Lee's Summit Parents As Teachers
Winter is here!
It's cold and flu season
Please leave the light on!
Traditions - an important routine for your child.
Family traditions are things that families do together repeatedly.
We are all very busy and pulled in many different directions but traditions offer our children and family a sense of belonging and identity.
Children raised with family traditions learn many lessons in life - they learn to understand the things that make their family unique. They learn to trust, help keep life organized and learn predictable patterns. They grow to be resilient and confident that they are loved while also knowing how to express love to others. Traditions help parents keep order in their family life. In a busy society where everyone is bombarded with all sorts of activities and distractions, traditions offer a sense of belonging.
- Strengthen family bonds
- Provide comfort and security
- Help navigate change
- Teach values
- Pass on cultural or religious heritage
- Teach practical skills
- Solve problems
- Generate memories
This holiday season is a great time to continue a family holiday tradition or start a new one. Make snow angels, bake together, read a special book each year, go look at lights or make placemats to use at the dinner table for a special meal. Brainstorm some ideas and come up with something special for your family - you'll be glad you did!
Here are some ideas for a winter bucket list. You can add to it or create your own. A bucket list can also be a tradition!
Conscious Discipline is a proven, comprehensive approach that empowers you with skills that create a safe, connected, problem-solving environment for families. Click here for more information about Conscious Discipline.
Helping your child learn to master upset and conflict through Conscious Discipline.
Conscious Commitment of the Week:
"I am willing to increase opportunities for connection this week by implementing two rituals in my classroom or home."
Examples of rituals include:
▪️Connecting Rituals like "I Love You Rituals"
▪️School Family Song
▪️Wish Well Rituals
▪️Absent Child Rituals
Are you willing to commit? Check out the Facebook page for Conscious Discipline ideas.
Thank you, Omu!
A story of neighborly generosity - talk about (and then do!) a small kindness for a neighbor (either right next door or somewhere in the community)
Not A Box
Take a box and imagine all the things it could be other than a box.
Breathe Like a Bear
To combat the hectic nature of this month, take time to help your little one stretch to release tension, breathe to find calm, and more!
Thank you, Omu!
How to Catch A Star
Paint a starry sky - Make the background dark blue or black, then use a hole punch to punch out stars. Then shine a light through in the dark to see your stars twinkle and shine.
Put on an old mitten, dip your hand in paint, and make a mitten print.
Place cotton balls or poms on painters tape and have your kiddo blow it along the lines - you can also have a race with this!
Have cups up and practice throwing cotton balls in or turn them over and stack them high.
Fine Motor Fun
Use tongs and place small cotton balls through an opening of a jar.
Make faces from some paper plates.
Make an ornament
This is a great way to see how much they have grown each year. Be sure and date it.
You can use whatever you have around the house for this - cups, marshmallows, lids, etc. I always like to start with the letters in your child's name - they really are important to them!