Nurturing Children’s Emotional and Mental Health

Nurturing Children’s Emotional and Mental Health

October is Mental Health Month and today is World Mental Health Day.

As a mum and as a teacher, children’s emotional and mental health is a subject that’s very close to my heart.

For several years, I’ve been investigating the reasons why some children seem to be naturally contented, calm and resilient while others seem to be the opposite …

Reading to A Baby in the NICU

Reading to A Baby in the NICU

For parents with a baby in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), reading aloud is not something that comes immediately to mind.

NICU parents say that the experience of having a baby who was born early and sometimes very unwell is overwhelming.

As well as the shock of their baby’s early arrival, mums and dads with a baby in …

How to Choose Books for Babies

How to Choose Books for Babies

Not too long ago, a new friend asked me how I choose the books I include in my book gift baskets for babies and I really had to think about it.

When I’m looking through a book, it doesn’t take me long to decide whether I think it’s a good book for babies but I realised when …

Why Reading to Babies Really Matters

Why Reading to Babies Really Matters

Reading to babies is great fun and we know it’s important for their development. But why exactly does it matter and when should we begin reading aloud?

The short answer is that reading aloud helps build our babies’ brains and promotes bonding so it’s best to begin at birth.

3 Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

3 Easter Gift Ideas For Kids

Looking for Easter gift ideas for kids? Easter gift ideas for kids usually involve Easter eggs and other chocolate treats. And why not? Most of us love chocolate and it’s great fun for our kiddos to wake up to find that the Easter bunny has been and has left some...