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Harmony and happiness

How can parents nurture their child’s spiritual development? Here are some ways in which we help our children (and ourselves) to appreciate the fullness of life: Compassion This means considering the feelings of other people and living things. By thinking this way, one is able to act with kindness arising from empathy. Little children have lots of ...

Cause for celebration

The first day of school is one to celebrate, so plan something special as a gift to yourselves, the parents. This is an important milestone. You have spent thousands of hours caring, guiding and helping, thinking about and working for this five-year-old who is now launched into their school years. Congratulations. Clare, 26 ‘We had saved ...

Protecting children from sexual abuse

A child’s first line of protection is the quality of everything we do as parents. We don’t expose them to danger, are careful who we entrust them to, listen to their feelings and concerns, and teach them to value themselves. These general practices and patterns are usually the best way to ensure children’s safety in ...

Preparing for school

Much sooner than you expected, your child is approaching the age of five and it’s lime to start thinking about school. Everything you have done with your child up to this age has helped them to become ‘school ready’. They will already have mastered, or be well on the way to mastering, such ‘school-useful’ skills ...

Separating truth from fantasy

At this time, when fantasy and imagination are blossoming, many and varied are the pretend friends and imaginary adventures. One day, they are showing us ‘cat land’ or ‘snail city’ and we are enthusing with them. But next day, when they tell us the snails took the chocolate cake from the fridge, we have to ...

Enjoying visits to the doctor and dentist

Your child can become familiar and comfortable with these visits by seeing you being examined by a doctor and having your teeth checked by a dentist. Wait until they are old enough to ask questions (approximately two years plus) or take another adult along to mind the child. Preferably, don’t start when you are having ...

Thinking games

With each activity, adjust the difficulty to match what you think your child can understand. This is a pretend game, in which the parent takes the lead. Right, we’ll play the pretend present game. I’ve got a present for you. (Parent thinks of something exciting to pretend they have to give the child.) Okay, thank you. Now you ...