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The Most Sort After Toys Kids Want For 2017

We are in the last leg of the race and as you can see the stores are already for you and your child to storm through the doors this holiday season. The game retailers are ramping up their inventory just for this time of the year to beat the seasonal rush. According to the trends the most popular toys are listed here to help you bear the rush and secure your solid piece for the holidays. The toys are in no particular order just get your desired toy or game before they are all gone.

1. Hot Wheels: This is a classic, Mattel’s Hot Wheels just keeps on bringing in the dough (sales) with matchbox cars, track sets collectors items and video games. Very popular toy so get yours early.

2. Barbie: This is a classic doll and has been a favorite since it was set in motion back in 1959. Barbie has been a billion-dollar brand since 1993. Currently, Barbie comes in a number of iterations such as fashion dolls, fantasy dolls, dream houses and career dolls.

3. Paw Patrol: Is an animated Nickelodeon show about rescue 6 dogs. The selections available of Paw Patrol are patrol vehicles such as trucks,boats, action figures along with plush toys.

4. Nerf: Is not what it used to be back in 1969 when it was introduced. Today it is one of Hasbro’s strongest brands since it was acquired from Tonka toys back in 1991.

5. Star Wars: The manufacturing to license of Star Wars toys owned by Hasbro. This was recently taken from rival Mattel and Disney lends it muscle to the collection only to make it popular. The top selling Star Wars toys are action figures,lightsabers, and vehicles.

Children will want every toy that is placed before them this holiday season so use wisdom when selecting all the toys you will see this season.

15 Ways Teachers Can Compliment Children

Every child in school enjoys getting praises from their teacher. The praise seems to make the child want to do his or her very best for his teacher. A teacher’s compliment carries a lot of esteem building.for the child. At home parents can see the change in their child’s behavior and attitude, just from getting a positive compliment from his or her teacher. Here are tips teachers can use to compliment the children they service on a daily basis.

1. You are really on the right track.

2. That is the neatest paper I have seen in a long time

3. You are working especially well.

4. Could you please repeat that. It is worth hearing twice.

5. I knew you could remember all the rules. I am very proud of you.

6. Thank you for listening to my question.

7. It is very nice to see you helping each other so much.

8. See what you can do if you try.

9. I find it very easy to teach when you wait your turn to speak like row 3.

10. The girls really worked on the math lesson.

11. Your good study habits are helping you learn to read.

12. You are getting better at finishing the assignments I give you.

13. I am glad to see you are working in your seat.

14. That’s such a good paper I’ll let you correct the other ones.

15. Would you show your picture to all of us?

Feel free to share these positive compliments with your child’s teacher and other parents. Please utilize these at home as your child does chores around the house. Compliments and praise increases positive self-esteem.

At What Age Should You Teach Children About Money

I sat in a fast food place today and I over heard two women (parents) talking about their children and how they would like to introduce them to money. One parent asked how old is her child and her response was 2years and the other mother’s child was 3years old. One woman said to them “you know it is very easy to teach children about money; you can turn your every day activities into learning experiences.” The woman continued on to say the following: I take my son to the bank with me, supermarket, or the cash machine (ATM), can be a perfect opening for a discussion about your values and how you use money. Keep in mind that when children are very young is the perfect time to work money concepts (ideas) into your child’s pretend games,such as playing imaginary store, restaurant or bank. Here are some fun, simple ways to teach your child about finance.

Since at age 2 or 3 children faced with a choice between a nickel, dime or penny will always select the nickel because of its size. This has been proven in the classroom with 2-3 year olds. At this age children won’t understand the value of money, they can begin to learn the names of coins. You can play the coin trace game with your child and then you both can color in size and shapes. You can have your child play the match game with the coin image as you discuss each the name of each coin. Please remember,the very young children could swallow the coins,so ALWAYS have very close supervision available.

We all know that young children love to play store, so placing an imaginary store in the dining room is more than just a fun way for your child to exercise his active imagination. As you exchange play money for goods, your child begins to understand the basics of buying and selling, says a teacher. You can use fruit,box tops (cereal), paper towels or sponges as store items. You and your child can make pretend money to shop with as you enjoy the financial experience.

Teaching about money can be carried on up to the teen years and beyond as they learn different aspects of the financial arena.

How Many Ways Can You Compliment Your Child

Self esteem in children is at an all time low, so both school and home need to help decrease negative behavior and attitude in our children as we find different ways to compliment them. Here are a few positive compliments you can say proudly to your child on a daily basis to increase positive behavior and attitude both at home and at school.

* Great job today.

* You are 100% correct.

* Keep up the good works.

* You get a star today.

* Well done.

* You maybe the leader today.

* Go to the head of the class.

* Wonderful.

* That deserves an A.

* Congratulations.

* I am proud of you.

* Good progress.

* You are a very good listener.

* I like the way you are working.

15 Ways To Compliment Your Children # 1

As parents we all look for ways to build confidence and self-esteem in our children on a daily basis. So, here are a few tips you can use right now to help you and your child feel good.

1. I am pleased with you.

2. You are sharp today.

3. Fantastic.

4. Beautiful.

5. Outstanding performance.

6. We had a good day.

7. I like the way you are working.

8. You can be proud of yourself today.

9. You are a careful thinker.

10. You think before you speak.

11. You have a good head on you today

12. You are on the right track.

13. Bravo.

14. You did that just right.

15. Einstein could not have done it better.

Are Books And Oral Communication A Thing Of The Past

With so many hand held devices in children hands under five years, I am wondering when did we stop talking verbally to one another? Today I had a few errands to run before I had to catch a flight for a conference. During my wait time at the car service shop no one spoke or greeted anyone as they entered the room. It caused me to wonder when did people stop talking to each other? What I saw was every person had a hand held device. Magazines were laid out on the table, but no one even gave it a glance. Are books and oral communication a thing of the past?

I must admit, I am a little nervous to know that many children and even adults don’t even know how to sign their names because they spend so much time on their hand held devices. What are we to do? I’ve seen children throw fits because their parent has taken away their hand held device from them. I’ve seen adults out for lunch not speaking to each other, because they are holding their devices and communicating to another.

What messages are we sending to our children about communicating with one another? If this keeps up we will not have any use for libraries or librarians. Will there be a need for teachers? Schools will be non-exixtant. If books are not used anymore will children know how to turn the pages or even open a book?

I am asking all parents, caregivers and the like to keep books in their environment and speak to their children and family members orally so that they can practice speaking. Let us keep the hand held devices to a minimum in order foster better communication with books and oral communication..

5 Inspiring Quotes For You Today

Today it is so easy to please everyone that you forget to please you. However, if you put all of your energy outwards you most definitely forget to care, nurture and appreciate yourself.

Here are 5 quotes to inspire and uplift you as you put yourself first today.

1.” Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time.
Until you value your time, you will not do anything
with it” _ M. Scott Peck

2. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.
You really have to love yourself to get anything done in
this world”? _ Lucille Ball

3. “Remember always that you not only have the right to be an
individual, you have an obligation to be one.”? _
Eleanor Roosevelt

4. ” What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us. “?_ Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. ” When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul
and brings you joy, care enough about yourself to make room for
it in your life.”? _Jean Shinoda Bolen

Building Self-Esteem In Your Children Part 2

All children should be praised and recognized for the good things that they do and not for the bad things. Here are a few tips you can use to help your child gain confidence and build his/her self-esteem.

1. Help your children develop acceptance toward people with different values and backgrounds. Point out other people’s strengths.

2. Help your children feel useful and valued by giving them responsibility.

3. Be available to your children and give them support when they need it.

4. Always show them that what they do is important to you. Talk with them about their activities and interests. Be present at their games, parents’ day at school, drama presentations, and award ceremonies.

5. Spend time together and share favorite activities and stories.

6. Discuss problems without placing blame or commenting on the child’s character. Children are more likely to help fix a problem if they know that they will not be attacked.

7. Communicate phrases that build self-esteem, like “Thank you for helping me today” or “That was an excellent idea!”.

8. Avoid phrases that hurt self-esteem: “Why are you so dumb?”, “How many times have I told you?”.

9.Show your children how much you care about them, hug them. Tell them they are terrific and that you love them very much.

Feel free to implement these tips in raising your child’s self-esteem. Always speak positive words to your children by building them up.

What Is Hearing Loss

Anyone at any age can suffer from total or partial hearing loss, making it impossible or difficult for them to understand people around them. In fact, millions of Americans suffer with some degree of hearing loss. My friend recently found out that her son is not hearing what she is saying to him, so she took him to his pediatrician for an assessment of the problem. He checked for was build up but that was not the issue. He had to tell the mother that her son had a hearing loss at age three. The mom had many questions for the doctor as he wrote a referral to the Center for Hearing Loss. She asked how does hearing loss happen?

Hearing loss may be conductive, sensory-neural, or a combination of both types. Conductive problems involve damage to the outer or middle ear. Entrance and passage of sound waves are blocked, so sound becomes faint. Sensory -neural problems involve damage to the inner ear or hearing nerve and sounds may be heard incorrectly. People with this type of problem can hear but may not be able to understand what they hear.

Another question she asked was what causes hearing loss?

Heredity is one cause either direct inheritance of poor hearing or inheritance of a trait making hearing structures susceptible to disease. Birth defects also can cause problems, if an infant’s hearing has been damaged by material disease or by medication the mother took during her pregnancy. One of the major causes of hearing loss in children is disease, especially due to complications from mumps, chicken pox and measles. Excessive noise in your environment- as well as accidents can damage your hearing. Excessive noise can produce permanent hearing loss. Hearing loss also occurs in many people as they age, but the degree of difficulty resulting from aging varies greatly from person to person.

Check your child’s hearing on a regular basis to make sure that he can hear you when you speak.

Do You Know If Your Child Likes Him Or Herself

As parents we want our children to have high self esteem and above all have a strong liking for themselves. We can encourage this by rewarding our children with praise, recognition, a special privilege or increased responsibility for a job well done. I recommend that you emphasize the good things they do, and not he bad.
Here are a few steps to help your child have a higher self-esteem and like themselves in the process.

1. Listen to your children and take their ideas, emotions and feelings seriously. Don’t belittle them by saying, “You will grow out of it” or “It is not as bad as you may think.”

2. Make limits and rules clear as you enforce them. Allow some leeway for your children with these limits.

3. Be a good role model for your children. Let the children know that you feel good about yourself. Allow your children to see that you too make mistakes and can learn from them always.

4. Teach your children how to deal with time and money if they are old enough to understand. Help them spend their time wisely and budget their money carefully.

5. Have reasonable expectations for your children. Help them to set reachable goals so they can achieve success.

6. Help your children develop tolerance toward those with different values, backgrounds and norms. High light other people’s strengths.

These are just some ways you can help build self-esteem in your child as he/she likes themselves.