(Written by Carrie Thompson) Music is an incredibly powerful force in our lives. An exquisite symphony inspires awe. An upbeat rock tune makes us want to get up and dance. A familiar lullaby brings back vivid childhood memories. A good choice of background music makes us cry during an emotional scene in a movie. We experience the power of music daily as adults, so it should be no surprise to us that music is equally powerful for our children. Although, it affects them somewhat differently.
(Written by Elle Yi and Jeremy Coutcher) Everyday events can result in some children and adults to experience anxiety. When anxious, our body enters a state called the “fight-or-flight response” that releases chemicals that prepare us to either deal or flee from the event. Immediate symptoms included a reduced ability to think clearly, sweating, tensing of muscles, etc. There are many things we can teach our children to do when they are experiencing anxiety.
1. Deep Breathing- Breathe in slowly and hold breath for 5-10 seconds.
2. Imagery- Think about some of your favorite places or a situation that’s calm to you. Some examples are being on the beach, relaxing at home with a friend, or playing with a pet.
3. Muscle and Mind Relaxation- Tense each muscle and the release the tension. You will notice the feeling of relief in your body.
These strategies can help you and your child deal with situations that may cause anxiety. Empowering your child will help them today and in the future! [Read more…]
(Written by Abby Blackburn) Sometimes it can be difficult thinking of ways to reward children for their angelic behaviour, to ensure the little devil in them does not make an appearance. Having a budget to consider can also make rewarding your children a tricky business, because, let’s face it, bringing up children is expensive. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, here are some tips on how to reward children for their good behaviour, that won’t leave you bankrupt. Here are seven fun and creative ways that teachers and parents can reward kids.
Positive Parenting: Reward Kids’ Good Behavior
(Written by Orla Kelly) When I became a parent of a special needs child, nothing could prepare me for the emotional rollercoaster I would find myself on, a sea of ever changing emotions and quick sand I would step on every now and then that seemed to engulf me and I would feel like I was drowning. The worst part was I never knew if I should ask for help or just wish I would die.
Having spoken to many other parents of special needs children, there are so many things we all have in common regardless of social or financial circumstances, race, religion or demographics. The loneliness and isolation you feel when you first get a diagnosis and then and thereafter the level of emotions covering denial, anger, grief and depression. After what may seem like an eternity; you learn to laugh again, accept what is, become more spiritually aware and find the inner strength for empowerment. [Read more…]
(Written by Kate Carson and Edited by Elle Yi) A child’s creativity and imagination are truly unbounded and unrestricted when they are young. Their brains are still developing and being molded at that age, creating a foundation that will be built upon for many years to come.
Parenting Tips For Toddlers’ Creativity
This is why there are so many experts that recommend that parents allow their children to freely express their creativity, when it comes to the different activities that they do within their home. Parents should also be encouraged to search for other ways that they can further enhance that creativity overall. Here are several ways that this can be accomplished.
(Written by Connie Smith) The problem of attracting children’s attention and interest towards books becomes more and more serious when it comes to their education. Nowadays, books have two main competitors – the TV and the computer, and the constant technological innovations such as smartphones, tablets and so on, do not make things easier, because they attract the attention of both children and adults with their brightness and great variety of programs.
And when it comes to books, it is the other way round. Of course, there are plenty of children’s books that have really pretty pictures corresponding to the story told there, but the problem is that children can’t be aware of that fact if parents don’t reveal the magical world of books. When children are learning how to read, they are gradually learning how see pictures with their insight. TV and computers make things much simpler, because these products block imagination. [Read more…]
(Written by Hannah Pilkington) Learning to swim is an important life skill. Not only is it great for health and fitness, but it is a great way for young children to make new friends, pick up social skills, and burn off pent-up energy. On a more serious note, the ability to swim may one day save their life.
Many parents these days are choosing to introduce their children to the water at a very early age; classes now start from birth, where babies are taught lifesaving skills like floating and holding their breath underwater. However, most parents decide to begin swimming lessons when their child is slightly older, often once their little one has started school as it is a great after school activity. Here are some great tips for parents who are about to take the plunge with their little one. [Read more…]