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4 Top Tips To Help Your Shy Child Through Kindergarten

If your child is a little on the shy side, here are a few tips for preparing him or her for kindergarten.

1.    It’s okay to be shy

Firstly, let your little one know that it is okay if he or she is a little more introverted and reserved than his or her peers. When you compare it to other kids, shy kids usually need some more time to adjust to their new environment. As a parent, it is your job to support your shy child until he or she is comfortable in an unfamiliar setting and you can help your little one interact with his or her peers.

2.    Visit the school

A shy child needs more support than an outgoing one during those first few days at kindergarten. A great way to prepare him or her is to ease your child into school. Try visiting the school together a few times before his or her big first day so your little one will feel more comfortable in the new surroundings. You can also learn about the Guardian Early Learning kindergarten programs and talk to the teacher about making the transition easier for your child. Also, try to get the class list as soon as you can so you can find some of his classmates who may live nearby and try arranging a playdate or two beforehand so your child at least knows a few other kids when he or she starts school.

 

3.    The first day

On the first day of school, plan to stay for a little while. Greet the teacher together and help your little one put his or her things away. You may also introduce your child to a few other kids. But if he or she seems uninterested, help your child begin an activity or project with them. When it’s time to go, remember to say goodbye and reassure him or her that you will be back later after classes are done. Don’t try to slip out unnoticed.

4.    During the school year

Throughout the year, continue to communicate with the teacher. She will let you know what is or isn’t working for your shy child, who his/her friends are, and will advise you on how to encourage your little one to come out of his or her shell.

You may be told not to push a very shy child at this age, but if you don’t give them a little nudge of encouragement, they are not going to have as much exposure to other activities and people as they could. This can end up being harmful in the long run, since pre-schoolers learn tons about the world from one another.

That being said, you also don’t want to overload your shy child with social obligations. Listen and watch for his or her cues: if they are cranky and uncomfortable, ease off and give them a little quiet space. Shy kids do need some extra downtime every day after school to spend time in their familiar surroundings and engage in low-key activities. If a full day seems like it will be too much, you may want to consider half-day kindergarten if you have the option.

Make Your Own Doll House From Shoe Boxes

I grew up with plenty of dolls to collect and play with. I remember making my own doll houses from scrap shoes boxes lying everywhere at home. I used my flair in creativity and designed my doll houses as pretty as I could using all the resources available to me. The most that my mum had spent on for materials were on glue, and art paper.

It is most little girls’ dream to give shelter to their cute dollies. It is a great time to play make-believe and it fosters the nurturing side of a kid when they play dolls.

As a parent, we can help develop that creativity and nurturing values of our kids through play. So, create your own doll house for them (and their dolls!) to enjoy on hours’ end.

Materials:

Shoe boxes (several of them)
Stapler and staple wires (to secure the boxes)
Gift wrapper or any printed or patterned paper (for the walls)
Fabric swatches (for carpets and flooring)
Scissors
Popsicle sticks (for stairs, fences or window shutters) – optional, only if you want to add stairs and shutters for the windows
Glue (or even glue gun with glue sticks)
Small furniture to fit your doll house
Dolls


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How to:

  1. Cover the shoe boxes with fancy gift wrapper papers or any patterned paper as decor. Each box corresponds to the room of your doll’s house
  2. Cut out some squares and rectangles for windows and doors. Secure the cut areas with extra patterned paper to cover the cut part
  3. Stack them up and sideways to create floors and partitions for various rooms
  4. Attach cut fabrics on the floor with a glue to secure them
  5. Stick some swatches of fabric on the popsicle sticks to use as rod and curtains for the window and affix on the windows
  6. Arrange your doll’s furniture inside the house

Here are other decorating tips for your doll house:

You can purchase mini fairy lights in any hardware or hobby store.  If you’re quite the handy person and knows electrical stuff, you can actually make your small light circuit to attach to your doll house. Adding lights can add more pizzazz to your kid’s play thing.


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Also, if you have extra money to spare for additional decors and what-have-yous, you can check out the many doll house accessories in miniatures.com.


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(Photo credit: all photos are not mine. Due credit to their owners)

Dad and Kids Bonding with Cooper and Kid Kit

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Moms can be busy too and kids also need to spend time with their dads.  A walk in the park or a nice trip to the zoo or amusement park while mom does her work, Dad can always fill in for mom.

Cooper and Kid is a great way to spend time with dad if you prefer to stay home and discover new, entertaining and educational things from the sample kit.

What’s in the kit? Well, it can be many things like books, kits for making extra-ordinary things, educational and creative stuff and many more which are gender neutral so everyone can join in the learning process and have fun.

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Make memories with your kids with Cooper and Kit. You can subscribe to Cooper and Kid kit here.

Cookies Kids Giveaway

Welcome to Cookies Kids Giveaway

Sponsor: Uplifting Families

Cookies Kids Giveaway

Cookies Kids carries quality children’s clothing for less. You can find brand such as Nautica, Carters, French Toast, Guess, NBA, US Polo and many other great brands. They have been in business since 1975 in New York and then expanded their market online. You can find everything from school uniforms, clothing, shoes, and toys all in one convenient location for less. They focus on providing quality children clothing and excellent service to its customers. If you place an order and if you have a problem, simply contact a customer service representative or log into their website to request a return authorization. They have a referral program and you can earn $10 for each friend that you refer to Cookie Kids.

Christy from Uplifting Families had the opportunity to review a boy’s outfits from Cookies Kids. The clothing that we received was high quality and my boys loved their new outfits. You can read the full review here.

How would you like to win a $100 Gift Certificate to Cookies Kids? One lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card to Cookies Kids. This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older. This giveaway is open from August 11th through August 28 at 11:59pm. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond to the email.

 

Join now and Good luck!

Disclosure: Uplifting Families received samples or credit facilitate the review and giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own. One entry per household. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary to participate in this giveaway. All participating bloggers aren’t responsible for prize fulfillment and weren’t compensated to participate. This giveaway isn’t affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+, or any other social media platform.

Back To School Shopping For Your Kids

Do you have kids that are eager beavers to go back to school?  Buying them school supplies can be daunting if you don’t know where to begin. Here are some tips for back to school shopping for kids while making sure that you stay within your budget.

Conversation starters

One thing a lot of parents worry about is the branding on clothing. at first I was against these, but after I bought a couple, I saw how much fun they had. They actually become the characters on these shirts. For back to school, they’re amazing, especially when kids are in a new school or new classes with new classmates. These will become a talking point. If they’re wearing one of these shirts, maybe another child will come up to them and say, “Hi, I play with those toys. My name is James.” and then they’ll connect with each other.

Find outfits that are going to work for them at school and play, indoor and outdoor and outfits that can stand the wear and tear of child’s play!

 


Ninja – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Boys T Shirt

Ninja - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Boys T Shirt


Involve your kids

Some kids would wear a Spiderman outfit every day if you let them.  Kids need to be involved because you actually need them to wear the clothes.

Give them some limited choices. For example, pick three shirt and ask which one they  would like the most, or their what are their favorite colors. Doing this will help make the morning go smooth.

If you have little girls who prefer to wear dresses, allow them to wear pretty dresses and some long socks or leggings too so they won’t get cold.


Youngland – Girl’s Ruffled Tiered Sundress – Floral & Striped Purple 4;5;6

Youngland - Girl's Ruffled Tiered Sundress - Floral & Striped Purple 4;5;6


Lacoste – Kids Short Sleeve Classic Pique Polo

Lacoste - Kids Short Sleeve Classic Pique Polo


Ralph Lauren – Girls 2-6x Big Pony Polo Shirt Druid Navy

Ralph Lauren - Girls 2-6x Big Pony Polo Shirt Druid Navy


Little Label – Lass Girls 2-6X 2 Piece Cheetah Print Legging Set, Pink, 4T

Little Label - Lass Girls 2-6X 2 Piece Cheetah Print Legging Set, Pink, 4T


Nicky’s Gift – Lady Girl Cute Over Knee Winter Socks Thigh High Warm Cotton Long Stockings White

Nicky's Gift - Lady Girl Cute Over Knee Winter Socks Thigh High Warm Cotton Long Stockings White


Invest in footwear

Footwear is a really good investment for your kids. You want to look for shoes that are offering really good support. If they’re indoor shoes, make sure that they’re not going to scuff the surface. Most parents are buying at least two pairs of shoes for their kids –  indoor shoes, outdoor shoes.


Nike – Nike LeBron Zoom Soldier VII

Nike - Nike LeBron Zoom Soldier VII


Nike – Kids Kd 6 Sneaker

Nike - Kids Kd 6 Sneaker


Nike – Kids Kd Vi Sneaker

Nike - Kids Kd Vi Sneaker


Buy wholesale notebooks, pens and pencils if you have more than one kid

If you have more than 1 kid going to school then it will be advisable to buy by the bulk as you get to save more and the kids can split the supplies. Look for coupon deals of offers at department stores or your wholesale retailer to save.


Paper Mate Sharpwriter Mechanical Pencil, 0.7mm, Yellow, Dozen

Paper Mate Sharpwriter Mechanical Pencil, 0.7mm, Yellow, Dozen


Dixon Ticonderoga – Beginners Primary Size 2 Pencils With Erasers, Box Of 12, Yellow (13308)

Dixon Ticonderoga - Beginners Primary Size 2 Pencils With Erasers, Box Of 12, Yellow (13308)


Roaring Spring – Paper Ruled and Subject Notebooks Marble Cover Composition Book, Wide Rule, 9-3/4 x 7-1/2, 50 Pages

Roaring Spring - Paper Ruled and Subject Notebooks Marble Cover Composition Book, Wide Rule, 9-3/4 x 7-1/2, 50 Pages


Mead – Acco Ruled and Subject Notebooks Mead Compostion Book with White Paper and Black Cover, Special Ruled, 9 3/4″ x 7 1/2

Mead - Acco Ruled and Subject Notebooks Mead Compostion Book with White Paper and Black Cover, Special Ruled, 9 3/4


Buy bags that are sturdy and easy to carry

Trolley bags are great for smaller kids while back packs are big hits for older kids. Whatever you buy for them, ensure that they are sturdy and the stitchings are well stitched and not fraying.


IRISMARU – Children Peppa Pig Backpacks Kids Cartoon School Bag Bookbag

IRISMARU - Children Peppa Pig Backpacks Kids Cartoon School Bag Bookbag


RUZ – Backpack – Despicable Me 2 – All Hands on Deck New School Bag 090542

RUZ - Backpack - Despicable Me 2 - All Hands on Deck New School Bag 090542


Generic – Durable Rolling Wheel School Backpack Hiking Bag Wheeled – 9 Colors Available (Black/Pink -1318)

Generic - Durable Rolling Wheel School Backpack Hiking Bag Wheeled - 9 Colors Available (Black/Pink -1318)


Sanrio – Girl s Backpack Pink Polka Dots School Rolling Pilot Bag

Sanrio - Girl s Backpack Pink Polka Dots School Rolling Pilot Bag


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