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“Mom, I want that!” Let’s teach our kids little self-control

Let’s admit it: when you have a small child, every time you go shopping it’s hard not to give in to every “whim” and tantrum.

Teaching your child to ride a bike: 4 tips for parents.

For kids learning to ride a bicycle is one of life's milestones, some kids learn right away, others take a little longer. But it is always a moment of great satisfaction for children and parents alike.

Why is it wrong to say to children “don't cry!”

Mothers and Fathers listen up! How many times have you said to your child “Don't cry!”?! At least a million times!

Would you ever have thought that something so direct and simple, would actually be pointless or even the wrong thing to say in your child’s most emotionally unstable moments?

Let us tell you why.

Books grow up with your kids: children’s library 0 to 3 years of age

There is well-established evidence base to show that the first five years of a child’s life are critical to cognitive, language and emotional development and later life outcomes The enjoyment of reading, in early years, has the greatest positive impact on life outcomes, and creates great bonding time between parents and children

The importance of choosing the right shoe size.

We, at Falcotto, know how very important your child’s first steps are! Choosing the size and shoe model for your child has a huge impact on the correct development of growing feet. When parents choose shoes for their child (above all that all-important first pair of shoes), they need to consider many different aspects.

Children watch (and imitate) what we do

When I grow up I want to be like Mom or Dad: how many times have we heard our children say that? Children, as we know, tend to imitate everything adults do, starting from their parents.

Your child’s first drawings

Dear parents, watching our children grow is such a rewarding experience. How exciting it is for parents to watch their children as they start to draw, or rather, scribble.

Knowing that this is their way of expressing their emotions, will help you understand right from the start what your child likes most.

So prepare yourself psychologically to see the walls of your home become an art gallery!

Let’s play together! Rules for adults who want to play with (and like) their children!

If you think about childhood and children, the first thing that comes to mind is playtime. There is nothing little ones like more than to play: by themselves, with friends and, most of all, with mum and dad!

Children and sleep: how does the way they sleep change in their first 3 years of life?

Have you ever noticed how, in the space of 3 years the way your child falls asleep, and how they sleep, changes radically?

Dear mums, are you ready to wean your baby?

Tantrums, tears, bowls thrown on the floor and baby food on their clothes, high-chair, as well as on the ceiling. Dear parents, you’ve already understood today’s topic, right? And so, welcome to the magical period of weaning, when not even the most entertaining games are able to stop the tantrums of children who refuse to eat.

Their first time out in the snow? Suggestions and tips for making the most of it.

One of the most enjoyable experiences in wintertime, excluding Christmas celebrations, is snow. Children literally go wild as they watch it through the window from the warmth of their home, or making snowmen outside and leaping about playfully; it is a sensation you will never forget. Above all, if it’s their first time!

“My son is only happy when he’s looking at a screen! What can I do?"

Generation z or digital natives, whatever you want to call them, they’re all the same: super-technological, tablet or smartphone or even a computer always in hand. So what do we do to get our children out of this screen prison?

A pyjama party for under 5s

Do you remember your first pyjama party? The excitement of sleeping over at your best friend’s house, with everyone wearing pyjamas, reading fairy stories, telling each other secrets and watching cartoons under the blankets.

Raising bilingual children

Today we live in an increasingly globalised, multicultural society. Which is why it is so important today for children to grown up in contexts where they can experience all this. Learning a foreign language is the first step in giving children a sincere appreciation for diversity and they should therefore start learning the new language as young as possible.

How to get your child to take medicine? 9 clever tips on how to make the medicine go down.

Children are often an easy target for viruses and bacteria because their immune system is not yet fully developed.

Most parents will agree that nurseries and school are breeding grounds for coughs and colds. This happens above all in winter when children are forced to stay indoors, often in overheated rooms with lots of other children.

Sugar overload at Christmas? 8 suggestions to keep your kids healthy.

The festive season has officially begun, with all the magic it brings. Snow, fairy lights, presents and, of course, sugary foods!

How many gifts are there under the Christmas tree? Or how to stop your kids from getting too many gifts

A whole year spent teaching children that they cannot have all the toys they want and then Christmas comes along and ruins everything!

I am sure that this is something that goes through a parent’s mind at least once! At Christmas if you have young children it’s so hard to limit the number of presents under the Christmas tree.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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 screams...is 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.

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!

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.

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.