play to learn

Nurturing risk management with your toddler

Nurturing risk management with your toddler sounds scary when you want to wrap them in cotton wool. But this is doing them no favours. These first years of your child’s life will see them develop their basic brain architecture and they need a wide range of experiences to do this. Taking risks and pushing themselves is a vital part of this process.

Feelings – the bodies motivators

To understand your child’s outward displays of behaviour, you must take a step back and remind yourself of what is at the root of them – their feelings and emotions. Neither good nor bad, these motivators for the body are driving your child’s behaviours even before they don’t understand them.

Baby sign language

One of the ways you can support your child’s early methods of communication is through baby sign language. By taking the complexities of speech away, Baby Sign offers your child a way of being understood while leaving their mental resources available to concentrate on the message they are trying to communicate.

Valuing an Unhurried Childhood

Although it is good to encourage and enrich your child’s development in reading, math, or creativity, there is something lost if we push beyond “supporting” to “hurrying”. Children need their childhood to progress at their own pace, mastering things when they are ready, and with the time they need to really explore. Read on to make sure you value your child’s unhurried childhood.

Nurturing authentic play with your toddler

As your toddler’s capabilities are increasing, you can begin introducing them to more authentic play. Boost these experiences by offering them real objects that they may see you or a family member using. Or include things they might recognise from a nature ramble or a trip to a café or post office.

Should you worry about your child’s anxiety

In my work I am seeing more and more adults who seem to have lost the art of play, coming to me unsure of how to act, their role within the play, or concerned for when things did not go as expected. While no child needs to be taught how to play – they will make fun with the most limited of means – they do need permission. And they need adults who understand its importance