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All Work and No Play?

Time for a quick review of the past month. Take five to check in on how you are practising regular self-care and time out for just you. If your past month has been anything like mine (in fact, time is passing so quickly, when I reflect on it, perhaps its been a little longer than a month), crazy busy is an understatement. My daily rituals have slipped. My perfect day includes exercise, meditation, eating we ...

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Your Questions, Answered

The team at Fabic are a wealth of knowledge when it come to childhood behavioural issues. Do you have a burning question that you’d like answered? Email editor@havenmagazine.com.au and keep your eyes peeled for their expert answers. My best friend’s child is mean to mine and it's affecting our friendship. We’ve been friends since high school and I don’t want our kids to be the reason our friendship fails af ...

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Winter Workout to Banish the Blues

It’s getting darker, colder and the desire to spend more time under the doona is growing. How do you keep your winter fitspo going, and avoid the cold weather blues? I get it – even for me, after years of getting up religiously at 4.30am to train – rain, hail or shine – winter dulls my spark. So here’s my #mumlife hacks to keep your motivation burning through the colder months. Believe me, you will never re ...

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The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Our Babies, Toddlers and Children

Simply put, yes, it is absolutely crucial that we read aloud to our children. We are told very early on that reading to our children is beneficial, but do we really know why? “Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually need to learn to read,” – Marilyn Jager Adams. Here are a few of the benefits of reading to your ...

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The First 20 Minutes of Your Day // Why They Matter!

The first 20 minutes of your day. Have you ever stopped long enough to consider how you’re spending them? And why it matters? As a long-standing, natural early riser (#5amclub, anyone?) I’m a firm believer that how we start our day can be absolutely crucial to our wellbeing and success. Even if you’re not a morning person - whatever time you choose to face the world - harnessing the first 20 minutes and inv ...

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Abdominal Muscles & Pregnancy

Have you heard of DRAM? DRAM is an acronym for “Divarication of rectus abdominis muscles” and, put simply, it’s the splitting of the fascia that runs between the abdominal muscles. It occurs in pregnant women as pregnancy hormones soften connective tissue and the abdominal muscles separate to make way for the growing baby. Separation can occur any time in the last trimester but is most problematic after pre ...

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Another Four-Lettered

With digital technologies becoming more pervasive for our kids, unexpected encounters with pornography are a reality. It is time to talk about it.   This might come as a shock, but kids are gaining access to pornography at an increasingly young age. A study from the Burnet Institute reported the average age of first exposure to pornography in Australia is declining to a median age of 13 for boys and 16 ...

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One new mum’s story…

Meet Naomi Whitehouse. As a local senior teacher with 10 years’ experience, you’d think she’d have kids all wrapped up. But five weeks into new motherhood, maybe she doesn't.   We all know that raising kids can be a real challenge for any new mum, but you might have thought that a teacher would have a headstart on parenting compared to the rest of us, right? They spend six hours every weekday immersed ...

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Well, Well, Well // Antonia Krivo

Antonia Krivo Founder, Naked Grace You’ve probably heard that the human body is made of 60 percent water, but do you know why it’s essential to drink this life-giving liquid? Here’s why: Get better breath: A dry mouth can lead to bad breath and even increase your risk of developing cavities. Cleanse and detoxify your body: Our kidneys do an amazing job at filtering toxins from our bodies but they need a sig ...

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Role of Honour

We love being mums. And, we do it really well - to the best of our ability. Our children are nurtured, supported, taught right from wrong. But are you nurturing their mum to the best of your ability?   Whilst being a mum is one of the most demanding jobs ever, it’s by far the most rewarding. To make this happen, us mums give 100 percent focus and all of ourselves to the job. Most of the time we are hap ...

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