7 Ways to help your child develop positive self esteem

Children, with learning and attention problems, tend to find it more difficult to feel positive about themselves.  This is due to the fact that self-esteem is affected by how capable you feel.   These children have to work harder to perform academically, and they often struggle in social situations as well.  

Amanda Morin (teacher, author and early intervention specialist), shares some specific ways through which a parent can help his/ her child to develop a positive self-esteem.  She strongly encourages a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed mindset based on negative thoughts and statements), as well as viewing mistakes as learning experiences

https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/empowering-your-child/self-esteem/7-ways-to-boost-your-childs-self-esteem

Reading and storytelling with babies and children

Suitable for 0-6 years

Why reading is important for babies and young children. Help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills. learn to value books and stories. spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity. help your child’s brainsocial skills and communication skills develop.

An easy-to-read article giving reasons for reading to your children from babyhood upwards.  It also gives ideas for different ways to read and tell stories, and has links to age-specific articles, with examples of relevant books that you can read to your child.

https://raisingchildren.net.au/babies/play-learning/literacy-reading-stories/reading-storytelling

Christmas fun to keep the kids busy

Worried about how to keep your children busy?  Here are links to some fun ideas that will keep them practicing their skills while spending some quality time with you.

Getting creative with paper plates:

https://www.craftymorning.com/christmas-paper-plate-crafts-for-kids/

Finger painting fun

https://www.amorecraftylife.com/fingerprint-christmas-tree-kid-craft/

Jumping elves:

https://kidscraftroom.com/jumping-paper-cup-elf-puppet-craft/

Sticker decorating:

https://handsonaswegrow.com/sticker-christmas-tree-craft-kids/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes

Hope these inspire you to have fun and get creative.

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Don’t be a dummy when it comes to dummies

Many parents find it difficult to know when is the best time to start weaning their little one off sucking dummies. Dummies provide a way for babies and toddlers to soothe and cope with stressors around them.  As your child gets older, they need to start relying less on dummies and learn other ways to find comfort.

Dummies may also impact teeth formation, which may impact your child’s speech development.  This can be avoidable. Thanks to the BabyCentre, they provide us with good ideas to help your child through this transition process.

https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1040581/dummies-and-your-toddler

Building Resilience in Children – 20 Practical and Powerful Strategies

In today’s world, where children are constantly being compared and pushed to perform, it is easy to lose confidence and your sense of self-worth, if you do not feel you are the best or the brightest.   

Thank you to Karen Young, who posted valuable advice regarding the nurturing and building of your child’s resilience on Hey Sigmund.

All children face challenges and adversity.  Their ability to overcome this and to carry on, is determined by their resilience.  The idea is thus not to overprotect the child from all forms of stress and adversity, but rather to teach them the skills to cope and come out stronger on the other side.   Karen Young explains how to do this through the use of certain practical strategies. 

https://www.heysigmund.com/building-resilience-children/

How to boost your child’s immune system through food

When children are in close contact with each other (day care/ schools), viruses tend to spread like wild fire.  Constant visits to the doctor are expensive and it is not ideal to be on medication every other week.  It is thus important to research how you can boost your child’s immune system through the right types of food and supplements, enough probiotics, as well as enough relaxation time and sleep.  

Some foods rich in antioxidants and immune boosting nutrients are discussed, as well as tips in how to serve them in a child attractive manner.  Thank you to Donné Restom, for the valuable advice. 

Kidspot Kitchen also shares some delicious general recipes, guaranteed to wet your toddler’s appetite. 

https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/articles/nutrition/how-to-boost-your-childs-immune-system-through-food

https://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/galleries/kid-friendly-recipe-ideas/finger-licking-recipes-that-will-sort-out-your-fussy-eating-toddler

Is toilet training driving you potty?!

Wet beds, wet pants, unmentionable messes… all parents have a story or two to tell about their toilet training journey. Especially those parenting children with special needs.

Here are a few tips, tricks and encouragements to keep you going.

10 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN POTTY TRAINING A SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILD

by Ellen Seidman, mum of Max, who has cerebral palsy

https://www.babble.com/parenting/10-things-to-remember-when-potty-training-a-special-needs-child/

COLLECTION of RESOURCES AND ARTICLES

See this website for a number of articles and resources on potty training including a video by 2-year-old Alleke explaining the process:

http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/resources.html%23tab=resource_online&text=toilet%2520training

The decline of play in pre-schoolers and the rise in sensory issues

 

There is a growing epidemic of children who excel academically, but have difficulty with social, emotional and motor skills, as pre-schools reduce outside free play time and increase more formal classroom time.  Pre-schoolers are becoming more easily frustrated, less attentive in class, more easily overwhelmed, and tire more easily with gross motor activities.

Article by Angela Hansom (Occupational therapist)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/09/01/the-decline-of-play-in-preschoolers-and-the-rise-in-sensory-issues/?utm_term=.fb2a3d6f2815