Playing in the mud might seem like a dirty thing for kids to do, but it is actually something that makes them healthy. Instead of sitting inside all day watching television and playing video games, the kids are outside in the sun. They will get the fresh air they need, and they are using their imaginations by creating things with the mud that they might not make with items in the home. When children don’t go outside during the day, they don’t get the exercise needed for their bodies. They need the Read the rest of this entry »
Fairness is a concept that parents can teach their children through the use of restorative justice techniques. Children take responsibility for the harm they have caused by apologizing and making amends when they have wronged another person. This is the most effective way that a parent can help their child understand how their actions can bring both sadness and joy to others.
Through restorative, rather than punitive measures, children learn that their mistakes are not measured by an intangible set of rules, but rather by the impact Read the rest of this entry »
A fan of the site wrote me asking about latch-key kids. For those of you who might not understand the term, a latch-key kid is a child who usually has their own key to the home? Why? The answer is usually because mom and dad simply can’t always be there when the child comes home. In other more well-to-do households that benefit from securitychoice.com/, the child might even have their own fob.
It happens more often than a lot of people realize and the cold truth of the matter is that, sometimes, there will be days where parents are running a little late. So how do you foster this kind of sufficiency and independence in a child?
The first thing you need to do is talk about it. It can be scary for some children to be home alone and certain films about it, while humorous, do little to lessen the anxiety. Explain to your child the importance of front-door etiquette and how they should never open the door for anyone they don’t know.
You should also make sure you have done enough shopping so that your child has what they need to prepare a snack for themselves. And, of course, make sure they are ready.
Raising a brilliant kid is a goal for which every parent works toward. While attending school and doing supplemental academic work at home is essential for a child’s learning, it is also important to remember that children often learn through the conversations they have with their parents. Not only do children observe their parents actions throughout the day, but they also rely upon them to provide sound advice on a variety of topics. If you Read the rest of this entry »
Creating a relationship of trust with a teen begins when they are babies. The most formative years in a child’s life are between birth and 7 years of age. These early years will set the standard for a child’s relationships in later years. It is imperative to create a sense of trust within a child at a young age in order to establish a great long-term relationship.
Young children and babies are naturally trusting of their parents. When young children realize they can come to their parents about any situation, Read the rest of this entry »
Talking to teens may seem tricky at times, with mood swings and eye-rolling and sarcasm aplenty, but it is the everyday chit-chat that keeps you connected to your teen. Plus, it is more important than you think. A few words could be all that is needed to boost their confidence, brighten their mood, or just let them know you care.
“How was your day?”
This simple question can trigger lots of responses. Hopefully you’ll get more than a one word answer, but if your teen is reluctant to talk expand on the Read the rest of this entry »
Finding a great childcare provider can be hard. As a parent, you are trying to find someone who cares for your child as much as you do. There are some things that you can look for when it comes to a childcare provider.
Look at the rating that the childcare provider has received. A quality childcare provider will have a high rating. This means that their home or daycare center is clean, the employees are certified and Read the rest of this entry »
When you start introducing your little one to the basics of the alphabet and numbers, you might want to set up a little work station at home. If your child responds well to schedules, choose a specific time each day during which you’ll work on your projects. Remember, little ones often do not have lengthy attention spans so limit your time to 15 or 20 minutes to keep your son or daughter engaged.
Carve out a specific space in the house where your practicing will happen. A small desk in the playroom helps children to feel like they are grown-ups Read the rest of this entry »
It’s very important to make sure that the things that your children are watching on television are age appropriate for them. Just because they are watching a cartoon or an animated show doesn’t mean that it is appropriate for children.
There are many cartoons that appear on TV that are not age appropriate. As a matter of fact, you’ll find many cartoons on TV that are only meant for a mature audience. Due to mature themes and even obscene language, these cartoons do not need to be viewed Read the rest of this entry »