|Parents Area Parental Tips
It always seemed so far away, but the time for your child to join regular school is finally just around the corner. The child has probably been going to a play school, for a while, but the shift from the small, safe environment of a play school to the hustle bustle of a big school can be daunting for a small child. Here are some useful tips for young parents.
Food and Nutrition
- Don't be late in picking your child up. A few late minutes can seem like a long time to a young child.
- Always listen to your child patiently, do not ask too many questions as children only talk when they are at ease.
- Be flexible in the early days of the school. Children may get tired and cranky for a while till they settle in. Do follow routines that allow time for rest and free play.
- Do not plan too many after school activities or have too much to do on the way home.
- Remember, small children need lots of support in starting school. Children do best at school when their parents and teachers work together to support them.
- Keep a check on the sugar and salt content in your child's daily diet.
- Ensure that the child gets a balanced meal everyday, which should have carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
- Make your child drink water, at regular intervals.
- Always start the day with a healthy breakfast.
- Avoid adding sugar in the milk at night, as sugar extra provides energy and children will be very active at bed time!!!!!
- Fix meal time and stick to it, avoid in between snack.
- Avoid readymade package foods.
- Best time to sleep is before 9 pm.
- Ensure some form of relaxing activities for your child before bedtime.
- See that the child eats an hour before bedtime and no television viewing an hour before.
- Have a selection of good soothing (non violent) story books for bed time.
- Insist children to clean their teeth before bed and wear clean pajamas for a healthy sleep.
- A warm bath, a gentle lullaby or a good tickle are great bed time buddies.
- Never scare children for making them fall asleep.
- Sing lullabies to your child as they are soothing for sleep and strengthens bonding.
Role of Toys
- Cuddly toys- Helps the child feel secure, helps in general feeling of well being.
- Building toys- Helps in building logic, thinking, imagination, language development and creativity.
- Role play toys- Helps the child in understanding the adult world, how people behave and act and play out different duties.
- Reading toys- Help the child in building vocabulary, reading skills, interest in reading, picture recognition etc.
- Puzzle type toys - Helps in developing logic and problems solving skills.
- Break and Join /Pounding toys - Helps children in venting out emotions, aggression without guilt, also helps them in achieving an important need of exploration and curiosity.
- Riding toys- Good for balance, sense of freedom and movement.
- Outdoor toys- Helps the child in staying fit and active.