Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige, author of “Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids” is worried.
“Today’s cultural pressures on children – media saturation, materialism, test-driven schools, and the fast pace of life – threaten to undermine some of the basic building blocks of healthy development. But we adults can navigate these difficult waters when we understand what it is children need and how we can best help them in these rapidly changing times.” – Nancy Carlsson-Paige
Remember how it was before you had children? You’d see a mom or dad struggling with their little one who was wailing. You’d think, “Whoa. That’ll never happen to me.” Soo, guess whose turn it is now?
The idea is to contain the misbehavior, without increasing its volume or length. In both cases, you need to establish your authority, AND build your child’s trust. Additionally, you’ll be gaining instant approval from the other moms and dads around you, who have ALL been there.
Whether you're clinging to the last bits of summer fun, or ready for the new school year to finally begin, the list of things to do is growing by the minute. Chances are, your kiddos are both excited and anxious. Here are some ideas to consider for making the transition as smooth as possible:
Update the family calendar – together! Gather everyone and their school calendars, and get your kids involved. Have them hunt for dates, or for the younger set, numbers, and load up the calendar with due dates and special events.
Did you see the news in the Henrico Citizen this week? Glen Allen was chosen as a great place to raise a young family!
All the reasons listed in the article, and many more we identified, were why it was the first spot the Children's Museum of Richmond chose to place the nation's first satellite children's museum. Kudos to the businesses and families that make Glen Allen such a great place to live!!
Special events at CMoR are a great way to enjoy the museum! If you are planning on joining us for Spiderman and Friends, or any of our summer series events, consider the following tips for a great experience for you and your family:
1. Special events can be a bit more crowded than a typical day at the museum. Plan on arriving early, as seating is first come, first serve.
2. Pack a few extra “fidget” toys to keep excited kiddos occupied while waiting.
Guess what? Your kids and teens won’t stay in the same frame of mind forever! This can be either wonderful or distressing, depending on what stage of parenting you are in. Dr. Arnold Gesell demonstrated over 60 years ago that child development advances in a spiral pattern, going from one extreme to another. His theories still hold true today. For example, here are some typical teen-aged behaviors over a span of 3 years:
When children are young, power struggles can be a real test of your parental authority to see what happens when the day to day routine is changed up a bit. When your children are teenagers, power struggles are more complicated, because your child is able to reason and negotiate with you. Yet in both situations, a child is practicing his skills for the real world, and parents should always remember this – getting our children to adulthood is the goal, and creating responsible, thoughtful adults is our job.
When children are approaching kindergarten age, they are beginning to understand more complex situations, and are able to play more independently. Four- and five-year-olds are learning new skills every day, and are becoming more aware of the world around them. Their view on the world moves from being egocentric (“The world revolves around me, and me only!”) to ethnocentric (“The world revolves around me, my family, and my community.”)
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