Issue 16 | 11 Dec 2013                                Follow us on:

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More competitions to start with – make sure you enter! Win a copy of the brand new junior fiction book "Six Steps Down".

This is a time of year when advertising towards kids is at its most aggressive and many people may be asking your children if they’ve written to Santa and what they 'want' for Christmas. It’s easy for kids to forget the real meaning of love and giving at Christmas – read our top tips for encouraging caring, sharing behaviours, and learn how these positive behaviours help your child reach key developmental milestones.

Practise what you preach with our activities which show love but don’t cost a cent – time! See our printable you-me vouchers, make grandies smile with homemade wrapping paper and we have lots of new free educational activities to keep the kids occupied over the holidays.

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Happy parenting!

Beth :-)

News this month

10 tips for encouraging sharing (and discouraging self-interest) this Christmas
Christmas, charity and children - get tips to encourage empathy and sharing...»
Almost two-thirds of women who attempt a natural delivery after having a c-section are successful
A new study aimed to investigate the factors that determine the uptake and success rate of vaginal birth after caesarean...»
Introducing solid foods while continuing to breastfeed could prevent child allergies
Introducing solid food with breast milk after the 17th week of birth could reduce food allergies in babies, according to new research.....»
Shedding new light on learning disorders
Researchers have discovered the first anatomical evidence that the brains of children with a nonverbal learning disability – long considered a “pseudo” diagnosis – may...»
Connections in the brains of young children strengthen during sleep
While young children sleep, connections between the left and the right hemispheres of their brain strengthen, which may help...»
1 in 10 older teens misuse prescription painkillers and sedatives
With prescription drug abuse at epidemic levels in the United States, and overdoses killing more people than auto accidents...»
A first step in learning by imitation, baby brains respond to another’s actions
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery for adults, but for babies it’s their foremost tool for learning...»
Why we need more male primary school teachers
Although research recognises male teachers benefit boys, little is known about why this is and what male teachers mean for girls...»
Joke of the month

Baby's First Doctor Visit

A woman and a baby were in the doctor's examining room, waiting for the doctor to come in for the baby's first exam.
The doctor arrived, and examined the baby, checked his weight, and being a little concerned, asked if the baby was breast-fed or bottle-fed.
'Breast-fed, ' she replied...

'Well, strip down to your waist,' the doctor ordered.

She did. He pinched her nipples, pressed, kneaded, and rubbed both breasts for a while in a very professional and detailed examination.

Motioning to her to get dressed, the doctor said, 'No wonder this baby is underweight. You don't have any milk.

'I know,' she said, 'I'm his Grandma, But I'm glad I came.'



Why giving is good for your child

How to have sharing and caring children »

Charity special
Fascinating video on how we think about charities »

Charities we are passionate about:

Matjana preschool
Every child deserves food and education. Just $100 sends a child to school and feeds them for a whole year »
SOS Children's villages
An organisation which has been working to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children since 1949 »

Write in and let us know which charities you are passionate about!

Our favourite Christmas crafts
Me-you time vouchers »
Make your own stained glass windows »
Make your own wrapping paper »

Free educational activities
Velcro colour matching charts »
Montessori-style fine motor skill activity »
Christmas activity timetable »

Food and recipes
Fruit and veg at its best - in season this month »
Orange icey poles »
Cream and jam baby scones »

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