This is the podcast for all your questions regarding the upbringing and development of your child(ren)! A helpline that's been specially created to help all those parents/guardians who are so overwhelmed with advice that they can no longer see the wood for the trees. Coaches Amber and Laurie share practical tips, valuable insights and useful facts based on questions that have been submitted by our listeners. For example, they discuss why your baby is unable to fall asleep without you, why your toddler wants to do absolutely everything themself, why timeouts are pointless, and the best way to start potty training. We give you the answers! All of which are based on the knowledge and experience of educational experts, on scientific research and on the working methods of childcare organisation CompaNanny. Listen in every two weeks and find inspiration for everything you come across when raising your child(ren).
*Please note that the podcast is only in Dutch
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Reading aloud is important for your child's language development, but is good for much more than that! Coaches Amber and Laurie will tell you why reading aloud is important from young to old, what good reading aloud entails, and how to make it fun for yourself. And of course, book tips will be shared!
Please note that the podcast is in Dutch.
There's a lot involved in expanding a family, and having a sibling can be challenging for the oldest child. In this episode, coaches Laurie and Amber discuss what you can do to prepare your oldest child for the arrival of a sibling. How do you include him or her in this and what can you do if jealousy is involved?
Please note: the podcast is only in Dutch
Taking your child to daycare for the first time can be exciting for you as a parent and certainly for him or her. How can you prepare your child for this and help them get used to it more easily? Laurie and Amber answer a listener question, give practical tips, and discuss what good quality childcare entails and what it can contribute to the foundation that is laid during this early childhood period.
Please note that the podcast is in Dutch
Getting children to eat healthy can be a challenge, as can keeping them sociable at the table. How well your child eats can also be an expression of autonomy. Laurie and Amber address listener questions about how, as a parent, you ensure that everyone in the family is comfortable and fun at the table, eats what's on the plate and what you can do if your child doesn't want to eat (enough). They discuss basic rules, give practical tips and tell what they used to do with food they didn't like.
Please note that the podcast is in Dutch.
In this special episode, Amber and Laurie delve into previously discussed topics of De Opvoedcast, using listener questions that have not yet been answered. They talk about playing together or alone, kids who challenge by being naughty, daytime naps, contact with your baby in the belly and how to best react when you get caught in bed. Listen in and submit your own question!
In this episode, Amber and Laurie answer questions about children's sexual development. Every child comes to an age where they begin to discover their bodies. Curiosity and lack of embarrassment can then create new, unusual or uncomfortable situations. How do you guide your toddler in a positive way in this development?
Digital media is a must for the children growing up today. Together with mediacoach Jacqueline Kleijer, from Bureau Jeugd & Media, Amber and Laurie discuss how you can teach your child to use digital media in a safe and balanced way.
They talk about screen time, basic rules, balance and sharenting. Listen quickly via the web player or buttons at the bottom of this page!
The episode also talks about tips for apps/programs/websites, see the list below:
Even more tips can be found on the Mediasmarties website.
And if you want to learn how to turn on internet filters or set a time limit on the computer, you can check out this tutorial.
You can also read more information and guidelines in the blog of Bureau Jeugd & Media on screen time.
Timidity is a phase that every child goes through, but can be very difficult. Laurie and Amber explain exactly what it entails and why it is a helpful phase though!
Listener questions are answered about what you can do if your child has a strong preference for one parent or how to handle a child who becomes scared and insecure when there are visitors.
Connecting and communicating with your baby is not only important for bonding and their sense of safety and security. It is also something important to help your baby in his or her development. You can do this in many ways and it can be very accessible, Laurie and Amber discuss what you can think of. For example, start seeing the nappy changing time as quality time! Listen in soon for a new collection of tips!
In response to a listener question, Laurie and Amber explain when it is best to start potty training and how to go about it. They do this together with Dr. Anka Nieuwhof-Leppink, the pee and poop expert of The Netherlands.
They discuss that a child must be ready both physically and mentally and how you can recognize that as a parent. Different methods and tricks are discussed, as well as why it is important that a child is self-motivated. But also what can you do as parents in case of accidents or a relapse? Listen now and learn all about it!
Independence is more than being able to put on your own coat. Coaches Laurie and Amber explain what else is involved. And tell how you can encourage this, even at baby age. For example, why should you not say "no" too quickly and how can you let your child think for itself? How sensible is it to prepare your child for disappointment?
Letting your child grow up into an independent person is one of the main goals of parenting, but at the same time children can often do much more than we think. That is why, for example, it is important to give your child choices. How to do that in the right way, you'll hear in this episode!
For this topic we are inspired by the communication method of How2Talk2Kids, a great way to communicate effectively with children, which is also widely used at the locations of CompaNanny.
In this first episode of De Opvoedcast you get to meet podcast host Amber and regular speaker Laurie, CompaNanny’s pedagogic expert. Together they discuss how children play, including the different types of play and the skills children learn from them. They answer that age-old question of how to teach your child to share and also explain why it is not always so important. They advise on how best to play with your child at home and how to keep it fun. But also how you as a parent/guardian should deal with a child who has no sense of danger.
Do you want to know why ‘Because I say so’ doesn’t work so well with your child? Are you curious about how you can prevent conflicts? Or do you wonder if it’s still okay for you to get angry? Then listen to this second episode of De Opvoedcast. Amber and Laurie tell you all about why it makes no sense to punish your child(ren), why timeouts don’t work, and how sticker charts and reward systems can be counterproductive. But more importantly: they also tell you what does work and when you as a parent/guardian should walk away from a situation. Are you going to listen?
Not everyone finds it easy to fall asleep independently. In this episode of De Opvoedcast, Amber and Laurie talk about why children really need to learn to do this and how best you can approach the issue. They discuss why you should not make afternoon naps shorter, and whether or not you should leave your child(ren) to cry when they are going to sleep. They also talk about why children do not want to go to bed or that an active child may well actually be very tired. Learning to sleep is a process, one in which you as a parent/guardian play an important role. Not only for your child’s needs, but also for your own.