When you think about the major joys of parenting and living your life as it is today, chances are there’s a few things that make the list. While yours may vary slightly, with most parents, you’ll find the same kind of themes repeating themselves: Read More
As parents, we have a lot of knowledge to pass on. The school takes care of education for the most part. But, in the early years, you are your children’s primary education source. And, there are always those things that school can’t teach them. When we look at how much it is for our kids to learn, it can seem overwhelming. Like with any big task, it helps to break it into manageable chunks.
The first thing our children learn from us is language. The may pick up certain things from the other people they come across. But, what they learn from you will have a huge impact on how they develop. Then, there are general things, like shape recognition and the ability to read. The amount of time you put into these pursuits will affect how much your child learns. The more they learn, the better off they’ll be once they reach school age.
Safety is, in many ways, the most important thing you can teach. As parents, you’ll want your child to know as much about staying safe as possible. The chances are, harm coming to them has been in your nightmares since their birth. Safety can be hard to teach because as adults we’ve had it drummed into us for so long. Many of the dangers to watch out for are second nature to us. The same won’t be true for your kids. Children have a fearlessness that is, in some ways, charming. But that fearlessness can also mean they get hurt. So, what do you have to consider when teaching them about safety? Read More
It can hard in this day and age to get things right for your kids. And by getting things right, it’s the presents and the gifts that need to be spot on. We’re living in a very materialistic world, but for some children, it’s not that what they want. Others, however, are all about the expense, and it can be hard to gauge them year on year – tastes and wants change so drastically that it’s almost a minefield. Something that you have bought a week ago can quickly fall out of favor when given, and the art of ‘looking cool’ is all to do with keeping up with the playground trends. So what exactly do we need to be looking for to keep in with the cool kids, and what can we invest in which won’t go out of style anytime soon? Read More
The school holidays are here and that either means you’re going to feel more or less stressed than ever. On the one hand, you don’t have to worry about helping to prepare your children for school each day and scoot them out of the door, but on the other hand, you now have a bored, hyperactive and near-insane kid on your hands; or perhaps more than one kid. The thought of one or two weeks dealing with a child who’s slowly going insane through boredom is enough to drive you, as a parent, insane.
When people ask me for advice on something, I try to be as thoughtful as possible before I give my answer, no matter how small it is. If I was to give advice to my children about something much more important, like how to live life, well, I have thought long and hard about this for a lot longer, because we all want our kids to live their lives to the fullest. So if I ever need to give definite advice to one of my kids, here’s what I will say… Read More