Social and Emotional Skills for Toddler in the First Year

Your toddler’s social and emotional development will form the foundation of how she will develop relationships, express emotions and cope with change and adversity in later life. In her second year of life, her awareness of herself and the outside world will begin to evolve. One moment she’s your helpless, cute baby, and the next moment you will get a glimpse of the independent child she will become.

Welcome to Toddlerhood: Cognitive Skills 12-24 Months

As your child approaches her first birthday, her cognitive skills are still very basic. In the second year of life, brain development is rapid, as she begins to interact more with the outside world. As she develops through childhood and into adulthood her cognitive skills will help her: process information, think, learn, read, write, remember, reason, create and focus.

Toddlerhood: Vision and Fine Motor Skills

Have you ever cut or burnt your index finger or thumb, on your dominant hand, and had to wear a Band-Aid? If so you’ll know how important fine motor skills are for doing the simplest of tasks, from doing up a button to using scissors, through to typing on your laptop.

Parental Pressure Is Harmful to Younger Children

I don’t know about you but I remember my early school years fondly. Homework was minimal and we spent our evenings playing with friends, creating art or lego masterpieces and maybe taking part in one or two organized activities each week. Fast forward to 2016 and our kids are growing up in a very different time, where the pressure for academic success begins at a much younger age, there is an epidemic of over-scheduling and unsurprisingly childhood stress and mental health problems are on the rise.

The Secret Antidote to Overindulgence

Many of us worry about the effects of overindulging, over the Festive Season, and well we should! Eating large amounts of carbohydrate and fat rich food over a short period of time is a big shock to your system. But not wanting to be a party pooper I’d love to give you some good news: Drinking freshly squeezed orange juice with your feast can reduce some of the harm!

3 Essential Steps for Daily Self Care

Self care after birth begins with taking personal responsibility and becoming proactive. Start saying to yourself “I deserve to be happy and healthy”, “I will make time for myself today” or “I need to be healthy for my child” .