Putting the ‘Play’ in Holiday Play Time

Enriching your child’s free time with performance and play By Heidi Manche, Founder of Room to Play Kids and Teens Studio   It’s nearing June…which means the countdown is on until the winter school holidays. And this of course comes… Continue Reading >

How Drama Classes Prepare Kids for Life Beyond School

If your child tells you they want to be a musician, you encourage them to learn an instrument. If they tell you they want to be the next Ash Barty, you sign them up for tennis lessons. Perhaps they come… Continue Reading >

What You Say and How You Say It Can Elevate Your Child’s Thinking

As a parent you have untapped power to positively influence your child’s thinking in a variety of ways. You may have heard of the Pygmalion effect. Research shows that human beings respond to what others expect from them. Parents’ expectations… Continue Reading >

Stopping domestic violence starts in early childhood

Violence against women is preventable because we know that the cycle of violence starts with disrespect. Violence stems from sexist attitudes and disrespect of women and girls such as: that women and girls aren’t as good as men and boys, don’t deserve… Continue Reading >

The Effects of Empathy

Empathy is the ability to share and understand the feelings of another.  It involves placing yourself in someone else’s shoes. From this vital trait stems 3 additional critical elements. Emotional Regulation Those who are empathic are not only well acquainted… Continue Reading >

Sowing the Seeds of Kindness

When I was ten, we moved from Brisbane, Australia, to live in Oregon, USA, for a year. This meant going to a new school in a new city and making new friends. Due to the differences in school years, I… Continue Reading >

Raising Emotionally Intelligent Kids

It was 4:30 in the afternoon, and I’d taken Mitchell shopping after school. Both he and I were tired, but I knew I needed to pick something up from the store before they closed at 5. I was in a… Continue Reading >

Eight vital skills children develop in early learning and care settings

Here are eight vital skills your child can develop in an early learning and care setting. Confidence Children build confidence when they are able to master new skills in a supportive environment at their own pace. In early learning and… Continue Reading >

How to cope with hurtful comments about your fussy eater!

“Just starve them”, said the Facebook post. “Stop feeding your kid rubbish”, said the pre-school mum. “Just hide vegetables, said your girlfriend!” “Your child’s lunch box is unhealthy”, said the teacher. “He should be bigger”, says your mother.   If… Continue Reading >

Managing Empathy Overload: Strategies for Empaths and Highly Sensitive People

What is Empathy? “Having empathy means our heart goes out to another person in joy or pain,” says Dr. Judith Orloff. “But for empaths, it goes much further. We actually feel others’ emotions, energy, and physical symptoms in our own… Continue Reading >