Creativity is key — Brainboost Box Blog

We often assume creative people are artistic, and whilst to some extent this is true, it is really only half the story. Creativity as a skill refers to the ability to look at problems and situations in novel ways and the ability to express and communicate ideas to others. Creative people are better able to…

Boys Falling Behind Girls in Early Years

Boys are twice as likely to struggle with early language and communication than girls a recent study by the University of Bristol has revealed. As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Assessment (EYFS) children at the end of their reception year should be able to listen to simple instructions and then answer a series of…

Sensitivity to Teasing

Teasing is an inevitable part of growing up. However, some children can be more sensitive to it than others, with some researchers suggesting that brighter children can be more sensitive than their peers. Whatever the reasons for your child’s sensitivity, it is important to deal with it carefully, acknowledging their concerns, whilst helping them build…

Setting Limits

Whilst this strategy might look at first glance as though it can only be used to effectively discipline children, it is in fact useful for setting expectations about behaviour in our children. It is a positive tool for promoting good behaviour, rather than one which teaches consequences. Its basic premise is one which always seeks…

Five low-cost activities for half-term

Keeping children entertained can be harder than you think, particularly if you want to avoid huge chunks of time in front of screens. Days out are great but they can become very expensive. These are my five favourite activities which I have played with my children over countless school holidays: Plan, shop, and cook a meal…

Promoting a love of reading

We all want our children to develop a love of reading. This skill more than any other can propel our children academically whilst giving them hours of pleasure as they become completely absorbed in a story. However, for some children the path to enjoyment is not an easy one as they struggle to find the…

Why children need to play

At my parenting seminars I am often asked about how much time school-aged children should have to play each day. The common issue seems to be afterschool activities and homework leave very little time for anything else. My answer is always the same…

Managing children’s computer time

One of the most common questions I get asked about in my Positive Discipline seminars is how to manage ‘technology time’. Here are my top five tips:

How Lego supports child development

With so many electronic and battery powered gadgetry on the market it can be hard to find toys which children find engaging yet stimulate creativity, promote intellectual and physical development more than good old fashioned Lego.

Boosting children’s confidence

A child doesn’t have to be an extrovert to be confident. Confident children are simply comfortable in their own skins, and believe they can achieve anything they set their minds to, which allows them to cope better with academic and social challenges. Here are three proven ways you can boost your child’s confidence: