Archive for category Behavior

Exaggerating is a form of telling Fibs & Lies. The desire to be accepted and liked by our peers is quite natural, the more animated the child is the more creative they can be in their "storytelling". When you find your child starts to exaggerate it will be important to notice and to have discussions that lead to the importance of why it is not generally great to do so and to explain how it is not necessary

Exaggerating is a form of telling Fibs & Lies. The desire to be accepted and liked by our peers is quite natural, the more animated the child is the more creative they can be in their “storytelling”. When you find your child starts to exaggerate it will be important to notice and to have discussions that lead to the importance of why it is not generally great to do so and to explain how it is not necessary

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In my book Toddler Rules there are 3 types = Mock, Situational, Emotional. Dealing with tantrums really begins with understanding what they are and why they occur. In the early years of toddlerhood, we see children as young as 18 months show great displays of physical emotion through sometimes public outrage, for some that maybe just a high pitched scream but for others a complete melt down of legs and arms wailing.

In my book Toddler Rules there are 3 types = Mock, Situational, Emotional. Dealing with tantrums really begins with understanding what they are and why they occur. In the early years of toddlerhood, we see children as young as 18 months show great displays of physical emotion through sometimes public outrage, for some that maybe just a high pitched scream but for others a complete melt down of legs and arms wailing.

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Pretending not to hear or running away is an old trick and is a very quick way for children to demonstrate getting out of doing something they may not particularly want to do or just showing signs of defiance, if not addressed it does get worse and you will find yourself as parent or co-carer that you are constantly repeating yourself and we all know what that feels like...yes very frustrating!

Pretending not to hear or running away is an old trick and is a very quick way for children to demonstrate getting out of doing something they may not particularly want to do or just showing signs of defiance, if not addressed it does get worse and you will find yourself as parent or co-carer that you are constantly repeating yourself and we all know what that feels like…yes very frustrating!

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Hitting, biting, pulling hair - Many parents feel absolutely horrified the first time they see their child show aggression towards another child, or themselves, normally because such behavior becomes a direct reflection on the parents raising of their child and in turn we feel- what are we doing that has our child behaving as such?

Hitting, biting, pulling hair – Many parents feel absolutely horrified the first time they see their child show aggression towards another child, or themselves, normally because such behavior becomes a direct reflection on the parents raising of their child and in turn we feel- what are we doing that has our child behaving as such?

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If you are a parent in a relationship and have become a primary or secondary child carer and guardian for the children you are raising from a previous marriage, then I do believe you have every right as your dutiful obligation to raise these children well. Most parents avoid this conversation as they are fearful of the confrontation it may bring. Allocating time to communicate with your partner helps to strengthen the partnership and resolving these issues leads to better parenting together.

If you are a parent in a relationship and have become a primary or secondary child carer and guardian for the children you are raising from a previous marriage, then I do believe you have every right as your dutiful obligation to raise these children well. Most parents avoid this conversation as they are fearful of the confrontation it may bring. Allocating time to communicate with your partner helps to strengthen the partnership and resolving these issues leads to better parenting together.

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As a step parent we want acceptance; we want to build our relationship with our additional family. Sometimes that doesn’t always work on our timing. Depending on the kids’ age, it can certainly take a bit longer than what we thought, but you get what you put in.

As a step parent we want acceptance; we want to build our relationship with our additional family. Sometimes that doesn’t always work on our timing. Depending on the kids’ age, it can certainly take a bit longer than what we thought, but you get what you put in.

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Every child and every adult at some stage goes through phases of anxiety but, when it turns into a disorder that has an impact on the way that person chooses to live their daily life then that’s when we need to reach out for help. The good news is anxiety as well as depression is treatable.

Every child and every adult at some stage goes through phases of anxiety but, when it turns into a disorder that has an impact on the way that person chooses to live their daily life then that’s when we need to reach out for help. The good news is anxiety as well as depression is treatable.

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Solo sitting time provides your infant the opportunity to explore their own environment at their own pace. Focus their attention on their surroundings, slowly becoming more self-reliant into the toddler years and these experiences boost a child’s self-esteem. They start to become a comfort to themselves and for the first time around 6-8 months see themselves separate from their primary carers.

Solo sitting time provides your infant the opportunity to explore their own environment at their own pace. Focus their attention on their surroundings, slowly becoming more self-reliant into the toddler years and these experiences boost a child’s self-esteem. They start to become a comfort to themselves and for the first time around 6-8 months see themselves separate from their primary carers.

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It’s natural for young children to feel ‘shy’ at some stage in their development. I prefer to use the word “Reserved.” If this behaviour is longer lasting or intensifies as the child grows older, it can become crippling – limiting their openness to new experiences and making it very hard for the child to socialize and meet new friends.

It’s natural for young children to feel ‘shy’ at some stage in their development. I prefer to use the word “Reserved.” If this behaviour is longer lasting or intensifies as the child grows older, it can become crippling – limiting their openness to new experiences and making it very hard for the child to socialize and meet new friends.

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In honor of Valentine

In honor of Valentine’s Day, myself and my team asked children to tell us what love means to them. I’ve also been tweeting out a call to have you ask your kids what love means to them and tweet me their 10-15 second video reply. I’ll be retweeting some of my favorites leading up to Valentine’s Day.

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