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I Can’t Do It! | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

How can we can help them without doing that?

We can:

  • encourage our child to feel good about what they can do (not what they can’t)
  • ask them to “give it three tries” before we help
  • add an element of fun or play
  • make it easy to succeed (if the shoes keep going on the wrong foot, put a dot on the inside of each shoe so they can match it)
  • give choices rather than directions (“Would you like to put away your books or your toys?”)

We really mustn’t:

  • criticise, judge or ‘correct’ their efforts (children at this age really do want to please us and if we always rework their attempts they have every right to give up!)

We have to be willing to let our child make mistakes as they learn their independence.

And, if we still get a lot of resistance we may need to take a step back. Our child may need some more one-on-one time with us until their natural desire to be independent takes over again.


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Supporting Scissor Skills | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

When your child is ready, introduce the scissors.

  • Position their wrist so that the thumb is turned upward, the thumb joint resting inside the thumb loop.
  • Make sure the tip of the middle finger is inside the opposite loop. Some scissors have enough space for both the middle and ring fingers to be positioned inside this loop – most children seem to prefer this when learning.
  • Place the index finger outside the loop, in front of the middle finger serving as a guide.
  • Many children need help positioning their wrist correctly in the ‘thumbs up’ position. A helpful strategy is to hold the paper above eye level or tape it to the wall so that the child is cutting upwards – this automatically positions their wrist correctly. (Another tip is to  draw something on the thumbnail of their cutting hand, and remind your child that they should always be able to see it while they’re cutting.)

Provide lots of safe items to cut (cutting playdough sausages is nice and easy and it doesn’t matter whe

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I’m Bored! | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

How Do We Help?
  1. We listen. Listening opens the communication channels.
  2. We connect. Just by chatting and snuggling, our child will probably get the ‘refuelling’ they need and be on their way fairly quickly. Most of the time when children are whiny and unable to focus, it’s because they need more deep connection time with us.
  3. We encourage. Once we’re confident that our child has a full ‘love tank’ we can revisit the what to do question (if they don’t already have some ideas themselves). We just keep reminding them that figuring out how to enjoy their own time is something they must learn for themselves (but of course we can help brainstorm the possibilities).

It’s not only okay to let our child be bored, it’s important that we do so; their boredom means we’re doing our job as a parent.


Lightbulb Learning Childcare is a brand new Mt Wellington affordable daycare near Hamlin Hill offering quality care and affordable education for children aged 3 months to 5 years old.

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It’s Time for the Big Bed | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

Moving to a big bed can be unsettling for your child. They may get out of bed just because they can, and it may require several attempts on your part to keep them there.

Have patience, give lots of comfort and praise, and be prepared to ‘rinse and repeat’ for a few nights or even weeks. They’ll get there in the end!


Lightbulb Learning Childcare is a brand new Mt Wellington childcare located next to Hamlin Hill Regional Park offering quality care and affordable education for children aged 3 months to 5 years old.

If you feel that you need a childcare centre to support your child’s great start in life, feel free to email us at hello@lightbulblearning.co.nz or you may call 573 5049. Come and visit us at Lightbulb Learning Childcare.

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