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Otis is a typical three year old. There are times often months when he is happy to brush his teeth and then suddenly he starts refusing. He will put on his shoes independently for weeks then he starts asking for help. Montessori has taught me a few ways to promote...
"We have to provide physically and emotionally for our children, teach them right from wrong, and guide them to be productive citizens. Part of being a productive citizen includes getting along well with others, which includes being kind and generous. Those skills go a long way towards helping your child be successful in other endeavors.
"...doing her job as a toddler perfectly, she is investigating the rules! If there is a lot of testing going on (whether it’s at snacktime, getting ready to leave the house, or getting ready for bed) this is what I recommend:"
This is when I began to recognize a great truth about parenting: No parent has ever prevented their child from doing something she really wants to do. Indeed, we can stop them today and tomorrow, but if they really want to do it, they will.
The research is clear: Children learn better and more efficiently from play and interaction in the “real,” three-dimensional (3-D) world with parents, caregivers, and peers. The fact is, however, that young children now grow up in a world of technology—screens are everywhere. Not only are they enticing, children see their parents and teachers using screens, so naturally they are drawn to them. While there is no research showing that when children younger than 2 years old use these devices independently it enhances their development, research also shows that when parents and other trusted adults make screen use an interactive, shared experience, it can become a tool for learning, and the potential negative effects can be reduced. This resource provides guidelines for parents and caregivers of children younger than 3 years on how to use screens in ways that minimize the potential negative effects and maximize learning.
We usually overlook the effects of parental screen use.
.."Explore activities, tips, and crafts that will help immerse young children in opportunities to express gratitude and thankfulness. Gratitude and thankfulness are ACTIVE terms that require kids to participate in some manner. Whether you are a teacher at home or a parent with young kids, you’ll find many activities and suggestions for guiding your own children to…Thanksgiving!"
I think that it is essential to set up the foundations (the old prevention is better that cure philosophy :) ) that will create a nurturing environment within which children have the opportunity to feel safe, loved and can behave considerately. In reality this means that as parents we need to:
Be consistent but not inflexible with the children.
Have clear expectations about what is considerate behaviour.
Have defined responsibilities within the house.
Have a routine which provides a framework for the children to operate in.
Disagreement and conflict is a normal part of relationships. Whether parents are separated or married, issues will arise which may result in an argument or disagreement. But what's important for our children and for us is to reduce the amount, the intensity, and the visibility of arguments when they do take place. If appropriate, be sure to include your children in the resolution of the argument and continue to be available and open to their questions and concerns.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little help in the kitchen? Why not put those little ones to work? While initially, your kitchen helpers may add more of a challenge to your meal prep routine, if you can hang in there, you’ll eventually reap the benefits of teaching your kids to cook - extra help in the kitchen and lifelong kitchen skills for your children.
*Research shows one of the most important ways parents can support literacy development is to read aloud with their children. Bright Horizons wants to help your family explore new ways to make reading together both educational and exciting.
In this parent webinar, our early education experts and a guest storyteller from Barefoot Books will share practical ways that you can:
-- Make reading time a more engaging, enjoyable and enriching learning experience -- Identify high quality children’s literature and pick the right books for your child(ren) -- Master storytelling techniques to make books come to life
At the completion of the webinar, you’ll be armed with expert storytelling tips and techniques that will help you take reading aloud to the next level.
"This can feel like quite a responsibility, but love and time are the most important things you can give your children. You do not need to have lots of money or qualifications to give them the kinds of experiences they need"
Want a happy, smart and healthy child? It really isn’t difficult to achieve. Feeding the hungers of the brain contributes greatly to well adjusted and thriving children. When provided with what the brain needs, children are likely to be more content and are eager to move, play and learn.
“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” –Gandhi One of the yoga principles is Aparigraha, which could be translated as “greedlessness” or “gratitude.” As a mom, I have been thinking a lot about how to instill this value of gratitude in my daughter.
"Now, our house is filled with mostly books, and not a lot of toys". (:
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