12 Days of Kindness. Day Six: Anonymous Notes

Why not cheer-up a complete stranger with an anonymous kind note? We’ve designed these for you to print and hand out wherever you are. Don’t have a printer? You could make your own notes, use ours as inspiration or come up with your own messages.

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Jen Sievers
12 Days of Kindness. Day Five: Plant a Tree

Today we’ll extend our kindness to our beautiful planet. Today, we plant a tree. Not all trees like being planted at this time of year, but citrus trees can be planted right through summer. We also love how their blossoms attract bees and smell beautiful!

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Jen Sievers
12 Days of Kindness. Day Four: Santa's Giving Elf

Write a note for each of your children from Santa’s Giving Elf. Leave it in their room, or under the tree, with a bag or box (something that would work well as a Santa sack). In the note, tell them that the Giving Elf is looking for as many toys as possible to give to children in need.

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Jen Sievers
12 Days of Kindness. Day Three: Give someone a compliment

Give someone a compliment – and mean it. 
How often do you think something kind and not say it? “Wow, she did a fantastic job of that presentation” or “He’s so good at making the children laugh”. Sometimes we feel a bit awkward saying these sorts of things out loud. Well, today that changes. 

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Jen Sievers
Biting – what is it all about?

There is no denying the level of emotions that can accompany biting.  Whether your child is biting or being bitten, the emotions can be intense. When biting is ongoing it can be a stressful time for all of the people involved.  There is a definite stigma surrounding biting.  The reality is, as unpleasant as it is, that for young toddlers biting is a common behaviour and part and parcel of their development.

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Preparing your child for LIFE

Becoming a parent is overwhelming. Suddenly we are responsible for this small person and as our primal instincts to protect them emerge, we find ourselves wanting to shelter them from life's storms. Sadly, just like the weather we can't control what happens in life. The good news is, we can prepare our children for this wild, wonderful world by nurturing their developing sense of self.

Here are five everyday approaches that will help:

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The Myth of “Falling Behind” in Preschool

Imagine a father coaxing his five month old on the mechanics of walking. Or how about a Mum teaching vowel sounds to her 3 month old infant.  You would say that they were wasting their time – right? Imagine these parents fearing that their children were “falling behind”. It’s obvious that these things are clearly outside of their developmental abilities.

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PreschoolJoanne Whyte
The importance of imagination in early childhood

“It’s the ponies that make the sky pink Mum”. Years ago one of my daughters invented this theory.  When I asked her why she thought the sky sometimes turned pink, she pondered the question, and then, out of the blue informed me that “The ponies are to blame”.  Ten years on, she still gazes at the sky and with a slight giggle says “Look…. the ponies are here Mum”. 

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ParentingJen Sievers
Toddler tantrums and how to survive them

You’ve probably seen those Facebook posts doing the rounds, of 'reasons why my toddler had a tantrum' and had a giggle to yourself. We laugh because we can relate! Often it seems there’s no rhyme or reason behind the tantrum - from throwing themselves into a puddle because you dared ask them to put a raincoat on, to the full face of silent rage because you wouldn't let them play in the toilet water. 

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