Community – 7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

When teaching children how to live in the world we want them to be able to live as part of a community.   Humans do not live in isolation, since caveman times we have lived in groups to help provide our basic needs of food, warmth, safety and companionship   In order for our children … Continue reading Community – 7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

Scaffolding – 7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

Scaffolding  noun ...a temporary structure on the outside of a building.   When discussing my role as a parent, an educator and a childcare professional I like to think of myself as being a provider of scaffolding.   I am on the outside of the child, holding them until they are capable of holding themselves. … Continue reading Scaffolding – 7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

Play – 7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

Play enables learning and relaxation.   Play is a type of exercise, a sport if you like. When we play we are exercising our minds.   Regular play strengthens our imagination and our creativity. It stimulates our brain, creating connections between nerve cells.   In a white paper published by the Lego Foundation in 2017 … Continue reading Play – 7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

Safe Environment -7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

We all want our children to grow into adults capable of making healthy choices about their lives.   In order to be able to make these choices they need to be able to make mistakes.    When we get something wrong we learn and we also deepen our understanding and our character.    In our … Continue reading Safe Environment -7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

Boundaries -7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

Consistent boundaries  build a safe environment for children to grow in.    If we think of boundaries in a physical form we might think of a fence. A fence is a useful tool. A fence keeps certain things together in one space and keeps other things out.    This is exactly what we want to … Continue reading Boundaries -7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

Expectations -7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting

Clear and meaningful expectations with firm boundaries are the key to happy and successful children and calmer parents.  With clear, meaningful expectations and firm boundaries; • Parents and children know what is expected and are calmer • Expectations are consistent  • Everyone knows what will happen if expectations areand are not met • Rewards and consequences are followed through every time   If this is consistently achieved both … Continue reading Expectations -7 Building Blocks of Effective Parenting