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What's the best part of raising a family in Australia?

In what ways is Australia unique from other places you've lived or traveled?

What do your kids love most about living in Australia?

What's the best family vacation destination in Australia?

Jos

Camping at Rainbow beach! The perfect way to spend time with your family & have fun in the sun!
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What's an affordable and fun family activity?

Jos

We love to go to the beach or for a drive to the bush/country for a picnic. We all have to eat so why not pack up your normal lunch & have it by the beach, a river or even just at a park. Remember to take your camera & put the kids in some nice clothes & just keep snapping away with the camera. You will never need to pay for professional photo's again because your kids will be having so much fun that they will be happy & have massive smiles in most of the photo's. If you go to the beach, go for a walk & collect shells to put in a jar or use for craft. If you go to the bush, collect some long sticks to put in a vase. Pinecones can be collected & taken home for the kids to paint on a rainy day.
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What is the best place to raise children: city, suburbs, or a rural town?

Jos

We live in the suburbs but we spend most of our free time at the beach or in the country & often go to the city. I think if you can possible live close to all then you are giving your kids the best of everything. I do not believe that one is better than the other. I do believe that you make the most of where you live. Kids make the most of where they live too.
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What are your tips for throwing a party that both adults and kids will enjoy?

Jos

Lots & lots of finger food! If everyone has a full tummy then people are more relaxed. I find that adults love "kids" games. One year, I turned my backyard into a putt putt course for Australia day & the adults had so much fun that the kids had to find something else to do.The best parties are not had with the men standing around a BBQ, the kids playing by themselves & the women talking.......the best parties happen when everyone is enjoying being together.
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How do you keep your kids involved with chores?

Jos

Money. I am serious, the only way is money! The only reason why anyone does anywork is for money & kids are no different. Pay them to mow the lawn, pay them to weed the garden, etc. There are certain chores that my girls have to do & they do not get paid as it is part of being a family. Such as unpacking the dishwasher, feeding the dog, cleaning up after themsleves, etc but all the other jobs should be paid according to ages & how long it takes to do each job.
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What's an easy recipe a babysitter can make?

Jos

Our go to meal for a babysitter is hotdogs or tacos. That way the kids can make their own & there is no fighting. The kids can choose the toppings they want & the baby sitter does not have to deal with kids not wanting to eat. I mean...who doesn't love hotdogs or tacos?
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