Math is a fundamental facet of our everyday lives. We use math in so many ways, including cooking, grocery shopping, and budgeting money. Utilizing math is an essential life skill for all people. As parents, it's essential that we help our children succeed in math because these skills will benefit them throughout their lives. However, not all kids excel in math as easily as others. Many children struggle with math, and some even suffer from “math anxiety”. If you have a child who struggles with math, you're not alone. The good news is there are several ways you can support your [...]
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Kindergarten is a huge milestone for both children and parents. It’s important to make sure our little ones are prepared for this big step, not only academically but also emotionally and socially. Kindergarten readiness goes beyond being familiar with the fundamentals of the alphabet and math. It also means whether children are equipped with the necessary social, emotional, and behavioral skills needed to help them thrive in a classroom setting. So how can you tell if children are ready to start kindergarten? Here's a list of signs to look for. They can follow simple instructions One of the most important things [...]
If you're like most parents, we often feel like our kids are growing up too fast, and that's perfectly normal. And while we want our little ones to stay babies forever sometimes, growing up is inevitable. As a parent, the best thing we can do is raise children and equip them with the skills they need in order to become independent and capable adults. Instilling independence in children from an early age can help them become confident and more self-sufficient, and have a positive head start on the road to success. Teach responsibility An essential component of developing independence is learning [...]
Nowadays, our children's aptitude is typically measured by academic performance and standardized test scores. However, as a parent, it's important to remember that success is measured by more than just one’s academic abilities. While it’s important for children to try their best and work hard in school, it’s equally essential that we allow them to cultivate their interests and other skills. As a parent, there are plenty of things you can do to help foster your child's holistic development. Here are a few smart parenting tips to help you raise happy and well-rounded children. Encourage kids to discover their passions, interests, [...]
It's no secret that reading is a critical skill in order to achieve success in many aspects of life. Reading also plays an integral role in each child's intellectual, emotional, and social development. As a parent, it’s important to encourage a love and aptitude for reading at home. However, helping children develop and improve their reading skills can be challenging. Kids may become frustrated as they encounter unfamiliar words, difficult phrasing, and long text. You may be wondering what you can do to help improve your child's reading skills. Take a look at these eight key tips to help your child [...]
Being a parent to a preschooler can be an exciting and challenging journey. Children at this age tend to be active and sometimes restless. It might be challenging sometimes to find activities that keep them engaged and entertained. While many of us like to resort to electronics and screen time to help keep our kids occupied, television and digital devices don’t have to be your only options. In fact, there are more constructive ways to keep preschoolers entertained while learning! Take a look at this list of fun learning activities your little one will love! Create a learning station It’s helpful [...]
Learning how to interact and play with other kids is an essential life skill for children to acquire. Playdates are a great way to help enhance the development of your child’s social and emotional skills in a safe and fun environment. As parents, it's important to provide your little one with plenty of opportunities to play with other children. Here are a few tips to help you set up playdates for your little one: Choose a playmate with whom your child is compatible Some children interact better with some peers than others, and that's okay. It's important to choose a playmate [...]
In some ways, technology is taking over our lives, and many families are feeling the effects of this trend in their homes. While it can be challenging for parents to control children's exposure to screens, it’s vital that we monitor how much time is being spent on electronic devices, as too much screen time can be detrimental to our children’s development and well-being. This is where the importance of a “digital detox” comes in. Digital technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, as it helps to keep us entertained, helps us stay connected with friends and family near [...]
While language acquisition is a normal part of child development, it is not always easy to determine whether children are on track when it comes to reaching milestones in this area. Parents may worry that their children are falling behind as compared with their peers. This can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety. However, language development varies greatly among children, which is why parents need to remember that what they consider to be “average” when it comes to language skills development may actually be relatively advanced when compared with other children. In this article we will discuss eight tips that can help [...]
Starting preschool is a significant and memorable milestone for children. While this transition can be difficult for some kids, it doesn't have to be. Preparing your child ahead of time can make the experience much easier and help your little one feel more comfortable about starting school. Most early child care learning centers provide a combination of activities designed to help children develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills at an early age. The preschool environment will be very different from your child's home life, and it takes time to adjust to the new setting and people. Here are ten tips that [...]