December 2009 : Issue #1
WELCOME TO OUR FIRST CHEEKY MONKEY
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
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 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 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
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
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
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