Mounting evidence links increasing childhood shortsightedness with lack of real outdoor time. This article explored the issue of childcare centres that are swapping real outdoor space for 'fake outdoors' ... READ MORE
You may know the scene....when your otherwise well-adjusted child has a meltdown when we ask for our smartphone to be handed over, or the TV to be switched off. Loved this article from KidsHealthAustralia for its explanation of the causes and selection of practical tips to help you and your child manage the effect. READ HERE
'We don't stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing' - George Bernard Shaw We loved this concept at PuzzleTrails HQ so thought we'd share.Get the whole family involved, the kids will love it and a PuzzleTrail is the perfect activity. Read the full article
Sometimes getting kids out walking needs diversionary tactics! Never ask “shall we go for a walk”! Ask “who wants to have an adventure in the forest”......In less interesting bits, see who can do the silliest walk or chose a walk that everyone copies.......Play follow my leader.......Play hide and seek.......Send the children ahead to hide and ambush you.......Make one the photographer or cameraman....... ....or just take along a fabulous, mystery-based PuzzleTrail! Chose one HERE!
Self-esteem means liking who you are, and feeling like you’re “ok”. Having high levels of self-esteem is correlated with better outcomes in life – especially for our children. Kids with high self-esteem are more satisfied with life, have better relationships, do better in school, and are physically and mentally healthier. But this doesn’t mean that self-esteem causes these things. In fact, it could be the other way around: these things might cause self-esteem! This great article provides 7 things we can say to our children to boost their self-esteem in authentic ways that support their growth and development, and encourage them...