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Teaching kids to tie shoelaces

Teaching a child to tie their own shoes can be one of the most difficult things to teach EVER!

Here’s how to teach them how to tie their shoes

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10 Ways to Get Children to Listen

Most children begin to exhibit non-compliance around age two (i.e., the terrible twos) as they begin to explore their independence and develop a self-image. At this age, a child’s non-compliance is their way of communicating, “I am my own person. I’m separate from you.”

In other words, they recognize that mom and dad’s desires do not always match their own and that they can have their own likes, dislikes, and belongings. Common behaviours during this stage are frequent use of the word “no,” difficulty sharing, claiming possessions as “mine”, picky eating, and throwing tantrums when they do not get their way.

Children continue to exhibit non-compliant behaviour throughout their life as they explore their own unique identities, separate from their parents, although their way of expressing themselves becomes increasingly sophisticated (e.g., style of dress, teen rebellion, etc).

Instead of becoming more restrictive during these times which will likely make the behaviour worse, be flexible and use your child’s resistance as a barometer for when you may need to give them more developmentally appropriate control over their choices and environment.

Go here to see 10 great ways to get children to listen.

Toddler growth

Toddlers have a greater ability to acquire new skills and information than children who are 5, 6, or 7 years old. Research indicates that introducing reading, language, and math skills in the toddler years may make school success come more easily to your child for years to come. Here are a few tips to help:

1) “Narrate” your child’s activities so that they will know that they have your focused attention. This will support them in language and thinking development.

2) Buy alphabet magnet letters to play with on the refrigerator. Spell out new words for your child every week.

3) Use repetition. Some parents get frustrated when a child wants a book read three times in a row, but this is an essential part of how children process information.

4) Read to your child every day. Choose children’s books with large print words and clear pictures. This will help your child to understand what they are seeing and to learn to read words.

5) Remember that your child’s physical education is directly linked to his academic education. Research shows that brain development is directly linked to physical activity, such as crawling before the age of one. If you and your toddler engage frequently in different kinds of physical activities, this may enhance brain development. Examples: galloping, running, rolling, wheelbarrow, etc.

About Us

Parkhurst Early Learning Centre is a child care centre in Parkhurst, Rockhampton providing exceptional child / day care, vacation care, after school care and early learning services.

Our centre is a place where people are valued. Staff, children, parents, families and the community, all have vital roles within our centre. By working together we have established and promoted high quality care and education for young children in Rockhampton.  We are located just 5mins from the Glenmore Shopping Village, and offer a pick-up and drop-off service between the centre and local schools.