SHOW AND TELL
Bring a thing you found on your nature walk.
Topic: Earth Day
Nature is a living, breathing part of us.
The value is frugality, which is to use all our resources wisely.
For ecology, we’ll study watershed runoff.
Outside, we’ll take a nature walk.
The songs we’ll be singing are Mr. Sun, Edelweiss, This Land is Your Land, Catch a Falling Star, and When You Wish Upon a Star.
For creative dramatics, we’ll hear How the Wicked Dragon Grows.
Our art activities are the dragon grows, compost mural, tree of endangered life, rainforest frogs, and nurture nature badges.
For motor development, we’ll work on coordination with carioca running, single leg balancing, arm circles, and simultaneous jump/turn. For bilaterality, we’ll drive a spaceship, bounce to the hoop, toss ‘n’ catch, and bowling balls.
ARE YOU A WIMPY PARENT?
I watched a parent carry her child out of the school yesterday kicking and screaming. For those of us struggling with a major guilt trip because both parents work, we wimp out a lot! Confronted by a crying, pouting, demanding, or persistent munchkin, we pushover parents tend to buckle under in defeat and frustration. The problem with this is that children who are raised without limits firmly in place often feel insecure and confused; it’s hard for them to make sense of the world when they don’t know what the boundaries are. Not only that, but it can be downright scary for a child to think he may be running the show. Children are more secure knowing their parents are in charge. Little wonder then that the children of wimpy parents are often disruptive, unhappy, and low in self-esteem.
Another thing that happens when the parent gets pushed past where the limit should be is that we end up saying and doing things we really don’t want to say or do; things that really hurt the child’s psyche. Authoritative parents, on the other hand, don’t spend a lot of time yelling. They don’t have to because their kids know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if they don’t behave, consequences will be meted out firmly and calmly. So, how to stop being a wimp?
o Determine your family’s bottom-line rules. – You and your spouse have to decide what’s really important and come up with rules based on those values. Make sure you communicate those rules with your children before everyone gets involved in a power struggle.
o Stand firm. – Enforce with the 1-2-3 rule: Express your expectation, remind once, then physically enforce. If you do not deviate from this pattern, your child knows exactly where the limit is. Some call it extreme parenting. Don’t let yourself get into the routine of abdicating because of convenience, fatigue, or guilt. The Skinner effect goes into play then, causing your child to try harder next time to get his own way.
o Don’t fear your child’s intense emotions. – It’s okay for children to be intense. Remember that children raised with firm limits are more apt to become self-reliant, self-disciplined adults.
o Expect kids to resist. – As achieving parents, we have strong-willed children. They will test the limits in every creative way possible.
When you’re not having constant discipline and authority problems as well as conflicts with your spouse, you’ll enjoy your children much more. And that’s why we had kids in the first place.
On the Calendar
Easter Eggs – We had a huge Easter egg donation from our friends at Wal-Mart buy it would take us years to use them all so we looking for a place to share our donation. If you know of any organizations that could make use of plastic eggs, maybe for next year, let us know. We have thousands of eggs to share.
Picture Day – On Monday April 16, the photographer will be at the school to take individual, sibling and group class pictures. Make a point to have you child at school so they can be in their class group picture.
Conferences – This is a time for those of us who care deeply for one of our little people to meet together to share joys and concerns. To make the most of our face time, please make a list of the things you particularly want to talk about. You’ll get a status report on the Friday before conferences, which will begin on April 23 and end by May 2 Look for the sing up sheets in the foyer.
Play Time – While children do need time to play alone and with other children without adult intervention, research shows that playtime with parents is also important. Children crave time with parents. It makes them feel special. Parents are encouraged to find time to spend playing with their kids on a regular basis. This should include one to one with each child and group time with all of the adults and kids in the home. If you are a single parent or have an only child, occasionally invite family or friends over to play.