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How a Nanny can transition into a home and be made to feel welcome?

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Even as adults, we may have mixed feelings when we have to meet new people. So for a child who only knows his/her parents and siblings, introducing a new person who will not only take care of them but be their “substitute parent” can be difficult, especially for the introverted or shy child. One of the hardest things a parent can do is leave their child in the hands of another.  Even when that other is a family member. However, if … Read More

Why it is so important to read to your child?

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Young children who are read to regularly by family members experience multiple benefits. “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives” Roald Dahl, Matilda. Other benefits include boosting children’s literacy development, as well as their social-emotional gains, and increasing their likelihood of later overall school success. – Child trends Databank (June 2015). Right from the latter phase of pregnancy when experts say that babies can hear sounds outside of the womb, … Read More

Montessori a Guide for Parents

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As the famous Einstein saying goes…Everybody is a genius. But If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing its stupid.”   Montessori is a concept and brain child of Dr Maria Montessori who was an Italian physician and educator.  Her method encourages educators to “Teach by teaching, not by correcting”. She believed children from 0-6yrs have an ‘absorbent mind’, therefore they should roam freely taking in their surroundings and … Read More

Knufflesitters 6 Top Tips for Travelling with children

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The thought of a holiday sounds exciting, but when you have children, there is lots more to consider. Here are six tips to keep in mind when travelling to be able to allow you to enjoy your holiday to the fullest. These tips will hopefully make your travel experience much more relaxing and enjoyable for the whole family! Happy Holidays from the Knufflesitters team! Tip #1: Find hotels or Airbnb locations that have/are close to children amenities Having to drive … Read More

Find the Perfect Nanny – 6 Steps

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As an expat being away from your family, means you will most likely have limited access to reliable and free child care options and you will most likely find yourself in a position where you are looking for a nanny, or some form of child care and this exercise can be anywhere from easy to extremely difficult, especially being new to the rules of the land, and in most cases not being able to speak the language. In order to … Read More

Why we should hug our children?

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We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” -Virginia Satir                             Hugs are important for emotional growth, as vitamins are important for physical growth. Science has proven the many benefits of hugging our children and I myself can speak of how comforting and peaceful it is to receive a hug. As parents … Read More

The role of play in child development

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Why is play important for child development? You have probably heard the famous saying by the great philosopher, Plato ‘life must be lived as play’. Indeed, he was right about this. Play is essential to children and adolescents’ development. Research has found many benefits to play and it has been found to impact on a child’s development in numerous ways for example, emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically. ‘… play shapes the architecture of the brain in unique ways; it links … Read More

The Neuroscience Behind Calming Babies

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Psychological research shows how babies are calmed down when they are comforted. When babies cry it is therefore important to pick them up, rock them and show them affection . Infants experience an automatic calming reaction when they are being carried. This article looks at the neuroscience behind calming babies and why it is important that babies are not ignored when crying but rather they need to be comforted!