Teach Children to Manage their Behaviour & Emotions: 14 Discipline Tips & Strategies

In dealing with young children, you will inevitably have situations where you will need to provide some discipline for a misstep in behaviour. Here are some helpful tips and suggestions on ways in which you can use positive discipline, instead of physical punishments. Explaining the problem simply: “Biting hurts! Be gentle.” Using positive language: “When … Continue reading Teach Children to Manage their Behaviour & Emotions: 14 Discipline Tips & Strategies

How to Cultivate Humor in Your Child?

You’re either born with a sense of humour or you’re not, right? Wrong, say humour researchers (yes, that’s a thing!). Not only have they discovered that humour can be taught, but they’ve also linked a sense of humour to several life-changing benefits. Here are simple ways to develop your little one’s funny bone during the … Continue reading How to Cultivate Humor in Your Child?

How to Energize the Youngest Brains for Reading

Listening to stories stimulates the “reading network” Photo credit PBS.orgThere is no dispute about the value of reading to your children. It expands their vocabularies, develops their language and literacy skills, and helps them absorb important social-emotional understandings. In fact, the National Commission on Reading considers reading aloud to children “the single most important intervention” to help … Continue reading How to Energize the Youngest Brains for Reading

Smart devices in the hands of babes. Do they help or harm?

credit: http://blog.sfgate.com/sfmoms/2015/04/27/study-babies-as-young-as-6-months-using-tablets-and-smart-phones/Our youngest children are growing up with smart phones in hand. They are often quite adept at scrolling before uttering their first word. But, new research shows that using smart devices relates to expressive speech delays. Researchers at TARGet Kids! in Toronto followed almost 900 children between the ages of 6 and 24 months … Continue reading Smart devices in the hands of babes. Do they help or harm?

Do you know why wordless books are better for kids?

[Hint: You have to work harder!] credit: maillustrations.comIt is well established that reading aloud to children aids their emotional and academic development in countless ways. For example, shared reading experiences: Promote language development Engage brain areas that will later be used for independent reading, even in the youngest children Create a positive association for reading and … Continue reading Do you know why wordless books are better for kids?

Concerned about your baby’s language delay?

They can’t do it without you credit: themix.org.ukBabies arrive into this world equipped with a brain that is primed to learn certain innate abilities. One of the most fundamental is the ability for language development. This alone, however, isn’t enough. TWO more ingredients are needed: A language environment A responsive partner What exactly does this mean? Sadly, … Continue reading Concerned about your baby’s language delay?