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

Let’s Talk About Depression in Young Children

Depression in young children happens, just like it does in teenagers and adults. It’s just not commonly known about, nor considered ‘normal.’ While there isn’t a lot of research regarding rates of depression in young children in NZ, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a real problem. As parents ourselves, we felt so strongly about this subject that we’ve up skilled ourselves to understand more about the ways to identify and help a young child showing signs of depression. Please … Read More

How to Protect Your Sex Life from Your Kids

Your sex life has dropped or remains non-existent since you’ve had kids. Like I’ve said before, the lazy Saturday mornings are gone, and sex after kids seems darn near impossible. That got me to thinking: surely we as parents need to grab every opportunity to have sex when we can. But there’s one problem, and it’s a big one. Kids. The kids are always around. Your newborn may sleep in the same room as you. Your toddler climbs into bed … Read More

Explaining the Meaning of Easter to Your Kids

Have you talked to your kids about the meaning of Easter? Did you head down the religious route, discussing how Jesus died on the cross and then arose again? Or did you talk about how the Easter bunny delivers Easter eggs because it is a time of new life and celebration? Okay, if you’re totally confused about what your children need to know about the meaning of Easter, you’re not alone. With the Christian version involving torture, blood and death, … Read More

How to Create Your Family’s Emergency Plan

An emergency plan is one of the most important assets your family can have. I call it an asset because it could quite literally be the one thing that saves one or more of your family members from injury or even death. Mr Squoodles and I love playing with and caring for our kids at home. But like other families, things happen, and life doesn’t flow as smoothly as we’d like. There are also times when there’s just one of … Read More

Mum Says No, Dad Says Yes: How to Parent as a Team

When you parent as a team, everyone wins. But it’s something all parents struggle with and that’s because we’re all different. You’re not a clone of your child’s Dad: you don’t know exactly what he’s thinking, nor have his past life experiences. Neither does he have that same knowledge about you. Your child knows this and has already decided that the fact you are not identical copies of each other is a weakness. In fact, it’s such a great weakness … Read More

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