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The Business Of Babies Is Coming To Town

19 AUGUST 2008

Parents Prepare! The Business Of Babies Is Coming To Town

- The ASG Parent and Child Show returns to Wellington, 6-7 September, 2008 -

It will be all about bumps, bottles and bibs for Wellingtonians with the return of the ASG Parent and Child Show, at the Westpac Stadium on 6 -7 September 2008.

Now in its ninth year, the ASG Parent and Child Show will host more than 70 exhibitors who will showcase everything from maternity, ante-natal and infant accessories through to nutritional tips and educational products for babies and young children.

The 2008 show welcomes a range of new exhibitors including; Precious Bubba with their stylish Manduca baby carrier; Mustela, the international skin care specialist for babies and mothers-to-be; and Buggy Plates, with their funky, personalised buggy accessories. All time favourites returning to the event are The Baby Factory, ASG, Huggies and Plunket.

“The show covers every baby base and offers a one-stop-shop for parents experiencing this particularly special phase of life,” says CEO Dona White.

Mothers-to-be can explore Womama’s extensive range of contemporary, maternity clothing while Dads-to-be can check out Mountain Buggy’s exciting range of baby wheels.

The 2008 ASG Parent and Child Show offers parenting seminars for information and support and headlining this year’s seminar programme is Diane Levy - Counsellor, Family Therapist and author of a range of best selling books including; “Of course I love you… now go to your room”, “They look so lovely when they’re asleep”, and her latest achievement - “Time Out for Tots, Teens and Everyone in Between.”

“Diane is a household name when it comes to the best advice on raising children and we are thrilled to have her at the show again this year,” says CEO Dona White. “Her valuable insights, coupled with her humorous approach, will be greatly entertaining and informative for visitors to the show.”

Assistant director of the Gifted Education Centre, Sheryl Burns, will lead a seminar entitled Is Your Child Gifted?

“There are thousands of unidentified gifted children in New Zealand,” says Sheryl. “My seminar will cover the characteristics of gifted children and will explore the steps that parents should take if they think they have a gifted child.”

Plunket nurse, Sandy Reid, will add to the educational scene with her seminar ‘Breastfeeding - The Early Days and Beyond’ and owner of NappyDays, Kate Meads, will lead a ‘Modern Nappy Options’ seminar for parents.

While parents are kept busy with exhibitors and seminars, children of all ages will be enthralled by a range of activities at the show.

All the way from his fully-furnished, two bedroom pineapple under the sea, cartoon sensation SpongeBob SquarePants is set to be the highlight of the entertainment stage. He will be accompanied by non-stop stage entertainment including dancing, storytelling and sing-along amusement – perfect to keep the entire family amused.

So parents prepare! This family-friendly event has something for everyone and is a must for all family calendars.

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Notes to editors:

- The 2008 ASG Parent and Child Show runs from 10.00am – 5.00pm on Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September at the Westpac Stadium, Waterloo Quay, Wellington.
- Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $10 per adult per day and the show is free for children under 12. Parking at the venue is free.

Daily Seminar Programme (Saturday 6 September and Sunday 7 September)
10.30am - 11.25am When to Growl and When to Cuddle
Tantrums and whining are two unpleasant behaviours that seem to be an inevitable part of childhood. Learn low-energy ways of supporting our children through their sad times and refusing to put up with the whining and tantrums of children who are trying to get their own way.
Presented by Diane Levy
11.30am - 12.25pm Breastfeeding - The Early Days and Beyond

This seminar will describe the normal breastfeeding experience and some common breastfeeding concerns. Find out what support and resources are available for breastfeeding families.

Presented by Sandy Reid, Plunket Nurse and Lactation Consultant
12.30pm - 1.25pm How to Get Our Children To Do As They Are Told

If only we could get our children to do as they are told, our lives would be so much simpler. The added benefit in getting our children to be more compliant is that they wind up so much happier - and so do we.
Presented by Diane Levy

1.30pm - 2.25pm Modern Nappy Options

Nappies are the one item of clothing that your child will wear every day for the next few years. Kate will demonstrate what modern nappy options are available today and show you how to decide which one is best for you.

Presented by Kate Meads
2.30pm - 3.25pm Sibling Fights

It is unpleasant when our children fight and when our peace is disturbed by our children verbally bickering or slugging it out in a fist fight. Learn low-energy ways of teaching our children that we won't accept fighting between siblings.

Presented by Diane Levy
3.30pm - 4.25pm Is Your Child Gifted?

Broadly speaking a child has to have the potential to perform in the top 5% in some area to be considered gifted. There are thousands of unidentified gifted children in NZ. Your child could be one of them. This seminar will cover the characteristics of gifted children; problems they may encounter; schooling; what you, as a parent or teacher, should do if you think you have a gifted child.

Presented by Sheryl Burns


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