Child Care News for Parents & Carers
March 1, 2017
Welcome, this week the reasons why taking care of yourself will make you a better parent and the pros and cons of interactive books.
A timely reminder on the importance of looking after yourself
by Victoria Gibbs a Psychologist from Carers Connection

Today, like most days, I woke up to my 1-year-old screaming the house down at 4:30am. I burst out of bed to pat his back in an effort to keep him quiet so his screaming didn't wake up my 3-year-old in the next room – to no avail.

My 3-year-old clambers out of bed and the day begins: "Mummy, I want porridge", "Where's my racing car?", "I want to watch TV" (persistent 1-year-old screams in the background), all before I've barely had a chance to rub my eyes and tame my bed hair. Sound familiar?

Never has there been a more demanding role than that of a parent. It takes more patience, energy, sacrifice and unconditional love than anything I've ever experienced. And of course, at the end of the day, we love our children and they are totally worth every bit of effort we can afford them.
Do interactive books count as screen time?
With so much attention on the negatives of screen time but with so much technology available to parents today, sitting in the middle of it all are digital kids’ books.

With colourful buttons, interactive narration and plenty of bells and whistles, do these enhanced e-books encourage an interest in reading and promoted early literacy, or are they just another form of screen time?
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