Tag Archives: Child

Fun Fall Crafts For Kids

10 Oct

Here are some ideas that can be fun to do with the kids this fall. I like the colorful fall crafts, it’s fun and easy to do with the kids.

Bedtime Battle

25 Sep

My kids always seems to be as surprised every evening when I tell them it’s bedtime. They look at me in disbelief as if I’m telling them something absurd. We always keep the same routine and they go to bed at the same time every night – but it’s always the same struggle. Still we always manage to stick to our routine. I guess them nagging about has become a regular part of our bedtime routine.

I recommend this site: Spoonful.com

19 Jul

I want to recommend site called Spoonful.com I just stumbled upon this website and really like it. It contains wide variety of activities for kids and can be helpful on rainy days or just whenever you want to have some family fun.

Active Listening Can Improve Communication In The Parent Child Relationship

12 May

Active listening is positive and effective communication skill that can improve communication between parent and child, by bringing clarity and understanding to relationships. It makes child feeling loved and worthy, appreciated, interesting, and respected. Parents expect that their child can trust their love, they want to be there for their child and hope that their child will turn to them for comfort. Good communication is an important parenting skill. With active listening you will let the child know that you are interested and involved and that you will help when needed. Active listening can truly transform how your children talk to you, it can deepen the bond, the trust, the mutual respect and mutual understanding in relationships.

1. Pay Attention: While the other person is speaking, look at the speaker directly, lean forward and maintain eye contact. Minimize all external distractions. Give this your full attention and ask the child to do the same. So turn off the TV or anything else that could disturb your conversation.
2. Respond appropriately: While you are listening, you can give both verbal and nonverbal responses such as nodding, smiling, and comment to the child. Encourage the speaker to continue with small verbal comments like yes, and uh huh.
3. Focus only on what the speaker is saying: Try not to think about what you are going to say next. The conversation will follow a logical flow after the speaker makes her point. If your own thoughts keep interrupting you, simply let them go and keep your attention on the speaker.
4. Keep an open mind. When active listening, the listener resists the temptation to make the assumption that they already know what the speaker is trying to say. Wait until the speaker is finished before deciding that you disagree.
5. Show Respect and understanding: Unless they specifically ask for advice, assume they just need to talk it out. Do not dominate the conversation.
6. Let the Speaker Finish the Point they Were Making: Don’t interrupt even if the speaker is launching a complaint against you, wait until they finish to defend yourself. The speaker will feel as though their point had been made. Allow the speaker to finish each point before asking questions. Do not interrogate the speaker.
7. Engage yourself. Children needs to know that you take their views and ideas seriously. Ask questions for clarification, but only when the speaker has finished. After you ask questions to make sure you didn’t misunderstand. Start with: “So you’re saying…”

About Kids

10 Apr

A child is like a butterfly,

Some can fly higher than others.

But each one flies the best it can,

Why compare one against the other?

Each one is different. Each one is special.

Each one is beautiful.

What Matters in Life!

20 Feb

 

 

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Kids and Creativity – why is it so important?

21 Jan

Kids painting

I was reading an article stating that kids today are more narrow-minded and not as creative as their grandparents were. Young children can be very creative and love to use their imagination –  there is no limit to their creation. Child can easily turn piece of paper into an airplane or a rocket  just by using the imagination. As the kids grow older they tend to lose this talent, little by little, if it isn’t allowed to develop.

What is creativity? Creativity has been defined as the ability to use the imagination to see things differently, or to view the world in a distinct and personal way. Creativity is a skill that can be taught. Parents can help their kids to develop their skill by providing them with the resources they need for creative expression.

Why is creativity so important? Creativity is the talent to write stories and play music, or to make arts and crafts. But this talent is also used to solve everyday problems and even perform complex math operations. Creativity is not limited to artistic and musical expression—it is also essential for science, math, and even social and emotional intelligence. Creative people are more flexible and better problem solvers, which makes them more able to adapt to technological advances and deal with change—as well as take advantage of new opportunities.

What can parents do to encourage creativity?

Prepare kids bedroom or play area in a way that encourages creativity, keep coloring devices and paper handy and easily accessible, according to their age.  Keep a variety of artistic materials such as clay, play dough, music, books, blocks, legos, and other creative toys within the reach of the child, appropriate  for their age.

Encourage coloring and drawing, to read for pleasure and participate in the arts. Allow your kid to think for himself, do not interrupt or try to guide the child in “right direction”. Kids needs an opportunities for free self-expression, without negative  judgment. The child might take that as critique and  be discouraged to continue. Children can be very critical. If your child becomes frustrated because he can’t do something perfectly, be sympathetic and explain to him that everyone needs practice to master new things.

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How TV Affects your Child

12 Jan

English: A child watching TV.

I’ve been reading articles about how TV can have negative effect on children. According to the U.S. Health and Human Services news release, a study done by a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has shown that too much television before the age of six could lead to possible behavioral problems later in life. According to them most kids like to watch TV and movies or play video games and use the computer. They often find it relaxing or entertaining. But too much time spent in those activities affects kids health and athletic ability. Kids who view violent acts are more likely to show aggressive behavior. If children who spend more than 4 hours per day watching TV, in the first years of life, the more likely to be overweight and less muscular according to a study by the University of Montreal. It will also affect how physically active he will be as an adult. TV watching can leed to obesity not only because it reduces children’s physical activity but also because it subjects them to ads wich are promoting foods with high fat and sugar content.

TV steals time from activities that actually develop the brain, like language, creativity, motor, and social skills. A child learns more efficiently from real interaction – with people and things, rather than things she sees on a video screen. School kids who watch too much TV also tend to work less on their homework.  When doing homework with TV on in the background, kids tend to retain less skill and information.

Adults must ensure that their children are watching appropriate programs. Parents needs to monitor the content of TV programs and set viewing limits to ensure that your kids don’t spend too much time parked in front of the TV. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old should not watch any TV and those older than 2 should not watch more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programs. TV isn’t all bad. Kids can get help learning on public television, f.ex. about wildlife on nature shows. No doubt about it — TV can be an excellent educator and entertainer – if you choose the quality programs.

Parents needs to realise that the mind of their kids is like clay. It forms early impressions on what it sees, and these early impressions determine how they see the world.

The conclusion is that as kids get older, too much screen time can interfere with activities such as being physically active, reading, doing homework, playing with friends, and spending time with family. Quality, educational programs can be informative for your kids but parents needs to monitor the programs and set time limits.

How to Reduce Christmas Stress in Children

13 Dec

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

Holidays usually bring an increase in emotions, changes in routines and family stress in general. There’s so much needed to be done and so much excitement around the Holidays. The expectations are high and many things happening in December. Therefore the stress level always increases this last month of the year. That doesn’t only apply to grown ups because children can feel stressed too. Children can pick up parents’ stress.

Children show signs of stress by acting out, being worried or by being very hyper. Child might show behavior that  is not age appropriate, for example a potty-trained child might start having accidents around the holidays because of stress.

Here is a list about the best ways to reduce stress in children around the holidays

  1. Let kids be involved in the holiday baking.
  2. Give the children appropriate assignments, that fits their age, to help preparing for the holidays. You can for example let them help decorating the house. Involving children increases self-esteem, keeps their minds of other things and strengthens family bond.
  3. The American Psychiatric Association advises parents to let children participate in planning for the holidays. This way the children feel like they have some control over how the holiday will be and that can reduce uncertainty and stress.
  4. Don’t expect young children to sit at the table to long during Christmas dinner – its an unrealistic expectation.
  5. Children should maintain a regular bedtime as much as possible during the holidays.
  6. Limit TV and video games.
  7. Physical activities can be very helpful against stress and excitement – especially since children often show more hyper behavior around the Christmas time.
  8. Don’t “count the days” until Christmas – it can increase the stress level.
  9. Try to remember routines – specially if you have young children.
  10. Make time for the family to rest and relax together – have a nice, pleasurable evening together.

So much to do and so little time

11 Dec
waiting for santa

waiting for santa (Photo credit: origamidon)

Lately I’ve had very limited time to write posts. December is very challenging month for my, both at work and in my personal life. My children need special attention and affection this month because December can be very stressful when you are little. It’s so difficult to wait patiently for christhmas. Therefore I try to make an extra effort to keep them occupied and do something fun to keep their mind of all that christmas excitement

Hopefully I will soon be able to continue writing my posts as usually but until then I will only be able to write posts occasionally.

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