Kapi-Mana News : June 21st 2011
10 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 OPINION Your future starts here. * SUBJECT TO ACADEMIC APPROVAL Supporting parents in Porirua TODDLER IN TOW KELLY ETEVENEAUX EAT OUT Cafe Vella, Plimmerton Cafe Vella is Plimmerton's busy little cafe, favoured by locals for its good coffee and friendly service. There is a toy box which can be brought out on request, a highchair for the little ones and a kids' menu to keep small tummies satisfied. Just be aware it is a small cafe and not ideal for large coffee groups in winter. In summer the doors to the courtyard are always open and more seating available. Highchairs: 1 Kids' Menu: Yes, kids' meals are $6 each, Fluffies: $1.50 and come with a marshmallow & mini chocolate fish Changing Facilities: No TOP TIPS On keeping little ones entertained on rainy days ''a cardboard box can become so many fun things: a car, plane, train, robot, parking garage, dolls house -- anything.'' -- John ''Get all the sheets out and build a hut under the dining table.'' -- Kelly ''Baking, or if you don't fancy baking then get some plain biscuits and make up some icing and decorate them'' -- Beth ''I recommend a toy tidy up on rainy days . . . The kids will be entertained for ages while they rediscover their 'lost' toys.'' -- Sasha ''Back the cars out of the garage, take a stereo in there and it becomes a kids art studio. Large boxes or paper and lots of glitter glue, sequins, magazine pictures, stickers.'' -- Natalie PLAY DOUGH Thanks to Mana Early Learning Centre for this super easy recipe. Recipe 2 cups flour 1G2 cup salt Tbsp cream of tartar 2 Tbsp cooking oil 11G2 cups boiling water Food colouring of your choice. Combine all ingredients except flour in a large bowl, add flour and knead. ' The childbirth classes were definitely educational (for 10 couples with no idea what to expect) and the class facilitator was very easy going and knowledgeable. ' This week I thought I would share a couple of great nationwide parenting organisations which we have branches of in Porirua; Parents Centre and Bellyful. I first became aware of Parents Centre and their services when we were expecting our son Bailey and our midwife informed us of our options for antenatal classes. We decided on Mana Parents Centre, for their class times and locality, and were not disap- pointed. The childbirth classes were defi- nitely educational (for 10 couples with no idea what to expect) and the class facilitator was very easy going and knowledgeable. The classes covered a variety of topics including foetal develop- ment, labour and pain relief, breastfeeding and what to expect in the first days at home with a newborn. At the end of our eight evening classes our group arranged to meet up for coffee together on a weekly basis so we could meet each other's children as they were welcomed into the world and help support and encourage each other through what can be a difficult time. Our group (particularly the women) became quite close and have remained in close contact ever since. We still meet up regularly with or without the kids, and twice a year we organise joint parties to celebrate the kids' birthdays and Christmas. Parents Centre offers a wide variety of parent education classes, other than the antenatal childbirth class. There are classes in Baby Sign (a fantastic way to communicate with babies who haven't started talking yet), CPR for babies and toddlers, positive discipline and tantrums, creative play, toilet training, as well as music and movement classes to take the little ones to. You can find out more about the classes they offer through their website, manapc.org.nz. Or you can send them an email at mana- firstname.lastname@example.org. Bellyful is the new parenting organisation on the block, commit- ted to helping parents through dif- ficult times by providing them with meals. Any parent knows how difficult those first few months can be with a newborn baby, and many mums with new babies find that the most difficult time of the day is dinner time; especially if you have other children that need feeding. I love the fact this organisation is all about mums helping other mums. Do you know someone who may need assistance from the Bellyful team? Bellyful supports families with babies under three months old who are struggling to get dinner on the table whilst juggling a new- born or are new to the area and therefore don't know many people in the community. They also support those families in crisis who have a child or parent in hospital, have a ter- minal or very ill child or are going through a very difficult time due to personal circumstances. The Bellyful volunteers make and freeze meals and when called upon, one of them will hand deliver one of these meals. As we mums know, that meal can be a real sanity saver. All of the ingredients they use are donated by businesses or people in the local community and meals are provided at no cost to those that receive them. If you know someone who might need Bellyful's assistance or you would like to help out with this fantastic organisation please con- tact Tracie, tracie.lane@ bellyful.org.nz. There are so many ways to be involved, whether it is through cooking and delivering food, donating supermarket vouchers or fresh produce, or getting your business involved as a financial sponsor. Kelly Eteveneaux is a local mum and co-owner of Baby Vintage in Plimmerton. If you have any tips or ideas for Toddler in Tow, email Kelly at email@example.com.
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