There are countless activities to keep a toddler happy and occupied on a rainy day. The challenge is uncovering the ones that help develop their little minds and bodies--especially the projects and games that require neither money to obtain nor lots of time to prepare.
These fun pastimes get children from 18 month to 3+ years moving and grooving! These activates also help develop communication, gross and fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, self-control, and social skills: the usual suspects to promote healthy, intelligent, awesome kiddos.
So get moving! Engage, inspire, and most importantly, have fun!
Now turn off the TV and get active. It doesn't take anything more than items around your house and a little imagination. Bond with your child, be a positive role model, and encourage independent movement with plenty of giggles along the way.
Child psychologists and education experts agree that children who read and are familiar with language have a huge head-start in their academic and professional careers.
But, as any parent knows, children don't naturally pick up books and start to read. They need to be introduced gradually to language and in a way that sparks a lifelong passion for words.
Here are some ways that parents can create that kind of passion, kindling a relationship with literature that will help their children throughout their lives.
Reading is fundamental to modern life. Kids who read learn early on how to master language, how to tell stories, crack jokes, plan assignments, solve problems and read between the lines to see if someone is trying to deceive them. People who grow up around language have broader vocabularies and more confidence in public speaking.
Study after study confirms that reading is one of the keys to success in later life. With these tips and a strategy focused on exposing their child to as many words as possible, any parents can help to ensure that their child has a chance of fulfilling their potential.
Many parents are gearing up for the summer months and trying to figure out what to do with their young teens aged 13, 14 and 15. They are too old for day care but not old enough to get a job yet. So what can you do with your kids this summer to keep them from spending 18 hours a day plugged into a computer, television or video game console? Actually there are a lot of things.
Of course one of the major problems to getting them out of the house is transportation. How to get a child who does not drive to an activity that only occurs during the working day can be a problem. Consider the following options to solve this problem:
Once you have solved the problem of transportation you can start choosing activities. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.
Summer is supposed to be a time to relax and have some fun so be realistic in your expectations. They will want to sleep in and may want to stay up late as well. Provide some specific guidelines for what is acceptable and of course consequences as well. If you work together now the summer will be much more fun for parents and teens alike.
When tragedy strikes, parents are often left to process their feelings of distress, as well as faced with the challenge of helping their children do the same. To do this effectively, a parent must first approach the discussion with thoughtfulness. Consider how to talk to your child, anticipate how they may react and have a plan to help them cope.
The holidays are more fun for everyone when children believe in those magical beings like Santa and the Easter Bunny. Then there are the elves, Rudolph, the Tooth Fairy, Frosty, leprechauns, and more. The whole year seemingly rotates from one magical entity’s special time of year to another’s.