My Child Does Not Listen to Me, What is the Solution?

If we randomly survey the views of a group of mothers, and ask them about the most common and serious problems they face in dealing with their children, the answer will often be… “My child does not listen to me!”

In fact, not listening to parents’ instructions, particularly mothers, is a common concern recognized by educational experts, especially with children under the age of four. How many times should mothers repeat that children should not refuse their breakfast? How many times should fathers repeat that children leaving their rooms untidy after finishing playing is unacceptable?

You can repeat these instructions countless times a day, but if children do not respond from the first or second time, they will often not respond at the fiftieth because you simply talk to them using the same style.

Therefore, the first step of addressing this issue is to vary the ways you to talk with children. For example, when asking them to do something directly, it is helpful to perform the action in front of them so that they can imitate you.

Patience is one of the most important strategies for achieving solutions. The sentence “I have told you a thousand times not to do this” won’t resonate with children because they see no problem repeating the same thing. Consequently, be patient if your children repeat mistakes, and try to speak with them calmly until they learn from you and feel the need to do something because you love it.

To go down to your child’s level does not only mean simplifying facts, but also bringing your body down to their level, speaking closely to them, and making sure not scream while you are in another room. Talking directly with children, making eye contact, and giving them enough time to do what you have asked for, all contribute to making them good listeners.

Behavioral problems usually require time to be adjusted and need cooperation with the nursery and the kindergarten. Therefore, it is important to inform the staff at the nursery about your concerns and agree on a standard method of treatment.

We, at Little Academy Nursery, constantly listen to parents’ observations. Our staff is well trained and qualified to address with children’s behavioral problems in cooperation with parents to unlock the child’s full potential.

 

“Beating”… A Defensive and Offensive Method that Can be Corrected

Generally, children have different ways to express their anger or defend themselves, but beating is one of the most prominent methods recurring at different stages of their lives. Children might beat their mothers if they don’t meet their demands; they might beat their elder siblings to defend themselves, or even beat their peers at the nursery or the kindergarten.

Educational experts consider that children’s use of their hands is a normal phenomenon, especially if they can’t comprehend the harm that is caused by beating. However, this approach requires immediate attention before becoming a habitual action.

Before you start addressing this issue, make sure you don’t hit or spank your child when they misbehave. Make sure children are not subject to violence by their friends or those who surround them.

It is key to ensure that the nanny at the kindergarten or the nursery follows a nice and non-aggressive style to correct and discipline children. We, at Little Academy Nursery, have experienced staff who deal with children and address and correct their behavior in a verbal and understanding manner. Our educators further help parents solve children’s aggressive problems by helping them release their negative energy.

Another method that helps your child avoid beating is to explain to them that physical behavior is not a likeable action and will not change the problem, and in return, they might face punishment if they repeat the action. When you feel your child is angry, help them discharge their feelings using positive methods. A always, remember to listen carefully to your child to better understand their needs and concerns.

 

 

Patience is a Virtue: Instilling Patience in Your Child

For parents with little children, you might feel like you’re always occupied or in a hurry when your child asks for different things. When we tell our children “wait a minute” or “be patient”, they usually start screaming, crying, or even complaining, leaving you no choice but to either comply with their demands or burst in anger. This leads to a recurring challenge between parent and child.

The reality is that children below the age of 5 are unable to fully grasp the concept of time. One minute might seem like an hour if they need or want something. Because parents are used to asking their children to meet their requests immediately, the child internalizes those behaviors and asks for the same in return. How can we teach our children to have patience?

Firstly, parents should be patient when their children ask for something. They should also be patient when their children repeat their demands, being cautious not to respond to their children’s needs just to avoid their screams. You should simply explain to your child that you are in the middle of completing a task, and tell them that you will meet their needs once you finish your job. You must be clear in using phrases such as “I will help you install the game when I finish washing the dishes”. Social education experts confirm that 18-month children can comprehend such phrases if parents say them clearly and in a simple way.

There are many indirect ways to help you teach your children how to be patient. Do not allow your children to get involved when you ask them to wait; therefore, avoid giving them the phone while you finish the task on-hand because they will grow accustomed to being busy and won’t learn patience that way.  

If you feel that your child does not understand the meaning of time, try to simplify the concept. Explain that story time comes when the sun sets and the moon shines, instead of repeating “at 7 o’clock”. In addition, you might tell your children you will take them for a picnic “after we sleep, and the sun comes to visit us again” instead of using the word “tomorrow”.

Moreover, you can train your children on how to be patient through activities like concentration games, painting, agriculture, pottery, and other hands-on task that require patience from start to finish.

Finally, remember that your child’s education is as valuable as the patience, which require joint efforts from parents, nursery, and the kindergarten. While your child is in their early educational years, it’s important to seek advice from their educators and teachers on the progress of their personality and behavior.

We at Little Academy Nursery listen carefully to parents’ educational input, helping them guide their children academically, intellectually and socially.  

 

Intelligence isn’t Genetic: Nurture Your Child’s Brain and Body

Although intelligence is associated with genetics to some degree (particularly from the mother’s side), several factors effect the development of your child’s intellect. Methods of education, family life, social settings, and nutrition all play an important role in your child’s development.

Like the saying: “A sound mind is in a sound body”, we should begin to care about children’s intelligence by protecting their health, ensuring they eat balanced meals that include enough proteins, vitamins, iron, and fish. It is important that children exercise regularly by joining clubs at school, afterschool sports, and other extracurricular activities. Furthermore, it is key to organize their sleep so that they receive adequate rest.

At Little Academy Nursery, we pride ourselves in having an on-site nutritionist to monitor each child’s food and health and encourage them to participate in different social activities. We also fuse education and fun together, creating activities that require attention, refine concentration and build on sensory development.

As for the educational aspects that effect children’s intellectual abilities, experts advise to leave your children to explore, ask freely, unleash their imagination, and express their feelings.

To develop children’s interpersonal intelligence, you should encourage them to play with others and participate in musicals and other extracurricular activities. Make sure you choose the nursery, kindergarten, and then the school that, in addition to academic excellence, motivate and propel your children towards a variety of activities and interests.

It is equally important for children to get used to reading habits from childhood. The more children read with their teachers or parents, the greater their desires will be to explore science and knowledge, which will be reflected positively on their level of intelligence. After reading a book or a story, it is important that parents discuss the contents of the books with children and ask them to summarize what they have understood, as it stimulates the child’s brain.

When we talk about nurturing healthy children, parenting plays one of the most important roles. Parental approaches to punishing or reprimanding a child have a significant impact on your child’s personality. If your child makes a mistake, punishment might include cancelling one of their activities or asking them to sit in a room alongside discussing the seriousness of their actions so that they can benefit and avoid repeating them as much as possible.

Healthy approaches and sound parenting, along with the right nursery, all play an important role in fostering your child’s growth and intellectual development.

 

 

How to Handle the Big First Day of Nursery

The first day of the nursery is a much anticipated milestone for your child that marks the beginning of a new phase. It is full of cautious excitement, anxiety, and of course, crying from both the child and the parents. Children cry because they have no idea what to expect from the new environment, while parents cry out of worry their babies might feel abandoned there.

In fact, these mixed feelings are perfectly normal and will not persist for long and will wear off within the first week if the parents are collaborative with the nursery, primarily making sure that their child is actually ready to take this big step.  

Preparing your toddler or baby for the nursery is essential for their emotional well-being. It starts by gradually separating them from their parents and adjusting their eating habits; babies going to the nursery will be introduced to solids besides the milk and need to be familiarized with new faces other than their parents'. Also, it's important to gradually get them used to fixed sleeping patterns so waking up early gets to be a desirable habit, not a morning disaster.  

We don't promise the first day(s) will be relaxed and tear-free because, to be honest, crying serves as a natural reaction to the new strange environment, and it is a sign that your child is emotionally and intellectually stable. However, we can promise you these feelings will slowly but surely be placated once your child finds happiness and safety in the new place.

 

Kissing your baby goodbye, you need to bear in mind it has to be brief and sweet. Try to contain your feelings and don't surrender to his or your tears. We don't advise you to leave suddenly as that will fill your child with fear and distrust. As a parent, it's important to have a good relationship with your child's teachers. Children are reassured by this friendship, and feelings of security will find their way into their little hearts.

At Little Academy, we receive children in a joyful, warm environment with faces wreathed in smiles to calm their worries. We also set up activities with the parents to soothe their separation anxiety. Our psychologist can be consulted and she can talk to children whose anxiety does not seem to be soothed easily.

On the first day of the nursery, it's a good idea to meet the children who will keep your child company. Accompany the teachers to introduce him or her to the nursery's facilities and play rooms. Don't worry if they refuse to have any food on that day as it is just anxiety keeping them off.  

First Year of Nursery: Five Common Problems and Their Solutions

It's your baby's first big social experience. Firsts are loaded with problems and challenges that some parents see as a crushing burden leading them to imagine that their baby has some kind of a psychological disorder or maybe the nursery isn’t good enough, and other weird scenarios we don't blame you for.   

Education specialists reassure you that you are not alone in this, a set of problems take place during every child's first year of nursery, but the good news is that these challenges are commonplace and can be properly addressed by cooperation between parents and the nursery. 

It is quite predictable that separation anxiety tops the list as the most common problem. This perfectly natural feeling can be overcome by preparing your child for this new phase- talk to him or her about all the nice things they'll do there, get them excited about making new friends and spending fun times playing with them. Aware of this, at Little Academy, we spend a great deal of time and exert a lot of efforts to soothe your child's anxieties to settle well into the new environment of the nursery. We embrace their fears and turn them into something productive by getting them involved in creative artistic activities for stress relief. 

Refusing to go to the toilet comes second. Your child's 'No' doesn't come from nowhere, it might emerge from feelings of embarrassment or fear of having the teacher accompany him or her to the toilet because they are used to their parents doing everything for them. You can solve this problem at home by getting them used to use the toilet alone and convincing them that the teacher is like a mother who cares for their cleanliness and hygiene. That should be enough to convert their embarrassment into gratitude.

The third problem might look like a real challenge. Many children during their first time in the nursery refuse to have any food at the nursery. Parents can seek help from friends or family members to take their child out for lunch without them. This would help them recognize it is a natural thing to eat alone, without their parents, and outside home. At Little Academy, we make sure children have their meals at the same time to encourage them and let them have fun eating together.

A lot of parents notice that their children display changed patterns of behaviors as they tend to get more aggressive or more introverted.  You first need to make sure your child hasn't been a victim of violence or bullying at the nursery. But more often than not, these changes can be a natural reaction to getting exposed to a different environment. You can overcome this challenge by having stress release activities with your child such as drawing, dancing, and drama performances, which is something we take good care of at Little Academy Nursery. We also make sure the children understand the importance of participating in these activities.

The fifth problem usually faces parents of the only child or the really spoiled one. This child punishes his or her parents for sending them to the nursery out of a belief that they are being denied their right to stay with them. The child doesn't understand why you would want to separate him from you. Feeling undesired, they would stop being intimate with their parents or even show signs of violence towards them.

The solution for this problem is in your hands: explain to your child that each person should spend some time in a certain place for purposes of work, studying, or even entertainment. They need to understand that sending them to the nursery does not mean you want to get rid of them, and that you miss them more when they are not around. Seeing your child at the end of the day, be evidently warm and receive them with warm hugs and kisses to help them believe you love and miss them, too.

Conquer Confusion and Confidently Choose the Right Nursery

The summer holiday is over, and now it's time to find an exceptional nursery for your exceptional baby. Questions race themselves into your head andyour ideas fall into an endless maze of confusion as you follow up with all the ads and ask friends about their experiences. If this perfectly describes how you are feeling right now, we advise you to keep calm and follow these simple tips to land on the best nursery for your child.

First, you need to know that if your baby is younger than a year,their needs will be focused ona clean, comfortable spaceforpersonal care, mealtimes and sleep. Playing is encourage by increasing tummy time and sensory activities which later on will be extended with arts, crafts and circle time.Asthey turn two, they'll start to look for exciting toys and will grow the desire to learn some personal skills like ditching the nappy or eating on their own. At two years and a half of your child's age, the importance to have a professional teacher arises to teach them sports, arts, languages, and behavioral skills.

Fortunately, if your child's age rangesfrom four months to four years, you'll find all their needs met at 'Little Academy Nursery' as we have clean, safe spaces, qualified teachers who are specialized in children education, a nutritionist, and a psychological counselor.

As you are trying to make up your mind and visit prospective nurseries, you need to have an eye on some details like the availability of natural light and fresh air, the appropriateness of the facilities and how child-friendly they are, especially the toilets. It is also essentialto check thatthe flooring and the furniture are safe and havehigh-impact resistancelike the ones we have at 'Little Academy' to ensure your child's safety.In addition to the protectionsystems, the nursery's colors and arrangements have to appeal to your child's senses starting with the walls, the furniture, the floors, and all the colorsused to decorate the rooms.

Now as you approve of the external aspects of the nursery, get to the next level and check on the professionality of the administrative staff. It is important to ask about their specializations and practical experience. Ask about who supervises your baby's nutrition and health and whether they have a nurse and a psychologist to follow up with the children's physical and psychological well-being. Request to see some of their available educational materials like the toys and the stories.

One final matter that helps you judge the quality of the nursery is their communication with the parents and its frequency. Make sure the nursery of your choiceplaces high emphasis on regularcommunication with parents regarding the adopted education methods andyour child's health.

Rest assured that your baby is in safe hands as we,at Little Academy,regard daily communication highly.Moreover, weset up regular meetings with our teachers, our nutritionist and health supervisor to guide parents towards developing their children's skills and healthy habits. Because we believe that the first four years of their life are crucial to function better in the broader environment of the school, we attend to your children's needs and grant them theopportunity to grow their social skills, make new friends, and interact with peers.

Simple Steps to Help Your Child Sleep Peacefully

Since day one, sleep poses itself to be the hardest task parents have to deal with. During the first couple of months, newborns don't yet have an internal biological clock that helps them differentiate between day and night. They go through physiological and psychological changes that make them resist sleep patterns or any patterns at all. However, having a fixed sleep time is necessary for their health and growth, and it can be a doable task if parents equip themselves with a bit of patience.

Babies start to have some kind of a sleep pattern after they aresix months old. During their first year, they need to get around 13 hours of sleep, 11 of which should be during the night.

According to specialists and based on parents' experiences, there are someeffective methods that can helpyour babyhavea regular sleep cycle. Before attempting to tackle the issue, you need to make sure that your child doesn't have any reasonspreventing him from sleeping soundly as they might be feeling pain, wearing something tight or uncomfortable, feeling cold, hot, or hungry.

Let's also agree that maintaining sleep patterns is a gradual process that takes longer thanexpected. If your child is used to stay up late at night, try to make them sleep 15 minutes earlier every passing day until you get to the desired time. Babies love daily routines, socreate them a certain routine and have bedtime rituals like telling them a bedtime story, singing them a lullaby, and dimming the lights. Make sure you don't start this routine while they are sick, travelling, or teething.

It is also important to try to determine your child's sleep and nap timesand communicate them to the nursery to help us coordinate with you. At Little Academy Nursery, we believe we have a shared responsibility with the parents,sowe try to maintain the sleep patterns of each child in a way thattheir needs are met.

Day naps are so important for the health of your child, but they have to be taken before 3:00 in the afternoon. At our nursery, we specify a certain napping period for each age group as the younger children get longer or shorter breaks depending on their needs. However, the older one have one resting period during the day.

To help you stabilize your child's sleep patterns, it is vital you don't burden their stomach with a greasy dinner. It is also important that they don't consume a lot of liquids in the evening. Take them to the toilet before so their sleep won't be disrupted by the need to go after a few hours. Also, alertthem when sleep time gets closer to mentally prepare them and avoid surprises.

Spare yourself unnecessary tantrums and take all these steps with a calm attitude, so contain your nervousness and never shout at them to get them to their beds. Children need to feel safe and loved to sleep soundly and peacefully. Take care of their sleep and you'll enjoy your good night sleep in return.

 

Fun Summer Holiday Ideas for You and Your Child

This summer holiday is your great opportunity to reinforce your relationship with your child after getting trapped in work for long hours and having your child spending most of their time in the nursery, kindergarten, or school. Although some parents can't spend a long holiday with their children or can't travel during the summer, they still can add a joyful atmosphere to the house through some simple fun ideas that take no time but require heaps of love.

Before looking for entertainment only, bear in mind that you can seize the opportunity this holiday to teach your child some skills with games and fun like improving their language, boosting up their physical activity, or developing a certain talent they have.

In addition to that, there are various ideas that can make your child a special individual. Has it ever occurred to you that reading a story to your child is not just another bedtime ritual? Reading stories can broaden your child's imagination and improve their creative thinking and problem-solving skills. They also strengthen their lingual abilities as they learn new vocabulary and get introduced to different worlds like the worlds of birds or sea life for example. Stories can do more than just putting your child to peaceful sleep, so it might be a good idea if you make it a fun daytime activity as well.

As for the physical activities, you can ask your child if they have any preferences after telling them briefly about different sports. You can also have some time with them to tap dance to their favorite songs or even build pillow towers and climb them together.

You may also allow your children some space in the kitchen as they can help you prepare some snacks if they are over three years of age. This way, they would work up an appetite for healthy food, feel proud of themselves learning a new skill, and realize the importance of helping their parents out.

Recycling unwanted stuff and making lovely presents out of them is another great idea. You can find loads of online resources that will teach you some simple crafting tricks suitable for your child's age. For example, you can make rug dolls together using only pillowcases and some buttons. Double the fun and let your child make gifts for all his/ her friends.

Since children are fond of painting, don't just settle for bringing them painting notebooks; try to paint with them on extraordinary stuff like stones and potteries or even on paper plates to set their creativity free. They'll surprise you!  

If you have a backyard in your house, teach your child some simple gardening skills like tending to plants and waiting them with patience to grow up. You can also grow plants in the balcony, and although this might sound mundane for some adults, it is a great deal of fun for children.

As parents don't like their children to watch a lot of TV during the year, the summer holiday is their opportunity to get together and watch fun movies as a family.

No matter what activity you are doing with your child, always make sure that you are doing it with your child only with no interruptions from your phone or the disturbing news so your child would feel loved and cared for.

Active Learning in the Nursery: When Skill Development is Fun

  Well-organized seats and boring colors are no longer welcome in the nursery or the kindergarten. Recent studies have shown that active learning achieves more compelling results and has greater influence on children in their preschool years in comparison to traditional, outdated educational methods that mainly depend on abstract, passive instruction. Studying their options, parents need to choose a nursery that adopts active learning to get children involved in a real learning environment.

  Active learning is an educational approach that depends on directly engaging the child in the educational process and devoting all the educational tools to teach the lesson based on a collaborating relationship between the child and the teacher.  

  This approach promotes many strategies that allow the child to move around the classroom in an active manner. It also adds an atmosphere of joy and helps children explore themselves and their surroundings, connecting them to their real needs and interests. The approach also creates a positive interactive relationship between children and their peers through improving their conversation and research skills. Active learning establishes a learning dialogue between the teacher and the student as it is based on asking the child essential questions and allowing them to ask back to ensure their understanding.

  In Little Academy Nursery, we adopt active learning strategies by providing the children with an extensive library that fulfill their eagerness to learn more. We also believe in the power of getting the children on their feet, so we let them experiment with handicrafts and recycling. Also, we allow them into the kitchen to prepare a simple dish with fruits, vegetables and whole wheat bread all by themselves.

  Little Academy understands that children explore their world best through play. In the play yard of the nursery, we ensure the safety of the games and allow children to play in the sandbox to encourage their exploration and freedom of experience and foster their relationships with each other. In addition, the nursery always organizes events and science classes with experiments to enhance the children's intelligence and help them grow a passion for science. To hone their problem-solving skills, we let them play some assembly games that help them see through the problem and tackle its possible solutions.

  Teachers at Little Academy Nursery also place a high importance on teaching children problem-solving skills as children are challenged with certain situations to evaluate their analysis and synthesis skills and direct them to find creative solutions. This should in turn enhance their logical thinking skills.

  Stories, songs, drama performances and educational games are all considered essential educational methods that create an environment of joy and excitement and help stimulate the children's minds during their learning.