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A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out one of my cupboards and found some old VCR tapes and decided to get them transferred to digital files for some nostalgic reminiscing. I had been struggling lately with an ‘empty nest’ as my daughter who is now 18 years old had recently left to attend university and live in Brisbane. Feeling slightly hesitant to watch the recordings, I was fearful that the old memories wou ...

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Colour Me Happy // September 2017

haven contributor and artist extraordinaire Mrs Red has put together a colouring-in sheet especially for haven readers. Plus this month, in conjunction with Ironlak Art & Design, we are giving away a $75 voucher to this month's best colouring-in. Ironlak stores are filled with high quality, low-cost art supplies and they can be found at Westfield Garden City, Westfield Chermside, in the Queen Street Mal ...

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Recipe // Sticky Asian Pulled Pork and Slaw

INGREDIENTS Serves 4-6 For the pork: 1kg pork shoulder (boned, fat trimmed) 50g piece ginger, finely grated 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1-2 long red chilli, halved 4-star anise 1⁄3 cup tamari (or coconut aminos) 1⁄3 cup sweetener (maple syrup or rice malt syrup) 1⁄2 cup dry white wine 1⁄2 cup chicken stock 1 heaped teaspoon Chinese five- spice For the Asian Slaw: 1 green apple, julienned 1⁄4 red cabbage, shred ...

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haven’s favourite teacher competition // We Have a Winner!

haven’s favourite teacher competition has come to an end, but our celebration of teachers is only just beginning… After weeks of reading through heart felt and touching tributes to local teachers, the team at haven magazine is excited to announce the finalists and winner of our inaugural haven’s favourite teacher competition. We were blown away by the nominations – it was wonderful to see how grateful paren ...

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Father’s Role in Education

A lot of teachers often say how they wish parents, especially dads, would play a bigger role in their kids' education, research has now proved the benefits dads bring to their children education. In many cases, mums are deemed the primary caregivers and are stereotyped to take the lead with their child’s education. This leads to the perception that dads play a reduced role in their kids’ education. However ...

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A Daddy Kinda Day

Another Father’s Day rolls around and we shower him with gifts and make the day even more special than the other special days. This month I would like to share two anecdotes. There are beautiful messages inside each of them, which will not only impact us as parents and adults, it will impact our children as well. "The only thing better than having you for a husband is our children having you for a daddy" - ...

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Daddy Diaries // Life Lessons

I’m sure I’m not the only parent who worries about teaching my kids what’s right and what’s wrong. I’ve spent countless hours concerned about what to teach them and the best way to teach it. For a modern parent, there are countless clubs and activities to sign your kid up for. We want a child who can play a sport or two, dance, sing, play chess and maybe attend yoga all while keeping up with homework and li ...

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Back to Basics at School

As the well-known saying goes "the simple things in life are often the best" and this is proven at The Southport School. A photo recently dug out of The Southport School (TSS) archives shows junior students in 1912 enjoying a simple outdoor play experience. Today, the school’s students can be seen getting that same enjoyment from ‘the simple things in life’ through TSS’s The Rainforest program. The program, ...

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Recipe // Healthy Hot Chocolate

My approach to raising my kids to have a healthy, balanced relationship with food is firmly centred around education, enjoyment and finding the middle ground. When they were little I was very strict, controlling everything that passed their little lips. I just wanted what was best for them (in those early formative years) and to be honest I wouldn’t change a thing. However as they grew older and more autono ...

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Supporting our Tweens

The tween years provide meltdowns for many and anxiety all round - but why is this so? It might be hard to see sometimes, but at the core of our tweens is an awesome, amazing and lovable being - and not the monster that they often portray. So what happens? How do we go from awesome being to monster behaviour? The simple answer is anxiety. Anxiety is the precursor to all unwanted behaviour. Let me explain fu ...

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