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Teacher's Day

October 5th is one of the most important days of the year. This is World Teachers Day, and really important to every young mind in the world. One of the hardest forms of employment is teaching.

Depending on the way you look at it, each parent is also a teacher at one point in their life. Parents are one of the first teachers for their children. However, those individuals that we trust the minds of our little ones with are special indeed.

Knowing how to help our teacher’s with our children can make all the difference to both the teacher as well as to the child.

Communication

One of the biggest things that is missed in regards to the relationship between parent, teacher, and student; communication can be attempted in several different ways.

Talk to your children about their day. Many times you will find so many of the troubles your child is having in class through dinner time or talking time.

Many schools provide agendas and teacher’s emails to help parents keep in touch with their teachers. Keeping in touch with your child’s teacher and ensure that both you and your child are happy with everything going on in class.

Classroom interaction is important. Volunteer in your children’s classroom. This can help your child to realize that communication between you and the teacher are important.

Support the Teacher

Another very important thing when you have teachers in your life is to be sure that you support the decisions made in the classroom as well as the things that are taught in class.

Read to your children. This is something that every teacher wants the children in their class to practice. One of the best ways for our children to practice this is through reading to them. As well as, letting your children see you reading.

Respecting the time schedules designed by the teacher and school. So many teachers have specific times that they do special things. Be sure to give your teacher enough notice that your presence or need will not interrupt the flow of the class.

Keep teaching at home. It is important that your children are learning at home as well as in school. Continue to expand on the things that are taught in the classroom while at home.

On October 5th, 2014 it is important to remember that our teachers are important. World Teachers Day is one day that is dedicated to them and the things that the do to our children. Expanding our children’s minds while nurturing their hearts as well.

4 Amazing Ways to Discipline Kids

Here are some really great but easy tips for parents on how to discipline their kids. The key to great parenting is to be consistent, follow through established rules, show respect and remain calm.

In the video, Dr. Ari Brown of Parenting Magazine advises moms to: First, teach a child natural consequence which involves choosing the punishment that fits his behavior.

Second is to ignore attention-seeking behaviors. If a child can’t get a reaction from you, he’ll stop doing it. Next is to give him choices so he would be more willing to cooperate. And lastly, use time-out because it actually work.

Remember, there is no overnight solution to bad behavior. Make sure to be patient and to follow through these tips.

Don’t forget to share this awesome video!

The baby can even speak them out loud! You just have to see this! This baby is asked to pick up words off the ground that Dad tells him to pick up.

The baby picks up the word and reads the word on the card out loud. May not be considered full reading, however recognizing a word and being able to speak it at this young age is an advanced great achievement.

Here’s what the parents said on YouTube, “This is a new game we play with Torin. He is 16 1/2 months old now (3-13-2010) and he learned all the words in the Your Baby Can Read program a few months ago.

I have made him new cards to continue his language development and everyday he learns 1-5 new words!” Check this out!

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Today I spoke to my neighbor, who home-schools her 5 year old, about homeschooling. It has come to my attention that a lot of parents in different parts of the world are thinking of homeschooling their children, but they do not fully understand why (and if) it is required in the first place. Here are a few common reasons why some parents decide to home-school their children:

Less Stress

Everyday parents often dedicate hours and hours on homework after their child returns from school; however, re-teaching exactly the same thing their children learned in the morning can be exhausting and frustrating for both the parent and the child. After a long day of work and school, children long to go home to relax and spend time with their family. If family time also means revisions and multiplications, your child will quickly get bored and you will eventually resent the intrusion into what used to be your family time.

No Violence

No parent likes their child to be bullied and that’s another reason why parents opt for home-school. The escalated violence in elementary, middle and high school worries many parents – sometimes other children carry guns and knives in school to show off or scare other children. If school isn’t the issue, it’s probably the environment – if violence and crime have saturated your environment, you will feel the need to react in a way that your child remains safe while you still have time.

Family Values

If your child spends almost 8 hours outside home, you might wonder if he/she understands your family values, traditions and religious beliefs clearly. We all know that children grow and become inspiring people if they have a strong foundation, which is hard to build if they mix with other children in an institutional setting. Not those other children may bring in bad influence, but they will certainly not be able to cultivate your family values. Some parents argue that making their child aware of their values and tradition is best done when they’re young. In this case, homeschooling encourages strong beliefs, resulting in matured adults.

Academic Progress

We all know that every child is different and each develops in her own way and in her own time. School curriculums are designed for specific age groups, ignoring this important notion. What happens then is that one child may pass and the other may fail simply because she didn’t have her time to learn certain skills – resulting in slow academic progress. Children who fall behind in classes will start to either ignore lessons completely or show extreme signs of stress. Homeschooling allows a child to learn in her own way without pressuring her and gives you ample opportunity to spend time with her.

Unmatched Schedules

There are times when parents have to relocate to other countries which force them to transfer their children from one school to the other. Sometimes family work or certain activity schedules don’t match with school schedules – resulting in constant school absence. Single parents or those who frequently travel prefer to home-school their children so that neither their work nor their child’s education is compromised.

When you have no choice…

Sometimes no matter how much you want your children to go to school, you remain with no choice but to home-school them. The reasons could be anything from financial instability to no school availability, health problems or disabilities.

Child Behavior Problems

Sometimes parents face a different issue altogether – child behavior. If you feel that your child has social issues and does not like being in a crowd, sending her to school will only make matters worse. These children are bright, no doubt, but sending them to school may increase their fear and make them shy and numb to anything others say. Often these children are exposed to bullying and swearing, ultimately making them feel that’s the only way to get around.

What you need to keep in mind is that no matter what your reasons are, if they’re best for your family right now, your reasons are valid no matter what people tell you. Homeschooling is all about meeting your child’s needs the way your child wants and if no school is able to give you that, and you’re willing to give it a try, you might actually enjoy homeschooling your already smiling child!

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Sometimes, a simple gesture can go a long way and it definitely did for this single dad.

On Valentine’s day, the single dad went out on a date with none other than his own daughter. Across the table was a couple who was impressed with the way the man treated his young one.

They sent him a note complimenting his parenting skills and decided to pay for their dinner.

The single dad was so overjoyed that he teared up a little bit when he read the note. The emotional dad decided to put up a photo of the note on imgur and thanked the couple for their kind gesture.

Read more of the story in the page. It’s’ a wonderful emotional story!

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3 Most Common Positions for Breastfeeding

In many countries breastfeeding a way of life. In some places like the US, mothers have the choice between feeding from the breast and formula from a bottle. Many mother’s desire to breastfeed but many feel completely lost when it comes to what to do and where to go.

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Positions

Something that is important to learn are the positions for breastfeeding. Learning which is the best hold for you and your baby. There are three positions that are most common.

  • Cradle Position. This is one of the most common positions that mothers use when breastfeeding. This position cradles the head of your baby into the crook of your arm. You can hold the baby in your lap, or place a pillow on your lap and then the baby on top of that.
  • Football Hold. This is also called the clutch hold. As the name of the position says, you will hold your baby like a football. Place a pillow on your lap, and hold the baby with her face laying on the pillow placing your nipple in their mouth.
  • Side-Lying Position. This is a position that requires a bed to use. Laying on your side while placing your baby on their side. Position their head at your nipple. With this position it is important to place belly to belly.

One of the most important things to remember when breastfeeding is that no one does it perfect. Everyone has their own style. It is important to ensure that when you are breastfeeding you are comfortable and that it doesn’t hurt. Remember that when it hurts you need to change positions.

OK….let me start this off by asking a simple question. If you have no kids…and you are out at a store or restaurant and you see a baby (2-year old) acting out of control or crying violently…would you immediately think to yourself…”you know what…I’m NEVER having kids after seeing that behavior!”? Or if you do have kids…would you vow to never have more??

While many of you would laugh at such a notion of making a blanket knee-jerk reaction to what most would acknowledge as “typical” behavior that happens with some 2 year olds, their are also some who might react very differently.

Which brings us to the news that ‘The Onion‘ has just recently reported. News that we KNOW is going to generate a lot of controversy regarding the behavior of young kids or babies, that you may not believe.

At least 6 different couples have made the decision to no longer have kids. Why? Because of a little 2 year old baby. That’s right….a 2 year old. But there is more.

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Teething Has Many Symptoms

TeethingUp until now, you have had a sweet smiling bundle of joy. Then overnight things change. It seems like that gentle exterior crumbled and now you are dealing with a baby that will not stop crying, drooling everywhere, and biting everything. Take comfort there is a simple reason your baby is doing this, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

The light at the end of the tunnel comes in knowing that these are symptoms of a solvable situation. Those symptoms come from teething. Teething is something that every baby will go through between the ages of 4 months and 3 years. These symptoms do not last the entire time thankfully.

Physical Symptoms

Symptoms come in many different ways; however, all of them mean the same thing. Each baby offers pre-symptoms. These are the signs that babies give parents to let them know that it is about time to grow teeth.

Some of the symptoms are

  • Chewing – This can include the bottle or breast nipple. Commonly this will help to relieve the pressure on the gums.
  • Tugging on their ears, or rubbing their eyes.
  • Crying is a response to all the pain that they are in.
  • Fasting – Not eating is a common system because the motion of sucking causes pain.
  • Drooling can cause a rash around the mouth.
  • Sleeping troubles come from the gum pain.
  • Bleeding gums can happen as the teeth begin to break through.

Expressive Symptoms

There are several symptoms that your little one exhibits that are emotional and not physical. Many babies tend to become a bit dependent during this time. As parents, we can note when something is off with our darlings.

It is important to remember that not all babies with getting all the symptoms. Some babies have very few symptoms; however, others end up with a lot of them. Another thing to note is that your child will not have these symptoms for the next two years. Teething is not a constant situation, symptoms come when teeth show, and then subside until the next teeth approach.

When parents are polite, kind and honest, they develop a path for their children to follow — parents who follow simple rules of etiquette naturally end up with well-mannered children…  Read the rest of this entry

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