What Children Really Need At Christmas

In general, people ask Christmas to do too much for them. You just can’t expect Christmas to be everything that all the media hype tells you it could or should be. An important point for me to remember during December is “rest is not selfishness”. It might help to know that research shows what children really need and want for … Continue reading

No Matter How Much You Love Christmas

No matter how much you love Christmas… No matter how organised you are… No matter how much you are enjoying this season of Advent… At some stage over the next two weeks you will have at least one moment when you will wonder why on earth you agreed to do half the things you are doing.  You will wonder how … Continue reading

I Can See It!

There was a solar eclipse of the sun last week.  Here in Auckland we got a good view of it.  They say that 83% of the sun’s surface was covered. At its height, we got an impression of looking at the world through sunglasses. And the really big and surprising thing that we noticed was there was no heat in the … Continue reading

Don’t Buy Toys For Your Children

We’re heading into the Christmas season and the pressure is on from all sides to spend, spend, spend, particularly on toys for children. Now, one of the things that I have always tried to avoid with our children is buying toys for them.  That sounds pretty extreme doesn’t it?  No toys.  How sad! It’s not really sad.  Because we focused … Continue reading

The Importance of Aimless Questions

Did you ever get bombarded with ‘why?’ questions?  Did it drive you mad, so that you wanted to shout ‘Shut Up!’ ?  I did.  One of my children, in particular was relentless in asking endless questions when he was a preschooler, so that there were times that my ears would be ringing and my brain aching at the end of … Continue reading

Did You Hear About Sesame Street?

On Sunday, Sesame Street videos on YouTube were hacked into and several unsuitable (R18) videos were uploaded to the site. The powers that be moved fast and the site was taken down and repaired.  But for twenty long minutes on Sunday, children with free access to the Internet or even those who just know how to go to a ‘safe place’ like Sesame Street … Continue reading

Keep Your Preschoolers Busy and Happy

Busy preschoolers can present a challenge when you are trying to teach your older children.  The little ones have a lot of energy and they can drain you of your energy quite quickly, while slowing you down as you try to teach your older ones and keep house. But I’ve found that spending some time with the tiny tots first helps to … Continue reading

Why Crafts Are Good For Your Preschooler…

… And Four Ideas of Things to Make Getting a preschooler to sit still can be a near-impossible feat. They’re constantly exploring the world around them. That’s a good thing, but sometimes they need some creative downtime. That’s where preschool crafts come in. . Crafting is great for preschoolers for a number of reasons. It can help them develop a longer attention span. Most … Continue reading

Handcrafts for Children

I have had time to indulge in a little web browsing today and I came across a couple of sites you might like to look at: http://madebyjoel.blogspot.com/ http://lovelydesign.blogspot.com/ http://www.makeandtakes.com/ I really enjoyed looking at these lovely sites on crafts with and for children, I felt inspired and I am already planning what I will make with my favourite three-year-old. I … Continue reading