Parenting

Encouraging chapter books

Each child’s reading journey is unique, but in a world where screens compete fiercely with books, KELLY EDEN outlines ways we can ensure our children catch the chapter book bug. Inspiring the leap The leap from the colourful world of picture books to the imagination-stirring …

Social development in toddlers

In their relentless drive to explore the world, toddlers gradually acquire social skills that enable them to get on successfully with other people. Many of these skills are acquired through observation and imitation of the adults closest to them, writes Dr Lin Day, founder of …

Baby brain

“If you want to make them ‘brainy’, then focus on your attachment”, says neuroscience educator, NATHAN WALLIS. By KATE BARBER. A baby’s brain is genetically and biologically designed to gather data as it wires up for life, says Nathan, and the complexity of this data is …

Let’s play!

KINETA BOOKER shares how her relationship with her child has changed through one-on-one play. We all know the importance of just letting our children play. It’s great for their imaginations, it’s amazing for their development, and great for their brains. But, really, how often do …

Co-parenting: keep the children central!

Many of us struggle when communicating with an ex-partner about our children. Here are some helpful tips to ease the journey. If you’ve gone through a breakup and have children, you may now be co-parenting. This may not always be possible or easy if there …

9 questions with Jeff Clark

From crooning as Gary Starlight at Bread & Circus World Buskers Festival, to spinning yarns as The Story Vending Machine at KidsFest, this stay-at-home writer/performer dad juggles all his roles beautifully, writes KINETA BOOKER. What sort of dad are you? I’m probably a cross between …

Foster parenting

Foster parent KELLY EDEN discusses focusing on a child’s strengths rather than their difficulties to help build self esteem, and emotion coaching to enable them to better manage their feelings. When I became a foster mum a number of years ago, I quickly saw that …

I believe… in me!

Author SIUBHAN GREEN reveals that our children’s futures — their careers, relationships, every aspect of their lives — depend on their sense of self belief. So what can we do, from the get-go, to ensure we raise ours to believe in themselves? Nearly seven years …