The Importance of the First 3 Years for Brain Development

There is a common belief that the first 3 years of childhood are key to the whole future life of that child, into adulthood and beyond. ‘The Myth of the First Three Years’ by John Brewer assesses the science behind the public perception. Whilst the book was published in 2002, a lot of the scienceContinue reading “The Importance of the First 3 Years for Brain Development”

Create and Treasure Memories: Educate Your Children Through Stories and Photos

Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell explain how the brain develops and the importance of telling stories to help your children grow up with better memories. There are several strategies recommended in the book to help the child’s brain neurons grow strong in remembering. Photographs can help trigger your own memories. When photos are shared withContinue reading “Create and Treasure Memories: Educate Your Children Through Stories and Photos”

What’s That You Say? No TV Time? … At All?

Many gentle parents also follow the practise of no screen time (yes, you read that correctly!) or limiting screen time for their children and / or themselves. There are many lifestyle factors that can make this a huge challenge for some families. However, it’s worth educating ourselves on the recommendations and reasons for those recommendations,Continue reading “What’s That You Say? No TV Time? … At All?”

Playtime For Everyone – Top Tips for Creating the Best Play Environment

As a parent you may feel pressurised into creating engaging and fun activities for your children to do all day long. What if this is not the best for them though? What could possibly be better than an action-packed schedule of dancing, arts, music and sports? An action-packed life of following your own passions andContinue reading “Playtime For Everyone – Top Tips for Creating the Best Play Environment”

The Power of Words – ‘To Speak or Not to Speak, That is The Question’

When first becoming a parent, you may feel what you say is unimportant. That your baby won’t understand you anyway, right? When they first start exploring their surroundings, you may feel they need to be told ‘no’ or controlled verbally in some way. When they turn to toddlerhood and start walking and talking, you mayContinue reading “The Power of Words – ‘To Speak or Not to Speak, That is The Question’”