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Family Fun: 6 Outdoor Activities for Staying Healthy and Having Fun

One of the best ways to spend quality time with your family is to plan outdoor activities that will be healthy and fun for everyone. Leave the TV behind and go outside in nature, on the beach or forest to feel the real benefits of fresh air and open space. Also, these activities will keep you all motivated to change your lifestyle habits and adopt a healthier one.

There are so many activities to choose from and so we made you a list to make it easier for you to decide.

Go swimming together

If you live near sea, river or lake, use that advantage to go for a swim with your family. This will also be a perfect opportunity to see how your kids swim and teach them some new techniques. Bring an inflatable swimming mattress with you and while at that, choose the ones with interesting shapes like dolphin or pineapple.

Also, take snorkeling equipment with you, especially if you go to the beach since the sea is great for this activity. Go on the seashell collecting mission with your kids and help them build sand castles when you’re resting from all the activity. Additionally, if you have small children, fly a kite or play volleyball in the water since that is a fun activity for all.

Hiking in national parks

Choose a different national park every other weekend and go for a hike with your family. National parks are great locations to enjoy wild nature and animal life, as well as to breathe some unpolluted air. Choose a path near waterfalls and take a dip if the weather is right, or go on a tour to see caves and animal reserves.

If you believe your kid will be bored, it’s always best to choose the most interesting hiking tracks that can show them amazing landscapes. This is also a great way to teach your kids more about the environment and how to preserve it.

Plant a garden

Gardening is fun for everyone and the best thing about it is that will show lasting results. Kids like to dig the dirt and play with plants, so you will giving them a perfect activity. However, instead of planting flowers, plant vegetables since that way you will teach them more about food and its importance.

Moreover, buy a tree seedling and plant it together in your yard so it would become a symbol of your gardening endeavor. Opt for some fruit-bearing tree if possible, like cherry, walnut or apple so that you can make jams and pies from it.

Go on a camping trip

Pack your sleeping bags and go away from chaotic city life to nature and spend a couple of days relaxing away from the buzzing of technology. Rent a camping trailer or simply decide to sleep in tents and get ready to spend time barbequing under the clear sky. Teach your kids a few tricks like how to start a fire or purify water, as well as how to truly enjoy the wonders of being away from the urban life.

Camping with kids is also fun if you spend time around the fire making S’mores or picking mushrooms and turning them into a tasty stew. For an added experience, bring a telescope so you can observe stars in the night or binoculars to watch birds.

Form a family cycling team

Cycling doesn’t have to cost much, just look for the BMX bikes for sale and you’re good to go. There are many bicycle tracks available in the cities which are perfect for the shorter rides. However, for the complete experience, go to a national park and start pedaling together.

Make frequent breaks so your kids can rest and be patient with them if they have trouble getting the hang of things in the beginning. Choose a cycling track with the best view and you can tell your kids something about the places you pass on your way. If you plan to cycle in nature, bring some food with you and make a picnic break after a while.

Visit local farms

Children today don’t have many opportunities to see how the farms work, so use that as a perfect way to spend time with your family. Local farms are often open for visitors and you can buy organic produce and teach your kids a thing or two about farming as well. Ask farmers to tell them more about livestock breeding, dairy products, and vegetable farming.

Additionally, some farmers allow visitors to ride horses, so make sure you introduce your kids to this activity as well. Farms are perfect to see a different way of life and find out more about the world around us. It will be a great family experience to try some of the activities there together, like digging out potatoes or feeding the animals.

Every family needs time for themselves away from the modern technology and everyday life. Outdoor activities are one of the ways to keep family healthy and have fun at the same time. Nature is often the best choice to relax, experience some physical activity and get to know your kids better.

Therefore, add to the zoo and restaurant another activity which will keep the whole family involved and occupied. Not only will you start a healthy lifestyle, but also be able to teach your kids about the environment and benefits of nature.

 

About the Author

Jessie is a passionate blogger and home designer. She loves writing about tips and tricks that make every home a better place, inside and outside. Besides this, she loves sports, martial arts, outdoor activities and spending time with her close ones.

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Looking For An Infant Car Chair? Read These Helpful Tips!

One of the most important, some way say the most important, investments you can make for your child is an infant car chair. As well as protecting your child wile you are on the road and particularly if you are involved in a crash or accident, it is also a legality to have a car chair.

With so many to choose from, it can be overwhelming trying to find the best for your child. Let us help, with this post we will outline some great tips to help you find the right infant car chair for your little one.

Check Your Car Owner Manual

Before you set out shopping or start looking online, check the car owner’s manual so you can see where your car chair should go and how it should be installed. This information will help you better decide on the right seat, not just for your child but your car as well.

Choose The Appropriate Chair For Your Child

This may sound obvious, but it could be easy to get caught up in other factors, than the most important. You need to choose the most appropriate chair for your child, taking into consideration their height, weight and age. If you look at the owner manual for an infant car chair, it will normally specify the height and weight specification for the seat. To give you further help though, here is some of the common types of chairs and who they are best suited to.

  • Rear Facing – Rear Facing chairs are best suited to infants and newborns and in fact many experts recommend that children remain in these types of chairs as long as possible. The best way to determine if your child is too big for a rear facing chair is if their head is below the top of the seat by 1 inch.
  • Forward Facing – Forward Facing chairs are only suitable for children over the age of 2 and who are at the maximum weight or height for the chair.
  • Booster Seats – Booster Seats are only suitable for children that are heavier than 40 lbs. It is often at the age of 8 years old or thereabouts that a child may be able to sit in an adult seat without a booster. You should always check the shoulder and lap strap fit snugly before allowing them to make the change though.

Calculate The Amount Of Room You Have in Your Back-seat

For instance, if you have a smaller car, a car chair with a larger base might not fit, meaning you may have to choose one with a narrower and smaller base.

You also need give consideration to the people who will be sitting in the back seat with your child. How many other children do you have? Measure the back seat before buying an infant car chair and take your measuring tape with you to check chairs you are interested in.

Make Installation An Easy Task

The chair itself should have clear and specific instructions outlining how you should install it. You can make it easy for yourself by choosing a car chair model with a diagram and text. But, don’t rely just on the instructions on the chair. Check the instruction manual too, so that you have as much information at your disposal to get it right the first time with as little stress and frustration as possible.

Hopefully you will find these tips helpful. For more help, you should also take a look at this infant car seat review.

The Benefits Of Attending A Trade Show For Expecting Moms

 

 

Becoming a mother is a joyful and exciting time, but motherhood is not an easy world to navigate. Proper planning is essential; having all the right things ahead of time makes life a whole lot easier. Often mothers and other parents only find out about these things after giving birth, when it’s difficult to get a lot of shopping and researching done. Hearing about new, helpful ways of doing things after the fact is frustrating. It’s important to receive helpful advice from other moms, experts, and industry professionals in preparation. A wonderful place to do this is a trade show.

A Baby and New Mom trade show is a one-stop place to learn about new ideas and products that make the first-time motherhood experience a lot easier. In just one place, new parents can gain much information on the latest products, parenting techniques, and facts. It’s a fabulous place to buy the latest gear, beautiful and useful items, and find inspiration for pampering babies and properly stocking up with quality items before the big day comes.

A professional trade show like Thebabyshows.com has the industry’s best and brightest in one location. Many things need to be bought to prepare for baby, including diaper and hygiene care, feeding accessories, bedding and nursery, toys, and items to make moms more comfortable while feeding and putting baby to sleep multiple times a day, to name a few. The list can seem endless and having all the essentials as well as some extra pampering items for your precious newborn in one spot is extremely helpful.

Having access to a range of experts offering seminars and advice is an invaluable resource. On top of the shopping a quality baby trade show provides, there are a range of info sessions to sit in on and information to take home. Being in an atmosphere that is promoting good health and happiness for baby, mother, and other parents is comforting, and having other mothers, fathers, and other family around to meet and talk about everything baby is a memorable experience. Being a new mother can be overwhelming and having the support from others and access to a wide range of necessary items can make the transition an enjoyable one.

Before attending a show, check out the vendors, exhibitors, and talks ahead of time online. It’s a good idea to note a few places and where they’re located. Pamphlet and maps will be available to make notes and highlight places to scope out. And take a tip from expert trade show attendees: do a survey of the place one day and mark places of interest, then recharge and return a second day to purchase the things you liked the most.

Becoming a mother for the first time (or second or third) has so many emotions tied to it: joy, fear, love, anticipation, uncertainty, and so many more. A high quality, local trade show that focuses on you and your needs is an incredible help and will supply you with the confidence you need to welcome baby into the world.

Tips for Finding A Physics and Maths Tutor for your Child

 

There are many ways parents can find a physics and maths tutor. With the number of agencies providing tutoring services in the country growing, some people find tutors through personal ads while a greater number rely on recommendations. Tutorfair is one of the first websites that allow people to book a tutor online, and since the site funds charity work it addresses different educational disadvantages. I strongly suggest that you look there first.

Before settling for a physics and maths tutor, it’s advisable that you meet several first. Since tutors are people just like you and me, each has their own style of tutoring. It is, therefore, vital that you first take the time to consider each to see who will best fit the student’s potential. It can be quite tempting to make a decision based on your liking for a person, or on the fact that the tutor seems to have a unique tutoring style that you liked as a child. However, it’s not you that will be working with them. It’s, therefore, important that you listen to your child and see who they’d like to work with and who they think they could learn best from. If your kid likes a tutor, then half of the problem is solved as they’ll often work harder to impress their mentor.

If your kid does not like any of the tutors available, then this could make finding one a bit harder, and the problem might not be about the tutors but more about the student  – he or she probably has a problem with tutoring. I have heard parents say to their children ‘okay, you are going to have to work with a tutor, so find one who you hate least’. This isn’t to say that you should not trust your own instincts, just remember that it is your child that will be working with the tutor.

During the decision-making process, there are some very important questions that I believe are worth asking the new potential tutor. If asked early in the selection process, these questions could save you a lot of time later. Here are some:

– What kind of learner are you? As a student, were you more kinesthetic, auditory, visual, or did you learn best by rote?

– If a student does not feel like studying that day, how would you handle the situation?

– Ever had any difficult students, and if you did, how did you deal with them?

While this might sound like an interview, in part it is. I’d advise you not to give potential tutors a hard time during your initial meet up, but make sure that you voice your concerns or questions. Part of the tutor’s work is to act as a link between the kid and the parents academically. However, I’d be wary of a tutor who can’t explain their working method and ethics. Nowadays, I use my gut feelings a lot. Nevertheless, I still have some things that I like to do first. if the tutor cannot explain some things during the initial meet up, then I would be very concerned about their aptitude to explain challenging things to a student who’s really stuck.

Something else to consider is how qualified the tutor is. Most tutoring agencies have stipulations that their tutors should possess specific qualifications at least a level above those they are teaching. For instance, a GCSE History tutor should have an A-level on the subject, with some even stipulating that they should hold degrees in the area. This does make a lot of sense, however, it is still worth noting that just because one holds a PhD or a degree in a subject, that does not necessarily mean that they can teach it.

Some of the best tutors I have ever met were once people who struggled at school themselves. Most maths teachers back in my school days never really had a problem with maths. However, it’s clear to me now that this made it harder for them to empathise with students who were not ‘getting it’. I only got to really understand maths later on in time, which is something, in some ways, that led me to be more patient with struggling students, since I went through the same struggle.

Apart from being great teachers, the most successful tutors are the ones who are halfway between a best friend and a teacher. Such tutors inspire students to want to learn, and kids often like them a lot they’ll work even harder, sometimes just to impress them. This is amongst the most powerful tools that a tutor has and therefore their success will mostly depend on the chemistry between the tutor and his or her students. I am not saying that all students will love and connect with every tutor they get, but if they really aren’t getting it on, this could be really bad news for both the student and tutor.

The tutor could risk negative reviews from the student’s parents (and this does count in the playgrounds outside of school) while the students could risk wasting a lot of valuable time. It is, therefore, vital that you see how a tutor you are considering interacts with your kid, and although I recommend giving them time alone to work together, do not be afraid to ask your child about how he or she felt after the lesson.

They do not have to be super excited about their tutor, but it is a good idea to check and see if they feel like they learned something and that they do not feel lacking in confidence and completely overwhelmed.

Once you’ve settled for a tutor, the next thing to consider is how you are going to get the most out of the tutor. To find out more about my thoughts on this subject matter, see my next blog post coming soon “Parents: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Kid’s Tutor”

5 Things You Should Know about Bath Bombs Before You Use Them

 

Bath bombs are a relatively recent innovation in health and beauty products. They’ve also exploded in popularity in the past few years. Bath bombs are typically pressurized packages of various ingredients that create a fizzing reaction upon exposure to water and they come in varying sizes and properties. Here are five things you should know about bath bombs before you use them.

Bath Bombs Aren’t for Everyone

Bath bombs were originally developed for those who can’t use traditional bath products, but they aren’t for everyone. If you have sensitive skin, you should probably avoid bath bombs altogether. Avoid bath bombs if you have a tendency toward urinary tract infections as well.

Check the Ingredients

While many bath bombs include ingredients no different from the soaps and other beauty products in your home, you should check the ingredients. Avoid bath bombs with glitter or vegetable oil-based luster. If you opt for glitter, opt for mineral based glitter over pieces of plastic. While it looks pretty in the bath water, plastic glitter can irritate sensitive parts of the body.

If you know you’re allergic to an ingredient, don’t buy a bath bomb that contains it, so check the ingredient list on every bath bomb you buy – or make your own. If you don’t know what an ingredient on the back of the package is, look it up. Or consider buying a different bath bomb.

You Could Still Be Allergic to Common Ingredients

Fragrances and the coloring agents in bath bombs can cause mild skin irritation. Fluorescent bath bombs are the most likely to contain artificial dyes that may cause allergic reactions. In general, it is safer to choose bath bombs that contain natural ingredients. If you start to feel irritation, the best advice is to clear the tub, wash off your body and then wash out the tub.

If the irritation doesn’t calm down in a few hours, talk to a doctor. However, you’re probably not reacting to the citric acid or sodium bicarbonate found in many bath bombs since they’re so diluted by the bath water. Note that these are the ingredients that react to make the bath bomb fizzy in the first place.

Fresher Is Better

The best bath bombs are fresh ones. You can tell how fresh they are by how fizzy they are on contact with the water. A general rule of thumb is to use the bath bomb within three weeks of buying it. If you ordered it online, take the shipping time into account, so if it took a week to arrive, you have two weeks to use it.

Understand the Safety Hazard that Bath Bombs Create

There have been stories of people going to the emergency room due to a serious rash from exposure to ingredients in a bath bomb. However, there is another hazard that bath bombs can introduce. All of those essential oils and butter can coat the inside of the tub, making it slippery.

Take care not to slip when getting in and out of the bath after using a bath bomb. You may want to clean the tub before using the bath bomb since these slippery oils will stick to dirt and grime in the tub. If you don’t want to be cleaning the tub before taking a bath, choose a bath bomb that doesn’t contain oil.

Conclusion

Bath bombs can be great for relaxation and fun as well. But if you want to enjoy them without the side-effects, know what you’re getting into first.

How to Deal with Your Children During a Separation

 

 

Sometimes marriages and partnerships break down; this can be a difficult time for both of you and your children as well. You can both get so engrossed in the problems you are having that it can be easy to ignore and forget about how your children are feeling. If you are in a similar situation, here are a few tips for dealing with your children’s feelings during the tricky time of a separation or divorce.

Try Not to Put Them Between You

Many parents use their children as a messenger, especially if they are living apart. Although you might think there is no problem doing so, in fact, this type of communication via your children can have an impact on their feelings. They might have to say things to their parents that make them upset or anxious, and it also places a burden on them that they shouldn’t have to deal with at any age. To minimise any problems, you need to discuss things in private or via email. Things that involve the children can be discussed as a group with all of the family members there because this then gives them the opportunity to ask questions.

Understand Their Feelings About Both of You

Even though the two of you can no longer live together, your children will still love you equally. For that reason, you should try to understand that they might not share the feelings you might have for your partner. It can be easy to talk to your children about the separation and perhaps say negative things about your partner, but this can make your kids feel awkward and upset. You should also avoid taking your kids to the family solicitor London, so they don’t have to hear negative things about their parents. If you have feelings that you want to share, try talking to a therapist or someone you trust rather than talking to your children.

Take Time to Listen to Your Kids

A period like this in your children’s lives can cause a great amount of turmoil. They won’t always understand what’s happening, and they might form ideas that aren’t true. That is why it is vital that you are there for them and that they can ask you about what’s happening. Allow them to talk and to express how they feel, try not to dismiss their feelings, but also try to let them know that things will be ok. Both parents should do this in case one of your children want to confide on one of you and not the other.

Avoid Asking Too Many Questions

When your children spend time with the other parent, you should think of this time as visiting an aunt or uncle. You should ask them fun questions about their stay but try not to grill them or ask about what your partner did. It will make them feel uneasy and in an impossible position.

Separation is never easy, but if you can all try to be as open and approachable as possible, it will make it a lot easier for your kids.

Fun Things to Do in London

 

 

Are you planning for a London trip? Whether you go with your family or friends, there are a lot of fun things to do in England’s capital city. In this article, we provide a list of some of the activities or places that you should include in your itinerary.

The Tower of London

If you love visiting historical places, you’ll surely enjoy visiting the Tower of London. This palace, prison, and fortress is definitely a must-see. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses the crown jewels of the British monarchy.

The Harry Potter Set

If you are a Harry Potter fan, seeing the Harry Potter Set at the Warner Bros Studio would be a dream come true! In this place, you will be able to see all the details about all Harry Potter movies. You’ll see all costumes and props used for the movies. Isn’t that cool?

The Harry Potter Walking Tour

This is another treat for Harry Potter fans. With the Harry Potter Walking Tour, you’ll get to see the real Diagon Alley, Platform 9 3/4 in Kings Cross Station, and other places related to Harry Potter. This tour is perfect for couples, friends, families, and of course, Harry Potter fans!

The London Zoo

Did you know that the London Zoo is the oldest scientific zoo in the world? Because of that, it probably is the most famous zoo as well. It hosts at least 750 species. You will find over 17,000 animals in this zoo. If you love animals, visiting this zoo would surely be a treat for you.

The Borough Market

Tourists highly recommend this market. It is located at the heart of London so it’s not hard to find. It is also considered as the city’s most renowned food market. You can find it right next to the famous London Bridge, just a short walk away from the Big Ben. Foodie lovers would easily love this place!

The Ghost Bus Tour

Are you ready for a fun and spooky adventure? If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll surely love the Ghost Bus Tour. The tour occurs every single day after sunset and usually takes between 1 and 1.5 hours. It is perfect for families with kids.

The Jack the Ripper Tour

Here’s another treat for tourists who love spooky adventures. This tour is known for their latest hand held projectors with the latest graphic photos many people have never seen before. It is also the most up-to-date, most shocking, and most exciting Jack the Ripper tour you’ll ever find in London. Click here to learn more about this tour.

Beautiful views from a car park

One of the coolest things to do in London is to see the views from a car park at Frank’s Rooftop Bar and Restaurant located in Peckam. This multistory car park is located on the 10th floor of the building.

What do you think of this list? Which ones would you like to visit? Bring your loved ones to any of these places and you’ll surely enjoy the experience.

Make Lovely Presents With Yarn For Mother’s Day

 

 

There are plenty of gorgeous gifts that you can make with yarn for Mother’s Day that won’t take weeks and weeks of hard work. Knitting an entire sweater or crocheting a throw pillow will be difficult tasks to squeeze into your schedule, which is why you should try to put together the following handcrafted presents for your mom.

Before you even get started on the craft for your mom, you will need to stock up on yarn — you don’t want to be half-way through your project and realize you have run out of your most important material. You can get a deal and buy your yarn online and then have it delivered to your front door within days — this means that you can skip the long drive, avoid slow lines and save more money in just a few clicks. The website Yarnspirations carries an incredible range of yarn colors, fibers, weights and brands so that you can find the exact material that you need.

  1. Spa Kit:

The website also offers free knit and crochet patterns that can help crafters of any skill level. For instance, you can follow patterns for bath mitts and facecloths so that you can put together a lovely spa kit for your mom to have a soothing day. You can also make homemade bath salts or bath bombs with essential oils for the ultimate relaxation experience — if you don’t feel like creating these items at home, you can buy specialty options from the store.

  1. String Art:

This craft uses a few simple materials to make a colorful design in whatever shape you prefer — some of the most popular choices are hearts, flowers, stars and letters. All you have to do for a string craft is get a flat wooden board, trace the desired shape on the surface and then hammer in nails along the outline, making sure to leave gaps in between each nail. Tie a very long piece of yarn around one of the nail heads and then wind it through and across the outline until the shape is filled out.

  1. Wrapped Vase:

This is an easy craft that you can whip up on your own, or that you can put together with your kids. All you will need is colorful yarn, scissors, glue, embellishments and a simple vase — mason jars or glass cylinders will also work if you can’t find the right vase. Add dots of glue along a clean and dry vase, and then wrap the yarn around the glass until it creates a smooth pattern. Don’t forget to fill your cozy crafted vase with real blooms when you are done or make several pom pom flowers with your leftover yarn as a finishing touch.

You won’t have to stress about whether you’ll have enough time to complete your simple spa kit, your string art piece or your wrapped vase. These fantastic presents will be finished in a flash so that you can tie them with ribbon, sign a card and be ready to impress when Mother’s Day arrives.

How to Get the Best Out of Your Baby’s Pacifier

Babies are born with the innate skill to put anything they come across into their mouths. Some have even been seen on ultrasound sucking their thumbs while still in the womb. It is a reflex action. Sucking brings them comfort and doesn’t necessarily mean they want food. A pacifier may come in handy in comforting and calming down your baby. Some babies can’t get enough of suckling and cuddling or rocking them won’t be soothing enough. It is better to get them a pacifier (which you can get rid of) than to let them get used to sucking their thumbs.

Here are five tips to get the best out of your baby’s pacifier;

Don’t force your decision on the baby

Yes, you need something to distract your baby as you struggle to meet some tight deadline. A pacifier might just be the answer. Do not however force it on your baby. If they are receptive to it, go along. If they are not, try again some other time or just let them be. You’ll have more on your hands than you can handle.

Pacifier isn’t a substitute for your attention

Read that slowly and let it sink in. While pacifiers can come in handy when the baby has to wait, for example if you are in a check out queue, it should not be a substitute from you giving the baby attention. It is your parental duty to spend as much time as possible with them.

Taking care of the pacifier

Tying the pacifier around their neck or the crib to avoid it getting misplaced is a bad idea as the cord can strangle them. Instead, pin it to the baby’s clothes using a clip. Keep the pacifier clean by frequently detaching it and rinsing it with warm clean water. Do not clean the pacifier by sucking on it, neither should you dip it in sugary drinks. Replace it once it starts cracking up or wearing out. A silicone nipple-shaped pacifier is the Best Pacifier For Breastfed Baby since they are much easier to clean.

When not to use a pacifier

Pacifiers aren’t recommended for babies who have a problem breastfeeding. Suckling on the pacifier and breastfeeding require two different techniques and combining them at the same time might cause ‘nipple confusion.’ It can lead to them having weight problems from poor feeding. Keep the baby off pacifiers too if they have ear infections. Extended periods of use has also been known to cause dental problems to the baby, so get them off a pacifier as soon as you can.

Cleaning the pacifier

Before you get your baby on a pacifier, clean and sterilize it first. You have no idea the amount of germs you’ll find on things that otherwise look clean. You can use hot soapy water and a clean dish rag.  You can also boil the pacifier for about five minutes then let it cool totally before letting the baby use it. If you are willing to dig deeper into your pockets, you can purchase an electronic sterilizer.

4 Ways To Help Your Child’s Speech Development

 

 

Language, speech and communication skills are of key importance in a child’s formative education and success. Humans use a variety of ways to communicate, but arguably none are as important to a child’s academic success as language and speech skills – their ability to express themselves through spoken and written language. A child’s brain is a flexible, curious and bottomless object, and as a parent it is your job to help them wrap that brain around speech and language conventions, exposing them to new and different ways to communicate. Whether your child is a language whiz or having difficulties with expression, here are four ways you can help their speech development.

See A Speech Therapist

If you have any concerns about your child’s speech development, it’s a good idea to start looking for a childrens therapist that specializes in speech therapy – they’re often known as speech-language pathologists, or SLPs for short. SLPs focus first on assessing and evaluating the speech issues, and then on creating a treatment plan, which can help children express themselves better and, in turn, see greater academic and social success. This is the first and best line of defense if you are concerned about your child’s speech development – language acquisition and usage is a vast and complex subject, so it’s best to get help from the experts.

Read Together

Hearing you read to them, seeing the words go by on the page, and then taking a turn themselves trying to read – these three steps, as part of an evening family ritual, can be extraordinarily effective in helping speech development. Don’t be afraid to start your kids early. Even if they just sit there and absorb themselves in the narrative of the story, they are learning valuable things about language and speech operate. Choose books that are appropriate for their age group, but don’t be afraid to give them something complex – children listen on a higher language level than they are able to read, so this is a great way to expose them to complicated ideas.

Chat About Everything

Chat about the book you just read together. Chat about the things you see out the car window. Chat about their day at school, their friends, their teacher, their lunch, their hobbies, their hair… anything! The more you engage with your child, the better their speech development will be. And don’t be passive in the conversation – get in there and talk about yourself, your day and your interests, because receiving information is just as important a language skill as being able to dispense with it. Try to vary up your vocabulary as well; whereas yesterday you asked them about their favourite “sports”, today ask them about “athletic activities”.

Be Supportive, Not Critical

Finally, it’s important to always be supportive of your child’s attempts, and refrain from being critical if they make mistakes. The last thing you want is to stifle your child’s desire to express themselves, but the fear of failure can be a strong deterrent to a child. Helpful, happy corrections are welcome, of course.

Language and speech skills are the foundation upon which much of your child’s academic, social and (later) work life will be built, so it’s important to help their development any way you can. Visit a Speech-Language Pathologist if you are concerned about your child’s speech development, and remember to read and talk with them often.