As a parent you want to see your child succeed. Early academics may seem like the way to put them on the path to success. The media tend to tout this. But child development professionals do not. The child under 6 or 7 needs lots of running and playing (large motor activity) to develop his or her brain and learning potential. Early reading does not lead to later academic success.
Although taking care of your children may be your primary focus, it is important to take care of your needs as well. Regardless of your schedule or agenda, take a break and relax for a few minutes when you can. If you are feeling a little better, it will make your children much happier.
You need to make a clean space on the counter where your child can lay. Allow your child to hold their head over the sink while you run water over it. Most toddlers find this method less stressful than having their head placed under water.
If your child was adopted, be prepared to face the questions they will have when they are old enough to understand. Adopted children are curious about where they came from and sooner or later, they are going to want answers, which they will turn to you for. It is important that you tell them all they need to know regarding their biological family, so they do not hold anger toward you when they do learn the truth.
When teaching your children, focus on communicating the proper way to do things instead of only concentrating on undesirable behaviors. When a child is told they shouldn’t do a certain thing, they are more inclined to attempt it because they feel a restriction of freedom. Try using positive reinforcement instead; remind children regularly of what they are free to do instead of focusing on what you don’t want them to do. If you clear a spot on the kitchen countertop, next to the sink, you can lay your child on a towel there and wash his hair and scalp under the faucet. This makes things easier for toddlers who do not like to have their heads dunked in the water or have water poured on them.