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Issue 98 | 14 December 2017


Hot parenting news

10 tips for encouraging sharing (and discouraging self-interest) this Christmas

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Christmas for kids is an opportunity to encourage empathy and sharing and discourage greed and consumerism.
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Kids gift ideas: 6 tips for choosing the perfect present

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Get ideas for gifts for children’s birthdays and Christmas, including ideas for personalised gifts, useful gifts and educational toys as gifts...
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Respiratory infection as a toddler doubles later asthma risk

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If children develop severe respiratory illness before two years old, they are at least double the risk of developing asthma later in childhood, a study of NSW babies has found...
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Tablet device negatively affects kids’ physical development compared to non-screen toys

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The use of tablet devices among young children may increase the risk of neck, back and arm pain and reduce physical activity, new Curtin University research has found...
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Pets as Christmas presents

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Thinking of buying the kids a furry pet for Christmas? Before you make that decision, remember that the playful puppy or cute kitten will probably be around long after the kids have...
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Most read this week

How Christmas is celebrated around the world

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Christmas is celebrated the world over. Despite many similarities, most countries have their own special ways of celebrating this traditionally religious holiday...
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Foods to avoid in pregnancy

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Everyone knows that when you’re pregnant, you’re eating for two. Less obvious, however, is knowing the particular foods pregnant women shouldn’t eat in order to avoid...
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Fathers to be- what to pack for hospital

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When expecting a baby, a father to be might be so preoccupied thinking about what his partner needs to pack for hospital that he forgets to properly think through what he’ll need to pack...
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Make your own magnetic blackboard

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This is a great kids toy you can make yourself for just a few dollars....
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Healthy banana ice-cream

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It’s amazing how something so simple can taste so wonderfully delicious. This sugar-free, dairy-free banana ice cream is great for the whole family...
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Keeping kids productive these holidays

Make a santa beard

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Make a Santa beard with your toddler or pre-schooler using this free printable Santa template.
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Make your own Christmas wrapping paper

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Making wrapping paper is a fun kids craft activity which helps develop fine motor skills and creativity....
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Make your own Christmas salt dough gifts

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Homemade Christmas gifts and decorations like these salt dough crafts are fun to make, special to receive and a great way for kids to learn...
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12 educational ways to play with your toddler using a scarf

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Playing with scarves is a fun and educational activity for toddlers and babies to develop motor skills, maths skills and persistence...
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Win 1 of 5 family passes for “The Nut Job 2 – Nutty by Nature”

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Win 1 of 4 Dreambaby® prize packs – just the thing to help make your Christmas happy and safe!

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myVMC: Win 1 of 5 copies of “Growing Food the Italian Way” by Fabian Capomolla

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Competition winners

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The winners of the movie tickets to PADDINGTON 2, the Smiggle jewellery prize packs, the Cabbage Patch Kids Little Sprouts collectibles and the winners of the book “High School Rocks” have been announced.
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Season's Greetings

Joke of the month

As we were putting out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve, I accidentally dropped one.

"No problem," I said, picking it up and dusting it off before placing it back on the plate.
 
"You can’t do that," argued my four-year-old.
 
"Don’t worry. Santa will never know."
 
He shot me a look. "So he knows if I’ve been bad or good, but he doesn’t know the cookie fell on the floor?"

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