School is finally over, and the kids are ready to play all day! While this may sound fun to some of you, playing with children doesn’t always come naturally to parents. Spending time playing with your children is essential as children learn so much through play. In fact, three play is so important to a child’s development, that the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has recognized it as a right of every child.
The most important thing is to spend time with your child that is intentional and present. Kids know when we are distracted so try to put away your phones and have fun together this summer. Once the organized activities that keep our days and evenings busy are over, we have more time to make playing our job!
Helping our kids to recognize their feelings and develop their ability to express themselves is key. As parents, we often want to solve or fix the hard things our children encounter but we also need to create space for them to just feel heard. In our most recent blog post, Leanne Shannon discusses how to support emotional health and build resilience in our preschoolers. Read more . . .
Are you struggling with how to handle your child's challenging behavior? Are you wondering how to manage what your kids see and do with their devices? Maybe with the summer months approaching, you are looking for fun ideas to do outside or how to handle road trips? You will find all of this information and MORE in this issue of the Big PLANS in Print newsletter! The May/June 2018 Newsletter is now available!
The Big PLANS in print newsletter is published five times a year and is loaded with information for parents, teachers and program participants. The newsletter will often describe programs within your communities that are either low-cost or free for participants and provides examples of activities that help promote the development of certain skills for children within your own home.
A new publication of the newsletter comes out every two months and is available below by clicking on the link above. Please take the opportunity to enjoy the resources that are available to you through the Big PLANS newsletter.