Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Fun and Safety at Bathtime



Bath time can be a fun time but also needs to be a safe time. There are so many fun toys, such as toy boats, bubbles, rubber ducks, foam letters and animals that stick to the bathtub and even shaving cream. Most kids love the water and like to have lots of fun along with knowing how to be safe. Precautions that should be taken at bath time are water level and temperature, proper bathtub accessories, supervision, and checking for hazards such as electrical items in the bathroom.

For water level and temperature, care should be taken to only fill the bathtub to the level of the child's waist when they are sitting in the tub. The temperature of the water should be tested just as you would check the temperature of a baby's warmed bottle, with the inside of your wrist. It should be comfortable and soothing to your skin, which will then feel the same to the child taking a bath. A child will tell you if the water may feel a little cool or warm when they step in with their toes. Sometimes a water faucet can turn hot when running water for the bath. A solution to this is to purchase a faucet cover. Some department stores sell covers in cute shapes and colors, so in addition to safety from the hot faucet, this can also be entertaining to a young child. Other safety accessories such as bath mats and decals can be purchased so a child will not slip in the tub.

Children should always be supervised from the time the child gets in the tub until they are out of the bath and dried off. Having a mat or rug on the outside of the tub will prevent slipping also. Keep all electrical appliances such as heaters or hair dryers out of the reach of the tub. Most have safety features that allow them to turn off immediately if they come in contact with water. Even with this safety feature, it is advised to keep them away from any water.

One of the most fun things to have in the bathtub are bubbles. Bubbles are a clean and easy toy that most every child loves. They can be bubbles that grow in the tub when poured into the running water and also bubbles that are made with a wand and bubble solution. Bubbles are sure to make your child's bath time fun. Another clean and fun "toy" is shaving cream. Shaving cream can be mixed with food coloring and used as paint in the tub. It can also just be left white and the child can be very creative, making sculptures, wall paintings, and maybe even beards and other funny things. This brings out a child's artistic ability and creativity at a young age, and also gets them clean at the same time! Foam letters and animals are also a great bath time toy, for both fun and learning at the same time. They stick to the wall and the tub and usually come in bright colors. The letters can teach young children sounds and words, and also encourages creativity.

Bath time can be a fun time and also be a time for bonding between a parent and child. As a parent, your goal is to make "tubby time" a daily activity that a child looks forward to. By having some fun toys and practicing safety at the same time, it can be enjoyable for all.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Potty Training In Three Easy Steps


For new parents the idea of potty training can be daunting. A lot of times you don't know how and when to begin. There are many factors involved with potty training but once your child is ready to begin the transition from diapers to a fully potty trained child is fairly easy.

The first step is making sure that your child is ready to move away from diapers. Most children begin to show an interest in the toilet and potty training around their second birthday.

But because not all children are the same, some may show interest sooner than their second birthday and others long after their second birthday. The key is not to rush them.

Let them get comfortable with the idea of being toilet-trained and moving away from diapers. When they are ready for the transition, they will let you know. You just have to be observant and you will see when they are ready.

Once they are ready, the next step is the actual act of getting the child to use the toilet versus using a diaper. It is important to start off slowly. Have your child switch from diapers to underwear or training pants for an hour a day. Gradually increase their time in underwear or training pants from an hour to two hours and eventually they will be in underwear all day.

Having the child out of diapers and in underpants in a very important step, it allows them to feel the physical sensations associated with having an accident. Meaning, if they have an accident, they'll feel wet or cold. They will begin to associate the feeling of an accident with going to the bathroom and they will be able to communicate with you as to when they have to go to the bathroom.

Lastly, set a schedule for going to the bathroom. Take your child to the bathroom every hour, on the hour. Just let them sit on the toilet for a minute or two.

They will not end up using the bathroom every time they go in there but they will become familiar with the sensations associated with using the toilet. Over time your frequent trips to the bathroom will be reduced. But at the very beginning, it is important that you are consistent with your child's visits to the bathroom.

Remember, when it comes to potty training, there are no small successes, every attempt, whether they are complete or not are successful. Accidents happen and it is important that the child is not disappointed in themselves when they have an accident. Disappointment leads to regression and that is something that you want to avoid. Be sure to encourage every attempt.

So in conclusion, the three key steps are; make sure your child is ready and willing to participate, make the switch from diapers to underwear or training pants when you decide to start potty training and have a consistent schedule for taking your child to the potty. If you follow these three steps, it will not be such a daunting task.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

How to Help Your Children Learn


We all want the very best for our children and that includes giving them the best possible start to their education. There is a great deal you, as a parent, can do to achieve this. Your priority should be to create an environment that is safe, loving and stimulating.

CHILDREN LEARN THROUGH ALL THEIR SENSES
As we get older, we tend to rely on our sense of sight, and maybe hearing, to learn. We read, we observe and we listen. Children touch, taste, smell, look and then listen.

It's quite pointless to expect toddlers to learn by listening to you -- they're not being naughty when they gaze at you with those big eyes as you explain that it's wrong to spray your expensive perfume all over the bath (you spray the bath when you clean it, they're copying your actions -- they just haven't refined all the details yet).

The best way to teach your children about their world is the most difficult for you. It involves letting them try to do things for themselves (always under your supervision, of course).

When you're rushing to get to work, the temptation is to dress your toddlers, make the beds, tidy the room, pack the bags etc, while they remain passive recipients or observers. It takes much longer if you allow your toddlers to decide what they want to wear, to dress themselves, to begin making their beds and to pack their own bags. But if you deny them the opportunity to learn these things now, when they want to, you really have no-one to blame when they don't know how to look after themselves later (and when they don't want to do these things for themselves).

CHILDREN LEARN BY DOING

Children learn by doing - it bears repeating.

Children are also experts at the scientific method -- they observe their environment; they formulate hypotheses and they test these by carrying out experiments.

The toddler throwing objects from a high chair isn't doing it out of malice, to make you prematurely grey! It's part of learning what happens if you drop different sized objects from a height; what happens if you put a bit of force behind the objects and throw them; what happens if you tip that plate of squishy cereal upside down; what happens to the milk if you pour it into the vegetables ...

When your children become astrophysicists, they'll thank you for letting them conduct their early experiments in such a positive environment!

FOSTERING LEARNING

It's not desirable to just let your children do whatever they want to do -- you need to provide firm guidelines from an early age about what is acceptable and what isn't. By setting these boundaries, and being consistent with them, you'll give your children a secure environment in which to carry out their experiments.

Jennifer Stewart has a degree in English and History and taught senior High School for over twenty years. During that time, she was Head of Department, responsible for devising and implementing teaching programs, and for supervising young teachers. After leaving full-time teaching, she wrote (and now markets) writing courses for students and adults who want to improve their writing skills.  Visit her website at http://www.write101.com

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Power of Play - The Best Way to Teach Your Toddler to Talk


The number one way to get your toddler talking and communicating is through play. Why play? Because all children and toddlers learn through play. Play creates the desire for your toddler to talk and communicate. Play is fun and is a natural part of a child's development. It helps develop a child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional skills. Through play, parents are also able to connect with their children and devote that special one-on-one time that all children enjoy. Not only is play entertaining for your toddler, it can also be fun for you! You can play peek-a-boo, go to the park, do an activity, or play with toys. The possibilities are endless!

Play is considered to be a developmental skill because it is a natural activity that children do. If a child does not play then it can be a sign that his or her language skills are delayed. The reason is because play is a representation of a child's language skills. This is just one of the many reasons why play is important. Some research also suggests that play and cognition are interrelated. The more advanced a child's play skills are, the more developed his cognitive skills may be.

Since toddlers love one on one time with parents and family members, try to make it a priority to include a fun activity for at least 30 minutes each day. If 30 minutes is too much due to busy schedules, break it up into smaller chunks of time. Get the entire family involved in play to make your efforts at increasing your toddler's speech and language skills effective. Be sure to introduce your toddler to new vocabulary words, action words, and teach him or her about taking turns. This is how you can build your toddler's speech and language skills.

The first way to play with your toddler, and probably what comes to mind for most parents, is by playing with toys. Most children love to play with toys because they are fun and toys are something that he/she finds interesting. Just make sure the toys that your toddler plays with are age-appropriate.

Some age-appropriate educational toys for toddlers include stacking blocks, baby dolls, wooden peg puzzles, toy trains, and toy cars. There are a variety of words to target with these toys. Have your child repeat them or attempt to repeat them and make sure he/she understands them. Some of these words include: "up", "more" (when playing with stacking blocks), "eat", "drink" (when playing with baby dolls), "in", "out" (when playing with peg puzzles), "go", "stop" (when playing with toy trains and toy cars). While a Vtech Laptop is a really great educational toy for older children, it won't do much good for a toddler!

The second way to play with your child is through creative play. Children up to age three will benefit greatly from creative play. It can again involve toys or just imaginative play between you and your toddler. Examples of creative play include dressing up in costumes of your toddler's favorite characters, making up songs, and pretending you and your toddler are his/her favorite animals. Also, try to find toys and other items that can help. Use your imagination!

Keep in mind that in order to make it work you must make time to play with your toddler every day. Make activities fun and engaging. Sit down on the floor with him or her, play dress up, or play your child's favorite game. Most importantly remember to praise your toddler when he/she tries to communicate with you.

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