28 February 2011
How A FIFO Mum or Dad Can Read Their Kids A Bedtime Story
A new Australian-first website for families with kids has been launched to help parents and children share stories through Social Media – Stories My Nana Tells
The site is the ultimate resource for parents who want to share unique and engaging stories with their children, encourage them to read and help overcome the anxiety of separation.
Children’s author and creator of the website, Lesley Dewar, said while the opportunity to be employed in the mining boom is financially compelling, the Fly In, Fly Out (FIFO) lifestyle has disrupted many family lives. With a new boom predicted to start in the North West of WA, the number of families affected will continue to increase.
“Stories My Nana Tells provides a regular and unique connection between adults (parents and grandparents) and children in a fun and entertaining way, anytime they want to log onto the internet,” Lesley Dewar said.
“The site helps overcome separation anxiety for children, because families can have multiple logins of the same membership, at the same time, and chat over Skype about the stories,” she said.
“With eight to twelve questions on each story included and links to internet research sites, Stories My Nana Tells encourages reading and learning in a family environment. I write stories for children aged 7-12 yrs that will spark their curiosity, entertain and educate them. I write about pets, travel, nature, unique and unusual things.”
Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics*[i] show a 5% increase on the estimated workers employed by the Mining Industry at the end of 2008 will increase their numbers to 135,000 persons as at end of June 2009. The estimate excludes persons paid by commission only, non-salaried directors, volunteers and self-employed persons such as consultants and contractors.
“It has been predicted that by 2013, labour demands will result in an estimated 38,000 additional employees being required by the minerals and energy sector, with shortages expected to impact business sustainability. Many of those additional employees are expected to be women,”[ii] said Lesley.
Stories My Nana Tells is a family based membership site that publishes a new story every two weeks, for paid subscribers. Because it is internet based, it is simple and easy to share the stories, from anywhere in the world, with children you love.
For guests as well as Members, the Stories My Nana Tells website has
- • free activities,
- • sample stories,
- • ongoing introductions to featured characters, including Lesley Dewar’s 92 year old father,
- • an online WordPress blog, where moderated comments and questions can be posted.
Because of legal age restrictions, the popular Facebook page, Stories My Nana Tells Page on Facebook and Twitter account Nana Stories On Twitter are only available to persons over the age of 13. To help parents monitor internet safety, logging on to the premium site requires both a membership number and a password. Each story from Stories My Nana Tells (which is delivered as in Adobe® PDF format) has links to well-researched, appropriate websites which can be monitored by parents through their membership log-in.
A full year’s subscription is AU$132, which is around $2.50 per week! This is great value for these priceless stories and the joy families will experience in sharing them together. There is a special introductory offer of three months for $5.00 with an ongoing monthly subscription of $15.00 per month after that.
Lesley Dewar Background
Lesley Dewar has recently retired from a very successful career in sales, real estate and financial planning services spanning over 40 years. She is an Australian grandmother, based in Perth, an avid surfer of the net, a published writer and as the author of Stories My Nana Tells; she is constantly travelling, browsing, researching and uncovering the unusual.
In April 2011, she will be exhibiting at a Women’s Small Business Expo in Los Angeles (along with several members of Woman’s Network Australia) and then travelling in the USA, Canada on an eleven city, five week tour, showcasing Stories My Nana Tells.
She has been bungy jumping in New Zealand; flown in helicopters across icy mountains and rocky deserts; trekked across a volcano crater, been white water rafting in Bali and swimming with dolphins in Hawaii – Travel, health, family, pets and quirky ideas make Stories My Nana Tells very engaging for the whole family.
She encourages children to be adventurous and enjoy life! As a Nana, she writes on a wide range of topics including haiku, travel, gardening, the internet and beyond. She write stories as both entertainment and education and they have been widely endorsed from Perth to New York.
“It’s a really hilarious “investigative” story, and I’m thrilled to be mentioned along with the authors of a number of very prominent Velcro (TM) applications! With many thanks for your message & story, Lev Neymotin- Physicist, New York (via email) PS: Internet makes our continents so close, as if they never split…”
Lesley is widely recognised as an expert on Social Media and has published her first eBook Networking To A Plan which discusses how to use Twitter and email to support face to face networking for business. This book has had wide international success, with internet distribution across the world. She has been extensively interviewed in the media regarding Social Media.
Media Contact: Lesley Dewar, ph: 0417 915502
More information: http://www.storiesmynanatells.com