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Help your kids to come out of their shells!

by Claire Drundree on 25-05-2014
Help your kids to come out of their shells!

Let’s admit it, kids can be cruel. Kids can especially be cruel to those that displays behaviours that’s different to what they’re normally used to. Remember how the nerdy and shy kids used to always get picked on at school? Well unfortunately, shyness is still very much frowned upon on at school playgrounds. According to child experts, what helps children the most is to know that their parents accept them as they are and give them support and confidence that they will be able to overcome it. Here are some helpful tips to help your child build up confidence and deal with uncomfortable situations with more ease.

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Kids Hobbies

Why cooking from a young age will benefit your kids for a lifetime.

by Claire Drundree on 15-05-2014
Why cooking from a young age will benefit your kids for a lifetime.

If there’s a show that my kids enjoy more than their daily dose of cartoons, it is Master Chef. I love seeing the sparkles in their eyes as contestants on the show plate up their beautifully crafted creation. I come from a family of food lovers and over the years, I have passed on my passion for food to my kids. Cooking and eating meals together are not only important family bonding time, they also teaches kids many other valuable skills that you may not be aware of.

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Being stuck with your kids is not so bad after all on Mother’s Day

by Bec Wilson on 08-05-2014
Being stuck with your kids is not so bad after all on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is not just the one special day of the year that all mothers have the privilege to feel like a Queen. It is a day to celebrate motherhood and doing the things you love with your family, especially your kids! If you think pampering yourself and having a relaxing time is best done alone, then you’re wrong. On Mother’s Day this year, sharing some of your favourite down time activities with your kids and make it a memorable day.

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Kids Parties

Fun kids birthday party ideas to impress your little ones

by Virginia O'Neill on 04-05-2014
Fun kids birthday party ideas to impress your little ones

Now that my kids are a bit older, hosting a birthday party at the local McDonald’s no longer hold appeals to them anymore. When my youngest daughter was asked last month about where she would like to celebrate her 10th birthday, she replied with “somewhere exciting, Mommy!”. If you’re stuck with the same dilemma, I’m here to share my findings with you today.

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Kids Play

How to enjoy time off with your special little guy

by Claire Drundree on 21-04-2014
How to enjoy time off with your special little guy

Are you a mom with a household full of boys that have too much energy than you know what to do with? Or perhaps you’re struggling to come up with your ‘cool mom’ image with your first little boy. It is easier for the man of the house to bond with their sons over rough sports and fishing sessions. But as a mom, there is no need for you to feel left out. Boys in general are more active, fearless and enjoy seeking attention more than girls. To win over the heart of the special little guy in your household, take our tips on a list of mother and son bonding activities.

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Kids Health & Fitness

How to stay indoor, have fun & keep active

by Virginia O'Neill on 13-04-2014
How to stay indoor, have fun & keep active

Stuck for ideas on kids activities when the weather is bad? Or perhaps the season for your kid’s sport teams has just finished and you are seeking an alternative way for them to continue to keep in shape? In addition to the advantages of not having to worry about weather conditions, indoor sports also provide many other benefits over an outdoor environment. Conditions of indoor sport venues are usually more controlled and cleaner, making it safer for young kids. Here are our top five recommended indoor sports to keep your kids busy.

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Kids Hobbies

Prepare some popcorn and get the films rolling!

by Claire Drundree on 06-04-2014
Prepare some popcorn and get the films rolling!

Our family has a long standing tradition of Movie Sunday. Every Sunday night, we will have popcorn and snacks ready and gather around in the living room for a quiet night in of family movie night. My kids grew up watching all the Disney and Pixar classics and we are continuously exploring new movie genres together. It comes as no surprise that children gets drawn to the fantasy world and captivating characters depicted in movies. There are ways to get your kids involved in the world of films that can help to ignite their imagination!

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Play the Waiting Game

by Virginia O'Neill on 28-03-2014
Play the Waiting Game

To be a parent, you are often required to have the patience of a saint in order to deal with crying and whining kids. Over time, we get better at handling their tantrum and wait for it, we eventually reach a stage where we no longer sees it as a chore. On the other hand, it is just as important for kids to learn the art of patience from a young age. It teach them the importance of having self-control and staying calm in the face of frustration or boredom. There are kids activities that can help little ones to learn the art of patience. Let the waiting game begins!

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Kids Performing Arts

So You Think Your Kid Can Dance?

by Virginia O'Neill on 21-03-2014
So You Think Your Kid Can Dance?

With the popularity of shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars, it appears that dancing is having a big comeback, particularly as a fitness alternative to playing sports. Learning to dance from a young age provide many benefits to kids. Dancing not only improve physical health and promote social interaction, it also help young kids to stay discipline and focus. Most of all, dancing has been found as a great way to improve self-esteem as it teaches kids to become more comfortable in their own skin and helps to boost their confidence level.

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Kids Play

Five fun kids friendly activities to do with your family pet - rain or shine!

by Bec Wilson on 28-02-2014
Five fun kids friendly activities to do with your family pet - rain or shine!

There’s a reason why dogs are men’s best friend - they’re loyal, fun to be with and always there for support and a cuddle when you need them. This also applies for any kid that grew up with a pet in their family. Children who grow up with pets are found to have a better sense of responsibility, compassion and empathy from a young age. When was the last time, you and the kids spent some quality time with your family pet? If it’s been a while then make this weekend a fun family pet day out. Here are five ideas to get you started.

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Kids Education

6 ways to spice up reading and writing for your kids

by Virginia O'Neill on 20-02-2014
6 ways to spice up reading and writing for your kids

Reading and writing are core skills for any young person to possess; however, International studies have shown that even for English speaking countries like Australia, kids were found to have below average reading and writing skills. This is not surprising when you consider how heavily children today rely on digital technology to do the thinking for them. Just the other day, I caught my oldest daughter too lazy to correct her spelling mistake on her Word document. When I questioned her about it, her reply was simply, “It’s ok, mom. The computer will spell check it for me.” 

 The key to improving our kids’ literacy level is to develop their interest in reading and writing from a young age. If you find your kid struggling with reading and writing or simply lack the interest, give the following tips a try.

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Kids Education

What today’s children can do to build their cultural awareness

by Bec Wilson on 11-02-2014
What today’s children can do to build their cultural awareness

Last week during Chinese New Year, my family and I were blessed to be invited over to our neighbour’s place for a traditional new year celebration. Our little ones really enjoyed trying all the traditional Chinese dishes, learning about new year traditions and were even given ‘red pocket money’ for good luck. This got me thinking about the culturally diverse world our children live in today. Today more than ever, our children need to learn to respect and appreciate that everyone is different - whether it’s their hair colour, skin colour, race... Here are some kids activities that helps to extend your child’s cultural learning.

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Kids Play

Explore & appreciate the great outdoor with your kids this weekend

by Virginia O'Neill on 06-02-2014
Explore & appreciate the great outdoor with your kids this weekend

Are you concerned about your kid’s lack of interest to spend time away from their computer, PS3, comic books and their reluctant to leave their rooms? Or perhaps you have been a little too over-protective of your kids to leave the walls of your home and backyard. Well, it appears that you are not alone! A recent Melbourne study of 300 children aged four to eight years found that two-thirds of kids were banned from playing outside their garden gate, citing fear of abduction and death as reasons. Spending time outdoor is also essential for the mental and physical development of all growing child. So this weekend, take your kids to go explore the great outdoor!

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Kids Education

Set your kids up for a great school year ahead!

by Virginia O'Neill on 30-01-2014
Set your kids up for a great school year ahead!

I know your first day of school is probably a faded, distant memory now but I’m sure most of us had butterflies in our stomach for days before starting our first day of school. The fear of being rejected by other children and struggling to keep up in class can become overwhelming for most children. If you have kids starting school for the first time or going back to school this week, here are some tips and tricks on how to beat that first week back to school blues.

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Kids Play

Take the boredom out of this long weekend's family road trip!

by Virginia O'Neill on 23-01-2014
Take the boredom out of this long weekend's family road trip!

Got plans for a family road trip this Australia Day’s long weekend? Family road trip is a good way for the whole family to take a break from their daily routines, engage and interact with each other while having fun! But trust me, I understand that there’s nothing in the world that’s more irritating than a car full of bored kids on a long road trip. The last thing you need to hear on a long weekend road trip is the dreaded line: “Are we there yet?” on repeat. But fear not, I am here to share my top family road trip survival tips to guaranteed you and your family a fun and safe time.

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