Dad reading a book to his young baby sitting on his lap

Seven Things to Do to Raise Good Readers.

The ability to read and write are skills which make our lives so much easier… not only in our capacity to understand and find out about our world by researching in books or on-line eg looking up a recipe, but also in being able to read potentially dangerous situations, such as dosages on a medicine bottle. Reading also provides much pleasure, when we can be taken away in our imaginations to the world of, for example, Harry Potter.

So what can parents do, to raise their children to be readers?

Most importantly, let them see you reading…. it doesn’t matter if it is a newspaper, a novel or the TV guide. The message you give your young children is that books or papers contain interesting and useful information.

Read to them from birth (or even in pregnancy). Read more

Thank you!

As 2015 draws to a close I’d like to thank you all for your continued support of The Parenting Cafe. The fact that there are so many parents doing a great job of parenting is encouraging. The fact that you want to continue to learn and grow as parents is heart-warming, as well as extremely beneficial for your children!

Let’s talk again in 2016 over a cuppa…. with 2 ebooks to be released, and special offers early in the new year. We’re having a bit of a holiday too, so will see you mid-January.

Have a wonderful Christmas, a pleasant family time, and fit in some relaxing to help re-charge your energy, and remember The Parenting Cafe’s mantra of ‘Calm and Consistent’ as the keys to successful parenting.

Happy Parenting!

 

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‘When’ – One of the best parenting tools ever!

I’ve presented many talks to parents over the past 14 years, both to groups of parents, and also to individuals when doing a home visit. For more information about Skype or home visits, see http://theparentingcafe.com.au/home-visits/#.VI0CAr5Ic8E

 

Parents often want me to wave a magic wand, and change or ‘fix’ the difficulties they are having in their parenting. I wish such a tool existed! I can’t give you that, but…. I can give you a fabulous parenting tool… the word ‘when’.

 

Now this will sound incredibly simple, but it works!

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