Issue 10 | 20 June 2013            Follow us on:

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News this month

Newborn and baby news

How massage can be used to reduce stress in preemie babies
It seems that even for the smallest of people, a gentle massage may be beneficial. Newborn intensive care units (NICUs) are stressful environments for preterm infants...»
Why you shouldn’t encourage babies to finish the whole bottle if they push away
In the long run, encouraging a baby to finish the last ounce in their bottle might be doing more harm than good. Though calories...»
Supplementing with formula helps mums breastfeed longer
Recent public health efforts have focused extensively on reducing the amount of formula babies are given in the hospital after birth. But in the first ...»

Teen news

How you can affect your teen’s choice to use illicit substances
National surveys of teens ages 12 to 17 show that teens who believe their parents would strongly disapprove of their substance use were less likely to use substances than other...»
10% of teens are using ‘study drugs’
As high schoolers prepare for final exams, teens nationwide may be tempted to use a “study drug” – a prescription stimulant or amphetamine – to gain an academic edge....»

Pregnancy news

2 genes that reliably predict whether a woman will develop postnatal depression
Researchers have discovered specific chemical alterations in two genes that, when present during pregnancy, reliably predict whether a woman will develop postpartum depression...»
Flu in pregnancy means 4 x child’s risk of bipolar disorder!
Pregnant mothers’ exposure to the flu was associated with a nearly fourfold increased risk that their child would develop bipolar disorder in adulthood, in a study...»

Kids’ news

How dad’s depression affects their child and how to support them
What effect does a father’s depression have on his young son or daughter? When fathers report a high level of emotional intimacy in their marriage, their children...»
Why asthma can affect your child’s performance at school
The negative effects of poorly controlled asthma symptoms on sleep quality and academic in urban school children has been confirmed in a new study...»

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New! Multilingual resources
Let your child create their own timetable or journal of their day
Available in English, French and German...»

Teach your child another language (and yourself too!) through song:

Colour song (Maori)
This song gives the Maori colour first and then the English equivalent...»

More Maori songs ...»

More multilingual resources:
Kids songs in English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Irish, Italian and Spanish

Recipes of the month

Healthy family food

What’s in season right now? »
Power-start your day with perfect scrambled eggs »
Vegan mac and cheese »
Hearty pumpkin, potato and carrot baby puree »
Coconut balls »

Personal experiences
How a mummy doctor balances work and family life »
Sex after childbirth »
Relocating overseas with a baby »
Being a teen mum »

Parenting Thoughts

Children are a great comfort in your old age - and they help you reach it faster, too.
- Lionel Kauffman

It's not only children who grow.  Parents do too.  As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours.  I can't tell my children to reach for the sun.  All I can do is reach for it, myself. 
- Joyce Maynard

Your children need your presence more than your presents. 
- Jesse Jackson

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories. 
- John Wilmot

Kids spell love T-I-M-E. 
- John Crudele

Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes. 
- Chinese Proverb

Babies are always more trouble than you thought-
and more wonderful.
- Charles Osgood

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.”
- Johnny Depp

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