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25 Words Your Toddler Should Know and More

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/21/25-words-your-toddler-should-know-and-more">25 Words Your Toddler Should Know and More</a>

Perhaps intriguingly called "Is Your Child Normal" in this segment on Channel 9 Mornings I talked about a recent conference topic of the 25 basic words most toddlers should know - and then we chatted about some preschool and school readiness issues. Parents should not panic if their toddler does not know how to say all the words on this list but it is interesting to read what Professor Descorla (Professor of Psychology and Director of the Child Study Institute, Yale University) recommends parents look for. Read full article

I'm Happy I Held Our Son Back from Starting School

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2011/11/08/im-happy-i-held-our-son-back-from-starting-school">I&#039;m Happy I Held Our Son Back from Starting School</a>

This time last year I was in a quandary. I was trying to decide whether or not to send our then-four-year-old son to school this year. My initial feeling was that he would be ready to go – he had a large vocabulary for his age, and was very curious and eager to learn. He was also very tall for his age, got along well with older peers, and had good fine motor skills. His preschool teachers agreed that he would be fine ... I started to do some research about readiness for school. Read full article

How to Know When Your Child is Emotionally Ready for School

<a href="/articles/how-to-know-when-your-child-is-emotionally-ready-for-school">How to Know When Your Child is Emotionally Ready for School</a>

How do you know if your pre-school child will cope with the pressures of school? School is a big step - who will look after him when he falls over, who will help him open his lunchbox, who will remind him to go to the toilet? Suddenly your child is in a class of 25, in a school uniform, with expectations placed upon him that may be beyond his capabilities - will the teacher know that? The issue of school readiness is one that many parents are concerned about. Read full article

Raising the Best Possible Child

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/raising-the-best-possible-child">Raising the Best Possible Child</a>

Book: Occupational Therapist, Jo Jackson-King has written a book for parents that shows them how to encourage their children to make the most of their natural temperaments. This book gives parents up to date information on topics including childcare, leaving a child to cry, discipline, physical and emotional milestones and education. There are also sections on teaching your child to navigate their own and others' emotions, manage stress and stay focused. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education, Part 2 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-2-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education, Part 2 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 2 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about working with primary school teachers and about the importance of emotional intelligence for children's school readiness Read full article

Social Skills for Starting Primary School

<a href="/articles/social-skills-for-starting-primary-school">Social Skills for Starting Primary School</a>

Helping your child to develop the personal strengths and social skills they need to survive the transition to primary school. Julia Richardson talks to an experience pre-school teacher and outlines some tips to help your child meet the challenge of starting primary school. Read full article