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I Can’t Do It! | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

How can we can help them without doing that?

We can:

  • encourage our child to feel good about what they can do (not what they can’t)
  • ask them to “give it three tries” before we help
  • add an element of fun or play
  • make it easy to succeed (if the shoes keep going on the wrong foot, put a dot on the inside of each shoe so they can match it)
  • give choices rather than directions (“Would you like to put away your books or your toys?”)

We really mustn’t:

  • criticise, judge or ‘correct’ their efforts (children at this age really do want to please us and if we always rework their attempts they have every right to give up!)

We have to be willing to let our child make mistakes as they learn their independence.

And, if we still get a lot of resistance we may need to take a step back. Our child may need some more one-on-one time with us until their natural desire to be independent takes over again.


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Supporting Scissor Skills | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

When your child is ready, introduce the scissors.

  • Position their wrist so that the thumb is turned upward, the thumb joint resting inside the thumb loop.
  • Make sure the tip of the middle finger is inside the opposite loop. Some scissors have enough space for both the middle and ring fingers to be positioned inside this loop – most children seem to prefer this when learning.
  • Place the index finger outside the loop, in front of the middle finger serving as a guide.
  • Many children need help positioning their wrist correctly in the ‘thumbs up’ position. A helpful strategy is to hold the paper above eye level or tape it to the wall so that the child is cutting upwards – this automatically positions their wrist correctly. (Another tip is to  draw something on the thumbnail of their cutting hand, and remind your child that they should always be able to see it while they’re cutting.)

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I’m Bored! | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

How Do We Help?
  1. We listen. Listening opens the communication channels.
  2. We connect. Just by chatting and snuggling, our child will probably get the ‘refuelling’ they need and be on their way fairly quickly. Most of the time when children are whiny and unable to focus, it’s because they need more deep connection time with us.
  3. We encourage. Once we’re confident that our child has a full ‘love tank’ we can revisit the what to do question (if they don’t already have some ideas themselves). We just keep reminding them that figuring out how to enjoy their own time is something they must learn for themselves (but of course we can help brainstorm the possibilities).

It’s not only okay to let our child be bored, it’s important that we do so; their boredom means we’re doing our job as a parent.


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

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It’s Time for the Big Bed | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

Moving to a big bed can be unsettling for your child. They may get out of bed just because they can, and it may require several attempts on your part to keep them there.

Have patience, give lots of comfort and praise, and be prepared to ‘rinse and repeat’ for a few nights or even weeks. They’ll get there in the end!


Lightbulb Learning Childcare is a brand new Mt Wellington childcare 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.

Article Source: PDHQ

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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.


If you feel that you need a  quality  daycare facilities near Mt Wellington  to support your child’s great start in life, feel free to email hello@lightbulblearning.co.nz or you may call 573 5049. Check out  Lightbulb Learning Childcare Facebook Page

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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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