Issue 28 | 31 July 2014

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Healthy sweets!
Chocolate cake (made with beans – promise you can’t taste them!)
This flourless chocolate cake is a healthy, gluten free recipe. Perfect for parents looking for healthy snacks for kids...»
Banana ice cream
It’s amazing how something so simple and easy can taste so wonderfully delicious. This sugar-free, dairy-free banana ice cream is great for the whole family....»
Healthy chocolate truffles
With cocoa and dates for natural sweetness these chocolate truffles are rich and delicious, but low in cholesterol and suitable for vegans....»
Real fruit jelly
Jelly is a favourite for kids of all ages. This healthy jelly recipe contains real fruit juice for sweetness and no added sugar...»

Hand hygiene and literacy in one activity!
Make your own hand washing poster
Hand washing is important for child health and developing self care skills. These posters are fun and educational to make and help kids learn the importance of handwashing...»
Hand washing star chart
This activity encourages independent hand washing and shows your child that hand washing is an important activity that we all need to make time for in our daily routines...»

Of interest this week
Handwriting’s relevance in a digital world
How relevant is handwriting in an age of mobile and wearable digital communication devices? »
World-first diet recommendations for young athletes
Australia’s leading body of sports dietians has developed a world-first set of dietary recommendations to help active adolescent athletes,...»
Everyday foods pushing the salt intake of toddlers to excessive levels
More than half of Australian toddlers have excessive salt intakes putting them at risk of high blood pressure, stroke and coronary heart disease in later life...»
Breastfeeding trends good news for new mothers
There is no "average" pattern or set of rules when it comes to breastfeeding according to a recent study published in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine...»
Strategic program helps families counter depression and anxiety
A new program aimed at reducing the impact of parents’ anxiety or depression on the family is being trialled in Australia...»
Children of same-sex attracted parents doing well in the face of stigma – latest results
The children have above average health and wellbeing, according to groundbreaking University of Melbourne research...»

Our competitions this fortnight
Lots of fantastic prizes to be won!
Win 1 of 5 copies of the fun family board game GOOGLY EYES! »
Win 1 of 4 baby health travel packs! »
Win 1 of 15 copies of the new novel "THE FEVER" »

Competition winners
The Monster University toy set winners have been announced! »
The winners of the Air Hogs Skywinder have been announced! »

View all previous competition winners »


Old but still true

You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762

There are only two things a child will share willingly — communicable diseases and his mother's age.
- Benjamin Spock, Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, 1945

Women gather together to wear silly hats, eat dainty food, and forget how unresponsive their husbands are. Men gather to talk sports, eat heavy food, and forget how demanding their wives are. Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.
- Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
- C.S. Lewis

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.
- George Bernard Shaw

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
- Albert Einstein

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