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with your weight loss? Did you want to start that new activity/exercise routine in 2014? • Ater setting your goals, think about how you want to reward yourself for succeeding. Working towards something is always more motivating, for example, having your hair done or a pedicure, buying something special when you achieve your irst goal! • Practice Impulse Control. If you are inding it hard to stick to your weight loss program, use impulse control to divert your attention and do something else, for example, have a glass of water if you feel hungry, walk the dog, do some gardening or fold the socks! • Refresh. Remind yourself daily why you are on this journey and what you want to achieve with it.



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outDoor plAy he sight of children playing in the streets seems to be long gone in many parts of New Zealand, but the wane of outdoor play also means losing many of the learning beneits.

· Understand complex speech and language patterns like phonology, lexis, grammar and syntax · Develop more complex skills around friendships and social engagement

he great outdoors is one of the oldest play places in the world, where children play some of the most interesting games. Playing outside today is rare as children:

How parents can encourage their kids to play outside

· Spend more time indoors in front of the television or computer and being ferried everywhere in the car. · Parents worry about stranger danger and playing on roads (rightly so!) and tend to prefer our kids to be supervised indoors. · Some experts say this “over-sanitised” approach is leading to the rise in learning and health conditions such as dyspraxia, asthma and obesity. · Parents should, of course, protect their children by teaching them about stranger danger and road safety, but also ind ways of making outdoor ‘free’ play safe.

he fun of outdoor play Besides being out in the fresh air, one of the big beneits of outdoor play versus indoor play is being free from parental and adult constraints. One theory says all the jeers, taunts, calls, rhymes and teasing that go on when adults aren’t around actually give children the chance to:

Try these ideas to encourage outdoor play: · Encourage young children to play outside at least once a day - even when the weather is bad. Children need to experience all types of weather, so don’t allow bad weather to stop. Just dress appropriately. · As your child gets older, teach them road safety skills and walk around your suburb with them to help them become streetwise and get to know people. · Talk to your child about stranger danger and teach them what to do in an emergency. · Look for places where your child can play outside, even if you don’t have a backyard. hink about local parks or even on the footpath outside home if the street is generally free of traic. · Make sure your child knows how to travel by bus, tram or train by doing it regularly together. · When children are old enough to go out alone develop a protocol: they should always let you know where they are going and with whom; check in regularly with you or other trusted adults. · As children get older encourage them to go on ‘everyday adventures’ and to take ‘safe risks’.


tantrums in olDer kiDs Yes, tantrums are meant to be a feature of the terrible twos but now here you are with a kindy kid and you’re still getting some tantrums. Don’t despair – you’re not alone! Why do tantrums happen? Tantrums usually occur when your child is frustrated, stressed or tired, and with limited means to communicate how he’s feeling, he vents all his strong emotions in one long tirade that is a tantrum. As your child matures, he will develop better ways of communicating how he feels – mainly through language – and so tantrums naturally tend to decrease with age. If, however, your child is still tearing into a tantrum on a regular basis, you should consider whether he has developed the right vocabulary to express how he’s feeling. · Ensure that she understands that she can talk to you about how she feels.

Perhaps ask her questions that may open the door to this type of self-expression. · Don’t reward his behavior. Your preschooler may view throwing a tantrum as a tool to getting what he wants, so be sure that you don’t give in to his demands while he’s displaying out of control behavior. · Try putting a reward system in place that may encourage calm and appropriate behavior in situations that would ordinarily result in a tantrum. · Oten kids react strongly to situations that they don’t feel prepared for, so give timed warnings when you are about to do something that might result in a tantrum.

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