Posts from the category: Behaviour Guidance

Dealing with Attitude

Childhood 101 | Dealing with Attitude

"He has such an attitude. And he's only four!" "I thought I had years to prepare for this. No one warned me about dealing with a threenager!" "She's five going on fifteen." Have you ever commented on your child's attitude? I am sure I have, especially as we live with a … [Read more...]

Talking to Kids: Encouragement vs Praise


This post was first published in August 2009. By Definition; praise (prz), n. 1. Expression of approval, commendation, or admiration. 2. The extolling or exaltation of a deity, ruler, or hero. 3. Archaic A reason for praise; merit. en·cour·age (n-kûrj, -kr-) 1. To inspire with hope, … [Read more...]

Parenting: Perfect or Principled?

Amanda Morgan

Today I would like to welcome fellow teacher, blogger and mama, Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute to Childhood 101. As a society, we tend to be suckers for a great slogan.  Lexus had a catchy one a few years ago: “The relentless pursuit of perfection.”  We could certainly apply the same slogan … [Read more...]

Literacy Spot #45: Visual Schedules

routine charts

Using a weekly schedule tailored to your child's regular activities not only engages them with a literacy based tool in a purposeful way but also helps children to learn about routine or rhythm and provides them with a visual prop that helps them to be involved with getting organised for the … [Read more...]

Managing Play With Children of Different Ages


This post is by regular contributor Kate Fairlie of Picklebums. We have four kids - seven year old twin girls, a four year old boy and a one year old boy. Sometimes finding the space or suitable activities for everyone to play together can be a bit tricky. Sometimes there is frustration and … [Read more...]

Young Children and Independence

Children and independence

"The essence of independence is to be able to do something for one's self." ~ Maria Montessori "I do it!" Young children often strive for independence. Helping them to develop a sense of independence can be as simple as choosing everyday tasks and putting in place a system or procedure that … [Read more...]

How Can I Help My Child Develop Social Confidence?

developing social independence

The following question was recently received from a Childhood 101 reader and Mum of two: I was wondering how parents can encourage social and emotional independence in early childhood? I take both my boys to activities such as Music and Swimming and I have noticed that both do not like to get … [Read more...]

Parenting Styles: Reactive or Proactive?

Parenting styles

Definition Reactive: Tending to be responsive or to react to a stimulus. Characterized by reaction. Proactive: Creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than waiting to respond to it after it has happened. ~The Free Dictionary online As parents we all spend … [Read more...]