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Ideas for Safe Children’s Activities for Your Kids

If you have children and are looking for good children’s activities, you will want to do some research. Good places to find out about what is going on for kids are the library, community bulletin boards, and the Internet. At the library they might know about places or play groups that would be good for your kids. You can sometimes find community bulletin boards at the entrance of grocery stores. The Internet is always a good research place. You can just use a search engine and search for children’s activities.

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US Navy 030517-N-0106C-001 Military dependents from around Oahu participate in the America’s Armed Forces Kids Run (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the children’s activities that you might run into at the library is something that is taking place at the library. There are often play groups at the library or group reading. The library is a great place to go whether there is something organized going on or not. It is a great place to take your child to read.

Another activity to look into is the Boys and Girls Clubs. This is a group that can help your child get involved in playing sports. This is very good for kids who are homeschooled because it gives them a chance to spend time with other kids and stay active at the same time.

Other good kid places include museums. Larger cities will probably have an art museum and a children’s museum. Both types of museum should offer kid-friendly options. The kid’s museum will be an especially good place for your child. They offer a variety of hands-on options for kids learning while they play.

Sometimes just playing at home is the best option for children’s activities. There are numerous things you can do with your kids at home. If you do not feel creative then you can go to social networks that offer a variety of ideas to help people. Although it is good for your child to get out, it is also good to just have a day at home. Sometimes you are forced to do this when your kids are sick or when it is a rainy day. It is good to have some things up your sleeve for these days.

The Internet really is a good source of a variety of ideas when it comes to things to do with your children. Of course you will always want to visit or try and activity on your own before having your kids try it especially if you are not sure of the source that is offering it. You will not want to be put in an uncomfortable situation if you go to a play group or other activity and find it very unsanitary or not suitable for your child. By doing your research ahead of time, you will hopefully not run into that problem.

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By Anders Abadie

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Introducing ABC and 123


Alphabet (Photo credit: james.swenson13)

From the moment baby is born, his brain is starting to work overtime. We are wrong to think that all they do during the first weeks are eat and sleep and fill the diaper. Every interaction we do with the baby stimulates his intelligence. Little by little he recognizes mother’s voice and touch. He knows when it is time to feed him or time for bath. It is important to stimulate the baby’s brain as early as the first weeks to brace them up for more exercises the following months. Introduce those colors and sounds. You’d be surprise how early they will interact and know the ABCs and 123s.

Teaching them alphabets and counting does not require any age. As long as you think they can comprehend already, then you will know it is time. Make your nursery feel like a pre-school room. Attach alphabet posters on the wall. The more colorful it is, the more your child will notice the pictures. Show her books about numbers. Do it with a little story. You can do this in the morning when the baby is all up for a little chat and play with mommy. Recite the alphabet while you point each letter. But do not overdo it for it might stress your little tot. You can increase the time of play every day. Just be sensitive with your baby’s needs. It might tire him a bit. So you will know it is time for bath when he is not paying attention anymore.

Don’t get tired saying the letters or the numbers every day. Just a little attention from them would mean so much in the stimulation for intelligence. Do not frustrate yourself when the baby is not cooperating for that day because there might be other thing that interests him. Always be alert of what caught your baby’s attention. It might be the colorful building blocks on the other side of the room or just the nursery rhyme with a video playing in the television.

Every child learns with a different pace. You cannot expect yours to be the same with the other’s intelligence. Genetic and environment is very important. However, with moms as persistent and supportive as you are, child will learn faster and easier. The use of flashcards and posters are a big help in stimulating baby’s brain. Sing him songs, bring him around. Different people and places will catch his attention and make his brain work. Count things in front of him when you are working around the house. Do not bother yourself if he is not listening. Just recite the numbers and the alphabets. You see in a few more months, you will be surprise at how much he knows.

It is often requires a lot of time and effort on the part of mom and dad in stimulating every child’s social and intellectual development. It is during the toddler years that the child needs all the support he can get. Introducing the basics in education will turn out to be a lovely activity if not pushed too much by parents. Remember that you are not only honing his intelligence, you are also developing his emotional skill. You don’t want to sacrifice his trust on you by being too aggressive.

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By Isabel R

Tips on Language Development in Young Children

Language development in children is crucial. Ability to speak smoothly and communicate freely is one of the key components of success in life. Is there anything you can do to help your child to develop this essential skill? You certainly can. So, take a look at several practical tips on how to develop speaking ability of your kids.

Scientists have discovered several interesting facts about the connection of language development in children with motor function of their fingers and palms. These facts would help us to teach our kids to speak fluently and develop their speaking skill to the most.

Facts on language development:

· When children are trying hard to express themselves and have times finding right words, they strain their fingers and palms

· Kids with low level of language development retain muscle strain in their fingers, palms and hands for a long period of time. Often times, they are unable to strain one hand without straining the other one, even reaching 6+ years in age

These simple scientific facts show direct connection between motor functions of our palms and fingers with language development. This means, if we can stimulate motor function and fingers of young children, we can directly impact their language development, too.

Tips on stimulating finger motor function:

There are many simple and fun ways you can use to stimulate language development of your child through stimulating finger motor function. Playing finger games is one of them. You can start at a very early age. These simple games or techniques can be used even for 6 months old babies.

· Gently massage finger tips

This is one of the first and simplest ways to stimulate finger motor function. Gently massage finger tips of your baby. Do gentle circling motions and then rub the entire finger going from the palm and to the finger tip. Most babies simply love such massage.

· Count fingers, rubbing them

There are many kids’ poems you can use, counting their fingers and gently rubbing them. You may help your child to ball the fingers and then unclench them one by one.

· Supply your child with soft toys with different surfaces. You can use special cubes, where each side is made of different fabric: some soft, some smooth, some harsh, etc. You can stitch pieces of lace to such cubes or balls. This way, your child fingers different types of fabrics and surfaces. They provide additional massage for finger tips and stimulate their motor function.

· For an older child, you may want to give them a pen to roll between their two palms. Or, give them a ball to roll on the palms. You can also use clay, putty or modeling dough to roll balls or sticks out of it. It provides great stimulation of palms’ and fingers’ motor functions for language development.

Applying these simple language development techniques, you will soon start noticing speaking development progress in your child. If you compare such progress with other children, you would be surprised to see the difference in their language development levels.

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By Elena Razinkova

Reading to Your Child to Stimulate Language Development

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English: Group of children in a primary school in Paris Español: Niños en una escuela elemental en París Français : Enfants dans une école élémentaire à Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the best activities you can do with your children to encourage language acquisition is reading together. I started reading to my children when they were two or three months old. The first books we read were bright and colorful board books with a single word or short sentence per page. We soon progressed to books of nursery rhymes and books that were illustrated songs. Although my babies didn’t understand the words at first, they enjoyed the bright pictures, the rhythm of the words, rhymes, and songs, and the cuddling with Mommy. Story time became a treasured part of the day for both of us.

Most parents know that reading to their children is very important. But did you know that reading straight through the book from beginning to end is not always the very best way to stimulate your child’s language skills? Studies have shown that when children are engaged more actively in reading, their vocabulary, comprehension, and language expression are greatly improved. Here are some ideas for new ways to read a book:

1. Point to pictures and name them. Ask your child to name the pictures. Action words and adjectives can be labeled as well. You could ask, “Can you find an animal that is tall?” or “What is that girl doing?”

2. After you read a page, ask questions about the story. The simplest questions are factual ones…”Who said…?” “What happened…?” More difficult are “why” questions.

3. Ask, “What do you think will happen next?”

4. Have your child retell the story after you finish reading it (narration).

5. Have your child tell you the story by looking at the pictures. Or the two of you alternate pages, making up a story to go with the pictures.

6. Interrupt your reading occasionally to comment on the story or setting or to explain a concept or define a word.

7. Read expressively!

8. Rhymes and songs are wonderful for language development–even if you can’t carry a tune!

Most importantly, keep reading fun! Use these suggestions to enhance your storytime, not to turn it into a lesson. Enjoy the time spent with your child. Snuggling up on the couch and reading together has always been one of my favorite ways to spend time with my children.

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By Deborah Lott

Speech and Language: How to Help Your Child Develop

How would you decide whether your child’s language development is on track? As communication is the basis of success in life and at work, emphasis should be given early on to assess the level of your child’s control over his or her strength in managing language. This is especially true for special needs children who have either autism, asperger syndrome, learning disabilities, ADHD and down syndrome. Many may also have learning problems and intelligence that is below average.

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Children playing in a push car. An instance where “vroom” may be used during play in early language development (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Children with Asperger syndrome have milder symptoms affecting social interaction and behavior. Their language development is usually alright but, they can have problems certain aspects of language, for example, understanding humor. Their intelligence is usually above-average. Some are skillful in memory, logic and creativity, example in music, art, and pure sciences. For children with learning disabilities and ADHD (sometimes these two conditions can occur together) paying attention and staying focused is a problem. Those who are hyperactive will have trouble staying still and can turn classrooms into chaos. Dyslexic children are those who could not read very well, could not construct sentences and have trouble with writing letters backwards. With down syndrome children, you are looking at different level of mental retardation, though some of them can speak quite well. Intelligence will unfortunately affect the way a person picks up language and learn new things. So overall we are looking at early detection and then intervention for children at a young age. Detecting problems early on have been proven to be an effective way to manage and control language and other difficulties.

If you are unsure of your child’s language development, these red flags may helped put things in perspective. You can use the report presented below as a guideline, but for better understanding your child’s needs, it is better to consult a professional.

1). By 12 months your child does not babble; does not use gestures like waving “bye bye” or shaking head for “no”; does not respond to her name; does not communicate in some way when she needs help.

2). By 15 months your child does not understand and respond to words like “no” and “up”; says no words; does not point to objects or pictures when ask: “Where is the… ?”; does not point to things of interest as if to say: “Look at that!” and then look at you.

3). By 18 months your child does not understand simple commands like “Don’t touch”; is not using at least 20 single words like “Mummy” or “up”; does not respond with a word or gesture to a question such as “Where’s your shoe?”; cannot point to two or three major body parts such as head, nose, eyes, feet.

4). By 24 months your child says fewer than 100 words; is not consistently joining two words together like “Daddy go” or “no “shoes”; does not imitate actions or words; does not pretend with toys, such as feeding a doll.

5). By 30 months your child says fewer than 300 words; is not using action words like “run”, “eat”; is not using some adult grammar, like “two babies” and “doggie sleeping”.

6). By three years your child does not ask questions; is not using sentences (e.g. “I don’t want that” or “my truck is broken”).

7). By five years your child is not able to tell a simple story.

If you are concerned about your child’s language development, one of the things you can do is to consult a speech language pathologist (SLP). It is discovered that, from data taken from the United States has pointed to about 5 – 8% of preschool children experiencing language delays which continue into adulthood. So it is best to get an earlier diagnosis and a program in place to help train and guide your child as soon as possible.

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By Ashley Jane Tan

3 Leadership Traits in Children

To become successful in this world you need to have at least some leadership skills as not only does being a leader allow you to manage others it also gives you confidence, charisma and vision. All of these qualities are found in great men and women around the world making finding leadership traits in children an important part of developing a strong, successful and happy child.

What then do we analyze when we look for leadership traits in children? Here are 3 prime examples of leadership qualities that your child might exhibit proving they are natural leaders.
1. Social Activities– If you pay attention to how you child interacts with other children you can often get a good impression of their abilities. However many parents do not look deep enough to see the qualities that are important. If you child is the captain of the soccer team then yes, it is usually a tick for the leadership box. However did they get there because the players liked the way they helped other players or did they get there because they bullied their team mates into letting him be the captain. No parent likes to admit their child may be a bully but assertiveness can sometimes come from this kind of action when they do not realize that coercion is not leadership. Instead look at how your child helps others, if their concern matches their drive to fix something and make it better this is a much better trait of leadership. Good leaders do not coerce or bully, they lead because people want to follow, they lead because they get the job done!
2. How They Ask Questions– The way your child learns about the world is a good way to judge leadership potential. If your child is too talkative they may not be good listeners, if they are too silent they may not be assertive enough. If your child listens but asks questions frequently and with a desire to learn and with a capacity to link new and complex ideas together then this is a sign of intelligence and of leadership. A leader is someone with a vision of how they want things to be and this comes from a good understanding of how things are. A good leader will ask the right questions to get the answers they need to solve problems.
3. Who Are Their Heroes – This might seem simplistic but it does help in determining leadership traits in children. Who does your child idolize? On the TV, in real life, locally whoever! So many children become obsessed with Bratz dolls and rebellious “cool” characters… not that all of these characters are displayed as bad leaders but many children are brainwashed into wanting to be popular instead of being a leader. If your child’s favorite actors, or cartoon characters are the leaders or are more concerned in getting the job done with the aid of others than being popular or cool this is a sign of someone who respects real leadership at a young age.

Whether or not you notice these signs of leadership in your child you can give your child every chance to succeed in life with leadership skills that will aid them in every endeavor they undertake.
Click below to find out more on how to raise your child to be a winner, a leader and a success rather than another member of the dull rat race.

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By Howard Guy

Ways to Develop Leadership Skills in Youth

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English: In a directed model, Markov Blanket of a node includes its parents, its children and the parents of its children. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most parents are doing the best they can to raise happy and healthy kids. However, they could use some help when it comes to developing leadership skills in youth. If parents aren’t leaders themselves, how can they teach kids how to be leaders? It’s up to community leaders and those interested in working with kids to teach them about leadership skills. Parents can learn something as well.

Ways to Develop Leadership Skills in YouthGive children chores to do. By assigning children responsibility, you’re teaching them how to take charge of something. For example, if you assign them to take out the trash every week, they could make sure one garbage can is for recyclables and the other is for regular garbage. It’s their job to make sure the garbage is separated and placed in the proper garbage receptacle. Otherwise, it could be a messy situation.

Send children to camp. Parents may enjoy this one more than the kids. While summer camp is a great place to meet new people, it’s a good way to learn and develop leadership skills. Children will have responsibilities like making their bed or perhaps be in charge of leading a camp song.

Purchase a calendar. Let your children keep track of their activities. Not only will this teach them how to keep a schedule, it will teach them time management skills. If they have too many activities scheduled on the same day, this will cause a conflict. They’ll see first-hand what it’s like to overextend oneself. Allow them to make the decision as to which activities they’ll pursue and which ones they could let go.

Teach children the art of negotiation. Negotiating is a skill most people lack. Everything is negotiable! The sooner your children learn this skill the better. It’s imperative to keep the lines of communication open when you negotiate and to remove personal feelings. Analyze the situation. What are the other side’s strengths and weaknesses? Reacting negatively to a situation isn’t a good idea. You must also listen if you want to be a successful negotiator. Constantly interrupting someone won’t get you anywhere.

Know what your leverage is; analyze the other party’s leverage. Compromise is apart of negotiation but stick your guns. What is the best offer you can justify? How do you respond to a counter-offer? What types of concessions can be made? What’s the best resolution?

Teach children the art of persuasion. A good leader knows how to sell ideas. If your children want a video game, ask them to persuade you to buy it for them. Have them make an argument as to ‘why’ you should buy them the video game. This will teach them how to explain their reasoning and convince you it’s a good idea.

Enroll children in team sports. It’s important for children to be able to be apart of a team. However, teams need leaders. A good leader knows that he/she are only as strong as their players. A good leader won’t insult the other players but will show them how to improve their game. A good leader can rally the team onto victory through inspiration and motivation. A good leader knows when to accept the praise and how to praise others.

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By Howard Guy