Posts from the category: Behaviour Guidance

Helping Children Manage BIG Emotions (Printable)

Childhood 101 | Managing BIG Emotions poster

Those who have been following our recent book club reading of Siblings Without Rivalry might recall that in my first reflection on the book I mentioned making a poster for our playroom which would serve as a reminder to both myself and Immy (and when she is bigger, AJ as well) of ways of dealing … [Read more...]

Let’s Read & Learn Together: Siblings Without Rivalry

siblings without rivalry bookclub

I recently asked the Childhood 101 Facebook community if there was anyone interested in an online, virtual book club, reading together Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (published by W.W. Norton & Co, 2012). Thanks to the positive response I have ordered my copy and … [Read more...]

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...]