Practical Parenting: D is for


DADDY – one of the two most important people in our children’s lives. Whatever tradition or culture we grew up in, there is enough neuro-science available now in the 21st century for us to know “Dad play” plays a vital role in our sons and daughters development. Dad’s will typically do the rough and tumble with our children; this provides a vital learning for children in the early years, about trust and encouragement, which leads to confidence!

Dads will often encourage us to stretch our physical abilities on the climbing frames or trees in the garden or park. They will typically provide more energetic play, with more testosterone to burn up! This allows all the gross motor play to be well exercised, which in turn activates all the toning of fine motor movements for reading and writing. End of day play before heading to bath-time and bed is a wonderful way for the family to destress from the office and school together.


Dads, if you ever wondered if you were needed at home at the end of the day, the answer is a resounding YES! Choose to actively get involved in the process of calming the day down through play, supper, bathing and bedtime stories. Working out a daily routine between Mom and Dad with the common goal of getting children to bed and then landing some couple time in the peace and quiet of your home is a great way to end each day.

About parentcoachsa

Steph has over 30 year's experience working with families to design child care solutions and supporting parents to be the best parents they can be. In addition she has worked with corporates to find work-life balance solutions for their staff. As a practitioner I have become increasingly aware that work-life balance has become a critical issue, particularly in an age in which the demands of work are often at odds with home and family life. I am passionate about family life, it is the catalyst for every other relationship we have - in every other area of life, we expect to study, get a qualification, try something on appro , we want to feel in control - however it is the one area of life, that none of the above applies - Babies do not arrive with a parenting manual! It is my privilege as a Parent and Life Coach, to partner with you as you take hold of the challenges you are facing in your family, in your life and work with you , supporting you to achieve the decisions and outcomes you are choosing for your family and for your life. It is my job, to keep you on track, to cheer you on, when the "going gets tough". Through coaching, understanding of yourself and your child, and his or her phase of development will enable you to consciously develop a parenting style that will benefit you and your family.
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