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14 Tips for Helping Your Child Build Language Skills

Language skills are important to your child’s future.

Strong communication can help them to manage their emotions, develop healthy relationships, and succeed professionally.

As a parent, you can accelerate and enhance their verbal development by the way you interact with your child. Many studies show that talking and reading with your children extensively from an early age helps them to increase their vocabulary and other verbal abilities.

Give your children a head start. Follow these practical tips full of simple and fun activities that will help your child to speak and write more effectively.

Tips for Talking with Your Child:

  1. Sing and dance. Children enjoy sounds and movement. Music also makes lessons more memorable and demonstrates the rhythm of language. Focus on repetitive lyrics and funny tunes. Our printable Song Sack kit will give you lots of ideas for songs to sing and ways to personalise and vary them.
  2. Share stories. Make up stories for your children and invite them to create their own tales. Personalize your works by using the names of family members and other familiar information.
  3. Ask questions. Children learn by asking questions, and answering them can help too. Use open-ended inquiries that will stimulate conversation.
  4. Play word games. Make learning fun with puzzles, puns, and riddles. Show how words that sound the same can have different meanings. Laugh about silly noises like ducks quacking and balloons popping.
  5. Discuss routine activities. Turn household chores and errands into teachable moments. Describe what you’re doing as you bake a cake or go shopping for school supplies.
  6. Follow their lead. Give your child your full attention when they’re talking to you. Build on what they’re saying. Ask them how they feel about various situations.

Tips for Reading with Your Child:

  1. Create a home library. Fill your home with attractive and enriching books and other reading material. Design an inviting reading nook like a table covered with blankets to look like a fort or a stack of soft pillows on the floor.
  2. Encourage their interests. Pick books about your child’s favourite subjects. Maybe they’re wild about horses or robots.
  3. Expand their vocabulary. Teach your child new words. Sound them out together and use them in a sentence.
  4. Take turns. As your child grows older, they can start reading to you sometimes. Even when they’re small, they can point out pictures and describe them.

Other Tips:

  1. Give gentle feedback. Children are bound to make some interesting guesses as they’re learning about pronunciation and grammar. To guide them without discouraging them, try repeating back the corrected version of what they said while praising them for their efforts.
  2. Plan field trips. Bring language to life by visiting places where your children can see what they’re learning about. Attend special exhibitions at art and science museums and check the calendars for hands-on family activities. Visit amusement parks, state fairs, and toy stores.
  3. Limit electronics. Many experts recommend no screen time for children under 2, and limited hours at any age. While some educational programming can be beneficial, interacting face-to-face- with your child builds language skills more effectively than passively watching TV.
  4. See your pediatrician. Language skills can be affected by other events in your child’s life. For example, they may regress to baby talk during challenging transitions like starting kindergarten or adjusting to a divorce. Talk with your pediatrician if you have any concerns.

Help your child to succeed in school and beyond by teaching them how to express themselves and understand others. Spending time talking and reading with your child draws you closer together while you encourage their growth and development.


EVERY Baby is a Precious Gift!

This just made my heart melt and my eyes leak a little 😍 This Mother and Son are both beautiful people and are lucky to have each other. Every baby is a precious gift!

As a trained antenatal teacher, we often talked about planning a holiday to Holland but getting diverted to Italy when our babies are born with additional challenges. Italy is still a beautiful place and the holiday is still exciting and amazing, It’s just not what we planned and the scenery is different. So I love this ‘scenic route’ description ❤

I passionately feel health professionals need to use more awareness about the kind of language they use when dealing with parents and babies who have illnesses, disabilities, special care needs. They need to start looking at these babies as a beautiful gift to their parents, even if they themselves can only see the condition, and their birth and life should be treated as just as special and precious a moment for the parents. ❤

You won’t be able to breastfeed him they said …

I am so sorry when he was born the Drs said…

He is not like a “normal” child people said…

Your life will be a struggle people think and still say…

Life it’s going to change some of the “specialists” said…

Valentino has Down Syndrome they said…

But what NOBODY tells you…

Welcome and congratulations on the arrival of your precious little boy. He is here as you wanted, a little piece of your flesh and blood, the same heartbeat you heard and the same legs that kicked inside you…He is precious so are you for bringing him to this life!

The Route you are about to embark will be the scenic route, the one with bumps, straight roads, high hills, flat landscapes and magical sunsets or incredible sunrises (that’s life anyway right?). They don’t tell you about the rainbow after a child’s meltdown confirming everything it’s going to be ok! I got him and he got me! What else a baby and a child will need if it wasn’t for the love and care from his parents or peers? Make the most of your life together.

He is a strong little boy, a sensible soul, a wonderful healer, a funny cheeky 4 years old who is learning and seeing life from the most incredible chilled and pure eyes! He is gorgeous and not because he is my son, but because I don’t define beauty by everyone’s standards but from the ability to love!

So yes, there are times I realise the scenic route takes longer to get from A-Z…

But DONT BE SORRY, DONT BE SCARED OR SAD FOR US… WE ARE HAPPY, BLESSED and PROUD to be his parents! He is our beloved son and we love him as much as we love his brother.
And the only thing I would like to change is the World to be a better place for him!

7 years Breastfeeding in total 4 to Valentino and counting…and I love it and so does he!
So…Don’t tell me to stop, don’t tell me to change it when you and your books told me he could never do it in the first place!

#theluckyfew #worlddownsyndromemonth #dropthelabel #herockshisextrachromosome

Reposted from a breastfeeding group with kind permission from this amazing Mother, Adela Parzanese Guerrero

What Happens When You Ignore a Crying Baby

Building emotionally healthy children is such an important part of being a parent, especially as we’re seeing more and more younger people developing mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

And it’s really exhausting and challenging at times too.

So next time you see someone struggling with a crying baby in public, don’t shame them for the baby being noisy but offer support and compassion to the parents to enable them to keep giving the vital support and compassion to their babies. 


What Happens When You Ignore A Crying Baby?

Never ignore a crying baby. #Psychology

Posted by Hashem Al-Ghaili on Thursday, January 18, 2018

[Self-Esteem Challenge] Day 5

Wow!!! I’m so excited for you. Today is the FINAL day of the Self-Esteem Challenge. Can you believe it!

Today’s final challenge is about a really surprising way to boost your self-esteem AND create really positive relationships.

Very few people even THINK about this when it comes to building their self-esteem.

But trust me – it’s REALLY important.

And it’s really simple too! That’s the beauty of it. It doesn’t take loads of work.

Are you intrigued?

I bet you are! 😉

But you’re going to have to take today’s challenge to find out what I mean!

Take Today’s Challenge

After you take the challenge, please leave a comment. Did this surprise you? Have you ever thought of doing this? I’m really interested to see.

Okay, that’s it! Talk soon!

[Self-Esteem Challenge] Day 4

It’s Day 4 of the challenge! Can you believe how far you’ve come?

Relationships are really important, right? In fact, I would say that few things are more valuable than good relationships.

But when was the last time you took stock of your relationships?

It’s not something we do very often.

I want to say something that may surprise you: some relationships are really helpful for you…

…and some can really hurt you.

Today you’re going to take stock of your relationships and you’re going to identify those people who really build up your self-esteem.

I think you’ll really be helped by this particular exercise because we so rarely do it.

Take Today’s Challenge

I also want you to leave a comment. What was it like for you to take stock of your relationships? Was it hard? What did you learn?