How to engage your Toddler at Home ?

    

If I want it, its mine

If I give it to you and change my mind later,

Its mine

If I can take it away from you, its mine.

If I had it a while age, its mine.

If its mine, it will never belong to anyone

else no matter what.

If we are building something together,

All the pieces are mine.

If it looks just like mine, it is mine.


This appeared in the Syndicate Weekly newspaper article ‘Families Today’ by T Berry Brazelton and is a humorous reminder of normal toddler behavior.


We all have tried to engage toddlers in meaningful activities at home. In this article we would like to provide you with some insight on how to present any activity to a young child.


A toddler may resist an activity one day and then welcome the same activity on another day. We need to be flexible and supportive while working with toddlers.


Remember, children imitate what adults do.


We all know this, but forget it while working with them. For example, when you want to teach your child how to carry a glass, you cannot expect him to understand that you can carry one glass in each hand while he should carry one glass with two hands. Children cannot understand expectations, they only do what they see.


Break things down into simple, orderly steps and verbalize what you are doing.


While tidying up a room, pick up the towel first, then the clothes and lastly the toys. Also, say, ‘I am picking up the towel.’ This will teach the child sequencing and help him to break the process of tidying up in a logical manner which will make it easier to for him to understand.


Introduce only one activity at a time.


Do not try to do too many things together, take it slow. Once the activity becomes a part of the child’s routine, then present the next exercise. Just because you want to reach a goal, do not rush to get things done.


In the next few articles, we will be illustrating simple activities that you can do with your toddler at home. I will also provide an insight into the benefits of these activities. In the meantime, try to implement the above rules and observe the changes.


Parenting tips — preparations for sending kids to school on a rainy day

                                 


All of us have fond memories of the monsoons and rains from our childhood — unplanned school holidays, splashing in muddy puddles, or simply getting wet in rain, sitting home with friends and siblings and having a lot of fun. Similarly, your little one will also love the rains and monsoon season, the fresh new leaves on the trees, that nice smell of the wet soil. But with all the jubilant moments, the rainy season also accompanies with it humid weather, flooded roads, mosquitoes, and different types of diseases, etc. With a little care and precaution you can let your children enjoy this beautiful season and also keep them safe from diseases.


Cold and flu are the most common diseases occurring in this season. Whenever you go out in the rainy season ensure to carry the rain coat or an umbrella along with you and for both you and your child, it will save you both, from the rain. You should also keep in mind a certain things before buying the rain coat for your child:


1.Think About the season your child will use the raincoat. If you are buying it to use during the colder months, a heavier, lined rain slicker is the best option. For spring, a lightweight, waterproof spring jacket is probably the best thing to invest in.


2.You Can also consider removable liners. The raincoats which come with removable liners can be used in different seasons.


3.Try To buy matching sets. Nowadays raincoats come with matching rain boots and umbrellas to make your children completely waterproof.


4.Buy A size that will fit your child in the coming few years. Children grow every year so you should buy raincoats at least a little bit big in size, from what they are wearing now so that it can be used in next year as well.


5.Let Your children try it on. You children will wear this coat at recess and on the playground, so make sure they can easily wear it on their selves and can move and play, otherwise they won’t put it on as it will deter them to play, move and walk.


Besides the above a few more things should also be kept in mind while sending kids to school on a rainy day:


1.If Possible first put their books in a plastic bag then keep it in their school bag, it will keep their books dry and safe.


2.Make Sure your kids carry handkerchief with them so that they can wipe the water on their hands while touching books and other things once they reach into classroom.


3.Tell Your children about the hazards of getting wet in rain so they should not leave their classrooms during rain.


4.Pack A healthy lunch in for their mid-day meal in a vacuum tight container so that it won’t get affected due to moisture and they will eat it properly in their lunch box.


5.If Possible give them boiled water after cooling in their water bottles so they won’t drink water from taps connected to tanks which might get bacteria in the rainy season.


6.As Soon as your children come back home from school in the rainy season try to bathe them in lukewarm water with a good antiseptic solution like dettol or savlon, which reduces the chances of germs affecting their skin.


7.In The rainy season try to keep children inside home and give them lots of fun learning toys, games, books, art & craft sets, do-it-yourself kits etc., which can keep them engaged and render non-stop fun and knowledge throughout the season.

Following the above measures will possibly keep your kids healthy in the rainy season and they can also enjoy the season very much