Why Is Goal Setting Important For Children?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/16/18 12:18 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Behavior, Development

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Encouraging your child to set goals is important because not only can it improve their confidence and build their self-esteem, but it also helps them focus and make better decisions. Along with this, goal setting can be used to motivate your child by ensuring that they achieve smaller goals on a regular basis. With this in mind, teach your children the importance of goal setting and how to go about it.

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Tips on Teaching your Child to Share

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/5/18 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Behavior, Development, Family

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Learning to share can be a challenge for younger children especially with their exciting new toys after the holidays! Not only is sharing a skill they need for play and educational purposes throughout their childhood but it plays an important part in bonding with other children around them.

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Watch Me Grow - Observation Matters In Early Childhood

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/13/17 8:05 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Behavior, Development

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Early childhood education is as much about observing as it is about teaching. In this case we’re not talking about passively watching a child, either. Structured observation is a simple, active practice that that you can do.

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Top 5 Tips on Helping Your Child After a Traumatic Event

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/27/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Safety, Children, Behavior

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Traumatic events and natural disasters have a significant impact on all of our lives but with a few easy steps you can be better prepared for these situations.

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Top 5 Tips for Creating a Back to School Routine

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/28/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in First Day Of School, Behavior

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The school bells are ringing and kids are back in the classroom! While this comes as a relief to some parents, it also ushers in a new set of issues, including getting back into a daily routine.

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Teaching Manners To Young Children

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/24/17 5:13 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Behavior, Development

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With all the responsibilities you juggle on a daily basis, it can be hard to invest time in teaching your child to be polite outside of the standard “please” and “thank you.” But did you know that good manners are often the first step in teaching your child right from wrong?

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Is Teasing the Same as Bullying?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/7/17 9:00 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Behavior, Development

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Every child deserves to go to school free of fear. However, bullying is an unfortunate reality of today’s world. While every good teacher strives to create a safe, accepting classroom environment, bullying can still happen anywhere at any time. Bullying is not limited by age, gender, or socioeconomic level: anyone can be a victim. 

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Children and Social Media

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/30/17 10:37 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Behavior, Development

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We live in a world where social media impacts everyone, including young children. As adults, it's up to us to set a good example and establish ground rules for our children when it comes to social media. So in honor of Social Media Day, here are some digital parenting tips to help you set limits that work for you and your family.

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Top 5 Tips on Preventing Bullying

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/28/17 9:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Behavior, Development

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Making threats, spreading rumors and attacking someone physically or verbally all count as aggressive behavior. When this behavior is repeated over time, it can turn into bullying. According to the National Association of School Psychologists, one in seven children is a bully or the target of a bully.

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Why Won't My Child Sit Still?

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/10/17 6:38 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Behavior, Development

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Any parent knows that staying still can be difficult for young children, but the truth is that adults aren’t much different than kids when it comes to sitting quietly. Think about it: have your thoughts ever drifted off during a boring meeting? Have you ever found yourself struggling to stay awake during a lecture or training?

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Infographic: Promoting Healthy Habits

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/7/17 4:52 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Children, Behavior, Development, Health & Nutrition

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As children grow, it's important to promote good health both at school and at home. Exercising and eating healthy are things children can start practicing at an early age.

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Top 5 Tips for Dealing with Biting

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/7/17 12:00 AM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Behavior, Development

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For parents of toddlers, biting is a huge area of concern that causes emotional stress. When moms and dads drop their kids off at daycare, the expectation is that their children will be safe. The last thing they expect is to see a bright, red chomp mark on their child’s skin when they pick them up.

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Practicing Mindfulness With Children

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/5/17 3:21 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Learning, Children, Play, Behavior, Development

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Feeling stressed out or overworked lately? Is your child having trouble dealing with their emotions? Do you ever feel like having a full body tantrum on the floor like your toddler? 

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Dealing with Challenging Behaviors in a Positive Way

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/29/17 1:01 PM / by Child Care of Southwest Florida posted in Play, Behavior, Development

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While it can be difficult to handle a child’s challenging behavior, communication is always key. Everyone in the home or family should be aware of the situation in order to best understand how to support and help the child, in addition to understanding how they can individually contribute.

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4 Books That Reinforce the Concepts of Good Behavior for Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/3/16 10:54 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Behavior, Reading

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Are you looking to discuss appropriate behavior with your early learner in a way that is fun and interactive? Here are four books that introduce and reinforce the concepts of good behavior for early learners (without being boring or scary!).

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5 Indications Your Early Learner May Need Extra Help

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/1/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Child Care, Learning, Behavior, Education

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Serving as a director for a tutoring center, I often found bewildered parents in my office wondering how their child could be struggling all of a sudden. This was especially true for early learners leaving voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) and entering kindergarten. I once spoke with parents whose child's teacher had just told them that if she doesn't pass the next benchmark assessment, they may want to consider waiting to enroll her in kindergarten.

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6 Dos and Don'ts to Encourage Good Attitudes for Math, Reading, and Writing with Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/19/16 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Learning, Behavior, STREAM

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In my career I've worked with countless students, Pre-K through adult, who are led to believe that they’ll never understand or be skilled at math because they like reading better, or vice versa. In a world of standardized testing, it’s easy to see how students can come to feel this way.

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4 Tips for Introducing Chores to Early Learners

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/16/15 12:00 AM / by Claudia Auger posted in Behavior, Development, Activities, Family

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I've often had conversations with parents about when to start introducing chores to their children, and what chores to introduce. I've watched parents scour the internet to find colorful charts, wheels, and diagrams with age-appropriate chores. These include having a three-year-old dust low surfaces, stack magazines, load spoons into the dishwasher, empty small wastebaskets, and sort laundry.

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