians.

The Copenhagen research consensus noted that moderate physical activity has acute benefits to brain function, cognition and scholastic performance in children and youth, and importantly, that time taken away from academic lessons in favour of physical activity has been shown not to come at the cost of scholastic performance. The Active Brains study went a step further, confirming that physical fitness in children—specifically their aerobic capacity and motor ability—is associated with a greater volume of grey matter in areas of the brain associated with learning, language processing and reading. National chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Sports group, Holly Brasher, agrees unequivocally, saying, “When kids and teens are physically fit and active—whether that be through continued next page.....

participation in local sports or more informally by just getting outdoors and active—they get the benefits of their hearts pumping at a higher than normal rate and increased oxygen circulation to the brain, as well as the associated benefits of improved memory function, better sleep quality and reduced stress. All of these things are highly beneficial to brain structure, function and cognition, so it makes sense that school performance would also benefit.” “Kids can be active in any number of ways, whether that be organised sports, outdoor recreational pursuits, active play and active transport such bike riding, skateboarding and walking. It doesn’t matter what you do, just that it is done regularly enough to improve your physical fitness.” With the school year now commenced, it’s the perfect time to ensure that the end of the summer holidays doesn’t coincide with an end to your kids’ physical activity. Their school results will thank you for it!

The Australian Physiotherapy Association is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients. It is a national organisation with state and territory branches and specialty subgroups. The APA represents more than 25,000 members who conduct more than 23 million consultations each year. To find a physiotherapist in your area, visit www.choose.physio



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Are ebooks good for kids? By Rebecca Bowyer


re books dangerous for your health?

Let’s ask an expert on ebooks for kids

Son #1 dropped a bookcase on his foot a few years ago while he was ‘trying to clean it’. Fortunately, it was a small bookcase. No broken bones. Son #2 managed to pull the exact same bookcase over on himself a couple of weeks later. Clearly, we either need to invest in sturdier furniture (Mum’s suggestion) or go digital (a great excuse to buy a new iPad methinks). Are ebooks any better for your health? (Or are we just a clumsy family?) I’m already an ebook convert. When lying in bed and reading late at night it hurts less to drop a Kobo on your face rather than a hardcover as you start to nod off mid-paragraph. (Go on, tell me you’ve never done it yourself). But for kids? Shouldn’t they be introduced to the feel of the book? That wonderful smell of the paper, the two-dimensional shape of the words and pictures and the bracing sound as the paper rips when your toddler yanks the page too quickly… Son #2 is utterly obsessed with books and treats them like soft toys, taking several with him to bed each night. Once he’s sound asleep I creep into his bedroom and remove the weighty tomes for fear he’ll


skewer himself on the corner of Oi Frog! at some point during the night.

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I decided to look into the ebook vs real book issue a bit further. Fortunately they let you do PhDs on pretty much anything these days, and Natalia Kurcirkova has done one in the area of ‘parent-child shared book reading’, so I thought I’d check out what she has to say on the subject. It didn’t help much. Natalia Kurcirkova is quite happily sitting on the fence: “It is not a question of book or e-book for children. The two can complement each other… Children can fluidly negotiate digital and non-digital media, carrying their favourite story characters from one to another.” Fair point. Olaf is just as funny in pictures on an iPad as he is on a poster on the wall. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go and get yourself a copy of Frozen NOW or we can no longer be friends.

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By Cameron McCullough Gumbuya World is Victoria’s newest theme park, and we were lucky enough to be let loose there for a day to experience it in all its glory. Purchased in 2016 by a group of investors, they set out on a massive redevelopment of what was previously know as Gumbuya Park. And while the giant pheasant still sits at the entrance, virtually every other corner of the park has been rebuilt and remodelled, giving a fresh, vibrant feel to your visit. The park is broken up into four 'experiences"; Wildlife Trail, the Oz Adventure, the Outback Explorers and, of course, Oasis Springs, Gumbuya World's water park. Having arrived early, we hit the Wildlife Trail first. It was a wonderful close-up experience through a natural bushland setting. You'll come across Dingos, wallabys, wombats, emus, koalas and kangaroos, which quickly bound up to you. The avaries house an array of native birdlife, and the petting zoo lets kids get hands-on with furry friends. After that it was off for some rides at Oz Adventure experience with its mining race coaster, rush-hour ride, tree swing and a host of other rides. From there, we ventured into Outback Explorers for more rides including a pirate ship, and the perennial favourite, dodgem cars. After a long stint on the rides, it was time to cool off. We made our way to Oasis Springs for some "splashtastic fun". Immaculately presented, Oasis Springs is a collection of water fun for the tame to wild-a-heart.


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Sit back and float around the "Lazy River"; the moving river that takes you on a 300 metre trip through the park. Get adventurous with the kids on "Typhoon Island", a kids water adventure park that has three waterslides and 100% chance of getting wet. Or be a daredevil on the massive waterslides; the Taipan and the Boomaerango. The Boomerango was particularly blood-curling for this mid-forties male, while my eight-year-old had a grin from ear-to-ear, (although she did say she thought her face was going to fly off!). The best way to do Oasis Springs is to splash out (no pun intended) on a private cabana that gives you a home base for the day, as well as somewhere to eat, relax, and change clothes as required. It was a full day of fun. We arrived soon after opening, and dragged the kids out two minutes before closing eight hours later! Perhaps the most exciting thing about Gumbuya World is the plans it has for the future. The place is abuzz with the energy of an attraction that is on the move. More waterslides are coming, more rides, and more experiences such as the Woolshed Auditorium, Dinosaur Experience and Indigenous Cultural Centre. We can't wait to go back again. And again.

Gumbuya World is located at 2705 Princes Highway, Tynong North; just under an hour from the peninsula. They are open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day) from 10am - 6pm. www.gumbuya.com.au. @gumbuya_world

  Step back in time this autumn at National Trust properties across the Mornington Peninsula. As part of the Australian Heritage Festival kids enter free and can discover what life was like for children on the peninsula many years ago. Activities include old fashioned games, dress ups, scavenger hunt, selfie station and guided tours through the historic homestead. Grab the whole family and bring a picnic for a fantastic day out!

Sunday 22nd April The Briars Homestead, Mt Martha 11:00-4:00 Sunday 29th April McCrae Homestead, McCrae 11:00-4:00 Sunday 6th May Mulberry Hill, Langwarrin South 11:00-4:00 McCrae Homestead dates back to 1844, one of Victoria’s oldest homesteads and constructed by the McCrae family using local materials. The life of a pioneer wasn’t easy. McCrae children helped build the house using tools and skills which are foreign to kids in today’s day and age. The McCrae’s closest neighbours were the Balcombes at The Briars! Built in 1851, the homestead at The Briars is an excellent example of a typical mid nineteenth century Australian farmhouse. Alexander and Emma Balcombe lived here with their seven children.

BOTANICA - A Village in the Australian Garden After the success of Botanica at Melbourne Gardens, the village will now be built at Cranbourne Gardens. Curated by artist Darryl Cordell, and inspired by his childhood in the bush, Botanica offers families the opportunity to work together to build a unique village. Be part of our community of villagers as we build cubbies and creatures using natural materials collected from the Gardens. Come along for an hour or bring a picnic and spend the day.

Mulberry Hill, built in 1926, was owned by Joan and Daryl Lindsay. Joan was most famous for writing the novel Picnic at Hanging Rock and Daryl, known for his paintings and drawings as well as director of the NGV from 1941-1956.

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S Y WA By thingsbybean.com


ids love to celebrate – well, just about anything – and coming up with something more exciting than the stock-standard birthday festivity can be tough. Kick the celebration brain-block to the curb and invite in a random day party – and never fear stir-crazy kids again by noting down these boredom-busting days. From National Oreo Day to Caramel Popcorn Day, Things by Bean have put together their top list of the ultimate child friendly random days to get your celebration on this year.

There is a new dance school in Hastings! Previously in Bittern, Simply Dance has a wonderful new well equipped facility. With a purpose built sprung floor, shiny new mirrors, and ballet barres, Simply Dance is all ready for some fabulous dancing. Qualified and experienced teacher, Miss Courtney is excited to welcome new students, beginners to advanced from 3 years to adults. Offering classical ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary there is something for everyone at ‘Simply Dance’...where we simply dance.

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6 March: National Oreo Day What better way to celebrate the world’s fave cookie than to fill your (and your kids’) mouths with them? Forget your glass of milk and ye olde twist and dunk, it’s time to get creative with the kiddos. Try your pass at making an Oreo cheesecake or an Oreo thick shake. Warning – it’s going to get messy.

19 March: Let’s Laugh Day

7 April: World Caramel Popcorn Day Popcorn plus caramel? Sweet, sugary heaven. Take the opportunity to celebrate this special treat (even if you’re just going to pick a bag up off the shelves of your local and eat it on the way home – no judgement). For the braver of you out there, have a crack at making this treat yourself and host a living room movie marathon with the little ones. Sorry – you’re all on your own for the impending sugar crash.

Laughter truly is the best medicine. Why shouldn’t it be? It’s free, requires zero effort and definitely no extra trip to the doctor. Studies even show that a few minutes of laughter can reduce blood pressure, increase immune response, decrease stress levels and release endorphins. Pop on their fave giggle-inspiring flick or hire a clown for the day – and get a parenting gold star for celebrating this healthboosting day with your kiddos.

May 1: Batman Day

20 March: World Storytelling Day

May 10: Clean Up Your Room Day

Storytelling is something we have been fascinated with since we lived in caves and sat around a fire making up tales to pass the time, explain history or mind-boggling concepts in easy-to-digest way. Tell your child a story that explains something to them about your family history, your favourite fairy tale in your own words, or a story about something that’s important to you – or invite them to tell their own story!

This day might make your kids yawn and yell – but it’s possible to make it fun. Help them organise their toys, books and beds – and reward them for keeping their room clean. Get the tunes pumping, stash little treats around their room for them to find as they clean, and play make believe – have them pretend they're a secret agent carrying out a very important mission or a dust-buster destroying grime.

Get your superhero on and celebrate Batman day with your kids by having a Batman marathon – the Batman universe has so many movies, cartoons, video games, comics and more. Get your kids dressed up in a batman costume (or their fave batman themed pyjamas) and dive into the world of the Dark Knight (perhaps with a bowl of caramel popcorn).

3 April: World Party Day What better excuse to have a party than a day dedicated to one? It doesn’t take much to please your kids – invite around a few of their pals, present a smorgasbord of their favourite treats and throw glitter around like confetti (literally).

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kid’s clubs By Olivia Wilson


e may still be trying to get into “back to school” mode, but what better time to think about upcoming holidays. As soon as one holiday finishes we get to planning the next, and to be honest, we barely give the kids a look in.

spent in childcare. Yes, the children loved having someone else to interact with (complete attention of two Thai ladies as we were out of season), and they loved the poolside art and craft, but that’s just not what holidays are about for us.

We thumb through tattered old city guides, we trawl the internet for all sorts of secret tips and wonderful hidden treasures that are off the beaten track, and we ask locals for tips! We try and fill our days with memories of exploring together, which we will all treasure.

On a recent trip to Adelaide, we ended up in the front room of a small winery, chatting to the wine producer about his wares. It was fascinating, (and delicious) and the children loved the theatre of swishing the wine around the glass and giving it a good sniff!! As we sat there in the original “Bank of Adelaide” around the family dinner table, I could see the children’s eyes dancing around the room. The bottles of wine were stored in the old bank safe, the door as thick as can be. The children were enthralled by stories of “olden days” with wool money being piled high in the little impenetrable room.

It’s so easy to throw yourselves into the whole “all-inclusive family package, with all meals, drinks, entertainment and full use of the kid’s club” but what a let-down. Having said that, the children made use of a kid’s club in Thailand last year. We stayed at Surin Beach which was spectacular, but once the kids realised there were computer games and full-time hair braiders at their beck and call that was the end of the exploring. Or so they thought. Kids clubs serve a purpose, and I know many parents who work hard all year look forward to lying by the pool without being splashed and begged to buy umpteen Mocktails from the swim up bar. However, I can’t help but feel depressed about a “holiday” being

When we road tripped in New South Wales we stayed in Coffs Harbour. We had an insane idea to wake extra early and head for the harbour to see the fishing boats come in. We were treated to fresh prawns straight from the boat, deliciously sweet, like nothing I have ever eaten! The children gobbled their prawns and then were handed scraps to feed to the local pelicans. It was amazing!! continued next page.....


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The children love getting up in the “middle of the night”, which we tend to make a habit of at least once on holiday. In Byron Bay we woke to see the sun rise at Cape Byron Light House. The walk was steep, the car was parked miles away, the children were sighing and grunting and moaning… As the sun began to rise, their eyes lit up; they realised what their crazy parents had dragged them up to the top of the hill for. It was magnificent. And as if the sunrise wasn’t enough, the whales came out to play too. We sat for hours watching them majestically rise out of the water and crash back down again! The children still talk about it now!

and tired, but as we drove further and further they began to see the magic we were seeing. They waved at passing children and spoke about living like them in a house made from trees. They asked Mr Snar about his childhood, and where he lived; they wanted to know every little detail. A spark was alight, and that’s why we holiday like we do. We don’t get long on this beautiful planet, and we get even less time to explore it with our children. You don’t have to go far to have an adventure; there are so many beautiful and exciting things here on our doorstep. Throw away the holiday brochure, look further than the “tourist trail”, and avoid anything that says, “Kid Friendly” …. The world was made for everyone to explore, regardless of age!

Travelling to Cambodia was no exception to the rule. The hotel in Siem Reap was heavenly, but there was so much we wanted to see and do that we saved the splashing for the evenings. We left the comfort of the hotel air conditioning and the loungers around the pool and headed off into deepest, darkest, Cambodia. We drove hell-for-leather in a tuk tuk with a man named Mr Snar. We bumbled along for hours on dusty tracks, through villages where mothers were nursing babies in hammocks, and children were stirring huge pots bubbling away over the fire. We flew past rice paddies, stopped to buy fresh mango from a lady on the side of the road, and had coffee with Mr Snar’s friends amongst the most magnificent temples. The children were hot, sweaty

Next stop Uluru!

Olivia is a thirty something British mum of two, living in Melbourne. Having grown up with a father in the army and being moved all over the world, she is a lifelong ‘expat’, and thoroughly enjoys the adventures that come with a fairly nomadic life overseas. Follow her adventures as a 'modern day parent, far from home', and share her family's exploration of Australia at www.thewilsonsofoz.com on Instagram @ the_wilsons_of_oz and on Facebook @thewilsonsofoz




















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The Mornington Hotel bistro will be closed from March 12th until early-mid April whilst we undergo kitchen renovations. We will be re-opening with a new menu and new specials. Please see our website or facebook page for updates. The rest of the hotel will be operating as usual. We look forward to seeing you when we re-open

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n a quiet week day, the staff at Beretta’s Langwarrin Hotel expect around 200 people in for lunch. On a weekend day, you’re looking at average number of 450 diners. This has been steady since the opening of Beretta’s ‘Worx Zone’; (an incredible indoor play zone for kids), that is attached to the restaurant. Worx Zone is so good, you’ll be hard pushed to get the kids out to eat! This family-run business has gone over and above to provide the ultimate play space attached to a bistro. Imagine an indoor play centre and restaurant all rolled into one. Worx Zone features multiple levels of soft play, slides, an under three zone screening pre-school TV shows, a teen hangout with arcade games, a fun shadow play wall, lava floor, and so much more. There is no charge or extra fees for children to play in Worx Zone, which is excellent considering this space matches many indoor play centres in terms of fun for kids of all ages. Birthday parties here are incredibly popular, because if you sign your child up to the Beretta’s Kids Club, he or she is entitled to a Member Birthday Offer: free kids meal, free Peter’s ice cream cake, balloon, birthday card, lolly bag and a ‘Happy Birthday’ billboard on Beretta’s TV screens.


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As well as birthday treats for all Beretta’s Kids Club members, children with membership can access daily and monthly specials such as $2 kid’s meals, free drinks, lucky dips and more. It’s free to join the Beretta’s Kids Club so we’d recommend you do! While Beretta’s Langwarrin Hotel’s play space is more than enough to entice families, the bistro boasts an impressive menu as well. There is a variety to suit all taste buds and provides more than adequate choices for a gluten free diet. From oysters to salads, pizzas fresh from the pizza oven to pasta dishes, stir fry plates to lamb shanks, not forgetting plenty of vegetarian choices, you may take a while to choose! Kids dishes include the usual fare: chicken nuggets, spaghetti, cheeseburgers and the like. A tantalising display of desserts will tempt your sweet-toothed crew to finish off. Beretta’s Langwarrin Hotel is undoubtedly a firm favourite for locals and it’s easy to see why. With a kid’s play space that most other bistros would envy, ample dining space including an outdoor deck, and a huge menu serving up great food, you really should check it out for yourselves. Visit Beretta’s Langwarrin Hotel at 220 Cranbourne Frankston Road, Langwarrin. www.berettas.com.au




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A CASE STUDY Rochelle's story


ochelle Harmer was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of nineteen. She’d been unwell off and on for a couple of years, particularly suffering from frequent urinary tract infections. As a young woman, she dismissed them and thought nothing of them.

She then started to get stomach viruses and back pain, and after having tests, doctors discovered she had renal failure. She was told that she’d be on dialysis within three years. Doctors also advised her that if she wanted to have children, she should do so as a matter of urgency. She was engaged, and to her surprise, she found out that she was pregnant four months after her diagnosis. In the early months of her pregnancy, her baby was found to be not growing as normal due to her kidney issues, and at 36 weeks, her kidneys completely failed. Spending the last two and a half months in

hospital, her daughter was born at 36 weeks as her kidneys failed. Rochelle is one of the lucky ones who had a successful pregnancy whilst dealing with kidney disease. Kidney related disease can cause miscarriage and infertility in women wanting to start a family, yet over 2.5 million Australian women do not know they are in a high-risk group for developing Chronic Kidney Disease, or the fact that fertility can be severely compromised because of the disease. Fertility declines as Chronic Kidney Disease advances, which is why it’s so important for women who may want children to check their risk. When her daughter was four years old, Rochelle received her first kidney but it was rejected in just nine days. The next twelve years were spent on dialysis, until a second kidney was found in 2015. This kidney lasted an amazing ten years before it failed, and now Rochelle is back on dialysis awaiting her third kidney.

Kidney disease KEY FACTS •

Kidney related disease kills more Australians each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer and road accidents combined

One in three Australians is at increased risk of developing kidney related disease, and 53 are dying with kidney related disease every day. Most are tragically unaware they have it until it is too late

One Australian dies every 27 minutes and 1.7 million are affected by chronic kidney disease but it is highly undiagnosed and less than ten percent of people who are affected know they have the disease

Kidney-related illness is estimated to cost the Australian economy $4.1 billion a year and is projected to rise to

$12 billion by 2020. •

Australians at risk of developing chronic kidney disease include those who have diabetes, high blood pressure, established heart problems such as heart failure or heart attack, have had a previous stroke, a family history of kidney failure, are obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, smoke, have a history of acute kidney injury, are 60+ years or are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin.

Tragically, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are twice as likely to have indicators of chronic kidney disease and four times more likely to die from it than the general population.



WOMEN & kidney disease •

Women hoping to start a family are encouraged to understand their kidney disease risk this Kidney Health Week (5th - 11th March) to preserve their fertility, improve their health, and increase their chances of having a healthy baby.

Kidney related disease can cause miscarriage and infertility in women wanting to start a family, yet over 2.5 million Australian women do not know they are in a high-risk group for developing Chronic Kidney Disease, or the fact that fertility can be severely compromised because of the disease.

With Kidney Health Week coinciding with International Women’s Day and World Kidney Day on March 8, Kidney Health Australia is urging women to take a simple online test at www.kidney.org.au to find out if they are one of the ‘one in three people’ who is at increased risk of developing Chronic Kidney Disease.

Up to 90 per cent of kidney function can be lost with no apparent symptoms, and for women, kidney disease can severely impact their chances of having children. Fertility declines as Chronic Kidney Disease advances, which is why it’s so important for women who may want children to check their risk.

Chronic Kidney Disease can be treatable, and even reversible.

Fertility becomes more impaired as Chronic Kidney Disease advances, with women whose kidneys have completely failed rarely falling pregnant successfully. Pregnant women with Chronic Kidney Disease are also more likely to experience problems during pregnancy such as high blood pressure and impaired growth of the baby.

> Find out if you are in a risk group by visiting www.kidney.org.au

MPRG KIDS FAMILY DAY: TEAMING SPORT AND ART Saturday 7 April, 11am-4pm Cost $15 family pass Check the fixture, slip on some sports gear and head to MPRG and the Civic Reserve Recreation Centre for an art and sports day in the April school holidays. Art activities, demonstrations, giant rock climbing wall, face painting, gymnastics, kung fu, table tennis, exhibition tour and more. Fun for the whole family!

Richard Lewer, The theatre of sports 2016 (detail), oil on canvas, Courtesy of the artist Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, Collection of Basil Sellers AM, Photo: Andrew Curtis

Exhibition entry: adults $4 concession $2 children under 5 free Civic Reserve, Dunns Rd, Mornington ph 5959 1580 mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au


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Cherry Lane

Children’s Centre

TAKING ENROLMENTS NOW Large outdoor areas. Vegetable garden and chickens. Nutritious meals cooked daily on premises. Nappies, wipes, nappy rash cream and sunscreen.

• Play based curriculum built around the early Years framework. • Music and movement program for all rooms. • Laptop program for the kinder room once a week.


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Cherry Lane is family owned and run 62 place centre. At Cherry Lane we strive to provide high quality care that has a safe and warm atmosphere which reflects the home environment.

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Good Friday in Frankston

March to April

Friday 30 March 11am–3pm Frankston Waterfront

APR 2018

Sand Sculpting Australia Exhibition Daily until Wednesday 25 April Frankston Waterfront Tickets: visitfrankston.com

MAR 2018

Botanika Cinema Friday 6, Saturday 7, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April 6.30–11pm George Pentland Botanic Gardens

Party in the Park

Stellar Short Film Festival

Tuesday 10 April 9.30am–2pm Cruden Farm

Saturday 3 March 6–11.30pm McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery

Ventana Street Fiesta Saturday 10 March 12–8pm Wells Street, Frankston

BMX Australia National Series Feast at Frankston Waterfront Friday 16 to Sunday 18 March Friday 4–10pm Saturday 12–10pm Sunday 12–6pm Frankston Waterfront

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Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 April 10am–2pm Frankston BMX Club

Anzac Day Wednesday 25 April See website for times Frankston War Memorial, Beauty Park and Seaford Cenotaph, Station Street www.peninsulakids.com.au



By Peter Quigley


at your child's school


here are so many ways you can engage with your children’s school in a meaningful way and add value to the learning experience.

Build Relationships Start with the teacher; be mindful that at the start of the school year teachers can be very busy so do not expect to be able to spend every night exchanging your life stories. Make sure you touch base regularly, ask what assistance you might be able to give in the classroom and get a good understanding of the classroom schedule and expectations so you can back up the teacher and the school program. It is also good to start getting to know other parents. More than likely your child will be interacting with this core group of children for some seven years of their primary school life and possibly for a further 6 years of secondary school. Getting to know the parents of your child’s peer group just makes life more enjoyable and often much easier. Play dates, parties and the occasional playground disagreement are all far easier to deal with when there are strong relationships in place. It is likely that you will be attending the 21st birthday parties of some of these kids; it is a long journey and one that is far more enjoyable when you connect with others in a meaningful way.

Make the Most of Parent Teacher Meetings These are usually held several times a year and are the times to discuss your child’s progress at school. Be there on time, have your questions prepared, and go in with a growth mindset. Ask yourself what we can do together to assist your child to be the best they can be. Teachers will always be available to discuss your child’s progress and if you would like to meet outside of these times it usually as simple and making an appointment.

Create a rich Learning Environment at Home Create a dedicated place for homework and study, minimize the clutter in this area and continually update the resources you provide in this space. Read often; do not stop reading your children stories, ever. Encourage them to read alone and build stamina in their reading and discus the books they read asking questions and getting predictions of what might happen next. Let your children try new things often. Resist the temptation to do too much for them and let them learn confidence and self-reliance through doing everyday activities at home. Many of the everyday activities in the home can become learning activities if you include your children. Get the kids to measure the ingredients of a recipe or research information for you on the NET.

Get Connected! Key to your ability to engage with what is going on at the school is your ability to embrace the school’s chosen means of parent communications. The days of a weekly newsletter coming home screwed up in the bottom of a school bag are quickly disappearing. These days most schools have an app, which delivers messages and updates to parents regularly. It is very frustrating for schools when parents don’t get organised and get on board 68

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with this technology. Not only will it help keep the schooling aspect of your busy life under control but also it will ensure that you always have a good idea of what is happening in the community and allow you to become involved. Many schools also have parent and student portals where parents can keep up to date with their children’s progress and growth throughout the year. Technology is providing many new opportunities for education and it is very important that you get on board early.

Join Parents’ Association Do not be daunted by the thought of all of the hard work Parents’ Associations do in school. Yes, they run regular fundraisers and amazing events but primarily they have lots of fun. The Parents’ Aassociation meetings are full of passion and laughter with the focus or raising funds for the school and running events that bring a community together. The parents on these committees are really the heart and soul of a school culture. When the tasks are divided up and the workload is spread, things can really be done quickly.

Join School Council If you have an interest in policy, strategic planning and being involved with the big picture goals and targets this could be the place for you to shine. Government school councils have eight meetings a year and they are a great forum to discuss the big issues and make a huge impact. Just remember School Councils are not for having input into the everyday operational decisions of the school; this is clearly the role of the principal. You will not be having influence into grade structures or what teacher your own child gets. Once again, it is another way you can build meaningful relationships with the leaders of your child’s school. As a principal, I have made many strong and lasting friendships with parents on school council.

Join a Subcommittee Most school councils have a number of sub committees: Education, Facilities and Finance are some that almost every government school has. Getting involved in one of these committees lets parents with particular strengths get involved in an area where they can really be engaged. If you are a builder, a landscaper, or an architect the facilities committee might be the place for you. On the other hand you may not have the special skills related to a particular committee but you are keen committed and enthusiastic and those are characteristics that will be appreciated in any area of the school. Even when you tick a few of the above boxes there is one very important thing to remember: what schools are looking for is positive input, people making the effort to become part of a partnership, to form lasting relationships and for our communities of learners to be the best we can be. Approach your engagement with the school in such a manner and everyone involved will be a winner.

Peter Quigley is the principal of Moorooduc Primary School.

“Selfie� Self Portrait by Eloise Bartrop-Braybon, Year 7 Art 2017

Year 7 2020 Enrolments Enrolments open 7 March 2018 and close Friday 11 May 2018

Proudly offering Catholic secondary co-education on the Mornington Peninsula since 1898.

For enquiries, please contact the Registrar, Christine Mose on 5978 2701 Email enrolments@padua.vic.edu.au Visit our website for more information.

Visit our website to register your interest in a tour or for more enrolment information.

www.padua.vic.edu.au www.peninsulakids.com.au


Padua College Padua College is celebrating its 120 year history of Catholic secondary co-education on the Mornington Peninsula. In keeping with its tradition of providing positive and creative learning, it is very pleased to announce the launch of a brand new Year 9 education program this year, “Aspire9”. Developed in consultation with professionals, parents, students and teachers, Aspire9 is specifically designed to engage Year 9 students through an innovative and meaningful learning experience. It seeks to develop entrepreneurial thinkers who are active in the community and foster a range of 21st century skills including innovation, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.

students. A state-of-the-art, dedicated senior learning centre is currently under construction at the Mornington Campus and will open in 2019 to provide extension opportunities to all of Year 10 students in the way of access to Year 11 & 12 subject offerings and pathways. The introduction of an integrated vertical Year 7 & 8 Curriculum with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM), is yet another exciting, new initiative underway at the College. The Educational Strategic Plan seeks to provide programs to develop and support each student’s unique talents and interests, encourage inquiry-based learning and problem-solving skills, and inspire a lifelong love of learning.

The Program launch is part of Padua College’s broader Educational Strategic Plan, which has been developed to meet the future needs and challenges facing

The College is currently comprised of three junior campuses at Mornington, Rosebud and Tyabb, with a single senior campus at Mornington. Each campus has generous grounds, a chapel, library, ovals, tennis courts, an indoor stadium as well as specialist rooms for the following: Music, Drama, Art, Visual Communication and Design, Media Studies, Information Technology, Food Technology, Science, Agriculture and Horticultural Studies, Materials Design and Technology (wood, metal and textiles). Extensive wetland areas are used for the subject of Biology,

Mornington (from 2019) Year 7-9 Campus - Year 10-12 Campus 62 Oakbank Road Mornington VIC Telephone (03) 5976 0100

Rosebud (from 2019) Year 7-9 Campus 2 Inglewood Crescent, Rosebud VIC Telephone (03) 5982 9500

Aspire9 will introduce a host of new learning opportunities to the Year 9 curriculum, including Focus Weeks in which regular timetabled classes will allow students to become fully immersed in a particular learning area. These include a journey-based camp, city experience, a work-ready unit and a local environment/sustainability week.

to encourage environmental awareness, and support our Sustainability Program. Underpinning the innovative delivery of our diverse curriculum offerings is an extensive social justice program in which all students are actively engaged, and a pastoral care program where Catholic values and spirit are shared and nurtured. To learn more about our programs or book a school tour, visit our website www.padua.vic.edu.au

Tyabb (from 2019) Year 7-9 Campus 1585 Frankston-Flinders Road, Tyabb VIC Telephone (03) 5978 2700

John Paul College Creating a Community of Curious Minds‌ John Paul College is a co-educational Catholic Secondary School in Frankston. The College aims to be a centre of excellence and inspiration within the community; students encouraged to be motivated and passionate about both their learning and their community involvement.

array of sports and can take part in debating, public speaking, community service, youth ministry, social justice, theatre sports, chess club and performing arts activities. Our first class facilities include a modern and well-appointed Resource Centre and our Food Technology Centre and Science laboratories are state of the art.

Principal, Mr John Visentin, says “John Paul College is a vibrant learning community where each student is supported and challenged to achieve excellence. We offer an education that promotes resilience and faith in action. We are committed to maintaining high positive expectations and are attentive to the needs, goals and abilities of every student.�

The Ngargee Centre for Performing and Visual Arts is a beautifully appointed space; comprising modern facilities for music, drama, dance, media and fine arts. John Paul College students thrive with the opportunities presented to them within the performing arts. Here they form new friendships, they grow significantly in confidence and they achieve a strong sense of identity and pride.

John Paul College is special because students feel that they are part of a bigger family. Students are encouraged to help and support each other and a sense of belonging and community are integral to the culture of the school.

Social justice initiatives are flourishing through our fundraising efforts and immersion programs to the Philippines and East Timor. Students willingly volunteer on a number of social justice initiatives and we are very proud of our young people who, in their service to others, enrich both their own lives and those around them.

We aim to challenge students; to inspire them to achieve, to be all that they can be and to take advantage of the many opportunities that are available to them. Students can be involved in a whole

We welcome enrolments from students with both Catholic and Non-Catholic backgrounds. Applications for Year 7, 2020 are now being accepted. Limited vacancies still exist for Year 7 2019. Come and see for yourself the opportunities on offer at John Paul College. Please ring 9784 0200 to make a tour booking.

The College grounds are large and beautifully landscaped, providing plenty of space for students to learn and play.

161 McMahons Road, Frankston VIC 3199 Phone: 9784 0200 Web: www.jpc.vic.edu.au

Peninsula Grammar Learning through action in the early years We hear a lot about the importance of the early years and giving children the best start in life. But what actually makes the most difference? The answer, a high quality Kindergarten program. Kindergarten builds the foundations of education and at Peninsula Grammar they believe that learning through action is a key ingredient to enabling a child to grow. “If you want to see the joy of learning in its purest form - visit one of our Kindergarten classes,” said Louise Nicholls-Easley, Head of Junior Years at Peninsula Grammar. “Here you can see a zest for learning that comes from an emergent curriculum, room to explore and experiment and exceptional teachers.” “I am enormously proud of our Kindergarten staff who actively encourage curiosity, collaboration and creativity in the classroom. They go above and beyond to ensure that each child in the Kinder flourishes in their own individual way,” she explains.

However, the learning through action approach isn’t confined to the classroom. While there are purpose built Kindergarten rooms, it is the sustainable gardens and access to the entire school grounds that allows for exploring and learning. This also enhances the children’s strong sense of community and belonging within the school. Mrs Lucinda Watson from the 4 Year Old Kinder Program sees the benefits of this approach every day. “We love to see the children’s confidence and independence growing. Each child comes here with different knowledge and they teach each other, learning that everyone has strengths,” she explains. “For example, one of our little girls loves packing up and some struggle with working as a team so she is showing them what teamwork means. We celebrate that.” For more information about Peninsula Grammar and its learning through action Kinder program, go to www.peninsulagrammar.vic.edu.au or call (03) 9788 7777.

20 Wooralla Drive, Mt Eliza VIC 3930 Phone: 03 9788 7777 Web: www.peninsulagrammar.vic.edu.au

Dromana College It is a privilege to be the Principal of Dromana College and I delight in the opportunity to share with the wider community our success as a high performing school of academic excellence. I would like to begin by congratulating the whole college community on a fantastic 2017, with our students having achieved excellence in a diverse range of learning programs and co-curricular activities. Our students are challenged, motivated and engaged by interesting, exciting and relevant curriculum that caters for their needs. As I reflect on the year ahead, I again return to the greatest strengths of our school, the relationships between staff and students and the sense of belonging that our community fosters. The learning relationship of our students with their teachers and vice versa is elementary, built on the college values of respect, integrity, personal best and responsibility and underpinned by clear learning intentions. The College’s well established vision continues to deliver excellent outcomes for all our students. In 2017 Dromana College students out performed all other local secondary providers. For the tenth year in a row, we have improved our VCE median score, our average is

now 32, and more that 90% of our Year 12 students achieved above the state mean. An independent review of the college programs, relationships and achievements, determined Dromana College to be a high performing school of academic excellence. The report also commended the expansion of our school’s extra curricula enhancement programs to include Athletics, Dance, Science and Technology adjacent to the school day.


The outlook for 2018 is outstanding. Our focus continues to be delivering the best academic outcomes for all our students. At the same time, we have committed some $2 million to the redevelopment of our Performing Arts Theatre and a ‘state of the art’ Year 9 learning area. The college values are at the core of this commitment and underpin the strong sense of wellbeing and community that our school enjoys. For further information on any of our programs please do not hesitate to contact the college on 03 5987 2805 or visit our website: www.dsc.vic.edu.au Alan Marr PRINCIPAL

110 Harrisons Road, Dromana, Victoria 3936 P: 03 5987 2805 W: www.dsc.vic.edu.au



mpathy, Gratitude and Mindfulness are three key components that are important to include in anyone’s resilience backpack. In the last issue I explored Empathy, so in this issue I will focus on Gratitude and what that means. Gratitude can be defined as being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen in our life and taking the time to express appreciation and return kindness. Studies show that when children feel grateful they are more joyful, determined, optimistic, resilient, less stressed and even healthier. Gratitude is different from many other emotions because it’s learned. There are many ways to teach it and model it for your children. Here are five simple ways to boost an ‘attitude of gratitude’ in your children.

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Children learn gratitude by seeing others display appreciation in everyday, unplanned moments. How often do your children see you convey your appreciation with hugs, words, or small notes to others? How often do you tell your child how much you appreciate them? How often do you remind your children how much you value gratitude?

2. Set Limits Having ‘too much’ diminishes appreciation. As our wealth or material possessions grow, research shows our need for people decreases. So avoid overindulging your child with too many things - gifts, toys, electronic devices or over-stimulating activities.

3. Thank Your Children Don’t overlook your childs’ daily thoughtful deeds. Just be sure to tell them what they did that you appreciate so they are more likely to copy your example and send their own ‘appreciation messages’ to others. Gratitude can also be learned through routines. Start simple family rituals that will help your

children adopt an ‘attitude of gratitude’ and appreciate how fortunate they are.

Every night ask children to review all the things they are grateful for.

4. Expect Your Children to Say “Thanks”.

Say “Thank you ABCs.” This one is great for younger children to do at the dinner table. You and your children say the alphabet together, but for each letter include something you are grateful for: A, Aunt Ruby; B, my brother; C, my cat and so on. Older children can reveal one thing they are grateful for that happened to them during the day, and then describe ‘why.’

Parents who raise grateful children don’t do so by accident. They expect their children to be appreciative and saying “thank you” is required from the time their children learn to talk. Understanding the emotion behind the gesture is important too. A hard lesson for children to learn is that they are really thanking the person not for the gift but the thoughtfulness behind it. Where possible, reinforce the thought that is put into any deed or gift. For example, “Grandma thought a lot about what to give you this year.”

Create Bedtime Family Routines. Each child exchanges messages of appreciation for one another, followed by a goodnight hug and kiss.

5. Expose Children to the Less Fortunate

Don’t forget to pause to review all the things, both big and little that you are grateful for. After all, isn’t that what families are all about?

Face-to-face experiences can go a long way in helping kids appreciate their blessings. Try to find ways for you and your child to do charitable work. Consider simple ongoing service projects for your whole family to do together. Just make sure you find ones that support your children’s interests and strengths. The more children practice gratitude, the greater the odds that they will adopt it as a habit and life attitude.

Mandy has been the Head of Wardle House, the Junior School at Toorak College, since 2013. Prior to that, she was Deputy and Curriculum leader. Mandy has over 30 years’ experience in various Primary schools, with particular expertise in the early years of schooling.

Here are a few ideas that can be integrated into your family routine:

Dromana College Open Night Thursday 19th April 2018 at 6:00pm

‘A high performing provider of education on the Mornington Peninsula’ As the highest performing secondary school of academic excellence on the Mornington Peninsula, Dromana College will continue to work tirelessly to develop and consolidate the many exemplary educational programs on offer. With outstanding facilities, a committed professional staff and a caring school community, students are challenged to explore their interests and use their talents to achieve their personal best. • Outstanding VCE results • Single gender classes in Year 9 • Select entry academic enhancement program (LEAP) • ‘State of the art’ Year 7 and Year 8 areas • Performing Arts Centre, Design Centre • International Sister Schools Program and study tours • Before and after school enhancement classes • Instrumental music tuition • Diverse and engaging extra curricula events • High expectations of all students • A clear and consistent code of conduct for all students Tours available Tuesday mornings at 9:30am Please phone 03 5987 2805 for bookings.

‘Lessons come from the journey… not the destination’ 110 Harrisons Road, Dromana, VIC 3936 (Entry via Old White Hill Road) T: 03 5987 2805 E: dromana.sc@edumail.vic.gov.au W: www.dsc.vic.edu.au

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1158 Nepean Hwy, Limited to one redemption per cut-out coupon per transaction. Only actual Mornington VIC 3931 Mornington Peninsula Kids Magazine coupons will be accepted. T: 03 5970 8535 www.bata.net.au Voucher is valid until 30th April 2018. 76 Peninsula Kids – Autumn 2018


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e’re all busy and want quick, healthy and delicious meals but sometimes just don’t have the time. Summer TABLE will inspire you to put variety and zest back into your mealtimes and with a free APP to create a shopping list on your phone, dinner will be ready in no time! And – you learn how to use leftovers in innovative new ways. After years working as a company director in the finance industry, starting a family and moving half way around the world, Jodie Blight discovered her passion – creating healthy, easy and delicious family meals. “A fist pump from the kids is as good as a Michelin star in my books.” To find out more about this revolutionary cookbook, please visit www.hellotable.com.au or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hellotable


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Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 0 minutes Total time: 10 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients

600 g cooked lamb (warm) 4 handfuls mixed lettuce leaves 2 oranges, peeled and sliced ½ red onion, finely sliced 2 handfuls mint leaves, chopped


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3 tablespoons orange juice 6 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons white condiment (white balsamic vinegar) 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard


Shred lamb and toss with salad ingredients in a large bowl or on a platter. To make dressing, shake ingredients in a jar until combined. Taste and adjust to your liking. Pour dressing over salad and toss together.

Lamb Souvlaki


Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 3 minutes Total time: 13 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients

4 wholemeal pita bread 400 g cooked lamb, warm ½ red onion, finely sliced 250 g cherry tomatoes, halved 1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves

Yoghiurt Dressing

4 tablespoons Greek yoghurt 2 tablespoons mint sauce 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 handful mint leaves, chopped


Preheat oven to 2000C. Wrap the pita bread in foil and warm for 3 minutes in oven. To make yoghurt dressing, mix all sauce ingredients in a bowl. Taste and adjust to your liking. Remove pita from the oven and lay the ingredients down the middle of the pita bread. Spoon over dressing, wrap and devour! *** For a gluten-free option, put the lamb and toppings in a crisp lettuce cup.



Pumpkin and Feta Salad


Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minute Total time: 25 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients

½ butternut pumpkin 1–2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon ground cumin 200 g baby spinach leaves ½ red onion, thinly sliced 200 g feta 1 handful pine nuts or sunflower kernels, toasted


½ tablespoon wholegrain mustard 2 tablespoons white condiment (white balsamic vinegar) 6 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon honey


Preheat oven to 2000C. Chop pumpkin into 2 cm squares, coat with olive oil and lay on a baking tray. Sprinkle with cumin and cook for 20 mins. To make dressing, shake ingredients in a jar until combined. Taste and adjust to your liking. Place spinach, red onion and roast pumpkin in a salad bowl or on individual plates, and crumble feta over the top. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts or sunflower kernels. *** Instead of using raw red onion, why not try using Pickled Red Onions from page 132. They add a great tang. *** If you have leftover roast pumpkin from a roast earlier in the week, you can whip this salad up in less than 10 minutes.


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Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minute Total time: 25 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients

1 eggplant, cut into wedges 1 red capsicum, cut into wedges 1 yellow capsicum, cut into wedges 2 red onions, cut into wedges 1 zucchini, cut into wedges 250 g cherry tomatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, in skins salt and pepper 4 handfuls baby spinach leaves 20 kalamata olives, halved (optional) 150 g goat’s cheese or feta 1 handful basil leaves, chopped


2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 6 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, roasted (see above)


Preheat oven to 2000C. Toss eggplant, capsicum, onion, zucchini and cherry tomatoes in olive oil and arrange on a large baking tray together with the garlic cloves (you may need two trays). Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until tender but not too soft (about 20 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly on tray. To make dressing, mix vinegar and olive oil in a jar, squeeze in the flesh from roasted garlic and shake until combined. Taste and adjust to your liking. Scatter spinach leaves, roasted vegetables and olives on a large platter. Pour dressing over salad and toss gently. Sprinkle with crumbled cheese and basil leaves. Instead of roasting the vegetables, you could grill them for 5 minutes each side, but keep an eye on them. *** If you have any left over (‘if’ being the operative word), you can make a wonderful Mediterranean bruschetta for lunch the next day. Just toast some thick slices of rye bread (or sourdough), rub with a peeled garlic clove and top with vegetables, cheese and dressing. Yum! www.peninsulakids.com.au


Quinoa Salad


Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients

1 cup quinoa 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock 50 g sugar snap peas or snow peas 400 g roasted pumpkin 4 handfuls rocket 4 spring onions, finely sliced 1 handful mint leaves, chopped 1 handful flaked almonds, toasted 50 g feta, crumbled


2 tablespoons white condiment (white balsamic vinegar) 6 tablespoons olive oil ½ tablespoon of honey


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Remove, rinse and then place back in the saucepan. Add stock and bring to the boil. Place a lid on the saucepan, reduce heat to medium–low and simmer for 15 minutes. Don’t lift the lid. When time is up, remove from the heat and stand for a further 5 minutes (without lifting the lid). Allow to cool slightly. Steam peas for 1 minute until they are bright green but still crisp. Drain, fill pot with cold water and drain again to stop them from cooking. To make dressing, shake ingredients in a jar until combined. Taste and adjust to your liking. Toss cooked quinoa, peas, pumpkin, rocket, onion and mint leaves together in a large bowl. Pour dressing over salad and combine. Sprinkle with flaked almonds and feta. Serve cold or warm.

*** Quinoa comes in a range of colours, so experiment a little. White quinoa is softer, while red and black quinoa are slightly crunchy and don’t stick together as much.


Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 5-10 minutes Total time: 50 minutes Serves / makes : 20 Ingredients

125 g chocolate biscuits, e.g. Chocolate Ripple 50 g butter melted 85 g raspberry jelly crystals ½ cup boiling water ½ cup raspberry coulis ½ cup condensed milk or cream raspberries icing sugar

Raspberry coulis

1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen 2 tablespoons caster sugar


Press mixture firmly into base of mini muffin cups until it is compacted. Place in fridge while you prepare the filling. Dissolve the jelly with boiling water in a jug. Stir to ensure completely dissolved. Add ½ cup of raspberry coulis and when slightly cooled add condensed milk or cream. Either completely combine the ingredients, or just stir a few times and leave a swirled effect through the mixture, then pour over chocolate crumb base in the mini muffin cups. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set. Serve topped with a raspberry and a dusting of icing sugar. 1. In individual glasses or bowls, divide the meringues evenly. 2. With a fork, slightly crush the meringues. 3. Pour over cream and add your desired toppings.

To make raspberry coulis, place raspberries in a saucepan with caster sugar. Stir over medium– high heat until a sauce starts to *** form (about 5–10 minutes). Push For a more sophisticated option, set through a sieve to remove the raspberry mix in small shot glasses seeds. Discard seeds. and serve topped with a raspberry and a sprinkle of chocolate biscuit crumble. To make the base, place biscuits in food processor and blend until These little sweet sensations also make a great finger food for a party. fine crumbs form. Add melted butter and mix to combine. www.peninsulakids.com.au



Are you prepared for potential dangers of venomous creatures? R

ecent research has shown that we are unprepared for the dangers that some of Australia’s creepy crawlies and venomous creatures pose. Results of a new surveyi commissioned by Seqirus revealed nearly half (48%) of Australians are unsure or not confident when it comes to first aid for venomous bites and stings.

The survey of 1,049 people looked at how Australians prepare for the potential dangers of enjoying the sunny weather outdoors and found that only 11 per cent agreed refreshing their knowledge on first aid for bites and stings from venomous creatures is a top priority ahead of summer, behind activities such as weight loss programs, diets and planning a holiday. Incidences with venomous creatures including snakes, spiders and marine animals were reported to cause 41,521 hospitalisations in Australia from 2001-2013.ii Despite these statistics and Australia’s fearsome reputation as the home to many deadly venomous creatures many Australians could be unprepared. A free smartphone app, Australian Bites & Stings: First Aid Guide to Australian Venomous Creatures has been developed and includes a new function that provides users with information on which venomous creatures are most relevant to their geo- location. “Australia is native to some of earth’s most venomous creatures and we encourage all Australians to be equipped with up-to-date first aid knowledge for venomous creatures, especially when people are likely to head to the beach, the bush or even out in the back 84

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yard with family and friends. The Australian Bites and Stings App is an easy-to-use resource and should be an essential for everyone,” said Associate Professor Bill Nimorakiotakis, Epworth Richmond Emergency Department. Why Australians need to consider taking action: 18-29 year olds are three times more likely to prioritise buying a new season wardrobe (34%) and body tone (35%) than getting clued up on how to deal with deadly bites and stings (11%) - More than half of parents with children under 18 years old (52%) are either unsure or not confident on how to treat venomous creature bites or stings -Millennial Australians are the least likely to know how to deal with encounters with venomous creatures, with only 45% confirming they would know what to do -Rural Western Australia is the least confident region for dealing with bites and stings from venomous creatures with nearly two thirds (62%) confirming they wouldn’t know what to do or are unsure - Even in South Australia, the most confident region, 37% of inhabitants remain unsure or notconfident on how to deal with venomous bites or stings. Associate Professor Julian White, Head of Toxinology at the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital said: “The small proportion of people who would know what to do in an emergency is alarming. Knowledge of how to apply first aid to venomous bites and stings is so important, and could potentially save a life. The bites and stings app has been developed so that when Australians

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provide assistance for the general public on Australian venomous creatures. The guide is specific to Australian fauna, and is based on local resuscitation and envenoming first aid management guidelines published by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC). The geo-location maps are based on occurrence records maps published by the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and distribution maps published in bioCSL’s handbookiii. The information provided in the app is to be used as a reference only and is not intended asa substitute for professional first aid training and techniques.

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Fever in children


For children with a temperature of 38°C or higher

Is your child aged 0 – 3 months?

Is your child more than 3 months old?

What is a fever? A temperature of 38°C or higher is a fever. It’s usually a sign of illness, such as an infection.

See a doctor immediately

Types of thermometer Digital: Quick to use, accurate and suitable for oral, armpit or anal readings. Always use a digital thermometer under the armpit with children younger than 5. Ear (tympanic): Placed in the child’s ear canal, ear thermometers are quick to use but must be carefully positioned for an accurate reading. Touchless (forehead) thermometer: Inaccurate if not placed correctly. This measures the child’s temperature using an infrared reading of an artery in the forehead. The thermometer does not touch the skin.

Does your child have any of these symptoms as well as a fever?

Headache or stiff neck



Difficulty breathing



New skin rash


See a doctor immediately

Not sure? Call healthdirect

1800 022 222 Pain relief medicines and children •

Avoid pain relief medicines unless the child is in pain or discomfort.

Children aged 1 month or older may take paracetamol.

Children aged 3 months or older (and weighing more than 5kg) may take paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Manage fever at home If your child is older than 3 months and seems well, you can treat them at home. Keep fluids up Dress in light clothing

This infographic does not replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Read the label on the packet and information pamphlet before using medicines. For further information, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 or speak to your health professional. In an emergency, call triple zero (000) without delay.

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Understanding Food Labels By Sherrie Miller

In a perfect world, we would grow all our own organic vegetables, cook wholesome foods every night and we’d all have children that eat nutritious healthy foods every day without fuss. Alas, we don’t live in a perfect world. Even as a nutritionist, with a fussy child, I also cut corners at times. So, when we are relying on packaged food, it’s important to understand the labelling to make sure you get the ‘pick of the bunch’ when it comes to limiting toxic overload within your children, and yourself. It’s also just as important to not become complacent in resorting to packaged food, as even the seemingly ‘good ones’, are still, at the end of the day, highly processed foods lacking fibre and nutrients. So how do we determine the pick of the bunch in the world of packaged food? What should we look out for? 1. Don’t be fooled by the marketing BS on the front of the label. The creative use of words to deter us from knowing the real story behind what’s inside the packet, is unforgiving. ‘Natural’, ‘Made from wholegrains’, ‘Gluten Free’, ‘Sugar Free’, ‘No MSG’, ‘No artificial colour or flavours’ and on it goes. Whilst these statements on front packet labelling are important and in many cases useful for many who react to these things, they usually hides other additives and ingredients just as detrimental to your health. ALWAYS read the back of the label. Always! The back of the label, tells a different story. 2. Sugar. The refined sugar industry has been likened to the tobacco industry where this highly addictive and highly inflammatory substance is causing many chronic health problems throughout the world. Natural sugars that are found in fruit and honey for instance, also contain nutrients, fibre and with honey, antibacterial properties. Moderate amounts of these natural sugars in the diet are not so harmful. However highly processed, refined 88

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sugar, which comes under many different hidden names, has been attributed to many diseases. Kids of today consume such high amounts of sugar, that many are becoming chronically ill at far too young of age. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends children have no more than 3 teaspoons of ‘free (added) sugar’ a day, women no more than 6 teaspoons a day and men, no more than 9 teaspoons a day. The average Australian consumes approximately 40 teaspoons of sugar a day, mostly hidden in everyday packaged foods. As a guide, when reading the back of a label about sugar, look in the nutritional panel where it is listed under ‘per serving’ as ‘total sugars’ to see how many grams of sugar are in the food you are about to consume. With sugar, four grams is an approximate equivalent of 1 teaspoon. Therefore, if a food item contains 12g of total sugars per serving, this equates to around 3 teaspoons of sugar. Some of these sugars may be of natural source such as lactose or fruit, but to the body – sugar is sugar (glucose), and it spikes insulin levels. It’s also a good idea to see where sugar is listed in the ingredients list. If it’s listed within the first three ingredients, it’s best to put the product back. It can also be listed more than once in the one product under such names which can include fruit juice concentrate, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose, cane juice, glucose and many more. 3. Sugar Free is not any better! In most cases sugar free products are replaced with highly toxic artificial sweetener alternatives such as Aspartame (951), Sucralose (955), Acesulfame Potassium (950) and Saccharin (954). These sweeteners contain no calories and are a popular choice for the dieters of the world, but they cause many side effects such as headaches, migraines, weight gain (yes – weight gain!) and even more serious conditions such as kidney disease and some are even considered a neurotoxin. Xylitol has been considered a better alternative, but too much Xylitol causes

diarrhoea and is incredibly toxic to dogs. The safest sweetener to consider is Stevia. I however strongly urge that you try and learn to not crave sweetness all the time and learn to love natures perfectly packaged sweet treat of fruit. Over time, you will find that refined sugar tastes awful! 4. Refined Oils. Despite what we’re told, highly processed oils such as Canola, Soybean, Safflower and Sunflower Oil cause inflammation within the body. When these oils are heated at high temperatures, they quickly become unstable and release aldehydes in the body, contributing to chronic disease. Many packaged foods contain these highly-refined vegetable oils, contributing to inflammatory health problems. It’s almost unavoidable, but where possible, try and avoid these oils listed in the ingredients and for cooking use. 5. Soy products. Everywhere you look, processed soy is in almost everything! From bread, to ice-cream and just about everything in between. Most soy is genetically modified which has been an area of concern for our health, and processed, unfermented soy has been linked to hormone health problems such as precocious puberty and infertility, as well as a common interference with gut health in the way that gluten is. 6. Artificial Additives – where to begin? There are so many in today’s processed foods and can cause a whole host of health problems, both mentally and physically. You need to get to know the numbers in the ingredients list. Downloading a free additives phone app is ideal when shopping, as you can enter the numbers you read on packages, and the app will tell you any associated health concerns. These numbers generally fall under the following categories: Colours (102 – 160) Antioxidants (310 – 321) Preservatives (200 – 283)

Flavour Enhancers (620 – 635), this can include Yeast Extract for sensitive types All artificial flavours Many of the above listed have been attributed to behavioural issues, headaches, migraines, asthma triggers, heart palpitations, skin rashes, bedwetting, and more serious disease. So many foods that are targeted to children contain many of these nasty additives and can cause a whole host of problems. Get to know the additive numbers! Once you learn to navigate the back of food labels, you start to look for better alternatives and get to know the more superior food brands. You may pay a little extra for them, but it outweighs the ongoing health problems associated with the less superior. I always try and look for products that have no more than 6 ingredients listed. I always look for minimal to no sugar. I avoid soy. I avoid canola oil. I never buy anything with nasty artificial additives. I buy certified organic packaged food as much as I can. (Side note: some organic packaged foods can still contain loads of sugar, so again, read the back of the label). Ideally, try and incorporate a fresh, nutritious wholefood diet. Plan ahead with meal prepping and lunchbox baking. The more you have fresh foods in your kitchen, the less chance of eating processed foods, and more so, the less chance of developing ongoing cravings for them.

Sherrie Miller is a qualified Nutritionist with a special interest in gut health. She is passionate about the way in which our digestive health can influence our mental health, skin health and immunity. Sherrie takes the concept of ‘Food is Medicine’ very seriously. You can find out more at www.thewellnessseed.com.au www.peninsulakids.com.au


Ask The Experts! My children have completed orthodontic treatment with braces and they now have beautiful smiles. I have always wanted to improve my smile. Am I too old to have orthodontic treatment and is there another option other than braces available? The answer is, of course, no. It is never too late to have a beautiful smile. Over the recent years the number of adults requesting orthodontic treatment has risen as we are becoming more aware of how our teeth look and we are wanting to improve their appearance. The good news is that there is an alternative to traditional braces. Clear aligners (eg Invisalign) are becoming a popular choice for adults who want straighter teeth. Invisalign treatment involves a series of sequential clear plastic aligners that are removable. It is recommended that the aligners are worn a minimum of 22 hours per day. The aligners are replaced every two weeks and the teeth gradually move over time. Although Invisalign treatment is increasing in its popularity, it may not be suitable for everyone. Two important factors apply when considering whether Invisalign is suitable. Firstly an orthodontic consultation is required where an assessment is made and a treatment plan designed, to include orthodontic treatment options available. If Invisalign is a suitable option then the second important factor is related to suitability, is patient compliance. The clear aligners need to be worn as prescribed (minimum 22 hours) to achieve the desired result. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, a consultation with an orthodontist would be the next step. Although treatment time may take a little longer, a beautiful smile and healthier teeth are achievable at any age.

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Our 11-year old son does well at school, but often gives up too easily when completing homework or school projects. Resilience and ability to persist can be easily cultivated over time. Children build resilience through strong positive relationships with parents and other caring adults. Having a “growth mindset” is about believing that our ability to learn can change with increased effort. Therefore, to raise a resilient child, you need to praise his dedication and effort. You may want to start a ‘don’t give up motto’ in your home such as ‘it is only impossible until it’s done'. Placing it on an attractive card on your fridge may help your whole family to use this encouraging language. Once your son understands that his brain develops and grows in response to a challenge, he’ll be less likely to give up when faced with a challenge. More helpful self-talk and humour can help keep things in perspective (e.g. ‘even though this project isn’t my favourite thing, I’ll be able to cope with it’). Remember that you are a role model for your child, so let him see and hear you being optimistic and positive when handling a challenging situation.

Daniela Jensen BSc (Psychology & Early Childhood Studies), MSc (Health Psych), Assoc. MAPS Psychologist Flourishing Minds


ways to ask your kids,



What was the best part of your day? (Worst part?) What was the funniest thing you saw today? What was the best part of lunch? Did you get called on by your teacher today? What was that like? Which kid in your class was the quietest? (Loudest? Most energetic?) Which books did you read from today? What was your teacher wearing today? Which part of your classroom do you think I’d like the best? If it’s library day, what book(s) did you choose from the library? What do you wish you could do more of at school? Which activity at school today was your favourite? (Least favourite?) What games would you like to be able to play at recess? What did your friends have for lunch? What’s something your teacher said today? Which kid in your class needed to be cheered up today? If you were the teacher tomorrow, what would you do differently? What made you feel happy today? (Sad, confused, bored?) How did you get to be a helper today? What do you wish your teacher would have done differently today? What would you like to forget about from today?

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What would you like to be learning more about? Which topics do you wish you didn’t have to learn about at all? Did you get or give any compliments today? Who got in trouble today? What do you think I’d like best about your teacher? Which kid at school would you like to get to know better? Which colour texta did you use the most today? What was the hardest part of your day?

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Book Reviews

STANLEY PLAYING THE TRUMPET + CD BY JOHN FIELD, 4+yrs, h/b, $19.99 Stanley’s learning the trumpet, 'cos Stanley wants to play in the band. But when he plays, it sounds really bad! BLART! BLORT! And even though Stanley practises all night, he doesn’t get any better. Then he finds something wonderful...Does Stanley get to play in the band after all?

EXCUSE ME BY DAVE HUGHES & HOLLY IFE 3+yrs, h/b $24.99 Martha May has marvellous manners. She always says ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ ...and she most certainly DOES NOT FART! But what will happen on the day of the Baked Bean Bonanza?! Catch a whiff of this hilarious tale about finally letting go.

MACCA THE ALPACA BY MATT COSGROVE 3+yrs, h/b, $16.99 Macca is a small, kind and friendly alpaca. He spends his days splashing in puddles and chasing butterflies... until he runs head first into Harmer - a big, unkind llama who is never, ever friendly. Can brave little Macca teach that bully of a llama a very important lesson?

ROOM ON OUR ROCK BY KATE & JOL TEMPLE 4+yrs, p/b, $24.99 Two seals are perched on a rock. When others need shelter, do they share it? Room on Our Rock celebrates the truth that there are two sides to every story.

KOALAS EAT GUM LEAVES LAURA BUNTING 4+yrs, h/b, $16.99 Koalas eat gum leaves. Nothing but gum leaves. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even on their birthdays. But one koala discovers something a lot more tempting. This koala eats nothing but ice cream. Ever heard of too much of a good thing?

STINK-O-SAURUS BY DEANO YIPADEE & PAUL BEAVIS, 3-7yrs, p/b, $16.99 You’ll split your pants laughing at Stan, the world’s only STINK-OSAURUS. But can his stinky antics save the day and keep Tommy T-Rex far away? From the creators of the hilarious Jingle Bells, Rudolph Smells and Nee Naw the Little Fire Engine.

THE UGLY FIVE BY ULIA DONALDSON, 2-6yrs, h/b, $24.99 Who's that singing on the savanna? It's the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savanna, rejoicing in their ugliness–and delighting their babies, who think they're perfect just the way they are. Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals. Funny and heartwarming.

THERE’S A BIG GREEN FROG IN THE TOILET + CD BY ANH DO, 3+yrs, h/b, $19.99 There’s a big green frog in the toilet and it’s looking up at me. There’s a big green frog in the toilet and I’m busting for a wee! Sing along to find out what happens when a frog won’t budge in this funny story from Anh Do, Simon Mellor and Heath McKenzie!

WHEN I GROW UP + CD BY TIM MINCHIN, 3-6yrs, h/b, $19.99 When I grow up, I will be tall enough to reach the branches.That I have to reach to climb the trees You get to climb when you're grown up... By Australia's own award-winning lyricist Tim Minchin, illustrated by Steve Antony. Includes bonus download of a recording of the song by Tim Minchin!

WHAT THE FLUFFY BUNNY SAID TO THE GROWLY BEAR BY P. CRUMBLE, 3+yrs, h/b, $16.99 There's a surprise party for Zebra, and all his friends are passing the message along. But when the message gets mixed up, there's confusion, chaos and lots of fun.


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ELLA DIARIES: TOTAL TV DRAMA BY MEREDITH COSTAIN, 7+yrs, p/b, $12.99 Ella's been chosen for the quiz team and is going on television game show QUIZ-ZAM! Shes going to be a star! But Ellas TV dreams soon turn into total DRAMA when Zoe doesnt make the team and knowit-all Peach gets her spot instead!

OLIVIA’S SECRET SCRIBBLES: MY NEW BEST FRIED BY MEREDITH COSTAIN, 6+yrs, p/b $5.00 I have so many superamazing and IMPORTANT things to write about! I’ll tell you all about them: I’ve got a brand-new bedroom— yay! My best friend Lucy moved away last week and I really miss her. I’m planning LOTS of cool inventions.

EPIC FAIL TALES: LITTLE STUNT RIDING HOOD BY MATT COSGROVE, 8+yrs, p/b, $9.99 Relax! This is totally NOT the boring story of Little Red Riding Hood that has irritated children for years. This fully sick and completely random retelling of the classic tale brings the story to life for a whole new twisted generation of thrillseeking, snot munchers!

SAM’S SURFBOARD SHOWDOWN ALLAYNE WEBSTER & AMANDA S. CLARKE, 8+yrs, p/b, $12.99 Ten-year-old Sam Sumner is the best sportsman at Robe Primary School. He loves Nippers surf club the best. That's until Finn Hester moves to town. Finn is good at everything and Sam isn't happy about it. A story about rivalry and friendship.

THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF COSENTINO #2: RABBIT RESCUE BY COSENTINO, 7+yrs, p/b, $14.99 The rabbits are in trouble! Meet me at the land of Lost Hats. P. When Cosentino, the Grand Illusionist, receives a mysterious note, he discovers the evil two-headed King's terrible secret. Includes four foam balls and trick instructions.

ELLA AND OLIVIA: LITTLE LIFESAVERS BY YVETTE POSHOGLIAN, 5+yrs, h/b, $7.99 Ella and Olivia enrol in Nippers at Two Pines Beach! But will they be ready for the surf club carnival?

THE ADVENTURES OF HEROBRINE - BOOK #2: SCARED BY ZACK ZOMBIE, 8+yrs, p/b, $9.99 Herobrine is already weirded out by the crazy ghosts, goblins, and ghouls he sees taking over on Halloween. But now he's terrified to find out that zombies and creepers have invaded the human world as well! Will he be able to save the humans from all of the monster mobs that are taking over the earth?.

DIARY OF A MINECRAFT ZOMBIE BOOK #11: INSIDES OUT BY ZACK ZOMBIE, 8+yrs, p/b, $9.99 Zombie has to deal with one of the biggest challenges he has ever faced in his preteen life... his feelings! Zombie is going through some really weird changes.It's all because of these crazy things that are causing all kinds of havoc in his life. Will Zombie be able to get a grip?

MIGHTY MITCH – AUSSIES VS ENGLAND: GAME ON! BY MITCHELL STARC, 7+yrs, p/b, $9.99 Join Mitch Starc and his U10's cricket team in a mighty test when it’s AUSSIES VS ENGLAND! The greatest rivalry of them all! Mitch Starc’s biggest dream is to one day wear the baggy green and play for Australia. Now it seems his dream has come true early! So what’s Mitch’s problem?

THE BAD GUYS EPISODE 6: ALIEN VS BAD GUYS BY AARON BLABEY, 7+yrs, p/b, $14.99 One by one, the Bad Guys are vanishing. TAKEN by a creature with way too many teeth and far too many bottoms. Is this the end? Maybe. But will it be funny? You bet your butts it will!



Pregnancy & Baby

By Yvette O'Dowd


ave you ever held a young baby and touched the palm of their hand with the length of your finger? If that baby was neurologically typical, I’ll bet those little fingers tightly grasped hold of your finger like their life depended on it.

This action is known as the Palmar reflex and once, very long ago, the life of an infant did depend upon it working. You’ll see a similar response from those tiny toes if you tuck your finger underneath them too: they curl in an attempt to hold on. The secret purpose of this reflex is revealed when you watch other primate mothers with their young: the Palmar reflex is how the infant holds on to its mother as she moves about the forest foraging for food, creating a night nest or following the nomadic pathway of the troop. This vestigial reflex, remaining long after humans evolved to become (mostly) hairless has always fascinated me. Because it gives insight into the origins of baby carrying - crucial in a species born so incredibly immature as homo sapiens. 94

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Evolution of Man as hunter-gather meant our males needed to become swift as they hunted prey large enough to meet the needs of their tribe. Running while covered in thick hair in hot climates such as what we now call Africa was not efficient, so over time, hair became shorter and finer: it aided evaporation of sweat, keeping the runner cool as he covered long distances. But the female also became increasingly hairless, posing quite a problem for mothers. With dependent infants unable to walk for a full year after birth and not able to keep up with the nomadic tribe on foot for 3-4 years, a hairless female could no longer rely on the infant clinging to her chest or back. This forced her to use her hands and arms to support her young, making her unable to forage for or carry food. It was not practical to lay the baby on the ground while she worked. She could cover a large area of ground as she collected seasonal fruits, tubers and other edible plants. Leaving her infant unattended put it at risk of predators seeking out the young and the weak. Attracting predators by crying put the whole tribe at risk. Additionally, the tribe travelled

constantly, following the plants and animals which fed them, and the infants needed to be carried in some way. It is very likely that one of the earliest tools created by Woman was a rudimentary baby carrier. By freeing her hands and allowing her to keep her baby close, she was able to go about her life, keeping her baby close at all times. The baby cried much less, if at all. However, being able to securely hold her infant was only part of the story. She needed to be motivated to do so. It is hard work carrying a growing child, even in a carrier made from animal skins or plant materials. A mother would be tempted to put the baby down while she worked - but the risk of losing the infant to everything from carnivorous animals to swarming insects was too high. The investment in human children is great: it involves several years of intense maternal care before an infant grows to be a child able to work alongside the adults to support the community. Infant mortality is a great price to pay for indifferent parenting: so the maternal bond needed to be strong. She had to want to keep her baby close. She needed the cry of her infant to distress her and the touch of her baby to reassure and comfort her. Traditional communities have kept babies close to their mothers day and night, through practices we now call babywearing and bedsharing, as a survival technique. The mother is driven to protect her child, the child is driven to be close to the mother. And so the cry of a baby - ancient or modern - is a distress call. The mother responds quickly as stress hormones are released in her body, matching those of her baby. The cry is loud and urgent, and the mother instinctively holds the baby close, sshing and calming it to stop crying. Other females in the tribe are also driven to quieten and comfort the baby - while the males feel an urgent need for the child to be quiet and reduce the risk to the whole unit. Our babies are born expecting to spend their days nestled against their mother, between her breasts in the early months, enabling the frequent feeds at the breast they need. Later, they are carried on her back as she rhythmically goes about her daily tasks. At night, they sleep in constant contact, side by side, with the breast accessible as needed. Around the world, this is still how mothers and babies live. Except in the modern, post-industrial cities we call the “developed world”. Our poor "stone-age babies in a space-age world" , as the wonderful Dr James McKenna describes them, still want to spend all day in an upright position nestled directly between the mother's breasts, never laid on their backs, never away from body contact. But their conflicted space-age mothers in a stone-age body are urged to put the baby aside for the bulk of their day so they can do other things, and despair the baby who cries in distress whenever laid in his bed, whether awake or in a light sleep, and spends most of her time fruitlessly trying to do so. Because society might have evolved but humanity has not.

Yvette O’Dowd probably isn’t your typical grandmother. This purple-haired mother of three and granny of one has been a breastfeeding counsellor for more than 20 years, runs breastfeeding education classes for parents expecting twins and more, facilitates local babywearing and natural parenting groups and writes for a popular parenting website. Yvette lives in her Frankston home with her husband and son. Her daughters and their families live nearby. In her spare time, Yvette is a keen photographer and scrapbooker and is keeper of a fairy garden. You can follow Yvette at www.bellybelly.com.au/author/yvette-odowd www.facebook.com/groups/SouthernNaturalParentingNetwork www.facebook.com/groups/SouthEasternBabywearing Yvette O’Dowd probably isn’t your typical grandmother.

Dr Peter A. Scott is a specialist orthodontist offering orthodontic care for children, teens and adults alike in both the Mornington Peninsula and inner Melbourne areas. He is also a consultant orthodontist at the Royal Childrens Hospital.

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or most women, childbirth is the biggest thing they will ever do physically, mentally and emotionally and one of life’s most momentous events. However, we have unfortunately found ourselves in an era where physiological birth is decreasing, where its normal to hand over our power and our bodies to care providers and in a place where we have forgotten that birth can be a profound and beautiful experience. Birth in Australia has become over medicalised and it seems we are often overlooking the simple fact that birth matters. It matters to mothers, to babies and to fathers also. 1 in 3 women are now reporting having traumatic birth experiences, many with ongoing psychological issues. Discoveries are being made into the effects of birth on a child’s long-term health. So, it’s more important than ever to find the inspiration to consciously prepare for the most positive birth possible. In doing so, you will be reminded that women are not just physical incubating vessels, that labour pain is not insurmountable, and that birth doesn’t have to be feared.

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By looking at birth practices and traditions around the world you can discover many ways to optimise your chances of experiencing birth as the sacred event it can be.

THE NETHERLANDS Most expectant mothers are referred by their family doctor to a local midwife practice. Obstetricians only intervene in high-risk cases or if complications arise. These women decide whether they want to birth at home or hospital with 30% choosing home. Only 10%

UGANDA Childbirth is called Lutalo Lwabakyala, or women’s battle. Women consider the pain of contractions to be normal and natural, believing they can transcend it.

SWEDEN This country has one of the lowest C-section and infant mortality rates in the world. Birth is seen as an intensely fulfilling and personal experience. Unlike in some Scandinavian countries, where medications and interventions in labour are discouraged, Swedes value ‘informed choice’ and women are educated in an unbiased way about the risks and benefits of all their options, so they can decide for themselves.

BANGLADESH Women give birth encircled by their female relatives and friends who assist them physically and emotionally. They use their hands to apply pressure to certain parts of the body to help ease contractions and tell their own birth stories to encourage the mother as she labours. Women are very active, moving around or holding onto poles or ropes. They place a high importance on moner shahosh (mental strength) and shoriler shakti (physical strength) during birth. Muslim women recite verses from the Koran for comfort and inspiration during labour.

KOREA This culture believes the pregnant mother’s thoughts and experiences have a direct effect on the baby, so they need to feel as much positivity as possible. Koreans value stoicism and instead of pain medication they tend to use natural methods such as aromatherapy, acupressure and music. After the birth, they have a lying-in period called San-ho-jori, often at their mother’s home. For 21 days the new mum rests, sleeps, eats and breastfeeds while relatives cook, clean and shop so she can recover and bond with her baby. of women use pharmaceutical pain relief and giving birth naturally remains the ideal with many preparing with prenatal yoga, breathing and relaxation techniques.

GERMANY Midwives or Hebamme are also the norm and natural birth is encouraged and supported. Often, midwives will use homeopathic remedies or acupuncture to assist women in labour. It is not unusual for German women to believe that the event of giving birth is just as important as the outcome.

JAPAN Most Japanese women strive to give birth without the use of painkillers. There is a belief that any pain experienced in labour is a kind of trial that a woman endures in preparation for the challenging role of motherhood. When birthing in hospital, fathers are only permitted to be present if they have attended prenatal classes and know how to support their partner. Some also birth in small clinics that have a peaceful and homely atmosphere. Traditional birthing styles are encouraged where labouring is done on a Tatami mat.

INDIA This culture also place significance on the postpartum period and supporting the new mother. She is brought nutritional, healing foods and given daily massages and baths for weeks after birth.

NAVAJO When a woman goes into labour, her husband ties a sash to a log or pole inside the home. The sashes are red, white and green and adorned with deities. She wraps the sashes around herself to labour upright, helping baby descend with gravity and labour to progress smoothly. He then stands behind with his arms embracing her to show his love and support. Often an ancient Blessing Way ceremony is performed which includes chants and songs for the safe arrival of the baby. Giving birth in this culture is seen as something a couple do together and is serene, private and full of ritual. Surrounding yourself with positive messages about birth will leave you feeling inspired and help you find your own birth power! It will provide the motivation to take control, get informed, be prepared and discover what is important to you in the birth of your children. Happy Birthing!

INDONESIA This culture believe that the placenta has a spirit of its own that acts as the child‘s guardian angel through life. It is given the utmost respect and reverence for the job it has done nourishing the baby and linking him/her to the mother. The parents bury the placenta in a special ceremony.

Yvette Julian-Arndt is a mum to two gorgeous boys and with her husband loves living on the Mornington Peninsula. As the owner of Project Birth, she is passionate about educating and inspiring couples for this life changing event and runs The Positive Birth Course in Frankston. Find out more at www.projectbirth.com.au or join her on Facebook and Instagram for more great labour and birth tips. www.peninsulakids.com.au


6 loving ways

to boost your baby's brain By Pinky McKay


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and "just" playing with your baby are hardwiring your little one's orgot the flashcard saying "you are being born'? Don't have a immature brain for emotional and neurological development: as you curriculum beyond cuddles for your three month old? If you are touch and talk to your child and share eye contact, you stimulate worried your baby may be "slipping behind' his peers because you the development of connections between nerve cells in your baby's haven't been providing enough educational enrichment, relax! New research shows that the most critical factor in helping your baby's brain brain that will form foundations for thinking, feeling and learning. This means that as well as preparing your baby's brain for academic development is loving, responsive interactions between you and your learning, by simply "tuning in" and enjoying your baby, you will also baby. The good news is that this doesn't require special equipment, buckets of money or a whole new set of expectations and pressures for be supporting the development of structures that enable the capacity for problem solving, self-awareness, generosity, kindness and empathy, busy parents. Although there is a plethora of baby classes and these can be wonderful together time for you and your little one, offering lots as well as curiosity, creativity and joy.Despite all the jokes about "mummy brain" these loving interactions with your baby will also be of ideas for interaction and developing skills, you don't need to feel enhancing your own brain. As you respond to your baby, you will guilty that you are depriving your baby if you aren't filling her week with scheduled activities. The loving interaction and sensory experience develop skills and connections in your brain that help you understand and meet your baby's intense needs: evidence is now appearing of your cuddles, touch, eye contact, movement, conversations continued next page.....






that suggests the organization of a mother's brain is also being influenced by interactions with her baby. A neurobiological study of early mammalian mother-infant interactions, published in Nature, entitled "Motherhood Improves Learning and Memory," reports increased dendritic growth in the mother's brain. The authors conclude that events in late pregnancy and the early postpartum period may literally reshape your brain, making it more able to accommodate an increasingly demanding environment.

1) Touch me Touch is a powerful nutrient for your baby's development – it is the first sense to develop, just days after conception, and is important for a whole lifetime: it stimulates growth hormones as well as hormones that relieve stress and those that encourage bonding and attachment. Being touched and held by a parent comforts and gives babies a secure place to view the world. And, if you wear your baby in a wrap or carrier close to your body, as well as having your own hands free, your baby will also experience movement that will stimulate her vestibular system. This is a series of canals inside the inner ear that, when fluid moves over these, will send messages to her nervous system, encouraging the development of language, balance and sensory integration, which of course are prerequisites for later learning. Infant Massage combines all the elements of parent/baby bonding – touch, eye contact, the sound of your voice and respectful interactions. For instructions to lovingly massage your baby, check out Pinky's Baby Massage DVD (Pinky is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor). This is available instantly as a streaming online video HERE

2) Look at Me According to neuropsychologist, Dr Alan Schore from the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, and the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development, "your face is the most potent visual stimulus for the growth of your baby's social and emotional brain.'Margot Sunderland, Director of Education and Training for the Centre for Child Mental Health in London explains," face to face conversations between you and your baby and the subsequent release of optimal hormonal levels into your child's brain will help develop pathways in your child's higher brain that encourage social intelligence, the ability to form relationships." Ms Sunderland says, "the ability to "light you up' is the very basis of your baby's sense of himself as lovely and lovable."

3) Talk to me Speaking to your baby face to face as well as singing and reading to him will naturally increase his vocabulary and help him learn rhythms of speech. These interactions will also help to fire up the release of hormones such as dopamine that encourages the uptake of glucose by his tiny brain. But please be respectful and take turns with your baby, allowing him to "talk' back and also leave quiet time for reflection. 100

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4) Breastfeed me As well as being the optimum nutrition for your baby's developing brain – some studies show a ten point advantage for breastfeeding longer than six months – breastfeeding has been shown to increase hand-eye coordination, visual development and language and social skills. Breastfeeding is also protective against illnesses such as ear infections which have been linked to later learning problems. If you aren't breastfeeding, of course this doesn't rule out loving interactions with your baby or a smart baby: offer lots of skin contact and remember to change sides as you feed to stimulate both sides of your baby's body, both of your baby's eyes and sensory pathways, sending messages to both sides of your baby's brain.

5) Play with me Studies show that intimate contact between you and your baby is mutually regulated by the reciprocal activation of your opiate systems. This means that with every interaction between you and your baby, you will both experience elevated levels of beta endorphins –the hormones of pleasure and reward -in your brains. This naturally enhances and encourages playfulness and responsiveness towards your baby. In other words, the more you play and interact with your baby, the happier you both feel, so the more you want to play!

6) Tune into me Being attuned to your baby and responding to his cues helps him regulate himself, to feel safe and to eliminate stress hormones which are toxic to baby brains and affect the development of healthy stress regulation in later life. Responsive parenting helps develop pathways between the lower, primitive brain and the frontal lobe region of the brain which will help a child to respond sensitively to others and read social cues, to manage strong emotions such as anger, to be able to think, plan and make choices, Every loving interaction between you and your baby is sculpting his tiny brain for learning and loving and living joyously. How easy is that? You are your baby's best toy, his best teacher and the rock of your child's world. Love, laugh, enjoy and be present with your baby and you will be doing the very best thing for your child's development.

Pinky McKay is an internationally certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and bestselling author of Sleeping Like a Baby, Parenting By Heart and 100 Ways to Calm the Crying (Penguin Random House). She is also the creator of Boobie bikkies all natural and organic health food cookies for breastfeeding mums. www.pinkymckay.com

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TOY BLOCK TAPE By David Hawkins


here is something magical about the way that the simple word “LEGO®” can melt almost any adult back into a cheeky child. Although I am not a mad LEGO®-head, the kind of creepy folk who hijack other people's children just so they can outmanoeuvre LEGO®Land's 'No Adult' policy, the memories of long hours constructing castles, cars and house-spaceship-pirate boats throughout the 80's warm me on the inside. But there was always something missing, now that I think back. Being stuck in a horizontal dimension was so limiting and mundane. Why couldn't we go up, up and upside down?


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Now we can and more besides. Mayka toy block tape, from Zuru, is flexible plastic with LEGO®-compatible nodules on one side and self-adhesive on the other. You can cut it to length with scissors and then stick it onto almost anything to create zero-gravity style places for block building fun! What began as a crowd-funding hopeful has turned into a worldwide hit. It comes in 2 or 4 studs across (thin and thick) and in 1 or 2 metre lengths. There is also a wide range of colours starting with the good old primary colours before getting to 'sand' for the desert adventurers and also black for all of you colour-challenged Melburnians.

Has your head just gone ballistic with all of the crazy spaces you could now put objects made from LEGO®bricks? Mine has. PhenomA-Mum is obsessed with photo-frames but they tend to be pretty “yawn”... not anymore! Check out the super-cool Dad-ified version that the kids can decorate. Do you fall asleep as you pass through your doorways because they bore you into oblivion? A quick bit of Mayka tape to the jambs and they become a portal to fun. I am so excited to have this stuff in my sticky fingers and have been racing the boys around the house to see who can find the next coolest place to adhere it. A word of caution for all out there who tend to think as little as I do before sticking things to the walls. The little instruction guide that comes with the tape does warn that Mayka tape is “not recommended for use on painted surfaces” and I found out why when I decided to adjust some that I had stuck down earlier; it looks as though I'll need to do some touch-up painting, as a few spots of paint did peel off with the tape. I'll just pop that on the to-do list along with re-plastering the holes in the walls from that time I tried to put up a shelf. Whilst I was skipping around adhering the tape to anything that

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paper strip egg YOU’LL NEED


Paper Scissors Glue Stick

1. Draw an egg shape onto two pieces of paper. 2. Cut up strips of different coloured/patterned paper. 3. Using a glue stick place strips of paper over one of the egg shapes. 4. Cut out egg shape from second piece of paper leaving a ‘frame’. 5. Place the egg “frame” over the sheet covered in strips of paper and secure with glue. 7b. 6. Admire your Easterific creation!


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YOU’LL NEED You’ll Need: Any type of thick yarn (Start with two or three strands for little hands.), Scissors


1. With your left hand facing you, (If you’re a leftie, swap hands), the tail of your yarn(s) should be hanging between your left thumb and index finger. 2. Start by wrapping the strands of yarn over the index finger, behind the middle finger, over the ring finger and behind the pinkie. 3. Once you wrap around the pinkie, continue back the other direction until you’re back at the index. 4. Go around the index finger a second time and wrap all fingers the same way, but slightly above the wraps from the first pass. Keep the wraps loose. 106

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The First Row

5. Starting at the pinkie, lift the bottom strands of yarn up and over the tip of the finger, keeping the top wrap on the finger. Working from pinkie to index finger, continue this process. Be careful not to lose or mix the tail of your yarn into the mix.

All Following Rows

6. Once again, wrap the working yarn around all four fingers as in step one. Next, each lower stitch is passed over the upper stitch and lifted off the finger as in step two. Continue until your scarf is the desired length.

Finishing Off

7. Once the chosen length is reached, it’s time to finish off. On the last row, do

not wrap the fingers. Each finger should have only one loop on it. Lift off the loop on the pinkie finger and place it onto the ring finger. On the ring finger, lift the bottom loop up and over the top loop and off the finger. Next, place the remaining loop from the ring finger onto the middle finger and repeat the lifting off/moving over step until one loop remains on the index finger. To finish, simply cut a tail and pass it through the remaining loop, pulling it tight. Remember to pull the original tail tight, too! Scarftastic! *Have fun experimenting with more strands at one time which would yield a thicker scarf, or different textures/thicknesse of yarn would be great as well!

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