Why Do Children Hit?

Why Do Children Hit?

There are two behaviours that are almost guaranteed to get you doubting your talents as a parent – and questioning the genes your child has inherited! Finding out that your pre-schooler has hit another child, or bitten them. There’s a wide variation among...
Swings – More Than Just Fun

Swings – More Than Just Fun

Babies and children love movement. As infants, children love to sway; as they get older, they need to move. Swings have been fulfilling these needs and delighting both children and infants, largely unchanged, for thousands of years. As early as the 5th Century B.C....
Making Marks

Making Marks

Making marks is an important milestone for preschoolers – although this may not always be easy to appreciate when the ‘marks’ are made on a bedroom wall in permanent marker… Around the age of two, children discover the sheer pleasure of making marks. They pick...
It’s Hard Being Good All Day!

It’s Hard Being Good All Day!

It’s often claimed that children save their worst behaviour for their parents – and there can seem to be an awful lot of truth in that statement, especially when our child comes home from preschool! There’s a reason. When our child is at preschool, they’re...
I Can’t Do It!

I Can’t Do It!

It’s not only children that fall back on “I can’t do it!” It’s not only children that want to give up when things don’t look easy. And, it’s not only children who find it unhelpful to be on the receiving end of a righteous sermon insisting “you really can do this –...
Attention Seeking

Attention Seeking

Children need attention like a plant needs sun and water. – Rudolf Dreikus Children are really skilled at finding ways to get adults to pay attention to them. Some of their ways are cute, like cuddles and hugs and smiles and jokes. Others, not so welcome; like...
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...