Tag: Guide for parents

Is my child left-handed or right-handed?

Very young children often use both hands equally. Hand preference in the early years seems to rely on which hand is closer to the desired object; for example, a toddler may reach for a toy on their left side with their left hand because of convenience, regardless of future hand preference. Most children start showing…

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Teaching respect to children

As parents, we often face the issue of discipline. How do we teach our children to respect? 1. Model respectful behaviour: The key is to show them how to respect and not tell them. By showing, we demonstrate how we want them to behave. When we parent respectfully, our kids will grow with a solid…

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Cognitive skills for kindergartners

Kindergarten children are very active explorers of their environment. They are interested in everything and their desire to learn is limitless. Described by Piaget as “little scientists” and by many researchers as “sponges,” they are ready, willing and able to learn. Here are the 20 cognitive milestones for kindergarteners: 1. They know a lot of…

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How to tell if your child is happy at school?

“I don’t want to go to school today!”, could be what your toddler might tell you on a Monday morning followed by crying, protesting and clinging. Often these symptoms coupled with ‘faking sickness’ could be one of the reasons to believe that your child may not be happy at school. Let’s find out ways to…

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Guide to great playdates for big kids

Gone are the days when your child would be occupied with a single box of toys! As the children get older, it becomes increasingly difficult to make their free time productively. Hence, a playdate is a suitable option which allows you some ‘me’ time as well. Older kids have an increasing need to form social connections…

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Bullying: How can I as a parent help my child?

        Signs to watch for if you think your child may be being bullied You may be unsure if your child is involved in a bullying incident. He or she could be acting as a bully, being bullied or upset because they have seen others behaving badly. If you suspect that your…

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Engaging toddlers in conversation

Your toddler’s language will start to ‘explode’ soon, although your child has been learning about words, sounds and back-and-forth conversations since birth. To develop language and conversation skills, toddlers need many opportunities to talk with each other, an adult, one on one and in groups. It’s a cumbersome task to engage toddlers in conversation throughout…

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What should my child know before starting school?

Research shows that children who are well-prepared for their first year of school have a much better chance of settling in and succeeding in school, giving them a significant head start for later years. Apart from basic skills such as listening and following simple instructions, communicating their needs, they should also be able to understand…

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How to teach your child the alphabet?

Teaching the alphabet lays the foundation for reading and writing. While his/her little hands get strengthened with other activities, there will come a day when you will have to teach your little one the letters. By the age of 2 or 3, children begin to show interest in learning the alphabet. While some kids learn…

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Engaging toddlers in conversation- 6 great ideas!

Toddlers need many opportunities to talk with each other, an adult, one on one and in groups. It’s a cumbersome task to engage toddlers in conversation throughout the day. Conversations with toddlers are essential because they help children express their thoughts, ideas and ask for help from an adult. Sometimes it also helps in resolving…

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