You Should Know
If you think all your kid does at preschool is sing songs and play games, you’re mostly correct. But that’s precisely what he needs to be doing. These kinds of activities are how kids at this age make connections in their brains. And considering brain development is at its highest during the first four years of life, children can get a lot out of a quality preschool program. In fact, many longitudinal studies show a strong relationship between preschool attendance and success later in life, including improved academic readiness, higher graduation rates, better long term jobs and higher earnings.
Yes it’s frustrating, but think about it this way. Sibling rivalry gives our children an opportunity to develop important people skills like negotiation, cooperation, and the ability to see another’s point of view. As long as they’re not hurting each other, it’s worthwhile to let them solve their problems themselves. Suggestions are fine, but try to let them ultimately work things out. Don’t yell or take sides. Do teach them how to compromise and respect one another. Then remind yourself that in most cases, your kiddos’ relationship will eventually develop into a close one.
We parents sure worry a lot. Over five hours per day according to one poll. It seems that we’re most concerned about our children’s safety and happiness, followed by if they’re being bullied and if they’re keeping up in class. Our top three worst nightmares are dealing with broken limbs, broken hearts and lice (The poll was conducted by Lice Clinics of America). The poll also confirms that we’re losing sleep due to our worries. No kidding!? A more interesting poll would be: when do we not worry?
Teen drivers have the highest accident rate and the lowest seat belt use rate of any other driving demographic. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the US. And research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half. Teens are especially bad at buckling up in the back seat. Whether your child is already driving, about to start driving or nowhere near driving, set a good example and buckle yourself and everyone else up every time you get in the car, no matter where the seat or how short the trip.