Parents have a natural instinct to protect their kids. What happens when siblings get into a fight with each other? Sometimes this situation can get really messy. Encouraging young kids to talk about their feelings towards one another can help dissolve a heated situation. It will also help them learn healthy ways to handle conflict and confrontation.
Do you have some free time this Valentine’s Day? Try this easy and inexpensive Valentine’s activity with your child!
What you need: Paper, scissors, and marker
Directions: Draw a heart on a piece of paper. Cut it out and write your child’s name on it. Your child can decorate the heart if he/she wants to. Then cut the heart into puzzle pieces. Let your child put their puzzle together!
We all know life gets hectic and there is always so much to do. But it is so important our kids know how much we care about them. Spending time with our kids is the greatest gift we can give them. Here are a few ways we can spend more time with our kids.
1. Play with them
2. Read with them
3. Invite them to help with dinner
4. Start a family game night
5. Let them run errands with us
6. Build a fort with them
7. Color pictures with them
Kids love feeling important. Ask them to help with simple tasks around the house.
Things have a natural order and sequence. This is an important concept for children to understand because it helps develop the cognitive part of their brain. Sequencing starts at home. For example invite your kids to help you with the laundry. Explain that first we sort the clothes into dark and light loads. Next, we load the washing machine and add detergent. Then we start the washing machine. Lastly, we wait until the clothes are washed.
According to Women’s and Children’s Health Network, babies between five and twelve months may suddenly develop a fear of strangers. They might become afraid of people who have interacted with them since birth. This happens because most babies form a close bond with their parents or caregivers. Babies do not want to be separated from their immediate loved ones.
A few ways to help your baby with this fear is to never force your baby to go to a stranger. Introduce your baby to strangers/family/friends and encourage them to make eye contact with everyone. Talk to your baby in a confident voice to reassure he/she is safe.