How Much is the Tooth Fairy Paying These Days?

Everyone knows that the tooth fairy comes visiting when baby teeth begin falling out. Since the dawn of time (maybe), she’s been making the rounds leaving one, two and five-cent coins under the pillows of gappy mouth kids. Back when I was young, this was an incredibly exciting time because that five-cent coin could buy a bag of lollies down at the dairy. In fact, it could practically buy an entire week’s worth of groceries, or maybe even a car. … Read More

How Jigsaw Puzzles Help Kids Learn to Solve Problems

We’ve always loved jigsaw puzzles here at Squoodles. As well as providing hours of entertainment and enjoyment, they can also help grow a child’s problem-solving and other developmental skills. You could say that they provide the perfect brain food for our kids. In our article How to Pick a Wooden Puzzle for Your Child, we share some tips on selecting the right puzzle: take a read if you are hunting for some jigsaw puzzles for your little one.  Today though, … Read More

Let’s Look at Measles & Other Childhood Diseases

Are childhood diseases something we should be worried about? Or are they a fact of life? As I write this, the number of confirmed cases of measles in New Zealand has risen to over 1000. Parents are understandably worried and health professionals are urging people to get the MMR vaccine if they haven’t already. It got me thinking about all of the other common childhood diseases: chicken pox, colds and flu, hand foot and mouth, warts, whooping cough and meningitis. … Read More

Shh: Don’t Share My List Of Favourite Local Shops With Anyone!

I love my local shops. By local, I not just meaning the ones down the road, but also those around NZ. Because I’m a Mum, and it’s not always possible to go out to shop, as I’m sure you know. With dinner, work, kids, mess, kids and more mess, there’s always something that gets in the way. That’s why I buy online from local shops a lot of the time. There’s something so convenient about online shopping, isn’t there? Anyway, … Read More

Elf on the Shelf Clothing: Yay or Nay?

It’s the latest fashion, and it’s not even for our kids: Elf on the Shelf clothing! Just when you thought that there was enough going on with their daily shenanigans, along comes their clothing! Should you dress them in a different outfit each day, according to their latest activity? Or should they simply stick with their red suit? Let’s look at both options … Should Elf on the Shelf Clothing Appear in Your Home? What’s Up With Elf on the … Read More

Giving Positive Praise: 10 Positive Things to Say to Your Child

Never underestimate the power positive praise can have on a child. Giving positive praise to our children helps to reinforce behaviours, builds self confidence and self-esteem. When you praise your child, you are showing them how they can see themselves in a positive light, helping them to recognise when they have done well. As well as providing feedback, praise can also help direct behaviour and increase a child’s motivation. It keeps them on the right track, validates them as a … Read More

What Do Picky Eaters Need Their Parents to Know?

There’s a high possibility that you’ve got picky eaters in your family or know of one which does. From refusal to eat vegetables through to only wanting to eat yellow food, the preferences and quirks between picky eaters are immense. As parents, the frustrations are huge. You’ve done your best and prepared food for your toddler or child and they refuse to eat it. Are they just being annoying, or is there a real problem? Here’s what your picky eater … Read More

A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the School Holidays

If you’re not a parent of school-aged children, you’ll probably be asking yourself why you’d need to read an article on surviving the school holidays. That’s fine. You can head off now and continue toy shopping. For the rest of you, I know I’ve got your attention. School holidays are one of the evil plans teachers create to punish us for caring for our kids during the term. If you’re a teacher, you can stop sniggering because we’re onto you. … Read More

Activities for Dinosaur Mad Kids Which Even Palaeontologists Love

If food chains, anti-predator defences and fossilisation are everyday subjects for the dinosaur mad kids in your home, then read on! We know their knowledge can rival a paleontologist’s. We also know that as a parent, you’re continually looking for fun and engaging dinosaur-themed activities. That’s why we’ve put together this list of seven activities for dinosaur mad kids (and their parents). 7 Themed Activities for Dinosaur Mad Kids Great news: one study found that kids who love dinosaurs are … Read More

5 Ways to Make Learning Fun for Your Kids

Kids learn through play, and play can make learning fun. The problem is, the fun in learning seems to have vanished. So, we’re on a mission to bring the fun back into learning, and that’s not just because we own a great toy shop! As parents, we’ve been told school is boring, reading sucks and that our kids don’t want to do their homework. Use the word educational in a sentence, and they switch off and refuse to have anything … Read More

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