Carrot cake with walnuts and cranberries

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By Nicole Sartini

This is a healthy alternative to many other kinds of cakes. This cake recipe has the added health benefit of cranberries and nuts, plus it makes a great teatime or even lunchbox treat for kids. If your kids don’t like nuts you can grind them to a powder to disguise them.

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Dealing with an angry child

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By Mia Von Scha

Most of us grew up in an era of repression. Negative feelings were to be controlled, ignored or removed. It’s no wonder that we are the generation of Prozac. There is only so long that you can repress an emotion before it fights its way to the surface again. Drugs help us to repress without the fight. What they don’t help us to do is to understand and process our emotions.

And if we don’t know how to do that, how on earth are we going to help our angry kids? As life would have it, if you are repressing a lot of emotion, it is very likely that you will have a child who expresses it.

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Barbie™ in Princess Power: a review by Tiffany Markman

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Reviewed by Tiffany Markman

We’re standing in line at the preview of Barbie™ in Princess Power. There’s a real, live human being dressed as the main character, Super Sparkle. And my fascinated three-year-old turns to me and says, ‘Mom, when is that lady going to fly?’

She’s a believer. And she loved every minute of this film.

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How to get pre-school kids to tidy up

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By Tiffany Markman

Mess makes my head hurt. Plus, I like white floors, white sofas, spotless towels, unblemished walls and non-sticky everything. Guess I shouldn’t have had a kid then, huh? But I did, and we adore her, so we’re not sending her back – mess or no mess.

I figured that one way to moderate my anxiety would be a playroom.

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Endless to-do lists for back to school

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The holidays have come and gone… Even the beach sand that so stubbornly stuck to my kids’ bottoms has finally been washed away. Tan lines are disappearing and that tedious New Year’s resolution list has been forgotten already. One thing that never fails to come around though is ‘back to school’.

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Big Hero 6 : a review by Daniel Janks

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By Daniel Janks

It’s a kids’ movie, there’s action and a guy dies, but it’s a kids’ movie.

This is a great film. It’s nonsense and it has no higher purpose, but it’s a great film. It’s funny and cute and endearing and charming and exciting and beautiful and a little weird. It’s everything it should be, and it’s great.

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Christmas gift ideas, from freebies to cheapies and biggies

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By Tiffany Markman

You may have read my last column, ‘Help! My kid has too many toys’. (If not, here it is.) You may be wondering what the hell else you’re supposed to get your friends’ and family members’ kiddies this Christmas, if they’re already at Max Toy Capacity.

If you’re not a maker/upcycler and you’re not into toy-swapping, here are 11 ideas:

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Trash : a review by Daniel Janks

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Reviewed by Daniel Janks

Loved it! It’s just a great film. Exciting, interesting, scary, suspenseful, satisfying, and full of colour and character. It’s an art film, because it’s mostly in Portuguese and because it’s way different from most of what Hollywood churns out, but that is its greatest strength.

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Gifts for kids that help with emotions

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By Mia Von Scha

If your child has made it onto Santa’s naughty list more than once this year, it might be time to give them some gifts that will help them to manage their emotions in the coming year.

Here are some of my favourites for helping kids manage and work through difficult emotional states.

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Teaching kids the gift of giving

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By Mia Von Scha

We have once again reached the time of consumer mayhem, and it is easy for our children to get the message that this time of the year is about buy buy buy and what’s in it for me. Now I’m all for children having wish lists and receiving gifts, but I’m also all for teaching the kind of gifts that last you a lifetime.

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