Drug proofing our kids

Drug-proofing our kids

by Toni-Lee Phillips High on the list of parent’s concerns, is whether their teenagers, and even younger children, will get into trouble with drugs and alcohol. This concern sits alongside those about bullying, and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and suicide. Sadly, for many young people, these issues are all linked in a complex way. And if the …

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Growing pains OMG, it really does happen… your children do grow up

by Sarah Tolmie As I write this week our family has had more than its fair share of life changing moments. My first born son finished his HSC, turned 18 and got a University offer. And it looks like he may also have a job too. My second born son also got his first job at ‘Maccas’. These were all …

Kindness – the unforgotten gift

by Catherine Schasser Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with a woman who was reminiscing about finding photos of her 25th wedding anniversary, which was 26 years ago.  Enthralled by relationships, I could not pass up the opportunity to seek her advice and opinions on the topic of marriage. Having been with my husband for twenty-seven years, more than …

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Teaching our sons to respect the word ‘no’

by Katharine Duck We hear all the time to teach our daughters to be careful when they go out. We talk with our girls to be vigilant and avoid being vulnerable. To be aware of the dangers of date rape or going to a party and drinking too much and the possibility of being taken advantage of. These are important …

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Brisvegas

Words by Dorian Mode.  Photos by Lydia Thorpe Senior finds our northern neighbour transformed into an arty cool city! The last time I was in Brisvegas was over thirty years ago. Then it was like a big country town. And compared to Sydney or Melbourne, b-b-b-oooring. So I face our impending trip northwards anticipating humidity, ennui and bad coffee. But …

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Cholesterol information – a bigger picture

by Diana Arundell With 30-50% of Australian adults having high cholesterol it’s important to understand more about this substance and it’s impact on the body. Firstly cholesterol is essential for life. The cells in our body require cholesterol to function and many of our hormones are derived from cholesterol, so it certainly isn’t something to be scared of. More recent …

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Apps – What they are and why you need them to make your life better

by Christine David Retirees may be the last demographic to jump on the technology bandwagon, but many are doing it in droves—58% of people ages 65 and older use the Internet, according to the  Pew Research Centre, up from 14% in 2000. The reason for this uptake is clear – seniors are using new devices with apps to help them …

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Circle of Friends

by Sarah Tolmie If there is one thing I am learning journeying with my wise mumma bear as I follow her adventures into the third age, it is that retirement can be like a second adolescence.  Both the good and bad. Into her 70’s now, my mum is more social and active than me stuck in mid-life, that’s for sure, …

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How much sleep should my baby be getting?

by Maryanne Sayers How much sleep should my baby/toddler be having? This is a question that is asked of me nearly every day. And it’s a question that I don’t shy away from answering as I have very firm beliefs in terms of how much sleep a baby/toddler needs (as opposed to how much sleep we might think they need). …