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World Kindness Day 2018 | Show ‘N Tell School

World Kindness Day 2018 | Show ‘N Tell School

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As many know, our schools celebrated World Kindness Day yesterday, November 13, 2018. Here’s the thing … we encourage our students to be kind everyday at the Show ‘N Tell Schools in both West Chester and Paoli, but loved the idea of shedding a little extra light on it on this special occasion.

Every year, on the thirteenth of November, World Kindness Day is celebrated in an effort to make the world a better place by promoting, pledging and participating in good deeds and acts of kindness.

First launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement by a Tokyo-based organization, World Kindness Day is now celebrated in over 28 nations. It’s overall mission is to create a kinder world through inspiration. That’s an annual tradition we can get behind!

We highly encourage you and your family to take some time this week to think about what you might be able to pledge. With little ones, we know that this can often be a struggle, but no act is too small! Perhaps it’s pledging to hold the door open for someone, or smiling at someone new each day. Maybe you can all take time at the table at night to give one another a compliment, which in turn could begin to translate into your child’s world outside of the home.

With the holidays quickly approaching, you may also consider volunteering. Give an extra $1 in the grocery line if you can spare it for an organization the shops might be supporting, or let your little one put some change into a red bucket this holiday season.

The sky is the limit, and we hope that you take some time to share the joy and inspiration of this special occasion with your friends and family!

Chore Motivation for Children | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Chore Motivation for Children | Show ‘N Tell Schools

While we often sigh before pulling the vacuum out of the hall closet or before unloading the dishwasher for the third time in one night, these often mundane tasks seem electrifyingly exciting to our children. Though your child might not be old enough for a long list of chores, it’s important to give them the opportunity to help out around the home. We also know though that since so many of these activities are enmeshed into your brain as part of a daily routine that you do without even thinking, it can be hard to pause and include them or take the time to explain what you’re doing. Below, we’re sharing some simple tips that you can use to help get your children into a routine of their own, all while getting them to pitch in too!

 

 

 

  1. Make Cleaning Fun

As the kids get older, the chores become more of … well … chores! If your children see you sighing over these tasks, they’ll associate them with negativity or assume that they aren’t fun based on your behavior. Monkey see, monkey do, right? Create a different mentality for cleaning, even if it’s just on Saturday mornings. Turn on the music, grab your supplies and let them help with manageable tasks. The idea here is to shift the energy surrounding chores all while demonstrating the proper way to get things done.

2. Create an Experience

When I was a kid, my parents put chores on popsicle sticks and stuck them in a jar. It was exciting to pull one of those popsicle sticks out of the jar to see what I “got” to help with that day. Not only did this create an element of surprise, but it kept the routine from feeling stale and allowed me to focus on specific tasks each day which allowed me to get hands-on experience with a lot of different chores from folding laundry to seeing where all of our dishes and cups were supposed to go.

3. Start Simple

One of the big takeaways of chores is understanding responsibility and developing a routine. If your child is still too young to truly take on many chores of their own, start them out with our fun tooth chart that the Show ‘N Tell Schools created this year for dental health month.

4. Use Your Imagination

Kids will be kids, and that means that life isn’t always so serious … even when doing chores! Maybe part of their daily chore routine is having a two-minute prep time for putting together their silliest cleaning outfit. If you need a sous chef in the kitchen, let them pretend to be a chef (often this will result in them actually taking their job very seriously!) by choosing the dressing for the salad, helping to put the chopped vegetables into it and tossing it. Need the table set? Play restaurant!

Back to School Prep | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Back to School Prep | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Is it just us, or does it feel like we just celebrated Memorial Day and kicked off our summer? Here we are already, in the middle of August and gearing up for a new school year. Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

For those of you with preschoolers at The Show ‘N Tell School of West Chester or Paoli who are becoming a little more independent, we wanted to share some different ways that they can get in on the back to school preparations with you and simultaneously get them excited for their year.

The first order of business is one that your child might not enjoy as much, but it’s getting back into the habit of a routine bedtime and wake-up. In the summer, it’s easy to be more relaxed about this, but your morning is bound to be more smooth if you and your kids are well-rested.

On the mention of routines, begin to involve your little one in the preparation of a school day by allowing them to help pick out their clothes, snacks or lunches, pack up those book bags, set alarms, etc.

The first day of school is a great photo opportunity, and many families like to take a picture each year. If you fall into this category, let your kids pick out or give input into their outfits that they’d like to wear. Do you remember how much thought and effort went into doing this as a kid? It’s a lot of fun!

Let your child exercise their independence even further by having a say or helping with breakfast in the morning, even if it’s something simple like choosing a granola bar or yogurt flavor. What might seem like a mundane task to us can be really big and important in the eyes of a child!

Create a Lemonade Stand for Charity | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Create a Lemonade Stand for Charity | Show ‘N Tell Schools

With Summer here we’re experiencing a bit of nostalgia from our own childhood memories, and one of them is a classic … the lemonade stand! There was something refreshing (literally) about having an opportunity as a kid to embrace that independence and set up a shop for all of the neighborhood passerby.

 

As many already know, we’re big fans of encouraging our little ones to embrace their independence and try new experiences, but we’re also advocates of introducing children to the importance of doing good and making a difference in the community.

When you are going through your garage or shed this season, take a peek and see if there are any materials you could lend to your children for their seasonal operation: a homemade lemonade stand!

With just some boxes/crates or a plastic picnic table from the backyard, they can be in business. Get those creative juices (are we punny yet?) flowing and have them create their own signage too – the more color the better!

At home, you’ll be able to hop online or look into your old recipe books for plenty of homemade lemonade recipes … so many people swear by recipes that have been in the family for years (or cabinets … powdered mix is not disqualified)! Feel free to jazz the traditional lemonade recipe up by making a watermelon or strawberry version too and maybe even infused sweet treats, like cupcakes.

In a digital age, you can even share your lemonade stand entrepreneurs on Facebook to your friends and family and can encourage them to swing on by. Not only does the face-to-face interaction help children to develop their social skills, but they’ll be thrilled with the business!

One of the key parts of this concept is that they take their earnings and do something kind with them for someone else. It’s never too early to encourage fundraising!

 

Rainy Memorial Day (or Weekend!) Ideas

Rainy Memorial Day (or Weekend!) Ideas

On a day that we will be taking time off from the grind of our daily lives to remember those who died in active military service, we also like to spend quality time with loved ones and cherish the time and memories that we make together.

A weekend that is often spent outdoors and signals the beginning of a new season for many, Memorial Day 2018 might be wet and keep us indoors instead of out. If you’re already working to come up with some ideas to pass the time this weekend, or any rainy day really, we’re here to provide some inspiration.

  1. Forts.

We’re not sure this needs much explanation, but go ahead and get silly building a fort together as a family! Not only is it the perfect cozy spot to snuggle up on a rainy day, but if you have any little ones that are afraid of thunderstorms, it’s a great safe space to hide out and get away from it all. Bonus points if you pretend that you’re camping!

2. Indoor Picnic

Picnics and BBQ’s are some of the quintessential traditions that we conjure up when we think of Memorial Day, and the rain shouldn’t put a damper on that! Spread out the blankets, use the plastic cutlery and feast (without the itchy grass!).

3. The Devon Horse Show

A tradition along the Main Line, our infamous Devon Horse Show kicks off today (Thursday, May 24). While it might be a little wet, there’s plenty of places to walk around when there’s a lull in rain showers and the old-fashioned fair can’t be beat! Can’t make it out this weekend? It runs until June 3, 2018!

4. Longwood Gardens

We’re big fans of the Conservatory when it’s gross outside because it feels like we’re strolling around on a tropical vacation. Over the long weekend, Longwood Gardens will be putting on fountain shows (some of which you can peek at through the windows of the Conservatory) and will also have some performances. It’s always a great family-friendly location in Chester County to check out.

 

 

Celebrate National Superhero Day | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Celebrate National Superhero Day | Show ‘N Tell Schools

 

Working with children, we hear our fair share of stories about beloved superheroes regularly, and we can’t wait to let our little ones know that April 28 is National Superhero Day. Since we’re sure you hear about these friends just as much (if not more) than we do, we thought it would be fun to shine a light on this celebration. We love an opportunity to show children that there are heroes in real-life too, not just fiction.

If ever there was a time for dress up, it’s today.

That’s right. On Saturday, whip out those capes, masks and cuffs and allow your child to step into the shoes of their favorite character! It looks like we might be getting some rain this weekend, so use this opportunity to have your child do some indoor Superhero Training. Lay out an obstacle course in the basement (or ask them to set one up) and have them do some special skill testing to stay sharp!

After testing their skills and reflexes, have them move onto brain training where they can do some arts and crafts to create their own special gadgets and gizmos. Finally, ask your superhero to help with chores … we mean … strength training.

Not only is it important for your child to feel like a hero, but take some time to encourage them to be a hero in real-life by doing acts of kindness for those you care about, or even for a stranger (with your supervision of course). Maybe a neighbor is out gardening and could use a little help planting, or perhaps a grandparent could use a special visit to put a smile on their face.

The key to this day for little ones is that they understand that while superheroes are a lot of fun, they are also doing things to help keep their community happy, and that they can be superheroes in our community too!

Autism Awareness Month | Show ‘N Tell School’s

Autism Awareness Month | Show ‘N Tell School’s

Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month?

 

As Autism Awareness Month is taking place, we wanted to use this as an opportunity to be open about the reality of developmental delays in young children and the importance of autism awareness. With the diagnosis of autism becoming ever more present (1 in 68 children in the United States), we felt that it was crucial to address autism awareness in our own community.

Many families are affected by autism, and even if you aren’t one of them, we want our families to be aware of what exactly autism is, how it impacts some of our loved ones, and how we can help to take to #StandUpForAutism.

What is autism?

If you’ve heard about it, but aren’t really sure what it is, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that is often detected in early childhood and can affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. There are varying degrees of autism and it can impact individuals differently.

Some common behaviors associated with autism can include a delayed learning of language, difficulty holding eye contact or conversation, lack of interest in social relationships, fixation on parts of objects, etc.

While there isn’t a known direct cause of autism yet and it can’t be “outgrown”, autism can be treated and early diagnosis is key in helping to overcome obstacles that children who have autism might face.

Autism Screening/Diagnosis 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children get screened for autism at 18 and 24 months of age. Please talk to your pediatrician to ensure that your child is receiving these screenings on their visits.

Traditionally, the screening is broken up into two components: a developmental screening and a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Much like it sounds, the developmental screening is an assessment of interaction with the child and observation of how they learn, speak, and move. The comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is considered the second step of the process and is a thorough review of the child’s behavior and development. It is possible that this could include a hearing and vision screening, neurological testing, etc.

Talking to Our Children

Many of our children are too young to fully understand what autism is; however, there are things that we can say and encourage to ensure that they are accepting of children who might have autism. It’s important for our children to know that everyone’s brain works differently and that sometimes that can impact how we act and feel. Let your child know that some boys and girls like to make loud noises, but some boys and girls don’t like those noises and that we should be mindful of all of our friends’ feelings before assuming they like all of the same things that we do. We encourage you to have an open discussion with your child/children about being kind to everyone, no matter their situation, and how being different is OK.

My Tooth Chart for National Children’s Dental Health Month | Show ‘N Tell School

My Tooth Chart for National Children’s Dental Health Month | Show ‘N Tell School

We’ve shared information on National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) before, but we wanted to make sure to revisit this topic again, as it’s so very important.

(You can download this PDF below!)

What is it?

The American Dental Association sponsors National Dental Health Month annually in February to promote good dental hygiene habits in young children to get a head start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

What should you know?

As we all know, brushing and flossing are key to maintaining a healthy smile, especially in young children. Teeth should begin to get brushed around the age of two years old using fluoride toothpaste (in case they swallow it). When they have teeth that touch one another, flossing should be introduced once daily. The plastic floss holders are great for little hands!

Not sure about dental visits? Colgate recommends that your child see a dentist by their first birthday!

What can you do at home?

In an effort to make brushing and flossing a happier habit and less stressful part of your children’s routine, we’ve created a My Tooth Chart for your children to monitor their brushing and flossing weekly. Simply have your little one put a big X through the sun or moon when they have taken care of their teeth at the appropriate time of day.

MyToothChart

Instilling Confidence and Self-Worth in Children at Valentine’s Day | Show ‘N Tell School

Instilling Confidence and Self-Worth in Children at Valentine’s Day | Show ‘N Tell School

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to make sure to focus a bit on the importance of instilling self-esteem and self- worth in young children to ensure that they grow to be confident and open-minded children and teenagers, and one day, adults (I know, we don’t like to think about that either!).

During a time of year that is so focused on loving others, we also think that it’s important to make sure that you love yourself. From this, your children will be able to instill the same feelings in others and will literally make the world a better place.

Below, we’re sharing a few ways that you can make sure that you’re children feel confident and understand the value in self-care.

Of course our children know that we love them, that we’re there for them, etc. But let’s be honest, we stare at our screens an awful lot. Whether it’s working late or getting distracted on social media, we’re all guilty of it. For a child who hasn’t yet developed these habits, it’s a sign of disrespect. Think about it: if you were trying to have a conversation with someone or wanted their attention and they were on their phone instead, wouldn’t you feel a bit offended?

If your little one wants to show you something, take a moment and let them show you and let them see that you’re genuinely interested in hearing from them, playing with them, or spending time together. For them to see you prioritizing them will mean the world and make all of the difference in their growth and self-respect down the road.

Our children cannot learn to be kind to others unless we teach them the importance of kindness. Not only is kindness and empathy going to give them gratification because they’ll know that they helped someone or made someones day, but it’ll allow them to make a connection between themselves and another person who is just as important as they are. While we often associate giving with the holiday season, we can show acts of kindness to our children year-round.

Now, more than ever, we need to teach our children to be nonjudgmental and to share their love with those around them regardless of race, fiscal situation, gender, etc.

As children get older, they begin to compare themselves to others which in turn can begin to affect their confidence. Make a point to show your child their strengths and encourage them to see weaknesses as room to grow, not flaws.

Car Seat Safety in Winter | Show ‘N Tell Schools

Car Seat Safety in Winter | Show ‘N Tell Schools

With the colder temperatures, our little ones are bundled up in their toastiest jackets. While this is great for their wellbeing, it’s something that we need to make sure we’re approaching carefully as they are strapped in their car seats so that we are ensuring their utmost safety.

 

Generally speaking, you’ll want to make sure that you’re following Pennsylvania State Law and doing the following (courtesy of the PennDOT website):

Pennsylvania’s Seat Belt Law

Under Pennsylvania’s primary child passenger safety law, children under the age of 4 must be properly restrained in an approved child safety seat anywhere in the vehicle.¬†

Children under 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat until the child outgrows the maximum weight and height limits designated by the car seat manufacturer.

Children from age 4 up to age 8 must be restrained in an appropriate booster seat.”

Birth – 2 Years

Your child under age 2 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats; Infant-only seats can be used rear-facing; Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.

2 – 3 Years

Keep your child rear-facing for as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.

4 – 7 Years

Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child has outgrown the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.”

Not only is it important to follow these rules and regulations for car seats in Pennsylvania, but it’s important to remember that traveling with your little one in the winter season requires some different points of action. Though they protect your little ones from the cold, wearing a winter coat in the car seat is actually potentially dangerous as it leaves the harness too loose to be effective in the event of an accident. To keep your children warm in the car, you can keep a blanket over them, or could even have them use their coats backwards so that their arms are in the armholes but that the back of the coat sits over them as a blanket.

Wishing you safe winter!