Brushing Teeth

Brushing Teeth

Few young children are consistently cooperative when it comes to brushing teeth.

And of course, even if they're keen, young children lack the manual dexterity to do a thorough job.

Brushing properly and regularly doesn’t just benefit our children while they are growing up; it sets the stage for a lifetime of great teeth, good oral hygiene, and easy dental check-ups.

Supporting Scissor Skills

Supporting Scissor Skills

Using scissors is a skill that is not always easy to master for pre-schoolers with tiny hands.

It’s an important skill that prepares children for handwriting and using a pencil.

In order to master scissors, a child needs to be able to use their index finger, middle finger, and thumb separately from their other fingers. You can help your pre-schooler develop their scissor skills by introducing them to activities that strengthen their hand and finger muscles and improve their bilateral coordination.

A New Sibling

A New Sibling

When a new brother or a sister arrives on the scene existing children have some adjusting to do.

Generally, children between 18 months and three years old have the hardest time adjusting (children under 18 months have fewer problems because they don't realise how life is changing for them, and once past three, children generally handle frustrating situations better).

Understanding Whining

Understanding Whining

When children whine they are feeling powerless. If we scold them for whining or refuse to listen to them we increase their feelings of powerlessness. If we give in so they will stop whining, we reward that powerlessness. But if we relaxedly, playfully, invite them to use a strong voice, we increase their sense of confidence and competence. And we find a bridge back to close connection. - Lawrence Cohen, author of Playful Parenting

Manners Matter

Manners Matter

Your child will be more successful in life if they have good manners.

We exist in a world where success means engaging with other people - and good manners (politeness) is the way we lubricate those engagements. It's how we demonstrate our respect and a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others, and people of all ages, races, genders and cultures appreciate being appreciated. Good manners lead naturally to good behaviour, gratitude, courtesy and the polite treatment of others - all a passport to future success.

Why Do Children Bite?

Why Do Children Bite?

Biting is typical behaviour seen in babies and toddlers.

In the case of babies, biting is an experiment. They bite their teething toys, their mother’s breast, their pacifier, and their parents! Usually, the parent’s immediate flinch or cry of surprise communicates to the child that biting hurts, and after a few experiments the child will learn enough about biting to move on, and their experiments cease. There’s nothing bad or wrong with these biting experiments; the baby is doing what he or she must do to learn.

Why Kids Need Boring Summer Holidays

Why Kids Need Boring Summer Holidays

A few weeks ago, I looked out the kitchen window into our scruffy backyard, littered with toys and bicycles. And I saw my five-year-old son, deeply immersed in his endeavor, taping rectangles of cardboard to his feet with miles and miles of masking tape. (I long ago gave up on keeping him from the tape—and the scissors, despite more than one hair-cutting incident.)