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Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless. "Blow ye winds, like the trumpet blows, but without that noise. "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.

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Hello from the winter edition of Peninsula Kids magazine. We are soooo excited to have media partnered up with the first ever outdoor pop-up ice skating rink with real ice on the Mornington Peninsula! The ice skating rink will pop-up on Sorrento Creative Director Maria Mirabella Foreshore from 23 June to 16 July 2017. The Skating at Sorrento ice rink will be open Sundays to Thursdays, 10am to 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 9pm. Promoters are planning special themed skate sessions and group bookings are welcomed. Skate sessions will run for 45 minutes. Tickets available at

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Another outing not to be missed is the first LEGO centre of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and is only a 40-minute drive from the Peninsula. LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne located at Chadstone shopping district will keep your builders occupied for hours with interactive builds, free play, rides and a 4D theatre. I had to drag my munchkin out of there and he’s already asking when we can go back again! Another couple of treasures in our area are Moonlit Sanctuary in Pearcedale where kids under 4 enter for free and McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park in Langwarrin where admission is by donation for all. Get out there and let the kids burn some energy!

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31 Spotlight 10 Jimmy Barnes PK chats to Jimmy about how his grandchildren inspired his new project. 18 Understanding the Digital Landscape and your Children Tips for keeping up with your child’s technologically fuelled world.

30 Peninsula Kids Winter Fashion Shoot Showcasing fashion from local shops. 44 7 Ways to Start Saving Money Today Strategies to find ways to stretch your dollar further. 54 Fostering Hope for the Future There is a growing need for foster carers Australia wide.

22 Is Your 5-Year-Old Still Bedwetting? addresses the issue.

56 Pocket Money – Time for Change? How old? How much? Then what?

26 Dad and the Dab Daddy blogger David Hawkins - beginner dabber.

62 Mum’s the Word Mums providing support for other mums.

28 Being a Great Dad to your Daughter Techniques from Parenting Ideas Club founder Michael Grose.


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






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Local (and not so)

Sk8House in Carrum Downs Lysterfield Park Lego Discoveryland

Celebrate 66 70

The Messy Shed Party Planning your Messy Shed Party

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Pregnancy & Baby

Soothing the Ache for Conception Ways to Prepare for a Positive Birth Granny’s Guide to… Pinky McKay Discusses Attunement


80 Microbravery 82 Focus on Schools 87 School Camp Jitters




Recipes with Jodie Blight

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98 Fructose Malabsorption 100 Cold and Flu 104 Gut Brain Axis



108 Valentino Braid 110 Popsicle Stick Desk Caddy


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PK: HOW DID THE IDEA OF ‘OCH AYE THE G’NU COME ABOUT? JB: It started one day after I overheard my beautiful wife Jane, talking to my very Scottish looking young grandson, Dylan. Dylan’s father is Scottish, as am I, so Jane thought it would be good to speak Scottish to him. There is an old Scottish phrase “Och aye the noo” which basically means “Oh yes. Just now” Anyway Jane was saying this to Dylan with a Scottish accent. I think it was the only Scottish phrase she knew. Now I am a bit deaf from 40 years of rock ’n roll. I misheard her. I thought she called him a G'nu. So I started calling him a G'nu too. And the name stuck. I started making up poems and stories for him about a Gnu. PK: HOW DIFFERENT IS IT WRITING A SONG/BOOK FOR CHILDREN COMPARED TO WRITING A ROCK SONG? JB: Obviously the subject matter is different but the process is the same. You want to write something that the reader or listener can connect with. Something that is emotional and something that is entertaining. Writing for children allows you to let your imagination run wild. It was a lot of fun. PK: HOW DID THE COLLABORATION WITH THE WIGGLES COME ABOUT? JB: I have been friends with The Wiggles for a long time. Since the days of The Cockroaches. I have always admired the way they did things. They cared about the children they were entertaining. It was important to them to teach the children good things. So, when I had a few stories and poems written I asked Paul and Anthony Field to read them and give me some advice as to how to get them into book form. They both liked what I was doing and suggested that they help me get the project to its final stages. While doing that they became as attached to the characters as I had. So I think it was Anthony who suggested we make an album.


PK: DID ANTHONY PLAY A LARGE PART IN THE PROJECT? JB: Anthony is a great man to work with. He has a lot of energy and a million great ideas. He produced the album for me. He and I worked very well together. My son Jackie was involved in the song writing as were Lachie Wiggle and John Field. In the end, Emma Wiggle and Simon Wiggle helped out as well. My daughters Eliza- Jane and EllyMay sang with us on a few tracks. So the whole thing ended up being very much a family affair. Which I think is what you want on a project like this. This was a labor of love

PK: HAVE YOU KNOWN THE WIGGLES FOR VERY LONG? HOW DID YOU GUYS ALL MEET? JB: Many years ago the Cockroaches and Cold Chisel were managed by a few guys who set up an agency called Dirty Pool. We used to do shows together and worked around the Australian pub scene at the same time. So we have been friends for a long time. PK: HOW DID YOUR GRANDCHILDREN INSPIRE YOU TO PUT PEN TO PAPER AND WRITE THE POEMS? JB: When I help put the children to bed, I find it better not to have the light on. Otherwise they won’t sleep for me. I worked this out when my children were small. So instead of reading to them all the time, sometimes I would make up stories. That way I could write the kids into the story. This has carried on with the grandkids. Especially Dylan, who I call the little G'nu. So I write different stories about the adventures of the little G'nu for him.



It is priceless!"

PK: HOW DO YOU LIKE BEING A GRANDFATHER? HOW MANY GRANDCHILDREN DO YOU HAVE? DO YOU GET TO SPEND MUCH TIME WITH THEM? JB: I love being a grandfather. I have thirteen grandchildren and one great grandson. I try to spend as much time as I can with them. If I had my way they would be with me all the time. PK: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN? ARE ANY OF THEM INTO SINGING/ MUSIC/WRITING? JB: All kids like to sing and dance and draw and write. My grandkids are the same. I like to travel with them. Go to the beach, eat great food. Watch movies, play games. You know, the normal things that grandparents do. PK: HAS READING AND SINGING WITH YOUR GRANDKIDS BEEN A BIG PART OF YOUR FUN TOGETHER? IS THAT PART OF THE ‘OCH AYE THE G’NU INSPIRATION? JB: Definitely. But as I said all kids like doing the same things. You have to think like a child when you play with children. This can take you into a magical place if you let it. PK: DID YOU TEST OUT THE SONGS AND POEMS ON YOUR GRANDKIDS TO SEE IF THEY LIKED THEM, DURING THE PROJECT PROCESS? JB: Absolutely. There were certain songs that I wasn’t sure about. But I would play them to the children and they would let me listen through their ears. Made all the difference. If they danced I knew I was doing something right. 12

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PK: DO YOU THINK IT’S IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS TO READ AND SING WITH THEIR CHILDREN? JB: I think it is important to the children but I think it is more important for the grandparents. Children have so much joy to share with you. As a grandparent you have more time to share that with them. It is a gift. PK: HOW MUCH DOES SCOTLAND MEAN TO YOU? HOW WAS GLASGOW AN INSPIRATION FOR ‘OCH AYE THE G’NU? JB: Scotland was my first home. I spent my formative years there. Scotland is in my heart. That part of my heart that will always be a child. There is no zoo in Glasgow but there is in my heart. Everything should be beautiful for a child and that’s the way I want to think about Scotland. Beautiful and innocent PK: WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST PART OF THE ‘OCH AYE THE G’NU PROJECT? JB: Looking at the faces of my grandkids as they enjoy what we’ve made. It is priceless.

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SK8HOUSE By Lorraine Aitken



e visited Sk8House for the first time during the school holidays, and the kids absolutely loved it! In fact they enjoyed it so much that they were pleading with us to have their birthday parties there before we had even returned their skates… So, yesterday we celebrated my daughters 11th birthday at Sk8House with eight of her closest friends and her “annoying little sister”. The girls aged between 4-12 years old (all first and second time skaters) picked it up relatively quickly with the help of lovely staff members who continually gave them words of encouragement and instructions like “small steps, shoulders wide, keep looking ahead”.

As a parent it was such a delight to see the enjoyment on all of the girls faces. Skating seemed like the perfect leveller for the girls to put their indifferences from school aside and to really enjoy one another’s company. The camaraderie was amazing! They continually helped each other up, waited for each other to regroup, shared skating tips, danced, laughed and overall just had a brilliant time. I would say that it was the best birthday party that my daughter has had, and better still, it didn’t break the bank! For two hours the girls enjoyed taking part in the 11am-1pm general skate session with music, disco lights, and skating games such as limbo, dance comps to daggy songs (think chicken dance and Nut Bush), best skater comps and more. We had a birthday table organised for us which had a table cloth, decorations and a sign for the birthday girl. We chose the self-catered party option and purchased food and drinks from the kiosk. Birthday party packages at Sk8House are exceptional value with fully catered options available for $20pp or self-catered for $14pp (non- skating parents are free). Staff are amazing and the food is simple, but tasty. Of course Sk8House offers so much more than just birthday parties, in fact, you will find some pretty talented athletes training here in between general skate sessions and group lessons. Two of the most impressive skaters on the rink were actually the owner’s children, Yasmin a national level competitor in figure skating, and their son Harry, who will be competing in the Oceania speed skating championships. Having spent a little bit of time with this family on our first visit, I can honestly say that they are in this business to share their passion of skating with the community. 14

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It was an absolute pleasure to be at Sk8House on both occasions and we will be regulars there for a long time to come. If you would like to visit Sk8House, then winter is the perfect time to get the kids out of the house and burning off some energy around the rink for a few hours. Skate lessons are an absolute bargain at $12pp for an hour, and on top of that you can join in the 2 hour general skate session for FREE! Make sure you follow the Sk8House Facebook page for special deals and events.

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Picnic Areas – There are two designated picnic areas by the lake, each with electric BBQ’s; The Spotted Gum and Beach picnic areas. Both are near the water’s edge, complete with beach, and have car parking nearby. They also have their own toilets and picnic tables. No shade is provided, other than what the trees provide. All paths, toilets and tables have been designed to accommodate wheelchairs. As well as the facilities, there is also a variety of fauna that are close by at certain parts of the day, with kangaroos being a common sight. On The Lake – Swimming is allowed in the lake itself, but only in the two

swimming bays, which are both close to the picnic areas. There is a sandy shore that gradually gets deeper, and no hard craft are allowed in these areas. Canoeing, sailboarding and rowing are also permitted in certain areas. Consult Parks Victoria for more information.


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The entrance to the park is on Horswood Rd. The main gates are open 8am to 7pm during daylight savings time, taking the first exit from the roundabout will get you into the main car park. Taking the second exit at the roundabout will get you into the 24hr car park, for any activities that will keep you after 7pm this is where you will need to park. Head to the left after the entrance if you are looking for the picnic areas.

Walking/Running – The lap of the lake itself is a 6km loop on gravel paths, easily accessible by wheelchairs or prams. Whatever way around you walk, it is well marked but there are a few small hills coming back to the car park. There is no water out on the trails, so take some water if you think it will be needed. There are a few park benches at differing points around the lake. There are also many other trails within the park, all of which are well marked. But be aware that some of the trails are for bikes only, so stick to the walking tracks if you are on foot. Mountain Biking –There are over 20km of bike only tracks within the park, they even held the Commonwealth Games cross country mountain bike event in 2006. All of the tracks are well marked and have a direction they are used. The tracks range from wide very easy trails to very technical single tracks, with everything in between. For more information, see

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hildren are growing up in a technologically fuelled world everything they do will have some connection to the internet and as a parent it’s hard to keep up.

We’ve addressed some of the questions we are commonly asked by parents below: WHAT AGE SHOULD I LET MY CHILD HAVE A SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT? This depends on the individual child, their maturity and their experience within the digital landscape. As a parent, it’s important to make sure you have regular and open conversations with your kids about the Internet and social media. Whilst discussing dangers and how to handle them is important, it’s also worth discussing the many benefits that the Internet can provide. Instilling fear in your children could discourage them from talking to you if they do face situations that make them uncomfortable or that they may perceive as dangerous for fear that you won’t let them online. Facebook, What’s App, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat all requires users to be 13 and over and even LinkedIn allows users to sign up from the age of 14. However, this doesn’t mean that children won’t sign up anyway using false information.

If you are going to permit your children to use a social networking site follow these helpful tips: •It’s your responsibility to ensure that you have a good understanding of the platform and how it works. •Depending on the age of your child it may be worth having them login on a communal iPad or computer so you can keep an eye on their activity. •Make sure that their account is private and that they can’t be found in a public search. •Connect with your child, follow them on Snapchat, make sure you are friends with them on Facebook but respect their privacy. If you see something that concerns you bring it up in a face-to- face discussion as opposed to commenting in a public space where you may embarrass them. •Do your research. Some applications like YouTube have a

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"It’s important to keep the conversation going with your kids" HOW DO YOU SUPPORT YOUNGER CHILDREN WHO ARE BEING INTRODUCED TO SOCIAL NETWORKING FROM SEEMINGLY INNOCENT GAMES? We traditionally think of social networking sites as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat etc. However any site or application that enables people to communicate with one another is a social networking site and may potentially have risks. In March this year, a Melbourne woman claimed a predator who purported to be Justin Bieber targeted her eight-year-old daughter asking for nudes on the app The app, seemingly harmless enables users to create music videos and send them to friends.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD IS BEING BULLIED ONLINE? Firstly, telling a child to get offline, to stay away from their computer or not to use the social networking site where they are being targeted is not realistic today. If you find your child is being bullied there isn’t necessarily one right way to handle it, there are a number of complexities that need to be considered.

First, show encouragement and support for your child. Listen to them and consider their feelings in this. Attempt to determine if it’s an ongoing situation or a one off. Ask them if they have asked the person to stop and if they have blocked the individual or multiple people that HOW CAN YOU AVOID SITUATIONS LIKE THIS? may be involved. •Many young children have access to an iPad for schoolwork meaning it’s important that you assess the privacy settings and ensure that they From here, you need to determine whether you should report it to the need your permission to download applications school, sporting club etc. or potentially even the Police depending on •Encourage your children to only use their iPad in a communal area the severity of the situation. like the lounge room where you can monitor their access

•Before they start downloading apps discuss the potential risks involved and what they should do if someone they don’t know tries to add them or engage them in conversation


It’s important to keep the conversation going with your kids and provide emotional support along with the tools that can help them. The Children’s eSafety Commissioner has several resources available for parents as well as options for reporting cyber bullying

MATERIAL ONLINE? There are many online tools and plugins that enable you to block, restrict and monitor online access. It is important to consider your kid’s privacy before you go down this path and to be aware that there are multiple ways for them to access online content these days. If you do believe that monitoring online access is the best path for you to go down you may want to consider a tool like Web Watcher This can be installed on phones or computers and offers blocking and recording enabling you to watch your child’s computer activity in real time. 20

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f your child still wets the bed occasionally at age five, it’s a good idea to take some simple steps now, particularly when children’s health professionals agree it is better to treat bedwetting earlier rather than later.

There are three main reasons children wet the bed: • Some children are such deep sleepers, they don’t wake up to the sensation of a full bladder. • Some children have overactive bladders; you will know this because they usually wet the bed more than once overnight and may experience urgency during the day. • Some children don’t make enough antidiuretic hormone while sleeping (which concentrates the urine) and produce a lot of urine overnight. Children’s continence nurse and National Continence Helpline advisor Claire Fyfield offers parents a few basic tips to help prevent bedwetting.



“Give the child a warm drink with breakfast and milk on their cereal. Have them drink plenty during the day so they don’t need any at bedtime, and always make sure they go to the toilet before bed,” Ms Fyfield said. Some of the cases Ms Fyfield has seen have left her dumbfounded. “One child I saw had been having milo, tea and coffee before bed - just like mum and dad!”



Ms Fyfield said many parents were unaware that constipation was a major contributor to children’s day and night-time wetting accidents. “This is because a full, compacted bowel takes up space in the abdomen, compressing the bladder and reducing its volume, also risking other bladder problems.” She said that up to 30 per cent of children were constipated at any given time.

“We always check for constipation if a child has a bedwetting problem. Avoiding constipation by providing adequate fluids and a balanced, fibrerich diet containing fruit and vegetables, will often improve or end bedwetting,” she said.



By the age of six or seven, it’s recommended children who are still bedwetting see a children’s continence professional, she said. “Prior to the assessment, the family will be asked to chart the child’s diet and fluid intake, and bowel and bladder habits. We will also check for conditions like urinary tract infections, and look at stressful or disruptive situations, such as access weekends, that can affect the child. From this information we make a care plan for management.” For those children who still wet the bed after all the preventative measures have been taken, treatments such as bed alarms work well, she said. “If everything else is fine – their drinking patterns are good, their bowels are all normal - then we go for the alarm, which has about an 85 per cent success rate. However, make sure you are shown how to use it properly by a continence health professional,” she said. Go to for more information, a range of videos, a confidential online forum, or to download fact sheets on toilet training, bedwetting, constipation, and good bladder and bowel habits. Ms Fyfield encouraged parents with concerns about their child’s bladder or bowel habits to contact the free National Continence Helpline (1800 33 00 66), where continence nurse advisors can provide confidential advice, information about funding schemes, and the contact details of their nearest children’s continence service.

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Bedwetting is sometimes called nocturnal (night-time) enuresis. Childhood bedwetting is common in many families.

Most children stop daytime wetting by about three years of age, and stop wetting at night by the time they’re five. Most preschoolers still wet their bed from time to time though.

A lot of children grow out of wetting the bed by the time they start school, but some primary schoolaged children still wet the bed.


Minutes after my initial tampering I found myself making a shopping list only to discover that I was unconsciously spinning one of them in my unoccupied hand! And then I just kept on spinning. Staring at the spinners is interesting for a minute or two, as you watch pretty patterns flicker past, and would probably hold attentions for longer if you bought the pricier LED light-up versions, but it is the sole act of having it spin that gets you. It feels nice; constant, repetitive, reassuring. Some of them make a little whizzing or rubbing sound that starts out as annoying and quickly becomes noticeably absent when you put the spinner down. The throbbing gyration in your hand is what really gets you, and you can get that filthy image out of your mind! This is an innocent and puerile toy that I now understand. My four year old is already wanting to play with them all of the time, losing his temper when the fidget spinner knocks against his teeny hand and grinds to an abrupt halt. And this means that our one year old is equally hungering for them because whatever big brother likes, little brother steals. Don’t listen to the naysayers and grumpy old f-ers who want to spit on anything that’s newer than the penny farthing. It is not a lame hula-hoop rip-off (states a man who has never managed to hula the hoop) nor a toy for stupid people. Join the hordes of tech-wannabe business folk, who pay upwards of a hundred dollars for fancy executive models, and enjoy something that is nothing much more than a small comfort. By David Hawkins


henom-A-Mum called me in the middle of the day to say, “You’ve got to check out fidget spinners, they’re the new big thing! Perfect for a Dad-review.” An awkward silence followed as I tried to work out what she was talking about. “A fidgety spinster?” I replied, “Can’t see them being that much more popular than the non-fidgety ladies. And probably not the thing to be giving to our toddler.”

By now I am sure you have heard all about the raging craze that is the Fidget Spinner and how schools nationwide are banning it with catholic-style condemnation. If you don’t know, Google it, because all you need to see is a two-second video of the spinner’s eternal revolutionary revolution to get the whole concept; it turns around a lot, very fast. That’s it. Oh, and you hold it between your thumb and insult (otherwise known as ‘middle’) finger.

Or join the really cool school kids and see if you can use them to do tricks. Balance a spinning spinner on your nose or flip it from one elbow to the other. I will admit that it reminds me of the yo-yo megafad during the 80’s but without the difficulty level that always kept this uncoordinated tease-target from ever managing to walk-the-dog. See, perfect for me!

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.

I’m guessing that you’re getting ready for an old man grump-off about kids these days and how we did fads better in my time, but you would be wrong. Whilst I was initially stumped with incomprehension of how something so inane could become so popular, I threw a decade (or two) off my shoulders and decided to try it before I bag it. So I hopped onto Gumtree and had a trio of smoothly designed gadgets in my wrinkling palms before the end of the afternoon. Yep, that was the beginning of the end.


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Skate up a storm these school holidays at SK8HOUSE with loads of games, giveaways and great music. Family friendly roller skating and blading for all ages and skill levels.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Waterslides and aqua play

Guided Ranger Walks

Art and Craft Workshops

Bayside Rock 9 Network Drive, Carrum Downs Open daily during the school holidays

Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC) Corner Cranbourne Road and Olive Grove, Frankston Open daily during the school holidays

Various dates and locations Bookings essential

McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin Check website for holiday sessions

Cube 37 Monday 3 July, Tuesday 4 July, Thursday 6 July and Friday 7 July 10am-12.30pm 37 Davey Street, Frankston Create a piece of art using recycled materials and techniques such as paper craft, woodwork, sewing, construction and painting. Suitable for ages 4-12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Come and see why rock climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia! Perfect for kids of all ages with easy walls for the younger kids.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Live on Stage Frankston Arts Centre Wednesday 12 July 10am & 12pm 27-37 Davey Street, Frankston

Explore the multi-level AquaPlay™ Playground; toddler pool and slides; inflatable obstacle course ‘Splash Town’; and the brand new Python raft waterslide and 114 metre long Constrictor™ raft waterslide.

Discover the City’s outdoor spaces with specially created Guided Ranger Walks. Whether you want to learn more about the local flora, or discover a new open space for the kids to explore, there is a Guided Ranger Activity to suit your interests. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Create and explore at one of the school holiday children’s workshops or just discover the 100 sculptures nestled within the park. Stop in and enjoy lunch at the cafe or bring a picnic to enjoy by the lake if the sun is shining.

Get your copy of the Winter School Holiday Guide Full of local and affordable activities for all ages, find the best family and child friendly activities throughout Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. View or download the Winter School Holiday Guide at or pick up a copy at the Frankston Visitor Information Centre.

For more information about what’s on in Frankston go to Frankston Visitor Information Centre 7N Pier Promenade, Frankston, 1300 322 842




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1. Hollie, 13 and Rihanna, 8 Narre Warren North 2. Lily, 11 Cranbourne 3. Jake, 5 Mount Martha 4. Brodie, 10 Seaford 5. Easton, 3 Lynbrook 6. Marlie, 8 Ethan, 10.5 Frankston 7. Karis, 11, Rosebud 8. Poppy, 7 Red Hill 9. Karen, 49 Bittern Renee 44 Bittern 10. Teddy, 7 Mt Eliza 11. Ethan, 8 and Tyler, 4 Caroline Springs 12. Alec, 5 Red Hill 13. Max, 9, Langwarrin

DAD AND the Dab By David Hawkins


was talking to a 20 year old colleague the other day when she broke mid-sentence, dropped her head into the bend of one elbow and stretched her other arm into the air. After asking her if she could smell burnt toast and other signs of a stroke, she mocked me thoroughly and told me that she had just “dropped the Dab”. What the Fonz?

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Luckily my two boys are far too young to have any idea about what is currently cool. I am proud to say that their idea of awesome is anything that I’ve taught them and I’m pretty sure that they are going to be horrifically vilified when they begin school and start talking to other kids about The Goonies or singing all the words to Warren G’s Regulate. Thanks to this, I managed to miss the whole ‘Dab’ frenzy and have only gleaned it during its dying phase. Have your kids been coming home and ‘dab-ing’ over any little victory? I gotta admit that it’s a fairly ergonomic move and I can see why it caught on so strong for so long. My wife tried to introduce to me the ‘Whip’ and the ‘Nae Nae’ when it was viral-ing all over Facebook but those moves took a working hip, a missing rib and some inverted vertebrae to

>>>>> pull off. Even doing the JuJu On the Beat gave me a stitch. But this Dab, well, it’s a fad that I am going to bring back. Kids say they like dinner? Dab it! Shoot and score the full-diaper into the bin in the opposite room? Dab it! Manage 30 seconds Mummy and Daddy snuggle time before kids jump on bed? Dab it! Catch toddler as he tumbles off the change table? Dab it… Then pick screaming child up off the ground when I realize that I dropped him again, but the move was worth it! There are many parents out there who fit into the old fogey cliché, crabbing about every new craze and crocheting on “kids these days” – and these folk are still in their thirties. I am making it my mission to be on top of, side-saddling, or at least being dragged behind all of the cool happenings that take my children by storm. It’s not because I want to be young again. It’s not even because I want to support my kids. It’s purely because I’ve worked out that the quickest way to kill something that is cool is to have your old man copy it in front of your friends! I am going to be the most embarrassing Dad on campus. Dab it!





Being A Great Dad To Your


By Michael Grose



athers affect the lives of their daughters in intriguing ways. Including her academic and vocational path, her career success and financial well-being. The well-fathered daughter is also the most likely to have relationships with men that are emotionally intimate and fulfilling, and have better emotional and mental health. Here are 6 tips to help you be a great father to your daughter:

1. MAKE THE CONNECTION One of the most natural ways a father can make a connection with his daughter is through purposeful physical affection. A hug, shoulder squeeze or a kiss on the cheek helps to create an emotional bond with daughters who desperately crave these displays of affection. This is great news for fathers, because if you can’t find the words to say it then you have a second opportunity to show it through physical gestures. Studies have proven that physical touch makes us feel better both physiologically and psychologically. But children — especially daughters — need more than just everyday gestures given in passing. When a girl’s need for affection is met by her father it has a protective measure on her future sexual relationships.

2. INVEST IN HER As a father, you can appreciate your daughter for who she truly is. Help her to identify her unique qualities and value them. For more on Parenting Girls and how to be a great Dad (or Mum) to your daughter, join us for our Parenting Girls course.


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Avoid investing in who you think she should be. This can happen when fathers feel like they don’t understand their daughters. Remember, this can happen easily as girls tend to morph into what is expected of them rather than excel towards who they truly are. Spend time together, share stories and experiences. Give her opportunities to show her true self, and this will strengthen the relationship.

"One of the most important factors that determines a woman’s confidence in life is the relationship she had with her father"

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


the difference.

Dads wishing to fix things can make them lousy listeners. Your important job is to listen out for the feelings and the emotions; your daughter just wants to be heard. Listening is essential for every father, even though it sometimes goes against their instincts. You do not need to agree with everything she says or does, but when you listen, you build the emotional connection that will help her listen to you when it really counts.

4. WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE The language you use when talking to girls matters. Everything that is said can be taken very seriously and to heart by your daughter. Thoughts and comments are easily internalised, amplified and exaggerated. Differentiate being pretty from being beautiful. Praise her for the values and characteristics she has which make her beautiful.

5. PROVIDE WARMTH Fathers need to find their softer side when dealing with their daughters to help them open up and share and provide an emotionally safe place for them. When fathers are called upon to give corrections or direction, they can do this in a warm and loving manner that she will positively respond to. Offer your strength to your daughter in a different way than you would to a son.

6. BE A POSITIVE MALE ROLE MODEL As a girl tries to figure out what men are like, the first one she watches is her father. He can be one very significant example of a man who is consistent, trustworthy, and sensitive to feelings, who places his family at a high priority in his schedule, who keeps his promises, and who invests his energies in the lives of those around him. As her father, you play a large role in showing your daughter what a proper, respectful male response sounds and feels like. One of the most important factors that determines a woman’s confidence in life is the relationship she had with her father. You are in a privileged position to make a remarkable difference to a future woman’s life. If you are sole mother then don’t despair. Girls can have exposure to positive male roles through contact with family relatives, male teachers and sporting coaches. The notion of parenting is an important one for us as a community to embrace, so that kids get exposure to a wide variety of gender models.

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elbourne’s multi-million dollar attraction at Chadstone Shopping Centre caused great excitement in the lead up to the opening, and rightly so. This is, after all, the first LEGO centre of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and is only a 40-minute drive from the Peninsula. LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne is home to more than 2 million LEGO® bricks, and boasts 13 family friendly attractions. As far as indoor playgrounds go, this has to be the ultimate for lucky LEGO fans. On first entry, after a mini photo shoot session, children are invited to explore the LEGO Factory Tour. The Factory Tour is an interactive room filled with control panels and large screens where kids design their own minifigure after watching a video. It’s a fun activity, where kids get to swap around heads, torsos and legs from collectible minifigures by pressing buttons and playing around with joysticks. This activity is great for children aged 5 years plus, but little kids may need help. Next up, is the first and biggest ride of the centre, the Kingdom Quest. The fun LEGO themed train-like ride seats 4 passengers, whether kids or adults. Each passenger gets to use a pistol to shoot at targets with lasers. Each medieval style animated scene depicts things like spiders, skeletons and trolls to shoot at and collect points. The Kingdom Quest is definitely a favourite for the kids so don’t be surprised if your own children ask for repeated rides. MINILAND Melbourne impresses the grown-ups more than the kids, although children do get to push buttons to interact with the models, and seek out some fun minifigure scenes. MINILAND Melbourne moves from day to night on a rotation timer. At ‘night time’ within MINILAND, Melbourne’s LEGO buildings light up, and there’s a mini fireworks display to watch. There’s a lot of fun to be had in the MINILAND 38

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Melbourne room, pointing out famous landmarks that are synonymous with Melbourne, but it’s the hands-on stuff that kids really get a kick out of, and that’s why the next open plan room after MINILAND Melbourne ticks all the right boxes. The largest space for hands-on activities is centred by a seated cafeteria. One side is the LEGO Friends Heartlake City. Quite obviously aimed at young female LEGO fans, the Heartlake City has construction areas set up around a built up mini city. Just behind the LEGO Friends Heartlake City is the Duplo Farm, which is a themed playground aimed at little children aged 2 – 5. Small fingers get to build with large soft blocks and climb into a Duplo cubby house complete with a tube slide. In the next half of the activity room is LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne’s second ride called Merlin’s Apprentice. Seating two passengers at one time, each carriage spins around, but also up and down when the passengers use their foot pedals. The Merlin’s Apprentice is a simple ride, yet kids ask to ride it again, many times over. Next to the Merlin’s Apprentice ride is the gated LEGO City Soft Play Area, with blocks to play with, a foam floor and plenty of cubby spaces to climb and explore. Be aware, no adults are allowed into the LEGO City Soft Play Area, it is strictly children only!

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Just behind the Earthquake Table is the LEGO Racer Build & Test zone, with troughs filled with LEGO bricks and wheels so that kids get to build their own racer to fly down one of three tracks. To add a little educational brick building fun to the centre, there’s the Creative Workshop, which fosters creativity and assists children with constructing their own brick-tastic creations. Children pick up a box housing a deconstructed set inside, and together as a group, with the centre’s Master Model Builders taking the lead, kids build a little set together. Finally, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne houses a 4D cinema, screening LEGO-themed movies, which last around 20 minutes or so. You may wonder what a 4D movie is? It is basically the same as a 3D movie, only with additional physical effects such

as wind blowing at you and sprays of water splashing your face, in synchronisation with the film. Overall, the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne is a lot of fun for children of all ages, although the age bracket of 3 – 8 years would probably get the most out of the centre. Most of the fun happens in the last play area of the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne, in which your children could quite possibly while away half a day or more. The set out of this play space allows grown-ups to enjoy a coffee, and potentially take advantage of the centre’s free WiFi while the kids explore, build and play. There are party rooms all ready to go too, for children to invite their peers and enjoy an unforgettable brick-tastic birthday treat. Entry into LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne is $32.50 per person for an individual admission, otherwise $81 individual or $77 per person (family) for an annual pass. The annual pass entitles you to unlimited entry into LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne, plus 20% off food and drinks in the café, 10% discount on birthday parties, and a 10% discount in the impressive LEGO® shop. If you think you will visit the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne more than once in a year, the annual pass is by far the better option.

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



Warriors By Michelle McCullough



f you didn’t already know, a Facebook mums' group is a supportive space full of rainbows and unicorns where mums can come together to share tips, give advice, swap yummy recipes and generally make the world a better place.... Yeah right! After I had my daughter I joined a couple of area-specific groups in the hope of meeting some new people and get a little help navigating the crazy roller coaster that is parenting. I was bit younger then, and oh so naive.

OK, so the above introduction might be a smidgen too dramatic because generally these groups can be quite informative and dare I say it, a little bit boring. But every now and then the proverbial smooshed up carrots would hit the fan and that’s when things get nasty. Dare to bring up anything that has even a whiff of controversy and the group will instantly transform into a virtual boxing ring with only one rule: no blow is too low. Again, I am probably being a bit dramatic but I would rather spend an hour in a bath full of deadly spiders listening to Let It Go on loop than post anything remotely controversial in one of these groups. Hot topics of controversy include vaccinations, breastfeeding, not breastfeeding, discipling other kids, diet, addiction, step kids, abusive partners, custody arrangements, antibiotics and 58,799 other seemingly mundane parenting topics. Ask for advice or mention any of these topics and things go from boring to the raging fires of hell in less than 60 seconds. I once saw a sleep-deprived mum ask for advice on the cry-it-out method because she was at her wits end with sleepless nights. The amount of abuse this poor woman received for daring to want more than 30 minutes sleep per night was disgusting. No sooner had she posted her question that the nasty comments came flooding in. She was called an unfit mother, selfish and the kicker, someone who didn’t deserve to have children (See, I told you no blow was too low). All this came from other women - other mums, some of who don’t know how difficult it is to have a child who doesn’t care for sleep. Supposed peers who had no idea of this woman’s story or the desperation she must have felt to reach out to a bunch of strangers for help. Great support group ladies. Being a mum who did use the cry-it-out method with my second child out of necessity, 40

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not want, I certainly do not classify myself as a bad mother, selfish or undeserving of having children. For some women it’s the only way to survive. And, for the record, my daughter is fine, super happy, super chilled and tons of fun, not the serial killer the judgmental mums online would have me believe for not picking her up instantly when she cried. I wish at the time I had of been brave enough to help defend this woman against the bully mums with their perfect sleeping children but I was too scared they would start virtually abusing me. Nor did I have the time or desire to debate my parenting style with 87 strangers online. It makes me wonder though, what is it about the online world that makes people think it’s OK to treat another human beings so poorly? To gang up on someone because they have different views than you? Is it because you can be anonymous? Is it because there are no repercussions? Online bullying of children is a huge problem not only in Australia but around the world and it is only going to get worse as our access to technology increases. How can we teach our children to be respectful of others online if this is the example we are setting? So I plead with you, the next time you’re online and see something you don’t agree with and are compelled to comment in a less than constructive manner, ask yourself the following questions: 1. Would I get on stage and say this to room full of strangers? 2. Would I say it to the person’s face? 3. Would I say this to my child? Or be happy for another person to say this to my child? If you answer "No" to any of these questions then there is hope for you yet. If you say yes to any of these questions maybe it’s time to step away from the keyboard and go have some fun with your kids instead. Life’s too short.

Michelle McCullough is a journalist, mother of two, amateur photographer and when she has time, a meerkat enthusiast. She spends her days trying to find new and fun ways to keep her two little monkeys entertained.


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Financial planning tailored to your goals and needs

By Penny Collicoat


o you ever look back at your earlier years and wish you had saved more? Sure, you have plenty of amazing memories but have also developed a penchant for nice “things” and a habit for spending and wanting now. It also doesn’t help that with the evolution of social media are instantly presented with the latest and greatest. Spending habits are learnt early and teaching our children the value of dollar is a vital lesson that you can’t expect anyone else to do for you, so starting young helps. Here are a few simple tips that your children can take on board and hopefully use as they get older.

1. If you are giving your child pocket money or are thinking about

starting, include a percentage that goes in to a savings account for them. They will be able to see the balance grow and see how a bank account works including fees and interest. Help them find a low fee bank account or one with a higher interest rate.

2. If they are saving some money, let them make mistakes with their

spending money, even if you don’t want to watch them buy another soft toy, pink nail polish or lego set. Talk to them about what they might want that they will use or play with for a long time rather than for a few minutes. However, it’s often in our mistakes that we learn the most. I’d rather watch my child waste their money on a $5 toy than a $30,000 car!

3. As they get older and they are getting their first jobs (a vital lesson

in leaning the value of a dollar), explain how tax and super works. Their tax helps our community by paying for hospitals, schools and roads etc. Show them that they can choose where their super is invested and how it works. If you are unsure about any of these things there are plenty of books and online tutorials to help that you can watch before talking to them or do it together.

Penny Collicoat and Leigh Stafford Principals at EDGE Peninsula

Edge Financial Planning is a holistic financial planning firm that provides personalised strategic advice to clients on their financial matters. We take pride in ensuring our clients understand what they have and their financial plan is structured to enable the best outcomes for them. We provide advice on all aspects of personal and SME finances including super, personal insurance, investment, debt structure, estate planning, retirement and overall structures in a simplistic, no nonsense approach. For a more in depth chat, please call the Edge Team.

4. Talk to your kids about budgeting. There are some great apps you

can get for all ages. From simple ones that they enter a saving goal or amount and it calculates how much they need to save over a period of time or how long it will take to save for if they put a certain amount in each week. There are also more sophisticated apps that have your bank transactions feed in to it and you can monitor how much and where you are spending your money. Even saving $20 a week can make a difference and creates positive habits. Like most lessons with kids, the more open and communicative we are with them, the more likely they are to learn, ask questions and take it on board, but always remember that the example we set is most likely the one our children will follow.

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By Olivia Wilson


was thinking about my family today. The sun was shining, we were enjoying a beautiful day out, and I thought to myself “Wow, what a lucky bunch we are”. Lucky because we are happy and healthy, and lucky because we are together. In this particular moment when I was thinking about my family, I was only really thinking of the four of us. I wasn’t thinking about the rest of the family we have. Then this evening, while I was sipping my tea, I got to thinking about what the word ‘family’ really means to me. Has its meaning changed now that I am a mother? What does it mean to me and anyone else who may be living far away from their relations? What does it mean to people who don’t have any relatives?

If you happen to look in the dictionary, you will see that the word "Family" is described as; “a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not”. This explanation doesn’t cover the extended family, the grandparents, uncles, aunts, great grandparents, all the other people we often refer to as family.

Moving abroad means we are far away from all those last minute helping hands, we’re far away from the ‘Grandparent time’ our children used to love. It’s all the little things we miss, and all these things we needed to find in someone else. So, not only have we had to build our new lives, we have had to go out and find our new family. We all need that group, those special people we are close to, we bond with and who we can turn to, no matter what. Now we’re asking our friends to help us in times of need, we look to them when we need someone to have the children for an hour, and for emotional me, I use their shoulders when I shed a tear, and I talk to them when I simply need someone to listen. It’s often said that you can choose your friends but not your family; I’m not sure I agree entirely. When it comes down to being on your own, without the rest of your family, your friends very quickly become much, much more than just friends. They quickly become incredibly special to you. They become your new family. So, we did get to choose our family. We got to choose the people who we spend our precious weekends with, who we share meals with, who we depend on when we have an emergency, and the people we look to when we need comfort. We have chosen the people we trust to look out for our children, who we trust to care for them in the same way we do. This is our second family.


When you live away from your family, you very quickly feel the need to attach yourself to others. I guess this is the survival instinct embedded deep inside us all. We like to be around people, we like to be in groups. So how do we cope without having our family near? How do people get through tough times without their relatives? Am I just a very lucky person to have a family that I have become so reliant on?

It’s true, I am very close to my family. Before I moved to Australia, I would speak to my parents on the phone every day, often more than once. I would regularly talk to my brother, my grandparents, god parents, and my cousins. I may not have been calling for any particular reason, maybe just to connect, to let them know I was thinking about them, and sometimes to just ask mum to give me a hand with the pile of ironing sitting in the basket! This is what you suddenly miss when you move away. I can honestly say that I rarely considered just what I got from my family, until they were no longer within arm’s reach. They were a huge part of our existence until we couldn’t easily pop in and out of each other’s lives. Then suddenly, when we were separated, I began to feel a little perplexed, maybe even anxious, lost and, I hate to say it…. alone. All those times I have called on my brother because he turns everything into a positive, all the times I have asked for help from my mother, because she never says it’s too much trouble, and suddenly it was just us four. This is when it hit me. This is when we truly needed to rely on our very new friends, like we would our family.

You don’t have to move ten thousand miles away from your relatives to have a second family; I am pretty sure at some point you’ve thought, “Sarah is like a sister to me” or “Gosh I don’t know what I would have done without James over the past year”. We all have those friends, those special people that become family to us, when our real relatives are not available, not close enough, or sadly just not around anymore. This is what family really is. It doesn’t have to be blood; it doesn’t have to be all about your standard family trees. If we love them, if we feel safe with them, if we know they have our back, that’s what family is; whether we share a name or not, that’s what makes a family. That’s what family means to me. I guess what I am trying to say to you is; when you think of your family, when you record all your tales and share all your photos, don’t whatever you do, forget those special family members; the ones you have chosen, the ones who have chosen you; the ones who won’t be on that ‘family tree’.

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



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By Jo Violeta


aving money is a great habit although, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. I believe that saving money has received a bad rap, many people see it as boring, restrictive and too difficult. The truth is saving money can be relatively painless and the benefits far outweigh any perceived pain. Saving is fun and achievable if you have a strategy and are committed. When our youngest Marcus was born, we had to adjust from living on two incomes to one.

This provided a great opportunity for us to examine our money habits to find ways to stretch our dollar further and maximise our reduced income.

Here are our favourite, easy to implement strategies to help you get started with increasing your savings today:


Track spending Record everything that you spend money on for at least 3 days. This will help you understand where your money goes, and allow you to make adjustments.

2 Save loose change

Print out your bank account transaction records and spend 30 minutes going over them line by line. Look for subscriptions and direct debit payments that you may have forgotten about and/or no longer need. Cancelling unwanted subscriptions can save you heaps.

Deposit those saved coins into a high-interest savings account every month. If you were to save $2.50 a day in loose change for 12 months, making monthly deposits into a high-interest savings account, with compounding interest (at 5%) you could save approximately $1000 in a year.


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Every day when you get home, empty coins from your pockets, wallet and handbag into a money box.

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Activities to keep kids occupied can be expensive. Fortunately, the Mornington Peninsula and surrounds offer an abundance of free and cheap activities for families. We spoke with local mums to discover their favourite low-cost activities.

Here are their top picks: •Exploring different playgrounds •Visiting the ducks at Seaford creek •Hanging out at the beach •Wandering around McClelland Sculpture Park •Exploring Rock Pools

5 Meal planning We started meal planning about 5 years ago, and it has slashed our total weekly food spend by approximately 40%.

Our best budget meal planning tips are: •Shop from your pantry and fridge first – build your meal plan around what you already have •Include lunches in the meal plan - bring homemade lunches to school/work •Slow cook cheaper cuts of meat •Include at least one meat free meal each week

6 Negotiate with providers Okay, this may take about an hour or two and is kind of boring, but it could save you serious dollars. Grab the account details for all your utilities and health insurance (if you have it). Visit a few comparison websites and find out what deals are on offer. Call all your providers, tell them you are shopping around and thinking of leaving them; they will very likely offer you a better deal to keep your business.

7 Declutter It’s amazing how much stuff families accumulate over time. We recently decluttered our home and discovered stuff that we hadn’t used in years! Decluttering helps you gain an understanding of what you own, which in turn can stop you from buying items that you already possess but may have just forgotten about. Decluttering can also make money.

4 Mortgage refinance If you own your own home it’s smart to review your mortgage every 6-12 months to make sure you are still getting the right deal for your circumstances. Refinancing your mortgage could potentially save hundreds of dollars on your repayments every month. Be mindful of exit fees and penalties though, and check that the new mortgage has all the features you want and need; for example you may want the option to make extra repayments. You could also try negotiating with your current lender directly. Give them a call, let them know that you are shopping around and ask for a better rate.

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NIGHT By Jacqui Kavanagh


n the still of the night, I lay awake anticipating what is sure to follow.

A piercing scream, followed by ‘Mummy?! Help me, Mummy!’. The dreaded night terrors, which are almost a nightly occurrence.

If you have ever had the unfortunate task of dealing with a toddler who has night terrors, you will share my pain. If you haven’t, thank your lucky stars. It is the most heartbreaking, challenging, frustrating event to deal with; nothing you do can make it better and you feel so useless just waiting it out. Around 1a.m is when the first shattering scream bounces through the house. It is always followed by a terrified, ‘Mummy?!’. I take a deep breath and prepare myself, willing patience to filter through my sleep-deprived state. As I walk into his room, he is usually sitting up, eyes wide-open, yet not really seeing. Some nights he will yell incoherently; other times he is capable of fully engaging in conversation- of a hysterical nature. He will be screaming saying that he ‘can’t do it’, or he has ‘forgotten how to breathe’ and beg me to help him. To make it all better. As a mum, that is the only thing I want to do. However, as hard as I try, I cannot. When I try to physically soothe him, he lashes out hitting and kicking in my direction, thrashing around on his bed. When I verbally try to calm him, his screams get louder as he tells me to leave him alone. When I leave his room, he begs me to come back and make it all better. So, I sit there, occasionally quietly talking but mostly in silence, and just wait until it passes. These attacks can last anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. Sometimes, this will happen three times a night. As parents, there is absolutely nothing worse than seeing your child so hysterical, begging you for help and you not being able to do anything to make it better. You feel like a failure. I have spent hours reading up on night terrors in pre-schoolers; I have spoken to Doctors and Maternal Health Nurses; and I will continue to keep looking for the best ways to approach it. 46

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For other parents who may be going through this too, the best advice I have been given is to not talk directly to them; don’t tell them to calm down or try to hug them. Simply sit with them, maybe read a book or just talk about something they like; so that they can hear your voice and know that you are there. It doesn’t seem like much, but it does seem to help shorten the episodes. As horrible as they are, hang in there; it too will pass.

Jacqui Kavanagh is a mum of two delightful angels/devils spawn (depending on the day), and a freelance writer based in bayside Melbourne. To read more about budget-conscious, family-friendly things to do around Melbourne, follow her Facebook page and website and

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iving in an online world means that What are some of the benefits for we don’t really need to interact with penning a letter or card? anyone to get what we want thanks •It teaches kids patience, something that to automated call centres, e-bills, the digital age is rapidly reducing. The e-statements, e-tickets and pretty much whole process of writing, posting and e-everything. So, are we unknowingly waiting for a response will teach kids that raising our children in a less some things just take time. personable and anti-social society?

According to Relationships Australia, the more someone uses technology to communicate, the lonelier they are likely to be. Even more frightening, youth charity, Your Town, states that “the more time kids spend on social media, the more time they are exposed to the risks of being bullied, peer pressure or the grooming behaviour of adults whose aim is to prey on vulnerable young people.” It is easy to accept that we now live in a digital age and that children need to know how to use technology to their advantage but how much is too much? In 2012, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that almost a third of children aged 5-14 years old had their own phone. With this rapid increase in ‘screen time’, there is a natural decrease in outdoor and creative play in kids. Not surprisingly, research is showing there are links between this and a delay in kids achieving sensory and motor milestones, as well as affecting their overall academic achievements. (Rowan 2010, Gentile 2012). So, parents, it’s time to lead by example and show your kids that screen time is not always the best way to keep in touch with friends. It’s time to show your kids that the pen is, without doubt, mightier than the keyboard. 48 Peninsula PeninsulaKids Kids– – Winter Winter 2017 2017

•It enables kids to live in the moment and potentially increase their overall well-being. How? Writing a letter enables kids to take time out and to reflect on what they have done, possibly even encourage them to talk in more depth about their feelings. •It’s clear that text messages and emails don’t have the same sentimental attachment. Let’s face it, when have you ever heard anyone say, I kept all your texts you sent me last year and read them often? •There’s no doubt that encouraging your kids to write will set them apart from others and give them skills they can use throughout their lives. Writing a letter will make someone stand out from the crowd. Surprisingly, more Australians are digging out their best pens and jumping on the oldschool band wagon of hand writing a letter or card to send their friends and loved ones. Let’s face it, no amount of emoticons can replace the personal touch of a hand written letter or card landing on your doorstep. It’s only a matter of time before the young ones follow suit. It’s time to lead the hand-written letter crusade…who’s with me?

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BODY By Janelle Ryan


ecently I have been working with a client who is keen to feel physically lighter since having two beautiful babies. Her reason is not about looking “perfect” or “skinny” but a desire to feel more energised to run, jump and play with her gorgeous daughters who are now toddlers. She is a smart, confident and self-assured woman who has enjoyed success in many areas of her life, but she was struggling to make this change. Frustrated, she came to me for help.

We started working together and it didn’t take long for the obstacle to appear. Her love for her body and its ability to gift her two daughters was bumping up against her quest to change it. She was in conflict. Her questions to me were:

“How can I focus on changing my body, but continue to love it at the same time? How can I stay body positive whilst trying to change the very thing I want to feel positive about?” Being someone who battles with “self-body love” myself, I’ve really enjoyed working this through with my client and being able to show her that LOVING, rather than disliking, our bodies is actually the ideal place to start. We put some strategies in place and my client is now moving happily towards her goal. 50

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"Loving our bodies unconditionally, will motivate us to treat them with more respect and nourishment" 4. Move. Our bodies are made to be Media, social and active. If we didn’t move when we were otherwise, is flooded with cavemen or women we didn’t survive. Even “body shaming” messages later in time, we were moving around on farms or in market places. Then came the that can affect us all. In industrial revolution, the era of industry and contrast to this, I thought then technology and we stopped having to “move for our money”. Moving your body you may like to read my can decrease back pain, neck and shoulder top 8 tips for loving your discomfort and will actually energise you. If body, no matter what you move fast and often enough (and by that I mean regular walking) it will help you your size.


1. Remember that there is no “perfect” size. We are all made

In my mind, loving my body means fueling it with nutritious food, moving it regularly in a way that brings me joy and booking it in for the occasional checkup with health professionals.

differently. Some of us are never going to be a size 8 or 10. First thing to do is to stop comparing yourself with others. Right now. Just stop.

2. Are you enjoying good health? Are you able to get out of bed in the morning and do what you need to do that day without feeling ill or having to take medication? You are more blessed than some so take some time to be grateful for a functioning body. Thank your body for everything it does for you each day. If you want to take it further, create a list of things your body does for you.

Remember your body is an instrument, not an ornament. 3. Be mindful. A very wise friend told me the other day that she suffered with body issues throughout her twenties but now she eats whatever she likes, whenever she likes but does so mindfully. She no longer deprives herself, just enjoys a little of everything in moderation. And she is the picture of good health.

manage stress and even sleep better. If you do more vigorous exercise, do it for fun, fitness and friendship. Do not “punish” or fight your body. Exercise because it makes you feel good.

5. Make a list of all the people in the world you admire and consider if their physical appearance was important to their success.

6. Wear clothes that suit your body shape and make you feel good about yourself and your body. 7. Surround yourself with people who appreciate inner strength and beauty. 8. Picture yourself in the future, looking back at today. So much time in my teenage years was wasted being negative about my body, but when I look back now I realise it was perfect for me! Those strong thighs powered me around a netball court. The fact I was shorter than everyone else just taught me to jump higher, which I’m sure made me fitter. The curves that were the absolute curse of my existence were the envy of other girls because I could fit into those dresses which needed some cleavage.

The more I love my body - the better I want to treat it. This may work for you too!

Janelle Ryan is a passionate and dedicated Personal Coach and the founder of Sky High Coaching. She combines her background in travel, recreation and recruitment with her business and coaching qualifications to help high achievers create a life of clarity, freedom and confidence. Her area of genius is helping her clients create precise and required change in their lives so they can move from feeling stuck and overwhelmed to empowered, confident and motivated. Her passionate and enthusiastic nature makes her a natural in working with clients who have already experienced success and are now committed to taking their lives to the next level. She does this working one on one with her private clients from 3 to 12 months. She also helps her online community take their lives from feeling Average to Ah-Mazing via her online multimedia course. She believes everyone can take their life Sky High! You can meet Janelle by downloading her complimentary online kit, Cloudy to Clear at or her Sky High Coaching Facebook page.


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By Rebecca Bowyer


esterday I shared an article about the invasion of kids’ privacy on my Facebook page. Kerri Sackville posed the argument that ‘There is a huge difference between being a proud parent and denying your child the right to live a private life’.

At least back then he could control his parents’ invasion of his privacy by keeping friends away from the house.

Privacy is something I think about fairly constantly, which may sound strange coming from a blogger. Like most bloggers, I’ve developed my own ‘rules’ about what I will and won’t share. I use pseudonyms for my sons and my husband and I don’t post photos which could be used to identify them. I do write about them but as my eldest approaches his fifth birthday and gets ready for his first year of school in 2016, I’m questioning even that.

Today oversharers have greater opportunities, new media and the practice is normalised.

I’m not saying my rules are the right rules. I’m so used to relying on evidence gleaned from mass studies of child development, psychology and health that I feel a little lost: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and even blogging haven’t been around for long enough for anyone to be able to study the long-term effects on children of having their entire childhood documented online. Then again, oversharing is not new. When I was 10 years old I went to my best friend’s house to jump on her amazingly incredible in-ground trampoline. No nets, no mats, just a massive expanse of material and springs over a dug out pit.

Today it’s not so simple. Digital footprints have the potential to follow kids throughout their lives.

Against this backdrop we have a confused sense of entitlement to privacy. We seem to have a general assumption that privacy is good and anything which encroaches on it is bad – an invasion. However, we’re pretty happy to chip away at our right to privacy for a perceived greater good, like national security, child safety and intellectual property (You’ve heard about the new metadata retention laws, right?). Part of what has kept me sane as a new mother is reading about the experiences of other mothers through blogs, Facebook and forums. Because people talk about everything from sleep deprivation to projectile vomiting to postnatal depression, I know I’m not alone. If I stop talking about my children, I stop talking about a large chunk of my life. If I don’t write about my experience as a parent, how can I expect to be able to read the experiences of others? I’m not saying I’ve got the balance between privacy and ‘telling it like it is’ right. Only time (and my adult sons) will tell. I am saying that we need to have a conversation as a society about what privacy we actually want and what we’re willing to give up – for ourselves and on behalf of our children.

Privacy is a double-edged sword. In the name of privacy, domestic violence The first thing that struck you and child abuse goes unreported, grief goes unspoken and mental illness is when you walked into her misunderstood, to name just a few. house was a larger-than-life But just as importantly, in the name of privacy would we also miss out on the photograph which hung on the joys of life? wall above their lounge suite. It was a photograph I love this quote from the BBC series Call the Midwife (series 3, episode 9): of a smiling toddler. "For what is joy, if it is unrecorded? And what is love, if it is not shared?" Naked. On the toilet. What do you think? How much privacy is enough? How much privacy It was my best are you willing to give up for the sake of sharing the good, the bad and friend’s brother, ten years earlier. the ugly? I don’t remember him inviting many friends home. I can’t imagine why!. 52

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ulie Campbell has been a foster carer for 20 years and has helped improve the lives of more than 50 children, some of whom still call her “mum”. The Rye woman was introduced to the concept of fostering children when she was just 13 years of age and it was something she never forgot.

The number of children in out-of-home care in Australia is rapidly rising with 46,500 reported in 2015-16, and the Mornington Peninsula is one of the highest areas across the state. In Victoria there has been a 57 per cent increase in the number of children entering into out-of-home care between 2011-2016, and OzChild is in need of more foster carers. OzChild’s Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Griffiths said becoming a foster carer is a rewarding decision.

“Becoming a foster carer is a wonderful thing and can provide many personal rewards as you are able to make a difference in the life of a child,” said Ms Griffiths. “Anyone can be a foster carer if you want “Good family friends fostered kids and I used to help them all the time. I to open your heart and your home to a child that needs support. You knew it was something I wanted to do but decided to wait until my own won’t be alone. OzChild will journey with you every step of the way. children got older,” she said. “I actually didn’t know how to become All children need a positive childhood and foster care can be your a foster carer until I saw an ad for a foster carer wanted for twins in the chance to ensure that children get there and continue to be cared for in paper. It said they were difficult kids and I thought maybe I should try it. a safe and loving home. The work our carers do for the children, young My youngest child was 17 by then so I felt it was the right time for us.” people and families in their care is amazing. Without them they would Since then Julie has fostered 50 children from nine month old babies to not have the opportunity to reach their full potential.” teenagers, and now is a foster carer for OzChild. Prospective carers are encouraged to attend an information session “Most of our kids have been teens or pre-teens but I have had some where they have an opportunity to meet with current foster carers to younger children,” said Julie who prefers having older kids. ”I like get an idea of how foster care works. teenagers because there is a bigger need as a lot of people don’t OzChild’s training program ensures prospective carers are confident to want them. I like teaching them life skills. Straight away you can see support the foster children in their care. Foster carers need to be over they’re learning from you,” she said. “My first foster child was one the age of 21, and OzChild welcomes applications from individuals, of the twins who didn’t have any life skills. He stayed with us for two and families with or without children and supports applicants from years and when he left he would say to his brother ‘don’t buy that, Julie cultural, religious and sexually diverse backgrounds. says this is better’ which was lovely.” “We need at least 300 additional careers across Victoria and With the number of kids needing foster care on the rise each year, demand keeps rising with a 20 per cent increase of careers required there is a growing need for foster carers Australia wide and on the annually. It can be respite care, short-term care, long-term or Mornington Peninsula. emergency,” said Ms Griffiths. For people like Julie Campbell, the rewards are priceless, and it has only made her family stronger and bigger. “Some of the foster children you may never see again like the younger ones who often go home or to another family from another area. It is sad for us but they need to be closer to their family so we are happy 54

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Money Pocket

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ustralian’s worry a lot about money. Angst over personal finances has been the number one cause of stress in Australia for the past 5 years. As parents, we don’t want that kind of anxiety in our kids’ future, but it’s hard to not be concerned when we’re witness to the upward trends in the cost of housing, rentals, utilities, fuel and food. And that’s all before anyone’s had any fun!

Stress over money causes Aussie adults to experience anxiety, lose sleep and perform more poorly at work. It’s no surprise then, the impact that has on personal wellbeing. Surprisingly, it’s not necessarily overall wealth that reduces financial stress. A recent study called ‘How your bank balance buys happiness’ found that having cash-on-hand, readily available in a savings account increases happiness more than raw income and investments. There’s something so comforting about having money in the bank.

How Old?

‘By first grade at the latest’ Lieber writes, or earlier. If you’re being pestered to buy things when you’re out shopping or they can count, you can get started! The average age Aussie kids start getting pocket money is 6 years old.

How Much?

That’s priceless.

Easier to start with less and bump it up than do the reverse which of course would not be popular! Lieber recommends 50 cents to $1 per week per year of age with a birthday ‘pay rise’ each year. We chose 50 cents per year of age so our 7 year old gets $3.50 per week and our 8 year old gets $4 per week, soon to be $4.50 when he turns 9.

So where do we begin? To learn about money our kids need to have money, and when they’re under the age of 15, that means we give it to them!!


If we teach our kids how to be financially savvy now, we’re equipping them with skills that will add to their financial security and ultimately their health and wellbeing for the rest of their lives.

Pocket money; so many questions! How old? How much? For chores? In the hand or online? Then what? It’s all up to you and what’s going to work for your family, and it’s going to depend on why you’re giving them pocket money. Is it akin to payment for ‘work’ or is it as a tool for learning? Personal Finance Columnist for The New York Times and author of ‘The Opposite of Spoiled; Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart About Money’ suggests that our kids do chores in the home for the same reason we do, because they need to be done, not to earn their weekly allowance. If they don’t do their chores, other privileges can be withheld or denied! He views pocket money as a stand-alone teaching tool to enable our kids to learn the patience of saving, make their own mistakes while the stakes aren’t too high and learn to share their money with others in need. He helps answer some of our questions. 56

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One popular approach is to help your kids divide their pocket money into three jars or containers; one each for saving, spending and giving. This way they begin to think in terms of budgeting where some money is for when they want or need something later, some money is for spending soon and some is for giving to other people or organisations who may need it more than they do.

Look for containers that are clear so your kids can see their savings growing! You may also want to make sure that they have large enough openings for little hands and money to easily go in and out. ASIC’s MoneySmart ‘Giving Kids Pocket Money’ guide, easily found online, suggests 50% of pocket money for saving, 40% for spending and 10% for giving. We roughly follow this in our home, though as the kids are getting older, we ensure they always save half and then allow them to choose how they want to divide their money between their spend and give jars. They are remarkably generous some days and not on others! Regardless of the amount, some money always goes in the give jar.

Then What?

Depending on the age of your kids a bank account for savings may be a little ‘abstract’ – out of sight out of mind. We have accounts for our kids and they love going to the bank with their jars to deposit their savings. Some parents pay a little ‘interest’ at this time to reward the savings and deposit.

Other families create opportunities for their kids to earn extra pocket money by doing ‘bonus chores’, ones which don’t fall under the ‘typical’ daily expectations of their kids. Another option is the goHenry pre-paid pocket money card, all managed online. Different families do pocket money in different ways. Talk to other parents and find a fit that works for you. Plan ahead and start collecting your coins! Good luck!

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Can You See Me is an early concepts book, featuring an Aboriginal child exploring the world in the safety of her family. My Mate is a picture book for early readers that celebrates the relationship between a boy and his dog. RRP: $15.99

BAMM STAMPED DESIGNS Earrings: Stainless steel Comes in silver, gold and rose gold. Circles and hearts available. Price Range (depending on shape and color). Personalised however you like. RRP Between $35-$45 a pair. BammStampedDesigns

CATCH THE FOX Voted the best new game at the 2017 London Toy Fair, Catch the Fox is a hilarious game where players have to stop a greedy fox from stealing chickens. He can lose his trousers at any moment, and when he does, you have to rescue as many chickens as you can. The first to 5 chickens wins! Catch the Fox is great family fun and suitable for 2-6 players aged 4+. RRP $39.95 Available at leading toy retailers.


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VTECH TELETUBBIES MY 1ST TABLET Features eight app buttons that introduce your little one to music, nature sounds, numbers, letters and more. Just swipe and tap to light-up the touch screen for fun animations, interesting light patterns, sounds and music. RRP $34.95 Teletubbies™ toys are available from major retailers including Big W, Myer, Target, Kmart, and independent toy stores Kid Stuff, Toyworld, and Mr Toys

POP THE PIG An international best-seller, Pop! The Pig keeps everyone on their toes. Kids and adults alike will have a blast playing the fun new family game, Pop! The Pig. Simply spin the die, pop a hamburger into the pig’s mouth, and pump his head. If he eats too much, he will suddenly pop! The whole family will love the suspense as you watch his belly grow, and the player who makes his belly burst loses. Pop! The Pig provides hours of family fun and is completely kid powered (no batteries needed). Suitable for 2-6 players aged 4+. RRP $39.95 Available at leading toy retailers

So Much Fun BUBBLE BALL MUSTELA SKIN A care pack valued between $85 and $150 suited to your child’s skincare type. Mustela is the first skin care company in the world to embark on a research program that analyses baby and children’s skin, revealing a breakthrough that children are born with either: normal skin, dry skin or eczema-prone skin. With this insight, Mustela® developed and patented specific natural ingredients - clinically proven to be effective for each type of skin. Visit Products available, priced between $7.95 - $34.95 rrp The new Mustela® bébé-enfant *range is available in Chemist Warehouse , Babies “R” Us , Amcal, Chemmart Terry White, Priceline, and all good pharmacies.

X-Shot Bubble Ball is the hottest new item that takes contact sports to the extreme! Run, Crash, Roll and Smash with its durable material and easy to inflate system! The Bubble Ball can inflate up to 4 feet and withstand tremendous impacts! Use it in your backyard or in a sports field and get your game on! Blue team against Orange team! Who will be the last one standing? Literally! RRP $69 Available at Kmart, Target, Big W, Toys “R” Us



ALBUM ‘OCH AYE THE G’NU’ MUSIC/UNIVERSAL MUSIC Created by legendary entertainer Jimmy Barnes, Och Aye the G’Nu was inspired by Jimmy’s cheeky red-haired, blue-eyed grandson. Produced by The Wiggles’ creator Anthony Field, Lachy Wiggle sings beautifully throughout the album, while Jimmy is the voice of his cheeky character Och Aye the G’Nu. Jackie Barnes and Jeff Fatt add to the exciting musical merriment, while Emma and Simon Wiggle are joined by most of the Barnes clan with the latest star of children’s music, Och Aye the G’Nu. RRP: $12.99 Children’s Books ‘Och Aye the G’Nu’ He’s a handsome young calf, he’s a wildebeest, too. But in Scotland they call him young Och Aye the G’Nu… Jimmy Barnes, Aussie rock legend and grandad, has penned this delightful collection of poetry for the young grandson he affectionately calls G’Nu… RRP: $19.99

THE SLEEPY COMPANY The Sleepy Company has created two of the most innovative sleep solutions ever to hit the Australian Market - The X-Tend Sleepsuit, which is an Australian-first Sleepsuit that grows with your child and the 365 Sleep Bag 2.0, an organic baby Sleeping Bag is configurable for all-seasons. 1. The X Tend Sleepsuit is an Australian first invention that grows with your child by simply extending the arms and legs of the suit when the baby is ready to upsize. RRP $74.95 2. The 365 Sleep Bag 2.0 is a configurable baby sleeping bag that adjusts to all four seasons and temperature changes, making it able to be used 365 days a year. RRP starting from $149.95 Both products are made of luxurious, certified organic cotton and come in a selection of unisex contemporary designs and prints.


THAT'S NOT VERY By Kylie Krackenbacken




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"As for that male colleague who thought I wasn’t maternal, he got a lovely smack down from a female colleague"


t took a minute to sink in – my tiny lady brain really had some difficulty taking in a male, childless colleague telling me what is outside the normal spectrum of motherly behaviour.

I had no idea that now I’m someone’s mum I have to show deep appreciation for every facet of parenting, even the torturous bits like my kid trying to push out a thousand teeth while having a chest infection combined with a fun trip to emergency because he doesn’t like to do things by halves! It got me thinking about the incredibly nosy questions I’ve been asked about parenting and the uninvited comments I receive from randoms on the street ALL THE FREAKING TIME. Many of the responses I’ve given have drawn shocked reactions from people – apparently they’re allowed to ask you incredibly personal questions but responding honestly or making a joke about motherhood or your kid is entirely unacceptable.

HERE’S A FEW OF MY MOST RECENT SPECIAL MOMENTS: The colleague who asked me if I regretted having a kid Yes, of course! Not the one I have – he’s adorable – but sure, I’d love to drink cocktails until I pass out and then have a lie in. This response earned me a shocked intake of breath and a horrified look. Seriously, what a weird, redundant question. If you’re going to be outraged by the answer, why ask me the question? The acquaintance who asked how my partner and I were coping with the ‘change of life?’ Great! We are thinking of breaking up so we can both have every second weekend off! (That was after an awkward pause as I wondered if she was asking if we were going through man and lady menopause.)

To which I replied he should stop taking his socks off then. The lady looked saddened by my dire lack of parenting skills. But really, he had already taken them off three times, so I figured he could have bare feet if he felt that strongly about it. “He’s so beautiful!” Hey, thanks random, I think so too. I really should have stopped there but I laughed and said that I had thought he was the most beautiful newborn alive but when I look back on the photos now he looked like a dropped pie. I then got an outraged “How can you say that, all babies are beautiful!” Sigh. Yes, of course all babies are beautiful but can’t we ever joke about them, the adorable little home wreckers?! “When are you having another one?” Seriously, STOP asking this question, random strangers! One random lady I laughed at and said NEVER, the one I have is plenty! She told me that was incredibly selfish of me and asked how I could do that to him? I snorted and told her that she’s right, my one kid will have a terrible life with all of that love and attention he gets from us. So,lighten up folks: whinging about kids is OK. People, whinging about your kid and parenting isn’t a capital offence. It’s really just like whinging about life before you had a kid but now you’ve got something else to complain about. (I should say, my tiny boy human is naturally adorable and delightful but that’s not really my point.) As for that male colleague who thought I wasn’t maternal, he got a lovely smack down from a female colleague: ‘Of course she’s maternal, this is just Kylie’s version of maternal, idiot!’ (OK, possibly the idiot bit was implied and not actually said, but it was definitely there!) Anyway, the kid’s still alive, healthy and happy, so I’m calling that a parenting win!

My friendly acquaintance didn’t seem to really understand my response. I’ll admit it was somewhat tasteless, but no one has ever accused me of being classy… “Darling, it’s far too cold for him to have bare feet!” This from an old lady in Arctic Melbourne conditions (it had been sunny when we left home 5 minutes before).

Kylie is a Melbourne based career woman who decided to have a baby with her partner after 16 years together at the ripe old age of 38. She is currently on maternity leave with her gorgeous 8 month old baby. Parenting is a strange, wondrous, hilarious and sometimes horrendous gig and she tells it how she sees it.




usually older – volunteer mums who help out with regular scheduled chats, home visits or outings to ease the pressure in times of stress. “Times, locations and frequency of visits are decided by mutual negotiation between the Mumma Bears and their cubs,” said Carol, explaining the relationship is more like a formalized friendship. “There are no hard and fast rules. It is about working out what is best for the people involved. Some of our matches have become like second family and they all celebrate each other’s special occasions like birthdays and Christmas. Others might just be a relationship where the cub can call on the mumma bear when they need advice about their children for instance.” Kirsty Miller is one of the cubs that says mumma bears has changed her life. By Melissa Walsh


hen Carol Ray started Mumma Bears it was a labor of love that she never dreamed would get so big.

“It all began one day when I saw a Facebook post from a young mum saying how lonely she was and so desperate for conversation she went to McDonalds, so I put up a post asking if anyone would be interested in a group matching young mums with older mums,” said Carol. “Overnight I got 500 likes which is when I realised there was a need for this service out there.” That was in October 2015 and just eighteen months later, the Facebook group known as Mumma Bears now has 650 members and 100 registered from the website. “I get enquiries all the time for people to be matched with other mums. At the moment we have 80 matches all over Victoria but mainly on the Mornington Peninsula, and hundreds more needed matches,” said Carol. Mumma Bears provides support for mums of all ages who are raising children with little or no family help. They are matched one-on-one with – 62

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“My mumma bear and their family are like family to me and my children,” said Kirsty, who was left alone with a four year old and brand new baby eighteen months ago. “My partner left and I was all alone with no family support. I reached out to the Facebook page and Carol became my surrogate mumma bear until she could find me another one.” In the stringent matching process, Carol then matched young Kristy up with her current mumma bear and now the families have a special bond. “Volunteers old and young are the lifeblood of the organization and we definitely need more people to come on board as mumma bears,” said Carol, who matches people according to their interests, availability, background and location. “Sometimes the girls just need to strike up a friendship one-on-one, whether it is over coffee, at each other’s houses, or just simply for some advice and a chat over the phone or by text.” Mumma Bears is a not-for-profit support group for mums, providing support for other mums with little or no family around.

To find out about becoming a mumma bear, phone 0432 617 730. Check out Mumma Bears on Facebook or go to

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Planning your Messy Shed Party! *Well in advance, choose a party date/time and lock it in with the lovely people at The Messy Shed. (Parties run for two hours 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm) *3-4 weeks before the party make a list of guests and download and print out The Messy Shed invitations. (20 children are included in the base price which is awesome when you need to invite the entire class!) *Decide whether you’re making your own cake to bring or arranging a yummy ice-cream cake with The Messy Shed. *If parents are staying, you might want to order one of Messy Shed’s adult platters for them to nibble on. Let The Messy Shed know about this 3 days before the birthday bash! *Get your party favours in order. Think outside the box, (or bag)! It doesn’t have to be all sweets. Glow sticks, pencils, temporary tattoos, stickers, inexpensive plastic sunglasses or other little toys such as slinkies or spinning tops are also crowd pleasers. *A week before the party, let The Messy shed know your final numbers and names of the guests so that they can arrange food. *Don’t forget to remind the kids to wear or bring socks for The Messy Shed’s climbing structures and inflatables.


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Pregnancy & Baby

Around 1 in 6 people in Australia who want to become parents experience

difficulty either conceiving and maintaining their first pregnancy or getting pregnant after having their first child. A physically and psychologically stressful and demanding process, many people find their resources stretched, their coping mechanisms under pressure and their vulnerabilities amplified. This may also affect treatment outcomes if they are on IVF. To many, this is unexpected, confusing and not at all the way they thought their life would go often leaving them feeling like the rest of their life is on hold. By Kellie Edwards


Often, we become obsessed with every possible path to be at our rying to have a baby and finding it harder than we would healthiest and maximise our chances of conception - and yet this very like it to be can be one of the loneliest pains of adult life. It understandable preoccupation can find us feeling more stressed and can be hard to put into words, and we might not even want to. overwhelmed than we were before this whole journey began. Adding this It can feel like it follows us around as we move about our day. The sadness, the longing and the confusion. Gradually dragging to an already busy life can become overwhelming. us down and robbing us of the joys we used to find in our work, “Most of us treat ourselves rather unkindly when bad things happen to us. our friends, our leisure. Curling up on the couch can become Rather than offering ourselves the same sympathy and support we would our comfort zone as we withdraw ever so slightly into our own give to a loved one, we tend to criticize ourselves (“What’s the matter with private suffering. you!”), we hide from others or ourselves in shame (“I’m worthless”), and

And then the questions come: Why? Why me? Was it something I did? What can I do? How can I fix this? Like doing laps in hell, trying to think our way out of this unwanted reality, our mind goes over and over the same questions, as if somehow this time we will miraculously think of something we haven’t before. 72

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we get stuck in our heads trying to make sense of what happened to us (“Why me?”).” Christopher K. Germer PhD, and Kristin Neff, Assoc. Prof of education Psychology.

We can unintentionally become our own worst enemy, layering on more distress in an already stressful situation. Feeling emotionally and physically bruised, we can become consumed with waiting, wondering, worrying, hoping, dreading and calculating every step of the demanding process. We feel even more stressed, even though we know that this stress can interfere with the very outcome we are longing for. We don’t always know what to do to manage the emotions that surge up in us or how to restore the calm we know will help most. Inevitable frustrations and disappointments along the way seem to create even more distance between us and our dream. Having a reliable way of soothing our pain, of turning towards it with the kind of support we would offer a loved one who was going through a difficult time, is perhaps the most useful tool at a time like this. Mindfulness and self compassion practices can make a real difference. We can find relief and calm, reduce anxiety and depression and get back into the drivers seat of our own state of well-being and our relationships. Learning how to do this practice resources us on an ongoing basis, creating space for other aspects of our lives again.

The New ABC of Conception

One practice that clients of mine find helpful is a simple mindfulness based practice I designed - which I call the New ABC for Conception, because it makes the four steps easy to remember, but not neccessarily always easy to do. If you would like professional support for conception, please reach out to a qualified counsellor or psychologist. Outlined below are the steps so you can give the practise a try for yourself.

Before you begin, find a cosy and comfortable place to rest where you can have just a few minutes of quiet without being interrupted. Take a warm wheat bag or a cosy rug with you and see this time as an experiment in taking care of yourself in an easy and restorative way. Start by gently closing your eyes and taking a deep breath in, then slowly letting it out….fully. One more time, taking a deep breath in, then slowly letting it out. Now, let your breath resume its own natural rhythm – you don’t need to force it in any way. Just allow your body to look after that for you. Now bring your attention inwards and tune in to your body, slowly scanning it from head to toe. Be curious about what you notice. Are there any obvious areas of tension? If so, pause, invite them to soften just a little, before continuing to move slowly down your body Now just begin to open up just a little to any difficult feeling you might be feeling right now. Perhaps you are worried, scared, frustrated, disappointed or sad — and follow each of the four steps of The New ABC for Conception:



be a simple decision that what you were feeling. – ask yourself – what am I feeling? “Breathing Kindness“ around See if you can name it silently your difficult feelings is what you want to do more of — inside your head — what because it feels good and is word would you use to describe what you are feeling? one tangible way you can “be on your own side” and support yourself. Now just let all that go and let that this is what you are your body soften and relax, feeling without pushing it breathing calmly … and when away or trying to change you are ready, you can slowly it. Silently remind yourself open your eyes.” that it is OK to feel this, and any other feeling that you To access free audio of this practise use QR code here or feel, anytime. Breathe in the go to the link below sense that it’s OK for that vulnerability to be there and you are not going to reject it. Remind yourself that other people feel this too. You are It’s so understandable that you not alone in feeling this way might feel like withdrawing or in going through this from parts of your life right difficult time. now. But it is really important not to cut yourself off from others who can support you just by keeping you company. Making the choice to soothe all around that feeling. whatever feelings are with you Breathe kindness, friendship, right now and throughout softness and warmth right your journey might be just into the feeling. You are enough for you to reach out soothing that feeling — like for the support you need, you are giving it a big hug connecting with those who and a gentle smile all at the care about you and want you same time. Let the comfort of to be healthy and happy. your kindness in. Be well.




a helpful next step. What do you need? What would be most helpful to you right now in this moment? It may be something you actually want to do to take good care of yourself or it may

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magine if we could fill all women’s minds with a vision that labour and birth can be beautiful, positive and empowering? Imagine if all women could say they LOVED their birth? And what about the partners or dads-to-be? Why not fill them with confidence, so they walk away from birth feeling they played an integral role in the birth of their child?

Yes, childbirth is challenging and intense but a positive birth experience is possible; you just need to know the steps to take to make it happen. WHAT DOES A POSITIVE BIRTH LOOK LIKE? Home or hospital, obstetrician or midwife, natural or caesarean…it doesn’t matter which of these options you choose or end up with. Each one can be positive with the right elements in place. •Feeling listened to and respected •Feeling safe and supported •Being at ease with the birth process •Understanding what is happening physically, mentally and emotionally •Having confidence to ask questions and make decisions •Feeling in control •An involved and effective birth partner •Being empowered and enriched by the experience

So HOW can we optimise our chances of this happening?


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The more you understand about the normal birth process and what is happening with your body, the easier it will be to manage each stage. Find out how to work with your hormones to enhance labour and help your uterus work more efficiently. Learn about the science of pain and reflect on how you naturally respond to it so you can prepare the right pain management techniques for you. Another essential element to being informed is knowing what factors can get in the way of a positive birth and how to overcome them. For example, hospital policies or outdated routine procedures.

CREATE THE RIGHT SUPPORT TEAM The people you want around you in labour should be those that don’t panic, that will support your choices and believe you can do it. Consider choosing someone who has had a birth like the one you want, as they will provide inspiration and understanding of what you are going through. Select people that are there for YOU, not just to see the babyyou want support not spectators.

By Yvette Julian-Arndt



Explore the foundations of any fears around birth and find ways to release them or replace them with positive thoughts. Affirmations are very helpful and can give you an ‘I can do this’ mindset. Exercising and eating well during pregnancy can not only give you strength and stamina to face the physical challenges of labour but can also impact your birthing options and how your birth plays out. Spend time connecting with your baby during pregnancy so that you can work

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together and have a strong reminder of why you are going through it all in the first place! Educate yourself on optimal foetal positioning for an easier labour and visit a physio, chiro or osteopath to make sure your spine and pelvis is in the best alignment.

WRITE A BIRTH PLAN OR BIRTH INTENTIONS Some say you can’t plan birth, but this is not what you are doing. The true value of a birth plan is in the research it takes to put it together. It is a fantastic way to educate yourself about all your options and discover what is important to you in the birth of your baby. It also gives your Obstetrician and/or midwife a clear idea of your birth intentions so that you can all work together towards a shared goal.

GAIN SOME SKILLS When it comes to skills for labour most of us just think of pain management skills like effective breathing patterns, positioning, movement, visualisation, heat therapy, massage etc. While it is crucial to have these techniques at the ready, there are other skills that can really optimise your chances of a positive experience. Practicing decision making and communication skills can mean if anything unexpected arises during labour you will know how to ask for unbiased information, find out ALL your options (not just the ones that suit your care provider) and be able to analyse the risks and benefits of each one. This will lead you to make informed choices, an essential element to a positive birth.

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GET INSPIRED Surround yourself with positive messages about birth. This can be done through birth books, independent birth education courses, and positive birth groups. Facebook and Instagram can provide some motivating tips, articles, stories and images of the magic of birth.

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GIVE DAD-TO-BE A TOOL KIT Giving the birth partner or dad-to-be a role and some jobs to do in labour can really help give him confidence to be a great support. He can then lead the way in reminding you to change positions, try a new comfort technique or speak up on your behalf. Being a confident and reassuring presence will help you feel like you are not alone. A positive birth experience can mean you start parenthood on the right foot and can even be something you look back and draw on in tough parenting moments. And not to forget that it allows baby to enter the world in a calm, gentle and joyful way. Happy Birthing!

Yvette Julian-Arndt is a mum to two gorgeous boys and loves living on the Mornington Peninsula. She is passionate about all things birth and loves to educate and inspire couples in their preparation for this life changing event. She runs courses in Frankston based on The Positive Birth Formula, a new birthing method developed from the latest evidence and the common elements found in hundreds of positive birth experiences. Find out more or book a course at or join her on Facebook and Instagram for more great labour and birth tips.

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f you express your breastmilk in the early days after your milk comes in, you will probably get more than your baby needs for a feed – indeed, you might feel you have enough milk for all the babies in your ward! You head home confident that expressing is quick and easy and start to plan for the extra freezer you will buy to store all that expressed breast milk in.

Guess What? Everything Is Okay!

So, you are really disappointed when you try expressing for the first time after the early postnatal period and only get a few mls for your effort. If you are expressing to have a supply of milk for your return to work or a special occasion away from your baby, you will probably start to panic and worry that you need a different (better) breast pump or you have a poor milk supply. Guess what? Everything is OK! Once breastfeeding is established and milk production is in sync with the baby, the breasts no longer stockpile excess milk, just in case it is needed. Instead, baby’s feeds are made-to-order, with just a little spare kept on hand in case it is needed. So, instead of you having an endless supply you can call on whenever you want – like an unlimited credit card – now you are living a creditfree life where you need to save up for what you want. Just like the financial world, now you need to think about a savings plan and how much you need to put away each week to meet your goals. You might like to think of these first few goes with your breast pump or hand expressing as practice sessions, where you learn the tricks and tips to maximise your expressing skills. Then, once you have worked it all out, you can start banking your milk towards the future. Most mothers find it takes about 15-20 minutes after the let-down to pump each breast and they can collect more milk earlier in the day than in the afternoon or evening. If you just want some breastmilk in the freezer for a “rainy day”, then you can just express whenever you have a little time between feeds. But if you have a set goal in mind – enough milk for the first week or two back at work; two or three feeds to cover your sister’s wedding day or one feed each week while you are at yoga class – then you will need to do a little maths and work out a plan. Say you find you average about 20-50mls each time you express and you work out your baby will need about 70mls each feed, then you 76

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will know it takes you roughly two sessions to save up one feed. A few practice runs with your partner or other caregiver feeding your baby EBM will help you estimate how much you might need. But remember breastfed babies take varied amounts at each feed and you can never accurately guess an exact amount, so divide your “piggy bank” into small amounts of frozen milk until you get an idea of what he/she needs. You can buy breast milk freezer trays which hold 30mls per section and this is a good amount to work with. So, just as you did when saving for your childhood hearts-desire, get into the habit of putting a little bit away on a regular basis and you can be confident you will have enough when you need it.

Yvette O'Dowd probably isn't your typical grandmother! This purple-haired mother of three and granny of two has been a breastfeeding counsellor for 25 years. Founder of the popular Southern Natural Parenting Network and South Eastern Babywearing Group, she is also the Early Parenting Editor for au/Yvette has lived on the Mornington Peninsula for more than 40 years. In her spare time, she is a keen photographer and scrapbooker and is keeper of a fairy garden. You can follow Yvette at:


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By Pinky McKay


o often we look outwards to work out what is going on for our baby. Mothers are often told to check the clock to find out whether it’s time to feed or sleep. But tuning into your baby and responding to her signals will help her feel understood. You know how it feels when somebody ‘gets’ you? You feel they are there for you in a meaningful way. Rather than just going through the motions, they really understand. This is attunement – tuning into your baby’s subtle cues and responding appropriately to her needs. Attunement is an intuitive process but can feel very difficult if you are being bombarded with advice or feeling very tired. So without being too hard on yourself, try to dismiss the advice that is playing like a tape inside your head as you check in and ask yourself: what is my baby trying to tell me? If you aren’t quite sure, watch how your baby responds when you try to meet her needs and, rather than being persuaded by advice that might not really be appropriate, ask yourself questions like: does my baby like being held this way? Does she settle when I follow this routine? How do I know what she likes? By watching, waiting and wondering as you interact with your baby, and being respectful to her responses, you will discover her likes and preferences and how she likes to express these. This is attunement in action. For most parents, tuning into your baby becomes increasingly natural as you get to know her and the subtleties of her body language, her facial expressions and her noises as she communicates with you. Cues, or non verbal language, are your baby’s way of telling you what she needs. Although it may take a few weeks to get to know your baby’s cues, if you watch closely, you will be amazed at how even very young babies can give clear signals that they want to interact, would prefer to be given a break from play or a situation that is becoming stressful, perhaps because it is overstimulating for your little one, or she is tired or hungry. Responding to your baby’s cues day and night, will help your baby develop a sense of trust in her ability to influence her environment and will help her form a secure attachment to you. These are important prerequisites for later emotional development and relationships. Your responsiveness will also help your baby learn what psychologists call ‘emotional regulation’, which is the capacity to understand that we have control over our emotions. As you soothe your baby, you are teaching her that when she is upset, she can calm down. When a baby’s signals are ignored, and they escalate to cries that are not responded to, the baby fails to develop the understanding that she can regulate his own emotions. While tuning in to your baby may seem a ‘tall order’ – especially at first – and a huge responsibility, please don’t feel stressed if you are a bit confused about what your baby is trying to tell you or if you get it wrong sometimes. It’s perfectly normal for parents to feel out of sync, then to get back in tune with their littlies – in fact, this process is so common that it even has a label: ‘rupture and repair’. When your 78

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"tuning into your baby’s subtle cues and responding appropriately to her needs"

baby has an occasional yelling bout at a difficult time – perhaps when you are driving the car and you can’t pull over to attend to her, or you need to get the last potato peeled in order to feed your other hungry children –it might feel awful, but please don’t worry that you will damage your baby for life! Most of the time, these small ruptures are just that – a few minutes of distress followed by comfort that shows your baby that she can calm down again.

Pinky McKay is a best-selling author, lactation consultant and mum of five. Check out Pinky’s Parenting by Heart Mummy Meet-ups – these are free informal meet up groups of mums, babies and small children who share and support gentle parenting.

Strong Minds

Create Strong Bodies

By Julie Cox


he mind controls the body, so the mind will control whether you eat that cookie or not. Whether you are overweight or unfit, it all is the result of the mind. The mind will tell you to get up and go for a walk every day or what it's going to eat. The mind will help install will power into you to keep these healthy things going. The mind should be seen as a ‘mental muscle’ that always needs strengthening and work. When we relax and don't proactively use it, it weakens. I am a huge believer in seeing the ‘glass half full’. In fact I preach this to my clients on a daily basis and get them to send me through every night the moment in their day where they saw the ‘glass half full’ and draw on the positives from their day. The way I see it, we have to get through the day regardless if it's a bad or good one, we can't beat time, so why not make it a pleasant and positive one? The choice is ours and ultimately our mind dictates the mood we are in and the day we have. If we want to be good at something then we need to practice at it, if we want to be positive every day then we need to practice at this too. The best thing about this is that we are all capable of having a great relationship with our minds. I often say to clients ‘Be your own best friend’ and ‘Check in with yourself’; what I mean by this is making yourself accountable. So ask yourself when you are working out if you can give a little bit more effort or if you can do better. When you are at social occasions take yourself mentally to the time of leaving and how you would feel walking away having resisted food temptations and how proud of yourself you would be; during the night remind yourself of this when a nice plate of sausage rolls comes around and you want to reach for one. Our mind is an amazing thing so if we use it for self benefit then you will really reap so many rewards and if we practice these things enough in our minds it'll become a habit. It's like elite athletes. Look at swimmers who compete at an Olympic level. They have a strong mind and as a result they have strong bodies. Discipline is of the mind. It's discipline that gets them up early to train and apply themselves to the level that's made them a professional. TIPS TO CREATING A STRONGER MIND: - Tell yourself it's going to be a great day. - When something goes mildly wrong in your day, don't swear, have a giggle and smile and re-group and move forward. Errors can be fixed. - Take a minute at the end of everyday to see your ‘glass half full’ moments for the day- can be something little or big - Instead of seeing the negative and complaining, see the positive. Every situation has some form of positive. - Check in with yourself and be accountable. - Action your thoughts and lead a proactive life, reminding yourself daily of your goals.

Julie is mum to a sassy 2 and a half-year-old girl who keeps her moving. Her passion for mums/women’s fitness has catapulted a career in a range of fields from exercise to eating healthy, supplements, and serving up great lunchbox treats. You can find more about Julie at

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By Kristy Kendall


rdering an ice cream. Asking for directions. Requesting assistance in a store. What do these everyday acts have in common? They’re all forms of microbravery: small, everyday risks that take us out of our personal comfort zones.

These small acts of bravery can be life changing especially for girls, helping them to build confidence and self-esteem. A 2014 study by Keds and Girls Leadership, highlighted a bravery gap where boys were more likely than girls to say they were brave. The study found that 59% of teen girls define bravery as a heroic act in a dangerous situation, while only 18% of teen girls define brave as standing up for their beliefs and being honest about who they are. So being brave can seem out of reach to some girls who want to try it; it can feel overwhelming and a lot scarier than it has to be. Being brave is a skill best learned gradually over time, and like any new skill it takes practice, persistence and patience. Bravery is built, not born and microbravery allows girls to build courage slowly in small increments. Eventually they develop the confidence to tackle bigger challenges.


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A learning environment where girls feel empowered, where they can engage in more healthy competition and risk-taking sets them up for life success. We call on parents and teachers to embrace microbravery and to teach it to our girls; they learn best by watching the adults they admire and care for. When parents and teachers model microbravery they provide girls with two core components they need to develop courage: a script (the words to say) and permission (it’s okay to speak up, even if society tells you not to). Bravery isn’t just about what we do: it’s also about what we believe in. By changing the way girls define courage, we can put it within their reach, making bravery something girls can enjoy also.

Kristy Kendall is the Principal of Toorak College and has a Masters in Education specialising in developmental psychology. She has authored 9 titles in VCE Psychology and is an advisory board member for online learning tool, Edrolo.

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and highly committed staff work together to ensure that children feel secure at school and provide high quality teaching in an organised and very well resourced learning environment. Our school continues to develop in many exciting ways, such as the development of our new Child Safety Standards Policy and being a Lead School for the Victorian Government Respectful’s Relationship’s initiative. St Francis Xavier strives to provide an enriching, positive experience for our children.

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values where we promote a community based on faith, hope and love. As a school we celebrate the diversity of the wider community and are committed to the principles of inclusion and equality of opportunity. Mutual respect and consistently high expectations create a caring ethos in which children can become increasingly independent. This enables them

to take on challenges in a safe and supportive learning environment. We are very proud of our achievements, involvement in the community and approach to education. The best way to get a feeling of St Francis Xavier School community is to visit us. Whether you are looking for a place in Prep, or further up the School, we welcome you to St Francis Xavier to answer any questions. Contact St Francis Xavier School for a tour.

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Toorak College A Flying Start Toorak College provides the best educational start for your child. We inspire all of our students to dream big and aim high; we have quality teachers that develop our students’ passions wherever they may lie. We welcome boys and girls from 3-year-old preschool to Year 4, with an all-girls’ approach from Years 5 to 12. In the early years, we value exploration, curiosity and social development. Our Early Learning Centre exceeds the national standard, with an emphasis on a child’s holistic development as influenced by Reggio Emilia practices and the PYP-IB curriculum and a focus on the development of core skills. We encourage each student’s sense of wonder and inquiry, placing importance on his or her emotional and social development. Wardle House, our Junior School, is so much more than a primary school. Acclaimed for its International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), Wardle House develops creative, competent and independent thinkers. Small class sizes, personalised learning

programs and extensive co-curricular offerings allow our students to find their own pathway to be brilliant. Principal Mrs Kristy Kendall says, “We instil in our students a sense of confidence, and give them the belief that they can try anything; our students know that making mistakes is how they grow and improve. We develop creative thinkers and encourage our students to be selfreflective and self-motivated.” Our all-girl approach from Years 5 to 12 provides every girl with opportunities for leadership, participation and voice. We provide innovative learning opportunities that encourage self-reflection, risk taking and confidence building. Girls’ schools are ideally positioned to educate, inspire and nurture the young women of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow. Girls excel in a girls’ school. “At Toorak we expect our graduates to be aspirational and push themselves – with the right encouragement and confidence in their own abilities, our students will leave the school believing that they can do anything. We encourage all students to find their passions, identify their strengths and to make the most of their Toorak College experience”, says Mrs Kendall.

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Peninsula Grammar VCE Scholarship Opportunity at Peninsula Grammar Scholarships change lives. At Peninsula Grammar, they proudly offer a range of scholarships with their Class of ’99 Memorial Scholarship providing an invaluable opportunity for a Year 10 or 11 student. In 2016, Heidi Chen received this prestigious Scholarship allowing her to commence at the School in Year 11. With the Scholarship offering full remission of tuition fees until the completion of Year 12, it is a very generous program. “I was extremely fortunate to receive a Scholarship at Peninsula Grammar,” she explained. “It was a significant change for me but it was easy to settle in; the teachers were so caring and the students warmly welcomed me. And it is important that I can be my best during my final years of schooling.” “Heidi has made a wonderful contribution to Peninsula Grammar in her peer level and also the wider school,” Ross Patterson, Head of Senior Years said. “She has been particularly active in supporting the school’s community


service and wellbeing program which we highly value.” Heidi has impressed not only her new teachers but her peers as well being made a Prefect for Academics and Wellbeing this year. “This is a massive honour considering I have only been here for one year,” she said. The Class of ’99 Memorial Scholarship was established to honour the memories of Year 11 students Daniel Groves, Blair Hibbert and Timothy Noble who lost their lives in a tragic car accident. The Scholarship is partly funded by the interest raised through the investment of generous donations from the parents of the Class of ’99 and is available to students who would otherwise not be able to receive a Peninsula Grammar education. Heidi’s move has also helped her explore many co-curricular activities and be more active in music, drama and sport.

Scholarship for students commencing Year 10 or 11 in 2018. This is a General Excellence means-tested full Scholarship. Visit for more information or call 03 9788 7777. Applications close at 4.00pm on Friday 23 June 2017.

“This year I am participating in Anything Goes, our Senior Years musical. It has been so much fun to play a part in this wonderful production. I also enjoy sport; it is fun and competitive at Peninsula.” Applications are now being received for the 2018 Class of ’99 Memorial

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John Paul College Creating a Community of Curious Minds… John Paul College is a co-educational Catholic Secondary School in Frankston. The College aims to be a centre of excellence and inspiration within the community; students encouraged to be motivated and passionate about both their learning and their community involvement. Principal, Mr John Visentin, says “John Paul College is a vibrant learning community where each student is supported and challenged to achieve excellence. We offer an education that promotes resilience and faith in action. We are committed to maintaining high positive expectations and are attentive to the needs, goals and abilities of every student.” John Paul College is special because students feel that they are part of a bigger family. Students are encouraged to help and support each other and a sense of belonging and community are integral to the culture of the school. We aim to challenge students; to inspire them to achieve, to be all that they can be and to take advantage of the many

opportunities that are available to them. Students can be involved in a whole array of sports and can take part in debating, public speaking, community service, youth ministry, social justice, theatre sports, chess club and performing arts activities. Our first class facilities include a modern and well-appointed Resource Centre and our Food Technology Centre and Science laboratories are state of the art. The Ngargee Centre for Performing and Visual Arts is a beautifully appointed space; comprising modern facilities for music, drama, dance, media and fine arts. John Paul College students thrive with the opportunities presented to them within the performing arts. Here they form new friendships, they grow significantly in confidence and they achieve a strong sense of identity and pride. Social justice initiatives are flourishing through our fundraising efforts and immersion programs to the Philippines and East Timor. Students willingly volunteer on a number of social justice initiatives and we are very proud of our young people who, in their service to others, enrich both their own lives and those around them.

The College grounds are large and beautifully landscaped, providing plenty of space for students to learn and play. We welcome enrolments from students with both Catholic and Non-Catholic backgrounds. Open Day – Thursday 10th August Limited vacancies exist for Year 7 2018 Enrolments for Year 7 2019 close on 25th August 2017

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Cornish College Love Learning Children in the Early Learning Centre, throughout primary and into secondary years, regularly access the grounds and wetlands during weekly walks and outdoor learning opportunities. Their natural sense of inquiry and fascination with their environment leads to endless questions about how their world works and many learning possibilities. Our passionate and skilled teachers guide the children through these opportunities, helping them to learn more through hands-on experiences. This outdoor learning extends beyond a deeper understanding of the natural world and into mathematics, language, humanities, arts and sciences. It is supported by learning in the classroom with a curriculum that develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people. This is part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), which ensures academic rigour and emphasises students’ personal development. The College focuses on international mindedness and the developing children as global learners.

The Programme embeds the characteristics of the ‘Learner Profile’ into all aspects of the school day. Students are encouraged to be open-minded, principled and knowledgeable. They develop the confidence to become risk-takers in their learning. They become thinkers and inquirers who communicate effectively. They learn the importance of living a balanced life, caring and learning to be reflective. As students develop the PYP attitudes they develop the motivation and purpose to take action. The PYP attitudes help students to learn and make a difference to others and the environment.

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By Adam Ritchie – Moorooduc Primary School



he lead up to any camp (particularly a first school camp) can be a nerve-racking time, filled with anxiety, sleepless nights, tears and endless questions. Chances are that you, the parent, may feel equally overwhelmed with the camp lead-up as your child does!

No matter where the camp is to, the questions and concerns are generally the same. Some of the most common worries include: What are the sleeping arrangements? What food will be served? Where are the toilets? Is it a safe place? What if an illness occurs? Parents will often have similar concerns to the child; for example, your child may be worried about having a bunk close to their best friends, while you may be concerned about supervision and security of the bunk rooms. Your child may be wondering what happens if they find the food yucky, while you may be curious about the nutritional value of the menu or special dietary requirements.

There are many things that can be done to ease the precamp jitters. Some of which your school will no doubt already be doing, others you may need to be proactive in implementing;

1 Many schools will hold regular information sessions for students and/or parents prior to camp. These will often include an overview of the camp, discussion of the activities, a visit from an older student who has attended the camp to discuss their experiences, and a Q&A opportunity.


2 Your school should give you an information pack, which includes emergency contact details and medical forms. Take the time to fill in these forms properly. It is vital school and camp staff know the exact requirements of your child. Most camps are very accommodating in regards to food and will cater for all dietary requirements.


Don’t underestimate the power of visiting the camp’s website. These websites often include maps showing the exact location and layout of the buildings. This can be a great comforter for your child if they can easily see the distance between the bunk rooms and the toilets/ staff rooms/kitchen etc. Good camp websites will also include daily schedules, photos and descriptions of activities such as a flying fox or giant swing, testimonials, and safety information.

4 Arrange a pre-visit. If the camp is not too far away from your home, contact them directly and see if you can pop in for a visit. Nothing eases the nerves more than having prior knowledge of a venue.


If your child has never had a sleep over at a friend’s house before, now is the time to start. Organise at least a few prior to camp so the concept of sleeping somewhere different isn’t totally unknown for your child.

6 Practise with your child packing and unpacking their camp bag. Take the time to teach them how to roll up a sleeping-bag or to put on an pillow case. Not only is this good camp preparation, but a great life skill to have!

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Schools and camps have to jump through many hoops before children are allowed anywhere near them. Camps have to complete in depth accreditation requirements, while school staff complete detail risk registers, evacuation procedures and safety audits. If you’re worried about camp safety, ask to view them. Camp is meant to be an exciting and challenging experience. Encourage your child to be brave, independent and openminded. Most nervous children return from camp with a sense of accomplishment and pride; don’t let anxiety deny your child this opportunity to grow!

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BEEF TACOS Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients

12 taco shells 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, diced 3 teaspoons ground cumin 3 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons smoked paprika ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 400 g roast beef 600 g chunky tomato salsa (2 jars) ½–1 jar water (empty salsa jar)


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¼ iceberg lettuce, finely shredded 2 handfuls cheddar cheese, grated sour cream to serve


2 soft avocados ½ red onion, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 handful coriander, chopped ½ teaspoon ground cumin ½ teaspoon ground coriander 1 tomato, finely diced (optional) 1 long red chilli, deseeded, chopped salt and pepper


1. Preheat oven to 140C. Remove tacos from package and follow instructions to heat (5 minutes). 2. Finely chop beef in

the food processor. 3. Heat oil in a frying pan over high heat. 4. Cook onion until slightly soft, then add spices and cook for an additional minute. 5. Add chopped roast beef to pan with salsa and half a jar of water and simmer for 5 minutes (if too dry, add more water). To make guacamole: Mash avocado in a bowl with a fork until smooth. Then add onion, garlic, lime juice, chopped coriander leaves, ground cumin, ground coriander, tomato and chilli. Combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. 6. Fill each taco shell with 2 tablespoons of beef mixture and top with chopped tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, guacamole and sour cream.

MIDDLE EASTERN FISH WITH TOMATO SALSA Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Serves: 4



6–8 slices rye or spelt bread 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) 2 handfuls basil leaves ¼ cup cornflour or rice flour 1 egg 4 fillets firm white fish (e.g. rockling or ling) coconut oil 2 tomatoes, finely diced ¼ red onion, finely chopped 1 handful fresh coriander, chopped 1 lime salt and pepper


1. In a food processor combine bread, garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne and basil and mix to make a spicy bread crumb mix. 2. Make it as fine or as chunky as you like. 3.Place the flour on a dinner plate, whisk the eggs in a wide, shallow bowl (with a dash of water) and place breadcrumb mix on another dinner plate. 4. Coat each piece of fish in flour, dip in egg wash and then the breadcrumb mix. Press down gently to make sure the crumbs stick. To make a salsa, combine tomato, onion and coriander leaves. Toss together with the juice of half a lime. 5. Place 1–2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a large frying pan over medium–high heat. 6. Cook fish for 5 minutes on each side or until the crust is crisp and the fish is cooked through. 7. Serve topped with the salsa and remaining lime cut into wedges.




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

10 eggs ½ cup milk or cream salt and pepper 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red onion, finely diced 1 carrot, grated 1 zucchini, grated 3 sprigs thyme 50 g cheddar cheese, grated 1. Preheat oven to 200C. Grease a muffin tray. Lightly whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a bowl or jug and put aside. 2. Heat olive oil and cook onion in frying pan over medium heat, stirring for about 2 minutes until onion softens. 3. Add grated carrot and zucchini and cook for a further 4 minutes until the vegetables soften slightly. I like to cook them until they get a bit of colour. 5. Combine vegetables, thyme and cheese with egg mixture and pour into muffin cups. 6. Cook in oven for 15 minutes. To check if it is ready, give it a wobble or touch the top. 94

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SUCCULENT ROAST BEEF Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Total time: 40 minutes Serves: 8 (4 + more) Ingredients

2 beef fillets 1–2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed ground black pepper

Red Wine Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil ½ red onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 cup dry red wine 2 cups beef stock 4 sprigs thyme pepper to taste

1. Remove the beef from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature (about 1 hour). 2. Preheat oven to 240°C. Rub oil and crushed garlic over the beef and season with pepper. 3. Heat frying pan over high heat and sear the beef until brown all over (about 4 minutes). 4. Place beef on a rack in a roasting tin and cook in oven for 20–30 minutes. This will give you medium–rare/medium beef. Subtract 5 minutes if you like it rare or add 10 minutes if you prefer well done.

To make red wine sauce: wipe the frying pan clean to remove remains of cooked garlic, as this will now be bitter. Place frying pan on medium heat, add oil, and cook onion until softened (about 4 minutes). Add garlic, cooking for a further minute. Then add wine and bring to the boil. When reduced (approximately by half), add stock. Again bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add thyme leaves and season with pepper. When beef is cooked, remove from oven, cover and rest for 10 minutes. Carve slices across the grain and serve with red wine sauce. Weight Thick Wide

Use this table for the best timing based on the thickness of meat.


Time (min)

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Tomato pizza sauce 400 g crushed tomatoes (1 tin) 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 handful basil or oregano, chopped (optional) salt and pepper

Pizza Base

2¼ cups spelt flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ tablespoon salt 1 cup Greek yoghurt 1 tablespoon olive oil extra spelt flour for kneading


400 g cooked lamb, shredded ½ red onion, sliced

100 g feta, crumbled olive oil 1 handful baby spinach leaves

Mint yoghurt

4 tablespoons Greek yoghurt 2 tablespoons mint sauce 1 handful mint leaves, chopped (optional) Place pizza stone (or tray covered with baking paper) in oven when cold and heat oven to 200C for about 10 minutes while you prepare the dough. To make tomato pizza sauce: place tomatoes, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper in a small frying pan and boil on medium– high heat for 10 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Stir occasionally, then put aside. To make the base: 1. sift spelt flour with


baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Sift again to make sure the baking powder is mixed through evenly. 2. Add yoghurt and olive oil and mix until the dough comes together. 3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. 4. Knead for 5–8 minutes, until elastic. 5. Add more flour as you knead. It is ready when the top of the dough bounces back when pressed, leaving no indentation. 6. Cut dough into quarters. 7. On a lightly floured surface (ideally a wooden board so the dough doesn’t stick), roll to preferred thickness. 8. Spread with tomato sauce, and then top with

lamb, onion and feta. 9. Drizzle with a little olive oil and transfer to hot pizza stone or tray in oven and bake for 10–15 minutes, or until golden brown. 10. In a small bowl, mix yoghurt, mint sauce and chopped mint. 11. When pizza is cooked, remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. 12. Drizzle with mint yoghurt and top with spinach leaves.

SAUSAGE PASTA SAUCE Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red onion, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 cooked sausages, thinly sliced 800 g crushed tomatoes (2 tins) 2 whole roasted red peppers, diced 20 kalamata olives, chopped 600 g pasta 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar salt and pepper ½ teaspoon chilli flakes or fresh chopped chilli (optional) 50 g parmesan cheese, grated 1 handful basil leaves 1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. While waiting for the water to boil, heat oil in a frying pan over medium–high heat. 2. Add onion and cook for a few minutes until softened, then add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. 3. Add sausage slices, cooking until slightly browned and crisp, then add tomato and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and add red pepper and olives. 4. Cook for 10–15 minutes until sauce thickens. 5. Once water is boiling, add pasta and cook for required time. Fresh pasta will only take about 4–5 minutes. For dried pasta, follow the directions on the packet. 6. Just before serving, add balsamic vinegar to the sauce and cook for a further 2 minutes. 7. Add drained pasta and toss to coat. 8. Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, basil and chilli if desired.





By Justine Thomas


f you’ve ever suffered with gut problems or know someone who has you may have heard of fructose malabsorption or FODMAPS and wondered what exactly is this much talked about issue. Fructose malabsorption and FODMAP sensitivities are probably the most common cause of bowel symptoms including abdominal pain, wind, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, nausea or all of the above!

Fructose malabsorption occurs when fructose – a natural sugar found in fruit, honey and table sugar is not absorbed into the body through the small intestine. Instead it continues its journey along the digestive tract to the colon where it is used as food by the bacteria that live there. This fermentation of fructose produces wind and leads to a range of gut symptoms, the type and severity of which varies from person to person. FODMAPS can do the same thing. FODMAP is an acronym that refers to a group of sugars and carbohydrates that, if like fructose, are not absorbed by the small intestine, can wreak havoc in those that are susceptible to gut problems. Technically, FODMAPS are Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. In short, foods that contain indigestible and malabsorbed sugars and carbohydrates like apples, stone fruit, honey, lactose, wheat, onion and avocado to name a few. Fructose malabsorption can be diagnosed using a hydrogen and/ or methane breath test, which your doctor can refer you for. Lactose 98

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intolerance can be diagnosed the same way. For the other FODMAPS however, there is no testing other than avoidance to determine symptom response followed by challenge. If you have been diagnosed with fructose malabsorption, lactose intolerance or suspect a FODMAP issue may be the cause of your symptoms, it is important to seek the advice of a dietitian who specialises in this area. There is a lot of confusing and conflicting information on-line, which if followed, often leaves little to eat, unnecessary food avoidance and the possibility of overlooking other medical causes of symptoms which should be ruled out. A dietitian can advise on a strict low FODMAP diet to treat symptoms for up to 4-6 weeks followed by a systematic re-introduction of each FODMAP type to determine actual triggers and tolerance level, so that a long term healthy eating plan can be tailor made to meet your gut and nutritional needs. Fortunately, as the demand for fructose friendly and low FODMAP foods increases, a great range of suitable foods is becoming more widely available at supermarkets and specialty shops. For more info on fructose friendly food options go to

Justine Thomas, BSc. Grad Dip Diet. APD, is a dietitian specialising in coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, gastrointestinal symptoms and food intolerances.


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FLU (influenza)

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eople often talk about colds and flu (influenza) but it’s important to realise colds and flu are different illnesses caused by different viruses.

How can you tell if you have a cold or the flu? Explore this infographic (right) to compare their symptoms and debunk the most common myths. Colds are very common. Children may get 5-10 colds a year, while adults may get 2-4 colds each year. Colds affect the nose, the throat and upper airways, and common symptoms include coughing, fever, sore throat, sneezing, blocked or runny nose and general congestion. They are caused by about 200 different viruses and there is no vaccine for a cold. The flu is a viral infection affecting your nose, throat and sometimes your lungs. Typical symptoms of flu include fever, sore throat and muscle aches. Symptoms of a cold tend to be mild to moderately severe. Both colds and flu can also lead to complications, such as pneumonia, which can sometimes lead to death. Three different types of influenza viruses infect humans - types A, B and C. Only influenza A and B cause major outbreaks and severe disease. There is a vaccine available for the flu and it’s recommended ‘at risk’ people, such as the elderly or those with chronic illnesses have an annual flu vaccination. Flu viruses circulating in the 100

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community continually change, and immunity from the vaccine doesn’t last a long time so that’s why yearly vaccination is recommended. Good hygiene is one of the most important ways to help prevent colds and flu. Other ways to help prevent flu can include antiviral medicines, although these are only recommended for preventing flu if you have been exposed to the flu in the previous 48 hours. Antibiotics only work for bacterial infections so they won’t work for colds and flu which are caused by viruses. If you are feeling concerned about any symptoms of a cold or flu then see your doctor. If you would like to speak to a registered nurse, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Sources: Department of Health (Immunise - Influenza (Flu)), Department of Health (Pandemic Influenza), NPS MedicineWise (What are the medicines and treatments for a cold), Healthline (Common cold complications)

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inding out that you're pregnant is game-changing. For many women it is an exciting time especially when it is a first pregnancy. The wonder of the unexpected, watching (and feeling) the huge changes as a new life is created within.

There is still some controversy relating to pre and post natal fitness guidelines, pertaining to which exercises are safe, the levels of intensity surrounding those exercises and which positions are best included or left out of an exercise program. “This is where Bodybump comes in,” explains Jo Ford. “Our programs are specifically designed for these unique periods in a woman’s life.” Combining her experiences as a teacher, fitness instructor and personal trainer, Jo provides custom-designed pre-natal and post-natal exercise programs that ensure that women feel safe and confident at a time when there are significant changes going on in the body. “If any exercise does not feel right then don't do it,” urges Jo. “Pregnancy is not the time to think about personal bests and highcalorie burning activities.” Jo says that the ‘talk test’ is really important for pregnant women. “If you cannot hold a conversation during any exercise and need to huff and puff, then pull back. Simple as that.” Bodybump is now offering 1:1 pregnancy and post natal training. Together with Kirsten Osborn, the duo are launching their ‘Body Bounce Back’ incentive. “Kirsten has been my trainer for the past five years and when she expressed an interest in studying for her pre and post natal certification, I was keen to get her involved. Also a teacher and young mum herself, Kirsten has been involved in the fitness interest for well over a decade and is very knowledgeable.” Bodybump’s 10 week ‘Body Bounce Back’ program is designed to not only shift some of that baby weight, but instil some healthy lifelong habits, by way of nutritional advice and how to incorporate exercise into a new mum’s daily routine. “Feedback from mums suggested that women wanted a specific time frame to work with and to be able to choose the type of exercises they liked. Whether that be a more Pilatesstyle workout or a weights based program,” adds Jo. “Until baby is born there is no way of knowing what a woman can or cannot do. Some woman have a straight forward delivery and can 102

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BACK...... Jo and Kirsten receive copies of these results, together with return to exercise at the 6 week mark, once they have had a medical clearance from their doctor. For other women, recovery can take a little longer. Everyone is different and every woman heals differently.” At Bodybump each post-natal client is advised to have a consultation with a women’s health physiotherapist prior to starting an exercise program. This includes a real time ultrasound which gives a new mum valuable information into the healing of her abdominal and pelvic muscles.

suggested exercises to assist in the strengthening of the areas of need, including the pelvic floor. These are incorporated into the personal training plan of each individual woman.

“Going straight back into classes that involve lots of plyometric moves, such as jumping/running/skipping/ sit-ups is not ideal if you have not healed sufficiently. Much better to build up upon solid foundations. No one wants to do a star jump only to discover that things were not quite as secure as they once were!” stresses Jo.

Melissa Adams, mum to Evie 7 months, Mornington What I love about the Bodybump program is that I am able to focus on me. I loved the aqua classes and made so many friends. After Evie was born I was determined to keep fit and healthy. I bring her in the carrier to the sessions and I concentrate on a) getting my body ship-shape after a pretty traumatic birth and b) losing those pesky kilograms in a fun way. It is great value too. Jo has shown me warm up and stretches so I can do those without her. For 30 minutes I do the program with her and incorporate the exercises that my women’s health physio suggested. I definitely feel and look better. I even look forward to the sessions despite not really being a ‘gym-type’ person!

Belinda Patara, mum to Kalani 4, Mount Martha Getting my fitness and pre-baby body back as soon and safely as possible seemed like it was going to be challenging but with the help of Kirsten as a personal trainer it was easier and more enjoyable than I thought. Kirsten’s carefully planned sessions that gradually progressed, helped me return to high intensity exercise. Kirsten’s knowledge helped me to strengthen my core and also helped me to avoid injury using correct weights and techniques.

Serena O’Brien 26 weeks with baby 2 and mum to Rosie 2.5, Mornington I learnt on my first pregnancy how crucial exercise and staying active during my pregnancy is, not just for me and my baby’s health but for labour and post birth recovery as well. I was diagnosed early on in my first pregnancy with Gestational Diabetes. Jo has completed extra study which enables her to specialise in pregnancy fitness and that reassures me that I am in safe hands. Facebook: bodybump Instagram:bodybumpaqua Telephone: 0414 781826

Kate Kwijas, mum to Harry (3) and Montgomery 10 months, Frankston South I started personal training with Jo when Montgomery was 8 weeks old. I have never liked exercising and I was surprised how quickly the time flew. I began to see the benefits almost immediately and I not only lost all of my baby weight in the ten weeks, but gained tone in places I had never had it before! My pregnancy with Montgomery resulted in muscle separation and Jo was able to address this. Jo liaised with the women’s health physio to ensure I was on the right track. The ten weeks flew by and at the end I felt comfortable back in my bikini!




1. Eat a diet rich in plant foods. These include vegetables, fruit and wholegrains such as brown rice and oats. Eat seasonal, buy local and, if the budget allows, purchase organic produce. Pesticides in foods can impact our microbiome levels and contribute to inflammation. Plant foods are high in fibre, assisting with satiety whilst also feeding the microbiome.

By Sherrie Miller


hen your child is throwing a doozie of a tantrum for the 100th time that day, did you know that it could be more than just determination, tiredness or stubbornness? Don’t get me wrong; personality traits and simply having a bad day, just like us adults do, can certainly be contributing factors. However, if these meltdowns are too frequent and appear to be a bit out of control, there could be an underlying factor and it’s buried within your child’s gut.

In the science of Neurology, there is a new area of research emerging that is generating much excitement and fascination, known as the Gut-Brain Axis. The Gut-Brain Axis is the bidirectional communication pathway that exists between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain. The vagus nerve is that connection between the enteric nervous system which is the guts nervous system, and the central nervous system that connects to the brain. These two systems communicate with each other and if there is dysfunction in either systems, both the gut and the brain are affected. Part of this communication process also involves the friendly gut bacteria that resides in our gastrointestinal system, known as microbiota, or collectively known as the microbiome. The microbiome contains many species that all play an integral part in many biochemical functions which include digestion, immunity and emotional wellbeing. Depression, anxiety, ADHD and even autism and dementia are areas of mental health that are being researched and linking the management or reduction of these symptoms to the health of one’s gut. When the gastrointestinal tract is not functioning properly or chronically inflamed, this can affect nutrient absorption, damage to the intestinal walls (gut permeability) and destruction of our precious gut microbiome. In many cases, those suffering with mental health issues also suffer with digestion issues. Certain nutrients play a pivotal role in brain and neurotransmitter function which includes zinc, B6, B12, folate, vitamin D, protein and essential fatty acids. If the body is not getting enough of these nutrients, or simply cannot absorb them, brain function may become impaired. Serotonin, the happy and calming neurotransmitter, is approximately 70% manufactured in the gut. If the gut is not functioning optimally, serotonin levels decrease, limiting availability for the brain. Fibre is also required to not only ‘sweep out’ toxic wastes from the large intestine but also feed the microbiome so they grow and flourish, continuing to do the wonderful job they do. To ensure healthy brain function, we need to nourish, heal and support our gut – commonly known as Gut Health. Alongside are some helpful tips in optimising Gut Health: 104

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2. Eat good fats! We’ve spent decades fearing fats and it has had a profound effect on our mental wellbeing. Low fat foods are generally high in sugar and cause an inability to absorb fat soluble nutrients such as Vitamin A, D and K. Good quality fats reduce inflammation within the body and nourish the brain. The brain needs fat! Fats also assist in hormone production. If our hormones are not balanced, this can also affect our moods. Good fats include avocado, olives, coconut, nuts and seeds and butter. 3. Include moderate amounts of protein in every meal. Protein is essential for brain and nerve development and function. Protein foods include meat, eggs, fish, nuts and seeds, lentils and legumes, and green vegetables. 4. Reduce or remove highly refined grains and sugar. They contain little to no nutrients and lack fibre. They spike blood sugar levels which affects our moods. Refined grains and sugar cause inflammation within the body. Basically, eat less food from a packet and eat more foods from the earth. 5. Include probiotic-rich foods into your daily diet. Probiotic foods contain the friendly bacterial strains your gut loves and helps maintain microbiome levels. Probiotic foods include

sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. These foods are gaining popularity and are now found in many retail outlets. Or you could make your own! 6. Bone broth is essentially a stock or soup base that has been slow cooked for around 24 hours. It is rich in minerals, amino acids and gelatin. Gelatin is very healing to the intestinal walls assisting in repairing gut permeability. Drinking a cup of bone broth a day or adding to cooking is a great way to improve your gut health. 7. Finally, address potential food intolerances. These occur when the body is unable to breakdown the proteins, sugars or chemical compounds of certain foods. A lack of gut microbiome or gut permeability can be a factor in this. Gluten, dairy, nuts, fructose, nightshades, eggs and compounds such as amines, oxalates and salicylates are common food intolerances that can impact digestion, mood and behaviour. There is still so much research to be explored in this fascinating world of the GutBrain Axis and the Microbiome. Nurture and nourish your gut health and you begin to nurture and nourish your mental health.

Sherrie Miller is a Holistic Nutritionist from The Wellness Seed, with a passion for children’s health, particularly the relationship between their gut and behavioural issues. She passionately educates parents and children through clinic consultations, workshops and presentations, on the necessity of eating quality wholefoods and maintaining good gut health. Sherrie, a mother herself, is determined to plant the seed of good health into our current generation of kids, nourish them with optimum nutrition, and watch them grow into thriving, healthy adults.

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Ask The Experts! Following an orthodontic consultation for my son, the orthodontist has recommended removal of permanent teeth as part of his braces treatment. Why are permanent teeth removed for orthodontic treatment? There are a number of reasons why permanent teeth are removed for orthodontic treatment. The most common ones are set out below: 1. Crowding – the number one reason for removal of teeth. When there is not enough space available in the jaw to align the teeth, the orthodontist needs to make space available. This is achieved by: increasing the size of the upper jaw (using an expander plate) or reduce the number (or size) of the teeth. Mild to moderate crowding, for example, may not require removal of teeth and alignment can be achieved using braces with or without expansion. However moderate to severe crowding, will likely require removal of teeth. This creates space to alleviate the crowding. If teeth are not removed then teeth may stick out or the gums may recede. 2. Improvement of overbite or underbite .


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The relationship of the upper incisors and the lower incisors are assessed. In cases where there is an increased overbite, there is usually a jaw size discrepancy of the upper jaw with a retrusive lower jaw (the opposite is seen with an underbite). In most patients, this relationship is mild and doesn’t warrant removal of teeth and correction is achieved with braces. However in moderate overbite cases removal of two upper premolar teeth can help improve the overbite. In a small number of cases, the jaw size discrepancy is marked and a surgical option together with braces is the preferred treatment. 3. Dental protrusion. If the front teeth are protrusive and require moving back then space needs to be created to improve their angulation. Protrusion of front teeth can affect the position of the lips. Therefore removal of premolar teeth will allow the upper teeth to move back thereby improving the lip posture. Therefore an orthodontic assessment is recommended. An analysis of the position of teeth and relationship to lips and facial profile, the jaw relationship, condition of teeth and gums are made before a treatment plan is formulated. Majority of the

time, orthodontic treatment with braces can be achieved without removing teeth, which is preferred by orthodontists.

Dr Andrea Phatouros

BDSc (WA), FRACDS,MDSc Specialist Orthodontist Peninsula Orthodontics 134 Tanti Avenue Mornington Every Monday morning, my young daughter starts protesting: “I don’t want to go to school mum; please let me stay home”. I have tried explaining that there is nothing to worry about but this has only made matters worse. It can be difficult for the parent to continue with the morning routine and drop their child off at school in this situation. First of all, I would suggest talking to your daughter about the reasons why she does not want to go to school. While these (if any) reasons may often appear to us parents as being unfounded, it is important to welcome your daughter’s feelings, just the way they are. Her separation fears are most likely going to reappear,

every now and then, so allowing your daughter to feel scared and reluctant to go is the most sensible thing to do. It is a normal stage of development for a young child to feel anxious when you say goodbye. Therefore, it is important to acknowledge her sad feelings by saying “I can see that you are feeling sad/upset about going to school”. It is likely that once your daughter feels heard, she will more likely move forward positively. Also, it can be really beneficial to help your daughter to see the time away from you as a distinct section of time with a beginning, middle and end, thus making the whole idea of starting school more manageable. Be really enthusiastic about her school day and help her feel secure that you will collect her from school from a specific place. With the use of appropriate coping strategies, the symptoms of separation anxiety should decrease and fade over time. However, if you find that your daughter’s symptoms are persistent and getting in the way of school and other activities, your family would benefit from seeing a psychologist in order to get a more thorough picture of your daughter’s difficulties as well as

work with the family to help ease your child’s fears and make her feel safe.

Daniela Jensen

BSc (Psychology & Early Childhood Studies), MSc (Health Psych), Assoc. MAPS Psychologist Flourishing Minds I’m a new mum and I am having a hard time with breastfeeding. Where can I find some information and some help? We all know that breastfeeding has a lot of health benefits for both mother and baby. But that doesn’t mean that it comes easily, and often new mums will struggle in the early days and weeks. Nipple pain is a common symptom in the early days as you and bub are learning this new skill. It can be due to a variety of factors, but the most common is an incorrect latch of bub to the breast. A lot of mums will also wonder whether or not they are making enough breast milk for their babies. If your baby is putting on weight well, making at least 5 very wet

disposable nappies per day and a soft bowel action with most nappy changes in the first few weeks, then your baby is getting a good amount of milk. A good place to find support is by joining your local Australian Breastfeeding Association support group or check out their fact sheets online for answers to common problems. The ABA also runs a breastfeeding support hotline on 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 268). Some other good places to get advice and assistance are via your council ‘dropin’ Breastfeeding Clinic or Midwives at the hospital you delivered at, your Maternal and Child Health Nurse, a private Lactation Consultant or a GP with specialist breastfeeding knowledge. With a little bit of practice and some time, most problems will settle down. But in the mean time, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Being a new mum is hard enough, so call on your village for support. Dr Emily Hart-Davies MBBS, DCH Surrey Street Family Clinic





1. Brush your hair to remove any knots. 2. Divide hair into three sections – one across forehead, one over crown of head, and one along nape of neck. 3.

Take the middle hair section at the crown and divide it into three parts. Next, start making a French braid starting from 2cm above left ear and working to the right ear. (Some hair should be left free over the left ear.)

4. Once at the right ear start braiding in the hair across the forehead going back to the left. 5.

Now back at the left temple, start using the hair that was left over the left ear and French braid down and along the lower back of the head finishing with a ‘tail’ until you get a full circle.

6. Once the end of the braid meets the beginning, tie with a thin hair elastic and tuck it back underneath the French braid across the forehead. Pin in place (6A) 108

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FRENCH BRAID? 1. Start by separating a hair section from the rest of the hair. 2. Next, divide it into three equal sections. Begin braiding by crossing the right section over the strand in the middle. The right-hand strand should now be the middle strand. 3. Then, cross the left strand over the middle strand. 4. Next, pick up a section of hair from the right side of the head and add it to the right section. Cross the entire right strand over to the middle.

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5. Then, take a section of hair from the left side of the head and add this to the left strand. Cross the left section over the middle section. 6. Repeat these steps and finish with a simple braid.






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Popsicle sticks (around 50)

Empty, clean, label removed soup can

PVA glue and paint brush

Masking tape

Rubber bands

Washi tape/wooden shapes/paints/glitter/ribbons, stickers, for decorating (optional)









WHAT TO DO: 1. Paint a generous amount of glue to one side of the popsicle sticks and attach them vertically, side-by-side around the can. 2. Once the can is covered, slip over a couple of rubber bands and allow some drying time. 3.

While the can is drying, lay 12 popsicle sticks down and run a couple of pieces of masking tape over them to secure. Do the same for a set of 10 popsicle sticks and secure with masking tape.

4. Coat the back, (with the masking tape), of the set of 10 and secure it onto the top of the 12 piece set in the opposite direction, leaving an equal border around all sides. 5. Remove rubber bands from can and decorate the holder. We used two bands of washi tape, but you could use a ribbon or stickers. 6. Affix the can to the base of the holder with PVA glue. Also add a popsicle stick on its edge to three sides of the base. (This will create tray space where little objects won’t fall out.) 7. Add additional details such as wooden shapes to personalise your desk caddy. 8. Fill your desk caddy with pens, pencils, crayons, and all of your other bits and bobs!


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Mondays 9.30am – 11.30am

WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 1st July - 16th July COW MILKING Visit the farm to milk a cow at 10.30am & 2.30pm each day in the school holidays. The morning milking will be followed by separating milk and cream, churning cream to butter, grinding wheat to flour and baking a loaf of bread. Bread and butter will be ready for taste testing at 12pm. Rustic Farm Setting Pony and Horse Rides Free Cuppas & Gas BBQs Special School Holiday Activities

A relaxed and friendly playgroup for local families to bring the “littlies” into the ‘big room’ to let loose with the array of play equipment. Suitable for ages three and under.

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Book Reviews

I’M AUSTRALIAN TOO BY MEM FOX 4+yrs, h/b, $19.99 I’m Australian! How about you? Many people from many places have come across the seas, to make Australia their home. How Australian is that?

BUSTING BY AARON BLABEY 3+yrs, h/b $16.99 Lou’s not having a great day–he’s busting for the loo to do his do, but the loo has too long a queue! So what on earth is Lou to do? Another laugh-out-loud picture book from the one-andonly Aaron Blabey.

PENELOPE THE MOUNTAIN PYGMY POSSUM BY GORDON WINCH 4-8yrs, h/b, $24.99 Much of Penelope’s story is true. Mountain Pygmy Possums do hibernate, the male does go down the mountain to warmer regions in the winter, and a ‘tunnel of love’ has been built to help them return safely to their mates.

GRANDPA IS GREAT BY LAINE MITCHELL 3+yrs, h/b, $16.99 My grandpa is happy, He’s kind and so fun. I love my dear grandpa He’s my number one. Share the baby animals’ fun with their grandpas as they race, dance, make things and play games together.

I SPY DAD BY JANEEN BRIAN 3-6yrs, p/b, $14.99 A little girl searches for her father. She spies a ‘mowing dad’, a ‘rowing dad’, a ‘reading dad’ and a ‘weeding dad’, but where is her dad? Children will delight in the surprises of the search. A charmingly playful story full of rollicking fun and humour.

THE WITCH’S BRITCHES BY P. CRUMBLE 3+yrs, p/b, $14.99 On Ethel’s first day at witch school, she receives a package of very special underwear with one rule... ‘Don’t lose these britches, look after them well. They’ll stop being magical if they smell!’ But what happens if they get loose? An hilarious tale of a young witch who loses her magical underwear!

THE CROCODOLLY BY MARTIN McKENNA 4+yrs, h/b, $24.99 Adelaide isn’t allowed a pet. So how will she keep Ozzy a secret? Especially as Ozzy is a harumscarum CROCODILE, who’s getting BIGGER every day! Can she REALLY hide her CROC in a FROCK? Or will everyone guess what’s in the dress?

AS BIG AS YOU BY SARA ACTON 3+yrs, h/b, $24.99 Claude is a large elephant. Finlay is a small one. Claude can trumpet so loudly, the earth shakes! Finlay can only squeak and spurt tiny fountains with his trunk. Will he ever be as big as Claude?

THOSE PESKY RABBITS BY CIARA FLOOD 2-5yrs, h/b, $24.99 A family of cheerful rabbits make their new neighbour’s life unBEARable! All Mr Bear wants is to be left alone, but his rabbit neighbours just don’t get it! They keep on asking annoying things. Can kindness make Mr Bear see it’s time for a change?

MY MAGNIFICENT JELLY BEAN TREE BY MAURA FINN 4-8yrs, h/b, $24.99 Some people say jelly beans don’t grow on trees. Not this little boy… he believes in magic. He watches his jelly bean tree grow. He feasts on jelly beans and crowns himself the Jelly Bean King.



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FIGGY AND THE PRESIDENT BY TAMSIN JANU 8+yrs, p/b, $15.99 Ten-year-old Figgy and eleven-year-old Nana spend a lot of time discussing the jobs they will have when they grow up. Nana knows what he will be: the President of Ghana.

HORIZON BY SCOTT WESTERFIELD 10+yrs, p/b $9.99 When a plane goes down in the Arctic, eight young survivors step from the wreckage expecting to see nothing but ice and snow. Instead, they find themselves lost in a strange jungle with no way to get home and little hope of rescue.

SHORT BY HOLLY GOLDBERG SLOAN, 10+yrs, Scholastic, p/b, $16.99 Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realise how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn’t ever thought of herself as a performer.

ELLA DIARIES: FRIENDSHIP S.O.S BY MEREDITH COSTAIN 7+rs, p/b, $12.99 Ella is on holiday on a LUXURY cruise ship. It’s going to be AMAZING– swimming pools, shopping mall, ice-skating... and NO school for a week! Best of all, Zoe is coming too! But when a friendship catastrophe strikes, Ella’s perfect holiday looks doomed!

DIARY OF A MINECRAFT ZOMBIE: BOOK 4 ZOMBIE SWAP BY ZACK ZOMBIE 8+yrs, p/b, $9.99 Twelve-year-old Zombie and Steve have accidentally switched bodies, and must pretend to be each other until they figure out a way to switch back.

THIS IS MY SONG BY RICHARD YAXLEY 11+yrs, p/b, $16.99 This is my blood, this is my song. In the early 1940s in Czechoslovakia, Rafael Ullmann and his family are sent to Terezin, the so-called model ghetto for Jewish artists. In the 1970s in Canada, Annie Ullmann lives a predictable, lonely life on a prairie with her reclusive father and deafdumb mother.

HOW TO BUILD A BILLY CART AND OTHER FUN STUFF BY ROB PALMER 8+yrs, h/b, $19.99 G’day! Welcome to a collection of my most favourite and fun DIY projects. They’re easy to build and, best of all, you’ll end up with toys and games that the whole family will treasure. So jump on the DIY bandwagon and get building!

TERESA – A NEW AUSTRALIAN BY DEBORAH ABELA 10+yrs, p/b, $16.99 Teresa and her family survived the bombing of their home and went hungry during the long siege of their island during the war. Life in peace time is still hard. Her parents want a better life, and so apply to migrate to Australia to find it.

THE PAIN, MY MOTHER, SIR TIFFY, CYBER BOY AND ME BY MICHAEL GERARD BAUER 12+yrs, p/b, $16.99 It all started with The Pain. He officially came into my life exactly nine weeks and one day before my Year Ten Graduation Dance. It was a Friday. The thirteenth day of the month!

MY AUSTRALIAN STORY: BLACK SUNDAY BY EVAN McHUGH 10+yrs, p/b, $16.99 Davey only wants to be one thing: a lifesaver. In his world they’re larger than life, walking, talking heroes. He’s too young, but he starts to train in secret, challenging himself in the Bondi surf.




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