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A child's social competence is most simply defined as their ability to play while keeping friends. If the other kids are happy when your child shows up, they want to continue playing with him and the play tends to go well most of the time then his social skills are likely developing at least fairly … [Read More...]
I just saw the first weather prediction map for this winter. It looks as bad as last year. Of course, it's still great to get kids outside in rain and snow but sometimes the weather is too bad or they are just ready to be back inside. Last year I posted a list of things to do on snow days - … [Read More...]
After a relaxing summer, getting into the school routine can be a tough transition. There are lots of small things to do to help the school year get off to a great start. Good night, good breakfast and calm morning – Do what you can the night before including pack lunches, pick outfits and … [Read More...]
Playdates give kids an opportunity to build individual friendships and practice related social skills. Playdates can be brief - An hour is plenty for young children or children who don't know each other well. Older children that get along well can often handle longer stretches. Balance … [Read More...]
Most children shift to two naps sometime in the first year and then down to one longer nap sometime between 18 months to 2 years old. Many children give up naps on their own between 3 to 5 years old. Before they give up naps all together, many young children go through phases of not napping for a … [Read More...]
So often when I write about siblings, it's how to best manage the bickering and the fighting or how to get them to stop grabbing toys from each other. Happily, this post is about ways to encourage their relationships! Teach social skills in general - If your children have difficulty taking turns … [Read More...]
There are lots of ways to connect with Dr. Rene and have your parenting questions answered. Submit parenting questions to this blog - You are welcome to email your parenting questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Rene often answers parents' questions and posts them to … [Read More...]
If you’ve had to discipline the same behavior several times, it is time to start coaching. Coaching is teaching the child about better behaviors, it’s focused on what you want them to do. For this to be most effective, coaching should be engaging and can be fun. There are so many ways to shape … [Read More...]