Long Distance Grandparents: 5 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Grandchildren

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Having grandchildren is a blessing. However, if you live far away from your grandchildren, it may be difficult for you to connect with them; and if you are not able to contact them, you will not be able to get …

Having grandchildren is a blessing. However, if you live far away from your grandchildren, it may be difficult for you to connect with them; and if you are not able to contact them, you will not be able to get updates about their condition, whereabouts, and activities. Hence, they might not get close to you or they may miss your presence. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways on how you can stay connected with your grandchildren.

For instance, you can communicate with them via telephone or cell phone. No matter where you live, you can easily contact your grandchildren with just a simple phone call. If you live in another state or country, you can make a long-distance call. Sure, it will cost more than a regular phone call; but it will be worth it since you will be able to hear the voice of your grandchildren and hear about their day. You can even use your cell phone to send them text and multimedia messages.

Snail mail is another way to stay connected with your grandchildren. It may be old-fashioned, but it still works. Sending a handwritten letter will make your receivers feel that you truly value them since you took the time and effort to write and mail a letter. Writing to your grandchildren will let you express your innermost thoughts about various topics. You can even include photos with your letter.

Audio and video recordings are also ideal. You can record yourself while singing a lullaby or reading a book, and then send the recording along with toys or books. Young children love to listen to songs and watch videos. Hence, they will surely appreciate the recordings you send. You can also record a personal message. Likewise, you can create video blogs so you can update your grandchildren about the recent happenings in your life.

If you are tech savvy, you can use e-mails, blogs, and social networking sites to communicate with your grandchildren. Emailing or scanning cards to your grandchildren will enable you to express your best wishes as well as ask about how they are. Electronic cards may not be as good as actual cards, but they can still deliver your short messages. Likewise, you can send electronic postcards if you are away on vacation. Doing so will let your grandchildren know that you think about them frequently even when you are on vacation.

Finally, you can resort to instant messaging and video conferencing to keep in touch with your grandchildren. Children today are familiar with computers, high-tech gadgets, and the Internet. So, you can take advantage of the World Wide Web to communicate with them no matter how far you live.

Online chatting will enable you to have a live conversation with your grandchildren without having to spend a lot of money, unlike with phone calls. On the other hand, if you want to view your grandchildren in real time, you can use your web cam. This will let you talk about lots of things and feel like you are not miles away from each other.

If you are a long distance grandparent, share with us how you stay connected to your grandchildren. Is it through social media?

Recommended Books:

The Long Distance Grandmother 4 Ed: How to Stay Close to Distant Grandchildren

The Long Distance Grandmother: How to Stay Close to Distant Grandchildren


Is Your Child Frequently Saying “No”? Learn How To Stop Tantrums

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Tantrums are terrifying. They can spike your blood pressure, call unwanted attention in supermarkets, and wake up entire neighborhoods. As a parent, you must learn how to stop tantrums now; otherwise, they’ll only get worse in the future. The best …

Tantrums are terrifying. They can spike your blood pressure, call unwanted attention in supermarkets, and wake up entire neighborhoods. As a parent, you must learn how to stop tantrums now; otherwise, they’ll only get worse in the future.

The best way to stop tantrums is to keep them from happening in the first place. But what if they’re already happening? Here’s what you can do:

Keep calm and breathe deeply

You’re not doing yourself—or your child—any favor by allowing your nerves to get the better of you. Once your child starts unleashing his/her inner banshee, take a step back, cover your ears, and count from 1 to 10 while breathing deeply. This will calm you and clear your mind.

Act fast

Pick up your child, and rush to a safe place. This is especially important in a public area where the last thing you want is a scene.

Wait until the young one quiets down. Be patient; the tantrum may look like it will go on forever, but it will stop—eventually.

Also, don’t try to reason with your child at this stage. You’ll only end up with a hoarse voice shouting over the screams of your tot, who isn’t going to hear you anyway. It’s a lose-lose situation.

Be empathetic

When the tantrums stop, kneel down in front of your child at eye level, and say something like: “You must be tired today, huh?” This approach will make the tot more likely to open up. Conversely, a statement such as “Will you stop that? It’s getting on my nerves!” will put your child on the defensive.

Be firm

If the tantrum turns out to be a tactic to grab attention, don’t reward it. It’s easier said than done, but you have to show your child that such tactics will not work on you. You can also say, in calm, even voice: “I don’t like it when you do that, because you hurt me, and you hurt other people.” The child needs to understand why a tantrum is not to be tolerated.

Consult a professional

There could be an underlying medical problem behind your child’s tantrums. If you suspect this, bring your child to a pediatrician as soon as possible. You can ask the pediatrician to recommend specialists in case that’s necessary.

When you know how to stop tantrums, your life as a parent will be much easier. Remember that a tantrum doesn’t define your child; whether your child does it regularly or not, you should love your tot no matter what.

I discovered a great FREE “Parenting Webinar” with important tips to learn how to stop tantrums and have a happier family. Parents CLICK HERE

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Ways to Prepare Your Child For An Adopted Sibling

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Adopting a child as a new member of your family is both exciting and stressful for the parents and the children. It would be best to talk openly about the adoption with your kids to help prevent problems with insecurity, …

Adopting a child as a new member of your family is both exciting and stressful for the parents and the children. It would be best to talk openly about the adoption with your kids to help prevent problems with insecurity, confusion and jealousy. Here are some ways on how you can prepare your child/children for the arrival of an adopted sibling:

• Be open and honest about the adoption. You must openly talk to your child about what adoption is and how it is done. Be prepared to answer your child’s questions honestly. If you have a biological child, introduce what is adoption and explain how it works. If your child is also adopted, discuss how this adoption can be the same or different from his/her adoption.

• Include your child in the adoption process. Let your child help organize your files for adoption and show him/her the pictures of your new baby. If you are adopting from a different country, research about the country of origin of the baby with your child. When your child feels involved, the feeling of jealousy and resentment will be reduced.

• Set your child’s expectations. Explain to your child that your new baby will be coming soon but will not be a permanent part of the family yet until the biological parents and the court decide. Explain that you are trying to help the birth mother because she is not capable of parenting the baby. Until the adoption process is over, only then can you assure your child that the baby is now going to be part of your family forever.

• Read adoption books to your child before going to bed. This will help explain things to him/her and it is also a good way to start a conversation about adoption.

• Reassure your child’s place in the family. Adoption may cause your child to have fears. He/she may fear that he/she is going to be replaced by the new baby or that he/she may be placed for adoption when you get sick. Explain to your child that the new baby will not be taking his/her place but will be sharing instead. Include your child in deciding where the baby will sit on the dining table or how will Mommy and the children sit inside the car. This will reassure your child that he/she will not be replaced and that you love him/her unconditionally even when the new baby arrives.

Share with us, if you have a great story or tip about talking to kids about adopted siblings.

Recommended Books:

Talking with Young Children about Adoption

Welcoming a New Brother or Sister Through Adoption

Here is some more helpful resources:

RainbowKids.comrainbowkids.com
Check out this great website. Martha Osborne is an adoption advocate, adoptive mom and adoptee. She is also the editor of the online adoption publication, RainbowKids.com, the leading online resource for adoption and waiting children.

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As Parents Do We Really Talk To Our Teens?

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Talking to teenagers to give advice or simply to find out how they are doing is not a common act among parents today. One of the reasons why this is so is that teenagers in general are difficult to approach, …

Talking to teenagers to give advice or simply to find out how they are doing is not a common act among parents today. One of the reasons why this is so is that teenagers in general are difficult to approach, let alone communicate with. A gap in age could be an obvious cause to blame, but despite these impediments, parents should never give up on trying to communicate with their children, especially during this complicated stage of adolescence.

A common result of a parent trying to talk to a teenager usually ends up with the teen walking out before the conversation is over. This is the part where parents might question themselves, “Am I really talking to my teenage son/daughter enough?” It’s almost easy to perceive when a parent and teenager are not on good terms or are not bonded well. When the parent has little or no time for the teen, communication goes stale and eventually dissolves into casual discussions. This exchange of words might only usually involve payment for items for school, home necessities, and general questions such as “What time is it?” “Where is your sister?” and “Have you seen my watch?” Cases like this and constant rebellious acts by teenagers indicate that parents should not merely be talking to teenagers but actually communicating with them.

There is a big difference between talking and communicating. The former simply involves the exchange of words while the latter is aimed towards achieving an understanding between both parties. There are many other reasons why communication between teens and parents is not as effective as between parents and younger children despite good bonds. For one thing, work and school hours often contradict and so do extra-curricular activities. In such a case, dinner becomes the best time to try and reach out to teens. This is the time when minds are at rest and going through thoughts. The combination makes people, especially teens, more open to sharing their thoughts or desperate to seek advice from others, even parents.

On any other time of the day, parents might not find outcomes that are more favorable. Unlike with younger children, talking to teenagers is like trying to tame a wild animal. Simply resorting to sweet-talking just to get your teen to agree with you is not going to work. Instead of trying to win your teenager over or nagging, restricting, and scolding to make him or her realize his or her mistakes, loosen the reigns instead. Always remember that the phases teenagers go through are often emotionally-driven and may only be solved when lessons are learned from the experience. Talking to teenagers should be done with no judgment involved and an open mind to their points of view. Giving enough space and being available to listen no matter the time is the best thing parents can give their teenagers.

Are we really talking to our teenagers enough? Do we make ourselves always available to listen? Please give me your thoughts on this matter.

Recommended Books:

How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk

Staying Connected To Your Teenager: How To Keep Them Talking To You And How To Hear What They’re Really Saying

How to Help Children with Celiac Disease Go Gluten Free

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You might not have heard of Celiac disease but it is an autoimmune disease that’s affecting millions of people today. Also known as enteropathy gluten sensitive, Celiac disease is classified as a digestive disorder in which the person’s small intestine …

You might not have heard of Celiac disease but it is an autoimmune disease that’s affecting millions of people today. Also known as enteropathy gluten sensitive, Celiac disease is classified as a digestive disorder in which the person’s small intestine lining is destroyed beyond repair. The damage is actually caused by eating food that contains gluten.

People with Celiac disease feel numerous symptoms like consistent heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux. Because they cannot absorb nutrients into their blood stream, significant weight loss, osteoporosis, and certain nutritional deficiencies can be noted in people with the condition. Celiac disease can affect people of any age, but is particularly dangerous in children.

If you are parent of a child diagnosed with Celiac disease, it is very important that you implement a strict gluten free diet. Because a lot of food types contain gluten, it is very important to have your child screened before starting the diet. This prevents nutritional deficiency from too much food restriction.

In order for the gluten free diet to transition smoothly, it is very important that you talk to your child. You must explain why he needs to go into this particular diet. Discuss the dangers of ingesting gluten. If your child is young, you can use pictures and other visual aids to show him what food types are safe and what aren’t.

Children are not a big fan of change and if you suddenly push your own child into a gluten free diet, it will surely be met with a lot of hesitation and resistance. Make the diet fun by introducing food that taste and appear like “normal” food.

There are numerous recipes of gluten free spaghetti, bread, pizza and even cookies that can be found on the internet. You can start by serving that until your child is convinced that food without gluten doesn’t necessarily mean unsavory or unappealing. Additionally, make sure that your child carries gluten free snacks or meals wherever he goes. This will help him avoid eating unsafe food should he get hungry.

In order for the gluten free diet to remain successful and uncomplicated until your child turns into an adult, you and the entire family must also be a part of the diet 100%. This doesn’t really mean going on a gluten free diet yourselves (unless you want to) but it means being supportive. There shouldn’t be any taunting, no unnecessary tempting of prohibited food and no complaining on how difficult meal planning can be. The entire family’s unwavering support will help your child feel more positive and optimistic about the diet and Celiac disease.

There are many great books and guides on the internet that can teach parents how to raise children with celian disease go gluten free. One example of a good ebook about gluten free is the ebook, “How To Raise Kids Gluten Free”. This ebook is 140 pages long, containing practical approaches on what to do and how to survive raising children on a gluten free diet. Everything one needs to know. Plus 7 great bonuses too.

Have you or your children been diagnosed with celiac disease? If so, as a parent, how are you dealing with it? Let us know if you have any gluten free recipes you would like to share.

Here is some more helpful resources:

National Foundation for Celiac Awarenessceliaccentral.org
check out this great website. It has great gluten free recipes, product reviews, new, tips and more.

The Celiac Disease CenterGluten Free Care Package
If you or your children been recently diagnosed with celiac disease in the past 12 months. The celiac disease center is giving people all over the country a “Gluten-Free Care Package”. It is a basket of helpful and essential resources, including a gluten-free food guide, support group information, and food samples to introduce people with celiac disease to a gluten-free diet.


5 Tips For A Smooth Family Road Trip

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Road trips are often fun, especially with friends, but with a family full of kids, this might not be the most exciting activity. These occasions are inevitable, but don’t despair as there are more ways than one to avoid a …

Road trips are often fun, especially with friends, but with a family full of kids, this might not be the most exciting activity. These occasions are inevitable, but don’t despair as there are more ways than one to avoid a having a hard time and actually enjoy the trip all the way. Here are five tips to follow in order to ensure a safe and smooth family road trip.

1. Plan and Organize

The core of each successful family road trip is planning. The worst you can do is surprise everybody, especially your teenage daughter, about being away for the weekend. Unplanned vacation trips may sound exciting, spontaneous, and refreshing, but for your children, it could upset their weekend plans. It’s also imperative to include each family member’s opinion on the whole trip: where to eat, which places to visit, and how to get to your destination. If everybody’s interest is given consideration, then each will have something to look forward to. Furthermore, all members will be excited and cooperative.

2. Get Comfortable

Prepare your car and make it homey. One of the reasons why a family road trip is successful is because the car is comfortable enough to actually sit and sleep in for hours. Remember, the road trip could take a while, possibly days, depending on how far you’re going. Making the car comfortable establishes that you’ll all be spending much time in there so let your children, and yourselves, wear pajamas or ride without shoes on. Let everyone find their comfort and there will be no need to suffer on your family road trip.

3. Bring Gadgets

On the subject of boredom, there is only one thing that can help ease it while on the road: electronic gadgets. They are battery-powered and can last for hours. You can bring an MP3 player, a portable DVD player, smart phones, portable game consoles, and so on. These gadgets will keep you and the children happy and satisfied all throughout the boring hours of the drive.

4. Bring Snacks in The Car

Take lots of snacks with you. You can bring sandwiches, water, chips, and chocolate bars. These snacks will ease spurts of hunger while on the road; they can temporarily fill anyone up when there’s no sign of a restaurant yet on the highway. It might not be ideal for the car on any given day, but snacks for a family road trip should be an exception. Just lay out some sheets when it’s time to snack to keep crumbs and smudges from getting on the floor, the seats, and elsewhere in the car.

5. Have Enough Stopovers

Know where you’re passing by on your family road trip. Despite the advantages offered by gadgets, packed food, and comfort, each member will want to step out of the car, stretch their legs, and take a short walk sooner or later. Knowing your route will help identify where you can stop for bathroom breaks, meals, or just resting.

Before you hit the road, check out some must needed apps.

Mom Maps
Mom Maps helps you find family fun places, kid friendly locations on the go! Search extensive list of kid’s parks, kid’s playgrounds, kid’s restaurants, kid’s museums and kid’s indoor play areas. Search by category or zip code, and you’re good to go! In addition to a comprehensive kids play guide, you’ll find contact information, reviews by parents, for parents and directions. Over 28,000 locations supported!

Family Car Games
Family Car Games has an assortment of easy games for a variety of age groups. For example, in Big Rig Count each player selects a color and the first player to see ten trucks of that color wins. Other games are more challenging for older travelers – requiring creative use of their minds for rhymes, riddles and more.

Roadside America
If you want to see some nutty sights and wonders along the highway like little museums, odd buildings, bizarre eateries during your road trip and more, this is the app to download.

Gas Buddy
Gas Buddy will help you find gas stations near your location and allows you to compare prices. Helpful for traveling, and for everyday fill-ups too.

Aloqa
A lifesaver while traveling in an unfamiliar city. Aloqa is a GPS navigational app that locates all of your favorite places like restaurants, gas stations, movie theaters and show times, events, sightseeing and more. Choose channels you are interested in, and you can even set alarms to let you know when you are close to a Starbucks.

Want some Free Printable Travel Games to entertain your kids? Try MiniTime’s free printable car games.

Share with us, what are your favorite road trip tips and what apps have you used on your family road trips?

How Media Can Have an Effect on Your Teen’s Body Image

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Society plays a huge role on how people perceive themselves, especially in terms of physical appearance. Men are judged heavily if they are not tall and muscular enough. Women are perceived ugly if they don’t have a buxom or ultra-thin …

Society plays a huge role on how people perceive themselves, especially in terms of physical appearance. Men are judged heavily if they are not tall and muscular enough. Women are perceived ugly if they don’t have a buxom or ultra-thin model body. It is a sad reality because the media plays a huge role on how society perceives the ideal body image.

The internet, magazines, books, billboards, and TV are the avenues for advertising. These media are encountered everywhere and people come across them 24/7. On a billboard, everybody can see that voluptuous female model wearing a midriff baring top and her equally attractive male counterpart, topless and oiled up to emphasize his delightful musculature. Your 4-year old daughter just saw the latest Barbie doll on TV and says she likes Barbie because she’s pretty. John, your 16-year old neighbor, is secretly looking up steroids on-line to enhance his already lean body, because all of his gym buddies are doing steroid cycles in hopes of adding more bulk.

The Sad Truth
In order to make a profit, media has to provide sellable ideas to the public. Ads like “Quick and Easy Tricks for a Bikini Body” and “Buy Product X to Achieve the Rock-hard Body of Your Dreams” are common sales pitches. Gone are the days of promoting healthy living without any catch – then again, who would want to spend years achieving a healthy lifestyle with the pressure they’re getting from the people around them?

Every Child looks up to His or Her Parents
No matter how naughty your children may seem, they will always be observant of what you do. Mothers who are obsessed with losing weight and fathers who constantly ogle at skinny women can distort how a child looks at body image. Parents play an influential role in modeling their children’s self-image. Children will always try to emulate their parents’ preferences, so make sure to pay attention to how your children respond to matters regarding body image.

Overcoming the Pressure of Sports
In order to instill the idea of a healthy self-image, parents have turned to introducing their youngsters to sports. However, even the world of sports has its own dark side. Many ballerinas, dancers, gymnasts, and other athletes have suffered pressures from their peers, coaches, and their own expectations. Parents have to look out for signs like their teens aren’t enjoying what they used to do, or they’re spending too much time and effort trying to improve on something because of inadequacy. Get your teens to understand that sports is competitive, but jeopardizing their health is not worth it.

There’s nothing wrong with having somebody to look up to. Show your youngsters what a healthy body image is by looking for good examples. A lot of young and veteran personalities nowadays are advocating a healthy lifestyle because they know a lot people are watching them. Jennifer Lawrence, the actress who played the role of Katniss Everdeen, said in an interview that she will never starve herself because she doesn’t want girls to skip meals just to imitate her look. Kate Winslet has an 11-year old daughter who used to be insecure about her body. With the right guidance and encouragement, Kate Winslet was able to make her daughter see that natural curves are nothing to worry about. Let your child know that there’s nothing wrong with being unique, because someone out there is admiring the way he or she looks.

Do you have teenagers? How does your teen feel about his or her body? Please share with us.

Recommended Books:

No Body’s Perfect: Stories by Teens about Body Image, Self-Acceptance, and the Search for Identity
Wanting to Be Her: Body Image Secrets Victoria Won’t Tell You
The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: Helping Toddlers, Tweens, and Teens Thrive

What Are My Chances of Conceiving After 40?

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Not all women get married and become pregnant while they were still young adults. There are women who get married after they have turned 40 years old. When a woman gets married at this age, one of the questions that …

Not all women get married and become pregnant while they were still young adults. There are women who get married after they have turned 40 years old. When a woman gets married at this age, one of the questions that she asks herself is, “what are my chances of conceiving after 40?” If you just turned 40 and you are wondering whether or not it is possible for you to get pregnant, then this article may have the answers you are looking for.

Fertility After 40
According to experts, it is still possible for a woman to conceive a baby after 40. However, women start losing their fertility after 40, so it is very difficult to get pregnant without the aid of modern medicine. The chances of getting pregnant naturally after you have turned 40 are only about 5% at best. The chances of conception are very low because most women begin the stage of perimenopause between the ages of 30 and 40. Some women even become fully menopausal before they reach 40.

A woman’s eggs also diminish in quality as she grows older, which makes conceiving after 40 even more difficult. In order to improve your fertility and increase your chances of getting pregnant even after you reach the age of 40, you must seek modern infertility treatments such as IVF (In vitro fertilization). If you want to get pregnant naturally, it is still possible to conceive a baby, but the chances of it happening will be very low.

Problems of Pregnancy After 40
Even if you do succeed in getting pregnant after you have turned 40, you may still encounter problems during your pregnancy. According to experts, there is 50% chance of miscarriage and 20% chance of preterm labor when a woman gets pregnant at 40 and above. The chance of getting pregnant and giving birth at the age of 40 and above is pegged at approximately 1%.

Learning How to Get Pregnant After 40
There are many books and guides on the internet that can teach you how to increase your chances of conceiving after 40. One example of a good book about pregnancy is the eBook, “Personal Path to Pregnancy”. This eBook contains nutritional therapies, underground methods and treatments, strategies, and alternative treatments that can help increase your chances of conceiving after 40. It is almost impossible to get pregnant naturally when you are past your 30s, so you must learn and do everything you can if you really want to get pregnant.

Have you struggled with conceiving after 40? Please tell me about it and share how you have overcome conceiving after 40 or what you still struggle with.

Benefits of Being Work-At-Home Moms

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A modern-day phenomenon is a work-at-home moms. In the olden days, mothers stayed at home to take care of the house and children and were not able to help supplement the family income. And if ever they did, their job …

A modern-day phenomenon is a work-at-home moms. In the olden days, mothers stayed at home to take care of the house and children and were not able to help supplement the family income. And if ever they did, their job as a mother suffered. Now, mothers can keep house, raise their children, and earn at home all at the same time. It may be difficult to do all these but mothers gain benefits from it.

Mothers working at home have a more flexible schedule than those in the workplace. Because of this, they can schedule their work and meetings around their children’s school and extracurricular activities. They have their office at home so they can work during their children’s bedtime or when they are at school. They can also work during weekends if possible.

Another great thing about mothers working at home is that they will always be available for their children if needed. If the kids are sick, mothers can attend to them personally as they do not have to call in sick. They can then resume with their work when the kids are napping. When the children are already of school age, mothers can increase their workload and be at the house when the bus arrives from school. They can also assist in the homework of their kids at any time.

Another advantage of work-at-home moms is they have minimal expenses incurred. They do not pay for public transportation, gas or parking space. Instead of paying a lot of money for lunch or dinner in a restaurant, they can easily whip up a healthy meal from the ingredients in the kitchen. They do not have to spend for make-up, clothes, accessories or perfume as they can just work in their pajamas. In addition, they do not have to spend money to dry clean office uniforms. Working mothers spend thousands of dollars to place their toddlers in day care but moms working at home can keep an eye on their children. Expenses for car maintenance such as tires, brakes or oil changes would be minimal because the car is rarely used.

Mothers working at home receive less stress than mothers holding regular day jobs. Although keeping house and raising children are stressful, mothers working at home do not have to put up with snotty bosses or co-workers and the huge responsibilities of an office job. They are on their own and it is up to them to finish their work while at home. These are the benefits of work-at-home moms that office mothers do not enjoy.

Check out these other Resources to help you to be successful at home:

Preparing to be a Work At Home Mom – A Mom’s Lifestyle Guide with Advice on how to begin to Earn Money at Home + Home Business Ideas

Mom’s Ultimate Family Organizer: A One-Stop Planner for Busy Moms

Teaching Toddlers to Read at an Early Age

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Parents feel the need to teach their toddlers to read to give them an edge by the time they start going to kindergarten. Teaching toddlers to read somehow is seen as a mandatory task as parents want to make sure …

Parents feel the need to teach their toddlers to read to give them an edge by the time they start going to kindergarten. Teaching toddlers to read somehow is seen as a mandatory task as parents want to make sure their children are equipped with the skills necessary to start school.

There’s nothing wrong with teaching toddlers to read, but it should be remembered that children actually don’t start reading until they reach the ages of 5 or 6. This is because that’s typically the first time in a child’s life when neural connections are formed. This enables them to decode and understand printed letters and then combine them mentally to form words.

Every child’s pace is unique, and that includes readiness in reading. One child may start reading by age 2, but some can only learn to read upon reaching age 6. The best thing to do instead is to prepare them early so they can be ready for actual reading lessons.

Different books interest children of different ages. As early as 6 months, babies enjoy looking at simple board books. A 1-2 year old child will enjoy rhyming and repetitive word books. A 2-3 year old toddler will be interested in books that have more text and story lines.

How would you prepare your kids? Introduce them to books and print in fun and exciting ways. Make them realize that books are important but not boring. Be involved as much as you can. Read to them daily. Read together, and in doing so, follow the words with your finger. Make books if you can, and have your children as the main characters to make them even more interested. Read bedtime stories before they sleep at night.

Greater exposure to books would give encourage your children to become more involved in learning about words and their meanings. As they progress in reading, you can also boost their confidence by getting a familiar word wrong, and see them light up as they try to correct you. Have them involved in many types of literary pieces. Make them familiar with the Alphabet Song, and have them sing it as well. Have them understand that reading is essential in everyday life.

Reading is developed through the years. You can’t expect child to learn how to read overnight, and a parent who is teaching toddlers to read should be armed with enough patience to equip his or her child with the needed skills. As years progress, kids would learn to develop their capabilities at their own pace.

Teaching children to read should be a responsibility of all parents. Click here to discover one simple trick to teaching toddlers to read.

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