How To Tell If Your Baby Is Over Stimulated

November 29, 2015

In the first few months after your baby is born, it is very common for him to cry A LOT and almost impossible for you to figure out why, or to comfort him. The good news is that this is perfectly normal and it will pass; all babies will go through it, some to a greater degree than others. It is easy to confuse this stage with colic as the…


How Do You Cope With Your 3 year Old Interrupting?

October 21, 2015

Research has shown that one of the main parenting issues raised by parents of 3-4 year olds is the problem of children interrupting adult conversations. We have all witnessed the scenario: adults are mid conversation when 3 year old runs up to his mum “mummy, mummy guess what?….”. The child is obviously completely oblivious to social expectations and ‘politeness’. So, how do we as parents deal with this? Firstly we…


Good News For Parents Of Summer Born Children

July 22, 2015

The announcement this month by the government that they are to launch a review into schools admission policy comes as welcome news to many parents of summer born children, and in particularly to those who are part of the ‘summer born’ campaign. The review has been launched by Education minister Nick Gibb in response to concerns that summer born children face falling behind and being segregated into lower ability groups….


Why We Should Try To Understand Our Child’s Play

July 12, 2015

Play is important for a child’s learning and social development. It helps them to understand about the world around them, how to interact with others and how to expand their creativity and imagination. Play also helps a child grow its levels of maturity, by encouraging skills associated with mental and physical growth. As a child plays, either alone or with others, that child learns to copy and to question why….


How Team Sports Can Benefit Your Children

With busy working lives it can sometimes be difficult to motivate ourselves, let alone our children; but getting our kids involved in sports during free time, especially if that sport involves being part of a team, can be particularly beneficial. Psychologists believe that participating in team sports can be a fantastic tool in increasing a child’s self esteem. Through team building and healthy competition, children get the chance to leave…

June 24, 2015

Summer Born Children: Should School Entry Rules Be More Flexible?

It seems there is an ever-growing concern over the psychological welfare of the ‘summer born child’ when it comes to school admissions. You may or may not be aware that the compulsory age for starting school in the UK is actually 5, and not 4 as a lot of us believe. It is ‘common practice’ in this country for children to start in reception class in the September following their…

June 14, 2015

Developing your child’s self esteem

A child’s level of self-esteem can be a crucial factor in their success and happiness over their lifetime. Equipping your child with a healthy self-esteem is a valuable gift that should not be overlooked. It is much easier for a child to develop a positive self-esteem right from infancy than for an adult to try to improve upon a negative self esteem. So, how can we work towards developing our…

May 16, 2015

‘High Five’ to breastfeeding mums!

April 30, 2015

As I sat with a good friend of mine today while she was desperately trying to breastfeed her new-born in a position so uncomfortable it was bringing tears to her eyes, I was reminded just how much respect these mums deserve. I didn’t feel pity for her because of the cracked bleeding nipples, the sheer exhaustion from non-stop feeding, the inability to move very far from the 4 walls of…


The Trials Of Teeth Cleaning

April 25, 2015

Teeth cleaning time in our house is, without a doubt, one of he most testing times of our morning and evening routines. You may think it would get easier, that my 2 year old would realise that this is going to happen every day so he might as well just accept it, but no, absolutely not! We always get the ‘lips clenched tightly shut’ ‘shaking head from side to side’…


Are You ‘Sugar Aware’?

Most of us are aware that too many sweets, cakes, chocolates and sugary drinks are bad for our kids. Many of us do our best to limit the intake of sugar in our children’s diets, and a lot of us believe we are doing a reasonable job. However, how many of us are aware of the sugar content in some of the foods we see as ‘safe’ and ‘nutritious’? Would…

April 11, 2015