The Internet may be making it harder to read books
Parenting

The Internet may be making it harder to read books

Researchers are working to get a clearer sense of the differences between online print and reading comprehension, for starters, seems better with paper – and are grappling with what these differences could mean not only for enjoying the latest novel but for understanding difficult material at work and school. There is concern that young children’s affinity and …

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 …

Challenging Behaviours – causes and tips.
Parenting

Challenging Behaviours – causes and tips.

Reasons children display challenging behaviour. Tiredness Boredom Hunger Attention Seeking Inappropriate expectations Rushing parents Transition time Tips for Challenging Behaviour Keep children hydrated Keep children well fed Avoid rushing….enter their world don’t drag them into yours Avoid stretching children by staying at the park or shops too long Give regular GI snacks Avoid sugar Reduce …

Parenting

Second-grader stamps out loneliness in the playground with a ‘buddy bench’

What an inspirational story below.  Parents, let’s get these buddy benches in all our schools –starting with the Northern Beaches in Sydney! Christian Bucks with his ‘buddy bench’. Photo: York Daily Record/Sunday News Christian Bucks, a second-grader from York in America, came up with a heart-warming idea to ensure children in his schoolyard need never feel …

Biting
Parenting

Biting

Biting There are many reasons young children bite.  It may be experimental biting as they learn about their world,   biting from frustration, biting from feeling powerless or biting under stress. The child may also be over stimulated by the situation or environment.  It may be that they are unable to express themselves verbally so they …

Parenting

Sibling Rivalry – disrespectful attitude – step families – and what they may have in common – Family Meetings.

I recently had a client who was struggling with her daughter & ” rude, disrespectful attitude”.  Another client was struggling with sibling rivalry and a good friend was challenged by the disrespectful behaviour of her 15 year old stepson. For all three situations I recommended introducing Family Meetings. One way of introducing the meetings is …