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Sunette Steyn

Why is it important to develop fine motor skills?

June 19, 2019| Sunette Steyn|

“Fine motor skills are those that involve a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers and thumb. With the development of these skills, a child is able to complete important tasks such as writing, feeding oneself, buttoning and zippering. These abilities gradually develop through experience and exposure to a variety of toys, materials and even foods.” – Patty Bunce, Occupational Therapist Basically the main reason why it is so important to develop fine motor skills from infancy, is for their little hands to develop dexterity and strength. Fine motor skills are used for everyday tasks such as buttoning up a shirt, opening a lunchbox, tying shoelaces, using cutlery, etc. It is also used for academic purposes such as colouring, drawing, writing, cutting and pasting. Without the ability to perform everyday tasks such as the ones mentioned, your child will have no self-esteem and might not be…    read more 

The Importance of a Routine for your Children

June 19, 2019| Sunette Steyn|

The Journal of Family Psychology released an article in 2002 named, A Review of 50 Years of Research on Naturally Occurring Family Routines and Rituals: Cause for Celebration? The article was written by Barbara H. Fiese, Thomas J. Tomcho, Michael Douglas, Kimberly Josephs, Scott Poltrock, and Tim Baker for Syracuse University. This research that started 50 years ago, suggests that family routines are related to parenting competence, child adjustment, and marital satisfaction. Studies suggest that routines can also promote children’s language acquisition, academic skills, social skills, and emotional bond with their parents. I remember growing up with routines. We had a set routine at home, a routine to follow when we go on vacation and even a routine at my grandparents’ house. My parents really felt the need to keep us in a routine, even over the weekends we had a routine, a much more relaxed one, but we had one….    read more 

How to Bond With Your Children

June 19, 2019| Sunette Steyn|

A very wise lady once told me: “It isn’t enough that we tell our children we love them. We need to put our love into action every day for them to feel it.” This small statement has changed the way I look at relationships. Not only parent-child relationships, but all relationships in general. For me, it is a very powerful thing. This also has a lot to do with bonding with your children. Every parent wants the best for their children. They want them to learn, develop and be geniuses. And that is perfectly fine. But you also need to remember that children are flawed, fragile, wonderful little people. And sometimes they need a relationship with us that is more about nurturing and bonding than about checking something else off the to-do list. So try one of these 8 ways to bond with your child, to slow down and just…    read more 

The Importance of Bonding with your Children

June 19, 2019| Sunette Steyn|

One of the very first things that you are told when finding out that you are expecting a child, usually goes something like this: “You have to start bonding with your baby.” This is not only being said to the mothers, but also to the fathers. Unfortunately, for most people, they do not know how or why to bond with their children. It might sound a bit strange, I mean, how can you not know how or why to bond with your child? There are so many answers to this very question! What is Bonding? According to KidsHealth, “Bonding is the intense attachment that develops between parents and their baby. It makes parents want to shower their baby with love and affection and to protect and care for their little one. Bonding gets parents up in the middle of the night to feed their hungry baby and makes them attentive…    read more