Building a secure attachment bond with your baby.

A secure attachment bond teaches your baby to trust you, to communicate their feelings to you and eventually to trust others as well.

As the baby connects with you the baby learns to  have a healthy sense of self and how to be in a loving empathetic relationship.

A secure attachment causes the parts of the baby’s brain responsible for social and emotional development, communication and relationships to grow and develop in the best way as possible.

Read more about how to build this bond.

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/parenting-family/building-a-secure-attachment-bond-with-your-baby.htm

How to keep toddler busy while mom is busy

All mothers know the struggle of having to get that load of laundry in, making that phone call or having to get dinner going and not knowing how to keep your toddler busy for those couple of minutes. Here Sammy from Sammy Approves gives moms a couple of tips and tricks for how to keep your toddler busy without giving them a phone or a tablet.

Thank you Sammy, we hope this helps our mothers out.

https://sammyapproves.com/keep-toddler-busy/

Tips on managing your child’s screen time

How much screen time is too much? This has been a big debate the last couple of years and we as therapists do not condemn screens at all, but we do believe that moderation is key. We believe that children needs opportunity to play and use their bodies as much as possible to help them develop their gross motor skills, fine motor skills and to experience their world on a sensory level. This is an interesting blog of tips on how to manage screen time in your household have look and see if it works for you.

https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/limit-screen-time/

7 Ways to help your child develop positive self esteem

Children, with learning and attention problems, tend to find it more difficult to feel positive about themselves.  This is due to the fact that self-esteem is affected by how capable you feel.   These children have to work harder to perform academically, and they often struggle in social situations as well.  

Amanda Morin (teacher, author and early intervention specialist), shares some specific ways through which a parent can help his/ her child to develop a positive self-esteem.  She strongly encourages a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset based on negative thoughts and statements), as well as viewing mistakes as learning experiences

https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/empowering-your-child/self-esteem/7-ways-to-boost-your-childs-self-esteem

Reading and storytelling with babies and children

Suitable for 0-6 years

Why reading is important for babies and young children. Help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills. learn to value books and stories. spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity. help your child’s brainsocial skills and communication skills develop.

An easy-to-read article giving reasons for reading to your children from babyhood upwards.  It also gives ideas for different ways to read and tell stories, and has links to age-specific articles, with examples of relevant books that you can read to your child.

https://raisingchildren.net.au/babies/play-learning/literacy-reading-stories/reading-storytelling

Christmas fun to keep the kids busy

Worried about how to keep your children busy?  Here are links to some fun ideas that will keep them practicing their skills while spending some quality time with you.

Getting creative with paper plates:

https://www.craftymorning.com/christmas-paper-plate-crafts-for-kids/

Finger painting fun

https://www.amorecraftylife.com/fingerprint-christmas-tree-kid-craft/

Jumping elves:

https://kidscraftroom.com/jumping-paper-cup-elf-puppet-craft/

Sticker decorating:

https://handsonaswegrow.com/sticker-christmas-tree-craft-kids/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes

Hope these inspire you to have fun and get creative.

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Don’t be a dummy when it comes to dummies

Many parents find it difficult to know when is the best time to start weaning their little one off sucking dummies. Dummies provide a way for babies and toddlers to soothe and cope with stressors around them.  As your child gets older, they need to start relying less on dummies and learn other ways to find comfort.

Dummies may also impact teeth formation, which may impact your child’s speech development.  This can be avoidable. Thanks to the BabyCentre, they provide us with good ideas to help your child through this transition process.

https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1040581/dummies-and-your-toddler

Building Resilience in Children – 20 Practical and Powerful Strategies

In today’s world, where children are constantly being compared and pushed to perform, it is easy to lose confidence and your sense of self-worth, if you do not feel you are the best or the brightest.   

Thank you to Karen Young, who posted valuable advice regarding the nurturing and building of your child’s resilience on Hey Sigmund.

All children face challenges and adversity.  Their ability to overcome this and to carry on, is determined by their resilience.  The idea is thus not to overprotect the child from all forms of stress and adversity, but rather to teach them the skills to cope and come out stronger on the other side.   Karen Young explains how to do this through the use of certain practical strategies. 

https://www.heysigmund.com/building-resilience-children/