Everyday Parenting

Sleepover or Wakeover

So what is a sleepover? Well, according to Wikipedia: ‘A sleepover, also known as a pajama party, is a party most commonly held by children or teenagers, where a guest or guests are invited to stay overnight at the home

Just 3 Questions For Parents

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” Stacia Tauscher Who, other than yourself and their other parent do they respond well to and why? When I work with groups of

New School Term – Going with the flow!

September and back to school – or maybe it is September and time to start school! Each new year brings change in lots of ways but starting play school, big school, secondary or college are very much transitions. As parents

Aggression: How to deal with hitting, biting, and more?

Why it happens Shocking as it may be to you (and onlookers), aggressive behavior is a normal part of your toddler’s development. Still-emerging language skills, a fierce desire to become independent, and undeveloped impulse control make children this age prime

Food For Thought!

What you should know! Recent opinion favours leaving the move to solid food until after the  six month stage when babies digestive systems are ready and able to cope with it. Any earlier may increase the risk of food allergies.

Sibling Rivalry

When you have one child you become a parent. When you have two (or three or four….) you become a referee! (Not sure who said this, but they definitely must have had more than one) I have often heard parents

The 1-2-3-4-5 of Parenting

1 Thing A Day You are the expert on you and on your child. You can read books, articles (and thank you for taking the time to read this) and listen to all the ‘experts’ to get information but only

Putting the sleep back into bedtime!

I am a good parent if my child sleeps through the night….. He/She is a good baby because they sleep through the night…….. Everyone else’s child seems to go to sleep or stay asleep…….. Is it always going to be

Coming back from ‘Meltdown’!

Coming back from ‘Meltdown’! ‘There’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes.’ Dr. Who There is much written about tantrums and children. What are they? Why do they happen? What should a parent do before,

Parenting rules you know you will break

‘No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.’ Bill Cosby As parents, we absolutely want to do our best and be the

God Parents – A Little Advice

o be or not to be – that is the question? Those famous words are often quoted and I do so again here in relation to the whole area of Godparenting. If and when it is relevant, it is an

Christmas – Enjoy or Endure?

‘Remember, if Christmas isn’t found in your heart, you won’t find it under a tree.’ Charlotte Carpenter It is nearly that time of year again and all the fabulous snow last week makes it easier to get the sense that

5 Tips For Stress Free Mornings

‘Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it’. – Richard Whately They say that the first hour of the day is the rudder of the day. Get off to a good start and

Let Me Tell You A Story

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” Emilie Buchwald Having worked with hundreds of parents over the past few years, I know that one of the main ways that parents connect and have ‘down time with their’child

The Top 10 Things that Children Fear

‘It is hard to be brave, when you’re only a Very Small Animal.’– Piglet, Winnie the Pooh A colleague of mine sent me an email with the above title. As a parent and someone working with parents, my curiosity got

To Praise or not to Praise..That is the Question…

‘A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.’ Ella Wheeler Wilcox For some time now, parents have been aware of the importance of praising children.

Play: Free Time That Pays Huge Dividends

“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” O. Fred Donaldson, American Martial Arts Master It may seem obvious to say that play is an important part of a child’s life but it is

How to keep your baby healthy this winter

As sure as the mercury drops, cold and flu viruses make the rounds through homes and childcare facilities each year. If only there were a way to guarantee that your baby won’t get sick. Is there? Read more at Baby

Childcare Guilt

The guilt that sometimes comes with using childcare…..“I think I’ll stay with you today Daddy, and we can play all day”. This short sentence broke my heart recently. This short sentence left me struggling with guilt over some aspects of

When should I move my child from a cot to a bed, and how?

There is no set time that you should get rid of your child’s cot and put him in a bed, although most children make the move sometime between ages 18 months and three and a half. Many parents switch their

Parents Top 5 Concerns

‘There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.’ Harold Stephens From the moment a child is born, parents worry. In fact the worry often starts way

Are You A Helicopter Parent

‘I daresay one profits more by the mistakes one makes off one’s own bat than by doing the right thing on somebody’s else advice.’ (Somerset Maugham) Chances are no one put up their hand for that one! When we see