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A WORD ABOUT BABIES AND STRESS

April 1, 2017

Stress. A word we don’t normally associate with babies (unless we have one of our own and they don’t sleep or eat or won’t stop crying!) What I mean is, we don’t normally think of babies experiencing stress but, just like adults, they most certainly do.

So what’s stressful for a baby, how do we help them at these times and what happens if we don’t?

CHOOSING CHILDCARE

February 1, 2017

Is it time to return to work after time off with your baby or child? Read on to find out why a secure, loving, responsive relationship with just one adult is best for your baby’s brain and their future wellbeing ...:

HELPING CHILDREN AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER

December 1, 2016

Many of you reading this will have been jolted away by the ground rolling and shaking a couple of weeks ago: not one but two earthquakes merging into a gigantic 7.8 magnitude quake just after midnight on 14th November.

One of the things about living on the 'Shaky Isles' is that we all need to be prepared for this happening at any time anywhere.  Hopefully, for most of you, that night time drama soon receded and you were able to get on with your normal day to day lives.

WHAT IS INFANT MENTAL HEALTH?

November 1, 2016

Ever heard the words ‘mental health’ and immediately thought of mental illness? There is a huge stigma in our society about mental illness and people are loathe to talk about mental health as a result. But what if we thought about mental health in the same way we did physical health?

LANGUAGE + COMMUNICATION

October 1, 2016

Did you know that by age 4 ‘kids in language-rich homes had heard 32 million more words than those whose parents talked less? And the word-rich kids wound up with higher IQ scores, regardless of parental income?’ This is just one of the useful snippets in this month’s blog piece all about language and communication, borrowed from kinstantly.com. It’s called ‘Listen to these 3 moms talk to their toddlers. Guess who’s building the most brainpower?’ by Paula Spencer Scott. It was posted on www.kinstantly.com on March 24, 2016.