The Newman’s have just sold their property for $920,000 after buying it six years ago for $570,000. They say even though the property market is tough there is still money to be made. They also reckon Toonpan which offers a semi-rural lifestyle is Townsville’s best kept secret. This is Sharee Newman on the property.THE Newman family’s Toonpan home has become a property success story, selling for $920,000 after they purchased it five years ago for $572,000.Sharee Newman, who lives at 242 Mountview Dve with her husband and two children, says the sale is proof there is still money to be made in Townsville’s downtrodden property market.The family gutted the five-bedroom home during a five-month renovation to create a picture perfect homestead sitting in pride of place on 26ha.Even after completing a six-figure renovation, Mrs Newman said they had come away with a healthy profit.“When we bought it in 2012, it was a bit of a mess and they had renters here at the time,” she said.“It was on the market for a long time and we came back to look at it again and the renters had gone and they had cleaned it out but there was still a lot of water damage. “I was pregnant at the time and I just thought, ‘I can’t do this’, but the previous owners had all the right infrastructure in place so we went ahead and bought it.”The property was sold to a Townsville family with three children who want to be able to enjoy a rural lifestyle. Mrs Newman said well-maintained acreage properties were a rarity in Townsville and she felt that was why it sold for such a high price.“I noticed in Townsville that you don’t see a lot of acreage properties of this size where it’s tidy inside and out and I think there is a real lack of these properties in the market,” she said.“We had overseas interest, interstate interest and the rest was locals.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“We’ve kept it well maintained and that’s what really attracted people and within three weeks we had an offer.”The home has a large undercover entertaining area and a six-bay shed, while there is also a dam, bore water, rainwater tank and a pet pig that will be given to the new owners. The dam has been stocked with barramundi and there is a bridge leading to an island in the centre of the dam.She said the home had been a rural paradise and they were sad to be leaving to relocate to Victoria. “We get turtles out of the dam that crawl up to the house, we catch barra out of the dam and you get kangaroos hopping about the place,” she said.“The bird life is amazing and you get storks that are as tall as me and they are like a jumbo jet when they fly in. It’s a great home for kids.”The southern suburb of Toonpan is arguably Townsville’s best-kept secret. It offers a rural lifestyle, large lots, mountain views and tranquillity. The suburb, off the Flinders Highway, mainly hosts owner-occupiers and properties rarely come up for sale.McGrath agent Karyn Voevodin, who sold the property, said the price was a reflection of the limited amount of quality acreage on the market.“I’ve got a number of buyers who are still looking for something similar,” she said.
Is your child afraid of the dark? 5 tricks to make bedtime sweet – ACPeds blog postUpdated Sleep Guidelines, Headaches in Children and Teens, Guiding Children Through Life – ACPeds Parent Talk NewsletterParent Tech Use, Sleep & Obesity, ADHD on the Rise – ACPeds Parent Talk Newsletter American College of Pediatricians 5 December 2017Family First Comment: How’s your family doing?Have you ever heard the saying, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”? It is well established through research that much of our family’s well-being and success depends on getting a decent amount of shut-eye every night.How much Sleep Do We Need?From the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASP):Infants age 4 to 12 month need 12-16 hours a day, including napsToddlers age 1-2 …………………….11-14 hours of sleep a day, including napsChildren age 3-5 …………………….10-13 hours a day, including napsChildren age 6-12…………………… 9-10 hoursTeenagers 13-18 ……………………. 8-10 hours a day,Adults ……………………………….7 or more hours a day, varying upon the individualAccording to the AASP, 25-50% of preschool children do not get enough sleep and lack of regular bedtime and insufficient sleep in young children leads to problems with cognitive function, behavior, hyperactivity, being overweight or obese, and increases the likelihood of needing special education. Sleep qualityNot only the amount of sleep is important, but also what kind of sleep you receive. Signs of poor sleep quality includetiredness even with plenty hours of sleep,waking up frequently in the middle of the night, andhaving trouble breathing during sleep (a symptom of sleep disorder).Between 1 and 20% of preschool children have sleep-disordered breathing, like sleep apnea or snoring (Bonuck, et.al. 2016). More and more children are being prescribed medication for insomnia, with the largest amount being for children with psychological disorders (American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2010).A study in 2008 found that 73.3 percent of school-age children who had ADHD also had sleep problems and 44.8 percent had problems that were on a moderate to severe level. Further studies also found that children with ADHD were more likely to have some kind of sleep disorder such as heavy snoring or sleep apnea (American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2008).How do Electronics Affect Sleep?Our bodies receive important signals from sunlight. Artificial lights that are similar to sunlight can cause issues with falling asleep, sleep quality, and alertness during the day. These types of lights are lights with high luminescence and blue-rich lights, which includes electronic devices likea tablet, smart phones, computer and TV screens, andchargers.Bright blue lights interfere with the release of melatonin, a chemical that helps the body to sleep.It is best to turn off electronics with bright light an hour before bedtime and keep them out of the room during the night. What Else Can Parents Do to Promote Optimal Sleep? Create a bedtime routine. Bedtime routines may consist of calming activities to help signal to a child that it is time for sleep. A relaxing bath, reading books, lotion, singing song, brushing teeth, praying are activities you might consider in a bedtime routine. A large study found that children with bedtime routine were more likely to sleep through the night, fall asleep quickly, and sleep longer.Establish a regular bedtime sometime before 9 pm. Keep the same times for waking up and going to sleep, even on weekends. Keep room dark, quiet, and relatively cool. Some children sleep better with a white noise in the background. Avoid large meals and caffeine before bedtime. Exercise during the day has been shown to improve quality sleep.For more information on improving sleep quality for kids: