Why Do I feel so Guilty?

The dog was angry at me because I didn’t let him out fast enough.  I couldn’t fly down the steps in enough time to get him so he let me know by leaving an unpleasant present on the kitchen floor.  Meanwhile as I was busy getting ready to visit a friend, 16 month old Kevin spilled his cherry juice on our beige sofa.  I quickly moved … Continue reading Why Do I feel so Guilty?

10 Rules to Live by for Parents

Be the best role model as possible: Your children look up to you and they want to be you, so make sure you are acting the way you want your children to. Know when and how your child needs some love:  As a parent, you are responsible for loving and caring for your child.  Each child is different and needs to be loved in different … Continue reading 10 Rules to Live by for Parents

Ways Children Learn

Each child is wired differently and learn differently.  There are many ways a child learns.  Here are a few: By doing Through Play Through their senses By imitation By making mistakes By communicating By repetition When they are ready When their basic needs are met Reference: How do you incorporate some of these different ways to teach children? Ashley Continue reading Ways Children Learn

Punishment: What to do Instead

Last week we found out what punishments really teach children.  So what are we suppose to do instead?  Below is the same list with alternatives to parent positively. If your child hits another child, do not hit them as punishment.  This only teaches them that it is ok if you are bigger than they are. Instead, use your words and inquire about the incident.  Most children hit … Continue reading Punishment: What to do Instead

Repurpose Children’s Artwork

I can only imagine how many different pieces of artwork each child does in their life time.  For me, I think where am I going to store it all?  Here are some ideas to repurpose them without throwing them away! Use it for wrapping paper. Frame it- You can even change the picture from time to time. Turn them into greeting cards. Turn them all … Continue reading Repurpose Children’s Artwork

Tips on Preparing a Stimulating Activity

Infants, toddlers, and children learn using all 5 senses.  They have a very short attention span, so when preparing an activity it needs to be stimulating. They love to use more than one sense, so create an activity that will use 2-3 senses. Children love to get involved and interact, make sure it is something that they can participate in. Create it based off of your child’s … Continue reading Tips on Preparing a Stimulating Activity

Positive Parenting Tips

Instead of focusing on what you don’t want your child to do, focus on what you do want them to do.’ Instead of providing a model for an art projects, encourage them to create their own art. Instead of sending children to time out, redirect them with a new activity. Instead of memorization drills, create meaningful learning experiences. Instead of your children competing against each … Continue reading Positive Parenting Tips

Brain Games for Toddlers

Saying Names:  To help your toddler learn that people and objects have different names, touch an object and say the name.  Then take your toddler’s hand and touch the object and say the name again.  Now say “(your toddlers name) is touching the (object)”.  This can be done with all different objects and people. Early Block Fun:  Make disposable blocks out of small milk cartons.  … Continue reading Brain Games for Toddlers

Crunchy Living: Homemade Glue

This is a great nontoxic recipe for homemade glue.  It won’t have the same stickiness as the store-bought glue, but it works. Ingredients: 1/3 cup flour 2 tbsp sugar 1 cup water Directions: Mix the flour and sugar together. Pour in the water slowly, continuously stirring. Cook over low heat, continuously stirring. Allow to Cool. Do you have any recipes for homemade glue?  Please share! … Continue reading Crunchy Living: Homemade Glue

Halloween Activities and Crafts!

Rook No. 17 has a great Halloween Scavenger Hunt Eighteen25 has a free printable of 31 activities and a Halloween countdown. Clever Classroom has a free Halloween Vocabulary printable. (you will need to create a free account.) Like a Pretty Petunia has a tutorial on how to make these! Better Homes and Garden has 25 different crafts for Halloween. Craft Interrupted has many printables for decorations. … Continue reading Halloween Activities and Crafts!