How To Help Get Your Child Ready For Preschool In The Fall

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If your child will begin attending preschool this fall, around the middle of July and/or the beginning of August, you should start preparing your child for this important transition in there life. Here are a few things you can do to get your child prepared and ready to start preschool this fall.  Start Talking About Preschool You need to start introducing the idea of preschool for your child. This is especially important if your child does not have older siblings who attend school and will be your first child attending school.  If your child has cousins or friends that they play with or see on a regular basis, start talking to your child about how their cousins or friends attend school. Talk with your child’s friends about their school when your child is present. Ask them what they do in school and what they like about school. This will help your child start to see that other people they know also attend school. Read Books About Preschool A great way to facilitate further discussion about preschool is by reading books that talk about attending preschool and the feelings that are associated with little ones going to school for the first time.  There are lots of books that center around this idea. For example, Milk Goes to School by Terry Border or Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney. PSB Parent’s website provides an entire list of books that center around the idea of children starting school that you can read to your own child.  When you read these books, be sure to ask your children what they think about the characters in the story. Talk about what the characters are feeling and thinking. Allow your child to talk about what they think is happening with the characters. This is a great way for you to facilitate ongoing discussion with your child about school. Visit The Preschool Most preschools will allow you to visit before school starts in the fall. Call up your child’s preschool and see if there is a day when you can bring your child. Getting to walk around, explore, and see their school, classroom and playground before it is teeming with students will give your child a chance to explore and take in the environment at their own pace. This will allow your child to connect what you have been talking and reading about to a real place. Adjust Your Routine If you currently don’t wake up and get ready early enough in the morning for the start time for your child’s preschool, work on changing your routine gradually over the next month or two. Slowly acclimate your child to getting up earlier, and help them get used...

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3 Tips For Parents Of Children Suffering From ADHD

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If one of your children suffers from ADD or ADHD, life can often feel overwhelming or frustrating. Children with some form of attention deficit disorder tend to act on impulse and it can take all of your energy just to keep them behaving in an acceptable manner. That said, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a real medical condition and should be treated as such. Your child likely does want to obey and listen to you but they might not have the proper tools needed to do so. Here are three tips to keep in mind if your child was recently diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. Don’t Freak Out Over Smaller Transgressions If you need to discipline your child, it’s important to pick your battles. For example, if the child acted out and did something that is definitely not acceptable like coloring on the walls, then of course, you need to respond. But if you tell your child that they need to complete all three of their chores before they can go play outside, and only get two of them done properly, this is not a situation you should make a big deal out of. Chances are, they might have honestly forgotten about that third one. Bring it up when they come back inside. When you have a child with ADD/ADHD, there are going to be learning experiences every day. It’s important that you don’t spend all of your energy trying to make sure that every little thing is done correctly. Save it for the things that really matter. Take Care of Yourself Too If you want to make sure you have the energy needed to take care of your son or daughter with ADD/ADHD, then you need to find some time to make sure you are taking care of yourself as well. This means eating correctly, finding time to go to a gym or maybe even just taking a long shower or bath. Lean on family and friends to assist you if needed so that you can give yourself a break from time to time. Seek Professional Help You may feel like you’re pulling off a pretty good Superman or Superwoman impression on most days, but for best results, don’t try and do everything yourself. Children with ADD/ADHD can benefit from interacting with professionals who understand their condition. When your child is old enough, consider enrolling them in a local school that specializes in children who have these kinds of difficulties. ADHD schools won’t just be more patient with your son or daughter, they will also likely be able to provide some tips and advice to make your job as a parent easier as well.  ADD/ADHD...

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