Early Years Parenting Pointers
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Our home visitors for all of our community-based programs are in constant communication with our families to provide support to parents of young children who are seeking to improve their parenting skills and overcome challenges in their lives. Our amazing home visitors are sharing their parenting tips that will give parents guidance and promote positive childhood outcomes, healthy child development, effective parenting skills. Visit our Instagram page to ask our home visitors your questions!
How to Ween Off the Bottle
Introducing your child to a sippy cup can sound a little daunting to new parents/caregivers, but with the right approach, the transition can be made fairly easy. Learn more
Self-Worth of Children
Many parents wonder how they should interact with their children. Questions come up such as “do my words and actions have an impact on my child?”
The first few years of life set the foundation for your child’s future. What kind of adult do you want your child to be? Kind, confident, and secure? Or rude, self-doubting, and insecure? How you interact with your child now, has an impact on these growing personality traits. Continue reading....
Routines are very important for children. Having a routine brings comfort and consistency to a child’s life. Young children gain an understanding of everyday events and procedures and learn what is expected of them as routines make their environment more predictable. Some examples of daily routines for children are: click here
Parent and Children's Needs
The 6 areas of human needs can easily be remembered if you think of the acronym “SPICES” – this stands for Social, Physical, Intellectual, Creative, Emotional and Spiritual. Adults and children actually all have the same core 6 areas of human needs, but we are different in how much we value certain needs and of course in the unique ways we meet our needs. For example, some people may have a high social need and want to see friends all the time, while others may have a lower social need and only see their friends occasionally, or have a smaller circle of friends. Continue reading
Preschooler Fear and Anxiety
Three and four-year-olds have many new experiences. And it’s common for them to be fearful. They are starting to think and reason in new ways, and may develop new fears. Learn more about what your preschoolers may be fearful of here.
Introducing Solid Foods at 6 Months
It is such an exciting time to start feeding your baby solid food, but it can also be a very frustrating and stressful time for parents to navigate. Sometimes, your baby refuses to eat certain foods or meals that you have worked so hard to prepare for them. Parents may worry about whether their baby is getting sufficient nutrition in order to meet all of their developmental milestones. As a parent, you always want the best for your baby. Read Rachel's tips here.
The Power of Reading Out Loud to Your Child
Reading stories out loud with your child has lots of benefits, but here are five main benefits: Read Julia's benefits here.
Let's Talk Potty Training!
Teaching young children to use the toilet does not necessarily need to be tough! With a good plan and consistency, your child can get used to the potty in a matter of a few days to a few weeks. There are many steps to consider before you begin potty-training. Our home visitor, Areena Sulton shares her secrets and guidelines to start the process. Toilet training takes time and consistency, but once it’s over you can say goodbye to constant diaper changing! Read Areena's tips here.
Let's Talk Routine!
Routines are very important for children in order to maintain daily structure, which helps children to feel calm as they can understand what to expect from their day. Through routines, children are able to develop feelings of trust and security, empathy, and independence. Home visitor Rachel Poulin, shares her helpful tips she has learned over the years as a parent and a home visitor who has worked alongside many parents. It is important to remember to take care of ourselves in order to care for your little ones. Routines should be fun and helpful, rather than stressful and rigid. Read Rachel's tips here.
Let's Talk Tantrums and "Terrible Twos"
Parenting may often bring you feelings of shame, guilt, frustration and hurt but it is important to remember that it is never too late to learn to parent and gain personal growth. Tantrums happen! If a child feels unheard or upset by something during their day and a tantrum or power struggle happens, stay calm! They can pick up on your stress, which can escalate their behavior. Home visitor Wenda shares her insights on tantrums and "terrible twos" Read Wenda's tips here.
Let's Talk Verbal and Physical Redirection!
Children are learning a lot of new things every day. They’re learning to walk, run, say new words, recognize colors and letters, to know what is safe or dangerous, and how to interact with others. They have a lot to remember, and it’s hard sometimes. Home Visitor Taylor Zaharchuk talks all about redirection strategies to when your child is doing something you don’t want them to. Read Taylor's pointers here.
Let's Talk ChildProofing!
Normal physical development, curiosity, and boredom all influence what a child will do. Adults must anticipate hazards instead of waiting for a child to discover them first. Alberta Health Services suggests that proper supervision, safe environments, hazard awareness, and participating in age-appropriate activities all help reduce the risk of injury to children in their home or in someone else’s home. Review AHS Home Safety Checklist here. Listen to Home Visitor, Julia, as she shares her tips and tricks on childproofing below.
Let's Talk Self-Care!
Are you in need of some TLC? When we neglect self-care, it affects our physical and mental health in many different ways. It can affect our physical health by weakening our immune system and affect our mental health by triggering things like depression, and anxiety. When our mental and physical health is affected in a negative way, it becomes very hard for us as adults to care for our children. Home Visitor, Areeba talks all about self-care and the importance of setting time aside for yourselves. Read her pointers here.
Let's Talk Curiosity!
It’s important for you as a parent to encourage your child’s curiosity. Their curiosity drives them to have new experiences and learn how the world works, how to move their bodies and how to problem-solve. Home Visitor, Taylor, shares her expertise on the best ways to encourage curiosity in young children here.
Let's Talk Praising!
Praise is the single most powerful reward children can get from their parents. Praise makes children feel good about themselves, want to be more agreeable and develop a positive sense of self-worth. Home visitor, Julia shares her insights on the two types of praise to help develop your child's self-worth. Learn more.
Let's Talk Picky Eaters!
Are you struggling with a picky eater?! Home Visitor, Areeba shares her tips that could help. Learn more.
Let's Talk Promoting Communication!
Communication is how your child lets you know what they need, and their ability to understand you. Children are born ready and eager to communicate and connect but need your help to learn how. Home visitor, Taylor shares all her tips and tricks on how to promote communication with your young ones here.
Let's Talk Tummy Time!
Play builds healthy bodies and healthy minds, so it’s important for your baby’s development that they have time in the day for playing. Playing looks a little bit different for babies than it does for children, your baby plays by using their sense to interact with you and by moving their bodies. Home Visitor, Julia shares how tummy time is a great way to play with your babies to promote. Learn more.
Let's Talk Teething!
Is your teething baby having a hard time falling asleep at night? Below, Home Visitor Areeba shares her tips on how to help soothe sore gums, and care for your baby’s new teeth. Learn more.