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All about Parenting Toddlers, Issue #026 - Ten Ways to Get Your Kids to Talk to You
June 02, 2004
Shaping the life of your precious onesAll about Parenting Toddlers
2nd June 2004
Welcome to another issue of All about Parenting Toddlers . This month, we will be celebrating Father's Day. To all the fathers out there, have a very Blessed Father's Day.
In This Issue:
1. Ten Ways to Get Your Kids to Talk to You
Parents can often be frustrated by their kids’ unwillingness to share their lives with them. Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, there will be times when it’s difficult to “break through” and find out what‘s really going on.
Here are ten ideas on how to create opportunities for your kids to open up and share their lives with you.
1. Don't try so hard to get them to talk.
2. Slow down your own life and be available.
3. Engage in a physical activity that they enjoy.
4. Be as non-judgmental as possible.
5. Use open-ended questions.
6. Use the car as a place for conversation.
7. Reflect back what you hear from them.
8. Talk to them while they're coloring, painting, or drawing.
9. Provide opportunities for fun and excitement.
10. Be a friend as well as a parent.
Wish you could work from *home* and spend more time with your toddler/young children? Here are
some of the things you could do right from the comfort of your home …..
Playgroups enable parents to socialise and seek support from other parents in the neighbourhood. More working parents are setting up playgroups during weekends. Even fathers are getting involved in their children’s playgroups.
Children learn through play; they become explorers, inventors and educators. When children play together, they are both learners and teachers to one another. Play offers children the opportunity to be part of a group, to gain individual success from the success of the whole group.
In playgroups, parents are required to work together to create developmentally-appropriate activities for their children. Most children who participate in playgroups are under four years old. Sometimes, older siblings do join in playgroups when they are not attending kindergarten.
A good playgroup provides a positive environment where children can experiment with dry and wet sand, engage in painting, pouring water, rolling playdough, building blocks and playing with a wide variety of table toys. They can play imaginatively in the pretend play corner or follow a storytelling session. Or they can look at books, sing along, or chat with interested adults about anything and everything.
The parents of the playgroup share responsibility in setting up the playgroup and cleaning up. Every parent and child would take turns to provide snacks and drinks for the group. Playgroups help young children to develop friendships, and enable parents to support and encourage each other.
As parenting can be a frustrating job, playgroups give new parents a chance to voice their concerns to sympathetic ears. The sharing and caring that goes on in playgroups, helps new parents realise that they are doing a good job.
Many parents learn a great deal about their children’s development and parenting styles from interacting with others in playgroups. They learn to be more understanding towards their children’s development in later years.
Here are some ideas to consider before setting up a playgroup:
Setting up a playgroup
Looking for participants
Right time to meet
Where to meet
If you need great gifts ideas for Dad, check out Discovery Store’s Father's Day Gift Guide.
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