Raising a child can really be one of the most complicated things that you will ever experience as a parent. There are so many things that you need to remember to ensure that your child is developing properly. At this stage, this is where they will learn what is right and what is wrong. They will even be prone to accidents since they will be exploring a lot during this stage. If you are a busy parent, your only option may be is to send your child to a day care center. This can really be a hard decision to do. You need to make sure that your child is safe even if you are not around.
Making friends is one of the things that your child must do in a day care center. They need to learn social skills as early as that stage because they will bring these until they grow up. In order for your child to make friends easily, you need to show them the proper way of making friends with other kids. You need to make them feel positive whenever you send them to the day care center. Do not remind them of so many things because this will only irritate your child. Allow them to view the day care center as a place where they will have fun. When you get there, greet the staff and other kids. This will show your child that it is that easy to make friends with other people. They need to overcome being shy so that they can easily interact with others.
Since your child is still learning at this stage, it is your responsibility as a parent to tell him what is right and what is wrong. If you observe that your child is starting to obtain bad habits, tell them that he should not imitate that trait and explain why it is bad. Be as gentle as possible because this might offend your child. Never tell them to stay away from their friends or even build a bad image of his friends. Just be straightforward in telling them that it is bad to possess that trait.
If your child is being aggressive at the day car center, it is probably because of his excitement of being with other children. Ask the staff how he is doing in the day care center when you are not around. Never get mad at them for being aggressive. This will only provoked your child to act more aggressive in the day care center. The reason why the child may be aggressive is because of the attention that he will get from the staff member that is taking care of them. Children usually love the attention that they get which is why they do things that will make them stand out. What you need to do is to ask the director if your child can be moved in a smaller group. This will allow your child to feel that he is given equal attention as the other kids. This will lessen his aggressive attitude if he feels this.
Food is one thing that you should not overlook when you are sending your child to a day care center. You need to ensure that your child is being fed properly during meal time. You can ask them for a menu of the food that they will serve. Check if they are giving your child a balanced meal. It is important that you check if they are served in the proper proportions of food. This is essential for the growth and development of your child. Also, make a list of allergies or conditions such as being lactose intolerant for the person in charge for food. It is important that your child will be serve that is healthy for him and will not cause any harm and jeopardize his health.
All day care centers have their own playgrounds. If you are scared that your child might get wounds or injury, always be prepared for these things. Children will be rowdy and adventurous when they are outdoors so they will most likely be candidates for tripping and wounds. Not allowing them to play outdoors in not an option for you. It is now your responsibility to check the playground first. You need to check if the playground equipments are in good condition. Broken part of the playground can also cause injuries for your child. So you need to make sure that you have checked for possible causes of injury. Tell these to the day care manager so that they can do something about it and ensure a safe playground for the children.
Always pack play clothes for your child. You need to remind your child that he should change in his play clothes before going to the playground. Make sure that he is wearing light clothes that have no strings or chains that might get caught in plants and other things that will cause harm to your child. You should always tell your child to change their clothes after playing.
Make sure that there is someone watching over the children when they are in the playground. This should be part of the day care center’s protocol. This will make playtime safer for the children. If there are accidents that may happen, at least you are sure that there is someone who will immediately attend to your child.
It is part of your responsibility to check on the procedures that day care centers provide to ensure safety of the child. You need to make sure that everything is clear before you enroll your child. This will prevent conflicts between you and the owner. When you have enrolled your child there, make sure that you monitor the progress of your child. You child might learn things that are wrong, so you need to correct him. Children are sensitive at this stage that is why you need to be as gentle as possible. Day care centers are not the only ones responsible for ensuring the proper development of your child. It is your responsibility too, so make sure that you are also doing your part in raising your child properly.
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