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Family lunches and dinners: teaching your kids table manners.

Christmas is also the time of the year when we enjoy meals with family and friends and keeping small children happy for hours at the table is not always easy! A meal can turn into a nightmare if we do not teach our children table manners.

SOS morning routine: how to get out of the house on time in the mornings when you have small kids.

The alarm goes off and you’re late before you even start.

Mornings for parents with small kids are almost always a nightmare, and we almost always find ourselves racing against the clock.

The transition from bottle to cup: an important milestone for every baby

Is anything better than watching your newborn growing and changing every day?

Every waking moment, your baby is taking in new information about the world and there are so many important milestones to enjoy: the first time baby says “Mommy or Daddy”, potty training and, even if at times it is considered to be a less important milestone, moving on from a bottle to a free-flow beaker and then a cup is a significant stage in your child's development.

How to protect your kids from illness during the cold season

The cold season is just around the corner bringing with it the usual colds, coughs and flu. How can we stop our kids from catching colds, coughs and flu during the cold season?

Coming to terms with digital natives and tech-savvy toddlers

We often hear the term digital natives. But how many of us know what this really means? The term digital native describes a person that grows up in the digital age, rather than acquiring familiarity with digital systems as an adult.

What is better? Quantity or quality? Or rather, what is the best way to spend time with your children?

When we talk about time, above all the time spent with our children, there never seems to be enough. The most frequent questions parents ask themselves are, in fact, these: do we spend enough time with our children? Is it better to have quantity or quality?

Dealing with the Toddler tantrum and NO phase.

No, I don’t want that.. no, no, no!: did you ever imagine your toddler might reduce you to tears over a simple thing such as getting dressed?

This is the answer you get every time you try to get your toddler to do something! It’s the so-called “no-phase”, which your toddler goes through when he is about two, and rarely lasts more than a year or so.

Choosing the first family pet

You have been thinking about it for a while and now you're ready for the big step of getting a family pet, a new playmate for your child.

Children and shyness: how to deal with a shy and timid toddler

Not all children are outgoing and sociable. Lots of children are shy and hide behind Mom or Dad when they meet someone they do not know for the first time, or even refuse to play with other children at the park or nursery school.

Sibling rivalry when a new baby arrives: how to deal with jealousy?

The arrival of a new baby in a family is always a happy event, but it is also a huge adjustment for the older child, who may feel that the new baby is taking over their role in the family, and this can lead to sibling rivalry.

The power of colour

What is the first thing you associate with children? Toys of course, but above all crayons and drawing.

Kids love colouring in as a way of giving vent to their imagination.

Preparing to leave your toddler with a babysitter for the first time

Sooner or later almost all Mums will need to leave their toddler with a babysitter.

It's not easy, either for the parents or the child, who find themselves from one day to the next having to share their home with a stranger.

What’s the right way to make children understand that they’ve done something wrong?

Dear Mums, one of the things that happen when you become a Mum is that you suddenly find yourself surrounded by experts?!

Your mother, friends, work colleagues, and even the shop assistant of your favourite store, all seem to known exactly how you should be educating and bringing up YOUR children.

Bedtime on holiday: rituals to sleep well

Sleeping is perhaps one of the difficult topics to discuss when talking about babies and young children: above all when you’re on holiday.

Now that summer is here, we’re ready to go on holiday to visit new places, and our routines and habits change. Going away from home, being in a new place and getting into a new routine is not always easy, but with love, patience and a little advice, you will be able to sleep peacefully even on holiday!

How to use your air conditioning properly

It’s summer! And summer is hot; but heat can be dangerous and difficult to cope with. The first thing people tend to do is stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day with the air conditioning on, even in the car.

Paediatricians no longer have any doubts about air conditioning: use it! Everyone feels uncomfortable when it’s stuffy and hot, even kids. Young children have more difficulty in regulating their temperature and so can be more at risk from extreme temperatures.

But air conditioning, which is so useful when it’s hot and stuffy, needs to be used properly. Here are some simple rules to follow to keep your children cool and healthy!

My first suitcase

Are ready to go on holiday? Whatever the age of your kids, travelling is a pleasure, but if you don’t organise your trip properly it can turn into a nightmare for both you and your kids.

Packing is very important so here are our tips to help you remember what’s important to bring with you for your kids when you go on holiday.

Letting your kids go on holiday with their grandparents! To do or not to do?!

Let’s all admit it without feeling guilty: summer when you have a child doesn’t feel like freedom and relaxation anymore. Nurseries and summer camps close down, and we find ourselves having to cope with work (and the heat!), chores (and the heat!) and our kids (and the heat!) for almost two months, without having a moment to ourselves to relax.

How to make vegetables a lot less boring

Vegetables, are indispensable in any diet

A healthy diet must be varied and contain all the nutrients that the human body needs to function efficiently. Food awareness and eating habits start from childhood, so it is a good idea for parents to teach their children the basic rules right from when they are small, making sure they eat healthy, nutritious foods.

Going to the seaside with your kids: is it a holiday or simply stressful?

Dear parents, the time has come to talk about a topic that is dear to us all: going on holidays with small kids.

Summer is here at last and people are getting ready to go on holiday to many different locations, but the family holiday favourite is still the seaside. Going to the seaside with small kids can be more stressful than fun.

Swimming with your child

There are many reasons why it is important to teach your children to enjoy water.

Swimming is lots of fun and excellent exercise. Here are tips for taking your toddler swimming.

Summer and insect bites: how to protect your children.

Bees, wasps, mosquitoes and insects can turn summer into a nightmare. Children are almost always more susceptible to inspect bites, but with just a few simple precautions you can prevent and treat these problems yourself without having to go to the paediatrician.

Let's take a look at the pesky critters to be aware of and how to prevent being bitten and the natural remedies we can use, and not just for bites.

“Mommy, I don’t like this” Tips for parents of fussy eaters.

Who has not heard their kids say at least once “Mommy, I’m not eating this, I don’t like it!” We don’t think there’s a parent in the world who hasn’t worried about a toddler who refuses to eat or even taste food.

Sometimes getting your kids to eat is a battle of wills: they wiggle, kick, throw the cutlery on the floor and spit food. Most of the time, it’s just your child throwing a tantrum about food he doesn’t want to eat or even taste for lots of different reasons.

The development of childrens feet

We have all seen the wrinkled feet of a new-born baby, that are so soft and flawless, with toenails that seem to be painted on those tiny feet: they are the symbol of a new life that is beginning its journey through the world, on a path that your child still has yet to explore.

MUMMY I WANT TO DO IT! How children learn to become independent

Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child and allowing your children to become independent is a part of this very important process; encouraging your child through the many different stages of his or her development in the right way is the best way to help them become confident independent adults.

Children, dogs and puppies: some advice to help ensure that everyone is kept happy

It’s wonderful to see children and dogs grow up together and the benefits for both can be huge. Children and puppies can share a special bond that grows stronger as they grow up together.

However it can be challenging at times trying to manage a dog or a puppy and very young children, so we have some advice to help ensure that everyone is kept happy!

What should you do if your kids just won’t drink enough water?

Although it seems an obvious thing to say, water intake is very important, above all for children, because it keeps them healthy, helps digestion and eliminate toxins, and helps organs to function properly.

Don’t open that room! Keeping your kid’s bedroom tidy.

“What a mess!” If that is what you say every time you walk into your kid’s bedroom, then carry on reading!

Don’t worry, it’s not just you. Every day parents brave the challenge (more or less without fussing) of toys scattered all over the carpet, crumpled clothes thrown here and there, pacifiers hidden under the bed and building blocks waiting for them to step on (barefoot!).

Gardening with kids!

Whether you have a small balcony or a large garden, growing flowers and plants is a relaxing and enjoyable hobby for young and old alike.

Gardening is a great activity to enjoy with your children, because it can be a wonderfully educational too. The garden can be a great place to introduce them to the wonders of the natural world in a way that's fun for the whole family. Have you ever tried to get your children to grow and tend to plants and flowers? Today we want to tell you why you should start getting them to do this right away.

My first bike

We all remember our first time on a bike! Learning to ride a bicycle is one of life's milestones, a moment of great satisfaction for children and parents alike and a sort of rite towards independence, which is all about fun and play.

What to do when your child bites.

Biting is a normal part of development for babies and toddlers. They use their mouths to explore the world. Up to the age of 2 children tend to put everything into their mouths, from their hands to their toys. Children generally grow out of this type of biting by the age of 2, but if your toddler continues to bite, you need to understand why.

Teaching our kids to be kind!

Teaching manners to our children is a task that we parents deal with every single day. Today we want to talk about a topic that is dear to us all, kindness, not merely good manners, but using empathy and intelligence in our dealings with others. How can we teach our kids to be kind?

Coping with Spring fatigue

We have all experienced lethargy and sleepiness, above all in Spring. The same applies to children, who may be a little crotchety and even down in the dumps in Spring.

This is what is known as “Spring fatigue” that produces different symptoms. Let's take a look at the symptoms, understand the causes and defeat them.

SOS restaurant: is it really impossible to out for a meal with a young child?

Dear parents, let's admit it. From the day your child was born, even the simplest things seem impossible. Take for example going out to a restaurant for lunch or dinner: if you have young children, it can be a harrowing experience.

Spring is just around the corner ... with all its seasonal allergies.

Spring brings longer days, sunshine and warmer weather, making us want to be outdoors after spending so much time indoors during the winter months. But Spring also brings the very annoying problem of seasonal allergies of which so many people suffer, including children.

Taking a bike ride with your children: small gestures to make it a great experience!

Now that it is warmer, being outdoors with the family is such a pleasure, above all for families with young children. Taking a bike ride with your children is a lovely way to see the countryside and enjoy the outdoors.

Has the time come for my child to wear shoes?

Those who have been following us for some time know that a child’s first steps are a fundamental stage in his life. That is why it is important to know when the time has come for your child to wear his first shoes and how to prepare him for this novelty.

Mothers VS Morning Tantrums

Dear Mums and Dads,

Do you still remember those wonderful mornings when the only sound to wake you up was the alarm clock? And all you had to decide was whether you could lie in bed for another 5 minutes before starting your workday? Now the two of you are no longer alone, and every morning you have to deal with a problem takes a whole lot of courage to face in the mornings.

Let’s go shopping!

One thing that parents know is that going shopping with our kids can be exhausting! But sometimes we just can’t avoid it. The thought of kids running through the store, packages falling off the shelves, tantrums and truly daunting …. mission impossible!

What can we do to survive our shopping experience with our kids? Here is what we suggest.

Snack Time! Choose healthy nutritious snacks.

Snack time is probably the best time of the day for your kids! A snack is a small amount of food that is eaten between meals, but it just as important as any other meal and should be chosen carefully!

Snacks help to ensure a correct allocation of calories and nutrients throughout the day, making us feel less hungry, and helping keep your child’s weight well balanced.

Claudia and her first Carnival party as a ... superhero!

Dear Falcotto,

I'm Marta, mother of sweet three-year old Claudia.

For the first time this year I took her to a a fancy-dress party and I really must tell you what happened!

Leaving off your toddler’s nappy

Some time ago we talked about how to start potty training during the day. Today, we want talk about night-time potty training, which is very different to daytime potty training.

The importance of fairy tales at bedtime

In an era dominated by technology, animated movies, tablets and much more, reading bedtime stories to your kids is very important, and it is a moment that parents, grandparents and even teachers should share with children.

Listening to a fairy tale satisfies the child's natural desire to hear stories about things that happen, which generally develops at about the age of 2 and then further evolves when he or she is 6, when the child starts to read. Listening to a story develops what is known as narrative thought, namely the cognitive skills through which people structure their existence and give it meaning.

The first time you child sleeps in his very own bedroom

The time has come at last! Your child is finally going to sleep in his very own room. What can we do to make the transition to his own room happy and trauma-free?

The first thing to remember is that there is no rule for when a child should start sleeping on his own; this is up to his parents, since no one better than they know what their children need and what is best for them.

"Fireworks are scary Mom!"

Dear Falcotto,

My name is Rossella and I want to tell what happened a couple of days ago while I was at a mountain resort with my little Andrea.

My lively playful little son has just turned 2, and he is always on the go! This winter we took him on a mountain holiday for the first time and right away he wanted to learn how to ski. But what I want to tell you is not about his sports skills, but about what happened on New Year’s Eve.

Dressed or over-dressed? How to dress your children properly in winter?

Now that temperatures have plummeted, the first thing parents ask themselves is how to dress their children.

The problem is the same for everyone: should I dress my kids so that they are super warm, or should I dress them in layer with sweaters and jumpers? I have no doubts. Dressing in layers is always best.

The excitement of your child’s first time on the snow

The best thing about this time of the year, besides Christmas, is snow. For children a soft white blanket of snow that changes the landscape, is truly magical!

Today, we want to talk to you about how to cope that first holiday on the snow with your children, how to dress them and what you absolutely must not forget to put in your bag to ensure that the whole family has fun.

How Sofia met the “Real” Santa Claus

Dear Falcotto,

I am Agnes, Mother of Sofia who is two and a half years old. You must know that my adorable little monkey is obsessed with Christmas. Last year she discovered Christmas for the first time, and since then she has done nothing but talk about Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas gifts and above all Santa Claus!

Christmas = Cakes. How can we avoid an excess of sugars at Christmas?

When we say Christmas, what is the first thing you think of? After the gifts and ornaments of course, the first think you think of is cakes and sweets. December is one of the happiest times of the year: there are so many cakes and treats to tempt us, and so many occasions to enjoy a meal with friends and relatives and indulge yourself.

Let’s decorate the house together for Christmas, with kid-friendly decorations!

Brightly coloured Christmas lights, a crackling fire in the fireplace and the smell of cookies. Christmas, the most magical time of the year is just around the corner!

A holiday that is truly unique and special, above all for children! And like every other year, the time has come to put up your Christmas decorations. Every family has its own secrets and ways to turn their home into sparkling village, but what should we bear in mind if we have a small child in our home?

Giulio and his fear…of strangers!

Dear Falcotto,

My name is Roberta, mother of Giulio, a sweet little boy who is almost one.

Giulio has always a very sociable happy little boy, with friends and relatives alike Whenever I took him out for a walk in his stroller and we met friends, he always smiled and seemed to be relax and happy. Some time ago however, I notice a change in him.

Playing with autumn leaves

Whoever said autumn was a gloomy season? Trees are covered in leaves in a multitude of colours: from red to yellow, green to brown; a natural rainbow that that is a joy to behold for both young and old.

How do Children’s Memory Skills Develop?

We have always been told that children start to remember things at about the age of 3 or 4. As a matter of fact, according to many researchers some babies are able to remember things that happened at about the age of 2, above all if they were things that they talk about with their parents right away.

Margherita and her bad dreams

Dear Falcotto,

I am Anna, mother of Margherita, a very lively little girl who is almost 3. I am writing to tell about the bad dreams my daughter had several times this summer.

Baby’s first haircut

The time has come.. for baby’s first haircut! Children lose their baby hair after 12 months; only then will you know if your baby’s hair is going to be dark or blonde, straight or curly. That is why most babies have their first real trim at about 12 months.

How to help baby learn to talk

Mothers are often concerned about whether or not their baby’s speech is developing normally. The problem is that some babies just don’t want to start talking!

At more or less 21 months of age, babies say several simple words and their vocabulary expands rapidly. By the age of 2 your baby will know more or less 300 words and string together a few words in short phrases of two to four words.

Learning how to brush our teeth

As soon as your baby’s first tooth comes in, get him used to the idea of tooth brushing, which must be done very thoroughly.

Although milk teeth fall out to make room for permanent teeth, you should not think that they don’t need brushing, and remember that proper dental hygiene right from the start ensures the correct development of dental arches.

Luca talks in his sleep!

Dear Falcotto,

I'm the mother of Luca, a very lively mischievous 2 year old.

Like most children of his age, now that it’s summer Luca loves to run and play, and never stops a moment.

Your child’s first birthday parties!

There is nothing more exciting for a child than going to a birthday party, or better still having his very own birthday party. Your child’s first birthday parties are truly special magical moments for parents and children alike.

Getting ready for the first day at nursery school

September is a month of big changes for parents of 3 year olds: because September is the month when they start nursery school!

This is a very important stage in a child's life because not only is it yet another step towards autonomy and socialization, but also the very first time a child is truly separated from his or her family. What can we do to make things as easy as possible for both children and parents?

Risks at the Beach: survival hints

I know, summer is here at last, and you just can’t wait to go to the beach with your kids. Soft sea sand to walk on, iodine-rich sea air and sunshine ... there are so many reasons why the seaside is so good for our children.

Your Child’s First Flight

Is this the first time your child is flying?

Travelling with your child is no longer difficult and, as you will see, it will be an unforgettable experience.

When Paolo went missing at the campsite

Dear Falcotto,

My name is Franca, mother of Paolo. I am writing to you to tell you about an unpleasant, but amusing, escapade that Paolo got into a couple of weeks ago.

Summer and Thunderstorms: Thunder is So Scary!

Summer is not just about sunny days, but also about thunderstorms. Summer thunderstorms can be quite violent, with thunder, lightning and strong winds.

And what you will hear in almost every family during a thunderstorm is always the same. "Mummy, I’m scared!"

“Mom, I’m scared of the sea!”

Dear Falcotto,

My name is Roberta and I'm writing to tell you about something that happened while I was at the beach with my little son Alberto, who is just two years old.

Last weekend, taking advantage of the fact that it was a beautiful day and my husband was not working, we decided to take a quick run to the sea with Alberto for a breath of fresh air.

SOS hot weather: What you need to know about heat exhaustion and heat strokes

Summer is all about beach games and outdoor fun, but your should not allow your children to spend too much time in the sun, in order to avoid problems caused by heat.

Heat stroke may occur from prolonged exposure to high temperatures -- usually in combination with high levels of humidity and dehydration -- which leads to failure of the body's temperature control system. Children are particularly susceptible to heat stroke because their bodies have not yet developed a temperature control system, namely the physical ability to control body temperature.

The benefits of a mountain holiday for your children

Yay! The holidays are here! If the beaches are too crowded and hot for you, why not opt for a mountain holiday?

Many families, even those with very small children, choose a mountain holiday to escape the chaos of seaside resorts and find some respite from the summer heat.

Ways to enjoy the sun safely and protect your child's skin from sunburn

Summer is finally here: and the time has come to go to the beach.

The sun is very good for children, because it keeps bone healthy and boosts the immune system. Moreover, sea air is a natural nebuliser that nature has given us; and salty sea air by the coast does wonders for the respiratory system.

But while your children are building sand castles and swimming with Mummy or Daddy, don't forget to protect your child's skin from one of the most common dangers of the summer: sunburn!

Eleonora stampedes ... the stage!

Dear Falcotto,

I am Claudia, the mother of two beautiful girls: Sara, aged 7 and Eleonora, who is almost 3.

I am writing to tell you about an embarrassing but funny thing that happened to me last week at my older daughter's first dance recital.

Baby's first favourite toy

In order to grow up and relate to others, your child needs a toy to interact with. These objects take on a mental value that helps your child in the transition from a condition of total dependence on his Mother, to a more autonomous phase, where the mother figure is symbolised. In this phase, your child will also realise that Mom is not always there to meet his every need. He will discover that he is a separate and different person from his mother and will start to understand the difference between his inner world and the reality that surrounds him, which is not always exactly what he wants.

How to choose your child's first shoes

It seems just yesterday that you were holding your baby protectively in your arms. Then after learning how to sit up and crawl all alone, your child is now standing up, ready to explore the world and prove what he or she can do. Your child is growing up and is ready to face those first challenges: learning to walk is an important milestone that you must help your child to achieve in the best possible way.