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Your Day Dream Awaits

It’s December. Is your body literally aching for a rest and your mind feeling the fog of another full 12 months of juggling kids/work/life? Your summer rescue awaits… There’s a certain sense of peace as soon as you walk through the doors of any day spa. Your shoulders instantly melt away from your ears as you realise that you’ve actually successfully organised some down time in your calendar. Your brain giv ...

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TikTok // Know Your Tech

The TikTok app is a massive global phenomenon and it just continues to become more and more popular; so, do you know what TikTok is and if your child is using TikTok? TikTok recently bought and took over the also popular app Musial.ly. So, if your child previously had the musically app they will now have TikTok in its place. TikTok is an app for creating short videos and live broadcasting. You can use vario ...

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Beating the Childcare Blues

Settling your child into childcare is no mean feat but, rest assured, it gets easier. Here are some things you can do to make their transition that little bit smoother… Are you looking down the barrel of starting your child in care in the New Year? Every parent has been there. You’ll be standing at the door of the childcare centre, already late for work or behind on the 101 other things you need to do that ...

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Fresh New Year, Fresh New Start

As the year draws to a close, it’s that annual time for reflection. Take the time to analyse your life and ask yourself the following questions in preparation for a bright and shiny 2019.   Life throws interesting curve balls at us, with careers, moving house, leaving relationships, changing countries or simply making a sea change. Some of these changes can be planned and others, well they just land in ...

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Your Questions, Answered

My daughter, 12, has started to ask me to drop her at our local shopping centre so she can hang out there and go shopping with her friends. I feel uncomfortable about this but I know I can't keep saying 'no' to her. How do I know when to start to loosen the apron strings? Parenting is about raising young people to be independent, responsible, connected young adults. Our role as parents is to make our role r ...

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Next Year I Will…

It’s nearly that time of year – you know, where you promise yourself you’re going to stick to something for a full (new) year, knowing full well that you probably aren’t? Well, not this time around. Smash your New Year’s resolutions with these handy hacks. Get fit It’s arguably the most common New Year’s resolution (behind “stop eating chocolate” but, come on, no one really means that one). But it’s also on ...

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Some Like it Hot…

Oh summer… The heat. Heading to the beach and loving your friends who have a pool. The afternoon and evening storms. The way you can feel it build and then finally the rain breaks and there’s relief from the suffocating humidity. The kids, out of school, running around, noises filling the neighbourhood as they chase the day away. New games created - old games found (finally that toy they’ve lost all year ha ...

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Say Cheese

Right about the same time that this magazine will be chugging through a printing press, hot on its way to you, I will be joining a group of my most beloved girlfriends, and our combined seven kids, in our annual Christmas pilgrimage to get photos taken with Santa. This year will be our 13th pilgrimage in a row. This tradition started in the most traditional way – you have to get your first child’s first Chr ...

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How to Enjoy The Summer Hols

I enjoy the school holidays (most of the time). Over the summer, I usually allocate dedicated time to hang with the kids. Sometimes we stay in PJs all day. Sometimes we visit friends and family and enjoy a spontaneous dinner at a park. Sometimes we go on outings. There are key goals I’ve developed over the years to ensure successful school holidays, especially over the long summer break. By successful, I me ...

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Sail Through Silly Season

With everyone so busy at this time of the year I wanted to remind you of one of my favourite quotes by Carl Bryan. "Taking good care of yourself means that your family get the best of you rather than what's left of you." With this mantra in mind here are some tips to have you sail through the silly season plus a delicious mocktail recipe to get you in the spirit! Start your day with 5 minutes of meditation. ...

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