6 Tips to Help a Child that is Afraid of Dogs

6 Tips to Help a Child that is Afraid of Dogs

Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Find out how you can use positive parenting tips to help your child overcome fear or anxiety related to dogs.  Some children are afraid of dogs. They may not have had a lot of positive experiences with dogs or perhaps had an incident which has made them fearful.  Being anxious around dogs is quite normal for children that don't have much experience. This is a protective behavior but one that you can help your child overcome. Helping children manage and overcome their fears related to dogs can sometimes be challenging. You may need to have some patience as your child learns to understand dogs and feel comfortable with a dog or puppy. Here are a 6 parenting tips to help a child overcome a fear or anxiety of dogs: 1. Accept the fear:…
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Now What? An Exercise in Empathy and Team Work For Preschoolers

Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
Last week after playschool, my four year old was tossing his toy dog up into the air. He was playing really close to some trees and soon enough dog became tangled and stuck in one of the tree branches. Oh No! Now what mama? He asked. Now, mama will save dog! Oops, no, no no! stop I said to myself…I resisted with all my might. I wanted so badly to intervene, to save the day! Here was precious dog completely stuck and my four year old getting a bit upset. If this isn’t the kind of job for mom to save then day, then what is? Oh but what if it wasn’t a job for mom. What if I stepped back? Could this be one of those great learning moments…
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Giant List of Self-Care Skills for Babies,Toddlers and Preschoolers

Giant List of Self-Care Skills for Babies,Toddlers and Preschoolers

Babies 0-12 months, Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Giving children a chance to practice self-care skills is a fantastic way to help them feel capable and increase their self-esteem. It helps create a great sense of autonomy, a drive to learn and grow. Self-care is also an opportunity for children to feel in charge of their body and know that they are trusted by their parents. Here is a list of Self-Care Skills for Children From Crawlers to 5 years sorted by Age: Self-Care Skills for Babies (crawlers) to 12 months Throw own bib in laundry hamper Clean face and hands with damp wash cloth (finish up with help) Stow own shoes away (with help/works well to have one assigned spot) Feed self a snack (cereal 0’s, cubed soft fruits etc…) Hold a spoon and toothbrush to imitate…
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How To Make The Very Most Out of Pretend Play In The Toddler Years

Parenting, Play and Learning, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
What can children learn through pretend play? As parents it is important for us to acknowledge that for a child "Play" is not just leisure but is how they learn. In a busy world with what seems to be tireless amounts of chores, it is easy to fall into a cycle of giving your child the same toys to play with each day, using the TV as a baby sitter or saying "maybe next time", "hold on, I just need to finish this first" each time your child comes running to you with underwear on their head exclaiming that they are Captain Underpants requesting that you come play with them. Of course there are many forms of play and endless ways to engage in play with your child. Dramatic or…
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Books & Play: Enhancing Reading Comprehension In a Fun Way.

Books & Play: Enhancing Reading Comprehension In a Fun Way.

Play and Learning, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Welcome to the March Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Discovering through Books This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by The Positive Parenting Connection and Authentic Parenting. This month our participants have investigated what role books have played in their lives. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. *** Our book shelves are overflowing these days and there are even more books piled on the floor and stuffed into drawers.  Books and reading are probably one of our most favorite activities on any day. We have even been spotted reading and doing groceries at the same time. Besides reading, we also love to play with and explore the stories we read about. One of our…
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Roughhousing & Preschoolers: Why it’s Great and How To Keep it Safe.

Roughhousing & Preschoolers: Why it’s Great and How To Keep it Safe.

Parenting, Play and Learning, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
I walked into the pre-school yard the other day and saw a pile of boys rolling in the muddy grass.   I recognized some shoes that belonged to my four year old and the bright red t-shirt of my five year old.  This ball of boys just kept on rolling and tumbling and then all the boys sort of jumped up, crashed onto the ground looking at each other and started laughing up a storm.  It was rough-play at its muddiest, finest moment! When done safely, roughhousing is awesome for preschoolers, and here are just three of the many reasons: Play-wrestling and rolling games can help build strong bonds of friendship. Preschoolers will happily tackle down their best friend, roll around and have a great laugh. This is the non-verbal equivalent…
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Special Time Series: A list of 60 Activities To Do With Preschoolers and School Aged Children

Special Time Series: A list of 60 Activities To Do With Preschoolers and School Aged Children

Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
Making time in our busy lives for daily or weekly special time with our children is invaluable. Special time can be any activity where parent and child actively engage in play and conversation to build connection. Honoring this time together by putting away cellphones, turning off the tv and focusing on each other is what makes this time special. In part one of the Special Time Series there are 40 activity ideas for infants and toddles. Here are 60 Activitiy ideas for special time with Preschoolers and School Aged children. Pre-schoolers: 3-5 yrs A sure fire way to have successful special time with pre-schoolersis letting them choose the activity and lead the way. Telling mom or dad how to walk across a silly obstacle course or watching a parent get…
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Learning Life Skills: List of Household Tasks for Different Ages and Stages

Learning Life Skills: List of Household Tasks for Different Ages and Stages

Babies 0-12 months, Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Positive Discipline, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Children when encouraged often love to help around the house. Not only does it help them feel like they are capable and contributing members of the family, it also helps both parent and child have a chance to connect. Wondering what jobs your child can do around the house? With a little bit of help, children can do just about any task around the house and as they grow they can become more and more capable of carrying out these taks independently.  Having children help with just one to three tasks is a great way to get started. Here is list of household tasks for different ages and stages: Toddlers From 1 to 3 years toddlerhood is a great time to start involving children with household taks. Naturally curious about…
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The Language Switch

Family Communication, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
This post was written as a submission to the June edition of  Blogging Carnival on Bilingualism hosted by Bilingual Russian and Bilingue per Gioco. The Carnival starts on June 30th. The Switch As I walk into the playroom I find my two favorite dudes and all their Playmobil dudes hanging out in a city built with blocks and boxes.  The firefighters are to the left and the police officers to the right, some knights mixed with pirates and Vikings are gathered by a box. This box is the knights’ “Castello” I am informed – a newly learned Italian word (meaning “castle”) from playschool earlier in the day.  I am given the grand tour of this city; part of the tour is in German, the part about firefighters and Vikings. On…
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