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“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

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

5 Things Your Kids Need to Know About Getting Lost

5 Things Your Kids Need to Know About Getting Lost

June is National Safety Month, and considering that seven out of ten kids get lost at some point in their lives, talking to them about this common (and traumatic) childhood event should be high on our to-do list this month.

The talk is sometimes difficult (especially if we’re repeating the misinformation we were given as kids like “find a police officer” which is usually impossible). So, to make it easier, here are the top 5 things your kids need to know now, should they get lost: Read more

How to Teach a Child to Be Optimistic

How to Teach a Child to Be Optimistic

We hear the cliches all the time: Look on the bright side! Think positive! Don’t worry, be happy! And depending on our mood, we may respond, “Go jump in a lake”… or words to that effect.

But, surprise: All that positivity has a big payoff, in health, academic, social and life benefits for you and your child. A 30-year study by Martin Seligman, Ph.D., author of the great book The Optimistic Child, showed that optimism in children helps ward off depression and stress (Seligman’s study found a clear link between pessimism and depression), improves their performance in school and athletics and improves their physical health. Best of all, while optimism is an inborn trait in some, it can also be taught and encouraged, which is why I urge parents to start early in providing a positive role model and teaching their children optimistic approaches to life. Read more

What to Do if Your Child Starts Swearing

What to Do if Your Child Starts Swearing

I hate to break it to you, but if your sweet and innocent child starts blurting expletives the chances are they heard them from you. As parents we are our children’s role models. This feels quite a heady privilege until you observe your child exhibiting some of your less desirable behaviours. Role modelling is a warts-and-all role. Time to embrace your mini-mirror. And watch yourself like a hawk. Read more

ready for school

Is My Child Ready for School?

Your child has to be in full-time education from the term after he turns five. However, as schools have their main intake for the year in September, many children actually start before they turn five. So, if your child is one of these four-year-olds gearing up for school, how can you be sure he’s ready? Read on for tips and guidance.

How can I check if my child is ready for school?

No single factor determines whether your child is ready to start school. The way he speaks, thinks and gets on with other children are all important. You know your child best. You know what he can do, when he gets tired and what upsets him. Read more