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How Toy Libraries Spark Joy The Benefits Of Lego Healthy Weight For Children Emotions, Reactions & Choices Sneezing & Itchy Red Eyes? How Many Rs Are In Green Shopping Managing Anxiety, Stress & Mental Health

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After Esmart Week: Just How Smart Is The Average Family? GIVEAWAY Little Reflection Book ASK A VET With Dr Suze

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ello and welcome to our November issue! It’s a busy time of the year for most families as we approach the festive season. Since our launch in July last year, we have had 15 issues 75,000 copies reaching Boroondara families. As we reflect on the year, we take this opportunity to thank our advertisers, readers, sponsors, contributors and distributors for your tremendous support. This month, we have Little Reflection book to give away to 2 lucky winners. Head to our facebook page @yourchildinboroondara to enter. Entries close 30 November. Another four great book reviews by Dymocks Camberwell & Tooronga, and you can get these fabulous books at their friendly stores. Check out Oeteo Australia’s new and exciting Panaroma Collection for this season. Shop early for Christmas at Windmill Educational Toys & Equipment, Christmas catalogue out now! Having a party for your child soon? Book a fun and creative beading and jewellery party at Harmony Beads or Dazzling LittleThings. If you are looking to enrol your child at childcare, kindergarten or school in 2019, contact the centres or schools to find out more: Playstation Childcare, St. Augustine’s Kindergarten, Ruyton Girls’ School and Erasmus Primary School. Lively Learning offers school readiness programs and Heguru Australia specialises in children’s brain development programs, for toddlers and above. For music options, Latitude Music Studios offers quality music classes at its Surrey Hills centre with state of the art facilities while Musical Keys in Kew East has small group keyboard classes for 4-8 year olds. Dr Suze - My Visiting Vet offers quality personalised and professional veterinary care in the comfort of your home. If you have a general pet question, you can email Dr Suze and we will have this featured in Ask AVetWith Dr Suze segment. We hope you find this issue enjoyable and till next month when we bring you the combined last issue of 2018 and first issue of 2019!

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ASK A VET with Dr Suze How old is my cat in human years? You may have heard the popular theory that one cat year is the equivalent to seven human years. In reality, the relationship between cat years and human years is not so linear. Cats mature more rapidly than humans during their first two years of life. A 12 month old cat can be equated to a human aged 15 years, and a two year old cat is more like a human aged 24. After the age of two, a cat ages approximately four human years for each passing calendar year, meaning a six year old cat would be approximately 40 in human years.This direct translation of cat years to human years is not wholly scientific but it does help with our perspective when assessing age related health concerns such as arthritis and kidney failure. Does my dog understand what I am saying? Studies show dogs process words and their meaning in the left hemisphere of the brain and use the right hemisphere to interpret emotion, similar to how humans process language.They are able to differentiate between what we say and how we say it, “good dog” stated in a praising tone triggers the reward centre of the brain.The same words repeated in a dull manner and your dog will know they are not being genuinely praised. Equally, laughing whilst telling your pet to stop licking your face is a sure way to have the opposite effect! The average trained dog can learn up to 165 words. Dogs are the only non primate animal to seek out human eye contact.The right side of the human face displays emotions more faithfully so when communicating, humans adopt a “left gaze bias”. Dogs also demonstrate this trait but only when looking at human faces, not other dogs. After thousands of years of co-existing dogs have developed the ability to interpret our verbal as well as visual cues. Fun Animal Fact: “Cream Puff ” from Texas USA holds the Guinness world record for the oldest cat ever at a ripe age of 38 years and 3 days! The average feline lifespan is generally 12 to 18 years.

Dr. Susanna Gamage BVSc MRCVS has over a decade of international veterinary experience and is the founding director of Dr. Suze - My Visiting Vet. If you have general pet question you would like answered by Dr. Suze please email susanna@drsuzemyvisitingvet.com.au. Please note the information in this article is of a general nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional healthcare advice. If you have specific concerns about your pet, you should always seek advice directly from your veterinary healthcare practitioner. 20

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THE HEGURU METHOD Unleash the GENIUS within your child! CHILDREN BRAIN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Programs for 0 - 8 Years Old w : www.heguru.com.au e : info@heguru.com.au

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His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda This is a gorgeous story for both girls and boys aged 8-12. A fairytale In the tradition of Beauty and the Beast, but from the perspectives of a young man in search of belonging, and a modern day school boy who is entranced with the adventure, this divine book, suited to read-aloud storytelling is highly recommended.

Unicorn (and Horse) by David Miles and Hollie Mengert An enjoyable picture book for very young children, this entertaining story, packed with forty-eight pages of hilarious illustrations and deadpan wit, is a funny yet endearing lesson on envy and friendship with one essential truth: happiness comes from something more important than pink cupcakes.

The Bear and the Piano (sound book) by David Litchfield One day in the forest, a young bear cub finds something he'd never seen before. 'What could this strange thing be?' he thought. Shyly, he touches it with his stubby paws ... Thus he embarks on a journey that takes him away from his home to a new and wonderful land, where beautiful sounds fill the air and fame and riches hang ready for the taking. The city is everything the bear has ever dreamed of, but deep down something tugs as his heart ...

Pages & Co.:Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James Since her mother's disappearance, Tilly has found comfort in stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents' bookshop. But when her favourite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, appear in the shop, Tilly's adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their thrilling worlds, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses. Tilly's new ability could even help her solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago. Recommended for ages 8-12.

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At WeiWu Taekwondo, we take pride in delivering high quality training and service in Taekwondo education Focussing on self-defence, fitness and discipline in family friendly, safe and positive environment, we empower our students with valuable life skills

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ALL AGES FROM 3+ YEARS OLD St John’s Parish School 494 Maroondah Highway Mitcham Tuesdays 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm Wednesdays & Fridays 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm MORNING CLASSES FOR PRESCHOOLERS Mountview Uniting Church 559 Maroondah Highway Mitcham Tuesdays & Thursdays 9.30 am to 10.30 am

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Making a balloon rocket What you need * A balloon * Length of string * Straw * Sticky tape What to do * Thread the string through the straw * Wrap sticky tape or masking tape around the straw with the sticky side out * Attach one end of the string (about 3-4 metres long) to a door handle * Get your assistant to hold the string tight * Blow up the balloon and hold the end closed * Stick the balloon to the straw * Let go the end of the balloon If the string is stretched taut, the balloon should move quickly along the string as the air is released. The balloon is propelled by the air.

Denise Mitchell holds a Diploma of Children's Services, and a Diploma of Applied Chemistry and has successfully combined the two in her role as Childcare Manager at KewNLC. She has been helping children to experiment for many years, and is passionate in introducing science to children in the preschool years in a practical, fun way using common household materials. She often conducts School Holiday programs, and both cooking and Science form an important part of the Shoestring Plus programs for 3-5 year olds held at KewNLC on Weekday afternoons.

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KIDS CORNER Painting by Mona Khosravi age 8 - “Children playing trampoline with happiness”

HEY Kids Share your jokes, recipes, painting, puzzles, fun facts or photos with other kids in Boroondara. Submit your entries to info@yourchildinboroondara.com.au

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Backyard Beekeeping Tuesday 27 November 7pm-8.30pm, 32 Henry Street, Hawthorn, $20 Bec from Bec's Beehive will let you meet the bees, learn about their behaviour and what is involved in keeping bees in suburban Melbourne. www.trybooking.com/355193

Sunday Artisan Cheese Making Workshop Sunday 18 November 10am - 4pm, 32 Henry Street, Hawthorn, $100 A full day cheese making workshop for food lovers! Come along and learn to make artisan cheeses like feta, mozzarella and camembert with the talented Sharon from Easy Cheesy. You will take home your special recipes and samples of cheese. https://www.trybooking.com/413922

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POLICE STATIONS Boroondara Police ........................................................ 8851 1111 Burwood Police ............................................................. 9888 8377 Camberwell Police ........................................................ 9882 0688 COUNCIL Boroondara City Council ............................................ 9278 4444 If you provide a free service to our community and would like your phone number included on this page please email us info@yourchildinboroondara.com.au 28


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Sneezing & Itchy Red Eyes 12

After ESmart Week: Just How Smart Is The Average Family? 24

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Childcare & Kindergarten Playstation Childcare 13 St. Augustine’s Kindergarten 15

Martial Arts WeiWu Taekwondo 23

Vet Dr Suze - My Visiting Vet 17

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