How to Keep Calm During a Toddler Tantrum

Anyone who has experienced the fury of a toddler tantrum will know you need a master’s degree in Zen to remain calm. Or do you? The reality is that toddlers will throw tantrums and they do so for a variety of reasons; sometimes it is for control, sometimes it is for attention, sometimes it is simply down to tiredness.
There are many tools and techniques you can introduce to prevent or calm a tantrum but when you are in the middle of one it’s difficult to even think clearly, never-mind successfully implement any strategy. It is not uncommon to feel frustration building inside you like a pressure cooker ready to blow at any moment.

Creative Ways to Be Active With Your Child (and why your kids need exercise!)

According to USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids who exercise are less likely to be anxious or depressed or stressed. They are more likely to excel at academics, including their ability to concentrate and focus their attention in the classroom. They build up strength, endurance, healthy muscles and bones through regular fitness. It’s recommended that school-aged children are physically active for at least one hour per day.

As a parent, you can lead by example and teach your children the value of self-care. Prioritize exercise, fitness, and healthy habits in your life and your child will observe the trend and follow along. (Note: Check out Dr. Melanie Lane’s book The 9 Daily Habits of Healthy People if you need some inspiration to!) Not only is exercise important for your child’s health, it’s also a great way for you to get active with your children! From my experience, kids of all ages love these activities, and often request to “play” them!

There is no signal

‘We have just landed at Los Angeles International Airport, if your phone is within your reach, you may now turn it on.

A flurry of activity ensues.

Phones out of pockets, flight mode off and mobile data on.

The search for network begins. Circles that go round and round, bars with a little cross on top, time itself almost feels like its gone into standstill while we await with baited breath.

How to Survive The Pressures of Modern Parenting

Think peer pressure is just for kids? Think again. It’s parents now under pressure, and today’s instagram-happy, pinterest-perfect world is largely to blame. Just a quick look around on social media and you’ll find shot after shot of perfectly posed family moments; whether it’s an impeccably styled baby nursery, toddlers posing in pristine high end branded clothes, or an over decorated, over the top birthday party, our views on parenting have become distorted, setting an unrealistic benchmark and can make any parent feel inadequate.

And if keeping up with the parenting ‘Jones’s’ doesn’t give you enough to worry about, it’s information overload as parents of today are bombarded with expert and often conflicting advice – why isn’t my child walking? When will my baby sleep through the night?, Why aren’t they talking yet? Just when we think we’ve ‘got it right’ someone will cast doubt in our minds, because what is right for some may not work for others.

How to Help Your Kids Cope with Change

Nothing stays the same; life is just a series of transitions. This can be a difficult lesson for children to learn as most thrive on routine and familiarity as it gives them a sense security. Learning to cope with change is an important life lesson; it enables children to build resilience that benefits their mental health and well-being into adulthood.

So what can you do to promote this valuable strength in your children? Here are 3 practical tips you can action today. They will be especially useful if you have a big change afoot like a house change, a separation or a school move, but as change is in life is sometimes unpredictable and unavoidable, teaching these coping strategies will still prove valuable in the future.