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Keeping in Touch with Distant Family
We all may joke at times how we'd love our family to live in another state or country, but the reality is that many of us do live apart from family and find it hard at times. Flying home very often usually isn't feasible, but there are many ways to keep in touch with loved ones far away... read more
Organising your family on the night prior to flying
Planning for a holiday is very much like planning for Christmas - everyone is excited and there is so much to organise and pack away (either in suitcases or up high in a cupboard away from little eyes!). There are quite a few things that cannot be done until the night before, so here is a travel checklist of things to organise on the night prior to your big day of flying!... read more
Worms in Children: Maybe they're not being naughty! How to treat and avoid worms today
Thread worms are thriving every day in the bottoms of little children and affecting their daily activities and causing sleepless nights for many families. It's not a nice experience but easily identified and treated. I am frequently finding worms a problem for our little pre-school aged non-sleepers... read more
There is only one Santa, and he lives at the North Pole watching children's behaviour and creating toys. Or so the story goes! At some point in November, Santas start appearing in shopping centres, parties and even kinders/childcare centres. Sometimes, there are multiple Santas in the same shopping centre or department store... read more
Does Your Baby have 'Sticky' Eyes?
Babies often have 'sticky' or watery eyes - this may be in one eye or both. Usually it causes no harm if looked after correctly; if you are breastfeeding, breastmilk can be used, or a saline solution is also suitable. Find out the best cleaning procedures... read more
10 Ways to Make Kids Exercise Fun
Due to the increased use of television and computers, children are less active. As a consequence, Childhood Obesity is on the increase and becoming a real issue for a lot of parents. You only need to take a look around the school playground to see the truth of this matter... read more
Young Children and the Road
It's every parent's nightmare - a child getting away from you and running in front of a car. Although the group of 11-16 year olds is the group most at risk, younger children also need to be protected. A little girl I know was recently lost this way, and it is too horrible to risk it happening again to another child... read more
Natural Remedies for Babies/Toddlers
Being a nurse I have had the common habit of having 'every' drug in the cupboard for health problems or emergencies! However, in the last few years I've become aware of alternate ways of dealing with symptoms and problems and I'm now more likely to 'think outside the square' and search for a 'natural' alternative... read more
Let's hear it for hip (dysplasia) babes!
Hip dysplasia affects approximately 10 in every 1,000 babies. Although this statistic may not seem significant to some, parents who have to deal with this condition are faced with many daily challenges such as nappy changing, car travel, prams, baby carriers, breastfeeding, sleep settling, and clothing... read more
Home Birthday Parties for Children
So many of us look back with pleasure on the childhood birthday parties we went to. We remember the ice cream, cake, party games and excitement of the piles of presents. Yet many children today consider a home birthday party to be a rarity, a treat... read more
For so many of us seeing a positive pregnancy test creates a level of excitement within us that it is hard to contain oneself. Many of us can't wait to see the first scan, to see the heartbeat, to see our baby. Seeing the tiny precious bean on the screen makes it all real. It validates the reality of pending parenthood.... read more
Things to do with the Kids -
School Holiday Activities
Sometimes during school holidays or on the weekends the kids will be looking for fun and interesting things to do. Don't miss this list of 80 great activities and things to do with the kids compiled by a group of Australian mums... read more
Nightmares and Night Terrors
I appreciate how valuable sleep is no matter how little you get sometimes and when asleep it is nice to sleep soundly! Sudden alarming screaming in the middle of the night is frightening for parents as well as the child. There are differences in the identification and handling of nightmares and night terrors and they usually occur at different times of the night... read more
Constipation - Information about Babies and Children
Constipation is a common childhood problem. If your baby or child is showing signs of constipation, read this guide to find out the possible causes, how to treat the condition, how diet affects constipation, and prevention and management... read more
Even Busy Mums can Exercise!
Once you have children, fitting in a quick trip to the gym or an evening stroll becomes more difficult. Regardless of your motivation to exercise, you have to work it in around the needs of your children as well. That's not to say parents should give up on exercising whilst their children are young, quite the contrary in fact... read more
Supporting a Friend in Pregnancy Loss
Pregnancy loss is a painful and often lonely experience; one that may be played down or even totally overlooked. However, the loss of a child during pregnancy is experienced as a death and brings with it feelings of emptiness, loss and despair. This article will help you understand the grief associated with pregnancy loss and offers suggestions for those wishing to effectively help and support someone in that situation... read more
Negotiating the Support Maze:
Support Networks for Mum
Parenting, like no other issue, attracts opinions and advice from everyone. Because at one stage in our lives, we've all had some parenting experience (we've either been parented, or are a parent, have seen parents, or know parents!!) Somehow, everyone seems to be an expert on how you should raise your children. While it would be nice to be surrounded by people who supported and accepted your parenting choices, this isn't always the way... read more
How Can I Start a New Routine for my Baby/Toddler Without any Crying?
I frequently get phone calls from sleep deprived parents asking for my help to achieve a new routine and then they add... "But, I donít want any crying... my husband and I don't cope with it". My aim is to empower the parents with the skills to improve their baby/toddlers routine without any crying or distress... read more
Maternity Bra Fitting Guide
Seeking fitting advice when buying a maternity or nursing bra is not always possible. Here are some common problems and self-help solutions, plus an illustrated step-by-step fitting guide which pinpoints exactly what to look for to fit your bra comfortably and properly. Many of these tips can also be applied to standard bras.... read more
Wearing Out Your Toddler When it's Raining!
Well, you probably would agree that we are experiencing unusual weather and in Australia it has been raining a lot this year. Many parents may not complain, because it is lovely sleeping weather for toddlers and wrapped babies! But many parents are pulling their hair out with energetic house-bound toddlers!... read more
Nurture Your Soul
Western cultures tend to measure success by accomplishment and progress defining people more by what they do than who they are. As a result, we've become so caught up in achieving in life that our soul is often neglected and deprived of the nurture it deserves and requires. Whenever you feel there are not enough hours in the day the first thing you should do is let go of guilt!... read more
What is a Middle Ear Infection?
Middle ear infection (otitis media) is an infection behind the eardrum. It is common in young children and can cause fever and earaches. Middle ear infection is usually not serious, but it can be painful. Most children will have at least one middle ear infection by the time they are three years old... read more
Kids Foot Facts
Before purchasing your child's next pair of shoes read these must-know tips to help select the most appropriate pair of shoes for babies, toddlers and children. Also find out the best practices for day to day shoe wearing... read more
How To Baby Proof Your Dog!
When you are expecting a baby time is spent preparing yourselves and your home for the new arrival - but how do you prepare your pet? Dog training specialists Hanrob share invaluable advice and tips for expectant parents on how to 'baby-proof' the family dog, so you can rest assured your home is a safe enjoyable place for everyone... read more
Teaching your kids good organising habits
The way our brain is built dictates our natural level of "organisedness". Certain parts of our brains are responsible for logic, organised, sequential thought. For some of us, it's the most dominant part of our brain. For others, it's the opposite! If your kids struggle to keep their time and their spaces organised, there are a few measures you can take to help them... read more