News, Reviews & Resources   August, 2006
In This Issue

As usual, this issue of Starlink brings you a range of resources.

The htm file focuses on parenting and resources for parents, while the downloadable pdf file contains an interesting mixed bag, including: Weasel

  • 'Weasel Words' - an Australian website for 'people who have silently wept into a crumpled copy of their company's mission statement' :-)
  • Information about 'co-intelligence' and the Co-Intelligence Institute
  • Some gems found on the World Bank website, including Youthink!, a downloadable Photo Library and their Level 2 Evaluation Toolkit.

We hope you'll find something that's a 'keeper' for you. Enjoy! :-)

Sue & Chris

DADs and MUMs Network

(Thanks to Dr Leigh Kibby for this item. Visit the DADs and MUMs web page to learn more)

DADs & MUMs is a network of DADs and MUMs who give some of their time to help another Dad or Mum who needs someone to talk to. The service is inspired by my true life experience with Paul, a Dad I once met. Parents

DADS & MUMs is not a counselling service, although some Dads and Mums are trained in counselling skills. It is simply a friendly ear, a Mentor, with whom you can chat over your problems and talk about how you feel about being a Dad or Mum.

So, if you are a Dad or Mum and you need to talk to someone, use the booking calendar in "On Line Sessions" and book a time to speak to one of our DADs or MUMs volunteers.

Dr Liegh Kibby
Kinematic Pty. Ltd.
PO Box 8138, Newtown, Victoria, Australia, 3220
Phone: +61 3 5222 7578

Popet™ educational resources are a range of eWorkbooks designed for parents, teachers and caregivers of children aged 3 to 12.

These workbooks are written by Australian teachers and focus on making children think.

As the website says, popet™ strives to empower children with decision-making and problem-solving skills ? and encourage children to use higher order thinking skills.

The cost is reasonable, and all eWorkbooks are downloadable from the website immediately after purchase.

STOP PRESS - Special Offer for Starlink Readers

(Editors' note: This arrived only just before emailing this issue of Starlink. Deadline is next week - so be quick if you want to register!)

Daniel Dobos, from MentalBlank, is offering 25 complimentary passes for Starlink readers to his Speed-reading & Super Memory Seminars next week.

The seminars start at 7pm with registration at 6:30pm on Wednesday September 6th/13th in Sydney or Thursday September 7th/14th in Melbourne. Tickets are usually $129 but if you're one of the first 25 Starlink subscribers to register, you can attend without charge.

For full details and to register, visit www.vcenet.com.au/super Use the promotional code: STAR

(Daniel presents at seminars, conferences, workshops, educational institutions and public events right across Australia, and speaks to more than 10,000 people each year.)

Parent Perspectives
Child Laughing

A child will not spill anything on a dirty floor.

A y*ung child is a noise with dirt on it.

An unbreakable toy is useful for breaking other toys.

Having children will turn you into your parents.

If you have trouble getting your children's attention, just sit down and look comfortable.

These days it costs more to amuse a child than it once did to educate his father.

M*ney isn't everything, but it keeps the kids in touch. Child Sleeping

You can learn many things from children...like how much patience you have.

School holidays are the times when parents realize teachers are grossly underpaid.

Those who say they "sleep like a baby" haven't got one.

There are three ways to get things done: 1) Do it yourself; 2) Hire someone to do it; or 3) Forbid your kids to do it

To read
Starlink # 61 ...

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Web Links

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Australian Child Support Agency

Australian Gov. Family Assistance

Business Mums' Network

Busy Mothers

Child and Youth Health

Flexibility Works

Good Beginnings Australia

Home Education in Victoria

Kids Health


Northern Rivers Family Care Centre

Parenting Ideas

Parenting SA

Playgroup Australia

Raising Children Network

Relationships Australia

Shared Parenting Council of Australia

StepFamily Zone

Toy Libraries Victoria

The Last Word
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. (Elizabeth Stone)
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