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Practical Parenting Australia

Practical Parenting Australia August 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.

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1 min.
as a parent...

... there is nothing more exciting than your child’s ‘firsts’: such as those first steps, starting solids for the first time, and probably most excitingly, those first words. Whose heart doesn’t melt when their little bundle of joy finally starts saying “mama” or “dada”? In this issue, we celebrate these ‘firsts’ with the launch of our Magical Milestones promotion (p45). It’s your opportunity to share your child’s exciting first moments and be in the chance to win some amazing prizes! It’s also the time of year where sadly your bub might experience their first cough or cold. This is never fun for anyone, so we’ve got loads of great advice (p79) to see you through the sneezy season without too many tears. Enjoy! Enter now! Head to page 45 to find out more…

2 min.
letter of the month

YOU’RE NOT ALONE Thank you so much for your article on giving birth without a partner (Going it Alone, July 2016). I don’t think I’ve ever seen a parenting magazine cover this and I had tears of joy to discover other women who had gone through a similar experience to me. My partner and I were on and off throughout my pregnancy, as he did not deal with the news of becoming a father very well. When it came to the big day we were certainly not together as I realised the stress he causes me was not conducive to a happy and positive birth experience. As a result I entrusted my best friend with the role of birth partner. My parents live overseas and even though my mum offered to fly over…

2 min.
write to us

PUSH COMES TO SHOVE I’d like to give a shout of thanks to Ian Wallace and more importantly his article When your Child is the Bully (April 2016). As a first-time father to a gentle 15-month-old, I’m ashamed to admit that I can be one of those overprotective, helicopter parents. Living in rural Victoria, our son’s interactions with other children is fairly sparse. On occasion we do take him to indoor play centres and such, and I couldn’t help but feel a little protective when the pushing and shoving started. In a short amount of time, my son has now mimicked these behaviours to an extent, and although I understand there is a degree of ‘normality’ in this, it’s still concerning. There is a fine line between normal interaction between children, and being…

2 min.
what works for me

BASKET BATH When my son has a particularly bad nappy leak, and I need to bath him, I simply fill up my flexi tub (which I normally use as a washing basket) with water inside the bath. Rather than have to wait for the bathtub to fill and waste all the time and money on extra water, this way I can clean him quickly and get back to the other kids. It’s so much better for the environment, too! Danica, via email SLING TO ME My son would generally breastfeed to sleep or need a bit of rocking, until one night those fail-safe methods wouldn’t work. After hours of effort and exhausting my arms I finally decided to carry him in my ring sling. What a difference it made! He was instantly calm and…

3 min.
what a wonderful world

THE SYDNEY SCIENCE FESTIVAL is a celebration of all things science and technology, from August 11–21 in locations throughout Sydney. Check out the Powerhouse Museum for a huge behind-the-scenes science experiment! www.sydneyscience.com.au JEANS FOR GENES DAY takes place on Friday August 5, when Aussies unite in a sea of denim to support genetic research. www.jeansforgenes.org.au Clean up your community for KEEP AUSTRALIA BEAUTIFUL WEEK this August 22–28. kab.org.au CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK runs from August 20–26. Expect book parades, creative displays in libraries and a celebration of children’s literature. cbca.org.au/book-week-2016 JURASSIC GARDEN is on at the Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan, NSW, on August 20. Activities include fossil finding and wildlife spotting – look out for dinosaurs! www.australianbotanicgarden.com.au/What-s-On/Jurassic-Garden Expect bold burlesque, captivating cultural works and major music stars when the DARWIN FESTIVAL returns to the…

2 min.
conscious conception

One in six couples have difficulty falling pregnant in the first 12 months of trying and half will require medical assistance to conceive. Infertility, assisted conception and miscarriage are recognised as some of the hardest experiences a woman can face in her lifetime. During this period of trying to conceive, it is completely normal for women to experience a range of turbulent emotions. Clinical psychologist Kirstin Bouse shares helpful ways to stop your pain from turning into suffering, and to instead remain calm and positive. 1 BE SELF-AWARE Know what’s going on for you, what you need and what you don’t need, when it’s time to reach out for help, and when it’s time to retreat. Knowing yourself will anchor you during the particularly turbulent times. 2 NOTICE AND ACKNOWLEDGE EMOTIONS Give…