Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Make Service a Part of Your Family Heritage

In an earlier blog post where I introduced myself, I shared that I had learned to serve at a young age. The exact age cannot be determined because service was instilled in me from birth. I’m sure I accompanied my family as a baby and it’s questionable how much I helped as a toddler, but I was there. As children, we didn’t choose if we wanted to help. My siblings and I learned to embrace service and love it as it became part of who we are. In fact, all of us continue to serve as adults. It’s just what we did in our family. It is part of my family’s heritage.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Six Ways Infants Learn

Babies learn differently than adults. Their brains are still forming and going through the pruning process. Babies are curious and love to explore their new surroundings. Isn’t it great that as parents you get to be a part of that exploration? Since you are part of that exploration, it is good to know how babies learn. Here are six ways infants learn:

Synchrony: this is the give and take between you and your child. Dora the explorer attempts to have synchrony. She asks a question and waits for the child to respond. While the intent is good, synchrony is best achieved in person.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Toddlers and Touching

Before I get started I want to say that this topic might make some of you uncomfortable. However, as a Parent Support Specialist, who gets this question a lot, I feel it's important to address. The topic is toddlers touching themselves.

I often get a comment or a concern about a toddler who has started touching themselves in their private area and sometimes it’s in public. Parents don’t know what to do or what to say. Hopefully these tips can help when/if this starts to happen to you.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Guest Post: Reading to your Children

We all can remember those special times when a story was read to us, whether at home by somebody we love, at school, or maybe at the library. The story came to life, and we were enthralled with the words. The magic of story reading is a powerful tool.

At least 55% of Utah's parents read to their children ages 0-5 everyday compared to 47.9% of the nation, according to a survey conducted by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention National Center of Health Statistics.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Are Chores Worth the Hassle With Kids?

The ultimate dream: a clean house. Keeping a house clean is hard work with all the toys, snacks, and clothes that land on the ground daily and all of the activities and meals that moms are in charge of. Cleaning can be intimidating if mom is the only one working, and eventually she will end up feeling like a maid. If only there were little helpers around so mom didn’t have so much work… Oh wait! That’s what kids are for! Even toddlers can do simple chores to help keep the house tidy.

Organizing chores can seem difficult. Training kids can seem daunting. Is it worth spending time to train them? The majority of adults feel this way. In a survey conducted by Braun Research, 82 percent of parents did chores growing up, but only 28 percent report implementing chores with their own kids. Let’s get that percentage up! Kids will learn self-control and feel a sense of accomplishment as they grow and learn how to complete the new tasks they are given. Parents will enjoy a clean (if only slightly at first) house. And the entire family will have more time together! Here are some tips to make chores a good experience for parents and kids: