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Encouraging young children to engage in non-traditional play encourages positive development

Encouraging young children to engage in non-traditional play encourages positive development

“Now you look like a boy.” “So, I look like a boy because I have short hair?” “Yep.” My heart sank a little. I’d been chatting with two young sisters about differences for my uni assignment. In my years of working with young children, I’ve learned that conversations need to be organic and that you just have to follow their lead. And thus, how we landed on the subject of the differences between boys and girls, specifically hairstyles. When I…

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The reason I don’t care about the scribbles on my wall…(Thanks, Janet Lansbury!)

The reason I don’t care about the scribbles on my wall…(Thanks, Janet Lansbury!)

Don’t ever mistake any moment with your child for anything less than a learning experience…for both of you. What do I mean? Well, tonight the Wild One said, “I draw A” during dinner and I looked up and she had used her fork to ‘draw’ on the walls (My fault, I was answering a text…during dinner). Of course, I was busy lecturing her on the appropriate use of the fork to look at the lovely lines she had scrawled on…

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Why an elastic band on my wrist is helping my child become more resilient!

Why an elastic band on my wrist is helping my child become more resilient!

Be honest. Have you ever gone a single day without complaining? Okay, I’ll own up. I’m constantly complaining. I know…we all complain. But there are days that I just feel myself being sucked into a rabbit hole—sometimes I just complain in support of friend’s complaints. Either way, it’s all negative energy that I do not need in my life. As the Wild One’s role model, I would like to set a good example. I certainly would hate for ‘complaining’ to…

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Let the wild rumpus start!

Let the wild rumpus start!

When I first discovered I was pregnant the first thing that came to mind was how amazing the Peter Pan theme would look in my baby’s bedroom. Peter Pan has been my favourite story for as long as I can possibly remember (The J.M. Barrie book version, just to clarify!). So, naturally I tried my very hardest to ensure my love of this classic story extended to my daughter (her bedroom says it all…), but as she “Rawr…rawr…roars” to me…

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A playful post about creating intrinsically motivating activities for your toddler

A playful post about creating intrinsically motivating activities for your toddler

“ABC!” My daughter utters this excitedly at least twenty-five times within the first hour of my day. She is 15-months and is thoroughly obsessed with the alphabet. While she’s not yet able to identify the different letters of the alphabet, she’s able to recognise the difference between images, Chinese characters and letters (Humble-brag much?)…So, “ABC” gets thrown at me a lot, because, well—there are a million books in my apartment and almost everything in our daily lives contains words! Okay,…

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