September 22, 2018

On the eve of 'Blueskies' attending the 2 day "ACE-Aware Nation" Conference in Glasgow it would be remiss not to share the thinking of some of Scotlands leading advocates of play. It's only 10 mins long but has so much 'food for thought' . The ideas in the video resona...

October 1, 2017

The 'hug button' idea has had some press recently, what with children going back to school after the summer break.   Read about the 'hug button'  below, along with two book suggestions which may help to ease goodbyes at the school or nursery gates, or for any youngster...

August 11, 2017

​Anxious feelings are normal and expected during times of transition or change. This is especially true for children and teens going back to school, or for first-timers starting reception. This transition can be stressful and disruptive for the entire family! Prior to...

July 26, 2017

And as parents, we teach our children about water safety and road safety—we make sure they wear their armbands and that they know they must hold our hands and look both ways before crossing the road.

But are we taking the time to incorporate body safety into our pa...

"It’s time for us to take the Worry Monster down once and for all and turn our worriers into warriors. 

Here are the 10 steps to do it:"

Anxiety has become a regular part of our society and daily lives for our children (and ourselves). Worry and fear cause our children t...

"Worries are “What if?” thoughts. When children say them aloud, parents tend to respond with reassurance. “Don’t worry. That’s not going to happen.” If reassurance is going to work, it will work right away. But worry-prone kids are rarely satisfied with a quick bit of...

May 10, 2017

 (Quote from the article  - read more from the link above)

"Right now, there are two highly committed groups of well-meaning people banging the drum for...

April 12, 2017

"As your child learns more about the world, some things will become more confusing and frightening. This is nothing at all to worry about and these fears will usually disappear on their own as your child grows and expands his or her experience.

In the meantime, as...

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