How Much Sleep Do Teenagers Really Need?

by Parents worry about whether their teenagers are getting enough sleep. Research studies suggest that teenagers are suffering an “epidemic of sleep deprivation in Canada” and globally — one that will have long-term health impacts. So how much sleep do adolescents really […]

Childhood Money Moments Matter

by A new banking study has highlighted how specific money experiences during childhood can lay the foundation for financial wellness as an adult. The survey of 1000 adults was conducted by ME Bank looking for links between financial wellness and an array […]

Touring Japan In Large Groups

by Jetstar has just done it again and released incredible prices for return flights to Japan from anywhere in Australia. This is a similar offer to what I took up last year, along with another family, with the attitude of “book now […]

5 Ways To Develop Children’s Talents

by Some people think talent is born. The often-told story of Mozart playing piano at three and composing at five reinforces such beliefs. But here’s the rest of that story: Mozart’s father was a successful musician, composer and instructor. He was devoted […]

A Childhood Classic Turns 50!

by It was Australia Day and as my granddaughter and I waited for the main feature to start, they showed the shorts of a sort of space action movie involving an array of Lego people and places. It was The Lego Movie […]

Back To School Spending Tips

by With back to school fast approaching, kids and parents alike may begin to feel excited to start the new school year fresh. For parents, this excitement then subsides when faced with the multitude of items required to prepare kids for the […]

Myths Around Sunscreen

by Skin cancer is one of Australia’s top killers with over 2000 deaths a year but a 2017 Cancer Council survey found that Australians have become increasingly misinformed about sunscreen.   Nine out of ten Australians don’t know when they need sun […]

Beach Day Bag Essentials

by Summer has arrived! Rising temperatures and the scorching sun are hard to escape this season. Escaping to one of the many beautiful beaches is one way we all try to beat the Aussie heat. But sometimes in our rush to hit […]

How To Have An ‘Imperfect’ Holiday Season

by Twinkling Christmas trees. Banquets of delicious food. Smiling, loving family members gathered around a pile of beautifully-wrapped gifts. We all know what Christmas is supposed to look like. But what if reality – as it often does – falls short of […]

Do You Know The Real Santa Claus?

by Santa Claus will soon be coming to town, bringing gifts to children. Santa has several aliases, depending on the part of the world you live in. The English call him Father Christmas, the French know him as Père Noël, and Kris […]

Creative Christmas Baking

by SPC Christmas Cake Pops Serves 28 Ingredients: 2 store bought chocolate cakes 3/4 cup SPC Apricot or Peaches, drained and chopped 1/4 cocoa powder 100g chocolate frosting 3/4 cup desiccated coconut 100g white chocolate melts Method: 1. Break up the cake […]

Is Our “Slip, Slop, Slap” Destroying The Reef?

by It was a pretty impressive sight. My five-year-old granddaughter slapping sunscreen all over herself before heading off to preschool. Her idea, completely, thanks in no small part to Slip Slop Slap, one of the most successful health campaigns in Australia’s history, […]

Would You Give Your Kids A Smartphone?

by If you have seen the kids down the shopping centre talking into their wrist watches of late, you weren’t witnessing a Dick Tracey moment. They were probably talking to their mums or dads on their Moochie kids smartphone watches, designed with child safety […]

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