Preparing For Preschool? – Tip for School Readiness

Preparing For Preschool?   Tip for School Readiness(Written by Jenny Wadlow) Preschool is the first official step your little one takes into the outside world. Once this step is taken there is just no turning back for your kid. Soon preschool transitions into kindergarten, kindergarten into elementary school, and the next thing you know you’re clicking pictures on their college graduation day.

For every mother, that first step, the very first step of this exciting academic journey is one bittersweet moment she’ll remember for the rest of her life. It’s difficult, we agree, especially when you see those big innocent eyes well up with tears and the cute little lower lip tremble. But, be that as it may, the day passes, and to make that passage easier for both you and your child, we have put together a helpful little guide. You’re welcome!

5 Awesome Tips That Help Mommies Make It Easier

Parent’s Guide On How To Make The Most Of Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents Guide On How To Make The Most Of Parent Teacher Conferences(Written by Jo Salt) The fundamental downside of Parent Teacher Conferences is the fact that you and the teacher probably have quite a lot of questions you want to ask and topics that you’d like to cover but you’re limited to a short meeting that’s between five and fifteen minutes long to fit all of that into. As well as being limited on time it’s also likely that you’ll forget a lot of what you wanted to say when you get there too which means that you’ll come away frustrated that your questions haven’t been answered.

In order to combat the majority of your problems – the problem of short lived appointments isn’t ever likely to be resolved – there are a few things you should do to prepare for perhaps the most nervous night of your year. [Read more...]

Protective Parenting and Your Child’s Social Development

Protective Parenting and Your Child’s Social Development(Written by Naomi Broderick) When it comes to parenting your child, it can be easy to go too far in making sure that they stay safe. We read troubling headlines on a daily basis that fuel our mistrust of others, leading to others terming this fear as “stranger danger.” There are those who deride parents who seem too controlling and protective as “helicopter parents.” Regardless of whether or not these are fair criticisms, the precautions of protective parenting have a definite impact on our children’s perspective of the world around them.

Here are three ways that protective parenting can have consequences on children’s social development and your household: [Read more...]

6 Lessons In Motherhood

6 Lessons In Motherhood

(Written by Connie Jameson) Being a woman is sometimes a difficult task, especially if we take into account all household chores, professional tasks and parental responsibilities you need to deal with. And still, being a mother is maybe the hardest thing ever, because every mother wants the best for her children. Here are six simple lessons that can help you rediscover yourself and fix some of your flaws.

  • Lesson 1: Count to three before you do something

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The Secret To Good Parenting – Time Out For Parents

The Secret To Good Parenting   Time Out For Parents(Written by Suzanne Gibbard ) No job should ask you to be on permanent duty. So if you’ve signed up for the hardest one in the world (yes, being a parent!) you need to take a little time out now and again to keep going strong! It’ll give you more patience and keep you (and the rest of your family) happier, healthier and more energised. After all, if you’re frazzled and exhausted, how can you give your kids the focus they need? [Read more...]

Tips For Teaching Kids The Value of Saving Money

Tips For Teaching Kids The Value of Saving Money(Written by  Marcela De Vivo) For some parents, the simple idiom of “money doesn’t grow on trees” sums up the total of what needs to be said when it comes to money matters and children. On the other hand, while the pithy saying does temporarily prevent a purchase, it hardly teaches children financial responsibility.

With hundreds of thousands of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 declaring bankruptcy, or saddled by student and credit card loans before they even graduate college, it is imperative that parents teach their children responsible money management skills. Instilling sound money practices in your children is one of life’s most important lessons—and it is an education that cannot be learned in school and is never too early to learn. [Read more...]

How To Keep The Pool Safe For Kids

How To Keep The Pool Safe For Kids

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(Written by Mark Tomich and Edited by Elle Yi) Swimming pools are a great way to keep the kids entertained as well as keeping them fit and healthy during the summer. Most kids would happily switch off their beloved games console or television show to have some outdoor fun in the pool on a sunny day.

Although there are many benefits to having a swimming pool, they can also be very dangerous if not set up correctly. According to Center of Disease Control and Prevention, every day about 2 children aged 14 or younger drown in the United States. Almost all of these incidents could be prevented by following some basic pool safety rules. [Read more...]

Making Math Fun With Math Games For Kids

Making Math Fun With Math Games For Kids(Written by Noelle Eberts and Edited by Elle Yi) It’s not that kids hate math. It’s that kids hate the drudgery part of math: the endless practice problems and timed drills and weekly quizzes. Mrs. Kerri Bianchi who is the assistant principal of Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary school in NY indicates that some children understand the mathematical concepts but struggle with fluency.

Kids also get math anxiety because math is so often a right answer/wrong answer system. A slip of the tongue during a game of Around-the-World or an accidental error on a test makes kids extremely anxious about making math mistakes. Even a student who knows how to multiply and divide will fear a division quiz if he’s worried about wrong answers.

If your child experiences math anxiety or talks about “hating math,” here are some tips to calm your child’s anxiety and make math fun: [Read more...]

5 Ways To Calm Your Family In A Busy World

5 Ways To Calm Your Family In A Busy World(Written by Jamica Bell) Stress has been continuously proven to be detrimental to the health of adults, but it can be even more so for children and teens. Stressful situations cause large amounts of a chemical called cortisol to enter a child’s brain. In children, especially younger kids, this stress-induced cortisol leads to lower IQs and more behavioral problems. In fact, it can even lead to less white matter in a child’s brain, and this can cause a lifelong learning disability. Even if you think you can deal with pressure, it’s important to keep a stress-free home for the well-being of your family, children and grandkids. [Read more...]

Teaching Your Child To Eat On His Own

Teaching Your Child To Eat On His Own

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(Written by Mike Neil) Teaching your child to eat on his own can be one of the hardest challenges you will face as a parent. Research shows that children, who begin to eat on their own at an early age, tend to be healthier and smarter than children who begin late. To start the self-feeding process you can abide by the following 5 steps:

  • Set an Example

As you may already know, you are a role model for your child. Whatever you do, your child will follow, and vice versa. To teach your child to eat on their own, you must sit and eat with them and you must eat what you want your child to eat. For instance, if you want your child to take healthy foods, you must eat them yourself and if you want your child to avoid junk foods, then you have to do so yourself. [Read more...]