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...
Getting Messy is Essential

Getting Messy is Essential

Am I being a bad parent if I let my child eat snails? Possibly 🙂 But what about letting your children get soaked in the rain, covered in mud (or slime, or grass, or sand, or thistles, or paint) or tattooed with marker pens? Toddlers explore with all their senses...
Is Santa Real?

Is Santa Real?

You know it’s going to happen one day. Your child is going to ask you about Santa. Of course, your two-year-old is probably not going to wander up to you and ask point-blank if Santa Claus is real. But as they get older, they’ll start to ask a lot of questions about...
Understanding Tantrums

Understanding Tantrums

Toddler tantrums are a particularly challenging aspect of parenting. It’s easy to feel like a good parent when our toddlers are smiling and at ease, but it’s a different story when they are lying on the floor kicking and screaming. It helps then, to remind ourselves...
Cooking With Your Children

Cooking With Your Children

Cooking is an important skill. Being able to cook gives a child the tools they need to become independent in the future – as well as supporting their good nutrition and health throughout life. But, if we start young, cooking can be much more than learning the...
Helping Toddlers Sleep

Helping Toddlers Sleep

Fifty percent of children over the age of one wake regularly. One third of all parents of toddlers report having a significant problem with their child’s sleep (so worrying or being concerned about toddler’s sleep is far from unusual!). Toddlers need adequate sleep....