Having a household routine will help your child feel independent and therefore, more confident. Starting at a very young age, children love to do things by themselves. Having a routine allows them to achieve that independence. Even toddlers can learn to get pajamas out of a drawer and pick a book off the shelf to read. For older kids, having a task chart enables them to check off their tasks for their routine as they complete them. If you use a reward-based task chart like Cadily’s, your kids will love completing tasks on their own.
Play is often considered a “child’s job.” Don’t discount the importance of time the child can play on his or her own. This is a crucial time for your child to self-teach and self-guide. It’s essential for your child to have time to be in his or her own world, and you have to have time to clean the toilet.
This is a vital time. This is the time to set the tone for the school year and instill good habits for yourself and your young ones. This is the time to teach your children about the importance of following a daily routine. Here are four things to think about when creating your daily routine or task list.
Start teaching the value of money. Have your child do chores around the house to earn money. Pay your child with real money and work on the money-counting skills they are learning in school. Show your child that there is a real-world application for those skills. Talk to your child about practicing self-restraint with money. Teach them to spend, save, and give.
Parenting is hard. There is no doubt about it. When you dreamt about your life as a parent, you may have envisioned yourself snuggling with a sweet infant that coos and gurgles as you rock her to sleep. You may have seen yourself reading Goodnight Moon, while your toddler sits cuddled next to you sucking his thumb. Hardly anyone envisions parenting a second grader, who doesn’t like cuddling anymore and is always fighting with his brother, and who you have to physically drag out of bed in the morning before school.
Last week, we posted about getting a child settled into a schedule for the school year. Today, we are taking a closer look at one particular part of their schedule – bedtime.
Summer is ending, and even though we are ready to send our kids back to school, are we prepared for the hectic mornings that come with getting a child out the door? Those lazy summer mornings will turn into combat zones, as we try to push and prod little Johnny out from under the covers and at the same time try to get ready for our days as well. Mornings with kids are stressful.
A couple of months ago, we asked, “Should children do chores?” A few of you chimed in, saying that chores are a positive thing because it teaches kids to be self-sufficient and fosters a sense of helpfulness. Today we are revisiting the question, but with a spin: should children have a daily checklist?
School is out for summer! It’s a time for more unstructured playtime and creativity. Dive headfirst into your imagination with fun and a stack of books!
Here are the top picks from our readers for each age from 3-12 years old.
Right about now your kid is probably vegged out on the couch with an iPad playing his favorite game shooting bubbles (or whatever they do with bubbles in that game). While “down time” is one of the greatest perks of summer break, the result of all that downtime is what educators call the summer slide.