Raising Your Child in a Digital World:

Finding a healthy balance of time online without techno tantrums and conflict

Brain Development

Do Kids Learn More From Handwriting or Typing?

Sep 10, 2015
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  Is Typing or Handwriting Better for Kids? The keyboard versus the pen.  Which is better for children’s learning? As laptops and tablets become commonplace in schools many parents and teachers are left wondering if note-taking with paper and pencil will become an obsolete skill.   Do young children still need to learn how to […]

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Why Background TV Isn’t Healthy For Little Ones

Aug 26, 2015
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Leaving the TV switched on throughout the day is commonplace in many homes. It’s often just the “done” thing.   So parents are often quite shocked to learn that there are unintended consequences of “background TV” on their child’s development. I live by the mantra by Maya Angelou, “When you know better, you do better.” I […]

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Boost your baby’s BQ – Dr Kristy Goodwin says baby’s brains need to see your face

Jul 30, 2015
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  How to boost your Baby’s Baby Quotient (BQTM), to promote optimal brain development and give your baby the best chance in life. Early Childhood Development Researcher and manduca ambassador, Dr. Kristy Goodwin, explains her top tips to maximize your baby’s BQ.  1.      Put away your smartphone – babies need laps not apps! Dr. Goodwin explains that many […]

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How Technology’s Changing Our Relationships

Apr 12, 2015
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One of our fundamental desires, as humans, is to connect with other humans. I call it “Vitamin C”- connection. It’s a universal need to connect. From the moment we’re born, we want (and need) to connect with other humans. We’re literally wired to connect and interact.   So it’s not surprising that the neuroscience confirms […]

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Ditch Your “Techno-Guilt” With This Quick & Simple Tip

Nov 11, 2014
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Want to give up the twinges of guilt you feel when you hand over your smartphone, or flick on the TV for your little one? I’m going to show you how with one tip. The tip’s simple and effective. And best of all,  it usually takes less than one minute to do (in most instances). The […]

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Baby Learning Apps: What You Really Need to Know

Sep 16, 2014
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So what baby learning apps does your baby like?   Say what?? I glance at my 4-month-old son and back at the lady whose question took the wind from my sails. And so she repeats the question. My mouth ajar, I look around perplexed. Ummm…   Yes, this is a question that a baby health […]

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Too Much Tech for Tots?

Aug 20, 2014
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As I flicked through the latest toy catalogue today I was overwhelmed with just how many techno-toys and battery-operated devices and gadgets are now available for babies and toddlers.   Yep, we now have teddy bears with mobile phones attached to their paws and pretend tablet devices for babies. Tablets for babies…whaaaaat?   And if that […]

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What the Internet is Doing to Us

Jun 13, 2014
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I’m sitting here typing frantically in a café because I’ve finally got WiFi access.  Finally.  You see we’ve recently moved house (sigh) and I’ve been without Internet access for almost a week now. And I feel like I’ve lost my right arm.  I know that sounds melodramatic, but being without the Internet has really caused […]

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Baby Learning Apps: What You Really Need to Know

Mar 24, 2014
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So what baby learning apps does your baby like? Say what?? I glance at my 4-month-old son and back at the lady whose question took the wind from my sails. And so she repeats the question. My mouth ajar, I look around perplexed. Ummm… Yes, this is a question that a baby health nurse recently […]

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3 Essentials for Child Brain Development in a Digital Age

Mar 18, 2014
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You are concerned that your child’s brain development is changing because they are leading a ‘digitalised childhood’. You are worried. And rightly so. But the good news is that you don’t need to be. I’m here to explain things.   The headlines decry, ”Technology is re-wiring kids’ brains.” Today’s digital generation are growing up in a […]

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