All of us have just SNAPPED when our child's behaviour has pushed our stress over the edge. Our fight-flight-freeze mechanism in our brain kicks in and we react to our children in less than ideal ways. Maybe we grab their arm too rough or we engage in a screaming match with our 4 year old. Later we enter deep regret. "This is not the type of parent I want to be!" To learn a better way involves education and self-control. On one hand, many parents simply aren't aware of what i
This month I would like to tell you a bit about some of the things I learned on my course Bringing Baby Home. I was encouraged to know that the methods I have been using to help baby settle have NOT, as some have presumed, caused long term emotional problems. Which of course I already knew otherwise I would not have been teaching it! As I have previously mentioned and which the Gottman Institute also stresses is that the first three years of life are the most important time
Choosing the right time to give up thumb, finger or dummy sucking is important. Choose a time to break the habit when you and your child are not experiencing excessive stress or change in your lives, such as the arrival of a new sibling, a family move, or starting a new school. Children use sucking to relieve stress, and trying to quit during a stressful time increases the chances of failure. Infants have strong and pre-determined sucking reflexes. Finding an object to suck
This information was reproduced with permission from Professor Trevor S Parry and the Medical Journal of Australia from his article on Assessment of developmental learning and behavioural problems in children and young people. There is a lot of talk about ADHD and other developmental disorders which has triggered my desire to include an article on this topic. It is also a topic close to my heart as I was diagnosed with dyslexia and never officially treated. Not all children
Parents of autumn-winter birthday kids often face a tough choice.
Chances are, you are like me and wondering if your child is ready for school come next January. This decision can be an agonising one as we are often given conflicting and inaccurate information.
Truth to be told is that you are right to be concerned. Research shows that children who enter school but should have stayed back another year have been to shown to:
• do less well in school
• develop a dis
Separation anxiety is when a child gets upset when separated from a parent or loved carer. For example, a young child may become distressed when left with a baby sitter, or when put to bed alone. Separation anxiety is normal during early childhood. It reflects the child's attempts to hold on to what is safe in a very scary world, and it will settle down as the child grows older and more confident.
Children generally start worrying about being away from carers when they are
Babies are all very different and develop at different stages; this includes their ability to learn how to take solids and to speak. Some factors that may contribute to oral and speech development can be their environment, birth order, being a twin, their personality or have parents or caregivers speak to them in more than one language. Even their parent’s skills and abilities could affect not only their ability to take solids but also the development of their speech. Thing
Most kids plug into the world of television long before they enter school.
It it tempting to use TV as a baby sitter. Two-thirds of infants and toddlers watch a screen an average of 2 hours a day . TV and videos or DVDs. Kids and teens 8 to 18 years spend nearly 4 hours a day in front of a TV screen and almost 2 additional hours on the computer (outside of schoolwork) and playing video games Behavior problems, nightmares and difficulty sleeping may be a consequence of expos
Part 2 of Fussy Feeders In the previous article I discussed some of the behavioural reasons behind fussy feeding. This month I would like to take a closer look at those children who are plainly not comfortable while eating or are literally starving themselves. These babies are often labelled ‘Failure to Thrive’ babies. They are babies and toddlers that are not gaining weight they should or are under weight.
Having worked amongst many babies and toddlers who either fuss
Having worked amongst many babies and toddlers who either fuss at the breast/bottle or are refusing or fussy with their solids I would like to discus some of the reasons I have found are quite common causes of this fussiness. Fussy feeders covers quite a large age range from newborns through to childhood and can be due to various reasons and therefore should be looked at closely to decide if or not is behavioural or is there some other more sinister cause. In this article I