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Child Development - 8/12/2020

How to help your children cope with sibling rivalry

For parents with more than one child, sibling rivalry is a development they would rather not experience. That visualisation of a harmonious relationship between kids filled with bantering and laughter can appear to be a 'hoax' when the screaming and shouting occur. Don't despair. You're not alone.
By Mark Amin 4 min read
Child Development - 8/12/2020

How to raise a confident child

Raising a confident child may involve the parents, teachers and caregivers, including the nanny and babysitter. Children learn by watching those around them. To ensure positive and polite behaviour, including confidence, the actions of the child’s caregivers are of utmost importance.
By Margie Hanam 2 min read
Child Development - 7/12/2020

The importance of positive discipline

Positive discipline is a way of teaching children that is based on the concept “there are no bad children, just bad behaviours”. It treats children as an actor with the ability to use their personal power to influence the world around them and shapes them to do so with respect and empathy.
By Dan Brennan 4 min read
Parental Advice - 7/12/2020

Why boredom can be good for your child

You might think it's good for your child to be stimulated all the time because they're having fun, and you never have to hear the dreaded phrase 'I'm bored'. However, research suggests that boredom, or at least quiet time or inactivity, is actually good for your child. Here's why.
By Matt Snowden 2 min read

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Child Development - 8/12/2020

How to help a shy child

Some children seem to be born with effortless confidence and have the innate ability to shine in social situations. However, not all children have this skill and for some, learning to feel comfortable and confident in social situations takes some work and practice.
By Kylie Wansink 2 min read
Child Development - 4/12/2020

Preparing for the teenage years

The teenage years can pose great challenges and conflicts for both teenagers and their parents. Parents may discover that the relationship they had with their preteen child is changing. Effective and consistent communication is essential to help both the parents and the child feel more connected
By Margie Hanam 2 min read
Child Development - 2/10/2020

How technology is changing the way children learn

Schools and other educators have had to make huge adjustments in light of our constantly evolving and increasingly digital world. Today, with the advent of COVID-19 and the sudden switch to online learning, online classrooms and online tutors, technology's role in education is bigger than ever.
By Amy Smith 2 min read
Child Development - 2/10/2020

Do boys learn in a different way to girls?

The way in which girls and boys learn is vastly different. Traditional classrooms are not the ideal environment for young boys. However, by working with teachers and home tutors, it is possible to learn more about the different ways in which boys and girls learn and what you can do to support them.
By Amy Smith 2 min read

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Parental Advice - 2/10/2020

Ten tips to help your child enjoy reading

Research has shown that frequent reading has a direct effect on brain development and cognitive functions. Not only will their literacy skills improve, but through reading, they are acquiring knowledge, language skills, and even the development of empathy and social engagement.
By Amy Smith 4 min read
Child Development - 24/9/2020

Board games provide clear benefits for your child

Board games are a fun way to introduce learning opportunities into the home. From more directly school related ideas like literacy and numeracy, to more general skills like turn taking and spacial awareness, the benefits are significant. Board games are a great way of getting the family together.
By Ethan Levy 3 min read
Child Development - 24/9/2020

Why it’s important to make time for reading with your child

Reading is a time-honoured pastime for children and adults alike, but did you know that reading has clear and proven learning benefits for your child? The benefits include a growing vocabulary, a creativity boost, an opportunity to bond, as well as teaching both moral and direct lessons.
By Ethan Levy 3 min read
Parental Advice - 19/2/2019

Child safety on the Internet

Worried about keeping your family safe online? Take a look at Juggle Street’s essential information to help protect young children when in the cyberworld. Love it or loathe it, the Internet is here to stay. So, of course, you want to steer our children clear of the dangers that come with it.
By Ros Layton 3 min read

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Child Development - 11/4/2018

Why kids should hang out with older folks

What do you get if you combine a preschool with a home for the elderly? According to recent social experiments, a lot of happy kids and an elderly generation that can't stop smiling. Whether it’s the grandparents or a friend - making sure they get quality time together is good for the whole family.
By Ros Layton 4 min read
Child Development - 11/4/2018

The cool side-benefit to hiring a foreign nanny

There are several distinct cognitive advantages for bilingual children including improved executive functioning of the brain, which means they can switch between tasks and solve problems more easily, as well as the ability to learn other languages more easily.
By Justine Duncan 3 min read
Child Development - 11/4/2018

Dealing With Disasters

No matter how hard we try to shield our children from tragic events, it’s inevitable that they’ll hear about them, whether from TV or overhearing conversations. The best way to help distressed children, including those directly affected by a disaster, is to help them work through their fears.
By Ros Layton 3 min read