March / April 2007
CHRISTCHURCH SOUTH PARENTS CENTRE CONTACTS
President Susan Dyson firstname.lastname@example.org 332-8004
Vice President Sheryl MacGibbon email@example.com 338-2301
Secretary Andrea Mears firstname.lastname@example.org 338-8833
Treasurer Lisa Davis-Miller email@example.com 329-9969
Funding Coordinator Lisa Phelan firstname.lastname@example.org 942-4579
Antenatal Convenor Andrea Wong email@example.com 332-3533
Baby & You Convenor Marilyn Renault firstname.lastname@example.org 331-6270
Moving & Munching Angela Sheat email@example.com 322-9383
Tinies to Tots Convenor Aveline Perham firstname.lastname@example.org 376-5090
Focus Night Convenor Susan Dyson email@example.com 332-8004
Membership Officer Lucretia Downs firstname.lastname@example.org 339-6637
Librarian Vacancy Looking for someone, can you
Marketing Laila Holland email@example.com 980-0010
Volunteer Coordinator Izabel Lyall firstname.lastname@example.org 942-0652
Newsletter Editor Kay Male email@example.com 337-6255
Coffee Group Liaison Vacancy Looking for someone, can you
Christchurch South Parents Centre, PO Box 33033, Barrington, Christchurch, Phone 332 5651
Did you know that all members are welcome at our monthly meetings?
If you are interested in finding out what happens at a meeting we would love to see you.
You could bring a friend if you don’t want to come alone.
Talk to any of our Committee members - we can arrange for one of us to pick you up.
Next meetings are: 5th March (AGM) & 2nd April 2007
March / April 2007
In this Issue
• From the President.......................... 4 • Joining Information:...................... 15
• New Arrivals...................................... 4 • Childbirth Education...................... 15
• From the Editor................................ 5 • Parent Education Courses............. 16
• Celebrating Our Volunteers........... 6 • Dial - A – Mum ................................. 18
• Coffee with a Parents Centre • Toddler Nutrition: Ages 18-
Volunteer............................................ 7 24months.......................................... 19
• Focus Night: Toilet Training your • Recipes..............................................20
Toddler…............................................. 8 • Book Reviews ................................... 21
• Focus Night: Reusable Nappies..... 8 • Digital Natives…and how to
• Focus Night: Fathers Night – parent them. ....................................23
Rough Play – you are so important 8 • Notices .............................................25
• Fun Easter Activities ...................... 9 • 10 Rules for running a successful
• Co-Sleeping: The Pros & Cons...... 10 coffee group:...................................26
• A Date to remember...................... 10 • Websites ..........................................26
• Just for fun!.................................... 12 • Members Retailers Discounts .....27
• Dads and breastfeeding................ 13 • Christchurch South Parents
• Situations Vacant ........................... 15 Centre Library ................................29
• SUPPORT NETWORK -
Christchurch Area ......................... 31
Parents Centre NZ is a nationwide, voluntary organisation set up by parents for parents in 1952. Affiliated centres throughout New
Zealand educate in birth and parenting, support parents in their role, and advocate improving community attitudes and facilities.
Positive birth experiences and informed parenting in a community where parents are supported
and highly valued in their role.
The view and articles in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the Editors or Christchurch South Parents Centre
and do not necessarily reflect Parents Centre New Zealand policy. Advertising in this newsletter does not imply endorsement
by Parents Centres New Zealand. Contributions to the newsletter are always welcome. The deadline for the next issue (May/June
2007) is 19th April2007.
Christchurch South Parents Centre: Address: PO Box 33033, Christchurch
From the President Sadly we will farewell Sheryl at our AGM, but
we look forward to more people joining us,
We have had a busy, eventful there is always room for more helpers!
month. Ian and I ran the Buller
half marathon together and Susan
more importantly had a weekend
away without the girls. Thankfully, the
energetic and at times very uncomfortable
part of the weekend was over by 10.30 am on
Saturday, leaving time to enjoy a well deserved
beer in the sunshine!
Ella turned five in January and so started
school last week. It was a big day for all of us,
especially her mother! I cried walking home-
she was fine! It is amazing to me (and you’ll all New Arrivals
experience it) how grown up she has become in
just a few weeks, now everything is “Mrs
Woods told us to…”, “Mrs Woods says…”, or as
I call it ‘the gospel according to Mrs Woods”!!
Sarah & Andrew Hurley Morgan
We are having a busy Parents Centre month.
Next weekend will be our annual Family Picnic Lisa & Hamish Winterbourn Georgia
and Children’s Concert, and we look forward to
seeing lots of people there. Please encourage Susan & Mike Sheppard Gilby
your friends to join us; as it’s not just for our
Jackie Murison & Stuart Bale William
members but the whole community.
Angela & Isaac Powell Hayley
The last few months have also seen an increase
in volunteers to our committee which is Jo & Brian Ellwood Lesley
Welcome to Kay Male who you will see is our Yvette and Brett Hodge
new newsletter editor. Ave Perham has kindly
Bridget & Chris George
agreed to be our Tinies to Tots convenor and
her husband Dan who will be looking after our Susan & Nik Aitken Sarah
Antenatal Liaison people, the first man on our
committee for a long time (maybe ever?)- Rebecca and Chris Otis
hurrah!! Andrea Mears, Secretary and Lucretia
Downs, Membership, both joined the Belinda and Craig Conner
committee around the same time their names If your name has been missed out and you
appeared on our baby born list! Marilyn would like us to mention it so you have a keep
Regnault is assisting Tania (who is having her sake please contact the editor via the email in
second baby any day!) with Baby and You and the front of the newsletter and we will be
has already revamped the information we give happy to include it.
our participants. Andrea has developed some
great new systems for antenatal bookings,
taking over from Sonja who is staying on to
help us with acquisition of new rooms.
From the Editor there are $10 worth of book vouchers for each
Hello, I’m Kay and I am the Enjoy your Easter break and don’t eat too
new editor of the newsletter. much chocolate ☺
You would have read in the
last issue that Andrea has Kay
moved on to the antenatal co-ordinators role
and so I have offered my services to the
I am a new member of the Parents Centre
committee; so many people will not have heard
anything about me…. So we thought it would be
a good idea for me to introduce myself. Well…..
I’m an Accountant, English (but please don’t
hold that against me!) and just 18 months ago
I arrived in Christchurch from my hometown of
Maidenhead, South East England. I am married
to Andy, who is also English, and we have a
gorgeous 21 month old little boy called George.
We love our new lives here in Christchurch
although we do miss our families and friends in (George & I in Wellington, Sept 2006)
the UK (does that ever go away?!) but, all in all
we have settled well here and have made some
My main interest outside my family is my love
of photography. Life before a baby meant
hours spent taking photos of landscapes,
flowers & buildings, but now I have a new
subject for my lens….. a little George! I am
never too far away from a camera or my little
I came across Parents Centre when a friend
told me about the Tinies to Tots course. I
signed up for the course and on the course
evaluation I ticked a tiny little box and the
next thing I knew I was a member of the
committee!! (BTW-I can highly recommend the
course it was very informative – see pg16 for
Well, that’s all from me for now. I hope you
enjoy reading this issue. Please don’t forget I’d
love to receive your suggestions for future
articles that you’d like us to include. Better
still why not get your fingers tapping and send
me a story about your parenting experiences or
an article on your coffee or antenatal group –
Sheryl is one of our
outstanding volunteers, joining our committee
four years ago as the membership officer. She
was a very new parent and has continued to be
a committed volunteer despite having another
Sheryl is hardworking and dedicated, never (Sheryl pictured far left)
expecting thanks for her time and effort. As
well as membership Sheryl set up and ran our Sheryl, thank you for your dedication to
Tinies to Tots course, she has also been our Parents Centre and the great ideas you have
venue liaison person, maintained the centre implemented. We will miss you.
diary, organised trainings/focus nights,
updated and printed our pamphlets, and Our very best wishes to you, Paul, Thomas and
maintained the committee contact list. Natasha for the challenges that lie ahead.
For the first time, thanks to Sheryl who
became CBE liaison, we have a much better
working relationship with our Childbirth
Educators. She has been a great Vice
President, helping me on several occasions with
organisation and decision-making. And with
Sonja she has sourced better venues for our Christchurch South
classes. Parents Centre
Sheryl is at the forefront of many of one-off
events, even peeling a bag of onions among
many other things for our annual picnic (not to Annual
mention organising the sausages, sauce, spread,
bbq’s, membership list, signs and notice General
When Sheryl does something you know it will at
done well. She is organised and thorough with St Nicholas Church
an ability to see things others have missed. cnr Barrington and Frankleigh Sts
She is also kind with a well-developed sense of
humour, essential when juggling children, work Monday 5th March 2007 @ 7.30pm
and voluntary work! And she always offers to The actual AGM will be brief and followed by supper
and time to chat with other members.
Show your support and come along!
Sadly Sheryl MacGibbon has decided now is
Please RSVP to Susan 3328004,Dyson.firstname.lastname@example.org
the time to move on, to focus on her family,
and will not be re-standing at our AGM.
Coffee with a • Would you bungee jump? Have done, but
that was before I become a scaredy cat
Parents Centre • What did you want to be when you were
little? An Air hostess but then I went on
Volunteer a plane!
Lucretia Downs is the new • Do you untie your shoes when you take
membership co-ordinator. Mother them off? Sometimes
to 3month old Lilly (pic below), • Favourite ice cream flavour? Chocolate
• Favourite colour? RED
she took 10 minutes out of her
• What do you miss most right now? A
busy day to answer some real bra
questions. • Favourite drink? Tea
• Favourite day of the year? Birthdays
• Favourite food? Chocolate
• Scary movies or happy endings? Happy
endings, remember I’m scaredy cat
• Summer or winter? Summer, I have the
• What book/magazine are you currently
reading? For the last 6mths Never Let me
Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and also Kid-wrangling
by Kaz Cooke.
• If you could change one thing about
yourself, what would it be? All very deep,
but you can change anything about yourself
if you really want to! So other than my
• How are you today? Great
large ass, which I am sort of always working
• If you could go anywhere on vacation, on, nothing.
where would it be? Somewhere hot but
• What is your favourite TV show? Grey's
• What class in school do you think is
• What was the last film you saw at the
totally useless? All of them at the time,
cinema? Blood diamonds
if only I knew then what I know now!
• What characteristics you can't stand?
• Do you wish on stars? No
• When did you last cry? Sunday but just a
• Are you a morning person or a night owl?
wee melt down, nothing major :-)
Both before I was pregnant, but since
• Diamonds or pearls? Definitely Diamonds becoming a Mum I had to become a morning
• What is your most embarrassing CD on person!
your shelf? Nothing I think is • Any new or exciting news that you'd like
embarrassing but plenty I don’t ever listen to share with us? I just love being a
• What was your favourite toy as a child? • Finally - How did you become a volunteer
My snegly was a smelly doll which I use to with Parents Centre? I just answered yes
sniff when joining, that easy.
Focus Night: Toilet The plan of the evening is to explore the answers to
these and many other questions and allow you to
Training your have a hands-on look at some of the different types
of reusable nappies available on the market.
Toddler⁄ The evening will be facilitated by Miriam Fisher. As
a first time mum and reusable nappy user she has
Pat Penrose has been involved with
first hand experience of the overwhelming
writing articles and taking
information you may have come across. She has
workshops on various aspects of parenting for a
experimented with a variety of styles of nappies on
number of years. As well as her knowledge as a
her ‘heavy wetter’ and has even begun to make her
parent she also draws on her experiences as a
own nappies, over-naps and nappy wipes. Miriam will
provide answers to the kind of questions you might
be asking and hopefully give you the confidence to
• Indicators of when your child is ready to be
have a try at reusable nappies as an option for
• The process of toilet training
Supper will be provided and there also be a prize
This is a very interactive session so whether you
draw on the evening for a lovely pocket nappy.
haven't started the toileting process or have come
DATE: Monday, 26 March 2006
unstuck and need ideas, come along with all your TIME: 7.30pm
questions. Bring pen & paper if you want to write COST: FREE for members/Gold coin donation non
down some of the great ideas. members
DATE: Tuesday 03 April VENUE: Room 4, Shirley Community Centre, cnr
TIME: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Finish 9.00/9.30pm Shirley Road and Slater Street, Shirley
COST: FREE for members/$5 non members Contact Chch Parents Centre, Ph: 385 4640 if you
VENUE: St Nicholas Anglican Church, Cnr Barrington would like to attend
& Frankleigh Sts.
Contact Laila to confirm your space 9800010
Focus Night: Fathers Night –
Reusable Nappies Rough Play – you
What’s all the hype about?!! are so important
Where do I start?
This course is designed to
Where can I go for information
encourage dads to play with
that is practical and unbiased?
their children, but more than that, give reasons why
You are welcome to attend a PARENTS CENTRE
it is so important to roll around the floor, throw the
evening all about reusable nappies. The purpose of
kids in the air (gently!) and play.
the evening is not to convince you that reusable
Gill Connell is a child development expert who works
nappies are the only choice, nor is it to promote a
in the area of physical development. She will explain
certain product or brand of nappies.
how movement benefits brain development and gets
Have a look at some of the questions and topics
them ready for learning. There will be lots of fun
below. If you have wondered about or wanted
ideas to get out there and hang loose with your
answers to these then this evening is for you.
kids. She is the co-author of Moving To Learn and
What about the smell? Do I have to soak
appears on each episode of the popular TV series
them? Will I need to use pins? Do they leak?
What types are best? Why are there so many DATE: Tuesday, 6 March 2007
types? You mean there are more options than Time: 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm
those flat ones? Will they be scratchy on my COST: FREE for members/$5.00 for non members
baby’s skin? What size should I get? How many VENUE: St Nicholas Anglican Church, Cnr Barrington
& Frankleigh Sts
do I need? How do I wash them?
Contact Dan Perham on 376-5090 to confirm your
Fun Easter HATCHABLE DINOSAUR EGG
Activities • One balloon for each dinosaur egg
• A lot of old newspaper and/or brown-bag
Flower Crown • Flour-water glue (instructions below)
Supplies: Paints (tempera works well) and markers
• A paper plate
• Coloured paper or Make a simple, thin glue from flour and
tissue paper water (boiling gives it a nice consistency).
• Paint, markers, or Mix 1 cup of flour into 1 cup of water until
crayons the mixture is thin and runny. Stir into 4
• Scissors cups of boiling water. Simmer for about 3
• Glue minutes, then cool.
• Optional - glitter,
crepe paper or other ribbons Have children tear a lot of strips of
newspaper and/or brown bag paper. Strips
should be about 1 inch wide; the length
doesn't really matter.
Cut a slit through the centre of
the paper plate, leaving about an For an extra special dinosaur egg, put
inch at the edges of the plate. a small, plastic dinosaur inside the
Cut three more slits. balloon before blowing it up. Blow up
a balloon for each child.
Bend the triangles formed Dip each strip of paper in the flour glue
by the cuts upwards, and wrap around the balloon. Have at least
forming leaf-like shapes. two layers surrounding the balloon. Let it
dry (at least overnight) after each layer.
Paint the crown light green
(or use markers or crayons Let the dinosaur egg dry for a few days.
to colour it). Let the paint When it is dry, you can pop and remove
dry. the balloon from inside the egg.
Cut out some paper or tissue After the dinosaur egg is
paper flowers for your hat. Any completely dry, decorate
shapes will do - let your with paint or markers.
imagination run wild and invent
your own flowers. Let the children know that no
Glue flowers to the crown. one knows what colour the
Optional: Decorate it with dinosaurs' eggs were. Also,
glitter and/or staple two some dinosaurs dug nests
long ribbons of crepe out of sandy soil and some
paper to your beautiful just laid their eggs on the
hat. ground. Maybe the eggs
were camouflaged to blend
Variation: Instead of in with twigs, sand, mud, or
flowers, make paper fallen leaves.
eggs, decorate them, and
put them on your hat. You can later "hatch" your
egg and find a tiny dinosaur.
Co-Sleeping: The she may have trouble sleeping when you leave her
with a relative or babysitter. Depending on how old
Pros & Cons your child is and how long she has been sleeping
with you, making the eventual transition from family
bed to her own bed can be a long and drawn-out
What are the advantages of having our baby process. See our article on moving your baby out of
sleep with us?
the family bed for more ideas.
If you and your partner both work during the day,
co-sleeping can give you some extra time to spend Sleep sharing can affect your love life too.
with your baby. The nurturing and closeness that Spontaneous lovemaking when your baby's in the
happen during the night can help create a stronger bed tends isn't really an option; many parents find
relationship between you and your child. another room to make love in to avoid disturbing
their baby. At times, one or both of you may resent
Some studies have shown that sleep-sharing babies
having to make this kind of compromise.
tend to breastfeed more, yet disrupt their
mother's sleep less, than babies who sleep alone. Some parents may be concerned about a study
Mothers who share a bed with their baby tend to published in the Lancet in 2004 which suggested a
breastfeed their babies for longer periods of time, slight increase in the risk of cot death or sudden
perhaps because they find it easier to breastfeed infant death syndrome (SIDS) amongst babies of
in bed rather than getting up during the night to non-smoking mothers who bed-shared all night in
feed their baby. the first eight weeks of life. However, many other
organisations recommend co-sleeping arrangements,
Babies who sleep with their parents tend to stay
if done correctly and safely, in the first few weeks
awake for shorter periods of time during the night
of your baby's life as it can make breastfeeding
than solitary sleepers, and they may cry
easier. See our article on how to sleep with your
significantly less, too. Sleeping close to your baby
baby safely for more information.
allows you to quickly respond if she starts to cough
or cry in the night. How does co-sleeping work if I go to bed later
than my baby?
Some people believe that babies who co-sleep with
If you're wondering how to get your baby to sleep
their parents are more independent, more outgoing,
when you're not ready to go to sleep with her,
and more confident as children. As adults, they
there's no right or wrong answer. Some parents lie
have higher self-esteem, better stress-
down with their baby until she's sleeping soundly,
management skills, and are more comfortable with
and then get up to carry on their evening. It's a
intimacy than adults who slept alone as babies.
good idea to check on your baby frequently, to use a
However sleeping arrangements on their own cannot
bed rail to prevent her from rolling out of bed, and
make your baby into a particular type of person.
to place plenty of cushions on the floor at the foot
of the bed in case she manages it anyway. Some
Some studies have also suggested that on average,
parents keep their baby up with them in the
babies who co-sleep wake less often, and go back to
evening; others let their baby sleep in a carry cot
sleep sooner, than babies who sleep alone in another
or Moses basket downstairs until they go to bed
room. However, some babies simply are better able
to soothe themselves back to sleep than others. For
this reason, it's misleading to think that co-sleeping
will influence when your baby starts sleeping
through the night.
A Date to remember.....
What are the disadvantages of letting our baby
2nd April 2007
sleep in the same bed as us?
Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's
Sharing your bed with a wriggling, kicking, squirming
birthday, 2 April, International Children's Book Day
baby takes some getting used to, and you may not
(ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and
sleep as well as you do when your baby sleeps alone.
to call attention to children's books. So visit your
If your baby gets used to falling asleep next to you,
local library and get reading!
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Just for fun! Cartoon Time:
Child complaining while his mother applies total ‘Son’ block
5 Fascinating Facts!!
• The smile is the most frequently
used facial expression. A smile
can use anywhere from a pair of
5 to 53 facial muscles.
• The slowest growing finger nail is
on the thumb nail and the fastest
growing is the finger nail on the
• The sensitivity of a woman's
middle finger is reduced during
• The first known contraceptive Hey Diddle, Riddle!
was crocodile dung, used by
Egyptians in 2000 B.C. One mother gave 25 books to her daughter and
• Kissing can aid in reducing tooth another mother gave her daughter 8 books.
However, between both daughters they only
decay. This is because the extra
increased their collection by 25 books. How can
saliva helps in keeping the mouth
Answer on page 26
We have a prize for the first correct
solution submitted to the editor by Famous Quote:
email! The Future is something which everyone
reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour,
6 2 5
whatever he does, whoever he is.
3 7 8 4 CS LEWIS
A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table,
2 4 3 9 she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said,
“Would you like to say the blessing?”
“I wouldn’t know what to say,” the girl replied.
9 3 7
“Just say what you hear Mommy say,” the wife
7 6 8 9
The daughter bowed her head and said, “Lord, why
1 4 2 on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?”
Dads and the National Childbirth Trust. As a
result, new breastfeeding-spectator
breastfeeding fathers may experience some or all of
Before the baby is born, you • Worry that he'll have a harder time
may find that many expectant bonding & developing a relationship with
fathers state categorically that breast is best, and his child.
that they are fully in favour of their partner • A sense of inadequacy, thinking that
breastfeeding for as long as possible. And, when you nothing he does for his child could ever
consider the benefits, why not? compete with his partner's breasts.
The advantages of breastfeeding • Resentment towards the baby who has
• Breastfeeding requires no preparation, "come between" him and his partner.
no heating, no bottles or dishes you • Relief when the baby is weaned because
have to wash. he'll finally have a chance to catch up.
• It's free — and formula isn't cheap. • A belief that because women can
• Breast milk never runs out and you breastfeed, they somehow possess
never have to deal with leftovers. knowledge and skills that make them
• Breastfeeding is good for your partner, naturally better parents
giving her a chance to bond with the
baby. Six strategies for participating in feeding
• Breastfeeding is good for your baby. Studies of new and expectant parents show that
Breast milk contains the perfect blend they consider feeding to be the most important
of nutrients. Breastfed babies have a aspect of caring for an infant. And there's no doubt
much lower tendency than formula-fed that if your partner is breastfeeding, you're at a
babies do to develop food allergies and bit of a disadvantage in that respect. But just
respiratory and gastrointestinal because she's got control of her breasts and the
illnesses, and they are less likely to food that's in them doesn't mean you have no part
become obese as adults. Breast milk to play. You can get involved in the process in a
also transmits the mother's immunity to number of ways and help make breastfeeding as
certain diseases. pleasant an experience as possible for everyone:
• Breastfed babies' nappies don't smell • Spend plenty of private time with your
as bad. Breastfed babies produce baby doing activities that involve skin-
movements that smell almost sweet, to-skin contact. Changing nappies,
especially when compared to the poo cuddling, putting the baby to sleep,
produced by formula-fed babies. bathing, and even just reading in a chair
while the baby naps on your shirtless
After the baby comes, though, a lot of new fathers
chest are all great relationship builders.
have a change of heart about the benefits of
They give you and the baby a chance to
breastfeeding. It's not that they don't support it
be alone together, and the more this
— they still think it's the best thing for everyone
happens, the more confident you will
concerned. It's just that the whole thing can make
feel about your own abilities as a
them feel left out.
• Spend plenty of time just being with
Coping with feelings of inadequacy your baby. Take him for walks in the
• 'It is inevitable that exclusive pushchair, put him in a sling and go
breastfeeding will result in a different shopping, or do whatever you can think
relationship between mother and baby of to be together.
than the one you would have got if the
• Be supportive and thoughtful towards
feeding was shared', says Mary Smale,
your partner. Take responsibility for
breastfeeding counsellor and tutor for
chores that normally fall to her. textures, so you may have to do a little
Breastfeeding can be hard work at experimenting and be very patient
first. The current thinking among before you and your baby discover the
paediatricians is that women should try kind he likes best.
to breastfeed for at least a year. • Be patient if your partner seems less
Interestingly, studies have shown that interested in sex than in pre-baby days.
the more supportive their partners, the Imagine that someone has been crawling
longer women breastfeed and the more all over you and sucking on your breasts
confident they feel about their ability five or six times a day for 15 or 20
to do so. minutes at a time. You might be less
• Discuss with your partner the than enthusiastic about sharing your
possibility of giving your baby body yet again at the end of the day.
expressed breast milk from a bottle. Your partner's breastfeeding may
But don't put pressure on her, as some affect intercourse as well. Lactating
women find expressing breast milk women produce fewer of the ovarian
(manually or with a pump) uncomfortable hormones responsible for producing
or even painful. If you both decide that vaginal lubrication. Without that
this is a good idea, it is important to lubrication, lovemaking can be
wait a few weeks before introducing a uncomfortable or even painful. So
bottle so your baby will have a chance instead of thinking that your partner
to get completely comfortable with isn't aroused by you any more, stock up
feeding at the breast. on a good water-based lubricant for
• Try not to take it personally if your when she is interested in sex.
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Situations Vacant Contribution......
Christchurch South Parents
Would you be interested in writing a story or
Centre is totally run by
about your coffee group or other antenatal group
volunteers. Our committee has
outing? We are collecting names of people
people with kindy kids looking to move on to bigger
interesting in telling us about their group for the
things, so we’re looking for new joiners.
rest of the year’s issues.
Administrator We have a few $10 Book Vouchers
We require some one to be in charge of ordering to give to successful entries
our stationery, brochures and huggies and Email the Editor on ChchSthEditor@xtra.co.nz or
maintaining the levels of photocopy handouts and text to 021646963
manage the Kimberley Blanket sales. This role would
only be needed two to four times per year. You
would need to call at our antenatal location and
check the number of nappies, blankets, postal
envelopes, brochures and photocopies we have in
stock and order enough for 6-12 months.
If you are interested, please call Andrea on 332-
3533 for more information.
Librarian Antenatal Course
Interested in a small role? We are looking for
This course is designed for
someone to look after our small but lovely collection
those expecting their first child. Courses run
of books. Occasionally there is a request for a
certain book but mostly it is ensuring that books for eight successive weeks. The course is
are returned, and purchasing new books as required. taught by a Childbirth Educator and facilitated
This is a very important but non-taxing role for by Parents Centre Leaders. The content covers
someone wanting to give something back to Parents Healthy Pregnancy, Parenting Preparation and
Centre. Phone Susan 3328004 for more Childbirth Preparation.
information. A range of resources is used including video,
discussion, visiting speakers and parents
Joining Information: sharing from their own experiences. Courses
run continuously throughout the year.
Do you know someone who wants to join CHCH South
What Christchurch South Parents Centre Membership 2007 Course dates are as follows:
offers you: 9 Jan – 6 Mar (full)
* Kiwi Parent Magazine – 6 issues per year 31 Jan – 21 Mar (full)
* Local Newsletter – 6 issues per year
13 Mar – 1 May (full)
* Retailers’ Discounts
* Parenting Education 11 Apr – 6 Jun (full)
* Reduced Rates for Parenting Classes and Focus Nights 8 May – 26 Jun (full)
* Training Sessions and Leadership Certificate 27 Jun – 15 Aug (full)
* Free Toy Library Membership
3 Jul – 21 Aug (full)
* Social Events
* Access to Parenting Books and Video Library
28 Aug – 16 Oct (now booking)
* Friendship and Support with other Parents 5 Sep – 24 Oct (now booking)
* The opportunity to join a VERY FRIENDLY committee 23 Oct – 11 Dec
Types of Memberships available to you: 14 Nov – 16 Jan 2008
1 Year Membership - $60.00 ($20.00*)
Extra Weekend Class 15, 17 and 24 Feb 2007
2 Year Membership - $115.00 ($40.00*)
* Discounts for Community Services Card Holder
Please contact Lucretia on 339-6637 to find out more
about becoming a Parents Centre Member.
Parent Education Moving: An specialist discusses baby safety
now that your child is mobile, the development
Courses of fine motor skills and how you can assist, how
The courses below are FREE babies learn through play and age appropriate
(up to a maximum of 15 toys, the development of language and intellect
participants) for Parents Centre members and and how you can stimulate this.
a small charge for non-members. Come along Munching: A qualified Dietician will discuss
and meet other parents in a relaxed and introducing solids, good nutrition for all ages,
informative group. drinks, snacks and treats, teething and dental
Please note some of our courses are now being care, the child who won't eat, iron rich foods
held at the South Learning Centre, at the and food allergies.
Christchurch South Library, 66 Colombo St
The course is $25.00 for non-members.
1. Baby and You - 0-3 Months 2007 course dates are as follows:
This is a five-week course, run on a Thursday • Weds 28 March & 4 April 2007
morning for parents of new babies. Parents- • Weds 13 & 20 June 2007
to-be are also welcome to attend this course • Weds 22 & 29 August 2007
even if your baby hasn't arrived yet as you will • Weds 31 October & 7 November 2007
still find the information interesting and Bookings are essential. Please phone Angela on
useful. 322 9383. Each participant can choose to
It covers feeding, sleeping and crying, time purchase a copy of Baby Food and Beyond by
management, immunisation, Well Child Checks, Alison Holst for only $8 (normally retails at
Postnatal Depression, development and $14.95).
milestones, baby massage, books and toys, and
Thanks to the Christchurch City Council for
music and play.
generously providing funding for this course in
The course is $15 for Christchurch central 2007.
members & $30.00 for non-members. 3. Tinies to Tots 10-18 Months
2007 course dates are as follows: This course consists of three evening sessions
• Thu 1 March – 29 March 2007
(safety, nutrition and teeth, and play and
• Thu 14 June – 12 July 2007
stimulation) each led by a specialist in the
• Thu 6 September – 4 October 2007
• Thu 8 November – 6 December 2007
We aim for the course to be relaxed and
Please note these are 5-week courses.
informative with time for questions. A great
Bookings are essential. Please phone Tanya on
opportunity for you to meet other parents
experiencing the same joys and challenges.
Thanks to the Christchurch City Council for
generously providing funding for this course in The course is $25 for non-members.
2007 2007 Course dates are as follows:
• Monday 12 – 26 March 2007
2. Moving and Munching 4-8 Months • Monday 11 – 25 June 2007
• Monday 10 – 24 September 2007
This course is for parents of babies 4-8 • Monday 19 November – 3 Dec 2007
months of age. Two fun and informative
Bookings are essential. Please phone Ave on
evenings that will answer your questions on
child development and feeding issues in the 376 5090.
months that lie ahead.
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Isn't parenting a Establishing a routine/ good sleep
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from someone who has 'been Fertility treatment Susan 3328004
there'. Below is a list of parents
who have some experience in the Constipation in infants Cathy 3387558
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Reflux Tracey 3224324
support and advice. We are not
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We are always looking to add to our list. If you might be interested please phone Susan on
Canterbury Plunket Celebrates
Saturday 3rd March, 11am – 3pm
Halswell Domain, Halswell Road, Christchurch
Bring your family and friends to this FREE fun event to celebrate
the importance of children in our lives. We will be offering face
painting, pre-school activities, crafts, outdoor play equipment, healthy
eating displays and recipes, advice & information from Car Seat
Rentals and a Plunket Nurse. There will also be plenty of giveaways to keep
kids and Mums and Dads happy.
This event is brought to you as part of Showcase Halswell – a
free family fun day showcasing 50 local organizations to
include staged entertainment, bouncy castle, model railway,
café and food stalls.
There is plenty of parking and areas to picnic.
If wet, the event will be held on Sunday 4th March.
Toddler Nutrition: Ages 18- Q - My toddler will not sit down and eat for
more than a few minutes at a time. Should I
24months try to make him stay at the table?
Get creative at mealtimes to hold your
toddler's interest. George has been off his A - If your toddler will sit down at the table
food for a couple of weeks. Usually such a good and eat for a few minutes at a time, he (and
eater, we were quite worried how ever seems you) are doing brilliantly. Do go on the same
that over the course of a week he did actually way because any change is likely to be for the
eat enough nutrients. Here are a few ideas if worse! Your son stays put for a while and eats
you are having problems too. a bit because he's hungry and likes the food
and, just as importantly, because he doesn't
By 18 months of age, your toddler will be see the table as a battleground with you. So
participating in family meals. She may well be a encourage his enthusiasm for food and his
pro at using a spoon and fork, and will be independence over eating it as much as you
learning basic food behaviour and phrases like possibly can. Let him have some say in what he
"more" and "finished." Her molar teeth will gets to eat ("Cheese sandwich or peanut butter
begin to come through, which means her sandwich?") and offer it in a form he can
chewing skills will be better than ever, too. manage entirely himself -even if that means he
That's the good news. The bad news? She may eats spaghetti with his fingers. Don't press
well have erratic eating habits, and you may him to eat more than he wants (though there's
find that it's harder than ever to hold her no harm in recalling his attention to his plate
attention at the table. She may demonstrate when he gets distracted) and don't "help" him
her growing independence by refusing to try unless he actually asks.
certain foods. To help prevent your toddler And please don't try to make him stay at table
becoming a fussy eater, offer a variety of when he's finished. One day he'll understand
foods packed with calories and nutrients, such that it's good manners to stay put until others
as avocados, kidney beans, and cheeses. Choose have finished eating, but if you try to enforce
foods with interesting colours, tastes, and that kind of discipline issue right now you'll
textures to stimulate her interest and her risk his happy eating.
appetite. But because of her tiny tummy, your
toddler won't be able to eat very much in one
sitting, so offer small snacks between meals.
How to be inventive
Do you knowsomeone
Now is the time to get inventive when it comes
to serving food to your child. Most toddlers
w w to join
love dips and spreads, so let them dunk
vegetables and breadsticks into a nutritious
CHCH South Parents
dip such as guacamole, hummus or cheese Centre?
sauce. You can also give your toddler soft dried
fruit such as apricots, prunes or raisins. If she Please contact Lucretia on
has a particularly finicky day, try offering a
nutritious drink by blending together fruits,
339-6637 to find out m ore
milk, and yogurt -- a meal in a glass! about becom ing
a Parents Centre M ber
Recipes 3. Working quickly (before the chocolate solidifies),
put a few spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture in
As it is soon Easter, here are a
each cup of the muffin pan, forming little nests.
few recipes for you to make and
share with your family at this special time of 4. Put a few egg-shaped candies in each of the little
year. nests. If they won't stick, use a dab of peanut
butter or marshmallow cream to glue them in.
5. Let the nests cool.
Why not make this sweet treat for your special
friends and give as Easter gifts.
This recipe makes approximately 40 truffles.
What you need:
A special treat for the kids, they'll just love
6 ounces of cream cheese the mallow tails.
2 teaspoons milk What you need:
8 ounces icing sugar 6 ounces of cream cheese
8 ounces chocolate drinking powder mix 2 teaspoons milk
Chocolate sprinkles 8 ounces icing sugar
What you do: 8 ounces chocolate drinking powder mix
1. In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese and Chocolate sprinkles
milk. Stir in the icing sugar and chocolate powder. What you do:
2. With clean hands, roll the mixture into marble 1. Preheat oven to 350F, Gas mark 4, 180C.
size balls and then roll the balls in chocolate
2. Cut the butter into small cubes and mix with the
sprinkles to coat.
flour in a mixing bowl until like fine breadcrumbs.
3. Stir in the muscovado sugar, ground cinnamon and
the grated lemon rind.
4. Stir in the egg yolk and enough water to mix into
Candy Bird Nests a soft dough.
A great party treat. 5. Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth
What you need: then roll out a quarter inch (0.5cm) thick.
1 cup of chocolate chips 6. Cut out biscuits with a rabbit cutter.
1 & ½ cups of cereal (cheerio’s, rice crispies, 7. Place on un-greased baking sheets and bake for
cornflakes etc) 10-15 minutes until a pale golden colour.
Candy that looks like bird eggs (peanut M&M's, 8. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
jelly beans, or yogurt-covered almonds) Decorate with currants for eyes and
What you do: marshmallows for tails, fixing them with a little
1. Put a piece of aluminium foil on top of a muffin decorating icing.
pan. Make indentations in the foil in each of the
2. Have an adult melt the chocolate chips in the
microwave or over boiling. When they are melted,
mix the chocolate with the cereal in a large bowl.
Book Reviews team studying specific cancers, teaches medical
students and attends international conferences. He
also has three children, and he wanted to be a
better father. Bruce interviewed over 75 fathers
The books that are
(and many of their families), with occupations
being reviewed below are available to
ranging from pig farmers, to the Prime Minister of
loan from our library. See pg29/30 for Australia and more recently Peter Hillary son of Sir
the full listing of books & DVD’s Edmund Hillary, to get their views on how they
available. balance demanding jobs with being a good dad.
Bruce has compiled this resource for men so that
they might learn from the experiences of others,
THE BABY BOOK and become better fathers. The experiences of
William and Martha Sears, many men show that, if a little time and planning go
a paediatrician and a into it, work can make better fathers and better
registered nurse fathering can help you in your work.
respectively, team up with
two of their doctor sons to
update their 1993 guide to
Advocating a "high-touch EDUCATING BABIES
style of parenting to balance the high-tech life of & TODDLERS
the new millennium," the authors teach new parents Gee, Robyn & Meredith,
how to bond with their babies through seven
fundamental behaviours, including breastfeeding,
"baby wearing" and setting proper boundaries.
Part of the Usborne
When parents keep close to their babies by bringing
Parents’ Guide series, this
them into bed at night and picking them up when
is a concisely written handbook for parents of
they cry, the infants develop better, the authors
children from birth to 5years old. This guide
argue; rather than becoming spoiled, they become
contains a wealth of information arranged in short
more healthy and independent. From tips for a
chapters that don’t intimidate. Chapter headings
healthy birth, getting your baby to sleep and
include; ‘Things to feel & hold’, ‘imitating &
feeding him the "right fats," to information about
pretending’ and ‘music, songs & rhymes’. A
early health concerns, the major steps in infant
comprehensive chart provides a guide to the stages
development and troublesome but typical toddler
of development from birth to 2&½ years. This chart
summarizes development in terms of general
physical factors as well as specific visual, manual,
verbal and auditory milestones and suggests toys
FATHERING FROM and activities related to each. In fact, the entire
THE FAST LANE book is packed with hundreds of play and activity
This book has been written ideas to support your child’s growth. You will also
for men who want to be find more than 20 songs and rhymes with actions
better fathers. It shows for parents & children to learn together. The book
how busy men can find ways is extremely user friendly, with many small and
to give their children the charming illustrations that clarify concepts.
time they need from their
dads. Bruce Robinson,
Professor of Medicine at
the University of Western
Australia is a busy man.
He is a practicing lung
specialist, leads a large
P O Box 33-033
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Digital Natives⁄and Ministry of Education’s “eLearning Fellowship” and
studied how new technologies could enhance pre-
how to parent schoolers’ story writing and telling. During the
study Jo let eight of her 4-year olds get their little
them. hands on a range of software such as KidPix and
GarageBand, and hardware such as digital cameras
PC’s, laptops, Play Station, Xbox, Nintendo, MSN, and laptops to extend their interest in telling their
Mp3, mobiles, digital cameras…our children are own stories. With KidPix children use a microphone
growing up in a digital landscape. How do we to tell their stories alongside a slide show of their
navigate this new ‘space’, that was non-existent illustrations. Using movie-making software, some of
when we were kids? How do we maximise the the children made a movie with either still photos
potential benefits and avoid the pitfalls? of props or photos of their own artwork. Jo
recommends the art and design software KidPix,
With much of the media focused on the negative because it is open-ended, giving children lots of
aspects of computer use, parents could be excused creative licence.
for feeling a little anxious and concerned about all
the new technologies in our children’s lives. And To ease some anxiety over the children’s use of the
yet, for most New Zealand children, digital equipment, Jo says rules were set up. With cameras
technologies are increasingly part of their lives. this meant wearing them on a wrist strap, no
running with them or going in the sand pit; on the
Derek Wenmouth, eLearning Director of CORE computer the rules included taking turns and
Education, believes we should capitalise on the regularly saving work to avoid heart break. She
opportunities computers provide. He says it is says pre-schoolers can only do what they have been
important to understand that the real benefits lie shown, so they will get so much more out of new
in the way their use may help develop creativity, technologies if parents get involved.
collaborative skills, and innovative problem-solving.
Some ways parents can get involved Maths educator, Jan Savell, says computers can be
As you use these technologies yourself, model used very effectively to develop children’s
appropriate behaviours, especially not letting mathematics, but much depends on the teacher and
computers or cell phones displace family the software. Children need software that is
interaction flexible enough for them explore the programme at
Talk about the excitement of new discoveries their own pace. It must be interesting enough to
and ideas you’ve been exposed to motivate the child, and at just the right level of
Be prepared to learn with your children – play challenge so he is eager to persevere without
some of their games with them getting bored or discouraged. With these
Locate the family computer in a family space, guidelines Savell says, “computers accelerate
and encourage shared experiences at the children’s ability to learn at the next level”.
Encourage the use of the internet as a research In Christchurch, Debbie and Shane Hollebon
tool and discuss the relevance and reliability of parents to Joe (12) and Georgia (15), navigate their
the information gathered way through the relationship challenges that come
Use the technologies available to communicate with their digitally wired kids, but are happy overall
with your children, e.g. text them from time to with the balance that they have achieved. The
time, send them emails. highly engaging and visually appealing
characteristics of many games are incredibly
While older children get introduced to new attractive to children. “Joe can get quite obsessed
technologies through school and their peers, it is with it,” Debbie says of his latest game,
often up to parents or technologically literate Kindy Rollercoaster Tycoon. However, on the positive side,
teachers to get pre-school children on the road to they point out that it does challenge him to think
creative computer use. Jo Culbert, head teacher at strategically and introduces him to business ideas.
Westmere Kindergarten in Auckland has just In the game, player design their own rollercoaster
completed a research sabbatical year with the park from scratch and have to test the financial
viability of their product. This includes opening it CORE Education is a not-for-profit educational
to customers and gauging the profit margins on research and development organisation, with a
each of the rides commitment to the educational benefits of new
Though the Hollebons say the children’s use of the technologies.
computer has been the cause of some conflict, they
have found that taking the time to understand the Resources for parents of Digital Natives
games their children enjoy has helped them Some good websites for parents to use with
negotiate with them about when to finish playing younger children:
and given them an appreciation of the fun factor • www.galaxykids.co.nz is an excellent early
and challenges they involve. Shane and Debbie reading and early maths sit with a New Zealand
believe the use of the computer gives their children focus from Sunshine books.
an additional bonus of skills and experience they • www.hitentertainment.com Heaps of links to
would not necessarily get at school such as children’s sites based on TV or movies: Bob the
strategy, design and calculations skills. Builder, Kim Possible, Thomas the Tank Engine
Things they would recommend etc.
Being aware of balance by encouraging other • www.yahoologans.yahoo.com A major, secure
non-digital activities portal site with links to games, reference
Getting to know the digital games and products material, links, news and activities for all ages
your children use • www.pbskids.org. A range of activities, colouring
Being rigid in sticking to time slots – children templates, games and multimedia (click and
get used to the limits from the start listen) storybooks
Having the computer located in the main living • www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies for favourites such as
area so that its use can be monitored and social the Teletubbies, bob the Builder, Fireman Sam,
interaction continue Postman Pat and Andy Pandy
Banning games containing graphic/realistic Is there a cost involved?
violence Some of the best sites require a subscription or
registration and sometimes this involves a payment.
Joe and Georgia love to play SingStar Party, a Play Galaxykids for example, charges $59.95 per year
Station game with Karaoke features allowing kids to for its reading module. However, many others are
test drive their pop star abilities. free, and even the major subscription sites have
After noting that interest in music seemed to be on free samples to download. The main cost is the
the decline among students, mark Edwards, a time it takes to see whets on the sites.
primary school teacher from Rutherford Primary in How do I know if they are safe?
Auckland was inspired to test the theory that Information on internet safety can be obtained at
music-making software and games such as SingStar www.netsafe.org.nz There are technical things that
Party can increase student enthusiasm for music can be done to ensure children’s safety on the
learning. He designed 12 lessons utilising music internet, such as installing security software like
technologies and software for a selected class of 9 Cyber Patrol or Net-Nanny to block undesirable
and 10-year olds. He says he got very positive material, or use a filtered internet provider such as
feedback. Good music composition software, such Watchdog. The ‘History’ section of your browser
as Garage-Band and Acid Express gave students the will also list which sites your children have been
opportunity to create their own music – something a visiting. Most of the main educational sites, such as
recent survey showed kids most want to do as part Yahooligans, only contain secure and safe links
of their music education. within the sites, so there is little risk of
accidentally linking to inappropriate sites once
While new technologies can be another challenge there.
for parents, they do play and will continue to play an
important part in our children’s lives. It’s Cate Broughton, pp54-55, Parenting, Issue
comforting to know that, with a little guidance and 24, August 2006
thoughtful input they can be a positive presence
and not something to fear.
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10 Rules for *'Comfortable' Clothes - whatever your
running a *The only clean item of clothing you have -
because although you have washed everyone
successful coffee else’s clothes you haven't washed yours!
group: *The best clothes you have because all your
other clothes are in the wash!
(From a mother who has a coffee group phobia)
10. All mothers and babies are to be treated
1. All members are to show their house at it's with love and respect and valued for the unique
worst at least once during membership. contribution that they bring to the group.
2. The words "It does get better" are May your coffee group thrive and become a
forbidden place to welcome the company of others who
find themselves at this challenging time of
3. Crying is compulsory at least once during life.
4. If crying is not your thing let us know who it
is that you want 'erased' - we will take care of
them for you!
5. Membership will be terminated if the words
"everything is wonderful" (emphasis on
wonderful) are used as a regular description of
your current circumstances (especially when
everything isn't wonderful)
6. The following definition of the word "FINE" Websites
is accepted to ensure group honesty – Don’t forget to have a look at the Parents
F = Fed up Centre website. www.parentscentre.org.nz
I = Insecure Check out the “Chatterbox” forums where you
N = Neurotic can chat live. Some of the discussion forums
E = Emotional include: Breastfeeding; New parents, Toddler
time; Trading post, Book reviews; Pregnancy
7. When anyone uses the word fine to describe
chat, Centre chat;
their current situation they must be sat down,
given a hot drink and something delicious to eat
- they obviously need some nurturing. These are parenting sites
8. Fantastic food feasts are essential. During www.bbc.co.uk/parenting
this time no mention of dress size or use of www.babycentre.co.uk
the word 'diet' may occur.
9. For each time you are seen well dressed the
Riddle Answer: There are only 3 people - a daughter, her
group must also see you wearing one of the
mother, and her grandmother. The mother received 25
following items of clothing: books from the grandmother and then gave 8 to her
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More than just a toy store.
30% off homesits exceeding 60 days.
The Every Educaid shop sources children’s books, games,
toys & resources from all over the world to ensure parents
can give their children an educational edge through play. PHOTOGRAPHY
Plenty of off street parking & great family facilities. While You Wait Studios
Let the children play while you shop. 131 Manchester Street
Ph 366 6267
3 Wise Monkeys 10% off all prints.
www.3wisemonkeys.co.nz Specialist in portraiture. Colour or B/W. Family, individual,
10% discount (please quote PC10CHC when ordering). business or portraits. Photos on film or digital,
3 Wise Monkeys is an internet based company offering no appointment needed
funky stuff for cool kids (& parents too!) - 3 Wise Monkeys
t-shirts, Oi Oi Nappy Bags, Kecci Nappy Bags, Dou Dou Soft Brian Isbister Photography
Toys, Underarm 81 Kids Cricket Shirts & lots more. Check Phone 0800 100 324
the website for great gift ideas! 10% off all photography, enlargements & framing (excludes
special promotional prices)
Little Miss & Mister
368A Colombo St (opposite Spotlight),
Ph. 377 7119
10% discount for purchases of $50 or more
Cosmetic Imaging Services
(sale items not included).
Ph 385 5615
Fabulous baby & children’s clothing designed and made in NZ.
Learn secrets of professional makeup applications, individual
or group of 5 for 2 hours @$50 each. Special occasion
CHILD SAFETY makeup application and gift vouchers available.
Kiddie Lok Child Safety Services Ltd CLASS HAIR DESIGN
Ph 0800 12 SAFE (7233) 123 Farrington Ave, Bishopdale Mall,
Website: www.kiddielok.co.nz Ph 359 8606
Email email@example.com 15% discount to any PC members & family on all in-salon
12.5 % discount to PC Members on all products Your one stop services. Please refer to PC when booking.
child safety shop! We have one of the largest child safety
product ranges. By simply installing a few, but highly
effective safety products you could help prevent a childhood
accident. Kiddielok would be happy to discuss your child
safety needs with you
IF YOU HAVE A BUSINESS OR KNOW OF A BUSINESS WHO WOULD
OFFER A DISCOUNT TO MEMBERS, PLEASE LET US KNOW.
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Members Retailers Discounts
SHOW YOUR PARENTS CENTRE MEMBERSHIP CARD AND GET A DISCOUNT
CYCLES ETC GIFTS
Ewen & Tanya Riccarton Mall,
Ph/Fax 981 9498 Ph 348 6907
10% disc. off hire rates to PC members. The Palms, phone 386 3378
Bicycle trailers and Kids trailers available for hire. Northlands, phone 354 4169
Great for a family weekend away or something 10% discount on everything in store, including current
more for the hard-core cycle tourist. promotional discounts.
Bivouac Outdoors New Zealand owned & operated company offering quality
Cnr Colombo & Lichfield St, homeware products at affordable prices.
Ph 366 3197
20% off all full price stock. Jiggle
Stockists of Mountain Buggy, Macpac frontpacks and child Personalised Jigsaws
backpacks, Icebreaker & many other great outdoor Louise
equipment & clothing brands. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph 021 114 0865
HUB - your bicycle centre Create family fun using your own special moments. Send us
Shop 6, Tower Junction, your favourite digital photo and we'll make it into a unique
Whiteleigh Ave jigsaw. A treasured way to record family memories. Various
ph 982 4982 styles and shapes available.
fax 982 4984 20% discount for PC members.
Present your valid Christchurch South Parents Centre PHOTOCOPYING
card at HUB (near Raeward Fresh) to receive 10% off CopyQuality
everything except labour charges. All Digital Copy Centre
Cnr Manchester St & Cambridge Tce
COFFEE MORNING FUN Ph 963 8899
Funky Feet Email email@example.com
Zoe Free pick up and delivery on all jobs over $50.
Ph 326 7857
Capture the memory of your child’s cute feet or hands in
plaster forever, mould made at session, plaster relief
received at later date. Min 6
people per group, ·$3 off each imprint—usually $18 now $15.
The Palms, Cnr Marshland & New Brighton Rds,
Ph 385 5588
10% off our great range of food & drinks.
An extensive range of drinks both steaming hot and
refreshingly cold & a lite snack menu of slices, muffins,
bagels & paninis.
Very child friendly, including a play room for the kids.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT DISCOUNTS ARE A BONUS TO YOUR MEMBERSHIP.
DON’T ABUSE! ADDITIONAL IDENTIFICATION MAY BE REQUIRED WHEN MAKING
PURCHASES. DISCOUNTS ARE ONLY GIVEN TO THE NAMED PERSON ON YOUR PC
Christchurch South Parents Centre Library
Members can borrow books or videos from the library – a list of books
available is printed towards the end of the newsletter. Contact Susan
on 332 8004 if you are interested in loaning any of the books or
If you have any suggestions for new books that you would like to see
included in our library contact Susan on 332 8004 or send e-mail to
TITLE AUTHOR SUBJECT
A Handbook for Happy Families Irvine, John Parenting
A Paediatrician In Your Pocket Polon, Melvyn Health
An Introduction to Active Movement x7 SPARC Parenting
Babies Green, Christopher Babies
Babies Need Books Butler, Dorothy Learning To Read
Babytalk Johnsons Babies
Baby & Child – From Birth to Age Five Leach, Penelope Babies – Pre-School
Becoming A Parent x7 Parents Centre Babies
Before your Kids Drive you Crazy, Read this! Latta, Nigel Parenting
Beyond The Baby Blues Goss, Arlene Postnatal Depression
Bottlefeeding Without Feeling Guilty Fox, Judith Bottlefeeding
Breastfeeding – Giving Your Baby The Best You’ve Got Department of Health Breastfeeding
Childbirth As It Really Is (x2) Grayson, Sandra Pregnancy
Childbirth Choices Bennett/Etherington/Hewson Pregnancy
Childhood Medicines Buchanan, Neil Health
Choose to Hug, Not to Smack (x3) Commissioner of Children Parenting
DIY for Kids x4 Kenny, Les & Roseanne Children
Down Came the Rain Shields, Brooke Postnatal Depression
Eating for Healthy Breastfeeding Women x2 Ministry of Health Breastfeeding
Entertaining & Educating Babies & Toddlers Gee, Robyn & Meredith, Susan Babies & Toddlers
Fathering From the Fast Lane Robinson, Bruce Parenting
Five To Eight Butler, Dorothy Learning To Read
Food For Under Fives Stanton, Rosemary Feeding
Mirosch, Natascha & Johns,
Going it Alone Pregnancy & Birth
Good Food For Kids Hillis, Anne & Stone, Penelope Feeding 5-12 Yrs
Good Food Healthy Children Duff, Gail Feeding
Healthy Food for Babies & Toddlers Westcott, Patsy Feeding
Healthy Kids, Happy Kids Finn, Lynda Children
High Chairs and Children Waddell, Sandie Pregnancy/Disabled
Just A Mother Woods, Gael Motherhood
Lessons From My Child Dowling/Nicoll/Thomas Disabled Children
Let Parents Choose Coddington, Deborah Education
Making Birth Easier Robertson, Andrea Pregnancy
Mothers Matter Too Phillips, Jenny Postnatal Depression
Moving to Learn x2 Crowe, Robyn & Connell, Gill Education and movement
New Toddler Taming Green, Christopher Parenting Toddlers
New Zealand Baby & Toddler Tomson, Helen Babies & Toddlers
New Zealand Baby & Toddler Recipe Book Schroder, Margaret/Karicare Feeding
New Zealand Pregnancy Book (x2) Pullon, Sue Pregnancy
New Zealand Tots and Toddlers Gribben, Trish Babies & Toddlers
Of Course I Love You…Now Go To Your Room Levy, Diane Parenting
Ourselves As Mothers Kitzinger, Sheila Birth & Parenting
Parenting Guide - Baby Basics Fallows, Carol Babies
Parenting Guide - Baby Food Fallows, Carol Feeding
Parenting Guide - Baby Health Fallows, Carol Health
Parenting Guide - Baby Sleep Fallows, Carol Sleeping
Whiteford, Barbara &
Postnatal Exercises Exercise
Preparing For Birth x3 Robertson, Andrea Pregnancy
Preparing For Birth: Mothers Robertson, Andrea Pregnancy
Preparing For Birth: Fathers Robertson, Andrea Pregnancy
Raising A Son Elium, Don & Elium, Jeanne Parenting
Raising Boys Biddulph, Steve Parenting
Rocket Your Child into Reading French, Jackie Parenting
Sleep Right, Sleep Tight Cummings/Houghton/ Williams Sleeping
Something New Every Day x2 Reid, Sarah Toddler Activities
Stepfamily Life Newman, Margaret Families
The Baby Book Sears, William & Sears, Martha Babies & Toddlers
The Complete Book of Breastfeeding Eiger, Marivn & Olds, Sally Breastfeeding
The F Word O’Bien, Bill & Taylor, Rachael Child Health
The New Bestfeeding Renfrew/Fisher/Arms Breastfeeding
The New Pregnancy and Childbirth Kitzinger, Sheila Pregnancy
The Parentalk Guide to Being a
Harding, Jim Grandparents
The Reading Bug Jennings, Paul Reading
Macdonald, Kathy & Centre,
The Sleep Book Sleeping
The Smart Parents Guide Briddock, Barbara Parenting
The Tenth Month Haslett, Lynne & Eder, Lyn Babies
TheTrouble with Women Dobbie, Mary Parents Centre Origins
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding La Leche League International Breastfeeding
They Look So Lovely When They’re Asleep Levy, Diane Parenting
Toddler Taming Green, Christopher Toddlers
Treasures Baby Book (various) Magazine Babies
Understanding Your Baby Hayes, Eileen Babies
What To Eat When You're Expecting Eisenberg/Murkoff/Hathaway Diet
What To Expect The First Year Eisenberg/Murkoff/Hathaway Babies
When The Breast Fairy Comes Roberts, Stacey Girls in Adolescence
Wills & Enduring Powers of Attorney x12 Public Trust Legal
Your Pregnancy (x3) Ministry of Health Pregnancy & Childbirth
VIDEOS & COMPACT DISCS
A Sister for Hugo x2 Keep Kids Safe in Cars – Plunket
Aiming for Natural Birth 9 Months at Large – Karicare x2
Babycare Music for Dreaming II
Baby Tired Signs Parenting Harder not Smarter
Begin with Love Relaxation Baby Bath Technique
Breastfeeding the Best Beginning – La Leche League Sleepy Signs
Buckle Up Your Unborn Baby Special Delivery x3
Cord Bank x2 The Birth of Neko Pilara x2
Follow Me Mum x2 The Importance of Touch
Guide to Infant Feeding You & Your Child: Bedwetting
Helping New Zealand Families – through Parents Centre You & Your Child: Sleeping Problems
It’s Time to Sleep x2
TO BORROW BOOKS OR VIDEOS FROM OUR LIBRARY PLEASE CONTACT SUSAN ON 332-8004
SUPPORT NETWORK - Christchurch Area
BARNARDOS NEW ZEALAND PARENT TO PARENT - CANTERBURY
353 6440 (Regional Office) 338 0959 or 0508 727 228
Home based childcare at a reasonable cost. Support for parents of children with special needs.
Family support, parent education, social work
BEREAVED PARENTS PARENTLINE
Lynn 329 9962 or Jan 981 4997 381 1040 (24 hrs 7 days a week)
Bereaved parents offering mutual support. Family and personal support for the troubled and anxious
Meets once monthly in the evening. parent.
BREASTFEEDING CONNECTION PARENTS CENTRE - CHRISTCHURCH
366 0856 or 027 471 3325 385 4640
Lactation consultant service. Support, information and advice. Courses available for all
BUDGET ADVISORY SERVICE PARENTS CENTRE – CHRISTCHURCH SOUTH
366 8128 332 5651 - answerphone
Salvation Army – advice and assistance with household Support, information and advice. Courses available for all
finance - clearing of debts. parents.
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU PLUNKET FAMILY CENTRE
366 6490 348 9447
Help and information related to services available in For any problems related to parenting new babies ie.
Christchurch. feeding, sleeping, etc. Mobile unit for home visits. Daytime
visits to centre.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT UNIT POSTNATAL DEPRESSION
378 7300 (Ministry of Education) 348 9447 or 365 1646
Parenting information and support. Advice on finding ECDU (Plunket Family Centre)
facilities in your area. Support and counselling for postnatal depression –
Postnatal Adjustment Programme.
FATHER & CHILD TRUST PREGNANCY HELP
982 2440 366 3355
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Crisis contact point for people distressed by pregnancy and
A group run by fathers for fathers to support and provide early motherhood. Information, home help, childcare,
information for fathers of all ages and situations, one-on-one transport, clothing and equipment. Arrange to have test
support, special programmes for PND in males and teenage done for free.
fathers, and Father & Child magazine.
GASTRIC REFLUX SUPPORT NETWORK NZ RELATIONSHIP SERVICES
0800 380 517 or Roz 347 8504 366 8804
Provide support and information to parents/guardians of Counselling for the impact of children on couple
infants and children with Gastric Reflux Disease throughout relationships. Violence counselling.
LA LECHE LEAGUE SIDS CANTERBURY (Sudden Infant Death
338 8447 Answerphone Syndrome)
Breastfeeding support and information. 364 8747
Monthly meetings in local areas. 24 hour telephone counselling and information for anyone
concerned or affected by a cot death.
MIDWIFERY RESOURCE CENTRE STILLBIRTH & NEONATAL DEATH SUPPORT
365 2789 GROUP (S.A.N.D.S)
Information relating to midwives and childbirth services. 021 103 4911
Counselling and support groups. Includes support for
anyone affected by a miscarriage.
MULTIPLE BIRTH CLUB TRAUMA & BIRTH STRESS
348 6211 www.tabs.org.nz
Monthly meetings, equipment hire, fortnightly coffee groups. Email: email@example.com
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) suffered as a result
of a traumatic birth experience.