The Value of the Early Years

Around 90% of brain development occurs in the first 5 years. Let that sink in for a minute. The growth and development that occurs in the brain in its first 5 years will never be matched for the rest of its life. The first 5 years are where the ‘wiring’ of the brain occurs. This…

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Just Go Outside!

We are finding ourselves in a time that is very unfamiliar. With all the awful negatives affiliated with the COVID19 pandemic, there are definitely a few positives that some of us are experiencing. Getting outside and being physically active has challenges with social distancing and the cancellation of organized sport. However, many of us now…

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You’re Not My Best Friend

Possibly the most gut wrenching words to be said by a four year old. Kids can be so cruel. Are they being cruel? Or are they calling on their small repertoire of words and life experience to tell someone that they’re feeling angry, or hurt, or frustrated. Parten’s Theory of Play Progression Parten’s theory of…

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Fussy Eating

I’m not eating that! We’ve all done it. We’ve spent all day slow cooking and lovingly preparing a nutritious and tasty lasagne that smells amazing. You serve it up to your child to be met with “I’m not eating that! Yuck!” Looks like the dog is eating well again tonight. You are not failing. You…

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Sibling Rivalry

I thought they’d be best friends… Your children are spending a lot more time together now than normal. In very close quarters. Sibling rivalry is going to be an issue at some point for most families in typical circumstances, let alone in the current climate. Sibling rivalry or quarrels are totally normal, but it is…

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