When faced with the frustration of getting a little one to leave school, the playground, a party or a favorite friend’s house, many parents find themselves threatening, “I’m leaving!”
The problem with threatening, “I’m leaving!” is twofold. Little ones are concrete thinkers; they take things literally. They accept what people say at face value. Fearing abandonment, most children will hustle their muscles and follow you out.
Parents play a critical role in helping their child make the separation adjustment. Separation anxiety is a normal reaction for children, and it can begin anywhere from 6 to 12 months and even peak during the second year of life. (You might be surprised if around 18-24 months your toddler starts to protest separations, but remember that this is normal and matches up with changes in their emotional and cognitive development!)
The last days of summer is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about starting preschool again! Whether this is your child’s first time attending school or they’re moving up to a class, it’s all a big transition. Learning new routines, getting to know new friends and teachers, and being away from home are just a few of the adjustments that need to be made. You can start preparing now to make those first weeks a bit easier for your child (and yourself!) Here are some helpful suggestions on how to help ease into preschool with less tears and fears.
At Forty Carrots, our Parenting Educators regularly refer to the ‘Forty Carrots Toolbox’ when talking to parents about positive discipline techniques. It is no secret that young children can be unpredictable in their behavior! This makes it necessary for parents to arm themselves with some ‘tools’ to use when challenging moments arise. In addition to offering choices, the 3-part reminder and when-then rule are two other techniques found in the ‘toolbox’ that can be used to teach positive behavior.
Most people agree that outdoor activities such as riding bicycles and running are beneficial to a child’s physical health. Many parents would also agree that outdoor time can work wonders for a child’s mood; a baby who is fussy may calm down instantly when taken outside for some fresh air and a change of scenery.
The worries and anxieties that pop up in young childhood can create roadblocks and meltdowns, throwing us as parents for a loop when we don’t see these events coming. New fears about haircuts, teachers, sleeping, or separations can creep up unexpectedly. New anxieties and fears are typical in young childhood and anxiety can be a very useful emotion if it is managed well.
Art is a wonderful way for young children to explore and learn, while tapping into their imaginations and expressing themselves in a tangible way. Learn some tips to encourage a child’s creative experience through art.
Being bilingual has more benefits than knowing more than one language. New studies show that bilingual children may enjoy other cognitive benefits as well, such as improved executive functioning skills which are crucial for problem solving and other mentally demanding activities.