So..... Here we go.... LOL :-)
For those of us that have kids, we love to keep them busy, sure the Nintendo DS is an idea, the ipad or any other tablet, but what ever happened to projects.
I do believe that everything happens for a reason, and i came across an article in "Better Homes and Gardens" that talked about " the good kid project".
So have a great lecture of a really amazing article.
xoxo G!Partyblast (GUELDY) - Stay Blessed :-)
The good kid project
Letting kids help make the rules is key to teaching self-restraint.
Her's an age-by-age guide to laying the groundwork for good judgment.
7-to-8 year olds - This is the age when helping our child monitor her own behavior will enable her to start setting - and achieving- not just fear of punishment. Establish limits so that your child understands how they're advantageous. For example, frame a screen time rule this way : "After you finish your homework, you can play on the ipad for 30 minutes". Controlling emotions is also integral; continue to help your child do this by talking through problematic situations. Prompt a bit of brainstorming with questions like, "When you got upset with your brother for not sharing his video game, what could you have done instead of yelling at him".
Tweens (10 to 12 year olds) - This is the perfect time to let kids make some of their own rules. A good place to start : Have your child create her own homework schedule, or learn an instrument and let her experience the consequences. Ideally they're organic - for example, a bad grade because she didn't study for a test - rather than a punishment from a frustrated mom.
Teenagers: At this stage, you're establishing rules and giving guidance, but not necessarily telling your child exactly what to do. For instance, you might offer a clothing allowance or encourage her to take a babysitting job, but not specify how she should spend the money. This gives teens room to take ownership of their circumstances, and also makes it more likely that they'll exercise good judgment, even if they have to muddle through a mistake first. Because greater responsibility coincides with steeper consequences, you'll need to emphasize the big- picture reasons that rules are important. Role-playing or discussing ways to exercise self-discipline, such as when alcohol or cigarettes are offered, can help kids strategize way to refrain and still feel confident.
I just loved this article, the Babysitting job can be applied to our Haitian living life , it can be for a little sister or cousin, or may be a part time job for Christmas Vacation or Summer Vacation at a popular market or store.
Little kids 3-6 years old can also help and have projects.
3 year olds can help pick their toys up, fold their clothes ( as well as they can).
4 to 6 years can have arts and crafts projects of your choice or their choice on week days and weekends. It keeps your child motivated and in WOW of something. It makes them feel a part of something really special.
I do hope you enjoyed this article.... it is so helpful and it can be so fun. Do what you can ...... apply it to your situation.
Till next time, Stay Blessed.