How to Approach and Tackle Cyberbullying

digital citizenship(Written by Hilary Smith and Elle Yi) Do you have a favorite sport? Like many of us, football, baseball, swimming, soccer, basketball, and cricket are popular athletic activities that come to mind. Many youth and adults enjoy a good match and religiously follow their favorite teams. These sports are often used to teach teamwork and ways to overcome adversity with many valuable life lessons taught on and off the turf.

Unfortunately, many children are being thrown into a game they didn’t sign up to join. No–they didn’t even purchase tickets to attend. It is believed that 52% of children find themselves placed into in a frightening match where their opponent is a cyberbully.

The cyber world presents many challenges, not only when children are faced with difficult choices, but also when parents find themselves facing issues with which they may have little experience.

Is there any difference between citizenship and digital citizenship?

The Cyberbullying Epidemic
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Tips For Parents: What To Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied

tips for parents with parenting quotes(Written by Susan Wright and Edited by Elle Yi) If you watch television, it seems bullying is at an all-time high. It is not far and few between news episodes where there is talk about children and the number of ways they are bullying one another. ABC has even had many successful news segments on the “What Would You Do” episodes that display bullying in action to see how bystanders react.

It is easy to sit back, while watching the episode and be disgusted by what takes place, but if you were there witnessing the action, what would you do? Would you stand up for the child and tell the other children how badly they are acting, or would you simply walk by and shake your head wondering what type of parents raised the children?

Now, answer this, what would you do if this were your own child being bullied right in front of your face? You would not think twice about giving the bullies an earful. Unfortunately, most times bullies choose their moments when they torment their peers so they can get away with it.

What is worse, is oftentimes the victim in the situation very rarely voices they are having trouble, instead it is up to us as parents and adults, to read the signs and take action to make a terrible situation better for everyone involved. [Read more…]

Teaching Your Kids to “Respect Mom”

(Written by David Grey) We all want to have children that show respect. We want our children to share, we want them to use their manners, and we want them to be nice to everyone they come into contact with. Having respect his/her mom is not something that we’re born with—it’s something that needs to be taught. Because of this, it’s up to you as the parent to teach your child how to be respectful. So how exactly do you teach your child to show respect? Parents can use the following tips.

  • Leading by Example with Love and Integrity

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If you want your kids to show respect, you need to show respect. Make sure that you’re always courteous to the other people in your home, and make sure that you’re always courteous to people you come into contact with.

Your children watch your every move, and if they notice that you say “please” and “thank you” consistently, they’ll also start to do the same. Simply parents have to earn their respect from children.  [Read more…]

5 Fun Materials To Use When Decorating Kids’ Bathroom

decorating kids bathroom(Written by Jessica Freeman) Designing a kid’s bathroom can be both fun and personally rewarding to the parent or parents involved. The tiny humans are always looking for fun and the place where the fun happens is almost never important. Kids know how to have fun just about anywhere including the bathroom.

When designing a kid’s bathroom, using kid-friendly materials is a must. There are a multitude of fun and kid-friendly materials that a parent can use in designing a kid’s bathroom. It will be up to the individual parent to decide which materials will be best for their kid or kids.

Five fun materials to use when designing a kid’s bathroom are: sticks and stones, a mural on the wall with the kid’s favorite characters, a character themed shower curtain, touchless faucets, and a painted sink. These materials used in combination will have the kid always going into the bathroom, even if it’s just to play. This will actually make it easier for the parent to get the child to frequently brush their teeth after eating candy.

  • Sticks & Stones

The first fun material to use when designing a kid’s bathroom are sticks and stones because they provide a kid with something to play with that they’re accustomed to seeing. Kids play with sticks and stones on the playground at school and at the parks. Kids love to feel and touch just about everything. Sticks and stones can be added into the sink, tile around the bathroom, or the shower curtain could have a stick and stones design. [Read more…]

Preparing For The First Day At Nursery School

tips for new parents : nursery school(Written by Norma Brown) Some kids dread the first day of school. They cling to their parents and cry just so their parents won’t leave them. Some kids, on the other hand, can’t wait to let go of their parent’s hand and run inside the classroom to play with the other kids and the new toys. Don’t you just wish it was that easy? If you are preparing your child for nursery school, here are some tips to make the day special and pain-free.

  • Visit the school with your child

A few days before classes start, take your child to the school and give him a tour. Show him the playground, the classroom and the toys and books that he will be playing with once classes start. All children are naturally curious so your child is guaranteed to be too. When the first day of nursery comes, he will be excited and at ease instead of nervous and afraid of the unknown. [Read more…]

Things You Can Do To Help Your Child’s Ambition Grow

advice for new parents: ambition for kids (Written by Bill Weston) Whatever your child’s age, they will be full of aspiration, whether your young tot is mad about drawing, or your teenager is deciding to go to university. Whatever they want to do in life, it’s important that you as their parent encourage their dream with high prospectives.

  • Buy educational Apps and toys for your young ones

It might be a simple step to take, but it’s certainly the most rewarding way of ensuring your child is engaged from an early age.

Buying simple building blocks, number games and jigsaw puzzles can really plant the seeds of aspiration in your child’s mind and similarly as they get older it’s worth investing in some educational games and apps to let them flourish. [Read more…]

How Do Toys Help Emotional Development In Children?

positive parenting | emotional development in children(Written by Robert Reeve) Children love to play with their toys. Most adults still remember and have fond memories of what their favourite toy was when they were young. Some even get nostalgic and perhaps a touch emotional whenever they encounter their former favourite plaything years later.

While children have fun creating their own games and playing with their toys, they don’t realise how this quality time will serve them well as they move through life. Again, many adults don’t really understand this, which is why millions of kids around the world sit in front of a games console or the television, at the direction of their parents, instead of playing with a toy.

We looked at the importance of toys for social and emotional development in children, and the specific skills they help hone. [Read more…]

Healthy Eating Habits For Kids

Photo Courtesy of Pinterest(Written by Emily Rayhonds) Teaching your children healthy eating habits might be the most important thing you do as a parent.  However, it might be one of the biggest challenges you undertake too!

If healthy eating habits are learned early, your children will have normal, healthy relationships with food as they mature.  If nutritious foods are routinely passed up for unhealthy alternatives, your children might have a lifetime struggle with health concerns, eating disorders or weigh management issues.

Most parents acknowledge the benefits of healthy eating.  However, many falter when it comes time to actually enforce those rules.  Mealtimes become warzones and even the most determined parent loses the will to fight. [Read more…]

Helicopter Parents: An Overprotective Parenting Style

helicopter parents(Written by Mel Dawson) Some people will dislike the idea that they are over-parenting. However, some moms and dads are so protective of their kids as to deserve being called helicopter parents. Such overprotective parents try to manage every aspect of their children’s lives – from arguing with teachers about unfair treatment to demanding that their son goes to the same alma mater as they attended.

What are helicopter parents like? Basically, it boils down to hour-by-hour involvement in your child’s life. When you are not chatting, skyping, messaging, or talking over the phone with your kid, you are busy organizing their schedule – piano lessons, soccer games, graduation, and more.

Helicopter moms check their children’s grades, student emails, and account balances. Their write school assignments, go to the library for recommended reading, and even draft their kids’ emails. [Read more…]

The Lost Art Of The Children’s Entertainer

kids birthday parties(Written by Chris Mayhew) When I was a child, I thoroughly enjoyed going to all the birthday parties that you go to at that age and experiencing all the different types of entertainment that were on offer. These were magical times.

When you are young you are in awe with what the world has to offer and even the most simplest of things can leave you amazed and excited about what else could be around the corner. I’m talking about such things as magic shows, balloon modellers, bouncy castles and punch and Judy shows.

It is a shame that such entertainers seem to have become something of a dying breed in this day and age as children are encouraged to pursue more modern sources of entertainment. The children’s entertainers of days gone by have been superseded by technological advancements which are endangering our children’s social and educational development.

  • The 21st Century Child

If you go into any family friendly restaurant these days, you are likely to see at least one family in which the children are not fully participating in the ‘real world’. By this I mean that they have their head buried into some sort of device that enables them to submerse themselves into another dimension. [Read more…]