Learning to write in a journal is such a rewarding skill for children. It helps with confidence and being able to express their feelings about themselves and their life. Journaling is also a fun activity with endless possibilities. Below are some suggestions on how to get your child to write in a journal.
Teaching your kids to write stories at a very early age is one of the most precious gifts you can give to them. Whether they grow up to be doctors, artists or exterminators the ability to write a story will ensure their ability to succeed in their career as well as their social life. As adults, we are gifted with an opportunity to instill the passion of storytelling in children daily.
The great power of TV, most people seem to enjoy it consuming shows in more places now than ever. With mobile screens and laptops, in addition to old-fashioned TV-time, viewing schedules aren't relegated to evenings and weekends. With viewers ranging from adults to toddlers, it's clearly a big part of our home life. Studies suggest the average kid in America clocks in about 35 hours of tv a week, and the numbers are expected to rise.
Parenting becomes tiresome when we have to do everything alone. Working, giving baths, providing dinner, and cleaning are just a few of the things we do without help. But do we have to do it all alone? Not at all! By getting your child to help with tasks such as washing dishes, you’ll make your load a little lighter and maybe be able to squeeze in some “me time”. To help you out, we’ve provided a few ways to get your child to help wash dishes.
Children require routine like grass requires water. To grow and be their very best, they need proper nourishment, plenty of sleep, and a wonderful start to each day. As true as these things are, we reach a conundrum when our children are reluctant to wake up on time. So how do we teach our to wake up on time without a struggle?
Knowing how to use words is necessary if we want to communicate with the people around us. Even as adults it can be tough to choose words that accurately describe what we're feeling. So we can imagine how difficult it must be for children to know which words to use that convey what it is they want or feel. To help get things started, we’ve put together a list that can help you and your child overcome the language barrier that is words.
Turning off unused electronics is a common tip for saving money on energy bills. Electronics pull some amount of energy even though they are turned off. Bigger appliances like TVs, desktop computers and washers and dryers suck a lot more energy 24 hours a day. Even though it saves money to turn off unused electronics, it might not be very convenient to do so. And getting your children to help may make this chore even more inconvenient.
While there are plenty of good things happening in this world and through social media, it's getting harder and harder to teach children what it means to talk nicely to others. Social media has enabled people to say mean unkind things on a regular basis without any consequence. This lack of consequence can escalate into behavior causing horrible consequences for the victims of those bullied by their online and offline peers.
Children learn very early in their lives how to communicate their needs to mom and dad. Babies cry to get their parent’s attention and voice their desires. Babies even have different cries for different needs like "hold me", "I'm hungry", and "I’m tired". As babies grow their communication also grows. Eventually they start to point to things and maybe use grunts instead of crying. And then those grunts will turn into baby words like "baba" for bottle, "mama" for mommy and so on.
Taking out the trash is probably the easiest and fastest chore on a child’s list. Yet, for some reason, it’s the one chore that gets forgotten about and pushed aside the most. Tired of saying, “Didn’t I tell you to take out the trash”? You might want to try the following tips to get your child to take out the trash.
Babies and toddlers go through many learning and developmental transitions in their young life. Biting is one such phase. As with all transitions, it will most likely pass fairly quickly (but I'm sure not quickly enough). Below are some ways you can get your child to stop biting.
Nail biting is an annoyance for many parents. It’s unsanitary and can cause bleeding around the nail bed. Biting nails also results in cracked and peeling nails that don’t look nice. Nail biting can become such an ingrained habit for children that parents have a difficult time helping their children to not bite fingernails.
0 ways to get your child to sleep in their own bed. Sleep is probably the biggest concern and stressor for parents. Sleep is the foundation of your mood and energy. Unfortunately, many children don’t understand how precious sleep is for them and their parents. Every stage of sleep, from getting to sleep to waking up too early, can be filled with frustration and turns many parents into zombies the next morning.
Admit it, there are days when showering is the last thing you have time to do. But being seen disheveled and realizing you smell while being introduced to another parent during after-school pick-up, is just not an option. Much like adults, kids don't always feel the need to bathe. Their schedules are cram packed with desire to experience life, have fun and not slow down for annoying things like bath time. So how do we get those adorable mongrels to shower without a nightly battle? The best way to get your kids to bathe, outsmart them.
Confidence is quite an important trait for a child to possess. Confidence helps children make friends, answer questions at school and believe in their abilities. Without confidence, children might lack friends, get poor grades and have low self-esteem. Confidence is a complicated thing and isn’t as easy as teaching a child to tie their shoes. So it’s no wonder parents get worried about how to fill their child’s confidence bucket.
3 ways to encourage a child to sculpt. Art is just as important in a child’s education as math and science. Working with their hands and being able to create something unique and personal helps children build self-esteem and self-awareness. Art also keeps creative muscles strong and engaged which will benefit them in every other area of life.
Teaching our children manners is an important part of parenthood. It sets the tone for how they’ll behave when they are not in our presence, and will serve them well when interacting with others. When it comes to teaching our children to say “please” and “thank you”, it’s important we teach them to not only verbally communicate these phrases, but to show it as well.
Nobody wants to deal with a disrespectful person, be it child or adult, so let's fix that pronto. When a child acts difficult, it's not productive to give into their bad behavior. First you must determine the reason for their behavior, then determine how to react. Oh, and you need to do this on-the-spot without hesitation. This may seem far-fetched, kids are kids after all, but that's precisely why there may be multiple causes for their disrespectful behavior. To change the bad behavior, a parent has to understand what's triggering it as well as ensure the consequences for disrespectful behavior are in line with the parents goals.
Teaching our children to reduce waste is as important as teaching them to be kind. It teaches kids to be mindful of their actions, no matter how big or small, and sets the tone for how they will treat natural resources throughout their lifetime. With patience, persistence, and a little creativity, teaching your child to reduce waste can be done.
Often the fastest way to occupy our kids is providing them with video games, smartphones, and televisions. All too late we realize the folly in this strategy when it comes to peeling our children away from their screens to get them involved in something else. While some video games do provide opportunities to develop problem-solving skills, they often impede valuable social interaction and physical activity crucial for healthy development in children. Video games can become a very overindulgent activity, consuming larger and larger portions of time. With video games being so easily accessible and obsessive, how can parents take measures to ensure that their kids are exploring other interests?
Cleaning up the worldwide epidemic of trash seems like an impossible task, but teaching kids to be less wasteful, in addition to being more creative with reuse and recycling is far from impossible. Getting your kids to recycle instead of being wasteful can be a fun learning experience for the whole family. So how do you go about getting started?
For avid readers, it's near impossible to stop them from reading a book. Their mothers swear the children landed face first in a book at birth and have only ever put a book down long enough to eat and pick up the next one. But this fascination with books is not inherent for all children. Many find it very difficult to get into a book. If your child has yet to be drawn into the endless adventure the pages of a book offers, Wishfinity has some simple tips on how to get your child to read from a book.
Reading has long been a way to relax, unwind, and escape the everyday stresses that come with adulthood. It’s something we often enjoy, but don’t always find time to do. But with so many benefits --like vocabulary expansion and memory improvement, to name a few-- it’s important that we teach our children to complete a book and practice doing the same.
Raking leaves is like any other childhood chore. It’s met with excuses, groans, and procrastination. The good news is that a great way to get your child to rake leaves involves enjoying the hallmarks of the Fall season like being outside in the crisp air and sipping hot chocolate on the couch. Below are five ways to turn raking leaves into an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
It’s amazing how quickly a child can turn a spotless house into a disaster zone. Children are wired for chaos. Their busy little minds are always so excited they jump from one thing to another in seconds leaving mounds of debris in their wake. Help your child manage their mess with the following tips and tricks.
“Families that eat together stay together”–or so the saying goes. And it’s true! Meal time is a valuable time to catch up on each other’s lives and grow closer. It’s a chance for parents to show how much they care about and love their children. It’s a chance for children to share the ups and downs of their day. Meals are the pause button in life and are extremely important in helping families stick together and support each other. Preparing meals is another terrific opportunity to strengthen your family’s relationship.
As adults, it’s hard to remember a time when we had to learn the age-old skill that is spelling. It’s really just a thing of the past — that is, until we have kids. We appreciate just how difficult teaching a child to spell can be, which is why we’ve attempted to make the process a little easier for you. Below, we’ve provided a list of creative ways to get (and keep) your child interested. By making it fun, both you and your child will enjoy the time spent spelling, and will — fingers crossed — look forward to it.
Getting your child to do school related tasks when they’re not in school can be like asking them to pull their own teeth out. And as parents, we understand it takes a bit of creativity when figuring out ways to get our children to do what we’d like them to do. School related tasks are no different, which is why we’ve put together a few creative ways to get your child to practice math.
Learning how to play an instrument is extremely rewarding for children. Throughout the learning process, children develop self-esteem and confidence. They share their talent with friends and family, and regular playing in front of an audience will combat stage fright and fear of speaking in public. Playing an instrument is also relaxing and can lead to improvements in other areas of children’s lives.
Playing outside was something previous generations looked forward to doing. It’s where the neighborhood kids would get together and ride bikes, skate, play tag, and use their imaginations to come up with fun ways to spend the days. But in a world where most of our entertainment comes from an iPad, television or computer, children are becoming less and less familiar with the outdoors. While being inside isn't necessarily bad, it is important kids have time to play outside, too.
While a certain amount of sibling rivalry may be normal in families, what happens when it goes too far, and you start to feel like a bouncer because of all the fights you have to break up every day? It's time to employ some strategies to help your kids play well together, and become the friends you want them to be.
Learning to paint can be an enjoyable experience for anyone. Learning to paint gives us a great excuse to get a bit messy and creative. Kids discover quickly their ability to express themselves in a new way. The act of painting also helps improve their confidence and self-esteem.
William Shakespeare said, “The eyes are windows to your soul.” That might be why it’s difficult and uncomfortable for some people to make eye contact while speaking with others. Making eye contact is an important part of communication and social interactions. It shows we are attentive and interested in what the person is saying. Making eye contact also gives the speaker confidence to continue with the discussion.
From the moment we find out we’re expecting, we begin thinking about what it is we want for our children. Ultimately, the most important thing is that our children grow up to be happy, caring, and responsible individuals. To do our part in assuring this, we have to do what we can to teach our children responsibility, and what better way to do that than to teach them how to clean the bedroom.
Holding the door for someone is such a simple, yet powerful, thing. It’s spontaneous. It’s quick. It’s free. And it just might make a stranger’s day. Adding “holding the door” to your child’s list of good deeds is simple and fun.
Fall is here, and the leaves are falling! Chilly weather, colorful leaves, and the long-sought-after "PSL" *Starbucks lovers know what we're talking about* mean it's finally time to cozy up and breathe before the arrival of the holidays. But wait. Those picturesque red, orange, and yellow leaves adorning our front yards aren't going to rake themselves. Since yard work isn't likely to happen without some effort, and because it's our job as parents to teach our children responsibility, we can use this opportunity to teach our kids how to help with yard work.
Getting your kids to do house chores may take a little creativity and persistence to achieve. However, by getting off on the right foot, you can get your kids to enjoy helping with chores, including the laundry. And, since laundry is an unavoidable fact of life, you will all benefit from finding ways to make it fun and enjoyable. This whole process can begin when your kids are two years old, and continue when they enter middle school and high school.
Going to the store with children can be difficult. For starters, it usually involves overusing the word ‘No!’ to the many things they pick up through the aisles. If you’ve gotten through the aisles in one piece, your child is likely reminding you of how hungry they are and begging you to leave. For practical reasons, it’s important we not only teach our children to tolerate grocery shopping but how to get your child to help with grocery shopping as well.
Many children have difficulty keeping hands to themselves. This creates frustration at home and can lead to punishment at school. So it’s extra important to learn how to deal with a child to hits, pinches, pushes and otherwise cannot keep their hands to themselves.
Bedtime should be a peaceful and comforting event in your and your child’s day. Blankets, warm milk, and bedtime stories are the hallmarks of this time of day. However, many children don’t get this memo and use this time to run around, resist pajamas and get a sudden case of dry mouth. If you are like most parents, wrangling your children for bed is probably an Olympic sport at your house. But it doesn’t have to be.
When your child is small, it’s easy to place him in a stroller and go on a walk. He will likely be amazed by squirrels, birds, flowers, and other things you’ll see along the way. As your child grows into his teen years, he will probably prefer to spend more time playing video games and less time going on walks. When this happens, it’s important you find creative ways to get your child to go on a walk
Once upon a time, children loved nothing more than spending the day outside. Whether it was riding a bike, playing tag, or using their imagination to come up fun outdoor activities, being outside was a joy. But in a tech-driven society, how can we get encourage our children to get outside and go on bike rides when they are tethered to their devices most of the time.
There seems to be a time vortex that only exists in the mornings. This vortex makes any simple task take ten times longer than usual. All painfully leaving children running after their school bus and parents in such a hurry they drive off with their coffee mug still on the roof of the car. Mornings don’t have to be like this! Take back your mornings by helping get your kids ready for school on time with these simple, yet effective, tips.
Breakfast is an important part of each day. It sets the tone and gives you the energy to get through until lunch. Breakfast is even more so important for a child who needs to be able to focus and burn energy during the day at school. However, a common concern and frustration with parents is that their child doesn’t finish their breakfast.
Taking care of a pet is a huge responsibility for a child. It’s a living, breathing animal and is many steps above pretending to feed their doll at the dining room table. While a pet is often bought for the child, many times the feeding and general care of the pet quietly shifts from the child to the parent. Below are three ways to encourage your child to take responsibility for caring for their pet.
We all want to be fit and healthy. But the reality is with all the day-to-day things that come with adulthood and parenting finding time to exercise is often easier said than done. We get it; it's hard. But the best thing we can do for ourselves and our families is to commit to living the healthiest life possible, and teach our children to do the same.
As parents, we begin encouraging our children from the moment they enter into this world. We encourage them to smile by making funny or happy faces, to speak by sounding out words, and to walk by saying “come here, baby!” while motioning with our hands. As they grow older, we encourage them to do well in school, go to college, and to ultimately be the very best versions of themselves. We understand how important it is to speak kind, encouraging words to our children in hopes those words will help them get through periods of self-doubt. Encouragement from parents to children doesn’t ever really stop, but how do we teach our children to encourage others?
For a child, the dinner table is filled with rules and manners and something called etiquette which can be difficult to navigate. Sometimes children become rebellious against the rules of the dinner table and might refuse to use their utensils to eat. No matter the reason, if your child is going through a phase in which they do not want to eat with utensils there is a fun way to encourage them to pick up their spoon and fork again.
During pregnancy, we do our best to eat healthy, vegetable and fruit packed meals so that we can deliver a healthy baby. While nursing, we’re equally mindful of what we eat because—well, what we eat still affects our baby. But what do you do when your child no longer needs your body to provide them with nourishment? To help you out, we’ve put together a list of things you can do to get your child to eat all their vegetables.
As parents, we do everything we can to give our children the greatest start in life possible. We teach them manners, encourage them to engage in sports, and make them dinner each night. But when all that is said and done, we are still faced with the junk food battle. How do you get your sweet child to eat less junk food in order live a healthy life?
With everything that needs to be done in the morning, picking out clothes and dressing your child can become quite the battle. Very young children might still need your help to get dressed, but older children should handle the task on their own. Some children might just be stubborn, anxious or too tired in the morning to dress themselves.
Getting children to do things such as chores can be quite the challenge. But have you ever struggled with getting your child to draw for fun? Our tech-consumed youth are becoming less and less familiar with things that don’t involve a Wi-Fi connection. To help you get your child involved in something analog, we’ve listed a few things you can do to encourage her drawing abilities.
Drinking water has a ton of benefits, including clearer skin and feeling rejuvenated. Because our bodies are made up of 55-60% of water, it's incredibly important that we drink enough to keep our organs functioning well so they can last a lifetime. More importantly we need to instill the healthy habit in our children.
Bad habits are hard to break, and swearing is no exception. Whether it's to set a good example for your children or as a part of your journey to self-improvement, making the decision to not swear is a good one. Fortunately, once you’ve decided to not swear, you’ll have no trouble finding a plethora of information online (like this article) to help you out.
The moment we find out we are expecting, our lives begin to center around ensuring our children receive adequate nutrition. We know and understand that our prenatal diet directly affects our children, and could even predispose them to childhood obesity. But once our children are born, how can we ensure they do not over eat? Listed are a few things you can do to help keep your child from over-eating.
Fear your kid doesn’t get it? Too often do you catch your little cherub leaving a trail of detritus in his wake, marching on merrily while you anxiously glance side-to-side to see if other parents are witnessing your hasty retrieval of trash? Littering isn’t just about being lazy; it’s a behavior that demonstrates a propensity to carelessness, a lack of understanding consequences, negating one’s civic duties, and a genuine self-centered view of the world. As adults, no one values the gal or guy who believes there will always be someone there to clean up after her or him. So how do we ensure our little litter bug doesn’t grow up to be the office jerk?
Most children go through a phase where they'll not only test their limits, but yours as well, in seeing how far they can go. During this phase, you may notice your child making up stories that are cute, but clearly not true. While no parent wants to put limits on their child, how do you allow your child the creative freedom to use their imagination while teaching the importance of telling the truth?
Once you become a parent, it seems that having an uninterrupted conversation with your friends is a thing of the past. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be that way. Children are like sponges and are more than capable of picking up new manners, including how to stop interrupting. You can teach your child to not interrupt you or others with a few simple practices.
Getting in trouble at school is stressful for everyone involved. Classroom time is disrupted. Parents get pressure from the school to handle the situation. And children get double punishments; punishment at school and punishment when they get home.
Sometimes it seems like the only way to be heard is to complain. After all, how can we honestly expect our partners, family, and friends to know what we want or need if we do not complain about it? While voicing our concerns is encouraged, it's important we learn to raise any issue in a constructive manner and teach our children to do the same.
Let's face it: We've all been somewhere, minding our own business, when you hear the most foul language pouring through the air. Wondering where it could be coming from, you notice a group of teenagers laughing and cursing as if it's all they know. You immediately begin to ask ‘Where are their parents?’ and ‘Why is there is that foul language coming from the mouth of kids.’ Rude, crude, and disgusting behavior is never acceptable. That being said, there are some things you can do to prevent that sort of behavior within your family.
Have you ever arranged to meet someone for lunch, only to have them show up 20 minutes late? While things happen that are out of our control, it is important to be punctual and respect the time of others. To help you teach your child how important it is to not be late, we’ve provided a few tips below.
If only there were a magic pill that would always make children do what parents ask. Whoever invented that pill would be a multi-billionaire. Parents around the world would be able to enjoy their meals in peace and always have a clean house and never have to chase their child into the street shouting, "Come back here this instant!" Unfortunately, such a pill does not exist, and parents are forced to get creative to get their kids to do what they ask.
Learning to budget and save money is an important part of adulthood, especially when ensuring your funds are being properly allocated and your bills are getting paid. After all, buying a house, a car, and raising a family is not cheap. And while, as adults, we know this to be true, how can we ensure our children learn to contribute to their savings at an early age?
Caring for the planet and conserving its natural resources is incredibly important. Recycling, not wasting food, picking up our trash and not littering are all part of necessary efforts in taking care of our planet. But how often do we think to conserve water? It may not be something you typically think of, but teaching our children to conserve water is as equally important as teaching them to recycle. And, as is the case with most things, the best way to teach a child to do anything is to lead by example. But, we are human, and that makes it nearly impossible to get it right each and every time. So, to help you and your family in your efforts to conserve water, we’ve put together a short list to get the ball rolling.
When we think of kindness, we often think of giving gifts, making dinner for a sick friend, or being the one to make dinner reservations, so our partner doesn't have to. After all, isn't that what people do for others they want to see happy? Well, yes, but it doesn't have to stop there. Ask yourself this- When was the last time you showed kindness by giving a compliment?
Let’s face it. Being able to prepare a meal to enjoy with your family is a wonderful way to end your work day or any day for that matter. But what happens after dinner? Specifically, whose responsibility is it to clean up and clear the table once you’ve all eaten, discussed your days, and laughed? We know it is difficult to get children to volunteer to do anything, which is why we’ve put together a short list of ways to get the help you need and deserve.
When our children are babies, we do everything for them. After all, they're innocent babies that do need us. But as they become toddlers, then preschoolers, and eventually teenagers, we find ourselves still doing a lot, including making the decision to clean the house ourselves. Well, there are ways we can encourage our children and partners to help us clean the house, so let's explore them!
Enjoying a meal with family is a time-honored tradition filled with laughter and delicious food. However for a young child, it is filled with endless rules, manners and etiquette to learn. Table manners like keeping your elbows off the table, eating with utensils and not reaching over others can be uncivil. Chewing with your mouth open is slightly more unsettling. If you have a child who insists on showing their food during every bite, then the following list of tips are for you.
Whether through verbal communication or creative self-expression, teaching a child to calm down and process their feelings is imperative to his overall development. But getting a child to do that is typically easier said than done. So to help you out, we’ve gathered a few techniques that will help you and your child build their communication skills and lessen — and hopefully eliminate — their tantrums altogether.
You only get two sets of teeth in life. That's why it's so important to take care of them. However, trying to get a child to brush their teeth can sometimes feel like trying to get a cat to take a bath. Consequences of not brushing are expensive and unpleasant. So how can parents ensure their kids gets their teeth clean without resorting to tying them to the toilet every night?
If only children came with a remote. Parents could rewind and prevent their child from spilling yet another glass of milk. They could fast-forward through the crying fits and stop bad behavior barely lifting a finger. Obviously, no such remote exists. Who doesn't love a well-behaved child?
It seems obvious, right? You are a parent; thus you have this amazing ability to gift your child with responsibility. Voila! Your child is a perfect individual wise beyond their micro-years, and ready to lead the world to awesomeness. Not yet? Find yourself still yelling, "Shut the door!" and numerous other tedious commands to remind your child of their household obligations and general societal norms that infer an ability to be responsible?
Have you ever pulled up to the drive-thru window at Starbucks — ready to pay — only to have the barista tell you that the person before you has already paid for your drink? A complete stranger made a conscious decision to be kind to others, and you were lucky enough to be directly affected!
If parents received a dollar for every time they told their children to “pay attention” or “you need to be a good listener” there would be wealthy parents all over the world. If you are struggling to get your child to be a good listener, welcome to parenthood!