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Self-esteem is a child's armor against the challenges of the world. Here's how you can promote healthy self-esteem in your kids.
"What does it mean to be a dad? The art of fatherhood is evolving as society and the traditional family changes. With these positive parenting tips, modern fathers can help their children build confidence and self-esteem."
A slight adjustment in your kid's bedtime routine can lead to more sleep and better behavior. Here's how you can help your kids get more sleep during the week.
Eating Out with Children: How to Stomach It
"It takes patience and a strategy to get your kid to eat a wide range of nutritious foods..."
If your kids come in from school and head straight for the kitchen for something to eat, here's how to make sure they still have room for a healthy dinner.
Try to instill healthy habits whenever you can.
Parenting & Education Blog: "Practical Tips For Raising Better Kids!
Give them opportunities to explore and treat them like they're capable (for sure they are or can be).
Short on Vitamin N? Here’s a brief list of nature activities to help you connect your kids, and yourself, to the health and cognitive benefits of nature time. (For a more complete collection of 100 actions, for families, schools, and communities see Last Child in the Woods,from which the following suggestions are drawn.)
"When children have repeated opportunities to use materials and resources; to engage with new ideas or knowledge; and to develop their skills and understandings; then learning is likely to be richer, deeper and more meaningful...
Encouraging children to return to what they have been doing previously is an important way to promote continuity of learning.
One simple way to encourage this is by using signs that children can place on their work so it doesn’t get packed away. Such ‘Don’t pack away’ signs not only help to ensure that children’s work is saved, but also allow children to make their own decisions about what they want to continue with and what they don’t."
All children develop at differing rates. Some children however, develop at varying rates emotionally, socially, physically, cognitively, etc. This is considered asynchronous development.
"How often we assume our kids understand so many critical skills. If we don’t take the time to teach them, their chances of success might be greatly reduced. Stop and ask yourself, “Have I taken the time to help my child mistakes can help him learn?” If not, set aside time to ensure your child recognizes this critical lesson of success. Here are four easy ways to weave in that crucial life lesson."
"Visual supports are a form of adaptation that rely on visual cues to allow infants and toddlers, and older children, to participate in activities and routines. Because infants and toddlers may find it difficult to communicate using words, visual supports can provide them with a system for communication while also teaching them important daily activities and routines. Visual supports provide supplemental information, cues, and directions to children who may communicate with behavior or are unable to read.
This newsletter will take visual supports that have been used successfully in childcare centers and preschools and show how they can be used in the home with younger children. As you will see, visual supports can be inexpensive to make and are applicable to many different daily activities and routines in all different environments!"
A mentally stimulating environment at home during early childhood affects a child's brain development, a new study finds. Later in childhood, the home environment may matter less.
"...helping our kids learn how to identify and manage those uncomfortable or strong feelings is just as important of a parental responsibility as teaching our kids how to cross the road safely. When we minimize our child's feelings, it leaves our child to his own devices to try to figure out how to manage those feelings..."
What kids drink can drastically affect the amount of calories consumed, as well as the amount of calcium needed to build strong bones.
Get an Early Start on Promoting a Healthy Relationship with Food How many adults do you know who are constantly conflicted about what they eat… wanting to eat…
We all have a “go to” mom. Someone who has been a parent just a little longer and seems to have all the answers to our goofy questions. My “go to” mom is an old friend from college.
Helps parents understand life from a child's perspective which can develop into a positive approach to parenting & a healthy & happy parent-child relationship.
Yes, "Cultivating your child’s inner happiness is what really leads to good behavior."
Remarkable learning is happening through ordinary play but we can often miss it. See how to foster the remarkable through ordinary play.
The quality of our connection will dictate whether teaching our children appropriate behavior is simple and successful, or whether it is confusing, discouraging and ineffective. It will decide whether our children feel secure and retain the sure sense of self and confidence that helps them fulfill their potential. And perhaps most importantly: Our relationship will be forever embedded in our child’s psyche as their model of love and the ideal they’ll seek for future intimate bonds.
It's just as quick as a click to link curriculum activities and learning materials to Preschool Child Outcomes. Click on one of these Preschool Domain curriculum areas, and you're on your way to meeting each child's individual needs!
Short, PDF guides, with tips on dealing with obesity and instilling healthy habits in families.
* Childhood obesity - You can help prevent it
* Eating behaviours - A recipe for healthy eating habis
* Physical Activity - A fun and healthy habit
"There seems to be a common misconception that gentle, non-punitive discipline means avoiding a direct confrontation with the child rather than providing the simple, connected response children need when, for example, they hit the dog..."
Do computers cause children's vision problems? Dr. Heiting describes safe computer use for kids.
Information on developmental milestones as related to play and specifically, building with blocks.