Category: Parenting

Positive parenting

She’s perfect

A mother’s letter she wrote to herself 2 years after her beautiful daughter was born with Down Syndrome. Frankie has just been born, she looks up at you with her beautiful almond-shaped eyes and you know immediately that she has...

/ October 16, 2017

Not another “no” with toddlers

As I was driving this morning, I passed a food van parked by the side of the road. On its side was emblazoned its business name, ‘Not Another Pie Van’. I drove on, wondering what they sold (presumably not pies)....

/ September 20, 2017

12 Fabulous Picture Books Featuring Great Dads

Would you like to get your hands on some brilliant picture books featuring great fathers? Here’s a selection to look for in your local bookshop.   Keys, by Sacha Cotter, illustrated by Josh Morgan (English version, Huia, 2014)  Ngā Kī,...

/ August 27, 2017

How can we support children to care for the environment

Today we’re continuing a series brainstorming different ways an early childhood education centre could live their values out loud, and make a big noise about these wonderful things we want our children to pick up on. Today we’re looking at...

/ August 27, 2017

Perfectionism in Young Children and How to Help

Perfectionism in Young Children and How to Help Written by Dr. Kaylene Henderson, Child Psychiatrist, and Parent Educator There’s a perception in our society that perfectionism is a good thing, akin to ‘being perfect’; That it’s something to strive for...

/ August 27, 2017

Things teen mums want you to know

Some people have their children early, some late. In this blog, I’m discussing the stigma related to having my child young. So, what’s one to do when face to face with a youthful looking mum, a teen mum at that,...

/ August 17, 2017

Restoring Hope to Children with Challenging Behaviors

Some years ago, I received a tearful phone call from a young mom whose son had been “expelled” from preschool. Her son – a precocious, intelligent builder of large block structures – exploded in anger when a teacher dismantled his...

/ August 17, 2017

Values in action : Hospitality

Values need to be lived out loud I said at the start of this series on values in early childhood education: Children pick up on an awful lot without us saying it – they learn to talk, walk and jump...

/ August 16, 2017

Values In Action: Wisdom

Values need to be lived out loud I said at the start of this series on values in early childhood education: “Children pick up on an awful lot without us saying it – they learn to talk, walk and jump...

/ August 9, 2017
A young child leaning against a wooden post

Change Doesn’t Have to Be Scary! How to Help Children With Transitions

It’s been a long day and you’re finally settled on the couch to watch the season finale of your favorite television series. The dramatic conclusion is moments away when, without warning, someone changes the channel to check a sports score....

/ July 31, 2017