Category Archives: Opinion

help your reluctant reader

5 ways you can help your reluctant reader

help your reluctant reader

As a child I was a voracious reader. I was on chapter books by about five or six and I was hooked. I was never without a book – I belonged to all the libraries (although I was terrible at returning my books) and I struck up relationships with bookshop owners along the Northern Beaches of Sydney. I had my own chair at the second hand book shop I went to every day after school from the ages of eight to 10 – I was allowed to read in the store and they always swapped my books for me. On average I would read one book every afternoon, sometimes two.

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Girl Guides

Guide Guides – More than just a biscuit

Girl Guides

When I was 10 I started a new school. I moved from a tiny little school, with a maximum of 24 kids, where every student was like my family, to our local public school. The public school had around 1000 kids and I didn’t know what hit me. Everyone looked the same in uniform, I could never find the same person twice and they had all know each other since kindy. I was completely lost, but then I joined Girl Guides.

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Harry Potter party

Harry Potter Party activities, food and styling ideas

Harry Potter party

Tully is currently Harry Potter OBSESSED! I’ve been through this before with my son and it’s such a fun age. Due to it being all about Harry Potter, we had to throw an epic Harry Potter themed party for Tully’s seventh birthday. I think it was the biggest party I’ve thrown – in work and in size. We had about 30 kids here for two hours and it was crazy!

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Telstra

Have a Telstra mobile? You need to check your bill

Telstra

Have you walked into a Telstra store to upgrade your phone and they have offered you FREE accessories with your phone plan? Here’s how it normally goes – you walk in to get a new phone and your salesperson tells you that they are running a special deal at the moment. If you signup for that new iPhone they will give you $100/$300/$600 worth of accessories as a bonus. Well, check your bill – you are paying for these!

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Bottle feeding – what you need, and what you need to know

Bottle feeding – what you need, and what you need to know

Bottle feeding – what you need, and what you need to know

We all know that breast is best, but really, it’s fed that’s best. Statistics from the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey shows that, while 96% of mothers initiate breastfeeding, less than half (39%) of babies are still being exclusively breastfed at 3 months. By 5 months, its less than a quarter (15%.  (less than 4 months) and less than one quarter (15%) to 5 months. These statistics show that most mothers are transitioning their babies to a bottle at some stage, whether it’s due to personal choices or circumstances. However, zero information on bottle feeding is provided to new mums, so here’s what you need, and what you need to know about bottle feeding.

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5 ways keep your swimming pool safe

5 ways keep your swimming pool safe this summer

5 ways keep your swimming pool safe

Swimming pools may be the leading source of fun in many Australian households over summer, but they are also the leading cause of drowning. 965 children under the age of five have died from drowning in Australia over the past 25 years with 52% of all drowning deaths between 1st July 2002 – 30th June 2018 occurring in a swimming pool. So how can you make sure yours is safe?

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Christmas at warriewood square

Warriewood Square – Everything you need for Christmas

Christmas at warriewood square

This one is for my Northern Beaches locals. If you live on the beaches, you know ‘The Square’. The Square has been my local shopping centre since I was a kid. I’ve seen it change from a tiny shopping centre with some resort wear boutiques and a Kmart with a café in it (who remembers those?), to a fully-fledged shopping centre with everything I need. So, if you live in our local area, here is why you should do your Christmas shopping at Warriewood Square…

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When should my child get a mobile phone?

When should my child get a mobile phone?

 

When should my child get a mobile phone?

One of the big decisions we make as parents is when to let our child have a mobile phone. There are a number of factors to take into account when deciding, but one of the big things is that giving your child a smartphone means that you are giving them unsupervised access to the internet. Then there is choosing the right phone plan for kids. Kids can eat through phone data like crazy thanks to video streaming and games, and many parents have found themselves with a giant phone bill thanks to their children.

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