Starting preschool is a major milestone for any child. This stage in their lives brings huge change and involves a whirlwind of emotions. While preschool offers a plethora of benefits to young children, the transition isn’t always as easy as most parents wish it would be. But don’t worry. There are ways you can make it more exciting for your kids.
When toddlers feel clingy, it means they feel anxious or scared about what’s to come. When parents bring their toddlers to preschool, however, the kids act differently. Some attach themselves to their parents’ legs while others cry.[Read more…]
One thing that concerns parents the most when sending their children to school is their health. At school, sickness and viruses can spread easily. It means that there’s a good chance for children to catch a common cold, cough, or flu. As much as we want to shield our children from germs and viruses, these things spread like wildfire. Don’t worry. We have put together a list of things you can do to keep your child healthy throughout the school year and avoid getting sick at school.
Get plenty of sleep
Getting an adequate amount of sleep is one of the best ways to strengthen your child’s immune system. Make sure they are well rested and getting about 9 to 10 hours of sleep each night. It’s also important that they don’t stay up late so they wake up refreshed. If you are having difficulty sending your children to bed early, one of the things you can do is to avoid screen time at least an hour before bedtime.
Maintain a well-balanced diet
The habit of eating healthy should start at an early age. Make sure that your child’s diet includes the right mix of vegetable, fruits, proteins and adequate water. Their consumption of junk foods such as candies, chips, and sodas should also be minimized. To keep their immune system strong, you can have your children eat yogurt because it contains probiotics, which are known to be healthy bacteria. To help rid the body of flu viruses, it is best to consume foods that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as salmon, shellfish and mackerel.
Just like adults, children also need regular exercise. They need to be physically active to be healthy and to keep their immune system strong. Exercise also increases a child’s ability to fight off infections. Help your child achieve an active and healthy lifestyle by encouraging them to play sports or outdoor games with other children. Take them to the park on weekends;go to the beach or visit a nearby walking trail.
It’s August, summer is finally coming to an end and the new school year is right around the corner. Time for parents and students all over the country to start their back to school preparations. Whether your children look forward to this event or they dread the regimented school days ahead, one thing is for sure – back to school entails another big transition. Help your kids cope with the biggest adjustments and make those first weeks of school easier for them with the following tips:
Start talking about the upcoming school year
Before summer break ends, find opportunities to talk to your child about the upcoming school year. Instead of allowing them to dwell on the post-holiday blues, get them excited about going back to school. Think of the things your child will love about school. It could be spending time with friends, having time to play with other kids, or about a subject they are interested in? Highlight these topics during your conversation so that they’ll have something to look forward to.
Ask just about anyone and they can usually –and vividly — remember when they first learned to ride a bike!
It’s just something you never forget…
No matter how long it’s been since you hopped on a bike, National Bike Month provides the perfect reason to get back out there and ride again!
Here’s how to celebrate that amazing invention, the bicycle, with your kids… and start a new, healthy habit as a family!
Begin by setting out the rules for safe biking. Even if your kids aren’t old enough to really remember everything you’re telling them, repeat the rules for safe biking to them every time you go out.
When they see you following the same rules you’re telling them to follow, it will encourage them to do the same.
Teach them the following tips for safe biking:
- Keep your tires well inflated – match the pressure that’s listed on the tire itself.
- Inspect your brakes before setting out to make sure they’re aligned and working properly
- Keep bolts, bearings, and chains greased
- Wear a helmet at all times, making sure it fits you well and isn’t too loose
- If you plan to ride at night, wear bright, reflective colors and use a light
- For trail riding, stay on the right side, pass to the left and use your voice or a horn to alert people and other riders that you’re planning to pass
- Use hand signals and obey traffic signals, always stopping at stop lights and stop signs
- Make eye contact with drivers to be sure they see you
- Ride with the traffic, not against it
Note: Before venturing out, add more reflectors to your bikes – and any clothes you’re wearing. And consider adding flashing reflectors to improve visibility
Set your course
To make National Bike Month a fun time for you and your kids, have a plan. Your activities will be determined, in large part, by the biking skills your kids have.
If, for example, you have young kids with little to no experience riding a bike, you’ll obviously be focused on teaching them how to ride a bike. Give them ample time to practice their new skill.
Older or more confident riders who may be up for a challenge might enjoy:
- setting up jumps in the backyard
- going “off-road” on nearby bike trails
- holding a “bike rodeo” with the neighborhood kids where they can take part in:
- obstacle courses
- a “balance beam” made from lines drawn on the ground that riders need to stay within
- “paper boy” – riders toss rolled up newspapers into targets such as large trash cans, baskets, tubs, etc.
- slow races – points deducted for each time their foot hits the ground before the finish line (builds up their balance and coordination)
Riding a bike is a childhood rite of passage that you don’t want your kids to miss… so get on out there and ride with them!
Being a full-time working parent is not easy. There are a lot of things and responsibilities to handle – waking up the kids in the morning, feeding them, cleaning them up, dropping them off to school, then heading to the office to work. With everything that parents have to juggle, it’s impossible not to feel exhausted and overwhelmed. This is the exact reason why achieving work-life balance is crucial for any family. Your ability to balance a career and personal life is what you need to survive with your sanity intact despite all the responsibilities at home and work. To help master the art of balancing work and family time, here are some tips you could use.
Change bad work habits
To make sure your work doesn’t affect your personal life, make sure to change some bad work habits. Start with the most challenging and difficult tasks as you begin your work day. Get them done one by one so you’ll soon only have the easier ones left at the end of the day. This way, you won’t feel rushed at quitting time. This will also help you accomplish more work during your day. Also, try hard to avoid bringing your work home. It may be better to extend your day a little longer at the office than continue working at home.
As a parent, one of the most important decisions you will make is deciding which preschool to enroll your child in. Choosing a preschool that will prepare your child well for lifelong learning is not easy. There are several things to consider, like the programs and curriculum offered by the preschool. It may be confusing and nerve-wracking but don’t worry, below is a guide that can help you choose the right preschool.
Nail down the basics
When choosing a preschool, it’s best to start with the basics. Ask yourself these questions How far you are willing to drive when bringing and picking up your child from the preschool. Is it important for the preschool to be close to your office or your home? What programs are you looking for? Do you need your child to be in school in the morning or afternoon?
Determine your preferred curriculum
Each child has different and unique needs. A preschool is a good fit if it can provide your child the kind of learning environment that will meet their specific needs. Each preschool may offer a different style of curriculum. It will also help if you get familiar with each of those. Here are some of the most common styles.
Raising kids isn’t easy…especially in a society that often seems so self-absorbed. (selfies, anyone?)
So how can parents help kids see beyond their own immediate interests and concerns?
By involving their children in opportunities to volunteer their time and energies towards helping others.
While volunteering benefits those on the receiving end – both the individuals and organizations served – it’s hard to quantify how much volunteering benefits the “giver” just as much…if not more.
When you give your child opportunities to help others through volunteering you’re also helping them learn:
When looking for opportunities to volunteer, the closer your child can be to the end result (e.g. handing the sandwich to a homeless person not just making the sandwich) the more concrete their understanding will be of what they’re doing.
Which also leads to more engagement in the volunteering process.
Children gain confidence when they see their own contributions make a difference in someone else’s life. Their success then encourages them to look for other ways they can contribute to their communities, building leadership skills they will take with them throughout their lives.
Social situations are the best way for children to learn social skills, and volunteering is no exception.
When a diverse range of individuals meet through volunteering, they have a common goal in mind, however different people will often approach the same task in a different way, which can potentially lead to conflict.
Children who witness – and participate in – the process of deliberation among the volunteers learn how important collaboration with others is to achieve the desired end result…helping individuals in need.
As parents, we are interested in hearing about our child’s day at school. We want to make sure that they had fun playing sports during PE, that they had someone to sit with during lunch and most importantly, that they had a great day. However, getting kids to talk about school is not that easy, especially when you use the same old approach. Many parents make the mistake of asking the generic “how was school?” question that doesn’t really give them the answer that they want to hear.
Are you struggling when it comes to getting your children to open up to you about school? Here are some tips that you might find useful.
Greet them first
Asking kids right after school isn’t the best time if you want to hear the details about their school day. This may make them feel put on the spot or intimidated. Save your questioning for later. Instead, give your kids warm greetings when they arrive home. Let them relax before you ask about school specifically. Chat about other things not related to school or think about interesting conversation starters for that kids can relate to.
Let them bring up the subject of school
Conversations are usually easier when your child is the first to bring up the subject of school. Rather than asking right away, chit-chat with your kids first and see if they will start talking about school. This way, you won’t have to force the topic, and the conversation is going to flow more naturally.
Spend a few minutes each day to connect with your kids
Setting aside a few minutes daily for a “special time” with your children can help strengthen your connection with them. When you are bonded with your kids, it’s a lot easier for them to trust you with their thoughts and feelings. The more they trust you, the easier it will be for you to find out details about their day at school. They will feel more comfortable answering your questions and opening up to you about their experiences. It is also an excellent way for you to help your child feel that they are your highest priority, making them feel that they can count on you no matter what.
Share your day’s events
It is equally important that you share your own experiences with your kids. Talk to them about your friends, your day at work, your interests, if you had a great day, and so on. This is a perfect way to model how communication and conversation should be.
Know their daily schedule
A simple way to come up with the right questions to ask that will get your kids to share about school, is to take time to find out their school schedule. Be familiar with the activities they are scheduled to do during the week. Try to be aware of special events or activities at school. This way, when you ask your child about these events, it will lead them into opening up to you.
Ask specific and open ended questions
Rather than asking your child what they did at school or how their school day was, ask more specific questions that will give you a more specific response. Ask open-ended questions. Be creative with your approach. Instead, ask “what games did you play in PE today?” or “what was the most exciting classroom activity?” and so on. These questions will be interesting to your child because they will be talking about games, playing and activities. They will then be more likely to answer in length and even talk about their day.
Communicating effectively with your children may not be very easy, but you can use these tips to help you come up with the right approach. Looking for a preschool that focuses on your child’s holistic development? Please consider our Tampa preschool.