So you’ve successfully signed your child up for preschool. The summer holiday has passed by and now you have that slight tingling in your stomach. That first day at school is probably one the most important moments in your and your child's life, and it might not be easy–both for the child and for the parent. It's one of those moments when you realise just how quickly time goes by. How could something that was a cute tiny baby just seconds ago grow up so fast? And all of the sudden they don't need your 24/7 attention?! How can you prepare for this bittersweet moment without any unnecessary tears and stress?
Every summer the beach and pool become indispensable allies in withstanding high temperatures, especially if we have children. For the smaller ones, water play is at once a game, a distraction, and an activity that improves children’s motor, social, and psychological faculties. Water and sand also stimulate children’s senses since they are small and the water is very refreshing. Walking barefoot promotes muscle toning in feet and legs, and in the water almost all of the body’s muscles are activated.
Ask yourself the following question: “What is danger?” It’s a situation in which there is a possibility of getting hurt. This can be a physical threat as well as an abstract one, depending on the situation and individual perception. How can we know all this as an adult? Because we experienced it in the past, we can compare, analyze, decide, and relate it to something that harms us. We all know that if you play with a knife, you’ll get injured. Then what about children?
Summertime seems like the perfect time to forget about learning and just enjoy the nice weather. And yet I’m writing this article about research on the how the human brain connects to learning. According to recent studies, we learn the best when learning is connected to emotion and when it makes sense to us. And in summer we do lots of things that make us happy and make sense to us, don’t we? So let’s use that to our advantage!
Let’s prepare our children for the digital age! We created these 10 golden rules as a safety measure so parents know whether kids are spending too much time on a tablet and whether they’re using it in a meaningful way.
We need to address a very sensitive issue that is actually more common than most of us realize. After reading other blog comments, social network comments, several forums, listening to friends and also from personal experiences, I have found desperate parents who end up admitting that due to how their sons or daughters regularly behave, they find it difficult to like their kids.
6.00: A beautiful dream, in which I am lying ALL ALONE in a meadow, is interrupted by my daughter’s voice: “Mummy! Up!” It’s Natalie’s most active part of the day. Of course, my opinion on getting up at 6 AM doesn’t interest her at all. I am trying to use various cunning tactics to win at least 30 more minutes of sleep.
I based my selection of movies on a couple of criteria: those which had a strong emotional effect on me, and those which raised many questions and taught me something. And most of all – I really enjoyed watching them.
The wave of media and public interest in the compulsory nature of homework in schools has taken the Czech Republic by storm. Should we have no choice in the matter, should we do it voluntarily, or abolish it? Solid arguments exist both for and against all of these options. In truth, however, there’s no right or wrong answer. Every child is an individual with individual needs, so we should be asking different questions altogether.
When I look back at my childhood, spring used to be an adventurous time full of expeditions. We roamed around the neighbourhood with my friends, discovering the “wilderness” hidden behind the houses and yards. Today, children (especially those who live in the city) don’t spend much time outside anymore. Maybe it’s because places where children could play independently and without supervision have become scarce? There are also concerns about child safety, which is why it’s very rare nowadays to meet a group of unsupervised children playing outside. It has also become a trend that parents organise their children’s free time for them. Some parents may think that wandering outside is a waste of time for their child and that it’s better to send them to a drama class. So why should children spend more time outside?