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Posts from the category: Behaviour Guidance

9 Calm Down Ideas for Kids

9 Calm Down Ideas for Kids

Last week I shared the 5 Steps to Managing Big Emotions Poster as a tool to help parents and children navigate those times when children are struggling to express their feelings in socially acceptable ways (you can find out more about the 5 steps and print a copy of the poster here). The final step … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Managing Big Emotions: Printable Poster

5 Steps to Managing Big Emotions Printable Poster

Whenever I ask parents what their biggest parenting struggle is, patience is always right there at the top of the list. We struggle to keep our cool in all sorts of situations - when we are rushing to get everyone out the door, when we have asked our child 272 times to do something, when they whine … [Read more...]

Tantrums Aren’t Just For Two Year Olds

Helping Children Learn to Manage Intense Emotions: Without a Tantrum

We regularly hear about the terrible twos and the troublesome threes but it's not uncommon to hear that even older children have tantrums.  How can this be when the experts tell us these angry outbursts are most typically a result of the frustration of young children as yet unable to verbally … [Read more...]

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

This is the second post in the Parent Smarter, Not Harder series. A little about the series - I don’t claim to be any sort of parenting expert. Far from it. 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 … [Read more...]