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3 Tips for Better Child Growth

There are many ways to take care of your child(ren). Today, I’m here to tell you 3 ways how you can effectively take care of your child(ren) while having fun! Children can be difficult at times, but not everyday should be a hassle.

Read to them weekly

Reading is an effective way to help your child(ren) learn new words. Children need attention. Therefore, the more you read to them, the more affection and bonding you gain from your child(ren). What time is best to read a story? You guessed it: night-time. Not only is night-time the best time to read stories to your child(ren), but it assures them that they have loving and caring parents who are there for them every single day.

Total time for a bed-time story

The best amount of time for a bed-time story is around 8 to 10 minutes. After a long day of running around, playing, and excitement, a good bed-time story helps them relax and unwind. Very young children may benefit a shorter bed-time story as they tend to drift to sleep faster.

Personal Recommendations

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Winnie-The-Pooh
  • Harry Potter

Teach them Good Habits

Children cry, hit, and shout. But should that be your child? You would probably answer with a no. However, you may be surprised that there are a lot of parents who want the best for their child(ren), but don’t teach them the right amount of good methodologies. Some of these methodologies include adaption and manners.

Adaption or Getting Used to Different Environments

When children come into a new dayhome, it’s more than likely that they’re not going to like being far from their parents since their parents are the only people they stay on a daily basis. Although parents love and care for their child(ren), it’s difficult for busy parents to be with their child(ren) every single hour of the day. This is why when children come into a new dayhome, they get used to their caretaker right away. Some of these aspects include the following:

  • Hug and kiss your children and promptly leave the ownership to the caretaker to build a relationship with the child(ren)
  • Avoid giving any photographs or temporary souvenirs to the child(ren) as this triggers a state of bareness which cause negative emotions to stir up inside children

Proper Manners go a Long Way

Bullying comes with all ages. As adults act in different ways at work and at home, children are quite the same. If your caretaker says that your child(ren) are causing mischief at the dayhome, they’re not lying to you; rather, this is a signal that your child(ren) may need some guidance on proper behavior.

Physical Harm

Physical harm to other children in the dayhome is never a tolerant act. If your caretaker lets you know that your child(ren) are hitting other children in the dayhome, ask them this one question: Do you like other kids to hit you? In most cases, the answer is always no. However, this is simple answer with no quality back-up. Although optional, you can give a little pinch or gentle hit on their arm (but not overly aggressive) to demonstrate the feeling of pain that other children may have experiences due to their actions. This way, children will remember physical pain inflicted on their bodies and avoid causing harm to other children in the dayhome because they’ve experienced it first-hand.

Limit Screen Time

At a young age, having too much screen time is actually detrimental to their growth. Although electronics are an easy and efficient way of keeping children occupied and entertained, it can cause heavy neglect when they have to leave from what they were watching. Since adults have a higher self-esteem and can leave from what they were doing, children have not learned about time management. In addition to limiting screen time, there are a lot of shows that are for kids, but not entirely appropriate for a particular age group.

There be may some violence…

Children shows, although innocent, can contain some form of conflict. As most stories have a conflict and a resolution, it’s best to choose a show where the conflict does not portray too much violence or poorly chosen words. As some adults think some swear words are considered lightweight such as geek, dumb, or stupid, these words can quickly evolve into much more intensified swear words at a younger age.

From experience, I recommend these high-quality children shows to help your child(ren) learn educational words:

  • Paw Patrol
  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
  • Bubble Guppies


That’s a wrap for today. In order for children to grow and prosper, make sure to read to them everyday as this helps them build vocabulary and form sentences at a younger age. Teach them good habits to not only self-improve, but to also respect other children around them. Lastly, allow your child(ren) to watch some TV, but at a good, managed pace while watching educational shows to build onto their vocabulary.


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