As kids develop, they begin to become more socially mature and aware. Through various experiences, young children learn how to interact with their peers, share toys, and coexist peacefully. It's a wonderful thing when these behaviors start to take shape. But what if your child is not showing interest in playing with others? Luckily, there are a few everyday activities that you can introduce to your children in order to enhance your child’s social skills. These simple activities will not only improve their social competence, but they’re also fun for both you and your child. 10 Tips for Improving Children’s Social [...]
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It’s a fact — most children love playdough. But did you know that what used to be a wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s became an educational toy in the 1950s? Playdough is excellent for children of all ages because it’s not only reusable and non-toxic, it’s also fun to play around with during playtime. However, parents have a love-hate relationship with playdough because it can be pretty messy and it can dry out if not sealed. But when it comes to children’s development, the boons of playdough far outweigh the banes. In this post, we will look at the benefits of [...]
When you drop your toddler off at daycare, does your little one cry and scream in frustration every day? If so, it's likely that your little one has toddler separation anxiety. According to Fran Walfish, Psy.D., children declare their independence when they start walking. But that doesn’t mean they're ready to separate from you completely yet. When you aren't in your toddler's presence, it’s common for your child to feel a sudden urgency to be with you. That's because children at this age-long for the security and familiarity they get from their parents. Tips for dealing with toddler separation anxiety Your [...]
In today's world, we are increasingly saturated by technology. We've all seen families with their heads down, staring at screens while eating dinner, and kids with their eyes glued to a screen while walking home from school. Technology is amazing, and while it offers so many benefits, there are also some drawbacks that parents need to be aware of. Screen time addiction is a serious issue in the digital age. It impacts children's health and development, and even decreases their quality of life. The problem with screen time addiction is that it can start early. Many kids are drawing on tablets [...]
Did you know you can impart a love for reading to your children, even if they aren’t old enough to read yet? In this post, we will discuss how to make reading a habit for children starting from a very young age. But before we get to our tips, let's look at why cultivating a love for reading is so beneficial for children. The importance of making reading an enjoyable habit Reading is one of the most essential basic skills that children need to master in order to achieve success. Aside from the academic benefits of reading, it also takes their [...]
Parenting toddlers is no easy feat. Toddlers are sometimes infamous for having meltdowns and exhibiting an array of challenging behaviors, none of which happen without reason. Most of these types of behaviors stem from the fact that they often experience frustration and are unable to effectively articulate their feelings and needs. They want to practice independence and freedom but can run into hurdles along the way. Here, we will discuss some parenting tips for toddlers that you may find handy. Dealing with problematic toddler behaviors can be pretty challenging and nerve-wracking for parents. The good news is that there are plenty [...]
Play is a vital component of every child's cognitive and social-emotional development. In addition to having fun, play also helps children develop the skills needed to express themselves. When little ones engage in creative play, they are provided with opportunities to learn independence and enrich their developing life skills in self-control, decision-making, and other important areas. As parents, it is our responsibility to encourage our children to engage in activities that help them become well-rounded and prepare them for life’s future experiences and challenges. In this post, we will discuss different strategies to encourage creative play with your little one. Limit [...]
The age at which children start school varies, and some children are more prepared for this transition than others. To get our kids off to the best start possible, we do our best as parents to help make their transition smooth as we prepare them for the new journey that awaits. So how can you help your child be ready for school and ensure that they will be off to a great start? School readiness is about equipping our children with essential fundamental skills that will help them transition to school successfully. You can help your child prepare as they embark [...]
Reading is one of the most fundamental skills children will need to learn in order to succeed in school and beyond. Reading not only helps enrich children’s developing language and comprehension skills, but it also stimulates their creativity and imagination. When children are exposed to reading from a young age, it expands their vocabulary and encourages analytical thinking. Given the many benefits of reading during childhood, do you think your child is spending enough time reading? Do you encourage reading in your home? Developing a lifelong love for reading begins at home. Read on and learn how to encourage your child [...]
One of the most significant and most exciting milestones in a couple’s life is having a new baby. The first few years of your baby's life are a wonderful time, but they can also be very challenging. Newborns need constant attention and care, which means it can be difficult to find time for yourself. You also need to be ready to embrace both the joys and struggles that come with being a new parent as you adjust to your new role and try to meet your baby’s needs. Being a new parent can be overwhelming, and this blog post will share [...]