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Doing Plant Based Eating The Right Way

DOING PLANT BASED EATING THE RIGHT WAY   By Sarah Kottmann, Natures Happiness I Pic by PENDING If you are moving to or thinking of eating plant-based makes sure you know about phytate so that you are able to combine food well and not cause unnecessary deficiencies. This is where most people who go vegan or plant-based go wrong and they wonder why they feel worse. It comes down to the food you eat and how you combine your food

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Do You Know What’s In Your Baby Products?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S IN YOUR BABY PRODUCTS? <h2><b>AUSTRALIAN MADE | 100% NATURAL | TOXIN FREE | CRUELTY FREE</b></h2> Ground2Skin began when I fell pregnant with my first child. Being a first-time mother at a young age, I knew that I needed to take my time in researching and learning absolutely everything about babies, and baby-related products. Throughout this process, I learnt that there were so many different things to think about. Before falling pregnant, I had never really thought

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A Toxic Time Bomb

A TOXIC TIME BOMB <i>What seems to smell nice and some skin and hair care products may be damaging your health. If you have a passion for people, principles and planet, please read on. </i></p><i>Have you ever linked your migraine to your favourite fragrance or common cleaning product? A 2018 study by Breast Cancer Prevention Partners discovered 75% of toxic chemicals come from artificial fragrances.</i><i> </i><p>Countless cosmetics, cleaning and personal care products could be a toxic time bomb to your body –

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How to Teach Place Value

HOW TO TEACH PLACE VALUE <h2>DECIMAL STREET, DECIMALS, MATHS, MATHS GAMES, PLACE VALUE</h2>   By Jasmine, Maths Australia I Pic by The Cubby Collective     Some posts on this blog contain affiliate links. This means if you click on a link and purchase an item from a third party, the author may receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain the authors own.  Ever wanted to know how to teach Place Value easily? Without hassle

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Best Australian Made Products for You and Baby

AUSTRALIAN MADE | 100% NATURAL | TOXIN FREE | CRUELTY FREE There’s never been a better time to support local. Meet Tanya and her family, from one of our favourite Aussie Brands, Beetanicals. As a family of third-generation beekeepers with two small children, you could say our story is a serendipitous one. Our Beetanicals journey began in 2015 when our son Cooper was born. As a bub, Cooper had very sensitive skin and suffered from a dry skin condition. A

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Travel The World With The NEW TRIV™

Travel The World With The NEW TRIV™ This fully-featured compact stroller is perfect for city living or jet-setting travellers. TRIV™ is cleverly designed with a seat that can face both ways and fold both ways, and can easily convert to a travel system.

 The ring adapter can even fold with the frame, creating the perfect sidekick to your everyday adventures.

 For a quick trip to the corner store or getting across town, TRIV is a natural city dweller that packs

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Best Natural Products for You and Baby

Understanding which ingredients are safe, begins at knowing how to read the labels. Whilst food plays a vital role in the health and well-being of our families, it’s as vital to know what we are putting on our skin and the ingredients we are exposing our babies to. Understanding which ingredients are safe, begins at knowing how to read the labels. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is a statutory authority in the Australian Government Health portfolio. FSANZ develops food

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Best Natural Parenting Books & Resources

        As they say, babies don’t come with a manual, however, when we read, we know we’re not alone on our journey. Here’s our line up of Natural Parenting and Nurtured Learning MUST READS & RESOURCES. GRETA’S STORY BY VALENTINA CAMERINI     It’s 20 August 2018, late summer in Stockholm, and it feels incredibly hot in the city. The TV news is reporting rising temperatures, and there have been numerous fires throughout Sweden. Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg

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Self-Love During Pregnancy

    Self-Love During Pregnancy Words Caroline Bagga I Photo Photo Collective Co. Matrescence (Noun) The process of becoming a mother. Pregnancy and giving birth is a rite of passage, transforming a women’s identity into a mother, and forever changing the way life is both lived and perceived. It is one of the most significant physical and psychological changes a woman will ever experience. In today’s fast-paced society, we are often so busy that we don’t take the time to

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What Is The Best Natural Baby Wash?

    What is the best natural baby wash?   ChamonixRain Organics is an Australian made and owned company that produces natural coconut skincare. We are a brand built on a deep love and respect for nature and a desire to make natural  plant-based products of the highest quality accessible for everyone.  Our products were originally created for babies; however, due to an overwhelming demand from adults to develop products targeted at a more mature skin which was just as

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Easy Ways To Cut The Cost Of Your Car Insurance

    Easy ways to cut the cost of your car insurance   Car insurance. It’s something all drivers must look into at some point in their lives. For many, the idea of paying for something you may not even need can be frustrating. And there’s nothing duller than having to search for a new provider or deal when it’s time to renew. It seems that car insurance is just another expense that makes the cost of living feel even

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Nurture Changemakers

    Meet the Nurture Changemakers Creating a better world for families, for generations to come.     giselle&i When I had my first child, I was young and inexperienced. I could not understand why my son was so irritable, constantly crying and in pain throughout the day and night. I was not sure what I could do to relieve him of his discomfort. With the help of my beautiful mother Sammy, I learnt how to make a special beverage

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You Are Your Child’s Lawyer With Naomi Aldort

ask naomi Q&A’s published in each issue of Nurture Parenting Magazine You Are Your Child’s Lawyer… With Naomi Aldort Author of Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves Photo by Just B Photography Q  My daughter is very active in public and I don’t know how to keep her from disturbing other people. For ex-ample, In line to the movie she meanders between people. I keep telling her to stay with me; she stays for a short while and then off she

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Building Resilient Children

Building Resilient Children Written by Petrea King Photography by Jasmin Sleeman Photography Every Parent wishes that they could shelter their child from traumatic events. However, this is not always possible or indeed desirable. Petrea King examines the ways in which we can raise our children to ensure that they can deal with whatever life throws at them. Resilience is a treasured quality that we can build in ourselves and in our children. It can be both learned and taught. In

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Introducing… Amazonia’s New Baby!

You asked, and we listened. We receive constant feedback from Mamas asking if our proteins are suitable during pregnancy and breastfeeding and we are proud that most of our Raw range is definitely suitable to be taken during this time. However, it got us thinking, how about we design a protein specifically formulated to be suitable for mamas during conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Protein is essential for supporting this growth and is required for the building of maternal and fetal

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I Remember Your Comfort and How You Kept me Warm

Written by Jessica Urlichs Dear Mama, I don’t remember if our house was big or small or if we rented or owned. I don’t remember if you had a fancy car, or if we had to take the bus. I don’t remember if the house was clean and tidy or if it was covered in washing piles and scattered toys. I don’t remember if my pram was new or second hand or if I had the latest new toy or

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When to use Homeopathic Chamomilla for Teething

By Linlee Jordan  Chamomilla for teething is part of the the homeopathic first aid kit around the world. Seeing a dose or two of the homeopathic remedy Chamomilla change a fractious child into a calm child is something not soon forgotten. Teething symptoms fade and the pain lessens in such a smooth and simple way that Chamomilla for teething has earned a reputation worldwide. It is used successfully so often by parents and homeopaths that we can all be forgiven for thinking

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Life With Harry & Holly

Written by Jessica Urlichs I get it, I get all of it. The screams, the tears, the tantrums. Your bottom lip drops and your eyes brim with emotions. Sometimes you even turn away from me. That one rips my heart in two. Then the sun will peak through and the smiles will come for Daddy and I’ll be left here in the storm puddles. I feel your pain because I’m also tired and torn, but I get it now. I’m

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Practical Tips to Manage Internet Use

  Prepared by Eleven   The pressures of raising children today is undoubtedly different than it was a decade ago – and in today’s digital age, it can often be overwhelming for parents to keep up with the latest tech, and the dangers that come along with it. According to new research from internet parental control service FamilyEye by Yomojo, Australia’s mums and dads have reported feeling guilty, anxious and embarrassed when it comes to their children’s online habits. The

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Tracking Your Child’s Development

Photo by Cengizhan Konuş. Research reveals that a child’s brain goes through a period of rapid growth during their early years, as they are learning more than they will at any other time in their life. This is why it’s important that your child has opportunities to learn and develop every day. Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye-bye” are called developmental milestones. The way children play, learn, speak, behave, and move

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Complex PTSD and Trauma – What it Feels Like

Living with Complex Trauma Via Amanda Robins Psychotherapy  Trauma seems to a popular topic of conversation in the mental health world, but how much do we really know when it comes to recognising it in ourselves — and others? When we hear the word “trauma” we usually think of a terrible life-threatening event — a car accident, natural disaster or an act of violence that changes us forever. However, the kind of trauma I am talking about isn’t be caused by a

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In Search of Free-range Children

Photography by La Bella Vita Photography.   Remember when you were a child, you would run around outside with your friends after school? In those days, children would go down to the local park to play and then, when 5pm came around, raced home! Jenny England looks at the lack of outdoors playing that the current generation is facing.I spent most of my childhood climbing trees. From the treetop branches, I would look out into the neighbourhood and beyond with curiosity

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Interview with Dr Sears: Attachment Parenting

We had the pleasure of interviewing Dr Sears when he was in Australia for an Australian Breastfeeding Association seminar! By Kristy Pillinger.   Has ‘Attachment Parenting’ changed over time? It has evolved over time. The thing about parenting is that good things do not change. It is either right or wrong, black and white. It doesn’t change. I think what has changed is AP adapts to the changing lifestyles. For example, more and more mothers have other professions outside the

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Addressing Bullying

Author Arna Baartz.   Bullying has become a widespread epidemic. Whilst there are many ways people have tried to tackle the issue, they have only addressed the issue superficially. Arna Baartz explains why the bullying epidemic will only be solved through true compassion and forgiveness. Bullying c o m e s in many forms and everyone is capable of being a bully, fortunately understanding a bully’s and victim’s core needs can help change the offending patterns of behaviour. We have

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It’s All Academic: A Few Thoughts on Brain Development in the Early Years

Dr Pat Wolfe I Photography by La Bella Vita Photography. Parents can spend hundreds of dollars buying the latest educational flashcards and DVDs for their babiesto make them smarter. However, does it really help? Dr Pat Wolfe looks at the current research intobrain development to determine whether these products actually work. Recently I’ve been reading articles in the news about the large number of parents who are concerned about getting their children into what they consider the best “academic” preschools

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Learning Manners With Our Children

Naomi Aldort I Photography by Whitby B Photography.   Children are often told to say “thank-you” or “sorry” or some other words that are founded in oursocieties concept of manners. However, is it more important that they say the words or actually feel them?Naomi Aldort discusses a more gentle way of teaching children manners. “What do you say?” demanded a woman after handing a child his dropped glove. The child rushed over and hid behind his Mum. “You say ‘thank you,’”

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Beautiful Reflections

Claire Eaton I Photography by Daphne Heath Photography.   Have you ever stopped a while and reflected on your parenting path? Claire Eaton asks a few questions which may gently guide us towards the reflection of our parenting journey. Parenting is a funny thing! We often talk about it, plan for it and dream about it, but how often do we just stop awhile and reflect on how we are ‘doing it’ from moment to moment? When we’re in the thick

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Making Time-outs Positive

Kate Bartlett I Photography by Daphne Heath Photography.   Many parents were told as children “Go to your room” as a form of punishment for doing what was considered the ‘wrong’ thing. Many parents are now using this punishment on their own children. However, Kelly Bartlett explains how times outs, when used in a non-punitive way, can achieve a positive outcome for both parent and child. Though time-outs are an often-used consequence for tantrums, outbursts, or fits of anger, they are

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Time To Get Nakey Elimination Communication for Bubs

It has only been in the last 50 years that Western children as old as 3 and 4 are still wearing nappies. Prior to that time, parents observed their child from birth and used what is known as ‘Elimination Communication’ to help their babies eliminate. Tiffany Cowling explores this wonderful, old, concept. All over the world, babies are listened to and communicated with in regards to their elimination needs. In the West, babies are ‘taught’ to ignore their instincts and

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Burping, Wind & Colic

Did you know that burping appears to be a Western cultural practice? That mothers in other cultures do not spend time ‘burping’ their babies to expell ‘wind’? Robyn Noble, Lactation Consultant, discusses some of the common misconceptions around burping, wind and colic. Truely, if all the folklore about burping, wind and colic were true, every baby on the planet would be air-borne! BURPINGBurping appears to be an entirely Western cultural tradition. After feeding, the baby is held upright and patted/pounded

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Beyond Birth

Julia Jones Do you secretly feel like listing your baby on ebay? “Going from love to hate to indifference in the space of a minute, really makes you question your sanity.” It’s all part and parcel of being a new mum. The roller coaster of hormones, sleep deprivation and total loss of identity is enough to make even the most devoted and loving mother whisper under their breath “go the f* to sleep!” Many new mums feel extreme emotions towards

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Is My Child Weaning?

Photograpy by Whitby B Photography It is fairly common for a woman to say “my baby woke up one day and didn’t want to breastfeed anymore”, especially around the seven or eight month mark. However, Lourdes M. Santaballa, IBCLC, CD, HC discusses the process of selfweaning and how it can commonly be mistaken for a nursing strike. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, and then breastfeeding with complimentary foods until the age

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Returning Home: Why Birth Has Come Full Circle

In Part II, Kristin Beckedahl, explores the political debate that surrounds the fundamental human rights issue of where, and with whom a woman, chooses to birth her baby. Although currently shrouded by uncertainty – due to national legislation, ongoing reforms and changing frameworks – homebirth within Australia is alive and well. In a handful of capital cities around the country, pregnant women who are categorised as ‘low-risk’ have access to limited places on publicly funded community homebirth programs. The midwives

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Choosing the Best Milk for your Child

Writen by Lisa Guy I Photography by Nadia Harrison @photocollective.co Milk is a complicated subject. Not only is there full-fat, skinny, skim, but also now soy, almond, oat, and the list goes on. What are we supposed to give our children? Lisa Guy looks at the nutrients of the differing varieties so that a more informed decision can be made. With so many different types of milk on the market these days, going to the supermarket to buy milk for

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A Close Brush with Poison

A Close Brush with Poison Written by Dr Sarah Lantz I Photography by Nadia Harrison @photocollective.co Whether you agree with water fluoridation or not, it is added to many water supplies in Australia. Some consider this mass medication, against citizens will and others consider it a required step in oral protection. Dr Sarah Lantz reviews the current research in relation to its effects on our health. Fluoride is one of those issues that runs deep with people – like vaccination,

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Homework For Parents

Written by Associate Professors Richard Walker and Mike Horsley I Photography by rawpixel Many researchers have conducted studies to ascertain if homework is actually beneficial to a child’s learning. Associate Professors Richard Walker and Mike Horsley review the results of the studies and provide guidance on how parents can assist their children with their homework. Many parents are concerned about their children’s homework. Some parents are concerned that their children get too much homework and that this interferes with family

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Activity Time with Puppets

With Emily Filmore I Photography by Nynne Schroder REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE PUPPET SHOW NIGHT. Supplies: ScissorsPaint or markersGlueShoe Box (for the stage)Icecream sticksConstruction paper or felt to make the puppets and decorate the stageGlitter, sequins and other decorations A REUSE pile as tall as your ceiling! What Now: We have done a ‘great’ job of teaching our daughter about the three R’s of caring for the environment. She has become especially attached to the REUSE portion of the cycle. As

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Organic Gardening

Organic Gardening With Claire Bickle I Photography by Annie Spratt To Dig or Not to Dig? THE HISTORY AND WHYOrigins of the no-dig garden are generally unclear but it was made popular by a lady in Australia named Ester Dean in the late 1970’s. The no-dig gardening method has now become very popular today amongst organic gardeners across the globe. No-dig gardens are ideal for areas where your soil type maybe poor draining (clay), too free draining (sandy) or even

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Babywearing Recommendations

Babywearing Recommendations With Melanie Wright Melanie Wright, founder of Kanga Collective, Australia’s largest babywearing community, provides a list of things you should ALWAYS do when babywearing. Always wear your baby high enough to kiss the top of their head in a front carry, in a back carry, high enough to touch their forehead with the nape/occipital bone on your head if you look upward. Learn with your baby! Babywearing is a wonderful bond and when you take it slowly and

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Teaching Emotional Intelligence When Emotions Run High

Teaching Emotional Intelligence When Emotions Run High By Dr. Laura Markham ~ Founder of AHA! Parenting I Photography by Kinga Cichewicz When storm clouds brew, even the most well-intentioned parent can get triggered and escalate the upset rather than calm it. But when your child wrestles with the more “difficult” human emotions, he needs your help to learn how to manage them. This is the most important time to teach emotional intelligence. Here’s how. 1. Regulate Your Own Emotions.Children won’t

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Conscious Evolution Begins at Home

Conscious Evolution Begins at Home By Nicole Moore | Birth Into Being Parenting as passionate agents of change… Mothering, and being Mothered is an operatic, epic experience, that creates ripples that shape our lives. Both individually and as a society.  The most important job in the world. The hardest. The most rewarding. Definitely the most amazing experience of my life, from which I have been eternally changed. This Mothering gig demands sweeping statements of epic proportions, and it is all

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Healing with Herbs: Herbal Tea Alchemy

With Melanie Lock ND BHSc Whilst much of our well-being is handed over to companies, physicians and celebrities, healing always requires a sense of responsibility – we need to be an active participant in our recovery. The very act of gathering herbs or roots to make your own medicinal tea is a gift TIME grants you. You can literally take a piece of that power back every time you walk out your back door, or into your kitchen’s larder. Herbs

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Peaceful Discipline: 4 tips to Help Transition to Calmer Parenting

Peaceful Discipline: 4 Tips to Help TRANSITION TO CALMER PARENTING Catherine Fischer – Great tips for Calmer Parenting from our friends at Hand in Hand Parenting! Dear Hand in Hand Parenting, I recently found out about your approach, and I really want to try some of these ideas. I have started Special Time, and it seems to be going well, but I’m confused about setting limits. You suggest a warm approach, with no need to yell. I’d love to work

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