Issue 5 | 9 Jan 2013            Follow us on:

Happy New Year!

With the New Year just starting, this is a great time to refocus on our future and make some resolutions for our precious little and big ones!

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News this month

Kids and baby news

Even shallow paddle pools are a drowning risk for young kids
From 2007 to 2011, 40 children drowned in backyard pools in NSW. Last year, five children drowned in backyard pools and there were 30 near-drownings...»
Sit your baby up to help them learn faster
A new study shows babies’ ability to sit up unsupported has a profound effect on their ability to learn about objects. It also shows that when babies who cannot sit up alone are given...»
How to make your kids eat healthier? Easy, sit at the table and eat it with them
Regular family meals round a table boosts kids’ fruit and vegetable intake, and make it easier for them to reach the recommended five portions a day,...»

Pregnancy news

Getting hair treatments during pregnancy
Like hair dyes, both hair bleaching and curling procedures make use of many different chemicals and we cannot assume that they have been adequately tested by regulatory bodies to ensure...»
Breathing diesel fumes during pregnancy dangerous for baby
A link between brain tumours in children and their parents’ exposure to diesel exhaust fumes before birth has been found by researchers...»

Teen news

Cycling safer than driving or walking
Researchers have found that cycling is safer than driving for young males, with 17 to 20 year old drivers facing almost five times greater risk per hour than cyclists of the same age....»
After first abusive relationship, teens likely to continue having more harmful relationships
Teenagers in physically or psychologically aggressive dating relationships are more than twice as likely to repeat such damaging relationships as adults and report increased substance use and...»

Parents’ news

Tips to avoid mosquito viruses these holidays
NSW Health is urging people to take precautions and protect themselves against mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases over the Christmas period...»
Adoption is taking longer and getting harder
Intercountry adoption processing times have risen to over four and a half years on average, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)...»

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Songs of the month

Educational songs

Tell your child you love them in multiple languages
'I love you' in Spanish, French and more languages...»

The ants go marching
A counting and action song...»

Eating seasonally – why it’s good for you and the environment
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What’s in season at the moment
Find out which fruits and vegetables are in season...»

Parenting Thoughts

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
- Neil Gaiman

"Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one."
- Brad Paisley

A New Year’s Wish

I wish you gentle days
and quiet nights.
I wish you memories 
to keep you strong
I wish you time to smile
and time for song.

I wish you friends 
to give you love,
When you are hurt and lost
and life is blind.

I wish you friends and love and 
peace of mind.
- Sascha Wagner

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