Getting children to do what they’ve been asked can be totally infuriating! “She just won’t listen!” Or “I’m sure my son hears me but totally ignores me!” Being a parent is such a hard job at times but there are things that we can do, as parents, to help teach cooperation and here are my top tips. I hope they prove useful to you.
Children can be really annoying. As parents we have to deal with crazy shouting, arguing, children repeatedly doing stuff they shouldn’t be and it’s all enough to drive us crazy! Being patient is tough and we are bound to get frustrated and look to discipline our children when this happens. Actually, ignoring your child when they sit on the sofa whilst covered in mud or when they make the ‘oop’ noise for the thousandth time may be more effective.
‘I’m selfish, impatient and just a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” Marilyn Monroe.
It’s sometimes very tricky to be a patient parent isn’t it? It’s the hardest job in the world to keep calm when your child has broken a window, hasn’t slept all week or tipped pasta all over the floor! But no one ever said parenting would be easy and no one gives you a manual when your children are born. How can we be more patient as parents?
Every parent’s main desire is to have a healthy and happy child. An important part of that health and happiness is the child’s emotional intelligence, which allows them to deal with their own feelings, while understanding how other people feel. But, what can you do to help your child develop their emotional intelligence? Here are some ideas.
It’s always a sad moment when you have to say goodbye to your kids as they go off to university. But rather than dwelling on how much you’re going to miss them, a better way to use your energy might be to try and improve their chances of educational success by helping them along in whatever way you can. Certainly, they will be keen to be free of you to a certain extent, that is perfectly natural. But there are non-intrusive ways you can help them – both before they actually leave, and from afar once they have settled into their halls and started studying. Let’s look at some of the best things you can do here.
I have recently been looking for inspiration for the old house and I’m loving the trend for bringing the garden inside using botanicals, house plants and using green for interiors. As a gardener, bringing the garden into the house is perfect for me, especially as we are now in Spring. With the Old House garden always in my mind, I thought using some of this inspiration may help me make some decisions about what to use in our renovations.
Gardening is a wonderful pass time for many people but it can be associated with retired people with time on their hands. I think this is a shame as everyone can try and enjoy gardening for its mindful moments and connection with nature. Gardening is also a wonderfully fun and educational activity for children. As well as being these things, it can also have wonderful sensory benefits. Whether your child has a sensory need or not, gardening has many sensory benefits that will help with their overall development.
The stress of formal exams is a tricky one to negotiate for both teenagers and their parents: The stress of doing well, the stress of what will happen afterwards and the stress of what to do with their lives in the future can all take its toll. I actually think our teenagers have many stresses that they have to deal with and it seems to be much more than I remember as a teenager growing up in the 1980’s.
I know a little about exam stress as one of my children has A’Levels this summer whilst the other has GCSE’s! Obviously, with a two year gap between my children, I knew this day would come but it seems to have rushed towards us since September! I worry about them as any parent would and want to help them as much as possible so, here are my top tips for managingexam stress at this time in their lives.
We are beginning to understand more and more about the difficulties children have that may affect their learning in the classroom. Over my 20 years in the classroom, I have taught hundreds of children and all have differing needs. Sometimes, there have been children that have struggled more with their memory or there are others that may need extra help with maths. More recently I have been interested in the needs of children who seem to seek out or withdraw from sensory input. A child’s brain continually takes on sensory input throughout the day which is filtered appropriately and used to make sense of the world. Sometimes, a child may be hypersensitive (oversensitive) or hyposensitive (undersensitive) to this sensory input. This may indicate that they have a barrier to learning such as ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) and you may find this post useful. Or it just may be that they need a little extra help for a while as it may affect their learning in the classroom.
Read more “Why does my child tip-toe? Understanding sensory needs in young children.”