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10 EASY WAYS TO BE MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS

10 EASY WAYS TO BE MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS

With the constant threat of climate change looming, one thought always crosses our mind; how can we help? There are plenty of easy ways to be more environmentally conscious in every area of your life.

How can we help to decrease our own carbon footprint?

1. Compost food waste – rather than putting scraps in the bin to go to landfill, have a compost bin where you can put all your scraps in for your garden.

2. Start a veggie garden – This fun idea can help to involve the whole family while growing a variety of different produce. No matter the size of your house or unit, there are always ways to grow produce at home, even if it means a window box vege garden.

3. Eat less meat – meat (especially red meat) uses massive amounts of energy to produce so cutting down on this reduces your carbon footprint significantly. Try some recipes that are vegetarian (such as this chili) or even vegan (such as this warm buckwheat salad or these adorable owl pancakes).

4. Use less plastic – By bringing your own reusable shopping bags to the supermarket or using reusable containers at school or work, you are reducing the amount of plastic in the environment. Plastic can take thousands of years to decompose and during this time has the potential to kill or significantly harm native wildlife.

5. Try to use public transport more – Transport can have major effects on the environment with fumes being emitted by vehicles and being powered by non-renewables. By walking, riding a bike or using public transport a few times a week to commute, you can help reduce emissions.

6. Buy local products – Buying from local suppliers around your area can help reduce food miles. Food miles are the distance foods travel to get your supermarket and eventually to your house. The further the distance the food travels, the higher the carbon footprint. Buying food from local producers helps the environment and supports local businesses. Win-win!

7. Switch to energy efficient lightbulbs – Having energy efficient lightbulbs helps the environment and also helps you save money. Having lights which cost less to run decrease your electricity bill, therefore giving your family more money to spend on other household necessities. The bulbs pretty much pay for themselves!

8. Turn off lights – although this one may seem simple, you’ll be surprised how often we forget to turn off lights when we aren’t using them anymore. Also try to keep lights off for as long as possible throughout the day by using natural lighting. Open up windows and doors to let in the sunlight. This saves energy which is usually being wasted unnecessarily.

9. Reuse scrap paper – This idea can be very easy, yet very effective by getting the most use out of items. Using sheets of paper which may have previously been thrown away, as paper for a shopping list or for kids to draw on extend the papers’ life.

10. Jars and more jars – Jars are an environmentally friendly replacement for plastic. Jars can be used to hold leftover or other bulk kitchen buys like nuts, seeds or flour. They are convenient and easy to see what is stored inside, and look trendy too. You can label them as you wish and even decorate them – see, isn’t that much better and nicer-looking than plastic?

10 GAMES TO HELP YOUR CHILD PERFORM BETTER AT SCHOOL

10 FUN GAMES TO HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN WHILE PLAYING

You will have all heard the theory that children learn better through play, such as with games. There is a lot of evidence to support this theory. So, if you want your child to perform better at school, is it possible to do stuff at home which is fun as opposed to doing extra homework?

Learning through play helps children short term and also long term. For example, children who are good at Monopoly are often good business owners. It is one of the best tools to teach your children how to manage money. There is evidence coming through that if your child is struggling in a certain area, games may be more useful than tutoring (although not always).

So is all play good or are there certain types of play that are more beneficial. Certain types of play definitely make a difference when assisting with your children’s academic performance.

Here are my top 10 games for helping your child perform better at school, which are also lots of fun. I have broken them into age groups, but the ages are just a guide. Feel free to start playing the games earlier if you think your children are up to it.

Ages 4 to 6

The first game I recommend you start with is UNO (available online for $7 ). I first started playing a version of this at seven, but children are often able to start between the age of four and five. The game teaches number recognition, recognising patterns (very important for Maths) and most importantly improves concentration.

The Hungry Caterpillar (available online for $28) is another game to start kids off on. This is a great game for teaching adding up. Despite popular myths, practising counting to 100 is not very beneficial. On the other hand, learning to move a token four spots on a board is great for learning to add up. If you have two pieces of fruit and you need four in total, how many more do you need?

Junior Monopoly (available online for $25) is another game which is great for teaching adding up. Don’t be put off by the adult version. This game goes for 10 to 15 min and is enjoyable even for parents.

Sequence for Kids (available online for $30) is good for recognising patterns.

Ages 7  to 10

Tile Rummy / RummyO (available online for $35) is my pick for helping children with Maths. It is a tile version of gin rummy. It teaches patterns and the ability to visualise patterns. If your child can master this game, they will do well at Maths.

Yahtzee (available online for $14) is a fun game that is also great for teaching the times tables.

D.I.N.K. is a relatively unknown card game which is a good bridging game between UNO and card games like 500. Lots of fun.

Ages 10 +

Once your children have spent countless hours playing board games, they can start playing games designed for adults. Once your children reach this stage, you can have great family time playing games.

My current all time favourite game is Splendor (available online for $58). The game goes for 30 to 45 min. While the rules are straight forward, it is good for developing strategies. If your child can sit at a table and concentrate on a non digital activity for 45 minutes, then this will give them a huge advantage when they are at school. Being able to concentrate for long periods is very important if you want your children to do well at school.

Another great game is Ticket to Ride (available online for $68). Once again it goes for 30 to 45 minutes. It teaches children to add up double digit figures in their head. After playing this game every day for three months, my youngest son’s teacher wanted to know what we were doing at home that had caused a huge improvement in his mathematics in such a short time.

I am going to end with a card game. Card games are great for teaching probability. I met a guy who set the odds for Rugby and Golf for a large betting organisation. He told me growing up he spent long periods playing cards (mostly cribbage) with his Grandmother. He agreed that this is what made him so good at what he does now. The game I recommend is Rickety Kate (also known as Up and Down the River). Can be played with three to six players and is an awesome social game.

 If your child plays lot of these type of games, they will find Maths B a lot easier to understand when they get to year 11. If your child is more interested in word games, Scrabble and Upwords are good games.

Article by Roland Taylor (Director and State Manager at Statewide Family Law)

WHAT'S ON IN TOWNSVILLE THIS FEBRUARY

WHAT’S ON IN TOWNSVILLE THIS FEBRUARY

SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY

Mamma Mia!
Runs until 8 February
Townsville Civic Theatre
www.townsville.qld.gov.au
1.30pm / $35-55 / Family

The Wolfe Brothers
Dalrymple Hotel
www.oztix.com.au
8.00pm / $33.70 / 18+ Yrs

Rescue – Hands-On Kids Exhibits
Runs until 8 March
Museum of Tropical Queensland
www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au
9.00am / Museum Entry / Family

JCU Townsville Fire Vs Bendigo Spirit
Townsville Stadium
www.wnbl.com.au
6.00pm / $14-25 / Family

World Wetlands Day Tree Planting
Mundy Creek Landcare Site
www.conservationvolunteers.com.au
4.30pm / Free / Family

Chinese New Year Dinner
The Ville Resort-Casino
www.ttcci.org.au
6.30pm / $35-70 / Family

Family Fun Fair
Milestones Early Learning Bushland Beach
www.bushlandbeach.milestones.com.au
10.00am / Free / Family

Sign On Day
Townsville Basketball
www.townsvillebasketball.net.au
9.00am / Free / Family

Estates Soccer Club Sign On Day
Victoria Park
www.estatesfc.com.au
2.00pm / Free / Family

Family Fun Fair
Aussie Kindies Early Learning Deeragun
www.deeragun.aussiekindies.com.au
10.00am / Free / Family

Free Community Open Day
Condon Kids Early Learning Centre
www.kidselc.com.au
9.00am / Free / Family

SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY

Story Party Townsville – True Dating Stories
The Ville Resort-Casino
www.storyparty.co
7.00pm / $40 / 18+ Years

World Travel Expo 2020
Townsville Entertainmen & Convention Centre
www.travelexpo.net.au
9.00am / Free / Family

Hypnobirthing 1 Day Intensive
Hypnobirthing Envision Health Qld Townsville
www.hypnobirthingtsv.com.au
9.30am / Check Website / Family

Free Community Open Day
Charters Towers Kids Early Learning Centre
www.kidselc.com.au
9.00am / Free / Family

TUESDAY 4 FEBRUARY

Parent Information Session: Triple P Overview
CityLibraries Aitkenvale
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
9.30am / Free / Family

FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY

Burdekin Singers & Theatre Company presents Beauty & The Beast
Runs until 16 February
Burdekin Theatre
www.burdekintheatre.com.au
Various times / $39-45 / Family

2020 Cowboys Community Day
Training Field, Cowboys HQ
www.cowboys.com.au
5.30pm / Free / Family

The Beautiful Girls
Otherwise Bar
www.moshtix.com.au
7.30pm / $43.79 / 18+ Yrs

SATURDAY 8 FEBRUARY

Lonely Hearts Valentine’s Day Sale
Runs until 22 February
Animal Care and Adoption Centre
www.townsville.qld.gov.au/animals
9.30am / Various prices / Family

Awesome 80s Show
Cowboys Leagues Club
www.cowboysleagues.com.au
6.30pm / $20 / Adults

Migi Yarn Women’s Book Club
CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / 15+ Yrs

Riverway Vikings Come and Try Day
Charles Moroney Park, Kelso
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / Family

Parental First Aid and CPR Workshop
Nurture Family Health Centre
www.nurturehealthcentre.com
10.15am / $30 / Adults

Combined Sign On Day
Townsville Hockey Association
www.commercialshockey.com.au
4.00pm / Free / Family

Adoption Day
Petbarn Townsville
www.petbarn.com.au
10.00am / Various pricing / Family

URT Bushfire Charity Camp
19 Aitken St, Aitkenvale
Fb URT Transformation Centre
7.00am / Free / Family

SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY

Renegade Handmade Market
Marian School
Fb Renegade Handmade
8.00am / Free / Family

Songs of the Shows
Carlton Theatre
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
2.00pm / $15-25 / Family

Three Divas and the Gentlemen of Jazz
NQ Licensed Events Centre
www.jazztownsville.com
6.00pm / $10-40 / Family

Sign On Day
Curra Swans Football Club
www.curraswans.com.au
10.00am / Free / Family

TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY

Expectant Parent Information Night
Townsville & District Multiple Birth Association Inc.
www.townsvillemultiples.com.au
7.30pm / Free / Family

WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY

International Ocean Film Tour
BCC Cinemas Townsville Central
www.adventureentertainment.com
7.00pm / $18-22 / Family

Morning Melodies – The Swingin’ Martinis
Burdekin Theatre
www.burdekintheatre.com.au
11.00am / $15 / Family

Chicks at the Flicks – Ghost
Event Cinemas (Townsville City)
www.eventcinemas.com.au
6.00pm / From $15 / Family

FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY

Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee
Townsville Civic Theatre
www.alist.com.au
8.00pm / $59.90-64.90 / Family

Open Day
Calvary Early Learning Centre
www.elc.calvary.qld.edu.au
9.30am / Free / Family

SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY

Hotter Than Hell
Kirwan Tavern
www.oztix.com.au
2.00pm / Check Website / 18+ Years

Glory Days: The Bruce Springsteen Show
The Ville Resort-Casino
www.the-ville.com.au
6.30pm / $39 / 18+ Yrs

Family Fun Day
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
10.00am / Free / Family

Try Sail Experience
Townsville Sailing Club
www.townsvillesailing.com.au
2.00pm / $10-20 / Family

SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY

Family Fishing Tournament
Runs until 23 February
Taylors Beach
www.hinchinbrookway.com.au
7.00am / Check Website / Family

Stadium Open Day
Queensland Country Bank Stadium
www.queenslandcountrybankstadium.com.au
Check Website / Free / Family

SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY

Castle Hill Trail Run
Castle Hill
www.outerlimitsadventure.com.au
6.00am / Check Website / Family

Sip and Paint in Townsville: Monet’s Footbridge
Jezzine Barracks
Fb Townsville Art Classes
2.00pm / $64.39 / Adults

MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY

In My Blood It Runs Screening
Event Cinemas (Townsville City)
www.inmyblooditruns.com
7.00pm / $23 / Family

TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY

Come and Try Night
Murray Sports Stadium
Fb Monsoons Volleyball Club
6.30pm / Free / Family

WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY

The Blood of Kings
Runs until 7 March

Townsville Civic Theatre
www.theatreinq.com
Check website / Family

THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY

Shake the Rainbow
Runs until 1 March
Stockland Townsville
www.stockland.com.au
Daily / Check Website / Family

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY

Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
Queensland Country Bank Stadium
www.eltonjohn.com
6.00pm / Check Website / Family

The Mystery Feast
Burdekin Theatre
www.burdekintheatre.com.au
5.30pm / $80 / Adults

SAVE THE DATES:

SUNDAY 1 MARCH

Bedside Manners
Pimlico State High Performing Arts Centre
Fb Townsville Little Theatre
8.00pm / TBA

MONDAY 2 MARCH

10cc Live in Concert
Townsville Civic Theatre
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
8.00pm / $69.90-99.90 / Family

FRIDAY 6 MARCH

Ocean Film Festival World Tour
Townsville Civic Theatre
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
7.00pm / $24-34 / Family

FRIDAY 13 MARCH

NQ Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos
Queensland Country Bank Stadium
www.queenslandcountrybankstadium.com.au
7.00pm / Check Website / Family

THURSDAY 19 MARCH

Sleeping Beauty
Townsville Civic Theatre
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
7.30pm / $55-85 / Family

WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH

Kinky Boots
Runs until 4 April
Townsville Civic Theatre
www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au
8.00pm / $35-50 / Family

FRIDAY 27 MARCH

Townsville Battle of the Brains
Brothers Leagues Club Townsville
www.thepyjamafoundation.com
6.00pm / $20 / Adults

WHAT'S ON IN CAIRNS THIS FEBRUARY

WHAT’S ON IN CAIRNS THIS FEBRUARY

SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY

Sports Sign-On

Also runs on 2nd, 8th and 9th February
Mount Sheridan Plaza
www.mtsheridanplaza.com.au
10.00am / Free / Family

Water Polo – Crater Lake Series
Lake Barrine
Fb Cairns Water Polo
9.00am / Free / Family

Cairns Airport Chinese New Year Street Festival
Grafton St, Cairns City
www.cadcai.org.au
4.00pm / Free / Family

Greta Stanley (w/ full band) Hometown Show
Laneway Green
www.moshtix.com.au
6.00pm / $17.34 / Family

Introduction to Essential Oils
Oile’s Essentials
www.mydoterra.com/oilesessentials
10.00am / Free / Family

SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY

Dumpling Making Workshop
Stockland Cairns
www.eventbrite.com.au
1.00pm / Free / Family

MONDAY 3 FEBRUARY

Space+Place: Street Soccer
Guginy Reserve, Manunda
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
3.30pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

Space+Place: Movere Dance
ARC Disability
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
4.00pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

Space+Place: Strong Families
Mooroobool Hub
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
4.00pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

Space+Place: Reading Matters
Manoora Centre
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
3.00pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

Come & Try Mums n’ Bubs Fitness Classes
Runs until 6 February
Nurtured Fitness
www.nurturedfitness.com
Various times / Free / Mums & Bubs

TUESDAY 4 FEBRUARY

Space+Place: Active Sports
Jensen St Park, Manoora
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
4.00pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

WEDNESDAY 5 FEBRUARY

Space+Place: Skateboarding
Shang Park, Mooroobool
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
4.30pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

Space+Place: Basketball
118 Murray St, Manoora
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
5.00pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

Space+Place: Hip Hop Music and Dance
Cairns West School, Manunda
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
2.30pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

Free Parent Workshop – Little People, Big Worries
Every Family – Cassowary Coast
www.vpginc.com.au
10.00am / Free / Family

Sign On / Come and Try Night
Atherton International Club
Fb Atherton Touch Football
5.30pm / Free / Family

THURSDAY 6 FEBRUARY

Lantern Decorating Workshop
Stockland Cairns
www.stockland.com.au
2.30pm / $5 / Family

Space+Place: Karate Kids
Balaclava School
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
2.45pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

Space+Place: Active Sports
Raintrees Shopping Centre
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
4.00pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

Space+Place: Netball
Shang Park, Mooroobool
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
4.30pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY

Alteouise DeVaughn – In My Life
Runs until 8 February
The Clink Theatre
www.clinktheatre.com.au
7.30pm / $25-35 / Family

Chinese New Year Lantern Festival
Chinese Friendship Gardens
www.cadcai.org.au
5.00pm / Free / Family

Space+Place: Tennis Hot Shots
Shang Park, Mooroobool
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
2.45pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

Space+Place: AFL
Shang Park, Mooroobool
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
4.00pm / Free (registration required) / 6-17 Yrs

Space+Place: Deadly Running and Walking
Murray St Park, Manoora
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
5.00pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

Space+Place: Volleyball
Also runs on 9th February
Plaza Palms, Manunda
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
5.30pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

SATURDAY 8 FEBRUARY

The Beautiful Girls
Tanks Arts Centre
www.ticketlink.com.au
6.30pm / $37-42 / 18+ Yrs

Marty Sheargold
Cairns Performing Arts Centre
www.ticketlink.com.au
8.00pm / $44.90-49.90 / 15+ Yrs

Fork for the Fires
Stratford Soccer Grounds
Fb Cairns On A Fork
3.00pm / $5 / Family

Totally Workwear Cairns Race Day
Cannon Park Racecourse
www.cairnsjockeyclub.com.au
11.00am / $10 / Family

Lunchbox Favourites – Kids Cooking Class
Modern Pantry
www.modernpantry.com.au
2.00pm / $48.56 / 6+ Yrs

SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY

2020 Come & Try AFL Day
Centrals Juniors AFL Club
www.centralsjuniorsaflclub.tidyhq.com
10.00am / Free / Family

Space+Place: OzTag
Shang Park, Mooroobool
www.cairns.qld.gov.au
4.00pm / Free / 6-17 Yrs

MONDAY 10 FEBRUARY

Morning Melodies – The Swingin’ Martinis
Cairns Performing Arts Centre
www.ticketlink.com.au
11.00am / $20 / Family

WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY

International Ocean Film Tour Vol.6
Event Cinemas Cairns Central
www.eventcinemas.com.au
7.00pm / Check Website / Family

Free Parent Workshop – Early Communication
Every Family – Cassowary Coast
www.vpginc.com.au
9.30am / Free / Family

THURSDAY 13 FEBRUARY

The Switch – Live
Mystery Adventure Cairns
www.findtheswitch.com
5.00pm / $40 / 13+ Yrs

FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY

Future Stars Dance Comp
Location TBC
www.futurestarsdancecomp.com.au
8.00am / Check Website / Family

SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY

Cairns Biggest Sign On Day
Cairns Convention Centre
www.bigsignonday.com
10.00am / Free / Family

True Vibenation
Tanks Arts Centre
www.ticketlink.com.au
6.30pm / $34-40 / 18+ Yrs

FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY

CBWC Business & Bubbles + AGM
Harbourside Bar & Kitchen
www.cbwc.org.au
5.30pm / $40-45 / 18+ Yrs

Wife after Death
Runs until 29 February
Rondo Theatre
www.ticketlink.com.au
7.00pm / $26.25-$31.50 / Family

Bushfire Band-Aid Mini Festival
Runs until 22 February
Atherton Golf Club
Fb Bring Back Rock n Roll in Far North Queensland
3.00pm / $30 / Family

SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY

Kenfrost Homes Challenge | NQ Cowboys Vs Brisbane Broncos
Barlow Park
www.ticketlink.com.au
4.00pm / $10-60 / Family

SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY

World Travel Expo – Cairns
Cairns Convention Centre
www.travelexpo.net.au
9.00am / Free / Family

Rare Disease Day Fun Run & Walk 2020
Fun Ship Playground
www.rarefriends.org
8.30am / $5-15 / Family

TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY

Mark Dodge Motoring Race Day
Cannon Park Racecourse
www.cairnsjockeyclub.com.au
12.00pm / $10 / Family

FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY

C.W. Stoneking
Tanks Arts Centre
www.ticketlink.com.au
6.30pm / $30-35 / Family

Carl Barron – Skating Rink for Flies
Runs until 1st March
Cairns Convention Centre
www.ticketlink.com.au
8.00pm / $79.90 / 18+ Yrs

SATURDAY 29 FEBRUARY

Leap for 130 Years Fundraiser
St Monica’s College
www.stmonicas.qld.edu.au
5.45pm / $35-60 / Adults

The Necks
Cairns Performing Arts Centre
www.ticketlink.com.au
7.00pm / $38-42 / Family

Leap Year Celebrations
Cairns Esplanade Fun Ship Playground
www.parkrun.com/cairns
7.00am / Check Website / Adults

SAVE THE DATES:

TUESDAY 3 MARCH

10cc – The Things We Do For Love Tour
Cairns Performing Arts Centre
www.ticketlink.com.au
6.30pm / $69.90 – $99.90 / Family

SATURDAY 7 MARCH

The Ironing Maidens – A Soap Opera
Tanks Arts Centre
www.ticketlink.com.au
6.30pm / $10.50-15.75 / Family

Ocean Film Festival World Tour
Cairns Performing Arts Centre
www.ticketlink.com.au
7.00pm / $24-34 / Family

Japan Day of Hope 2020
Edge Hill State School
Fb Japan Day of Hope
11.00am / Free / Family

TUESDAY 10 MARCH

CBWC International Women’s Day Lunch
Pullman Cairns International
www.cbwc.org.au
11.00am / $59-79 / Adults

TUESDAY 17 MARCH

The 91-Storey Treehouse
Cairns Performing Arts Centre
www.cairnsperformingartscentre.com.au
10.00am, 12.00pm and 6.00pm / $17.85 / Family

THE EXTROVERT, INTROVERT AND AMBIVERT IN THE FAMILY

THE EXTROVERT, INTROVERT AND AMBIVERT IN THE FAMILY

I think we can all agree that life is pretty tiring for some while others have endless energy. We all need to take time to recharge our batteries and energise ourselves, and each person has their own way of doing so. For some, recharging their ‘battery’ might involve sitting down in a comfy chair and reading a book, while for others it might be going to an event and socialising with other like-minded people.

These personality types fall into the categories of extrovert, introvert and ambivert. People with these traits require different things in day-to-day life to stay energised and happy, and the same applies to children, but in a different way.

What Type of Personality Do You Have?

Are you an introvert, extrovert or an ambivert? You may have caught yourself wondering at times, or have an answer to that question already.
If you find it difficult to fit into the introvert or extrovert box, you may just be an ambivert.

It’s probably fairly easy to pinpoint which category you fall into – but pinpointing your child’s personality type and nurturing that can pose a challenge. However, knowing this part of your child helps you better recognise and better respond to your child’s needs to help them become the best version of themselves.

Here is a quick rundown of these personality types in adults and children.

Extroverts

Extroverts are generally outgoing and sociable. They often love discussing their ideas with others and spending time with other people, and gain their energy from being around others.

If your child is the life of the party, loves to meet new people and is happiest in the company of others, they might just be an extrovert. Extroverted children are typically outgoing and find it easy to make friends.

Introverts

Introverts are more reserved and tend to listen more than they speak. They often prefer to spend the evening at home with a cup of tea and their favourite show on the TV. Introverts find it draining to be around lots of people, and an outing is often followed by time alone in order to recharge.

Children who are more reserved when they meet new people and enjoy time playing alone may be introverts. They can be just as energetic as extroverts, but dislike being the centre of attention.

Ambiverts

If you don’t quite fall under the extrovert or introvert umbrella, you may fall into the lesser known ambivert category. Ambiverts fall somewhere in the middle. They love socialising with friends but also crave alone time. They are confident, but have some reclusive tendencies – and all of this may be confusing to your loved ones.

Children who are ambiverts demonstrate a combination of extroverted and introverted traits. They get their energy from being around other kids, but also from being alone. They may be outgoing in some situations, but feel more reserved in others.

Pinpointing What Your Child Needs

What does all this information about varying personality types mean to you as a parent? Being aware of their needs is essential to help understand how they tick and how to help them reach their full potential. Even if all your other children are extroverts this does not mean your other child can’t be an introvert, and it’s important you help them energise themselves according to their personality type.

For instance, extroverted children may become sad, irritable or despondent if they go too long without meaningful interactions. Being aware of when your child’s social battery needs a little recharging helps them be the best version of themselves. Some extroverts crave social time on a daily basis, while others are satisfied going a few days without much social interaction. Scheduling regular play dates with friends and signing them up for extracurricular activities can keep them happy.

Introverted children tend to feel drained after spending time with other people in large groups such as at parties or family gatherings, making a full day of school tough for some. Many prefer to play quietly after school, and while they still crave social time, these needs are fewer and further between compared to extroverts. They are also often shy when meeting new people, and may be hesitant upon giving Aunt Mary a big hug.

Ambivert children gain energy from being around others, but also from being alone depending on the situation. Trying different tactics may help you figure out what your child needs. In some instances, it may be a play date, while other times they may prefer to have a cuddle with mum or dad, or quiet time reading a book.

Sometimes it can be a struggle to understand children who fall into the ambivert category. While in some situations they’re happy to be social, in others they may not, leaving some parents wondering why they’re being ‘rude’. Your child is likely working out their inner needs and not being rude at all, and probably shows their appreciation in different ways such as drawing a picture for somebody.

Is There Ever a Time to be Concerned?

It’s normal for the different people within the family to have their own unique personality traits. However, if your extroverted child suddenly becomes withdrawn, it may be a sign of an emotional issue. You know your child best and if they are suddenly not acting like themselves, it may be a good idea to have a heart to heart chat with them, or if it persists, take them to the doctor.

12 BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS TO EXPLORE IN NQ

12 BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS TO EXPLORE IN NQ

The Great Barrier Reef stretches from Cape York down the Queensland coast to Bundaberg, spanning a length of 2,300km. Along the way there are over 3,000 coral reefs and 600 continental islands, as well as many cays – plenty to explore!

Whether you’re a long-time North Queensland local or are visiting, a trip out to the reef is a must. There are plenty
of beautiful things to see and do, and it really puts into perspective just how beautiful our world is.

Islands

Each island has its own unique qualities. Here are a few amazing ones to discover in North Queensland.

1. Frankland Islands, Cairns area

Frankland Islands is composed of five islands called Normanby, Russel, Round, High and Mabel. Every single one of them is uninhabited except for the spectacular wildlife. It has no facilities, but there are six campsites if you’re after an adventure in untouched nature.

2. Green Island, Cairns area

A small, flat island off the coast of Cairns, perfect for a quick getaway. Did you know that Green Island is technically a sand cay?

3. Fitzroy Island, Cairns area

A popular day trip option, Fitzroy Island has a turtle rehabilitation hospital, walking tracks (with one leading up to a lighthouse), and plenty of fun activities and tours.

4. Magnetic Island, Townsville area

Magnetic Island is home to a number of beaches, hiking trails and cute resident koalas.Hike up to WWII forts, visit the Bungalow Bay Koala Sanctuary or drive a topless car around the island. It is the only island on this list with its own postcode, and 2,500 residents call it home.

5. Hinchinbrook Island, Townsville area

Hinchinbrook Island is a hiker’s paradise. Only 40 people are allowed there at any time. It is massive and completely uninhabited and home to the famous 32km Thorsborne Trail. It is accessible by a ferry ride from Lucinda or Cardwell and is the perfect place for those seeking a real adventure.

6. Whitsunday Island, Whitsundays

The biggest island as part of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, and home to the iconic picturesque Whitehaven Beach.

7. Hamilton Island, Whitsundays

Hamilton Island is car-free but has its own airport and loads of accommodation options are available. There is lots to do including hiking up to Passage Peak, offering stunning views of the surrounding islands.

8. Long Island, Whitsundays

Located just one kilometre from the coastline, Long Island features bush walking paths and a tropical rainforest.

9. Daydream Island, Whitsundays

It certainly lives up to its name. Daydream Island features 280 modern rooms making it perfect for families, along with three restaurants and a coral lagoon wrapping around the central building home to over 100 species of marine fish.

10. Hayman Island, Whitsundays

The most northerly of the Whitsunday Islands, Hayman Island features a number of accommodation options and restaurants as well as botanical gardens. It’s a popular honeymoon destination, but also popular with families.

11. Keswick Island, Mackay area

Spot vibrant blue butterflies, turtles cruising in clear waters and learn about fascinating bees. Explore the bushwalking tracks or simply relax.

12. Newry Island, Mackay area

Newry Island is close to the mainland and is popular with camping, fishing and bushwalking, and it has some spectacular lookouts. The area has been designated as a dugong protection area.

Remember…

The Great Barrier Reef is a world heritage listed site. When visiting, show respect for mother nature and leave it the same way you found it.

Do not collect souvenirs – Avoid collecting natural souvenirs such as shells or seeds. Take only photos and memories
with you.

Respect the flora and fauna – Don’t touch, pick up, feed or otherwise disturb the wildlife, and avoid making loud noises.
If an animal seems agitated by your presence, carefully move away. Stay on marked paths and don’t tread on any vegetation
or snap off any branches.

Do not litter – Take all rubbish with you, including food scraps. Many islands are uninhabited, so take extra care as there
won’t be any bins. Take an extra moment to pick up any rubbish along the way, even if it isn’t yours.