Growing a love of learning in Your Kids

Children are born learners. Just think of the first time your infant discovered his or her hands and stared at them for long periods of time just trying to solve the problem of how to make them do what he or she wanted them to do. Children are inherently curious and they love to explore everywhere you go. Children are creative and love anything that messily teaches them how to create, much to many parent’s dismay Children are naturals at this learning thing, so why do we feel the need to shove facts into them and teach them in a way that may not foster this love of creativity and curiosity? Too often children who love to learn become complacent and frustrated when the learning becomes a formal event, but there are ways to continue to foster the fun- loving curiosity and creativity in your child.

Look at things from a different angle.

If your child is learning numbers and basics of mathematics but is finding it wrote and boring, look for ways to spice it up with things that he or she is already interested in. Your son loves Legos, for example, take his math worksheet and have him work out each problem using his Legos. Your daughter loves to play with your nail polish, have her line the bottles up and use those for counting problems. Instead of learning science in worksheet form take the opportunity to go on a walk with your child and see firsthand the caterpillar cycles, the leaves changing, the sun rising. Looking at things from your child’s eyes requires a bit of creativity but doing so can engage them in the learning process by showing them that extrapolating what they are learning into the real world helps make the learning process that much more interesting.

Take subjects to the next level

When your child begins talking with you about how they learned the difference between north and south, buy them a compass and map out a scavenger hunt using directions. When your daughter tells you that she learned about the habitat of a bear have her make a diorama using a shoebox and nature articles she finds outside to recreate a bear’s habitat in 3D. Allow your child the opportunity and experiences of pursuing their curiosity when a topic stimulates their natural curiosity. If need be, make a list on your refrigerator of topics to begin exploring together when time allows you to do so. Focusing on what your child is interested in also shows your child that they are valued and that the curiosity is something to be kindled.

Teach your child to think critically

This may sound difficult but it is really educating your little prodigy in the art of analytics that will help continue their curiosity. When a child thinks critically they don’t just blindly follow the masses. When they can figure out logically how things work it leads to greater questions and bigger thoughts. You can do this with your child by simply asking questions. When faced with a tough problem such as, how do the water droplets form on the outside of a cold beverage on a hot day, encourage them to experiment and think logically by questioning the process of how they came to the conclusion they have. Then invite them to test their theory to see if it is accurate. As the parent, you can work right alongside them but not give away the answer just allowing the creative thought process to occur by guiding them towards the answers. Allow your children to ask for clarity when they do not understand something and encourage this behavior. Finally, praise your child when they can logically work through a problem of any sort, from beginning to end.

Passionate learners

By showing our children ways to keep the curiosity, passion, and creativity in learning we are creating a generation of passionate learners. When we help our children see beyond the worksheet, textbook or test we allow their eyes to become opened to endless possibilities of excitement. Passionate learners are world changers, which is primarily the goal of every parent who desires the best for their child.

Why Yoga Should Be Introduced Early in Schools ?

Yoga can benefit children and teenagers in many ways, but since it’s not taught in schools very often they rarely see the benefits. While it’s fantastic as a form of exercise for adults, there are specific ways that it benefits youth between the ages of 5 and 11. Encouraging the practice of yoga early by teaching it in schools at this age, children will find a tremendous amount of ways that yoga physically and emotionally nourishes them.

Here are a few things you’ll notice that yoga provides if taught in schools early:

Yoga Builds Healthy Self-Esteem

Working through the process of learning yoga and discovering physical limits can be frustrating, especially for children. Yoga helps to teach them integral qualities like patience and perseverance. Children have to learn to move their bodies into the posture being taught, using only guidance and demonstration from the teacher. Mastering a posture gives them self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

Yoga Enhances Concentration and Focus

The practice of yoga helps a child clear their mind of other thoughts, which is important at an early age. They learn focus while they work on a particular pose or on staying balanced. This passive method of learning focus innately helps children perform better in school. This kind of integrated learning is helpful because it’s not just another form of school – it’s a full-body activity that just feels fun, but on a secondary level, they’re learning.

Yoga Begins the Process of Self-Awareness

For children of school age, yoga starts building a strong framework of motor skill development along with emotional balance that is often not yet developed. The practice of yoga helps kids develop coping skills when dealing with stress, anger and frustration – all feelings often found in school. In the long term these skills help reduce the feelings of fear and helplessness in social situations, reduce anxiety about test-taking and reduce disciplinary issues in children who show signs of Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder.

Yoga Reduces Obesity

Being active through practicing yoga helps children build healthy habits of physical fitness and, through the learned self-awareness, helps to establish an understanding of the effects of diet on health at an early age. Studies have shown that children who have a regular yoga practice make better food choices and are more physically active than children who do not participate in yoga.

It doesn’t take much to start a child on a healthy path in life. Introducing yoga early in schools is a great way to develop strong, healthy, balanced adults.

Encouraging your 5 year old to do a creative play as Chef !

It is rare that our children do not like to work right alongside us no matter what we are doing.  This is never truer than in the upper preschool age range when our children become more adept at modeling our behaviors.  It is a natural progression of this modeling that leads them to want to do and create just like we do.  If they have a parent who is handy with woodworking, you will see them often trying to create out of wood, if they have a parent who is a medical professional, you may see them playing doctor.  However, almost all parents spend time in the kitchen which naturally leads to young chefs in training.  What is the best part about their curiosity in the kitchen? It leads to creativity and when encouraged can lead to a growing sense of accomplishment.

Encouraging your preschooler in the kitchen doesn’t have to be a big ordeal and requires little more than a stepstool so those little eyes can see what is going on.  It can require the parent to have patience but there is little about parenting that doesn’t require this asset.  Think first about the tasks you are doing and then decide what can be delegated to little hands.  Young children learn by doing, kitchen tasks are no different. You may start simply by just allowing them to dump pre-measured ingredients into a bowl as you are making cookies, or you may be braver and allow them to crack the eggs, whatever you feel comfortable doing, encourage them to assist you.  This does sometimes make the task take a bit longer, but the education that they are getting simply by watching you and being a part of what you are doing is priceless.

Once you have moved past the initial stages of kitchen help and your little one has a desire to create things on their own you can actually make it a game.  Teach your child to be able to discern measuring cups from teaspoons and tablespoons, liquid measure from dry.  If this is too mundane for them then move straight to the good stuff.  Begin by setting out 3 ingredients that you know may mesh well together and then talk your young one through what they can do with those ingredients.  For example, you might set out some vanilla, peanut butter, and powdered sugar.  Talk to your little one about how good vanilla smells but how it doesn’t taste good by itself, it needs to be added to other things.  Suggest that your chef put a tablespoon of peanut butter in a bowl followed by a teaspoon or two of powdered sugar and then mix the ingredients together.  What does it taste like?  What if you add a drop or two of vanilla?  What does it taste like now?  Unbeknownst to your little one they are learning the basics of fudge and candy making.  It is simple tasks like this that can encourage our young children to explore and become a bit fearless in the kitchen.

Another option is to open your spice cabinet to your protégé.  Start by having them look at a spice jar and tell you what they think it will smell and taste like, then have a try and allow them to taste a bit of dried basil, a few granules of sea salt, then discuss what kinds of food that they like have these ingredients in them.  This concept can actually be broadened so much as each of the individual components of our food taste so distinct but when meshed together into a recipe they become something new, a concept that we can apply in so many areas of life.

Our children are like sponges and taking the time to teach them and allow them to create allows the information that they have absorbed to come out in the action of creativity.  This is a process of learning that is so invaluable that it is a detriment that every subject can’t be taught in this exact same manner.  Give your child simple tasks and they develop a sense of accomplishment, give them license to be creative and they develop more imagination, give them a purpose and you may well see a budding chef flourish before you very eyes.  Enjoy this time with your little one, before you know it you will have taught them the skills they need to prepare a family dinner and you just may have worked your way from head chef to Sous chef.

Here’s an Interesting Recipe your 5 – 10 year old can make as a play

FRUIT TRIFFLE PUDDING

Kids love deserts and what better than your 5 year old making a Triffle for you.

Ingredients:

  • Readymade sponge cake: 1 no
  • Vanilla custard
    1 ½ cups Milk
    3 Tbsp Custard Powder
    4 tbsp sugar (depends on sweetness you want
  • Jelly Rasberry or Strawberry 1 packet
  • Vanilla Ice cream 1 family pack
  • Mixed fruits (atleast 4 – 5 types)
    (like – Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Pomegranate, Mango, Chickoo, Pear, Strawberries, Kiwi)
  • Whipped cream

Method

An adult should make the custard by boiling 1 ½ cups of milk. Add 4 Tbspsugar . Stir Well. Then add the custard powder in a little milk. Stir well. See that there are no lumps in the milk. Pour this mixture in the boiling milk. Keep the gas on simmer and keep stirring till the custard becomes a little thick or batter consistency. Keep it to cool.

  1. Cut different fruits of your childs choice. He will feel very important because next he is going to be in charge of the dish.
  2. Jelly can be made as instructed on the packet and kept to set.
  3. Meanwhile in another bowl take half cup chilled cream. Add ¼ tsp vanilla essence and beat with an electric beater till there are soft peaks of cream. Keep in the refrigerator to chill.
  4. Now your little one will first crumble the sponge cake.
  5. Then it should be arranged in a big glass bowl.
  6. Now spread a layer of vanilla ice cream on it. Alternatively you can also use mango pulp or fruit juice. Just see that the cake does not become too soggy.jellyadd
  7. Then spread a layer of fruits . After that pour custard on the fruits. Then add a layer of jelly.
  8. Then add a layer of the cream which was whipped and refrigerated.

fruittriffle9. Again repeat the whole process of cake, vanilla ice- cream, fruits, custard, jelly and cream. Decorate with glazed cherries or fruits. Keep in the fridge.

featuredimageYou can see the joy of accomplishment on the face of your 5 year old which will be the best thing that can happen in this world.

Bullying, 6 Tips Every Parent Should Give Their Child

Bullying in some form has been around since the beginning of time. There will always be someone stronger and someone weaker and today’s children are no different. What has changed over the years is the access that bullies have to their victims. It used to be only on the playground or corner store that there was access but now, with the advent of all of our technology, the bullying behavior can enter into the safety of our own homes and access our children at all hours of the day or night. It can be a scary situation for any parent and child to deal with so read on for some tips that EVERY parent should give their child regarding bullies.

1. A Bully Is Seeking A Reaction (Don’t give it to them)

Teach your children not to give the reaction a bully is seeking. If at all possible, it is best for a child to ignore and walk away from a bully. A perfect example might be in the lunchroom or cafeteria when a bully sits down next to your child and begins to harass them. An initial response could either be to completely ignore the bully or to simply get up and move to a different table showing the bully that their actions do not get an intended rise out of their intended target.

2. Talk To The Bully

As long as the bullying has not reached physical proportions suggest that your child try to talk to the bully, without an audience of other children. This could be one on one if the child is comfortable, or with a trusted adult. Sometimes approaching the bully at the very outset of this behavior can help nip it before it gets out of control. Suggest that your child discuss that it is not okay for the bully to talk to them in the manner they have been doing and have your child ask the bully if they might start off on a different note and be civil with one and other.

3. Involve Others

If the bullying behavior is not easily quenched and is continuing to escalate, teach your child to involve others. This could be as simple as for personal safety by suggesting that your child not be alone. Have your child only go to the bathroom, playground, locker or other areas with a trusted friend so that there is not an opportunity for them to be preyed upon when they are weakest or alone. Also if the bullying is happening at school or on a sports team, involve other adults. Have other eyes and ears watching out for your child and watching the interactions of the bully around your child.

4. Protect Your Home

It used to be that our homes were our sacred realm; however, with social media and digital technology, this may no longer be the case. Protect your child’s safe zone by insisting on removing the capacity for a bully to contact your child outside of whatever medium they are accessing your child through. Put blocks on phone contacts, texting and social media. Require your child to provide you with passwords so that you can access social media and other accounts to be sure your child is not being harassed in those mediums as well. If you find evidence of harassment, copy it, document it and hold on to it in case you need to pursue further action at some point you will have supporting documentation.

5. Discuss Physical Self Protection

As parents we typically want our children to avoid physical altercations, but sometimes it is necessary to teach our children what to do in the event that they are forced into a physical encounter. Discuss what your child can physically do to protect him or herself and role play to be sure they are comfortable doing that.

6. Open Communication

This may be the single most important tip you can give your child regarding dealing with bullying. They need to have an open line of communication with you. Discuss times in your life where you may have had to deal with bullying behaviors and teach them how you dealt with those scenarios. Check in with your child daily to see how things are going and watch your child for signs of behavior change, mood changes and overall wellbeing.

Bullying is something that we hope our children do not have to encounter, but in life they most likely will at some point cross paths with a bully. Teaching our children the keys to handling this behavior will go a long way in enabling them to feel confident when a bullying situation arises.

5 Back-to-School Safety Tips Every Parent Should Teach Their Children

The dog days of summer are about to come to an end and as they do, millions of families across the country will be preparing their children for the start of a new school year. For some, it will be the first year while others will be a grade older. But no matter how old your child is, arming them with safety and security tips is essential and will serve them well into adulthood. Here are 5 of the most major tips you should be sure to teach your child before the first school bell of the new school year rings.

1. Be alert and aware on your way to and from school

Some children will wait at bus stops while others will walk. And still others will ride their bicycles. If your child is getting to school without your assistance, you should be sure that he understands how to keep safe at the bus stop by watching out for unusual people and staying on the sidewalk out of harm’s way. Children that walk or ride bicycles should never use their phones or listen to loud music with their ear buds so they can hear any cars or other people approaching them. Additionally, there is strength in numbers so try to arrange for your child to commute with other children in his class. Small children should always be accompanied by an adult.

2. Don’t add people on social media that you don’t know personally

Children are always excited to have new friends but with today’s technology, that can come with a price. Teach your child to never ever accept a friend request on any social media platform from someone that they do not know personally. It could be a dangerous child predator trying to follow their routine in order to bring harm to your child.

3. Report bullying

When new kids come to school, they are often the victims of bullying. Children can be cruel to other children. Teach your children to be accepting and kind to all the children in their class. Just as important, teach your children to come to you or involve a teacher when someone is harassing them. Every child has the right to learn in a positive environment.

4. Arm your child with knowledge

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to keeping safe. Make sure your child knows your home address by heart, as well as important phone numbers. You should also be sure your child knows how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency situation.

5. Be involved

We all lead busy lives but active parenting will help keep your child safer. Before school starts, find out about the school’s safety procedures and make sure your child understands them. Keep an open line of communication with your child so he feels comfortable coming to you. Use this as an opportunity to discuss safety in certain scenarios so your child feels confident when he walks through the doors to a brand new school year.

How to Introduce Your Pet and your New Baby

Many young couples that own a dog will undoubtedly get to the decision to have a baby, and although there are many things to consider when having a new baby in the home, one needs to consider the dog too. Introducing your pet to a newborn can be a great experience for both owner and dog, but there is a correct way to go about this. Therefore, in this article we will look in detail the steps you should take if you are wanting your dog to get along with your new family member.

First and foremost, you will not be able to introduce a dog to a newborn if he is aggressive, nippy or unpredictable, so it is crucial during the 9 months leading up to a birth as to what to do with your dog. During those months of pregnancy, make sure your dog gets some advance obedience training, and if that means hiring a professional then you need to do that, it will be worth it and you can’t put a price on the safety of a newborn. Having said that, if your dog is already socialized and doesn’t bite or nip, we can move on to the next step of actually introducing pet to baby.

Dogs have wonderful senses and can pick on on emotions both good and bad, and during pregnancy your dog will already know something has changed. During the pregnancy, if you’re setting up a nursery or baby room, you need to let your dog know that this room is off limits, at least initially, however, you can let him in as time goes on with supervision. Moreover, when mother is in the hospital with the newborn, try to take something home that will have the babies scent on it, so your dog can smell the new scent that will soon become an every day smell in the home.

Before bringing baby in the house, make sure you take your dog for a long walk to expel any extra energy and make sure you are in full control and the dog is calm before entering the house. Once you enter the home with your dog, he will notice the new smell straight away, so keep an eye on him and his reactions. The parent holding the baby should allow the dog to sniff and smell but at a distance only. Moreover, try to gauge the reactions, and over time you can allow him to get closer and closer, but never take any chances, if you are not in total control or are not 110% sure, do not allow any contact.

Finally, when you have a newborn baby in the home things change, like time schedules, sleep patterns and feeding times. Having said that, try not to interrupt your dogs schedule too much, as he needs to know he is still part of the family, even though there is a new addition. If you stop taking him for his regular walks, or avoid his playtime, he could start to get anxious or feel like the new addition is taking his place, which can lead to adverse behavior. Nevertheless, by doing the suggestions within this article, it may help to ensure that both your new baby, and your dog get on well with each other for both of their lifetime together.

How to set meaningful rules for your kids ?

Disciplining a child can be rather difficult at any time, but it is much easier when a parent starts when the child is very young. If a child learns from a very early age that they are expected to behave, then they will not know anything different as they get much older.

Here are 5 ways to introduce discipline to a younger child:

1. Keep it Simple

Parents should always keep the discipline simple when a child is younger. No child is going to understand a long speech about why they shouldn’t do something. A simple no or a correction of a behavior is enough at this age.

2.Be Consistent

Every parent needs to be consistent when it comes to their child’s behavior. If a parent says no to a child as they are hitting someone five times, but then doesn’t say anything the sixth time that it happens, then the child is learning that they can get away with this behavior.

3.Give Choices

No one enjoys being told what to do all of the time and a young child is no different. Parents should let their child have a choice about certain things throughout the day. By giving them a choice on occasion, they will have less temper tantrums throughout the day. This shows them how to act appropriately, which is perfect when trying to teach a child discipline. When a child is acting appropriately, a parent should commend them on their behavior.

4.Keep A Calm Demeanor

It is always best if a parent stays calm as they are disciplining their child. A child will actually enjoy seeing a parent angry and hearing their voice raised. Parents should always take a deep breath and use a serious voice when disciplining their child. It also helps to get down to a child’s level and look them in the eye.

5.Remove Temptations

Every child has something that they cannot resist and it is sometimes best if a parent removes the temptation from the child. Parents may think that this is not teaching the child anything however a parent has so many things to concentrate on when it comes to discipline. A parent might have to discipline their child all day long over this one item and once it is removed, they can concentrate on other things with their child.

It is never easy to discipline a child at any age, but the younger the child is when the parent starts, the easier it will be. Every parent needs to be consistent as they are using discipline, so that the child does not receive any mixed messages. Also, parents need to remember that everything does get easier over time and children go through many phases throughout their childhood.

5 Ways to Make your Kids Mornings Easier

Mornings can be challenging, even for that rare breed of creature who considers themselves a “morning person.”  When discussing young children, mornings can be even more difficult.  Children are sometimes irrational creatures in every regard, therefore, it can be especially patience stretching to wake a grumpy child and seamlessly get out of the door without losing your mind, or your cool.  Here are a few tips from some seasoned parents that may help make your morning go a little smoother and hopefully to at least soothe that wild beast you have invoked.

1. Are They Counting Enough Sleep?

This is paramount, there are specific recommendations for each and every age child.  The amount of sleep your child has can directly impact the ability to rouse in the morning, as well as the mood you find your precious gem in.

2. Repeat Yourself (wake them twice)

Adults are guilty of this; we call it the snooze button where we allow our bodies to become used to the idea of waking in the morning.  As you develop your morning routine consider letting your children know that the first time you wake them will be gentle (maybe a kiss on the forehead or a soothing stroke of the hair). The second time you come, you expect more than a flutter of the eyelids.

3. Here Comes the Sun…

Though it is very important in the evening at bedtime to have a quiet and darkened room to help lull your little one off to dreamland, it is equally important to create an energized environment in the morning.  Open the curtains, twist up the blinds and allow the light in.

4. Bribery

Never underestimate the reward system.  Set some expectations and bust out a goal chart.  If your child wakes and readies themselves without incident every day for a week, offer a small treat as a reward for the desired behavior.

5. Tunes to Tame the wild Beast

Develop a morning playlist of your child’s favorite energetic make-you-move-and-groove kind of songs.  Amp this up in the mornings to get them roused and going, hopefully without the grumpiness joining you.

Give some thought mom and dad, to how you wake in your best form to greet the day, be creative and sometimes patient.  Using some of these tips should enable you to have a smoother, less stressful morning routine.  Now go wake that Tasmanian devil.

Home Schooling vs. Public Schooling

Which is the BEST Option for Your Family?

Maybe your child is fast approaching school age or maybe you are finding yourself increasingly frustrated with educational options for your family.   Whatever the reason more and more families are exploring the aspects of homeschooling vs. public schooling.  As the homeschooling movement has gained popularity from the 1970’s until today it has brought with it a surge of educational options that rivals most other educational arenas.  When you couple that with what some families are finding to be a less than ideal environment in many public schools, you have room for debate and questions.  But how does homeschooling really stack up to the public school system that has been in existence since most of us can remember?  Are children who are homeschooled at a disadvantage?  Are public schooled students better socialized?  Read on to answer some of these tough questions.

How does the educational experience differ between public school and homeschool?

With public school systems a classroom is typically comprised of approximately 20 students. This means that for any well meaning teacher it is a constant battle to decipher the needs of 20 individual personalities and learning styles to create the optimum learning experience often in a shortened time span.  With homeschooling you may have a large family but the teacher (usually the parent) knows the student intimately and knows what tools they need to succeed.  There is also more freedom and time to explore topics of interest and areas of difficulty as there are no bells ringing to signal preset time constraints.

Are Homeschooled Students at a Disadvantage Academically?

With all the freedom allotted to homeschoolers, do they wind up disadvantaged in the sheer academia?  According to a number of studies on test scores and academic performance, the answer is pretty astounding.  The home educated students typically score 15-30 percentile points more than publics school students on standardized academic achievement tests. That is an increase in test scores that most parents would love to see.

What About Socialization?

This seems to still be a question at the forefront of most people’s minds.  How could a child surrounded by other children all day long in a public school setting not be at an advantage over a child who may only be surrounded by siblings and a parent for most of their time?  The answer is that homeschooled children view the world as their classroom so they are more often not inside the confines of 4 walls when learning.  What this means is that the socialization experience of homeschooled students is more often with a greater variance of people.  They come in contact with not only other children their age (at co-ops, church or social events, and extracurricular sports) but also with people from all walks of life and varied ages as they interact with the world at large.  There is also more time for the homeschooled child to volunteer to communities where their socialization experiences helps.

Now some of the basic questions may be answered, but for someone who is newer to this whole concept of homeschooling and public school, what are the options?  For public school it is simple.  When your child reaches “school age” (usually by 6 years old) you take them down to the local school district and register them for kindergarten.  Simple as that your child has begun their academic career.  Barring any family move from district to district, this is where your child will attend school until they complete the 12th grade and graduate school.  There usually are no other major changes save for the situations where a family may decide to take advantage of a technical school, if offered, usually during the latter high school years.  In many parts of the country there are also now charter and Montessori schools that accept public funding and therefore operate like public schools allowing children into the school system either on an academic testing basis or a locale basis.

In traditional public schools the parent is simply the compliment to the education.  The parent helps with homework, can facilitate assistance in the classroom with parties and field trips if necessary, but is largely left out of the educational part of school.  In fact, the parent has no say in what is taught in the school operating system so if there are concepts that are against the parent’s own set of standards and beliefs (certain religions and material on sex education and reproduction) they are taught regardless of the parent’s personal feelings.

What about homeschooling, how does a parent even get started?  A good starting point in the US  is to review the laws in your state.  This can be done by going to this website https://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp? , picking out your state and seeing what the requirements are.  Every state is a bit different with some having more leniency and less reporting standards than others.  What if you live outside the US and are wondering about international laws?  No problem there is a place to view all of those laws as well http://www.hslda.org/hs/international/

If you are interested in completely removing yourself from the home education proceedings but do want to have your child at home while learning there are a number of online schools available.  This option, at least in the United States, often comes free of charge as it is still being partially funded by the public school system as a whole.  Therefore, while the parent can call it “homeschooling” there is little choice for the parent in the education being provided, however it is provided often free of charge and with the child in the parent’s home.  One of the most well known online public schools is K-12.

For a parent who would like a little more control they must first register with their state or locale in whatever manner is necessary (for some there is no registration requirement) and provide whatever materials are asked of them.  Beyond that the parent has more choices.  A parent can choose to purchase entire grade level curriculum for each child with all of the guesswork taken out of the teaching and lesson planning, a parent can purchase curriculum on a by subject basis for those students who may be more advanced in one academic area than another or a parent has the freedom to develop their own learning protocols.   The parent is the overseeing body who is in charge of what materials they want to focus on and what subjects they want taught to their children.

Public School and homeschool are options available to every parent, in every state.  This option is not yet available in every country, but there are agencies that are keeping tabs on what is available

Homeschooling is legal in all of the 50 United States and of course public school is the option that has been the norm for educating children since before the turn of the century.  A parent must only realize that they have choices and then look at the options available to their family to decide what avenue will best meet the needs of their own child or children.  Whether you as a parent reside in the United States or Abroad, there are agencies that can provide you information and the basic concepts of homeschooling remain the same.

Celebrate Toddlerhood: 5 Tips for Parenting Your Toddler

Once a cuddly, sweet baby, when your child enters toddlerhood that can change in an instant. Suddenly that smiley baby is now a shrieking hot mess in the middle of your living room floor because she wants to eat an entire box of cookies before dinner, or even worse, in the produce section of the supermarket. And if this is your first entry into toddlerhood, it can be pretty daunting.

The good news is that this phase doesn’t last forever. And the bad news is also that it won’t last forever. Before you know it, your toddler will be a big kid with a whole different set of challenges so you’ll have to ride the ever-changing toddler tide and enjoy the ride from the ups to the downs and back again. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you stay as sane as possible during this phase.

1. It happens to every parent

Every child throws a tantrum at some point. Don’t worry about what other people think while your kid is screaming away. All the parents around you are sympathizing with you. Try to see the humor in the situation as well and it will be less stressful.

2. Make rules and stick to them

Children need rules and limits in order to be successful and that needs to start in this phase. While the rules need to be kept simple in toddlerhood, they still need to be enforced. So if you’re out somewhere and your child is behaving nicely, simply tell your child that it’s not OK to act like that and warn them if they don’t stop, you’re leaving. Make good on that if they don’t change their behavior. Caving only teaches them they can keep acting like a total jerk.

3. Praise goes a long way

You don’t need to give little junior a new toy every time he does something right. Heaping on the praise for listening or doing what he was asked to do will help reinforce the good behavior. Children love to make their grown-ups happy and when they get positive attention from their good behavior, it makes them more likely to give a repeat performance.

4. Let them try it themselves

It’s so tempting sometimes to help your child with everything but you need to take a step back and let them try things for themselves, particularly with things like eating and drinking, dressing themselves and experimenting with things that could be messy. Messes are all part of life and kids need to know that.

5. Messes can always be cleaned up

And speaking of messes, it can be extremely annoying when your toddler accidentally knocks his plate of food off his high chair and right onto your freshly-scrubbed floor. Accidents happen, as do intentional demolitions of your very best attempts at keeping the house clean. Children are exceptional at making messes of all kinds and while you shouldn’t let them pile up, enlist your toddler’s help in clean up instead. In this way, you’ll begin to lay the foundation to raising a hard-working child who will strive for greatness in adulthood.