Day 3 No/Little Screen Time

Hi!
How is it going in your challenge? We have had grandparents from Calgary. As I write this, I hear my children laughing from the basement while engaged in play with grandpa! And then my oldest runs upstairs with his grandpa’s tablet.

 

Here is some of the games we have come up with today.

Miss K is playing with water and plastic foods. She is moving the cherries from a bowl of water to one with no water.  So much learning and fun!

Mr E has a birthday party today and one game we played was pin the eyepatch on the parrot! This was such great fun for kids and adults alike.

 

I cannot wait to see your adventures today.

5 Day No/Little Screen Time Challenge

Welcome!

Today is World Read Aloud Day!  Check out our facebook video with a mostly signed Animal Boogie (Miss K has two ear infections and is not feeling well). At the end of the video, I am inviting you all to join in a 5 Day No/Little Screen Time challenge!

Today, there are 2/3 of 2 years olds use a technology device such as a tablet and close to 50% interact with smart phones. Thank you to our friends at the Speech Language Network for these stats!

Now, giving these stats, YES my 1.5 year old DOES use both the tablet  AND will reach for my smart phone. Hmm, what can I do differently? What can I do to help promote more parent interaction time? More creativity? More opportunities for play and exploration.

In Positive Discipline Parenting we encourage parents to be proactive with a young child’s screen time. I will be sharing ways that we can use Connection before Correction as we limit screen time in the next 5 days PLUS each day I will show you various activities we are doing together and separately.

 

Here are a few of our activities that we engaged with today instead of playtime. As I write this blog, Miss K is sleeping and Mr E is playing  bounce the balloon!

Here is Mr E showing Miss K how to put in the fish for this game. This was all child-led play. Mr. E found the game and wanted to show Miss K how to play. I enjoyed watching this activity as I did not have to engage in play and the brain and physical development that was taking place. This is a great way to strengthen concepts such as in/out, how things fit, and categories such as colours and big/little.

 

We took time to look and smell roses! What a great time to connect and share a common experience.

 

Here Miss K is stacking containers. She loves to play with nesting toys.

What is Connection Before Correction?

Connection is the foundation for all Positive Discipline Tools! You, as the parent, you can moderate and even set limits around screen time. When children feel closely connected they are more likely to go along with limits what you set (Kind AND Firm).

Create a connection with your child by finding as many opportunities as you can to stay close – physically and emotionally.

AND we are off!

-Create Connection by Paying Attention

-Create Connection by Listening

-Create Connection with lots of Hugs

-Create Connection with Special Time

Tomorrow, I will be sharing brain development and the power of routines!

 

With you in Parenting,

Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Instructor & Positive Discipline Educator

 

 

 

 

Weekly Positive Discipline Tool

In many of our Positive Discipline Parenting classes, we have parents with toddlers and young preschoolers! I find that parents love the tool of “Small Steps”.

This tool can be used even with an older baby. Lets use the example of an older baby of 10 months of age. This child can help out and learn small steps! When coming home from grocery shopping, we can ask the child, ” We need to put away the diapers and wipes. Let’s pick up the wipe container. Now, mom will pick up the diaper box. Where do the diapers go?” This question helps to build problem solving skills and allowing a child to think about sequences. Next mom could say, “Yes! The diapers go into your closet. Let’s walk down the hall way, and into your room”.

Helping a child learn small steps will convey the message, “I have faith, we/you can figure this task out [together]”.

This week’s challenge is to stop doing things for your child that they can do for themselves. This also means taking time for practice, practice, practice! A great way to start with younger toddlers is to get their own boots on!

 

Growing Together*Positive Connection*Child Development

Baby Sign Language Promotes Early Language Development

A little needs to hear a word 200 times before verbally expressing the concept. However, when using Baby Sign Language (ASL signs) a child is comprehending a single word using both their visual and auditory ways of learning! Research, over 28 years worth, shows that ASL signs supports verbal English!

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Plus, using Baby Sign Language allows for a child to express themselves much earlier as they can use their signs to communicate. They are feeling less frustrations as they have empowerment over their environment!

Our Mid-Fall classes schedule has just been announced and registration is ongoing!

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Tuesday Classes:

9:00-10:15am – Positive Discipline Parenting Starting November 8

10:30-11:20am – Level I Baby Sign Starting November 1

11:30-12:20pm – Level II Baby Sign Starting November 15

1:00-1:50pm – Level I Baby Sign Starting November 1

Thursday Classes:

1-1:30pm – Quiet Crickets (Preschool 3-5 year old) Starting November 3

1:45-3:00pm – Positive Discipline Parenting Class Starting November 3

3:15-3:55pm – Wiggly Worms (Whole Child Developmental class for 10+ months) Starting November 3

 

 

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My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language

In a playful, educational and language-rich environment; parents and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through whole child development activities: sensory bins and bottles, puppets, shakers, flannel board stories, music, movement and so much more.

 

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My Smart Hands™ Level I These classes are 8 weeks in length and 50 minutes.

You will learn recommended first signs; we will discuss the benefits of using ASL with infants and demonstrate easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life.

There is a new topic each week including: alphabet, everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs.

 

Investment: $105 which includes the 8 week 45 minute classes, weekly enhanced e-mails, support via e-mail, facebook or phone, graduation present. This works out to be $13.13 per class plus the cost of the curriculum! Plus $30 for the coloured Parent Tested Parent Approved award winning curriculum and 15 song exclusive CD! The total amount for the class is $135.

Baby Sign Language in Saskatoon (My Smart Hands)

Registration is now open for Baby Sign Language in Saskatoon! Join us for Level I or Level II starting in September.

Benefits of Baby Sign Language:

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• Helps Reduce Frustrations and Tantrums
• Increases Parent/Child Interactions
• Allows Baby to Communicate
• Kick Starts Creativity
• Empowers Child & Their Families
• Children Express Interests Earlier
• Promotes Early Communication Skills
• Older Toddlers use Signing to Solve Problems

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*Classes are small in size and spaces is limited. Register today to avoid disappointment.

What is Positive Discipline Parenting in Saskatoon

Would you like to:

-Discipline with Kindness and Firmness?

-Reduce Power Struggles?

-Encourage Personal Responsibility?

-Find More Joy in Parenting?

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We’ll cover strategies that are both insightful and researched based, including:

-Strengthening your Lovebugs Problem Solving Skills

-Focusing on a no so Perfect Parenting

-Routine Charts

-Connection before Correction

-Mistakes as Learning Opportunities

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Classes are facilitated by Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe – RSW, Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator, and Baby Sign Language Instructor in Saskatoon.

 

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Positive Discipline Parenting in Saskatoon

Are you open to learning something new about raising children? Do you want to learn in a fun way?

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If so, join us for a 6 week session designed to give parents the opportunity to learn the underlying motivations of children’s behavior and the role you play in influencing behavior.

Have fun while learning new discipline tools to build your child’s self-esteem, self-discipline, problem solving, and essential life skills that will last their life time.

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