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Supermarket Tantrums

The classic supermarket tantrum!

We’ve all been there (and if we haven’t, we’ve held our breath imagining it!) – the howling toddler in the trolley or the wailing preschooler lying on the floor in the biscuit aisle.

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It’s a rite of passage for parents. When faced with a little one in full meltdown mode, here are some tips to help you navigate the storm:

Stay Calm:

Remember that tantrums are normal at this age. Take a deep breath and keep your cool.

Gentle but Firm Words:

Use a few gentle but firm words to calm the child. Avoid yelling.

Ignore the Behaviour:

Sometimes, waiting for the storm to pass is the best strategy.

Additionally, consider these preventive measures:


Stick to a daily routine so your child knows what to expect.

Plan Ahead:

Run errands when your child isn’t hungry or tired.

Offer Choices:

Let your child make appropriate choices (e.g., red shirt or blue shirt).

Praise Good Behaviour:

Reinforce positive actions with extra attention.

Avoid Triggers:

Steer clear of areas with tempting toys or treats.

Hang in there! You’re not alone in this parenting adventure. 🌟

Confident and Calm

Helping your anxious preschooler thrive in new environments

A Plan for Anxiety

Reducing surprises and creating a sense of predictability can significantly ease anxiety for toddlers when they encounter new situations. Here are some practical strategies:

Rehearsing: Just like practicing lines for a play, rehearsing new experiences can help. For instance, if your child is starting school, visit the school grounds together on weekends. Let them explore the playground, find their classroom, and locate the toilet. Discuss what they’ll do if they feel stuck or lost. This familiarity reduces anxiety.

Label Feelings: Encourage your child to express their emotions. When they feel anxious, help them put words to their feelings. This process helps them understand and manage their emotions better.

Hypothetical Scenarios: Ask “What if?” questions. For example, if they’re learning to catch a bus, discuss scenarios: “What if you miss your stop? How will you use your bus card?” These discussions prepare them for real-life situations.

Remember, consistency and patience are key. By providing a plan and rehearsing, you empower your child to navigate new environments with confidence! 

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  • Writer's pictureJoelle Pretorius

FamilyBoost is a new childcare payment designed to help eligable families with young children manage the rising costs of early childhood education (ECE). The payment will be equal to 25% of ECE fees already paid by households, with a maximum weekly refund of up to $75. FamilyBoost will be available for ECE fees paid from 1 July 2024, with the first refunds being made in October.


We Are Ready!

We are pleased to confirm that Future Kids will continue to provide weekly invoices, which will soon also contain IRD compliant information, required by families to submit to IRD for their FamilyBoost quarterly payment.

Are you eligable?

Being eligible for FamilyBoost will depend on who cares for your children, your household income and the type of childcare you pay for.

You may be able to receive FamilyBoost if:

How to get FamilyBoost:

You will be able to register for and claim FamilyBoost in myIR.  If you do not have a myIR account, you will need to create one.  Click here.

And then you will be able to register for Family Boost: Click here. You only need to register once.


You can register from mid-September 2024.

To register you will need:

·    a myIR login

·    an IRD number for each child attending Early Childhood Education (ECE) 

·    your bank information

·    your partner’s details.



From 1 July 2024, start saving copies of invoices from Future Kids Preschool. You will need to save these as an image or PDF file.

If your children go to different ECE providers, you will need invoices from each ECE provider.

You can submit your claim for FamilyBoost from 1 October 2024.

You will need to make a new claim for each 3-month period.

I hope this helps you navigate your way to a little cash in your pocket.

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  • Writer's pictureJoelle Pretorius

Encouraging children to clean their plate may not be the best idea. In fact in this day and age it is considered an outdated notion. Yet many parents still promote the “clean plate club” because that’s how they were raised. As adults we would not eat food we didn’t like, nor would we stuff ourselves because someone put too much on our plate.

Stop for a moment and think about what this does to children. By forcing them to eat everything on their plate, whether they are hungry or not, we take away their ability to develop their own self-control around food. We routinely expect them to stuff themselves beyond what they feel comfortable eating. Using this method, how can they be sure what “full’ really means? Expecting children to clean their plates often leads to overeating later in life and into adulthood.

According to the CDC, 17% of kids (that’s 12.5 million) in the United States, between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese! Over the last 30 years obesity in the 2 to 5 year old age group has doubled. Add to this the couch potato activity level and the fascination with video games and it’s not hard to understand the inevitable results, that for the first time in history, our children are expected to have a shorter lifespan than the previous generation, mainly due to poor eating habits and lack of exercise.

Children need to be in tune with their own hunger and fullness cues in order to develop a comfortable relationship with food and avoid overeating as they grow older. Some of the ways we can help promote this is to put smaller portions on the plate or let children decide portion size by putting their own servings on their plates. Meal times should not be a test of wills between parents and children. Once the food is on their plates children should decide how much of it they feel comfortable eating.

The best thing we can do as parents is to model healthy eating by exposing them to a wide range of healthy food and reasonable portions. Aside from providing healthy food for meals and snacks, we must take ourselves out of the equation, and let children start to make their own decisions about what foods they prefer and how much they want to eat. Keep in mind that parents are still in control because they provide the food their children will select from. Think of it as subtly steering your children in a healthy direction.

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