Bedwetting

Bedwetting

Bedwetting is common. By the age of five, the majority of children will be dry at night. But some won’t be. Those that haven’t reached the milestone of consistently dry nights are said to be experiencing primary nocturnal enuresis. Children who revert to bedwetting...
Chores Build Successful Adults

Chores Build Successful Adults

Insisting that chores get done can feel like a never-ending battle: a constant cycle of reminding, cajoling, nagging and threatening consequences! Is it worth it? Yes. Chores teach children a full set of life skills – so they can move on confidently into adulthood...
Family Traditions

Family Traditions

Traditions are recurring things that a family does: a set or behaviours and routines that have special meanings within a household. They may seem quaint or even silly, but they have a real usefulness. Even if you don’t realise it, your family will already have some...
Call It Toilet Readiness…

Call It Toilet Readiness…

Not toilet ‘training’. ‘Training’ suggests a proactive process that can be speeded up with energy and effort. It’s not. Children have to be ready, first. They have to be ready physically (they must have bladder and bowel capacity and muscle control), cognitively (they...
Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety

Tearful, tantrum-filled goodbyes are not uncommon in early childhood centres. Children can become distressed when they see their parent leaving: it’s called separation anxiety and it’s a normal stage in child development. But, it can be unsettling. Considering that...
The Silent Tragedy Affecting Today’s Children

The Silent Tragedy Affecting Today’s Children

There is a silent tragedy developing right now, in our homes, and it concerns our most precious jewels – our children. Through my work with hundreds of children and families as an occupational therapist, I have witnessed this tragedy unfolding right in front of...
Board Games

Board Games

Board games are not just a way to pass the time on a wet day during a power cut. They’re a rich, almost unsurpassed learning opportunity. Consider the very old and well-known game snakes and ladders (alternatively called chutes and ladders). Sit down with your...
Night Terrors

Night Terrors

Having a child who experiences night terrors can be extremely frightening for a parent. But, it won’t bother the child. In the morning, they won’t remember the episode! Night terrors are a type of sleep disturbance –  a partial awakening from a deep, non-dream...
They’re Watching You

They’re Watching You

Your children. No matter what their age, your children are watching you. They’re watching and they see everything. The see how much time you spend on social media and watching TV, how you react to other people in your life, how you eat your meals, how well you tidy up...
Make Time to Talk with Children

Make Time to Talk with Children

There is nothing more engaging to me than having a conversation with a three, four, or five-year-old. And I do mean a shared conversation – a two-way dialogue that travels wherever our thoughts take us. Children of all ages enjoy talking with the adults in their...