Helping your child read

Did you know that learning to read is a challenge for almost 40 percent of kids? The good news is that with early help, most reading problems can be prevented. The bad news is that nearly half of all parents who notice their child having trouble wait a year or more before getting help. Unfortunately, the older a child is, the more difficult it is to teach him or her to read.

 How can I best help my child to read at home?

 Here are some tips in supporting your child’s development as a reader. Put as many of these things in place as you can, then relax! You’re doing your bit, and your child will respond.

Long before your child starts formally learning to read, instill a love of reading in them by sharing bed-time (and other-time-of-the-day!) stories. This special, one-to-one time, where you and your child can escape into all sorts of adventures and amazing worlds, is precious. Research has shown that a love of reading is a stronger indicator of academic success than wealth or class background. As you enjoy stories together your child will soon begin to realize that those funny marks on the page that sit alongside the pictures are the story, and in time they’ll want to learn how to decipher them for themselves.

Frequently let your child choose the book they want you to share with them… even if they have chosen the same book many times before. Young children love repetition and familiarity, and it really does help them to develop reading skills!


Children respond better to reading when:

  1. there is a choice of things to read. take a trip to the library or perhaps try swapping some much-loved books with a friend.
  2. you offer her a variety of texts. Have her read a recipe to you as you cook, or read the instructions for a board game you’re going to play together, or even the back of a DVD.
  3. you have regular reading times together. The end of the day is often a great time to read together, or a lazy Sunday morning in bed – you can either take turns reading aloud from the same book, or just lie side-by-side reading your own books quietly.


And remember:

  1. Be yourself. Involve children in everyday conversations.
  2.  Read aloud to children. It helps them to learn the language of books and will encourage them to enjoy books and reading.
  3.  Talk about books, read together and make reading an enjoyable, shared activity.
  4.  Make sure there is a wide range of reading material for your child at home, both fiction and non-fiction.
  5. Try not to let television intrude on reading time. Make a special time for reading with your child, away from interruption.
  6. Listen to your child every day, even for a short time.

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Are you ready for the next school year?

For a lot of kids, the thoughts of going back to school can be dreadful. Whether it’s the idea of getting up early in the morning, feeling apprehensive about a new class or the thoughts of doing homework, back-to-school time can be particularly stressful. If your child seems to dislike school, you must take their feelings seriously. You must try to help them overcome their feelings about school, so that they can enjoy going and possibly perform better in class.

To help mums get their kids excited about back-to-school time, we have compiled a list of helpful tips to help you get started


Play Dates:

Once the class list comes out, hop on the phone and start scheduling playtime with old and new kids to remind your youngster about the friends he has missed over summer break. Then, at the end of the first week of school, get your school-aged child enthusiastic about the new year — and his new classmates — by planning a back to school party.



Come up with ideas together to make her school day better. Perhaps she feels shy in class and does not have many friends. Suggest ways she can talk to people without feeling shy.


Back to School Stationary:

Getting your child involved in the process of purchasing school supplies can be a lot of fun. Encourage him or her to create the list of things that he or she needs. Check your school’s website for the list. Many stores have the supply list right there in the store filed under your school’s name and grade. Take advantage of early sales and get your shopping done early to avoid the crowds and honestly, save a little bit of money.



Tell him about your positive school experiences. Let him know about favorite teachers and favorite activities. He needs to see that you have happy memories and that school is not a bad place.


Plan a Back to School party:

We all love countdowns, so why not do it for back to school? Create a fun way to countdown with your family for the first day of school. For ideas, consider a paper chain, a special activity each day, or maybe even a book countdown. Inviting friends over for an end of summer party can be lots of fun too.


Tips for a better school year

Tips for a better school year


Meet the new teacher.

For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night.

If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face. If your child’s teacher sends a welcome letter, be sure to read the letter together.


Encourage color coding

Color affects our mood and memory so let kids pick the colors of their folders and notebooks to correspond to different classes. If green reminds them of science, then they’ll know instantly to grab the green notebook when looking for their science notes.


Stay informed

Most schools usually open by the end of the last week of the school holidays.  If you are new to the school take your child in for a walk to familiarize themselves with classrooms, toilet blocks play areas etc.  This would be a good chance if you roughly know where your child’s classroom is to designate a pickup area where they can meet you after school.

As you are walking around the school encourage your child to ask questions.


Label everything

Label all your child’s belongings including the library bag and especially the school hat. Encourage your child to dress themselves so they can manage things like taking jumpers or coats on and off at school. Explain the concept of “lost property” to your kids, so they know how to find lost items on their own. Then cross your fingers and hope they have listened to you! This will save your stress levels during the year if items go missing.  Lunch boxes and drink bottles always go wandering, left behind in the eating area or another child accidentally takes it home, but if they are clearly labelled it usually will find their way back to the rightful owner.


Get enough sleep

Most families are usually lenient with bedtime during school holidays, but it is good practice to get back into routine the week before school goes back so you are not battling with them the night before schools starts and not sleeping in till all hours.  It is recommended that children aged  3-6 should sleep for 10-12 hours, children aged 7-12 should sleep for 10-11 hours while teens aged 12-18 should sleep for 8-9 hours each night.


Dealing with stubborn children.

Being stubborn is very common among toddlers through to teenagers; Dealing with a stubborn child without making them feel down is not an easy task. Stubbornness is not a behavioral abnormality, but a learning mistake. When children act angrily and when they do not respond in the positive ways to stressful situations, parents need to take extra care to make the child understand the bad effects of being stubborn. Showing angry responses and reactions to an angry child is harmful as the child will understand anger as the best way of communicating dislikes and discomfort. Just understand that it is the conflicts of the child that get expressed as anger and stubbornness.If not nurtured their feelings properly, stubbornness can become a trait and chronic character. Thus recognizing this character trait in children is important and setting the kids free of it is essential.

Stubborn children do not respond well to any kind of punishment. Spanking, hitting or yelling at children may gain temporary compliance, but with increase power struggles in the long run. This invites children to use all their intelligence to defeat you instead of cooperating with you. An important element of all positive discipline methods is that they help children use their intelligence to learn important life skills and positive characteristics such as self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation and problem-solving skills.



Teach your children the importance of give and take

Telling your child always to be the “good” kid—the one who automatically hands over the swing if another child wants it—can spark rebellion or send the message that constantly putting yourself second is the best way to go through life. Instead, kids need to understand that they may have to give up something they want to get something else they want—and that being demanding can have consequences they won’t like. If your child refuses to share her toys, for instance, point out that if she doesn’t, her friend won’t want to share her toys, either. But if they take turns playing with each toy, they’ll both get to play with everything.


Do not argue with a stubborn child

Arguing with a stubborn child will make the situation worse. Do not even scold them or try to amend them forcefully. Children do not know the social norms of accepted behaviors and the ways of dealing with conflicts in life. Patience and dedication is the only key to open the ways into their minds. When children are stubborn, observe them and try to find out the element that makes them uncomfortable and removing the child from the situation will help them calming down. Many parents try to make children understand by scolding them in public or arguing with them. Arguments will make kids feel unwanted or will put down all their spirits. Most of the time stubbornness occurs as an uncontrollable character in children. Learning those ways of diverting attention or teaching them the ways of avoiding stressful situations will help them peeling of stubbornness.


Be a role model for your child

If parents get angry on minor issues and get into hot arguments often, then the kids are more likely to express their stress through anger and become stubborn. Parents are the first teachers of kids. They learn everything from parents. When kids see parents reacting angrily, they will create an impression that anger is the best way of communicating frustrations. Parents are to be the role models of children if they want their kids to be well behaved. Teach them by showing it to them. You can’t just behave the ways you want and expect your kids to be good and well mannered.


If being understanding isn’t working, Old mom tricks will.

the illusion of choice  “I can’t make you go to sleep, but you have to stay in bed”
the “do-it-your-way” approach  “You can use as much soap as you want as long as you wash”

Parents tend to want their kids to fit in and be nice, but if you’re constantly harping on your child about his stubborn streak, they’ll start to think there’s something wrong with them, which isn’t going to help anybody out.  That’s why it’s so important to accept your child for who they are. Don’t try to beat this quality out of them, because it’s just not going to work.








Why breakfast is so important for children.

Breakfast is considered an important meal because it breaks the overnight fasting period, replenishes your supply of glucose and provides other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. Children who eat a healthy breakfast go longer without feeling hungry. This means they can concentrate on playing, learning, remembering and solving problems better. Research shows that a healthy breakfast can help children perform better at school.

Children who eat breakfast tend to have better school attendance than those who regularly skip breakfast, be more emotionally healthy than non-breakfast eaters, be less likely to snack on sugary or fatty foods, which helps them stay at a healthy weight.

Extensive research in Australia and overseas has found that many children who skip breakfast are significantly heavier than those who eat breakfast, skipping breakfast may diminish mental performance.

Children who eat an inadequate breakfast are more likely to make poor food choices for the rest of the day and in the long term.

A healthy breakfast needs to have a balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat to keep energy levels steady all morning.

Research has shown that schoolchildren are more likely to eat breakfast if easy-to-prepare breakfast foods are readily available at home. Some quick suggestions include:

Whole-wheat or wholegrain breakfast cereals, such as wheat biscuits, muesli or bran cereals, Porridge, Fresh fruits, whole meal or multigrain bread, baked beans, eggs, fruit or plain yogurts, fresh fruit juices and low-fat milk.

Here are a few more breakfast ideas to encourage healthy eating habits in your household:

Make breakfast a time to sit and eat with your kids. Being a good example is a powerful way to change their habits.

If your child says they’re not hungry in the morning, try making a healthy smoothie, with milk, yogurt and a piece of fruit such as a banana, instead of a more traditional breakfast ‘meal’.

Another option is for your child to eat a small meal at home, such as a small bowl of oats or a piece of fruit. You can then give your child a healthy snack to eat before school starts like a sandwich or some yogurt and a piece of fruit.

If mornings are chaotic, try setting your child’s alarm 10 minutes earlier, or packing your child’s bag and laying out her clothes the night before.

Fussy eaters often respond better at mealtimes if the food is more interesting than usual. Young children love toast or fruit, and older kids can occasionally prefer ‘non-breakfast’ foods, like leftover pasta.

Older children and teenagers are more difficult and they might refuse to eat breakfast as a way of showing their independence. Try not to make a big deal about this. You could suggest your child takes a piece of fruit or a healthy smoothie made with milk, yogurt and fruit to have on the trip to school.



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Keeping kids active

children need to have active times every day to use up energy, learn new things, and be healthy. Luckily, active play can happen indoors as well as outdoors.  If you were wondering how you can keep up the activity levels of your kids now they are back at school and not running around with their friends all day, everyday  do not fret, With a little imagination and creativity child care providers can come up with activities that use large muscles and burn energy, most of these can be done indoors!

  • Put on some music and have a dance party! Let your child choose their playlist or favorite song and move back furniture if you have to.
  • Encourage children to dress up as one of their favorite characters from a book/movie or TV show and watch them act out their favorite scenes.
  • Play circle games such as Simon Says, Follow the Leader, or Duck, Duck Goose to keep children active.
  • Have children pretend to ice skate wearing socks on a smooth floor.
  • Children love pretending to be animals by making their sounds and movements.
  • Set up an indoor basketball game with crumpled up newspaper balls thrown into a laundry basket or cardboard box.
  • Pile up old blankets and pillows for soft indoor climbing fun.
  • trampolines are also a great idea, make sure they are child friendly!

For optimal health it is recommended that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity on ideally all days, or at least 5 days a week. The time doesn’t have to happen in one sitting or be involved in just one activity. For instance the total can be accumulated through activities in sports, dance, martial arts, biking, running, swimming, basketball, football, soccer, walking or even active chores like raking leaves, vacuuming and dusting.

Children can put 60 minutes of exercise together in shorter 10-20 minute segments of walking, bike riding, jumping rope or playing tag. Parents play an important role in helping children to become active. And, most of that role is played by becoming active themselves. Children are more likely to learn from watching than from what others tell them to do.

It’s important for children to be active because it promotes healthy bones, muscles and joints. The habits that are started at a young age will be carried into adulthood. This exercise will help to build endurance and muscle strength making it easier for the body to maintain a healthy weight, increase energy, foster self-esteem and improve sleep habits.