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ANXIETY IN KIDS A Star News Group Publication
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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...
Girl's horror button battery ordeal PAGE 4
Educating kids about good oral health PAGE 28
Spring fun at Grand Prix Circuit PAGE 39
Mum's seatbelt covers go viral PAGE 5
Dentists push sugar label changes PAGE 28
New exhibits at Antarctic Journey PAGE 40
School Lunch Box dad's top tips PAGE 6
Affordable orthodontics PAGE 29
Endless school holiday fun
Dietitian's simple lunchbox advice PAGE 7
Sugar harming dental health PAGE 29
A groovy event for kids PAGE 8
How's your family's oral health? PAGE 30
Spring into a bigger Gumbuya World PAGE 9
Confident smiles for all PAGE 30
Steve Biddulph on why dads matter PAGE 10
Do your kids need a spring clean? PAGE 31
A nine month labour of love PAGE 12
Teaching teens about scams PAGE 18
LIFESTYLE Tips for styling kids bedrooms PAGE 20 Taking the stress out of family travel PAGE 20
HEALTH Seeking help when parenting is tough PAGE 22 Opening up about post natal depression PAGE 23 Getting kids to sleep during daylight savings PAGE 24 Better health for the whole family PAGE 24 Turning anxiety into resilience PAGE 25
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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
• 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.
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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.
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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. stevebiddulph.com for details.
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WE’RE DIALLING UP THE FUN AT BUNJIL PLACE THIS SPRING! Architects of Air Lose yourself in a labyrinth of colour, shapes and winding tunnels with Alan Parkinson’s architectural installation, Katena. As you step inside the airlock structure, you’ll be moved by a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour as the daylight shines through the fabric. Complimented with a soundscape to enhance your experience, you’ll be transported into another world. Find yourself a space to indulge your senses or explore every nook and cranny with a map. The choice is yours! With a stunning kaleidoscope of colours, shapes and subtle sounds, be prepared for an awe-inspiring experience like no other. Suitable for all ages.
Location: Plaza Date: Friday 27 September – Sunday 6 October Tickets: Visit our website for details. Family (2 adults, 2 children) $40.00 Adult $15.00 Concession $13.00, Children 3 - 5 years $10.00 Children Under 3 are Free
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Possum Magic Monkey Baa Theatre Company
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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Studio Thu 26 Sep – Sun 6 Oct 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Free for all
Theatre Tuesday 8 October 10.30 am and 12.30 pm $16.00 per person
12.30 pm show only.
Halloween Free Flick
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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Location: Theatre Date: Tue 19 & Wed 20 Nov Time: Tue 6.30 pm Wed 10.00 am and 12.30 pm Tickets: $16.00 per person
Plaza Thursday 31 October From 5.00 pm Free for all
Wednesday 20 Nov, 12.30 pm session only.
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Auslan Interpreted Performance
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Itâ€™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.
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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Itâ€™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,"
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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.
What our readers said about
Researchers undertook an analysis of 20 studies that included a total of 709 pregnant and 521 non-pregnant women.
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.
BRHYDI: I tried to put the kettle in the
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."
Tomato Drummies Serves 4 • 1kg chicken drumsticks • 420g can condensed tomato soup • 1 packet (40g) French Onion Soup METHOD: 1. Preheat oven to 180C. 2. Place the chicken legs in a 24cm square ovenproof dish. 3. Stir together the tomato soup, French onion mix, and 1/2 cup of water and pour over the chicken legs. 4. Bake 1 hour or until the chicken is cooked through. Captain Veggie Smuggler's tip: Serve with mash potatoes or cauliflower and steam beans and zucchini.
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MICHAEL BEER 3 October, 11am – 2pm Meet cricket legend Michael Beer, plus kids can enjoy the cricket skill sessions and super fun inﬂatable slides.
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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'. Scamwatch.gov.au 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: financialbasics.org.au)
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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:
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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. travelkarma.com 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!) www.caseycardiniakids.com.au
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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; panda.org. au site and also a site specifically for expecting and new dads (howisdadgoing.org.au).
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.” www.caseycardiniakids.com.au
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 www.panda.org.au/ Other contacts: Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au 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– 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– 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 www.cherishyoursleep.com.au
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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.
HOW HAS CHILDREN'S ANXIETY CHANGED
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 www.caseycardiniakids.com.au
Anxious Kids by Michael Grose and Dr Jodi Richardson.
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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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
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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
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Too much... The Parentmedic Movement encourages parents to keep their first aid kit to minimum.
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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 https://parentmedic.co/
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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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. caseydentalgroup.com.au
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?
Renew Dental Care is located at 3/106 Henry Rd, Pakenham. For appointments, phone 5945 3289.
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