As spring break approaches and school closures loom on the horizon, you may be wondering how you can best manage your time at home with your child. At Parents League, we have a wealth of information and resources from our school advisors and experts from our schools and past events.
Resources for Parents with Young Children
Activities to do with your toddler at home
Early childhood expert Natalie Alterman shares fun activities for young children that promote development in reading, math, fine motor skills and more!
Minimizing Power Struggles with Toddlers and Preschool Children
Do power struggles define the relationship between you and your child? How can adults teach children to gain self-control, respect the rights of others, accept responsibility for their own behavior, and learn from their mistakes? This video explores discipline from a developmental perspective and focuses on teaching and learning — rather than on punishing.
Communicating with Children
How we talk to kids can determine their behavior. Here are some of Parents League Preschool Advisor Elaine Perlman’s recommendations for fostering learning, care, empathy and closeness.
More Digital, Less Dexterous?
Why not promote your child’s fine motor skills as an alternative to screens.
Resources for Parents with Older Children
For older children who may find themselves looking at the news during this complex time:
Five Tips for Judging News Reliability
As children consume the news about recent events, this article will help you give them the tools to judge their sources.
Strategies on Replacing Screens and Stress with Human Connection and Success
Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell offers these practical strategies to help with the most formidable challenges our children face: how to manage the unprecedented stress today’s world imposes on them, how to deal with this world’s ubiquitous screens without becoming addicted and how to reestablish the human connection that is all too often missing.
Resources for the Family
Montessori and Mindfulness
Mindfulness can be a helpful tool for any family during this anxious time.
The key to maximising your child’s experiences within an early learning centre is effective communication. When families and educators are on the same page with the child’s progress, the child flourishes. Consequently, it helps to ease the transition between home and care, building a sense of confidence and belonging in young children.
What kind of information should I share with the centre?
The educators at the centre are your child’s primary caretakers and influencers when you aren’t around. Therefore, to best understand and cater to the needs of your child, it’s important for them to be aware of:
Your child’s interests, likes, dislikes
Their routines- patterns of eating, sleeping, toileting
Your child’s current wellbeing
Any major events taking place at home.