November 27, 2016

It is our role to help our babies, toddlers and young children learn to manage their own emotions. One way that we do this is to model to them how we ourselves cope with their own strong feelings.

A toddling baby falls down and bumps their h...

November 25, 2016

Think back to a time when you messed up. Someone in authority reacted harshly. Remember those feelings and thoughts you had in the moment. How did you feel about yourself, your relationship to that person, your place in the world?


November 24, 2016

A toddler bites her friend when he won't share the toy she desires. A baby throws his food on the floor. A preschooler draws on her bedroom wall.

Depending on your own upbringing, many parents might utilize a time out or sharp tap on the han...

October 1, 2012


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,...

September 1, 2012

 Expect your child to interrupt!  All young children do this. It is annoying but take heart with time, patience and consistency they will move through this stage!


Why young children interrupt.

Young children are just starting to figure out t...

May 1, 2012

 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.  



January 1, 2012

Breath holding can be a terrifying experience especially when a child passes out. A child who has a tendency to hold their breath often does so between the ages of one and three years old.

The most common reason for children to hold their...

October 1, 2011


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...

September 1, 2011

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 ch...

May 1, 2011

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...

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