Managing Sibling Rivalry

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3Apr

  When it came time to writing a chapter on sibling rivalry, I had to call in the ‘experts’. Yep, that’s right, a survey of about 50 parents to find out what strategies have worked, or not worked, for them.  Whilst there were lots of creative ideas, mostly parents were at their wits end… At the time of the survey,…

Modifying tasks and activities to suit children’s abilities

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26Feb

Last weekend, my busy bee husband decided to trim the new growth and old branches from near the back of our fire-prone zone house.  This is a job that has to be done quite regularly as the bush forest out back needs trimming to prevent random sparks alighting our house in the event of a fire. Ned saw Daddy and…

The Fun Theory

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27Jan

My friend Simon posted this video on facebook and I can’t resist sharing it with you all! Just copy and paste the link to a new window and you’ll be able to watch it. Not to give too much away, it is about the “Fun Theory”. I really like this!! In fact, this is probably the thing I most believe…

Creative tips for dealing with anxious, nervous, hyperactive or difficult children

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27Jan

Trisha Scott shared some helpful tips that she has gleaned through her work of dealing with and supporting anxious, nervous, hyperactive and difficult children over the years. (Funnily enough, I’ve just finished the final edits of Chapter 6 of the book I am working on and this deals with creative discipline strategies too.  But now I’m chapter 7, and into…

Building resilience in young children

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26Jan

For the past two days, I have been present at our yearly in-service training for young children. This topic was “Meeting the Troubled Child- managing behaviours of fear, anxiety, sadness and other emotional issues in the young child”. Our keynote speaker was Trisha Scott. Trisha is a child psychologist and counsellor, who for years has worked for the Government-funded body CHYMS…

Cultivating Balance in the Mama Garden

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1Nov

Years ago, I came upon the idea that there are TWO types of mothers in the world – Creative Rainbow ones, and Mother Earth types. BOTH have gifts to share. I think this concept is true of early childhood educators too! The far reaching, earth-wandering practices of a Creative Rainbow educator and someone who more closely resembles a more deeply rooted,…