Category: Parenting

Positive parenting

Better Books: Grandparents and Grandchildren

What kinds of families do the children in your early childhood centre or local community live in?   If everyone you know has just a mum, a dad, and children, in their house, then they will find themselves well represented...

/ May 28, 2018

Baby’s first steps: The early walker vs the late walker

You’ve been waiting for your baby’s first steps. You’ve coaxed and encouraged and cheered him on from the sidelines. But at ten months, his preferred travel option is still the belly scoot. He’s a great little scooter, but you’d really...

/ May 7, 2018

Five board books to broaden children’s horizons

Aren’t board books wonderful? It’s handy to be able to buy all sorts of classics, from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, in hard-wearing editions for those of us who are still getting the hang...

/ April 10, 2018

I Lost My Coat Again! (Keeping children organised)

Your kindergartner has lost two sweatshirts and his winter coat…in the span of four weeks. The conversations usually go something like this: “Where’s your coat?” “I don’t know. I can’t find it.” “Where did you last have it?” “At school.”...

/ March 25, 2018

Un-clinging the Clinger – Carry Me!

You’re beyond tired. You’re recovering from a cold, been working overtime, and are preparing for a family gathering of 30 people. This is not the week you need your 3-year-old to force you into weight training by demanding to be...

/ March 22, 2018

Expanding Children’s Horizons

A new study has confirmed that children form fixed ideas, very early on, about the kinds of jobs they will aspire to do in the future.   How do young children decide on a job? It’s not from signing up...

/ March 11, 2018

Dear Teacher

Dear teacher, I know sometimes you may wonder why I do the things I do for my child so I just wanted to explain a little.   I understand that at your centre you encourage independence, and you rejoice and...

/ February 27, 2018

3 phrases for a sexism free childhood

‘Use your walking feet, please!’ ‘Gentle hands, remember?’ ‘Use your words.’   If you live or work with small children, you will have plenty of these repeatable phrases up your sleeve. It’s good to have brief and catchy things to...

/ February 27, 2018

RIE – Respectful care with infants

   “The application of Emmi Pikler’s respectful and affectionate image of the baby has helped babies to develop well, and adults to change their internal representations of the baby’s capacities and their role as care providers.”   (Introducing the Piklerian Developmental...

/ February 4, 2018

Tips for Tramping with Toddlers

Have you heard of vitamin N? According to author, Richard Louv, the N is for nature. He’s written several books about the value of nature for healthy development and quality of life, such as Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to...

/ January 28, 2018