developing fine motor skills

A confident start to their school years

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After such a hot summer we now turn our thoughts to regular routines and school preparedness, or school progress for our children. Whether they are returning to school or starting for the first time this month – we all want our children to be confident and capable; to fit in and find good friends…to have a confident start to school. …

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Challenges Single Fathers Face and Ways to Overcome Them – a thoughtful blog on self-care from a fathers’ perspective…

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It’s well-known that women are more proactive than men in many areas resulting in greater awareness of their issues. However, let’s not forget that fathers are as integral and crucial factors in the raising of children. We all know how hard parenting is, and for single parents it’s even harder as there is no-one to pick up or take over …

helping kids learn problem solving

Being involved…but not taking over

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There’s a very funny French & Saunders sketch called “Mothers and Kids” where two mothers plan a fun, hands-on day of arts and crafts for their children and then end up over managing the process to the point where they hold the paint brushes for them, dictate which colours they use and end up berating them for their ‘messy’ work… …

projects for preschoolers

Travelling with kids

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Travelling with kids can be a nightmare. How can you avoid it? No one wants to be THAT family. The one which other passengers stare daggers at. The one whose children kick the backs of the seats of the passengers in front of them. The one whose children race up and down the aisles knocking into people and creating havoc …

developing problem solving skills

Developing problem solving skills in children

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I recently read an article about helping kids develop their problem solving skills . It talked about problem solving as a skill that not only helps children to think more critically, it also improves their independence and, importantly, their resilience even as they move into adulthood. Tara Haelle, co-author of The Informed Parent looks ahead at young adults who are the …

Activities for kids and grandparents to do together

Activities for kids and grandparents to do together

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Research and anecdotal evidence shows us that more and more grandparents are stepping up to assist with child rearing than ever before. Rising living costs often necessitate a two-income household and the cost of childcare (despite its valuable contribution to a child’s learning and development) can sometimes negate the majority of that second income. This is where grandparents are often …