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Sunday, October 14th, 2012
Returning to work and leaving your child in the care of relative strangers for the majority of the day is a very difficult situation for any parent to deal with, but it’s one that’s made dramatically more painful when the child in question is hysterically clinging to you. Instinctively, you want to protect your child and eliminate the source of his pain; something you can’t easily do when you must report to work. Managing an emotional meltdown and dealing with the resultant guilt is by no means easy, but there are some steps you can take to minimize both your child’s anxiety and your own remorse.
While almost all children will suffer from some sort of separation anxiety when they’re thrust into a new situation, the vast majority adjust fairly quickly. If your child isn’t showing any signs of growing accustomed to his new routine, it may be time to discuss the matter with his pediatrician.
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
Using technology to help kids learn the fundamentals of math is easier than ever, thanks to the powerful device that many modern parents carry in their pocket every day. Apple’s wildly popular iPhone and the dazzling array of applications available in the App Store provide parents and caregivers a variety of options for helping their little ones master the early concepts of counting, simple addition and subtraction, and other basic mathematic equations. These 10 are among the best math apps for small children, and are all available in the App Store.
The most powerful teaching apps in the world can’t compete with a loving, attentive parent or caregiver. While these apps are great for educational, on-the-go diversions, they’re also great tools for parents and children to use together. Exploring basic math skills will give your child a head start on academic success, and provide you with quality time to spend together in the process!
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Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Whether you’re a parent, professional childcare provider or an occasional caregiver, taking care of children can be a challenge. Even seasoned veterans can sometimes find themselves at a loss, in need of advice from someone with a slightly different perspective from their own. Just as parents and caregivers in days gone by relied upon one another for childcare tips and hints, those in charge of children today can turn to the global village created by the Internet and the blogosphere. These 30 blog entries offer helpful advice and hints when it comes to caring for children.
Despite her diminutive size, an infant can be one of the most intimidating people in the world. Newborns and young babies require very special care to ensure their safety and wellbeing, which can be daunting to those who have limited experience caring for them. These five blogs are valuable resources for newborn and infant care advice.
When toddlers begin to walk and become verbal, they begin to present an entirely new challenge. While the days of supporting fragile necks and fears of SIDS have passed, the prospect of chasing an active toddler and capturing her attention can be equally nerve-wracking. When you’re not sure where to turn for toddler care advice, these five blogs may have just what you’re looking for.
Elementary school, homework and extracurricular activities become a major part of many kids’ lives. Learning to manage their time, the stress of their obligations, and their behavior isn’t always a simple process for elementary-aged kids, but these five blogs can help their parents and caregivers guide them along the right path.
With junior high school comes peer pressure, bullying, acting out and the potential for a host of brand new challenges. These five blogs tackle the very real challenges that parents and caregivers of tween boys and girls face in today’s world.
Special Needs Care
Each child with special needs has her own challenges to face and needs assistance in different areas than her peers. Tailoring your parenting or childcare approach to those needs is imperative if she’s to thrive, and these five blogs can help parents or care providers with limited experience in such areas learn new hints and tips so that all of those needs are met.
Disobedience and Misbehavior
There are as many methods for dealing with disobedience and misbehavior as there are individual caregivers, though most would agree that some of those methods are far from ideal. When the child under your care exhibits poor behavior or defiance, these five blogs might help you find the best way to connect with him and correct that behavior.
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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
After watching movies like Hunger Games and Brave many kids are taking a sudden interest in archery. Young children may be asking for archery lessons, bow and arrows, and to have their birthday party hosted at an archery range. Parents may be willing to indulge this new interest, but are unsure when it is appropriate to buy a real bow versus a toy one. Consider a few of these things when you are thinking about letting your kids take up archery.
Age: According to Ken Colgrove from Full Draw Archery in Omaha, Nebraska, the best time to get kids involved in archery is between the ages of 5 to 7. He feels that if kids start young they will be more likely to stick with it for a lifetime. Kids can start later than this, but often older kids are already involved in several activities and don’t really have time to add something else to their already hectic schedule.
Price: Bow kits for beginners start at around $20 and can go up to over $400. The more expensive kits have high quality compound bows instead of the basic recurve bow set. Most kits come with practice arrows as well. Depending on the archery range you go to, there may also be leagues and classes offered, and the prices will vary by location.
Longevity: Archery has been around for almost as long as humans. Archery became a sport in 1879 when the first archery tournament was held and the NAA (The National Archery Association) was founded. Archery first appeared in the Olympics in 1900, but was removed after the 1920 Olympic Games because there was a lack of consistency in the rules. Archery did not make another appearance in the Olympics until 1972 in Munich, Germany. Interest in archery has gained popularity thanks to popular culture movies. Katniss in Hunger Games, Marida in Pixar’s Brave, and even Susan in Chronicles of Narnia all feature strong females that are very talented with a bow. Girls seem to be identifying with these strong female characters, which is sparking their desire to get involved. Boys are also enjoying these movies, and like the idea of shooting an arrow. There are two more movies coming out in the Hunger Games trilogy, so it’s likely that archery will stay popular for at least a few more years.
Opportunity: Check around at your local YMCA or YWCA for archery classes. Ask at your local sporting goods store or archery range to see if there are archery leagues for kids to join. Check online to see if there are any archery clubs in your area. Boy scouts and girl scouts learn archery, as do many 4H members. JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) has groups in every state, so they may be of some help as well. If you don’t find any clubs in your area then you might consider starting one.
Not just for hunting: Archery isn’t just for hunting, it’s also a sport that can be a great option for a child who is not interested in traditional sports. To excel at archery you need to learn patience, focus and perseverance. Archers are independent, and target shooting gives immediate feedback – either you hit the target or you didn’t. There’s no need to wait around to hear from the coach. Archery can be a great hobby and, if there’s an interest, can also be used for hunting. There are special hunting seasons reserved just for bow hunters.
Archery at school: Schools have been teaching archery for decades, but about 10 years ago National Archery in the Schools instated a program to train teachers in archery and encourage schools to teach archery in PE classes by offering discounted equipment to the schools. This year more than 2 million students will experience archery in gym class.
If your kids show an interest in archery, explore your options. Check to see if you have an archery range near you and if they offer classes. Archery can be a fun way for parents and children to enjoy a hobby together.
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