So, what’s making news in the world of pregnancy and parenting this week?
Which exciting new show (on ice!) is heading to Australia? What will 75 per cent of mums be doing this Mother’s Day? What is helping parents of children born via surrogacy or donor gametes explain the situation to their little ones? Which new radio station has been created to raise money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick? How can you find out more about pelvic instability? And why is there a connection between family income and child development? Read on to find out …
Disney Princesses skate into Oz
Time to dust off your tiaras the Disney Princesses – and their Heroes – are heading to Australia.
Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Belle, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine and all your favourite Disney Princesses and Heroes as they come together to embark on their romantic quests in Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes.
We sent our Hubbub contributor Salwa – from Salz Dummy Spit and her four excited girls off to a special preview ahead of the event.
The girls had their photo taken with the stars and also enjoyed a skating lesson!
“The girls enjoyed ice skating with the Disney On Ice ladies and learning the basics,” Salz says.
“Meeting Snow White and Dopey was very exciting. Dopey kept dancing and was a great dancer. Snow White was very pretty and nice.”
More than 40 world-class skaters will perform in the show, which includes stunning special effects, 750 elaborate costume pieces, an awe-inspiring set design and the dazzling Cinderella carriage featuring 2000 lights.
The tour begins in Adelaide on June 14 and travels onto Newcastle, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth until July 21.
Tickets start from $28.50. Visit www.disneyonice.com.au
Mothers Day ‘business as usual’ for most mums
Three out of four mums have admitted that Mother’s Day is just ‘business as usual’ – washing the dishes and making the beds.
A survey of 3000 Aussie mums has revealed that while a third of mums say they look forward to Mother’s Day, they often end up disappointed.
Brendan Tertini, general manager marketing at Fantastic Furniture, who launched the survey, says it “seems mums don’t get the attention they deserve on their special day”.
The survey also shows that mums also get less ‘down-time’ to relax than their partners with the majority spending just 1-2 hours on the sofa a week compared to their partners who spend an average of 4-6 hours.
“Mums are missing out,” Mr Tertini said.
“To all those mums out there we say, ‘put your feet up on the sofa this Mother’s Day and take a well-earned rest!”
Seminar for parents of donor or surrogacy children
Parents of children conceived by donor gametes or surrogacy are invited a a VARTA seminar that will offer tips on how to talk to their children about how they came to be in the world.
The seminar will feature speakers including counsellors, parents from different family constellations, donors and donor-conceived young people.
It will provide insight and advice on all aspects of talking to children about becoming a family with the help of using donated eggs, sperm embryos or a surrogate to create a family.
Potential parents, parents, friends, family, donors and professionals are all welcome.
The seminar will be held at the Northcote High School, Northcote, Victoria, on May 18.
New radio station raises funds for Sydney Children’s Hospital
Sydney radio station WSFM’s Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller have launched a children’s radio station dedicated solely to raising money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.
WSFM has been working closely with the Sydney’s Children’s Hospital as part of the upcoming Gold Telethon campaign, their annual key fundraising event which will be broadcast on Channel Nine, WIN and NBN on Monday June 10.
“This station is just for the kids – both those at home and the brave little ones in hospital. They get to hear all the music they love, Jonesy and I read some of their favourite stories and there are more gentle songs played at bedtime, where we slow things down so the kids can get a good sleep” says Amanda Keller.
All proceeds from WS4KIDS are going towards buying life-saving medical equipment, funding staffing positions, refurbishing wards and parents’ accommodation as well as fund research into children’s health.
All donations can be made at www.goldtelethon.com.au
Help for women with pelvic instability
Women who have pelvic girdle pain (pelvic instablity) during pregnancy and in the post-natal period can download an informative e-book for free.
Women’s health physiotherapy practice Fitwise has developed the resource in response to the large number of women who seek treatment for the condition at their Melbourne private practice.
They have found there was little information available to accurately inform women who suffer from pelvic girdle pain and how to manage it.
To download the free resource visit www.fitwise.com.au
Mums who invest time can overcome low income
Money isn’t everything – according to a new study that has looked deeper into the link between family income and child development.
USQ Senior Economic Lecturer Dr Rasheda Khanam says there’s long been a concensus that a connection exists between family income and child development.
“What we wanted to do was look at the pathways that make this connection … to get the story behind this well-established link, ” Dr Khanam says.
“The mother’s outlook, how she raises her children, and the home environment she provides – reading with her children, taking them to the cinema, playground or sporting events, providing a clean, organised home – have not been included in previous studies.
“What we found is that family stress – that is parenting styles and the mother’s mental health and parental investment capacity – are extremely important in child emotional and behavioural development.
Dr Khahnam says a mother who had a ‘warm parenting style’, who invested in her children, who gave them access to books and computers, could bridge the income-potential gap, with love and time.”
“So what is needed is to get more systems in place to educate parents, to teach them to correct their children where needed yet at the same time show them affection, hug their children, invest in their children and start having conversations with them,” she says.
“If you don’t have the income but you invest the time, you can breach the gap.”