The preschool years are a great time to instill values and character traits in your child that will follow him throughout his life. Why not take the opportunity this November to teach and practice thankfulness with your preschool student? It isn’t as difficult as you might think! Take a minute to find out how to do this by reading our new article published on Atlanta Moms!Show Less
It is November! The holiday season is officially upon us! We hope that during the hustle and bustle, family and friends, and love and laughter, you will take a quiet minute to read up on our latest issue. We have some great articles for you about rushing through milestones and the importance (and benefits) of family traditions. We even threw in a list of tips to help you ignite your child’s love of learning! We hope you enjoy the read!Show Less
The month of October is filled with all things spooktacular; creative costumes, trick or treating, and bags upon bags of delicious candy. Your little ones are most likely bursting with excitement about this special time of year, and there are many ways you can make the most of it! Check out these Halloween crafts and DIYs ideas we shared over at Atlanta Moms!Show Less
Fall is in the air! The leaves are changing, the temperatures are slowly dropping, and pumpkins are everywhere! Grab a mug of apple cider and a cozy blanket while you take a look at what we've put together for you this month! (If it’s still sweltering hot where you live, we are sorry—just ignore the previous sentence!) We know you will enjoy reading through our list of family friendly Halloween activities! And, you can find out why it is important for your child to play alone sometimes (which means you get some alone time as well)!Show Less
Back to school! New classes, new teachers, new friends…new magazine! Take a break from your back to school routine and browse our new issue! We’ve got some tips to help all of you parents to get your children to practice their musical instruments and some insight for you on teaching your child to learn through failure. These articles will be worth the read!Show Less
Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters
On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, bringing powerful winds and heavy rainfall with it. After days of non-stop rain, Houston and many other regions were left in shambles, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to walk away from what was once their home. While this devastation undoubtedly affects many people’s jobs, daily routines, and mental health, it is important to remember that children are affected as well.
It can be difficult for young children to grasp natural disasters and why and how they occur. Children cope with events such as this differently depending on their age, but they are all susceptible to its negative impact. Whether your child was directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey or not, these tips for coping with natural disasters are sure to help your family move forward no matter what you face in the future.
Talk About It
One of the best ways to help your child process what has happened is by discussing the events that have occurred. Explain the disaster in logical terms so your child can fully understand why or how things have changed. Most importantly, allow your child to express his or her emotions about what has taken place, and listen to their worries or fears. By creating a safe space for your child to share their feelings, they will be less likely to bottle up or hold onto any negative emotions. A wonderful resource on how to discuss natural disasters with children can be found in this Sesame Street episode, where Big Bird’s friends help him rebuild his nest after a storm.
Maintain A Routine
Your child can hold onto a sense of normalcy by maintaining their typical routine in whatever way possible. Try to stick with their normal bed/wake up time in order to ensure they’re getting enough sleep. Allow them time to learn and play, and stick with any rules you would enforce on a daily basis. Many parents feel the need to coddle children in the midst of a disaster, but sticking to a routine can provide a sense of safety and security.
Remember – each child processes natural disasters differently. While one child may appear totally unaffected, another could display symptoms of anxiety or even depression. Be patient as your little one copes with how their life has changed, and know that it could take weeks, months, or even years for them to fully recover. Love, comfort, and patience go a long way when helping your child move past a difficult time.
Would you like to help Kids ‘R’ Kids employees who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey? Simply visit our GoFundMe link and make a donation. It is our hope to raise $100,000 or more for all staff members and teachers whose homes, families, and livelihood have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.Show Less
The summer is winding down, and school time is just around the corner! We’ve published one more magazine for you to enjoy before you trade in your bathing suits for backpacks! In this issue you will learn how to identify symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder, and how you can help a child struggling with it. You will also find an article on developing communication skills and emotional intelligence in your child.Show Less
Finding the perfect preschool for your child can be an overwhelming and daunting task. An exceptional early education program can put your preschooler on the path to success, but how do you know what to look for when searching for the right school? There are countless factors to consider, and we’ve narrowed it down to six key components.Show Less
It is hot outside! Grab a cold beverage and kick back for a while as you peruse the July edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine! This month you will find articles on “Why Kids with Hobbies do Better in School” and “The Importance of Traditional Play in a Digital World.” Sounds like a good read to us!Show Less
Are you ready for a little summer reading? We’ve published a new edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine! In the June edition you will find some DIY gift ideas for Father’s Day (no peeking Dads!), good reasons to give your children responsibilities, and ways to be a “light reflector” for your child.Show Less
It’s a new month! That means the new Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine edition is ready! Take a peek inside the May issue to find ways you can enjoy the spring while preparing for a fun summer, how to keep a child active when he doesn't enjoy team sports, and how you can incorporate Montessori learning principles in your home.Show Less