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22 Jul 2019
One of the most important things for any child is a good education from an early age. They need to be taught social skills and learn to interact with their contemporaries and ideally teaching should begin in the home or a child education scheme - before the child starts pre-school.

Child Education Schemes

From the age of two a child can join one of the many schemes devoted to child development. Most of these schemes combine physical games and exercise with language skills and pre-reading activities.

For two to five-year-olds they offer a mixture of free play and structured games with the emphasis on fun. Games are non-competitive and focus on building the...

13 Jun 2019
As all of us know, reading is one of the golden habits as it can help develop your child's creativity and also broaden their horizons. This is one habit that you would definitely want to instill in your child.

Encouraging your child to read regularly requires a lot of time and patience. Children at school or kindergarten are quite young and can be influenced easily. Therefore, it is important that you are extremely sensitive towards their needs while teaching them to read.

When a child learns to read, they are basically learning the art of putting disjointed letters together to form a word. This process can be quite slow and tiring for them and their attention span during this time is generally short. Don't get irritated with the child's...

30 May 2019
So often do we get caught up in the rigmarole of our hectic and busy lives with our jobs and our families, that we easily forget one of the most important aspects of our child's life - his or her emotional well-being. The most critical times in a child's life are the first three years. In this critical phase, constantly switching providers of childcare or having a 'part time' parent come irregularly in their lives can be extremely destabilizing and traumatic for the child. Just as the child's physical needs are met, it is equally important to meet his or her emotional needs and it is the duty of the involved adults like parents, educators and care providers to make a joint effort towards achieving this on a daily basis. If a child's...

24 May 2019
Studies have shown that between 5 - 10% of school-aged children develop ADHD. As a parent, you probably want to know why some kids get ADHD while others don't. If there were a certain "type" of child who develops ADHD, then it would be a lot easier to prevent the disorder from emerging completely. But unfortunately, there isn't any. So is there any way for you to determine if your child is at risk for getting ADHD? Are there known risk factors to developing the disorder?
Medical journals suggest that there is a strong link between genetics and ADHD. While scientists have not yet identified a particular gene that carries ADHD, studies do show that 75 - 91% of people with ADHD will pass on the disorder to the next two generations. So if...

20 May 2019
Neuroscience is the study of the brain and all aspects of nerves and the nervous system. Recent technology is providing a greater understanding of how the brain develops. Neuroscientists are able to see inside a living brain through brain imaging.
Brain imaging has unlocked the door to understand how specific areas of the brain relate with one another which aids in locating any areas of the brain that may be affected by neurological disorders. Right about now you may be thinking, "This may be good news to a neuroscientist but do I really need to know this"? Possibly not, but what parents, grandparents and or caregiver do need to know, it that a child begins to learn the moment he or she is born.

This is very important to grasp because...

15 May 2019
What is discipline?

Parents often think that disciplining children is just about punishment but this isn't true. It's much more about teaching and training your child and helping him to develop self-discipline and respect for himself and others. Discipline is in fact "an external boundary, which is designed to develop internal boundaries and behavior."

"Discipline involves teaching, prevention and instruction." It provides structure in life and helps a child to develop into a responsible adult who understands right from wrong.

Effective child discipline involves both teaching your child how to develop self discipline, which is prevention, as well as showing him that his actions result in certain outcomes and consequences. It's necessary...

12 May 2019
There are two sides of a coin in the issue about self-esteem development in children. One side tells us that self-esteem in children is about having this yearning to develop a sense of self-worth. The other part claims that self-esteem is not a cause but rather an end-result of developing confidence in children. This sort of Catch-22 points to one common thing though: parental involvement is essential to help kids form accurate, healthy self-perceptions.

You may ask bluntly, "Where does self-esteem come from and how can I use it to my child's advantage?" Well, the answer is apparently less obvious than the definitions of self-esteem itself. First off, self-esteem comes from doing things that are a challenge or difficult for us, in...

4 May 2019
We all know that the most important thing parents can give their children is love. But did you know that discipline is the second most important thing? Actually, love and discipline cannot be separated. In order to have a well adjusted, happy, confident, child, making that child feel loved is the most important thing you can do. But love without discipline isn't enough. Discipline is equally important.

So, what is discipline? It's important to know that discipline is NOT punishment. Punishment is only a very small part of discipline. Discipline is training a child in mind and character to enable him to become a self-controlled, constructive member of society. It's a set of rules, rewards and punishments administered to help teach your...

29 Apr 2019
A sense of humor is such an important part of being a human. If we don't laugh we can hardly live. Someone once said that man is the social animal. A human is the animal that laughs. Laughter is what redeems the darkest days and helps make the bright ones just a little bit brighter. It is the icing on the cake of life. We know that people who tend to laugh are healthier and mentally happier. They can look at the problems of life and get through them because they don't seem as daunting. This doesn't mean that laughter is the cure for everything, but it sure can help when things are not going so well.

These tried and trusted truths help to show why it is important for all of us, and particularly children, to have a good sense of humor....

25 Apr 2019
Early childhood development is the foundation to everyone's life. Nevertheless, each child has their own personalities and ways about them as well as similarities such as meeting developmental milestones in a relatively similar time in their lives from talking to walking.

Doctors tell parents not to compare their child with other children according to their early childhood development. One child might start walking at nine months and one might be 14 months. Both could be healthy yet have their own time schedule. Often children are around a year old when they are walking or at least starting to walk.

Taking notice of early childhood development is important though. If a child continues to miss milestones and aren't meeting early childhood...