The question I hear all the time is "How can I help my child be more independent?" Sure, you can get small tools and show her how to button her own coat, make toast, and tie her shoes. But true independence is much more than that.
We don't often consider the importance of spoken language and the role it plays in learning to read and write. But the truth is, you can't write if you don't have something to say, and you can't read if you don't understand another person's spoken thoughts. Before you even consider things like the sound games, letter practice, or early readers, work on these four key conditions for a strong foundation in spoken language at home.
Show and tell might be helpful for sharing at circle time, but when it comes to young children the show is much more important than the tell. I bet you've already experienced the power of showing your child something, like that time your toddler said "that phrase you don't say in public" when she dropped her plate.
Here's how you can purposefully show a skill to your young child, step by step.
We start assigning gender roles to children before they are even born, so it takes a conscious effort to challenge and change them. But where to begin?
Today I interview Rikki, a mom who works to empower women everyday. Here's what she has to say about building strength, resolve, and self-confidence for your daughter and encouraging compassion, sensitivity, and humility for your son.