Do you ever get asked what you want for Christmas? It might be the most wracking question for a parent. The mature side of you wants to say “nothing”, but then the less mature portion might have a huge list of items.
Partly a joke, partly true, here is a mommas Wish List:
-Paid Spa Treatment
-An hour alone. Not even a whole day.
-Breakfast in bed
-An hour to do whatever they want for enjoyment
What else would you want to put on this list?
Positive reinforcement has become a huge thing in this day and age. It’s become a proven fact that corporal punishment doesn’t work, but it’s also been proven that doing nothing can create mean children. Here’s a list of positive reinforcements that can help calm a child down, and show them what the best thing to do is.
- Thinking time: Thinking time is maybe the best part of this whole thing. With thinking time comes so much more. This is talking to the child and having them sit, do something, and think about what they may could have done differently. This is something that children need so much so that they can think about what they need to do when they’re older.
- Drawing: Drawing during thinking time will help your child get into the habit of taking their emotions and taking them out into a positive way. This also lets their creative juices to flow. Creativity will keep them in a great mood, and will help them control their emotions.
- Reading: Reading is a great exercise for the brain, and your child will thank you. With reading positive material, it will help them calm down.
Only another week until my son starts school. It’s his second year of pre-k, due to some “awesome” state laws. As much as I could probably fight it, I think my son could use another year to become slightly more mature. Maybe he will grow out of temper tantrums before he starts Kindergarten.
So, to start before school, we have some cleaning up to do and hopefully this helps you, too.
- Time Management. Gee I suck at this one but during the summer, when you’re a stay at home parent, you don’t really think about this weird concept. You know, the sun stays out late, so do you and the kids. It just happens. If you start writing out and implying a schedule about 3 weeks before school starts, it should become an easy thing to follow during this school year. Does this mean during weekends too? Yes. Yes it does. It sucks, but then it won’t.
- Crock Pot meals. Pre buy, pre cook, pre package. Take out, put in a crock pot while feeding the kids breakfast and walk away. It’s that easy. This will also help with the prior Time Management part. With not having to worry about dinner every night, there’s more time to get the kids ready.
- Bed Time. Oh yay…the fun part. My preschooler must be in bed by 8:00pm, no if ands or buts. Hubby usually puts him to bed, mainly because certain children will only listen to males. My son happens to be one of them. Having them in bed at a decent hour will be best so they can have an A+ day at school.
- After School Activity. This is an important one, as there is always energy built up AFTER school lets out. It’s always a good thing for them to run out that stank. With the crock pot meals, it’s a possibility to take them to a park or maybe run an errand with them. Since we take public transportation, it’s an “adventure” to take our son anywhere and by the end of it, he’s tired out. Mostly because he is a busy bee and loves talking to people that we pass.
I hope this small list helps you blast off to an amazing 2017-2018 school year, I wish you and yours an awesome school year.