As parents, we all expect the best out of our kids. Good grades. Curiosity. A healthy sense of self esteem. And most of all, good behavior. But we all know no matter how much we hope, good behavior isn’t always easy to come by. From your toddler’s temper tantrums to just plain defiant behavior, our kids can be as stubborn as the day is long. And part of our role as parents is to come up with behavior management strategies. Strategies that will encourage our kids to act productively while also teaching them the consequences of their behavior. Which isn’t always easy to do. Behavior management strategies depend as much on your child’s temperament as they do your own level
Our children’s health should always be our top priority as responsible parents. And in doing so, raising active children is a surefire way of ensuring their good health. Here are ways to raise active children. Look for a fun and interesting activity Make sure your child finds a sport or activity they enjoy a lot. The moment they enjoy it, it becomes much easier to have them engaged in this activity. It’s a pretty simple concept that, when you enjoy what you’re doing, you’ll eventually keep doing it more. Just make sure these activities are making them active children. You may also try to let them explore more activities that excite, intrigue or challenge them in a way to make
You may have found yourself repeating a hundred times, yet your toddler still doesn’t listen to what you say. And while you think there are a gazillion tips you’ve read about getting them to listen but they still don’t work, you’re not alone. Not to worry though, we’ve boiled it down to these simple solutions to get your toddler to listen every single time. Keep it super simple Abbreviate this tip and you’ll remember it by heart. Children’s comprehension abilities are obviously different than that of adults, so don’t expect your child to understand your complex sentences because they might just end up giving you a blank stare or walk away. To get your toddler to listen, make sure your
When it comes to getting your kids ready for school in the morning, Murphy’s Law always seems to rear its head: Anything that can go wrong, typically will. Failed alarm clocks. No milk left in the fridge. Traffic. Meltdowns. Late or early school buses. And of course… “But I don’t want to wear that shirt!” If you can imagine it, it can (and likely will) happen to you as a parent. In fact, when it comes to establishing a morning routine for your kid, it’s best to expect the unexpected. Except, it doesn’t have to be. The need for structure is an innate part of human nature, and it’s no different whether you’re a kid or an adult. It’s more
Whether it’s the television, computer or mobile devices, screen time is inevitable in the lives of modern children. Kids today no longer spend the majority of their free time playing outside, running freely and enjoying the outdoors. They’d rather stay indoors and spend hours in front of TV screens, iPads and smartphones. While screen time isn’t entirely a bad thing, considering that there are helpful educational apps and programs, too much screen time can be detrimental to their overall growth and development. When young children get hooked on electronic devices, it can lead to irreversible damage to their developing brains. This is why too much screen time is strongly discouraged. So how do you manage screen time among kids? Monitor your child’s
Early childhood is a time when a lot of cognitive, emotional, social and physical changes take place. It is considered a critical period because it is when a child’s brain develops rapidly and when a great amount of learning happens. For this reason, parents are encouraged to make sure their kids are placed in an environment that helps maximize their development. This is where daycare comes in.
Developing language skills at an early age is important for children. It is language that enables us to convey our thoughts and feelings. When kids learn how to use language, they learn to effectively express themselves and exchange information with others.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, many of us will be gathering with our families. This will be an excellent time to share stories, and listen to grandparents talk about family history. Because wonderful and interesting stories get passed around during this time of the year, November is called the National Family Stories Month. It is exciting to have this celebration, but the National Family Stories Month is not just about collecting and sharing family stories. It’s also about preserving family traditions. Be sure to enjoy and make the most of the National Family Stories Month with these brilliant ideas! Share stories about your childhood One of the most interesting stories everybody loves listening to is the story of your childhood.