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As a parent heading into silly season, I am dosing up on supplements, sleep and ensuring all our family calendars are synced. Bring it on, I say! Sure it’s that time of year when the social scene ignites, our patience stretches and our wallet gets a workout but it’s also time to get back to the beach, reconnect with friends and celebrate the final stretch of the school year (and I’m counting down to a holiday!).

The crew at haven has done the research on some trendy gift ideas for the whole family, plus sought expert tips from our contributors on how to survive the stress and silliness this time of year traditionally brings. Make those lists, check them twice and get your shopping underway.

This edition, we also feature an amazing young local woman, Tamara, who is standing up against bullying via the Kind Campaign. Aimed at school girls, this initiative is free for schools to help peel back the ‘mean girls’ phenomenon and take positive action #yougogirl!

Now flick on through to your favourite column and make sure to check out “Santa’s Grotto” for some ideas on where to find the man in red to give him your wish list and snap a pic of the kids. Plus, we have loaded up our pages with some exciting events coming your way these holidays.

Pick up your copy of haven at your fave kid friendly spot, or check it out online here.

Enjoy the read!

Keeley O'Connor

Keeley O'Connor  

Keeley has always been a keen entrepreneur and creative and takes great pride in growing her business in parallel with her young family. Keeley started in online publishing with ‘Savvy Mama’ in early 2009 going on to publish print titles over the past decade, including haven, a family lifestyle publication and scout for the Gold Coast holiday-maker more recently. She has grown a vibrant and engaged digital community of followers via her digital and social channels and continues to expand her business with haven creative services // www.havencreative.com.au