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Melissa McCullough

Welcome to the autumn 2021 edition of Peninsula Kids magazine. Just out of interest, I took a look back at what I wrote in the autumn edition one year ago. I spoke of the new school year and kids and parents partaking in new adventures. Things such as school drop offs and pickups, new schools, new year levels, school sports, dance, music and all of the other extracurricular activities that we do. I wished you well in these new ventures as I, too, was eager with excitement for the year ahead.

Editor and Publisher Melissa McCullough melissa@mpnews.com.au Design Sam Loverso sam@mpnews.com.au

Boy, did that take a 180 shortly after the mags hit the streets. By the end of March, we were sorting ourselves out for homeschooling. We were emptying the hand sanitizer shelves and filling our cupboards with toilet paper. Soon after, we bought up all the masks.

Advertising Miriam Doe 0421 085 974 miriam@mpnews.com.au General Enquiries info@peninsulakids.com.au

And repeat, for the following 9 months and then some. SO much happened, and yet, for me, it is all a blur. It was March 2020 and then <blink> now it’s March 2021.

All material is copyright, and may not be reproduced without the express permission of Mornington Peninsula News Group, or the original copyright holder in the case of contributions. Copyright of contributed material rests with the contributor.

Time to make amends for the year that never was…lace those sneakers up, rosin your bow, dust off your dancing shoes, fill out those party invitations and make that dinner reservation.

Disclaimer: The authors and publisher do not assume any liability to any party for any loss, damage, or disruption caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.

If I’ve learned nothing else, it is that life is to be lived. Fill it with the things that make you happy and hang out with the people you love.

This publication is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. The reader should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention. Peninsula Kids is produced quarterly. 15,000 copies distributed between Mordialloc and Portsea. Registered address: 63 Watt Road, Mornington 3931


Miriam Doe

Congratulations to Alice for winning our last colouring competition courtesy of BAYPLAY www.bayplay.com.au. In this edition we have a family annual pass to Moonlit Sanctuary to give away – grab your textas and head page 83 or print a copy out from our website! Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour on Sunday, April 4 at 3:00 am.

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Spotlight 10 Spongebob is Calling on Young Citizen Scientists Donate five minutes of your time to protecting the Great Barrier Reef in phase two of the world-first Great Reef Census. 14 Returning to Work With Confidence After a Career Break A summary of the steps you can take to gain back your confidence, master the application process and put your best foot forward when applying for jobs this year. 18 Budget Kids' Bedroom Styling Tips Home styling experts Claudia Brdar and Vicki Lawrence talk about styling kids' bedroom on a budget.

22 Let's Get Ready to Rumble! One of the easiest ways to give your kids a head start in life is simply to play with them. Luckily, that’s what dads do best! 26 The Rise of the Brown Nomads Younger families, known as Brown Nomads, are enjoying long term travelling. Here are some tips on how you can do it, too!

34 Top Nine Stress Busters For Kids & Teens Nine stress and anxiety management tips for kids of all ages and abilities.


28 Being Brave Girls 6 ways girls can draw on their inner strengths to overcome negative self-talk. 30 Building Resilience in Young People Resilient is something we become rather than something we discover, and there are some simple ways that parents can prepare their teenager for the academic challenge ahead.





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













Local (and not so)


38 Visit Victoria - Warrnambool

70 How to Bolster the Mighty Lunch Box

36 Robyn's Room


66 The Use of Teeth Guards in Sports

72 Ask the Experts

40 Arty Pants Mobile Ceramic Painting Parties

Pregnancy & Baby


78 The 4th Trimester

46 Encouraging Children to Fall in Love With Reading Again 48 Starting the School Year on the Same Page




74 Non-Medical Pain Relief During Labour


82 Galaxy Pendulum Painting

50 Playgroup: More Than Play

MELISSA McCULLOUGH melissa@mpnews.com.au


53 Focus on Education


60 'Simply Swap' Recipes with Linda Martinucci

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42 Party Planning 44 Things We Love 59 Book Reviews 83  Colouring Competition 8 Peninsula Kids – Autumn 2021





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ickelodeon and ocean conservationists, Citizens of The Great Barrier Reef, are calling on all Junior Citizens of the Reef to don their citizen scientist coats and glasses and donate five minutes of their time to protecting the Great Barrier Reef, in phase two of the world-first Great Reef Census.

Over the past three months a convoy of boats, ranging from research ships, tourism and dive boats, and superyachts, have been redeployed with a mission to capture as much visual data as possible. Today, they return with over 10,000 images captured across 130 reefs within the Great Barrier Reef and need the help of volunteer citizen scientists 10 Peninsula Kids – Autumn 2021

young and old to analyse the images, turning them in to meaningful data that will help conserve the Reef for generations to come. Remember you don’t need to be a scientist or a marine biologist to take part. In fact the image analysis process is so simple that even kids can do it! Junior Citizens can head to greatreefcensus.org/analysis, select an image and colour in where you see sand, coral and rubble. The entire process takes less than 5 minutes. Not yet a Junior Citizen? Sign up today at Nick.com.au/reefsquad and pledge your support to protect our oceans, one reef at a time!



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Returning to work with

CONFIDENCE after a career break By Karen Samuel


o, you’ve decided to return to work in 2021 but there’s just one problem - you’ve been out of the workforce for a while, either on a career break or raising children. Many interviewers have stated that confidence sets candidates apart. In many cases, people returning to work after a career break struggle with this. continued next page...

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“I’m really good at sport, fast and kick big balls”

“Dance and make music with the instruments”

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"I sing and dance and make music with stuff"

Educator “A magical opportunity for the children to see the outside world”

“Dinosaur song and big bad wolf song like in daddy’s car" (starts singing)

Words from our kinder teacher – Bernita:


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Below is a summary of the steps you can take to gain back your confidence, master the application process and put your best foot forward when applying for jobs this year.

1. Update your resume Think of your resume as a marketing document, that sells you to a potential employer. Your resume is the document which will help you secure an interview, so make sure it is updated into a format that suits what you are trying to achieve, and every word is used wisely.

transferrable experience and empathy. Good employers know this, and recognise that flexibility is important in the workplace, and beneficial to both the employer and the employee.

Many mums that I work with also feel unsure about what to include when it comes to their career break. It is important to address any time off longer than six months on your resume so that your resume makes sense to potential employers who are reading it. Take some time to think broadly about how you have been spending your time during your career break. As well as raising a family and managing a household, have you also been managing an investment property, or doing voluntary work in the community? Create a headline to use in place of a job title and summarise your experience during that time into a few key bullet points.

3. Write a targeting cover letter for each application

2. Reframe your mindset My advice to mums is to change their mindset concerning their career break and begin to see it as something that increases their value in the workplace, because it does. Becoming a parent doesn’t take away your education or your work experience; rather, it adds perspective,

In today’s competitive market, it is important to write a targeted cover letter for any jobs that you are interested in. Aim for three short paragraphs, which provide extra context around your experience and how it makes you a great fit for this job, as well as telling the employer why you want to work for them.

4. Update your LinkedIn profile LinkedIn is an essential tool for job seekers in 2021. The job board features some unique opportunities that won’t be advertised elsewhere, and the platform also allows you to connect to a diverse range of employers across a number of companies and industries. Investing some time into updating your LinkedIn profile, will help you put your best foot forward on this platform. P R O U D L Y B R O U G H T T O Y O U B Y T H E U N T O L D E V E N T S C O.

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5. Start networking If you’re struggling to get your foot in the door, reaching out to networks can begin to open some doors. Try reaching out to your old contacts or workmates to let them know you are looking for work. Networking in this way can open up what is called the “hidden job market”. This is essentially a pool of jobs that are filled before they are advertised to the general public. Being in contact with someone who works for the recruiting company, will help you find out about those opportunities first, and you are more likely to find yourself being invited for interview.

a coach can help you secure a better opportunity, and faster, meaning you have less time out of work and more time earning money and gaining that job security. A positive frame of mind definitely yields positive results. However, don’t be discouraged if results are not instant, it can be a long process to find the right fit and the job market is experiencing longer times to hire. If you would like personal advice on your situation and job seeking journey, you can reach out to us for further advice.

6. Find the right employer If you are seeking a family-friendly employer, its critical to do your research and choose wisely. Many organisations support flexible working, including remote and part time work, and policies are often discoverable online on a company’s website. There are also job boards that are solely dedicated to flexible jobs and employers.

7. If you want extra assistance or are feeling unconfident, consult a coach Those who consult a coach will have an expert on their side every step of the way, to empower them during the job seeking process. If you feel you need some extra assistance to achieve the best possible outcome,

Karen Samuel is a working mum and founder of Flexible Work Expert which provides programs and resources to help women succeed in their career, either before or after starting a family. You can find more information at www.flexibleworkexpert.com.au. Karen had an extensive corporate career in Human Resources and Recruitment before qualifying as a lawyer while pregnant with her first child. After experiencing first-hand the challenges which mums are faced with in the workplace, she was inspired to use her skills to help other women like her to find success, happiness and balance in the workplace.



upcycling Claudia's number one tip is to upcycle furniture. ‘Before you go out and spend any money, take stock of what you already have, not just in your kid's bedroom but throughout the house. Look for any pieces you can rejuvenate or repurpose.' Sanding and painting old or outdated furniture pieces, such as bed frames and wicker chairs, can breathe new life into them. Adding fun knobs and handles to drawers and cupboards will add quirky character to ordinary pieces. Vicki suggests getting creative with decal stickers, 'Use decals to upcycle furniture. For example, scallop decals look fab as a border on a dressing table or chest of drawers.'

By Carl & Jo Violetta


deally, children's bedrooms are a place for them to relax, have fun and showcase their personality. However, furnishing and styling your home is often costly. It can be difficult to find space in the budget to style kids' bedrooms as well. The good news is, it's possible to create a special space for your children without breaking the bank.

We spoke with two of our favourite home styling experts Claudia Brdar (The Renovate Avenue) and Vicki Lawrence (Moonface Studio) about styling kids' bedroom on a budget. Here are their best low-cost kids' bedroom styling tips:

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incorporate colour

bring personality with wall art

Inject fun and personality by using colour. You can definitely be more adventurous with colour in kids' bedrooms.

Make the most of your floor space by decorating the walls.

Colourful soft furnishings like cushions, bedding, rugs and throws are an affordable way to makeover your child's room. Soft furnishings are also easy to update as your child grows, and their tastes change. Claudia's a fan of feature walls, 'Feature walls can work well in kids bedrooms. Painting one wall in your child's favourite colour will personalise their room.' 'Be sure to involve your child in their bedroom decisions. Ask them which colours they like and work with them to figure out which colours will work together. This teaches them a little bit about design and making decisions for themselves.'

Instead of a traditional feature wall, you could encourage creativity by creating a blackboard wall. Paint a wall with chalkboard paint, which you can find at Bunnings or any paint store. Then let your child use chalk to decorate their blackboard wall. Do you have a budding little artist in the family and aren't sure what to do with all the masterpieces they bring home from school? Try framing your child's artwork pieces and displaying them on the walls. Discount stores often sell affordable frames.

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use wall stickers Continuing on with the wall theme, wall stickers are a fun way to decorate your home. Vicki explains, 'They're essentially removable stickers that you can use to create features or patterns on walls. You only need a short amount of time to apply them, so you can transform a room very quickly.' With so many different sticker designs available, you can decorate a whole room for under $50 in less than two hours. Wall Stickers aren't just for walls. You could let your imagination run wild and use them on windows, tiles, furniture, storage boxes; there are so many options.

set up a storage system Children's rooms tend to get quite messy, which is why it's helpful to create a storage system. Start by decluttering your child's room. Then create a place for everything by using storage containers such as drawers, boxes and crates. Storage containers don't need to be expensive. Start by seeing what you can repurpose. For example, ice-cream containers and old shoeboxes make excellent storage containers. Even if your child isn't reading yet be sure to label all your storage containers. You could purchase labels or DIY. Try printing labels on plain paper, laminating the paper and then sticking the labels on the containers with a glue gun.

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create a reading nook

How to make a pom-pom in three minutes flat:

Encourage your child to read by creating a cozy little reading nook in the corner of their room.


Claudia explains how to create a low-cost reading nook, 'Attach a floating shelf low on the wall to display books. Create seating by placing a small chair, mini sofa or bean bag next to the shelf. Alternately, you could use a tent with some snuggly cushions inside it. Then bring it all together with a small rug.'

DIY Garland Bunting Flags stylecurator.com.au/diy-garland-bunting-flags/ So there you have it, seven low-cost, tried and tested tips for a stunning bedroom makeover. With a bit of creativity, some DIYing and shopping around you can create a beautiful, budget-friendly space your child can feel proud of.

get crafty Making DIY decorations is an excellent opportunity for children to get involved in the styling process. For example, making fun pom-pom garlands is a kid-friendly activity that doesn't require any sewing or knitting skills. All you need is some leftover wool and a pair of scissors. If you're handy with a sewing machine you could make sweet looking homemade bunting using a small amount of fabric and ribbon. There are plenty of tutorials online on how to make garlands and bunting. Here are a couple of our favourites:

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ne of the easiest ways to give your kids a head start in life is simply to play with them. Luckily, that’s what dads do best! Rough & tumble play has been shown to help children manage their emotions, display fewer negative behaviours, and to become more popular with their friends.

Across the next few issues of Mornington Peninsula Kids Magazine, we’re going to take a look at some simple and super fun games that you might like to try out with your kids at home. Here’s the first one:........

By David Hawkins

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Now that autumn has arrived, and the heat of summer has disappeared, let’s look at a physical play game that will warm us up and teach our children some fundamental skills. Wrestling is a wonderful free-for-all that allows your kids to try their best to tackle, climb, tickle, jump, roll and flop. A wresting session can take place anywhere, anytime. And everyone gets to be a winner, as wrestlers come out on top and then come crashing down. In our house, the boys are a little bit obsessed with WWE wrestling. So, we regularly meet on mum and dad’s big bed for an official wrestling throwdown! The kids pretend to be their favourite wrestler of the day, maybe AJ Styles or John Cena. I prefer old-school roleplay and take on the tantamount title of Rowdy Roddy Piper (if only I owned a kilt).

Mixed and Girls only

Whilst our wrestling doesn’t have any actual rules, there are guidelines that I (the dad) have to watch and enforce at all times. This is actually the most important part of rough and tumble play; showing your children how to play safely, without aggression and being aware of other people’s feelings.

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Step 1: Pretend like a professional wrestler It’s up to you dad to show your child how to perform amazing feats in a safe way. Keep your weight off the kids by landing on your knees and elbows. Support their weight (and their head) as you roll and flip them.

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Before you know it, your child will be choreographing leg drops and power slams, without anyone getting hurt. continued next page...


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Step 2: Work together A great wrestling match needs all wrestlers to play a role. Encourage your child to come up with their own moves and support their ideas. Avoid telling them what to do – instead, show them by doing it when it is your turn.

Step 3: Never get mad Accidents will happen and little feet will probably end up kicking you right in your groin. Always remember to not lose your temper. Instead, calmly ask them to be more careful. A dad who becomes aggressive during play teaches their child to become aggressive with other children.

Step 4: Pay attention As soon as your child expresses any negative feelings, stop wrestling and acknowledge what they are sharing with you. Give them a cuddle. Ask what is wrong. Listen. You don’t need to wrestle for hours. A few minutes every couple of days is enough to give your child a BIG jump start for their future. Want to up the stakes? Work with your child to make a Championship Belt for the winner, just like on TV!

David Hawkins is a Peninsula-based stay-at-home-dad who realised that he needed to improve his Dadding. So he set himself the simple task of being an Awesome Dad. He now challenges all dads to be awesome dads, by doing something out-of-the ordinary with their kids.

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The Rise of the

and tips on how to do it... By Helen Baker


rey Nomads are a stalwart of the outback campsite but life on the road also attracts younger families, the Brown Nomads.

These are people who don’t want to work their whole life only to start living at retirement. We never know what health issues may lay ahead.

Adventuring sounds fun but doesn't always generate a secure income. With good financial planning you could enjoy the nomadic life and still maintain financial security.

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Before the trip...

The options for how to stretch finances depend on your specific circumstances. It's important to see a financial planner early on in this process, but there are a few general tips I can offer. Reduce debt. Pay it down as much as you can and see if consolidation makes sense. Do not carry credit card debt into this adventure. Plan your income and expenses. Income sources include savings, investment dividends, long service leave, redundancies, ongoing business, or profits from asset sales. Plan expenses, including buying your start-up gear. Many nomads budget for $1000 per week, but it varies. Once you know how much you'll need you can start planning where to take the funds from. Interrogate your tax and maximising options. If you’ve received a lump sum and want to use it to kick start your nomadic life, there may be some tax-efficient ways to stretch this amount. Consider various strategies, including a variety of superannuation strategies. Consider paying down debt and investing in the name of the partner who didn’t earn an income, or earned less. Time your trip to suit your finances. Are there are any benefits to going this or next financial year based on your circumstances? Get your financial foundations in place. There are a few things you’ll need to get right as a basis for any secure financial future. These include having an emergency fund, creating a spending plan, getting the right insurances, optimising all aspects of superannuation including fees and investments inside, and having an up to date estate plan.

Use the nomad community. Experienced nomads will tell you their biggest expense is usually fuel. Find the cheapest with apps like Fuel Map Australia. Second to fuel is accommodation. WikiCamps Australia is one of many apps that has information about sites, including where the free ones are. Packing up and hitting the road does not have to cripple you financially. If you set yourself up right and plan well, you could have the adventure of a lifetime while you’re young, fit and healthy and return to a solid financial foundation.

Helen Baker is a licenced Australian financial adviser and author of two books: One Your Own Two Feet – Steady Steps to Women’s Financial Independence and On Your Own Two Feet Divorce – Your Survive and Thrive Financial Guide. Proceeds from the books’ sales are donated to charities supporting disadvantaged women. Helen is among the 1% of financial planners who holds a master’s degree in the field. Find out more at www.onyourowntwofeet.com.au Please note this is general advice only and you should seek advice specific to your circumstances.

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Now that you’ve hit the road, money is flying out the door and not so much is flying back in. Review your tax. With the income changes there may be tax incentives you are now eligible for. You could make a spousal superannuation contribution, which will reduce your tax bill. You may also be eligible for the Family Tax Benefit. Manage your income streams. Are you relying on income from dividends, term deposits that pay interest or rental income? Should you be? Any income linked to investments can change. Make sure you have enough money parked somewhere to see you through. Spend less money. It sounds obvious, but in my experience, people spend what they have. I’ve had clients go from spending $200,000 per year to $40,000 after switching to a nomadic life for a year. When you aren’t in the ‘rat race’ you’ll be surprised how much joy life gives you for free and all the expenses you no longer have. www.peninsulakids.com.au



THE BEING BRAVE GIRLS AUTHORS SHARE 6 W A Y S ON G I RTHEIR L S C AINNER N D R ASTRENGTHS W ON THEIR INNER S TTO R E OVERCOME N G T H S T O NEGATIVE O V E R C O MSELF-TALK E NEGATIVE SELF-TALK BY HESTER LEUNG & SEMA MUSSON We all have this little voice in our head. You know, the one that tells us we can’t do something, that we will fail if we try, that we are not kind enough, smart enough, that we don’t fit in, the list goes on. This can result in us trying to fix our weaknesses, hide away or become someone we are not. Sometimes it may help to look beyond these thoughts by focusing on the positives and our strengths instead. In doing so, we build on what’s within and who we already are. Here are our top 6 tips to turn around that negative self-talk and create room for personal growth, hope and confidence: • Focus on strengths - we often think we have to fix our weaknesses but focusing on our strengths is just as important. Strengths are the unique ingredients that make up who we are. • Write it down - have your ever written a pros and cons list and the cons list is longer than the pros? We often fixate on what we perceive are our faults. Ask yourself what are my passions, what do I love and enjoy? What things give me positive energy? This is the key! You need to start to identify your strengths, so write them down! • Believe the positive and start acting as if it were true - how we show up reflects the same energy back, so act like you’re the star of your own show and you will see that good energy reflected back at you. • Tell your own story using affirming words - studies show that using positive words such as “love” or “peace” has the power to influence your mood and regulate physical and emotional stress. Choose words that resonate to change your thinking and how you talk to others, thereby making you feel better. Start by describing yourself in positive words. (Check out this study: https://psychcentral.com/blog/words-can-change-your-brain-2/) • Make it a daily practice - what makes a good day for you? Can you design activities in your day to use your strengths? Add something new to your daily routine. This can help bring energy, hope and self confidence into your day. • Take action - Use your strengths at school, at work, in your relationships. Can you create a passion project based on your strengths? You will find yourself feeling much more optimistic and this in turn will lead you to see the good in others. 28 Peninsula Kids – Autumn 2021

About The Being Brave Girls The bond between Hester Leung and Sema Musson and their experiences as young women and now mothers has led to the creation of The Being Brave Girls book series, including Being Brave, Being Brave Too and now The Being Brave Girls Strengths Cards. Taking apart the challenges they had when they were growing up combined with seeing the struggles young girls face today and turning this into something positive for young women to enjoy.

Strengths Toolkit BEING BRAVE TOO RRP $19.99 Being Brave Too is a novel and personal development guide for girls with themes on selfesteem and resilience. It is the sequel to Being Brave. Available at Amazon, other online outlets and for order from bookshops from Monday, 14th September.

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By Adam Voight


here are some crucial traps that we fall into when it comes to fostering resilience in our kids – and the main one is that merely knowing what resilience is, not what will make them resilient. You can certainly know what resilience is - and this also applies to other quality such as empathy, responsibility or kindness – without making it a habit of our lives or our go-to way of operating.

Resilient is something we become rather than something we discover. And there are some simple ways that parents can prepare their teenager for the academic challenge ahead. So, here’s four ways that you can help your child build and deploy resilience. continued next page...

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Frankston Autumn Family Fun Keep the kids active and captivated in the outdoors this Autumn in Frankston City. With an array of activities including street art tours, an explorers club, school holiday programs, events, competitions and more, there’s something for everyone.

Be inspired by larger than life wall murals on a guided Street Art Walking Tour (bookings and fees apply). Free self-guided brochures also available.

From art and craft activities and games to performances, workshops and guided ranger walks, our free online school holiday guide is a great resource.

With a paint splash trail, art murals to find and plenty of drawing, uncover the hidden art in Frankston’s city centre with our Street Art Explorers booklet.

Codes on the pier, puzzles, buried treasure and playground fun, there’s no better way to explore the Frankston Waterfront than with our Seaside Explorers booklet.

Celebration is a Frankston speciality. Check our website for the latest updates on familyfriendly events, markets and shows enlivening our City during Autumn.

Enter our monthly photo competition to win a $100 gift voucher. Simply snap a photo anywhere in Frankston and #discoverfrankston.

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FOCUS ON SELF-TALK Share the story of somebody who has overcome great odds to succeed. It can be somebody you know or even somebody famous. Ask what they think goes on in that person’s mind when faced with difficulty and explore how useful that thinking is. It’s then possible to discuss what happens in our own minds and what words we choose to tell ourselves. Is our self-talk about defeatism and catastrophe? Is it “Well, this sucks. I hadn’t planned for this question on the exam. Now I’m really screwed”? Or could we flip that self-talk into something intentionally positive and optimistic? Instead, we’ll choose to think “I’ve prepared for this. It’s not expected but I can handle it. Take a deep breath. You’ll be alright”.

FIND A RESILIENCE HERO Too regularly these days our kids equate fame with success. But the truth is that very few people succeed without perseverance and the hard work born of a resilient disposition. Spark a dinner conversation out of the exploits of Jessica Watson, who solo circumnavigated the planet as a sixteenyear-old. Can you imagine how she felt the first time she looked over her shoulder and realised she was completely alone? Or watch a Road Runner cartoon and discuss the never-give-up attitude of the Coyote and how he persists in the face of painful tragedy without either giving up on his goal or using the same tactic twice. There are resilient heroes everywhere for us to look up to, leaving your teenager removing their stare from overnight sensations and dumb luck.


We sometimes fall for the trap of thinking that resilient young people are incredibly self-reliant – not true. Kids who are resilient aren’t silly enough to keep all of their support eggs in one basket. What if they get hit by a bus?! They tend to have plenty of human resources they can turn to when things are tough. Connect your teen to people you know who are resourceful, subject matter experts or who are resilient types themselves. And respect their connections with friends who have these qualities too. Sometimes the best friend to have is the one who’s done it the toughest in life.

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TAKE YOUR RESILIENCE ON THE ROAD Every teacher knows a student who would finish a football match with a broken ankle …. but who falls to pieces when asked to add fractions. True resilience isn’t context specific and resilient people don’t just have the capacity to be resilient in their favourite places. They can move their resilience. Encourage your child to embrace new experiences – even uncomfortable ones in areas where they struggle, fail or feel a little foolish. Resilience, you see, isn’t something that we’re handed after we’ve seen an inspiring speaker at school or made a poster about it. Resilience is something you need to practice, making the task for parents and teachers – given we’ve agreed that it’s all about thriving despite risk – is to access our kids to that risk. Every opportunity for your child to overcome frustration, to battle in vain and to deal with the potential of royally screwing up is an opportunity to build their resilience. What are you doing for your child, right now, that s/he could be doing themselves? Start with handing them that risk.


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Top Nine Stress Busters for Kids & Teens Stress and anxiety management tips for kids of all ages and abilities (in no particular order). By Kim Norton

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1. Just Breathe

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Try 4 count breathing (or for or younger kids try 3 counts). Breathe in for the count of 4, hold for the count of 4, breathe out for the count of 4. Repeat 3 more times. When you have become professionals at this, increase the hold and exhale to 5 or 6 counts, eventually building up to 4-7-8 breathing. Practise this daily using props like a pinwheel or party blower.

2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Simply breathe in and tense your feet muscles, breathe out and release the muscles, release the tension. Breathe in and tense your calf muscles, breathe out and release the muscles, release the tension. Continue up the body finishing with a whole body tense and release. This is a great relaxation exercise to teach our kids some emotional regulation as it enables them to realise what their body feels like when it is relaxed as opposed to stressed or tense. (For an audio link, please see the Rainbow Light Therapies YouTube channel and for a written script, please refer to the website).

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3. Write it out – Journal it.

Write down exactly how you feel and when. Use it like a “brain dump” with the intent that once it is down on paper it can no longer take up room in your head. Take note of any patterns that emerge. eg: feeling angry on the same day each week. Journaling can help you to identify your triggers so that you can implement suitable strategies. Some ideas for journaling prompts and further benefits on journalling can be found on the Rainbow Light Therapies Web site.

4. “I am” Statements

Come up with a list of “I am” statements and pin it to the bedroom mirror, fridge door or somewhere where it is easily visible to you. A list of positive “I am” statements can be a great reminder of your positive attributes and goals and can be a real “pick me up” when you are feeling down. Just remember to keep them realistic and achievable.

5. Guided Meditation

Listen to a guided meditation or some relaxation music. I have recorded some meditations on YouTube or alternatively, look up Jason Stephenson for further meditations that really do work. Use these during the day to calm and ground or before sleep to help calm those monkey minds and ensure a restful slumber.

6. One Minute Meditation

Simply breathe in and breathe out (breathe into your belly if you can). Just concentrate on your breath. Every time your mind wanders just bring it back to your breath. Breathe in and breathe out. One minute is all it takes to reset the mind and calm the body. Breathe in, one, breathe out. Breathe in, two, breathe out and continue for one minute.

7. Yoga/Exercise

Join a local class or gym or work out to a YouTube clip. For our younger kids, Cosmic Kids Yoga is a great resource. Cosmic Kids Yoga clips keep the kids entertained through guided stories whilst incorporating breath work, hand mudras, brain gym and of course yoga. Look them up on YouTube or on the web.

8. Emergency Essence

A blend from Australia Bush Flower Essences that promotes healing on a vibrational level. This 100% natural remedy helps to eliminate feelings of panic, stress and fear, providing comfort, assurance and the ability to cope. Made here with colloidal silver as the preservative and available in drops or spray form. Perfect for our sensitive kids and teens as there is no smell or taste to this blend.

9. Holistic Counselling

Holistic Counsellors treat the person as a whole, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just treating the symptoms of a condition or behaviour. Not just talk therapy (what kid likes to sit and talk about their emotions with a stranger?) On top of the strategies already mentioned here we can use play, art activities and a host of other strategies and modalities to keep hands busy and minds and hearts open.

Stay tuned next edition for “More Stress Busters for Kids and Teens”, an article outlining further strategies for use at home, school and in any environment. For a personalised stress and anxiety management plan for your child and family, please do not hesitate to contact me to arrange an appointment.

Kim is the founder of Rainbow Light Therapies and is a Holistic Counsellor specialising in stress and anxiety management for kids, teens and adults. Kim provides a unique, intuitive and individualised therapy approach through individual, small group and family counselling sessions both online and at her studio in Langwarrin. Also working with special needs kids, Kim runs sessions and workshops for people of all abilities on various topics throughout the year. Please see www.rainbowlighttherapies.com.au OR www.youtube.com/c/ rainbowlighttherapies for more information. www.peninsulakids.com.au


By Melissa McCullough



t’s school holidays and our camping trip has been cancelled; time to think of some crafty activities for the kiddos at home, or better yet why not send them off to glitter-bomb elsewhere! Robyn’s Room, in Mornington, offers a range of options from open-ended, underlying themed classes like ‘At the Beach’ ‘What’s in Your Garden’ and ‘Ready, Set Go!’, to non-themed creative sessions. At Robyn’s Room, the primary focus is always on the creative process and not the finished product. Kids are spoiled for choice! I booked my 11-year-old daughter, Kennedy, and her friend, Pearl, into the ‘Zombie and Ogres’ (because, why not?), session at Robyn’s Room by clicking the ‘Let’s Eat Brains!’ button on the website and easily used the online system to secure the girls’ spots.

Upon arriving for the session, we were met with a crafter’s paradise; each room abounding with colour, character, and cheer. Walls emblazoned with flocks of butterflies, giant paintbrushes making their mark and words of inspiration all added to this feast for the senses. After popping on a smock, Kennedy and Pearl settled into an art table and listened to Robyn’s description of each of the activities available for the session; the kids, though, are free to choose going their own road as well. I hung around the girls like a lost puppy, but soon realised, (don’t you give me that look, young lady!), that I wasn’t needed. The girls were in excellent hands with Robyn and were ready for action! Though Kennedy doesn’t fancy herself as the best artist, (that’s crazy talk! Her painting of an apple tree that she made in kindy still hangs in prime position in our family room!), she still enjoys getting in there and using her imagination. She said, “Being able to do art and be creative is fun but being free to let your mind wander and get those creative juices flowing is even better.” In the relaxed, social and stimulating setting at Robyn’s Room, kids are invited to freely explore a variety of craft activities. Kennedy went on to say that she’d recently read a quote about creating online that resonated with her. She said, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes and art is knowing which ones to keep”. This was all provided on a silver platter at Robyn’s Room. There were so many fun activities that YOU can choose like painting a zombie, making clay model ogres, and crafting a creepy eyeball keychain from a pingpong ball. Pearl’s favourite? Making brains. She says, “Making the brains was my favourite activity because you could do any colour. It was so fun to make the brains!” Robyn’s Room steps beyond the traditional kid's art classes; it throws caution to the wind and helps kids find their true creative inner selves. When the usual expectations and pressures are removed, children discover and value their own creative worth, build self - esteem and confidence....and have a heap of fun along the way! I picked the girls and their armfuls of zombie and ogre creations up at the end of their two-hour class and they told me of all their fun. They even got to leave their permanent mark on one of Robyn’s art tables. Kennedy and Pearl both came away wanting more. “This was a very fun experience, and I would love to go again!”, said Kennedy. “Robyn was so nice, and she let us do anything with the materials. I would 100% go back to do more art classes!”, said Pearl. School term program anyone? There are tons to choose from in all age ranges. Check out the website for more details. ROBYN'S ROOM Factory 7/33 Milgate Drive, Mornington 0404848226 robynsroom.com.au robyn@robynsroom.com.au

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et’s inject some much needed tourism dollars into our amazing state of Victoria.

While international travel is off the cards and domestic borders open and shut like a kids nursey rhyme, our backyard is screaming out for us to jump in our car and check it out. Victoria is bursting with so much to offer, you’ll have yourself thinking ‘Why have I never been here before’ So come with us, as we take you around Victoria.

Warrnambool Our first stop is Warrnambool, which lies three hours south-west of Melbourne, or four hours from the Mornington Peninsula and is a great place to spend a three day weekend. Lying at the far end of the Great Ocean Road, this seaside town with its rugged coastline has a lot to offer. From Caravan Parks and Motels, to beautifully spacious Air BnB’s and a couple of luxury accommodation options, you’ll be sure to find something that meets your needs and budget. We stayed at the Comfort Inn Warrnambool International in a Family Spa room with a queen and two single beds. Whilst nothing flash, it was clean, comfy and well located. After settling into our room, and the kids opening and closing every cupboard and draw (kids right) we headed out by car to grab dinner and explore the town.

On offer After dinner we headed towards the water, but as we drove the kids' eyes were caught by a playground at Lake Pertobe. It was busy, but we found a carpark easily enough and thought that after our long drive to get to Warrnambool it was actually a perfect place to let them have a run around. The area around Lake Pertobe it beautiful and we caught the evening glow reflecting off the lake. After watching a swan wreak havoc and break up what looked to be a lovely dinner picnic, we headed toward the first playground area. The playground is broken up around the lake with a main play area with some swings, a climbing net and smaller equipment. Further around you’ll find a maze and towards the back, a couple of epic flying foxes. Stroll around the lake or be adventurous and hire one of the motor boats. The next morning, we headed out to Thunder Point. This vantage point offers a great view out over the water and if you are lucky and visit at the right time of the year (May-September) you may even spot whales off the coast. From here you can take a 1km stroll down to Shelly and Levys beaches, admire the cliff faces and explore the rockpools. We spent the rest of the morning at Stingray Bay which has an easily accessible beach, with shallow parts for younger kids to wade in the water and waves for the older kids with boogie boards. (Note this is not a patrolled swimming beach)


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After we had cooled down, we went to explore Tower Hill which is dormant volcano turned wildlife reserve and bursting with native wildlife. Within three minutes of entering, we were greeted by an emu strolling beside the car, and on parking the car were greeted by two more, and two koalas sitting in the trees overhead. (I’m not an emu fan I must say, so I jumped back in the car quick smart until they had passed) It’s free to enter and offers self-guided or guided walks which runs daily at 11am. We chose to do the quick and easy Lava Tongue boardwalk due to the heat but we were not disappointed: the boardwalk winds between wetland reeds and grasses before cutting through the gum trees. The walk only takes about 30 minutes, but in that time we were lucky enough to spot an echidna, emus and a koala, all very close up. It was amazing and highly recommended. We wrapped up our time in Warrnambool with a sunset stroll along the Pickering Point boardwalk where the sun bounces and glimmers off the cliffsides and water below, and we kept thinking about how lucky we are to having this place at our fingertips.

Wine and Dine During our visit we found a couple of places I’d love to share with you. The Flying Horse – For dinner we headed just out of town to the roadside brewery. You wouldn’t think much of it to drive by as it is

located beside a service station, but with local beers on tap, a small kids playground, expansive menu including well-priced kids meals and delish adult meals, this place was a winner across the board. BoheMia Café – located in the main part of town is a funky café with all the 'brekkie faves' with little twists as well as a kids menu. Yum! Lady Vandeburg – This super fun burger, cocktail and desert bar was our next dinner stop. Their menu features mouth-watering burgers, hot dogs, loaded fries and the list goes on. But where the magic really happens are their loaded shakes and impressive cocktails. Around Warrnambool there are lots of other walks and attractions that we ran out of time to visit. However we loved the area and will be back for sure. Thanks for having us Warrnambool.

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Chemist’s Own Sun Protecton There’s nothing like knowing that your sunscreen offers the highest protection available for you and your family. That’s why new Chemists’ Own SPF 50 sunscreens are perfect for active, sun-loving people. They provide very high, broad spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Chemists’ Own Dry Touch SPF 50+ RRP: $12.95 Chemists’ Own Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ RRP: $13.95 Chemists’ Own Sport Lip Balm SPF 50+ RRP: $4.50 Chemists’ Own After-Sun Gel with Aloe Vera RRP: $4.95 Stockist enquiries: 1300 9 ARROW (27769) or www.chemistsown.com.au Available in pharmacies.

The Birds And The Bees And Giraffes That Drink Wee A book designed to help normalise the topic of sex for kids, and provide adults with a disarmingly entertaining way of broaching this awkward subject. By exploring the crazy and comical ways that many animals mate, the book will have kids realise that not only do all animals do it, but that human sex is in fact the most normal of them all! RRP: $29.99 Available in most major and independent bookstores and www.boolarongpress.com.au

Kollab is for kids too!

Bondi Joe’s Boys Swim Trunks Help him be the most fashionable boy at the beach this summer. Our modern designs will have him looking and feeling great at the beach or pool. The soft fit of our material and the time we have spent perfecting the fit make our boys swim trunks amazing to wear. We know boys don’t want that annoying mesh lining, so our entire range is liningfree for all day comfort. The range are designed in Australia and inspired by our iconic Bondi Beach. From geometric shapes to florals, from masculine to tropical patterns, our boys swim trunks come in a range of styles and designs, with feature colours including blue, black, pink and pops of green. The swim trunks have big side pockets for all of his shells, rocks and coins, and feature a draw string waist for maximum comfort. The shorts are light weight and super quick drying. All of Bondi Joe’s swimwear uses fabric from 100% recycled materials. We have offset the carbon used in our supply chain and use plasticfree packaging. RRP: $59.95 Available from www.bondijoe.com/collections/boys-swim-trunks

Kollab creates practical and fashionable everyday essentials - for everybody! Kollab’s new 2021 Collection features colourful, fun and unique prints for our range of Lunch Boxes, Shopper Totes, Beach Bags, Cooler Bags and the very popular Mini and Picnic Mats, all designed to make everything you do, just a little bit easier! To celebrate, you can win our favourite new kids Lion print Lunch box and Mini Mat, for the little or the big kid in your life! Shop the full range at 7, 23-27 Suffolk Street, Rosebud or online at www.kollab.com.au. @kollabcollection

Grin Natural has arrived in Australia and we couldn’t be more excited! This young kiwi range is free of nasties. That means no parabens, sulphates or palm oil. Not only is it good for all the family, it’s good for the planet too being the only worldwide oral health care range that is certified by the Orangutan Alliance! We have find 1, 2, 3 Grin! Kids Oral Care Packs to give away. Each pack includes 1 Grin Kids Biodegradable Dental Flossers Pack, 1 Natural Kids Toothpaste, 1 GRRR-IN! Kids Bio Toothbrush and 1 Grin Kids Brushing Challenge chart and sticker that will have your kids running to the bathroom at brush time! Each pack is valued at $25.97 and available to purchase from www.grinnatural.com.au or selected Coles.


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Stylish Hound Aussies can keep their furry friend safe in the water with these high-quality doggie swim jackets, available in sizes ranging from small to extra-large and in a range of stunning colours and patterns. These Dog Swim Jackets give dog owners peace of mind in knowing that their best friend will be safe in the water. RRP: From $59.99 www.stylish-hound.com.au

The Happy Hair Brush The Original Happy Hair Brush™ incorporates a mix of 5 different hairbrushes and combs styles into one. It has a curved, solid (non-flexible) head so that it can deal with the toughest of hair while protecting the most sensitive of heads. Use it on wet or dry hair, thin hair, thick hair, young hair, old hair, afro, matted, whispy, curly... all hair... it just works !!! Get freedom back with your hair and kids hair as this brush removes brushing drama forever. RRP: $39.95 www.happyhairbrush.com.au

The School of Monsters series by Sally Rippin Beloved children’s author Sally Rippin welcomes you to the School of Monsters: the funniest, silliest and most accessible series for first readers! Start by reading only the last word on every line and work your way up to reading the whole story. With tumbling rhymes and an infectious sense of humour, the School of Monsters is guaranteed to spark a love of reading! Each book is RRP: $8.99 www.schoolofmonsters.com www.sallyrippin.com *This giveaway includes the titles: Mary Has the Best Pet , Hairy Sam Loves Bread and Jam, Deb and Dot and the Mix-Up Plot and Pete’s Big Feet.




Starting Encouraging Primary School

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ow that school has resumed, our children will have less time on their hands so we need to utilise this time wisely by encouraging them to read and explore their creativity. Dr Suess is quoted as saying “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” As we collectively cry out to be allowed to go to “more places", perhaps encouraging our children to explore their creativity and imagination through reading is sometimes all the destination that they truly need.

Research shows that reading with your child for just 10 minutes can make a difference to their happiness and how they perform at school. Sharing a story together provides opportunities to bond and spark conversations whilst also helping improve children’s reading skills and enjoyment. Readly - the digital subscription service that allows users access to thousands of magazines on an app - believe that there has never been a more crucial time to encourage our kids to read more. In fact, in welcome news, Readly’s recent digital newsstand’s latest data shows that digital reading among children is increasing. The average time spent per user in the children's categories of Readly’s portfolio of almost 5,000 magazines and newspapers has increased by 40 percent in the last year for comic books, ten percent for children's magazines, and eight percent for teenage magazines.

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Readly, which currently offers almost 5000 titles on their platform (and plenty of titles for the kids to choose from), offers 5 top tips to encouraging our youngsters to read:


Make reading fun: Reading before going to bed is a classic ritual but for some children, it can be associated with having to stop playing and having fun. Reading time does not have to be just before you go to bed: read under the table or read in a hut outside while eating snacks.


Don’t be afraid to embrace technology to encourage reading: Just because children are turning to devices, doesn’t mean they have to switch off from reading. There is a plethora of easily accessible material on the web which can encourage our children’s literary growth.


Comic books can be a great place to start: With an emphasis on reading being fun, easy and above all, to establish a regular reading habit, access to comic books is a simple tip to help children find reading pleasure. This is also a great way to help children who start to read in a nonnative language.


Encourage writing and drawing their own stories: Encourage your child to draw and write their own comic or book; this allows them to best explore their imagination. There are no restrictions or rules and the child has the opportunity to read out his work to siblings, friends or grandparents.


Lead by example: Children imitate their parents and adults around them. As adults, it is important to set an example so perhaps talk about the latest article, magazine or comic book we read at the dining table.

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By Amanda Stokes


ith a new school year upon us, it’s that time where parents find themselves faced with life returning to its busy normal.

Here are some powerful, easy to implement ideas to start the new school year on the same page as a family. Create a Family Essential Agreement

At the start of every school year, your children probably participate in creating an essential agreement; an agreement arrived at and agreed upon by all the members of the learning community. It’s a way of deciding communally what the requirements are for a class to run effectively, and to ensure that everyone has input into making the classroom a place where they all feel safe and included. I believe that families need an essential agreement too.

Your family most likely already has one, even if it hasn’t actually been written down. Your agreement includes the things you allow and the things you don’t, the standards of behaviour you accept and don’t accept, and your expectations. The start of the year is the perfect time to create your family’s agreement, one that is negotiated, discussed, and agreed upon by all, and displayed in a shared area as a reminder for all to see. Choose a night where you know you will all come together as a family, with no distractions or demands on your time, and come up with your family’s essential agreement. Everyone in the family should contribute; everyone has a voice, and everything is up for discussion. Once you’ve come up with your top five or six things, have everyone sign off on it and then display it in a common area where it can be referred back to readily.

Some questions to help you come up with your family’s essential agreement:

What does a happy home look like?

How can we help each other feel good about ourselves?

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How can we maintain a happy family environment?

What behaviours support a positive home?

What can we do to make each other feel heard?

How can we become more responsible for our actions?

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Don’t forget to include a discussion on technology, if this is an issue in your home. A great starting question would be: "How long do you think is a fair and reasonable amount of time to use devices?" When we involve our children in important discussions like this, they feel a sense of ownership, and are often more compliant when it comes to the consequences of overstepping because they have been part of the decision-making process. Being part of the discussion does not mean your children are in charge of the final decisions—some things will be non-negotiable—but allowing them to be included in the conversation is an important step towards the development of their growing independence. When things go pear-shaped, as they undoubtedly will, and poor behaviour rears its ugly head, you will have something concrete to refer to and remind them of. A shared agreement is a powerful one. Create ‘Appreciation posts’ on bedroom doors This activity is a simple one using post-it-notes. Give each family member their own pack of different coloured post-it-notes, with the instruction that over the course of the day, each person is to stick at least one note of appreciation on the bedroom door of another family member. This is a particularly effective activity for promoting kindness between siblings. A note could be as simple as ‘Thanks for putting my plate in the sink for me’, to ‘Thanks for letting me wear your t-shirt today’.

Creating this list does a few things. Growing up is undeniably full of ups-and-downs, and as much as we try to build up our children, they will inevitably have times where they don’t feel good about themselves. There will be times when they are filled with self-doubt. Perhaps a friend will make a comment on their work at school, or maybe someone will tell them they’re no-good at something they pride themselves in. An ‘I am jar’ not only promotes good feelings, but the beauty of it is that they have also come up with all the pieces themselves. Once your child has made a good start on their list, have them decorate a jar or box that will become their special container to fill with their ‘I am’ statements. When they’re feeling down, or just need a reminder that they’re more important than others’ opinions of them, they can return to their ‘I am jar’ as a reminder of all the things that are special about them. Sometimes we could all do with reminders like this.

In life we don’t always show our appreciation of others, so why not start with our families first! Another activity that can be set up anytime, is an ‘I am jar’ All you need to do for this one is make sure each child has a jar or a box. Sit together, and help your children come up with a list of positive things about themselves that make them who they are. This list should be a work in progress that’s never finished and always added to. A few possibilities:

I am a good listener.

I am funny.

Amanda Stokes is an Educator, Presenter and Author of The Tween Mothers Tool Book available from www.raisingstrongdaughters.com.au You can also follow Amanda for Parenting support and advice on Instagram @

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Playgroup: More than play By Pat Barbieri


hen you think of playgroups, you might immediately imagine a group of children playing, getting messy, making noise and having fun!

Playgroup is all of these things. But what makes a Playgroup so unique is the many benefits on offer for both parents and children. Friendships and Support Networks A survey by Playgroup Western Australia found that over 84% of parents believed the biggest benefit of attending playgroups were the friendships made. For children, playgroups offer the opportunity to socialise with children of a similar age and similar level of physical, social and emotional capabilities. Through a range of play-based activities, children at playgroup learn how to connect, begin to manage feelings, share, and develop empathy and kindness. Friendships for playgroup parents are equally important and many families love that playgroup helps them to meet new people and extend their social circle and support network. This is especially true in the case of people who have just moved to a new area or who don’t have friends and families nearby. Blossoming Personalities During the toddler and pre-school years, children develop their ability to see themselves as separate and unique individuals. Their sense of self and independence grows and this fuels their curiosity and desire for self-directed exploration. 50 Peninsula Kids – Autumn 2021

At playgroup, children are encouraged to explore, create and imagine as they develop their confidence. For parents, being able to watch their child within a new and different environment helps them better understand the layers to their child’s developing personality. The Learning Journey Supported playgroups, where children are accompanied by a parent or caregiver and experiences are planned and provided for by qualified educators, can benefit a child’s learning as well as positively influence the home learning environment. At 2 and 3 years of age, children are inquisitive, excitable and curious. Playgroups help support their imagination, language and cognitive capabilities through a range of play provocations that may include science experiments, dramatic play, music and movement, creative art and outdoor learning. For parents, being active participants in a Playgroup program helps to develop their confidence and capacity as a child’s first educator. Many report that attending a playgroup helped them better understand their child and their ability to support their child’s educational journey over a number of years. So while playgroup appears at first glance like a lot of fun and chaos (and it is!), the benefits for everyone can have a long-lasting impact.

Pat is the Director of Early Learning at Toorak College and runs the Toorak College Little Learners Playgroup.

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FOR 2021


Sparking the imagination, creativity and curiosity of 2 and 3-year-old children through a diverse and rich play-based program.


A Peninsula Kids' special feature to guide you through some of the peninsula and surrounding areas best educational facilities for your child's schooling from early learning through to high school with some now offering online virtual tours of their facilities. Go to:


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A Hope-filled Learning Community Learning brings hope and, in a Catholic school, it is seen as a journey of endless possibilities, where students are inspired to seek meaning and explore questions about the world around them. At Padua College, students are encouraged to develop a courageous approach to learning in a culture where mistakes are welcomed and seen as an opportunity for learning. It is a positive, creative, and hopefilled learning community where Catholic values and spirit are shared and the sacred dignity of each person is nurtured. Established in 1898, Padua is comprised of three junior campuses (Year 7-9) at Mornington, Rosebud and Tyabb and a senior campus (Year 10-12) at Mornington. Excellent staff, facilities, grounds and resources at each campus provide ample opportunity for students to excel in areas of curriculum, leadership, arts, and sports at Padua College.

A culture of high expectation across the cognitive, spiritual, physical, social and emotional domains informs the learning and teaching programs at the College. This assists students to develop their capacity to make informed, reasoned and ethical judgements that impel them to act and make a positive impact on their world. Padua’s social justice programs are just one example of where learning connects beyond the walls of the classroom to the real life context. Padua students are supported in their development as selfaware, self-regulated and independent learners who feel empowered to present their own ideas, opinions, knowledge and experience; and future-focussed learning equips them to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. By knowing their students and building positive relationships that support engagement, Padua teachers ensure that each student’s cultural and social background, and their needs and abilities are respected in

the classroom. An inclusive and differentiated curriculum that is flexible and accessible to all, provides a positive and empowering learning environment. Padua College delivers a diverse curriculum offering with multiple pathways to suit the specific learning needs and interests of its students. By enabling students to make meaningful connections and engage in authentic learning experiences, it is the hope that each individual is able to recognise their God-given talents; be the best that they can be; and make a positive impact on their world. Padua is hosting a series of Twilight Open Days in March and you’re invited to learn more about what the College can offer your child. To register your interest visit: padua.vic.edu.au

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Aspiring to Challenge and Empower St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School is an inclusive and innovative learning community located in the heart of Frankston. We offer a high level of individual care and attention to children and their families that only a small school can provide. Our school vision is ‘An Inclusive Community, Connected through Faith, Aspiring to Challenge and Empower’. We are committed to this vision and ensure that every child is supported to feel safe, valued and connected. As a small school of around 150 students, we are able to provide a rich, engaging and individualised learning experience for every child who enrols at our school. All students experience success and personal achievement. Our

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learning environment is vibrant, fun, engaging and focused on enhancing the children’s love of learning. A wide range of learning experiences are always offered as the school continues to embrace innovation and progressive thinking. Recently, our senior Robotics team placed 2nd in the RoboCup Junior Australian Open. We were also extremely proud to acknowledge the efforts of a team of Grade 5/6 Performing Arts students, who were selected as the ‘Best Young Filmmakers’ at the International Youth Silent Film Festival. These are just two examples of how a school small in numbers can still achieve great things. At St Francis Xavier, we genuinely put the child’s

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wellbeing at the forefront of everything that we do. We embrace our diverse community and recognise the dignity of each individual. Our staff understand that children need to feel a sense of belonging, purpose and connectedness in their lives to flourish and this is the type of school environment that we strive to provide. We believe that ‘every day is an open day’ here at St Francis Xavier. We welcome school tours any day of the week and look forward to welcoming new families into our thriving school community. St Francis Xavier Primary School E: principal@sfxfrankston catholic.edu.au



Connected Community At Balcombe Grammar School we pride ourselves on our strong sense of community spirit – we are a connected community. Our School is small enough for each student to be personally known and recognised, yet large enough to offer an extensive range of opportunities that assist our students to grow and develop into well-rounded young adults. In 2020 we launched our Learning and Wellbeing models, which are visible throughout our School Community.

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They remind us daily of some key factors that are essential when aspiring to provide a stimulating and supportive learning environment both inside and outside the classroom. At Balcombe Grammar, we are committed to providing a learning environment which nurtures and challenges each student to discover their potential, passion and purpose. We are looking to build on our innovative and community-focused initiatives which play a pivotal role in

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assisting our students to develop the fundamental skills necessary to form strong connections and thrive in our ever-changing world. Balcombe Grammar is moving into a very exciting time in its short 14-year history and we encourage you to arrange a time to visit and tour our beautiful school. During this visit you will have the opportunity to meet our caring staff, wonderful students and most importantly see our school in action.



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to celebrate

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Mar 24th Choc Covered Raisins Day

April 12 Grilled Cheese Day

May 21 Talk Like Yoda Day

This treat is made by coating raisins with milk, dark, or white chocolate. Eaten in its purest form or with little sugar, chocolate can be healthy for you! Share the snack with family and friends.

Enjoyed today by people around the world as an after school snack or as a comfort meal, the best cheese to use is one with a very low melting point. Easy to make - Hard to resist!

Yoda is a fictional Star Wars character who has a peculiar style of speaking known as 'Yodish'. The sentence structure follows the order of object-subject-verb instead of the usual subjectverb-object order that English speakers follow. Yoda, talk like. Simple, it is. Try it, you should

Did You Know… …that the scientific name for the cacao tree, theobroma cacao, means the food of deities?

Did You Know… …that mozzarella is the most consumed cheese in the world?

Every child is an artist Pablo Picasso

Did You Know… …that there is a deep-sea worm named after Yoda?


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Pre - School

Book Reviews



3+yrs, Scholastic, h/b, $17.99 Riding in the car with my bird, Bertie. Riding in the car, just Bertie and me. Come along for a ride that gets sillier and noisier and cramped and crowded as more and more passengers join in what was once a relaxing drive round town. Amelia McInerneys simple and entrancing rhyming text is matched by bright, beautiful retro illustrations from the talented Shane McG.

7+yrs, Scholastic, p/b, $14.99 Individually they're meek, mild and soft. But together, with their combined talents, they're a herd. The Nerd Herd. Barny the Lamb and his friends are sick of being picked-on. So they decide to form a tough group to show everyone that they are not as soft as they look. But how do three fluffy friends stand up to a cunning fox, a gigantic cat and a bull with behavioural issues?

BY AMELIA MCINERNEY The official story chosen for ALIA NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME 2021, TO BE CELEBRATED ALL ACROSS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND! This year NSS takes place on Wednesday May 19, 2021 at 11:00am from the International Space Station and we would love it if you could join us by sharing Give Me Some Space written and illustrated by Philip Bunting. Everyone can join NSS, it doesn't matter whether you are at home, a school, a public library or even a university library! Help us get #1MillionKidsReading! For more information and to register your event visit: alia.org.au/nss


4+yrs, Scholastic, h/b, $17.99 Princess Elizabeth is beautiful and rich and about to marry Prince Ronald, until a dragon destroys her castle and flies off with Ronald. But Elizabeth is a resourceful girl and, left with nothing to wear but a paper bag, she sets out to find her prince.




3+yrs, Scholastic, h/b, $17.99 My name's Rosie. I have fifty-two teeth. Would you like to play with me? Rosie's book says making friends is easy: there are six steps to follow. But it's not as easy as she thinks!




2+yrs, Scholastic, h/b, $15.99 Round and round the garden, like a teddy bear. One step. Two steps. Tickle you under there! Come on an adventure through a magical garden, and meet some Australian animal friends along the way!






3+yrs, Scholastic, h/b, $19.99 Una dreams of a life in Space. Life on Earth is just so so-so. But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life in Space? And did she remember to feed Neil the goldfish?




3+yrs, Scholastic, h/b, $24.99 In the red dust, where the sky is wide, Joe loves watching the stars. He marvels at their mystery and wonder. But when his family moves to the city... the stars are hard to see. Will Joe find a way to make them shine again? A twinkling tale of resilience, family and friendship.

3+yrs, Scholastic, h/b, $17.99 From the moment he hatched from his egg, Vernon knew he wanted to fly. Every night he dreams of riding the wild west wind, curling and twirling, swooshing and swirling... So when Vernon decides to make his dreams come true, he discovers that what you truly want, and who you truly are, might just surprise you. Prepare for lift off, and laughter, in this fabulous debut from Natashia Curtin.







7+yrs, Scholastic, h/b, $18.99 Cat Kid Comic Club is the first book in a BRAND NEW graphic novel series featuring Pilkey’s fan favourite character Li’l Petey who, along with Flippy the Fish and Molly, try to teach twenty-one baby frogs how to create their own comics.







7+yrs, Scholastic, p/b, $15.99 MEET LOLA. Lola has her own YouTube channel, a little brother, and a lot to say. It’s time for Lola’s first double digits birthday–which should mean double the fun, right? WRONG. Because when Lola’s crazy number one fan hijacks the party plans, it could end up meaning… double the trouble!


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You can have your cake and feel great too!


inda is very proud to introduce the range of Simply Swap Foods premix products which are here to help you on your low sugar/low carb journey. All of the products are low carb, keto friendly, sugar free, use premium real food ingredients and plant based sweeteners, have no artificial colours or flavours, no genetically modified ingredients, are pet friendly (no xylitol), super easy to prepare at home and taste great. Plus they are all made with love right here on the Mornington Peninsula.

Check out the range online at www.simplyswapfoods.com.au and follow Linda on her Facebook and Instagram pages for regular updates, photos and recipes. Also, to help everyone on their sugar free journey, Linda has created a free recipe ebook containing 16 favourite sugarfree/low-carb recipes which is available for download on her website.

VOLUPTUOUS VANILLA CUPCAKES Containing premium ground vanilla beans, these are so easy to prepare and are perfect for anyone wanting to minimise their sugar intake at family celebrations. Delicious on their own or top with cream cheese icing (recipe on website) or fold through some berries for extra indulgence.

CHEEKY CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES Containing pure organic cacao full of antioxidants, these are a decadant dessert treat that look amazing on a dessert platter alongside fresh berries and whipped cream.

PERFECT PORRIDGE – VANILLA BEAN AND CINNAMON A delicious blend of flaxseed meal, chia seeds and sweet spices which can be enjoyed hot or cold any time of day. Add some whipped cream and berries for a very indulgent treat.

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PERFECT PORRIDGE – VANILLA BEAN AND CACAO With lots of fibre from the flaxseed meal and chia seeds and antioxidants from the pure organic cacao, this blend is full of nutritious goodness and can be enjoyed hot or cold. Really yum topped with full-fat greek yoghurt and summer berries.

About Linda

After changing to a low-sugar real food diet over 3 years ago and experiencing huge health improvements, Linda wanted to create some Australian-made products to help others on a similar journey. The biggest challenge she had at the start of changing to a low sugar eating style was finding an easy replacement for her beloved sweet treats, especially at family celebrations. Drawing on her background as a cookbook author and food writer, Linda spent many months in the kitchen fine-tuning the recipes that are used in these mixes. Please check out Linda’s website for more details and know that she’ll be doing a super happy dance every time someone places an order

Mini Choc Tartlets






A delicious finale to any dinner party which no-one will guess is low carb and refined sugar free!


1 ½ cups almond meal flour ¼ cup butter, melted 1 large egg, lightly whisked ¼ cup natvia Pinch salt 50g dark chocolate, min. 70% cocoa ½ cup pure cream ¼ cup natvia 2 tsp vanilla essence 100g cream cheese, softened

Method Tart Cases

Chocolate Filling

Preheat oven to 160°C and use butter/cooking spray to grease 24hole mini muffin tray. 1. Mix all tart case ingredients in a medium size bowl until they form a dough ball. 2. Take spoonful of mixture and roll into small balls then press into well greased muffin pan to form the tart cases, ensuring the sides and bottom are of even thickness. 3. Use a fork to prick some holes in the side and bottom of cases. 4. Bake in middle of preheated oven 15 mins or untilgolden. Cool on wire rack while making filling. 5. Melt chocolate by breaking into pieces and placing in microwavesafe bowl on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir. If not fully melted, microwave further 30 secs at a time if needed. 6. Place cream, natvia and vanilla in separate medium bowl and use hand beater to beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Turn beater to low and gradually add chunks of softened cream cheese. Continue beating until combined and smooth, scraping down sides of bowl to incorporate. 7. Add melted chocolate to mixture and beat together on low speed, scraping down sides of bowl to incorporate fully. 8. Spoon tablespoons of chocolate filling into tart cases and enjoy immediately or refrigerate for an hour to firm up prior to serving with fresh berries on top.



Fathead Pizza Base







This unusually named recipe can be found in many places online and google claims it as their most popular low carb download. If you’re craving pizza in a healthier way, you’ve just found the answer. So similar to a traditional pizza base and these can also be made in bulk and stored in the freezer for future use.


170g mozzarella cheese, grated 85g almond meal flour 2 tblsp cream cheese 1 egg Pinch salt ½ tsp mixed dried Italian herbs

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Preheat oven to 200°C and line a pizza tray, pizza stone or baking tray with non-stick baking paper. 1. Place the grated cheese, almond meal and cream cheese in a medium size microwave proof bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. 2. Remove and stir then put back in to microwave on high for another 30 seconds. 3. Add the egg, salt and herbs and mix gently until a dough ball forms. 4. Take two sheets of baking paper and roll dough between them into desired pizza tray size. 5. Using a fork, prick holes all over the base. 6. Bake in oven for approx 15 minutes or until golden brown. Take care not to overcook as it browns quickly towards the end of cooking time. 7. Remove from oven, flip base over and add any pizza toppings you like eg. sugo sauce, salami, mushrooms, olives, peppers, herbs and more mozzarella. 8. Place back in oven for 5-10 minutes to heat up the toppings and melt the cheese until golden.

One Bowl Carrot Cake






A super easy refined sugar free cake that’s delicious on its own or extra yum when topped with zesty cream cheese icing.


5 large eggs (65-70g) 1 cup butter, melted ½ cup natvia sweetener 2 tsp vanilla essence 4 medium carrots, grated ½ cup walnuts, chopped 2/3 cup shredded coconut 2 cups almond meal flour 1 tblsp coconut flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tblsp mixed spice

ICING Zesty cream cheese icing 200g cream cheese, softened 50g butter, softened ½ cup ground natvia (approx. 1/3 cup granulated natvia) 1 tblsp lemon juice 2 tsp lemon zest


Preheat oven to 180°C and grease and line 20cm round cake tin with non-stick baking paper. 1. Place eggs in a large bowl and whisk together then stir in melted butter, natvia and vanilla. 2. Add all other ingredients and combine well with large spoon. 3. Pour into cake tin and bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean. 4. Once cool, spread with zesty cream cheese icing and sprinkle top with extra chopped walnuts. ICING 1. Place natvia in a high speed blender (eg. nutribullet) to grind to a fine powder, similar to icing sugar consistency. 2. Using electric hand beater, mix softened cream cheese and butter in medium sized bowl until smooth and combined. 3. Add powdered natvia in batches and blend on low speed until combined well, scraping down sides of bowl where necessary. 4. Add citrus juice and zest and continue beating until well combined.



Cheeky Chocolate Cupcakes

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We always have these cupcakes in the freezer at home for when that sweet craving hits. They freeze really well for up to four weeks and only take about 30 minutes to defrost at room temperature. Perfect to take on a platter to any celebration topped with whipped cream and chopped berries.


1 x pack Simply Swap Foods Cheeky Chocolate Cupcake Mix ½ cup salted butter, melted (125g) 3 large eggs 2/3 cup preferred milk 1 cup pure cream 1 tblsp natvia sweetener 1 cup strawberries, chopped

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Preheat oven to 170°C f/forced and grease and line 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases. 1. Pour entire dry mix contents into a large bowl and stir to mix well. 2. In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter, eggs and milk. 3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and fold together gently. 4. Pour mixture into lined muffin tray and bake for 20-25 mins or until cakes spring back when lightly touched in centre (or a skewer inserted into centre of cake comes out clean). 5. Leave cakes in pan for 5 minutes before removing to cool on wire rack. 6. Make whipped cream by placing cream and natvia in a bowl and using a hand beater to beat until thickened. 7. Once cakes are completely cold, slice in half horizontally and spread each half with a dollop of whipped cream (or double thick cream works well also) and your favourite berries.


Lemon and Ginger Drink






I started making this during our first lockdown and now always have some in the fridge to add to sparkling water or warm up as a tea. My kids love it as it’s really refreshing and tastes great. Exact quantities are not essential in this recipe, you can vary and experiment according to the size of your pot and how strong you like the flavour.


Fresh lemons (3 – 4 medium size) Fresh ginger (piece about the size of your palm) Turmeric (2 finger length pieces, optional)


1. Chop whole lemons into pieces then scrub ginger and slice into chunks. 2. Add ginger and lemon to large pot of cold water. 3. If adding turmeric, scrub and slice into pieces then add to pot of water. 4. Cover pot with a lid and slowly bring to a boil then simmer for approx 20 minutes. 5. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 6. Once cooled, pour through a colander to remove all the chunky pieces or alternatively use a slotted spoon or sieve to remove chunks. 7. Place all chunky pieces into a nut bag (or muslin cloth or similar) and squeeze out as much goodness as you can into the existing liquid. 8. Pour into clean bottles or jars and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. 9. To serve, add ¼ cup to a tall glass of iced water or sparkling water for a refreshing cold drink or alternatively add ½ cup to some boiling water as a warm tea.




TEETH GUARDS By Annabelle Carter-Short


ports is a physical activity where coming in contact with fellow sportspeople is inevitable. It's vital to ensure the safety of every sportsperson each time they play games. Dental damage is one of the most significant sports injuries and among the most expensive to treat.

Anyone can suffer dental injuries during sports activities; that's why people should always have teeth guards during sports. Below, we examine some points to know about teeth guards. Let's find out together.

A teeth guard protects you from dental injuries in a sporting activity. You should attach the same importance that to a teeth guard you give to any other sporting gear you must wear before going into your field of play.

Teeth guards are devices made for oral use. They're manufactured from soft plastics. The aim of using one is to protect your gums and teeth from sports injuries. You may consider them as "crash helmets" for jaws and teeth during sports.

You can think of a teeth guard the same way a soccer player would not consider going in for a game without his shin guards, or a cricket player without his thigh, arm or chest guard, or helmet.

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TYPES OF TEETH GUARDS • The Stock This type is the most available and affordable teeth guard, easily found in most sporting goods stores and pharmacies. They have a limited range of size options, and usually do not provide a tight fit.

• The Boil-and-Bite These are also available at pharmacies and are relatively affordable. Unlike the stock teeth guards that come in sizes, this comes as a single unit, which you customize to fit your teeth by boiling the teeth guard until it softens. Then you place it over the front of your teeth and bite down.

Any form of injury will defeat the objective of sports, which proves the need to protect from dental injuries, among other types of accidents. Wearing a teeth guard in sports will serve the following purpose:

• Protect your teeth from being knocked out In contact sports, a sportsperson can lose an entire tooth or teeth. A displaced tooth can be re-implanted or replaced by a dentist, which will cost huge sums. Consider protecting yourself against harm by utilizing measures that'll prevent your teeth from being knocked out.

• Custom-Made

If your tooth gets displaced, make sure not to touch the root of the Your dentist provides this for you directly, by taking a mould of your teeth tooth, rinse with water, and seek dental assistance immediately. Teeth displacement injury can be prevented entirely by using a teeth guard. and using it to create a teeth guard specifically for your teeth structure. This type of teeth guard provides an adequate fit for you because the • Protect yourself from face and mouth injury specific design is for your use. Face and mouth injuries can occur from sports and may include bruising or cut to the lips, face, or tongue. You can prevent facial and mouth SPORTS THAT REQUIRE THE USE OF sores by using teeth guards.


Teeth guards are necessary for specific sports activities with risks of injuries that can impact the face. A teeth guard will help protect your teeth and prevent injuries on your lips and tongue.

IMPORTANCE OF WEARING TEETH GUARDS FOR SPORT The primary goal of sports activities is to, among other things, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment for participants and fans.

That said, it's essential to consult a physician when an injury occurs.

• Use a teeth guard to prevent fracture Often, in high contact sports, we see teeth breaking or teeth getting chipped. If a tooth fracture occurs, the first action should be to control bleeding by biting a clean towel or a cloth. It's expensive, and sometimes impossible, to replace broken teeth, which is why it's safer to use a teeth guard to prevent fracture. Wear your teeth guard properly, to support the teeth, and ensure they aren't exposed during contact. continued next page...

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It's necessary that you keep your teeth guard clean always, and that you protect it from damage to enable it last longer. These few steps will help you take care of your teeth guard:

• Cleaning & maintaining your teeth guard. Clean your teeth guard with fresh water and a mouth wash after each use. Don't use hot water as it might warp its shape.






Dental injuries are amongst the worst forms of sports injuries and every effort should be made to avoid them

• Store your teeth guard Store in a clean and well ventilated plastic container. Be sure the canister is not in contact with heat or direct sunlight.

• Examine your teeth guard regularly. Replace once it's damaged or loses its grip. You can get a teeth guard custom designed for you as that would last longer.

• Get your dentist involved. If you have any appointment with a dentist, go along with your teeth guard so they can ensure it still fits properly.

CONCLUSION Safety in sports is crucial. It's up to you to ensure that you adhere to the safest practices in all sporting activities. Dental injuries are amongts the worst forms of sports injuries, and every effort should be made to avoid them. You've seen the importance of using teeth guards. If you need one, go ahead and get it. Also, do your best to maintain it. Remember, a teeth guard provides a guarantee against dental injury in sports. Sources: www.gladiatorguards.com/know-your-protection-how-domouthguards-actually-protect-athletes/ www.wikihow.com/Fit-a-Mouth-Guard www.proteethguard.com/ Annabelle Carter Short is a writer and seamstress of more than seven years. When not working, she’s spending time with her family or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits. Annabelle enjoys crafting and DIY projects with her two kids. She is passionate about autism and she homeschools her autistic son. She also works with few organizations to provide the best resources for raising and educating a special needs child.


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How to bolster the mighty lunchbox: FIVE FOODS YOU DIDN’T KNOW WERE SO IMPORTANT TO SUPPORT KIDS IMMUNITY By Dr Joanna McMillan


his school term it is more important than ever before to maintain a strong immune system, so it comes as no surprise that 38% of parents say they are looking, or planning to look, for more products to support their child’s immunity now than a year ago, according to Bubs Australia. ^

Good nutrition is essential to support their immune function, helping them to ward off the frequent bugs that like to circulate around school age kids. This comes as new Bubs Australia research reveals that half of parents (49%) are concerned that their child would regularly get sick when they started school as they mix with their classmates. ^ ^

Creating nutritious lunchboxes that the kids will consume isn’t as easy as it looks; it can sometimes be a challenge to consistently come up with new ideas that are practical and quick to make.

Many nutrients are needed by the immune system including vitamin C, vitamin D, iron and zinc. In addition, they need lots of different types of fibre to fuel a healthy gut microbiome as this collection of friendly bugs is key to good immunity.

A healthy lunchbox contributes significantly to their overall nutrient intake; it keeps their energy levels up to be able to concentrate in class and give their all during sport, and it should be a fun, enjoyable part of the day, tucking into delicious foods.


1. BERRIES All types of berries, including strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, are rich in vitamin C and they are usually easy foods to get kids to eat. The fabulous red, blue and purple colours come from a group of natural plant chemicals called polyphenols. These, combined with the fibres in the berries fuel their healthy gut bugs, in turn supporting immunity. Pop them into a reusable container to snack on, blend them with milk or a dairy alternative to make a smoothie and pour into a thermos flask to keep cool, or add them to Greek yoghurt for a healthier flavoured yoghurt than bought varieties. New research reveals that half (51%) of parents agree that fruit and vegetable intake and a balanced diet are the most important factors in building their kid’s immunity. ^ ^ ^

2. HARD-BOILED EGG Egg yolks are one of few foods that provide vitamin D. This vitamin is made in our skin on exposure to sunlight, but with such an emphasis on protecting kids from sun damage, many fail to make enough, and 70 Peninsula Kids – Autumn 2021

dietary sources become more important. For younger kids you can get cute little moulds for turning hard-boiled egg into fun shapes, while older kids may happily devour a plain boiled egg. Alternatively, mash with a little mayonnaise as a sandwich or wrap filling, or chop and mix into a pasta or brown rice salad.

3. RED MEAT While I fully support the trend to eat more plant food, there is no denying that one of our best sources of both iron and zinc in the most absorbable form is red meat. For kids who have relatively big requirements for these minerals to support their immune systems as well as growth and development, giving them some red meat can really help. Always cook extra when having red meat for dinner and then slice the leftovers for sandwich or wrap fillings. Some kids may prefer a bento box style lunch keeping everything separate and slices of beef or lamb makes a perfect addition. Or, in winter, reheat a pasta Bolognese and pop it into a thermos container.

4. WHOLEGRAINS Wholegrains are so often underestimated in terms of nutrition, simply being thought of as ‘carbs’. They are so much more and are some of our best sources of fibre: B group vitamins, a plant source of zinc and protein, and additional polyphenols. If your kids are used to only having white bread, gradually start to mix it up and get them used to wholemeal or wholegrain and if your kids are still young serve them these more nutritious breads right from the start. Try making wholemeal wraps as an alternative, or incorporate wholemeal pasta, brown rice or wholemeal couscous in a salad or thermos meal as above. You can also make homemade muffins or cookies using rolled oats and various wholemeal flours, or opt for an oat-based commercial muesli bar. The health star rating system can help to guide you to the healthier options.

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Handy tips to decrease sugar and help improve your child’s oral health 1 in 4 children (aged 5 to 10) have untreated decay in their baby teeth. Tooth decay continues to be a growing issue with sugary foods and drinks greatly contributing to the problem. Sugar contained in our food and drinks is consumed by the bacteria in our mouth. This bacteria then produces acid which weakens the outer surface of our teeth. Over a period of time this weakened tooth will turn into a cavity. These are a few tips to help lower your risk of decay: • Avoid or limit sugary drinks. Juices, cordials, soft drinks and frozen drinks contain copious amounts of sugar. For example, a 350ml bottle of apple juice or coca cola can contain more than 10 teaspoons of sugar! • Be aware of sugar-free drink varieties as they can also be harmful to teeth as they are acidic and can erode and weaken the outer surface of the teeth. • Always read the labels; products with less than 5g per 100g are generally low in sugar. • Limit sugar at breakfast by swapping out high sugar spreads, use wholegrain cereals and try having a piece of fruit rather than fruit juice. With good oral hygiene, a healthy diet and frequent dental checks, you can greatly decrease your child’s risk of decay. Regular dental appointments will also allow the opportunity for tailored guidance on decreasing your child’s risk of decay.

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I am getting leg cramps in my pregnancy that are waking me up at night? Why is that and what can I do? Answer: Leg cramps are quite common during pregnancy and usually harmless. They can happen at any time, but most people have them at night or when resting. Leg cramps occur when a muscle suddenly contracts. They can be very painful and make it hard for you to move your leg. The cramps can last from a few seconds to 10 minutes and affect the calf muscle, below the knee at the back of the leg or muscles in the feet or the thighs (less often). After the cramp has stopped, the muscle might feel tender for a short while afterwards. Most cramps go away without you doing anything, but stretching and massaging the muscle can help to ease the pain. If you have a sudden onset of calf pain that does not seem to be a muscle cramp, or is associated with breathlessness, redness or swelling you should see your practitioner immediately to rule out a blood clot in the leg (known as a deep vein thrombosis). Preventing cramps Regular calf-stretching exercises might not completely prevent cramps, but may help to reduce them. If you have cramps at night stretch out your calves and hamstrings before bed. This has been shown to help older adults but there have been no extensive studies for pregnant women. A review, of trials in 2015 found that more women were free of leg cramps after taking either magnesium (around 300mg a day in divided doses), calcium (500mg once a day) or vitamin B complex for 2 weeks but the studies were small and were not of sufficient quality to be certain of the results.

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here are many ways to reduce pain in labour without medicines. Each method has advantages and disadvantages. Choose one or more that suit you.

ACTIVE BIRTH Staying active is one of the most helpful things you can do to manage the pain of labour and birth. Moving freely and rocking your pelvis can help you to cope with the contractions. Massage and heat Massage and hot packs can ease your pain in labour. Massage helps distract you from the pain. Heat packs can help your body release its natural painkillers — endorphins.

WATER IMMERSION Most hospitals and birthing centres will have facilities that allow you to have a bath or shower during the first stage of labour. Many women find that being in a warm bath is relaxing and helps them to cope with the contractions. You might also find having a shower can help with any back pain you might be experiencing. Having a bath or shower to ease pain during labour is not the same as having a water birth. Not all hospitals are equipped for water birth. Your midwife and doctor need to be specially trained and they need to be able to get you out quickly if there is a problem with the birth. Check with your hospital well in advance to see if this option is available to you.

RELAXATION You can use different relaxation techniques to ease pain. Some people like music, some like meditation, some like incense. Generally, relaxation techniques help ease pain in labour. Just check that the hospital or birth centre can cope with your plans. 74 Peninsula Kids – Autumn 2021

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AROMATHERAPY Essential oils are used with massage or heated over a burner. There is no evidence aromatherapy provides pain relief, but some women find it pleasant. If you're thinking of using aromatherapy, check that your hospital or birth centre allow it.

ACUPUNCTURE Acupuncture can reduce pain in labour and reduce the need to use forceps. It is not clear how it works. There are no known side effects of acupuncture for mother or baby. Only a trained person should perform acupuncture. Not all hospitals have an acupuncture therapist on staff. You may need to discuss arranging your own practitioner.

TENS A TENS machine uses two electrodes stuck to your skin. They are usually attached to your lower back. The machine sends a small electric current through your body. It is generally safe for mother and baby. While there is no harm is using a TENS machine, there is not a lot of evidence to show TENS works to reduce pain, but some women find it helpful.

A TENS machine is not suitable for everyone. People with a pacemaker should not use one, and the use of TENS before 37 weeks’ gestation should be avoided. They can't be used in the shower or in water. Not all hospitals or birth centres have them. Sterile water injections Sterile water with no medicine in it can be injected under the skin of your lower back to deal with lower back pain. It may sting but there are no side effects for you or your baby. Some women have found these injections helpful. It is not clear how they work, or whether they work very often. You may still need other pain relief.

Sources: Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Pain relief in labour and childbirth), Cochrane (Pain management for women in labour – an overview), King Edward Memorial Hospital Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Clinical practice guideline, Pain management), The Royal Women’s Hospital (Managing pain in labour), The Royal Women’s Hospital (Active birth), The Royal Women’s Hospital (Water birth at the Women’s)

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Granny’s Guide

By Yvette O’Dowd


e measure pregnancy over nine months divided into thirds: the first trimester is a secret time, when an embryo develops into a foetus hidden away from the outside world; in the second trimester news of the pregnancy is shared and celebrated and preparations begin; in the third trimester the focus moves to the impending birth and plans made for labour and delivery. We commemorate the arrival of the newborn as though the journey has ended. But for the newborn, an even bigger transition must now be made.

“Birth no more constitutes the beginning of the life of the individual than it does the end of gestation. Birth represents a complex and highly important series of functional changes which serve to prepare the newborn for the passage across the bridge between gestation within the womb and gestation continued out of the womb.” (Montagu, 1986, 57) Adjusting to life outside the womb is probably the biggest change we experience in a lifetime, yet little thought is given to how that transition is made. What is often referred to medically as the postnatal period, has been better described as The Fourth Trimester by Harvey Karp, renowned paediatrician and author of “The Happiest Baby on the Block”. The Fourth Trimester, roughly the first twelve weeks, is also described as exterogestation: literally Gestation Outside of the Womb. Compared to many other mammals, humans are born in a very immature state. While some herd animals need to stand and walk within hours after birth, human infants can barely support their own head! It is even suggested, in comparison to other mammals, that humans would need another twelve to eighteen months in the womb to reach neonatal maturity! But I doubt any of us would be up for a 27-month long pregnancy, let alone the prospect of birthing a toddler. And therein lies the problem. continued next page... 78 Peninsula Kids – Spring 2020



Karp suggests that humans have evolved to birth at least three months prematurely, as the typical newborn skull and typical maternal pelvis are basically incompatible beyond 42 weeks, leaving us with babies who are mature enough to survive outside the womb by breathing on their own but not independently capable of any other aspect of survival. Human society has long understood the special needs of newborns and their mothers in the early weeks after birth: the 40 days has traditionally been a period where new mothers are secluded and nurtured by the women of their community, while others take on her domestic and familial responsibilities. But modern western lives have gradually worn away these traditions for most mothers.

Womb Service Consider life in the weeks leading up to birth. Your baby never experiences hunger, cold, silence, stillness or isolation. They are held increasingly firmly by the strong muscles of the uterus. Their digestive system is still. They are rocked by the gentle movement of their mother, even as she sleeps. Her presence is constant, her heartbeat and other body sounds a rhythmic soundtrack. Light and sound are muted. It is relatively simple to create a familiar environment for your baby. Pinky McKay, best-selling author of titles including Parenting By Heart and Sleeping Like a Baby, describes the newborn’s needs as “womb service”. The parents’ goal is to replicate those conditions to allow a gentle transition into life. She describes them as the five Ws, - Do Try This at Home!

Warmth Wrapping Wearing your baby Water Womb sounds

Skin-to-skin contact. The first hours after birth are important for mothers and babies to connect, begin breastfeeding, and get to know each other. Ideally this period is spent in uninterrupted skin contact. However, the benefits of skin contact are on-going, and it is never too late to begin. Hours, days – even weeks – after birth you will find placing your baby directly against your own or another family member’s chest is calming and reassuring. Parents, siblings and grandparents can all use this simple technique and even small amounts of contact can relax all involved.

Have a bath After nine months floating in amniotic fluid, it is no wonder a bath can relax a new baby. You can share a bath with your baby or bath them alone but make sure you keep the water deep and warm. Ask your midwife or child health nurse how to hold your baby securely and help them float. Deep bathing is a technique which especially calms sensitive babies and sometimes they relax enough to fall asleep in the water! 80 Peninsula Kids – Autumn 2021

Co-sleeping The definition of “co-sleeping” is sharing a room with your baby. “Bed sharing” is appropriate for some families while others will have a bassinet or cot alongside the adult bed. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in their own safe sleeping place, for all sleep night and day. Red Nose recommends sleeping baby in a cot next to the parents' bed for the first six to twelve months, as this has been shown to lower the risk of sudden infant death. Studies have shown around 80% of parents will bring their baby into the adult bed at some stage in the first six months. Even if bed-sharing is not your plan, you need to know how to minimise risk and how to create a safe sleeping space for your baby. Find the current guidelines for Sharing a Sleep Surface with a Baby at rednose.org.au or ask your midwife or child health nurse for guidance

Babywearing One of the earliest human tools was a sling to carry a baby, likely made from animal skins. It has even been suggested that this invention around 2.2 million years ago contributed to the evolution of the human brain! For most modern parents, baby carriers are a useful tool to settle a baby while they get the shopping done or cook dinner. But for others, the ancient art of babywearing allows their infant an experience close to that of the womb. The rhythmic movement for a baby held against your chest while you walk is familiar and can help an infant to relax and fall asleep. That continued movement will often allow uninterrupted transition from one sleep cycle (around 40 minutes) into the next. And babywearing allows adults to care for others or perform basic household tasks and self-care while baby sleeps. Choosing a baby carrier from the available options can feel overwhelming. Local babywearing groups – community collectives of experienced parents sharing their knowledge - and private babywearing consultants offering a fee-based service are reliable sources of safe and comfortable baby carriers, slings, wraps and other babywearing designs. South Eastern Babywearing Group offers free support to parents on the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne’s south east.

Breastfeeding Breastfeeding is much more than a way to feed a baby. It offers a source of food, hydration, comfort, reassurance and sleep, creating a womb-like experience. You cannot over-feed a baby at the breast. They can keep coming back as often as they need. Even if you are not fully breastfeeding your baby, you can offer the breast whenever they seek it, confident you are meeting a need. Day and night, the breast reconnects your baby with the comfort of the womb. If you are feeding your baby by bottle, a technique known as “bottle nursing” means you can give your baby an experience closer to breastfeeding by keeping them close, feeding skin to skin and practicing paced bottle feeding, allowing them to pause and feed comfortably. This is especially helpful for fathers, grandparents and siblings if giving an occasional feed of expressed breastmilk, donor milk or formula when mother and baby are separated. In these early days, most feeds should be given by the mother or other primary carer as feed times are an important bonding opportunity.

White noise White noise is any constant, sound which masks sudden and unpredictable noises in a space. Many adults and children find listening to white noise helps them relax and fall asleep. Babies often find these sounds remind them of the constant sounds of their mother in the womb. Although you can invest in special machines which play white noise and womb sounds for your baby, there are free or cheap apps available to use on your phone which serve the same purpose! Or you can turn on a fan or other household appliance in the background while you sooth and settle your baby.

Gentle Swaddling Swaddling is an old word for wrapping an infant in cloth. In many northern hemisphere societies, babies were traditionally tightly swaddled with multiple layers to keep them warm in fiercely cold climates. Some incorporated a cradleboard, a combination of swaddling, crib and baby carrier in one. In warmer climates, light shawls or thin blankets were wrapped around babies to offer security and replicate the tight embrace of the womb. In some cultures, elaborate techniques were passed from mother to daughter and involved vast lengths of fabric. In the modern western world, swaddling has come to be associated not only with blankets but also full body suits which replace traditional bedding. Most parents and health professionals now refer to this as “wrapping” It is important to follow safety guidelines when wrapping a baby before sleep. You can find current advice at rednose.org.au. Tight wrapping of a baby’s legs and hips is not recommended as it has been associated with conditions like developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). Your midwife or child health nurse can show you safe and comfortable ways to wrap your baby for sleep or settling. These early weeks of life will see the most rapid development of a child’s life. By three months, your baby looks and behaves in a more mature, coordinated manner. They interact with those around them and are engaged in their world. The baby in those photos from the first week is almost unrecognisable compared to this smiling, rounded little person. They have graduated from the fourth trimester and are ready for the next adventure.

Yvette O’Dowd is not your typical grandmother! This mother of three and 'Granny' of three has been a breastfeeding counsellor since 1992. In 2014, Yvette established the Southern Natural Parenting Network, incorporating South Eastern Babywearing Group. With 11,000 members world-wide, the group supports parents interested in breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, baby-led weaning and modern cloth nappies and other aspects of gentle, natural parenting. www.facebook.com/ SouthernNaturalParentingNetwork




GALAXY PENDULUM PAINTING You’ll need:  Low hanging tree branch, swing set or tripod

 String  Large plastic cups

 Hole punch  Paint

 Large canvas

How to do it:

 Set up a painting station

outside. We affixed our pendulum string to the top/ middle of our swing set. (With plenty of space on all sides.) Things can get messy, so use an old tablecloth, newspaper, garbage bags or anything you can throw away to cover the ground.

 Create a paint drip cup by

punching three equally spaced holes in the open end of the cup and thread string through them and up to affix to the original pendulum string. Be sure the cup hangs evenly. Eight to ten centimetres above the canvas is ideal.

 Make a hole in the bottom

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centre of the cup with a skewer or pencil. (Ask an adult for help!) Make several paint drip cups, one for each colour you would like to use.

 Set aside some extra cups

without a hole where you can thin and mix paints. The paint should drizzle out in a continuous stream (thinner paint) for solid lines and drip out (thicker paint) for dotted lines.

 Use a finger to plug the hole in the bottom of the cup in the pendulum. Pour in mixed paint.

 When you are ready, remove

your finger and swing the pendulum over the canvas. Swap out paint drip cups with different colours as often as you wish or pour new paint into old cup for colour transitions mid-swing!

 Your art is out of this world!


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Email your entry to melissa@mpnews.com.au or PM your artwork to facebook.com/MorningtonPeninsulaKids Winner chosen 17/05/2021. Prize must be collected from Peninsula Kids offices at 63 Watt Road Mornington VIC.,unless otherwise stated. www.peninsulakids.com.au


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