The Importance of Nap Time | Parenting Tips

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Napping is an important part of your toddler’s day as well as yours. Your child needs to recharge and reboot or everyone will suffer the consequences. And you count on nap time to get the things done you need to do. But why are naps so critical to youngsters, and when do they outgrow the need? How can you make sure naps don’t interfere with your tot getting a good night’s sleep.

These are questions that plague many parents with young ones with lot’s of energy and stubborn minds. While as adults we know enough to lay down when we are tired (when possible) but for toddlers and young growing minds they often insist they are not tired or sleepy leading to a state of crankiness and lack of good nightly sleep. It is crucial for them to get into a daily routine that allows them time to shut things out, close their eyes and regroup.

Often times a well rested child is a more pleasant child that is more susceptible to learning, cooperating at the dinner table, and sleeping through the night. So create a nice, calming nap environment and relish in the quite time!

Happy Napping

 

Introducing Your Toddler To Sports | It’s Time For Golf!!!

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Kingston was determined not to let his big brother Ace enjoy all of the spring sports fun with baseball . So he is learning to play Golf…

There are many parents on the fence in regard to deciding whether or not their toddler is ready for a sports program. Ultimately, only you can make that choice, but keep in mind that leading your child to healthy and useful activities at a young age may spark enough interest and curiosity to keep them going in the activity for a long time.

When you look at your 2 year old, it is obvious that they probably do not have the large motor skills to consistently make a basket, hit a ball, score a goal, or become an All-Star MVP. But what they do have is the desire to have fun. Some toddlers may not be as social as others and will feel intimidated by playing a team sport at this age. Others may love to play with kids their age and feel totally at home running on a field with a bunch of other toddlers. For this reason, it is important to choose wisely in regards to their sensibilities. There is no need to push a toddler into sports if they are not interested.

For those kids that do want to be involved in sports, keep a very open mind. The object of any sports function for this age group is to help them develop key social skills like sharing, taking turns, and sportsmanship. They are also learning to follow directions, although you will find that most may, at any moment, run the wrong way or score a goal for the opposite team. No matter how they perform, as long as they are enjoying themselves and feeling like a small part of a larger whole, the sports endeavor is successful.

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