Posts from the category: Behaviour Guidance

21 Silly Putty & Therapy Putty Activities

21 silly putty activities . Fun fine motor activities for kids

Today Carrie of A Little Learning for Two is sharing 21 activity ideas for playing (and learning) with silly putty or therapy putty. With two children on the Autism spectrum if there is one thing that has been tried and tested thoroughly in our family it would be therapy tools. While there are … [Read more...]

8 Reasons to Listen to Your Child

Reasons to Listen to Your Child ft

I admit that I am a pretty bad ordinary listener. You see by nature I am a talker and a fixer. Tell me a problem and I want to talk it through and find the best answer for with you. It's just how I am. Lately however I have had to work on stifling my first reaction - to talk and solve - and learn … [Read more...]

Parent Smarter, Not Harder: Encouraging Kids to Use Their Words

Use Your Words

We have a couple of routinely heard phrases in our house that on the surface might seem just too simple to actually work but I love it when parenting is simple and with time, support, love and consistency, simple things can work well with kids. What are these phrases you might ask? Well, they are … [Read more...]

Parent Smarter, Not Harder: The Cause to Pause

Parent Smarter, Not Harder: The Cause to Pause

"But I haven't finished talking!" "You never listen to what I am saying!" A few months ago I was hearing these two phrases (and others like) it much too regularly from Immy (who has just turned six). It would often be in response to my request for her to do something, with her trying to enter … [Read more...]

Parent Smarter, Not Harder: Develop an Escape Plan

Parent Smarter, Not Harder with an Escape Play via Childhood 101

Have you developed an escape plan? Now, I don't mean a plan for you to disappear off the planet next time you are having a tough day, though I am pretty sure many of us feel like doing just that sometimes. What I mean is to take a moment to think about one safe place or activity you can bundle … [Read more...]

Parent Smarter, Not Harder: Don Your Superhero Cape

Parent Smarter, Not Harder: A series at Childhood 101

I don't claim to be any sort of parenting expert. Far from it. What I am is a mum and an early childhood teacher who has worked with lots of families over many years. I read a lot. I try things out. Some things work and some things don't. This Parent Smarter, Not Harder series of posts is not about … [Read more...]

Talking Parenting: Sibling Rivalry

Sibling RIvalry 2 - An Everyday Story

"Give it to ME!" "I was still using that!" "You have THAT one!".... a hit, a push, a grab, two screaming children. About a year ago I naively thought our family had somehow avoided the gauntlet of sibling rivalry. In hindsight now, I can't believe I could have ever been so blissfully ignorant. Jack … [Read more...]

Virtual Bookclub 101: Siblings Without Rivalry Section 7 & Afterword

Siblings Without Rivalry book club

Welcome back to the Childhood 101 virtual bookclub. We have been reading Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (find all SWR bookclub entries here), and in this post I am wrapping up Section 7, the Afterword and a few final thoughts of my own. My first thought on finishing … [Read more...]