Developing Your Child’s Sense of Humor

A sense of humor is such an important part of being a human. If we don’t laugh we can hardly live. Someone once said that man is the social animal. A human is the animal that laughs. Laughter is what redeems the darkest days and helps make the bright ones just a little bit brighter. It is the icing on the cake of life. We know that people who tend to laugh are healthier and mentally happier. They can look at the problems of life and get through them because they don’t seem as daunting. This doesn’t mean that laughter is the cure for everything, but it sure can help when things are not going so well.

 

These tried and trusted truths help to show why it is important for all of us, and particularly children, to have a good sense of humor. Children are our future, and while this seems a cliche, it is true. We need children and they need us. The world needs them. But not all children have a great sense of humor. We love most children partly because they are silly and seem to be full of life. You want to develop that sense of humor in your child, both for their well being and yours. How can you develop the sense of humor in your child? It surely isn’t much like training a dog to sit. While this is true, here are a few hints by Helene Goldnadel that could help you get your child to laugh more.

 

1) While we all want our children to laugh and to laugh a lot, consider that not all people laugh as much as others. Some people simply are not hard wired to giggle or guffaw in the way that others do. They might be a bit more sad or introverted. This is just fine. Remember that it takes all kinds to make a world. Don’t try to force a naturally quiet child to laugh all the time. It will probably only make them resent you. However, even a quiet and introverted child wants to laugh and needs to laugh. The key is to achieve a balance. Find the things that make your child laugh and surround your child with these things. If it is a TV show, purchase the DVD. If it is physical humor, show them movies with physical humor. There are all sorts of possibilities.

2) Make sure that your child is not scared or feeling unsafe. A child that feels threatened will not laugh. If you can give your child a safe and comfortable environment they will be far more likely to develop their sense of humor. Although we cannot ensure that our children will not have bad experiences, we do know that we can do a lot to help them stay safe in their early years.

3) Finally, make sure that your child has friends with a similar sense of humor. If you think back to your childhood, you probably laughed the most when you were with a group of silly friends. Watching movies together or singing songs was one of my favorite activities. A child’s sense of humor will develop with the sense of humor of their friends. If your child is not laughing much, consider introducing them to a few more kids.

 

Remember that a child is a person and deserves to be treated like one. If they don’t want to laugh then they don’t want to. You cannot force them, but if you truly desire their happiness you can help them laugh a bit more.

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Developing A Child’s Imagination With Activities That Kids Love

Children should be given the freedom to explore themselves, share their ideas through different play activities. Learning through play can help them explore about themselves, people and world around them. By giving them endless play time; we are giving them the space to explore that helps them find solutions to problems through creative thinking. For them, playing and learning are two sides of the same coin. The play classes develop your child’s motor skills, physical development, mental development, social skills, etc. Now a day’s kids are spoon fed with swimming classes, coaching classes, dance and music classes that they do not even know how to play with a doll. That creates an unimaginative life around them.

 

Benefits of Boosting Your Child’s Imagination

 

Play is a powerful tool that helps in mastering new skills without much stress. Discover your child’s real self, through his imaginations and creativity. Boosting a child’s imagination helps them gain the following skills according to Helene Goldnadel.

 

  • Gain social skills – While they play with people around them, they learn about relationships among people and how to behave with elders. Playing tent or house, they learn about a parent’s affection for their child. They also develop empathy and care for others. They also learn to adjust with any situation and develop self-confidence.
  • Develop language skills – Kids who do a lot of talking while playing develop appropriate sentence structure and excellent communicative skills.
  • Gains intellectual development – Those who do a lot of imagination will learn to think symbolically. This will help in the child’s over all development.
  • Builds self-confidence – Playing police and thief, they work out of their fears and develop self-confidence and becomes bold. They also becomes aware of the social injustices.
  • Develop motor skills – Dancing to music, art and craft, all enhances their motor skills which help them to do any activity easily.

 

How to Nurture Your Child? Sending kids to dance classes or art classes cannot boost their imagination. Just be a play mate for them which is more than enough. Play cars or mommy and daddy with them, Smash and bash the cars along with him. Now see his imagination flowing out. It is time to think out of the box.

 

Monitor your kids carefully while they play and know their interest and help them develop that. Give them more opportunities to try out new things like art and craft, outdoor play, sports, music, or provide them with materials like scissors, play dough, color papers or color pencils that might interest them. Help them come out with their own imagination. Never discourage them when they are up to do something creative and add fuel to their learning curiosity.

 

Learning Through Play

 

Only a child with imaginative skill can play well as playing needs imagination. So what can be done to boost a child’s imagination? Read stories for them and ask them to do character play of the story, take them to picnics, trip to a zoo, or beach to give them new experience. Dance to music along with them or read books for them. Always place a box of crayons, scissors, craft paper, gum, paints, on the kids table so that they can use them whenever they want to explore their imagination. Allow to play with water or sand and give them ample time to create wonderful things from their imagination. They can develop a sense of achievement and self-confidence from each successful invention.

 

Also read: Signs That Your Child May Have a Language Disorder

Learning Styles For Children

Do you know the learning style of your preschooler? These are usually four styles in which children can learn. By understanding these styles, you can begin to recognize which style you child might better learn by then you could look for ways to help your child learn. Outlined below are the four styles discussed by Helene Goldnadel to look for:

 

1) Kinesthetic learners learn by actually carrying out an physical activity. Moving, doing, touching. They enjoy sport activities and acting. They might even tap their feet or play with their hands while sitting at a table. Sometimes they are labeled “hyperactive” as children. They like to feel and experience what is being asked of them to learn. Performing acts, dancing, making models, drawing, painting, outside activities helps type to learn. Example: pronouncing and writing the word “kick” you should give them a moment to actually kick before you ask them to write the word.

 

2) Visual learners learn by watching. Seeing body language and facial expressions to help understand the lesson helps. Sitting in front with no distractions helps. Puzzles, maps, charts, arts, mazes are a fun way to help them learn. Flash cards and highlighting words to help.

 

3) Language-oriented learners might learn by singing and/or hearing a story. Listening to tone of voice, pitch and speed helps them to understand better. Reading directions aloud and reading a story aloud together.

 

4) Logical learners might learn by following instructions, exploring patterns and relationships. Wants to know exactly how things work. They like computer programs and hands on activities. Organization, meeting deadlines, working with time lines is better for them. They do not like wasting time.

 

Some children can have two styles combined and styles can change as they grow using different ways to learn. Just knowing what to look for can help you understand what works best for them at this time. It can be so much fun watching your child grow and learn. They get so excited over such little things. Enjoy this time in their life because it goes by way too fast.

 

Also read: Way by Helene Goldnadel to Develop Your Child’s Genius

Steps to Bring the Many Benefits of Game Playing to Your Family

Here are steps by Helene Goldnadel to help you bring the many benefits of game playing to your own family to produce brighter children and a happier home life.

 

1) Buy or dust off some games that are old favorites. Games like draughts, dominoes, connect four and card games, are not only terrific fun but they are also stimulating, challenging and involve concentration and strategy.

 

2) Chose a convenient slot in your weekly family pattern that is an ideal time for your family to sit down together and play a few games, such as a Friday evening or a Sunday afternoon, for example.

 

3) Add some elements to help “game time” become a family tradition: add favorite foods (bowls of popcorn or hot chocolate perhaps?) a comfy warm setting (in front of a roaring fire?), invite grandparents etc.

 

4) Start with games that a suited to the youngest age group present, or have a few games going at the same time that fit the various age ranges. Make sure everyone understands the rules and aims of the game being played and give everyone the benefit of examples of good moves and strategies by illustrating them on the game board before beginning the “real” game”.

 

5) Explain that to enjoy playing games we all have to play by the rules, respect our partners and respect the outcome of the game. Regardless if we win or lose, to have fun playing games together we can’t gloat when we win, and can’t get upset when we lose. If we play lots of games together, there will be lots of chances for each of us to win sometimes, and lose sometimes. Either way we will have had a fun time playing together.

 

6) Show your own interest and enthusiasm for the game, give it concentration and effort, both for your own enjoyment, and also as a role model for your children. Rather than play ineffectively to ensure your child wins, instead, help your child learn from your game playing skills. Discuss out loud the moves you are making and why, to help your child understand the strategies you are using. If your child makes a move that is to their disadvantage, encourage them to look again and guide them to see a better move by asking them open questions such as “what are all the different options you have?” “What would happen if you take that move?” “What might be a better move that you can take?” I can see a way that you can win, can you see it?”

 

7) Whether your child wins or loses, at the end of the game summarise what you learnt from the game and then ask your child “what did you learn from that game?” “What might you do differently next time we play?”

 

8) Keep the “game time” fresh by bringing in new games. Surprise everyone by giving the family a new game “present” every few weeks. Games that can be played within an hour and involve thinking, memory, strategy or calculation are recommended such as: Othello, Guess Who, Mancala, Nine Man Morris, Scrabble, Chinese Chequers or Rush Hour.

 

Also read: Spending Time with a Child Is Best For Their Development

Helene Goldnadel on Developing a Sense of Self

No one is perfect. Nor can one ever hope to be. What we can do is to become more truly who we are. We can strive to accept our limitations and to enhance our strengths. It is also possible to sculpt ourselves into an individual to be proud of, in accordance with our personal concept of success, and thereby being more satisfied with who we are. Forming an accurate picture of whom we are is difficult. Identifying the personality is different than determining an identity. We may project an outgoing personality when being evaluated by the outside world, yet could have a preference for quiet contemplation. We may be a mixture of both. Yet who we are when there is no one and nothing judging us is the core of what we must strive to uncover and to develop… and to accept.

 

Helene Goldnadel says that the struggle to understand ourselves is to a large degree an exercise in discovering who we are, where we fit in, and deciding if our identities are in line with societal expectations. Many times, we define ourselves according to who we think we should be or who society thinks we should be rather than what our nature dictates. The identity is mistakenly tied to an occupation, role, or the expectations of others. We formulate a false identity by assimilating or rejecting the belief systems around us based on their prominence in the environment.

 

Some people tie their personal identities directly to others: I am a wife/husband, a mother/father, or a son/daughter. In this way, the individual gives up control to another’s identity and loses his or her personal power in the process. If I am an employee who ties his/her identity to his/her company and the position is eliminated, depression and loss of direction may ensue If I am a wife and I get divorced, my identity as a wife goes with the ex-husband and my world is shattered, left to rebuild my personal identity. To tie ourselves too closely to any identity that can be taken away by circumstance is a dangerous choice. Rather, to empower ourselves by building our self-image based upon our individual gifts and personal goals strengthens our ability to achieve inner stability and to minimize fear and anxiety.

 

False identity can also be a function of our past, present, and future: the past being a result of role models, upbringing, individuation, and child development issues; the present being our jobs, our roles (wife, mother, etc.), the expectations of others, the ideal versus true self; and the future based on the individual’s dreams and goals. Determining what our individual gifts are and deciding on our personal goals is a challenge. Wading through the jungle of psychological theory, popular opinion, religious doctrines, nature versus nurture, societal norms, cultural issues, and parental upbringing can be confusing, conflicting, and time consuming.

 

In order to see oneself more clearly it is important to broaden the views of the Self and to elevate satisfaction levels with who you truly are. Everyone has something to contribute to the world. Each of us has the potential to achieve comfort within ourselves. As you observe your Self you will unveil aspects of the your true nature, allowing you to reach new levels of understanding, and increase self-satisfaction and enjoyment.

 

Also read: Games Are Important to Your Child’s Development

How to Help Your Disorganized Child? Helene Goldnadel Explains

It’s not just ADHD kids who are disorganized? Kids who don’t have ADHD sometimes can’t remember to bring homework home either. Can’t remember to take the homework back to school when they did bring it home. It’s not intentional. He really means to get his homework done. He just forgets. Maybe her school materials are poorly organized. Maybe he has poor time-management skills. With all the distractions bombarding kids today, it’s not surprising that they forget so much and are so unorganized.

 

Without some basic organizational strategies, kids do poorly in school and their grades plummet. Some kids end up cheating or lying–whatever it takes to survive school with a minimum of criticism and punishment. Disorganization and forgetfulness get in the way of success at school.

 

You can teach your child how to be more organized. Maybe you’ll even find some of these tips useful around your home.

 

Tips by Helene Goldnadel to Help Your Disorganized Kid

 

1) Color code: Help your child organize his school books and notebooks by color-coding them. Use colored book covers, stickers, labels, stars, or markers with one color for each subject. You can also color code the books by adding colored stickers.

2) Clear book covers: Consider using clear book covers to cover books so that your child can always see the covers.

3) Locker organization: Help your child organize his locker. Brainstorm with him to come up with the best solution. Often locker organizers or locker shelves help a lot. Put morning books on one shelf and afternoon books on another, or math and science on one shelf, language arts and social studies on another, for example. Label the shelves.

4) Extra set of books: Keep an extra set of textbooks at home. Before you buy them, ask if the school can provide them. Check the web too for companies who rent textbooks.

5) Organizer: Help your child develop daily schedules. Some schools provide daily planners. If your child’s school doesn’t give out planners, you’ll need to buy one or a PDA (personal digital assistant) from an office-supply store. While you’re there, you and your child can look around at other products that help with organizing.

6) Structure: Offer to help your child organize her homework time. As soon as she gets home, go over the list of assignments due the next day as well as any long-term assignments. If you wait until later, it may be too late to get an assignment from a friend or a book from school. Help her decide which assignment she’s going to do first. Then help her figure enough time for each assignment.

7) Home organization: You and your disorganized kid need to decide on one place to put finished homework. One place to put everything that needs to go back to school including his lunch. One hook for his jacket. And keeping his room uncluttered helps also. Have him set a weekly schedule for cleaning and organizing his room. For some kids, they’ll need to do this every day for awhile until organization becomes a habit. Just as you did for his locker, find shelves and cubes to put things in. Color coding helps here also. You may need to help them at first.

 

Being organized gives kids a sense of power and control over school and their lives. As they begin to feel good about themselves, they’ll start doing better in school.

Read also: Tips by Helene Goldnadel To Help Make Homeschooling Better

Helene Goldnadel on Promoting Imagination to Your Child

Every kid arrives in the world with a particular intelligence trait. Parents must take care to hone and refine that skill. As parents, it is good to be around children attending to your own work while simultaneously encouraging them to solve their own problems Helping your child develop creativity is as simple as playing imaginative games (such as charades or Scrabble), offering music lessons, telling stories and asking open-ended questions.

 

Parents can always make an impact in increasing the creativity of their children through the use of counting, sorting and exploring. Helene Goldnadel is of the view that the imaginations of children can be augmented by providing them with games and puzzles designed for them. By encouraging that they spend time with real materials, difficult concepts such as numbers, signs and symbols can be learned. Education can and should be exciting. As a parent, you are in charge of making sure that learning for your child is fun!

 

You should read to your kid at any hour during the day in which you can find the time to do so. This doesn’t necessarily need to only occur during the process of bedtime. In order to determine whether he is attending to you, ask questions about what you are reading. When adults ask children questions, the children learn listening and reasoning skills, and as an added bonus, they feel empowered. Establishing a daily routine for reading time will make it into a habit.

 

Another toy that helps your children learns creativity while also building their independence are Building Blocks. Additionally, there exist a multitude of educational games that can increase a child’s coordination and planning skills, general knowledge, communication skills, and responsibility. By providing these comic educational games, parents can make learning an enjoyable experience for their kids.

 

Making children guess the right name of animal or bird by showing them drawings of their figures, can go a long way in development of a child’s personality.

 

“Draw Each Other” is a great game to play with your child because it allows parent and child to become more closely bonded.

 

To enhance a child’s listening power as well as make him more alert, a good technique has been found to encourage the child to identify the object by sound.

 

By allowing her or him to finish a story that you begin, together you both will enjoy storytelling. It enhances the kid’s communication skills whilst improving his or her creativity.

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