Why Storybooks Are Important to Children

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Have you ever wondered why your parents would always read you storybooks before we go to sleep when you were young? When I was little I always get excited about fairytale stories my mom would tell me before hitting the sack. Well, besides hearing great stories that really tickle my imagination, it actually makes our brain work by stimulating senses thinking these things are actually true and based on real events. Our imaginations start rolling and this helps us develop our neurons in response to what we perceive. So if you think reading story books for children is just a way to make them fall asleep, then you are mistaken. Story telling serves greater purpose in our children’s daily lives and it might sound simple for us parents, but this actually teaches them a lot in their early childhood education.

When kiddies become hooked to what they’ve heard, they tend to ask questions, they wonder, their brain functionality becomes more aggressive and these stories are encoded in their minds generating neurological pathways that develop their neurons. The development of synapses in children’s brain activity occurs at a tremendous rate during their early years in reaction to a young child’s experience in their environment. This is why reading story books for children is a good way to keep their minds from grasping information and to enhance the development of their neurological system. The early years of childhood is the most important stage of learning as the mind is susceptible to taking in all information based on their environment and their experiences. Kiddies learning to read is a process and there’s no general age on when they will be able to read a whole book or a single phrase. There are many factors leading to it such as their environment, who they interact with and the things they experience around them.
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Fairytale stories are always the way to go when ready for your kiddie as they go on adventures and the magical experience is a rollercoaster ride. They are easily amazed with dwarves, princesses, fairies and other non-earthly creatures that live in the fantasy world. A good way to know if your kiddies enjoyed their bedtime stories is when they keep asking you to read them over and over again and eventually, they would want to learn to read these books to themselves. Now this is where the process of kids learning to read occur. Good thing they are readily available E-books today that have a huge amount of collections of good storybooks and you can easily read them using your handy tablets and other modern devices where you can install them or download them.

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Kids learning to read is a great milestone in your child’s mental development. Encouraging them and giving good reinforcement is necessary to stimulate mental functions and creates brain connections. Through repetition, these connections build into networks that allow them to think and learn. There are many other benefits children get from this activity such as building listening skills wherein it increases a child’s attention span and develops the ability to concentrate. Kiddies also benefit from it by helping them express themselves in a manner of being creative while using their imaginations. When reading to your children regularly, it also helps them master language development whether it may be written or spoken. Together with this, the formulation of neurons develops and fosters a child’s natural curiosity expanding their horizons, introducing emotions, behavioral changes and exposing them to new situations. And perhaps the best part of reading books with lots of images to your kids is when they learn to appreciate illustrations and arts with their visuals. They learn more when they grasp information using their senses and it may take some time, little by little, but you can be sure that you are using a fun and exciting method.

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Nurturing an Artist in Your Kiddie

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We parents simply can’t get enough of dreaming for our kiddies. I sometimes look at my child asleep, wondering whether he’ll be an astronaut or scientist until I stop and smile at the wildness of my imaginations. While I know it isn’t for me to decide, I want to make sure that I do my part well as a parent for now. As much as I can, I want to support my child and do my best to mold him into the person fit for his dream. I’ll start by nurturing the artist in my kiddie.

I believe all hobby, interest, and profession are rooted in the love of the arts. Success in anything requires creativity, right? A recent study in addition, has confirmed that art makes people smart after observing significant improvement among some student participants they brought to a museum. The students have showed impressive measures of tolerance, historical empathy, and sustained interest in culture even after finishing the essays required of them.

If you want to nurture an artist in your kiddie and contribute to their colorful future, follow these tips:

Develop imaginations by asking questions

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Ask your kiddie some questions that start with “what if” and “I wonder”, such as “What if I pull the other end of this rope while it’s tied to the shelf?” and “I wonder what color we’ll produce with blue and yellow?” Experts say these questions push kiddies to use imagination as they think of a creative but at the same time (somehow) logical answer. It also sparks their interest in problem solving, teaches them to explore alternatives, and consider options.

You can ask these questions after bringing your kiddie to a museum or anywhere related to art. While standing in front of a painting ask, “I wonder what the artist was thinking when he made this” or “What if you can replace the sun as the subject, what would you choose?”

Provide encouraging materials

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What your kiddies need mostly are tools for experimentation and exploration. Don’t throw away materials your children may use like cardboard box, which is great for play, performance, and imagination. After this when your kiddie starts showing you what they made out of the box, don’t forget to value their effort, ask them to explain the artwork, and compliment.

Other than cardboard boxes and other art materials, you can also give your child a kiddie tablet especially designed to cater to their age. There are many devices available in the market, but choose one preloaded with apps that let kiddies doodle and easily draw, erase, and color images. In this way, you help nurture an artist in your child who can also keep up with the modern technologies today. 

Encourage positive values

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Nurturing an artist in your kiddie is the also one of the best times to teach them about positive values. Surely, you want your child to grow into a disciplined artist, right? Encourage hard work, perseverance, as you help your kiddie get up from a downfall. Help them learn from mistakes by asking “What didn’t work?‘, inspire them never to give up, continue taking risks, and just work on improving in their craft. 

Know when to let them be

Your role is to provide support, but this doesn’t include deciding every hour of your kiddie’s schedule. Don’t crowd their daily task list with organized activities out of wanting to nurture their creativity, as this is improper and unnatural. Give your kiddie time to be alone, freedom to daydream, and to study life on their own – along your boundaries, of course. 

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We all want to have a little musician, dancer, actor, filmmaker, or artist like Pablo Picasso, but we can only get as far as providing parental support and experimental tools. We can never decide how it’s exactly going to be for our kiddies. Just allow it to happen, parents! Follow the tips mentioned above to awake the artist in your child, and give them freedom to be whoever they dream to be.

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3 Fun Tips To Help Your Elementary Review for Exams

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Reviewing for exams is probably the last thing your kiddie would want to do especially in this age of technology and digital distractions. I know, because when it was my time, I used to reason out “Oh mom, it’s all about stocked knowledge, you know.” But kidding aside, how can you motivate your kiddie to review and memorize, really? Definitely, it would be challenging especially if they’re too young to realize the importance of getting high grades (for us parents).

Good for you if your kid is naturally studious. If not, here are unusual tips to help you motivate them to prepare for that exam, as efficiently and fun as possible!

Let your kiddie pretend to be the teacher

ImageElementary kiddies like to pretend and make believe. Use this to your advantage and ask your child to act as the teacher and discuss to you the coverage of their exam. You, however, should be an attentive student by asking questions during your review sessions. In this way, your kiddie remembers the things you two discuss about while enjoying the activity as a simple pretend.

For the materials and to make sure that your child takes the activity seriously, you will need a whiteboard, marker, and books as references. Make it more fun and efficient by using kiddie tablets with apps that allow you to doodle and draw, even use video and sound effects. Bet your kiddie wouldn’t get enough of this review session!

Have an active study session

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This time, use your kiddie’s favorite outdoor activity to initiate a review. You’d spend the day with them doing their favorite activity but in return, they would have to answer questions included in the upcoming test. Come up with a study guide to keep things organized and ensure that you cover everything they have to keep in mind. There also has to be a penalty for every wrong answer, of course!

This is an effective way to review, especially for kinesthetic learners who remember things more when they move. They study while you workout those unwanted fats. What a great way to multitask!

Go for ‘mini reviews’ instead of long ones

ImageHaving mini reviews is definitely better and going to be more productive than asking your kiddie to sit down for a long time. Kiddies have ants in their pants! Conduct these more effective reviews 2-3 times a day instead of having a one-stop study session with your little student.

Make a review sheet that includes a vocabulary list and divide it into equal parts depending on the number of days before your kiddie’s exam. Take this out during downtimes such as during traffic or right after family dinner. You might even want to use dessert for more motivation!

All it takes are time, patience, dedication, and a little creativity to help your kiddie ace that exam. Instead of fearing today’s distractions such as technology and play, why not use them to make review sessions more effective and even memorable for children?

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About Communication Skills, Language Development, Technology & Autism

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If I were to boast of my specialties, I’d say I’m forever thankful to my parents for raising me into a woman with great communication skills. This special talent has helped me a lot in different areas of life and has taken me to wondrous places. Being able to express myself well and get my point across in dealings always helped me have what I want – it kept me happy.

This is why I want my child to be as good as I, or even better, when it comes to communicating with others. You too, right? Fortunately, there are now many smart devices available in the Philippine market proven to help kiddies develop good communications skills, even those with autism. These modern tools can serve as great aid for kiddies’ social development along with positive interactions.

Interactions Kiddies Need

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According to Nicole Gardner-Neblett and Kathleen Cranley Gallagher, researchers at the UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, “The interactions children have with adults influence early brain growth and learning, giving early childhood educators a crucial opportunity to provide children with interactions that can support language and communication.”

With this, you should understand the importance of your kiddie’s interactions with early childhood educators. Unless you homeschool your child, make sure that the school where you enroll them at teaches how to express oneself through gestures and facial expressions. Your kiddies need to learn how to understand others, most importantly.

Kathleen Gallagher added, “When teachers provide children with higher levels of language stimulation during the first years of life, children in turn have better language skills.”When teachers ask children questions, respond to their vocalizations, and engage in other positive talk, children learn and use more words.”

Keep these in mind before you choose a school for your little one. Take time to know the teachers and check their syllabus. In a polite way, ask how they facilitate interactions, if they prioritize language and social development, and some of the educational tools they use.

Autism and Smart Devices

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Language development is different when it comes to kiddies with special needs. Expressing oneself and engaging with others might be difficult for most autistic children. Fortunately, a recent Canadian research suggested that smart technologies such as touch devices may serve as therapeutic tools for these kiddies.

According to Rhonda McEwen, assistant professor of Communication Culture and Information Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga in Ontario, “Using the touch devices, the study participants demonstrated knowledge gathered throughout their education that could not be elicited via traditional assessment means that rely on verbal communication.”

The professor added how the use of smart devices resulted to peer-to-peer social interaction among participants. Parents of autistic kiddies attested to how much their children enjoy using these technologies. Autism experts, on the other hand, acclaimed the effort to unlock technology’s potential.

As parents, we all want success for our kiddies. We want them to reach places and achieve their most impossible goals in life, through excellent communications skills. This is why we should be responsible in doing our part as their first teachers and in choosing a good institution for their primary education. Especially for parents of kiddies with more delicate needs, we have to make the most of what technology offers today. There are many kiddie tablets sold in the market that serve as effectively educational and engaging aids for learning, for children of all ages.

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How to Foster Love for Reading in Your Kiddie

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I came across a quote that says, “A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.” I smiled for a moment and pondered on its reality in my life. After a moment, I found myself thanking my mom for doing her best in influencing me to read when I was very young.

Pushing your kiddie to read may be a little difficult today than it was before. There are a lot of distractions your kiddie may find difficult to ignore other than the call of cartoons and outdoor activities. While these two are also essential to your child’s development, you must make them understand the importance of having a heart for reading before anything else.

What child experts say about reading and development

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According to Julie Wells, president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA),
“Books continue to form the cornerstone of childhood education and development. Nothing can fire up a child’s vivid imagination more than reading a book, or having one read to them, because it is their imagination that is creating the images from the words they’re reading.”

She also explained the academic and social benefits that come with enjoying reading, which have been well documented. “It is the absolute joy kiddies can find in reading that is so important,” she added.

How many books are required

But how many books should your kiddie read in a year? In 2013, UK Education Secretary, Michael Gove answered it precisely saying that children should be reading 50 books a year by the age of 11. Child development experts in Australia, on the other hand, suggested that parents read 5 books a day to kiddies or at least 10 minutes daily.

Children’s author, Mem Fox, also gave away an opinion that parents should read 1,000 stories to kiddies aloud before they learn to read by themselves. According to the woman behind the book, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud To Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever (Mariner Books), reading aloud and talking about what we’ve read sharpens kiddie’s mind. They also learn how to concentrate, solve problems logically, and express themselves more effectively.

What you need to do

ImageTo nurture a love for reading in your kiddie, set aside a regular reading time at home. Turn off the TV and other distractions, and make it a habit. Bring your

kiddie to the local library and let them know what the librarians can do for them. Another tip is to talk to your kiddies about books. Ask about what they like in the stories they’ve read to know about their interests and preferences. Most importantly, be a model good reading habits.

Materials that could help

Now that you live in a highly technological world, you have more options than bringing your kiddie to the library. At a very young age, you can encourage your child to read by letting them have their own educational toy. Kiddie tablets available in the market today are effective aids for learning, as they promote fun studying and engagement. For best results, choose a device with an ‘educational ladder’ feature that adjusts to the user’s age and level of knowledge.

Make sure that the device contains applications aligned with the developmental milestones of kiddies. Most of the ‘educational ladder feature’ caters to students in kinder to primary school. A great way for children to learn at their own pace with an interactive touch screen technology!

Perks of having a reader child

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There is no doubt how reading gives kiddies an edge. Compared to other children, those who read will have a better understanding of how things work. This will be noticeable to educators, as they would not find difficulty explaining even complex matters to these kiddies. They are also the one more likely to excel in class.

As we’ve said in the intro, kiddies who read will be adults who think. I agree to this, as I remember my younger years associating situations with things I’ve read to solve a problem. Just be careful parents when choosing a book for your kiddies, be careful with what you feed their mind.

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How Technology in the Classroom Defines Good Learning Experience for Kiddies

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Last week, I visited my dentist who’s also a close friend and heard her discuss with her kiddies the new policy in their school. “No more notebooks, just laptops,” said her daughter. Considering how we depend on gadgets today, I still got surprised that this is now a thing. But come to think of it parents, how has technology changed the lives of today’s students, really?

The Internet used to be limited in both what it could do and who can use it. Not everyone had a clue what it was after hearing about its invention. Today, teachers and students probably could not push through a lesson without it. In just a short time, the Internet became an integral part of every student’s life. The use of technology even became the standard for good learning.

Good learning defined

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According to some resources on the web, good learning involves kiddies enjoying what they do and having a say on how their learning develops. Also, it should give room for feedback, in which the students can raise their need for further explanations. It has to allow students to apply skills and knowledge to different situations using various methodologies as well. Moreover, it should be visually motivating, challenging, involving practical lessons, and giving room for creativity.

Technology also helps in the learning process of kids at home. There are various products available in the market, from e-learning tablets for young ones, down to tech products for older students.

With the things mentioned above, you can say using technology to teach kiddies in schools truly defines good learning. Here’s how schools integrate technology for children:

Research

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This is the primary reason students use the Internet in education. There is a wealth of info open to students, even those obscure topics required for research in the library. In China, for example, the site Lecture Outline Series for the History of China, allows students to research directly off this page and present their findings.

These websites serve as knowledge banks where student can get information instantly. You see how efficient studying would be if your kiddies have their own laptop or tablet? They can research on their “digital library”, find answers fast, and accomplish more school tasks than they could with the help of the traditional library.

One concern, however, is the quality of information found online. It is important that teachers help students identify credible resources. As parents, teach this to your kiddies, as this is something they will do until they grow up and get promoted to higher education level. Next is citation. Your children have to understand the seriousness of using one’s idea even if it was posted on the web. Introduce to them how to make citations and give authors the credit they deserve.

Simulation

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Simulation in the classroom has been uncommon despite many teachers’ reports on how kiddies of the new generation enjoy online work and simulated activities. Technology in the form of e-learning products available in the market effectively helps children learn about collaboration, group work, real-life problem solving, decision-making, and the like. What simulation offers is a somewhat risk-free environment, in which learners can experiment, make mistakes, rethink, and redesign — all without the fear of destroying something that can’t be easily refilled in a traditional setting.

Online Assessments

Teachers also benefit greatly from today’s technology. Effortlessly, they can create their own tests online on their own website. Students, on the other hand, will benefit from the convenience they get when answering exams now than before. They can even do it wherever they are. To top it off, checking can now be done in no time, as well as the computation of grades and updating of class record.

Now you see the convenience and overall improvement brought about by technology in the classroom. Indeed, it makes things easier and more precise for everyone. Technology in the classroom defines good learning experience, as it allows students to experiment, rethink, and remake without the fear of destroying something indispensable.

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Successful Homeschooling: What It Takes

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Homeschooling requires four basic things: time, temperament, resources, and passion. If you’re thinking of homeschooling your child this school year, make sure that you have a lasting supply of these. There are also a lot of decisions to make, which can be overwhelming. But still, nothing is too difficult to do with enough knowledge and preparation, right?

Just follow this step-by-step guideline that covers everything you should know before taking charge of your kiddie’s education. Same with doing any other project, it starts with research and investigation, and ends with noting the common pitfalls.

Research on options

images (3)You’ll be presented options according to your kiddie’s age and education level – early education (Kinder 1 & 2), Grade School, or High School. Institutions like VCIS Homestudy, for instance, offers electives, foreign languages, and Bible studies other than local subjects. This month is the best time for you to research and prepare, as school term is ending on March.

Get ideas from the web and printed resources, visit libraries, and speak with other parents who homeschool their child. As you do this, you’d realize if you’re making the right decision and whether or not it’s good for your entire family. To know more about homeschooling and open universities in the philippines, click here.

Know the requirements

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Homeschooling is legal in the Philippines and is accredited by DepEd. There are actually no requirements to submit to the government when you decide to homeschool your kid. What you should know, however, is how to get DepEd accreditation when you finally decide to enroll your child in a regular school. As the legal compulsory age for school attendance is 6 to 12 years, some parents seek accreditation only when their kids begin grade school. Others only do so upon transferring their kiddies to regular schools.

To get started on your homeschooling program for your kiddie, research the homeschool programs with DepEd accreditation as you visit this link. Your child should take exams such as the Philippine Validating Test (PVT) or those offered at the Center for Educational Measurement Inc. (CEM) to get assessed.

After choosing a particular homeschooling institution, coordinate with them regarding the list of their requirements. Ask if there are records to maintain, reports to submit, and other tests to take.

Decide on the curriculum

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Curricula are bought directly from the homeschooling institution. It normally comes with a list of text and workbooks that teach about reading, writing, and arithmetic. As mentioned in the options part, some institutions offer foreign languages and electives other than the local subjects for grade school and high school children. You can also buy materials catering to different child interests as you attend conventions and curriculum fairs that showcase various homeschool publications.

List specific goals

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After prepping a homeschooling space in your house, write a list of what you want to accomplish. This will vary according to your child’s age and edicational level. There are many things to consider other than the academics, such as your kiddie’s physical activity, socialization with other kids, and extracurricular activities. Talk with other parents to get ideas, visit your local community center, and refer to printed ads and listings.

Make a personal schedule

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Create a plan that specifically meets the goals you listed above. This will help you keep things organized and focus on your mission. Find a book that will help you make a detailed homeschooling schedule to get started. Break up the schedule to each academic subject you want to work on.

Decide also on how you hope to break up the learning week by week. There should be field trips and visits to the library. Never forget you can adapt your schedule to your kiddie’s needs, as flexibility is the primary reason you considered homeschooling.

Note the common pitfalls

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Take the time you need to understand the issues that often discourage beginners, which you’ll learn about by joining a support group. Examples are committing to a curriculum too early and purchasing a costly package that doesn’t suit your kiddie’s learning style.

Despite all the pitfalls mentioned above, remember that you’ll learn as you go. Adjustment to the freedom and flexibility are among the challenges you’ll have to face. You’ll be defining yourself as you go along homeschooling your kiddie. Drop the worries and take the time you need to ensure success in this parenthood project.

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Are You A Good “Technology Role Model” To Your Child?

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As mentioned previously about limiting your children’s screen time effectively, you have to be good examples when using technology. “Kids rely on parents to both nurture their digital skills and set the boundaries for healthy and appropriate behavior”, says Dr. David Walsh, founder of National Institute on Media and the Family, and author of parenting books in his article ‘How Parents Can Instill Good Technology Habits in Children’. It is your responsibility to make sure that your child truly understands the importance of utilizing today’s available gadgets healthily.

Here are tips on how to be a good technology role model to your child:

1. Don’t say anything rude via social media

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For the past ten years, cyber bullying has been a serious issue on the web among tweens and teenagers through the power of anonymity. This privilege of “keeping your identity” has been abused to push many to their breaking point. Now to ensure a safer environment for your little ones, use social media and technology with carefulness and utter respect when interacting with others. Whatever you do, never, ever be rude. It’s okay to express your opinion as long as you keep your cool and stay objective with your points. In this way, you’d succeed in teaching your children about online etiquette.

2. Don’t spend much time playing games

Showing discipline in playing online/offline games is another effective way to be a good tech role model. Practicing it early and consciously would save you from the fear of overstimulating or influencing your children to prioritize technology than homework.

When with your kiddies, show you finish first important tasks (i.e. doing house chores, helping the child with homework, eating dinner together) before playing games. Refrain also from taking a peak on your phone, as such may lead your child to copy such habit and have a shorter attention span. This would also help your children learn how to manage their time well at home.

3. Enjoy food without answering the phone or checking e-mails

?????????????????????????????????????????????????I understand how difficult it is, but with all your might, avoid using any form of technology over breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Having a meal together is still the most effective way to establish connection in the family. Other than strengthening bonds, it also instills values to children and clarifies how rude it is to be busy with gadgets instead of enjoying conversations. Ask how your child did in school today. Know what he learned over dinner instead of going on social media sites finding out what the latest gossip is!

4. Don’t access sites that promote violence, pornography, and anything inappropriate

With your children around, access only child-friendly websites and games. Sites with inappropriate content may spark curiosity in children and lead them to access these pages later on. Consider the Internet as a room and the sites with appropriate content as Pandora’s box. Keep it locked up and thrown away before your child takes a peek. Always remember that technology’s development puts your children’s safety more and more at risk.

5. Play fair

Mother and daughter playing video gameTo model good tech behavior is to play fair. There’s nothing wrong with being competitive online, but make sure you keep the game fair when playing with your child. Don’t cheat. Never make your child look away only so you can beat them in that level. Be mature and know it isn’t cute to switch the device off and declare the game’s over when your child is scoring more. More importantly, never use foul language and make your children associate them with ‘losing’. Being fair and keeping calm while playing a game would certainly help children develop commendable tech behavior.

Children learn by example. If you want them to cut down on a bad habit, do your best to model good tech behaviors as well. Prevention is always better than cure so don’t wait until they become teenagers to correct bad tech behaviors.

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Tips on How to Effectively Manage Your Children’s Screen Time

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Although the mission of raising children into able and responsible adults hasn’t changed over the generations, the context certainly has. This is the first generation of parents to be challenged with raising children in the digital age. The screen has become a child’s go-to place for cool content. It is where their friends are, where home work gets done, and so on. Parents are faced with the challenge on how best to prepare their children to thrive in a world that is far different from theirs.  But exactly how much is too much screen time? If your preschool age child is consuming more than four hours of digital media per day, changes have to be made. The younger the child, the lower that number should be.  Here are a few tips on how to effectively limit screen time of children to make room for real-world experiences.

        1. Avoid extreme limits.

1Too much of nothing is just as bad as too much of something. Avoid extreme limits when it comes to screen time. Setting limits that are difficult to enforce, such as two weeks of no TV or computer, may only tempt the parents to give in after a few days. Never threaten to take away media unless you’re actually ready to do so.  Similarly, allowing a child to use the tablet or computer for at least 30 minutes is more advisable than giving him 5 minutes of screen time.  Such short time may only lead your child to want it even more. Reasonable and moderate limits are key.

2. Do it in stages and plan ahead.

If media consumption and screen time are already on an all-time high in your home, discuss changes that are going to take place in advance.  Listen and sympathize with your children as they moan, but stick to the plan nonetheless. Do not make sudden drastic changes.  You can start by cutting down an hour a week.  Avoid using the television as background noise and keep televisions and computers in high traffic areas of the house and certainly not in their bedrooms.

 3.  Create a screen time budget.

When parents create rules and limits about TV and computers, children usually listen.  Some families have had success using screen time budgets.  If kids know exactly how much time they are allowed to use media each day, they will make thoughtful choices about how to use that time.  Younger children are also less likely to throw a fit when rules and budget limits are set clearly from the onset.

4. Use screen time as a reward.

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Children can earn screen time by engaging in productive, creative, or charitable real-world activities.  For example, parents can let their kids earn half an hour of screen time for every hour spent entertaining a younger sibling or helping with some house chores. Screen time can be a prize for creating an original storybook or an incentive for completing ones homework without any prodding.  This type of reward system can reinforce positive behaviour while giving your children engaging and fulfilling real-world experiences to balance their online ones.

5. Don’t use mobile gadgets during meal time.

Fifty years ago, no parent would tolerate a child answering the phone five times during a meal. Texting or playing while eating should still be considered inappropriate table conduct.  Family meals give children an opportunity to have conversations with adults, as well as to pick up on how adults are using words with each other.  It provides opportunity to bond, model good behavior, and enhance your young one’s vocabulary.   Media free time during meal time means no hand-held games for kids and mobile phones for grown-ups.  This sends a clear message that human connections are valued more than electronic media.

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6. Set a good example

Children learn more by example than words.  Make sure you don’t spend too much time watching television or surfing the net.  If they see you doing it, they are more likely to copy and not stick to the agreement.  If you don’t want your child to stay up playing Candy Crush, then you should also keep away from social media while in bed. Setting a good example on when to use the device would certainly help children realize that some parts of the day are not meant for play.

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Regulating your child’s screen time may cause some conflicts, but stick to your guns.  Multi-screen living is here to stay and can be great sources of valuable information and entertainment. Exposure to technology should no longer be an all-or-nothing proposition.   As with all things, moderation is key.

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Building a Closer Relationship with your Child Using Technology

post coverTime spent with your children is time very well spent. It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind that children sometimes take the back burner. But children grow up quickly and the opportunity to build strong relationships once missed may never be recovered. Tossing the ball around in the backyard or strolling in the park are good ways to start conversations but nowadays, parents are also encouraged to enter into the world where their children are increasingly spending more and more time – in front of the screen. Here are six ways you can build memories that will last your child through his lifetime using technology: Continue reading