Helping Children Ages 3-5 Find Calm

Strong emotions can be like a tidal wave that engulfs and overwhelms children…and often everyone around them.  Here are a few pointers on how to help children learn how to express and regulate emotion at an early age and how to find their way to calm. 1. Keep a cool head. Take an honest peek at your own natural, human reactions and practice on a regular basis soothing yourself and finding your own calm first. 2. An ounce of prevention…

Honesty: Learning the Difference Between Make-Believe and Reality

Honesty is one of those abstract concepts that children come to understand over time and through experience. Learning about honesty is a little more difficult because when you’re young, your imagination has no boundaries. You play tag with imaginary friends in the backyard; build castles fit for kings and queens out of sheets, pillows and chairs; and make parents check for those big, scary monsters that live under the bed. A child’s creativity is quite spectacular – it’s not hard…

Teaching Your Child Responsibility

The concept of responsibility is foreign to young children who are still learning that their actions have an impact on those around them. It takes time and some coaching from parents for children to gain a broad perspective of what it means to be responsible for themselves and the world around them. The process of learning to respond appropriately to the people and environment around them is called self-regulation. In time, your child will learn how to asses a situation…

Helping Your Child Make Decisions

Empowering your child to make his own decisions at an early age can foster independence, self-esteem and problem-solving skills that will be very beneficial in later years. As parents, we know that our children have opinions of their own and by giving them decision making opportunities we enable them to demonstrate their preferences and offer a constructive way to channel their natural desire for independence.However, before you let your little one loose in the closet to pick out an outfit…

Communicating Feelings: Use Your Words

Whenever the topic of language development comes up, I immediately think of one of the many stories from the book Use Your Words: How Teacher Talk Helps Children Learn by Carol Garhart Mooney. The story starts with a preschool director giving a prospective family a school tour. During the tour her assistant interrupted saying that there was a call that the director needed to take. The director bent down to the child’s level and told her that she had to…

Question of the Month: Discipline

As parents, we have all been there at one time or another. Whether it is the tough twos or just a terrible Tuesday, our children at times display behaviors that make us question our parenting skills. Being aware of what your child is capable of at different age levels will give you a better sense of whether his behavior is out of line or not. Research shows most children develop the capacity to control their emotions between the ages of…

The Veggie Challenge

Now that the sugar-filled holidays are over, I thought it would be a good time to focus on healthy eating habits. Childhood obesity is an increasingly critical issue in our country and parents are on the frontlines wanting to know what?s best for their children?s health. We are lucky at Primrose to count Dr. Laura Jana as one of our franchise owners. She is a trusted pediatrician and co-author of the book ?Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood…
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