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Parenting Young Children

Taking care of a child in their first years of life is one of the most rewarding and challenging times in the life of a parent. As a parent, it is easy to feel overwhelmed or to get the impression that things are getting out of control when you have a young child. 

However, with the right knowledge and the right tools, parenting young children can become the most pleasant experience. 

You can create life lasting memories with your child simply by understanding your child's physical and psychological development and interacting with them accordingly. Of course, play is an important element in parenting young children and in teaching them various life lessons. But while taking care of your child, make sure you also take care of yourself. 

At Playgroup NSW, we understand that parenting young children is an entirely new experience to many parents and carers. In this section you will find a collection of useful information, tips and tricks to help you bond with your child.

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Aren’t holidays the best thing ever?

    When you go on road trips with babies and toddlers things tend to get a bit more complicated and unpredictable. The last thing you want is a car full of fussing toddlers or unsettled babies.

    How can you prepare for a tension-free road trip with your babies and toddlers?

    Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue talks about managing an upcoming holiday so everyone can have a great time in the car.

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Once toddlers get moving they’re hard to stop!   Very little gets in their way and big pieces of furniture make no exception. Their curiosity can sometimes lead them to gain extreme confidence in their climbing skills. Even though curiosity is a good thing, you should keep an eye on your little hikers all the time.

    Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, provides three effective tips to stop a clambering toddler in their tracks.

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Playing outdoors? Nature is a child’s best friend. In order to have the best play time out in the open, children need to learn to respect nature and get to know it better.

    Why not teach your child the names and features of some plants? There are some that children should avoid playing with, so the sooner you tell them about these plants, the better.

    Paediatric nurse, Sarah Hunstead from CPR Kids, warns parents of the four most hazardous plants they could have in their own backyard. 

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Are your children constantly misbehaving?

    In an interview with Kinderling, Julie Green, the Executive Director of Raising Children Network, shared her advice on how to re-establish law and order in your home without losing your cool as a parent.

    Julie shared her ten expert tips on establishing your house rules in an effective way so that they work for everyone in the family. Let’s take a look at them…

  • Playgroup NSW

    We all experience disappointment in our lives at one point or another. The question is not, “If or when will disappointment strike?” but, “How to bounce back?” when it does.

    When it comes to our children, it is important to teach them how to navigate their negative feelings in a healthy way.

    Here are nine coping strategies resilient families use to help each other navigate through disappointment. Catherine Sewell, Play Thinker in Residence at Playgroup NSW, encourages families to try these well known strategies for building resilience. 

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Children love playing with balls of all shapes and sizes. And with good reason: balls are great for group play, organised sports or just playing by yourself. They are also suitable for a variety of age groups (from babies to children and even adults).

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Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, answers one of Kinderling Radio listener’s question on how to keep their child safe on the ground.

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