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Welcome to the spring edition of Casey Cardinia Kids.

Certified child sleep consultant Lisa Dinnie gives some great tips to help adjust your child's sleeping patterns to daylight savings, while dietitian Kate Di Prima provides simple advice about what to pack in school lunch boxes.

How good is this time of year? The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping and we finally get to say farewell to the long, and often dreary, Melbourne winter. You may notice this edition looks a bit different - and you're right! We've given the magazine a bit of a spring refresh. As always though, the magazine is packed to the brim with great reads. With Father's Day in September, renowned author and psychologist Steve Biddulph shares a story from his father's final days which serves as a beautiful reminder about why dads are important. We love bringing you great parenting pa p rent re ntin ing g ti tips ps ffrom rom ro m the the experts, expe ex p rts, and

We also feature an extract from a new book that explains the anxiety epidemic and offers useful advice to help turn a child's anxiety into resilience. Another must read is the story of Cranbourne girl Shaylah Carmichael, the six-year-old who is truly lucky to be alive after swallowing a button battery. Also, if you're looking for inspiration you've come to the right place.

There's Sarah Fenton, who left a job that provided her with a great work-life balance to open an imaginative play cafe at Narre Warren South. We also spoke to Cranbourne mum Buddhini Wickramarathne, who achieved her goal of finishing her university degree before having her second child with just one day to spare (she gave birth the day after her final exam). Speaking of giving birth, this will be my last edition of Casey Cardinia Kids for 2019 as I'm about to go on maternity leave. I plan to return early next year, although I'll probably be a bit more bleary-eyed! Until then...



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School Lunch Box dad's top tips PAGE 6

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It’s Your Life

Horror button battery ordeal puts mum on a mission By Melissa Grant SIX-YEAR-OLD Shaylah Carmichael is lucky to be alive. For months, a deadly button battery was stuck inside the Cranbourne girl's oesophagus. Mum Kirra long suspected something was seriously wrong - her usually happy daughter was vomiting, refusing to eat and complaining of a sore chest and throat. Never could she have imagined the source of pain was a button battery, a coin-sized device that can burn through the oesophagus within hours, leading to serious injury or death. Although desperate for answers, Kirra says a number of medical appointments failed to shed any light on the dire situation. When Shaylah was unable to keep liquids down on March 31 this year, she presented to Casey Hospital's emergency department. Kirra said she was initially told to take Shaylah home but refused. The mother of three said a barium swallow test was eventually ordered by a pediatrician, who was concerned by a home video showing the little girl drinking and making strange gurgling sounds. That test was preceded by an X-ray, which revealed Shaylah had swallowed a button battery. She was then rushed to the Monash Children's Centre for emergency surgery. "We didn't know whether she was going to survive," Kirra recalled. "They said 'let's just make it through the first 12 hours, then 24 hours, then 48 hours'." Kirra said Shaylah, affectionately known as Dolly, was placed in an induced coma for three days and fed through a nasogastric tube for two months. "Dolly had to be fed through the tube because her oesophagus was so badly eroded from the batteries," she said. Kirra estimates the button battery was stuck inside Shaylah for six months. The prep student is now undergoing regular surgeries to dilate her oesophagus and her long-term prognosis is unclear.

at Casey Hospital," the statement said. "Button batteries are small and can cause serious injuries in children. They are often found in toys and other devices that children like to chew, which makes them all the more dangerous and often require surgery to remove." Kirra is now on a mission to have mandatory safety standards introduced for button batteries. "Look at how many kids have died from this," she said. "They (devices with button batteries) are just sitting there on racks ready for any kid to pick up." Kirra said it wasn't until after the ordeal that Shaylah revealed the button battery had come from the remote used for the family's television soundbar. "She said 'I was just playing with it and accidentally swallowed it'. "I said 'why didn't you tell dad?' "She said, 'I went to the toilet, coughed and it went away'." In August, Kirra met with Kidsafe Victoria to discuss raising greater awareness about the dangers of button batteries.

"If ingested, a button battery can become stuck in a child's throat where saliva immediately triggers an electrical current which causes a chemical reaction that can burn the oesophagus in as little as two hours, causing severe life-threatening injuries and in some cases death," Kidsafe Victoria General Manager Jason Chambers said. Kidsafe Victoria supports calls for tougher safety regulations and a mandatory safety standard for products containing button batteries. The Australian Consumer and Commission (ACCC) has called for the government to introduce new safety standards, including a requirement for all button batteries to be secured inside products. Kirra's message to parents is to dispose of anything that may be powered by a button battery. "It's just not worth the risk," she said.

The x-ray that clearly showed the button battery stuck inside Shaylah.

BUTTON BATTERIES - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: ■ Button batteries can burn through the oesophagus in hours, causing internal burns, severe bleeding or death.

She believes her youngest child is incredibly lucky to have survived.

■ Common items button batteries are found in include: Remotes, watches, thermometers, calculators, torch keyrings, hearing aids, kitchen scales, musical greeting cards, fake candles

"Dolly's button battery wasn't fully charged. They said she is so lucky. They said (at the time) another 24 hours and she wouldn't be here," she said.

■ Items with button batteries should have a secure battery compartment and placed out of the reach of children

In a statement, Monash Health said it had apologised to the Carmichael family.

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Shaylah recovering in hospital from her ordeal. The little girl has a long road ahead.

Kidsafe estimates 20 children each week present to Australian emergency departments with a button battery related injury - that's more than 1000 kids every year.

"The doctors said 'we haven't seen a case like this before. We will have to take it day by day'," Kirra said.

"Monash Health has been in touch with the family to discuss the treatment and care provided and apologised for any distress caused by their experience

Shaylah with mum Kirra Carmichael.

■ A child who has swallowed a button battery may develop chest pain, coughing, nausea/vomiting, difficulty swallowing and fever ■ If you think a child has swallowed a button battery immediately phone the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26. The button battery.

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Mum’s seatbelts for special needs kids go viral By Melissa Grant

a different way." Natalie said it was also imperative that medical personnel were alerted to the dangers of Shae undergoing an MRI scan.

WORRIED about what would happen to her daughter in a car crash, Natalie Bell made a personalised seatbelt cover to make her little girl's hearing loss known to first responders.

"The magnet placed on in the inside of her head, it can move and cause a lot of damage," Natalie explained.

The mum of five posted about her simple but potentially life-saving creation on her Facebook page, Personalised by Nat, advising she could make seatbelt covers any special needs.

"If she needs an MRI then the cochlear implant needs to taken out and put back in." Natalie has also made a range of other personalised items inspired by Shae.

Natalie was thinking a few of her friends might be interested. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine that the post would go viral and lead to thousands of orders from all over the world.

The stay-at-home mum began making the items, including Auslan clocks, earlier this year as a way to keep her busy during the week and potentially earn some income.

"The post got 54 million views," the Upper Beaconsfield mum said. "I got thousands of orders from all over the world - South Africa, Canada, the UK. I'm now mass producing the seatbelt covers as I can't keep up with the orders." There are 13 different seatbelt covers with medical information about a range of disabilities and conditions. The covers, which can be attached to backpacks, can also be personalised. So far, Natalie has received orders for people with a variety of disabilities and medical conditions, including children whose blood doesn't clot and a girl's whose organs are on the opposite side

It's the second business venture for Natalie, who also owns a jumping castle business with her husband.

Mum of five Natalie Bell had no idea the personalised seatbelt cover she made for daughter Shae would go viral when she shared the idea on social media.

of her body. The seatbelt cover for her daughter 10-year-old Shae, who lost her hearing as a baby, simply reads: "I am deaf. I have a cochlear implant. No MRI." Although people can wear emergency information jewellery to communicate important medical

information, Natalie wanted to make her daughter's condition obvious to first responders. "It's so they know that she's deaf, that she's not going to be able to hear them," she explained. "It's not that she's ignoring them - they just need to interact with her in

"I thought 'I need something else to do during the week - I'm getting a bit bored even though I've got the two little kids at home!'" the crafty mum, who previously worked in aged care, said. With thousands of orders to fulfil and five kids aged 1 to 15, she certainly won't be bored any time soon. Although she still can't believe her almost overnight success. "It's just been absolutely amazing," she said.

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SCHOOL Lunch Box dad George Georgievski likes to keep his creations appetising, healthy and simple.

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It's a winning combination that's led the Victorian father to becoming a social media sensation and author. George took over lunchbox duties at home a few years ago after witnessing the morning chaos. He wanted to make simple and healthy lunches his primary school aged daughters, Anela and Kiara, would actually eat. "I started looking online for inspiration, however I found it was either too hard or too confusing, so I decided to stop looking and start creating," the civil engineering worker said. Those creations caught the eye of a teacher, who told Mr Georgievski should document them on Instagram - a medium he'd never used before. His Instagram page now has over 73,000 followers, while the School Lunch Box Facebook page has a following of more than 39,000. When making his daughters' lunches, George aims to include three vegetables, two fruits and a sandwich or something similar while avoiding sugar and using 'the colours of the rainbow'.

His creations have proven a huge hit with time-poor parents who often feel under pressure to create something amazing for their children's lunches. George says it's easy for parents to feel overwhelmed. "I looked up a recipe for muffins. It involved nine ingredients, half an hour baking and I thought 'how can I do it in a commercial break while watching MAFS? "So I got out my protein shaker and started developing my own dad style recipes - donuts, pikelets, fritters, potato cakes all just using protein shakers. "That went crazy - who is this dude who makes donuts out of protein shakers in a minute? George's book, Lunchbox Express, features simple recipes and hacks to help parents put together healthy and fun lunches in five minutes.

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Here are two of George's favourite lunchbox recipes... HOT JAM DOUGHNUTS


Makes 4

Makes 6

• 1/2 cup strawberry jam (or any jam you have on hand) • 8 slices of wholemeal bread

• 3 wholemeal pita pockets leftover cooked lamb or chicken (around 90g), sliced

• 2 tablespoons butter

• 4 tomatoes, chopped

• Ground cinnamon, for sprinkling

• 1 cup plain yoghurt

• Caster sugar, for sprinkling (optional if you think the jam is sweet enough)

• Handful of spinach leaves

METHOD: 1. Spoon 1 tablespoon of jam into the centre of four slices of bread. 2. Pop a slice of bread on top of one, then, using an upside-down coffee mug, push down hard until the surrounding part of the bread comes away and the edges are sealed. Carefully remove the bread from the mug and repeat the process to make four doughnuts.

4. Remove the doughnuts from the pan, lightly sprinkle over some more cinnamon and a little caster sugar (if using) and enjoy. TIP: You can also use a cookie cutter to create fun shapes.

METHOD: 1. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut a strip out of the middle of each pita pocket to make two semicircles per pocket. 2. Open up the pita pocket semicircles so they look like little boats. 3. Fill each pita boat with the lamb or chicken, tomato and yoghurt, then top with the spinach. 4. Because the meat is already cold, it's fine to make these the night before, refrigerate and pop them into school lunchboxes in the morning.

TIPS: Be brave and add a few slices of red onion; it works so well in kebabs. Put these on a platter when guests come over and impress your friends. Try using tzatziki instead of plain yoghurt for a garlic hit.


3. Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Sprinkle

some cinnamon into the pan, so it caramelises and infuses the butter. Place your doughnuts in the frying pan and, using tongs, move them around the pan to coat them in the butter and cinnamon. Flip them over and let the doughnuts toast a little further. The smell at this stage will be heavenly.

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lunchbox advice practising dietitian and spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia. Here, she gives simple advice on what food items should be included in school lunch boxes. THE MAIN ITEM: The 'hero feature' of the lunch box. It can be last night's leftovers, a wrap, salad, sandwiches, sushi, soup or pasta. Dietitians Association of Australia spokesperson Kate DiPrima. MAKING school lunchboxes is a task loathed by many parents. Deciding what food to send a child to school with can also be confusing. There's so much conflicting advice about nutrition, not to mention school bans on certain foods due to allergies. But packing a school lunchbox doesn't have to be laborious. Kate Di Prima is an accredited

This item should contain the iron-rich protein whether it's meat, legumes or tofu. Examples included tinned tuna, baked beans and chicken. This item sustains the child throughout the day and should be eaten first.

salad ingredients and put the ham on the bread with the salad in the middle to prevent the bread from going soggy.

heap of sugar such as a homemade blueberry muffin, cereal slice, muesli slice or fruit balls.

ITEM 2: A piece of fresh fruit with edible skin to provide the child with fibre and important vitamins and minerals. It can be chopped up and put back together as a whole piece, or it can be chopped up into bite-sized pieces.

DRINKS: It's important to send your child to school with water.

ITEM 3: This item should be a calcium rich dairy food or equivalent such as milk, biscuits and cheese, yoghurt, custard or a smoothie.

If you are packing a sandwich think about the fillings. Often a sandwich with tomato or tabbouleh comes back uneaten because it's gone soggy.

ITEM 4: A vegetable. The last nutrition survey showed an astronomical number of adults who aren't eating vegetables. Ones that go well in a lunch box include carrots with hummus, green beans or cherry tomatoes.

Put the spread (avocado or butter) on the bread then keep the filling separate so the child can put the sandwich together. For little ones, try drying off the

ITEM 5: Parents should include a fifth lunch box item if their child is doing an after-school activity. It can be something fun and sweet that doesn't include a

EXTRA TIPS STICKER SYSTEM: For younger children use stickers to indicate which lunch box items should be eaten first. Quite often a parent puts a blueberry muffin in and the child will eat that first and it won't sustain them. Put a gold sticker on what should be eaten first, put a red sticker on what should be eaten second, etc. STORAGE: We've taking ham and chicken sandwiches to school for decades and there have been no major breakouts of gastro. The bacteria build-up isn't much in the first few hours. If you put the lunch box down the back of the fridge and in the morning put ice in the thermos, the food stays nice and cool until at least the first break.

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A groovy event for kids Pumping... the Pakenham Blue Light Disco is a popular event for kids aged 8-14.

The Pakenham Blue Light Disco is a bi-monthly dance supervised by police.

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the police officers who keeps a close eye on those who attend.

IF you think underage discos went out of vogue in the 1990s, you're wrong.

She says there's been no real trouble at the disco, which has been running in its current format for the past six years.

It's a Friday night and more than 300 kids are streaming into the Pakenham Hall to get their groove on.

Many parents will have their own 'Blue Light' memories - the discos have been running across Victoria for decades.

They've come to the hall on John Street for the Pakenham Blue Light Disco - one of the biggest social events on the calendar for local children aged 8-14.

However, some may have misconceptions that make them reluctant to allow their child to experience the event.

For many, the underage alcohol-free and drug-free disco is the only event they attend without their parents or carers.

"A lot of parents, speaking to them, have memories of the Blue Lights they went to when they were 16 or 17 and they were out of control," Snr Const Patterson said.

The bi-monthly dance is supervised by police and has a 'no pass out' policy, so mums and dads can feel confident dropping their kids at the door.

"We explain to them that this Blue Light Disco is safe and it's for younger kids."

Youth Resource Officer Senior Constable Sharon Patterson is among

In fact, one of the biggest dangers at the disco is a child slipping over a drink spilled on the floor. As for the music, the kids love listening to songs typically in the top 40 or those they download on their devices. However, the resident DJ does receive requests for some classic dance anthems. "At the last disco, the kids asked for Hey Mickey! and all the girls were up and dancing," Snr Const Patterson said. "They do actually ask for a lot of the older songs, which is funny. "Some of the kids don't dance but it's a real social event for them. They would have one every month but it is hard work!" For many, the event provides their first real interaction with police.

The whole idea behind the underage dance, Snr Const Patterson says, is to foster a positive relationship between younger children and the police. Rotary and Neighbourhood Watch are also involved in running the event, which is also attended by St John's Ambulance personnel. The $5 entry fee covers costs, including insurance and building hire. Profits from the canteen, which sells confectionary and non-alcoholic drinks, go to community causes. Pakenham Blue Light Disco dates: Friday 18 October: 6.30pm-9pm Friday 13 December: 6.30pm-9pm Pakenham Hall. Ages 8-14. Entry $5

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major redevelopment of Gumbuya World set to continue over the next three years. The much-loved theme park will offer 50 new attractions, as well as a range of onsite accommodation, new cafes, shops, a chocolate factory and a microbrewery. Located on the Princes Highway at Tynong, Gumbuya World offers visitors four exciting worlds to explore - Oasis Springs, Oz Adventure, Outback Explorers and Wildlife Trail.

Nearly complete ... an expansion that will nearly double the size of Oasis Springs.

Gumbuya World will announce the completion of phase two of the expansion and the opening date on its Facebook page.


It comes after the recent addition of a new koala enclosure at the theme park. Situated in the Outback entertaining area, the enclosure will be home to three Southern Koalas. The recently refurbished space is available for functions and events, which include opportunities to get up close with the koalas by taking a selfie or having the chance to pat or feed them.

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What dads do and why it matters so much IN the last few days of my father's life, I stayed in the hospital to be near him and we had many great talks. One day he told me something that happened when I was only a couple of days old. He had put me in the pram, and with the aim of giving my mum some time for a nap, taken me down the high street of the small Yorkshire town where we lived. As he got among the crowds, he noticed people looking at him and frowning. Then some children ran behind him, jeering and calling out. At this point in telling the story, dad faltered. He was on a lot of morphine, and I wondered if he was falling asleep. But then I realised he was starting to cry. I said "what were they calling out?" And he said, "your dad's your mum". They were making fun of a man pushing a baby in a pram - in the 1950s that was unknown. He was a shy man, and abandoned his walk and went down a side road for home. I think, looking back, that he was saying "I tried to be a hands-on dad". He was proud of my work and books which had encouraged so many dads to play a more active part in their children's

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lives. His story suddenly brought home to me that many men of earlier generations would have liked to be closer to their children, but it wasn't really seen as a man's role. We know a lot now about how beneficial dads are for kids. For sons, it seems to give them an idea of what being a good man looks like. Especially from ages 6-14, sons worship their dads and want to be like them, and follow them about, desperate for their approval. It helps if, from birth onward, dad has a caring role, equally able to cuddle, comfort, play and read to them. But it's never too late to start.


Girls often love this kind of play too. My friend Professor Bruce Robinson, at UWA, believes girls derive a lot of their self esteem from dads, because he is their first opposite sex role model. It's so important that dad conveys she is special and important, interesting and worthwhile. It can be as simple as going to her sports (and being her biggest fan), walking the dog, or sitting with her every night to catch up on the best and worst things that happened in her day. New studies have found when a new baby arrives, the father's hormones change. They become more placid, less competitive and nicer people! They

switch into caring mode, and feel happier being close to their children. But it takes a bit of practice for mums to share the parenting and accept that dads might do it differently. Dads are likely to be more adventurous, physical and messy, but that's good for kids and helps them be more confident. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a dad, or have one nearby. But every time I post an article about the good things dads do on my Facebook community pages, hundreds of mothers tag their husbands. I hope it's to say "this is what you do!" Steve Biddulph's two books Raising Boys in the 21st Century and Raising Girls in the 21st Century are available in audiobooks for dads who don't read a lot. His final round of talks will be in Melbourne and Sydney between August and October. Visit www. for details.


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You’ll have so much fun, you won’t want to hand the mic back. Take part in a virtual world where your words can build pictures.

This book has captivated the world and generations and now it is about to hit the stage. It promises to be an unforgettable experience for all the family.

Bring the kids and give it a test drive yourself to see what fantastical creatures your words will make with just the sound of your voice.

Based on the picture book by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas.

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Join us for a spook-tacularly fun movie for the whole famz as we celebrate Halloween on the big screen with Hotel Transylvania.

Spot and his friends are coming to Bunjil Place for an exciting adventure. See Eric Hill’s beloved puppy come to life on our stage with puppetry, songs and puzzles for children 18 months + and over.

But before the show starts, take part in some cool art & craft activities and enjoy some delicious treats!

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It’s Your Life

A nine month labour of love By Danielle Kutchel

work out each other's values to see if it's going to work."

WHEN David and Lauryn Jordan decided they were ready to have a baby, they knew it wouldn't be an easy journey.

Legally, David and Lauryn were unable to openly ask Sarah to be their surrogate; they were therefore overjoyed when she made the offer to them one night in Canberra, where she and her family live.

Lauryn was born with MayerRokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome, a condition that meant she was born without a uterus. Undaunted, the couple went through two rounds of IVF that resulted in three viable embryos. The next step was to find a surrogate, so they joined the Australian Surrogacy Community Facebook group to explore their options. Surrogate Sarah got in touch with them and the trio gradually got to know each other through online messages before finally meeting face to face at the Australian Surrogacy Conference. "The easiest way to describe it is that it's like dating, getting to know her, her husband and her kids," David said. "We would go to each other's houses and chat and get to know each other, which was a really valuable and important part of the process. "You need to lay the foundations and

David Jordan, Jane Caro and Lauryn Jordan.

There were yet more hurdles though, including individual and group counselling sessions, psychological tests, legal advice and finally a submission to the Patient Review Panel - all part of the surrogacy process. Once they were given the all-clear, the Jordans transferred an embryo to Sarah. Unfortunately, it miscarried at 10 weeks; but the next embryo was more successful. The pregnancy was "uneventful", David said, with everything happening as it should, and the Clyde North couple made every effort to get to Sarah's appointments interstate. "She was so respectful of us too and included us in the milestones like the first kick and how she was feeling," David added.

David Jordan with daughter Everlie.

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The birth earlier this year was "one of the best experiences of my life", he said. He and Lauryn were allowed in the room with Sarah and her husband in an experience that he will never forget.

tummy', so we'll probably go with that," he said.

Their daughter was born healthy and given the name Everlie. David said Sarah, her husband and her children are considered "part of the family", and they plan to tell Everlie the "absolute truth" about her birth.

Hosted by Jane Caro, the show explored the lives of five Australian men navigating their first year as new dads. David hopes to challenge the misconceptions and taboo around surrogacy.

"We described it to Sarah's kids as 'Lauryn doesn't have a house in her

"It's just our normal; it's how we had to have a baby," he said.

The Jordans were one of the families recently featured on an ABC TV show titled 'New Dads'.


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It’s Your Life The science of By Danielle iell lle e Ga G Galvin lv vin MOST expectant or post-partum mothers can relate to the unusual phenomenon commonly referred to as 'baby brain'. It involves that feeling of mental fogginess, poor decision making or hilarious missteps on it. 'Baby brain' is often used as a reason for doing something silly during pregnancy, like putting the kettle in the fridge. Historically, it's been laughed off. But for some women, the mental fog, forgetfulness, difficulty comprehending complex or sometimes quite simple tasks, 'baby brain' is very real. Science tells us it is. Deakin University PhD candidate Sasha Davies is the lead author on a report investigating baby brain and how it can be observed and even measured. She said it's only been in the last 20 or so years where researchers have moved to objectively try and measure baby brain, as a lot of the academic literature over the years debated about whether it was real or not. "What we mean by the term baby brain, at least in our study, is any cognitive deficiency in terms of attention performance, mental performance, or executive functioning referring to processes like decision making, planning and judgements,"

‘baby brain’

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"There has been a lot of studies on memory, but not a lot on the others. "We tend to use terms like mental fogginess because it what people understand from their own experiences, it helps them understand what it means.

"It's a bit silly we haven't thought about it (before)," she said. "Our body changes, our mood changes, these are all kind of accepted things that change doing pregnancy.

"Mental fogginess can mean a lot of different things - it can mean anything from reading comprehension, or memory lapses."

"No one has really looked at the brain and thought well the brain is just another organ, and it goes through change."

Studies in the past have asked pregnant women to undertake memory tasks. But the Deakin team believes it may be beneficial to look at more sensitive approaches to measuring what's called the neural differences occurring in a pregnant woman's brain, to back-up some of those anecdotal behavioural changes.

Many of our readers have shared their own experiences with so-called 'baby brain'. "I washed the dishes then put the dish stick in the freezer. Found it two days later," Darcie wrote. At least we know have science to back us up.

"We are looking at a really sensitive method of measuring brainwave activity and changes in that," Ms Davies said.

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Researchers undertook an analysis of 20 studies that included a total of 709 pregnant and 521 non-pregnant women.

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In the report, they conclude; "general cognitive functioning, memory, and executive functioning were significantly poorer in pregnant than in control women, particularly during the third trimester."

SIMONE: With my first pregnancy, I used hair conditioner instead of body wash and couldn't understand why my skin felt slimy. I've also put fresh milk in the pantry instead of the fridge, which went 'off'.

They found the changes usually develop in the first trimester.

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fridge but thought I should let it cool down a bit first. LIA: I put a plastic bag in the pod section of the coffee machine and I don't remember doing it. I also tried to lock my mailbox with the lock button of my car keys.


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It’s Your Life

Serving busy parents a key ingredient for success By Melissa Grant

marketing her product.

KIM McCosker's recipe for success began over a decade ago while on maternity leave for her second child.

When a community newspaper in Brisbane's northern suburbs ran a story about the venture, bookshops called wanting to stock the title and sales began to take off.

The busy mum wanted a cookbook to help her get a quick meal on the table at the end of the day, but couldn't find one. Kim thought it was strange such a cookbook was difficult to find given how many parents had little time for meal preparation, so she decided to create her own collection of recipes using four ingredients. Back then Kim, whose background was in finance, had no idea she would become a global phenomenon. Never could she have dreamt that initial 4 Ingredients cookbook would become a best-seller, let alone lead to a career as a celebrity cook with titles published in 12 countries and sales topping 9 million. In the beginning, Kim was simply thinking about how to repay the money she'd redrawn from the family mortgage to fund the first print run.

Incredibly, the initial 4 Ingredients cookbook has now sold over 3 million copies. Kim puts much of her success down to the fact that many people like herself don't have time to follow complex, gourmet meals. "I love watching Masterchef, but the reality is I walk into my kitchen and go 'what can I make with puff pastry, egg, bacon and onion'," she said. "I've got three beautiful boys (aged 11, 14 and 17) and god forbid they want to play the same sport. "In most cases, I'm walking in the door at 10 to 6 ... everyone is starving and saying 'what's for dinner?' and I only have time for four ingredients. "It doesn't matter if you are a stay-athome mum or retiree, the world has never been busier."

After spending more than a year collating recipes, Kim and her then business partner were rejected by potential publishers.

Preparing tasty and inexpensive family meals is the focus throughout Kim's 34 published cookbooks, which include gluten-free, diabetic and allergy titles.

"We failed dismally - we couldn't even get past the gatekeeper, the receptionist," Kim recalled.

The collection also features the children focused titles, Kids 4 Ingredients and Baby Bowl.

"The second option is to self-publish and that's essentially what we did.

Currently, Kim's working on a vegetarian cookbook plus podcast and a pilot for free-to-air TV.

"I had to take $26,000 out of our family's mortgage to self-fund initially. Motivated to repay the money she had taken from the mortgage, Kim knocked on doors to get sales. "I packed the pram with cookbooks and off we went!" Kim managed to sell around 500 of the 2000 cookbooks printed. Realising that wheeling a cookbook loaded pram around local neighbourhoods was a time-poor way to distribute, she began focusing on

Although she's flat out, Kim regularly finds time to cook with her sons in the kitchen of their family home at Caloundra. She encourages parents to get their kids involved in the household meal preparation. "We all know that cooking helps develop your child's fine motor skills and it's also an early basis for maths and science," she said.

Kim McCosker and her family.

Sunshine Coast mum Kim McCosker, the woman behind 4 Ingredients.

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"I love seeing kids in the kitchen."

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It’s Your Life

Teaching teens how to spot scams By Melissa Grant TALKING TO TEENS ABOUT SCAMS TEENS spend a lot of time on the internet, so it should come as no surprise that they are being targeted by online scammers. What's concerning, however, is the amount of money they're losing is growing. Latest figures from the ACCC show that Australian children under the age of 18 lost more than $170,000 to scams in 2018 - an increase of 47 per cent on the previous year. A total of 1149 children reported being scammed last year, up from 1004. The biggest losses were to online shopping scams, followed by prize or lottery scams and classified advertising scams. Teenagers are particularly vulnerable to scams because their developing brains make it difficult for them to spot one, not to mention the amount of time they spend online. So what can parents do? Suncorp Behavioural Economist Phil Slade says teaching children financial literacy is the key. "One of the best ways to help our teens avoid being scammed is to teach them financial literacy skills at an early age, to help them question things when dealing with money," he explained.

■ Be open: Speak openly and honestly about your financial experiences including when you regretted buying something or felt you were scammed. ■ Track credit card spending: If your teen has access to your card, establish a rule of 'talking before spending'. Transparency can be a huge deterrent.

Trouble ... an increasing number of teens are losing money to online scammers.

■ Learn to smell a scam: Look at known scam sites with your children and help them learn to 'read the signs'. is a great resource.

Mr Slade says teenagers are unable to make decisions or solve problems as quickly as adults because their prefrontal cortex is still developing, which makes them naturally more susceptible to being misled.

■ Be wary of secrecy: Scammers often try to isolate the victim, or coach them to hide transactions from others 'who wouldn't understand'. Teach your kids this is a sign that they may be scammers.

He said many teens fall for fake online shopping sites that promise bargains but deliver nothing. "Many can act impulsively, they see something they really want, it looks cheap and they want to click on it and pay before they miss out," he said. Social media, online games and

email are common vehicles that scammers use to lure potential victims. The ACCC advises people be vigilant on social media, when shopping online and when answering the phone. The consumer authority also advises to never give anyone personal details, banking details or remote access to your computer, no matter who they say they are. Scams should be reported to Scamwatch or ACORN to warn others and help get those responsible tracked down.

■ Talk: The stronger your bond with them, the more likely they are to talk about decisions they are making and the less susceptible to scams they become. (Source:

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Expert tips for styling kids rooms beautifully displayed, shows you can make a bedroom look exactly how you want. Here, Avelyn shares her top tips for styling kids bedrooms:


AVELYN Miranda is an expert in the world of bedroom interiors. As proprietor of Harvey Norman Bedding and Manchester at Fountain Gate, Avelyn loves giving advice on decorating children's bedrooms. "I enjoy helping customers choose stylish pieces for their child's room," she said. "Choosing the right bedroom decor for your kids can help make bedtime enjoyable and make it easier for them to drift off to sleep." A trip to Avelyn's store, where bedroom furniture and accessories are

■ Beds: It's important to choose the right bed. If your child has a small bedroom, consider space saving options such as a loft bed featuring an in-build desk that sits underneath. Also think about investing in a bed that can accommodate a trundle for sleepovers. ■ Quilt covers: Keep it simple when choosing quilt covers. Simple designs will last longer and you can always accessories with colourful cushions, throws, etc. ■ Natural linen: Stick to natural products such as cotton and wool when choosing sheets and quilts for Simple quilt designs and lamps are a must for kids bedrooms. your child's bedroom. They keep you and cushions, shop according to the ■ Lamps: A lamp is a must in a child's cooler in summer and warmer/cosier room - it's a place where a lot of size, layout and existing decor in winter. reading and homework is done. scheme of a room. For the best ■ Cushions: Playful cushions are an results, try to be consistent with ■ Decorator pieces: When shopping for inexpensive and fun addition to any room. decorator pieces, including lamps themes, shapes and colours.

Taking the stress out travelling with children By Danielle Galvin

behind it. I've thought about what will they learn when they do this or that.

ONE of the most anxiety inducing tasks any parent can endure with children is hopping on an aeroplane, while mentally preparing for a long haul fight with a baby and toddler in tow.

"It's all fine motor skills, creativity, learning colours or whatever the case may be." She didn't just want to hand her daughter a box with a few stickers or pencils inside, she wanted to carefully craft and design activities to keep her engaged and learning something new.

The mad rush at the airport with baggage and strollers and hyped-up or over-tired kids can be stressful enough in itself, let alone the hours-long flight to look forward to with a child intent on making their presence known on a packed flight.

And while originally the idea came from making travelling easier, she said it could be useful while eating out or at a wedding.

But well-travelled Monbulk mum of two Kristen Dias has come up with a business idea to take some of the stress out of plane travel. Her start-up business, Travel Karma, includes educationally designed activity packs not only to keep kids busy while travelling but to keep them engaged and captivated. The idea was born out of her own travel willingness and sense of adventure with her first child, Scarlett. She travelled with her for the first time when she was only seven-weeks old, which would probably be a terrifying

It's another tool to keep the kids off their devices.

Kristen Dias with Joey and Scarlett with her Travel Karma activity case.

prospect for many first-time parents. Kristen was a teacher for 10 years and has a Master of Education. There are some similar ideas out there to hers, but Kristen has put a lot of thought into putting together different activities in each of the travel packs for kids. It includes activity ideas, craft

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materials, board games, colouring pages, puzzles, a travel journal, various bags of creative goodies, and more. "I found heaps of websites with advice on how to put stuff together yourself, but none that was already done and put together," she said. "Everything has educational design

The Dias family certainly are welltravelled, flying to Perth, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Sydney the Gold Coast and India twice. Each time she travels, Kristen picks up a new hack like always checking in with the flight attendant to ask if they have a spare snack or something for the kids. She also said once you get on a plane, try and let the stress go, using the analogy that like labour at least it has an end point.

Kristen's top tips for taking kids on a road trip

KRISTEN travelled with her 1-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter from Melbourne to Sydney and back (over 2500 kilometres in total) within less than one week over the Christmas break, so these no-fail road trip tips have been tried and tested! 20 SPRING 2019

1. The most important tip is to plan ahead, and allow a lot more time than you would for a trip without kids. Plan your trip with an absolute maximum of six hours driving in one day with break stops every two hours or so. A sample itinerary - you could leave at 9am, drive til 11am. Have a break til 11.30am, drive til 1.30pm, stop for 90 minutes for lunch and play. Get back on the road at 3pm. Drive til 5pm. You could leave an hour earlier and try to reach your destination by 4pm which would avoid traffic jams. Kids need to go to

the toilet more often than adults generally do and get out to stretch their legs, and ideally have a snack. A great idea is to google some playgrounds along the way in little towns and let your children play before getting in the car again (then hopefully they'll be tired and have a sleep!). Use www.playgroundfinder. com/ to find a playground in the town you are passing through. 2. Make sure you have music the kids enjoy listening to in the car 3. Bring lots of snacks that are easy to pass over the seats to your children,

such as apples and bananas, packets of sultanas, crackers etc. 4. Pack some toys such as books, teddies to cuddle (and hopefully have a snooze!) 5. Bring an activity kit such as the travel karma activity pack www. 6. Play eye spy or Spotto, looking out the car window at cows, windmills, tractors etc. (If I'm getting tired of eye spy I tell my kids to see if they can find a koala in the gum trees ... it usually distracts them for a while!)


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Seeking help during the tough times of parenthood As many as 1 in 5 expecting or new mums will experience perinatal anxiety or depression.

By Danielle Galvin

PANDA has two websites; au site and also a site specifically for expecting and new dads (

TOO often when new or expectant parents struggle as they begin their parenting journey, any feelings of anxiety, stress, tension or worry are dismissed as the 'baby blues' or put down to sheer exhaustion.

"These sites provide a genuine online support option for those struggling with perinatal anxiety and depression and postnatal psychosis, as well as their loved ones and carers - providing accurate and accessible information and resources," she said.

But experts say there are warning signs which could suggest a more serious illness, like depression or anxiety, and it's important to seek help. Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) CEO Terri Smith says as many as 1 in 5 expecting or new mums and 1 in 10 expecting or new dads will experience the illnesses. "Left untreated, it can have a devastating impact on parents, partners, baby and the rest of the family," she explained. "In the worst cases, lives can even be put at risk. "Depression covers lower mood feelings such as having trouble feeling joy in things that would typically light you up, feeling lethargic and withdrawing from friends and family. "Anxiety is more heightened moods such as panic attacks, a racing heart or worrying thoughts that go round and round in your head, or a sense of anger and frustration." On the PANDA website is a checklist

Feeling teary, anxious, irritable and hormonal can be a normal experience for many parents. PANDA CEO Terri Smith Smith.

for anyone concerned about how they or a loved one are feeling. It gives an indication as to whether what they are experiencing or what they have observed in a loved one could be a reason to seek help. "PANDA's checklists ask questions about changes expecting and new parents have noticed since starting the journey to becoming a parent - in their body and behaviour; in their thoughts and feelings; and in their relationships," Ms Smith said. The organisation operates Australia's only specialist national helpline to support expecting and new mums and dads affected by perinatal mental illness.

But Ms Smith explained that when low moods or feelings continue and stop you from functioning normally for more than two weeks, it could indicate perinatal anxiety or depression. She said it is critical new parents know that seeking help does not make them a bad parent. "Everyday PANDA's telephone counsellors hear from callers who tell us they are ashamed of what they're feeling and they're afraid they'll be seen as a bad parent if they admit to struggling," she said. "They need to know that these thoughts are common and that help is available." If you need help, call the PANDA hotline (Mon to Fri, 9am - 7.30pm AEST) on 1300 726 306.

The warning signs ■ Feeling sad, low, or crying for no obvious reason ■ Persistent, generalised worry, often focused on fears for the health or wellbeing of your baby ■ Being nervous, 'on edge', or panicky ■ Being easily annoyed or irritated ■ Withdrawing from friends and family ■ Difficulties sleeping, even when your baby is sleeping ■ Abrupt mood swings ■ Feeling constantly tired and lacking energy ■ Physical symptoms like nausea, vomiting, cold sweats, lack of appetite ■ Having little or no interest in the things that normally bring you joy ■ Fear of being alone or with others ■ Finding it difficult to focus, concentrate or remember ■ Increased alcohol or drug use ■ Panic attacks (racing heart, palpitations, shortness of breath, shaking or feeling physically 'detached' from your surroundings) ■ Developing obsessive or compulsive behaviours ■ Thoughts of death, suicide or harming your baby

Baby bundles provide essentials for first-time parents FIRST-TIME parents can expect to receive a special package when their little bundle of joy arrives.

a grow suit.

The state government has begun distributing free ’baby bundles’ that include essentials to help guide mums and dads through the first few months and years of their firstborn’s life.

They also include four picture books by Victorian authors: Baby Days by Nicola Philp, Ten Little Owls by Renee Treml, Puddle Hunters by Kirsty Murray and Karen Blair, and Gumtree Buddies, a soft pram book produced by Tiger Tribe.

Valued at $150, the bundle comes with a teething ring, nappy bag, safe sleeping bag, a cotton wrap, first aid kit, baby sunhat, toothbrush and

A booklet developed in collaboration with Raising Children Network provides vital information on child health, safety and learning and emergency contacts.

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The state government funded bundles are designed to assist first-time parents build safe sleeping practices and support their child’s learning and development through regular reading and playtime.

making this precious moment that little bit easier and ensuring our youngest Victorians have everything they need to thrive,” Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.

Around 35,000 new parents will receive the bundles each year at all Victorian maternity hospitals.

“Not only are we giving parents the help they need, we’re also giving some of Victoria’s emerging authors their big break.

“Bringing your bundle of joy home for the first time is life changing but we also know it can be challenging. We are

“Reading with children is one of the most powerful things families can do to help their kids get the best start in life.”


Josie with husband Hugh and children Leo and Lily.

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Opening up about IN the weeks after her daughter's birth, mother of two Josephine Smyth started noticing the familiar feelings of anxiety and darkness creep in. She knew she needed to seek help. Having experienced post natal depression with her son, Leo, she knew what to look out for and that it was more than just a hormonal shift or transition into life with two young children. Here, she opens up to Melissa Meehan about her experience with post natal depression and the important work of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA). "Lily would have been about four months old, because I had it before I recognised the feelings that I was having and I think what contributed to it this time was that Lily wasn't a good sleeper," Josie explained. "It was fine for about 12 weeks, but then when you're operating on no sleep and trying to run a household and manage a toddler at the same time, there's no opportunity for rest.

post natal depression

"It got to a point I was up very hour overnight. I basically became a zombie, and so I started to have feelings, and I already had anxiety, and the anxious symptoms were heightened. "I started not caring for myself. I had no appetite, I started not showering, I was feeling flat. "I had inability to laugh at things I used to find funny. I started to get panicky and there was the really low feelings of dreading the day, not having any joy." It got to a point where Josie couldn't sleep much at all. That's when the "scary thoughts" crept in. "That's when I realised it was different to normal feelings, where we are getting into scary territory," she said.

This time around, Josie found herself being more open within her support network about what she was struggling with.

Reflecting on her journey to date, she's saddened by the fact she had no idea what to look out for during her pregnancies.

"I had a lot of family and friends come over and just sit with me, and that was really helpful," she said.

"It was all about the baby and all the fun things, and nothing about the flipside, nothing about the feelings you can experience."

"Having someone there - I could be myself, I didn't have to put on a show. "Whilst I was experiencing these symptoms I was faking it, and that is so hard. It's really exhausting when you're already exhausted as it is and you have to put on a face. "It was nice being myself and not being judged." These days, Josie is comforted by the fact that PND seems to be a topic that's being spoken about more.

Josie sought help from her GP, who knew her history of PND with Leo.

It's talked about more, written and spoken about more in the media, and there's more support than ever.

With Leo, her mum encouraged her to seek help, but this time Josie flagged it as soon as she recognised the same feelings.

"When I started to recover with Leo, I started to be more honest with my friends so I explained that time when I wasn't myself, this was why," she said.

It was recommended Josie be put on medication and continue to see a psychologist as well as a psychiatrist.

Before Josie was first diagnosed after Leo's birth back in 2014, she didn't know much about depression and anxiety.

And while she knew the medication was an important step in her recovery, it was important to ensure it wouldn't impact her breastfeeding journey with Lily.

She was touched by the level of support after her second experience with PND. "The responses I received were so supportive and compassionate," she said.

She hopes by sharing her story, anyone who is struggling may find the courage to speak up, just like she did. "People need to know that if they are struggling or if the are worried about someone they don't need a diagnosis they can call PANDA's hotline," she said. "Even if you think you might have symptoms or even if you are struggling a bit, they are a really good listening ear and then they can guide you. PANDA has trained counsellors who can provide you with support, information and referrals if you are experiencing mental health challenges in pregnancy and new parenthood." - with Danielle Galvin If you need help, call the PANDA hotline (Mon to Fri, 9am - 7.30pm AEST) on 1300 726 306 or visit Other contacts: Lifeline 13 11 14 beyondblue support service line 1300 22 46 36

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Getting kids to sleep during daylight savings THE beginning of daylight savings is nearly upon us. It's a time often dreaded by parents as putting the clocks forward one hour can see little ones go through a stage of unsettled sleep, early rising and later bedtimes at night. My top tips for combating these issues are: â&#x2013; Invest in great blockout coverage for your windows: Trying to tell your baby/toddler it's bedtime when the sun is still streaming into their bedroom is a battle you don't want to encounter! Blockout coverage makes your child's room dark at their normal bedtime. It also helps ensure their bedroom is still nice and dark when the sun rises earlier (as it does over summer). You can purchase

with Lisa Dinnie blockout blinds, use black cardboard or make your own using lined blockout material. â&#x2013; Use white noise: The other thing that comes with the sun rising earlier in the morning is noise - birds chirping, cars starting, garbage trucks going by. Blockout those external factors by using a nice loud white noise (low rumbling and natural is best) and position the white noise in the room so that it is between your child and where the noise is coming from.

I also recommend transitioning to daylight savings time around a week to 10 days before the change actually happens, so that your baby's internal body clock adjusts over time. You can of course just go cold turkey on the change, but I have found that this can disrupt sleep even more and make it longer for your child to adjust. In the week preceding the introduction of daylight savings, bring your child's bedtime forward by 10 minutes. For example, if they are usually in bed by 7pm, I work my way to 6.50pm, then 6.40pm, then 6.30pm etc. You can do this with their day sleeps/ feeds and mealtimes as well so that when the clocks tick over to daylight savings, they will be going to bed at the

old time 6pm but new time 7pm. Their day naps will be aligned as well. You may also choose to wake them in the morning 10 minutes earlier so their bodies adjust at the other end of their big overnight sleep as well. Also remember consistency and routine are important. If you aren't already doing a nice consistent winddown routine before bed, introduce one now so that all the little activities you do in the lead-up to bed become a cue to sleep, no matter what the circumstances. Lisa Dinnie is a mother of three young children, certified sleep consultant and the founder of Cherish Your Sleep. For more information, visit

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An estimated one in seven children will experience anxiety between the ages of 4 and 17.

Turning anxiety into resilience MORE children than ever before experience anxiety.


As a parent, it can be difficult to know whether your child is suffering from anxiety and what you can do to help.

Professor Jean Twenge from San Diego State University is a researcher dedicated to understanding changes in youth mental health over generations. Professor Twenge and her colleagues crunched the numbers on mental illness data from over 77,000 American college and high school students between 1938 and 2007.

A new book, Anxious Kids, offers a new perspective on children's anxiety. Bestselling parenting author Michael Grose and wellbeing expert Dr Jodi Richardson explain the anxiety epidemic and offer useful advice to help turn a child's anxiety into resilience.

Between the 1930s and 1940s an average of 50 out of 100 students scored above average on measures of mental disorders. That number has now jumped to 85 out of every 100. That's a 70 per cent increase in the number of students with symptoms of mental illness.

In this extract, Grose and Richardson explain how children's anxiety has changed and the many different faces of the condition. JUST HOW COMMON IS ANXIETY? Parents all over the world are dealing with anxious children. Between the tender age of four and the brink of adulthood at seventeen, on average one in seven kids are diagnosed with a mental illness in Australia. Of all those kids, half are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. That equates to roughly two kids in every Australian classroom, though some, if separation anxiety is in play, often don't even make it to school. Anxiety disorders are the top disease burden for females aged between five and forty-four. For boys and young men the top disease burdens are suicide and self-harm. These boys and young men are integral to the data but their experiences are far from academic. Most don't understand why they think and feel the way they do and why they're suffering. Many feel broken, and it impacts on the entire family unit. When Australia conducted the first Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing in 1998, anxiety

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disorders weren't included. It wasn't on the radar in the same way major depressive disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were. It's fair to say it's on the radar now. The second and most recent Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, published in 2015, paints a picture of the state of mental health of Aussie kids. It's no oil painting. Kids with a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder included those experiencing separation anxiety, social phobia, generalised anxiety disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Anxiety disorders such as specific phobias spiders, for example, or panic disorder or agoraphobia - weren't caught in the research net. Many anxious kids also go undetected. We think it's reasonable, prudent in fact, to suggest that current statistics underestimate the enormity of the problem.

Similar research looking specifically at anxiety showed that the average American child in the 1980s reported more anxiety than child psychiatric patients in the 1950s. Increases in anxiety across generations have also been identified in China and the UK. Kids are in the thick of an anxiety epidemic, and the role of parents is crucial. Staggering as the numbers are, the stats don't tell the whole story. Each and every child enveloped by a statistic is a person - a young person whose life has taken a turn in an unexpected direction. ANXIETY HAS MANY FACES Kids experience anxiety in different ways. Some anxious kids can appear happy most of the time, but struggle with anxiety that affects only parts of their life, or shows up intermittently. Others can endure any one or a combination of frightening thoughts, inexplicable fear or dread, unrealistic to catastrophic worries, and physical symptoms varying from tummy aches to dizziness to not being able to get a

full breath, to spotty vision. In the early days anxiety is easy to overlook, often mistaken for blips in behaviour, attention, confidence, resilience and physical health. Your little one doesn't want to play at the park with the other kids? He's a little shy. Your primary schooler has a meltdown when you visit the shopping centre? She's just tired and having another tantrum. Fourth grader feeling too sick to go to school? Could be that food intolerance playing up again. Teenager won't sit still and can't concentrate in class? She's fidgety and disruptive. There are parents everywhere doing their best to raise their kids and help them navigate their shyness, tantrums and tendency to fidget. Nothing to see here. Just another day in the life of parents. Then there are the kids who struggle to socialise or spend even a moment in big open spaces with crowds of people, or who become nauseated from worry about separating from their mum or dad. These kids also struggle to concentrate because they're constantly in fight-or-flight mode. Developmentally appropriate fears, worries and reactions to stress, paired with behaviour, personality, temperament, environment, circumstances and parenting combine in ways that can make it tricky for us as parents to recognise when our kids might in fact be beginning to battle with anxiety and in need of some extra help. If there's even a fleeting possibility that this is your child, make an appointment with your GP to ask some questions. Some of the common symptoms of anxiety, such as an upset tummy, could indeed be related to a physical cause with a simple explanation.

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Active Kids

Getting organised for kids sports Professional organiser Julie Cliff.

By Julie Cliff WEEKEND or extra curricular sport can be busy, stressful and exhausting. Get to the game and you've forgotten the mouthguard. Or while preparing to go to the game you realise the uniform is not washed. Sometimes there are multiple events to go to on the weekend, which can leave you feeling rushed and anxious. But you can reduce your stress levels by working with the kids to create a number of checklists they can follow. They may hand write and decorate the list with their favourite characters, or create something on Google Slides or Powerpoint, etc. HERE ARE A FEW CHECKLISTS TO START WITH: Checklist 1: Things to take in the bag on the day • Water bottle

Teaching your kids to prepare for their sporting activities is a great goal.

• Spare set of clothes (undies, socks, t-shirt) • Mouthguard (other protective equipment such as shin guards, headgear) • Footy boots (other special footwear) • Towel, plastic bag for dirty boots/ shoes • Blanket for car • Medication (if applicable) • After game snacks. • If playing in summer, consider packing sunscreen, a hat, extra water, etc Checklist 2: Things to wear on the day • Team jersey • Team shorts/dress • Socks • Undies • Tracksuit • Shoes

• Don't forget to pack your own stuff including coats/jackets, beanies and umbrellas (you can tell I've been to many rugby league games in the Melbourne winter). If your kids are doing summer sport, you may need a hat and sunscreen yourself

• • • •

The night before

Getting the kids involved in this way helps them learn responsibility for their actions. If they forget the mouthguard and can't play, this may remind them to pack it next time.

When our eldest son played rugby league we would often need to be in the car and heading to the event at 7am on a Saturday. For this reason, we prepared for the event as much as we could the night before. We would lay it all out on the kitchen floor with the footy bag so it was ready to pack in the morning. After the event Get the kids involved to unpack everything as soon as you return from the event (sweaty footy jumpers are not nice to deal with a few days later). It's also a good idea to:

Wash the uniform Clean the mouthguard Wash the water bottle. Repack the bag so it's already to go for next time

Next steps?

Planning ahead is a great skill to learn. Get the kids to create the checklists required. Julie Cliff is a Professional Organiser at Space and Time, which helps busy mums live easier, less stressful lives through simple and easy to implement organising systems. Sound familiar? Julie would love to hear from you


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Too much... The Parentmedic Movement encourages parents to keep their first aid kit to minimum.

What to keep in your

ESSENTIAL FIRST AID ITEMS PANADOL: Parents should have panadol in the house at all times. Your child will wake up in the middle of the night in need of pain relief. It's important for parents to know to use Panadol first. Panadol and Nurofen are different products, and can both be used at once. If it's inflammation use Nurfoen, otherwise use Panadol. Also, suppositories that go up the other end can be handy if your child is really sick and is refusing to swallow Panadol. Suppositories can also be bought from the chemist.

ANTIHISTAMINES: Antihistamines ease the symptoms of an allergy. They are amazing products to have handy when your children are trying new foods or are out playing a lot in the garden.

ANTI-BACTERIALS: Most health professionals don't recommend antibacterial products like Dettol or Betadine. The body has its own way of fighting infection.

BURNAID: All children will burn themselves eventually! Burnaid helps reduce the pain when they get a burn.

ICE PACKS: I've seen parents pin their kids down to put their ice pack on. Is it worth it? It's only stopping a bit of swelling or a bit of bruising

MAGNOPLASM: So many parents go in with tweezers to pull out splinters or glass. With Magnoplasm you just put the paste on, leave it there and it will remove the piece of glass or splinter. SUDOCREM: Sudocrem is great - you can use it for any sort of rash.

BANDAGES: Same as above - is it necessary? Probably not. If it's a sprain you will have to go to the doctors anyway. At primary school they will just use t-shirts. Most kids are happy to support their own arm.

PARENTMEDIC is an international organisation offering first aid education and training that aims to be accessible and affordable to all parents and carers. It has nearly 80 educators in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The organisation's training and education is designed by founder Nataly Tormey, a first aid industry veteran, a nurse, healthcare professional and mother. Courses include baby and child first aid and safe sleep training. Visit

INSECT REPELLENT: Great to have, particularly in the summer time to stop those nasty mosquito bites. OPTIONAL FIRST AID ITEMS THERMOMETER: You don't really need a thermometer, but by all means have one for peace of mind. But you don't need to spend a fortune - a $10 one works just fine. EYE FLUSHES: These can be pretty handy. They are basically little cups to flush a child's eye out. UNNECESSARY FIRST AID ITEMS BAND-AIDS: I see kids cry because they don't get a Band-Aid. But they don't actually need Band-Aids - they don't really do anything. You just need to put pressure on the wound. When my children hurt themselves they run to the toilet and get some toilet paper and hold it on their wounds.


FIRST aid kits - every parent should have one, but what exactly should you put in them? When you walk into a chemist, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the number of products to treat scrapes, grazes, breaks, fevers and burns. But you don't need a huge stockpile of first aid items to be prepared for ailments, accidents and injuries. Director of The Parentmedic Movement, Nataly Tormey, says parents only really need to have a handful of products. The most important thing, she says, is that mums and dads know what to do in an emergency situation, whether it's minor or major. Sometimes that means knowing what painkillers or creams to use, or what to do until help arrives. Here, Nataly shares her must-have first aid items and explains why some products aren't really essential.

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Educating kids about good oral health WHEN people think of common diseases, it's not often mouth diseases come to mind. But as a matter of fact, tooth decay and gum diseases are two of Australia's most common diseases. That's why Beaconsfield Dental is all about promoting awareness and educating the community about the importance of maintaining good oral health. The clinic focuses on prevention and maintenance of healthy gums and teeth so patients can actually spend less time at the dentist. One way the clinic does this is by visiting local kindergartens, primary schools and childcare centres. This helps young children begin to appreciate and learn how to look after their teeth from a young age and ensure their first visit to the dentist is familiar and fun. Beaconsfield Dental owner Dr Robert Panjkov said developing good oral hygiene from a young age was critically important for children's overall health. "Good oral health is vital to your overall wellbeing," he said. "It is essential that children establish a twice-daily brushing routine and healthy diet so they keep their teeth for life."

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At Beaconsfield Dental, dentists provide children with a tooth brushing chart to take home to record and reinforce their daily brushing habits.

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A REVIEW on nutrition labelling for added sugars would be a huge step in the fight against tooth decay, dentists say.The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends six teaspoons of sugar as a daily maximum to prevent tooth decay. However, many consumers may be surprised to learn their favourite soft drink contains up to 16 teaspoons of sugar in one 600ml bottle. They may also be surprised by how much added sugar is in products like muesli bars, cereals and sauces. The Australian Dental Association (ADA) says current labelling can make it difficult for consumers to recognise how much added sugar is in a product. However, clearer labelling may be on the way.Both federal and state ministers

are calling for Food Standards Australian New Zealand (FSANZ) to review nutrition labelling for added sugars - a move applauded by the ADA. "If the FSANZ adopts the recommendations from the Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation on mandatory 'added sugar' labelling on drinks and packaged foods, it would take a lot of the guesswork out of shopping for Australian consumers," said ADA spokesperson Dr Mikaela Chinotti. High sugar consumption is linked to tooth decay, the most common chronic disease in both Australian adults and children. Statistics show 70% of children aged 9-13 and 73% aged 14-18 consume too much sugar, while 48% adults also have too much sugar every day.



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Sugar harming dental health WE all know the damage sugar has on our dental and overall health. It is estimated that Australians, on average, consume 14 teaspoons of sugar every day - more than twice the World Health Organisation recommended limit of six teaspoons a day.

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In addition, Casey Dental Group offers up to 24 months interest free payment plans on all services, including specialised treatments like implants, Invisalign and half price deals on crowns and cosmetic dentistry. The practice has a special focus on orthodontics for both children and adults, and Invisalign which is available for teens. The friendly team aims to provide the best ongoing dental care with services including digital X-rays, laser whitening, implants, ceramic crowns/ veneers and all other aspects of dentistry. The practice has extended its opening hours to include evening sessions that run until 9pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Casey Dental Group is located at 236 Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, Narre Warren South. For bookings or more information, phone 9705 1755 or visit www.

Dental decay is one of the most common preventable diseases in Australia. But Renew Dental Care dentist Dr Nic Cheah says it doesn't have to be that way. "We must become more aware and develop strategies to consciously reduce our level of sugar and junk food consumption," he said. "Did you know there are 10 teaspoons of sugar in a 350ml bottle of apple juice and 16 teaspoons of sugar in a 600ml bottle of soft drink? "Often, we are grabbing sugary foods and drinks because it is convenient and we have become so addicted to sugar that we find it somewhat second nature."

Dr Nic Cheah says we can take simple steps to reduce sugar consumption and improve our dental health.

"Instead of a sugary lolly or snack, how about a piece of fruit? "Instead of buying that bag of chips, bottle of soft drink or flavoured milk at your next grocery shopping trip, how about buying a bag of fruit or a new empty bottle you can fill up with normal tap water?

Dr Cheah says small steps to reduce sugar intake can improve a person's dental and overall health.

"Start improving your health including your dental health - today by being more aware of what you are putting in your body."

"Instead of grabbing that can of soft drink, how about having a bottle of water with you at all times?

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How’s your family’s oral health? HOW often to you brush your teeth? Do you floss daily? When was the last time you visited the dentist? Do you eat a diet high in sugar? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves and members of our family when assessing oral health. Alarmingly, statistics show many Australians don't have great oral health due to poor dental habits. Only half of adults clean their teeth twice a day and our sugar consumption exceeds WHO guidelines, contributing to tooth decay as the most common chronic disease in Australia. Statistics also show that: ■ 63% of adults haven't seen a dentist for over two years ■ 57% say they can't afford to go to the dentist ■ 11% are too frightened to visit a dentist ■ When we do visit the dentist, 71% of us only do so because of a problem Australian Dental Association

President Dr Carmelo Bonanno says many of us need to do a lot better when it comes to caring for our teeth and mouth. "If everyone brushed their teeth twice a day, flossed daily, visited their dentist regularly and ate a balanced, nutritious diet low in sugar, this would all go a long way to improving the dental health of Australians as they would need less dental treatments," Dr Carmelo Bonanno said. The need for brushing twice daily, flossing daily, regular dentist visits and nutritious diets low in sugar were the main four messages the ADA promoted during Dental Health Week, from August 5-11. Dr Bonanno says improving your oral health will likely lead to better overall health. "It's now becoming more widely accepted too, that there are strong links between the health of the mouth and what's going on in the rest of the body so paying attention to your mouth will reap dividends for the rest of the body," he said.

We should all be brushing our teeth twice daily.

Confident smiles for both adults and children ORTHODONTIC treatment is often thought of as only being for children. In fact, many adults seem to think that if they don't undergo treatment as an adolescent, then it may be too late. This is definitely not the case as there is no limit on age when it comes to getting the perfect smile. South East Orthodontics, based in Berwick, treats people of all ages in the area and across the south eastern suburbs, also including the Gippsland region and towards the city. They cater to anyone who wants to have the perfect smile, including both children and adults. The clinic has a range of different treatment options depending on the person's age and specific needs. A key area of focus for South East Orthodontics is early treatment for children. This takes place when a child still has

a mixture of primary and permanent teeth, typically between the ages 7-10. The advantage of early treatment is that it can help with tooth eruption, guide facial growth and often prevent more serious problems from occurring. For teenagers and adults, the clinic offers different options for them depending on what is required for their individual needs. Options include braces, clear braces, lingual braces, Suresmile (which is used with braces to shorten treatment time), and clear aligners including Spark and Invisalign. Adults or teenagers who are conscious of how braces may look can opt to have clear aligners or lingual braces for a less visible option. For more information, visit www. or call (03) 9796 2794.

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Do your kids need a spring clean? WHEN did your children last visit the dentist? If it's been a while, you might want to book them in for a spring clean. With the weather improving, it's a great time to pop the kids in the car and visit the friendly team at Pakenham Dental. If you have a child yet to see a dentist, you may want to make their first appointment. Their first visit should probably happen earlier than you think. "Every year we get asked about what is an appropriate age to bring kids to see the dentist," Dr Alan Zhang said. "While there aren't any rules as to what age is suitable, we find the best time to start is around the 2 to 3-year-old mark." This is a good age for a child to get used to the dental environment. "Early visits are good for the kids to get used to what we do," Dr Zhang explained. "We won't necessarily look into the mouth with a mirror, but we might start with a ride in the chair. "This will then progress to playing a 'counting game' to see how many teeth they have. They will then get a reward for being so good." It's important for a child's first dental experience to be a positive one.

Pakenham Dental's Dr Alan Zhang says spring is a great time for a check-up.

"Too many times a child's first visit involves something drastic like a filling or an extraction," Dr Zhang said.

"Doing this may often bring on a negative reaction and may result in very poor future compliance when it comes to the dentist."

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Phone ban to ring in the new year By Melissa Grant

lockers from the start of the school day to the final bell.

occurs during school hours or that it will be reduced by the incoming ban.

VICTORIAN students will soon be banned from using their phones during school hours.

When emergencies occur, parents and guardians can reach their child by calling the school.

"The ban may push cyber bullying into another time period, but won't reduce it," she said.

The ban is being introduced to reduce the distraction of mobiles in classrooms, tackle cyber bullying and improve student learning outcomes.

The only exceptions to the ban will be where students use phones to monitor health conditions, or where teachers instruct students to bring their phones for a classroom activity.

"What may reduce it is educating students on appropriate phone use, and respectful behaviours."

However, the ban isn't receiving a ringing endorsement from some parents. Parents Victoria doesn't support the blanket phone ban amid concerns around security, enforcement and home-school communication. There are also concerns some students may be disadvantaged by the policy and that it won't actually do much to reduce cyber bullying. From Term 1 next year, students at state primary and high schools across Victoria will be required to switch off their phones and store them securely in

"This will remove a major distraction from our classrooms, so that teachers can teach, and students can learn in a more focused, positive and supported environment," Education Minister James Merlino said. "Half of all young people have experienced cyber bullying. By banning mobiles we can stop it at the school gate." However, Parents Victoria Executive Officer Gail McHardy says there has been no research presented that suggests most cyber bullying actually

Ms McHardy said schools, for many years, had encouraged 'Bring Your Own Device' and students who didn't have iPads or laptops typically used smart phones in the classroom. These students, she said, would be disadvantaged. "Some families can only afford one device for their child. "In the majority of cases, a mobile phone would be the first choice, as it has multiple uses, and offers security to students travelling alone." Parents are also concerned about the storage of phones as lockers can be broken into and not all students have one.

The state government has announced $12.4 million to deliver resources for schools to securely store student mobile phones. Schools can apply for funding for secure storage resources, including upgraded lockers, padlocks, storage cupboards and secured boxes for home rooms. Lockable pouches are also being investigated as an storage option. Parents have also expressed concerns about not being able to directly contact their children during school hours and have reservations about how the policy will be policed. "Some schools who already have implemented phone ban policy cannot claim 100 per cent compliance by all students," Ms McHardy said. "(We) don't want it resulting in school suspensions." The Department of Education and Training has begun working with schools to prepare them for the introduction of the ban.

Hillcrestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard knock life HILLCREST Christian College students dazzled crowds over three glorious nights, when they performed the much-loved Broadway musical 'Annie'. From Thursday 1 until Saturday 3 August students passionately gave their all in portraying their characters. The actors were beautifully cast from year levels 7-12, with the students performing well beyond their years. 'Sandy' the dog also made a few appearances during the show much to the audience's delight! Students have been rehearsing since the 2018 Christmas holidays, also giving up much of their time after school and on weekends. On the nights audiences were treated to the unforgettable songs and the determination of Annie as she went from rags to riches.

Set amidst the mire of The Great Depression of the 1930s, Annie tells the story of a spunky young orphan girl, determined to find her parents, who abandoned her as an infant on the steps of The New York City Municipal Orphanage. "The story of Annie is a wonderful picture of God's heart towards each of His children," commented Production Director Christopher Bishop. "Annie is born into harsh circumstances and suffers under the tyranny of the cruel, embittered orphanage matron 'Miss Hannigan'. She longs to be freed from her oppression into the home of a loving family. In the Bible, Galatians 4:4-7, we hear about God sending His Son to redeem humankind from their oppression under

Hillcrest Christian College students gave their all in portraying their characters in the musical ''Annie''.

the law, and adopting them as His own children.

loving nature to rescue us from fear, into a life of freedom through faith in Jesus.

"It is our hope and prayer that our students and community were encouraged by this musical about God's

"Congratulations to all those involved as it was truly a professional and unforgettable performance."



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Smart school bags on the way The Smart School Bag app, developed by Deakin School of Engineering researchers.

Rama Azadmanesh and her smart school bag created by Deakin University researchers. STUDENTS may soon have absolutely no excuses for forgetting their homework or lunch. Australian researchers have developed a 'smart schoolbag' capable of alerting students and parents to items that haven't been packed. The school bag features built-in hardware and software to ensure it's been packed correctly with what a student requires for the day. The bag can even tell if an item isn't needed and should be left at home, ensuring schoolchildren aren't lugging around unnecessary weight.

The smart school bag uses radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to detect items in the bag and Internet of Things (IOT) technology to check its contents against the daily school plan.

the smartphone application which could retail for between $125 and $150, making it an affordable option for many families. One of the creators, Dr Hamid Abdi, says the smart school bag will make the often difficult task of packing much easier.

It has the capability to send content alerts by smartphone to students, parents and teachers. Although the smart school bag sounds incredibly futuristic, it may soon become an item commonly used by Australian students. The Deakin University engineering team responsible have designed a prototype smart schoolbag that includes

"We think the smart school bag will save a lot of time and stress that occurs when homework, hats or lunches are left home by mistake, especially if that requires parents to quickly race home to collect the missing item," he explained. "A mobile application developed in

this project lets parents see the items in the bag and automatically checks them off against the timetable, identifying what is missing and notifies parents if anything else needs to be packed. "With a smart school bag, children won't need to leave everything in their bag every day. The system helps them pack only what is needed that day and not worry about forgetting something the next day." The engineering team are now at the demonstration stage and looking for commercial partners to take their smart school bag project to the next level.

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Quality early childhood education offered at St Margaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School THE Early Learning Centre program at St Margaret's School is founded on the belief that young children need a quality educational setting that nurtures and cares for every child, whilst empowering them to be the best they can. The Australian Early Development Census reports, 'Evidence tells us that a person's life successes, health and emotional wellbeing have their roots in early childhood. We know that if we get it right in the early years, we can expect to see children thrive throughout school and their adult lives'. St Margaret's is perfectly placed to provide a quality program that supports children to achieve their full potential and to make highly successful transitions to school. Each morning, children are encouraged to engage in specifically planned play experiences where teachers work side-by-side with them, to scaffold their thinking, encourage their curiosity and support their perseverance and commitment to seeing tasks through to completion. Participating in highly valued specialist sessions, the children's skills are further enhanced through music, physical education and library sessions

within the Junior School environment. Not only supporting the development of a broad range of vital skills, these classes enable the children to become familiar with the school environment and develop an understanding of school culture. To ensure the development of the whole child, afternoons are spent working in small focussed groups. During this time, the children work collaboratively on targeted skills designed to ensure they engage in a wide range of experiences, which they may not choose of their own accord. Having high expectations of the children, whilst nurturing their unique personalities and capabilities, ensures that St Margaret's provides a high quality early childhood education. The St Margaret's Early Learning Centre staff - recently rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standard in all areas - invite you to an open afternoon on Friday 11 October from 2pm to 3pm. Come along to see the classrooms in action and meet with the Centre Director, who can answer your questions. St Margaret's looks forward to welcoming you.

St Margaret's provides a high quality early childhood education.

Sea Care ambassadors are learning and teaching IT has been said that nothing is taught until something is learned - and nothing is learned until it is put into action. Harkaway Primary School kids are putting their learning into action through the Sea Care ambassador program. Who speaks for the trees? The Lorax. Who speaks for the marine environment? Harkaway Primary School's Sea Care ambassadors! Their job is to teach children about our bays and waterways. Rose Gardens daycare, and Peel Street Kindergarten have hosted the ambassadors.

The pre-school children learned about dolphins, smelly Australian fur seals, weedy sea dragons other animals located in our bays, including how to look after them. The Harkaway Primary School ambassadors are also 'River Detectives' with Melbourne Water, and have been excited to investigate the local platypus habitat in Cardinia Creek - even in the cold rain. "We were learning to use scientific equipment to test the water turbidity, the Ph level and the water temperature,"

said ambassador Ellie. Fellow ambassador Gemma added: "Yeah, It was cool because we got to do water testing and be scientists." The Sea Care ambassadors also helped Kids Teaching Kids celebrate their 20th birthday in late August. "We explained to all the adult VIP guests what will happen to our waterways if we don't do anything about climate change," Gemma said. With this kind of learning in action. Our waterways are in the safe hands of kids who know how to make a difference.

Harkaway Primary School Sea Care ambassadors Declan, Gemma, Ellie and Hayden.

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Cool programs on offer at Kool Kidz KOOL Kidz Narre Warren just keeps getting cooler. The early learning centre has recently introduced a raft of fun programs, including sports, yoga and music classes.

NOW in our 30th year of existence, and as the founding principal, I am very proud to be the leader of Berwick Lodge Primary School.

Children can also get up close with some scaly visitors during regular incursions with Reptile Encounters.

There are many reasons for my joy and excitement.

Kool Kidz Narre Warren co-owner Janette Karavatis says the special learning experiences deliver huge benefits to children.

In saying that, all the reasons that spring to my mind have one thing in common - the Berwick Lodge Primary School community. By that I mean the relationships one can develop by being a member of this school. For example, I recently met with student leaders as part of our schoolwide buddy program. It's an understatement to say that our student leaders are exemplary young people and wonderful role models for their peers. Speaking with them and sharing views on a wide range of matters only reinforces my view that our future will be safe in their hands. That is also reassuring as an educator. Our school is undoubtedly on the right path in preparing our children for leadership when their turn comes (as it inevitably will). On another note, I marvel at how much our students grow, both

Students grow both academically and socially at Berwick Lodge Primary School.

academically and socially over the seven or so years in which they attend our school. Engaging with them is a personally exhilarating experience. You see, I love learning too and they teach me so much. Why not visit us and see for yourself? - Henry Grossek, principal Berwick Lodge Primary School Berwick Lodge Primary School is located at 145 Mansfield Street, Berwick. For more information, phone 97071766 or visit

"The experiences are a great addition to our curriculum, which focuses on child wellbeing and growth to deliver a high quality early education," she said.

Janette and Maria with some of the early learners at Kool Kidz Narre Warren.

Janette co-owns the centre with daughter Maria Dimoulas.

completely refurbished before the doors opened to new families in February.

Both women love children and in February they realised a long held a dream to open their own childcare centre.

Staff work with children across seven classrooms - two baby rooms, three toddler rooms and two kinder rooms.

Maria has a degree in early childhood education and a post graduate qualification in teaching children with special needs.

All rooms have access to spacious outdoor areas and there are dedicated sleep areas and a separate kitchen.

She has extensive experience as a kindergarten teacher working at numerous childcare centres over 15 years.

The centre caters for children from six weeks to six years, with capacity for 130 kids.

Janette has also worked in childcare for more than a decade. The light, bright centre was

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Party Time

Games to get the party started Pass the parcel A classic game kids of all ages get excited about. Beforehand, buy a main prize, a few inexpensive toys and a pack of chocolate bars. Using a newspaper, wrap the main prize first. Then wrap the parcel about a dozen or so times, placing a toy or chocolate bar between each wrapping. To play, the kids sit in a circle and you play some music. When the music stops the child holding the parcel gets to unwrap it and reveal their prize. Musical chairs Another easy game involving music! Set up chairs in a circle (start with one chair less than the number of kids playing). When the music stops, the kids scramble for a seat and the child left standing is out. Take another chair away and repeat until there is only one child left standing! Pin the tail on the donkey Another simple game for children of all ages. You can buy kits for this game, or you can use a poster of an animal, a pack of stickers/tails and a blindfold. To play, each child is blindfolded and spun around before being directed to the donkey (or other animal) with a tail in their hand. The child who sticks the tail closest to the spot where the tail should be wins!

Egg and spoon race This one is pretty self-explanatory - put each child on a starting line with an egg on the spoon. The first to the finish line with the egg still on their spoon wins the race. Make sure you boil your eggs first to avoid messy clean-ups. Treasure hunt Kids love hunting for treasure! You could buy some inexpensive prizes or confectionary and hide them around your yard. Or you could hide some tokens so that the child who collects the most can exchange them for one main prize. Simon Says This classic game can be a lot of fun at parties. An adult directs the kids to do what 'Simon Says' (eg Simon says touch your nose). The kids who do the action when Simon didn't say are out. The last child standing wins the game! Birthday quiz Ask the kids a dozen or so questions about the birthday child (eg. What is their favourite colour? What is their middle name). The child who answers the most questions wins. The only downside is the birthday child can't play!

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This game is a great one for the outdoors. Line the kids up and throw the 'poison ball' at them. Kids who are hit or go outside the designated area are out. The last child left wins the game! Just be sure to use a soft ball to avoid injury. Pinata is fun and delicious party game.

The chocolate game A fun and yummy game you may remember from your own childhood! You'll need a block of chocolate, some dress-ups, two dice, plate, fork and a butter knife. To play, the kids take turns at roll the dice. When a pair of sixes are rolled, the child puts the dress-up clothes on and then cuts away at the chocolate. The child must cut one square at a time and eat it using the knife and fork. They get to keep eating the chocolate until the next pair of sixes are rolled. Yum!

Pinata For this game, you'll need to buy a pinata from a party shop and fill it with confectionary. On the day, securely hang the pinata so it is around head height. To play, the kids stand a few metres away and take turns to hit the pinata with a wooden stick or bat until it breaks open and the treats fall to the ground! Usually players are blindfolded, however this isn't necessary (pinatas can be tough to break and you don't want the kids to hit anyone).

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Thomas returns to Puffing Billy THERE is no better place to meet one of the world's most popular trains than at Australia's favourite railway, Puffing Billy. Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are back in October and November for the very popular Day out with Thomas events at the railway's Gembrook Station. Puffing Billy Railway Event Manager Matt Collopy urges people to book their tickets early to avoid disappointment. "A Day out with Thomas is one of the most popular events on Puffing Billy's calendar, with the highlight being the 35 minute train ride through the changing landscape of rolling pastures and native forests," Matt says. "Whether it is your child's first visit to Puffing Billy, or they are returning for this event, the magic of our historic railway makes A Day out with Thomas even more special." In addition to the 35 minute train ride with Thomas and his friends, Percy and Diesel, passengers will also enjoy a range of activities including: ■ The Imagination Station where you can play and create with Thomas and his friends ■ Meet the Fat Controller

The popular Day out with Thomas events return to Puffing Billy in October and November.

■ Watch the engines shunting through the yards ■ Jumping castles ■ Animal nursery ■ Face painting ■ Photos with Thomas and his friends

plus the Bulgy Bus Adult tickets are the same price as a child (aged 4 years and over), with these all-inclusive tickets $42 per person. Tickets for toddlers (aged 1-3 years) are $25 and free for children under 1 year.

Join the adventure on 19, 20, 26, 27 October and 9, 10, 16, 17 November 2019. Bookings are essential and must be made online at au

Kiri and Lou airing in Australia THE critically-acclaimed claymation series, Kiri and Lou, has begun screening on ABC Kids. Kiri and Lou teaches pre-school children learn about their emotions, kindness and the true value of friendship. Voiced by Olivia Tennet (Lord of the Rings) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) fame, the show is set in a forest of cut-out paper with creatures made of clay.

Be sure to enter the costume parade at Thompson Parkway's Halloween Party.

It’s Halloween time! HAVE a spooky time with your little ones at Thompson Parkway's huge Halloween Party. Come and enjoy trick or treating in a family-friendly environment at the shopping centre on Thursday 31 October, from 4pm-7pm. There will be costumed characters in different locations around the centre handing out (individually wrapped) candy to little ghosts and ghouls. Be sure to enter the costume parade! There will be prizes for the best dressed in the following categories: Best Dressed Child Under 6 years and Best Dressed Child 6 to 12 years. You can enter the parade on the day by visiting the hostess near Woolworths and completing an entry form. Entries open from 4pm with the costume parade taking place at

It follows two dinosaurs , Kiri and Lou, in prehistoric New Zealand as they navigate feelings with laughter, song and adventure. The series is going gangbusters in New Zealand where it's been described as the best show on TV and as having ''the charm of Wallace and Gromit minus all the cheese".

Kiri and Lou is a children's claymation series set in a forest of cut-out paper.

The stop motion animation series was selected to screen among the world's best at Annecy International Animation Festival 2019. The show screens on ABC Kids each day at 5.50pm and is also available to view on the ABC Kids app and iview.

6pm. There will be heaps of family entertainment with face painting, costumed characters and free kids' carnival rides. Thompson Parkway is ideal for your everyday shopping needs. With convenient parking and a great range of stores, the centre is a favourite of the local community. New parents will appreciate the wider parking spaces reserved for families at the front of the centre. There are also baby change room facilities available inside. On the fourth Friday of each month, pre-schoolers have fun making and creating at Kids Club which runs from 10am to 1pm. Kids Club is different every month and sure to keep your little ones entertained.

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Innovative dance at Cathy-Lea CATHY-LEA Dance Works is delighted to be expanding its pre-school performing arts program to include the Ready Set Dance classes for 2-4 year olds in Term 3. Ready Set Dance classes now run at the Cathy-Lea Studios in Vesper Drive, Narre Warren on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings. Early Learning specialist Dr Cathie Harrison explains the benefits of the Ready Set Dance Program, describing it as innovative. It is designed specifically to introduce young children to the world of dance. She said in each class, teachers explore aspects of the curriculum through playful approaches which are responsive to the curiosity and imagination of young learners. "The children respond with active and joyful engagement and participation that enables them to practice and refine the skills and capacities needed for dance," she said. "At the same time, the children are extended across the various developmental domains of physical, cognitive, language and social development and use learning processes such as attending, remembering and problem solving." Through regular and sustained participation in Ready Set Dance classes. Dr Harrison said children develop positive dispositions to learning such as enthusiasm, independence,

Cathy-Lea Dance Works has introduced the Ready Set Dance program for younger students.

concentration, persistence, co-operation and the three Cs of confidence, coordination, and creativity.

"Ready Set Dance offers much to support the play and learning of young children in Australia and beyond," she said.

To find out more about the program, please contact 9704 7324 or email

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The Slot Cars offer great fun for all ages.

two-wheel treasures permanently installed as the star exhibit in the History of Motorsport Display. SLOT CARS Race your family or your mates and experience the fun on Australia's largest four-lane GP Slot Car Track an exact replica of the circuit. SIMULATOR RACE CENTRE Test your skills or challenge your mates to a simulated race on the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Go flat out down Gardner Straight, through ultra-fast Doohan Corner, slide through Stoner, thread your way through Siberia and slip stream up the back straight. Watch out for the hairpin at the bottom of Lukey heights. Who will get the bragging rights?

GUIDED CIRCUIT TOURS Follow in the footsteps of racing superstars on a daily guided circuit tour featuring a MotoGP sound simulation and access to exclusive and restricted areas such as the control tower, media centre, pit roof, and that 'hero' photo opportunity on the winner's podium. CHAMPIONS' BAR AND LICENCED CAFE After all the excitement, Champion's Bar

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Phillip Island

New exhibits at Antarctic Journey COME along and bring the kids to the all new World Wildlife Fund Australia Antarctic Journey on Phillip Island these school holidays. There's a whole new set of fun and interactive exhibits to explore - all at a heavily discounted price. The Lab is filled with new hands-on activities like the board game inspired 'Whale Race', where you get to help a whale on its migration through our local waters. Or perhaps you might like to challenge your senses at the 'Touch and Smell' exhibit where you try to identify mystery Antarctic objects. Learn about the perils faced every day by Antarctic wildlife through the new 'Marine Debris' interactive, find out all about 'Ice Cores' and the secrets they can tell us about the earth's climate in ancient times, or check out the worrying impacts of global warming with the new 'Climate Change' interactive. Feel the freeze in the 'Chill Zone' and try your hand at assembling a piece of equipment under harsh Antarctic conditions. Once you've completed your task, compare your thermal image to that of an Emperor penguin. Kids can also explore the newly installed research pod to gain an insight into the lives and tasks of the people who work in this frontier territory. Imagine the smiles on your kids' faces as they continue through 'The Journey'

There's so much to explore at Phillip Island's Antarctic Journey.

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Jurrasic Brick Land at RSL

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KIDS, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Put on your hiking boots and camouflage as you're about to enter Jurassic Brick Land! Phillip Island RSL's Joey's Kids Club, together with Bricks4kidz, will present two Lego workshops on Friday 4 October. Lego masters will enjoy building a world that comes to life with the gentle Brontosaurus, ferocious Velociraptor, terrifying T-Rex, and prehistoric creatures. The workshops are ideally suited for children aged 5 to 12 years, who will show off their building skills using specialised project kits.

Relax and reconnect with the family at Phillip Island these school holidays.

Endless school holiday fun PHILLIP Island is one big island playground for families these school holidays.

check out the range of great experiences on offer all year, regardless of the weather.

Escape the routine and enjoy an Island break. Choose from entertaining experiences, chill out spaces and old-fashioned holiday fun.

Explore the tracks and trails to view local wildlife including endless bird species and wallabies, as well breathtaking coastline and bushland spaces.

Stay in welcoming resorts, holiday parks, units, holiday homes and motels, and take time to reconnect the family and enjoy the Island vibe. Stay by the sea or in the Island's villages, and ditch the car to explore on foot or bike. If you haven't visited for a while,

Families who enjoy a challenge can explore ropes and climbing adventures, mazes, three mini golf courses, go karting, ten pin bowling, paintball and more. Witness the nightly parade of Little Penguins and explore the brand new

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre. Enjoy a cruise out to the largest Australian Fur Seal population at Seal Rocks or participate in a special pirate cruise.

The workshops will be held at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Cost is $5 for Joey's Kid's Club members or $15 for non RSL members. Bookings essential. To sign up a child for Joey's Kids Club, visit www.pirsl.membership. It's free to join when parent or guardian are Phillip Island RSL members.

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Reality Bites

Kate Curry and her kids.

Picture: Rob Carew

Mum thinks outside the box to create technology solution for families By Melissa Meehan

road trips as you can just pick up the box with all the tech in it and plug it back in at your destination. Only one power cord is needed!

MANAGING the amount of time your child spends in front of a screen each day is an evolving, growing problem for parents of young children and teenagers.

Kate says it also helps set clear boundaries with tech usage and allows parents to take control of the tech clutter.

The latest guidelines suggest most Australian children spend more than the recommended two hours a day glued to a screen - whether that's television, an iPad, a smart phone or an age-appropriate tablet.

"The larger inchargebox fits remotes, iPhones, anything you can charge with a USB port and it also fits in a school laptop," she said. Parents have also relayed to Kate that they often hear their child's phone ping late at night, and they'd find them up at 3am responding to a text or scrolling, or on social media.

For the first time, the World Health Organisation has this year put out recommendations for children's screen time, encouraging less than a couple of hours and, ideally, much less. For many parents, it's a daily battle constantly trying to remove the everpresent screen from their child's grip. Many kids would happily watch a show or play a game online for hours if you allowed them to. It's quite possibly the biggest challenge for parents in this day and age. It is well-documented that too much screen time can have negative impacts over an extended period of time, such as sleeping problems, a loss of social skills and physical inactivity. That's why entrepreneurial mum of two Kate Curry felt compelled to do something about it. She had witnessed friends with older children grappling with some serious screen addictions. Kate thought outside the box literally. "As my kids got older and started using tech, I always tried to make sure all of their devices were in the kitchen

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She said as time goes on, the research is emerging about the highly addictive nature of online games and the apps we all engage in everyday. The idea for an inchargebox started five years ago and has taken off.

and never in their rooms," she explained. "But I'd find the tech all over the house, and sometimes in the bedrooms, and I felt like I was starting to lose control of where it all was." Hiding the gadgets in cupboards didn't work for long and when the kids would be allowed their iPads or tablets back, the batteries would be flat. Kate was conscious of keeping the gadgets out of her children's bedrooms to better manage what they were doing online. So she came up with an idea to create a tech lock-up box with a power board inside. The first prototype was made in Australia. Since then, it has evolved into

today's inchargebox. There was some important criteria Kate wanted it lockable with a power board to clean up the messy cords she'd grown tired of around the house, and it had to look stylish. She wanted the box to be something you'd be happy to have on your kitchen bench every day. The inchargebox is descried as a 'stylish, lockable steel tech charging station' to lock, store and charge up to 10 tech devices once. It comes in Unicorn White, Black Beauty, Valentino Red and Pink Flamingle! It's designed to be stored on the kitchen bench or office, or anywhere people would like to charge and lock their tech in one convenient location. It is great to take to holiday houses or on

"The recommendation is no more than two hours a day for school-aged children," she said. "There's a lot of people doing five hours or more - including teenagers. "Kids are meant to get nine, 10 hours of sleep a night. Lack of sleep has an awful flow on effect ." The feedback for Kate's entrepreneurial idea has been incredible. She also donates 10 per cent of all box sales to two charities & She's also a finalist in the AusMumpreneur Awards in the Product Innovation category, and has been nominated in the 2020 Telstra Business Women's awards. As she says, "people are more important than technology". - with Danielle Galvin

Reality Bites

Mum gives birth a day after final uni exam

Buddhini Wickramarathne with husband Sajith and daughters Chenuli and Tenuki.

Buddhini, pictured with five-year-old daughter Chenuli, says the flexibility of online study allowed her to achieve her ambitions.

By Melissa Grant BUDDHINI Wickramarathne was determined to finish university before having her second child and she did - with one day to spare. The Cranbourne mother gave birth to her daughter the day after her final accounting exam. She was actually driven to the hospital by her husband, Sajith, immediately after the three-hour test as she had been experiencing pains for days. "He was waiting for me outside the exam and drove me to hospital," Buddhini said. "They told me I could go home, but

the next day I was back in hospital." Tenuki Wickramarathne was born at Casey Hospital on 18 October 2018 - nearly a month before her due date. The early arrival came as a bit of a surprise to Buddhini who had been planning on some down-time after spending three-and-half years studying, working full-time and being a mum to eldest daughter Chenuli. It sounds like an impossible juggle, but Buddhini says the flexibility of online study allowed her to upskill while earning an income and balancing family life. Although she admits she survived on little sleep. "I did my studies at night when my daughter went to sleep," Buddhini said.

"I started my retail job at 4am and I'd be up the night before studying." But in the end, the sleepless nights were worth it. Buddhini completed her Bachelor of Accounting and now has a dream job with better hours and pay. She undertook her degree with Swinburne Online after looking at various options for flexible, online study. Due to financial and family commitments, a traditional degree involving travel to tutorials and lectures wasn't an option. "I had to keep my full-time job and I wanted to finish my studies before I had my second one," Buddhini explained. "I was researching a few options and Swinburne was the most flexible option I got.

"It was all online, so I could do it whenever I wanted and at my own pace. Even the lecturers are really helpful - they reply to you any time." She had access to videos of tutorials and lectures, and was part of a group of student study group. Buddhini, who moved to Australia nearly 10 years ago, was also given some subject credits for study previously completed in Sri Lanka. She highly recommends online study to any mother who wants to upskill and achieve their ambitions. "It's really easy to be honest," she said. "If I can do it being a full-time mum and worker, and because of the flexibility, you can definitely do it."

Berwick girl shines at international pageant competition in the US By Danielle Kutchel

centimetres tall at the age of nine and her bones can also become fragile. It had impacted her confidence and resilience.

BERWICK has its own pageant royalty in nine-year-old Ella Haylock, who recently represented Australia in the Royal International Miss Pageant in Orlando.

Chantelle says pageants offer Ella an opportunity to shine and be herself on stage. "As a child herself with a disability, it's given her a platform to feel confident and be herself and advocate for others with similar conditions. She spoke to a lot of new friends overseas about the challenges she's had and what pageantry has done for her."

Ella competed against around 350 girls from 14 different countries as the 2019 Royal International Miss Australia Pacific Sweetheart, and returned with multiple wins. Ella's mum Chantelle Hateley says her daughter matured as a person over the course of the pageant, developing skills in areas like public speaking and interviewing.

Ella began competing in pageants last year when she took part in Misses Australia, with no coaching and no expectations of winning, her mother explains.

"She made so many friends globally and was so confident, she couldn't stop smiling. She's a completely different child." While most people have preconceived notions of pageantry, influenced by the likes of Miss Congeniality and Toddlers and Tiaras, Ella turns them on their head. She advocates for her favourite charities, Cranbourne-based Backpacks 4 Vic Kids and the Royal Children's Hospital, and collects donations of

Now passionate about working the pageant circuit, Ella hopes to compete in Royal International Miss again next year and is already brainstorming ways to tweak her modelling, speeches and routines. Nine-year-old Ella Haylock recently had multiple wins at an international pageant.

clothes, toys and stationery for sick kids. The Royal Children's Hospital is particularly close to Ella's heart as she was born with a rare bone disease,

Berwick girl Ella Haylock.

Schmidt metaphysical dysplasia, and has spent many hours in the wards with her mum.

She has also set her sights on acting and modelling in future. "Now, when she's on stage she doesn't want to leave!" Chantelle laughs. "We are so incredibly proud of her."

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Mumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun career change Sarah Fenton with her children Lucy and William.

Picture: Glenn Triggs, Light Epic Photography

By Melissa Grant

and I said 'it's a bit of fun I'm not going to leave my job!'"

PAKENHAM mum Sarah Fenton was working part-time in an office when she decided to embark on a new and somewhat noisy adventure - opening an imaginative play cafe.

"It was so different from anything I had done. It was almost a bit of a hobby."

Although the mum of two had a great work-life balance, she had developed a bit of an obsession with play cafes after noticing how few there were around Melbourne. "Living in Pakenham, I was driving the kids to Balwyn because there is no closer play cafe," she explained. "I started putting together a folder of research, visiting other play cafes in Melbourne and Geelong to look at what they had. "In September last year, I put the folder away. My husband asked why

possible has been a must for Sarah, who sought a location with ample parking and enough room for a children's toilet and separate change room.

After being persuaded by her husband Simon to seriously look into opening her own play cafe, Sarah developed an 80-page business plan and began scouting potential locations.

Already, she's been overwhelmed by Hopscotch's success.

She realised her plans had great potential, and in June this year opened Hopscotch Play Cafe at Narre Warren South.

Sarah was even recently recognised at a Pakenham park by some mums keen to take their kids to the cafe.

The imaginative play cafe is aimed at kids aged 1-5 years and features different play areas, each separated by perspex. While kids play, adults can sit and finish a coffee while still being able to fully supervise their children from their seat. Making the cafe as family-friendly as

"We had a really soft open, and since we've been open we've been booked out every day," she said.

"They asked 'are you from Hopscotch?' We've been trying to get in there for ages - it's like a nightclub in the city!'" Sarah says she created an online booking system to limit the number of kids allowed inside the cafe because she wanted to avoid a chaotic and unsafe environment. Although, she admits her workplace

One O off the th play l areas att Sarah's S h' popular l Hopscotch H t h Play Cafe.

is a fair bit crazier than the office where she worked implementing payroll projects for big businesses. "You could hear a pin drop in the office," she said. "Now I've got mess and chaos that I go to from home to work!" Sarah spends is at the play cafe three days during the week, and is there on Saturdays when there are parties to host. Opening a seven-day a week business has been a wild ride and one Sarah says wouldn't have been possible without the support of her husband. Their children, William, 3, and Lucy, nearly 2, are pretty impressed. "William and Lucy think mum's shop is the best thing ever!" Sarah said.

Advocating for a child with a disability PARENTS of children with a disability often find they have to take on the role of advocate as well.Here, Toni Kilgariff, from disability services provider Scope and mum of 11-year-old Cohan, who has autism, offers her tips for parents about getting through the tough times and being the best advocate.

external therapists, and work with them as a team. Building a good relationship with the school and your child's teacher is so important. One thing I have learned over the years is to speak up. If you feel like you're not being listened to, don't be afraid to speak your mind.

1. Get ready to research

5. Preparing for meetings and appointments

No one hands you a manual with your child's diagnosis! From the day my son was diagnosed with autism at 18 months, I have spent my entire life (or so it feels) on the internet researching. If I'm not researching autism, it's therapies, therapy aids, inclusive activities, the NDIS, schools, my son's medical conditions ... the list goes on!

Always have a list of questions written down before any meeting or appointment and make notes as you go. You might find that with stress and sleepless nights, you forget half the things you spoke about by the time you get home. It's also important to keep copies of everything &mdash; ask for everything in writing.

2. As a parent, you'll wear many hats You'll spend so much time learning and implementing therapies for your child that, after a while, it just becomes a way of life. Before you realise it, you've become your child's advocate - advising carers, therapy assistants, and sometimes even school teachers on how to best help your child! My son attends mainstream activities, so I spent a lot of time in the beginning teaching cub leaders and gymnastic coaches how to communicate with my son and make him feel part of the group. Seeing Cohan get enjoyment from the same things other kids get to do makes it all worthwhile. 44 SPRING 2019

Toni and her son Cohan.

3. Finding the right support With varied therapies and therapists options, it can be overwhelming. However, it's important to find ones that are the right fit for your child. Go with your gut and know it's OK to disagree or get a second opinion. We know our child better than anyone and if you're not happy or feel like it's a waste of time, it probably is! 4. Building a circle of support Seeking help is important. Building relationships with people who can support you - either in person, online, or

Along with bringing your family on this journey, it's important to create a network of support around your child childcare, school, therapists, parent circles, and online groups.

People ask me all the time, "how do I do it?" The long and short of it is that no one else is going to come and do it for us - so what are the options? Some days I do better than other days, and some days the wheels totally fall off and I collapse in a heap. However, I always manage to dust myself off and carry on. My son needs me to be his advocate, so that's what I do.

My son goes to an autism-specific school and, even though he's only 11, it's already his third. Still, we're much happier with this school because they have an open-door policy. This means they welcome support from family and

Toni Kilgariff is from Scope, a notforprofit organisation that exists to support people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities live as empowered and equal citizens.

even over the phone - can ease some of the pressure that comes with raising a child with disability.


Stylish spring fashion WITH the days getting warmer, now is the time to give your child's wardrobe a spring refresh. Put away the winter woollies and head to Billy Lidz for the hottest spring children's fashion. Billy Lidz Children's Boutique stocks leading Australian designer children's clothing brands and overseas favourites for kids aged 0 to 14. The spring range is in store now and features a wide range of on-trend labels. Billy Lidz also stocks a great range of toys, gifts and accessories.


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Games And Gadgets

Ryan plays the mini arcade game, purchased from Aldi.

Caitlin with her Beanie Boo collection.

An epic playroom for both young and old

Some of the Corken family's board games.

THE playroom at the Corken's Berwick home is so incredible it makes grown adults want to be kids again. Kelly and Damien and children Caitlin, 8, and Ryan, 7, spend a lot of time together in the room which features arcade and claw machines. The Corken kids love their playroom - and mum and dad do too. Kelly and Damien enjoy reliving memories from their own childhood whether it's a retro arcade game or classic book - with their children. "We like them to relive our childhood a lot, so we get a lot of book collections we read as kids and movies we watched as kids," Kelly says. Here, the Corkens share what's in their playroom and some of their other favourite things: ■ Mini arcade game: This retro machine purchased from Aldi provides hours of entertainment, particularly for the boys in the household. It was Damien's Christmas present, however Ryan spends as much time playing it as dad. ■ Claw machine: The claw machine/ skill tester is another playroom favourite. Kelly fills it with different items - currently it's stocked with Easter eggs as the Easter Bunny delivered the family a huge haul! ■ Tandem basketball game: Ryan is a keen basketballer, so it's not surprising this is his favourite game in the house. He is very competitive and will challenge any visitor.

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Damien, Kelly, Ryan and Caitlin Corken play Toy Story Monopoly. Pictures: Stewart Chambers ■ Beanie Boos: Caitlin is absolutely obsessed with Beanie Boos, a cute collectable plush toy. At last count, she had 119 of them on display in her bedroom including a super rare Chaser Beanie Boo. ■ Educational games: Kelly is a teacher's aide, so she likes to share spelling puzzles and maths games with her kids. Many of the games are ones that Kelly has made using inspiration from the internet, including trace cards which help her children practice their handwriting. ■ Storybooks: The Corkens love the classic Enid Blyton books. Kelly read

the books as a child and loves re-reading them with her children.

The Corken kids try their luck at the claw machine.

■ Board games: The Corkens love a good board game, particularly Monopoly. They have collected various versions of Monopoly, including the electronic banking edition. ■ Basketball hoop: If the sun is out, Ryan will be out practicing his shots rather than playing the indoor tandem basketball game. ■ iPod: Caitlin loves to use her iPod to help her with dance practice. She uses the iPod to film her rehearsals and watches the videos at home.

Ryan and Caitlin play some tandem basketball.


A horsey tale to inspire kids By Romy Stephens AN idea for a great story is often drawn from personal experience. That's exactly the case for Kaylee Ison, whose children's novel, Ashley's Sparrow, stems from her memories growing up in the Yarra Valley. As a child, Kaylee was a shy girl who often struggled to find confidence in herself. But the one place she felt on top of the world was on the back of her horse. "I grew up as a horse rider. I loved horses, lived and breathed them," she said. "I was pretty shy growing up and I had this one pony, he gave me a lot of confidence. "He taught me to ride when I was little." Kaylee always knew her story resembled that of many children who struggle to find self-belief, so she decided to write a story about it. Ashley's Sparrow is about a young girl and a horse that both had tragic pasts so they come together to find healing.

The main character, Bridie, is a fearless cross-country rider before she suffers a tragic accident and refuses to ride again. It's not until she meets a horse called Sparrow - whose trust has been abused by his past rider - that she faces the decision to get back in the saddle and help Sparrow learn to trust again. Kaylee said her experience growing up with horses and learning so much from them helped inspire the narrative. "Horses taught me a lot growing up and gave me a lot of confidence," she said. "They are an amazing creature, they can teach us a lot about ourselves." The book has been a work in progress for the past five years. It took two years to write and another three to finalise and have published. After initially struggling to go down the typical route of finding a publisher, Kaylee decided to self-publish. She found an artist who used to live in the Yarra Valley to create the front cover and had former university classmates, family and friends do the proof-reading.

Kaylee Ison with her book, Ashley's Sparrow, which stems from her memories growing up as a horse rider. Picture: Rob Carew

She is now in the process of writing a second book as part of what she

"The book itself is about finding healing and finding faith in yourself

anticipates to be an entire series. Kaylee hopes Ashley's Sparrow can help young children going through tough times.

again after a tragic accident. "I hope it helps readers find hope again and keep going." Ashley's Sparrow is available at

Children's books...

How (not) to Annoy Dad

Pig the Tourist

Dave Hughes & Holly Ife, illustrated by Heath McKenzie

OUR favourite pug, Pig is back! This time, the naughty but lovable pup is off on holidays. Pig, as you could probably guess, is a horrid traveller who you can count on to ruin a vacation - regardless of where it is. Even in places of wild celebration, he somehow creates absolute devastation! But Pig's horrid holiday behaviour may come back to bite him - hard. A funny rhyming story perfect for reading with kids aged 3+ from the wildly popular Pig series, which has sold more than four million print copies.

AN entertaining children's book from comedian and TV/Radio personality Dave Hughes and wife Holly Ife. The pair have written a funny book about the things that go wrong when dad spends the day with the kids. Cue a very messy breakfast, playground toilet dramas, embarrassing moments at the library and a lot of questions. And dad don't even think about looking at your phone while you're on the throne! We wonder if this book is based on real life... A fun book to read with kids aged 3+ Scholastic, RRP $17.99

Aaron Blabey

Scholastic, RRP $17.99

Puppy Diary: The Great Toy Rescue

Aliens & U.F.O.S


Jonathan J Moore

Alexandra Alt

Yvette Poshogilan, illustrated by Phil Judd

DO aliens actually exist? It's a question many kids ask themselves - and this book will certainly satisfy their curiosity and, perhaps, add to their belief that they do! Years of research into aliens and UFOs are presented in this paperback including sightings, abductions and evidence of alien visits. If the stories really are true, we can only hope those extraterrestrials come in peace!

SET in Nazi Germany, Promise is a harrowing first love story that chronicles World War II.

AN adorable book, written from the perspective of a Schnoodle puppy called Archie. The pooch shares the essentials, including how he got his name, before embarking on his biggest ever adventure - doggy daycare! It gets off to a good start with the premises smelling like the sweet combination of liver treats and the inside of him mum's slippers. However, the tale takes a terrible turn when Archie realises his favourite toy, Foxy, is gone. With other pups also missing their toys, it's operation toy rescue! A 'pawsome' read for kids aged 6+

A great read for teens (particularly the alien obsessed). New Holland Publishers, RRP $19.99

Teenage lovers Lene and Ludwig both despise the compulsory Hitler Youth, and their anti-war attitude gets them noticed by squad leaders. When 17-year-old Ludwig is called to the Eastern Front in 1943, the lovers can only promise each other to believe they'll one day be reunited. However, Ludwig goes missing within weeks and three years pass before Lene returns to Berlin to find out what happened to her first love. Captivating historical fiction for readers aged 12+ Scholastic, RRP $16.99

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Dress up in your spookiest outfit for this Halloween themed disco. For kids aged 8-14 years.

Walk for Prems is back bigger and better for a 10th year! After enjoying a walk around Brooker Park, join the ambassadors and supporters who come together to make this an enjoyable and memorable day.

Show begins 8pm. Drum Theatre, corner Lonsdale and Walker streets, Dandenong

With up to 65 stall holders you are sure to snap up bargains on new handmade and preloved baby and children's items. There will also be a coffee van on site. 9am-12pm, Berwick Fields Primary School

Pakenham Hall, John St, Pakenham 6.30pm-9pm. Entry $5.


Entry $2, children under 12 free


Bring a picnic and relax with other families while the kids enjoy great entertainment and music.

Kids will love the free rides on mechanical ponies and animals at Shopping on Clyde. Daily 11am-2pm.

10am-1pm. Brooker Park, Warragul

Come and enjoy the free school holiday activities at Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre.




There will be an Angry Birds Movie 2 activity centre plus a meet and greet.

An event at Marriott Waters Shopping Centre where kids can enjoy cricket skill sessions and meet cricket legend Michael Beer. There will also be super fun inflatable slides.

A spook-tacularly fun movie to celebrate Halloween on the big screen with Hotel Transylvania.




9-10 NOVEMBER DANDY SHOW See the country come to town at the 148th Annual Dandy Show. Animals, carnival rides, showbags, arts and crafts display, food, live entertainment and more. Open Saturday 9 November from 9am, with pavilion closing at 8.30pm and fireworks display at 9pm. Dandenong Showgrounds, Greaves Reserve, Bennet St, Dandenong

Before the show starts, take part in some cool art and craft activities and enjoy some delicious treats.

Tickets: Adults $10, children 6-16 years $5, kids under 5 free, families (2 adults & 4 children) $30.

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Phillip Island RSL's Joey's Kids Club, together with Bricks4kidz, presents two dinosaur themed Lego workshops.

Have a spooky time with your little ones at Thompson Parkway Shopping Centre's huge Halloween Party.

For kids aged 4-13 years. Free admission. Shopping on Clyde.

Ideally suited for kids aged 5-12 years. Cost is $5 for Joey's Kid's Club members or $15 for non RSL members.


Workshops held at 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Come and enjoy trick or treating in a family-friendly environment with costumed characters in different locations around the centre handing out (individually wrapped) candy to little ghosts and ghouls.

11am-2pm daily, near Target. For more details, visit the Waverley Gardens website

25-27 SEPTEMBER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS FOOTY FEVER Shopping on Clyde will be offering awesome prizes in a footy handball competition. Held daily at 11am, 12pm and 1pm.

Held 11am-2pm.


POSSUM MAGIC See Mem Fox's classic story live on stage in an new adaptation that will blow the kids away. Bunjil Place Theatre Performances at 10.30am and 12.30pm (open captioned and Auslan interpreted performance) Tickets $16 each. Children under the age of two don't require a ticket if seated on the lap of their carer.

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WHITNEY HOUSTON SHOW The Australian Whitney Houston Show' brings to life the music of Whitney Houston, one of the world's most successful divas of our time. Come to this unforgettable concert with Melbourne's finest musicians, singers and dancers and the soulful, captivating voice of Tilarni. This SPRING 2019 51


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