Morning habits for kids you really need to start implementing

If your little human isn’t much of a morning person, perhaps it’s time to pull out some morning habits for kids to help get them into the right gear!   Best morning habits for kids Don’t use the snooze button Getting your morning routine started as soon as possible is key to a good morning routine. A lot of kids rely on the snooze button as part of their routine, but it’s very counterproductive. Instead of using it, start using healthier morning habits for kids that won’t delay their start to their day.   Get dressed before heading out of the room It’s fun to wander around in your PJ’s all day, but when it’s a rushed morning, there’s no time for silly games like these. Those days are better left for the weekend. During the week, it’s essential to get up, dress up, and get out the door as soon as possible. Help them choose their outfits the night before so they can step out of bed and into their clothes in the morning.   Feed them a healthy breakfas…
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Signs that your kid is a bully: Here are some telltale signs they might be

It can be hard to tell if your kid is a bully. Bullying is a growing epidemic, with one in four kids being bullied across the world. Here’s what to be on the lookout for:   Your kid is a bully if… He justifies bad behaviour Your kid is a bully if he or she attempts to shift blame to the victim rather than him or herself. Bullies fail to recognise their actions might be contributing to a problem. Kids that bully others feel justified by treating others badly since their own emotions tend to escalate in intensity.   They have aggressive friends Bullies often don’t have a shortage of friends. In fact, they often have a network of friends that encourages their bad behaviour. If your kid’s friends seem to mean towards others, or if they engage in some other type of bullying, your kid might well be part of that bullying trend.   She gets into trouble at school Your kid’s behaviour at school is obviously a tell-tale sign of what they get up to when you’r…
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What you really should let your kids do on their own

There are some things that you need to let your kids do without constantly holding their hands or watching over their shoulders. Sure, we all want to make it as easy as possible for our kids, because heck, life isn’t easy. But however, tempting it might seem, you need to let your kids take risks and become independent as soon as possible. Here are some tasks your kids don’t need you ding for them anymore…   What you need to let your kids do Take care of their pets If you own a family pet, it’s not just yours, and it’s not just your partner’s pet, right? So the responsibility of taking care of the family pet should be shared between ALL family members, including your kids. You should let your kids do basics like fill the food and water bowls for the dogs. When you do, your kids will develop empathy, which is always a good thing. It also gives them a sense of responsibility.   Help with younger siblings If you’re in the thick of raising young kids, you might …
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Fussy dressers and how parents can ease the drama

If you’re a parent of fussy dressers, you know all too well just how much drama the daily dressing routine can cause. In fact, you often spend more time dressing your kid than yourself. But here’s the help you’ve been waiting for! Let’s take a look at some of the top challenges of fussy dressers and how you can work to overcome or avoid them.   Problems that cause fussy dressers Too many options In most cases, fussy dressers don’t have such big issues with the look of certain clothes, but more with the texture and fit. And when it’s not 100% right according to their needs, it can elicit all kinds of responses from kids. You really want to avoid them feeling overwhelmed and give them limited choices when it comes to their clothing. Stick to two outfits to choose from so that the decision is easier for them to make.   The closet is stocked with unapproved items It can be super tempting to try and steer your kid towards clothing choices you’d make for yourself…
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Terrible school-learnt behaviours and how to address them

Your kids will pick up on a range of school-learnt behaviours over the years. Here are some of the biggest problems and how you can help ensure your kid doesn’t get stuck onto them.   The worst school-learnt behaviours Gossiping Gossiping is an almost irresistible pastime in our culture, and it’s one of the most widespread school-learnt behaviours ever. The problem with gossip is that it’s rude and prone to serious backfiring. Teach your kids to talk respectfully to and about others. Teach them about how rude and disrespectful gossiping is and how much it hurts to be gossiped about.   Nervous habits Going back to school can provoke anxiety in kids, particularly the ones that are prone to get nervous. Nervous behaviours include nail biting, hair pulling, lip chewing and thumb sucking. Talk to your kid about this if it happens, and let them know that it’s okay to have these feelings. Help them find positive solutions and alternate ways to deal with their anxi…
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What teenage boys think and need their moms to know

Moms and their sons don’t always get along, even more so with the onslaught of puberty. To lend you a helping hand, we’ve got the scoop on what teenage boys think and need you to know, Mom!   Teenage boys think along these lines… Becoming a man is tough Teenage boys think that being a guy is a tough gig. There’s a lot of expectations and peer pressure from other guys out there.   I need you to recognise my autonomy even when you’re checking it The teenage years are full of conflict and contradiction, especially when it comes to your son’s social life. On the one hand, he wants you to be aware of his social activities, but he also desperately needs to be able to do his own thing. This means you’ll have to set boundaries but still make it clear that he has a choice in the matter. You can pay for his cellphone and the Wi-Fi and allow him to use it. But those privileges call for some guidelines to be in place, which he needs to follow.   Please ask me …
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The uncensored truth about learning disabilities

Learning disabilities aren’t conditions that can be solved with magic pills or “muti”. Your best plan for dealing with these struggles is understanding the truth behind them and getting your child the help he or she needs. Here are some things that all parents need to know about learning problems.   What you need to know about learning disabilities Learning disabilities come in all shapes and sizes The first thing that might come to mind when you hear about learning disabilities is school kids that have issues with reading, writing, or math. These problems might be rooted in conditions such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. But the truth is that these disabilities are neurological processing problems that don’t stick to “know” forms. Some problems manifest in hearing (auditory processing disorder), others show up in speech (language processing disorder. There are also children that struggle with weakness in areas like hand-eye coordination and kids who strugg…
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ADHD symptoms in girls that don’t show up in boys

Once upon a time, people thought that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder was a problem that manifested mainly in boys. Luckily today, we know better, understanding that it occurs in both sexes. The problem, however, is that ADHD symptoms in girls look a bit different than they do in boys. Here’s what to be on the lookout for if you’ve got little females in the house and you’re concerned about ADHD.   ADHD symptoms in girls Hyperactivity isn’t a big deal Although a classic symptom of ADHD is hyperactivity, that’s not entirely the case as far as girls are concerned. When compare to boys with ADHD, girls are less likely to have issues with hyperactivity. ADHD symptoms in girls also don’t include impulsiveness, as is observed in boys. Girls with ADHD are less likely to struggle with impulse control.   Easily distracted An inability to stay focused is a key symptom of ADHD, and it’s something that both girls and boys can struggle with if they have the cond…
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What it’s really like to raise tweens (all the FAQ)

To raise tweens isn’t only challenging; it’s also super fun and can add a whole new dimension to the parenting game. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about raising teens and tweens and answering them with the most practical advice. FAQ – how to raise tweens When should kids get phones? This is a sensitive topic for parents that raise tweens. It’s always best to consider your kid’s personality and maturity before the phone enters the scene. If and when you decide to give them a phone, parental guidance is an absolute must. Phones with limited internet access and restricted messaging features can also help keep younger kids safe.   Should I limit screen time? Kids can develop sleeping problems and start performing poorly in school if all they do all day is stare at a screen. It’s always advisable to limit screen time, but this isn’t something that all parents approach equally.   When should teens go to …
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How to help kids feel independent

As toddlers, kids can’t always do much for themselves. But there are actually a lot of ways in which you can help kids feel independent. However small the tasks are, it’s important that kids take ownership of them, so they start understanding the importance of independence.   In pursuit of your kiddo’s autonomy, there are bound to be some tears and the occasional meltdown. But the good times will triumph over the bad. Here’s how to help your kids along:   Tips to help kids feel independent Let them turn the pages This might be a small gesture, but it can make a big impact. As you’re reading to your toddler, allow your kid to turn the book’s pages. Perhaps you can even allow him to hold the book. In this way, your kid feels like he’s dictating the pace of the activity rather than passively listening.   Allow your kid to take the lead with potty training While some kids catch on quickly, others take their sweet old time with potty training. But you…
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