easter fact

15 Easter Facts

Fact 1

What is Easter? Easter is the most important time in the Christian calendar. Easter forms part of Holy week; Holy week consists of Palm Sunday – the week before Easter Sunday, Good Thursday – the day of Jesus’ Last Supper, Good Friday – the day that Jesus was crucified and Easter Sunday the day Jesus rose from the dead. Read more

Parenting with Anxiety

Parenting with Anxiety

Parenting with anxiety means you’re never quite parenting alone. Nope, there’s always that thread or undercurrent of fear or worry that accompanies us anxious folks that we try to battle or subdue in order to parent without fear. And when I say parent without fear, I mean “parent without the fear of everything and anything thanks to anxiety making you a bad parent,” not parenting without fear, period, because what parent doesn’t get a little afraid sometimes? Read more

Childhood Obesity

How to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Balance is key in helping your child maintain a healthy weight. Balance the calories your child eats and drinks with the calories used through physical activity and normal growth.

Overweight and obese children and teens should reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing normal growth and development. Don’t put your child on a weight-reduction diet without talking to your health care provider. Read more

A Booster Seat: How to Know if Your Child Is Ready

A Booster Seat: How to Know if Your Child Is Ready

Determining whether your child is ready to transition from a forward-facing car seat to a big-kid booster seat involves more than simply looking at the child’s age, height and weight. Allana Pinkerton, child passenger safety advocate for car seat manufacturer Diono, says parents often don’t consider a key question: Is the child mature enough to sit in a booster? Read more

“Handy” Tips to Improve Your Child’s Handwriting

“Handy” Tips to Improve Your Child’s Handwriting

Your Child’s Handwriting

If you’ve seen the infamous note on your child’s school papers from their teacher (“Please write neater!”), it’s time to take action! What you may not realize is that your child is struggling with handwriting because they lack strength in their hands, which is directly impacting their fine motor coordination. Read on to gain some “handy” handwriting tips that you can start trying at home today to improve your child’s writing and that will eliminate notes from teachers on classwork! Read more

Your Preschool Teacher Wants You to Know

Your Preschool Teacher Wants You to Know

Preschool is a big step — up until now, your child probably hasn’t spent too much time (or any at all) in a classroom with a large number of children, and likely hasn’t spent too long being away from you or away from a nanny or daycare that they feel comfortable with. Along with leaving you for the day, they are also expected to behave and act differently than they do at home — and if this is your first child going to school, you might have a lot to learn as well. Read more
What to Do When Your Child is Left Out

What to Do When Your Child is Left Out

We’d all like our kids to thrive in academics, the arts, sports and citizenship. Here’s another item to add to our wish list for their success: friendship. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), those early social bonds are highly important.

“Friends help define personality and independence. Friendships teach young people how to deal with their own complex feelings and those of others,” the AAP says on its Healthy Kids website. With friends, kids also learn to trust, explore who they are and begin to build a sense of security apart from their families, according to the AAP. Read more

12 Signs You've Picked a Great Preschool

12 Signs You’ve Picked a Great Preschool

Choosing a preschool for your little one can be worrisome for a mom, but if you think you have found a winning school yet you’re still on the fence, here are 12 signs you’ve picked a great preschool for your little one!

Your Kid Had a Blast at the Visit

Did your child really enjoy visiting the preschool? If so, you’ve picked a good spot. Children are honest, and if they’re not happy, they won’t tell you otherwise. If the teachers could get your child to interact and explore in the preschool at a visit, it’s a good sign that your child will be able to happily adjust to this school.

Did you not take a tour? Oh no! Moms, tours are a must. Schools should allow kids to see the room and get a feel for the atmosphere.

Friendly Staff

If the staff is willing to answer your questions without sounding rude or abrupt, and if they sound welcoming as well as put you at ease, your child (and you) are in good hands. You want to feel as if the staff is approachable and willing to work with parents, especially if this is the first kid you’re sending to preschool!

Trial Run

A school should be willing to give you a trial run or test your kid out for at least a day or two in order to help you decide if this is the best fit for your wee one. If the school agrees to this, this is a good sign!

Certifications

Is the staff educated in child development, CPR, and first-aid techniques? Ask. You have every right to know, and the staff should be both educated in child development and first-aid techniques. Don’t panic, since an emergency most likely won’t happen at school, but sometimes it does and you want to feel at ease knowing the school owners value a trained staff! A good preschool will provide you with this information willingly.

Owner

Is the owner friendly or in it for a buck? Is the owner on-site? I think having the owner on-site is a must, at least for the majority of the time school is in session. An on-site owner is more in touch with the pulse of the school and any issues that arise. An owner who’s not around doesn’t have the same investment in his or her school, which is a bad sign, in my opinion.

Discipline Policy

Ask the school what the discipline policy is. In my opinion, you want a school that focuses on positive discipline practices such as redirection and relaxation corners for children to step away to when feeling angry or combative. A school should be open about how they handle matters such as this.

Also, ask the school how they handle difficult children. Again, a school shouldn’t be quick to kick out kids. They should have some sort of procedure for handling children who may need help such as psychologist referrals. The most important thing is the school should be clued in to normal childhood development and able to assist, to support, or to direct parents if a child is struggling. A great preschool is willing to share how they tend to handle such matters as well as signs they look for when identifying children with special needs or behavioral issues.

Parent Communication

Some schools communicate with parents more or less. For example, my daughter goes to a Montessori school, so I don’t get daily updates about her school experience. However, when I taught at a Goddard school, parents got daily sheets describing their child’s day. If the school’s daily communication habits fit your personal needs, it’s a good sign this school is a winner!

Sick Policy

The school should explain how they handle sick children and any outbreaks of various illnesses; they should also have a sick policy. A good preschool will be more than happy to talk to you about this.

Cleanliness

Is the school clean? Look around in the corners and in bathrooms. Are items in the classroom organized and labeled well? You’re not looking to be OCD here but to see that the rooms are regularly maintained. And more importantly:

The Feel of the Room(s)

Do you feel the room or rooms your child will be in all day or half day are welcoming? If you get a positive feeling upon entering the classroom, it’s a great sign!

I’ve visited schools and felt they were either too cluttered, too bare, or not child friendly enough and walked away knowing that that school was not a good choice for my daughter. The ambiance in the classroom air is important!

Class Size

Does your child need a smaller classroom size? If you find a small private preschool, that’s a good sign for your child that he or she won’t be part of a bigger, more day-care-like atmosphere.

How Long Have the Teachers Been Teaching? What Were Their Attitudes?

A young teacher can have great enthusiasm, but a seasoned one can as well. In my opinion, low turnover rates are one of the single most important factors in choosing a preschool. Ask the director how long the staff has been in place. What are the teachers’ backgrounds? When you visited, did the teachers look happy or exhausted? These are all factors in choosing a great preschool.

If the teachers looked happy or at least actively engaged with the children and positive, you should feel at ease. Of course, teachers have bad days too, but listen to their language — both verbal and physical — with the kids as you visit. Are they warm? Responsive? If you answered yes, bingo! You’ve found a great preschool!

At the end of the day, you should feel at ease with wherever you send your child. Preschool is supposed to be fun, and more importantly, it’s supposed to teach your child how to socialize. Yes, learning basic letter and number facts is important, but children should be children first and get to enjoy play. In the worst-case scenario, if you decide that a preschool you’ve chosen ends up to not be the best fit for your child, try not to sweat it. Changing schools can be hard, but children are resilient!

Source: www.popsugar.com

What to Do When Your Child Doesn't Like Their Teacher

What to Do When Your Child Doesn’t Like Their Teacher

Your child’s teachers do not necessarily need to be their best friends, but your son or daughter should never feel uncomfortable or fearful when walking into their classroom each day. If they are coming home upset or unhappy because of something going on with their teacher, then it’s important to listen to what your child is saying and seek answers. Often, it’s more a simple case of “missing Mommy syndrome,” but other times the problem can be something deeper that needs to be addressed. Work with your little one and their teacher to find a solution that helps everyone involved, and try these tips when sorting out the situation. Read more