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...
Spitting the Dummy

Spitting the Dummy

Many people have surprisingly strong opinions on pacifiers. Some will argue that pacifiers help sooth their child and are therefore beneficial. Others will argue that pacifiers shouldn’t be used at all. In between, are those who argue that pacifiers shouldn’t be used...
Teaching Children to Blow Their Nose

Teaching Children to Blow Their Nose

Children are not born with a knowledge of how to blow their noses. Breathing in and out is an instinctive ability; blowing in and out, either through the mouth or nose, is a learned behaviour. Teaching a toddler or pre-schooler how to blow their nose turns out to be...
Shyness Doesn’t Need Fixing

Shyness Doesn’t Need Fixing

If someone says your child is shy, it’s rarely intended as a compliment and you probably don’t take it as one. You should. Shyness is Not an Illness Shyness is a personality trait. Some of the nicest people are shy. Shy people tend to be attentive listeners: they are...
Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry

Sibling rivalry is extremely common. It happens in every household with more than one child, and it happens at every age. It’s a common challenge for parents (as you and your siblings probably were for your parents!). How then do you deal with it without turning your...