Author: Dr. Lauren Stretch

Dr. Lauren Stretch is the founder of Early Inspiration, an organisation which aims to enhance the development of young children in South Africa through practitioner training and home interventions. She is one of the youngest PhD graduates in the country, and has completed her studies in the effectiveness of pre-school teachers, particularly in underprivileged settings, at the University of South Africa (UniSA).

Develop your child’s sense of humour – here’s how

Posted on June 3, 2019 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Take a look at your children’s growing sense of humour, and the benefits they’ll get from having a ...

How could divorce affect my children?

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Witnessing the loss of love between parents, amongst a host of other challenges, creates a perplexing new family ...

Attachment parenting made easy

Posted on November 7, 2017 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

While it’s easy to get caught up in the material preparation for parenting (so many cute little clothes ...

Child’s play: 5 Tips on how to make learning fun for your toddler

Posted on November 6, 2017 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

It's important that children learn core concepts but it's even more important that they have fun with mom ...

Top skills for your child to develop before starting school

Posted on June 22, 2017 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

If your little one is to start 'big school' next year, you might be wondering how best to ...

Toddlers: How to ditch the dummy

Posted on April 26, 2017 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Your child isn't 'naughty' for wanting a dummy and neither is it a reflection of your parenting skills...

How to un-spoil a spoilt child

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Spoiling kids has been discussed everywhere lately, as parents grapple with decisions that may be easy in the ...

How will divorce affect your children?

Posted on March 14, 2017 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Divorce is a massive change in the life of your children, no matter their age ...

Supporting your 3-year-old’s development

Posted on March 13, 2017 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Having a three-year-old can make you proud and drive you insane all at the same time ...

How to make learning fun for your toddler

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Encouraging your toddler to learn, while having fun at the same time, really is child’s play ...

Top skills for your child to develop before starting school

Posted on April 8, 2016 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Here are some basic skills children should acquire before starting school, and how you as a parent can ...

World Autism Day – red flags, early identification and inclusion

Posted on April 1, 2016 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Autism is a developmental disorder that involves abnormal development and function of the brain ...

The land of make believe and the importance of imaginative play

Posted on March 29, 2016 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Have you noticed that as soon as your little one hits three – their imagination goes into over ...

World Down Syndrome Day: Development, challenges and support

Posted on March 21, 2016 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition, ...

6 Things you probably didn’t know babies can do before they turn one

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Babies methodically analyse objects and people around them, thereby making predictions, and experimenting ...

Prepare your child for pre-school with these tips

Posted on November 26, 2015 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

My child is going from nursery to pre-school in January – how can I begin preparing him/her for ...

Reading to your toddler: How to get the most out of story time

Posted on November 13, 2015 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

I know I should be reading to my toddler, but he shows little interest. Should I persist and ...

Why does my toddler get scared?

Posted on November 3, 2015 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Your role and behaviour as a parent can have a positive effect on how your toddler handles fear ...

How should I handle my toddler’s play dates? He doesn’t share well

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Play dates aren’t always easy, so here’s how to keep things as stress-free as possible for you, whether ...

Terrible twos: How do I stop my toddler’s tantrums?

Posted on September 25, 2015 by Dr. Lauren Stretch

Dr. Lauren Stretch explains common tantrum trouble spots to help you stop your toddler's bad behaviour before it ...

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