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Just when you think…

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Just when you think you’re having an “I am really nailing this parenting thing” kind of day, your little monster throws an award worthy tantrum at the supermarket checkout.

Just when think you have your child settling well and sleeping through, daylight savings starts.

Just when you think you have finally won the dummy battle, grandma comes to babysit and brings a plug.

Just when you think you’re little one is a superstar veggie eater, he discovers that chicken nuggets are his favourite and won’t eat anything else.

Just when you think you have your routine solidified, your baby decides that one sleep, not two, works better for them.

Just when you think you’re ready for a nice long, quiet lunch while your little angel sleeps, they wake up sick and inconsolable.

Just when you think toilet training is a challenge completed, your little person has a very public accident.

Just when you think life is getting easier, and perhaps you’d consider round, two, three or four, your youngest turns two-and-a-half.

Techtime!

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You know, screen time gets a pretty bad rap. While I agree that it’s scary how much time some kids spend trying to acquire square eyes, a little bit can be a really positive thing.

Sometimes after a big day, even little people need some help to vegetate. I know that when I am stressed and tired sometimes the idiotbox is a godsend for my brain. There are some absolutely fantastic kids movies and TV shows out there, and how lucky that we live in an ‘on-demand’ world, where we have the ability to pick and choose what we feed our kids sponges.  I still remember things I learnt from shows like play school, art attack and those science shows that were on the ABC mid morning on sick days.

The educational resources available to little people these days are without question the most advanced learning tools ever. And let’s keep in mind that their future is one that will be centred around technology. I feel that keeping kids away from tools they MUST know how to use in the future is actually giving them a slight disadvantage later in life.

I’ve compiled a list of great kid friendly sites that your little monsters will love to cruise around while you do the dishes/laundry/homework/work-work/(insert list that goes forever here).

So how much is too much? I’d say anything under two hours in a day is fine, and I’ve heard it can unsettle sleep if screens are used too close to bedtime. Other than that, get the kid protector on that iPad!!

 

http://www.abcya.com/

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/

http://www.seussville.com/

http://www.switchzoo.com/

http://readingeggs.com.au/

http://www.mathletics.com.au/

 

What’s your favourite website or app?

Little people are just that, people. Not robots.

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So your little monsters aren’t so Angelic?

Since when did obedience become the epitome of good parenting?

We all want impeccably behaved children, right? Well maybe not, says Annalisa Barbieri. Here, she questions why there is such a fashion for taming our youngsters

Two stories caught my attention recently. One was a report that breastfed babies are more challenging in their behaviour and the other was about a new book called French Children Don’t Throw Food: about how French children apparently behave really well, in restaurants and just generally.
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Getting your little ones to sleep peacefully.

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One of the greatest gifts you can set up for yourself, is a solid bedtime routine.

This is something you can start when your baby is brand new, or already terrorising your adult quiet time.
It is so important that we adults get to have some ‘grown-up time’ after your little ones go to bed. This time is for maintaining your relationship, having conversations without being interrupted, being able to switch off and relax, or that sanity saving glass of wine … Actually, maybe its not the wine that is saving your sanity, it’s just having the space to drink it peacefully.

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