Saturday, December 20, 2014
It’s party time: Help your child enjoy being kind and friendly
Kindness, consideration and friendliness don’t always come naturally. One way to help older kids develop these traits is to let them “host” a dinner party. Your child should invite people who will foster friendliness. Before the party, have a dress rehearsal for her. Focus on table manners and introduction methods. Help her think of conversation-starting questions. The party will be a fun way to practice!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Puzzles make a game of putting everything in its place
Jigsaw puzzles are a great family winter activity. And they help develop your child’s thinking skills and ability to recognize patterns. Pick a spot where you can leave the puzzle out while family members work on it. To add to the game, leave a scorecard out to keep track of how many pieces each person adds. Or put a star on the back of a piece and offer a reward to the person who fits it in its proper place.