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Parenting Young Children

Taking care of a child in their first years of life is one of the most rewarding and challenging times in the life of a parent. As a parent, it is easy to feel overwhelmed or to get the impression that things are getting out of control when you have a young child. 

However, with the right knowledge and the right tools, parenting young children can become the most pleasant experience. 

You can create life lasting memories with your child simply by understanding your child's physical and psychological development and interacting with them accordingly. Of course, play is an important element in parenting young children and in teaching them various life lessons. But while taking care of your child, make sure you also take care of yourself. 

At Playgroup NSW, we understand that parenting young children is an entirely new experience to many parents and carers. In this section you will find a collection of useful information, tips and tricks to help you bond with your child.

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Are mealtimes more like "messy times" in your household?

    All toddlers love to play with their food more than eat it.

    But what can you do when your home-cooked meals keep ending up on the floor rather than in your toddler’s hungry belly?

    Resident child expert at Kinderling Helpline, Chris Minogue, gives you five amazing tips to help you win your next “food fight” with your toddler. 

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    Bedtime stories, heroic characters, adventure, exploration and magic…

    Childhood is the perfect time to discover all these magical elements. And children’s books have all of them.

    It’s never too early for your child to be introduced to the fabulous world of books. There are so many developmental benefits of reading to and with your child from an early age. Some of them include cognitive, speech and social skills.

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    Winter can become a challenging season when it comes to finding new fun play ideas for your child. Those cold and chilly days may present a creativity block for parents.

    But there is no such thing as getting bored on a winter’s day, as long as you are armed with play ideas, you and your child will still have lots of fun.

    Here are some fun play ideas to revive your winter routine.

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    Children love stories!

    They are drawn to heroic characters, adventure, exploration and magic. It’s childhood in a nutshell.

    Once children become immersed in a story they will transpose it to their play. This type of play is called imaginative play, also referred to as “pretend play” or “role play”.

    Catherine Sewell, Play Thinker in Residence at Playgroup NSW offers a few great ideas you can try to include stories in your child’s imaginative play.

  • Kinderling Kids Radio

    Aren’t holidays the best thing ever?

    When you go on road trips with babies and toddlers things tend to get a bit more complicated and unpredictable. The last thing you want is a car full of fussing toddlers or unsettled babies.

    How can you prepare for a tension-free road trip with your babies and toddlers?

    Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue talks about managing an upcoming holiday so everyone can have a great time in the car.

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Let’s focus our attention on Forsyth Park Playgroup this month. Find out their interesting story and how they managed to keep their numbers growing, in this article. 

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Children love playing with balls of all shapes and sizes. And with good reason: balls are great for group play, organised sports or just playing by yourself. They are also suitable for a variety of age groups (from babies to children and even adults).

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Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, answers one of Kinderling Radio listener’s question on how to keep their child safe on the ground.

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