Welcome to the May issue of CHILD magazines, introduced by our editor-in-chief, Kim Richards.
This month’s cover model, Stevenson, is three years old. He was born in Samoa and moved to Australia when he was one. He lives at home with his Samoan-born grandmother, Burmese-born grandfather, his mother, father, aunt, uncle and two older sisters. He has one dog and three rescue cats. And, judging by the enthusiastic way he sang and shook his hips at our photoshoot, I’d strongly suggest keeping an eye out for him on The X-Factor in years to come.
By contrast, I live with my three children, my partner and his two sons, and our cat Daisy. All eight of us (including the cat!) were born in Australia, and my children’s paternal heritage makes them seventh-generation Aussies, descendants of the Third Fleet. We have go-kart drivers, soccer players, actors, yellow-belts and acrobats. We have both nervous children and confident children. We have anaphylaxis and we have anxiety. And, my claim to a multicultural family can be found with my half-Bolivian nieces, my half-Tongan nephew and my half-Maori niece.
In our ‘great Aussie snapshot’ this month, we have captured the immense variety of Australians and our families – the good, the bad and the ugly. It really shows how we are all different, we are all unique; or as the song goes, “we are one, but we are many”. And, if you head to our website, the document is available as a gorgeous printable.
Also in this issue, we take a look at a world-renowned Australian psychology program helping our kids tackle anxiety. I was fortunate enough to participate in this program with my son a few years ago, and I observed the positive impact it had on the lives of many children and their families, including my own.
We also share the inspiring stories of three young adults with different disabilities; their challenges, achievements, goals and the vital role their parents played in shaping them.