A child may find it hard to cope with new situations, routines, or experiences because they do not know what to expect. When this happens, it is common for children to have breakdowns and tantrums. So, how can we prevent these behaviours from happening? How can we help our child understand our expectations? By using… Continue reading A picture is worth a thousand words
To celebrate turning 1½, all children in Ontario are invited for a special well-baby 18 month checkup with your family doctor or nurse practitioner. This is an exciting stage in your child's growth and learning as they become more independent. Parents need to book this in-depth checkup for two reasons: Now is the ideal time… Continue reading What’s so special about being one and a half?
Did you know that approximately 1 in 10 children require support developing typical speech and language skills? It is important to know that milestones as early as 6 months of age can begin to impact a child's speech and language development. In the past, it was common for parents and some professional to take a… Continue reading Baby’s speech, hearing & vision: Don’t wait and see
As parents and caregivers, you play a vital role in raising a sexually healthy child. You get to be the primary educator to teach your child about healthy sexuality based on your family values and beliefs. Here's are our Sexual Health colleagues, Jennifer Paterson & Nancy McAlary, to explain more. Children are curious and have… Continue reading Teaching children about body awareness and consent
According to my dictionary the word 'Parenting' is almost 100 years old even though the role has been around for ages. The definition is very simple: "the raising of a child by its parents," but most parents would agree that this does not properly describe the really complicated and difficult job of parenting. Negative behaviour… Continue reading Language & Discipline: Finding positive words for negative behaviour
Your baby is experiencing the world using their senses and growing physical ability. A blanket is something they look at, touch, feel and smell. During the first several months of infancy, they explore and experience but are not yet able to describe what they see, hear, feel and smell with real words. Your child is… Continue reading Play & exploration lead the way to language development
One day I was watching TV and flipping through the channels. I saw a toddler reading while the talk show audience sat amazed! This 2.5 year olds reading skills were much better than what we expect. At the time I didn’t have any children, but thought the parents of that child worked very hard to… Continue reading Early literacy and reading to your child – How early is early?
When my daughter was born, I held my wife's hand, looked reassuringly into her eyes and listened to the sounds around us. The lights hummed, machinery whirred and monitors beeped constantly while the friendly doctors talked world events and then suddenly… "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH" our daughter was born. Was she ever LOUD! Even the docs commented on it. She… Continue reading Encouraging your baby’s first sounds
Babies are beautiful and they grow quickly! One moment they are still, quiet, dependent observers and then it seems overnight they become rampaging, loud, independent explorers! But sometimes our children don't develop the way we expect them to. Baby isn't talking! 'Hmm, what's going on?' How many words should this baby be saying? Is it too… Continue reading Encouraging baby’s first words