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Practical Parenting Australia February 2016

Practical Parenting is the leading parenting magazine in Australia introducing pregnant women to motherhood and offering insightful advice and support on pregnancy, new borns, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pacific Magazines Pty Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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picking the winners of our cover cutie...

... competition is never easy. We literally have thousands of entries each year and all the babies and toddlers are beyond gorgeous. We often get asked how we can possibly pick just one winner in each category. Trust me, it’s no mean feat. At the end of the day, the winning photo is the one that makes us all smile. Our competition isn’t about being the most ‘beautiful’ child, it’s really about which baby and toddler has a little spark that jumps out to us and we know will have the same effect on our cover. I’m sure you’ll all agree that baby Ava has that infectious grin that surely made you smile too when picking up this issue. You can turn to page 52 to meet our toddler winner, cutie-pie Austyn.…

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this month i’m loving…

Boost your day Give your green smoothies an extra nutritious kick with a spoonful of Bounce Green Energy Berry Boost ($49 for 250g, au.bouncelifestyle.com). Meet our Cuties! It’s official – we’ve picked our two Cover Cutie winners! Turn to page 52 to see more of baby Ava and toddler Austyn. I’m sure you’ll agree they are both worthy winners. Don’t forget to enter your little one in next year’s competition. Blitz nitz Suck those nasty lice and nits away in a flash with the Licetec V-Comb – it combs and vacuums away the critters straight from your child’s hair ($64.99, www.licetec.com.au). Skin treat Pamper your skin with luscious grape stem cell, white tea and seaweed body butter from Scientific Organics ($65, www.inskincosmedics.com).…

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write to us

VENT AWAY, PARENTS In regards to Kerri Sackville’s article (The Resentful Parent, December 2015), the writer does bring up a valuable topic of the less desirable areas of parenthood. It’s true, we are doing the best we can but when we’re struggling with the demands of parenting and multi-tasking we shouldn’t be overlooked or judged. We all have great days and we all have bad moments. We all have mornings waking in pure exhaustion, spending the day fatigued and then that very night we are counting our lucky stars because we’re so blessed to have children. I think it should be okay to vent, to express that perhaps a perfect parent way of life is to embrace the imperfect. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, we should focus on who may need our understanding…

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letter of the month

DITCHING THE GUILTS As a first-time mum of an eight-month-old boy and wife to a husband who works away, I constantly find myself getting a dose of ‘the guilts’ more frequently than I’d like. I’m either not spending enough time with my baby, not getting the odd jobs done around the house, or missing those emails for my own business. And forget about ‘me’ time – that’s as elusive as a long bath or a hot cup of coffee! After reading your article Great Mummy Expectations (November 2015) I have realised how often I feel guilty and that I’m actually not alone! I have used the information in your article to set aside time to reply to those emails, complete customer orders, do that (bare minimum) housework and still spend time with…

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what works for me

A GARDEN ADVENTURE Trying to entertain my three-year-old while carrying my newborn in one arm, I decided to come up with a fun game we could play at home. I call it a ‘nature hunt.’ I fill up one row of an empty ice cube tray with things found in a small section of the garden and challenge my daughter to match each object, filling the second row of the tray with each discovery. Sometimes it’s the most simple ideas that lead to the best fun. Renita, via email LUGGAGE WITH A LIST I was forever rushing around trying to remember what to pack into the nappy bag, which made preparing for an outing stressful and time consuming! Friends kindly gave me a luggage tag that was attached to their son’s nappy bag. Written…

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let’s get charitable

If you’re looking for an unbelievably eclectic program of cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, music, visual art and design, then the 2016 Adelaide Fringe (February 12–March 14) is for you. There’s stuff for the whole family, check out it out at www.adelaidefringe.com.au HAVE SOME FUN IN THE SUN AT THE MANLY INFLATABLE BOAT RACE (FEBRUARY 27). ATTENDEES WEAR FANCY DRESS AND RACE IN ANY TYPE OF INFLATABLE RAFT THAT COSTS LESS THAN $50. IT’S GREAT FUN TO WATCH AND FUN TO ENTER AND IT RAISES MONEY FOR THE TOUR DE CURE – RIDING TO CURE CANCER. Quote of the month “She couldn’t eat her meatballs because the mince was hurting her feelings!” Blair on Facebook tells us about the hazards of feeding her little one. There is a lot you can do this month…

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