Did you know that art education – even at the preschool level – is just as important to development as reading and math? In fact, art is a major building block in child development and learning to create and appreciate visual beauty may be even more important to the development of the next generation of children....more
What should you know about bad habits and annoying behaviors in children?Parents naturally find many habits and behaviours of their children annoying. When it's time to change or modify annoying behaviours, it is very important to understand "WHY" your child is doing it. Most of the time, it is just imitating or a coping strategy. They may reach out for these annoying behaviours when they feel tired, stressed, depressed, insecure or sad. They find these 'annoying behaviours' soothing and calming....more
A letter to my children about love: I want all three of you to know what love is. I hope that you never have the opportunity to learn from experience what it isn't. My wish for you is that you find a life partner who understands you right through to your soul. Below is a list of things you should look for in a life mate. ...more
As a young married couple, we are constantly getting asked questions about having children. As soon as we got married, everyone was curious as to when we would start a family. After we gave birth to our first child, questions flooded in about when we would give our son a playmate. And even after having two children, it seems that there is no end in sight to the inquiries about expanding our family.
I have a little secret: I am concerned about my son's future weight. He's not in any danger of being overweight right now, but it is an issue that I try to keep my eye on. Is he getting enough regular exercise? Eating enough healthy food? Growing the way he should? I am concerned about all these things.
Clearly, I read too many parent studies, and they weigh on my mind.
One of the hardest parts of breastfeeding initially is maintaining a feeling of modesty in a very vulnerable situation. Before my second daughter was born, I made a DIY nursing cover and it really helped me gain a sense of comfort when breastfeeding in public....more
A few weeks ago, I was reading through a few posts on a parenting forum I frequent where a conversation had sprung from a parent who was completely delirious and devastated that her child doesn’t seem to have a future as a "gifted" child. What kind of prospects could she possibly ever expect to have? What kind of life and future could she really obtain if she has to live her life as an “average” child?
Um ... WTF. Seriously?
The word "pause" is a very familiar term. In my house, pause usually represents either the button I hit on the TV remote to (loudly) announce that dinner is ready. That's for the younger kids. For my older crew, I pause the house's internet access, which flushes the older kids out of hiding in all corners of the house like cockroaches.
But the word PAUSE has entirely new meanings in my life as of late.
A few days back, one of my neighbors came to my house along with her five year old son and asked me if I could teach him. I had never taught anyone before and this was going to be a huge responsibility for me. First I just thought of excusing her but after looking at the child and the way his big,fearful eyes looked towards me, I thought of giving it a try and so I agreed....more