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Their Questions are Valid…Encourage it


Hello Nannies! Thank God it’s Friday!!!

It is very easy to get tired or irritated by the numerous questions children can have at times. There are moments we just want to shush them for some respite. When that urge come, please don’t. Instead, encourage young children to ask questions

As caregivers, we should educate children on the benefits of asking questions at all times. Every question a child asks is relevant and a way to understand what is going on in the mind of a child. Pure and simple children ask questions because they are curious and they are looking for information.

Some children have helped save terrible situations because they asked timely questions. Other times because a child was afraid to speak or is used to being hushed up when she would like to speak situations such as abuse have gone on undetected. Encourage your child to express herself, no matter how surprised you are about the questions.


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Although it may not always seem like it, your children really do listen to you. They soak up your every word, even when you do not think they are paying attention. Most of us use this knowledge in order to limit the bad things they hear. How often, however, are we conscious of using our words to build them up? For that reason we have compiled a few ways we think you could use to empower the children you take care of.

Validate and Re-assure

Unfortunately, your child is bound to experience some sort of failure in his life. Validate his feelings – he knows he messed up, and pretending that he didn’t will only confuse him and make him less likely to trust your words. But keep him from beating himself up by reminding him that his setback is only temporary. Then go a step further to set a game plan to get him back on track. Hopefully this will become a habit, and his adult failures will be stepping stones rather than stopping points.

Give specific compliments

Children are tactile, concrete creatures, so many can have a hard time taking a compliment to heart when it is abstract. If you give her an example, however, she is more likely to understand and value the trait you are praising, and to repeat the same behaviour later. Telling your daughter that she is smart is a wonderful thing. Noticing that she read an entire chapter book, however, can be much more effective.

Involve them in solving their problems

When your child makes the same mistakes over and over, it is easy to become frustrated. However, by asking what she can do differently and helping her to implement a solution, you are giving her a chance to solve her own problem.
By re-framing the situation, you are changing her role from being the problem to being the problem-solver. Instead of feeling like a trouble-maker, she will feel clever and independent.

Speak well of your children…THEY CAN HEAR YOU

All too often, we seem to think our child’s ears turn off when we are talking to another parent. Rather, what he/she hears you say about him to another adult can have a tremendous impact. When you compliment your child, he may resist believing it, thinking that you are just trying to make him feel good. What he hears you say to another adult, however, has a greater weight. He is more likely to take the compliment to heart and trust it to be true. Think of the way this would work in your own life. If a friend told you your new haircut looked fantastic, you might be flattered – but if you overheard her saying the same to her sister, you would feel even more so. Children are the same!

We all think our children are the greatest little people in the world, and most of us try to tell them so regularly. Use one of these methods to ensure that the compliments you give the child in your life hit her deeply and have staying power. You will be glad at the person she grows up to become.

5 tips to encourage children wash their hands

Wash hands

Washing hands is a basic hygiene skill for kids. The earlier a child learns to properly wash his hands, the greater defense he has against germs that may cause illness. Now while adults know the importance of hygiene, children don’t. They often forget to wash their hands after using the toilet and this is a direct call on infections if they eat with that dirty hand. This is why we have to encourage them to wash their hands after using the toilet.

Here are some of the things you can do as a nanny to ensure that children wash their hands always:

1. Make the sink accessible to them
The sink might be higher up and they might not be able to reach it, you can build a step or place a bowl on the floor and instruct them to wash their hand in it.

2. Constantly remind them
Kids can run out the toilet ready to get back to their food or play so you have to remind them constantly while they are in there. And with time they will always remember.

3. Make up a song
Make up a song that’ll talk about hygiene and why it’s good that they clean up always. The song is what they’ll remember even when you are not around them to clean up after using the toilet.

4. Let them make bubbles
While they are washing, encourage them to make bubbles with the soap, this will keep them longer at the sink so they can wash thoroughly and trust them to always want to wash their hands because playing with bubbles is fun.

5. Explain the importance of good hygiene to them
Sometimes all you need is explain things to your kids and they’ll get a better view of it. Tell them that not washing their hands properly can make them sick. This might motivate them to spend a good 2 minutes running the tap and washing their hands.