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Red Nose Day 2015

Red Nose Day 2015

Red Nose Day is on Friday 26th June, and whilst it is often a fun day to raise money its cause is of great importance to many Australians.  Every year when the nose and merchandise hits the shops I get behind this cause and buy a nose for each of my kids, a pen for the handbag and a pin for my husband.  It’s a small contribution but it has a lot of impact.  It starts the conversations about how fortunate we are to still have our babies growing beside us.  It’s an important reminder that whilst they fight, negotiate and cause havoc with their testing, they are, thankfully still here with us.

Since research and the red nose campaign into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome started in 1989, there has been a decrease in SIDS of up to 80%.  This is due to research and education programs such as safe sleeping practices.  There is still time to buy merchandise or organise a fundraiser for Friday just head across to their website and see how you can help.

What will you be doing on Red Nose Day?

Natalie

NAPLAN Testing

There’s a little over a week to go until many Aussie school kids will be getting ready for NAPLAN.  It is a timely reminder that standardised testing is not always the best way to compare different learning styles and preferences.

I have been chatting to Miss 9 about NAPLAN with the aim of telling her it really doesn’t matter how she goes with it.  It is playing on her mind as her conversation swings from NAPLAN, dress shopping and the school talent show.  I tend to focus on the later two as they are way more fun.

If you’ve got a child sitting NAPLAN next week then this quote is a good reminder of ensuring you focus on your child’s gifts which may or may not shine through NAPLAN results.

 

Children's Gifts

Children’s Gifts

Natalie

 

Welcome Princess

As Australians went to bed last night they knew that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had just met their little princess.  I was excited that they would be like me and many others, and know the joys of having both a girl and a boy.

This morning I’ve woken to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving the hospital with their little princess so of course picture hunting I went.

Little Princess

Little Princess

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I’m looking forward to sharing these with Miss 9 whilst we wait to find out the name of the fourth in line to the throne.

Natalie

 

 

Day for Daniel

Day for Daniel

Day for Daniel

This Friday is the 10th annual Day for Daniel.  We all remember the tragedy that unfolded for Daniel and the Morcombe family, a truly heartbreaking and terrifying situation.  Sometimes out of the darkness comes some positives and the Morcombe family have made sure of that.  Denise and Bruce have worked tirelessly in ensuring that children are taught about child safety.  The Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum has been recommended to be included in the Australian curriculum and could be taught to all Aussie schoolkids.  If you haven’t looked up the website please do so there’s a wealth of information that is well worth the read and the development of strategies with your kids.  We have developed a family password and discussed the need to have it with our kids, we hope it never gets used but it’s a strategy the kids can employ if need be. There’s much you can do, register school or community events or even donate direct to the cause.  This Friday wear red to honour Daniel and start the conversation about child safety and protection with your kids.

Natalie

Gough Whitlam

In such a short stint as our Prime Minister Australians today can thank Gough Whitlam for the changes he made for us.  With the passing of Gough Whitlam yesterday it gives us time to reflect on the things he addressed, changed and influenced during his three years as Prime Minister of Australia.  His achievements in that three years included; introduction of medicare, establishment of the Department of Aboriginal rights, the changing of our national anthem and changes to our tertiary education system to name a few.

So today I’d like to share a quote which is equally relevant today as it was many years ago.

Gough Whitlam 1916-2014

Gough Whitlam 1916-2014

Natalie

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