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Connection not compliance

Connection not compliance

Parenting is always about finding a balance between letting your child do things their way, and setting boundaries and rules for your child to follow.

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“How much should I play with my kids?”

“How much should I play with my kids?”

There’s that amazing moment when you ask your child to do something… and they DO it! If this feels rare for your family, a big part of the challenge is often how well children undertand what you’ve said to them.

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3 ideas to help your fussy eater

3 ideas to help your fussy eater

Here are 3 ways you can support your child if they have limited food range, understand their challenges better, and aim for a more calm and connected mealtime for the whole family.

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3 Ways to Help your Child have Better Conversations

3 Ways to Help your Child have Better Conversations

Lots of parents tell me that they want their kids to have better conversations, whether that’s a more detailed chat at the end of the school day, sharing over the dinner table, or better conversations with their friends.
In this post I’m sharing my 3 top tips for helping your children have better conversations with you, and with other kids.

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Using ‘People Games’ to Boost your Child’s Language Development

Using ‘People Games’ to Boost your Child’s Language Development

Many parents ask me to recommend games and toys that will help encourage their child’s communication development. One of my favourite categories of games is ‘people games’ – that is, activities, songs and play where YOU are the toy! ‘People games’ are a great way to improve your child’s attention, social interaction, and communication skills – and the best thing is, they’re free!

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Giving Kids a Choice: Create more calm and empower your child

Giving Kids a Choice: Create more calm and empower your child

When we have no choices, we don’t have ‘buy-in’. We’re not engaged in the activities we’re have to do.

It might feel hard to give your child choices when you’re in the middle of a whirlwind of trying to get out of the house in the morning, but adding a few moments of choice can actually make things easier, calmer and smoother for the whole family!

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Why is Pretend Play so Important for Kids?

Why is Pretend Play so Important for Kids?

Pretend play is an essential play skill for children to develop, and it helps kids learn language, tune in to other people and develop social skills.

Whether your child likes playing with dolls, trucks, dress-ups, characters from movies, or animals, pretend play is a wonderful and important type of play… And it just happens to be limitless fun!

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