Parenting 101

This page is all about a collection of articles offering you tricks and tips of parenting. Ideas around things like feeding and looking after your kids. If you would like to submit an article you should email us at [email protected]

Fine motor coordination

A 3-4 year old child's focus should be participating in activities that support the development of the hand and finger muscles. This article details ways to help your child develop the best fine motor skills possible at a... Read More


Does my child need a ‘sick day’ or should they be at school?

‘Sick days’ have been a hot topic amongst parents for years, especially in determining how many school-classes children can afford to miss. According to the latest research, opinion is still divided, even in 2017. Parents often have different standards about how sick their child must be, to take a day off school. It’s often tricky …

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Keeping Our Kids Safe In A Digital World | Tips For Online Safety For Kids

For today’s kids, the Internet is full of endless promise and potential, an exciting place to explore, learn, create, and share. For parents, however, the Internet can be a place full of threats to children’s safety and privacy. It’s tempting to set up blocks and filters to stop children from exploring, but it won’t be …

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What you need to know about Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is an acute bacterial infection caused by Neisseria meningitides that can cause serious morbidity and death. The bacteria live in the respiratory tract (nose and throat) of infected people and are spread to others by coughing, sneezing and throat secretions. Symptoms of Meningococcal disease Symptoms typically occur 3-4 days after contact with infected …

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Lunchbox Ideas and Mum Hacks For Hot Brisbane Days

Guest Blog written by Kylie at Kidgredients It’s hot, it’s really, really hot! But kids still need lunches and they need to be kept cool! So what do you do as a parent to send lunches to school that are kept cool throughout the day? Whatever you can! And what are the best things to …

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Hay fever in Children – Why you should take it seriously

Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is the commonest chronic disease that affects children. Its effect on a child’s daily life can be significant, sometimes leading to poor school performance. Commonly, it begins at around the age of 9, however it can also affect younger children. Children at risk usually have a personal history of food …

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How Learning to Sing Can Reduce Anxiety in Children

Recently I was asked how learning to sing can help children who experience anxiety, something seemingly unrelated. Learning to sing is both therapeutic and educational, and super fun and social!! It is also an excellent way to help children manage feelings of anxiety and nerves. This is because singing addresses two key areas that can …

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Ways to Help Prepare and Excite Your Child For Starting School

This article was sponsored by Hippo Blue You know the saying, don’t you?  The days are long but the years are short.   It’s one I love to quote, mostly because it seems the older both I, and my children, get the more this rings so very, very true.  And never more so it would seem …

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Puberty – All you need to know

Do you have children? Are they approaching the ages of 7-14? Then puberty is upon you. Puberty is a time of rapid change, both physically and emotionally. As a parent you may worry about how your child will manage the changes and how best to guide them through these. As doctors, we often get asked …

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Seven Talents of Playful Parenting

By Lawrence J. Cohen. PhD Reflecting on parenthood – stepping back to think, write or talk about what life is really like for us –helps us become better parents. But who has the time for this? Well, it’s a bit like chopping down a mighty tree with a dull axe—it’s worth the time it takes …

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The Baby Sleep Project

The Baby Sleep Company have released their much awaited Child Baby Sleep Project which is a collection of videos and ebooks empowering parents to get their child sleeping. The owner of The Baby Sleep Company, Katie Forsythe revealed the idea came about by her inability to service the huge volume of parents who needed help …

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Helping Your Child Cope With The Loss Of A Pet

Pets are valuable family members that provide love and attention, companionship and joy, and make the most accepting friends. I remember my German Shepherd x Labrador, Heidi, running around my parents’ garden with me, lying down on the grass, letting me fall asleep on her chest, waiting patiently for me to wake-up before jumping up …

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What are School Sores? How to treat Impetigo

Impetigo, commonly known as school sores, can be a common and frustrating occurrence in the household. Impetigo is very easily spread between people, especially kids, which is why it is common in schools and daycare centres. It is much more common in the hotter months and can be difficult to eliminate. What causes Impetigo? Impetigo …

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4 Year Healthy Kids Check And School Readiness

The 4 year healthy kids check and assessing readiness for school can be an overwhelming topic for parents and their child. The age at which kids start school or formal education such as prep and kindy programs, varies across Australia. In years gone by, age was the predominant factor that determined when kids started in …

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Gaming Obsessions in Children – The Expert’s Guide for Parents

Kids Hooked on Video Games? Read This Before Anything Else. “My kid is gaming all the time and I don’t know why”. Sound familiar? Read on – this might just be the article you’ve been looking for. Unlike marbles or pinball machines, video games are no longer just a passing ‘fad’. And, with no sign …

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Choosing The Right Pet For Your Family

Adopting a pet is a wonderful experience for a family! Whichever pet you choose, they will need a certain amount of care and attention, and just like every other member of the family they may have some particular needs. A couple of points to consider when making your choice may be glaringly obvious, whilst others …

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How I talked about depression with my kids

By Nina Mitchell I have depression … Three little words that have changed the course of my life forever. Three little words that need to be hidden from the world. Three little words that parents fear to mention to their children. I have depression – three little words that I will readily admit apply to …

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What to Do if a Child or Pet Is Locked in a Car

We all know that it can be dangerous to leave children and pets alone in cars. (It can also be illegal, as we covered in detail in Is it Okay to Leave Kids Alone in Cars?) However, do you know what to do if you accidentally lock your child or pet in a car? Do …

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How to Explain Ocean Rips to Kids

How to explain ocean rips to kids is probably one of the most important lessons you can teach a child about beach safety. Here in Australia, we are blessed with an amazing coastline of stunning beaches. Visiting the beach is a great family activity and a really fun and memorable part of any Aussie childhood. …

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Perinatal Depression and Anxiety (PNDA)

This is the face of postnatal depression and anxiety. Well, one of them. It’s the face of crippling self-doubt, relentless self-hatred. It’s the face of throbbing guilt and constant, constant failure. I know, because it’s my face. This picture was taken during the most difficult time of my life. But you wouldn’t know, would you? …

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Nightmares versus Night Terrors – what’s the difference and how to help your child

Most parents have found themselves woken during the night by their children having nightmares or night terrors, but do you know the difference between these two sleep issues and do you know how to manage them when they occur? Sleep is made up of two types – non-rapid eye movement sleep (NREM) consisting of four …

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Bedwetting Help for Kids in Brisbane

One of the things we love the most about Brisbane Kids is that it’s so much more than just a website and social media hub of useful information — it’s a community. It’s an amazing network of support for parents and carers to make their journey a little easier and to enrich the lives of …

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Storytelling Today Is More Than Books – A Parent Resource

This resource is brought to you by Nuffnang and Disney Junior The Channel Storytelling is in a state of transformation, with Disney Junior The Channel on the cusp of introducing their second season of  ‘The Book of Once Upon a Time’ and leading the way in modern televised interactive storytelling. It is just one example …

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Seven ways to help your child be more resilient

It seems like there is a whole industry of specialists promoting training programs, self help books and all sorts of products to improve the resilience of children.  But the truth is there is no one simple approach to helping a child build resilience.  However, over the last 40 years or so, there have been a …

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INSIDEOUT – An opportunity to talk about emotions and develop some emotional intelligence

Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures have released their latest cinematic phenomenon to rave reviews from both the general public and the mental health community. However, it is not your usual Disney happy-sing-along-feel-good movie, and younger children may not understand some of the concepts, so take your tissues and be open to answering questions from your …

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Professional Tips On Reducing Anxiety In Children

Anxiety is a normal product of our human brain – our genetic ancestors wouldn’t have survived too long without this survival function! Though in today’s age it’s more that ours, or our child’s, anxiety response can be more than is required for a situation. Why children are at risk for anxiety This isn’t helped by …

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How to guide your teenager and build the confidence they need for life

There’s no doubt about it; the teenage years are some of the most turbulent and difficult years in the life of your child. It’s a time for pushing boundaries, finding personal limits and discovering who they “really are”. But how can you help them navigate this treacherous terrain? Here we discuss some common issues that teenagers …

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My Child Doesn’t Like Swimming Lessons

Many thanks to Julia Ham from Hampton Swim School & TumbleTastics for this article. Tears in the Pool No parent likes to see their child’s tears, and a common reaction of parents to tears in a swim lesson is to become panicked or embarrassed over the way the child is behaving, or instead to think …

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How I Told My Child He Has ASD

Telling your child they have ASD, Autism, Aspergers, Sensory Processing Disorder is a personal choice. When you do it, if you do it and how you do it. I hope this recount can simply give you some techniques and maybe just some insight into how our family approached this issue. The first thing is, a …

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When Should I Start Taking My Kids To The Dentist?

Thanks to Grange Family Dental for this article. A recent Australia Dental Association survey* showed that the most commonly asked question by our patients is “When do my kids need to come and see the dentist?”. In short, the “official” answer from that survey was approximately 2 years old, or when all baby teeth have …

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Options for making a will in Brisbane

We all know that making a will is important in order to settle your estate and distribute your assets and possessions in the event of your death, but for parents, making a will is an even more important task. In fact, it is essential for ensuring the security of your children’s futures and that they …

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10 Different Ways To Deal with Head Lice

You would think that having 10 different ways of dealing with headlice would be unnecessary, but  infact with 3 children, 2 boys and a girl (with very long hair) I am SUPER glad there are options! For the boys I can see combing the suckers out as achievable task, easy even, no big panic. For my …

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10 Easy Ways to Do a Family Budget

Having a budget set up for your family is an essential way to stay on top of your finances and keep track of your money coming and going. It helps to manage debts, stay on top of bills and save up for the things we really want. However budgeting can be a challenge, therefore using …

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Why Children Should Continue To Learn To Swim In Winter

The upcoming Easter break marks the end of Queensland’s hotter weather where many parents choose to forgo swimming lessons in favour of other winter sports or activities. Listen to what Hamptons Swim School owner Julia Ham has to say and why she thinks parents should rethink this strategy.  Why Learning to Swim in Winter is …

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Top tips for baby sleep

We asked the Baby Whisperer, Katie from The Baby Sleep Company, to share some of her top tips for helping babies sleep better… Darken that room The presence of light tells our babies that it’s time to be awake whereas a dark room prompts your little one’s brain to secrete melatonin which is the magic …

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Worried about peanut allergies? Read this

Disclaimer: This article is a news report on recent research findings and is not intended to be taken as advice. Always consult your GP or pediatrician before acting on the research findings described below. Peanut allergies are everywhere. In Westernised countries, they have been steadily increasing and are now one of the leading causes of deaths …

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Written by a Helicopter Parent

8.40am – A 5 year old boy runs across the school playground, ahead of his mum.  She yells out “Ryan, PLEASE come and put your jumper on”.  He reluctantly stops and she tucks him into his coat, whispering in his ear.  He struggles and clearly hates putting the jumper on.  His big sister holds onto …

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How to find out if Brisbane schools, daycare centres and kindies are closed

In the middle of a Brisbane storm or the aftermath of an unexpected weather event, one of the main things parents wonder about is whether their child’s school, daycare centre or kindergarten is open or closed. In the case of severe weather situations, or even health and safety situations, such as measles outbreaks, these services …

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5 Easy Ways to Stop Sibling Rivalry

Every parent goes weak at the knees at the sight of their children playing harmoniously together. Holding hands. Sharing. Talking sweetly with each other. This is the stuff dreams are made of. But all too often the smiles can turn to shrieks as sibling playtime spirals into a feral free-for-all. And why is that? Much …

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Can you leave your kids in the car while you get petrol?

Leaving the kids alone in the car at a petrol station is often a contentious topic, with much of the community divided in their opinions and not afraid to criticise those who take the other side, as we recently discovered when trying to gather anecdotal information for this post on our Facebook page. What we …

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What is Triple P Explained Simply

The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is designed to take your parenting skills to the next level, giving you all the information and support you need to create a strong, healthy and loving family dynamic. And it’s not rocket science! Here we take a look at what Triple P is, why it’s so good, …

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The number one tip for choosing a lunch box

The number one tip for choosing a lunch box: have a Bex and a lie down. Six weeks ago, if you had told me I would develop an obsession over children’s lunchboxes, I would have thrown my head back and laughed the laugh of a woman who thought ‘bento’ was what happened when you stubbed …

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When is it ok to drop your child at the school gate?

It seems like kids these days hit a new milestone every week. With school about to start again for another year, it raises a serious milestone question: When is your child old enough to be dropped at the school gate? This is a question that will be pondered upon by many parents embarking on another …

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Strategies For Helping Kids Overcome Shyness

Have you been in a situation filled with people and find out that your child is having a hard time to participate? We’ve all had a moment where we felt shy but as much as possible, we want our kids to experience the world without inhibitions. What kind of approach should you do in order …

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Top ten tips for avoiding school gate cliques

As the new school year swiftly approaches, many parents begin to get anxious about casting their children off into the throng of the schoolyard alone. Will they be accepted by the other kids? Will they fit in? Or will they be judged, picked on or excluded? Sadly, though we may have thought we left such …

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How to get your kids to tell you about their day

All too often parents are met with one word answers of “Fine” or “OK” to their questions of “How was your day?”. Kids have great skills in avoiding giving meaningful answers to these questions. The reason is simple, they do not yet understand the importance debriefing a day. It is one of the wonderful parts …

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8 Fun Ways To Encourage Your Kids To Brush Their Teeth

Getting kids to brush their teeth can be one of the most challenging habits to build, and is rarely without some varying levels of frustration. For busy parents we know that getting your kids to brush their teeth is just one other thing you need to squeeze into an already full nightly schedule so we …

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How To Have Awesome Family Dinners

For a year or two my husband and I ate dinner  with our kids in front of the TV, often with a picnic blanket on the floor. We did this often because we didn’t have a dinner table and later on because Brisbane Kids and his business were sprawled all over the kitchen table we …

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Teeth Cleaning App for Kids | Review of Macleans Nurdle

Macleans are known for being one of the leaders in tooth and gum care, with their extensive range of dental care products, so it was only a matter of time they took to the digital world with a phone App. The Macleans Nurdle Time app is available in the iTunes Store to download free of …

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Minors and Alcohol — What Does the Law Actually Say?

When it comes to minors (those under 18 years of age) and alcohol, there is always going to be a long and lasting debate over what is and is not acceptable. What is more worrying though, is that there is also a large degree of confusion over what is and is not actually legal. Is …

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Is it okay to leave kids alone in cars?

We’ve all been there — you need to pay at the petrol station but you have a carful of kids, you want to quickly duck into a shop for a last-minute grocery item and wish you didn’t have to drag the children with you, your little one has fallen asleep in their car seat and …

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When is it ok to leave kids at home alone?

“Ma’am, I’m eight years old. You think I would be here *alone*? I don’t think so.” Macaulay Culkin’s breakthrough performance in the cult classic movie Home Alone was full of comedic magic. But the question of when to leave children unsupervised is a serious one for many Brisbane families. Some parents want to watch their …

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What is Secondary Drowning?

Secondary drownings can develop hours after a swim, bath or anything that occurs with water.  Secondary drowning is without water remaining in the airways. It is a secondary injury which is often classed as a drowning incident. It’s is a very mild form of drowning, You take a bit of water and sputter and cough, …

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Rules for Car Seats in Queensland for Kids

Updated 2016 using information found on the Child Restrains section of Queensland Department of Transport. As your kids grow older they will start to outgrow their car seat or restraint. This can lead to some confusion about what to use for the next stage and when your child can or should stop using a restraint.So …

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Rules for Car Seats in Queensland for Babies

There are some parts of parenting that are so important to get right, and having the correct car seat fitted properly for your baby is one of them. It sometimes seems like the Parental Grapevine has new theories on the laws for car seats all the time, so let’s get the facts right. Queensland rules …

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Ways To Meet Other Parents In Brisbane

Making new friends and finding ways to meet other parents in Brisbane is what this post is about whether you are a local or new resident to Brisbane. The saying “a problem shared is a problem halved” could have been written with parents in mind. Those muddling first months with a newborn are magical, but …

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Free Help for Brisbane Women with Postnatal Depression

Are you or someone you know experiencing prenatal or postnatal depression? For the first time in Australia, free support is being offered to Brisbane mums via QUT Health Clinics, in partnership with The White Cloud Foundation. The service is open to the public so that mums and mums-to-be can access a multidisciplinary team consisting of a …

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The No Yelling Movement

A Pledge from a Mum. (This article was submitted on the condition the writer remain anonymous) so it begins…… I’m a yeller.   No actually I am an insane ranter, yeller, screamer, sometimes swearer and all round nut job of a mother when I get frustrated and angry.   Most of the day I’m sane.   And then …

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Where to Find Age-Appropriate Clothing for Teenage Girls & Tweens in Brisbane

It seems that we are all in agreement – finding age-appropriate clothing for teenage girls and modest clothes for tweens these days can be an incredibly frustrating experience! In fact, a lot of our Facebook fans tell us that they have resorted to making or upcycling clothing for their daughters themselves due to the extreme …

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Owning A Dog | The Pet Series

Dogs can be much more than a best friend for your Brisbane Kids, they can actually help both children and adults to be physically and mentally healthier. Is a dog the right pet for your family? Keeping a pet dog is a big commitment and responsibility – they require shelter, a balanced diet, daily exercise, …

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Owning a Cat | The Pet Series

Are you thinking of adding a kitten or cat to your Brisbane family? Cats make loving fur-ever friends and are great with kids, but there are some things you need to consider before adopting one. Read on to find out all you need to know about bringing a feline into your family. Is a cat …

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Owning a Guinea Pig | The Pet Series

Guinea pigs are cuddly, friendly and full of personality, making them the perfect pet for Brisbane Kids. Read on to find out where to purchase guinea pigs in Brisbane, how to best care for your furry friends and tips to ensure your guinea pigs become happy members of your family. Are guinea pigs the right …

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Indoor Activities For Kids Who Are Sick

It’s unavoidable really – at some point in a child’s life they are going to be stuck at home unwell. But how do you occupy a curious, playful child when they want to be up and about doing things, when you know they need to be resting? The best tip is to try to stick …

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How to Set Family Rules With A Toddler

I have a theory that when you don’t like a behaviour in someone else then often its an opportunity to reflect on that stuff within yourself and get all ‘changey’ with your ingrained personality faults. I think as a parent we need to remind ourselves often that bad parenting is a myth. The only bad …

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Where to go Maternity Shopping in Brisbane

In our mothers’ generation, dedicated maternity wear stores were unheard of, and maternity style was limited to “tent dresses”, unless you were able to sew your own clothes. These days, women have much greater choice in maternity wear with hundreds of styles selling online and maternity stores dotted throughout Brisbane. Brisbane Kids have put together …

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Easy Ways to Ensure Your Kids Have Strong Healthy Bones

Do you know if your kid’s bones are healthy? Strong bones are like the foundations and support walls of a building. If they are strong, the building is strong and can weather all sorts of conditions for many years.  Your kids Bone health is important because it’s while we’re young, that we can make the …

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What are the Signs of Respiratory Distress in a Baby or Child?

Many thanks to Kids First Aid Australia for this article. Respiratory distress in babies and children is a medical emergency!! But how do you know that they are struggling to breathe? Do you know the signs? On many occasions, working as a paramedic, I have attended children who are desperately sick and parents are so …

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Nut-free Sandwich Filling for Kids

Are your Brisbane Kids getting bored with their school lunches? We’ve got the inspiration you need to get the excitement back into their lunchboxes with 50 ideas for sandwich fillings. These lunch alternatives are all kid friendly and most importantly, contain NO NUTS to comply with all schools’ guidelines. For a little more variety, try …

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Creative Ways To Make Reading Fun For Kids

Children mirror their parents and what better way to spend your time reading than knowing your child is watching what you do and then doing it themselves. Setting a time every day from when they are young is a great start in showing your child how fun reading can be. And for creative ideas to …

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The 1 minute Meditation Technique that will change your life

Meditation does many things for humans from lowering blood pressure to reducing stress and it is a wonderful non-medicative approach to treating everything from mild depression to anxiety. The biggest problem with meditation is the time it takes. Who honestly has 20 minutes a day to set aside for themselves and who has 20 minutes …

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What are the Signs of Dehydration in a Baby or Child?

Many thanks to Kids First Aid Australia for this article. There have been some scorching hot days in the past couple of weeks that have generated many online articles and discussions around keeping babies and small children cool in order to avoid dehydration.  As paramedics, we do see an increase in really sick little ones …

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How to Interview a Babysitter

Finding a good babysitter requires more than merely looking in the want ads or finding someone off the street. In fact, referrals from friends and family should be looked at with caution as well. Everyone has different ideas about home life and what works for one family may not work for another. What are some …

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Back To School Tips For Parents of Prep Students | Teacher Perspective

Heartstrings are being pulled- Starting school for the first time Being a teacher of Prep students comes with huge responsibility and a need for lots of patience for both the students and the parents. We are their first teacher and they come into our classroom with fresh impressionable minds, but are also often anxious about …

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Everything You Think About Playground and Childhood is Wrong

When children are bored, going to the playground will always be the first choice for kids to have fun. For us adults; playgrounds signify as a momentary reprieve in the rigorous task of rearing kids to become great and responsible adults. Most of you probably think of playgrounds as merely a place for children to …

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Where to get a car seat fitted in Brisbane

This article was updated in 2016. Finding a trusted place to fit a baby capsule or children’s car seat is one of the first decisions a new parent will ever make. When you ensure your car seat or capsule is fitted correctly you are directly reducing the chance of severe injury in the event of …

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Top 5 Reasons To See An Osteopath For Your Baby

1. Post-natal check Birth is physically demanding for both mum and bub, and an osteopathic visit during the first 6 weeks is a great way to spot any strains or restrictions. And treat them before they become an issue. Some indications for this: if there’s been a prolonged or very fast labour; an instrumental delivery …

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Talking to kids about storm safety and getting prepared for storm season

Talking to kids about storm safety It’s that time of year again when the sky starts to rumble and hot and humid days bring the promise of afternoon relief in the way of storms. Have you thought about what you might to do to prepare your Brisbane Kids for storm season? Remembering that depending on …

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15 Memorable Baby Shower Favours

Baby showers are a great way to help your expectant friend or family member get a bit more prepared in the lead up to their little one’s arrival.  For many of us it’s also a good excuse to catch up, play some games and ooh and ahh over the impossibly tiny outfits that are revealed …

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Choosing a Kindergarten in Brisbane – 5 boxes to tick before you enrol

Brisbane kindergartens are popping up everywhere and with so many choices, it’s important to know what things are important for your child’s enjoyment and development. Your child’s first experience with kindergarten and subsequently the schooling system is imperative to their ongoing feelings towards it. This time in care has the opportunity to establish great patterns …

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Managing Eczema in Babies and Kids in Brisbane

Finding a treatment for eczema in babies or toddlers especially in the Brisbane weather is an exhausting, heartbreaking and often quite isolating journey for parents, however following these tips to help your child through this upsetting and painful time can help to put all the individual piece of the eczema puzzle together towards management of …

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Preparing for a Baby Visit – What Grandma Needs to Know!

Top ten things a Grandma needs when your new grandchild is coming to stay! Preparing for a baby visit is not like preparing for a royal visit. It’s much more important than that! Your new grandchild is coming to stay and you want everything to be perfect for this Very Important (Little) Person. These tips …

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Top Five Things to Look For When Buying Boys’ Clothes

Top Five Things to Look For When Buying Boys’ Clothes   Mothers of boys…we know some pretty special things, like what happens when you bang a wall with a golf club, or the noise a washing machine makes when filled with Lego…. We love our boys but they do tend to be bent on destruction! …

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Why do Baby Sign Language

How I got to talk to my daughter when she was a baby. I gave birth to my first child 18 months ago – a beautiful daughter.  She was so perfect.  Right from the first moment, I loved her like I’d loved nothing else. Before long I was wishing she would speak.  I so desperately …

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Top 10 Creative Play ideas For Babies

Top 10 Creative Play ideas For Babies 6-18 months Babies are the masters of enjoying and engaging with common household items that they consider to be amazing “toys”.  Simple “toys” (a box, a transparent water bottle filled with coloured rice, or saucepans) seem to produce the greatest source of enjoyment for babies. Simple toys that …

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If mum could see you now : How to Honour Her

Angel Grandma For those of us who live without our mums, who wish with our might we didnt. For those who live with regret.. I hope this helps. When I was 26 my mum died. she found a lump in her leg and 3 months later she was gone. Cancer. Fucking Cancer. I hadnt had …

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Top 10 ways for parents to get fit

10 ways to fit exercise into your routine as a parent By Kate from All About you Personal Training who does Personal Training and Group Training for Parents that is child friendly- on the Northside of Brisbane http://www.allaboutyoupt.com.au. Following on from Top 10 tips for parents to Build Muscle which is part of her ongoing contribution to …

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Toddler Games | Top 10

Toddler Games | Top 10 Toddler Games are part of the fun of being parents where your baby begins to turn to child. This follows from a list of ideas on how to play with babies. We created this list of toddler games to make it easier for tired parents to be inspired, for you …

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Milestones

Milestones There are milestones that matter and those that don’t as much. Ones that parents speak of proudly, but the reality is that good genes and often good luck is the only reason for their early existence- still they matter, but not as much. When you have your first baby, every little thing is a …

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Diary of a Peanut Allergy

Diary of a Peanut Allergy This was sent to us by a Brisbane Mum of a Brisbane Kid with a peanut allergy. I am a mother of a toddler who has a severe anaphylactic nut allergy. My son reacts not only through the consumption of nuts, but touching nut products or skin-to-skin contact. Basically if …

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fun apps for kids

60 Fun apps for Kids apps for android and iphone 1. What animal am I? (it make noises, teaches counting and animals) – iPhone   2. Talking Rex (talking dinosaur that mimics what you say) – Android & iPhone ***App is available on both iPhone and Android phones. Rex the dinosaur is a fun interactive …

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Is Hiring a Doppler a Good Idea for Brisbane Mums

A Doppler foetal monitor is a handheld ultrasound device used for listening to your unborn baby’s heartbeat, and often also monitoring their heart rate. Dopplers were originally invented for use by healthcare professionals, but they are becoming more and more popular with expecting parents. There is some controversy around this trend, so to help you …

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creative food ideas for fussy kids

Tucker Time By Guest Blogger: Home Made Mumma By way of brief introduction I am a North Brisbane mum of one, 18 month old ‘Geekling’.  I work full time and try to cram as much fun and learning into evenings and weekends as possible.  Many of our activities are inspired by the Montessori method and …

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Music to buy for your Brisbane Baby

Through exposure to musical variety, the groundwork is laid in the form of new neural connections in the brain – making the brain better able to learn. The early years are the perfect time for exposure to a rich variety of music, including different instruments, voices, rhythms and tonalities. For a lover of music, it …

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Mem Fox’s 10 Reading Commandments

Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments 1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud. 2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times.  Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read. 3. Read aloud with animation.  Listen to your …

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