August 4, 2018

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...

May 1, 2014

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...

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,...

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.  



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...

August 1, 2011

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, bei...

July 1, 2011


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...

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...

April 1, 2011

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...

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