When my daughter was accepted into a public Montessori school at age 3, I only knew a few details about what that meant — a mixed-age classroom and special tools that children used that were called “work.” Read more
Play and learn ABCs with these free printable alphabet flash cards. This set includes 26 flash cards with our lovely original illustrations in high resolution PDF format. Simple to download and print on a PC or Mac. Each page has 4 cards and the last page has a template for the wallet to keep all your alphabet flash cards together. Read more
Technology has done a lot to make our lives easier and more efficient. Yet as a parent, you ought to be concerned about the impact that devices such as smartphones can have on your child. At a time when it is becoming commonplace for kids to have their own mobile device, shouldn’t you be worried about what negative impact a smartphone could have on your child’s growth? Read more
Your child may be a master finger painter — especially on your carpets and walls — but does your pint-size Picasso know which colors he’s using to create his masterpiece? Before you invest in some professional art tools, consider teaching your child the colors of the rainbow. Here are six apps that help your child learn their hues and even some extra information.
Ask your children to list down all the things they could do if they get a $50 or $100 bill for a day. You will be amazed by the answers. Even though you might have never talked to your kids about smart spending, kids figure out a way to set their priorities when it comes to spending their money.
But while kids know their priorities (candies! Toys! Computer games!) as consumers that doesn’t mean that they’re wise spenders. So, if you have been postponing the money management talk with your kids all this while, this is the right moment to teach them about personal finance.
There are many ways to break the ice and discuss money without causing your child to lose interest or perceive the topic as boring. Here are eight pointers on how to instill good spending habits in your child that would last for a lifetime: Read more
Do you have children? Would you like to give them more fun in studying? Do you want to help them in ace-ing their tests at school? If so, you should definitely continue reading, as there are amazing things your child can learn from you! After reading this article, you will be a personal mind-mapping coach for your child.
Most people know about mind-mapping already. Do you use it yourself as well? I am sure most people use or have used the technique in one form or the other. The reason it works so well is because it makes use of both sides of your brain, taking the slightly more analytical left side and using words and relationships. It also benefits from the slightly more creative or colourful right side, using images and colours. Read more
A few months ago, Ella started asking if she could have some chores to do. I don’t know what sparked this interest in chores, but I wasn’t about to pass up an opportunity to get some free labor around the house.
We made up a chore chart with four tasks for her to do every weekday and hung it up on the back of the pantry door. Read more
It can be easy to assume that anxiety, stress and fear are only adult emotional issues, however the truth is that children as young as toddlers can experience these feelings too. In many circumstances they are healthy and normal such as when you leave them with a new baby-sitter or they go off to their first day of Kindergarten. But in other cases, such as a preoccupation with feelings that you might abandon them forever, or if you notice your child is worrying about bigger issues such as money or family problems, it’s time to ease their fears. Read more
When Your Kids Lie
A couple of years ago, my daughter and two of her young friends were involved in something of a haircutting scandal during a playdate. One of the girls went home with a new and shorter do, and after multiple versions of the story and promising she was telling the truth, my daughter finally came out with the real truth. If she’d come out with real story immediately, I would’ve been upset, but after rounds of sleuthing around to uncover the real story, I was angry. Read more
When a child is born they are completely and utterly dependent on their parents—and that’s exactly as it should be. Even a toddler needs most everything done for them. But it is also at that toddler stage that a child begins to exhibit the first signs of having the capability to be a responsible, contributing member of the family. Do NOT ignore these signs! Read more