Coping With Adolescent Anxiety: How Parents And Kids Can Deal

Coping With Adolescent Anxiety: How Parents And Kids Can Deal

Living with anxiety can be overwhelming for adults, but for teens and children, it can be devastating. Adolescent anxiety comes with many different side effects, including a lack of concentration (which can affect school performance), depression, and even suicidal thoughts. Many young people suffering with this condition are afraid to talk about it because they worry that it makes them abnormal, so it’s important to assuage their fears and help them understand the many causes and, more importantly, the solutions. Some of the things that can cause anxiety include moving to a new town or school, dealing with puberty or sexuality, bullying, underperforming at school or in a favorite activity, or living with an undiagnosed mental health issue. For many of these causes, keeping communication open with your child is imperative. Let her know that she can talk to you about her concerns, and be a patient listener. Teens are sometimes harder to reach than younger children, but keeping an open mind and showing your child extra love and attention may help ease their fears about venting their fears. Here’s how you can help. Dealing with a move Many kids are anxious about a move because it means starting a new school, leaving their friends and everything familiar behind. You can help by taking your child to the new home before the move, if possible, to help her get used to it. Show her around the neighborhood and spend an afternoon looking for fun things to do nearby. Go to the local library and sign up for classes you can take together or one where she can make friends....
Click here to read –>Toddler Bedtime Routines.

Click here to read –>Toddler Bedtime Routines.

  As many parents have experienced, it isn’t always easy to get a toddler to fall asleep. Though it may seem frustrating at times, the importance of bedtime times will affect a child well into their adult life. Children who have irregular bedtimes are more likely to difficulty acclimating to their day than children who have regular bedtime routines. Routines can help eliminate behavioral issues a child may be experience throughout their day and help your child relax since they know what will be coming next in their day. The natural production of melatonin in young children rises much earlier in the evening compared to teens or adults, so it is natural for a child to go to sleep between the hours of 7 and 8 pm. It is suggested that child between the ages of 1 and 3 years old should be getting 12-14 hours of sleep each day. Children with better sleep patterns will have a stronger bank of positive memories to draw from, increase attention span, and boosts learning. Although bedtime could be a struggle for some persistent toddlers, a positive sleep routine will lead them onto a healthy path and the outcome will be a happy and healthy toddler! Miss Casey Nestrick Young Toddler Lead Teacher —————————————-ESPAÑOL——————————- Como muchos padres han experimentado, no siempre es fácil conseguir que un niño se quede dormido. A pesar de que puede parecer frustrante a veces, es importante la hora de dormir ya que este proceso afectará a un niño durante su vida adulta. Los niños que tienen una hora de acostarse irregular son más propensos a la dificultad...
Click here to read —>Fun in the Sun for your baby and young toddler!

Click here to read —>Fun in the Sun for your baby and young toddler!

There are many low cost, engaging, and fun summer activities that are infant friendly for the whole family to enjoy! Laying out a blanket in the backyard or park is a great way to expose infants to summer and nature. The grass and flowers are excellent ways for babies to discover textures and colors. The sounds of other children and animals are wonderful for an infant’s sense of sound development and may even strike up curiosity! Baby pools and water tables are an amazing way to expose a baby to sensory and water play! Allowing young children to play with water will enhance confidence in their swimming abilities in their older years. Sand boxes may be a messier clean up, but can be a lot of fun to young children who are starting use their hands and build their fine motor skills. Going for nature walks, visiting zoo’s, and creating art with sidewalk chalk are also fun outdoor activities! The simplest activities are sometimes the most important. Everyday an infant is learning something new. No matter how silly an activity may seem to an adult, all experiences are new connections being made in an infant’s brain. Miss Casey Young Toddler Lead Teacher ——————————————————————ESPAÑOL—————————————————– Hay muchas actividades de verano baratas, atractivas y divertidas que son amigables para los bebés y que toda la familia puede disfrutar. Coloque una manta en el patio o el parque ya que es una gran manera de exponer a los niños al verano y la naturaleza. La hierba y las flores son formas excelentes para que los bebés descubran texturas y colores. Los sonidos de otros...
Click here to read —> Exploring Emotions.

Click here to read —> Exploring Emotions.

As our children enter the school age years although their language skills, writing skills, and cognitive skills are improving, some of the communication between themselves, their parents, siblings, and teachers may dissipate. As individuals with important roles to fulfill in a child’s life, it may be challenging to understand what difficulties they may be facing, what new things they are learning, and what our new expected role exactly is. We could become frustrated as our children give us little information and feedback when we ask the very general question, “how was your day?” Although we may become frustrated, angry, or upset that all we receive in response is a simple, “good,” it is not our school age child’s fault! They are attending school for a long period of time and as parents, it is imperative to realize the difficulty they must face when trying to organize their thoughts and describe key components to their day. Instead, we should reexamine the question which we are asking our children. Rather than asking how their day was, seeking more specific responses may bridge communication gaps experienced in this stage of development and help the school age child improve their social  and emotional health, express themselves, and bond with caregivers over common interest in their lives! Try asking your child some of the following questions instead! Who or what made you happy today? Why? Who or what made you sad today? Why? Who did you play with at recess? What did you play at recess? What did you eat for lunch? What did you discuss in language arts? What did you study in...
Click here to read—> The Power of Play.

Click here to read—> The Power of Play.

The Power of Play! When you walk into one of our classrooms here at Freckles and Frills, you will most likely see blocks and toys all over the carpet, children dressed up in diverse play clothes, and play food on trays and plates! With this image, I am sure you can imagine all the fun your child has had that day learning through play. Play-based learning allows children to develop language and social skills, problem solve, enhance cognitive skills, foster decision making, and so much more! It is important for parents and teachers to support this type of learning as it encourages hands-on learning and provides children with the opportunities to develop thinking skills and make connections to real life experiences. Parents, at home you can foster play-based learning by interacting with your child to better understand their skills and interests, create a relaxing environment for children to explore and investigate, and simply make more time for play. What are some ways you foster play at home? Miss Ali Preschool Class **********************ESPAÑOL********************* ¡El poder del juego! Cuando entras en una de nuestras aulas aquí en Freckles and Frills, lo más probable es que vea bloques y juguetes por toda la alfombra, niños vestidos con diversa ropa de juego y comida de juguete en bandejas y platos. Con esta imagen, estoy seguro de que usted puede imaginar toda la diversión que su hijo ha tenido este día aprendiendo a través del juego. El aprendizaje basado en juegos permite a los niños desarrollar habilidades de lenguaje y sociales, resolver problemas, mejorar las habilidades cognitivas, fomentar la toma de decisiones y mucho...
Click to read—> “The Great Outdoors”

Click to read—> “The Great Outdoors”

The outdoor life is an important factor for your child’s development. Exposing your child to what the outdoors has to offer can benefit your child greatly and it is important to give your child these experiences early on in their life. By providing nature and outdoor experiences to your child early in their life, it can help foster their love for the outdoors. Experiencing the nature has many benefits. These benefits include physical fitness, mental health, intellectual development, and social development. With all of the new technologies we have today, more children are playing on tablets instead of being active outside. Unstructured outdoor play is crucial for your child’s health and development. Here are a few ideas to foster your child’s love for the outdoors: Go for a walk Set up a picnic in the backyard Pick flowers Feed the fish at a local park Have a nature scavenger hunt Go for a hike Dig in the dirt Plant flowers Grow a garden Listen for the sounds of nature (birds, crickets, frogs, rain, water flowing) Lay in the grass and look at the sky, clouds, stars, moon, etc. Bring your child outdoors consistently and help them explore the earth and all of the great things it has to offer us! How will you foster your child’s love for the outdoors?   Miss Ciara Older Toddler Teacher   *****************************************ESPAÑOL********************************************   La vida al aire libre es un factor importante para el desarrollo de su hijo. Exponer a su niño a lo que el aire libre tiene que ofrecer puede beneficiar a su niño enormemente y es importante dar a su...
Click to read—> Screen-Free activities for your child!

Click to read—> Screen-Free activities for your child!

Televisions, Tablets, computers, cell phones and video games have become a norm in today’s world. Although all could be good in moderation, too much of these things can start to harm your children. Too much of this technology could interfere with homework, being physically active, socializing, and spending time with family. There are so many different activities to do with your children other than watching movies or playing video games. One screen free activity is going on a nature walk or a scavenger hunt outside. Make a list before going outside with your child. This could include looking for items such as a squirrel, rocks, flowers, stop signs, different letters, and colors. Once you find the item, check it off of your list. The children will have fun looking for the different items and get so excited when they find them! If the weather isn’t nice enough to get outside and enjoy a walk, there are plenty of fun activities to do indoors! One of these includes reading a book that your children enjoys. To make this even better, build an indoor fort with your child and read the book inside the fort! Once the book or books are finished, you could play inside the fort! Also, after reading the book it might be fun to paint or color a picture that goes along with the book. Your child could color their favorite part of the book or their favorite character! Another fun screen free activity is performing science experiments. There are many different experiments for children of all different ages. One simple and fun one that all children love...
Celebrate Earth Day with your child!

Celebrate Earth Day with your child!

Today is  Earth day.and many may be wondering what they can do to teach their children the importance of caring for our World! It is very important to allow School Age Children to become involved in caring for their environments. This provides children with a sense of ownership and belonging to their community which is important for their social and emotional development. There are plenty of fun, educational activities that you can do with your school aged child on Earth Day! For parents interested in enhancing their child’s scientific comprehension abilities an activity such as starting to grow a garden may teach them about life and growing cycles of plants. Other families may want to teach their child more about the physical attributes of our planet. Perhaps on a rainy day naming mountain ranges, bodies of water,or continents on a map may interest you and your child. For families with a sweet tooth, creating earth day cookies may be a great reading and mathematics activity to do with your child! Ask your child to read the recipe, measure the ingredients as instructed, and identify three digit numerals when they preset the oven to bake their delectable earth day cookies! Here is an  fun, very earth mindful, and healthy recipe you can try with your child: Makes: 1 1/2 dozen cookies Ingredients: 2 ripe bananas 1 1/2 cups oats (can substitute gluten-free oats) 1/2 cup peanut butter (can substitute any nut butter) Food coloring blue and green (for earth day cookies) Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, either by hand or using a mixer. Then split the mix...
Click to read –> Music and Development

Click to read –> Music and Development

Music and Development Music can be used as a primary tool in many areas of development in young children. Children learn language skills, mathematical concepts and physical skill through music education. Oh no! Did we just say music education? Music education is not a phrase to be discouraged from. It can be quite easy to incorporate into your daily lives. Singing  Singing promotes early language skills and an understanding of sequence and patterns. Singing songs throughout the day will enhance a child’s ability to use words and phrases. It will also reach parts of the brain that focus on memory, sequencing and patterns. Many parents and teachers feel their lack of knowledge about music will decrease their ability to use it in their child’s daily lives, but it’s as simple as singing well known children’s songs (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Old McDonald Had a Farm, or The Wheels on the Bus). You could also sing as you are completing everyday tasks with your child such as answering the door “Ding dong, the doorbell rang, let’s see who it is!” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll.”  Using musical instruments such as maracas and bells enhances hand-eye coordination and body awareness. As children play fast or slow and listen to high or low sounds, they can develop body coordination by figuring out to play faster or slow to create a sound. Hand-eye coordination is enhanced as the young child lifts up the rhythm instrument and begins to shake it. Get up and dance!  Dancing to music helps promote physical activity and using our large (gross motor) muscles. Moving to music also promotes a...
Ways to promote literacy in Preschoolers.

Ways to promote literacy in Preschoolers.

An early start with literacy skills sets a child up for success in all school subjects. Parents play a role in encouraging an interest in books, but a solid foundation in literacy isn’t about just reading. Verbal and written communication skills also prepare preschoolers for literacy. A well-rounded approach to promoting literacy is important for preschool children. Here are a few things you could do with your preschooler to help encourage literacy. Encourage interaction- when reading to your preschooler, pause every other page to ask questions. Ex: What is going to happen next? Create a literacy-rich environment- Write words next to important items in your home. Label items in your home using written language. If your child sees the word refrigerator on the refrigerator they will eventually learn the word. Do this with various items around your house. Also, provide your preschooler enough access to paper and writing materials, such as pencils and crayons. Take a trip to the library- Introducing your child to different genres of books will help them captivate an interest in books and authors. Talk to your kids a lot- talk and even sing to them about everything. Don’t be afraid to feed into their curiosity. Talk about the characteristics of their bodies (eyes, ears, mouth), and your family history. Remember, studies have shown that exposing your child to a variety of words, even large words helps in their development of literacy skills. Miss Britanny M. & Miss Lan K. Preschool Teachers   Un comienzo temprano a habilidades de literarias preparan a los niños para tener éxito en temas académicos. Los padres toman un papel...