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Tweet STOP SUMMER LEARNING LOSS Summer holidays are fast approaching, and apart from all the practical considerations such as who will take time off work to look after the kids, every parent thinks about the amount of time their child will be away from school or their formal learning settings. Getting back into the swing of things by September is a challenge after...

Tweet Tidy up or leave the mess? SHOULD YOU TIDY UP AFTER YOUR CHILD As both a parent and a childcare professional, I have over the years tried to align what I’m trained to do, teach and model with raising my own children.  I can recall as a child, endless arguments with my parents when my sister – who was extremely messy compared to me, used to finish...

Tweet Doing nothing is critical Doing nothing is critical The summer holidays are almost over and the big rush of preparation for the new school year has begun. For those who have travelled and spent time away from home, it may seem that the word holiday is a distant memory when you are back in your old routine. For those who stayed home based for the holidays maybe there was an opportunity for you to spend some quality time with your children enjoying local visits and outings....

Tweet   PARENTING, ANTE-NATAL, FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIP COURSES AND SEMINARS Taking care of your child is not always easy. Some would say that it’s the most complicated and responsible job in the world, and yet, any professional work experiences requires you to have qualifications in abundance on your CV. When it comes to childcare, whether you are a parent or a professional, we all need help and support sometimes. It is a true sign of strength when somebody reaches...

Tweet When and how to potty train your toddler WHEN AND HOW TO POTTY TRAIN YOUR TODDLER One of the most common questions I encounter is when is the most suitable age to potty train a toddler. The right answer in my opinion is that there is no ‘suitable age’. Children are ready to potty train at different ages and there is no fixed timing when a parent should...

Tweet HOW NLP CAN HELP YOU STOP FIGHTING WITH YOUR CHILD HOW NLP CAN HELP YOU STOP FIGHTING WITH YOUR CHILD There are a number of useful behavioural techniques I recommend for behaviour challenges with children. I have written quite a bit about toddler tantrums and how NLP (Neuro-Linguistic-Programming) can help communication but I want to highlight here how to help...

Tweet Can NLP help you communicate better with your child HOW DOES THE WAY YOU SPEAK AND THE WORDS YOU USE IMPACT FAMILY LIFE I am regularly asked to assist with communication difficulties among families that I coach. Sometimes there is such a disconnect within the family that when I meet them, they are hardly speaking at all, or all of their communication is negative...

Tweet When you wean your baby is critical for speech development There are an endless number of opinions about when to start weaning your baby and what should you introduce when? When you start weaning is critical to your baby’s speech development among many other areas of development. WHEN IS YOUR BABY READY TO START WEANING The current school of thought is...

Tweet Is your child sleeping enough DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR CHILD IS SLEEPING ENOUGH We all know babies are supposed to sleep a lot but how much sleep is enough? What effects can lack of sleep have on your child and are they dangerous or unhealthy?  Does sleep impact other aspects of your child’s growth, health and development? Let’s look at just a few ways...

Tweet IS YOUR TODDLER OUT OF CONTROL? ARE THEIR TANTRUMS GETTING WORSE? Do you find yourself in a power struggle with your toddler? Are you always having a war of words and eventually losing your temper with your child’s demands and behaviour? All parents raising toddlers will at some stage think they are raising a different species as toddlers get an ever increasing ‘bad reputation’ for losing it anytime, anywhere. To be able to handle poor behaviour from child it is...

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