As Donna Pattison-Reid sat in her GP’s surgery, she reeled off a list of the ways her three-year-old son Lewis’s behaviour had changed over recent weeks. There was the return of Lewis’s bedwetting, even though he’d previously been dry for six months. He’d also stopped sleeping through the night, waking […]

Too Much Too Young: Is Nursery Stressing My Child Out?


Rates of depression and anxiety among young people in America have been increasing steadily for the past 50 to 70 years. Today, by at least some estimates, five to eight times as many high school and college students meet the criteria for diagnosis of major depression and/or anxiety disorder as was […]

The Decline of Play and Rise in Children’s Mental Disorders


Creativity is on the decline, and the reduction of free play is at least partly to blame. According to American psychologist, Peter Gray, free play has declined sharply over the last century, and with it the mental health of children and adolescents has also declined. To add to this sobering […]

5 Ways to Encourage Creativity Through Play



Toddlers who spend time playing on smartphones and tablets seem to get slightly less sleep than those who do not, say researchers. The study in Scientific Reports suggests every hour spent using a touchscreen each day was linked to 15 minutes less sleep. However, those playing with touchscreens do develop […]

“Touchscreen-Toddlers” Sleep Less, Researchers Say



Whether it’s because a new baby is born, the family moves, a parent takes on a new job or enters an educational pro­gram—or simply because a family wants to make a change to current arrangements—finding quality child care can be an arduous process with a host of factors to contemplate, […]

Child Care Challenges





You promise that you’re not going to yell today. You really do try hard, but in a flash you lose control and yell at your kid. Then you feel terrible guilt and resolve, yet again, to do better. Does this sound familiar? You’re not alone. Read the full article here.

Parenting: Why We Yell and How to Stop





A calm mom. This is what I strive to be. A calm person for my children. A space of quiet and peace in an otherwise busy and often chaotic world. The word strive above is very important, because goodness knows sometimes it is just so hard. Long, long ago when […]

Three Things I Do That Make Me a Calm Mom




In this month’s British Medical Journal, there’s a report on a study demonstrating the relationship of sleep to brain development in kids. It is called the Millennium cohort Study, and it followed 11,000 children. Those children who demonstrated irregular bedtimes up to the age of three were the most negatively […]

Sleep Critically Affects Childhood Brain Development


Picture this. It’s getting late and you get a call from your teenager while they’re out with friends. They sound hesitant and a little edgy, but when you press they assure you everything’s fine. The next day, you find out your child drank alcohol or tried drugs for the first […]

Dad Receives Coded Text Message from Son, Immediately Rushes to Help Him



One thing that stands out to me in the schools where I work is that you never see a good old fashioned chalkboard anymore!  Gone are the days of feeling that chalky dust all over your hands, racing classmates to finish math facts on the chalkboard, and clapping out the […]

Why Kids Should Work on a Vertical Surface


Whether your child has a slow-burning fuse or explodes like a firecracker at the slightest provocation, every child can benefit from anger management skills. As parents, we lay the foundation for this skill set by governing our own emotions in the face an angry outburst. To read the full article […]

26 Phrases to Help Calm Your Child When She’s Angry





Supplies: paper plate small piece of cardboard blue paint pink paint (or color you’d like to paint your jellyfish) paintbrush (We love sponge brushes!) colorful yarn googly eyes stickers jumbo craft stick with sticky adhesive (We received these from our friends at craftprojectideas.com. All opinions expressed are my own. You […]

Paper Plate Swimming Jellyfish Craft


Materials: – Large roll white paper (we used photography seamless paper) – Markers (we used washable markers in case any got on the floors for easy clean up. You can also use crayons) – Painter’s tape Check out how to do them here!

Create Giant Kid Size Spirograph Drawings