Did you know, that in Australia each year 260 children die and 58,000 children are hospitalized from accidental injuries? These are big numbers! Would you know how to help a child who was unconscious and not breathing? That’s what the people at KidzAid want to know. I have vague memories of my first aid training, pre-children, and I keep putting a paediatric first aid course on my to-do list. I still haven’t completed one.
Here are some more stats for you. For every minute that CPR is not performed when needed, the chance of the child’s survival decreases by 10%. After 4 minutes without oxygen, your child can suffer irreversible brain damage. That’s scary stuff. So basically, what happens in the first five minutes holds the key to saving their life. Five minutes is not enough time to allow professional help to arrive.
We therefore need more people of all ages who are trained and willing to provide immediate CPR to our kids, while waiting for help to arrive. And that’s where KidZaid Paediatric First Aid Training comes in. And to highlight the issue, and raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, the KidZaid team will convert the Palladium at Crown Melbourne into a large training centre, and offer training to parents and families, and break a world record at the same time! There will family fun day activities; celebrity CPR challenges, jumping castles, roving princesses and superheroes, toddler playzone and more.
We’ll be there – it should be a great day! We’ve never gone into the city on Good Friday and with all the family oriented activities happening with the Good Friday Appeal, it should be a really fun day. And I’m so pleased this opportunity to learn paediatric first aid has arisen, and in a way that provides support to the excellent Royal Children’s Hospital.
Details: Entry is free, with a $5 registration fee to complete the CPR training (all proceeds to the Good Friday Appeal). To make this even easier, there is a special $15 family CPR registration price, that allows parents to take advantage of the opportunity to have all the important adults in their child’s life trained for one low cost. Training sessions will run hourly throughout the day and to secure your spot, register today at www.cprchallenge.com.au. Check out the website for more information and follow along with the CPR Challenge on facebook, & twitter.
Tell me, have you completed a paediatric first aid training? Is it up-to-date? Are you going to attend the CPR Challenge?
*I received an ASG Little Learner Pack in order to complete this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*
Have your little one’s started school or kinder this week? How are you feeling – anxious, proud, relieved?! Our Ms 3 starts three year old kinder this week, and BOY is she excited. For the past five days she has appeared next to my bed in the mornings declaring it is kinder day, and wanting me to get up. She’s very gorgeous 😉
This will be our first year parenting in the world formal education. So I thought, why not start a series about it. With tips, hints, resources, product reviews etc that might just be helpful to other parents out there, new or otherwise. I think I’ll call it The Kinder Files.
To kick the series off, I’ve got a review of ASG’s Little Learner Pack. When I was offered the opportunity to do this review, it was perfect timing, having just started planning this little series. So let’s start with the nuts and bolts. The Little Learner Pack comes to you from ASG. ASG is focused on supporting children’s education – it’s all they do. They’re typically known for their educational funds, however this pack is an example of the educational resources they provide.
The pack contains the following:
- The Cat in the Hat DVD
- five hardcover children’s books from highly regarded education consultant, Michael E Bernard, featuring stories on how to get along, confidence, resilience, being organised and persistence
- a membership to MY ASG, an ever-expanding source of articles and resources from parenting experts
- discounted access to Parentingideas Club, an online parenting centre founded by Michael Grose – one of Australia’s leading parenting experts
- discounts on CDs and DVDs distributed by Marcom Projects, ASG’s multimedia educational products division
- discounted health insurance with MediGUARD Health Cover, provided by Australian Unity
The pack is targeted to pre-school kids, up to about six years of age, and contains $180 worth of products. I’m really impressed with this pack. Of course, MS 3 loves the DVD – Dr Seuss has been a hit in our household ever since we started reading to her, when she was just a wee bubba. I love that she loves Dr Seuss stories. They are such fun to read. But the books have also been a great hit with her. I thought they may have been a little ‘old’ for her – they’re stories about things like getting along, being organised and persistence, but she loves them. She loves the story about getting along, all about Sally learning that other people’s feelings matter, and she loves the one about Lucy and her dream to play the violin. Given that she is starting kinder, I really think these books will be a lovely way to talk with her about these subjects. The fact that she keeps suggesting them at bedtime is a pretty good indicator that they’re a-ok 🙂
Something that I think is going to be of great benefit is not only the MY ASG membership but the discount to the Parentingideas Club. MY ASG provides articles and resources aimed at supporting children’s education. The subjects covered span from toddler tantrums to teaching children about social media and safety. The Parentingideas Club provides support, information and resources covering age appropriate parenting strategies. I think I’ll be signing up for this ASAP! I’m finding this current stage of development with Ms 3 to be “challenging”, and the Parentingideas Club covers parenting styles, birth order of children, sibling matters and a whole lot more. It looks to be a fabulous resource, for parents with children of all ages.
If you think any of this sounds like it could be of use to you and your family, head on over to the ASG site here, where you can purchase ASG’s Little Learner Pack. It costs $49.95 and has over $180 worth of material and resources.
As an added bonus, check out the competition ASG are running – you could win a share of $15,000 to put towards your child’s education. Enter here.
If you decide to purchase ASG’s Little Learner Pack, or are already a MY ASG member, let me know! I’d love to know what you think. And I can’t wait to develop this little series further – let me know if you have any topics you think would be useful and I’ll see what I can do 🙂
ASG website: http://www.asg.com.au
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Welcome to my first post for 2015! How was your festive season? I hope it was lovely, and filled with relaxation and joy. We had a lovely time – The Mister had three whole weeks off, and we managed to celebrate Christmas, my birthday,the New Year and the Mr 2’s birthday along with a little trip away and some laundry DIY – phew! More on those in a few later posts.
For 2015, I’m taking some active steps for inspiration and organisation – both for here on the blog, and in ‘real’ life. Here at Tully & Mishka, I’m going to be using the beautiful and super useful Blogger’s Bazaar 2015 Blog Planner. Have you seen it? So much organisation! Hopefully, it will help me with some more regular blogging, and moving Tully & Mishka in the direction I would like it to (I have lots of plans in my head!!!). Also, this weekend, I’m going to the Kid’s Business Bloggers BBQ. Anyone else going – would love to catch up!
In the ‘real’ life department, Ms 3 starts kinder this year! It’s three year old kinder – her birthday is in May, so she will be one of the older kids. She is soooooooo ready for kinder! And so am I, just quietly 🙂 I plan to blog a bit about this coming transition. So 2015 brings busy times. So organisation is really an over-arching goal for me this year. Life is about to become very busy!
Tell me, any big plans for you this year? Does anyone have their first, or last, starting kinder?
Ahhhhhhh, the transition from the lovely secure cot (ie can’t get out until mum or dad let you out) to normal sized kids bed. Sure, I knew it would be tricky, but I also knew I didn’t want to move the Little Miss into a big bed until she was ready. You know, climbing out of her cot, happy to sleep on a bed at nanny’s, that kind of thing. Then we had the Little Mister. That was all good, all planned. But – the Little Mister is bigger than the Little Miss was at his age.
In fact, he is our gorgeous little Buddha really. And that means he is not going to fit in the bassinet much longer (between you and me, he could probably be in a cot already). Sob! So that means it’s Big Bed time for the Little Miss. I made a conscious effort to make her part of the process – she came with me and selected the sheets and doona cover, and she ‘helped’ her dad put the bed together. She loves helping him construct things.
However, bizarrely, she is not cooperating with the transition. I know right? A two year old with her own mind. Who would have thought. I recently asked over on Facebook if anyone had any good ideas or suggestions for this transition. So the suggestions confirmed what I had thought we would need to do. Lead her back to bed when she gets out, keep things calm, tell her it’s her bed now. And that this could go on for a week or so.
But, best laid plans and all that. The Little Mister chose this time to revert back to wanting two hourly feeds over night (no way Mister!) and I was not getting any quality sleep. Trying to stay calm and encourage a two year old Little Miss back to bed for over an hour at a time was not something we were coping with on so little sleep and she just did not seem to be ‘getting’ it.
So I’ve pulled the plug on the big bed for the time being and am working on getting the Little Mister to drop some feeds – luckily he has at least gotten over this two hourly thing! If things become dire and we need to move the Little Mister out of the bassinet, my mum has a cot at her house we can borrow. Luckily.
I think the Little Miss is just not ready for the bed yet. And you know what? That’s fine. She is only two and frankly, I’m not sure I’m ready for her to be in a big bed yet either.
Tomorrow, I’m starting this:
Woo! That’s right, a beginners dressmaking class. I’m very excited – it’s been a while since I’ve done something so formal as to go to a class relating to something I’m interested in! We start with a skirt, and I’m going with a friend who has already done one term. It’s at Spotlight, and in the evening. I’m really looking forward to learning to read a pattern properly and to then make adjustments. Any sewing I’ve done so far has been mainly self taught through reading tutorials I’ve found in the blogosphere!
I shall keep you in the loop as to how the skirt comes along!