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Tag Archives: "parenting early years"

31 Jul, 2018

Attachment and Bonding

What does secure attachment look like in babies?  Around the age of eight months, a securely attached infant starts to get upset when their attachment figure (mum, dad or whoever is the primary carer) is out of sight. This response is called separation anxiety.  Separation anxiety at this time in life is normal. Also important […]

31 Jul, 2018

Dummies and speech

Speech, Language and Communication  – Dummies and Speech  Some parents choose to give their child a dummy, some choose not to. However, if you give your child a dummy, it is very easy for this to become a habit, even by the time the child has reached 12 months old. Advantages A dummy can be […]

31 Jul, 2018

Speech, language and communication developmental checklist

When it comes to speech, language and communication what should we expect at different stages of our children’s development?  6 Months – Children will: Respond to different tones of voice and emotion Babble a variety of sounds – ‘a-goo’ ‘oooh’ Mouths toys, shakes objects, plays with hands and feet. Localises sounds with eyes at ear […]

30 Jul, 2018

Promoting Positive Behaviour – Ages and Stages Chart

  What behaviour should we expect from our little ones at the different ages and stages of their development? Each child is a little individual but here are some general guidelines that may help you to promote positive behaviour as your child grows. Age Normal behaviour What parents can do Infant Under 1 year of […]

30 Jul, 2018

Do you know that screen time can impact on your child’s development?

 How Does Screen Time Take Away from Language Development Time? Children learn to talk and communicate through interactions with other people. That’s the way it has always been and that’s the way it will continue to be, despite any new technology that comes our way.  The first years of life are crucial for your child’s […]

30 Jul, 2018

Why routines are good for family life

 The Importance of Family Routines Every family needs routines. They help to organise life and keep it from becoming too chaotic. Children do best when routines are regular, predictable, and consistent. Routines let children know what’s important to their family. Highly meaningful routines are sometimes called rituals. These can help strengthen their shared beliefs and values, and […]

30 Jul, 2018

Key messages to promote positive behaviour in our children

Promoting Positive Behaviour – Key Messages about Managing Your Child’s Behaviour How you react as a parent is normally connected to how your child is behaving. If you are aware of how you are feeling it will help you to be more aware of what is causing your child’s behaviour. Be Consistent – Both parents […]

28 Jun, 2018

HSE launches new resource, ‘Talking to Your Young Child about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’ 

  Research finds that parents are asking for support with how to communicate with younger children about relationships, sexuality and growing up   The HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (SHCPP) has launched a new resource for parents, ’Talking to Your Young Child about Relationships, Sexuality and Growing Up’.    Launched by Minister Catherine […]

15 May, 2018

Encouraging good self-esteem in our children

What is self-esteem? The term “self-esteem” refers to the feelings a person has about his/her own value or worth. There are two main components of a person’s self-esteem, how much they feel loved and valued, and how capable they feel. A child with good self-esteem feels loved and important in life whereas a child with […]