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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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