How to Educate Children Before They Start School

July 31st, 2012

Mickey MouseChildren love to learn and you will find that out if you take the time to simply teach your child. There are many ways to teach a child. Children don’t only learn in school, they learn different things each and every day, whether you know it or not. If you want to properly educate your child before they start school, there are plenty of different things that you can do.

Read to your child on a regular basis. Even if you have a very small child that will only listen for a few seconds at a time, he can still get something out of you spending the time reading to him. As he ages, his attention span will expand and he will begin sitting longer and longer to listen to you read. Reading is something that your child will have to do in school so starting him young will do nothing but help. Continue Reading »

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Disciplining Your Toddler: Positive Strategies That Work

July 31st, 2012

mickey-mouse-coloring-2As the mother of a toddler, I know how hard it can be at times to meet his daily needs and try and teach him the life skills that he needs to be successful. In particular, as we begin to move toward that tricky second year of life, discipline is becoming more of a focus. The following ideas have helped my family (and my sanity) as we attempt to raise a well-rounded, happy child.

Your toddler is never too young for a sticker chart! We started a sticker chart with my son when he was around fifteen months old, and he immediately took to it. I felt like I was constantly putting him in time out (more on that in a minute), and I wanted to positively reinforce his good behaviors. My little guy loves Mickey Mouse, so I made up a simple chart that had a large grid with 30 different squares on it; pictures of Mickey and his friends were added all throughout the chart. Each time my son does something positive, such as using his manners, helping clean up, or laying still when he gets his diaper changed, he earns a sticker. Continue Reading »

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