School holiday fun for little kids

Soil—it’s everywhere around us. But when was the last time you thought about how much fun you could have with soil?

If you’ve given soil more than a passing thought recently, it was probably about planting a flower bed, or growing a vegie garden. But soil can be great fun, particularly with children! So we’ve come up with our top five fun soily things to do with your kids, to help them discover the ground beneath their feet.

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A healthy fundraiser for schools

o as a parent you would be quite aware that when schools, sports and community groups need to raise money for important projects, they usually use sugary treats. It’s a bombardment of sugar and other nasties all for the sake of fundraising. And who are you to argue when your child’s club or school needs the money, right? Well, Australasia’s most trusted garden care business YATES wanted to provide Aussie kids with a fresh and healthier alternative to fundraise. Yay!

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The irony of life, ‘I’ve got breast cancer, again.’

Slap! Well, yes, I have had another wake up call this week! The dreaded five letter ‘C’ word has shown up on my doorstep again…CANCER! Who’d of thought? Nearly 15 years in remission and living more or less a happy, healthy life. And, I am into natural health and well being, so HOW CAN THIS BE HAPPENING TO ME?

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Should you let your children take selfies?

There’s been a bit of a tinkering in the media this week as to whether or not the iPhone generation should take selfies. Mia Freedman came out this week encouraging the avoidance of all nude selfies. I guess I see her point. It can be risky to even have them on your phone. With the cloud and theft there is the risk that those photos will end up in someone else’s hands.

But I also noticed the backlash she received from this too. Shouldn’t your phone be your own private possession?

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Australian First Technology For Parents and Caregivers Launches

New Australian-first technology has launched this month providing real-time guidance to parents and care-givers. Principally a ‘mid-wife in your pocket’, WOTBaby is a personalised app that supports parents and caregivers in their journey of raising babies from newborn to six months.

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Family – Does Blood Really Break All Barriers?

What do you think of when I say the word ‘Grief’? Perhaps a death, a terminal illness diagnosis or maybe the end of a marriage? What if I told you that we grieve anytime life doesn’t meet our expectations? The degree and extent of that grief depends solely on how attached we are to our beliefs around those expectations; and, there is no exact amount of time that we are meant to grieve before we ‘get over it’. Sometimes we never do!

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Raising money smart children

My daughter has developed a new, strong and meaningful relationship over the last year. It is a relationship that I love as an important milestone but also loath because another childhood milestone has been reached. I am talking, of course, about the tooth fairy. This little mite slides in and steel my daughter’s teeth and I am expected to fork over money each time. That being said I have each tooth gone so far in a little pouch. I still haven’t decided if that’s creepy or not.

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Top tips for keeping kids safe online

A generation of Australian kids is accessing adult content from as young as seven. This is due to a lack of parental controls and unrestricted access to the Internet, according to latest research from Family Zone.
The nation-wide survey – which interviewed 774 families – showed that 56% of Australian parents have no online parental controls in place and more than 25% have no idea how to protect their kids on digital devices.
From the results, it was estimated that over 1.6 million Aussie kids are at risk online.

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10 tips for plane trips with kids

As a mum of three kids I have done my fair share of plane travel with kids. There would be some of you that have done more, some less. But now that my eldest is 11 I have a bit more experience under my belt as to what works and what doesn’t. And yes it depends on where you are going. And yes it depends on their age.

If you’re reading this you are well aware that I advocate for healthy kids. I’m not fanatical about it. It’s about being real and realistic. And plane travel times are no different. So here are my tips for traveling as healthy as possible on long haul flights, or even short ones, with kids.

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Would you go to the loo with everyone watching?

Did you also know that there are 1 in 3 women living without a toilet and that they spend 97 billion hours each year looking for private places to go? All this while we might be deciding what clothes to wear today. It’s frightening really. Think about how frightened and exposed these women must feel trying to go to the toilet out in public all because they simply need to relieve themselves. Think about how going to the toilet out in the open would subject you to the risk of violence and harassment.

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Communication…What’s Stopping You???

I hear it time and time again: “I can’t tell him what I am feeling”; “I better not say it or she will think I’m weird”; or “Best to just keep my mouth shut so I don’t sound ridiculous,”. All I think, when I hear comments like this are that they are copping out. Why is it that people feel that they can’t say what they would like to say? And who is telling you, you can’t? More importantly, if you aren’t, why aren’t you???

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Type 2 diabetes threatens more amputations, blindness and higher death rates

We haven’t really got the obesity message right. If we had then we had better be able to explain why obesity levels are threatening our hospitals with more cases of Type 2 diabetes with more and more amputations each year. The ‘move more, eat less’ message is either wrong or people are not following. Either way, obesity is so much more complex than simply ‘eating too much’ and ‘not moving enough’ but we have to start somewhere, right?

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