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					                                                                                                                                               December 2009 : Issue #1




                                                                       WELCOME TO OUR FIRST CHEEKY MONKEY
                                                                                  NEWSLETTER!
                                                                Cheeky Monkey for Practical            A lot of us know each other through     We pride ourselves on having a busy
 CHECK OUT THE FORUM DURING THE                                 Parenting Support is proud to          the forums, some of us have even        and motivated community of families
 MONTH OF DECEMBER TO TAKE PART                                 welcome you as a member to our managed to meet face-to-face, but we            who love meeting new people and
  IN OUR ‘ADVENT CALENDER’ AND                                  new site.                              all share those times where with        helping out where we can, so joining
                                                                                                       sleeping or busy children, we just      our group is easy! All you have to do
      CHRISTMAS COMPETITON!                                     As this is the first of our monthly    cant get out of the house, so we want   is post your Introduction so that we
                                                                newsletters, I thought that I would a support network that is reachable        can meet you and you will find lots
           A bit about our Advent Calendar                      take this opportunity to explain to from home!                                 of us will jump to welcome you!
                      by Bridget                                you who is behind Cheeky Monkey, We actively promote getting mums              Once we know a little about you, it
                                                                why we were started and how this out of the house, and involved in             will be easy for us to chat! We have a
I am soooo loving having a little one around this               wonderful adventure was started!!      Playgroups, Coffee Groups and           great Team here who will answer
Christmas season. It's really exciting knowing that she's                                              Support Groups, but we know that's      any of your questions - don't forget
finally old enough to enjoy the build-up, decorations,          Cheeky Monkey was created out of a not always possible, so the forums          that we have live chat also if that
pressies and all. So, of course, I could not pass up the        need for New Zealand parents, to are here for all those other times!           helps you find your way around the
opportunity of buying Jayden a cute "My Little Pony"            have somewhere safe, reliable and                                              forums faster!
advent calendar while we were out shopping the other day.       positive, to go to learn about all Our Mission is to make sure that all
I cannot wait to give it to her simply because I know how       things baby, child and family, not Kiwi parents have a support network         We are also very proud of our
excited she will be waiting for the next little surprise each   from a textbook you cannot ask so that when we need help, it's there           members for their lack of judgment
morning. I remember doing just that as a child, and the         questions of, or an employee           for us!                                 no matter what your parenting
anticipation was all part of the fun of the season. And that    pre-programmed with                    We will try to make sure our            methods are. We are very open
got me thinking, us mums need an advent calendar of our         textbook dialogue, but of mothers articles are informative, relevant and       minded and we understand that
own. So, as of December 1st, we would love it if you            from all walks of life and age ranges, readable for mums.                      different parents find different things
popped on over to the forum to check out our very own           who share a common goal : bringing We will try to make sure that our           work for them - we love to hear
Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar thread. Every day,          up our children to be happy, secure, information is correct for mums.          about it, so tell us how things work
from December 1 till December 25, we will have something        well rounded, strong individuals.      But please remember, that all           in your family!
special and *Christmassy* just for you.                                                                content here is submitted by you,
And, because we're all mums (or mums-to-be), we know            Our site has been created by a group our valuable                              We are here for parents, no matter
how very exciting this time of the year is for our kidlets.     of mothers, who have felt as all members, without whom there                   who you are or where in New
So, we have a Christmas Countdown thread for them too.          mums do - that sometimes, we just would be no community. So if you             Zealand you are, so pull up a chair,
We hope that they enjoy the ideas and links that we have        need some help and support from come across something that isn’t               pop into our forums and introduce
found just for them. So keep an eye on the thread each          others who have been through it, or quite right, please let us know how        yourself - meet us and let's have
day....we don't want your little one to miss out on any of      are going through it along with us! we can make it accurate!                   some fun!
the excitement! And if your cheeky monkey is a tad too
little to enjoy our countdown this year, you might want to
store some of the ideas in your memory bank for next year!              REGULAR FEATURES                                            NEW IN DECEMBER
We will also be running a special Christmas competition         A few of our regular features that you’ll find in the  Starting on Wednesday the 2nd of December from
this month, so be sure to pop over to the forum and check       forum are:                                               8:30pm onwards, we will be running a weekly Chat
it out!                                                                                                                  night in the forum. This will be a good opportunity
                                                                 Question of the day                                   for members to chat and get to know each other
CHEEKY MONKEY BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT                                                                                         better.
                                                                 Website of the day
   We’d like to welcome our first Cheeky Monkey Arrival!                                                               There will also be a fortnightly game of ‘What am
Big congratulations to Sharlene and family on the safe           The Daily Brainteaser                                 I?’ held in the Gaming Table section of the forum,
arrival of their baby boy! Lukas Anthony Wilson was born                                                                 every second Sunday (starting on the 6th of
on the 26th of November, weighing 8lb 3oz and 54cm long.         Gizza Peek @ (weekly themed photo thread)             December) from 8pm onwards, so pop on in and
                                                                                                                         have some fun!
                                                                      MEET THE TEAM AT CHEEKY MONKEY
                                                    Whoopsiebaby aka Sharyn                    him learn and grow. In my spare time I     spending far to much time on Cheeky
                                                    SAHMummy to a 12 year old DD               like to do digital scrapbooking as well    Monkey! 
A POEM TO MR CHEEKY MONKEY                          and 15 month old DS - from                 as traditional paper scrapbooking. If I
  Written by one of our lovely members,             Wellington                                 have time I also like to bake, read and    WellyMel aka Melissa
                  J’n’E                             I'm a full time Mummy who also works       play playstation!                          SAHMummy to a 2 year old DD and
                                                    from home doing Web Design and             I feel very privileged to be a part of     TTC #2 - from Wellington
           My nights have been lonely               Photography. I am the resident pixel-      Cheeky Monkey and I love meeting new       Well, where do I start? I’m currently a
             My thoughts empty too                  pixie and try and keep the site running,   people and making some great friends!      SAHMummy, but I also work for
              Without you in my life                looking pretty and doing cool stuff!!!                                                Barnardos, manage a property
            I didn't know what to do                I enjoy being at home with my gorgeous     KitKat aka Bridget                         management company and work part
                                                    boy and we try to organise and get out     SAHMummy to a 2 year old DD and            time at night as well. I enjoy looking
         Between Facebook and Trade Me              to coffee groups and playgroups to help    TTC #2 - from Auckland                     after my two Barnardos boys, and love
             There was an empty gap                 keep him stimulated!                       I'm a WAHM. I'm doing In-Home              taking them all out to coffee group. My
             Without my trusty forum                My organiser side attracted me to          Childcare at the moment, which is super    days are very full on, but I wouldn’t
           All I could really do was nap            Cheeky Monkey, as did the other            because I get to stay home with my little  change a thing. I love being a mummy
                                                    amazing ladies here!                       monkey. I look after another toddler five  and feel privileged to be able to spend
             But now you are back                                                              days a week, and a baby two days a         my day watching my child grow. In my
          and you are now here to stay             CLothMumma aka Kristy                       week. I love scrapbooking, reading and     spare time I spend a lot of time on my
         my nights are no longer lonely            SAHMummy to a 2 year old DS and             spending time with my awesome hubby        favourite forum Cheeky Monkey. I also
     And you will keep my boredom at bay!!!!       8 month old DD - from Timaru                and our daughter. Oh, and I LOVE           like holding BBQs, gardening, reading
                                                   I am also a SAHM, I love being home         Cheeky Monkey.....it's a wonderful place   and drinking nice wine. 
             YAY CHEEKY MONKEY!!!!                 with the kids and seeing them grow and      to meet new friends, vent, share....and I
                                                   change. I am a cloth nappying,              can do it all from my comfy couch while Bronwyn aka Bronwyn
     SALT DOUGH DECORATIONS                        breastfeeding mama! I am always happy       the kids are asleep! LOL                  SAHMummy to a 13 month old DS -
                                                   to offer help/suggestions on either! In                                               from Wellington
 2 cups of salt        cutters. Use the end of a my spare time I like to relax in the bath   Sara aka Sara                             I'm a SAHM, formerly a high school
 2 cups of flour       straw to make a hole for with a good chic-lit book.                   SAHMummy to a 2 year old DS and Maths teacher, so have a bit of a geeky
 1 cup of water        hanging.                  I am also proud to be part of Cheeky        Due May 2010 with baby #2 - from side to me! 
                                                   Monkey, love seeing how our                 Wellington                                I try and get Michael involved in a lot of
Stir all the ingredients Bake at 70˚C for half an community of members is growing.             I'm a full time mummy to my wee man activities - we're currently involved
together. When it        hour, then turn up to                                                 and looking forward to our new arrival with Playcentre, Mainly Music, Salvation
becomes too firm to stir 100˚C and bake for a mum2riley aka Fay                                mid may 2010. My days are filled with Army Playgroup, and three coffee
knead with your hands. further hour or until SAHMummy to a 2 year old DS -                     play groups, swimming and toddler groups! We also go swimming fairly
The dough should feel o r n a m e n t s a r e from Christchurch                                gym! I love the beach and am very lucky regularly, and manage to have a quiet
moist and smooth but completely hard and I love being a SAHM and being able to                 to have a water baby who is happy to day at home each week! In my
not stick to your hands. d r y , t u r n o v e r spend so much quality time with my            spend hours down at the beach. I love non-Mummying time, I love doing logic
If it is sticking, knead periodically.             gorgeous boy. He's a little chatterbox      being a SAHM and wouldn't change it puzzles and reading a good novel. I'm
in a bit more flour.                               and always keeps me on my toes. We go       for the world! In my spare time I enjoy also a beginner digital scrapbooker,
                         Decorate and coat with to music and movement once a week              going to the movies, going out for working pretty much exclusively with
If you want to you can 2 coats of acrylic and he goes swimming with his dad at                 dinner and a boogie with my DP or just pictures of my son! I also spend far too
separate the dough into varnish. Thread with the weekend. Its hard work keeping him            staying at home watching girlie movies, much time on Cheeky Monkey!
smaller parts and add ribbon for hanging.          stimulated but well worth it watching       eating and drinking cheap wine and
different food
colourings.
                                                                                      BE SUNSMART THIS SUMMER
Roll the dough out to
1/4 inch thick, cut out                             Summer is finally here and we all know how important it is to protect our babes from the sun, so whether you’re at the beach,
shapes with cookie                                  the pool or just hanging around in the back yard. don’t forget to Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap!
                                                                                FORUM TIP - PRIVATE MESSAGING
                                             At Cheeky Monkey we decided that there       Compose Message                             your messages - and even help you sort
                                             are some things, best shared in private      It's just like posting, except you choose   the PM's into them!
                                             and we respect our users enough to           who you want to send the message to
                                             believe that this wont be abused.            before you type the                        Another thing I will mention, is that
      Recipe Gingerbread
     RECIPE -- GINGERBREAD                   However since many of you have come
                                             from forums where it isn't allowed, we
                                                                                          message and press submit!                  when you are browsing the forum, if
                                                                                                                                     there is a specific person you wish to
            Biscuits
            BISCUITS                         thought we would walk you through the        Inbox                                      send a Private Message to, then you
                                             basics of how they work and how to send      Is where, just like in your email, you can can do this easily from the forums by
    1 1/2 cups sugar                       one!!                                        see messages that have been sent to you! clicking on their name, then on their
    250g butter                                                                                                                    profile in the Contact section, you will
    1 egg                                  Private Messages are a bit like email, but   Outbox                                     see click to send a Private
    2tsp cinnamon                          within the site!                             Is where messages you have sent, but Message and if you click this, it will
    1tsp ground ginger                                                                  have not yet been read are found.          shortcut you to a PM with that persons
    1tsp ground cloves                     At the top of every page, you will see a                                                name already selected!!
    1Tbsp grated orange rind               link User Control Panel                      Sent Messages
    2Tbsp golden syrup                                                                  Are where all messages go once they have Please remember, that our site is one of
    3 cups flour                           If you click on the User Control             been sent, and read by the                 support, therefore people abusing the PM
    2tsp baking soda                       Panel link, there is a tab for Private       recipient.                                 function will not be tolerated. Please use
    1/2tsp salt                            Messages and this is where you want to                                                  this with respect.
                                             go next.                                     If you want to get tricky with your PM's People mis-using this feature, will have it
    Christmas cookie cutters (optional)                                                 then have a look inside the last cate- removed.
                                             Private Message Tab                          gory; Rules, Folders &
In a large bowl, cream together the butter   When you click on the Private Message        Settings as this section will allow you to Happy messaging!!
and sugar then add egg and beat.             Tab, you are taken straight into             make up a few folders to help you sort
Add orange rind and golden syrup, mix
well.                                                                   A MOTHERS HIGHLIGHTS - THE FIRST YEAR
                                                                                                       by Bronwyn
Sift in all the dry ingredients and mix
into a firm dough. Chill thoroughly.         Well, with my baby having recently went back to sleep for 5 hours after that!            whole new level of baby-proofing needed
                                             turned one, I reflected on the year that’s The first time he held his own rattle, and    to be put into action. The stepping
On a lightly floured board, roll the dough   passed, and just a few of his “firsts”.     discovered he could make a noise with it,    around furniture followed very quickly.
out ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes and                                                     those little giggles that emanated from
repeat the process until all the dough has   The first time I met him, he seemed like such a small boy were just beautiful. We        The first time he took unaided steps were
been used.                                   such a wee angel, and I was sure some- have lots of videos of rattling!                  mostly by mistake, but he learnt quickly
                                             one was going to ask for him back. It                                                    that steps will result in great happiness
Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes at       didn’t seem real that he was mine, and I The first time he tasted food – what a fun      from Mum and lots of cuddles. It’s worth
190°C.                                       could keep him forever!                     time! Intrigued, yet quite disgusted. He     stepping into a cuddle!
                                                                                         was certainly beginning to show his own
Decorate as desired.                         The first time he smiled – what a heart opinions by now.                                 The first taste of cake – aah, every child
Makes Heaps!                                 melting moment. And as the smiles                                                        should be allowed a smash cake at their
                                             became more discriminate, my heart The first time he crawled, there was                  first birthday! I’ve never seen him in
                                             melted a whole lot more.                    much delight from a small boy – after        quite so much ecstasy at having a whole
                                                                                         weeks of rocking back and forth, and         cake to himself!
                                             The first time he rolled over, he looked so frustration at wanting to crawl but not
                                             surprised, but then did it again. If only a quite being able to, he was so pleased to    And the next year will provide so many
                                             baby that size could have looked proud, be able to get to the toys he wanted.            more firsts – each and every one of
                                             he would have been beaming all over.                                                     which I will have a little heart melting
                                                                                         The first word he said was “Mum” – I         moment, and he will feel so proud of
                                             When he was older, and rolled in the was so proud! I just need to coach him to           himself.
                                             other direction, he was definitely proud say “I Love Mum” now!
                                             of himself – he woke me up at 2am to The first time he stood – what a new                What firsts do you remember most
                                             show me he could roll! Fortunately, he view of the world he gained! Suddenly a           fondly?
                                                                                             TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH KIDS
                                                                                                                           by Mel
                                                                              Christmas is coming and for many this  sets of things to put into containers
                                                                              will mean various trips to see family all  Busy Boxes with levers, bells, moving
                                                                              over the place.                                      parts
               CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS                                           The last two years our little family spent
                                                                                                                                 board books
                                                                                                                                 simple speaking toys: baby pushes button,
All Ages                                Girls 1-3                             Christmas in New Plymouth. Its a long trip by        toy speaks (not too loud!)
Books                                   Sand pit                              car with a little one, but the flight back is  small wind-up toys
Togs/goggles/etc                        Sand pit toys                         great!                                             blanket, stuffed animal
Beach towel                             Paddling pool                         When travelling with children you need to be
Special xmas day outfit                 Togs/goggles/etc                      realistic. Gone are the days when you could Things to pack when travelling (both car and
Special Decorations                     Books                                 travel five hours only having to make one stop! plane):
                                        Colouring in books/pens/crayons etc   We try and make sure when travelling with
Under 1’s (Boys/Girls)                  Ride-ons                              Lara to stop at least every two hours and let  new toys/treats for the journey
Rattles                                 Duvet cover set                       her have a really good run around (unless we  make sure you have more than enough
Teething necklace                       Dolls pram                            are travelling at night). This means what used       nappies for the expected changes and
Touchie feelie toys                     Doll                                  to be a five hour trip can now be a 6 hour trip.     loads of wipes
Baby swing seat                         Doll accessories                      One of us always sits in the back with her if she  wet cloths
Exersaucer                              Puzzles                               is awake. Keeping her entertained and happy  spare clothing (for you and the children!)
Bouncer/Rocker                          Playdoh                               while being restrained in the car is hard, for  food, water
Cot bedding                             Water/Sand table                      both her and us.                                   plastic bags for wet/dirty stuff
Jolly Jumper                            Musical Instruments
Pram/Carseat Toys                                                             A few things that have worked for us are:           When travelling it is a good idea to dress
Wooden blocks/Mega Blocks               Boys 4-6                               books                                            children in layers that are easy to add
shape sorters                           Bike                                   bubbles (yep I blew bubbles for Lara from        to/remove as you don’t know how warm or
Activity table                          Helmet                                     Patea to Wanganui, it worked really well)      cool it will be, and it will make life easier
                                        Books                                  music (We have an old NOW CD with lots           when you aren't sure what the temperature
Boys 1-3                                Board games                                of old up beat sing at the top of your voice   will be at your destination. If you are flying, be
Cars                                    Balls                                      music)                                         aware of the rules and regulations regarding
Trucks                                  Sports Equipment - Cricket Sets,       toys hanging from everywhere                     sizes of items you are able to bring on board,
Sand pit                                Paddle Tennis Sets, Toy Golf Sets      mirror                                           usually airlines are fine with anything that is
Sand pit toys                           Art Supplies                                                                              required for baby/child, but be aware that you
Paddling pool                                                                 A few other things that could entertain:            may have to throw things out. A wrap/sling/
Togs/goggles/etc                        Girls 4-6                                                                                 baby carrier is a fantastic idea for flying and in
                                                                               any object that's bright and new!                airports, (Kristy recently traveled with her
Books                                   Hair accessories                       rattles of all sorts
Colouring in books/pens/crayons etc     Bike                                                                                      22month old and 6month old. Her and her
Ride-ons                                Helmet                                 music-makers                                     hubby shared the carrying of the children, DS
Duvet cover set                         Books                                  a few pieces of mega-blocks                      22mths was worn in a mei tai carrier on her
Puzzles                                 Board games                            magnetic stick-together blocks                   DH's back and DD 6mths was worn in a moby
Playdoh                                 My little pony                         toys of interesting shapes                       wrap carrier on Kristy's front). They are also
Seat/Chair/Beanbag                      Art supplies                           pop-up toys                                      handy when you get where you are going, so
Water/Sand table                        Barbies                                balls (for rest areas during car trips)          that you can go walking without the need for
Musical Instruments                     Littlest Pet Shop                      nested containers                                buggies/strollers.

Loving a child doesn't mean giving in to     Amnesia: The condition that enables a      Those who say they "Sleep like a baby"         A baby will make love stronger, days
all his whims; to love him is to bring out   woman who has gone through labor to        haven't got one.                               shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller,
the best in him, to teach him to love what   have sex again.                            - A new mother                                 home happier, clothes shabbier, the past
is difficult.                                - Joyce Armor                                                                             forgotten, and the future worth living for.
- Nadia Boulanger                                                                                                                      - Author Unknown

				
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