My Child is Obsessed with Toys… What Shall I do?

When your child becomes 8 months, you’ll notice that he/she will gradually separate from their mother and show more interest in toys and other material items. At this stage, you may notice that your child is obsessed with a specific toy to the extent that they carry it to the nursery or even hold it during food time. So, why children are obsessed with these things and what does it mean?

Psychological experts point out that children feel secure when they carry some of their toys mainly if they are away from their parents. They feel psychological comfort if they familiar items when they are upset. This obsession is neither a medical problem nor a lack of parents’ emotional attachment towards their children. Rather, it’s a sign of the child’s emotional and cognitive development.

Although most children start to get rid of this habit when they are four years old, it’s important to control and mitigate the child’s excessive obsession with their toys through the following simple steps:

  • Choose your child’s toys carefully– make sure it’s appropriate and safe!
  • When your child gets older, you should start to explain the reasons why they cannot take the toy to the nursery, or why should they should avoid carrying toys while they eat.
  • When you feel that your child wants the toy, redirect their attention to something else, and then try to hide the toys so that they gradually forget them.
  • If your child wants their toy, try to hug them instead so that they feel secure. Parents should be the first source of safety and security for their children.

If your child’s obsessions is starting to get in the way of daily life and completing normal taks, it’s important to raise this point with your child’s teacher. While attachment to toys is normal, obsessive behavior should of course be monitored. We, at Little Academy Nursery, constantly communicate and cooperate with parents so that each child achieves their full ability and potential.

 

Spring Viruses– and how to beat them!

Spring is an exciting time of year when the weather starts to warm up more consistently. Accompanying the change in weather, however, is your child being more susceptible to viruses and colds. You might notice symptoms such as runny noses, coughing, fevers, congestion, or swelling.  These colds and viruses can sometimes be accompanied by skin allergies. We always urge you to visit your doctor to identify the symptoms and appropriate treatment, but here are a few preventative tips to keep your child healthy and happy during these changes in weather!

  • Ensure circulation of the air inside the house and continuous exposure of your child’s clothes and bedding to the sun.
  • Reducing going outside in dusty, stormy, and extremely hot days at the beginning of spring season.
  • Continuous washing of your child’s hands and body after a dusty day or being outdoors.
  • Increasing your child’s immunity through foods rich in vitamin C, such as citrus.

Finally, do not worry if you notice your child catching a cold or a virus more frequently during this time of year. The change in weather along with more frequent colds and viruses at nurseries and schools are the main cause of this. Be sure to take above advice, ensure cleanliness and healthy eating, and always consult your child’s physician regarding symptoms and appropriate treatment.

 

Step by Step… Get Your Child Accustomed Tidy Play!

We all know that life with a toddler is never boring– they keep you on your toes! But with all that fun comes a lot of cleanup. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re putting away toys just as your toddler dumps out a new box of toys to play with—the work of a parent is never done!

Thankfully, by the time toddlers are 3 or 4 years old, they are capable of helping put their toys away. The trick is to make the task manageable rather than overwhelming. Here are some tips to help teach your kids to clean up their messes.

  • Set a good example by explaining what you are doing while you clean up.
  • Use toy boxes without lids for your child for easy access.
  • Pick certain times of the day to clean up, for example: prior to transitioning to a new activity; before mealtime; or before leaving the house.

As morning snack approaches, give your toddler a 5 minute warning that playtime is almost finished and that he/she is going to need to clean up very soon. When the timer goes off, calmly tell your child to start picking up, and be as specific as possible: “It’s time to stop coloring, could you please put your supplies in the box for me?”

If possible, keep the job small or break it into easier chunks. Also, give a choice: “Do you want to put away the markers or the paint?” You are giving a choice between two things that need to be put away, and your child will feel like she is in control.

If, after 10-15 seconds, they aren’t winding down their play and starting to clean up, acknowledge their feelings and make the request again. Let them know what’s next: “I know you would rather keep coloring, but it’s time to put the markers away. When we’re done cleaning up we can have lunch. We’re having cheese sandwiches—your favorite!”

You might think it’s easier to just clean up after your child yourself—for sure it’s quicker! But cleaning up is an important life skill that will serve your children well as they move to school. If your toddler struggles with listening to you when you ask them to clean up, guide them through the steps.

We at Little Academy Nursery always ensure that children are responsible for tidying up after themselves. It is just as important that you work hand in hand with your child at home to foster their independence and sense of responsibility.

 

Your Child’s Social and Emotional Development After their Second Year

While celebrating your child’s second year, you’ll start to really notice their growth and development– they start to walk, speak more frequently, and even express their feelings and opinions about their food, toys or other matters in daily life.  So, what changes can you expect when your child is three years old?

Educational experts consider the child’s third year a vital stage, as it includes various developments on social and emotional levels. It requires great attention to your child’s psychological and physical health, as well as a focus on integrating them comfortably into their surrounding environment.

Perhaps the most important development you might notice is when your child starts to rebel against meal time, and starts to prefer playing instead of sitting on the table. Your child might clearly say “I don’t want to”. Despite their resistance, it’s important that meal time doesn’t become a battle. Try to encourage or entice your child as opposed to forcing them, and rest assured that your child will ask for food when they feel hungry.

At the beginning of your child’s third year, you will notice that his/her curiosity increases as they want to know everything. Remember that this is a good opportunity to teach your child about all sorts of topics, ranging from things like family and social relationships , colors and shapes, names of animals and birds, and other day to day aspects of life.

By this age, your child understands the difference between good and bad behavior; therefore, don’t compromise when your child misbehaves. We encourage that you follow the punishment method “time out- minute per year”, i.e. the child goes to the ” time out” corner for two minutes if he/she is 2 years old, three minutes if she/he is 3 years old and so on.

The child’s important social skills at this age include cooperation with family members, and the avoidance of anger and screaming as the only way to get what he/she wants. Emotionally, it is imperative to tell your child that you love them and be affectionate with them.

Finally, follow-ups of your child’s physical health are not only important for their well-being, but also for the development of their emotions and daily life skills. Physical check ups, in ensuring diet, sleep and other aspects of their growth are developing as they should, ensures that you are on track in developing their independence in other areas, like sleeping independently at a set time and getting adjusted to routine meal times.

Reading Stories for your Child is Fun, Benefit, and Love

Stories give children many benefits; they stimulate their imagination to work instead of restricting their ideas on what they see in reality, on the TV, or electronic video games. Stories teach your child skills, life matters, and ethics in an indirect and attractive way.

While some children feel that the world is confined to their families, kindergarten and the surrounding environment, stories help them identify new characters, and learn the names of animals, colors, shapes, and others. Thus, stories increase their vocabulary and language skills they master.

From a social perspective, reading stories strengthens the link between the child and his parents, or between the child and the nanny at the nursery or the kindergarten. As a result, the child’s reading habit becomes natural at a time when technology, specifically TV, starts to compete with stories.

While reading, and to guarantee that your child enjoys and benefits from the story, make sure you use vocabulary items appropriate to his/her age. Do change your tone of voice and body movement in a way that suits the topic. Do not hesitate to use new words so that the child increases his/her language repertoire.

This enjoyable and beneficial activity is not limited at home; we at Little Academy Nursery gather children in groups to read them stories. In addition, we ask them about the characters and the topic of the story to guarantee they understand and benefit from the story. Consequently, this would enable them to spend an enjoyable and beneficial time at the nursery, and to increase their positive rapports with their nannies.

Finally, telling a story might address a behavior you need to convey to your child better than teaching them directly, so choose your stories carefully and make sure your child understands its moral lesson.

A Few Tips to Handle Your Child’s Temper Tantrums

Some children use tantrums and screaming as ways to get what they want, put pressure on their parents, or to protest against something they don’t like. This behavior may become as part of the child’s daily interaction style, specifically children below the age of five.

The key for addressing temper tantrums ultimately rests with the parents, who should act as role models for their child. By remaining calm and polite while speaking to your child in a serious manner, explain to your child that anger will not solve the problem.

When your child is angry, stop arguing and putting pressure on him/her. It is preferable to remain calm and quiet for a few seconds and embrace your child so that they won’t hurt themselves or others around them. After that, give them alternative options close to what they have rejected or insisted on obtaining.

Some children may shy away from anger if they are ignored, while others may resort to crying or wanting to be alone. After that, they most likely return to speak to their parents. After several occurrences, parents should be more aware of how to properly deal with the child’s personality.

The child should be encouraged to abandon tantrums as a protesting technique if he/she knows that their demands are not going to be met this way. Therefore, stand your ground and stick to your opinion. Do not surrender because of their screaming, and do not feel embarrassed if your child gets angry in front of people or in public places.

After your child’s tantrum ends, speak with your child quietly about the ways of expressing their needs in the future. Tell your child that you love him/her, and you like to see him/her feels comfortable and happy. Children are emotional beings who are very likely to calm down immediately because of a kiss, a hug, or a gift for good behavior.

Always give your children time to make mistakes, learn from them, and modify their future behavior.

 

For a Future Distinct Personality… Encourage Your Child to Develop His/her Imagination

Educational experts always urge parents on the necessity to grow the child’s imagination to enable him/her to acquire knowledge of the world and be inclined towards analysis, connection, and interference. Thus, growing an independent personality for the child in the future.

Based on scientific interpretation, the child’s participation in brain-stimulant activities helps create connections and allows more learning and thinking. Parents can develop the child’s imagination in various ways. It is most notably when narrating stories of animals and places that are unrecognized by the child, so that he/she starts imagining them.

As for the child’s imagination to be closer to the reality that surrounds him/her, parents can resort to photos so that the child understands the general features of the imaginable animals/objects. Afterwards, allow your child the chance to imagine and create their own fantasy character.

Alongside characters and places, it is imperative to help your child imagine scenarios for different incidents that may happen. For example, the father may reincarnate the role of the patient while the child is the doctor. The mother may reincarnate the role of a child who lost his money while the child is the friend who will return the money. This would lead the child to independence and logical thinking to solve future problems.

Parents may also use any simple tool to stimulate their child’s imagination. The towel might become a hat; the banana is a boat and so on. Furthermore, the child’s cubic-shaped object may turn into a building and plough can be molded as pizza or a snake.

If your child spends a long time at the nursery, make sure you communicate with your child’s teacher an educational method to stimulate his/her imagination that you both agree on. At Little Academy Nursery, teachers and children participate in collective imaginary games and story-telling activities.

 

Simple Steps to Make Your Child Happy

Since day one as parents, you start to gain knowledge about your child’s physical health, observe their growth, and monitor the development of their skills and behavior. Yet, as parents you may not be able to completely understand your child’s feelings and know whether he/she feels happy or not. During the first months of your child’s life as a baby, you will find that your child smiles if you play with certain toys. Babies also cry, this however, does not mean that they are unhappy but it is only a way of communicating for them. Once the child starts to use words and actions they are more able to express their feelings.

 

The most prominent tips for a happy childhood include paying attention to your child’s health through feeding him/her healthy and balanced foods as well as ensure that they are not suffering from regular pain and are getting enough sleep. Try to understand your child’s continuous demands as this would make him/her feel happy and satisfied. Interact with your child by talking, playing, and even joining them in some physical exercises. Bring him/her joyful and colorful games and select colored furniture for his/her room.

 

The sense of accomplishment also makes your child feel happy. Entrust your child with a task that suits his/her ability and praise them upon its completion. This might include asking your child to arrange the toys, bring the laundry basket, or even feed you a banana using his/her hands!

 

Parents are role models for their children even when it comes to expressing their feelings. Try to look happy even if you feel tired or if you are burdened. Never transfer feelings of anxiety or quarrel to your child as they might get affected more than you do.

 

It is key for parents not to feel worried when their child passes through a moody situation. During his/her first years, the child tries to master several skills and might feel moody if he/she fails to achieve any goal. The child may become sad or angry during his/her first days at the nursery or kindergarten, however, they will soon become comfortable and content when they have familiarized themselves with the new faces and environment.

 

Make sure you discuss with your child’s teacher at the nursery or kindergarten any concerns about your child’​s psychological health. We, at Little Academy Nursery, continuously follow up on parents’ remarks, and conduct group activities of psychological catharsis such as free expressive drawing, dancing, and independent role-play.

A Winter Without Getting Sick… Is This Possible?

Although common cold, chest infections, and other illnesses spread among children during the winter season, it is possible for winter to pass with minimal cold and flus with the right tips!

Prevention is always better than the cure, starting in the fall and increasing amounts of fluids and foods rich in vitamins, taking teaspoons of honey every morning, and caring about giving children preventive vaccinations.

Oddly enough, one of the ineffective methods that contribute to children’s cold and flu is dressing them in heavy clothing that makes their bodies sweat and more susceptible to cold. Therefore, parents are advised to put on one extra layer of clothes on their children compared with you as an adult, and they should take it off when they are at home.

In case a child is infected by any winter flu or cold, it is recommended to keep him/her at home to avoid any further complications. Your child might spread the infection among his/her classmates.

If your child is three years old or older, you can teach him/her the ways by which colds and flus are transmitted. You should also advise him/her not to get close to their classmates who sneeze, and to keep their hands clean constantly.

Moreover, parents should seek help from nurse at the nursery for a healthy winter. We at Little Academy Nursery constantly follow up on children’s health, and communicate with parents if their children start to suffer from any symptoms. Additionally, we advise parents not to send their sick children to the nursery to protect the health of the rest of the children.

In case your child gets sick multiple times during the winter season, don’t assume or rely that more medication will be effective without consulting your physician, even if symptoms are the same. Many of the diseases develop because of the wrong diagnosis and inappropriate medications.

 

     

 

Does My Child Feel Cold?

Does My Child Feel Cold? is a question that is asked by parents at every moment in the cold winter. Sometimes, this question changes to become a source of constant concern for some of them, and therefore, they start to put more clothes on their children.

In fact, children’s risk of getting cold is similar to their feeling of fever especially when overdressing. This might lead to rising children’s temperature significantly even before their parents can notice.

According to pediatricians, the general rule for children’s winter clothing states that they need to wear an extra clothing layer when compared with adults in the moderate weather. This layering might be the cover only. In case of severe weather conditions, a child needs two extra layers than adults do.

The problem of children’s excessive clothing is not limited to temperature; it further exceeds to children’s inability to move their bodies freely, especially toddlers who need to move their bodies constantly. When covering your child, make sure you your child’s breathing is comfortable and that the coat/jacket is a comfortable, breathable size.

It is also important that the child is well-fed to provide them with energy and warmth in addition to a warm hat, gloves, and socks.

You can recognize whether your child feels cold or not by putting your hand behind his neck or touching his ears or abdomen. As for the face, it might not express the real temperature as it is exposed to air and appears cold most of the time.

When sleeping, avoid keeping your child tightened with hat and socks as uncovering the head and legs is important in discharging body’s excessive temperature in emergency situations. 

To help your child avoid cold sicknesses and flu, ensure that their nursery is as warm as their home. Further, you should make sure that the nanny understands the rules of child’s safe covering and monitors their body’s temperature constantly. This is what we care about at Little Academy Nursery, where we provide a warm and comfortable place for children.