Tips for creating nursery which help baby’s brain.
If you are a parent-to-be then you got a hundred things to plan ahead. With prior appointments with doctors to finishing your work before the due date arrives to packing for hospital to making a perfect baby bag for the first few days when your bundle of joy arrives. With so much to do, some where down the line future-parents also want to welcome their child to the perfect nursery. Different family setups have different ways. Some wants to keep the nursery ready before the baby arrives others, likes to do it when the child is few months old.
Tips for creating nursery that is visually stimulating
# Colorful kids spaces don’t only look great, but can assist in learning and behavior, too.
Color is one of the most noticeable attributes of the world around us. For babies and small children, understanding color is an essential building block they will use for learning in all areas of their life. So when it comes to designing kids’ spaces, color is one of the most important elements to consider.
Can colors in nursery stimulate baby’s brain? And the researches show the answer to be “YES”.
Finding out you’re going to have a little girl or boy is an exciting moment that may send you rushing to the hardware store to select a paint color for the nursery.
Did you know that newborn’s vision is just black and white until about 3 months of age? Let’s see why providing high contrast monochrome toys is beneficial for babies.
According tostudies babies are born accustomed to living in a dark and muted environment. Up until about three to six months of age they can only see between 10-15 inches in front of them. And they can only really see in black, white and grey tones. This is why finding toys and decor in high contrast black and white can be extremely beneficial for your child’s development.
It should not be confusing. Newborns can see from birth, just not as clearly as an older child or adult. Until your child is about six months of age, he will respond best to bold, contrasting colors and graphics.
It’s important to provide your baby with toys that feature the visual extremes of black, white and red at times.
High-contrast colors will captivate and hold the baby’s attention.
It helps in encouraging visual development as well as physical activity – like wiggling, kicking, and arm waving. But surprisingly, for no reasons there has been a major move in the infant toy industry away from production of black, white and red toys. They have elected to choose bright modern colors. But still there are some companies who are filling this gap.
How to stimulate your newborn’s vision and cognitive abilities?
Stimulating your baby’s vision and helping them determine shapes and colors is important for strengthening their cognitive abilities. It is also helpful in improving their gross motor skills. Because high contrast images are easier for babies to interpret. They are the best way for your child to lengthen their attention span, improve his or her memory and develop their nervous system. It is also beneficial in terms of social development. Being able to describe something allows your child to expand their vocabulary and boost their confidence.
There is a lot of freedom in working with black and white toys and decor for your newborn. You can add pops of color later on that align with your little one’s interests. Black and white is also gender neutral, timeless and educational meaning you’ll get multiple uses for multiple children.
Become friends with your child. At this age forcing rules will not work. Talk to your child about natural consequences of their behaviour. By now you’ve laid the groundwork. Your child knows what’s expected and that you mean what you say about the penalties for bad behavior.
What can be done:
Discipline is just as important for teens as it is for younger kids. But the approach needs to be changed. Just as with;the 3-year-old who needs you to set a bedtime and enforce it, your teen needs boundaries, too.
Sit and Set rules. Set up rules regarding homework, visits by friends, curfews, and dating. Discuss the rules beforehand with your teenager so there will be no misunderstandings. Your teen will probably complain from time to time, but also will realize that you’re in control. It might sound hard but teens still want and need you to set limits and enforce order in their lives, even as you grant them greater freedom and responsibility.
Privileges are privileges. When your teen does break a rule, taking away privileges may seem the best plan of action. For example, while it’s fine to take away the car for a week,it is also important to tell them why it was done.
Be sure to discuss why coming home an hour past curfew is unacceptable and worrisome.
Don’t control your child through and through. Remember to give a teenager some control over things. Not only will this limit the number of power struggles you have, it will help your teen respect the decisions that you do need to make. For example, allow your younger teen to make decisions concerning clothes, hair styles, or even the condition of his or her room. As your teen gets older, that realm of control might be extended to include an occasional relaxed curfew.
Have your teen earn a later curfew by demonstrating positive behavior instead of setting an earlier curfew as punishment for irresponsible behavior.
Rule you should remember:
It’s important to focus on the positives. Include your child in discussions in the family and allow them to put their views.
Just as with all ages, kids in this age group mature and request more independence and responsibility.They can be disciplined with natural consequences.
What can be done:
Life Lessons are more valuable. Teaching them how to deal with the consequences of their behavior is an effective and appropriate method of discipline. For example, if your fifth grader’s homework isn’t done before bedtime, should you make him or her stay up to do it or even lend a hand yourself? Probably not — you’ll miss an opportunity to teach a key life lesson. If homework is incomplete, your child will go to school the next day without it and suffer the resulting bad grade. Don’t worry, some bad grades are OK, if they are giving life lessons to your child.
Mistakes do favor your child. It’s natural for parents to want to rescue kids from mistakes. Let your child make some mistakes and learn from them. Kids see what behaving improperly can mean and probably won’t make those mistakes again.
Take away privileges. If your child does not seem to be learning from natural consequences, set up some of your own to help change the behavior. Removing privileges such as electronics can be an effective consequence for this age group.
Rule you should remember:
Become friends with your child. At this age forcing rules will not work. Talk to your child about natural consequences of their behaviour.
Some effective discipline strategies for this age group.
What can be done:
Timeouts: Timeouts can be effective discipline for toddlers. For example, if a child has been hitting, biting, or throwing food, should be told why the behavior is unacceptable and taken to a designated timeout area. A timeout can be a place like a kitchen chair or bottom stair.
Consequences: Before you punish your child for their behavior, explain to them what you expect. For example, when your child uses crayons, she will use it on the walls. Don’t scold. Discuss why that’s not allowed. Tell them the consequences that what will happen if your child does it again (for instance, your child will have to help clean the wall and will not be able to use the crayons for the rest of the day).
Consistency is crucial, as is follow-through. Follow your promises of discipline or else you risk undermining your authority. Kids have to believe that you mean what you say. You can give second chances or allow a certain margin of error, but for the most part, you should act on what you say.
Make realistic threats of consequences. Be careful not to make unrealistic threats like “You’ll never watch TV again!” in anger, since not following through could weaken all your threats. If you threaten to turn the car around and go home if the squabbling in the backseat doesn’t stop, make sure you do exactly that. The credibility you’ll gain with your kids is much more valuable than a lost outing.
Too much will not work. Huge punishments may take away your power as a parent. For example: If you ground your son or daughter for a month, your child may not feel motivated to change behaviors because everything has already been taken away.
Rule you should remember:
Set small goals. It may help to set some goals that kids can meet to earn back privileges that were taken away for misbehavior.
Now as your child is grown. He begins to understand the connection between actions and consequences. So start communicating the rules of your family’s home to him in simple ways.
What can be done:
Before you punish your child for their behavior, explain to them what you expect. For example, when your child uses crayons, she will use it on the walls. Don’t scold. Discuss why that’s not allowed. Tell them the consequences that what will happen if your child does it again (for instance, your child will have to help clean the wall and will not be able to use the crayons for the rest of the day).
You can also give them a particular area to do her artwork. Just paste some self stick Vinyl wallpaper. Ask your child to limit herself to that portion. And let her do the cleaning also. Or otherwise if you want her to stay limited to paper if the wall gets decorated again, issue a reminder that crayons are for paper only. And then enforce the consequences.
Consistency is the key to effective discipline. It’s sometimes easier for parents to ignore occasional bad behavior or not follow through on consequences, this sets a bad precedent. This way kids will test limits. It’s important for parents to decide (together, if you are not a single parent) what are the rules of the house and then uphold them.
Discipline is not just about punishment, it’s also about recognizing good behavior. While you become clear on what behaviors will not be accepted, don’t forget to reward good behaviors. Never undermine the positive effect that your praise can have on your child. Like saying “I’m proud of you for sharing your toys at playgroup” works better than punishing a child who didn’t share.
Be specific when giving praise rather than just saying “Good job!” You want to make it clear which behaviors you liked. Being specific makes these behaviours more likely to happen in the future.
Rule you should remember:
The more attention we give to a behavior, the more likely it is to continue.
If your child continues an unacceptable behavior no matter what you do,then try
Making a behaviour chart with a box for each day of the week. Decide with your child how many times your child can misbehave before a consequence kicks in or how long the proper behavior must be seen before it is rewarded. Make entries in the chart and then track the good and unacceptable behaviors every day. This will give your child (and you) a concrete look at how it’s going. Once this begins to work, praise your child for learning to control misbehavior (especially for overcoming any stubborn problem).
For kids at this age timeouts also can work well. Pick a suitable timeout place that’s free of distractions, such as a chair or bottom step. Be alert on selecting a timeout place. “Getting sent to your room” isn’t effective if a computer, TV, or games are there. Also, remember a timeout is time away from any type of reinforcement. So your child shouldn’t get any attention from you while in a timeout which includes talking, eye contact, etc.
Considering proper length of time for timeout is important. Be sure to consider what works best for your child.
Experts say rule you should remember:
1 minute for each year of age or timeout until the child is calmed down (to teach self-regulation).
What can be done:
It’s important to make sure that if a timeout happens because your child didn’t follow directions, you follow through with the direction after the timeout.
It’s important to tell kids what the right thing to do is not just to say what the wrong thing is. For example, instead of saying “Don’t jump on the couch,” try “Please sit on the furniture and put your feet on the floor.”
Don’t confuse your child. Be sure to give clear, direct commands. Instead of “Could you please put your shoes on?” say “Please put your shoes on.” This leaves no room for confusion and does not imply that following directions is a choice.
It is important to stick to some form of discipline consistently for your child. Parents also need to stick to those rules and consequences, if they don’t, their kids aren’t likely to either.
You will find some ideas about how to vary your approach to discipline your child to best fit your family.
From ages 0 to 2 yrs
Babies and toddlers are naturally curious. Whatever comes to their hand reach their mouth too. It’s wise to eliminate temptations from their reach. These temptations and no-nos could be anything like stationery, kitchen articles, TVs and video equipment, stereos, jewelry, and especially toxic cleaning supplies and medicines.
When your crawling baby or toddler goes toward dangerous or unacceptable play object, calmly say “No”.
Avoid giving physical punishment to a child of any age. So, let’s see what are the other ways to discipline your child.
Rule you should remember:
Take your child away from that object or area which is the cause of inappropriate behaviour and distract him or her with some other activity.
What can be done:
Timeouts can be effective discipline for toddlers. For example, if a child has been hitting, biting, or throwing food, should be told why the behavior is unacceptable and taken to a designated timeout area. A timeout can be a place like a kitchen chair or bottom stair.
Just keep in mind timeout for toddlers are effective only when it is just a short time like for a minute or two to calm him down.Babies and toddlers cannot connect the relation between their behavior and physical punishment. They will just feel the pain.
It is also important to remember that kids learn a lot by watching their elders.So it will be better to make a much stronger impression by doing things you expect your child to follow. For example, by putting your own belongings away rather than just ordering your child to pick up toys while your stuff is all around the place.
Life is busy and between work and life responsibilities, the days pass us by in the blink of an eye. Parents have a common concern that they are not able to spend enough time with their children. They wonder if this could lead to developmental delays. Some parents feel guilty about working full time, or experience anxiety about choosing to work out at the gym or go to dinner with friends.
On top of that when you see a social media posts from stay-at-home parents who are able to take their children to the local zoo or work on colors and the alphabet with them only add to this anxiety.
But have no despair! Recent studies have shown that spending quality time is much more important than quantity of time. This is not to negate the importance of time spent with children. Children need high-quality time with parents and caregivers. Quality time spent with the parents and caregiver is most beneficial to children and it leaves a positive effect on them as they grow. It isn’t about endless hours of time but it’s about how you choose to spend that time that truly matters.
As parents and caregivers, we can make choices to ensure time spent with our children is high-quality.
9 Tips for spending quality time with your child
1. “WE” Time
Have a daily “WE” time with your child. Do this face-to-face, if possible; but if this isn’t an option, create a routine for doing so in other ways, such as leaving a note in your child’s lunch bag, posting a note by his toothbrush, or writing an encouraging saying on a shared whiteboard in the house.
2. Daily Ritual
Create a special ritual for you and your child—something that can be done every day. For example, let your child choose and read one book with you at bedtime.
3. Say the magic word daily
Tell your child you love her every day. And tell her how important she is to you and how she makes you feel.
4. Reinforce positive behavior
For example, if your child completes his chores without your asking, do acknowledge it with words of appreciation.
5. Meal Minutes
Make and eat meals with your children whenever possible. If time is limited, look for simple meals that require very little preparation, or grab a healthy snack such as an apple and sit for a few minutes and chat with your child.
6. “You Choose” Activity
Schedule time for doing an activity of your child’s choosing. Be sure to follow through and complete the activity without any distractions.
7. Play with your child
Play with your child, even if it’s during bath time or outside before you drop her off at preschool. Every little bit of time makes a positive impact!
8. Be Silly
Laugh and be silly with your child.
Turn off technology when you spend time with your child. Try not to text, answer calls, scroll through social media, or watch television.
To make your relationship stronger with your child you need to spend quality time with them, not quantity of time. Keep it simple and connect with your child in ways that make sense for your lifestyle and relationships. Each connection has a lasting impact and provides the support and reassurance* that your child needs.
अपने बच्चों के साथ पर्याप्त समय (क्वालिटी टाइम) व्यतीत नहीं कर पा रहे हैं?
आज हर व्यक्ति का जीवन बहुत व्यस्त है और काम और जीवन की जिम्मेदारियों के बीच, दिन पलक झपकते ही बीत जाते हैं। इससे बीच माता-पिता को ये चिंता सताती कि वे अपने बच्चों के साथ पर्याप्त समय (क्वालिटी टाइम) व्यतीत नहीं कर पा रहे हैं।
उन्हें चिंता रहती है कि इससे बच्चों के विकास में देरी हो सकती है।
ऐसे में जब आप घर में रहने वाले माता-पिता का एक सोशल मीडिया पोस्ट देखते हैं।
जिसमें वे अपने बच्चों को पढ़ा रहे है, उनके साथ चित्रकारी कर रहे है या स्थानीय चिड़ियाघर ले जा रहें हैं, तो आपकी चिंता और बढ़ जाती है।
आप निराश ना हों! हाल के अध्ययनों से पता चला है कि समय की मात्रा की तुलना में गुणवत्ता से समय बिताना अधिक महत्वपूर्ण है।
यहां हम बच्चों को कम समय देने की या उनका समय काटने की बात नहीं कर रहे हैं। बच्चों को माता-पिता और देखभाल करने वालों के साथ उच्च-गुणवत्ता वाला समय चाहिए।
माता-पिता के साथ बिताया गया गुणवत्ता का समय बच्चों के लिए अधिक फायदेमंद होता है। और यह अनुभव बड़े होने पर उन पर सकारात्मक प्रभाव छोड़ता है।
माता पिता का बच्चों के साथ बिताया समय ऐसा होना चाहिए वो सही मायनों में बच्चों को दिया गया विशेष समय हो।
यहां व्यस्त परिवारों के लिए नौ सुझाव दिए गए हैं:
1. “हमारा” समय
अपने बच्चे के साथ दैनिक रूप से बैठिए। आप इससे “हमारा” समय कह कर भी संभोधित कर सकते है। और यदि ऐसा करना संभव ना हो तो अन्य तरीकों को अपनी दिनचर्या में जोड़ें।
जैसे कि आपके बच्चे के लंच बॉक्स में एक नोट छोड़ना या घर के व्हाइटबोर्ड पर कुछ अच्छा लिखना।
2. दैनिक कार्य
आप और आपके बच्चे के लिए एक विशेष कार्य निश्चित करें जो आप रोज करें।
उदाहरण के लिए, सोने से पहले बच्चे की रुचि की कोई किताब उसके साथ पढ़ें।
3. प्यार का महत्व
अपने बच्चे को बताएं कि आप हर दिन उससे प्यार करते हैं।
और उसे बताएं कि वह आपके लिए कितना महत्वपूर्ण है और वह आपको कैसा महसूस कराता है।
4. प्रशंसा करें
उदाहरण के लिए, यदि आपका बच्चा आपके कहे बिना ही कुछ अच्छा करे तो उसकी प्रशंसा जरूर करें।
4. साथ खाएं
जब भी संभव हो अपने बच्चों के साथ भोजन बनाएं और खाएं। यदि समय सीमित है, तो साधारण कुछ ऐसा बनाए जो आसान है और जिसमें बहुत कम तैयारी की आवश्यकता हो।
सेब जैसे स्वस्थ स्नैक कहते हुए भी आप बच्चों से दिन भर की बातें कर सकते हैं।
6. “आप चुनें”
अपने बच्चे को उपयोग में आने वाला चीज़ों का चयन करने दें।
फिर यदि आपको लगे कुछ अनुचित खरीदा जा रहा है, तो उसके बारे में बच्चे को कारण सहित स्पष्टीकरण दें।
7. अपने बच्चे के साथ खेलें
अपने बच्चे के साथ खेलें। बच्चे के साथ बिताया गया हर समय उससे व्यक्तित्व विकास को सकारातमकता प्रदान करेगा।
8. मूर्ख बनो
उनके प्रश्नों के उत्तर में कभी कभी आप मूर्ख बने रहें। या उनसे प्रश्न पूछें।
9. ध्यान भटकने वाली चीजें थोड़ी देर दूर रखें।
जब आप अपने बच्चे के साथ समय बिताते हैं तो बाकी सब बंद कर दें।
फोन, आ ई पेड,, सोशल मीडिया या टेलीविजन ना देखें।
अपने बच्चे के साथ अपने रिश्ते को मजबूत बनाने के लिए आपको उनके साथ क्वालिटी टाइम बिताने की जरूरत है।
माता-पिता अपने बच्चे के जीवन में बहुत महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाते हैं।
Although a parent’s role in their children’s learning evolves as kids grow, one thing remains constant: we are our children’s learning models. Our attitudes about education can inspire theirs and show them how to take charge of their own educational journey.
Parent’s Role in Child’s life
“Parents can inspire kids to grow up to love learning and do well in school, by paying less attention to the actual specifics of the homework, but instead by creating learning-rich environments in and outside of the home.”
Be a role model for learning
In the early years, parents are their children’s first teachers — exploring nature, reading together, cooking together, and counting together. When a young child begins formal school, the parent’s job is to show him how school can extend the learning you began together at home, and how exciting and meaningful this learning can be. parents become their children’s learning coaches, as preschoolers grow into school age kids. Parents help their kids organize their time and support their desires to learn new things in and out of school, Through guidance and reminders.
Pay attention to what your child loves
A parent can do is notice her child. Find out if he is a talker or is he shy? Find out what interests him and help him explore it.
Tune into how your child learns
By paying attention to how your child learns, you may be able to pique his interest and explain tough topics by drawing pictures together, creating charts, building models, singing songs and even making up rhymes.
Many children use a combination of modalities to study and learn:
Some learn visually through making and seeing pictures,
others through tactile experiences, like building block towers and working with clay.
Still others are auditory learners who pay most attention to what they hear.
And they may not learn the same way their siblings (or you) do.
Practice what your child learns at school
Many teachers encourage parents to:
go over what their young children are learning in a non-pressured way, and
to practice what they may need extra help with.
This doesn’t mean drilling them for success, but it may mean:
going over basic counting skills, multiplication tables or letter recognition, depending on the needs, and
Reviewing the topics depending upon the learning level of your child. Please note, reviewing is different from being a drill machine.
And when you do review, your child should be willing to do it. There is no use of sitting for hours when your child is not present there mentally.
Set aside time to read together
Setting some time to read together really helps with:
Spending some productive time with your child
This will improve reading skills of your child.
Read aloud regularly, even to older kids.
If your child is a reluctant reader, reading aloud will expose her to the structure and vocabulary of good literature and get her interested in reading more.
You read one chapter aloud, let your child read another to himself.
Let kids pick the books they like. Book series are great for reluctant readers.
It’s OK to read easy, interesting books instead of harder novels.
Parent’s Role in Child’s life
Connect what your child learns to everyday life
Make learning part of your child’s everyday experience, especially when it comes out of your child’s natural questions.
When you drive in the car, count license plates and talk about the states.
Do measuring math, when you cook together.
When you turn on the blender, explore how it works together.
When your child studies the weather, talk about why it was so hot at the beach.
Have give-and-take conversations, listening to your child’s ideas instead of pouring information into their heads.
Connect what your child learns to the world
Find age-appropriate ways to help your older child connect his school learning to world events. Start by asking questions. For example,
ask a second-grader if she knows about a recent event, and what’s she heard.
Then ask what she could do to help (such as sending supplies to flood victims).
You might ask a younger child if he’s heard about anything in the news, and find out what he knows.
Make your child aware of the green and sustainable lifestyle.
Tell them why everyone should think about saving the planet Earth.
They should be taught to live with compassion towards all living beings around us
This will help your child become a caring learner.
Help your child take charge of his learning
Encourage your child to make decisions, be around and vigilant, and guide them if they are taking decisions that could really harm them. You can try by telling your child that:
Your child should be in charge of their learning and become responsible for it. This includes their daily home work.
We want them to be responsible for their successes and failures,
Show them how engaging learning is, and
That the motivations for learning should be the child’s intrinsic interests, not an external reward.”
Don’t over-schedule your child
While you may want to supplement school with outside activities, be judicious about how much you let or urge your child to do.
Kids need downtime as much as they may need to pursue extra-curricular activities.
If a child has homework and organized sports and music lessons to attend and then you want to enroll him to a drawing class by compromising his play time, it can quickly become a joyless race from one thing to another.
Therefore, monitor your child to see that he is truly enjoying what he is doing. If he isn’t, cut something off the schedule.
Parent’s Role in Child’s life
Keep TV to a minimum
It is thought that at present time, you get a lot of information through the internet and informative channels in T.V.
It is true that a lot of information is served to us and we enjoy that with our eyes. But for it to reach to our brains, we need to do some thinking too. And for that do need to keep yourself from a lot of screen time.
Watching lots of TV does not give children the chance to develop their own interests and explore on their own, because it controls the agenda.
Unstructured time with books, toys, crafts and friends allows children to learn how to be in charge of their agenda, and to develop their own interests, skills, solutions and expertise.
Learn something new yourself
Learning something new yourself is a great way to model the learning process for your child.
Take up a new language or craft, or read about an unfamiliar topic.
Show your child what you are learning and how you may be struggling.
You’ll gain a better understanding of what your child is going through and your child may learn study skills by watching you study.
You might even establish a joint study time.
Happy parenting is every parent’s delight.
All the best wishes to you on this amazing journey. This will surely give us an easy life.
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