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5 Tips to Teach Your Child the Art of Sharing

 

Until they reach three years old, children think that everything revolves around them. So basically, sharing is not in their nature. However, sharing can be learned through practice and guidance. Here are some tips to teach your little tots that sharing is caring.

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  1. Start Training Your Child Early

Make your child’s early toys his first sharing opportunities, so start training him by taking turns with playing his toys. For instance, give your baby a rattle shake to play with, then after a couple of minutes take it, play with it yourself, and return it back to him. This teaches your little one that sharing can be fun, too.

  1. Share Some of Your Things

Sharing your things helps build the concept of sharing to your toddler, so avoid labelling anything as someone’s. Instead of saying, “That’s mommy’s things, don’t touch,” say something like, “That’s not a toy, have this instead” and give your child an alternative toy to play with. Let him play with your keys, try on your shoes, or drink from your favourite cup.

  1. Encourage Group Sharing

During snack time, little kids tend to simply snatch food, not share. However, instead of letting everyone have their own plates, cut snacks into pieces and have them on one plate, stating something like “One for Sue, one for Tim, and one for you.” If your little toddler snatched his share and doesn’t seem to care for others, gently guide his hand to pass the plate to other, not forgetting to praise him for sharing.

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  1. Play With Your Child

Family playtime is a great way to prepare your child for sharing. When he’s playing with little cars, ask him, “Can mom and dad play with some of your cars, too?” If he refuses, step back briefly and then try asking again. This lets the child feel that sharing makes friends and makes playtime more fun.

  1. Prepare for Play Dates

When friends and relatives visit for play dates, toddlers naturally protect what’s theirs. So it would best to keep his favourite toys and have a share mat instead with toys that can be enjoyed by everyone. Remind him always by saying things like, “Mommy would be happy if Ty shares” or “Mommy loves you to let Sue use your crayons.” Just make sure to prepare several of everything to make sharing easier for your toddler.

Sharing is a good and respectful habit. Teaching your kids early ensures that this valuable practice will be carried through their adulthood, making them kind and courteous individuals in the future.

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6 Bonding Activities for Dads and Daughters  

While fathers surely love all their children, it seems that dads spend more time with their sons than they do with their daughters. However, with a bit of understanding, father-daughter bonding can be as fun as that of fathers-and-sons’. To help build a better father and daughter relationship, we’ve come up with bonding ideas that you can enjoy.

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1. Go Skating: There’s nothing more adorable than a father and daughter on the streets, skating hand-in-hand. Enjoy the view outdoors while rollerblading or have fun in a cooler environment while skating on the ice at Kallang Leisure Park, Marina Bay Sands, or The Rink at JCube.

2. Walk Along the Beach: Catch up with your little girl by walking her along the beach. Spend some time together and share stories while collecting sea shells for you to play with when you get home.

3. Go Fishing: Fishing isn’t only for dads and sons. Little girls can also love an afternoon on the lake together with their dads. Just make sure to bring with you something to eat or a little picnic basket just in case it takes too long for the fish to take the bait.

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4. Explore the Kitchen: Kitchens aren’t only for moms—they’re for dads, too. Whether it’s just a simple hotdog on stick or yummy homemade cupcakes, whipping delicious treats is a fun activity for any parent and their children. Maybe, you can have mom join the fun and let her be the judge for the finished product.

5. Fuel Up Together: If you take your little girl to school before heading to work, take her out for a delish breakfast first. He won’t surely mind getting up a bit earlier if it’s for a great breakfast with her superman.

6. Create a Book: Why buy a book if you can create your own? Team up with your daughter to make a book with fun short stories and cute illustrations that you can enjoy reading at bedtime.

Surely, there are more than six ways you can do to bond with your little girl. Hopefully, what we have suggested will help you and all the fathers out there to strengthen and nurture the bond you share with your daughter.120884699_homework_389347c


How Can You Prevent Your Youth from Develop Gambling Problem

As a parent, you have to know that there is a survey here in Singapore revealing that youth gambling is prevalent. Furthermore, according to the study conducted by Fei Yue Community Services and Nanyang Polytechnic, more boys gamble than girls and that they would spend most or all of their pocket money gambling.

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This is alarming. There are many factors that drive youths to gamble. For example, if their home environment is not stable or if they are suffering from mental illnesses (like anxiety and ADHD). Knowing this, it is crucial that you guide your youth so they will not cross this destructive path. So, how can you help your child prevent from developing gambling problem? Here are some ideas:

  • Explain responsible gambling: If you explain responsible gambling, your child will see its importance in no time. You can for instance ask your child to set a monthly budget for activities like poker with friends and other activities.
  • Discuss the view of your child: There are people who view poker as a leisure activity while there are others that see it seriously. You have to discuss your child’s view and determine if he/she sees it as a serious activity.

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  • Talk to other parents and teachers: Perhaps the effective thing to do is discuss it in school with other parents and teachers. If there are changes in the school’s policies, you have to push it to ensure that your youth grows in a gamble-free environment.

If you are worried about your youth and you think you cannot handle it, it will not hurt you to seek for other people’s help. There are many centres that you can consider here in Singapore.

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