Archive | December 2018

Toddler care; tips to preventing fights between siblings

 

To keep the peace in the family, we’ve put together a few tips that might help to prevent fighting between young siblings.

1] Value each child equally. Though they may be different ages and personalities, each child needs to be shown that they are equally loved and valued, so they don’t feel they need to compete for love and affection.

2] Set clear rules. If there are clear family rules distinguishing what’s okay and what’s not okay, it will be easier to remind children of how they are expected to behave. Involve children in the process of creating the rules to help them remember.

3] Be a role model for your children. Children love to imitate their elders, so be a positive influence for them. If you want your children to work things out calmly and respectfully, they need to see you doing this. If you want them to be able to say sorry to others, they need to see you apologising too.

4] Show them how to resolve conflict. You can be their teacher and show them how to handle disagreements, play fair, negotiate and manage their angry feelings.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

Keeping kids safe in cars; a short guide

 

Children in Australia must be properly restrained in a car, and this means travelling in a child restraint until they are seven years old and at least 145cm tall. In Australia, it’s illegal to drive without a seatbelt; the driver and all passengers must be wearing one, and children must be properly restrained to ensure safety. Young children learn by watching their elders so you can set a good example by ensuring you always wear your seatbelt.

Children under the age of four must not travel in the front seat if a car has two or more rows of seats. Though, if all other seats are being used by children under seven years old, children aged between four years and up to seven years may travel in the front seat using an approved forward-facing booster seat and a properly fastened and adjusted seatbelt. The back seat is always the safest option for children.

For some extra tips on safety in the car, ensure children keep their arms, legs and head inside the car at all times, even when parked. Activate the childproof locks on the doors so that children can’t accidentally open the car doors when it’s moving or parked. When exiting or entering the car, for added security, get your child in and out of the car from the kerbside, away from traffic.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

Sleep problems that affect children and how to overcome them; a short guide

 

It’s quite common for children, at some point, to have trouble getting and staying asleep at night. To help them overcome these problems, it’s important to first discover the cause of their sleep problems. Outlined here are a few sleep problems that can affect children and ways to overcome them;

1] Noisy bedtime routine. Too much noise and excitement before bed will make it hard for children to settle down. It’s best to leave the 20 minutes before bedtime as quiet time – where children can read a story before bed and wind down.

2] Eating habits. Chocolate and soda drinks have a lot of sugar in them and this can keep children hyped up before bed, making it hard for them to fall asleep at their bed time. To ensure they get a good night’s rest, make sure they avoid these foods from the late afternoon onwards.

3] Nightmares and night terrors. If children are prone to waking up in the night scared and crying, they may be having nightmares or night terrors. To help them through this, they may need a visit to the doctor if their behaviour is severe. They may also benefit from a night light in their room, to help them fall asleep without being scared.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

10 tips to help children get a better night’s sleep

 

Children sometimes find it hard to get to sleep at night, and this can be a frustrating time for everyone in the family. If you can get children into a sleep routine, a good night’s sleep will follow and they’ll wake up refreshed, following a night of good quality sleep. A few tips to help children sleep through the night are;

  1. Set up a bedtime routine, including a regular time for going to bed at night to encourage good sleep patterns. The routine can include a bath after dinner, brushing teeth and reading a bedtime story.
  2. Relax before bedtime. It’s best to wind down at least 20 minutes before going to bed, with a bedtime story, listening to quiet soothing music or practising some bedtime meditation.
  3. Have regular sleep and wake times, as this helps keep children’s body clock in a regular pattern.
  4. If children are older than 5 years old, avoid daytime naps as this will make it harder for children to stay asleep through the night.
  5. Make sure there aren’t any extenuating reasons children aren’t sleeping at night – are they scared of the monster in the closet? Your child might need a night light to help them fall asleep.
  6. Make sure the bedroom is not too light, too noisy or too uncomfortable to sleep in.
  7. Put away the clocks and watches so children aren’t checking on the time when they should be sleeping.
  8. Ensure nutritional needs are being met – eating too much or too little at night will lead to an uncomfortable night’s sleep.
  9. Make sure children are getting plenty of natural light in the day – natural light from the sun suppresses melatonin, which helps you feel awake during the day and sleepy towards bedtime.
  10. Avoid caffeine! Children won’t be drinking coffee or energy drinks, but there is also caffeine in chocolate and cola, so they should be avoided in the afternoon.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

 

Positive bedtime routines to encourage sleep in toddlers; a short guide

 

If you’re looking to help children get to sleep at night, one of the best ways to manage this is to set up positive bedtime routines that you follow each night. This can help calm and soothe your child in the 20 minutes before bedtime, helping them to feel settled in for the night. If your child is getting to sleep later than you would like, you can start the routine earlier each night, gradually moving the bedtime earlier each night, until the desired time is reached.

The key to positive bedtime routines is to do similar activities in the same way each night, at least 20 minutes before your child’s bedtime. The activities can include things like having a bath, brushing teeth, reading a book or listening to classical music. For example, after dinner your child could take a bath, then spend 15 minutes reading a book or having a story read to them, before being put to bed with a goodnight kiss and cuddle. With positive bedtime routines in place, you can improve settling problems, decrease the number of times your child calls out to you at night, and this will in turn lead to better parent-child relationships.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/