Family Day Care or Long Day Care? How do I choose?

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20May
Rock paper scissors

Family Day Care and Long Day Care are different! One of the hardest things to do when you have young children is DECIDE what kind of childcare you want for them, and then go out in the world to find somewhere that matches your personal goals, vision and desire for what that childcare might look like. There’s no right or…

7 Top Tips for Motivating Children to Learn

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27May
motivating children to learn

Motivating children to learn. My top seven practical, tried-and-true tips from a lifetime working with children. Brought to you by ASG. Plus, see below for details on how to enter ASG’s competition to win a week-long luxury family excursion!   I’ve had all kinds of teaching and learning experiences with children- in mainstream schools and Steiner Waldorf ones; across preschools…

Children Imitate Parents: Imitation for Learning

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16Sep
children imitate parents

Children Imitate Parents: The Power Of Imitation For Learning     Here is a really cute video reminding us how powerful imitation really is. This sweet video makes us laugh but there is a message in here. Children imitate parents… and caregivers, and teachers, and siblings, and grandparents, and….just about anyone who has some kind of impact upon that child’s…

Anxiety in children: 15 practical and creative suggestions

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28May
anxiety in children

Anxiety in children: 15 practical suggestions Not long ago, I was talking with a friend who wanted some creative suggestions for helping anxiety in children, specifically, her child to overcome her separation anxiety.  This is such a tricky one, you know. In real life, when many of us do have to return to work or study when our children are…

35 top creative ideas for preserving memories of family & children growing up

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9May
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35 Fabulous Creative Ideas for Memories and Preserving Family Histories Yesterday, I wrote about the Blurb book I created for my daughter’s 18th birthday.  I love making and preserving memories, and I’m always looking for new and creative ways to document our shared family histories. I’m using some of these already with my family but I’m planning on incorporating a…

Busy Time: The challenge of being an ‘entertainment director’

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20Aug
Puzzles

As you know, I’m an advocate for the idea of ‘balanced parenting’. I’m never going to set down a list of rules or advice that expound one set of lifestyle characteristics or virtues over another.  The golden rule when it comes to parenting is that each parent has the right to make their own choices over what is ok, or…

The Error of Parenting Expectation (and how to overcome it).

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19Jun
Disability Signage

The most important thing I have learned about children is that they come to this world and life with their own agenda.  We are the vessel through which they pass but the journey is theirs alone. Image via Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/pin/276338127106020872/ When things are going well, we parents are happy to greet the applause.  We readily accept the kudos that comes…

Choosing child-friendly movies. A ratings guide to help.

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14May

Have you ever let your children watch a movie or television show, only to realise too late that the content was far beyond what you had imagined it might be? Have you ever let your children watch something in good faith and been shocked at types of play that appears directly after watching it? Have you ever been seduced by…

Parenting Tip: Mindful choice

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7May

Trimmed and Tailed via Sini via www.smittenkitchen.com Last night, I was preparing beans when it struck me that I don’t really know why I trim and tail the ends of beans.  I just do it because I saw my mum do it.  I wonder if there is any real reason other than decorative?  Does anyone know? Of course, my mind…

TV or not to TV?

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21Apr

Last month, I was interviewed by Katie Cincotta for ‘The Age’ about living in a TV-free household. Katie’s article was published this week. It seems a recent poll has found that 2% of households, that is 141,000 HOUSEHOLDS, have decided not to upgrade to digital tv when the switch is complete, so we’re definitely not alone. It seems more and…

Developmental Guides for Young Children

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18Mar

Years ago, I read a book that I can no longer remember the title of.  I remember and put into practice one thing from this book. It was called the 5 Point Review or something similar. (If anyone knows the original source and name of this book, please let me know) Basically, at the end of each week, you ask…

Self Care and the art of nourishment: Parenting Tip

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5Mar

I took the advice of a wise sage yesterday and gave myself a day off. Do you ever take a day off? Really? Truly? (I struggle to do that!) So, this is the parenting tip of the day: Self Care and the art of nourishment.  I’m all for balance.  In theory.  But in reality, my life swirls like a hurricane….

The care and replenishment of a parent’s energy

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15Jul

An overview of the ages and stages of children, plus the need to replenish ourselves as parents.  Conference notes 2011. Renate Long-Breipohl gave a description of a 2 1/2 year old as being ”totally sympathetic with their own deeds”. I couldn’t help laugh a little at this.  It seems my teenager is experiencing a return to toddlerhood!  Now, there is an…

Living with young children. Creating harmony in the home.

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13Jul

Can you imagine a child like a great big sack of flour, where every impression  during the ages of 0-3 years old, leaves a mark?   This was an imagery given by Health Consultant Irmhild Kleinhenz from Melbourne Therapy Centre.   Can you picture what that flour sack would look like after 3 years? How many pats, pushes and prods,…