Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Social Skills and Sharing for Toddler Age Group

Is your toddler grabby or territorial with toys? Is there an issue of your toddler always wanting the toy in his playmate’s hand? Do you struggle when you have a couple of toddler’s sharing a space and there is constant fighting over toys? What could a parent or caregiver do to keep a playroom environment calm?

For age: one year to three years ~ social skills for toddlers are completely different from social skills of preschool children and elementary age children. It’s a huge learning curve to help toddlers understand sharing toys (especially if it’s their own toys). Generally, they have more interest in what is in their playmate’s hand than a toy on the floor or a toy in the toy box that nobody is playing with. They have a sense that they will never see their toy again, something is going to happen to it, or simply because they are drawn to their playmate’s toy. At times, for toddlers, the thought of sharing can be very traumatic. The skill of socializing and sharing is a learned skill that takes patients and lots of opportunities for toddlers to socialize with other toddlers. Yes, coming from several years of caring for toddlers, I am a true believer that it is possible to teach toddlers how to share by taking turns.

My advice with teaching social skills to toddlers:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Magic of Choices vrs. Struggling with Power Play?

7 tips in how to minimize those every day power struggles and enable your independent thinker

Power play between parents and toddlers could be a constant everyday issue. Here are some scenarios we can all relate with:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Library of Children’s Music . . . 18 CD’s with Iva’s New Favorite Toy

Ever wonder how to create a calm environment with music for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers? I notice a difference in their social behaviors and their moods when there is music playing in the background. Music not only helps calm the little ones but encourages imagination, language and motor development as well.