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Friday, 15 August 2014

7 ways to Cheer your Child

The power of praise

Whenever your child gets stuck in a crying jag,  try to find something to praise her for. It can be any little move she makes toward calming herself, like going to get herself a tissue or taking a deep breath. She can't help smiling when you do this. Then the meltdown is over and she's able to move on with her day.

Play the Pizza Game

When your child is grumpyjust say, "Okay, time to make you into a pizza." Pick her up and knead the dough and toss her in the air, which is really just tickling and gentle roughhousing. Then you sprinkle her with make-believe cheese, tomato sauce, and pepperoni — another good chance for tickling! Then you plop her in a pretend oven (the couch) and presto, her bad mood is over!

Let the Air out 

When you're driving in the car and your child is feeling upset, youroll the windows down all the way, even if it's freezing out and snowing, and then you blow all the "bad" air out of our bodies.Child always feels better afterward and so do you.

Take a good mood car wash

When your child is in a funk, put her through a car wash that would wash her bad mood away. You have her push an invisible button to enter the "good mood car wash," and then twirl her around, tickle her, and make silly sounds. She will fall over laughing by the time you're done.

Stop and listen

When your child, is feeling upset, sometimes they just needs you to listen to them. With kids, you're often in a rush to try to find an answer to their problems or a cure to whatever is bothering them. But you think it's often more helpful to stop everything and be in the moment and simply ask them what's wrong. If they are not ready to talk about it right then, you give them individual attention, play with them, and make sure you are just there for them.

Foster a social butterfly

Children always seem happier when they're surrounded by a group of family and friends. Some of the times you can see them happiest are at large family gatherings, when they've had a chance to interact with a lot of people they know and love. For that reason, you include yourchildren as often as possible in social outings. It teaches childrenabout the joy and skills of interacting with many different kinds of people.

 Get your ya-yas out

If you have a very physical, "spirited" child. It will take you forever to realize that whenever your child is really grumpy or frustrated, what he needed most was to get outside and play or simply run around the house for a few minutes. Even if you are busy and trying to get ready for dinner, stop and announce to your child that it's time for him to "get his ya-yas out." Now he even uses that term when he's feeling out of sorts. Getting his ya-yas out always cheers him up.

Sunday, 3 August 2014


Benefits of playing puzzles

 Cognitive Skills:  Puzzles come in a whole range of themes and topics such as alphabet letters, shapes, vegetables, numbers, pets, transport and colours.  It increases their visual spacial awareness and develops a deeper understanding of these themes and topics.  All children learn differently and puzzles may be their medium for grasping an understanding of certain themes such as alphabet letters.
Problem Solving:  Completing a puzzle, even the most simplest of puzzles sets a single goal to achieve.  Toddlers and children must think and develop strategies on how to approach in achieving this goal.  This process involves problem solving, reasoning skills and developing solutions which they can later be transferred into their personal/adult life.
Fine Motor Development:  Puzzles are a fun way for children to develop and refine their fine motor skills.  When engaged in playing with puzzles, children are required to pick up, pinch and grasp pieces (some with small knobs, pegs or chunky pieces) and move them around, manipulating them into slots, sorting them and fitting them into the correct places.
 Self Esteem:  The accomplishment of achieving a goal brings so much satisfaction to a child.  Overcoming the challenges involved in solving a puzzle really gives them a sense of achievement and pride within themselves.  It provides a boost to their self-confidence and self-esteem as this prepares them for other challenges in life. 
 Hand and Eye Coordination:  Playing with puzzles requires a trial and error process which involves a lot of hand and eye manipulation.  For example, as a toddler or child places a piece of the puzzle that does not fit, they will try all over again where their actions involve doing what they actually see.
 Social:  Puzzles are a great educational tool to enhance and promote cooperative play.  As kids work together to complete a puzzle, they will discuss where a piece should go and why, take turns and share and support each other when handling frustration, then sharing the joy of finishing the puzzle.From early childhood right through to adulthood we love to play with puzzles.  We like the way they challenge our thinking and exercise our minds.
Puzzles are also an important educational learning tool for toddlers and young children as they provide many skills and mental learning benefits and opportunities.