Difficulty adjusting to school
School is in full swing, but you may find on some days your child may start the day off, especially Monday, with tears, or maybe a tummy ache. They aren't faking it, anxiety affects the body, and could cause actual aches and pains in children. But don't worry, it's not unusual for kids to need a little extra help adjusting to school. Here are a few tips that might make mornings easier!
Give your child a way to hold onto you during the day- For many kids the hardest part of going to school is saying goodbye to you. Develop a parting ritual such as a hug and a saying you repeat everyday. " I love you, you love me, have a great day, I'll see you 3!" Maybe put a laminated picture of the family in their backpack. Many also like a token for their pocket, such as a paper heart with a love note, or a seashell you found on the beach together, that they can feel and hold for reassurance if they feel alone.
Laugh out the anxieties instead of crying- Giggling is a child's way of venting anxiety,
and any child who is having a tough school year, may feel anxious or fearful inside. Give them as many opportunities as possible to giggle! Spend some time every morning playing a chase game in your house, tell silly stories or jokes, see who can make the funniest face! You'll find their separation from you goes more smoothly.
Stay connected- Start your child's day with a five minute snuggle in bed or on the couch. Just bringing 100% of your attention to loving them. Make sure that every day after school when you're reunited, you have special time put aside to hear all about their day. Maybe it's taking them to grab an ice cream cone, or a quick run to the
grocery store to spend that special one on one time with them. Doing little things like that will increase their sense of security.
Be alert for reasons why they're worried- Most of the time kids do fine after a couple weeks. But occasionally, their unhappiness indicates a more serious issue; maybe there's a bully, or they can't see the blackboard, maybe they're having trouble following along and they're too afraid to speak up. Ask calm questions about their day, listen deeply and reflect on what they tell you. If you feel there is an issue you can't seem to get to the bottom of, reach out to their teacher for more help.
Create a calm household routine- Getting your child ready for school begins in the home. It is important to have a consistent and calm household routine, which should feature peaceful mornings and early bedtimes. If you struggle getting your child up in the morning this indicates they are not getting enough sleep, they will feel restless and frustrated in the morning, which can result in tantrums when it's time to leave for school. Making sure your child gets enough sleep is very important, follow a familiar routine and ensure the bedroom is cosy and the temperature is right.
Following a few easy tips will help your child cope with school. It is not hard to see why a lot of children find it difficult to adjust to school. It's about making school become the norm; somewhere they feel safe and comfortable. Hopefully you'll have no more tears and tantrums in the morning. You may even find your child doesn't want to come home at the end of the day!
Whether you couldn't find a sitter for New Year's Eve or you just don't feel like fighting holiday traffic, you can still have a fun, kid-friendly celebration. A “ Noon Year Eve” Party is the prefect solution for letting kids have time to celebrate without staying up past bedtime! The key is to keep the kids occupied as the clock counts down and celebrate a little earlier in the day at 12pm instead of 12am! Whatever you choose to do with your family on the eve of the New Year, you can make sure it's memorable with sure-fire party pleasers.
1. Have a fun countdown
There are so many fun ways to help kids mark time until the new year arrives. Pick the time you want to start (and end!) and count down the hours by opening a bag, package or even popping a balloon. Mark each bag with the time and include a fun activity for each hour. Here are some ideas of what to stuff in the bags:
Party hats and noisemakers
A deck of cards and game instructions
Pens and paper to write New Year's Resolutions
2. Let Your Kids Pick Out Fun Outfits
Get your kids excited about their big day by allowing them to dress up however they want. Encourage sparkly, festive attire and explain to them the whole reason we celebrate the changing of our calendars. They will feel like rock stars with free creative reign over their looks and you won’t have to stress over someone throwing a fit.
3. Set up a Photo Booth
Put all that crafting to use by constructing a photo booth. Just hang a paper backdrop (festive New Year’s Eve wrapping paper will do the trick) and set up a camera on a tripod or have a designated phone photographer in place. Blast some music and have the kids dance around, posing with their new, festive props—they’ll have a blast and so will you. One day your kids will be off celebrating with their own friends. These photos will be a precious keepsake that’ll last a lifetime.
4.Craft a Blessing Jar or a Wishing Well
Grab a canning jar or something similar from the cupboard or get one from a dollar store. Cover it in construction paper and label it either Blessing Jar or Wishing Well.
If it's a Blessing Jar, you and your child write the blessings you notice in your life over the coming year on a piece of paper, fold it and drop in the jar. Next New Year's Eve, you dump it out, read it and get to feel that warm, fuzzy feeling.
The Wishing Well works essentially the same way. Except instead of putting blessings in your jar, you put your wishes. At the end of 2019, you get to see how many wishes came true, how many you get to carry into 2020 or how many you're willing to discard for new wishes.
5. Play the photo timeline game
Print out some photos – try for at least one from each month – from the last year. Create a challenge by hiding them around the house and asking children to find and arrange them in chronological order. It's a win-win: Kids love to look at themselves and you get to marvel at how much they've grown over the past year. You both will enjoy the walk down memory lane and wonder at the adventures the new year will bring.
Counting down to 12 p.m. instead of 12 a.m. allows your family to celebrate the new year together, and the little ones don’t get to miss out on all the fun! You don’t need to go above and beyond throwing a huge party! Little activities will ensure fun for all and a good way to ring in the new year, together!
Winter break is coming! Don’t despair when snow days and holidays leave you with bored and bickering kids. These fun winter break activities will keep your children occupied and happy both indoors and outdoors throughout this chilly season!
Go camping! When the weather is not the best and you don’t feel like going anywhere, everyone might enjoy setting up camp in the house! If you have a tent you can set it up in the basement, living room or even under the Christmas Tree! If you don’t have a tent give the kids some sheets, pillows and blankets and let them build a fort. Once the “camp” is set up everyone can play games or read and eat snacks, spending quality time together!
Host a game night! Maybe not the most original idea, but it’s definitely a fun one. Winter break is the perfect time to break out your favorite board games that you haven’t played in a while or maybe your children can choose their favorite! Make homemade snacks and goodies to enjoy while having marathon game playing sessions!
Have a dance party! Kids have a lot of pent up energy being indoors all day long. Have the kids invite a few friends over and play some tunes! They can play a dance video game or just freestyle! Dancing is a great way to get some exercise in and have fun at the same time. Don’t be afraid to join in- you may want to warn your kids first though!
Look out for local events! This could be as simple as driving around town looking at all the holiday lights. Check and see if there’s a Christmas show at your local theater, or maybe there’s a special day to meet Santa at your town firehouse or a holiday book reading at your library. Having fun doesn’t always mean spending money, with there being a lot of holiday deals, discounts and free events!
Get crafty! Winter break is the perfect opportunity for arts and crafts. Try making a giant gingerbread man for your kids to decorate! You’ll need kraft paper, masking tape, a sharpie and then markers and any other decorating items! Have your little on lay on the floor besides the kraft paper roll and unroll it until it’s the same length as your child. Cut the paper slightly longer then the length and tape it to the floor with masking tape. Using the sharpie outline your child into a gingerbread man shape, now it’s time to decorate! They can draw cute faces and let their imagination go wild!
Don’t let the cold weather keep you from having fun! Creativity is the key to finding fun and engaging activities that will keep your children smile and laughing all winter- without breaking the bank!
Holiday family traditions can be as simple as you make them. We have the tried and true traditions like elf on the shelf, leaving cookies and milk out for santa or opening a special gift on Christmas Eve. But starting new traditions can create fun memories that will last long after the holiday season is over. Here are some fun activities for spending time together as a family during the holidays!
Volunteering in your community- Teach your children real holiday spirit by spending some of your season helping others. There are always lots of opportunities around this time of year. Try visiting your local soup kitchen to lend a helping hand or to donate food for another families holiday dinner. Make room for new toys or clothes by doing a clean out, and making a "giving box" to donate to Goodwill or a homeless shelter. Try the Adopt A Soldier Program, where you sign up for a one-time commitment and assemble a holiday care package to send!
Create memories to look back on- Write an annual letter to your child. Fill them with observations
you made over the year and hopes for their future. Write special little messages that will be cherished for a lifetime and store them in a keepsake box until they're old enough to read and enjoy them. Or for a more digital approach, record a year-in review. Shoot a fun video that reminisces about the year you all had, what you and your kids have been up too including vacations, a new pet or achievements your children have made!
Make the holiday's magical!- Try making " reindeer food" with uncooked oats rainbow sprinkles and glitter, to sprinkle in the yard on Christmas Eve. Keep them believing by leaving Santa's footprints behind by taking some boots and flour and stomping out a path of footprints! Going from the chimney to the Christmas tree or maybe to the milk and cookies. The path can be different every year! Wow the kids and grow a candy cane. Get a small planter and fill it 1/3 of the way with potting soil, Add the magic "candy cane seed" or small peppermint candy, fill the pot with more soil and have them water their candy cane! With a little help and magic from Mom or Dad they next day or two a candy cane will have grown!
Make it sweet!- Everyone loves sweets and treats around the holidays! This year host a cookie bake-off, gather loved ones for a good old-fashioned cookie bake off! Invite friends, or family to be the judges for a festive taste test. To make it more official, each year, require competitors to use a specific ingredient- the best use of eggnog, candy canes or fresh ginger! Considering hand delivering some of the winning cookies to a neighbor and make someone's day!
The best things about the holiday season is having the chance to spend valuable time with our loved ones, show our appreciation for one another and overall, give thanks. What your kids will remember long after another toy had been broken, lost, or left in the back of the closet are the traditions we live and breathe each holiday season.
Why working with children is so beneficial and what you gain from working with children.
Working with children represents hope and the future, it's a great opportunity to be of service to one's community. Children make you a more knowledgeable person, children are curious, with all the questions they ask you'll find yourself looking for answers! You'll also learn to admire children's endless energy, their creativity, flexibility and resilience. Working with children is also fun and exciting, no day is ever the same! You get to witness a lot of "firsts" whether is the first couple of crawls or wobbly steps, first mumbled words,
you'll be there to give out hugs, and high fives when they accomplish something new. Everyday
you serve a purpose, and you are continually depended on!
You'll start celebrating the little things every single day. Each day brings new excitement- a new pair of shoes, going to the park, a new toy in the toy box, you're part of it all! You're the first person children want to go to when they got a good score on a test you helped them study for, or won first prize on a project you helped them with. You celebrate all moments, big and small and each one brightness both their, and your lives.
Being a crucial part of each child's development. It's you who helps teach them right from wrong, how to share, how to take turns, and what it means to use kind words. You help develop these kids, day in and day out, and in turn help mold them into their future selves, building character both socially and academically. You encourage their budding personalities and bring out their unique traits too.
Working with children also teaches you skills that can help you later in life. Having a patient nature while working with children. You'll often find yourself repeating instructions and dealing with distractions. You'll then try to understand that children think, feel and process things differently to adults. Which will also help with your communication skills. It'll give you the ability to earn a child's trust and respect.Get down on their level and talk to them instead of at them, which is vital when working with children. Other things you'll learn are good organization and time management skills, leadership skills, and so much more.
Helping children and their families is the most rewarding job! Leaving your job everyday you think of the progress made, how you may have made them feel better, happier, stronger and empowered. Knowing that your job helps with children reaching their full potential, and taking care of them as if they're your own. You love these kids unconditionally, and show them that the world is filled with wonderful people. You hopefully teach them that no matter what they face, they will never be alone. This gives parents peace of mind knowing that their children are well taken care of in their absence.