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The seven bad food habits of toddlers

Have a think about the last time you sat down to dinner with your fussy toddler. Was it a pleasant experience? I’d hedge a bet that in many of your households, it wasn’t. Feeding one to four-year-old children is hard work, but it’s worth the effort to start building some healthy habits around food for […]

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Making Magic in Hackett

In a large and shady deck off a humble family home in Hackett, Antonia Basic and her husband Sasa are growing vegetables and cooking for a living. On any given Sunday you may find the deck full of people enjoying Antonia’s crêpes, cooked then and there in the front yard. Otherwise, you may take home […]

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Cabin Fever

Sometimes you want to escape the hustle and bustle. But if your budget doesn’t extend to jetting off to an exotic locale, these six quiet adventures within 100km of Canberra show the beauty of the simple life. Flea Creek Campground An idyllic creekside spot near the Goodradigbee river, Flea Creek Campground is one for the […]

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Her car was a write-off: here’s what she learnt

My 18-year-old daughter wrote her car off last Monday, driving to work. She didn’t notice the cars having stopped in front of her, and rear-ended one at low speed, which was still enough speed to destroy her little Fiesta. She and the driver of the other car were both unharmed.  If you must crash into someone and […]

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Gaming and kids: Upskilling or time wasting?

Having worked with children for some time now it never ceases to amaze me how obsessed they are with Minecraft. The game has exploded in popularity recently and much to the puzzlement of older generations it continues to do so. But really, it isn’t so confusing if you think about it. It’s basically a digital […]

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Up the Duff? Here’s What to Put in Your Mouth

Pregnancy is one of the most nutritionally demanding stages of the life cycle. Women often feel a strong desire to produce a healthy baby, while at the same time worrying about how their own body will fare once the pregnancy is over. Stretch marks, anyone? Your decisions about health and nutrition can significantly affect both […]

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Fertility: from start to finish

A couple decide to have a baby. The woman falls effortlessly and glowingly pregnant; has a painless, quick (preferably drug-free) birth; falls immediately in love with a tiny baby; and the family lives happily ever after. This scenario is what we’re exposed to nearly all our lives and subsequently what many of us have come to […]

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Parents of tweens… I feel your pain

I never knew I would be so quickly enraged with eye rolling, snarky muttering or someone who talks back. If you have an 8-12-year-old in your house, chances are you understand – or you soon will. I’m not even in the delusional state that my daughter, who’s only just turned into double digits, is at […]

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Reducing Junk Food Consumption: Whose responsibility is it?

This week, your media feed may have filled up with reports of the banning of ‘junk food’ at schools and sporting venues as part of a federal government push for improving the health of Australia. Well, that’s the message that was relayed to me over the phone, by a local radio station, at 7.50am Monday […]

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Ben and the gift of life

My son Ben was born in Canberra in 1977. He was diagnosed at the age of three with Congenital Heart Block incorporating structural heart abnormalities. He was referred to Dr David Coles and we were advised that he would one day need a pacemaker and eventually a heart transplant. He spent the next 25 years […]

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