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This is Halloween

This is Halloween

Written by Jo Fletcher & Kellie Blinco for Astute Families all across the world are gearing up ready to celebrate their own Halloween tradition whether it be the gory kind, or the fun and friendly spooky version.  Families with children under 5 might be thinking...
To praise or not to praise?

To praise or not to praise?

By Kylie Dawson It is not whether to praise or not, it is about the way you provide praise to children that is important. We can sort praise into three different groups: trait-based praise, descriptive praise, and praise for effort and persistence. Trait-based praise...
Should I correct what they say?

Should I correct what they say?

A friend of mine reached out and asked me if she should correct how her two-year-old is talking about themselves.  She said he talks about himself in the third person, for example “Ben likes that” or “Ben is hungry”.  As parents we all want to support our child’s...
At home activities for kids

At home activities for kids

During lockdown, we will all be spending a lot more time at home. To combat boredom, we have put together some fun and easy activities for kids! Fun Ideas for at home: Make your own playdough Materials: Follow our easy playdough recipe! Colour in Materials: Print out...
Yoga and Mindfulness with Children

Yoga and Mindfulness with Children

What can mindfulness look like to a child?  The reality of modern lifestyles is generally hectic – between childcare, school, work, study, staying healthy, after school and extracurricular activities, global pandemics and all that the universe throws at our...
Supporting school readiness

Supporting school readiness

Supporting your child in readiness for school. This is a big topic and one that can be very contentious! School readiness can be defined as a measure of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that enable children to participate and succeed in school. What makes this...