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Edition: August/September 2016 Father’s Day edition


Parenting Press

Tauranga Parents Centre Newsletter

From the President

What’s inside

It’s hard to believe that August is upon us but the good news is that it means Spring and slightly warmer days are not too far away! Mark your calendars for Thursday 11th August and come join us for one of the first screenings of “Absolutely Fabulous”! This iconic TV show is now a movie and the reviews are fantastic so if you need an excuse to gather some friends and come out for a night of laughs then this is the night. Tickets are only $25 and include a fab goodie bag. Go to our Facebook page for all the details – we’ve gone for an 8pm movie to allow for little people to be in bed so you can relax and enjoy the movie.

How to be a great dad in an hour


Separation anxiety


Play with story stones


Natural remedies for sleep


Our parent education classes


Membership discounts


Remember Father’s Day is on Sunday 4th September so this is for all the Dad’s out there: “When you’re young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realise he’s just a regular guy who wears a cape” Dave Atell. Hope you all have a great day! We are also in the planning stages of organising our annual photo shoot which is planned for late October or early November so photos can be ready early December for Christmas presents. A great way to capture your family as they grow older and an easy present for relatives. Happy reading!

Karyn Grindlay

Have you got your ticket? The Tauranga Parents Centre is hosting a movie night so get your friends together for a night at the cinema and see the much anticipated 'Absolutely Fabulous; The Movie' with us! Tickets are $25 or $20 if you are a current Tauranga Parent Centre member, and include pre-movie nibbles and a goodie bag packed with swag. There will also be spot prizes and raffles on the night with some great prizes. Movie screens at 8pm, pre-show nibbles at 7:30pm. To buy your tickets email Jenner Ballinger-Judd:

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Welcome little one

Above: Grayson Michael Taylor arrived on July 26th at 10:00 pm. Weighing 6 lbs 5 oz and 18 inches long. Big sister Isadora is in love with her new baby brother. Your birth announcements can be emailed to

Would you like some lovely knitted articles for your baby or toddler? Otumoetai Care and Craft has these items plus toys for sale at St Stephen’s Church, 9 Brookfield Terrace, Brookfield, each Tuesday 10 – 11.30am. Cardigans, jerseys, booties, socks. Further information contact Margaret on 021 260 6504

COPYRIGHT - As the articles, recipes, stories etc. in this newsletter have been contributed, we are unable to guarantee originality and therefore cannot be held liable. Copyright held by contributors remains with the contributing party. Opinions and articles in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the policies of Parents Centres New Zealand Inc or Tauranga Parents Centre. Advertising in this newsletter does not imply endorsement by Parents Centres New Zealand Inc. Tauranga Parents Centre Newsletter—Page 2

How to be a great dad in one hour a day SOURCE: If you can make an hour to spend with your baby or toddler, you can create some special bonding times. Even if you only get an hour on the weekend, you'll both feel great after some fun and loving times together. It will help you get through the long week when time is harder to find. Be the coach Babies need a lot of practice before they reach their next milestone. Loving encouragement from dad might be just the thing she needs before giving her first smile, clapping, rolling over, waving bye-bye or crawling. You don't need to do anything special, she'll get there at her own pace. But your encouragement and care will help her feel like you're on her side. Walking multi-tasker Babies love a change of scenery. Put him in the pram or the baby carrier and get out for a walk. You can take the dog, get some exercise and even pick up some groceries if you're feeling like a high-achiever. Don't forget to chat and stop to point out exciting things like a digger or some sweet-smelling flowers. Café society There's no better way to get attention than to be a dad with a baby in a café. Head out for a shot of caffeine and take the baby too. Talk to him about your day, deal with the mini disaster of a nappy change and soak up the admiration from all the locals. Love her mum Happy mums make happy babies. If your partner is home all day, take some time to look after her. Feeling rested and nurtured will help her be a better mum. Ask, "What can I do to help?" She will definitely have an idea. Or make her a cup of tea and a snack while she's breastfeeding. Don't forget to tell her she's doing a great job. Helping out There's no reason that your baby can't start early being a great helper. Take him outside to do the gardening or to hang out the washing and chat, chat, chat. Babies love the pile of odd socks that live in the washing basket and toddlers are great with a wet sponge and a grubby car. If you're out in the garden don't forget the sun safety for you and him. Log his life Take some photos or some notes for a little story about what your baby is up to this week. You'll have to spend some time looking closely so you can update her blog or Facebook page. Then the replies and friends can share the love. Musical memories Do you play the guitar, the piano or can even bang a drum? You don't need to feel silly in front of your biggest fan. Just play your favourite songs, some nursery rhymes or whatever comes to mind. Try and respond to his cues. Is he excited? Wary? Sleepy? As he gets older he'll probably want to play along and you can start your family band. Swimming lessons Lots of dads enjoy baby swimming lessons. You get to be wet and have some fun while teaching your baby to be familiar with and happy in the water. If you go without mum, this activity has the added bonus of nappy changing, washing, dressing and an after-swim snack.

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How to ease your child’s separation anxiety SOURCE: Separation anxiety varies WIDELY between children. Some babies become hysterical when mom is out of sight for a very short time, while other children seem to demonstrate ongoing anxiety at separations during infancy, toddlerhood, and preschool. To All You Working Mums & Dads The trick for surviving separation anxiety demands preparation, brisk transitions, and the evolution of time. I would suggest we parents suffer as much as our children do when we leave. Even though we are often reminded that our children stop crying within minutes of our leave-taking, how many of you have felt like you’re “doing it all wrong” when your child clings to your legs, sobs for you to stay, and mourns the parting? As a working mom, separation anxiety creates questions for me. Although it is an entirely normal behavior and a beautiful sign of a meaningful attachment, separation anxiety can be exquisitely unsettling for us all. Here are facts about separation anxiety and tips to improve the transitions I’ve learned the hard way (I’ve made about every mistake): Facts about Separation Anxiety Infants: Separation anxiety develops after a child gains an understanding of object permanence. Once your infant realizes you’re really gone (when you are), it may leave him unsettled. Although some babies display object permanence and separation anxiety as early as 4 to 5 months of age, most develop more robust separation anxiety at around 9 months. The leave- taking can be worse if your infant is hungry, tired, or not feeling well. Keep transitions short and routine if it’s a tough day. Toddlers: Many toddlers skip separation anxiety in infancy and start demonstrating challenges at 15 or 18 months of age. Separations are more difficult when children are hungry, tired, or sick—which is most of toddlerhood! As children develop independence during toddlerhood, they may become even more aware of separations. Their behaviors at separations will be loud, tearful, and difficult to stop.

good-bye short and sweet. If you linger, the transition time does too. So will the anxiety. Be consistent. Try to do the same drop-off with the same ritual at the same time each day you separate to avoid unexpected factors whenever you can. A routine can diminish the heartache and will allow your child to simultaneously build trust in her independence and in you. Attention: When separating, give your child full attention, be loving, and provide affection. Then say good-bye quickly despite her antics or cries for you to stay. Keep your promise. You’ll build trust and independence as your child becomes confident in her ability to be without you when you stick to your promise of return. The biggest mistake I ever made in this regard was returning to class to “visit” my son about an hour after a terrible transition. I was missing him, and although the return was well intended, I not only extended the separation anxiety, we started all over again in the process. When I left the second time (and subsequent days) it was near nuclear. Be specific, child style. When you discuss your return, provide specifics that your child understands. If you know you’ll be back by 3:00 pm, tell it to your child on his terms; for example, say, “I’ll be back after nap time and before afternoon snack.” Define time he can understand. Talk about your return from a business trip in terms of “sleeps.” Instead of saying, “I’ll be home in 3 days,” say, “I’ll be home after 3 sleeps.” Practice being apart. Ship the children off to grandma’s home, schedule playdates, allow friends and family to provide child care for you (even for an hour) on the weekend. Before starting child care or preschool, practice going to school and your good-bye ritual before you even have to part ways. Give your child a chance to prepare, experience, and thrive in your absence! It’s rare that separation anxiety persists on a daily basis after the preschool years. If you’re concerned that your child isn’t adapting to being without you, chat with the pediatrician. Your pediatrician has certainly helped support families in the same situation and can help calm your unease and determine a plan to support both of you!

Preschoolers: By the time children are 3 years of age, most clearly understand the effect their anxiety or pleas at separation have on us. It doesn’t mean they aren’t stressed, but they certainly are vying for a change. Be consistent; don’t return to the room based on a child’s plea, and certainly don’t cancel plans based on separation anxiety. Your ongoing consistency, explanations, and diligence to return when you say you will are tantamount. How to Survive Separation Anxiety Create quick good-bye rituals. Even if you have to do majorleague- baseball–style hand movements, give triple kisses at the cubby, or provide a special blanket or toy as you leave, keep the Tauranga Parents Centre Newsletter—Page 4

How to make and play with story stones SOURCE: I've seen a lot of different versions of story stones on the internet and have always thought that they are a great idea for fostering creativity and language development. Over the last week or so I have been busy making my own. Here are my latest of about thirty or so. I think I'll stop making them for now, however they have proven to be an invaluable play resource so I'm sure that by the time my kids are grown we'll have hundreds of story stones scattered around the house. Our collection includes people, animals, trees, clothing, household objects, toys, food, transportation, places (e.g. park), weather (e.g. rain), elements (e.g. water) and a sun for day and stars on a black stone for night. I haven't included any fairy tale or magical images such as wings or wands as I plan to start using this type of story telling to teach my kids how to come up with positive and realistic solutions to their problems. For instance if a character is sad because it starts raining while he is at the park, we will look for realistic solutions like sitting under a tree until it stops and then jumping in puddles rather than just waving a magic wand to make it go away. While there will always be room in our home for wildly imaginative play, I would like to model some positive problem solving skills in our story telling. I painted our stones by hand in acrylic paint. You don't have to be an artist to do your own. Simple shapes and patterns work fine, in fact I think they look better. Before I even had the chance to explain story stones to my two-year-old she was using them to make up her own stories. They just seem to lend themselves to story telling. In the picture above she was recounting a story about going to the park with Daddy. Sometimes she will bring me the bag of stones and we will pull one out at a time and make up a story using the images as prompts until the story reaches its natural conclusion. My favorite stories so far have been about her little brother getting in trouble for eating a sandwich in bed and Daddy going on a train wearing a tutu. I can't wait find out where the next stone will take us.

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New dad's survival guide A new dad shares his frank recollections of becoming a dad for the first time. I'm the daddy now. Like most men, I've done daft, macho things all my life. However, I can categorically say that nothing has tested my manhood as much as becoming a dad. The main problem is that you can feel like a glorified sperm donor. Midwives ignore you, family push past you to check on your partner and baby… As for confiding in other men about it all, forget it. Most blokes will claim their child was conceived instantly, stay silent about the birth and switch subjects if you ask them anything personal. Which is a shame, because watching my son Jake being born and growing over the last year has been a revelation. I just wish someone had told me, at the start, what I'm about to tell you. Let's talk about sex, baby Mention this up front, because in all honesty it’s the first thing most men worry about when they think about fatherhood. I'd love to say nothing changes. That you and your girlfriend will still be at it like a couple of teenagers on a camping holiday. But the truth is that sex will be about the last thing on her mind after childbirth. And, believe it or not, it won't be on yours much either. That was certainly the case for me, and looking back it's not hard to see why. Firstly, fatigue (more of which later). Secondly, sex suddenly seemed very different. Trust me, it's hard to look at a vagina in quite the same way after you've seen a head coming out of it. Thirdly, and most importantly, it was a mood thing. Finding a time when we weren’t both smelling of sick or poo, or desperate to sleep, was tougher than staying sober at a stag do. Also, a newborn turns your world upside down. As you grapple to readjust, it's easy to get out of the practice of being intimate. I know we did. We were so concerned with Jake that we forgot about each other. I stopped reminding my Judith how beautiful she is, even though like most new mums she was paranoid about what was happening to her body. She, in turn, forgot to reassure me I was still as important to her. A classic case, I'm afraid. So what did we do about it? Luckily, we'd been together long enough to start missing each other before we became strangers. The flirting came back first. Secret notes got left, saucy text messages were sent and soon we were having steamy clinches in the kitchen over the steriliser. They say sex is what keeps a relationship together, but I reckon affection is the true glue. These days we take time to eat together, snuggle up in front of the TV and soap each other's backs in the shower. We may not be getting as much sex as we once did, but I'd take quality over quantity any day. Besides, we're both so knackered we never need an excuse for an early night. Tired and testy In a universe far, far away, people sleep all night and stay in bed all morning. I know this, because I was once of this tribe. Then I became a parent. When Judith chose to breastfeed, I figured I'd be spared the insomnia that comes with a newborn. I was so wrong! Even having to get up for work in the morning is no defence. When a baby cries it's loud enough for both parents to hear. Babies cry when they're hungry, when they're too hot, too cold, need changing or a cuddle. Even if your baby is the chilled-out type, you'll still find yourself pacing the bedroom at 4am with your offspring as he howls the place down.

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The cognitive benefits of swimming for babies SOURCE: There are many benefits of introducing your child to swimming whilst still a baby, including improved physical development as well as social development – not to mention fun! However, the benefit that is overlooked most often (most likely because it is still widely unknown) is that of cognition. The cognitive benefits are the ‘mental’ benefits, and studies have been emerging to show that these are vast, as well as incredibly important for the development of children as a whole. Studies have shown that physical activity improves the cognitive abilities of people of all ages, and swimming is one area where we can start very young. When children are in the womb they are swimming for nine months, so having swimming lessons is just continuing to develop that natural affinity. Starting in 2009, Griffith University embarked on a large, four year long Early Years Swimming Research Project with 45 swim schools in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. It was the largest study of its kind, and the preliminary results showed that children under the age of five involved in swimming lessons are more advanced in both their cognitive and physical development than their nonswimming peers. In 2011, researchers in Melbourne reported intellectual and physical benefits from early swimming lessons, with a scientist determining that children who were taught to swim by five years of age had statistically higher IQs. The research also showed significant physical benefits such as that moving in high water resistance strengthened the children's muscles more rapidly than playing on the floor, because swimming activates more large muscle groups. Recent studies have also shown the amount of a person's movement and exercise affects the size and memory capacity of their ‘hippocampus’. This is the area of the brain primarily associated with memory and learning, showing that through active early movement a child’s brain develops. Swimming is one of the key movement activities that can assist in stimulating brain development, and the bonus is that you can start you baby early – even as young as two months! It is true that the most important thing that children learn through swimming lessons is to be safe around water, but the benefits for their development in terms of learning are also huge.

Tauranga Parent Centre membership discount 50% off the first term of swimming lessons + receive a free gift. Applies for children under 8 months old at start of term & payment due on booking. Email:

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Natural remedies for sleep issues in children Sleep issues are very common in children of any age. In fact according to multiple research sources sleep disturbances may affect as many as 30% of children. The recommended amount of sleep within a 24-hour period is 14 – 15 hours for infants; 12 – 14 hours for toddlers; 11 – 13 hours for pre-schoolers and 10 – 11 hours for school-aged children. There are many factors that can impact on a child’s ability to fall sleep and stay asleep. Some of the common issues are: Emotional – a child may suffer fear and anxiety about going to bed or have frequent nightmares. Physical – they could be unable to sleep because they are uncomfortable. This could be because of digestive disturbances (e.g. colic, reflux, excess gas or stomach pains) restless legs, teething, growing pains or itchy skin due to eczema. Nutritional – it could be related to a nutritional deficiency. The most common ones are Magnesium, and Iron. `Research has shown that restless sleep and insomnia among infants and children is often related to low iron stores’ (Advanced Nutritional Research, 2015). If you are concerned your child has low iron it is recommended to request a blood test via your GP. Floradix is a great liquid Iron supplement with a pleasant test that can help to boost iron levels if a child is deficient. It is safe to give to children from age 1 upwards. Floradix also do a liquid Magnesium tonic that can be given to children from age 1 upwards.

Thompson’s Junior Sleep Calm A great tasting herbal formula containing the herbs Lemon Balm and Passion Flower which help to support sleep, promote calmness and soothes digestive upsets and flatulence. Also contains Oats which helps reduce nervous tension. Can be take from 6 months upwards. Sleep drops for Babies A completely natural sleep formula that contains a mixture of herbs and homeopathy to soothe and calm a distressed baby, soothe their digestion and help with teething and allergies. It is fantastic for an overexcited baby who cannot settle. Can be used from birth up to 3 years. From 3 years to adult use Sleep Drops for Kids which is more suitable for older children.

Schuessler Kidz Minerals Be Calm A blend of the tissue salts Kali Phos, Mag Phos, Ferr Phos and Silica. Helps to treat irritable, over excitable, anxious and nervous children. A nerve tonic that helps to calm. For infants 0-11 months ½ of the strawberry flavoured chewable tablet can be crushed and dissolved in water 3 times a day. For children 1 – 11 years 1 tablet 3 Here are some natural remedies and solutions that can help a child times a day. with sleep issues: Magnesium To help your child get a better night’s sleep consider taking away the use of the IPad or screens at least two hours before bed as the stimulating light transmitted from the device can block the production of melatonin our sleep neurotransmitter that helps us fall asleep and stay asleep. Have a regular relaxing bedtime ritual to help your child prepare for sleep. This programmes the brain and the internal body clock to get used to a set routine. For example, a warm bath with relaxing essential oils (Lavender or Chamomile), followed by some bedtime stories or soothing music can help a child relax and prepare for sleep. Make sure you have plenty of time so you don’t rush through the bedtime routine otherwise this could make the child feel anxious. Kiwi herb Kids Calm An emotional and digestive soother. This is a pleasant tasting liquid Chamomile for children so is great to help soothe and calm. It also works to soothe digestive disturbances and is great for teething and travel. Can be taken from birth upwards.

Magnesium is a mineral that boosts melatonin levels which can help children fall asleep easier and stay asleep. As mentioned earlier Floradix do a liquid Magnesium that can safely be given to children from 1 year upwards. You can also bath children in Epsom salts (Magnesium Sulphate) once or twice a week to help calm and relax them. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to nightmares and night terrors. Bach Flowers and Rescue Remedy Sleep Bach flowers are great for children especially if there is an emotional issue that is preventing them from sleeping. Rescue Remedy Sleep is a great remedy to have on hand if there is stress, anxiety, fear and an overactive mind which is preventing sleep. You can also ask a practitioner to make up an individual Bach flower remedy to suit each child’s unique personality and emotions. There are 26 Bach flowers to choose from. The Health Haven in Brookfield have a full set of the Bach Flower remedies and are able to make personalised remedies. Tauranga Parents Centre Newsletter—Page 9

If digestive issues are the main reason your child cannot sleep it would be worth looking at improving your child’s gut health and investigating food allergies and intolerances with a qualified Natural Health Practitioner. Taking an age appropriate probiotic is essential to help balance the gut flora if your child suffers from a lot of gas and bloating which is making them uncomfortable. I am offering 15% off the Initial Consultation fee for all members of Tauranga Parents Centre. My areas of specialisation are: food allergies and intolerances, gut and digestive disorders, GAPS Diet Support, female hormones, fertility and children’s health. Visit my website for further information. Catherine Garney Holistic Nutritionist and Certified GAPS Practitioner 027 570 1184 or

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Beef chilli con carne With corn bread and honey Ingredients CORN BREAD 1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions PREHEAT Oven to 210°C. Line a baking dish with baking paper or grease with butter or oil (approx. 20 x 10cm). 1. In a small bowl, whisk melted butter, milk and egg until well combined. In another bowl, mix remaining corn bread ingredients.

1 cup milk 1 egg 220g cornmeal mix 1 cup flour

2. Add wet mixture to bowl with dry mixture and fold until flour is just moistened and ingredients are combined (batter will be lumpy). Pour batter into prepared dish and cook for about 25 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of loaf.

2 tablespoons sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt BEEF CHILLI CON CARNE 1 brown onion 1 carrot 1 clove garlic 2 teaspoons chilli spice mix 600g beef mince 1 cup frozen corn, defrosted 1 can kidney beans 1 jar tomato passata 1 tablespoon tomato paste * 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup beef or vegetable stock

3. Heat a drizzle of oil in a heavy-based fry-pan on high heat. While pan heats up, dice onion 1cm, grate carrot and roughly chop garlic. 4. Add onion, carrot and garlic to pan with veggies and cook for 2–3 minutes, until starting to soften. Add chilli spice mix and mince and cook for about 4 minutes, breaking up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. 5. Reduce heat to low-medium. Add corn, kidney beans, passata, tomato paste, vinegar, stock, salt and courgette and simmer for 6–8 minutes or until reduced slightly. Remove corn bread from dish and slice into 2cm wide slices. TO SERVE, Serve beef chilli con carne into bowls and top with grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream (if using). Sprinkle over coriander and a pinch of chilli flakes (if using). Serve one slice of corn bread per person with a little butter and a drizzle of honey (if using). Dip corn bread into beef chilli con carne. SERVES 5.

1/2 teaspoon salt 1 courgette, grated TO SERVE 1/2 cup grated tasty cheese (optional) * 125g sour cream (optional) 2 tablespoons coriander leaves 1-2 pinches chilli flakes (optional, adults) 1 tablespoon butter (optional) 1-2 tablespoons runny honey (optional)

The corn bread makes a tasty addition to the chilli con carne!


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Toddler food idea SOURCES: Broccoli Nuggets About 1/2 a head of broccoli 1 cup grated cheese 60g baby rice cereal (I used two sachets of the only organic rice cereal)... You could also use 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs... 2 eggs Steam broccoli until soft. Blend with hand mixer. Add into a bowl with cheese, rice cereal and eggs. Mix together, adding more cereal or crumb if the mix is too wet. Place teaspoon amounts on a greased tray in a preheated oven at 180 C for 20 minutes turning once. Alternatively you can coat them in flour and fry them. Note: if your child has an egg allergy try to substitute egg for some mashed kumara mixed with about 1-2Tbsp of ground flaxseed powder. It should bind together well. These can be frozen too. Just pull some out the night before you intend to serve them and let them defrost in the fridge. You could throw them quickly in a warm pan to heat slightly.

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Our Parent Education Classes Baby and You The ‘Baby and You’ course is a 5 week programme, designed to follow on from your childbirth education class, after the birth of your baby. Each session focuses on a topic designed to help you adjust to the change in lifestyle and many new demands of parenthood. It is also a great opportunity to meet other Mums and their babies, who are at a similar age and stage to you. Babies grow quickly and they go through a variety of stages. ‘Baby and You’ explores the first 6 months of your baby’s life and gives practical information about stimulation for babies, age-appropriate toys and the key milestones of your baby’s growth. The course also recognises the heavy demands babies have on parents’ time and attention. It is common for parents to feel a loss of independence, a huge lack of sleep and worries around emotional and financial changes. Baby and You is run as a discussion group, giving you the opportunity to talk about your particular situation and your baby’s needs. Because all babies are unique with different needs and personalities, each ‘Baby and You’ session will allow you to discuss your baby’s individual behaviors, and receive tips, advice and potential strategies from our knowledgeable guest speakers and course facilitator, which you can adapt to your own situation. The 5 session topics are: - Feeding and Sleeping: with midwife Maura Byrnes - Birth Experiences & All about you - Child Development: with PORSE Educator Moira James - Baby Massage: with Masseuse Fiona Blair - Babywearing & Postnatal Health and Wellness: with Cat Jenkins from the Tauranga Babywearing Group and Personal Trainer Anna Opie New mothers have found the ‘Baby and You’ course to be a wonderful source of support and encouragement for those first few months after the birth of their baby. We also welcome Dads who wish to come along as primary caregivers. Baby and You sessions are designed for parents with babies up to around 12 weeks of age. Our Baby and You course is run on Thursdays, at the Tauranga Parents Centre, from 10am - 12pm. To find out more please email: or phone (07) 577 1229 Cost: $40 for members, $50 for non members .

Toilet Training This programmes follows on from 'Baby and You', it explores from 4 - 12 months of your baby's life. This is an exciting time 'your baby's emerging exploration of the environment and discovery of first foods' and as a new parent this can be a difficult time not knowing how to go about introducing solid foods and what issues you need to be aware of now that your baby is (or is getting closer to) being on the move. To find out more please email: or phone (07) 577 1229

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Our Parent Education Classes Moving and Munching We are now taking bookings for our June ‘Moving and Munching’ course. ‘Moving & Munching’ is made up of two fun and informative sessions, for parents of children aged (or soon to be aged) between 4 and 8 months. As a new parent it can be difficult to know how to go about introducing solid foods and what issues you need to be aware of now that your baby is (or is getting closer to) being on the move and making those first attempts to crawl. Our ‘Moving and Munching’ course will be able to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a good base of knowledge for what to do over the coming months. The Moving session is run with and Early Childhood Advisor from Sport BOP and covers the development of fine and gross motor skills, how babies learn through play, age appropriate toys for your baby and how to keep them safe when they are mobile. We will also help you to identify activities that will help your baby further develop their language skills, social development and help you to stimulate their learning, both in and out of the home The Munching session is run with Catherine Garney, a Holistic Nutritionist and covers when and how to start introducing solids and appropriate nutrition for your baby until they reach the toddler stage. We will discuss making your own baby food and nutritional recipes to do this, alternative feeding methods such as Baby Led Weaning and also cover how to continue to include milk in your baby’s diet. You will receive a copy of Alison and Simon Holst’s Baby Food & Beyond recipe book as well as information and links for further recipes and support to help you adjust for changes in textures, tastes and the quantity of solids over time as your child grows. The ‘Moving and Munching’ course is a great opportunity for you to connect with other Mums and Dads who are also entering into this new phase with their child. Our passionate, qualified and experienced speakers are here to help provide you with all the information you will need. Developmentally the ‘Moving and Munching’ stage is a fascinating one, and parents who are armed with the right information will enjoy it all the more. To find out more please email: or phone (07) 577 1229

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The Parents Centre newsletter is printed every two months and sent out to both our members and a number of community groups and midwives in the area. Our current advertising rates are below. If you would like more information please email


per issue

3-6 issues

Full Page (A4)



Half Page (A5)



Quarter Page



1/8th Page



Insert or Flyer



Community help Healthline (24 hours)

0800 611 166

La Leche League (Breastfeeding)

Joanna 07 577 6892


0800 933 922

Allergy New Zealand

0800 34 0800

Asthma Centre

577 6738

Autism Association

0800 571 000



Childcare Advisory

Citizens Advice Bureau

578 1592

Gastric Reflux Support Network

0800 380 517

Immunisation Advisory Centre

Miscarriage Support

National Poisons Centre

0800 POISON (0800 764 744)

Parent to Parent Special Needs Children Support

0508 236 236

Post Natal Distress SIDS 0800 164 455

SANDS (stillborn & newborn death support group)

Tauranga Multiple Birth Group

Trauma & Birth Stress Support

Womens Refuge

0800 733 843

Working for Families

0800 257 477 Tauranga Parents Centre Newsletter—Page 18

Membership Discounts Take your member discount card into any of the following businesses and receive a discount!

50% off the first term of swimming lessons + receive a free gift. Applies for children under 8 months old at start of term & payment due on booking.

10% off all services offered with bookings made directly with Elixir Pilates



Nais Photography

Mini Family shoot for $95. 30 min to 1 hour with 5 edited photos Email:

15% off initial & follow up consultations Email:

Photography by Kushla

10% off any ante natal or post-natal classes.

10% off any session package includes two free high resolution images



10% off any treatment or a complimentary brow shape with any treatment

Vicki K – Baby Consultant 10% off any of Vicki K’s packages or services



10% discount on all products (excluding specials)

20% off purchases at Bethlehem store only.


Present member card on payment.

10% off any reusable nappy purchase Email: Tauranga Parents Centre Newsletter—Page 19

Tauranga Parents Centre Newsletter—Page 20

Something for the kids!

Tauranga Parents Centre Newsletter—Page 21

TGA Parents Centre Newsletter August-September 2016  
TGA Parents Centre Newsletter August-September 2016