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Importance of socialising and play with your toddler

The term ‘caring and sharing’ is important in teaching a child a respectful approach to life. By using a calm voice and showing a positive regard towards people, parents can role model to their child a healthy way of relating to others. This modelling helps...

How to give effective instructions to your child

One important role of parenting is providing your child with effective instructions so they will hear, understand and carry them out accordingly. There are times when a parent has a list of things they would like their child to do, but the instructions get lost...

Pay attention to your child

We all want attention, to be acknowledged and appreciated that we are valuable, that we exist. A smile, a hug, a wave, a kind word exhibits positive recognition.  A frown, a rebuff or a harsh word reveals negative attention. If we do not get positive...

Consequences

Consequences are a part of life. If a driver speeds on the road, the driver receives a fine. If a teen uses their mobile phone at night past the agreed time, the phone is confiscated the next day. If a child forgets to take their...

Boredom is good for your child

“Muuum, I’m bored”, he yelled out. The desperate howl of a child who has ‘nothing to do’ strikes terror into parents. Many parents go into overdrive to occupy their child - sign up for art class, gym class, dance instruction or another activity. As parents,...

Preventing Techno-Tantrums

By Dr Kristy Goodwin Your child screams at you telling you, "You're the worst mum in the world!" This might be followed by feet-stomping, huffs and puffs, clenched fists, grunting and a host of other (undesirable) behaviours. And all of this because you simply asked for...