No two children are alike (thank goodness!) so this week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we talked about ways to nurture individualism and honor our kids’ unique ways of learning. Here’s a round-up of the ideas shared this week. To add to these ideas, please e-mail us: we’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!
As a way to encourage your child to explore personality and self-knowledge, ask her to make a list of “likes.” This can be a craft activity, writing exercise, or simple conversation! Encourage your kids to include favorite books, hobbies, clothing, animals…whatever makes them smile! You may be surprised at what you discover.
Dinner is such a cherished time for families, and in this blog post by Ambassador Zina, we uncover 5 ways to have meaningful conversations with your children at meal time. Using our Dinner Box of Questions we share tips on how to set the right foundation of openness and communications for your family so that you can learn more about your child, and each other, night after night.
Teaching your children about responsibility and good behavior is one of the most important lessons they will learn. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to help explore self-awareness; working with your child to create a chore chart that reflects their specific goals, capabilities, and motivational incentives. This blog post shares 5 ways to work with your child to tailor a chore chart that helps her develop in the ways she needs most (while letting her have “skin-in-the-game” to remain engaged throughout the process).
From our chore chart blog post, we received a number of suggestions from our fan community sharing what methods motivate their children to do chores. We had such great responses that we rounded them up in this blog post. Thank you for your contributions!
The Melissa & Doug team.