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Raising a confident kid - All about Parenting Toddlers , Issue #012
June 05, 2003
Shaping the life of your precious onesAll about Parenting Toddlers
5th June 2003
In This Issue:
1. Raising a confident kid
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Raising a confident kid
NURTURING your child’s confidence may seem like a heavy responsibility, yet it is crucial to his development. Children need confidence so that they can function well in society. They need to be able to stand up for themselves, speak up and be assertive, and be able to ask for help when they need it. Here are some tips on how you can boost your child’s confidence:
Assure him of your unconditional love
Spend time with him
Be reliable and consistent
Be generous with your praises
Be attentive when he speaks
This article is contributed by Asian-Family Living, a non-profit organisation which produces and netcasts community radio talk-shows on the Internet.
Teach Me, I'm Yours - by Joan Bramsch
Blocks of fun
Blocks are traditional open-ended toys that helps children to learn. Through block play, children learn basic skills and develop creativity.
Today, there are many types of blocks, made of plastic or wood, in different shapes and sizes. As children grow, their block play develops in many stages. This is one toy which will yield satisfying experiences for you and your child.
Infants love to hold the blocks, mouth them and throw them on the floor. When they become toddlers, they explore the properties of blocks by moving, touching, holding and feeling them instead of building with the blocks. They will load them on a wagon and pull them around or pack them up in boxes. Around the age of three, children like to stack the blocks in rows, either vertically or horizontally, repeating the same pattern over and over.
When they reach four years, children start building structures, especially bridges. Initially, the child will use two blocks and place them slightly apart. He will put one block between the two blocks. As he works on the concept of a bridge, his building structures will become more elaborate.
This is also the stage for the child to develop problem-solving skills by following certain building patterns or experimenting with various structures. Adult involvement can help the child to plan carefully and decide how he can build both horizontal and vertical enclosed structures.
To help children expand on their block play, parents can offer props that go with the topic of the block structure to facilitate imaginative play. All kinds of accessories such as hats, clothes, measuring tools, task cards, plastic animals, toy vehicles, traffic signs and flags, add to the fun of pretending.
Here are some suggestions to make the best of block play for your child at home:
Create space for block play
Follow your child’s lead
Talk about his block play
Children do not always have a plan in mind. By asking open-ended questions or encouraging your child to talk about his structures, you are helping him plan out what he intends to build.
Help your child develop problem-solving skills
You can help your child brainstorm some solutions. This is where you can offer an idea or two. Experiment with your child using the new ideas until one works. Remember to praise him when he succeeds. Tell him: “You have found one idea that works!”
It will help your child if you ask him to describe his problem. Let him identify what is challenging for him. Children need to be listened to so that they can talk about their thoughts and feelings. Practise active listening with your child. He will learn how to use certain words to describe his problems.
Document his play
Take notes of your child ’s emerging skills and mastered skills on paper. You can keep a diary of his block play. Before he can write, your child can dictate the stories that he made up during block play. When he can write the stories himself, let him record them in the diary. Just don ’t forget to write down the dates!
Confessions of a Crafty Mother of Three Young Children.
Sun Safety Tips for Healthy Skin
(ARA) - Though many Americans take precautions to protect their skin from damaging ultra violet rays during the warmer months of the year, many may not realize that the sun can be damaging year round.
“Americans young and old spend countless hours in the sun year round and may not realize the importance of wearing a good sunscreen daily,” says Julie McKenzie, Wal-Mart’s buyer of skincare products. “Whether playing with the kids in the backyard, walking the dog, or taking an extended car trip, protecting your skin from damaging rays year round is critical.”
As the prevalence of skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, McKenzie offers the following tips to ensure Americans are educated when it comes to skincare safety:
*Use sunscreen every day and reapply often, especially after perspiring, swimming, or drying off with a towel. Many people forget to reapply sunscreen as necessary.
*Always apply lotion prior to heading outdoors, even during the cooler months of the year.
*For adequate sun protection, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Sun Safety Alliance recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen year round with an SPF of at least 14. They also recommend an SPF of 30 for children.
*Follow the directions on the bottle and apply liberally and evenly over all areas of the body, while taking care not to miss the neck, ears, and lips.
*Look for newer products like Coppertone SPECTRA 3 sunscreen to add to the skincare arsenal. This lotion deflects UVA/UVB rays, scatters UV rays to enhance sunscreen’s efficiency, and absorbs UV rays before they reach the skin.
*To fully protect against harmful rays, always wear sunscreen, UV blocking sunglasses, tightly woven clothing like long-sleeved shirts and pants, and wide-brimmed hats.
*If possible, avoid the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
*Look for products that measure UVB radiation like SunSpots. These stickers are worn on skin exposed to sunlight and turn from yellow to orange when exposed to dangerous levels of UVB radiation. This will alert the user to reapply sunscreen, seek shade, or put on protective clothing.
*If being tan is an absolute must, consider using a sunless tanner like Coppertone Endless Summer Faces with Pro-Retinol.
Local discount retailers, like Wal-Mart, sell sunscreens, products that measure UVB radiation, and protective clothing, which includes long-sleeved t-shirts, wide-brimmed straw hats, and inexpensive UV-blocking sunglasses, year round.
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