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Managing Attention Deficits with Physical Activity

One afternoon, G2 was sitting down to do some Math homework. He seemed to be struggling with it, so I sat down with him to help him out. As we worked on it together, I also noticed he was yawning a lot and his eyes had a glazed over look to them. Realising the pointlessnessContinue reading “Managing Attention Deficits with Physical Activity”

Sensory Processing Disorders in the Child that Can’t Stop…

G2 is a child that has a fascination with chewing stuff. As a toddler, he chewed up books, toys, bottles – anything that he got his hands on. I wasn’t too bothered because I knew that many children go through an oral stage where they feel a need to put things into their mouths. The mouth,Continue reading “Sensory Processing Disorders in the Child that Can’t Stop…”

A Call to End Early Starts in Education

We all know about the damaging effects of losing sleep. Some of us have also acknowledged how devastating it can be on our adolescents who have altered circadian rhythms that affect their ability to fall asleep early enough to accommodate the early school starting times. Yet, despite knowing all this, nothing much is happening on the frontContinue reading “A Call to End Early Starts in Education”

The Science of Touch: A Hug a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

When I was a new Mum, I was warned not to carry my baby too much or he would get spoiled. “Try not to pick him up immediately when he cries or he will expect to be picked up whenever he makes a sound,” they said. In my ignorance, I heeded that advice – initially –Continue reading “The Science of Touch: A Hug a Day Keeps the Doctor Away”

Parenting: Concerning Addiction and Dealing with it

When we hear the word addiction, we immediately think of drug addiction, but this post is not just about drugs. It’s about everything that we can possibly get addicted to, including our digital devices. If we accept Steven Kotler’s premise that we are all addicts to a degree, then we need to pay attention toContinue reading “Parenting: Concerning Addiction and Dealing with it”

Why Should You Care Whether I Vaccinate My Child?

Some time back, we talked about the importance of vaccinations and how the benefits outweigh the risks but there was one aspect of vaccinations that we did not cover – herd immunity. To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? This is not a question that only affects us and our immediate families because the consequences of ourContinue reading “Why Should You Care Whether I Vaccinate My Child?”

Fact or Fiction: Too Much Screen Time Bad for Children’s Eyes

G1’s school has implemented an iPad program and one of the biggest concerns it raises is this: how will the extra screen time affect our children’s eyes? When I was growing up, I used to get warnings about the TV: too much TV is bad for your eyes sitting too close to the TV isContinue reading “Fact or Fiction: Too Much Screen Time Bad for Children’s Eyes”

Children with ASD – Why You Need to Recognise it Early and Get Help

There is a concern among parents that we may be over-diagnosing our children with medical conditions that they do not have. I understand that concern. I, myself, have also raised concerns about the over-diagnosis of ADHD because it seems a convenient diagnosis for normally active children. But as much as we do not want to label our childrenContinue reading “Children with ASD – Why You Need to Recognise it Early and Get Help”

ADHD and Creativity Go Hand in Hand?

I have had strong concerns for some time now that ADHD is being over-diagnosed and that we are too quick to medicate children whom we believe have this condition. Before we rush off to treat the ADHD child, let’s consider a few points: A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (oneContinue reading “ADHD and Creativity Go Hand in Hand?”

Child Health and Safety: Is Your Child’s Schoolbag Too Heavy?

Heavy school bags are bad for your child’s back. When a heavy weight, such as a backpack filled with books, is incorrectly placed on the shoulders, the weight’s force can pull a child backward. To compensate, a child may bend forward at the hips or arch the back, which can cause the spine to compressContinue reading “Child Health and Safety: Is Your Child’s Schoolbag Too Heavy?”