Spending time outdoors is a refreshing activity for the whole family, however in most places it is just not an option at the moment. As the whole world is facing a pandemic, everyone is mandated to stay at home. On the bright side, this could mean a lot of time spent indoors together as a family. If you have kids with short attention spans, being stuck at home could also mean trouble. Making sure that your kids are kept occupied during this lockdown period is of utmost importance, for their safety and for your sanity. Here are a few indoor activities [...]
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We all face problems on a daily basis. You, me—our kids aren’t even exempted. Across all different age groups, there rarely is a day when we don’t experience them. Teaching our kids to develop resilience can help as they face these challenges. Practical problem solving skills are just as necessary to teach our kids. The methods needed to resolve problems may require other skills such as creativity, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, teamwork, decision making, etc. Unlike with math problems, life doesn’t just come with one formula or guidebook that’s applicable to solve every little problem we face. Being adaptable to various [...]
Reading bedtime stories may be the perfect opportunity to offer some precious time and attention to your child, but did you know that this simple reading activity brings more benefits than simply preparing them to sleep? From their brain development to language skills and vocabulary, reading bedtime stories is an excellent approach to enhance your child’s learning abilities. Delight your child with a good bedtime story or two regularly, and see these benefits unfold before too long. Here are five wonderful benefits of reading bedtime stories to your kids. Contributes to your child's brain development Studies over the years have shown [...]
Let’s face it. We live in an age of convenience. In many ways, this is a good thing. After all, if you’ve ever found yourself confused trying to read a road map (and who hasn’t?), you’ll know what a blessing a GPS device can be. At the same time, certain things in life may be sacrificed for the sake of convenience. Chiefly, life skills. And life skills change with each generation. Chances are, your grandparents didn’t share the same frustration reading a road map as you do. But they also probably wouldn’t rely on a GPS system as skillfully as you [...]
Our first childhood friend is someone that we never forget - that friend that we’re so excited to see and have fun with as soon as we get to school; the one that we’re looking forward to having adventures with and invite for playdates at home. Friends play an important role in the lives of children. Friendships are vital to their social well-being as well as their overall growth and development. Being able to establish friendships at a young age gives young kids a chance to develop their own identity and it also boosts their self-esteem and confidence. As a parent, [...]
Don’t we all wish raising kids could be as easy as a walk in the park? A child who follows orders promptly, and doesn’t assert nor argue. It’s a dream scenario that all parents have but don’t always get. There is a saying that goes, “Leaders are not born, they are made.” Yet every now and then, a strong-willed and difficult child can come your way and take your life by storm. They could become great leaders and powerful influences if proper discipline is taught in their childhood, but all that responsibility is in your hands as a parent. We know [...]
Parenting is really hard and it can get frustrating when your kids are constantly fighting. It can make you feel as though you have failed as a parent. While sibling fights are pretty normal, it can sometimes get out of hand. When it does, they need help to settle their differences before someone gets hurt. We have gathered a few ideas on how to help stop kids from fighting. Let the kids work it out As adults or kids, people will always disagree . We like and want different things, so being on the same page is not always possible. This [...]
Parents always want what’s best for their kids. We all want them to be successful and achieve their goals without having to go through struggles we faced. Kids have different needs and while some have a tendency to be happy, others are just not as motivated. Giving your kids healthy and happy childhood experiences can set them up for success in the future. However, the question of how to raise a happy child is still a challenge for a few parents. Raising happy and motivated children is not just about giving immediate gratification or momentary pleasure. It takes a lot of [...]
Let’s admit it. Using mobile devices and screens to keep our kids occupied comes in handy when we need to get through an extremely tight schedule. We let them stay glued to the TV screens so we can finish with meal prep in the kitchen. We let them get engrossed with online games so we can tackle household chores undisturbed. However, there’s also such a thing as too much screen time, and when it’s excessive, it can be detrimental to a child’s development. If you can relate to these scenarios, it’s time to take control. Read on for some ideas about [...]
You’ve had a long, exciting day. You and your child are taking the train home from the natural history museum. You are sitting beside him, and you're both exhausted. An elderly woman gets onto the train, but there is no seat left for her. You hurriedly arise and offer her your seat. Your son just witnessed you bestowing an act of kindness and respect upon a fellow human being. This was a lesson in decorum - in good manners. We aren’t born possessing them. Good manners are learned. We often forget, when we are tired, ill or in a hurry, even [...]