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Being a mum (or a dad) is a tough gig. Like a really tough gig… There’s no sugar coating it – parenting is hard. This is something that existing parents agree on and new parents can look forward to (or fear). When talking to a new mum recently she said she wasn’t too sure what to do or where to start with the whole parenting thing. Jokingly I replied, “just make sure he doesn’t die and you’re fine”. My frie ...

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Create Fun in your Family Calendar

Kids love to celebrate – well, just about anything – and coming up with something more exciting than the stock-standard birthday festivity can be tough. Kick the celebration brain-block to the curb and invite in a random day party – and never fear stir-crazy kids again by noting down these boredom-busting days. From National Oreo Day to Caramel Popcorn Day, Things by Bean have put together their top list of ...

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Raise Children who Shine Parenting Conference

What aspect of raising young kids keeps you awake at night? Do you worry you’re messing them up in the way you discipline them? Are they struggling to transition to school successfully? Are there lots of fights over technology – and is their use healthy? One of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, Maggie Dent, has put together her ‘dream team’ of experts from here and overseas to explore s ...

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Your FREE Wall Art (Thanks Kat Kalindi)

haven has teamed up with our February cover artist Kat Kalindi to give you three FREE prints to download! #yass You can choose one or all of the gorgeous designs above. Leave your name and email and we will deliver your prints straight to your inbox! ...

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It’s Time to Say NO!

It’s something some of us parents are all too familiar with. Whether it's temper tantrums in the supermarket or the incessant nagging and pleading for another sugary treat – sometimes (or quite often) we actually just need to say no. With temper tantrums looming across the globe, haven spoke to the experts to find out more about how often we really should say no. Benchmark Psychology clinical psychologist D ...

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Workshop Series ‘Hi-Lights’ New Public Art on the Coast

A free program of activities and events to build excitement ahead of next month’s unveiling of the City’s Gateways installation HI-LIGHTS will kick off this weekend. Bleached Arts and Relative Creative will deliver the Lo-Fi Exchange pop-up events, to be held from 17-25 February at the northern and southern ends of the Gold Coast. The HI-LIGHTS installation is made up of two major public artworks that will ...

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2018 Party Trends

There’s always so much going on in the party-planning world that it’s sometimes hard to know where to start with the planning for your next soiree. Here’s a hot tip – or 10! When it comes to planning a party, it’s good to know what’s trending. While also providing your guests with an on-trend wow factor, it’ll also help with sourcing themed party products as they’ll be more readily available. haven spoke wi ...

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Lets Talk About… Sex

Mum, how are babies made? The words you have been dreading since you gave birth finally came out and slapped you on the face! So how should you respond? Change the subject? Go into great detail? Or simply just laugh and cry at the same time? We spoke with Clinical Psychologist and Author Sally-Anne McCormack to discover exactly how carefully we should tread with this subject. And just a tip mamas, this is n ...

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V Day is Here

Yep. Valentine’s Day is here again – but let’s take this commercial holiday and turn it into a reminder of what we should be doing every day. You often see people expressing their love to their partners on Valentine’s Day as if it is different from any other day of the year. The haven office is in agreement that EVERY single day is just as special and meaningful as this one day. After all, your significant ...

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Gold Coast Gears up for Festival 2018

With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner the lineup for Festival 2018 has been announced and it’s jam-packed with fun things for the whole family! We are all in for a cultural treat as the city buzzes with a spectacular line up of free entertainment, activities and public art. The Gold Coast will welcome more than 1,440 artists from 50 countries in a program featuring 35 world premieres and 15 Aus ...

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