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Why Do Children Bite? | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

The fact that a toddler has feelings that are being expressed in biting isn’t the fault of the parent, or of the toddler.

Biting is like a runny nose: it’s common, it’s not fun for the child or the parents, and it can affect other children adversely, but it’s not the sign that anyone is “bad.” As children mature, gain self-control and develop problem-solving skills, they usually outgrow this behaviour.


Lightbulb Learning Childcare is a brand new Mt Wellington daycare located next to Hamlin Hill Regional Park offering quality care and affordable education for children aged 3 months to 5 years old.

If you feel that you need a childcare centre to support your child’s great start in life, feel free to email us at hello@lightbulblearning.co.nz or you may call 573 5049. Come and visit us at Lightbulb Learning Childcare.

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Spitting the Dummy | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

Whatever strategies you use to wean your toddler off the pacifier, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Plan. Make sure the pacifier weaning doesn’t coincide with another big event, like a move, or the birth of a new sibling, or potty-training. It’s best to tackle big events one at a time.
  • Be patient. There’s bound to be some fussing and sleeplessness when you finally banish the pacifiers. Prepare yourself to be patient and to ride out the storm.
  • Be firm. If your child gets even the slightest inkling that their actions (crying, screaming, tantrum-throwing, etc.) can make you change course, guess what’s going to happen?

If you’re tempted to cave, remember that children (and parents) have endured this rite of passage for millennia.

We all get rid of our pacifiers eventually.


Lightbulb Learning Childcare is a brand new Mt Wellington day care centre located next to Hamlin Hill Regional Park offering quality care and affordable education for children aged 3 months to 5 years old.

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Teaching Children to Blow Their Nose

Once your child has mastered blowing through their mouth, move on to blowing through their nose. Repeat the tissue blowing exercise, but this time with the tissue much closer to the face. Have our child take a deep breath and then try to blow a tissue using their nose (only exercise with very light objects – such as tissues or feathers – so as not to put too much pressure on nasal cavities and ears). You may need to hold your own index finger up and down on their lips, as if you are telling them to ssssh, to encourage them to blow through their nose. It may help to close off one nostril and blow through one side at a time. This seems to help some children feel the air move through their nose while keeping their mouth shut, which is the key – and the hardest concept for children to grasp.

Practicing over and over again is the key to getting your child comfortable with blowing their nose.


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Sibling Rivalry | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

  • When the scuffle breaks out get involved. Move to where the children are. Remember, one of the top reasons siblings fight is to gain your attention; children seem to work on the basis that even negative attention is better than nothing. Be there.
  • Stay calm. Don’t respond in a panic, this is not an emergency – it’s normal. Take a few deep breaths and pause.
  • Stay neutral. Offer support and empathy to everyone involved. Don’t take sides.
  • Dissect the problem. “It sounds like you guys need help to solve this problem.” Hear out each child’s perspective and restate their requests to show you understand them.
  • Brainstorm together. Talk about how to solve the problem in a way that works for everyone. Give suggestions, or let them come up with their own.
  • Offer more support. Sometimes one child will be struggling more than the other. Offer them more empathy and encouragement, or help them find another activity.

Or, they may just need a little more time with you.


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Shyness Doesn’t Need Fixing | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

If we look at what shyness really means, being a shy child is not such a negative quality after all. Shyness can be a help or a handicap to a child, depending on how it’s handled.

We live in a world that’s loud, fast, and busy. Unfortunately, it can be overwhelming for the shy people among us.

We need to remember that the world is a gentler and quieter place because of them.


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Chores Build Successful Adults | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

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  • Recognise that you are blessed with a sensitive, deeply caring, reserved child who is slow to warm up to strangers, approaches social relationships cautiously, but generally seems to be a happy person.
  • Never label a child ‘shy’ – it makes them feel something’s wrong with them and will probably make them even more shy.
  • Don’t try to reason or coax your child out of their shyness. They will likely react against you. Just create comfortable situations that let their social personality develop naturally.
  • Tell your child ahead of social situations what’s expected of them – a simple, “Hi” and quiet polite behaviour. Give them time to prepare, and don’t ask more than you can reasonably expect. Keep the attention off the child.
  • Be patient. We tend to think of shyness as a social handicap, yet shy children tend to grow up into sensitive, empathetic adults.

If we look at what shyness really means, being a shy child is not such a negative quality after all. Shyness can be a help or a ha

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Is Santa Real? | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

You know it’s going to happen one day.Your child is going to ask you about Santa.Of course, your two-year-old is probably not going to wander up to you and ask point-blank if Santa Claus is real. But as they get older, they’ll start to ask a lot of questions about the chimney width, flying sleigh aerodynamics, and the logistics of delivering all those presents in one night. Or they might come home from school or a friend’s place and say that another child has told him that Santa isn’t real.

All children eventually find out the truth. Research on the topic suggests that they tend to figure it out on their own around the age of seven – in most cases, there is no big ‘reveal’ – and their reactions are generally positive.

They are usually relieved to know, or excited to be on the inside of this worldwide secret (which explains why older children are generally pretty good at keeping the secret from their younger siblings).

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Your Children Are Watching | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

There is no escape. Your child is watching you and listening to you.

And they’re watching others in their life too. They’re watching relations, peers, teachers, friend’s parents and the characters on TV. So, while you play the major role, others play their part.

Now, here’s the interesting part. While they’re fixing their stare (and their ears) upon you they’re taking in all the pieces they will use to build their own personalities as they grow. They’re taking on board what they witness, and it really matters to them. Even though they don’t know it themselves, they are processing and reaching conclusions about the correct way to live their lives.

Nobody is perfect. The best any of us can do is accept that it’s our job to show our children the way to live their life, and to do it best we can. We owe it to our children to pay attention to our own actions and to make sure we’re defining a life we want them to strive for.

What we say and do makes a difference.

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Make Time to Talk with Children

There is nothing more engaging to me than having a conversation with a three, four, or five-year-old. And I do mean a shared conversation – a two-way dialogue that travels wherever our thoughts take us.

Children of all ages enjoy talking with the adults in their lives. And it is one of the most natural things we adults do with the children in our care. Often we don’t even think about it – it simply happens.

Children like to talk about themselves, or about what they are doing. They talk about things that are familiar to them, and that draw upon their knowledge and experiences.

They tell make-believe stories, and talk about things and events they cannot see; events that have already happened; or events that might happen in the future.

It matters not what they are talking about.

What matters is that they are engaging in conversation and, in the process, they are building important language skills.

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Strategies for Settling Your Child

Lightbulb Learning Childcare is a brand new centre offering care and education for children aged 3 months to 5 years old.  It is well located next to Hamlin Hill Regional Park.  The centre is designed to give each age group of children their own fantastic environment.  The rooms are light and airy, with glass doors that open out onto a covered deck providing direct access to the fantastic large play areas.  This design ensures quality care for each child and offers them lots of exciting choices of play both inside and out.

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