Reflections of parenting – we are the pilot boat driver.

I have been doing a lot of soul searching lately looking within about our role as parents.  When our children are little. It is intense. Physically intense. I don’t think I had a proper night’s sleep for about a decade. I did not realize how sleep deprived I was until I wasn’t anymore. Four children […]

Context is King!

I think that actual saying is ‘cash flow is king’. But I think we can use it when we are talking with about babies and young children. Context is king. I will try to explain what I mean. When we are learning to talk, and this applies to other developmental areas as well, such as […]

Christmas gifts that are great for building language!

Christmas – I am in shock that it is nearly upon us. I was asked recently about gifts that are great for building language. It got me thinking, so here are my thoughts about gifts that are great for building language. Truthfully,any gift that you can talk about together is perfect for language development. Any […]

Getting ready for school….

Last week my eldest finished school, we still have another 7 years though of being the parents of school aged children. I am grateful I had four, as I get to extend it out for a while! It is a little bonkers as I lie in bed at the moment and think to myself that […]

First words and when to expect them.

The days are long, but the years are short. I remember hearing this quote and loving it. Because in the early days the days are remarkably long. This young gentleman graduates from high school this week. The photo on the right is him this week in all his formal splendour. I cannot believe how the […]

How do I develop my toddlers language skills?

This is a question I get asked a lot. We all know not to compare our kids (or ourselves) but it still happens. Must be something about being human. But I hear parents of young children (typically between 18 months and 3 years) who find themselves with a little one who may not be doing […]

The Power of Predictable Language

Routines are wonderful things. They are predictable. They can be verbal routines or they can be physical routines. My 11 year old and I have a verbal routine that I love. We have been doing it for years and to be fair I don’t even know how it started. It goes like this…. Person 1: […]

Talking to babies. A key to brain growth.

Communication starts at birth. My eldest is about to finish high school. I can still recall the moment he was born. This is possibly because the midwife had just said he would be born the next day and I distinctly recall thinking ‘absolutely no way is this going into tomorrow’ and he was born at […]

An introduction.

I would love to take a moment to introduce myself. I live in Queensland, Australia and at the moment the Jacaranda trees are blooming which looks amazing. For all those at university it signals the need to have started studying!! A few points about me: • I have four children (17, 15, 13 and 11), […]

The humble peg can teach us so much!

I wanted to share with you just how powerful the humble peg is. It is really very impressive. It can teach your child: Colour and number: you can talk about the different colours or you can make it a game and to distract them whilst you are hanging out the washing you could ask them […]