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Brain-building: The importance of attachment in the early years

Brain-building: The importance of attachment in the early years

When we talk about children and babies the word ‘attachment’ is often misunderstood. There is an almost hippie legacy, where images of a baby literally attached to a parent with a homemade papoose spring to mind. The reality, however, is very different. Attachment simply means the bond that you create with your baby, even before they are born. It is ... Read More »

Don’t get Stressy, Just get Messy!

Don’t get Stressy, Just get Messy!

Have you ever thought about how much creative play we do as adults? Many of the activities we think of as work or daily chores could easily be seen as adult creative play. We cook, bake, do the garden, arrange flowers, decorate our homes, dress up for special occasions, write, paint, knit, sew … the list is endless. Have you ... Read More »

Choosing childcare: What do I need to think about?

Choosing childcare: What do I need to think about?

Choosing Childcare is a decision that faces most parents at some point in their parenting journey. It often involves trying to balance the parents’ need for childcare with that of their child. Considerations for parents can include: Practical issues Is it affordable? Paid childcare in Ireland is expensive relative to other European countries. Costs vary considerably between services. You may ... Read More »

Creative Arts Therapy for Children

Creative Arts Therapy for Children

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso  What is Creative Arts Therapy? Creative arts therapies with children provide alternative means of expression for children who have difficulty finding words to express themselves. The creative arts used in the therapy can be art, music, play, drama or dance. Creative ... Read More »

The Power of Reading

The Power of Reading

Children and stories go together like hot chocolate and marshmallows. I read stories to a group of 3 to 6 year olds each month in my local library, and I can safely say I get as much pleasure out of it as they do – few things are more rewarding than seeing a child’s face light up when he or ... Read More »

Promoting Positive Behaviours

Promoting Positive Behaviours

Being a parent is the most wonderful thing in the world. It certainly isn’t the easiest job but can be a very positive experience. We all need a little bit of support in our lives and some of us are more open to asking for that support than others. Nobody hands us a book of instruction when we have our ... Read More »

Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight

Any conversation with any new parent will always involve the topic of sleep (or lack of it). It takes a while for babies to get into a routine but with a bit of patience and perseverance you will manage. Here are some helpful hints on getting your baby to sleep better:  Develop a bedtime routine as soon as possible so ... Read More »

The Power of Play

The Power of Play

Why is it important to play with your child? Children learn through play.  It is their language.  As they roll around on the ground, play pretend games or paint and draw, they test their physical strength, they set up problems and they find solutions; “Teddy has a broken leg, we must find ways of making teddy better”.  As they talk, ... Read More »

Tips for Tantrums

Tips for Tantrums

Disciplining small children sounds dramatic. The word discipline can sometimes have negative connotations as we associate it with punishment or a harsh regimen. In fact, discipline for toddlers and pre-schoolers, really means giving them boundaries, structures and limits to guide them and to keep them safe. There are very few small children who are wilfully bold but there are many ... Read More »

Play & Learning (2-3 Years)

Play & Learning (2-3 Years)

Why is play important? Outdoor play is also great for your child. Running, jumping, climbing are all activities which help your child develop good Gross motor skills. Developing an interest in any sport activity can help your child in many different ways including later years when they start mixing with other children in school. Throwing, kicking and catching a ball ... Read More »