Every day when my two little girls get home from preschool they ask if they can watch their Kindles. Since we recently banned YouTube in our house (thanks Momo), if allowed, they’ll be binge on Netflix kids for an hour or so until it’s time for dinner. It’s one of their favorite pastimes, as well as mine, so I tend to have a harder time saying no than their mother. But I do say no. As often as I’m able. Why? Because I want them to do something else instead. Something I loved doing as a child. I want them to pretend.
Sometimes, babies can end up loving their pacifier as much as they love breastfeeding or feeding from a bottle. They are born with this primary reflex of sucking, and it often comforts them and helps them fall asleep. However, as much as they love their binky, there will come a time when they need to give it up.
So there are many moments in my life that I wish I could cherish forever. Some of those memories include holding my children for the first time, rocking them to sleep, or even helping them put their snow pants, jacket on to go outside. As much as I would like to stop time and keep them young, it just doesn’t work that way. Some children have a difficult time with transitioning to becoming more independent as they get bigger.
One of the best gifts you can give your children is helping them love to learn. Constant exploring and learning is a tool that will benefit them throughout life, and help them develop their own opinions, thoughts, and sense of self. With a few simple practices and routines, you can instil a love for learning in your child from an early age. Once the spark of curiosity is ignited, it can never be dulled.
This might seem like a question of our modern times, but people began asking it in the 1950s when TV became a household item in the US. Of course in those days children’s programming was practically non-existent, so the question garnered little traction. Nowadays things have significantly changed with dedicated kiddo channels on TV and on-demand services such as YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon which stream children’s content 24 hours day.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), commonly referred to as Autism, is a range of conditions that are often influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Autism can be seen from an early age in toddlers, in fact, from 12 months onwards a child could start developing early signs of Autism.