Help your children be interested in school for a #Beststartinlife

As Nixon states, “A parent’s attitude is contagious,” so getting your kids to love school starts with you — and your nanny. Here are 10 ways you and your caregiver can get your kids on the right track for an enjoyable school year.

  1. Be a Role Model
    As a parent, you’re often the most influential teacher in your child’s life, and if you employ a nanny, she’s also a very important mentor. Nixon says, “When parents read a book or take an adult education class, they’re modeling that everyone continues to learn — which is one way to instill a positive learning attitude in their children.”
  2. Maintain Respect
    Think back to when you were in school — it’s likely you had some teachers you absolutely loved and some you weren’t too fond of. But regardless of your adoration (or disdain) for certain instructors, you were always taught to respect your elders. The same values should be instilled in your children.

    “Speak respectfully about the teacher, so kids will respect and obey them,” Nixon advises.

  3. Get Them Involved
    School isn’t just about time spent in the classroom — it’s also about fun after-school activities, whether they be sports or clubs. Encourage your kids to pursue their interests outside of class and it will give them something else to look forward to when they school day is over.
  4. Resist Overscheduling
    Music lessons, baseball practices, art classes, karate tournaments. Many kids’ schedules are so packed that you need a real live personal assistant to help organize. While your child may love all of these after-school activities, and they’re great for socializing and improving future college applications, you don’t want your child to become overwhelmed.

    “Resist the urge — and your child’s begging — to sign him up for tons of after-school activities,” Murphy says. “All children need some downtime. And the fewer distractions your child has, the more likely you are to keep homework hassles to a minimum.”

    Talk to your children about the different activities they participate in, what they really enjoy doing and what can be cut from the schedule.

  5. Set up a Homework Routine
    Homework is a big part of the school experience. “Designate a homework area,” Murphy advises. “Many of us grew up believing that the best place to do homework was alone in a quiet room at a tidy desk, sharpened pencils in hand. But lots of kids do better sprawled on their bedroom floor or sitting at the kitchen table. Let your child pick the spot; just make sure there’s a relatively clutter-free surface on which to write, good light and no TV or blaring music.”

    Nixon adds that it’s important to, “Encourage homework before play…However, allow brief breaks during the homework, as [kids’] minds will absorb more when they take brief interruptions from their studies.”

    If your nanny or after-school sitter will be watching your kids in the afternoon, be sure to clue her in on the new homework spot and routine so your child’s regimen remains consistent.

    For more help, read up on these 9 Solutions for Homework Challenges ??

  6. Encourage Meaningful Relationships
    “In making new friends, quality is more important than quantity,” Nixon says. “Don’t force kids to be ‘popular’ by making tons of friends. Ratherencourage a couple of meaningful relationships.”,
  7. Show an Interest
    Keep the positivity going during homework hour and ask about assignments, such as what homework kids have and what their favorite subject is to get the conversation going about school.

    Be an active participant in their education, too, by volunteering at school. This shows the value you put on their schoolwork and progress and will lead to added pride. If you don’t have time to devote to being on-site, be an active participant by signing up for the school list-serve, reading the school newsletter and being aware of what is going on in the school community.

    Learn about the 16 Ways Parents Can Be Involved in the Classroom ??

  8. Keep the Communication Going
    “Keep the home environment relaxed, open and inviting, so kids will come to you with the conflict or issue they’re facing in school,” Murphy suggests. “Rather than sitting down and confronting a child or pushing a child to open up, use a form of play therapy, where you take a walk or color together and then casually bring up the topic you wish to discuss.”
  9. Reinforce Lessons
    If you notice that your child has taken an interest in a particular subject area, see what you and your nanny can do to extend that learning. Set up some science experiments in your kitchen or visit a local museum to get up close to the fossils your kid has been reading about in textbooks. Showing them real-world applications for the knowledge they are learning in school is empowering and caters to their natural curiosity.
  10. Set the Tone
    With early morning wake ups, it’s easy for adults to start the day off on the wrong side of the bed. But if you’re cranky in the morning, that attitude may transfer to your kids. It’s not easy, but Nixon advises you to help kids anticipate an enjoyable day by sending them off with a smile! Drink some coffee first — it’ll help.

 

 

 

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Here is why every child deserves to be immunised #Beststartinlife

You want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep them safe. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations?

Immunizations can save your child’s life. Because of advances in medical science, your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children, have been eliminated completely and others are close to extinction– primarily due to safe and effective vaccines. Polio is one example of the great impact that vaccines had have in the United States. Polio was once America’s most-feared disease, causing death and paralysis across the country, but today, thanks to vaccination, there are no reports of polio in the United States.

Vaccination is very safe and effective. Vaccines are only given to children after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may cause pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and trauma of the diseases these vaccines prevent. Serious side effects following vaccination, such as severe allergic reaction, are very rare. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.

Immunization protects others you care about.  Children in the U.S. still get vaccine-preventable diseases. In fact, we have seen resurgences of measles and whooping cough (pertussis) over the past few years. Since 2010, there have been between 10,000 and 50,000 cases of whooping cough each year in the United States and about 10 to 20 babies, many of which were too young to be fully vaccinated, died each year. While some babies are too young to be protected by vaccination, others may not be able to receive certain vaccinations due to severe allergies, weakened immune systems from conditions like leukemia, or other reasons. To help keep them safe, it is important that you and your children who are able to get vaccinated are fully immunized.  This not only protects your family, but also helps prevent the spread of these diseases to your friends and loved ones.

Immunizations can save your family time and money. A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be denied attendance at schools or child care facilities. Some vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long-term disability care. In contrast, getting vaccinated against these diseases is a good investment and usually covered by insurance. The Vaccines for Children program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children from low-income families. To find out more about the VFC program, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/ or ask your child’s health care professional.

Immunization protects future generations. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations ago. For example, smallpox vaccination eradicated that disease worldwide. Your children don’t have to get smallpox shots any more because the disease no longer exists. By vaccinating children against rubella (German measles), the risk that pregnant women will pass this virus on to their fetus or newborn has been dramatically decreased, and birth defects associated with that virus no longer are seen in the United States. If we continue vaccinating now, and vaccinating completely, parents in the future may be able to trust that some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm their children in the future.

 

 

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Taking care of yourself after birth could help you nurse your baby better #Beststartinlife

As soon as the baby is born, many mother’s cease to take care of themselves and draw all the attention to the child. In the end, mothers feel drained and tired and this affects the way they take care of their babies. The fatigue may sometimes result into an illness.

If you’re like most new moms, it may seem nearly impossible to find time for yourself with a new baby in the house – but only by taking care of yourself can you give your baby the best possible care.

Try to carve out a few minutes each day for caring for yourself. Not only will that help you be less easily frustrated, irritable, and self-critical, you may even protect yourself from postpartum depression.

Here’s a list of suggestions for self-care. You may not be able to follow every single one, but simply reading through them may help you recognize all the ways you need care, too.

  • Take care of yourself physically. Rest, eat right, exercise.
  • Develop a support system. Make sure you have other new parents to talk to and make a point of talking to them or seeing them at least once a week.
  • Express and accept your negative feelings. It’s normal to feel bad sometimes when you’re adjusting to a new baby.
  • Focus on your positive feelings. Look for ways in which you do feel good and pay attention to those, too.
  • Take breaks by yourself, with your partner, or with another adult. No one can work at a job nonstop without some time off every day.
  • Keep your expectations realistic. No one can do it all, let alone do it perfectly. Work toward reasonable, achievable goals, whether dealing with feelings, doing housework or losing your pre-baby weight.
  • Nurture your sense of humor. Try to laugh daily, whether at yourself, your situation, or something outside of all this.
  • Structure your day. Plan loosely how you’ll spend your day, designating time for all the items on this list. Keep the plan flexible and realistic so you can stick to it.
  • Postpone other major life changes. Avoid taking on a new job, a new home, or a new partner until you feel more settled in your new role of mother.

 

 

 

 

 

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Education is fundamental in early childhood development

Early childhood education has long been debated by varying opinions. Some feel that young children belong at home and separate from instruction. Others feel that the ages up to 5 years are the most important years of education. It has been said that this is the time period when the brain does the bulk of its growing. This could mean that the learning process should be introduced during these years.

Results have proven that early childhood education can be the correct choice for some children. There are many phenomenal early childhood learning programs around the country. These programs are sometimes called daycare. They are not, however, daycare facilities of old. Those facilities operated primarily as babysitting services. Today’s early childhood offering focus on the learning process along with other important functions.

They assure parents of the safety of their children throughout the week. Along with the time spent in these facilities, children enjoy learning curriculums, play, and socialization. Each of these works together to equip these young children with skill they will need in kindergarten. Some children will certainly progress more effectively than other children. They will advance far ahead of their age group is expected.

Being introduced to the learning process is an important step for these children. They soon embark on a whole new world of learning. These children are not only experiencing normal brain growth, but verbal and physical skills as well. Early childhood education teachers use a variety of techniques for instructing. They use lesson plans, worksheets, and even teacher resources for these young students.

The similarities between this sort of learning and what they will experience in the future are close. Many families have chosen to incorporate this sort of education at home. Home education systems focus on this same age group. They are performed in a less threatening and familiar environment. In home early education and outside early education can enhance the learning capacity of these children.

Children in some cases will become much more advanced. This is apparent in children who have undergone some sort of early childhood program. This process is also known to teach and enforce important skills for the future. Verbal skills, communication skills, and coordination are taught through various techniques. Software programs designed for this age group have been used in homes and facilities around the country.

In group settings, early childhood education provides kids with special skills. Children in these settings learn how to work well together, as a group or a team. This is particularly important for children without siblings at home. Goal setting is another topic that is taught through these learning programs. Children see the benefit of trying hard, focusing, and paying attention. Each of these will soon be crucial to future education years.

Preparation from early childhood education will follow these kids for years to come. When they are older students they will still be incorporating these skills with their learning process. The merits of learning in this way for these children are endless.

 

 

 

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Show your children some love and give them the #Beststartinlife

We know and appreciate that some parents want to give their children the best start in life but do not know how to do it. Some of the ways we can help our children grow up to be useful is by showing them unconditional love.

In Africa when it comes to love, parent often don’t show it because they feel like they are enabling a child’s stubbornness.  Parenting.com shares a few tips on how you can show your children that you can strike a balance.

Try massage

Baby rubdowns help preemies gain weight faster and improve sleep quality.

Be random

Tell your child you love her during dinner, riding in the car, or after she makes you laugh.

Discipline affectionately

Touch your kids even when they’re acting naughty. If one sibling whacks another, for example, get down to his level, hold his hand or rub his back, and say “We don’t hit. Hitting hurts!”

Get creative

If your child just isn’t a cuddler, you can still connect in smaller ways: Ruffle his hair, roughhouse with him (yep, this counts!), dance together, or exchange winks.

Be there when she fails

“Kids learn more from their missteps than their successes,” says Kenneth Rubin, Ph.D., a professor of human development at the University of Maryland, in College Park. Let her make some mistakes—then listen, and give reassurance and cuddles.

Give hugs in good times—and bad

It’s easy to be affectionate when your kid is being an angel, but it can be even more powerful to give him a big, loving squeeze after an argument.

Respect her limits

Try not to smother your child if she’s annoyed by it, and don’t force her to kiss or hug anyone she doesn’t want to (Great-Auntie will have to get over it). You also needn’t stress about being Super Affectionate Mom all the time to make sure your child feels loved. She does!

With those tips we hope you give your babies the best start in life.

Give your child a best start.

By Patricia Osman 

Parents and care takers of children are being urged to pay a lot of attention to all the connections, behaviors and interests of a child in their first 5 years of development.

Fagil Monday an educationist says children are good imitators and should be encouraged to do the same.

He adds that imitation is a good sign that a child is growing and responding to nature.

#BestStartInLife

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