How to Negate the Negative Effects of Preschool – Part 6

I started this topic a while back when I became concerned about the negative effects of preschool on Gavin’s social development.  Since it is the best option for me and Gavin right now, I have kept Gavin in school and decided I would try to find ways to negate the negative effects.  I found aContinue reading “How to Negate the Negative Effects of Preschool – Part 6”

Toddler Behaviour: Devious Little Minds

I have always wanted Gavin to learn how to think outside the box.  I believe it is important that he learns how to deal with problems creatively and have always encouraged him to try to solve a problem even if he cannot find a solution immediately.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work.  More often than not,Continue reading “Toddler Behaviour: Devious Little Minds”

Toddler Discipline: Kill 'Em with Kindness

Here’s a tip I recently discovered…  Actually, it’s not really a new trick.  In fact, it’s an old trick I’m sure many of us have pulled in the office to deal with those difficult colleagues who are nasty to us.  The funny thing is, it works with children, too.  Or rather, it worked with Gavin…Continue reading “Toddler Discipline: Kill 'Em with Kindness”

How to Negate the Negative Effects of Preschool – Part 5

See the previous post on this topic.  Read this topic from the start.  And now, the continuation… 8. Don’t offer rewards for positive social behaviour There is a more thorough article on the negative effects of offering rewards for positive social behaviour on Parenting Science which you can read about in depth.  In short, itContinue reading “How to Negate the Negative Effects of Preschool – Part 5”

Toddler Development: Learning Through Example

I’ve always made it clear that I am anti-corporal punishment.  If you read my post on the topic, you will understand the reasons why I am against it.  Lately, I have discovered one more reason to avoid using physical punishment for my children. Monkey See Monkey Do Well, in this case, it was more likeContinue reading “Toddler Development: Learning Through Example”

How to Negate the Negative Effects of Preschool – Part 4

In the excitement of buying my cloth diapers and discovering the book Nurture Shock, I apologise for getting off course on this topic.  Perhaps I have also relaxed a little on my drive to negate the negative effects of preschool after Gavin’s remarkable adaptation back to school.  His increased confidence and friendliness towards the teachersContinue reading “How to Negate the Negative Effects of Preschool – Part 4”

How to Negate the Negative Effects of Preschool – Part 3

How can parents teach their children social skills? Continuing on from the previous post, here are more things you can do at home to help develop your child’s social skills… 3. Display warm positive emotions at home One of the reasons why I am glad I am a stay-at-home-Mum is because I feel it hasContinue reading “How to Negate the Negative Effects of Preschool – Part 3”

Toddlers: When You Need to Read Between the Lines

When what he says isn’t necessarily what he means…  Gosh!  This almost sounds like the beginning of an article about understanding men – but no, we’re talking about toddlers here… Since Gavin was little, I have discovered that there is sometimes a need to read between the lines when Gavin throws a tantrum. For instance,Continue reading “Toddlers: When You Need to Read Between the Lines”

How to Negate the Negative Effects of Preschool – Part 2

Although preschool can add that extra stimulation and fun to a child’s life, studies show that it is not the way to go if you want your child to learn how to socialise. So how can you teach your child how to socialise? In order to learn how to socialise, children need loving, sensitive socialContinue reading “How to Negate the Negative Effects of Preschool – Part 2”

How to Negate the Negative Effects of Preschool – Part 1

My apologies… I did say the next post was going to be about how to deal with the negative side effects of toddlers attending school, instead I wrote about Gavin’s regressions at school.  You might even be wondering why I’m persisting with sending Gavin to preschool if I’m writing about the negative effects of school.Continue reading “How to Negate the Negative Effects of Preschool – Part 1”