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Pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

I know it’s not al­ways easy to see the pos­i­tive things in life, and es­pe­cially for kids, but hav­ing a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and out­look on life makes over­com­ing life’s chal­lenges so much eas­ier.

I make it a pri­or­ity to try to teach my chil­dren how to see the pos­i­tive as­pects to each day rather than fo­cus on the not so pleas­ant part of a par­tic­u­lar day.

Coura­geous heart.

I want my chil­dren to know that they must stand up for what they be­lieve in and not be afraid of what oth­ers think of them. Courage of con­vic­tions and strength of char­ac­ter is im­por­tant.

I’m try­ing to teach my chil­dren to have the in­tegrity to ad­mit when they’re wrong ( even if it means spend­ing time in the time- out chair). 0416 905 534 by 9am Thurs­day. Win­ners will be no­ti­fied on Thurs­day and their names printed in next week’s Townsville Fam­i­lies. IUN­DER­STAND

your con­cerns as four months is a long time for the sep­a­ra­tion tears to have con­tin­ued.

The two days a week sounds fine for her age and isn’t too much. Most chil­dren will take about four weeks or so of be­ing up­set when you leave for them to be able to cope with the sep­a­ra­tion. And yes, some staff may well and truly tell you “she is fine a few min­utes af­ter you leave’’ just to make you feel bet­ter, how­ever the vast ma­jor­ity of staff would not do so.

There are a few dif­fer­ent strate­gies to try.

You will need to work out what is pos­si­ble and chat to the staff and see what they also sug­gest.

If she starts to get up­set in the car, then dis­trac­tion is a good idea here, get her brain think­ing about some­thing else. Give her a job to do, such as carry her back­pack, SCI­EN­TISTS have dis­cov­ered a gene they be­lieve may hold the key to why some teenagers binge eat.

A team at Univer­sity Col­lege Lon­don’s In­sti­tute of Child Health be­lieve they have found a vari­a­tion of a gene in what they hope will al­low a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of why binge eat­ing de­vel­ops.

They an­a­lysed data from 6000 par­tic­i­pants in the Chil­dren of the 90s study based at the Univer­sity of Bristol when they were aged 14 and 16, and in­ves­ti­gated ge­netic vari­a­tions as­so­ci­ated with higher body mass in­dex and obe­sity risk.

They found that if a young per­son had a par­tic­u­lar vari­a­tion in the FTO gene lo­cus ( rs1558902), they had a more than 20 per cent chance of binge eat­ing.

The pat­tern was par­tic­u­larly ev­i­dent in girls, who were 30 per cent more likely to binge eat if they had the vari­a­tion. KIM Kar­dashian is gush­ing about the ben­e­fits of a morn­ing sick­ness med­i­ca­tion, just weeks af­ter in­sist­ing she al­ways re­fuses to pro­mote prod­ucts online.

The re­al­ity- TV star told the au­di­ence dur­ing a ques­tion- and- an­swer ses­sion at the Cannes Lions fes­ti­val in France in June that her In­sta­gram ac­count is “off lim­its” to brands hop­ing for pro­mo­tion.

On Sun­day, Kar­dashian, who is preg­nant with her sec­ond child with rap­per Kanye West, shared a pic­ture of her­self hold­ing a bot­tle of morn­ing sick­ness medicine and added a cap­tion prais­ing the prod­uct. AC­TRESS Drew Bar­ry­more in­sists on or­der­ing take­away on ro­man­tic date nights with her hus­band Will Kopelman be­cause she’s hope­less in the kitchen.

They rel­ish any time they get to­gether away from their young daugh­ters.

“I’m just not per­fect in the kitchen, but I’m get­ting there slowly,” Bar­ry­more told Peo­ple mag­a­zine.

“I’m still try­ing to get a din­ner party to­gether for the sum­mer and, trust me, I won’t be cook­ing for it. And on date nights I eat take- out with my hus­band.” give her jobs to do once in her room, as her brain needs some­thing else to think of.

Keep the drop- offs to the same time each morn­ing, get her in­volved quickly when you ar­rive in an ac­tiv­ity that is not you car­ry­ing or hold­ing her.

Stay for a few mo­ments and leave quickly, but make sure you say good­bye. Find a staff mem­ber who is bet­ter at han­dling her, for ex­am­ple, stays calm and dis­tracts her, get them to praise her for cop­ing af­ter you have gone.

To re­as­sure your­self that she is OK, af­ter you drive away with a heavy heart, phone the cen­tre within five min­utes of leav­ing and check. You are not both­er­ing them, it is your child and check­ing she is fine should be wel­comed if she is hav­ing dif­fi­culty. Email ques­tions to aboutababy@ townsvillebulletin. com. au. Ni­cole Pierotti is a child psy­chol­o­gist who is an ex­pert in help­ing solve sleep prob­lems. Call 4724 2600 or go to babysmiles. com. au


Last week’s win­ners of the Char­maz­ing prize was Karen An­der­son of Con­don. Anna Ryan with Benny, 3, Andy, 3 months, Emily, 7, and So­phie, 9, of An­nan­dale. Ash­leigh Buller with Bradley White, 5, of Mt Louisa. Claire and Jeremy Furyk of An­nan­dale en­joy a day out with Os­car, 1, and Archie, 3. Hay­ley Atkin­son of Bush­land Beach with Jude, 1, and Noah, 3. Makayla Good­man, 3, with mum Kea Deyana of Mt Louisa. Clint Spencer with twins Philippa and Annabelle, 15 months.

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