Tag : art development

A Snack or Two Will Do

Snacks have become a bit of a problem these days – it’s the parents fault really. In a well-meaning parent’s quest to ensure that their child has eaten something….anything…the snack has started to overshadow the actual meal. With lots of prepackaged options, parents are quick to grab something to have on hand. What ends up happening is that the child begins to prefer these snacks to nutritious meals. So how can the well-intentioned parent get out of this risky cycle?

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Sportsmanship 101 for Parents

Kurdish:
گیانى وەرزشى ژمارە ١٠١ بۆ دایک و باوکان
خوڵى وەرزشى بچووک هەمیشە وەک ڕێگایەکى گرنگ وایە بۆ ناساندنى منداڵ بە جیهانى وەرزش. ئێمە وەک دایک و باوک، منداڵەکانم وا دەبینین کە لە کەشێکى نموونەیی دان- ژینگەى تیمى ئەرێنى کە تیایدا منداڵانمان هاورێ ى نوێ دەدۆزنەوە، خۆشى لێ وەردەگرن، وە فێرى گیانى

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Time to Listen

We all know that music can be an important part of a child’s development.  Parents usually expose their children to music early on through Mommy and me activities, sing a longs, and other interactive activities.  Rarely do parents start off with musical concerts right off the bat.  But when should your child be ready to attend a music event and listen to someone else play while she just sits in an audience?
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Will You Play for Us?

Even adults can still experience a small dose of stage fright now and then when they are invited to perform onstage. So you can probably imagine how your child may feel when his music teacher plans a show that requires all of the students to perform. While this may seem like a good way to showcase the student’s musical talent, it may not be a walk in the park for your child. Is it really necessary for children to perform at such a young age? Is this type of exposure helpful for them in the future?

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The Competitive Edge

Kurdish:
تواناى پێشبڕكێيى
ئەگەر تۆ وەکو زۆربەى دایک و باوکان بیت, تۆ دەتەوێت منداڵەکەت شێوازى ژیانى چالاک و تەندروستى هەبێت. بۆ بەرژەوەندى ئەنجامدانى چى ((باشترینە)) بۆ منداڵەکەمان, لە خۆت دەپرسى ئاخۆ بيرۆكەيەكى باشە بۆ ئەوەى منداڵەکەت بەشداری بکات لە تیمێکى وەرزشى. بەڵام ساتێ كە تۆ لە جيهانى فراوانى وەرزشیت، هەست دەكەيت كە

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Dealing With a Sore Loser

When your child was little, you couldn’t wait for him or her to be “old” enough to play games with you. Little did you realize that playing games now opened up a whole new world of winners and losers…and sore losers. Surely, you never thought that your kid would turn out to be “that” child” – the sore loser. Of course, it’s good to be competitive and want to win. It’s quite another thing for your child to get upset and lash out at others if he or she doesn’t end up winning. What can you do to foster a healthier response from your child in these types of situations? And no, not allowing him or her to play games any longer is not the answer!

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Tale of Two Languages

America is the great melting pot, where many immigrants made their way to Ellis Island to escape poverty, religious persecution or political oppression to create their own opportunities. Over the years, many different cultures and ethnicities have mixed to give rise to multicultural and/or multi-ethnic offspring. As these children begin to develop, parents are sometimes confused about which language or languages their child should actually speak. At one point in time, many immigrants refused to teach their children their native language so that they could better assimilate in the United States. Although this is no longer the case, some parents continue to wonder whether they should the parents focus on English so that child will have mastery of the language by the time they get to kindergarten, or should they instead focus on the second language so that the child will have a good sense of their culture?

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Bite No More

Many of us have experienced that horribly embarrassing moment when our toddler appears to be playing calmly with a friend when all of a sudden she takes a bite and all mayhem breaks loose.  Children are crying, tempers are flaring, and you know the right thing to do is to discipline your child.  Although you firmly remind your toddler that it is not nice to bite, you wonder whether this will be enough to prevent your child from biting in the future.  You also wonder if she even understands why it is not okay to bite since reasoning with a toddler (especially a cranky one!) is not always easy!  This is generally a delicate developmental stage for your toddler who could still be at the tail-end of teething or simply experimenting with her emotions.  To help prevent your child from biting, here are a few tips:

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Give it a Shot!

We all want to give our children the best “shot” in life. That includes getting vaccinations on schedule. But even we parents get a little apprehensive about our children’s vaccinations. So we end up thinking that delaying the vaccinations will help the situation. However, this only tends to aggravate the situation. In fact, the older your child gets, the more he or she may become anxious at the thought of these visits to the doctor. So, how can we help our little ones overcome their fears as well as ours?

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Don’t Trip Up

As a parent, we are sometimes amazed by the new depths of our patience. Other times, we surprise ourselves by our utter lack of patience. We are also horrified by some of the words that come out of our mouths in our moments of exasperation. But then again, while we know that we are not perfect, we also realize that we are often times overworked and exhausted. So how can we parents avoid the oh-so-common pitfalls of parenting while still trying to discipline our children effectively?

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