Is your child calm, focussed and learning? Children are exposed to all sorts of stimulation in their environment, both positive and challenging. How your child deals with their environment depends on your child's capacity to self-regulate. Stimulation can come in all shapes and sizes that stir a different responses in a child's thinking, feeling and body. For example, one child might find loud music energising, another might find it overwhelming. Even though a child may be raised in a similar setting as a sibling; they may well have differing abilities to understand and manage strong emotions and impulses.
Protecting children from excessive stress and helping them to manage strong emotions provides a foundation for healthy development and learning. Check out this short video by Dr Jack Shonkoff.
I'm still reeling from the news of the Federal Government's commitment to provide all parents with 26 weeks of paid parental leave. Check out this document for details.
I nearly fell off my chair!!
It will surely be good for helping families make a strong start - and a fantastic boost for breast feeding success. Return to work for many new mothers signals the end of breastfeeding. Despite best attempts, juggling work and child care can place a strain on new parents, one that leads to breastfeeding being given the flick.
Early or late introduction of solids may be linked to diabetes.
There a fair bit of discussion around the ideal time to introduce solid foods to a baby. Six months is often flagged as the approximate time to start the process, sometimes adjusted according to the babies interest, appetite, family history of allergies and cultural background. But what are the implications of an earlier or later introduction?