The Red Coast by Di Morrissey – Book review. The Red Coast is a great read. It follows Jacqui Bouchard as she tries to rebuild her life in Broome after the break up of her marriage. She buys the local book shop and shortly after her arrival the town is plunged into chaos when a corporation announces plans to mine in the area. The community bands together as they fight to stop the mining development which will destroy both the coast line and sacred indigenous land. The Red Coast takes readers back to the setting of two of Di...Read More
Summer means being sun smart & summer reading We are now into the first month of our long hot summers so I thought I would write about the importance of being sun smart. We have such a high rate of skin cancer in Australia and we really need to protect and make our children aware of the dangers of going out in the sun and not being sun protected. A lot of parents put sunscreen on their children but forget to put it on themselves so I thought I would remind everyone again of the steps. Sun smart –...Read More
With Mother’s Day coming up I thought I would write about the importance of mums in our children’s lives. Mums play such an important part of children’s development. The most important contribution is made through every day interactions with your child. Mums are very special. What would we do without them? Who would kiss us better and tuck us up at night? Some special mum moments are: Feeding your baby – breastfeeding or bottle feeding is such a special time to bond. Reading with your child – reading is a great way to spend time with them. Read at bedtime...Read More
How do you introduce a bedtime routine for your baby? When your baby is about three months old you can try starting to introduce a routine in the evening. Try and make it stress free and fun for you and your baby. A good time for going trying your routine is between about 6.30 and 8.30pm. If you do it to late your baby may become overtired. A good bedtime routine helps calm and soothe your baby before sleep and helps them develop good sleeping habits now and for the future. A good way to start your bedtime routine is: have a warm bath – it makes...Read More
This month I thought I would write about a very important topic – Perinatal Depression. It can occur from conception until around about 12 months after the birth of your baby and is broken down into Antenatal Depression (during pregnancy) and Postnatal Depression (after the birth of your baby). Everyone is different and show different signs. Antenatal Depression When you fall pregnant there are many expectations as to how you should feel. Some people may be feeling some uncertainty about the pregnancy as they may feel it will change their careers, long term goals and create financial problems. It is normal to have...Read More
Southern Ruby is a really captivating book by Belinda Alexandra. It is set in New Orleans. Amanda is orphaned as a toddler and lives with her grandmother in Sydney. When her grandmother dies she discovers a link to a family she never knew. She then flies to New Orleans to meet the rest of her family. Amanda finds herself welcomed into a family who have always loved her, though she knew nothing about them. Amanda’s grandmother Ruby is a fascinating lady with lots of memories and secrets which she feels is time to start letting go of and passing...Read More
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