Back to School: How to Help Your Child Transition
A new school year means new routines, dealing with unknown, and a lot of change for your little one to navigate. For parents/caregivers, it can be very exciting and stressful at the same time as well. Here are 5 tips to help crate a smoother transition this school year…
Actively Listening to Your Child
Active Listening is when the listener is able to fully concentrate on, understand, respond to and remember what is being said. The listener is on the same level as the speaker, making eye contact, and actively taking an interest.
As parents and caregivers, we are busy – going in so many directions at once and trying our best to balance the plethora of responsibilities we all have. And let’s face it – our little ones tend to have so much to say that it can be hard to make ourselves stop and listen to yet another story about (insert their current “funny” story they’re telling on repeat). But here’s why pausing our to-do list and actively listening to what they have to say is so important…
Bubbles provide hours of outdoor entertainment for all ages. What a great way to spend time together outside as a family!
Here is a recipe for making your own super-bubble solution. You can make it ahead of time and store it in an airtight container, or if you have older children, this is a great family STEM activity.
Mindfulness: Focusing your attention and awareness on the present moment. A therapeutic technique for calming, acknowledging and accepting your thoughts and emotions.
Being stuck inside more during the cold winter … really this whole pandemic … you might be seeing more unpleasant behaviors from your little one. Little bodies need to move. It’s more than just a need to release all of that energy (which is a huge factor on its own), but their gross motor development is blossoming and needing to shine. They also have a need for gross motor sensory input during this stage. In other words, their bodies are telling them “go, go, go!!” and if they don’t have those needs met, you are more likely to see less than optimal behaviors more frequently.
Fine Motor Activities to Keep Them Busy
You are a busy parent with a never-ending to-do list. You need to make dinner, respond to emails, the list goes on – but your little one is full of energy and into everything. You just need a little bit of time where they are safely entertained so you can complete those tasks, but you don’t always want screens to be the answer. Sound familiar?
Here is a list of ideas for easy activities that will suit a range of ages, and keep them busy. Bonus – they all support fine motor development, too!