A study has revealed that talking to your toddler for at least an hour a day dramatically increases their vocabulary and grammar development, which could make them smarter. The research, part of the ‘Growing Up in Australia’ study, compared the amount of time parents spent talking to their child with the vocabulary complexity and use... continue reading.
Coping with more than one child can be a challenge, but getting out of the house and sharing the load delivers many benefits. It’s not always easy to get to playgroup on time, remembering everything and leaving the house looking respectable. Even with one child it can be hard, but when you have two, three... continue reading.
We are charmed by the way toddlers wobble their way through words in their early stages of speech. Eager attempts to mimic the sounds often result in words that remain with us for years. In literature, A A Milne gave us the ‘Heffalump’ (elephant) in Winnie the Pooh. When the wobble with words migrates to... continue reading.
They Can Provide Kids With Wonderful Experiences If you want to know about the benefits of owning a pet, just ask the Farrugias. They live in the Adelaide Hills with a menagerie ranging from earthworms to chickens. Several weeks ago, their border collies gave birth to a litter of 10 puppies, a magical experience for... continue reading.
Tailored swimming classes are helping children with autism overcome their fear of water. For most families, a day at the pool or beach is a great way to escape South Australia’s searing heat waves. But for kids like Logan Fischer, five, of Morphett Vale, and his mum Kate, a summer swim is not always a... continue reading.
Our children have never known a world without the internet. For children and teenagers, cyberspace plays a part in their education, social interaction, work and entertainment. But the online world is not devoid of risks. Kids venturing into cyberspace are exposed to a host of potential dangers ranging from scams and swindles to schoolyard bullies.... continue reading.