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.

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...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Thursday, March 19th, 2015

“I Love That Too”! Why you NEED to fake it with the kids while they are young

While we as parents understand that the relationship we have with our children changes as they get older, we all want to believe that the lines of communication will stay open, and that we can rely on our children More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

How You Can Get Your Child’s Hair Washed With NO TEARS!

My sons have for as long as I can remember not liked their hair washed with Aidan especially protesting at the sight of the shampoo bottle. I tried those funny kids caps, telling them to lie back in the bath, numerous More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Get With The Program Dad! How To Get Him More Involved

There is no doubt about it. Men are now taking on more home duties and childcare than their own fathers. But from speaking to women and listening to the conversations of my friends, it seems to me that women are More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Having a kids pool party? Are you bloody stupid! Girl drowns during birthday song.

In kindergarten my daughter aged 6 was invited to a party by a classmate. When I read the invitation I was surprised to see that it was a pool party. I was not sure in that moment how I felt about this but quickly More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

What Your Child’s Preschool Teacher Wants You To Know

As children start their new preschool or childcare centre experience, mums everywhere are starting to exhale from the new unfamiliar experience. Danielle Mantakoul, Early Childhood teacher and lecturer has some More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Saturday, December 27th, 2014

The Parent With Witt – how to help kids with disappointment

One way to help our kids deal with the little disappointments in life is to become the parent with WITT. The parent who communicates to their child “We’re In This Together.” Parent or child, we More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Saturday, December 20th, 2014
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Choosing That Extra Curricular Activity

The choices endless, the gains real, and a fair possibility of wasted money. I’m talking of course about the extra curricular activity. If you’re not racing off at least one afternoon a week to get More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Why I Ignored You On Halloween

I have a confession. If you visited my house on Halloween I ignored you, yes it’s true. Why would I do this? For me it’s simple. I cannot bring myself to take part in a “tradition” and I use that term loosely, More...

By Danielle Mantakoul On Monday, December 1st, 2014

Great Kids Movies You May Not Be Aware Of

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) A father with two young girls move into an old house to be closer to the hospital their mother is in. The girls soon discover they are not alone and are surrounded by mystical creatures More...