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Why you should show your child you are learning too

Are you still learning?
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Its interesting as adults, that we can simply stop learning. We go to work, do the same thing we did yesterday, come home and look after the kids...

This year, I am learning heaps.

I have registered with several different training courses and come home and tell my family what I learnt today after I hear about what they learned at school today.

My son kept saying, "so you taught the class?"

"No son, I am a learner. I am like you, a student in the class."

"So you are learning something new?"

"That is right."

It got my son thinking, my mum still learns, even though she is old. He didn't say this but that's what kids think right? That as adults we know everything all ready, yet we don't. We all know with parenting we are learning every step of the way!

Now, when I go to aerial silk (view my get fit for mums blog here), my son says, "So Mum, you are learning to a…
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What it means when your kids cry for no reason ...

When kids start to cry or have a tantrum for no apparent reason, it could just mean ...

They are tired.


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At the start of school holidays you are ready, ready for your child's full energy and ready to entertain all day but what you are not ready for are the quick to tears and the tantrums.

What is going on with your child!?

They are tired.

School is over. All that focus, listening and learning has taken a huge amount of their day and on top of that if they do an after school sport or play. Plus homework.

So knowing this, in their first few days off school, its best to do low key activities and for you too. Continue to go outdoors and play at playgrounds but do enjoy an afternoon siesta or one full day at home before you really go big on the school holidays events and activities.

Also, you understand your child more. Whatever they are complaining about, isn't the real issue, its just they have reached their limit and are telling you, 'Hey, I am tire…

Be an advocate for outdoor play

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Do you remember how you used to play at the front of your house as soon as you got home from school, right up till dinner and then maybe even sneaked out after dinner to lay on the grass to look at the stars .... ? 
I remember but I can say, I haven't spent a lot of time looking out the stars for a while ... Maybe even a year? 
Children need and thrive on time outdoors. The statistics are pretty scary, in 2016 a survey in the UK was conducted and found that three-quarters of UK children spent less time outside than prison inmates, revealing the extent to which time playing in parks, wood and fields has shrunk. A fifth of the children did not play outside at all on an average day, the poll found. Source via: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/25/three-quarters-of-uk-children-spend-less-time-outdoors-than-prison-inmates-survey 
I am fortunate that I can start work early and get home early. So I have at least an hour before the sunsets to take …

Why you shouldn't stress your child when it comes to handwriting

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The easy no fuss way (that sometimes we forget), is to not stress ourselves or our child about their hand writing. Just give them time to practice it more.

At the end of Prep, we got called in for a parent interview. "Just thought you should know, I feel your son is struggling with hand writing."

We looked at what our son had written. He wrote two sentences using big words.

Afterwards we left and my husband said, "you know what, I looked at his writing and I thought it was really good."

I thought it was good to, considering he couldn't even write his name at the beginning of school.

However, I didn't ignore the advice. Instead, we practiced. He wrote every body Christmas cards and I did check the other kids Christmas cards, again similar writing then his.

Yet, we practiced, not too much but at least once or twice a week for about ten to twenty minutes and we stopped whenever he got tired from it.

When we practiced, I kept it light. I didn…

Teach your child life skills

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Children love to learn about life, not everything has to be counting numbers or learning letters. Obviously adding this to activities is good too. Learning is fun!

What I love about life skills is you can teach your child something you love.

Baking For me it's not baking but for my husband it is! Our children love to help in the kitchen by pouring in already measured cups of ingredients and mixing it together! They will watch the entire process from start to end.

Painting I am creative, so for me, I love to paint. So painting with my children is lots of fun. We all have our own painting notepads to create our own pieces. While learning about mixing of colours, different techniques and just having fun! View my Get Creative blog here for some ideas.

Business My husband owns a business so my children are learning through observation about customers, pallets, deliveries, nuts and bolts, fixing tools and a wide range…

How to do homework with siblings under school age

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Doing homework with your school aged child with a younger sibling can be challenging. You have one child trying to learn and the other younger sibling trying to play.

However, if you can combine part of your homework/learning activities with your younger children who aren't in school, then they benefit too!

Below are some tips on how to introduce learning time with both children: Reading During read time, let your oldest child read you their book. Once it''s read. Find a younger child book and read the words and ask your younger child to repeat them (remember count silently to ten in your head) to give them a chance to think and respond. If they don't repeat it, move onto the next page. (Or start with asking them to repeat each word). Then, read to them both a harder book, so they both can hear a higher level of language and how speech and story telling works.

Result: Every body be…

Why homework is good for young kids

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Homework is an interesting topic as some adults think homework isn't good due to various reasons.

However, as a parent I have found homework to be worthy. Here is why:
How to tackle homework I try to spend up to 30 minutes every night doing 'Activities' with my children before bed.

These 'Activities' include homework, practicing writing, maths, reading, word games and puzzles and more.

How we do it is we break down our homework over the week. For example, in grade one it is about spelling. We receive about six spelling words a week. In this instance, we would practice to spell two words a day. The next day we go-over what we learned the day before and then add two more words.

On the fourth day, we will do our maths homework.

However, this only takes about 10 minutes of our evening activities. I then ask my child to read his book sent home from school. Another 5-10 minutes.

This gives us ample time to practice other school …