When Toilet Training Doesn’t Go To Plan

Here’s the truth; no matter how hard you try, toilet training doesn’t work all the time. You may have a detailed plan, a new potty that plays music and a ton of bribery rewards. Doesn’t matter though if the stars are against you. Or the moon. Or even the day of the week. Sometimes toilet training just doesn’t go to plan. It could be a medical reason, such as long-term constipation, anxiety, a lack of readiness or a condition such … Read More

Fun Ideas for Gardening with Kids at Home

Gardening with kids isn’t just about planting seeds and mowing the lawns with a plastic lawnmower. It’s about building a passion for being outside, working with the earth and helping to build an understanding of where food comes from. The Squoodles boys are lucky in that their school is an active member of the Garden to Table initiative. They have the opportunity to cultivate the garden, grow their own vegetables, then prepare, cook and eat them at school. It’s a … Read More

Dealing with Grief After Miscarriage

You never move on from grief after a miscarriage. Let’s straighten that myth out once and for all. Moving on when you’ve lost a loved one just doesn’t happen. You move forward. Grief after miscarriage is something I have experienced before. My husband and I have had eight angel babies, each of them unique, beautiful and much loved. We have not moved on from the grief of losing them, nor will we. This is a difficult subject to talk about, … Read More

Chores for Kids: Exactly What Should They Be Doing for Pocket Money?

It’s a simple equation: chores for kids = pocket money. Do the dishes, get paid. Make your bed, get paid. And so on. It’s when we as parents need to identify the specific chores we want our kids to do, is when things get murky. So, we’re clearing things up with a great list of chores for kids from age two to ten. Chores for Kids from Ages Two to Ten Years I grew up being expected to clean my … Read More

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

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