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How A Baby’s Environment Can Lead To Developmental Delays And Issues

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Date: July 18th 2016


If you recently obtained custody rights of your two-year old grandchild and are worried that he or she may have some developmental issues, you may want to have the child tested and examined by a trained professional. If you have custody of this child, there is a good chance the child was not in a healthy environment during his or her first two years. A child’s environment can have huge effects on his or her development, and here are several things to understand about this. Environment affects the way a child’s brain develops For babies to grow and develop properly, they need the right type of environment to live in. An environment that is ideal for children is one that is loving, consistent, and nurturing. Kids need to be touched, hugged, talked to, and taught. They need to be around the same people, in the same place, and with the same routines each day. Without these factors, a child’s brain may have trouble developing normally. When children are not in good environments, their brains will not form all the connections that normally occur. This is vital because a child’s brain is most flexible during the first few years of life. Once the brain begins losing this flexibility, it becomes more difficult for children to learn and think properly. Problems this can lead to There are a variety of issues this can lead to with children, and you might see some of these issues with your grandchild: Not talking – One effect of being exposed to a poor environment is problems talking. This can include not saying a lot of words or not being able to say sounds properly. Motor skills – Developmental issues involving motor skills is another effect this can have on a child. You may see this as your grandchild is playing or trying to accomplish something like building something out of blocks. He or she might not have good balance or the ability to complete small tasks that most two-year-olds can. Behavioral issues – Living in a poor environment can also cause children to act out. This is primarily because they were not given examples of how to properly act. Things you can do for your grandchild If you feel that your grandchild has developmental issues like the ones described here, you should talk to the doctor about what can be done to get them back on […]

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3 Questions To Ask To Know If Your Child Is Ready For Preschool

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Date: February 4th 2016


Preschool is a great option for many children. However, the age at which parents enroll their children in preschool varies greatly. It may be hard to know when your child is ready for preschool. Here are some things that you should look for to tell if your child is ready for preschool. Is Your Child Able To Sit Still For Substantial Periods of Time? Although preschool is more relaxed than elementary school, there are still periods of time where the child must be able to sit still to enjoy a lesson, reading time, or crafting. If they are constantly distracted and have a hard time paying attention, you may want to wait another year for preschool. This is for the benefit of the child, and for everyone else in the class. Your child could easily become frustrated and discouraged if they are being asked to do things that they are not ready to do. They may learn to dislike school because they are simply not ready for the structure. In addition, they may make it difficult for the other children to have an enjoyable preschool experience. If your child is disrupting the class it is not fair to the teacher and the other students. This is why you should consider waiting a year if your child needs less structure. Is You Child Interested In Learning? Some children show very little interest in learning their letters, reading, and exploring the world around them. They may be more interested in playing, or using their imagination. Imagination is essential to early development so if your child is not interested in learning right away it is okay. This doesn’t mean that they won’t be an intelligent child who is good at school. It simply means that at this point, they are developing other important life skills. Consequently, don’t rush it. Instead, wait till the child shows interest, and then enroll them in preschool. Is Your Child Craving Social Interaction? One main reason that parents enroll their children in preschool is for the social interaction. At preschool they will be able to make friends and have plenty of time to play. If you feel like your child needs more time with children their own age, preschool may be the best option. It can teach them appropriate social skills and can help them learn how to interact with others. These are just a couple questions that […]

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3 Qualities To Look For With The Staff At An Infant Care Center

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Date: November 10th 2015


If you are about to have a baby and are planning on returning to work shortly after the baby is born, you may want to begin looking for infant childcare soon. Good centers fill up quickly and have a limited number of infants they are able to accommodate. While there are many aspects to look into when searching for the right infant care center, one aspect that is highly important is the staff at the center. Here are three things to look for when investigating the staff at infant childcare centers. Loving personalities One thing to look at when visiting an infant care center is the personalities of the employees. If your newborn child will be spending a great deal of his or her time at this center, it is vital to find a place that have employees that are loving, caring, and kind. This is something you can really only judge by visiting a center, and the best way to do this is to show up announced, if possible. As you visit, take note of how the workers look and act, and watch how they treat the children. Trained and qualified You may also want to look into the training and qualifications required of the staff at an infant care center. One vital requirement to look for is CPR training. If a child chokes or stops breathing, it’s important to have workers that are trained to handle this. You can discuss the training and qualification requirements with someone at the center to learn more about this. Many infant care centers require all workers to go through infant care training courses, and some centers may even look for workers that have degrees in this or a related field. Ratio of employees to babies Finally, you should find out if the center meets all state requirements for ratios of workers to children. While each state may have different requirements, many require one caregiver for every three babies. As kids get older, the ratios change, because older kids need less care than babies. The ratio is vital, especially with newborn babies. A newborn baby will need someone to give him or her bottles for feedings, and babies often need to be held and rocked to sleep. Choosing the right care center for your newborn baby is important, and there are a lot of factors you should consider as you choose. To learn […]

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Three Simple Ways To Prepare Your Child For Swimming Lessons

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Date: June 26th 2015


Enrolling your young child in swimming lessons is about more than just giving him or her the ability to have fun splashing the summer away. Knowing how to swim could very well save your child’s life; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 20 percent of drowning victims are children under the age of 14. Even if your child seems excited about hitting the water for the first time, this feeling can commonly change to uncertainty and even fear on the day of the first lesson. While practicing splashing around in the bathtub can help your child’s familiarity with water, you can be proactive by taking these three steps to further prepare your child for the water. Show That Swimming Is Fun From an early age, your child learns simply based on watching your actions. Whether you have a backyard swimming pool or enjoy visiting a friend’s, do your best to always act in a manner that portrays swimming as enjoyable. Laughing, splashing, swimming and playing in front of your child helps ingrain that swimming has a valuable fun factor. Although it’s useful to focus on fun, keep the horseplay to a minimum when your child is present; you don’t want to demonstrate unsafe habits right off the bat. Shop For A Swimsuit Together Instead of bribing your child with a treat upon getting through the first day of swimming lessons, take action by shopping for the child’s first swimsuit together. Let the youngster pick out the color or pattern that appeals to him or her and buy any other necessary accessories such as goggles and water wings. Let the child try on the swimsuit in the days before the first lesson — practice wearing it in the bathtub, for example — and he or she might feel more relaxed. Make An Early Visit New settings can be intimidating for children, especially if they’re shy. Ease the transition into the start of the swimming lessons by visiting the athletic center or pool a couple days before the lessons begin. Allow your child to explore the facility and spend some time on the pool deck getting used to the new sights and sounds. See if you can track down the instructor to allow for a quick chance to say hello. When your child sees the instructor’s familiar face on the first day of the lessons, the whole situation […]

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Questions To Ask When Looking For A Childcare Center

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Date: June 3rd 2015


Turning your child over to a caregiver is never easy. While there are many options to choose from, not all will provide the same level of care. Each childcare center will have its own focus, and every child will have peculiar learning and care needs. Thus, finding a childcare center is a matter of finding one that will provide you the care your child requires in an environment that supports your personal parenting philosophy. When choosing a childcare facility, it is important to have questions prepared to ask the caregiver.  Health-Related Questions If your child has a health condition, learning is the least of your worries. A childcare center should ask about any health condition that your child has, but you should also ask what training the care providers have in taking care of children with special needs. Ask for specifics to make sure that care providers have the specialized training to provide the care your child needs.  Learning-Related Questions In order to make sure that your child is learning what they need to, you should ask a childcare center what sort of teaching philosophy and methods they use. Here are some suggested questions: 1: What role does TV or video play in the teaching process? While TV can have a role in teaching children, it should not be the sole medium of instruction. 2. What sort of teaching background do care providers have? While a formal degree in elementary education or a similar field is not required, it can be helpful. 3. How do care providers discipline children? No care provider should use corporal punishment on children. Neither should they use harsh words. Still, if the care provider does not have an effective way for dealing with children when they cause problems, it is easy to resort to more basic forms of discipline.  4. What moral or educational philosophy does your caregiver subscribe to? While this might feel like an oddly personal question to ask, you need to make sure the training that your child receives at school complements what you are trying to do at home. The educational philosophy promoted by schools or centers will also vary; the philosophy of a school like Cottonwood Montessori will likely differ greatly from that of a more traditional daycare center. There are a lot of philosophies out there, and as a parent, you have the right to choose which philosophy you think is […]

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Do you worry about sending your kids off to school each day? Unfortunately, there are many areas in which the schools are not as safe as they once were, so parents are looking for alternatives to public schools. Is this something you are considering? If so, take a moment to visit my website. There, you will learn my family's story of our trials in public school and how we removed our kids from that setting and began homeschooling them. You can learn about the resources we use in our home and the things that we do outside of the home to help keep the kids socialized and ready to enter the workforce when they are grown.

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