From Liz: Here's another great “Community Corner” post from a member of CMoR’s Junior Board. Periodically, they will share their “everyday perspective” on topics of interest to the parenting community, including CMoR exhibits, special events, and more. Enjoy!
** Some days when we turn on the television, there are graphic depictions of violence, and more human tragedy than little ones need to see. Please be mindful of these little ones (and big ones too) watching over your shoulder, and do yourselves a favor: Turn off the screens and tell the ones you love, that you love 'em. ~ Liz Pearce
For some kids, school can be a tense and fearsome place. Now is the time to help guide your kiddo to handling anxiety, and potentially gaining some self-confidence boosters. Here are some tips for parents:
Acknowledge the problem. The most important thing you can do for a child experiencing school anxiety is to acknowledge that her fears are real to her. If nothing else, you'll ensure that she won't be afraid to talk to you about them.
If you dread shopping with your child, consider starting an allowance. Make a list of things your child could pay for with an allowance – and this will silence the phrase, “Can I have it?” You know what I mean … candy, bubble gum, the latest video games, shiny sparkly things. Plan ahead for your outings to the store, and let your kids learn early about the value of money. Read on for more tips:
Just like we need to teach our toddlers how to put on a t-shirt and how to brush their teeth, we also need to teach our toddlers how to wait.
Waiting is challenging for our young children, because their developing brains haven’t grasped abstract concepts yet. This means that they can’t fully appreciate what will happen if they actually DO wait patiently. They just don’t have self-control yet.
When did it start in your house? If you said 2 years old, you are right in line with 99% of other parents.
A two year old is learning to assert himself or herself and can at times be very assertive, and sometimes even aggressive. This happens again when they are going through puberty, during the tween years, as well.
Remember how it was before you had children? You’d see a mom or dad turn beet red when their little one shouted out, “Look, Daddy! That woman has silly hair!” You’d think, “Whoa. THAT’S gotta be embarrassing. That’ll never happen to me.” Soo, guess whose turn it is now?
Are you working outside the home or working as a stay-at-home parent?
My philosophy is that we are all “working parents” whether we are compensated with a paycheck or not – our “product” is an adult, ready for society. Since I’m currently employed, and feel boatloads of stress daily, yesterday’s article in the Wall Street Journal made me pause with this headline: “Work Creates Less Stress Than Home, Penn State Researchers Finds”. Wait. What??
From Liz: Today's post comes from our newest Family Educator at Commonwealth Parenting, Courtney Bevan. Her expertise focuses on children with special needs. She teaches classes, and is available for one-on-one private consultation.
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