Establishing a Morning Routine for Your Toddler
Mornings can be a crazy and chaotic time for parents with toddlers. Often times, dressing, eating and bathing are rushed through in order to get to daycare and work on time. Weekend mornings can become frustrating as well when tired parents want to sleep in and hear the pitter patter of little feet much earlier than they themselves would like to be awake. With a change in perspective and a commitment to a simple, consistent routine, you can bring more peace into your weekday mornings and restful joy to the weekends.
Teaching a Young Child to Respect Authority
It would be wonderful if children would naturally do everything their parents ask them to do, right away and with a cheerful attitude. It would also be nice if money grew on trees, but unfortunately, money and respect generally only come by hard work and patient application of wise instruction. Parents do their children a disservice when they overemphasize autonomy at the expense of respecting authority figures in their lives like teachers, police and of course, parents. Thankfully, especially with young children, respecting authority is a skill that can be learned.
Prepare Your Child for School Success at Home
If you can teach your toddler only one thing that will help him excel in school, this is it! Children receive hundreds of instructions every day in school and ultimately, what they absorb and what they demonstrate that they know through their grades is dependent on their ability to follow instructions. Teach your toddler this skill in four simple steps.
When someone asks you to do something, you should:
Top 5 Strategies for Managing Children's Behavior in Public
Planning ahead is essential to encouraging good behavior. Below are 5 ways to successfully manage kids’ good behavior in public:
Quality Time with Kids After Divorce
Divorce can throw family routines into chaos. Things children used to take for granted like getting tucked into bed by both parents each night are no longer a regular occurrence. Help your child feel secure amidst the changes that come with divorce by practicing these age-appropriate principles.
Law #2: Inner Control Is Based on Outer Control
Self-control is learned behavior, and all parents would like their children to have more of it. In order to learn self-control, however, children first have to learn to let others, such as parents, control them. Being able to follow instructions is a good example. First, children learn to follow their parents’ instructions; then, they learn to follow instructions they give themselves. The same holds true for following rules, which are more “formal” types of instructions.
Getting Your Child to Listen, The First Time
Poor listening is one of the most common concerns expressed by parents of toddlers and school-aged children. Parents often say that they need to repeat requests, raise their voice, or threaten to get their child to do what they have asked. Behold, a few simple changes in the way you teach your child to listen can make a big difference.
Marketing to Your Toddler
If today's marketers and advertisers have their way, your toddler will someday dictate what toys fill the game room, what food is served at the breakfast table, which designer labels hang in the closet and what entertainment flashes across your plasma-screen TV.
Sophisticated marketing messages that celebrate consumption and consumerism are streaming into children's lives every day. And they've been spectacularly successful.
Who Needs an Educational Mentor?
For some children, school can be a wonderful place of learning and discovery. But for preschoolers and kindergartners who struggle academically or behaviorally, it can be a place of despair.
If you're tired of getting repeated phone calls from a teacher complaining about your young child's bad behavior or academic troubles, consider hiring an educational mentor. A mentor can provide the extra bit of support, encouragement and guidance your child needs.