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HELP! I think I’m a helicopter parent!

A little birdie once used the term ‘helicopter mum’ to describe a parenting style and the term stuck with me.  It was a term that picked away at my deepest insecurities; this was not how I wanted to be nor be described by others. 

Helicopter parent (n):  A primary caregiver who hovers (both literally and figuratively) over their offspring to the detriment of the child’s learning and independence.

  The term ‘helicopter parent’ has strong negative connotations with many associated terms springing to mind:  anxiousness, kids wrapped in cotton wool, control freaks, learnt helplessness, worry warts, and the list goes on.  It seems that the general consensus is that ‘helicopter parenting’ is not the way we should parent but the jury is out on the right way.

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A speech pathologist’s tips for your 3 year old

As a fellow parent of a three year old, I can relate – their amazing imagination, playfulness, ability to hold a conversation and of course, their skills in an ultimate stand-off with their parent when they just DO NOT want to do something. But what are the typical play and communication skills we look for in a three year old? And what can you do as a parent to continue to foster their development? Continue reading “A speech pathologist’s tips for your 3 year old”

Which books are best?

One of our primary goals in Little Birdie Books is to make it easy for families to have great books in their home. We want books that will capture your child’s interest and encourage them to engage and communicate. As speech language pathologists, we are particularly passionate about finding books that promote language learning.

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Help! My child sounds like ‘Tweety’…

Remember the much loved Looney Tunes character, Tweety? “I twat I taw a puddy tat!”  was his or her catch phrase and was full of speech errors (a recurring theme in many Looney Tunes characters). A little birdie once asked me…. “When does it stop being all b’s and d’s?”  She was referring to her then two and half year old son’s speech and his speech pattern reminded me of Tweety.  So is this normal?

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Are your kids Fancy Nancys?

Some parents may be very familiar with Fancy Nancy (http://www.fancynancyworld.com/) – a fictional children’s book character who loves anything ‘fancy’. The books encourages kids to use sophisticated vocabulary like scrumptious (instead of yummy), exquisite (instead of pretty), gigantic (instead of big). While it is exciting for kids to delve into Nancy’s fancy world of delectable cupcakes, aspiring artistry and spectacular soccer games, there is merit in what the author is trying to do. Continue reading “Are your kids Fancy Nancys?”

The right age to teach colourful language to your kids

Colourful language, as in red and blue, not the four-letter vernacular, is something parents will often start teaching their children from a very young age.  So, what is the purpose of naming colours and when should you teach this colourful language to your kids?   Continue reading “The right age to teach colourful language to your kids”