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Using a Story Grammar/Narrative Eliciting Approach to Engage Your Child in a Shared Book Reading Activity

Shared book reading is a very enjoyable experience for young children and parents. Children develop a host of cognitive skills such as building vocabulary, and problem solving, and decision making skills 1. In addition, they develop social emotional cognitive skills which include knowing when and how to take turns, and perspective taking skills2. There are … Continued


Is my relationship with my preterm baby different from the relationship that other mothers have with their babies?

[…] on this day he grabbed my finger, hard! That’s where he gave me strength and I started to talk to him, his hair was still covered in blood, I noticed it immediately and decided to look closer, he remained the same, with all those machines […] (words of a mother of a premature infant … Continued


Why are some Children ‘Fussy Eaters’ and Does it Matter?

What is Fussy Eating? Fussy (or picky) eating is an extremely common behaviour throughout childhood. Fussy eating is when a child is unwilling to eat an adequate variety or quantity of food. Sometimes children are just reluctant to eat new foods that they are unfamiliar with, and this is referred to as food neophobia1. Studies … Continued


Should Children be Spanked or Not? What is the Evidence?

Physical punishment of children (also called corporal punishment) refers to the use of physical force to inflict pain or discomfort in order to correct or control a child. The most common manifestation of it is hitting with an open hand on the buttocks (called spanking, swatting, smacking, and various other terms). Other forms include slapping, … Continued



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