Danielle Mantakoul

She's described as one of the most engaging & dynamic speakers in the early childhood industry today, now having educated hundreds of thousands of parents & teachers. She has lectured for organisations such as KU Children’s Services, Only About Children, Qantas, National Australia Bank, Child Protection Australia, Goodstart and hundreds of council & private centres. She also developed and ran the popular parenting series for the Australian Financial Review.

The Smile Tree Making Preschoolers Smile
By Danielle Mantakoul On Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
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The Tree Making Parents, Preschoolers and the Postman Smile – The Smile Tree

“So, what makes your heart smile”? I asked this recently of my preschool class. It was an impromptu question that morning and one that I had no idea would lead us to the Smile Tree. The children responded More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Monday, June 8th, 2015
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When To Introduce Solids To Your Baby – an exciting yet anxious time for many mums

The most common question by mums when it comes to starting babies on solids is the “when”. While this can be an exciting time as our bubs progress onto the next stage, it can also be a time of anxiousness. Currently More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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“Please Don’t Let My Sister Play Soccer” – an 8 year olds plea to Mum

This year, my son has started playing soccer. At age 8 it seems we were a little slow off the mark but now we are here, he is having a ball. After a couple of night time training sessions, my daughter aged 9 expressed More...

Why kids lie and what you can do about it
By Danielle Mantakoul On Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
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Why Kids Lie and What You Can Do About It

Parents can start to notice kids telling lies when their child reaches the preschool years. This is because developmentally your child has reached the level of understanding that adults don’t actually know everything More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
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Time Magazine Calls Him “World’s Most Embarrassing Dad” – but what do you think?

Time Magazine has called him the world’s most embarrassing dad. In Tennssee, Chris Early recently had a drone follow his daughter to school after she requested she walk by herself. At the tender age of 8 years More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Sunday, April 26th, 2015
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The Death of the Preschool Birthday Cake – have we gone too far?

A Birthday Cake: an essential element to any birthday celebration, an integral prop when it comes to singing Happy Birthday, right? That is except if your child goes to preschool or long day care. More and more More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Saturday, April 18th, 2015
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The Must Do Not So Pretty Height Chart

While it may not look like it at a glance, this is a height chart. And while you might not see any ruler like measuring marks, I can assure you it will show you much much more than any traditional chart. I can also More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
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As parents we try to take the word “ugly” OUT of our child’s vocab!

I am disappointed to say the least at one of the leading toy brands Moose. After their grand success with Shopkins they have gone and released a product called “The Ugglys”. These are a line of pets More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Friday, April 3rd, 2015
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How to Decrease your Child’s Chocolate Intake this Easter

Decrease your child’s chocolate intake this Easter and consider replacing some of the kids chocolate with some beautiful keepsakes that will last forever AND still be keeping in the spirit of the season. This More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
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The 30 Second Shower Challenge – Transitioning from bath to shower

Our kids all arrive at that stage when it’s time to transition from the bath to the shower. Many of us instigated this, now feeling that perhaps we could ditch this time consuming nightly activity. Many of More...