Fussy eating in preschool age children is very common, and a source of great frustration to many parents and caregivers. Picky eating is one of the most discussed behaviours in my work as an early childhood teacher with Footsteps so here are some of my top tips to overcome the problem and make mealtimes a breeze.
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Crying is your babyâs way of communicating. Â Their cry tells you âI need youâ. Your baby will not be âspoiltâ if you attend to its cry, rather your baby will develop a secure bond and attachment. Many studies have shown that babies whose cries are attended to promptly and consistently cry less.
Babies donât cry for âno reasonâ, they are hardwired to cry so that their needs are met. Sometimes finding out what your baby is trying to tell you through their crying is a challenge, especially in those early months so here are some common reasons as to why your baby might be crying.
With Childrenâs Day just around the corner on Sunday the 3rd March, we thought you might appreciate 10 ideas on how to celebrate this special day with your precious little ones.
1. Attend a free Childrenâs Day event. Childrenâs Day neednât be expensive – there are loads of events happening throughout the country, hereâs some of our top picks: Continue reading »
The years leading up to school strongly influence your childâs attitudes and abilities towards reading. A home where stories are treasured and shared and where books are at a childâs level and explored daily will build a great foundation for literacy. Equally those first few weeks and months at school are important for your child in developing an enjoyment of reading, a positive attitude to learning and starting off as a confident reader. If you create a calm and positive environment where your child wants to read and feels confident in their abilities, these positive attitudes will flow on to their future years at school. Continue reading »
All babies have their own unique and precious personality determined both by genetics and the environment they are born into. Because of this, children react differently to separation from their parents and this reaction can change from one week to the next. This article shares the different ways children can experience separation anxiety and how to deal with it. Continue reading »
Have you ever brought a gift and then realised it was better suited for a younger child or it was to âoldâ for the child? Perhaps you brought a toy and then a week after Christmas it was in the bottom of the toy box never to be played with again. Not sure of what to buy your own child, grandchild, niece or nephew? Want to buy something that is not only fun but encourages early childhood education too? Continue reading »
As a Footsteps early childhood teacher, one of the most frequent discussions I have with families is about their childrenâs television viewing habits. Often families want to know more about the positives and negatives of television viewing so they can make well informed decisions for their children. So hereâs an overview to help you make that decision. Continue reading »
Most of us think a childâs tendency to be creative is predetermined at birth by genetics but it can also be strongly influenced, both positively and negatively by their experiences. Whether your strength with creativity is in music, storytelling or art, you can help enhance your childâs creativity through fun, engaging activities that encourage exploration and discovery. Fostering this creativity in the early years creates a strong foundation which they will benefit from for the rest of their lives. Continue reading »
Who and where your child is cared for might just be one of the most important decisions you make in their early years.Â We all want our children to be safe, nurtured and receive the best start in their education and development. As a teacher forÂ home based childcareÂ in Auckland, I thought it would be helpful to tell you some of the benefits of home based care so you can decide if it is right for your child.
Looking back to my early childhood I couldnât tell you how many times a week my Mum vacuumed or cleaned the shower, I donât know if I went to swimming lessons and I donât remember if we had expensive furniture.Â What I can tell you is that we had a lot of fun and it was not just okay to be a little silly â it was encouraged. Continue reading »