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What is ‘normal’ when it comes to breastfeeding?

When I breastfeed, how do I know I am doing it right? Is my baby getting enough milk? How often do I need to feed my baby? Why does my friend’s baby not feed as frequently? These are the types of questions regularly asked by mothers at some stage during their breastfeeding experience. Now, thanks to new studies from leading lactation researcher Jacqueline Kent the boundaries for ‘normal’ breastfeeding have been redefined and these common queries answered. Kent’s recent analysis and explorations were presented for the first time at the recent Medela International Symposium on Lactation and Breastfeeding. Her...

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How To Engage The Kids When Preparing a Holiday

School Holidays are the perfect time to pack up your bags and get away from the day to day routines of life. So you want to go on a Holiday, there are several questions you need to ask. Where do we want to go? Somewhere warm, somewhere cold? Do we want to drive or do we want to fly? What do we want to do? Do we want to go site seeing or would we prefer to play on the beach? And more often than not the biggest factor impacting all these decisions will be budget. Parents will ponder...

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The Importance of Family Influence on Career Decision Making

Every parent wants to see their child succeed in all aspects of their life, especially academically. Family influence is an important force in preparing teens for their role in the workplace. Young people can form many of their attitudes about work and careers as a result of interactions with their family. What parents do for a living; where they live; their education, knowledge and skills; what they earn; and how they spend their time and money, have a huge influence on their child’s career decisions. It is important to remember that the career development process begins long before the adult years. Research interviews that have been conducted with youth and adults identified that a proactive Family interaction significantly contributes to career readiness. Some behaviours of proactive families demonstrate that they: are well organised, cohesive, and expressive speak their mind and manage conflict positively seek out ways to grow are sociable make decisions through democratic negotiation encourage individual development are emotionally engaged The research also shows that environmental opportunity, as well as one’s own merits and attributes influence a person’s choice of career. Therefore, it is evident that the family environment and background forms a vital role from which career planning and decision making evolve. The absence of support, guidance, and encouragement can lead to “floundering”, which is the inability to develop and pursue a specific career focus. Lack of...

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Let’s make eating in seating as easy as can be!

Taste is a light, simple and safe high chair with a polished aluminium frame and wide, stable base. With a large and comfortable seat complete with quilted liner, the signature Babyhome product now has a new system to easily remove the tray sideways without having to remove it completely using only one hand. It is designed to allow for easy and compact folding.

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Encouraging Responsibility in Your Child

Useful Ways to Encourage Responsibility in Your Child Responsible behaviour and a sense of responsibility is something we want our children to have, but unfortunately it doesn’t come as naturally to many children as we might think. Apart from encouraging this behaviour and acting as useful role models to set an example, the experts have some useful ways to foster responsibility in your child. Provide Boundaries and Set Consequences Children of all ages need boundaries. They feel safe and secure when they understand where the lines are drawn and they like to know what happens when they cross these...

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Having Fun With a Kids Budget

It is our duty to teach about how a children budget works and how money works in our society. If we start earlier, our kids will understand earlier. We start teaching our kids from the time they start pointing at things (about 9 month’s olds) if they are allow to have what they want. The reason is because we are responsible for their well-being. When kids grow to about two years old, they are known for “terrible twos” because tantrums usually get them what they want (if we give in to them) or they have learnt the all important...

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Are Australian Parents Putting Their Children At Risk?

NEW RESEARCH REVEALS THAT AUSTRALIAN PARENTS ARE PUTTING THE WELFARE OF THEIR CHILDREN AT RISK New research by Trend Micro Australia, a global leader in cloud security, has revealed that 70% of kids owning a smartphone in Australia are at threat to online predators. Despite the warnings, almost ¾ of Australian parents haven’t installed security software of any sort on their children’s smartphones, jeopardising the welfare of their children by exposing them to online predators, access to illicit or inappropriate content, and increasing the vulnerability of malicious threats. With 83% of parents having recently purchased a mobile device for their children, alarmingly protection against online predators isn’t being included in this purchase. Whilst almost half of the respondents (42%) felt installing security software “wasn’t needed”, 1 in 5 of parents “hadn’t even thought of it” as an option. Additional Trend Micro research reveals that Australian parents are losing control of their children’s online security. Although 71% of parents are concerned about what their children are doing online, for those with children on social media sites, almost one third never monitor their children’s social media profile to ensure their safety (29%). Aman Chand, Trend Micro’s Cyber Safety Expert commented: “It’s alarming that in 2013 we are still in the ‘education’ phase in relation to security protection across connected devices, in particular smartphones. It is the role of parents, across Australia,...

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Board Games vs The Movies

So I know we all want entertainment. It seems as though it is that endless black hole that we are spending money on. Of course it is the reason why we want money in the first place, right? We work 40+ hours a week so that in our limited spare time we can use that money to play. Well, whether it be boating, hiking, movies, games, or sports that you choose to spend your money on, the fact of the matter is, that some forms of entertainment are more or less expensive than others. Let me take you on a little tour. There are a few classifications of entertainment. One is the completely free group. This includes going on hikes, going on a walk, or playing some game that requires no additional items than one already possesses. The second is mid-range entertainment. This probably includes going out to eat or seeing a newly released movie. Just about anyone can afford this entertainment every once in a while. Then there is the third. This is your expensive forms of entertainment. These are the golfers, the boaters, and the shoppers. Too bad we can’t all be in the third category. Some would list board gamers as somewhere in between the second and third category, but I am here to tell you that this is a complete misconception. Board games are one...

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Time to make some Home Made Goo

An activity for you and the kids to make together that the kids will find amazing (and you might too) is to make homemade goo. This will provide hours of fun, but remind the kids to keep their mess contained. Maybe a large plastic container, or a couple of smaller one for each child if there is more than one, is a good idea. Ingredients Cornstarch Water Food colouring Container Method Combine cornstarch, water and a couple of drops of food colouring in your container. Mix together until combined and then get your hands in there and have a...

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Spicy Plum Chicken Kebabs

SERVES: 6 RECIPE FROM SYMPLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE BOOK 6   MARINADE 1 teaspoon crushed garlic (in jar) 1 teaspoon lemon grass chopped or (in jar) ½ cup plum sauce (SPC) ⅓ cup Hoi Sin sauce 1 tablespoon Pad Thai paste 800g skinless chicken breasts 12 wooden kebab sticks cooking spray   Combine all marinade ingredients. Cut chicken into large dice. Thread chicken pieces onto kebab sticks, dividing an equal amount to make 12 kebabs. Place into a large flat plastic container that has a lid and pour marinade over chicken. Place lid on and refrigerate overnight if possible or for at least 4 hours. Turn occasionally. When ready to cook, remove kebabs from marinade and either BBQ or grill, turning so all sides cook evenly. Pour marinade over chicken while cooking.   Variations: Replace chicken with very lean pork.   Suitable to be frozen.   Nutritional Information                    PER SERVE   CHICKEN PORK FAT TOTAL 4.1g 3.2g   SATURATED 1.0g 0.8g FIBRE   1.8g 1.8g PROTEIN   30.6g 30.6g CARBS   7.1g 7.1g SUGAR   6.4g 6.4g SODIUM   419mg 432mg KILOJOULES   1030 (cals 246) 995 (cals 238) GI RATING TOO LOW IN CARBS TO SCORE A RATING...

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Five Ways to Handle a Picky Eater

“Picky eating is a normal rite of passage for children,” according to paediatric nutrition expert Jill Castle. That doesn’t mean parents actually enjoy the often difficult process of trying to get their kids to eat their veggies, stop playing with their food and complaining about what is served at each meal. Luckily though, there are a variety of strategies that parents can use at home and while out and about with their children to help raise an adventurous eater who will go on to become a healthy, well-nourished and open-minded (when it comes to food) individual. Read on for...

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Make Your Own Bath Bombs

Making your own gorgeous bath bombs is pretty easy. If you can bake a cake or make a good sand castle, you can definitely do this. While children can’t be left unsupervised with essential oils, this is a fun activity to make together. One of my favourite blends for kids is lavender and clary sage. Lavender is well known for its healing and relaxing properties – perfect for skinned knees and any cuts and scrapes. Clary sage is lesser known, but it can be used to create feelings of joy and happiness, as well as for promoting a good night’s...

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Two-in-One Bugs for Beds, Friends or Just to Cuddle!

What Did We Review:  FlipaZoo Bee/Ladybug Reviewer’s rating:   Where to buy: Big W FlipaZoo, the toy that flips for you!  A soft, cuddly toy, that flips to become something completely different! Features and Benefits: Collectable Creative Soft and cuddly – can be used as a pillow Fun and surprising Reviewers Experience When our FlipaZoo Bee arrived, we weren’t sure what to make of it.  This has been done before, right?  We’ve all seen the pillows in the shape of animals. However, the FlipaZoo Bee, can be ‘flipped’ around and suddenly, it’s a LadyBug! Dark colours on one side, and...

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Sleep easy while your babe sleeps easy!

A bassinet model that sets itself apart because of its multiple, rigorous finishes – it comes with a practical changing pad which easily attaches to the bassinet via a zipper with a safety device. A practical mesh window is hidden under the fabric on the side which allows you to keep visual contact with your baby easily. It has 3 different interchangeable leg positions: wheels, rocker and stationary. Magnets at the top and at the bottom of the window allow you to easily open, close or arrange the window – with no loose parts. It also features easy-to-reach side pockets for books and toys. It is available in six different colours and patterns. It is suitable for children from 0 to 6 months

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Children are Set to Fall in Love with Kim’s Adventure Travels!

‘Kim’s Adventure Travels – Punch-Up in the Punjab!’ is the first of three books written by the talented Peter Stephenson.
This book takes the reader on an amazing adventure across the country of Pakistan through the eyes of the Cook Family – mum Jenny, dad Peter, nine-year-old son Charlie and thirteen-year-old daughter Sam, and their tiny four-legged canine – the star of the story – a Jack-Russell terrier named Kim.

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