Minimizing Video Game Playing Time

Minimizing Video Game Playing Time

Kids just love video games! They always have. It’s a fun fantasy world for them to enter and be a part of…sometimes for hours on end. That is the big problem though. It’s not healthy for a child to play video games – staring at a screen blankly – for hours on end. Many parents agree but are not sure how to tackle this problem of video game overload.

Help your Child Fall in Love with Reading

We all know that reading is a benefit to all areas of one’s life. Communication and spelling is better as well as thinking creatively – an imagination can really run wild when delving into a great book! Unfortunately, many parents struggle getting their child to learn to fall in love with reading. But it really is not that difficult. Follow some of these great tips and we know your child will desire reading on a more regular basis!

How to Stop Your Child’s Nose Picking Habit

Nose picking is neither cute nor clean. In fact, any time a parent sees his or her child with a finger up the nostril it’s always quite a shocking thing to see. “Get your finger out of your nose!” is quite a common response. But most children will continue to pick their nose even though they’re scolded to stop. Why does this happen? And is there any way to stop it? Don’t lose hope, parents!

Yoga for Children

Yoga is such an amazing practice. It is calming, strengthening, and centering all at once. Many adults practice yoga but did you know yoga is also safe for children to practice? Though yoga started off in India as a religious practice, many Americans now practice yoga – and it does not have to be centered around religion. Many types of yoga don’t incorporate religious chants or practices so parents need not be concerned about this. Yoga connects mind and body in a system of physical exercises that builds strength, flexibility, and confidence without putting strain on the body. It’s a great strength-building exercise that also calms the mind. Perfect for children with their never-ending energy!

From Seedlings to Sprouted Plants

It may not feel like it at the moment, but spring is right around the corner! Have you thought about teaching your child how to plants seeds and tend to them as they sprout and become plants? Now is the perfect time to get started! You can start with planting and sprouting seeds indoors, and when the weather gets warmer, the sprouted plants can be transplanted into an outdoor garden. Children love to learn new things, and planting flowers, fruits, and vegetables are no exception!

Sweet & Healthy Treats the Whole Family Will Love!

Don’t most people get a sweet tooth from time to time for yummy treats like brownies and ice cream? These desserts are rich, creamy, and downright delicious…not to mention extremely unhealthy and full of fat, calories, and unrefined sugar! So how can families still enjoy dessert after dinner or the occasional sweet treat without feeling lethargic or guilty afterwards? We’ve taken a couple of America’s favorite sweet treats and have provided recipes to make healthy alternatives the whole family will enjoy…in fact, your family probably won’t know how healthy the treats are – They taste that good!

Household Dangers for Toddlers

As parents, we all want to keep our homes as “safety proof” as possible especially when there are little mobile ones moving around. We’ve written a checklist of “danger zones” throughout the home to keep your child as safe as possible in any room of the house.

  • Kitchen Magnets on the Refrigerator: Toddlers can reach little magnets placed low on the refrigerator and put them in their mouths and potentially choke. We don’t recommend placing them higher either out of their little grasps. Instead, get rid of all small magnets that could accidentally be ingested by your young child.

  • Kitchen Appliances: Children can get their fingers caught in the dishwasher, they can get burned on a stove that is/was recently on, or cut themselves on sharp objects. There are special locks you can place on dishwashers, washers, dryers, ovens, etc. to keep your child safe. Maybe make a family rule that young ones can’t be in the kitchen alone (or any room for that matter) if they’re too little to understand the dangers that can come with touching something he or she shouldn’t be.

  • Kitchen Utensils: Keep kitchen utensils like sharp knives, can openers, and other items away from little children by locking them up in a cabinet or drawer that they can’t get into.

  • Cleaning Supplies in the Kitchen, Laundry Room, or Bathroom: No matter where you keep your household cleaning supplies, make sure they are out of reach of your small child’s grasp. Most contain harmful toxins and can also burn the skin so we recommend locking them up in a storage closet.

  • Bookcases in any Room of the House: A bookcase, even a heavy one, can fall on a small child if the child is reaching for a book or decides it might be fun to climb the shelves (they don’t know any better when little!). To avoid this happening, secure bookcases and bookshelves securely and safely to the wall with brackets and make sure every few months that they are in place and not loose.

  • Bathroom Razors and Grooming Scissors/Tweezers: Small children don’t know that these grooming appliances are dangerous and can cut or puncture them. Keep them in a locked cabinet or drawer (including all medicine that most typically store in the bathroom for easy access).

  • Bathroom Toilet or Tub: A small child can drown in just a few inches of water so never leave your young child unattended to in the bathroom. If he or she is using the toilet, sit in there with them and read them a book or talk, and never leave your child in the tub for even a few seconds to grab something or answer the phone. We recommend putting a latch on the toilet seat to make it nearly impossible for a young child to open alone and make sure every family member remembers to close the toilet seat cover after each use. Make a cute reminder note and stick it on the door or mirror so everyone remembers to shut the lid! Safety first!

  • Outlet Plugs: Plug each outlet in the house so little fingers can’t be inquisitive and stick them in a power source! They make plugs that are difficult for small children to remove.

  • Plastic Bags: Put all grocery plastic bags (including Zip Lock bags) in a high cabinet that your small child can’t get into. Many small children think plastic bags are toys and can put them over their heads not knowing any better, without knowing how to take them off.

We hope these simple tips help make your home a safer place for your young toddler. These are such simple solutions but can truly keep your child so safe! Rest assured in your home knowing you have taken the time to make your home “child-proof!”

Helmet Safety 101

Regardless if your child rides a bike, pursues around the yard or driveway on a scooter, roller-skates or rollerblades on the sidewalk or at the park, snowboards, or skis, we highly recommend he or she wear a helmet while partaking in any of these activities. Wearing a helmet seriously reduces the risk of having a serious head injury if your child falls – so don’t delay.

Babies, Children, and Hearing Loss

Hearing is vital to the development and quality of life for babies and children. They literally soak up information by hearing the world around them – By hearing others speak and communicate, being read to, learning to speak, hearing music and learning rhythm…the list goes on and on. So what can be done for children that experience hearing loss at a very young age? Read on to learn the facts of hearing loss in babies and children and what can be done to help them.

How to Encourage Loving Sibling Relationships

It’s common, almost expected, for sisters and brothers to argue here and there. But wouldn’t it be amazing if children could learn at an early age how to respect each other and be kind to each other without getting in fights and arguments? If your children have frequent battles more often than not, we encourage you to read this blog to help you heal and repair their squabbling relationship. After all, kindness starts at home and that doesn’t mean just between parents and children…but with siblings being kind to each other as well.

The Art of Conversation

Isn’t it interesting that as young children enter kindergarten, some children have double the vocabulary of other children in their class? It isn’t that the children who know more words are smarter – It means that they learned a larger vocabulary of words, the definitions of the words, and how to use them properly in conversational sentences. It’s never too early for parents and caregivers to start teaching young children new words. When a child is learning to talk, that is the time to start incorporating new words and definitions. Not only does a child have a larger speaking vocabulary when he or she knows more words, but this also greatly improves his or her thinking skills and better prepares the child for learning how to read.

Toys to Avoid Buying this Holiday Season

The holidays are such a wonderful time for children and adults alike. Other than wonderful family time and delicious food enjoyed by all, children receive fun presents that they’ve waited all year for and parents get to experience seeing the happiness in their children’s faces as they light up over all the cool new toys they are blessed with. As joyous as this time is, it’s important for parents and all adults to be aware of toy danger. Not all toys sold are safe so we will delve into what toys to avoid buying for little ones this holiday season.

Most Common Toy Dangers Include:

Wrong Toy for the Wrong Age – It’s important to pay attention to the permitted age labeled on each toy box. Toys that may be safe for older children (for example, 10+ years of age) are extremely dangerous for little ones to play with. Please be aware of suggested age labels before buying toys for children.

Small Parts In/On Toys – Tiny or small toys with small removable parts can be swallowed by young children and become stuck in their windpipe, ears, or nose. Avoid giving gifts to small children that may be a choking hazard. Avoid squeaky toys too because the squeaker can be removed from certain toys and swallowed as well. Also avoid toys that have small pellets, sand, magnets, or batteries as young children can be in harm’s way with these materials as well.

Sharp Edges On Toys – Avoid toys with sharp edges which children can accidentally hurt themselves or others with. Make sure the toys are made well so that the edges don’t crack, exposing sharp edges as well.

Sharp Points on Toys – In addition to toys that may not be built sturdily and break exposing sharp points that can cause harm to children, avoid buying toys for children that have sharp points. If purchasing a doll or a toy for child that has accessories pinned to it, remove all pins before allowing the child to play with it.

Electric Toys – All electronic toys need to be used with caution. Most electric toys are recommended for older children and need to be used properly and in the correct safety conditions. Children (of the correct age requirements) must be taught how to use electronic toys safely before using. We recommend having adult supervision when children play with electric toys.

Loud Noises – Certain toys can reach such high noise levels that they can damage hearing. Read all warnings and labels on the boxes before using and make sure children use these toys appropriately and in the presence of a responsible adult.

Following these toy precautions will truly make this holiday season enjoyable and wonderful for all. Happy Holidays!

Keeping Our School “Germ-Free”

Every year around this time when children are more prone to getting sick with the weather changing, we like to remind parents about our illness guidelines. It’s important for us to keep our school environment as “germ-free” as possible so here are some things to consider when considering sending your sick child to school. Of course, we always recommend not sending your sick child to school to prevent it from spreading to other children and faculty. Without proper rest, your child may become sick or take longer to get better.

First and foremost, if your child becomes ill, please notify us at Jolly Fun House Playschools. We require a parent to keep us up-to-date on the nature of the illness. If your child has a contagious disease, he or she may not return to school days without a cleared and signed note from a physician/pediatrician.

When deciding if your child is sick enough to stay home from school, consider the following guidelines:

  1. Always check your child’s temperature. If it is higher than 100 degrees, he or she should absolutely stay home from school and rest. Then your child may not return to school until the child has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without medicine in his or her system and as long as they don’t have a contagious disease in addition to the fever.

  2. If your child has yellowish-green drainage or has a hacking and deep cough, please do not send your child to school.

  3. If your child’s ear/ears ache or have drainage coming from one or both ears, please do not send your child to school.

  4. Sore throats or white spots on the back of the throat are more than likely a sign of strep throat or a contagious viral infection. We recommend a doctor’s visit and not coming to school.

  5. Please have your child stay home if he or she is vomiting or has diarrhea.

  6. If your child has a rash or hives, please consult a doctor and do not send your child to school unless cleared by a doctor.

  7. If your child has “pinkeye,” also known as conjunctivitis, please don’t send your child to school. This type of eye infection is a highly contagious disease and spreads very quickly from person to person.

Please note that we reserve the right to send any child home from school that we feel may be too ill to be in school and that can spread illness to others around him or her. We will call any authorized names and numbers you have provided for us that can pick up your child when sick. We also ask to have the name and phone of your child’s physician in case we need to call the medical office.

We hope all parents will understand that we take each child’s health very seriously and our number one goal is to keep our children safe, happy, and healthy. Thank you for helping us with this, parents!

Airplane Traveling with Little Ones

Any kind of traveling with young children can be stressful on parents but when you add flying to the mix, you never know what you’re going to get with children! Many parents get stressed out just thinking about upcoming travels and we don’t blame you! It can be quite stressful! With the holidays just around the corner, we thought we’d give you some tips on traveling with your children to make it as stress-free for you (and them) as possible.

Teaching Your Child Two Languages at a Young Age

Does your family speak two languages but you’re not sure what the best way is to teach your child both languages without confusion? It’s actually much easier than you think and it is a huge benefit to the child to learn and know more than one language. As your child learns English in school, it is recommended to speak your home language as much as possible at home and with other family members to maintain the integrity of your family’s language.

Halloween Safety Starts at Home!

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away! It is a very fun time for children and parents alike but it also is a holiday that needs to be taken very seriously as well as this can be a day that many children are at risk for being in danger in more ways than one. We’re not trying to deflate the fun out of Halloween but all parents need to be aware of keeping children safe during this season of Halloween with pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and stranger awareness, and safe costume attire.

Signs of Autism in Children

Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a developmental disability that can cause language and social problems in addition to behavioral problems. ASD can vary greatly from child to child and the symptoms can be different amongst each child as well. We are still learning a great deal about autism, what it stems from, and how to treat it but there are warning signs and signals to look out for when your child is growing and developing. The sooner autism is diagnosed, the sooner your child can begin receiving special help and education to assist in his or her development.