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Tips On How To Manage Your Child’s Nightmares

What a NIGHTMARE! We use the term ‘Nightmare’ to describe a range of bad situations but a real nightmare can leave a child feeling angry, shameful, scared, anxious, or upset.  Whilst toddlers can take a long time to calm down because they believe the nightmare to be real, older children can learn to differentiate dreams from…
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December 9, 2013 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,

GTG Play Day At John Lewis

This Saturday, the Good Toy Guide team will be working with the John Lewis toy experts to share their unique insight into children’s play, toys and development throughout the day. They’ll be helping customers choose Christmas presents for their children that aren’t five minute wonders and will also be able to give advice on which…
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November 25, 2013 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 10 Tips On Improving Your Child’s Communication Skills

Communication skills are paramount for both adults and children but there is more to communication than just learning to talk. Listening, interpreting verbal and non-verbal signals, writing, drawing and increasingly email, text and twitter are all forms of communication. Whilst some children can communicate confidently from an early age, others find it difficult to make…
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September 30, 2013 Tags:, , , , , , , , ,

Children And Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language has many benefits both socially and academically. Learning a second language can be very rewarding which is great for self-confidence, and also and enhances listening, reading and writing life skills. Children who learn a second language tend to have a better understanding of the world and of other cultures. They also have a…
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September 28, 2013 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , ,

scissors, fine motor control

Top Tips: Promoting Fine Motor Control

Fine motor skills are the small pincer (finger) movements required to successfully manipulate objects.  Fine motor skills can be broken into three smaller components: Grasping: using pencils, brush, pens, sticks. Manipulating: playdough, scissors, finger play and sewing. Hand-eye-coordination: writing, threading , moving a mouse on a computer. Encourage children to engage in the following fun…
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September 14, 2013 Tags:, , , , ,

Top Ten Children’s Travel Toys

Here at Good Toy Guide we’re committed to promoting healthy child development play. With families preparing for the summer holidays, we have great travel toys and free play ideas for keeping kids occupied whilst travelling to help create a stress-free journey. Dr Amanda Gummer, founder of Good Toy Guide , shares her best solutions for keeping…
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July 31, 2013 Tags:, , , , , , , ,

Effective Parents Raising Successful Children

With Andy Murray’s success at Wimbledon 2013, many parents may be wondering what it takes to make a champion. Talent? perseverance? supportive parents? If only it was that simple!! There’s no one recipe for producing champions, but there are a few things that are worth considering. What do you want for your child? Success of…
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July 8, 2013 Tags:, , , , ,

What is Helicopter Parenting and what are its effects?

With reports of helicopter parenting in the news again and the government’s advisor calling on parents to stop babying their children it’s no wonder parents are feeling harangued again. Parents are trying to do what is best for their children and constantly being given seemingly conflicting advice – play with your children and spend quality…
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March 5, 2013 Tags:, , , , ,