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...
Don’t Say Sorry

Don’t Say Sorry

Before a child can apologise, and mean it, they must realise they’ve done something wrong – a concept pre-schoolers don’t generally grasp because they have a very underdeveloped theory of mind. The presumption that others have a mind is termed a ‘theory of...
Flying with Young Children

Flying with Young Children

Flying with young children, especially long-distance, is never going to be easy. By planning ahead, you raise the odds of a smooth journey for you and your children. Your fellow travellers will thank you for it too! Before the Flight If there’s a choice, try to choose...