Kids thrive on attention. Actions and emotions that get attention show up more frequently. Give attention to positive behavior you want you kids to repeat. This works with adults too!
Establishing and maintaining routines:
Remember to add play to your plan too!
Providing kids with specific praise lets them know exactly what they did well. Try “you worked really hard to build that tower” instead of “good job.”
Kids respond more positively when we tell them what TO do instead of what NOT to do. Try “hang up your towel please” instead of “don’t throw your towel on the floor.”
Think aloud as you problem solve. When kids can understand your thinking and why you did things a certain way it helps develop critical thinking skills and independent problem solving.
Sort laundry using tongs. Race to see who can put away more dishes. Pick up a room in the time it takes to sing a song.
Involve kids in cooking. Cooking builds math, literacy, and fine motor skills. Kids are more likely to eat what they make themselves.
Kids like to be busy! Ensure kids have plenty to do wherever they spend time so they stay engaged positively and productively.
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Experts recommend reading to your child for at least 20 minutes each day. It doesn’t have to happen all at once. Two minutes here and two minutes there quickly add up.
Offer kids choices whenever possible. Having a choice builds buy-in, fosters independence, and helps kids feel empowered.
Support kids emotional development by sharing and labeling your feelings and modeling how you handle emotions.
Establish clear expectations ahead of time. When kids know what’s going to happen and how they should behave they’re set up for success.
It’s hard to share and take turns! Make it easier by role playing, making observations of other kids, and talking about how characters in books navigate friendship.
Help kids develop a sense of time by using timers, letting them know how much time activities will take, and pointing out the passage of time on a clock.
Kids grow from relationships more than activities. Focus on connecting, creating memories, and making the most of everyday moments.