Over at Today's Parent there is a thoughtful post on when to start a child in kindergarten. Many parents of kids with late birthdays consider redshirting Kindergarten—and now, the nation’s largest school board is saying that they just may be right to do so. The concept of redshirting is this: if your child has a late-month birthday, they may be better off starting school an entire year late, thus making them one of the oldest kids in the class, versus the youngest, and therefore more ready … [Read more...] about My Kid Has To Wear a Red Shirt to Kindergerten?
Over at Power of Positivity, there is a great post about teaching good manners to our kids. All parents want to teach good manners yet it seems so many struggle with these basics, especially in our fast-paced world.To exhibit good manners is nothing more than consciously understanding the importance of treating fellow human beings with dignity and respect. On the surface, this notion seems rudimentary and straightforward; however, many of our fellow humans lack the necessary understanding, … [Read more...] about Are You Teaching Your Kids Good Manners?
Over at Today's Parent, there is an interesting post about an indoor gym.Parents, if you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for toys and games that let your kids expend some physical energy indoors. Like most kids, my two young boys—ages three and eight—need a significant amount of exercise every day, otherwise they start climbing the walls (and the play fighting gets totally out of control).Image courtesy of: daarwasikA kid-sized trampoline, a ride-on car and a small indoor slide are … [Read more...] about Tarzan in the Living Room?
Over at Positive Parents, there is a great little post about how parents are asking the wrong question. Any guesses you know what it is? The post says:The questions we ask are important because obviously the answers that come to us are a result of what question we asked. So, asking the wrong questions gives us the wrong answers, and when we base our reactions, our relationships, our decisions, and our views on the wrong answers, we miss the mark. We end up on the wrong path and wonder why … [Read more...] about The Wrong Question?
Over at Scary Mommy, there is a great piece about teaching kids about money. Since this is not done at school, home is the best place to teach kids. But how do we do this? There are some great suggestions in this post:"When are parents supposed to start an allowance for kids? I hadn’t really given this question much thought, but I had assumed that it would be right around the time when my kids would be getting report cards from school (for bribing As and solid B+s) or when we … [Read more...] about How To Teach Little Kids About Money
Over at Today's Parent, there is a remarkable story about a mom who blacked out at home. Her three-year-old son had the presence to call for help.Image courtesy of: Jason Lander"The last thing Tracey Smith* recalls before blacking out on her bathroom floor is the sound of her three-year-old’s voice. “I can remember my son asking me something, but I didn’t have the ability to respond,” says the Alberta mom of two. “And then I went out.”The post goes on the say:"What happened next shocked … [Read more...] about Teach Your Kids How To Get Help In An Emergency
Ever wonder what special talents your kids have? Over at How To Be A Dad there is a cute little video I found showing a boy who can speak backwards."I’m always looking for hints that my kids are superhuman because, you know, they’re related to me. I wonder if they have some kind of special mutation that will make itself known one day."Check out the full post here:Image courtesy of: ceriann.leyshonwww.howtobeadad.com … [Read more...] about Amazing Kid Talks Backwards
Image courtesy of: m.kerekOver at Scary Mommy, there is a great article about youth sports and the important role parents play in supporting their children. Here's what the article says:"Sports parents are used to the excitement of the game, of cheering their kids on, of hoping for a win. But what happens on the ride home if the game didn’t really go as planned? The importance of the ride home after a game — and how parents react to their kids during it — is the focus of an amazing new … [Read more...] about Make It A Good Ride Home After The Game
How many times have you told your kids, or heard someone else tell their kids to not cry when they are upset? This post over at Hand In Hand Parenting offers some great alternatives:"What if every time your child cries or tantrums, they are actually doing something highly worthwhile? We don’t always appreciate it when our children begin to cry, but what they are actually doing is making use of the body’s innate recovery system. When we get hurt, physically or emotionally, instead of … [Read more...] about Try This Instead of “Don’t Cry”