Planning a vacation with a preschooler can be very difficult. It can be the time of their life, but it’s always a challenge to keep them entertained. The main thing to keep in mind when planning your trip is to factor in extra time and try to be flexible with your schedule. They’re always going to be curious about the world around them, so you need to give them plenty of time to explore. This will make them happy and you will also enjoy watching them having a good time. Although it is tempting to just pack up and leave, there are a few things that need to be considered before you go.
In the days or even weeks leading up to your big vacation, try to get them excited about their destination by showing them pictures and books. This will ensure that they are not surprised when they arrive and will be able to adjust quickly.
When the adventure has begun, keep in mind that even with preparation, your preschooler is going to be overwhelmed with changes in schedule and environment. To limit the anxiety that comes with this sudden change, try to stick with a few of your basic routines like sticking to your normal nap schedule and trying to eat meals at your normal times. If you can give them a little comfort in knowing what might come next in their day, you can spend the time in between these set events simply enjoying your time together.
Overall, vacation with a preschooler can be fun for everyone if you take the time to prepare. There will be stressful moments for you, but keep in mind that this will be a memory that you will cherish forever!
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Moving to a new home can create stress and excitement for both parents and children. We recommend using a lot of communication in the process. Let your children participate in as much as possible--from the home search, to selecting a real estate agent, to moving in. Children, even as young as 3 and 4 years old, can contribute a lot. They can surf through pictures of home and quickly indicate their preferences. You might be relieved to find that your child is more interested in that house with the pink bedroom than the house with the pool, or that your child would rather have that big tree in the back yard than the 3 car garage. If your child feels included in the process, she'll have a chance to give valuable input that will make the move less stressful.
Walk your child through the steps of saying good-bye to the old home and neighborhood. If the move is across several states or cities, you may want to brainstorm a list of friends or parks to visit one last time. Let your child blow a kiss, give hugs or verbally say good-bye. And then talk about how you'll be needing to find new parks and new friends in the new location.
Giving your child the words will boost their confidence. Teach your child the words for the relevant cities and states: Reno, Nevada.
The first stop in your new town should be the library and the park nearest to your home. These can act as a home base, not only in this town, but in any future relocations.
Restore your child's room with the favorites: blanket, stuffed toy, picture on the wall, night light. Show your child that it can be exciting to get NEW things, as well as rely on the cherished favorites. You don't need to be in a hurry to unpack all the toys or decor. Allow your child (and yourself) to slowly integrate into the new home. Take advantage of those open, empty spaces in those first few weeks, and fill them with quality family time rather than furniture!
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The holidays are the time of year known as both the most festive and the most stressful. At times it feels like the best and worst time to be a parent. It's a time of year we all need help remembering the reason for the season while facing the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, cold weather and visiting relatives. In essence, this is the time to be together. To be thankful and celebrating tradition. So this season, we've included some tips to help reduce holiday stress and enjoy the time you have with your children and the rest of your family:
From all of us here at Creative World Children's Academy, we wish you a joyous holiday season!
Understanding why our children do what they do is one of the biggest mysteries of this whole parenting experience. Cheryl Erwin, M.A, MFT, shares her experiences and education on the subject in order to help families grow and support one another. Her workshop is of great benefit to all parents, new or experienced, with one child or many.
Date: Saturday, October 12th, 2013
Training Hours: 3
Where: Creative World Children’s Academy
3670 Warren Way Reno, NV 89509
If you're interested in attending, contact email@example.com for more information or registration.
You've probably already heard that young minds are like sponges, soaking up everything around them. This is especially true when it comes to language skills - talking and reading. They listen to everything you say in order to make sense of it and talk back to you. Once they can enter the conversation, children can articulate their wants, needs and feelings. This transition often has a huge impact on their emotional states and skills too.
These early developments are preparation for reading, thinking about more abstract thoughts, out-of-sight things and imagination play. Getting ready to read is crucial. Reading and pre-reading skills, like letter recognition, are fundamental to your child's growth and success in school and life, years beyond preschool. These tips can help you develop your child's language skills at home.
Even if you're not a big reader, have books and magazines around. They watch everything you do. Let your child see you reading the newspaper, letters or just for pleasure.
Reading to your child just ten minutes a day can have a huge impact in their life. Not only are you taking that time out to be with him or her, but you are getting them in the habit of making it a part of every day.
Sometimes, the Alphabet song is the last thing you want to hear or sing again. But it's worth it. As their young minds learn to develop memory, repetition is key to making sure concepts stick. Read similar books to them, or make sure to read favorites every night.
As with everything, learning is more fun if you don't realize you're doing it! Make learning letters and small words fun by playing rhyming games, singing songs or The Alphabet Game while driving around. Flash cards or writing it out in front of them can also help them grasp the concepts.
For more information about how to get your child ready for reading, school and beyond, give The Creative World of Reno Preschool a call!
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