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Dealing with Death

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Dealing with Death

  Last week, we had a death in the family. Our beautiful bunny Cadbury passed away and breaking the news to my three children was excruciating. There were questions (theirs), there were cuddles (mine) and there were tears (all of ours).    After an emotionally wrought 48hours, my husband and I looked at each other and said "no more pets!" Did we mean it? Well, at the time - yes! We were heartbroken ourselves, and seeing our little ones so devestated and thinking we could possibly prevent that from happening again was a driving force in that comment. But in...

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5 Simple Ways to Support "Heavy Work"

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5 Simple Ways to Support "Heavy Work"

This week, I listened to a podcast episode of the Child Care Bar & Grill titled Heavy Work Makes You Happy. This concept isn't new to me, although it is definitely something I have only really had a good understanding of since being introduced to the work of Angela Hanscom some six or seven years ago.  This snippet of an interview with Angela Hanscom, explains it pretty well:  "Part of the problem is that their proprioception system, which is the senses in your joints and muscles, is off. That system helps regulate how hard you push or pull things, so...

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The Importance of Writing for a Purpose

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The Importance of Writing for a Purpose

  {{This blog post was originally written in 2016 and has been updated with new content}} “Writing for real purpose draws on our natural inclination and desire to connect, communicate and influence our world. Can you remember a time when you were asked to complete a task in which you could not see relevance? To do so can be infuriating and draining. In contrast, the energy that comes from being set a meaningful and purposeful task is infectious. Why do we assume children are any different? When we engage with children around an area of their interest they are more...

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What do "uninterrupted blocks of time for play" look like, and why are they important?

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What do "uninterrupted blocks of time for play" look like, and why are they important?
If you were to walk into almost any early childhood service here in Australia, I believe that they would tell you that they value play, that they are a play-based program. And yet, when I walk into services although I do in fact see play, I also see a lot of adult interruption of that play. 

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