Starting School
Parenting

Starting School

Be Positive The most important thing you can do is to be positive about this next step.  If you have any anxieties or concerns your child will “pick up” on these so it is essential to remain positive about handing over the care of your child to others. Even if you have to fake it , be positive! It is very …

A Secret Safe to Tell
Parenting

A Secret Safe to Tell

I was recently asked to reveiw this book. Here are my comments:- What a breath of fresh air to find a book that tackles this topic in a sensitive, realistic and appropriate manner.  The illustrations are delightful and have sense of familiarity about them which I feel encourages the reader to keep reading. I am …

The Dangers of Video Games
Parenting

The Dangers of Video Games

As most of you know I have serious concerns about the amount of time children spend on screen time. Check out this article in today’s paper . Video games turned my son into raging school-hating monster JANE HANSEN The Sunday Telegraph July 06, 2014 12:00AM A UK study has revealed gadgets could be to blame for …

Parenting

Acknowledging without Praise

I recently came across this article written by Louise Porter, PhD, Child Psychologist. Along with many psychologists I think it is good to praise very young children (under four years) and that acknowledgment is a more respectful way to treat children once they reach the age of say 4 or 5 years of age. There …

Bed Tme Capers – off to sleep you go
Parenting

Bed Tme Capers – off to sleep you go.

Many parents struggle with bed time and even refer to it as “the witching hour”!  Children call out for a drink of water, want yet another story, and demand more food. Parents feel frustrated and exhausted!  All are delaying tactics to stave off the inevitable……..time for sleep!  Parents need respite from children to re-charge their batteries and all children need their …

Children mentally damaged by screens
Parenting

Children mentally damaged by screens

When children clamour to watch another episode or seven of their favourite TV shows, frazzled parents often find themselves caving into their offspring’s requests. But a new Australian-led study has found that increased electronic media use -including tablets and computer games-can lead to poorer psychological health in preschool children. While the link between sedentary time …