Issue 37 | 18 December 2014

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Christmas around the world
How people celebrate Christmas around the globe
In our christmas around the world section you and your child will find out how people celebrate Christmas in many parts of the world...»

Raising thankful kids
How to raise a thankful child during the holiday season
This is the perfect time of the year for parents to pause to say thanks and also reinforce this idea in their children...»
Christmas for children: meeting Santa, the art of giving and hanging out with family
Your children are probably thrilled by the approach of Christmas but you may have mixed feelings...»

Holiday food safety during pregnancy
Foodborne illness is a serious health risk for pregnant women and their unborn babies. Learn about easy food safety tips that can keep you and your unborn baby healthy...»

Puppies and kittens – The purrfect Christmas present?
Thinking of buying the kids a furry pet for Christmas? Before you make that decision, remember that the playful puppy or cute kitten...»

Of interest this week
Parents of children born to commercial surrogates risk not being the legal parents
Australians who pay an overseas surrogate mother risk not being deemed the legal parents under Australian law, even if...»
Foodbank feeding families this Christmas
Foodbank’s Christmas appeal is under way with corporate volunteers lending a hand to pack 2000 hampers at the charity’s Welshpool distribution centre....»
Free online course delves into family history
This summer Australians have the opportunity to research their family history as part of a free online course...»
Women’s fertility linked to detox element in diet
Research has for the first time shown how much of a critical role the natural antioxidant selenium plays at the earliest stages of a woman’s fertility...»
Working dads stressed with family juggle
New La Trobe findings based on national data of fathers with small children show almost a third of these men are experiencing high work-family conflict...»
Digital technology in schools – benefit or burden?
Digital technology is part of everyday life, whether at home, at work or at play. But what role does it play in education? »


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Christmas activities
Easy Christmas activities to do with the Grandparents with household items
Santa beards
Make a Santa beard with your toddler or pre-schooler using our free printable Santa template...»
Christmas angels
Download our angel puppet template and craft beautiful angels with your grandkids...»
Coloured pasta for education and craft
Have fun with the kids making jewellery from coloured pasta beads...»
Make your own wrapping paper
Let your child be creative making their own wrapping paper...»
Macaroni in a box
This is an excellent activity for kids to develop fine motor skills...»


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

Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.
- The Conductor, Polar Express 

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