Dec 6, 2017

Raising resilient, passionate children

Received this great article in the email.  Love to share it here.

People often tell us that their biggest worry is what will happen to their children and their grand-children when they are gone. It is one thing to hand on a substantial estate – generally built through years of hard work, discipline and planning. It is another to be confident that our children and grand-children will themselves have the discipline and the emotional resilience to make the most of the opportunities that they are presented.
Family counselling expert, Bernie Bolger, has drawn on her clinical experience, together with cutting edge psychological research, to compile a list of the 8 mistakes parents make and the key strategies they can use to grow resilient, passionate kids who have the discipline themselves to achieve and maintain financial success.
Growing resilient, passionate kids in affluence.
In a world of material abundance, we all as parents are doing our best to raise self-disciplined, appreciative, and resourceful children who are not spoiled by the prosperity around them. So why does it seem that the more we give them, the more ungrateful and entitled some children become? How can we use the advantages they already have to move them from striving to thriving?
MISTAKE 1: We cotton-wool our children from experiencing risk

Oct 29, 2017

Kids Fun Run With Thomas - 26/11/2017

The 'Kids Fun Run with Thomas' is an annual fundraising event organised by the Rotary Club of Emerald and District Inc.

This year's event will be held on Sunday 26th of November, 2017 at Puffing Billy Railway Station Gembrook and raise much-needed funds for Insight - Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Berwick.

All children aged 3 to 12 years are invited to take part in the exciting fun run alongside Thomas the Tank Engine and Puffing Billy! All participating children will receive a show bag and certificate!

In addition to the exhilarating fun run, children can enjoy Thomas train rides from Puffing Billy Railway Station Gembrook, join a Thomas-themed treasure hunt, have fun on rides and attractions, and meet Lizzy's Lizards and new furry friends at the animal farm.

There will also be market stalls, roving entertainers, plus lots of yummy food!

Registration is $20 per child (includes show bag, participation certificate and a bottle of water) and Thomas train rides are $5. Register online at www.kidsfunrunwiththomas.org.au.

The Village Festival in Edinburgh Gardens 27-10-2017 ~ 28-10-2017

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - October 29 @ 8:00 pm

Entry by donation

The Village Festival is part carnival, part village fair and part arts festival. Enter through the impressive fa├žade and discover an alternative utopian world chock-full of of music, theatre, visual art, installations, puppetry, story-telling, cooking, workshops and a whole lot more.

This year The Village has a special focus on works by young, emerging and experimental artists. Students from Fitzroy High School and Alice Miller School in Macedon lead Maze of Motions, a creative collaboration looking at the depth and complexity of our emotions. The festival also features a preview performance of The Garden of Sorrows: Snuff Puppets’ giant puppet adaptation of the illustrated book of fables by John Hughes and Marco Luccio in which iconic Australian animals take on human qualities.

The Main Stage music program will feature the best of Melbourne’s emerging and established musos including Masco Sound System, The Number Nineteens, Copperhead Brass Band. Hello Tut Tut, Low Down Big Band, All Day Fritz and Chaos Magnet.

The World Kitchen is the imaginary love-child of Nigella and the Swedish chef. This fun, performative food stage invites chefs and home cooks from around the world (and around the corner) to share their stories about food, all whilst cooking scrumptious dishes to taste.

As always, The Village encourages active participation. There will be myriad opportunities to get creative, including the large-scale participatory work The Grand Experiment, creative workshops and stalwarts like So You Think You Can Interpretive Dance and 10 Minute Dance Parties.

No pre-bookings. Entry by donation.


Rotary Eltham Festival 11-11-2017 ~ 12-11-2017

The Rotary Eltham Festival is being held on Saturday 11th November and Sunday 12th November 2017 around Eltham, including the Alistair Knox Park and Eltham Central Park Oval and you can find out more about the festival on the Rotary Eltham Festival website.

The Eltham Festival Fireworks. Launching at 9pm on Saturday, the night sky will become centre stage with a spectacular explosion of colour.

Halloween Mooroolbark Miniature Railway 31-10-2017

Halloween 2017 at the Mooroolbark Miniature Railway is being held on Tuesday 31st October 2017 from 4.30pm to 8.30pm at the Kiloran Reserve, Hawthory Road, Mooroolbark.


 The Miniature trains are great fun for people of all ages. Tickets to ride are priced at $2.50 each and payment is CASH ONLY.