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Tips for parents

How to spot the signs of bullying

school-bullyingYou may be unsure if your child is involved in a bullying incident. He or she could be acting as a bully, being bullied or upset because they have seen others behaving badly. If you suspect that your child is involved in bullying then look out for these signs:
bruises
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Teaching Discipline to Your Children

Discipline and teaching your children acceptable ways to behave can be one of the most challenging parts of parenting. There are many different opinions about how to properly discipline your child, but one idea that is constant in these many different beliefs and attitudes is that the purpose of discipline is not necessarily to make your child behave in the next few minutes, or even that same day, but to guide your child through their Continue reading

How to communicate without words?

shutterstock_92907733Sing simple songs with your child, especially ones with actions, like “Row Row Row your Boat”, and build in opportunities for him to participate. This is a fun way for him to learn to take his turn in an interaction, as well as to learn new words.

Sing a new song the same way a few times so your child learns the song and its “high point”. High points are the most interesting parts of a song. Continue reading

10 Tips for Parents in the Digital Age

1082-460-TechnologyIn a world where children are “growing up digital,” it’s important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills.

Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help parents manage the digital landscape they’re exploring with their children. Continue reading

Telling Stories

HikayeTelling stories to your child  is a great way of sharing experiences and ideas, and can help form close family connections. It will also help your child understand how stories are constructed and what makes a story interesting, which helps them develop a real curiosity and love of reading that will remain with them over a lifetime.

Understanding feelings and seeing things in a different light Continue reading

Play Is Important

097Play is very important for your child’s development. There are many different types of play and you should try them all together with your child. The most important thing is to make sure your child is in a safe and secure environment.
When we play, we live happier, healthier lives and have a more positive outlook on life. Continue reading

Choosing Child Care

synopsisEvery family is different, so it’s important to think about your own family needs when choosing an early childhood (child care) option for your child.

Things to consider include:

how old child your child is
how much care will your child need each day Continue reading

Most Common Mistakes

app-rookie-mistakeAll parents make mistakes. Don’t believe it? Just think about your own parents. You will no doubt come up with a laundry list of things they did wrong.

The truth is no one is infallible – especially new parents. But if you know the 10 most common parenting mistakes, maybe you can keep from making them yourself. So here they are, along with tips to help you Continue reading

Communication Tips

papoose_3158902bBe available for your children
Notice times when your kids are most likely to talk — for example, at bedtime, before dinner, in the car — and be available. Start the conversation; it lets your kids know you care about what’s happening in their lives. Find time each week for a one-on-one activity with each child, and avoid scheduling other activities during that time. Learn about your children’s interests — Continue reading

Never say this

man-with-baby-sling-horiz_cxctpyYou probably wouldn’t use old-school phrases like “Wait until your father gets home” or “I wish you were more like your sister” with your kids. But there are lots of less obvious ones that you should avoid, for their sake and yours.

1. “Great Job.”

Research has shown that tossing out a generic phrase like “Good girl” or “Way to go” Continue reading