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As the temperature outdoors is changing, one common question that the parents have when they drop their child at their daycare or school is if their child will be going outside if it is cold. The common belief is that their child will not like being outdoors or will get sick being outdoors in the cold. Playing outside is so important for learning and has so many different opportunities for exploration. It is very important for early childhood development.
A MYTH – my child will get sick outdoors in the winter – Sickness is caused by a viral or bacterial infection. When children go outside, they are less likely to get sick since they are out in the open fresh air with an abundance of Vitamin D. The environment indoors is usually poorly ventilated where germs transmit easily. Viruses are transmitted by direct contact and children share toys, hug each other and touch each other so the propensity to spread infection is higher indoors than outdoors due to the type of activities they engage in and the equipment used.
Exercise & physical benefits – Outdoor exercise contributes to the overall health of a child and helps them develop physically everyday. They get […]
Preschool is a beautiful age for children to absorb and learn from everything around them and establish a strong foundation for their future. What we tell them and what they see while at this age is what we will see from them for the rest of their life. Here are the things that are critical for us to do as parents or caregivers:
- Be a role model. Don’t say to the child that they should not yell or scream when you scream at them to stop! This won’t go a long way in changing that behavior. You teach them anger management by role modelling to them how you behave when you are angry. I told my daughter once not to yell & she asked me with those innocent eyes – “Why mom- you yell when you are angry at us”. That was an eye opener for me.
- Expose your children to a variety of things. It is important for you to expose your child to different musical instruments, different dance forms, different places and different ways of thinking to enable them to learn and think differently. This allows them to figure out what they enjoy & don’t enjoy as they get […]
Transitions are not easy for parents and children. Here are some practical approaches to making the transition as stress-free as possible for the entire family.
Scheduling a dress rehearsal
Arrange for your child to visit the Centre before he/she officially starts so that he can have a chance to meet his child-care provider ahead of time — something that can make that first morning a whole lot less stressful for all concerned. If a parent feels that their child needs any more visits than what the daycare is providing then they can talk to the provider.
Prepping the childcare provider
Make your child-care provider’s job 100 percent easier by providing her with the inside scoop on your child’s likes and dislikes. Include information on daily routines and anything else you think she needs to know in order to provide him with the best possible care (for example, how well he copes with changes to his daily routine, what techniques work best in soothing him, and so on).
Enrolling Mr. Bear in day care, too
Transitional objects — also known as comfort objects — can help ease the transition between home and day care. If your child has a much-loved stuffed bear or other favorite […]
Very interesting topic given I earlier blogged about obesity and physical activity. So important for parents to understand how to respond to their child’s concerns about physical appearance and help their self esteem. Parents need to support and lead by example. Children will follow their parents in lifestyle and food. As a family we need to encourage a healthier lifestyle for the entire family in order for our kids to be healthier. http://listentomeplease.com/listen-to-me-please-blog/mommy-i-feel-fat-do-you-know-how-to-respond-fat-is-not-a-feeling.
We need to start by saying that it is perfectly normal for Toddlers & Preschoolers to be picky eaters. Now that we have that out of the way, being a Director running an early childhood centre aka child care I conduct a lot of parent tours of our facility. One in 3 parents will always let me know that they are worried since their child is a picky eater and does not eat well. Parents draw a conclusion that because their child is a picky eater they don’t eat well. We need to observe what your child is eating during the day and not just at meal time. Is your child active and energetic?
Any easy way to figure out is that they need one tablespoon per year of things that are easy to measure and 1/4th or 1/3rd (depending on the child’s age) of adult portions of things that are difficult to measure like milk. The exact amount of food depends on each individual child & how much activity they get, how old they are or the time between meals. Your child needs 3 meals and 2 to 3 snacks per day.
Usually picky eating is a way for children to […]
When children start babbling and parents look at them and exclaim in surprise, children learn how to get that reaction. It is quite amazing to watch a 10 month old do that?
Even though children talking sometimes don’t make sense to adults, but they are imitating adult conversations and looking for us to react to the conversation that they are trying to have.
This is why interactions are so important for caregivers or parents. As your child grows and becomes more and more talkative, parents sometimes just need to take the time out and listen to them and acknowledge them and try to understand what their child is trying to say. We are so busy in our daily chores that sometimes when a child say “Mom” the mom replies “Honey can you give me a few minutes so I can wrap this up and then I will hear you out.” And if the child keeps coming back eventually parents get agitated or angry and instruct the child to listen to them and hold on. Let’s just take that time and look at our children and listen to what they have to say and engage in conversation with them.
Some things that parents can […]
Community workers are an important representation of responsibility and sacrifice for children. We can teach them about them all the time in class but actually meeting them and listening to them tell us about their day and what they do every day and the equipment they use to conduct their jobs has a totally different impact on learning. At SimplySmart we ensure that we do the learning with the actual community workers along with the classroom lesson to enable preschoolers learn better. Talking to Fire-fighters and Police Officers teaches children how these people keep us safe. How they endanger their lives to save others? What are some of the rules that we as citizens should follow in our day to day lives? At SimplySmart in the month of November we are talking about community workers and the role they play.
We had a visit from the Fire-fighters. They spoke to the children about safety and what to do in case of a fire. Stop, Drop and Roll. We educated the children about why we should not park by the fire hydrant. The children also got to tour the fire truck […]
Did you know that approximately 26% of Canadian children between the ages of 2-17 years old, are currently overweight or obese- Childhood Obesity Foundation.
This number has tripled in the last 25 years. As a mother, I was shocked by this statistic.
And the sad thing is we all know why this is happening. It’s a simple equation: weight gain happens when we intake more calories than we burn.
Everywhere I turn, I hear that children today do not get the enough physical activity. Let’s think about all the electronic gadgets and toys that children have access to these days – televisions, computers, IPADs, Nintendo DS, Playstations……and the list just goes on and on.
As a parent of two children, I constantly struggle with them on the subject of physical activity. With a demanding job, being in the process of starting my own business and keeping up with social commitments, how can I find the time for physical activity. One thing that I’ve tried and that works for me is to figure out a way to align your child’s physical activity needs with your own lifestyle priorities.
For example, do you wake up early on the weekends after […]
With the tractors and animals and the hens laying eggs, Our visit to the farm is more fun than anyone expects, Running on the straw and through the farm, “Let’s stay here forever”, my little ones beg.
This father’s day give your child the priceless gift of time at a farm and create memories that will last a lifetime. If you live in Mississauga you will be amazed at how many farm options there are within an hour’s driving distance. So I encourage all dads to find one and have a getaway with your kids.
We would love to hear about your recent visit to a farm…
A difficult decision as a parent is selecting a child care centre for your little one. There are multiple options available for care like a nanny, home day care or a child care centre. There are pros and cons to each one of those. It really depends on the parent what they would like for their child. One important fact to keep in mind while making this very important decision that will shape your child’s future is “The emotional and physical health, social skills and the cognitive-linguistic capacities that emerge in the early years are important prerequisites for success in school and later in the workplace and community.”- InBrief: The Science of Early Childhood Development – Harvard University. So the one thing to keep in mind is that you select care in an environment that is stimulating for a child and helps them develop their social, cognitive, fine motor, and language skills.
Table 1 below gives you the pros and cons of the three types of care for children.
Seeing all the pros and cons above if as a parent you can afford it the best […]
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