How Can Your Raise Well-Adjusted and Well-Rounded Children?

No matter how old your children are, whether they are toddlers or teenagers, they are always growing, learning, and developing. They are learning to live with what is going on around them, and how to respond to the new things in their lives. With so much for children to learn, their parents play such an important part in their lives and in their development. 

Children have many needs, from social needs, physical needs, emotional needs, and educational needs. Parents need to make sure that those needs are met. Not all parents will stay together; getting a divorce form and then making the split. However, it is still vital that they communicate and agree on ways to raise their children, so that the children they have can learn, grow, and develop in the best way possible. 

What are some of the ways that parents can make the most impact when raising their children? Here are some things to think about. 

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Create a good relationship with food

Children need to eat, and they will eat a lot as they grow up and develop. One of the things that parents need to do is to help them have a positive and healthy relationship with food. This is by introducing them to a variety of foods, along with colors and textures, so they can see what is out there and try new things. Children can change their minds easily, and can be quite picky, but if you still give them a range of foods to try, then it will help. Introducing new foods a little at a time can make a difference, and help them to see that food is fuel.

 

Create consistency

It is so important for parents to create some expectations for their child that are consistent, so that they can communicate effectively with their children about what is expected. When there are elements of stress or anxiety, then it can impact the development and lead to some complications that come as a result of stress. If the child is living somewhere stressful, but they do have some consistencies in their daily life, then it will help them as they grow up, to become well-rounded and well-adjusted adults. 

 

Maintain positive parental mental health

When you are the parent, it can be so easy to get stressed out and overwhelmed. Life is busy, and there is a lot to consider. However, if you want to raise well-rounded children, you need to make sure that you are well-rounded yourself, and one of those areas is by modeling some positive mental health. Parents should take some time out for themselves; it is vital. If you can’t always take time out, then it will be hard to care for others. It can be hard to physically get away, especially with little ones, but something as simple as meditating can help, or finding a hobby that you can enjoy when the children are in bed. 

 

Small things can lead to big change and make a difference in the lives of your children. When you model good ways to live, your children will learn from it and help them as they grow.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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A Higher Education (for You!): Choosing the Best School for Your Child

 

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Ensuring your child’s growth and development goes as you want is not always so easy. The right school for your child can make a massive difference in their academic career and further on into their lives. And while there are many options than the standard public school, the variety of choices can make it an overwhelming process. What do you need to consider when choosing the right school for your child?

Should You Focus on Statistics? 

It’s easy for us to fixate on statistics so we can weed out the “bad” schools, but when we dig deeper into the stats, we might overlook so many important factors for our children. For example, while Winnetonka High School is placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Missouri for overall test scores, does this mean it is a bad school? Instead, think about finding the right fit overall. This means you have to consider your child’s learning style, their social needs, as well as what you want your child to learn. Test scores don’t tell you everything about how effective school is.

Make a List of the Features You and Your Child Want

Some of the basics to look for include:

 

  • Great teachers
  • Strong parent-teacher association
  • A welcoming environment that answers your questions

Visit the School

Before you visit the school, prepare some key questions to ask the teachers and principal. You could enquire how teachers are trained and supported. You may also want to address how behavior issues are handled. The level of homework is another thing to consider, but the important thing is to prepare your questions before you visit.

Speak to the Students and Their Parents

Visiting a school is a great way to get a feel for the place, but if you want to get a more comprehensive opinion, you should speak to parents and students to find out if they are happy with the quality of the education. You need to find out if the staff are responsive to any concerns, and if the parents are involved with the school in some way.

o to a PTA Meeting

You could sit down with the principal who is open to meetings with parents, but if you want to go one step further, visiting a PTA meeting can give you a real insight. PTA meetings are an amazing way to network with parents who you can speak to at a later date. PTA meetings are usually available to all parents and the general public, so you should have no qualms about visiting. 

How Does it Feel

Once you’ve gathered all of the information you should choose a school that you feel good about, but one that your child is happy with. Of course, we can’t always be 100% perfect, and it’s important to check the data so you have a good place to operate from. While the right school will make a big difference to your child’s academic future, you have to remember that it’s your child that is attending, not you. It is not easy, however, it is one of the best approaches to guarantee your child a strong academic future. 

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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3 Important Activities That Will Boost Your Child’s Growth and Development

 

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Baby milestones are usually a sight to behold for most parents. It is a proud moment that you notice and appreciate your baby’s growth. It is why you must monitor and ensure your child attains the milestones within the scheduled period. 

Sometimes, you will often find that a child has not achieved certain milestones due to health or genetic complications. You need to understand the medical implications of not attaining milestones. It will help you decide or seek medical help where the doctors will advise you accordingly on caring for the baby. 

Medically, you can correct some complications while you can only manage some. The important thing for you, as a parent, is to monitor your child’s growth and development closely and believe that all will be well. Remember, your baby is a gift, and you should take care of and love it unconditionally. 

Here are three activities that will help you keep your baby on track with the milestones:

Feeding

Your baby’s nutrition will affect its growth and development. Ensure that your baby gets all the nutrients from the types of food it eats. Healthy foods will promote the baby’s good health. Your baby needs to have a balanced diet while taking a keen interest in the baby’s age. Different ages will demand a higher portion of various nutrients. 

For babies still on exclusive breastfeeding, it is the mother’s task to ensure that the breast milk is rich in nutrients by feeding nutritiously. Your feeding technique will also help in ensuring your baby gets all the necessary nutrition from the hindmilk. Once the baby starts weaning, you need to balance the different foods appropriately to nourish the baby’s body.

Sleeping

Even though sleeping might seem like an insignificant activity, it has a significant bearing on the baby’s growth. A good rest will promote the baby’s brain development and physical growth. Hence, you must ensure your baby gets sound sleep always.

Statistically, your baby will spend more time sleeping, especially as a newborn. To ensure your baby gets sound sleep, you should establish a sleeping routine to monitor the patterns.
Ensure you get quality sleeping material that will help your baby get sound and productive sleeping time. To ascertain the genuine and quality of the store’s products, you can check out their reviews. Positive and informative reviews like this Dreamland Baby review will help you to understand what your baby needs when sleeping. Understanding these needs will help you provide for the baby better.

Playing

A baby’s playtime should challenge its mind to be creative and trigger brain development. While choosing baby toys, you need to check on the baby’s age. Get a toy that will promote the baby’s growth and desire to learn and achieve more; a toy will teach the baby a skill while still having fun. It is the best way for the baby to learn about different things. 

Besides these three primary activities, always ensure you get medical checkups to ascertain that your baby is on the right track. These activities might seem simple and quite regular. Still, if you succeed in achieving them, you will give your baby a good chance of hitting the milestones even earlier than anticipated.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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