proud and supportive motherStudies show that when kids have interests outside of school and when they are allowed to develop their talents, they are much less likely to have academic problems, social problems and get in trouble. The question is how do you help to identify those talents and interests. What's more, how do you develop those talents and interests? There are some things to keep in mind when you are trying to develop talents and interests in your child, try these tips.

Keep an Open Mind

When it comes to interests, there is a whole, wide, wonderful world to investigate. Perhaps you have a child who love to look at the night sky. Try introducing them to astronomy. If your child seems to have a talent for art, try encouraging them to draw. Look for things that they seem to love and things they are good at, but keep an open mind. Be prepared to accept talents and interests that may not be conventional, then educate yourself on various avenues of exploration. READ More on Developing Your Childs Talents and Interests

young boy getting a reward for going to the pottyParents typically experience different emotional states including happiness, anger and sometimes frustration during their child’s potty training process. However, it is good to know that for the child, the feelings can be even stronger! If you learn to understand it, your road to successful potty training will be shorter.

For the child, this learning experience is a nightmare! Right at the moment they are having fun and enjoying themselves with their favorite toy, they have to deal with a process which is anything but enjoyable!

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Young Helper - its never too early to start helping around the houseChores are a great way to start teaching responsibility. When toddlers see Mommie and Daddie working around the house, they are often eager to help.  They love to try to do the same things their parents are doing.  Although it may take longer to get the chores done when trying to teach a toddler how to do them, it can help them learn to enjoy housework and develop good habits that will be an asset later on.

The most important thing to remember when selecting chores for toddlers is to keep it simple.  Very young children do not have the cognitive or motor skills to take on complicated tasks.  But there are some things they can do that, after some practice, will be helpful to you.

 

 

Chores for Toddlers

  • Picking up toys – Getting your toddler to pick up after himself can be a great help, it can also be a chore in itself!.  But it's usually too much to expect him to put everything in its exact place.  A better approach would be to provide a laundry basket or large box for him to simply throw all of his stuff into.  Then you can take it to his room and put it where it belongs. Always start out buy showing the toddler what to do, and then having him help out. Making it fun, or making a game out of it can help. When my oldest was a toddler our game was who could pick up the fast. He always won, and he always got a kick out of beating his Daddie.
  • Helping our with the laundry – This is one of my favorites and my kids love it. All moms could use some extra help with the laundry, and young children are often happy to oblige.  Toddlers can help sort dirty clothes, and you can even turn it into a learning experience.  You could also enlist your toddler's help in loading and unloading the washer and dryer. As the toddler gets a little older, you can fold the clothes up for him or her and they can help put them away. READ More on Chores for Kids

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little boy thinking about tying his shoesTeaching your preschooler to dress himself can be extremely frustrating. However, it doesn’t have to be. Children between the ages of 4 and 5 years old can quickly learn how to dress themselves without too much frustration. There are some simple steps that should be followed so that your preschooler can effectively learn to dress themselves.

Generally mornings can be a time that is very chaotic and rushed. Most times, it is much easier to simply dress your preschooler, rather than allowing them the extra time to dress themselves. However, by learning to dress and undress them, they are not only learning independence, they are also working on improving their logical thinking and motor skills.

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umm umm good, heart shaped pancakes for Valentines DayMost kids love to spend time in the kitchen. Why not foster their love of cooking and baking with a few treats for Valentine’s Day! Here are a few ideas that are easy and simple enough for kids to make with proper supervision.

  • My kids learned to cook by making breakfast. Surprise the family with a breakfast created by the younger members of the family. Heart-shaped pancakes can be made with a mold in the frying pan or on the griddle. Omelets in the shape of love can be created using the same mold. If Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, kids can plan their Valentine’s Day breakfast for the Sunday before the day so that everyone can relax and enjoy the breakfast.  READ More on Valentine Treats for Kids

look mom - I am famousby Jennifer Shakeel

As a parent, we want to do all we can to help our children. We want to see them succeed, feel as though they belong, have high self esteem and desire to achieve their dreams. When your child suffers with ADD/ADHD encouraging them to dream, and to strive for greatness can be difficult. They may be feeling alone, unconnected and frustrated. While you try to encourage them, sometimes it just isn’t enough. So here is a list of famous people who have Attention Deficit Disorder and are among the best in their field or industry.

Famous Inventers and Great Minds:

  • Alexander Graham Bell – He invented the telephone
  • Leonardo Di Vinci – A famous artist and inventor
  • Thomas Edison – His teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything!
  • Albert Einstein – Physicist – Did you know that Einstein was four years old before he
    could speak, and seven before he could read READ More on You and Your Famous Company – Famous People with ADHD

by Stacey Schifferdecker

good friends Positive peer pressure? How can peer pressure be positive? After all, it is peer pressure that often lures our children and teenagers into skipping classes, experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and becoming sexually active. True, but peer pressure can also encourage your kids to strive for better grades, try a new positive activity such as a sport or drama club, and say no to dangerous activities.

Positive versus negative peer pressure
You have probably used the power of positive peer pressure with your children many times in their lives without realizing it. I remember a lunch play date when my children were toddlers and one of them did not want to eat his banana. Positive peer pressure won the day: when I pointed out his friend enjoying a banana, my son began to chow down too. READ More on Harnessing the Power of Positive Peer Pressure

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