Paper Plate Flanders Poppies – Art for Remembrance Day
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Red poppies have long been a symbol or remembrance, especially when commemorating Armistice Day (the end of the First World Ward), on the 11th November each year.

Over the past few years, additional colours have come to signify things such …

Halloween Art & Craft Ideas
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If you enjoy celebrating Halloween, here are a few art and craft ideas for your child to create, with a bit of help for you as well

Trick or Treat: Smell My Feet!

You will need:  

  • Orange cardboard
  • White paint
The Benefits of Music for Kids
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Learning an instrument from a young as, such as a small drum or a xylophone, has proven to be beneficial for both cognitive and motor skill development in infants and toddlers. Children also experience joy or pleasure from participating or …

A Colour Adventure!
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The idea of this activity is to encourage your child to find objects of the same colour. Because there are infinite colours around us, you can do this activity more than once. But we suggest you begin with the primary …

Holiday Adventures – Camping
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Packing up the family and hitting the road may not seem like a typical tranquil holiday experience, but just think of those childhood memories; exploring nature, bike rides, meeting other families, making new friends, campfire dinners, telling stories around the …

2017 Book of the Year: Early Childhood
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In 1945, when Children's books were few and far between, the Children's Book Council of Australia was formed to encourage authors and illustrators to produce high quality reading material for young readers. Every year across the country we celebrate Book

Fathers Day Ideas for Kids
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With Father’s Day approaching, why not let your little ones show their creative side and make Daddy’s gift? Below is a list of different ideas for some lovely handmade Father’s Day creations which can be made with adult supervision.

Cookies,

Using Homemade Playdough to Encourage Learning
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Playing with playdough can be really therapeutic for children, they enjoy exploring the smell, texture, squishiness and malleability of it. When a child is given some playdough. They instinctively squeeze it, poke it, squash it, pick it up and then …

Gardening with Kids
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Children love playing in dirt, learning how to garden can teach them self-confidence, co-operation, responsibility, discovery, and reasoning through learning. Let your child take the lead, allow them discover and experience the diversity and reward of gardening whilst you guide …

TV and Children
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Because TVs these days are usually quite large, they can quickly dominate the family room – and our lives. Bright colours, sound and movement easily draw people’s attention, especially children. TV programs can be powerful and effective ways to teach …

Low Fat Dessert Idea
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Most children like dessert but many bought in the stores can contain more sweeteners than you might like. This simple dessert can be adapted as many ways as your imagination will allow. It is quick, easy with few ingredients. Leftovers …

Tips To Stimulate Your Child’s Imagination
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A healthy imagination is fundamental to our development as humans and underpins many areas of work. It is associated with creativity and can enable people to see things in new ways and offer solutions to problems which others might miss. …

Why Reading Aloud To Your Child Is Important
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It is universally accepted that reading aloud to children (from newborn or even pre-born to older children) has great effect on the child’s cognitive and language development and can nurture your relationship  with your child.  When to start? As early …

How to Grow your Child’s Character
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As a parent, possibly one thing you want is for your child to know how to behave confidently and well in many different situations. Fundamental to a fine character is understanding about caring for oneself and others. Bullying is a …

Easter – Eggs, Chocolate And Joy!
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Easter is the holiday that celebrates and commemorates the central event of the Christian faith: the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his death. This event of Christ’s dying and resurrection is known as the Paschal Mystery.  Easter is …

Tips For Handling Sibling Rivalry
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Sibling rivalry can begin right after the birth of the second child. It can be a stressful, frustrating experience for parents but learning to handle conflict constructively can help. Sibling rivalry happens for many reasons as your children define themselves …

Navigating The Issue Of BabySitting
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Not everyone has family nearby to help mind your children when you need it. While it is usually better to ask a trusted member of your family or a friend, sometimes it may be necessary to hire a babysitter. Like …

Fibs, Lies, Truth And Young Children
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How a child understands truth and how we as adults see it can be quite different. Understanding truth and telling the truth is something your child will learn over the years; it is not something they innately know from birth. …

Tips For Teaching Your Child About Money
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It is important for children to understand money in our society. The skills of budgeting, spending and saving can be introduced at an early age. Especially today, when children will often not see money involved in a transaction, it may …

Knock, Knock – Who’s There? Humour & Your Child
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A sense of humour can create a sense of well-being in the family. As the old adage says: Laughter is the best medicine! Laughter is a great way of connecting with your child and is great for their intellectual and …

What Makes A Successful Person
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There is much talk today about a universal skill set which is important to develop to be a successful person. This set of skills is not directed to work but to developing the whole person. The set assumes the basic …

Tips For Car Trips With Children
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For many of us, holiday time involves some car travel. Long trips especially can be hard for children and they can only watch so many videos or play on their devices for so long. There are also the children who …

Is Your Child A Scientist?
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Science skills for preschoolers are part of everyday activities. The skills they learn allow them to make sense of the world around them and how they fit into their environment. Children are natural scientists and encouraging these skills will benefit …

How To Help Your Child Prepare For Christmas
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While Christmas is primarily a Christian celebration, as it is a public holiday in Australia it is important to understand its significance. Christians believe it is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ who they believe is the Son …

Tips To Foster Your Child’s Artistic Creativity
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Art activities do more than just develop your child’s creativity; they also help your child to develop mentally, socially and emotionally.  Some people are reluctant to provide paint, play doh and glue and paper because the result can be messy, …

Tips To Teach Your Child About Nature
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Nature has positive developmental effects on us all, and especially children. As many Western societies struggle with childhood obesity, research shows that our psychological, social, academic and physical health is impacted by daily contact with the natural environment. Benefits of …

Is Halloween For Children?
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Halloween has ancient roots in the Celtic tradition. The word ‘Halloween’ is shortened from ‘hallowed evening’ – the day before All Hallows Day, or All Saints Day, on 1st November. Halloween was believed by the Celts to be a time …

How to Help Your Child to Cope with Disaster & Tragedy
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It seems that our children are exposed to news of disasters and tragedies much more today than in the past. Children can learn about these either by TV when parents are watching the news; hearing adults speaking about a tragedy; …

Tips to Make the Most of Playtime with Your Child
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Children need time to play with others as well as by themselves but they also love to play with parents or other significant adults. While play is fun and relaxing, it is also a way for children to learn and …

Father’s Day
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Father’s Day is fast approaching and what better way to help the kids show Dad how much they love him than but making handmade gifts filled with love.


Craft ideas

When Might I Need To Intervene In My Child’s Behaviour
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We live in a time when much is known and written about child behaviour and development and there is much information readily available to assist your as parents. As always as parents, you are the first educators of your child …

Water And Your Child
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Most young children love water and water play is a central part of many Australians lives. However young children especially need careful supervision around water, even in a shallow bath. Babies can drown in as little as 5cm of water. …

Why Children Need Music
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“The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children.”

This quote from master music educator and composer, Cheryl Lavender, encompasses the power of music, not just for children but …

Tips To Help Your Child Make Friends
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Friendships will become increasingly important to your child as they grow and they are very significant factors in your child liking school and in his/her learning and overall development. It can be hard for a parent to see a child …

Teaching Your Child About Hygiene
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Something most children don’t need to learn is how to get dirty. When this happens, it’s an opportune time to teach them about hygiene – healthy living.  Whether you are bathing your child, washing his/her hands or preparing food, explain …

Tips for Minimising Winter Ills
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Colds can make any of us, especially children, miserable and once our children are in close contact with other children, there is more likelihood of them sharing germs, viruses or bacteria. This is even more of a problem as many …

Healthy Eating: Do We Become What We Eat?
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The media bombards us with being healthy these days and there are many different ideas about the best way to care for your family’s health. Sometimes this can get confusing and lead to us ignoring all the advice on offer.…

Vegetarians aren’t Odd!
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People are vegetarians for a number of reasons. These can include ethics, health, culture, faith or environment. There are different types of vegetarians and these are determined by the types of food a person does not eat. Most vegetarian diets …

How to Survive Shopping with a Toddler
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For you, shopping may be a pleasurable activity, but for many children it can quickly become a chore. Once that happens, the whole operation can quickly turn into a very stressful experience. Remember, toddlers are very powerful people with a …

Easter
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Easter is a good family event no matter how religious or secular you make it.

Remember we have our Easter Hat Parade the Thursday before Easter!


Easter Hats

Ideas to make your Easter parade hat…

Looking at Life Through a Toddler’s Eyes
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In some ways, being a toddler is a challenging stage of life. They are experiencing change daily in almost every facet of their young lives: physically their bodies are growing at a great pace and their minds are keeping up …

Multimedia and Preschoolers Part 2: Getting Eggs-ited about Reading
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Reading is a very important skill to teach your child and it starts from when you first speak to your child. Once learned, your child can teach him/herself many things and be a lifelong learner. The first step is the …

Do Preschoolers need Multimedia Learning?
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Multimedia means specifically presenting information in digital format. Your children have been born into a very different age from their parents or their educators. Multimedia allows information to be presented in a variety of formats, which can enhance user experience …

Tips for Raising a Toddler
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Many parents share their experiences of ‘the terrible twos’ at length with friends and family. It is a wonderfully challenging stage of parenting which can offer parents many opportunities to determine how they want to interact and communicate with their …

Valentine’s Day
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Ahhh Valentine’s Day… a day of love for young and old… for new love and established relationships… for couples AND families?

While Valentine’s Day is often seen as a day for blossoming love to declare itself, children also get value …

Tips for Teaching Protective Behaviour to Young Children
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This topic needs sensitive and careful handling with your child as you want them to be safe and aware, but not fearful. It’s important during this process you emphasise that most adults are caring, loving and responsible. Protective behaviour is …

Studying and Parenting Part 3: How to Include Children into your Study Life
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Your decision to study is a great opportunity for your children and for your relationship with them.

Below are some things to consider.

  • If your children are old enough, it is a good time to explain why you are studying
Studying and Parenting Part 2: Tips for Parents who Study
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Many parents who have done it would say that studying along with parenting is a tight-rope walk requiring much balancing, negotiating, some letting-go and a lot of keeping your vision ahead of you.

The following tips have been gleaned from …

Studying and Parenting Part 1: Can I Study and Parent at the same time?
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Welcome to our 3 Part series on Parents who are studying. 

Parenting requires 100% effort; study requires 100% commitment. When you are a parent and studying how does this add up to a sane person at the end? Committing to …

Best advice on handling your concerns about using Child Care for your baby?
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The separation of a mum and her baby can be difficult for both parties. Worries about her baby’s health and well-being surface for the mother, as well as sometimes feelings of guilt about not looking after her baby herself.

Concerns …

What makes a Great Child Carer?
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Any list of qualities of a child carer would risk ending up a dream as parents often hope for someone more concerned about their child than they are themselves. Educationalists and accreditors look for certain traits or qualities. So such …

Making the Move to School – Tips from an Educator
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At Angel’s Paradise, we recognise the importance of creating a bridge between the day care centre and the school environment and encouraging the ideal of a learning continuum. We encourage the development of important social, self-help and school readiness skills …

Where are you Going? Tips for saying goodbye at Child Care
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There are as many reactions to going to Child Care as there are children. Some children may feel upset or anxious as it might be the first time they have been left in the care of someone who is not …

How to Evaluate a Suitable Child Care Centre
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An excellent child care system is important to foster the development of children and enable parents to balance work and family life. It is not necessarily the shiniest equipment or the newest building which indicates a good child care centre. …

Tips for living Multiculturally
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Culture is a complex issue and it is not always easy for young children to understand differences between people and other cultures. “Why is that person’s skin brown/white/black?” “Why is that person wearing ‘funny’ clothes?

These questions don’t mean your …

Educating Your Preschooler
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Of the tomes of research written on this topic, the consistent thing which has been made evident is the amazing capacity and enthusiasm preschoolers have for learning.

A well-known Psychologist and Philosopher, Jean Piaget, says about learning: Knowledge arises neither

8 Easy Steps to Peace in Your Home
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As our world struggles to find peace, it is vital that we plant the seeds of peace in our homes and our everyday encounters. The following ideas may help you in your own home.

  1. Reflect on the word peace and
Does my Preschooler have to be Busy all the time?
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With so many commercial learning activities provided in communities for children, we can feel guilty if they are not constantly busy and engaged in learning. Like so much of parenting, it is important to take our cue from the individual …

How to Deal with an Anxious Child
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When is a worry not a worry? Never, in a child’s mind. They cannot always understand their own anxieties and it’s up to us as parents to model the ways we deal with our worries, stresses, concerns or anxieties. Most …

Are you worried about SIDS? (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which used to be known as ‘cot death’ is, unfortunately, a very real experience for some parents, leaving them in deep grief and even guilt that somehow, perhaps, their baby’s death could have been prevented.
The …

Cheesy Vegemite Pull-Apart
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 30g butter, chilled, chopped
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon Vegemite
  • 3/4 cup grated reduced-fat tasty cheese
  • Reduced-fat milk, to glaze.

Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan-forced. Line a baking tray with baking …

Banana Bread
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Ingredients

  • Melted low-fat dairy spread to grease
  • 1 ¼ cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cups skim milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 2 overripe bananas mashed

Method

Step1: Preheat oven to 1180’C. Brush an …

Lunch to Go!
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Sometimes the hardest job in a parent’s day is what food to provide your child for dinner or lunch. Some children will quite happily eat the same lunch every day for ages and then suddenly announce that they no longer …

How to make Reading an Important part of your Preschooler’s Life
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In our technological age, it can be easy to overlook the benefits and sheer pleasure of reading a book. It’s important for your child to be a good reader as they are then able to educate themselves over their lifetime. …

Building a Strong Family – Family Rituals
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Family rituals are activities or behaviours involving most or all members of your family which happen periodically and have meaning for members. Rituals may be how you celebrate, the holidays you go on, the routines or traditions you follow. A …

How to Navigate the Toddler Years – and Survive!
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Many books have been written, and fortunes made, about ‘toddler taming’ so there is no one right way forward to assist a child in their transition to independence. If you find the see-sawing emotions and behaviours of your toddler difficult …

Snack Time?
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Some children naturally seem to prefer grazing to 3 square meals a day but either way, children will often look for snacks in between meals. It can be easy to but ready-made, packaged snacks but usually, fresh is best. Many …

Stop Biting!
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 No-one likes a biter! And no-one wants their child to be considered a menace, or worse yet, excluded from a child care centre. While many toddlers bite and while there are many reasons for that behaviour, there are some wise …

I DON’T want to Share!
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Learning to share is a vital life skill which is important for children to learn in their younger years. When children see something they want, they can become so focused they can only think about that. This becomes a problem …

Living and Eating Well with Allergies
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Allergies are a commonly-discussed topic today. The most common allergies today are food, eczema and hay fever. Allergy symptoms can be very mild to impacting on your child’s and your life in a big way. Allergies occur when a person’s …

How to Tempt Fussy Eaters
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Mealtimes can become battlegrounds and most of us probably have some bad memories of having to eat food which we didn’t ‘like’. Some parents worry constantly about their child’s eating habits and overcoming their ‘fussiness’ can take a lot of …

Toilet Training – Who Trains Whom?
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Like so much about parenting, it is the skilling of the adults which is as important as teaching the children. Toddlers are learning new things constantly and experience big changes in their lives as they grow and change. One hot …

Time Out for Parents/Carers – Affirmations and Quotes
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Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity they think of you. Anon

Children Learn What They Live By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live

Breakfast is Served
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There is a saying: In the morning, eat like a king; at lunch time, eat like a prince; and at dinnertime, eat like a pauper. Hence, a good breakfast is a vital part of healthy eating. Healthy eating is essential …

Countdown! Maths and your Pre-schooler
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Maths is a language and the more you can equip your child with its vocabulary, the easier formal schooling might be. Maths is all around us so it is easy with young children to introduce counting, measuring, volume, weight and …

Can breastfed babies go to Child Care?
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The quick answer is ‘Of course!’ As a parent you have a right to be supported in breastfeeding your child. You can do it on the premises or supply expressed milk to the caregiver. It’s important to discuss this with …

How to Help Children who are Grieving
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Children have feelings of grief over many situations, not just death. The way children express grief depends on many things:

  • What the loss it and how it happened;
  • The child’s prior relationship to the person or thing that is lost;
Ready to Write?
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Writing is a complex activity involving many aspects. It takes years and much effort to become proficient. So, be patient with your child’s efforts, offering encouragement and constructive help.

Here are some suggestions to develop a love of writing in …

Welcome! Schools Helping Children Settle In
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Many schools help children during their transition to school. They arrange programs which may include:

  • visits to the school over several weeks
  • walks around the school to see where things are, eg. playgrounds, toilets
  • spending time in a classroom with
Tips to Help Settle your Child into Day Care
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The move to place your child in day care is a big step for you as parents and for your child. All of us have seen children crying outside a day care and stressed, time-pressured parents trying to coax them …

Yelling and Screaming doesn’t work! How to communicate positively with your Child.
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The basis for the tips below is ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’. It’s hard to imagine many adults thriving in an environment of highly emotional communication, as it is so easy to interpret other …

Dinner is Ready!
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Dinner time can on occasions be a great learning time as your child learns the art of cooking and the etiquette of eating. This time can be an opportunity to use family words associated with cooking – recipes, ingredients, utensils, …

I’m off to School – Tips to Prepare your Child
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Yet another big life change is looming as your child prepares to transition to School. Very few of us welcome change and can be hesitant around new things and people we don’t know. Your main task is to develop in …

How to Introduce Solids into your Baby’s Diet in 3 Easy Steps.
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Babies are great people-watchers and usually are interested in what those around them are putting into their mouths. Usually by around 6 months, babies are ready for this change in their diet which happens about the same time as they …