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...
Feeding Myself

Feeding Myself

Young children love to try to feed themselves. Pretty much as soon as we introduce them to solid food, children start to show signs of wanting to be independent – be it reaching for the spoon, or trying to take food off their plate. Unfortunately for parents, children...
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...
Dealing with Disappointment

Dealing with Disappointment

It’s a fact. Our child is going to face multiple disappointments throughout their life. Disappointments are not only a part of life, they’re invaluable in building the necessary coping skills to succeed in life. Of course it’s hard to see our children hurting, and our...
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...
Choosing Their Own Clothes

Choosing Their Own Clothes

If you have a pre-schooler at home there’s a good chance they want to pick out their own clothes. Maybe they insist on wearing a tutu or superhero cape when leaving the house, or perhaps blue polka dot socks with a pink flower dress. It can be a fashion war...
Grandparents are Great!

Grandparents are Great!

Grandparents offer a lot more than just free babysitting! Grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. Their significance is commonly couched in terms of the support and help they give to the parents – they’re often seen as...
I’m Bored!

I’m Bored!

Despite a dizzying array of toys and gadgets, resources and equipment, our children still come forward with the pronouncement that they’re bored (usually delivered in a pleading, whiney, sad voice). And of course, they want us to ‘fix’ it. Now, there are plenty of...
Doctors and Nurses

Doctors and Nurses

It’s common for the parents of young children and toddlers to feel anxious when they see their child touching their genitals, especially if it is done in a less-than-private setting. The child’s behaviour is perfectly normal. At a very young age, children...
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...