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...
Manners Matter

Manners Matter

Your child will be more successful in life if they have good manners. We exist in a world where success means engaging with other people – and good manners (politeness) is the way we lubricate those engagements. It’s how we demonstrate our respect and a...
It’s Time for the Big Bed

It’s Time for the Big Bed

Somewhere between the ages of two and three and a half your child will probably be ready for their ‘big’ bed. Your decision may be hurried along by an impending arrival who’s going to need sleeping quarters, or your toddler may have started climbing out of their cot....
Why Do Children Bite?

Why Do Children Bite?

Biting is typical behaviour seen in babies and toddlers. In the case of babies, biting is an experiment. They bite their teething toys, their mother’s breast, their pacifier, and their parents! Usually, the parent’s immediate flinch or cry of surprise communicates to...
Spitting the Dummy

Spitting the Dummy

Many people have surprisingly strong opinions on pacifiers. Some will argue that pacifiers help sooth their child and are therefore beneficial. Others will argue that pacifiers shouldn’t be used at all. In between, are those who argue that pacifiers shouldn’t be used...
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...