Parenting & Child Development
As a parent you strive to provide an enabling environment, one that will support and extend a child’s development and learning and that ensures purposeful play. Tips and information to help you be a better parent.
Parents naturally want their children to be the best, whether in academics or extra-curricular activities – or both! Young kids especially find happiness in pleasing their parents and would do almost anything to garner their approval – from doing simple chores and creating pretty artwork, to accomplishing more ambitious feats like winning in sports or beauty pageants. But how far can we push our little ones without breaking their spirit or setting them up
I am sure I’m not alone in this. Some days are better than others and some days are downright awful. Depending on the level of listening skills my children decide to display, I can find myself endlessly repeating certain sentences and phrases. But how do we modify this behaviour? How do we get ourselves out of this endless repetitive cycle?
As parents, we fear the worst for our children. We see an imperfect world, where strangers and circumstances can discourage, frighten, harm, or endanger our little ones. But kids need not be plagued with thoughts of a dangerous world, and parents shouldn’t feel the need to create a protective bubble around them. The best defense is to empower kids with a boost of confidence and how-to-deal skills when facing possible dangers.
You are your child’s first role model. You are your child’s first and best teacher. Your baby learns from observing you, how you interact with him and other people, and the way you go about your daily tasks. Your relationship with your child is his first and most significant, and it will create the basis for the relationships he will make with others in the future. Babies learn through imitation. Take advantage of this and
There are so many reasons a child won’t go to bed. From the moment our babies are born, we spend a huge amount of time looking into good sleep routines, sleep training, getting our little ones to go to sleep, and then to sleep through the night. We begin to think a lot about the importance of good sleep, we fret and grumble when we have an interrupted night, and we are told to
Sooner or later our babies grow up and become toddlers. One of the developmental milestones we are faced with is potty training, transitioning from nappies to pants, and learning to use a potty and ultimately a toilet.
Parents often wonder if they should give their kids chores to do in the home. Many parents feel that it is their responsibility to manage the household. and are unsure whether it’s the right thing to do. Having three children means there is always some or other household chore that needs doing. Five people in one house means there is always laundry, always plenty of vacuuming to be done, always dusting, always dishes that need
My LO is turning one on Saturday. I have no idea what to do. I didn’t plan on anything other than a cake, a hat, balloon and a photograph (given he is not in anyway yet interested in birthdays) but people keep asking me what I have planned and look so disapproving when I say “not much”. What do you think? Do you think I’m being a bit lazy not having a party? ~Anon
You’ve been blessed with a new little person in your world. At first everything is about coping and getting it right, but one day you are in your groove and you have baby who responds and smiles and is beginning to engage with people and things in his environment. But is it too soon to play?
Infants age 3 to 6 months are ready to play even though they are as yet unable to sit
Bedtime routines and rituals are very important for most children in establishing positive sleep patterns and in developing a sense of security and stability. In this article, you will learn how to make bedtime a lot easier, as well as find tips to promote connection and calm with your child at the end of the day.
From the moment our babies are born, we spend a huge amount of time looking into good sleep routines, sleep training, getting our little ones to go to sleep and then to sleep through the night. We begin to think a lot about the importance of good sleep, we fret and grumble when we have an interrupted night, and we are told to take naps if we can to bolster our sleep quota. We
…I Learned in Kindergarten … (a guide for Global Leadership)
All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandpile at school.