“A great man is always willing to be little.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We can all agree that teaching kids how to be self-confident is one of the most important tasks a parent can have. However, confidence is not the same as arrogance, and arrogance leads to total disregard for other people’s opinions, ungratefulness, materialism and selfishness. When we notice that kind of behavior in our kids, it is time to add a dose of modesty to that equation. Teaching the kids to be modest will not diminish their confidence. On the contrary, it will give them a perspective about what true confidence is.
We live in the age of commercialization of pretty much everything. Sure, this may sound like just being grumpy, but this is simply not the case. Greed and blind ambition have become all but institutionalized and it is only logical that our children will once again become the ultimate victims.
How many children’s birthdays have you been to where this perfectly nice and well-behaved child turned into a Gimme! Gimme! Little monster? Have you recently talked to a child who understood that the holiday season was not about the sweets and the presents?
Just as the internet has opened up a whole new, unprecedentedly vast world of information to us, some other trends have made it unfashionable to read. People have grown allergic to anything longer than a couple of sentences. New tech is moving away from text and towards icons that make many of us think we are going back to the age of hieroglyphics. Books are being made into movies at an insane rate and no one even bothers to read the originals anymore.
There are exceptions, but it feels that children are systematically being discouraged from reading. You will probably agree that this is the worst thing this bibliophobic culture has done. Luckily, there are still a few things parents can do to help their children discover the wonders of reading.
Even though most of today’s parents grew up playing outside all messy and happy, the concept of modern overprotective parenthood led to the strange prohibition and control when it comes to playing outdoors for kids nowadays. There’s definitely no reason for that since the parks and playgrounds are safer than ever for an innocent child’s play and specially designed for children to have fun. What’s more, there are various possibilities for parents to be around and relax comfortably while they pay attention to their kids. Playing outside does a lot of good for child’s cognitive and physical development and therefore they should be allowed and encouraged to spend as much time as possible outdoors.
Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes in it to drain it dry. – Alvin Price
A study published in 2016 edition of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology finds that children’s self-esteem is already established by the age of five. This is why it is important to start developing children positive view of self early on, before they start attending kindergarten. From our point of view, the challenges children face are rather easy, but try to remember your first day at school, the insecurities about making new friends, the fear that you will do something wrong on the gym class, etc. Self-confidence is their tool for coming out as winners from those situations, and our task as parents is to provide them with that tool.
Childhood was the time when playing and going to school were everything. That moment when the bell rang signaling the end of school and allowed us to go play was priceless. Each friend contributed their bit – a race car, a Barbie, Playmobil, a set of tools, etc. Who does not remember their favorite toy? Despite having spent much of our childhood with these hobbies, not many of us have decided that our profession has to be related to that. However, some warn that gender toys may affect the decision of children when choosing their future careers, especially when careers in science are concerned.
Children learn about the world around them through experience from a very young age. They listen, observe, remember and imitate others, but it is also important for them to play with different toys. Give them one, and just watch the magic happen.
A baptism is an important milestone in a Christian’s life. Some denominations allow infant and adult baptisms, some don’t, but the odds are that any Christians entering their new lives as parents will have to start planning out their child’s spiritual path as well as their physical path.
Reading food labels is becoming an increasingly complicated endeavor. Half the ingredients read like a foreign tongue and could make a spelling bee champion’s cranium implode. In truth, most people have no idea what they are eating on a regular basis.
If you want to avoid subjecting your baby to meals concocted in some far-off chemistry lab, you may wish to make your own baby food at home. Yes, preparing healthy, additive-free meals for your little one is easier than you may think.
So, you’ve been dreaming of doing it all – being the best mother, a doting wife, a home-based entrepreneur, and an excellent home school teacher – and everyone says you’re crazy. “It can’t be done,” they say, shaking their heads vehemently. Don’t give up hope. You can have it all – and without winding up a drooling, babbling loon hunched up in the corner of the room.
Here are a few important steps to help you teach and work from home simultaneously.
Most kids are normally apprehensive about meeting new people – especially if those people are adults. This is why it is so important to facilitate at least one meeting with a new nanny or babysitter before you leave your child alone with her (or him). This extra time helps your child learn that, since you trust this new person, he should trust this new person; it also helps your little one get used to the idea that you and he are going to be separated sometimes. The more your kids trust this new caretaker, the easier it will be for them to work through their separation anxiety.
There are lots of arguments to be made for adopting children, but the only person who can truly decide if adoption is right for your family is you. Moreover, the decision should not be made lightly. Deciding to bring a child into your home is a noble idea to be sure, but not every would-be parent is up to or cut out for it.
Every parent wants to have a well-stocked arts and crafts cabinet. The goal is an understandable and even noble one. Who doesn’t want to be able to help their kids do whatever craft project they dream up? If you aren’t careful, though, you’ll go overboard in the craft supply stores, and even though your cabinet gets packed, it won’t be packed with supplies that are actually useful.
For the vast majority of American kids, their entire school experience will be determined by their age and neighborhood. Children of the same age and from the same place are carted off in buses to centralized buildings where they shuffle from classroom to classroom in 45-minute blocks throughout the day. A one-size-fits-all lesson plan will be dictated to them, irrespective of their individual minds, desires, needs, histories, and talents.
Some parents seeking to avoid this cookie-cutter eduction do so by enrolling their kids in private schools. Others choose homeschooling. But for thousands of American families, the Montessori education method is the alternative that brings the best out in their child.
Everybody showers the baby with love and presents (from wooden animal toys and children’s rocking horses to teddy bears and cute and fussy outfits) and, more often than not, the mother who gave birth feels left behind or overlooked. Don’t let the expectant mother in your life feel unappreciated. Here are some great gifts that you can give her both before and after she gives birth.
Yes, the baby is the most important gift. That doesn’t mean that you can’t still shower an expectant mom with loot, too!
Moms get all the credit, and maybe they should – or at least most of it. When it comes to making children, they do most of the work. For the better part of a year, an expecting mother has a soccer game going on inside of her belly. It’s uncomfortable, painful, exhausting – and they don’t even let you drink while you’re going through it.
The tradeoff is something called maternal instinct – a biologically driven, internal connection that a mother has with her baby. It’s strong, it’s undeniable, and it can’t be defined or explained. Every human being who has ever lived had a belly button, which was once attached to a cord that literally linked them to their mother – the physical embodiment of the most intimate bond in the world.
The adoption process has evolved tremendously over the years, giving those who wish to become parents more options in which to do so, thus creating better chances for children who need to find a loving home. Whether prospective adoptive parents are interested in domestic, international or foster adoption, they can now turn to several different resources to assist them through the steps of adoption and help them find a child that will be the perfect addition to their family. There are three main types of adoption, and by reaching out to local child welfare agencies, private adoption agencies, adoption attorneys, etc. hopeful parents will be able to learn more about each and then decide which opportunity is the best for them to pursue. Exploring Foster Adoption and Other Ways to Become Adoptive Parents continued »
You’ve worked hard to instill a love of books and reading in your kids. You read to them while they were babies and toddlers. You take them to the library regularly. They’re reaching that age where they are finally old enough to read on their own and suddenly, now that they have to do it themselves, getting your kids to read is like pulling teeth. What do you do?