Setting Boundaries

As a little princess in my home I grew up watching Hush Puppies and Mickey Mouse. As I sit down with my 4year old skipping cartoon channels I am telling myself, “Gone are the days of clean entertainment”. Kid friendly channels like Cartoon Network are no longer safe with its "adult" programming. But as we have learned that it’s not safe to hand a knife to a five-year-olds, we need to address the dangerous effects of allowing kids to view violent and profane viewing material. Setting boundaries with my kids of what they can watch and read has not been the easiest task, but one that still needs reminder and enforcing. My quest ever since has been to identify value based movies, cartoons, channels and books for my kids to enjoy. Here is my favorite pick : Cartoons:

Thomas and Friends, Bob the builder, Franklin and Friends,  Daniel Tigers neighborhood, Veggie Tales, Dora, Winey the Pooh.

Websites:

Educational city, Cbeebies, Woodland primary,  PBS

Movies:

Finding Nemo, Ice age,  Cars,  Sound of Music,  Babe,  The chronicles of Narnia(for older kids)

Books:  

Dinosaur Farm, Curious George,  Dr Seuss,  Bernstein Bear, Operation Alphabet, Chronicles of Narnia(for older kids)

Teach them to read while they are young

read One of the most exciting and rewarding phases in Parenting, for me, has been reading to my little ones. I started as early as when the bun was baking in the oven. Throughout my pregnant phase, I read to all 3 of my babies in the womb. I chose to read positive reading material of which ‘The Bible’ is my favorite. At any age group when you choose to read with your child choose a time when they are in the best mood and when you are too. Look for interactive ways to engage your child in reading. Yes! It might require of you to get out of your shell and to behave and sound like a fool.

With my Toddlers, I started with differentiating sounds and words. A child finds it fascinating as they learn to make a connection between a ‘COW’ and ‘MOO MOO’. The next phase is to recognize an alphabet with their sound. For this, I would use flash cards and alphabet books. For learning sounds a great resource I use is ‘Jolly Phonics’ on YouTube, they are the best. Once they recognize the sound they can combine letters to sound the word. Once the child learns a few words then ‘Sight Words’ can be used. I use Picture books and the Internet provided you with innumerable resources for the same. Reading to your child a bedtime story or their favorites fairy tale is the best way you could gain their interest. If you are ever lost for ideas for the perfect gift for your child, run to grab a storybook and I can assure you, you will never regret that decision. You have in your hands a genius in the making, it is up to you to mold and inculcate this amazing habit.