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.

Why kids lie and what you can do about it
By Danielle Mantakoul On Sunday, March 24th, 2019

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...

Where does your baby food come from
By Danielle Mantakoul On Monday, December 7th, 2015
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So Where Does Your Baby Food Come From?

Recently my little boy has been most unwell. I find each time one of my kids get sick the fridge magically changes into a big white box full of greens that the kids turn their noses up at. Traditionally two weeks More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
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Why You Need Board Games Under Your Tree By Danielle Mantakoul

When I was a child I lived with my grandmother, and every second week to give her a break, my Aunty Maureen and Uncle Vic would have me for the weekend. I remember these days as happy times in a childhood that was More...

plants vs zombies garden warfare
By Danielle Mantakoul On Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
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Plants Vs Zombies Review – A winner for kids and parents by Danielle Mantakoul

Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare on the X-Box is a simple online shooter game rated M, recommended 15+. While I believe that this is a game that parents should carefully look at before they allow their child to More...

how to make preschoolers more independent
By Danielle Mantakoul On Monday, August 24th, 2015

How To Get Your Preschooler More Independent By Danielle Mantakoul

Teaching a skill such as independence must start early. Danielle Mantakoul Early Childhood Teacher shows you how to get your preschooler more independent. With kids the goal is simple right? Get them to eventually More...

stop talking to the kids about school
By Danielle Mantakoul On Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
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Why You Need to Stop Talking About School to Your Preschooler By Danielle Mantakoul

I was recently asked of a parent if it was normal for kids to worry so much about going to big school. Sure, kids worry about lots of things, but we do however play a big role here with how much our kids are worrying. Straight More...

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

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 Sunday, April 26th, 2015

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 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...