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Tag Archives: "parenting the early years"

2 Oct, 2019

Fifty Key Messages: Baby see, Baby do

Playing with your infant Parents of children aged birth to 3 years: Put some time aside to play with your child.  Your child will move from ‘exploring objects’ to imitating you, to pretending to be you (Baby See, Baby do – this is role modelling).  This is a great step forward in your child’s development […]

16 Sep, 2019

50 Key Messages – Top six ways to be a positive parent

From the Tusla parenting 24 seven website Top six ways to be a positive parent CRISPS CRISPS is an activity from the Lifestart Foundation Spirals Programme, see www.lifestartfoundation.org C. Be Consistent and avoid idle threats Follow through on what you say and don’t change the ‘rules’ from day to day. Make sure all the people who […]

3 Sep, 2019

The Parent/Child relationship is key – activities for you and your child

Activities for you and your child 3 to 5 years: Learn about colours – at about three years of age, children will start to be able to recognise and name colours. At every opportunity ask questions about colours and name colours as you go – e.g. in the supermarket, “look at the yellow bananas”. Don’t worry if […]

24 Jul, 2019

Dealing with misbehaviour

More than a few parents have expressed their feelings about their child by saying “I wish I knew what to do about my child’s behaviour.” It would be nice to have a simple solution—like a magic wand—for parents to use when they feel frustrated by their child’s misbehaviour. Unfortunately, the reasons why children misbehave are […]

3 Jul, 2019

Being a good parent – nobody ever said it would be easy!

Nobody ever said that parenting would be easy. Being a good parent is even more difficult! Here are five guidelines to help you put into practice some principles of good parenting that you probably already know but for which you may need an occasional reminder: 1. Be consistent in your enforcement of rules. Be certain […]

24 Jun, 2019

Tummy time

Here is some excellent advice on Tummy Time from the HSE website mychild.ie https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/child-health/tummy-time-for-babies.html Getting your baby to lie and play on their tummy keeps them active. Tummy time helps to strengthen their head, neck and back muscles, and lets them experience feeling on the front of their body. Your baby needs to be physically […]

24 Jun, 2019

Tips on toilet training

John Sharry co-author of the Parents Plus parenting programmes gives some tips on toilet training Toilet training our two-year-old is a bit of a strain QUESTION I was wondering if you have any advice or can point me in the direction of help as I am struggling with toilet training my little girl, who is […]

24 Jun, 2019

Your baby’s developmental milestones

Overview In the first 5 years, your child’s brain develops more than at any other time in their life. Your child’s early experiences create millions of new connections in their brain. This period of development lays down the foundations for learning, health and behaviour throughout their life. All children develop at different rates. Some will […]

18 Jun, 2019

Weaning – starting your baby on solid foods

Introducing your baby to solid foods is often called weaning. This should start when your baby is around 6 months old. Breastfeeding If you are breastfeeding, you don’t need to move to formula milk when introducing solid foods. We recommend you breastfeed exclusively for 6 months. Continue to breastfeed after solid foods are introduced, up to […]

8 Nov, 2018

How music helps with children’s literacy skills

The Importance of Literacy for Children Literacy is one of the most important skills we develop in our early childhood years. It’s not just about being able to read in school, either. Learning how to read gives children the skills they need to learn and comprehend complex ideas that help shape them into individuals. Being […]