We at Jolly Fun House Playschool love the holiday season! Everything just feels magical…the twinkling lights, how we can see our breath in the cold air, the slower days, the holiday music, the food, crafting, and of course, seeing all this joy through our children’s eyes. We encourage making annual holiday traditions for your family. You don’t have to do what other families do but do what works for your family and what is special to all of you.
It can be difficult breaking your little one from the tv habit or addiction. Many parents opt to let their child watch a little tv here and there which, at first, is harmless but overtime can cause more harm than good. Over time, children tend to want to watch more and more tv and as parents, we want to please our children and it “buys” us more time to get things done around the home. Unfortunately, more tv doesn’t help your child’s development, behavior, or sleep.
It’s hard on everyone when the it’s cold or rainy out and doesn’t make it the ideal weather to play outside in! But don’t fret parents. We’ve compiled a list of fun things to do indoors to keep your little ones entertained! Also, it’s ok for your children to experience boredom at times. They don’t need to be entertained from the moment they wake to the moment they go to sleep at night – In fact, in periods of boredom is when their imaginations can be more creative! It’s important for children to learn to entertain themselves at times too by playing with each or simply self-directed play.
Shy and sensitive work interchangeably in this blog post. Many parents become concerned when their child isn’t overly outgoing or talkative. When a child is sensitive or cautious, many can think the child is fearful, fragile, weak, or lacking confidence or social skills and this simply isn’t the case. Let’s delve right into this topic.
It’s that time of year again! Children are heading back to school (why does Summer come and go so quickly?) and starting a new routine. With the fun of summer and late nights playing outdoors coming to an end, it’s imperative to get your child back into a healthy bedtime routine so that he or she is refreshed and alert for each new day of learning and growth!
Have you heard of RIE training? It seems to be growing in understanding but many parents are still not familiar with it. We love the principles of RIE training – the focus is respecting children from the moment they are born and continuing respect for them as they grow. From the youngest of babes, he or she is a unique human that is to be respected, and never treated as an object.
Gardening is a naturally therapeutic activity that many enjoy. But it’s something that must be learned and what better time to teach children than when they are young! Teaching your child about gardening and how to garden will bond you both in a new way and add another element of fun all while teaching your child about the nature.
It seems to be harder and harder to spend one-on-one time with your spouse or child(children) in this fast-paced world we are living in. But if life is so fast-paced that you or your spouse is finding it difficult to find quality time to spend with each other or your family, it may be time to reevaluate the family schedule.
When your child has a nightmare, it can be quite unsettling for you and him or her. It’s even harder to understand when your child isn’t at the age yet to be able to communicate what has distressed him or her in the middle of the night. When your toddler wakes disturbed from deep sleep, it’s most commonly from teething, not feeling well or becoming sick, or from a nightmare or night terror.
It’s amazing how quickly toddlers can turn a once clean area of the home into a complete mess like a tornado just touched down! They aren’t making messes to annoy their parents (though it may seem that way), but because it’s fun to them and it also allows them to have everything close by and in view.
Milk is important for all babies and children to drink. Luckily, there are many options for children of early childhood and older! Every child doesn’t respond well to cows’ milk. Some babies have trouble latching, while others are allergic to something in their mom’s breastmilk. Other babies can’t tolerate formula and can only drink breastmilk. An older child may be allergic to cows’ milk and need a dairy-free substitute like almond milk or soy milk. Whatever the situation is, each child still needs milk in some form or another.
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.
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!
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!