Parenting Tips


Why bribing kids with rewards doesn’t work - Posted 01/11/2017

Why bribing kids with rewards doesn’t work


Why bribing kids with rewards doesn’t work


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Dear stranger: Yes, my hands are full. . . - Posted 17/10/2017

Dear stranger: Yes, my hands are full. . .

Dear stranger: Yes, my hands are full. . .



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What sensitive boys need from their mamas - Posted 25/10/2017

What sensitive boys need from their mamas

What sensitive boys need from their mamas



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What’s trending: The top 10 kid’s Halloween costumes on Pinterest - Posted 11/10/2017

What’s trending: The top 10 kid’s Halloween costumes on Pinterest

What’s trending: The top 10 kid’s Halloween costumes on Pinterest



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I knew I wanted a mama tribe—I just didn’t know how much I needed it - Posted 26/09/2017

I knew I wanted a mama tribe—I just didn’t know how much I needed it

I knew I wanted a mama tribe—I just didn’t know how much I needed it


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Why we’re asking for experiences, not toys - Posted 03/10/2017

Why we’re asking for experiences, not toys

Why we’re asking for experiences, not toys



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Here's the secret to "thriving", mama. - Posted 18/09/2017

Here's the secret to "thriving", mama.

Of course we all want to thrive—the problem is just getting there during a uncertain, chaotic period of life that is new motherhood.



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YOU NEED A BREAK - Posted 12/09/2017

YOU NEED A BREAK

When I read the study that revealed mothers work on average 98 hours a week I was relieved.

 

Why?



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MAKE THE MOST OF DAILY ROUTINES - Posted 11/04/2017

MAKE THE MOST OF DAILY ROUTINES

Nappy changing is a task you do so many times a day. When you realize how valuable this time is for bonding and sensory development, it will never again be a chore, but rather a valuable time for relating and stimulating the senses.  



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Babies on their backs - Posted 24/03/2017

Babies on their backs

From newborns to toddlers, our babies spend much time in back lying.
Many new skills will emerge in this simple position over the first 6 months of life and the opportunity for your baby to play and explore here is endless.



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Parenting Tips - How tummy time can help develop your baby. - Posted 01/12/2016

Parenting Tips - How tummy time can help develop your baby.

Did you know that tummy time helps shoulders, hands and fingers to develop?



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Tummy time - What’s all the fuss about? - Posted 01/11/2016

Tummy time -  What’s all the fuss about?

These days many babies seem to dislike lying on their tummies.

Possible reasons for this may include that:

  • We seldom place babies in tummy lying to play and explore because they cry and fuss: therefore they don’t practice this position; they don’t become stronger in this position, and so they remain intolerant of it.
  • They may experience discomfort when lying on their tummies due to re-flux.
  • They may have sensory sensitivities.
  • They may have been born prematurely and thus have undeveloped patterns of movement.
  • They may have weak muscles for various reasons.

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Moms and Babes - Make The Most of Daily Routines - Posted 03/10/2016

Moms and Babes - Make The Most of Daily Routines



Bath time presents such a wonderful opportunity for play, exploration and learning. Bathing with your baby fosters closeness and bonding and will most probably be the best quality time you will spend with your baby all day.

Did you know... Textured objects and ‘feely’ experiences enhance learning, encouraging exploration and concentration, body awareness and fine motor co-ordination.


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Moms and Babes - Stimulating your baby’s development physically - Posted 02/09/2016

Moms and Babes - Stimulating your baby’s development physically


When it comes to stimulating your baby’s development on a physical level, keep it easy, age appropriate, and functional.
Remember that your baby needs to be touched, held and engaged when practicing movement sequences and various positions.

Placing your baby in a side lying position is an important posture for baby to experience, from as early as birth and into the early months of life. There are many benefits of the side lying position, and its value in normal development cannot be underestimated.

Side lying positions can be used during Sleep time (using wedges), Wake and Play time, as well as when dressing and undressing your baby.

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Moms and Babes - Back to Basics - Posted 05/08/2016

Moms and Babes - Back to Basics


When it comes to stimulating your baby’s development, keep it simple, natural, intimate and interactional. Your baby does not need fast paced ENTERTAINING, but rather slow paced, gentle interactions with YOU.

Newest research points to what is really important for a baby’s developing brain, and they call it “Serve and Return”. This is all about how you respond to your baby’s eye gaze, facial expressions, gestures, his cooing, babble and cries, her head and body movements. This is how your baby ‘serves’, and your attuned responses are the ‘return’. It is this cycle of intimate engagement and back and forth interaction that grows neural pathways.

Did you know…

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