Tips for Parents
Ten Handy Tips for Parents
1. Make your child feel important
Find a simple task that your child can do to help the household and see how important they feel. You could try asking them to set the table each day, put the pots away or tidy up the shoes. Not only will these tasks help your child to feel responsible, it will build their self esteem too.
2. Get down to your child’s level
Kneeling or squatting down can make communication much easier as your child will find it easier to focus on what you are saying and pay attention. You will also find it easier to tune in to what they are thinking and feeling
3. Encourage play
Play helps guide emotional, social, language, physical and intellectual maturity. Getting involved in your child’s play can help you to build a positive relationship.
4. Say no and mean it
When you say no to your child and then change your mind when they get upset or angry, you are telling them that their whining works. They are then more likely to do the same thing next time, thinking they will get what they want in the end.
Being consistent creates a secure and predictable environment for your child.
5. Get ready for writing
Before your child learns to write, it’s important that they start to build up muscles in their upper body, particularly their arms and fingers. Pulling, pinching and shaping play doh is fantastic for building up strength!
6. Develop an interest in reading
Get your child interested in words by pointing out writing whenever and wherever you see it. Read stories and rhymes to your child and encourage them to handle books.
7. Encourage movement
Movements big and small are important for physical growth. Try dancing to music, throwing and catching a ball or reaching for toys.
8. Understanding numbers
When a child starts school they will usually know a few numbers that are important to them, such as their age and dinner time! You can encourage an early interest in maths by looking at numbers on buses and houses, or by encouraging your child to pair socks and separate laundry.
9. Encourage independence
Encourage your child to have a go at safe tasks. Praise them for having a go at getting dressed, even if their top is on back to front! When at the park, show them how to use the equipment safely, but let them take little risks (such as going down the bigger slide). Building independence will help your child feel confident for when they go to school.
10. Toilet Training
Buy a potty and put it in a room where you and your child spend a lot of time. Get into a routine, perhaps encouraging your child to sit on the potty each hour. Praise your child for sitting on the potty and start encouraging them to ask for it during the day.
Praise all efforts and avoid punishing your child for any accidents.