Parent Tips & Support

Parent Tips

Even if you don't feel calm ......

Even if you don't feel calm, try to look and sound reasonably calm when you are disciplining. The more you raise you voice and get out of control, the more you lose control of the situation.


Never ask a question if you don't intend to give a choice!

Never ask a question if you don't intend to give a choice! In other words, if you need something to happen, just say, IN a few minutes, you will need to go and brush your teeth. Avoid, would you like to brush your teeth now.


Parenting Factsheets

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A Seamless Transition to School: Making it Great for Everyone!

The beginning of something new generally holds lots of excitement for children and family members. However the new experience also often carries with it some level of healthy anxiety or apprehension. Children often have family members and other adults speaking in excited tones about starting school. Yet starting preschool or school can be quite daunting for young children, no matter how excited they are. Sometimes, children about to start school often make comments such as, "I would rather go back to preschool!"

Supporting Children with Social Media

How do you avoid children spending endless hours in front of a screen, on their smart phones, computers and iPads and using Facebook, Instagram and other social media? How do you strike the balance between supporting children to access the means of communication that are so much a part of growing up in today's society and ensuring that they learn that social and emotional contact is very much still part of spending real time, not just virtual time together?