It used to be that parents enrolled their child in kindergarten based on the cut-off date. But now they are faced with a big decision ... start kindergarten at 5 or wait an extra year and enroll them at 6. This concept of holding a child back on purpose is called redshirting (the term comes from the practice of holding college athletes back to prolong eligibility) and it is on the rise. Some research shows that if you hold your child back one year they will be more mature - socially, ... Continue Reading
Look at what American moms are doing right, instead of turning to foreign methods.
Parenting Country by Country? How about Just Doing What’s Right for Children? With Pamela Druckerman’s new book Bringing Up Bébé extolling Gallic parenting, parents can now choose between parenting the French way or the so-called Chinese way presented last year by Amy Chua’s sensational Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Druckerman wants us to just say no, while Chua writes about doing whatever it takes, including berating our children, to demand excellence. The media storm over ... Continue Reading
Do you have a large age gap in your children? Here are some ways to make the transition easier.
When I was a little girl, before I knew that God’s response to those who planned out their lives in detail was laughter, I decided that I was going to go to college, travel around the world, become a Broadway actress, write a bestselling novel, then marry a gorgeous, wonderful man, whereupon we’d be blessed with raising two children – twins – a boy and a girl, and, well, of course, I would live happily ever after. Instead, I married, divorced, married, birthed a boy, birthed a girl, ... Continue Reading
Learn how to start potty training your boys with these tips and tricks.
There is a theory that it is harder to potty train boys than girls. But as a mom of two boys and my closest friends having boys, I can say that our boys were potty trained by the time they were two. In other words, six boys were potty trained between the ages of 17 - 24 months. And it wasn't hard. So how do you get started potty training your boys? 1. Have a Potty Seat Ready: Have a simple, easy seat that doesn't have a lot of crevices to clean or a cushion that will soak up waste. When boys ... Continue Reading
Parents can make the difference in responsible or irresponsible behavior in their kids. Read 5 common causes for your child acting out.
Winston Churchill once said, “The price of greatness is responsibility.” The benefits of responsible behavior will help your child throughout her life. From good grades to successful romantic relationships, responsibility can positively impact virtually every area of your child’s life. So what’s a parent to do with an irresponsible child? There are several common causes of irresponsible behavior among children. If your child frequently exhibits behavior that is more irresponsible than ... Continue Reading
The second in a series of steps to take to build your child’s self-esteem.
… written by Ava Parnass and Jessica Marr. Self-esteem, as you read in previous post , comes and goes — sometimes all of us feel good about ourselves and sometimes we don’t. Therefore, what we really need to teach our kids is resilience, so that they develop the skills to overcome their “Rabbit Hole” moments and reclaim their self-esteem. Here are the first 3 steps from the previous article to take when your child says the dreaded words, “I’m ugly”: Step 1: ... Continue Reading
The SocialMoms Blog of the Week is 3rd Culture Children – where Raquel shares her love of travel and parenting.
Congratulations to 3rd Culture Children: the SocialMoms Blog of the Week! As someone who has done very little travel in my lifetime, I'm always fascinated by travel blogs, and this is no exception. I love that Raquel is able to talk about parenting while sharing the aspects of their travels to a variety of countries across the globe. SM: What was your inspiration for starting 3rd Culture Children We are a traveling family, with the US Foreign Service. I initially began the blog to ... Continue Reading
If your child struggles to read, here are some interactive and fun ways to help.
When my daughter began Kindergarten last year I was beside myself with excitement. As a former First Grade Teacher, with my Master's Degree in Reading and Language Arts, I felt I had prepared her well. I was shocked to get a call a few weeks into the new school year from her teacher - telling me that my daughter was struggling in her reading and writing. I knew that to make her successful, certain steps needed to be taken. As a teacher I worked daily to encourage and motivate the children that ... Continue Reading
Kiboomu combines music with a variety of printables and online elements to make learning fun for your child.
Congratulations to Kiboomu: the SocialMoms Blog of the Week! It's no secret that children love signing. Whether it's crooning to the songs on the radio, or chanting a nursery rhyme, kids learn and absorb a wealth of information via music. One site that brings music together with a variety of different printable and online elements is Kiboomu.com, a site for kids developed by Wendy Wiseman and Sherry Segal. On Kiboomu, Parents and Teachers can search for simple and easy kids crafts, ... Continue Reading
Learn the concept behind replacing your time outs with time ins.
Time outs are a part of nearly every parent’s discipline arsenal as we strive for a peaceful home ... but honestly, do they really work? Many experts say no. Time outs may work in the short term, they say, but in the long run don’t help children learn to make better behavioral choices. “Time outs build control struggles between parent and child,” says Dr. Lynne Kenney, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based pediatric psychologist. “Using time-outs means we are in damage control mode – ... Continue Reading