Issue 4 | 12 Dec 2012            Follow us on:

Dear subscriber,

Our gifts to you in this month’s newsletter:

Learn how to have grateful children that actually get on well together these holidays!

Presents for the kids – considering a pet? Then read our article first. Consider toy safety issues, batteries can also be a hazard. If like so many Australian families you’re finding it hard to make ends meet, read our article on how to access free toys and buy cheap toys.

We had many mums ask us why their freckles, nipples and genitals go so dark in pregnancy – here’s the answer!

There’s also great recipes, action songs to tire out your kids with (and get some exercise yourself!) and a new series of dads articles explaining honestly and candidly how their life changed post-birth.

Super easy movie competition this week for a fabulous movie – win a double movie pass and give them away – one less present to buy hurray!

We’d love to hear from you – you can contribute to the website or send feedback on what you’d like to see on Parenthub.

Remember to tell your friends to subscribe to Parenthub eNews, so that they too can be eligible to enter our fantastic movie competitions!

Happy parenting!

Beth :-)

News this month

Kids’ news

Puppies and kittens for Christmas?
Thinking of buying the kids a furry pet for Christmas? Before you make that spur-of-the-moment decision, remember that the playful puppy or cute kitten...»
Toy safety advice
With the excitement of the holidays, parents and relatives eagerly purchase the hottest toys and latest items for their children. But it’s during the hustle and bustle of the season that many fail...»
HPV vaccine now for boys too
Australia will be the first country in the world to give school-aged 12-13 year old boys (year 7) the Human Papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) under the National Immunisation Program...»
Latest guidelines on cough and cold medicine in kids
The TGA has conducted a review of the use of cough and cold medicines in children and, as a result, advises consumers and health professionals of the following changes...»

Newborn and baby news

Beware of button batteries
Parents are being urged to be constantly vigilant when devices with button batteries are used around young children. The cases of two young children with severe...»
Prevent heat related stress
The early symptoms of heat-related stress include headaches, dizziness, faintness, nausea and vomiting. In babies, signs of heat-related stress include restlessness, irritability and...»

Fertility and preconception news

Pollution makes it harder to get pregnant
Couples with high levels of PCBs and similar environmental pollutants take longer to achieve pregnancy in comparison to other couples with lower levels of the pollutants, according to...»
Look at a man’s teeth to see if there’s problems below the belt!
Men in their thirties who had inflamed gums caused by severe periodontal disease were three times more likely to suffer from erection problems, according...»

Pregnancy news

Inhaling 2nd hand smoke in pregnancy can cause serious developmental and behavioural problems for your child
It is a known fact that active maternal smoking during pregnancy has negative effects...»
Traffic pollution in pregnancy and 1st year increases risk for autism
Exposure to traffic-related air pollution, particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide during pregnancy and during the first year of a child’s life...»

Teen news

Art and teen depression – a surprising finding
Teens who participate in after-school arts activities such as music, drama and painting are more likely to report feeling depressed or sad than students who are not involved in these programs, according to...»
Unpopular teens more likely to smoke
A new study from Sweden reveals that having low peer status in adolescence is a strong risk factor for regular and heavy smoking in adulthood. Researchers from Stockholm University...»

Parents’ news

How to have a thankful child these holidays
Most people are looking forward to the family gatherings and gift giving that comes along with the holiday season. But this is also the time of year when we should pause to say thanks...»
How to reduce sibling rivalry (and have happier parents!)
Sibling conflict represents parents’ No. 1 concern and complaint about family life, but a new prevention program demonstrates that siblings...»
Bright lights at night increase your stress hormone levels
For most of history, humans rose with the sun and slept when it set. But with a flick of a switch, night now becomes day, enabling us to work, play, and post on Facebook into the wee hours...»
New on Parenthub
How to access cheap and free toys
In the early years, playing with learning toys is an important form...»
Dads spill all on the first few weeks after the birth of their child
After months and months of preparation and waiting,...»
What happens between the egg and sperm to get you pregnant?
We all know that babies don’t really come from the cabbage patch or...»
Why your freckles, nipples and more go darker in pregnancy
During pregnancy up to 90% of women experience some degree...»

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Songs of the month

Baby Songs

Open, shut them
An action and touching song with video...»

A tickle and cuddling song...»

Kids songs

Two little dickie birds
An action and language song...»
My dog Wags
A dance and action song...»

Recipes of the month

Baby recipes

Make your own baby rusks
It’s much cheaper and healthier and it’s easy!...»
Strawberry apple puree
Your baby will love the taste and benefit from nutrients like...»

Kid-friendly family recipes

Honey soy chicken
This recipe is nutritious and easy to prepare. Whether you...»
Light fudgey chocolate cookies
Great for a family treat or dessert...»

Parenting Thoughts

"Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas when you stop opening presents and listen."
- Author Unknown

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."
- Dr. Seuss

"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? "
- Bob Hope

It's Baby's first Christmas, what a beautiful sight!
As he gurgles out loud in spontaneous delight.
As he gazes at the tree, with its baubles and trim
I know only he can hear the angels sweet hymns.

As He edges ever nearer to the base of the tree,
Picks up tiny toys and shakes them with glee
Mommy and Daddy have to laugh outright.
It's Baby's first Christmas - what a wonderful night!
- Author Unknown

"Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas."
- Dale Evans Rogers

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