Posts from the category: Behaviour Guidance

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...]

Kids Music 101: Music & Emotions – Music for Stimulating Positive Behaviour

Get up move CD

This post is by regular contributor Christine Gora of Kids Music Toys. Marketers have known for years that music is a powerful tool for encouraging particular consumer outcomes. There has been much research into the effects that volume, speed, pitch and types of music have on product preference … [Read more...]

E-book Review: Parenting With Positive Guidance


Today a keyword search for books on 'parenting' at will net you 61,181 titles to choose from. Publishers are tapping into the struggle of modern day parents in their search for a quick fix to sleep problems, a simple formula for fussy eating or an ABC for handling behavioural … [Read more...]

Using a Reward Chart as a Positive Parenting Tool

Reward chart

As an early childhood teacher, I talked many parents through the process of successfully using reward charts as one tool in their parenting toolkit and recently (as parents of an almost three year old) we have had cause to put the good old reward chart into practice in our own home as well.  Reward … [Read more...]

Aaah! Coping with Toddler Sleep Issues


One of the things that can be most frustrating about baby and toddler sleep disturbances, is their inability to tell you what is causing the problem. Recently, Immy (who is now 33 months and usually a good sleeper in terms of going to sleep and staying asleep) has been waking in the night. … [Read more...]