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Word on the Street with Helen Connolly: Teenagers and the Internet

Word on the Street with Helen Connolly: Teenagers and the Internet

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Word on the Street: Teenagers and the Internet

with Helen Connolly
Commissioner for Children & Young People

Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children & Young People

In conversations with 12 year olds all over South Australia, one of the big things they like telling me about is how turning 13 means they can legitimately sign on to a bunch of social media sites in their own right.

Although plenty of 12 year olds already access sites using friends, siblings, or parent log-ins and devices, this changes for many as they turn 13. For parents this can be equivalent to letting them loose to cross a four lane highway without ever having any road safety awareness or skills. Pretty dangerous all round.

Work with tweens to develop the safety awareness

Much better is when we work with our tweens to develop the safety awareness skills they need to be on platforms and sites safely. Ideally this should happen in plenty of time before they independently access their own account, because we know from Australian research that nearly half of children aged 9 -16 encounter inappropriate material online every month.

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What can we do if our children encounter inappropriate material online?

So what can we do to support our teenager if this happens? Who can they tell and how can they get out of it? Why do inappropriate things appear on the social feeds in the first place? Although it is likely that teenagers understand algorithms better than us, it is helpful to talk to them about the link between their viewing habits and pop-ups, including what they can do to reduce the unpleasantness of explicit and distressing material they receive.

How to suss out creepy adults pretending to be a kid

They also need to be ‘schooled’ in how to respond to random requests coming from people online. This includes explaining the differences between contact that they have requested and contact that arrives unsolicited. This is a really important piece of information for teenagers, and brainstorming together how to suss out creepy adults pretending to be a kid is crucial, including how to block this contact altogether.

Strategies will help keep teens safe

Having strategies ahead of time will help keep teenagers safe, including adjusting privacy settings and permissions to ensure they’re not giving away too much information about themselves to unknowns. In these conversations it’s important to explain just how good some creepy people are at finding out information about them, including how they can actually outsmart them by being ready. Tagging in photos, public settings and photos that show what school they go to and where they live is like walking out in front of traffic without looking both ways. If we support them to think about this we can keep them safer.

Think about your own online content

It is also important that parents who may have been posting photos of their children on the internet for years, think about who outside your trusted circle may know about your child and where they live and go to school. Modelling safety is part of your job as a parent.
Modelling good conduct online is also important. We know our teenagers see the online world as an extension of the offline world, and so conversations about ensuring they don’t do things online that they wouldn’t do in real life is another important part of ensuring their conduct is respectful. They also need to know how best to respond when others are behaving badly.

If we do all this before they turn 13, teenagers will have a much better chance of accessing the positives of being online while they manage the risks that also come with being out there.

If you’re a child or young person, parent or grandparent who would like to get in touch with me, send an email to:

CommissionerCYP@sa.gov.au

or visit

ccyp.com.au

Helen Connolly

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10 Tips towards becoming a zero waste family

10 Tips towards becoming a zero waste family

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10 Tips towards becoming a zero waste family

Trying to live a zero waste life while simultaneously raising a family can feel almost impossible at times, but Anita Vandyke, bestselling author of A Zero Waste Life, is here to help.

A ZERO WASTE FAMILY

A Zero Waste Family is a gentle thirty-day guide highlighting the lessons Anita learned during her first year navigating motherhood, while also studying medicine and still trying to reduce her waste.

As parents we are constantly juggling the needs of children, work, chores and money. This book is not designed to add to the guilt that we already feel. It’s about showing how, by applying zero waste and minimalist principles, being an eco-parent doesn’t have to be difficult, and that by making small changes as a family we can make a big difference to our world for our children and future generations.

a zero waste family book

Anita has given us some easy, actionable ideas on how we can start reducing the waste in our households.

1. Aim for effort, not perfection

The first day of the thirty-day guide in A Zero Waste Family is accepting that we should aim for effort, not perfection. It is an acceptance that we are all trying our best. Let’s begin by loosening the grip on the ‘perfect’ way to live a zero-waste life and accept that by simply making an effort with everything that we do, adds up to a big cumulative difference.

2. Create a trash command station

In my home I have divided my rubbish into dry rubbish, which are sorted into three pedal-press, rubbish bins and wet rubbish, which are sorted into compost and bokashi (fermenting) containers. All these bins and containers are clearly labelled to ensure everyone knows where everything is going.

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3. Learn how to recycle properly

Check with your local council what actually can be recycled. They usually have a one-page information sheet which you can tape onto the lid of your bin.

4. Don’t forget to recycle your soft plastics

Did you know any soft plastic that is scrunchable can be recycled?! Recycling bins are located outside major supermarkets. Keep a bin separate for this, so that you can take your soft plastics to be recycled on a regular basis.

5. Have a landfill bin

This bin is clearly labelled ‘landfill’ as a reminder to all household members that whatever rubbish they put in this bin ends up somewhere as landfill. Remember when we throw something ‘away’, there is no such thing as ‘away’, it ends up in landfill, contributing to methane gas which is a significant source of greenhouse gas.

6. Compost

Most of your wet rubbish can be composted. Create a compost bin in your home and educate yourself on what food scraps can be composted. You can also try other systems such as worm farms or a bokashi bin (which can ferment animal products as well).

zero waste family

7. Avoid plastic if you can

Plastic is made of petroleum and plastic is not actually recycled, but downcycled. This means it gets downcycled to poorer and poorer forms of plastic until it cannot be downcycled any further and sits in landfill, releasing methane into the atmosphere. Reducing our plastic waste can be done with a few simple switches:

  • refuse single use plastic bags and bring your own, if you forget, try asking for a box instead (which you can responsibly recycle)
  • try shopping at the farmer’s market and buying produce without packaging
  • refuse straws, use your mouth instead! (or a stainless-steel straw if needed)
  • say no to disposable coffee cups and replace it with a reusable coffee cup
  • There are countless more plastic-free solutions, for more ideas check out @rocket_science

8. Make second-hand your first choice

Whenever you need to buy something, try to see if you can buy it second-hand first. Look at designer consignment stores, try eBay, get a tailor to alter your clothes – make a good effort to try to buy second-hand before buying new.

9. Make a zero-waste kit for your family

Make yourself a zero-waste kit and leave it by the front door with your shoes or in your car! My zero-waste kit includes:

  1. Reusable drink bottle
  2. Cloth bag
  3. Stainless steel straw
  4. Reusable coffee cup

 

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10. Get outside

Finally, one simple, yet highly effective way to be an everyday activist is to head outdoors every day. When you are connected with nature, even if it is a simple walk in your local park, this allows you to see the beauty and grandness of nature. You come to appreciate nature is worth fighting for. We need to be everyday activists so that we are reminded that Earth is the only home we’ve got – there is no Planet B.

For more ideas for becoming a zero waste family follow Anita:

@rocket_science

A Zero Waste Family by Anita Vandyke, published by Penguin Random House on 1 December 2020, $19.99.

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ART-edlaide: BE INSPIRED by Adelaide’s ARTIST Mums!

ART-edlaide: BE INSPIRED by Adelaide’s ARTIST Mums!

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ART-edlaide: BE INSPIRED by Adelaide’s ARTY Mums!

If there’s one thing we know for sure about Adelaide, it’s that it’s absolutely full of amazingly talented and creative people. You only have to wander around one of the myriad of local artisan markets to see that we have a wealth of creatives at our doorstep, crafting beautiful and inspiring wares and brightening up spaces both in our homes and our local streetscapes.

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Adelaide artists

We sat down with four Adelaide creatives, who also happen to be mums, to talk about discovering their talent, what they’re inspired by, and how they get their kiddos involved in art!

leah grant adelaide artist

ADELAIDE STREET ARTIST LEAH GRANT

@leah.grant

How did you discover your talent for and love of art? You’re also a teacher… can we assume…art teacher?

Yes! I’m an art teacher and absolutely passionate about CREATIVITY, and I squeeze as much painting and parenting in as I possibly can. Life is busy and hectic, but I love the variety in both teaching and painting large-scale murals. I was always making something growing up, trying new ideas and I would hold on to everything, like wrapping paper, and make collages and all sorts of gifts for people. There are a number of family, friends and teachers that encouraged me and it’s because of them that I kept on making and creating.

adelaide artist leah grant

What got you into street art?

My high school art teacher ignited my passion for Street Art and I was eager to try it out, but didn’t want to do anything illegal. I experimented with aerosol in my backyard, I taught a Street Art unit with Year 9’s, but I still hadn’t painted a mural myself! It wasn’t until about 6 years ago I painted my first public art mural here in Adelaide. What led me to these opportunities was an eagerness to learn and experiment. I applied for a grant with the Adelaide City Council that I was totally not skilled for, but I did get to the final interview stage and that meant I was able to make some contacts with council.

What’s your fav piece that you’ve done around Adelaide?

This always changes when I paint something new! Currently I love the piece I just completed in North Adelaide for a resident’s courtyard. It was a 5m high, plain brick wall and is now totally transformed and the design is inspired by the garden. This was such a fun and creative project and I’m really happy with the new risks I took painting more detailed layers, higher and bolder then I’ve done before.

leah grant adelaide artist

Tell us about your work in schools and school holiday workshops!

I love sharing what I know and providing opportunities for others to grow their creativity. I’ve recently started running children workshops that are all about creating unique pieces and experimenting with different materials and techniques. I’ve designed these workshops to be fun, challenging and spark big ideas so that everyone (including me!) walk away inspired. For the recent workshops I ran in Prospect we focused on colour, pattern and plants. I loved doing this so much I plan to run more over summer and maybe even some adult classes and aerosol classes too! I’ve had so many people help me get to where I am because they openly shared their techniques with me, I want to do the same for others.

jessica thompson adelaide artist

ADELAIDE ARTIST JESSICA THOMPSON

@birdsnestsforhair

How did you discover your talent for and love of art?

I had a mad love for drawing as a tiny child and I always seemed to have a pencil in my hand.. it’s a bit like that now, too! Art is such a big part of my life and it’s an amazing privilege to be able to explore creativity and put things out into the world. I love living life as creatively as possible, whether that’s through gardening, the house or making things with my children.

jessica thompson adelaide artist

What inspired you to paint pots? They’re so colourful and HAPPY! What other types of things do you create?

Oh, thank you! I am so glad my pots make people feel happy! They actually started as wonky little things for my friends & family for Christmas many years ago. I still remember making the first one and enjoying the process so much. Plants & painting are 2 of my greatest loves so putting them together felt right. Aside from painting pots, I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with amazing Adelaide creatives like Kitty Came Home and Rhicreative in the last year. I’ve recently become mad for painting walls and windows which feels like such an exciting new journey. I’ve been able to spend time in amazing places run by wonderful people doing this and I’m currently working on a giant kindy mural which I am seriously loving. Words are a big part of my art, so I create designs for cards and wall hangings when I can…and I have a not so secret dream of creating a little book someday.

adelaide artist jessica thompson

Do you have a favourite piece you’ve created?

I think the words are always going to be the part of my work that I have the biggest soft spot for. The thing that made me love creating my pots in the first place was being lucky enough to experience when someone would find particular words that resonated with them in some way. If my art can bring someone even the tiniest sliver of comfort or joy or they feel less alone when they read the pot or print nestled on their windowsill, I feel like I couldn’t ask for more.

adelaide artist jessica thompson

How do you involve your kids in your art?

When Alfie & Mabel were bubs, I was so intrigued to see whether they would be interested in art and wanted to let them find their own way toward what they love to spend time doing… turns out they’re both super creative which is pretty amazing. I’m realising more and more that they love to have a look at what I’ve been up to in the studio and I try to have paint easily accessible to them all the time so they can do something when the mood strikes.

 

caroline gliddon adelaide artist

ADELAIDE WEAVER Caroline Gliddon

@caroj

How did you discover your talent for and love of art?

For as long as I can remember I have loved doing creative things and being around all things creative. I honestly think that my creative skill is due more to practise than natural talent and I practise because I love it!

How did you learn to weave? And what do you love about it?

One birthday, just after my second daughter was born, my husband gifted me a voucher for a one-on-one weaving lesson with local textile artist, Megan Walsh-Cheek. I had been interested in weaving for a while but really had no idea how it was done. It was so nice to have that afternoon doing something just for me and straight away I knew that this was a craft I would continue with. I’ve tried so many different things over the years but never really stuck with anything for more than a few months. Ever since that lesson I have always had a weaving on the loom. I find it relaxing, rewarding and a great creative outlet away from my computer. I’m a Graphic Designer so I spend way too much time looking at a screen!

adelaide artist caroline gliddon

What inspires you?

So many things! I love the way different colour combinations can make you feel, most of my weavings start with me picking out particular colours. I also love patterns and geometric shapes. And I am of course inspired by other weavers and artists that I follow on social media.

Do you have a favourite piece you’ve created?

I’ve recently started making my own circular ceramic hoops which I weave onto. They are all hand built so each one is unique and the weavings just evolve as I go. Another favourite is one I made for my brother and his wife as a housewarming gift, that one was actually inspired by a floor rug that I saw a photo of and loved.

adelaide weaver caroline gliddon

I noticed you sometimes create weavings based on drawings your daughter has done, can you tell us a bit about this!? These must end up some of your fave pieces!

When I first started weaving my eldest daughter would be so excited to see my weavings grow overnight. Every morning she would look at my loom and comment on the section of weaving I had done after she went to bed the night before. I have a little book that I sketch up ideas for weavings in and one day she found it and started adding her own ideas to it. Most of her designs also had a family or friends name scribbled next to it. I started making and gifting them to the people she had designed them for. It was such a great way to practise technique and a really sweet gift from the two of us.

adelaide artist Jess Hayton

ADELAIDE PAINTER JESS HAYTON

@jesskhayton

How did you discover your talent and love for art?

I think from an early age I always loved drawing and really enjoyed art in high school. Life was busy after that, working full time and other priorities! It wasn’t really until I had my daughter and went on maternity leave that I started painting again.

Jess Hayton Adelaide Artist

What inspires you?

So many things! Ive always loved faces and portraiture, but recently I’m finding most of my work is nature inspired. Also, there are so many incredible artists on social media, just scrolling through my insta feed motivates me to get out the paints!

What’s your creative process like?

To be honest, a dog’s breakfast! I have two small kids at home, so the process is basically to steal a few minutes here and there to add to a painting, or plan for a longer stretch when the grandparents come to the rescue.

adelaide artist jess hayton

What’s your favourite medium to work with?

I love painting with oils.

Do you have a favourite piece you have created?

Probably my tiny little Frida Kahlo painting.

jess hayton adelaide artist

You have done some kids portraiture, is it challenging recreating the likeness of a child?

I think all portraits are a challenge, as every face is so different. I think my portrait painting style is very illustrative, so suits little faces and makes it easier to capture their likeness.

adelaide artist jess hayton

How do you involve your kids in your art?

They are pretty much a part of the process from beginning to end as I don’t have a studio so I paint in our kitchen / family room. My 5 year old daughter is a harsh critic and I know I can always count on her honesty! My son is teaching me how to draw construction and emergency vehicles.

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REBECCA MORSE: I don’t want a lot for Christmas

REBECCA MORSE: I don’t want a lot for Christmas

REBECCA MORSE: I don’t want a lot for Christmas

Rebecca Morse is co-host of SAFM’s breakfast show, Bec, Cosi & Lehmo. She has a degree in Journalism and started her media career at the ABC, where she was named SA Journalist of the Year in 2005. Rebecca is actively involved in community and charity work, as a proud Ambassador for Kickstart for Kids, the Animal Welfare League, the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Uniting Care Pancake Day and the Port Adelaide Football Club, She is married with three daughters, Grace, Milla and Frankie and an adopted dalmatian named Henley.

To quote Mariah Carey, I don’t want a lot for Christmas.

But that’s a Santa-sized lie.

Because I actually want quite a lot.

For a start the only tangible thing on my list is a laundry appliance. When did I get so old and domesticated that I covet appliances?

I’ve asked Father Christmas for a clothes steamer. Because I don’t iron and I dress off a floordrobe so my ensembles are always wrinkled and my children often look decidedly dishevelled.

I feel like this will be a satisfying addition to my life and my level of anticipation can be compared to that Christmas I received a pink Walkman.

I wonder, do I also need an air fryer? I’ve concluded that requesting two household appliances pushes me into behaviour patterns that are way past middle age, especially since I purchased a vacuum cleaner in lockdown.

So these material items aside, my Christmas wish list is as follows..

  •  I wish to get my Christmas shopping done with plenty of time to spare. So I’m not re-gifting a candle to a teacher, trying to find a park at Marion or lining up outside Haighs.

 

  • I wish that I could purchase just the right amount of wrapping paper. And that I cut it to the correct size the first time. And that I can find the end of the sticky tape.

 

  • I wish that the food I contribute on Christmas Day will be edible. One year I tried to cook a soba noodle salad from Ottolenghi’s cookbook and I over-cooked the noodles so badly that they stirred into a sludge that is still described as Bec’s Christmas porridge.

 

  • I wish for beach weather on repeat.

  • You know those magical days when the water is turquoise and sparkly? When you take a book and a mag in your beach bag, set up an umbrella and you’re good to go for the day. Lunch is hot chips and a Frosty Fruit. And you wash the sand off your feet but leave the salt on your skin.

 

 

  • I wish that my children, while on school holidays that seem to last FOREVER, would help out around the house and not argue over who unpacked the dishwasher last time.

  • I wish for mangoes, ripe tomatoes, potato salad and beetroot. And my Mum’s special Nuts and Bolts recipe she only ever makes over the Christmas holidays. Nutri-Grain and peanuts, name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait.

 

  •  I wish that my plants would not die in the summer heat. (But let’s be honest they die in the cold as well)

 

  • I wish that all the chores I have procrastinated over all year would be done, starting with the cluttered surface that we have labelled “The Desk of Shame” because it is covered with old bills, receipts and ink cartridges and we never tackle it.

 

  • I wish to be able to find the time to work through the pile of partially-read novels that have been on my bedside table all year.

 

  • I wish to be able to find the time to work through all the TV shows everyone has been banging on about this year. Starting with Normal People. Because that is one book I have actually read of late.

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  • I wish to cut down on Adding to Cart after too much festive cheer. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME, I’M WORTH IT, EVEN THOUGH I ALREADY HAVE VERY SIMILAR SANDALS/BATHERS/SUNNIES FROM LAST YEAR.

 

  • I wish that businesses who’ve done it so tough this year would receive a Christmas bonus as South Australians look to support their own by purchasing local products, food and wine. (If that means I need to keep Adding to Cart, so be it!)

 

  • I wish that the borders will be open.

 

  • At the time of writing, we’ve just had another cluster. I hope that families can be reunited to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year together.

 

  • My wish for next year is pretty simple, that it’s better than this one.

 

  • And my final wish is that all of our KIDDO readers and their families have a happy, safe and healthy Christmas, thank you for your support this year.

 

@rebeccamorse107

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Elf on the Shelf: Are Elves worth using for good behaviour?

Elf on the Shelf: Are Elves worth using for good behaviour?

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Elf on the Shelf: Are Elves worth using for good behaviour?

Well folks, it’s December, the month of festive frivolity and bonnie bribery ahead of the big guy making his way to town. Because hey, if we can’t encourage a little good behaviour ahead of the yuletide then when can we do it, right?

The Elf on the Shelf tradition has certainly cemented itself in many households, and who doesn’t love a bit of creative tom foolery in the aid of exalting in the mirth of the season whilst gently encouraging small humans to do exactly what we tell them to do?

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But maybe we should think again!

Madhavi Nawana Parker from Positive Minds Australia has offered a different take on using Elf on the Shelf (and Santa) to encourage good behaviour, and it sheds a totally different light on the matter!

Madhavi is an absolute Guru when it comes to working with kiddos, so we reckon she might be onto something!

Is an Elf on the Shelf worth using to encourage good behaviour?

Beautiful parents, Elves are back…

Are they worth using (along with Santa), as surveillance for good behaviour?

I’d so love to believe the return of this guy could solve sibling conflict, non compliance, emotional meltdowns and whatever else comes up in typical family life, just by watching our children 24/7 and reporting back to Santa each night.

elves on the shelf

The same goes for Santa (he knows when you are sleeping…he knows when you’re awake…) you know the rest.

Is anyone noticing consistently better behaviour in their children out of fear of not getting a visit from the jolly man in the red suit? Unlikely.

Threats about Christmas as a behaviour management strategy

It can be so tempting to use the threat of Santa not visiting as a behaviour management strategy. Why wouldn’t we? We’re exhausted, (children included) and it’s the one time we can follow a tradition that could make children be ‘good’ out of fear.

If you have been telling your kids to be good or Santa won’t come this year…or that the Elf will report back to Santa if they aren’t nice to their brother or sister and Santa will be very cross, you’re not alone – and frankly it’s really not a big deal…

It would be hard to find a parent who hasn’t pulled these out from time to time…(Who can resist the temptation to use this novel approach on some days…and you know the kind of days I mean).

Just be aware, it could backfire on you.

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Here’s why it could backfire

The truth is, the pressure that comes from this fear can actually make children behave even worse (yikes).

The end of the school year, often means lower resilience all round (them, you, their friends) which can mean worse than usual behaviour.

Let your Elf bring the magic without the fear

The Elf on the shelf and Santa (if they still believe) might better be placed serving the role of bringing magic, joy and laughter.

Not fear.

In fact, a naughty Elf doing cheeky things around your house can be just the emotional circuit breaker your children need when their behaviour gets off track.

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Santa is coming no matter what

You and I both know Santa is coming, no matter what. You’ve got a bank statement to prove it.

Maybe we should consider leaving Santa and the Elf to do their thing, without adding the role of surveillance to their job spec?

Below you’ll find a range of possibilities for tricky behaviour to keep in mind, to help understand misbehaviour.

I hope it helps…

Helping to understand misbehaviour

  • They’re children, so they act childish. And no matter how wonderfully patient and skilled you are as a parent, their young, developing brains make behaviour mistakes – often.
  • Sheer exhaustion from a very big year, late night concerts and celebrations.
  • A lapse in boundaries around what is and isn’t okay. Children need reminders about how you expect them to behave in your home, other people’s homes and out in the community. This doesn’t mean they will always follow them, but it does mean your standards are clear and they’ll respect you for that.
  • Not having to take responsibility for intentionally harming, bullying or upsetting another person which leads to guilt and stress. If they are taking pleasure in hurting another person, they need to be told it’s not okay. If they are allowed to behave in ways that are less than they are capable of, their true goodness gets filled with doubt and guilt. This can lead to a behaviour landslide.
  • If they are behaving badly because they lack certain skills, it’s important they get the help they need to learn those skills. Children can get lowered self esteem when their actions annoy others – especially when they are trying hard to do the right thing.
  • Learning challenges.
  • Friendship issues they don’t know how to handle.
  • Feeling disconnected from people who matter to them.
  • Conflict in their environment.
  • Anxiety they need help with.
  • Poor impulse control.
  • Not enough time relaxing with family and friends, face to face.
  • Inadequate daily movement/exercise.
  • Not enough time outdoors.
  • Not knowing how to calm down.
  • Not enough laughter, creativity, play and silliness.
  • Too rushed.
  • Too much social media.
  • Too much time on devices.
  • Hunger.
  • Being bullied.
  • Being spoken to more about what they’re doing wrong than what they’re doing right

and so much more…

Don’t exacerbate what might already be going on

There’s always a reason why children struggle with behaviour. Being afraid Santa won’t visit might actually exacerbate what’s already going on behind the scenes.

Take care of yourselves during this busy time.

Be proud you got you and your families to the end of another school year, this year in particular.

A massive achievement in itself.

Thank you for reading. I’m off to see what ‘Boo’ is up to in our house – this morning he was found on the fan taking a joy ride.

He better not find my chocolate stash or I’ll be reporting him to Santa.

Here’s to a beautiful December folks.

xx ❤️ Madhavi Nawana Parker

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Try a little TREETOP Therapy at TreeClimb

Try a little TREETOP Therapy at TreeClimb

TREE CLIMB

Try a little TREETOP THERAPY at TreeClimb

We all want to teach our children the resilience to overcome challenges, as well as the perseverance to keep giving something a go and working towards a goal to achieve it, but opportunities to do so… don’t grow on trees.

But it just so happens, sometimes they’re built into them!

Life lessons at 40 feet

In the heart of the South Park Lands, about 12 metres into the treetops, where the dappled sunlight peeks through the towering Blue Gums, might not be where you’d expect to find the next life lesson for your kiddo… but that’s exactly where Stephanie Malan found it when she started taking her 8-year-old son, Edward, along with his 5-year-old sister, Claire, to Adelaide’s inner city aerial adventure park, TreeClimb.

“Edward has always had an issue with his core strength and gross motor skills,” says Stephanie, “finding an activity that he will happily do, and feel confident about, has always been a struggle, but TreeClimb is now his absolute favourite. It challenges him physically and mentally, but in a fun way. He leaves feeling like he has accomplished something”.

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Good times and (very)high fives at TreeClimb

There’s certainly no shortage of good times and (very)high fives at TreeClimb, but what kids can take from the experience goes further than aerial adrenalin and treetop thrill-seeking.

“We’ve visited TreeClimb about 5 times thus far, and each time we’ve gone, the kids have become so much more confident,” says Stephanie. “Claire admittedly screamed like a banshee the first time we went, but the crew coached her through the course and she left happy. The next time we went, she nailed it completely independently and you could not have wiped the smile of pride from her face”.

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Fun-filled, screen free, outdoor adventure

As a family day out, TreeClimb ticks all the boxes; it’s a fun-filled, screen-free, outdoor adventure that every member of the family can get involved in; but it also offers an alternative form of activity for kids who don’t naturally gravitate to traditional competitive sports.

“Like all parents, you want your kids outside enjoying nature and being active,” says KIDDO’s own Liv Williams, who has also seen the benefit of TreeClimb for her 8-year-old son, Henry. “TreeClimb has absolutely been that place for us, where Henry, who isn’t naturally that drawn to team sports, is able to use his body, engage his core strength, challenge his dexterity and develop his motor skills… but all outside the context of the high-pressure environment that can sometimes exist on the sporting field and just doesn’t suit the temperament of every child”.

Step outside your comfort zone

With more than 70 obstacles and 10 ziplines over the 7 courses, which get progressively more challenging, there are plenty of opportunities for growth and stepping outside your comfort zone at TreeClimb, for both kids and adults alike, and the crew are highly trained to support and guide climbers through the courses (and bail you out if you get stuck!).

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“Climb-out” for parents!

And, let’s be honest, sometimes you might just want your kids to take to the ropes and give you a little “climb-out”; well we can confirm the cafe at TreeClimb serves a top-notch coffee and a decent selection of snacks, which you can enjoy in the TreeClimb eco hut, under the alfresco umbrellas, or in the shade of the trees while you catch the view from below!

Sounds TREEmendous!

Benefits of TreeClimb

  • Perserverance
  • Resilience
  • Confidence building
  • Gross motor skill development
  • Balance and coordination

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What about a Christmas TreeClimb?

You can buy TreeClimb gift card online in 3 minutes; they last 3 years and the memories last a lifetime!

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Park 20, Cnr. Greenhill and Unley Road, Kurangga Park, Adelaide City Park Lands
treeclimb.com.au

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