by Rosa Manzanita
Any mommy blog must discuss the importance and methods of potty training your little ones. Potty training is a right of passage that all children must endure, and some parents seem to ease their little ones through this process with ease while others struggle for years to accomplish this most basic of tasks. There must be a secret! The important thing to remember is there is no one method that is successful with each child. We are all individuals and all of us have preferred learning modalities that offer us the best means of success. The challenge is to choose the best method for your little one. Many parents have used the same method for siblings with varied success. It may work well for older brother or sister and then it is a complete failure for the younger sibling. Below are some methods many parents have found helpful.
Infant Method- Many parents begin potty training their infants only weeks after they are born. Many babies make the same indications when they must potty as they do when they are hungry or tired. If parents can intuitively pick up on these clues, they can hold the baby over the potty to begin training. The pros are that this really promotes parent-child bonding, it is cost-effective, it is more hygienic and it prevents diaper rash. The major con is that it requires supervision on a 24 hour basis which is not always possible in today’s world.
Potty Training in One Day Method- This intensive method has the parent show the child how and why to go potty and by using a potty training doll, it can be demonstrated. Although this is called the “One Day” method, it actually take one intensive day of training and several weeks to fully accomplish. The pros are that this is a quick method and can be done while one parent takes a few weeks off work and dedicates the time to training. The major con is that this is structured and requires complete dedication by the parents to accomplish successfully.
They will go when time is right method- This is the most commonly used method in America and it is also recommended by the American Pediatric Society. This is one reason American’s are one of the oldest groups of children to be potty trained in the world. This really isn’t a method. The concept is that the child will use the potty when they are ready and motivated to use it. The pros are it is easy and fits most lifestyles. The con is it can take a long time and it is also expensive as it generally takes much longer and thus diaper expenses are prolonged.
Whichever method you chose to use, remember that each child is different and each child has their own unique requirements for success.
by Rosa Manzanita
In the past, sign language has been considered a way to communicate with deaf people. This skill has broadened in scope to include anyone with a communication disorder. Today, sign language has an entirely new meaning. It has become a wonderful way to communicate with infants and non-talking toddlers. Sign language has been thoroughly proven to enhance an infant’s language and communication development. One of the most trusted measures of language development in infants and toddlers is the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test ( PPVT ). It has measured hundreds of young children and the results clearly support the use of sign language in greatly increasing the rate and efficiency of language development in infants and toddlers.
Researchers at the Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience in La Jolla, California have compartmentalized three distinct types of processing when it comes to the neurobiology of sign language.
The first is motion processing. Everyone groups patterns of motion, but people who sign show dominance for grouping in the left hemisphere of the brain. Those who do not sign show a dominance for grouping in the right side of the brain. By learning to sign, both sides of the brain can be utilized to develop this skill. Thus a signing infant will have an advantage over a non-signing infant simply because both sides of the signing infant’s brain has been trained and utilized and this will eventually provide distinct advantages in future learning.
The second is face processing. This skill allows the signing babu to learn, process and recognize subtle face changes to incorporate in their future interactions and learning.
The third type of processing is using mental imagery. To sign correctly, a signer must translate spoken words into signs. This process must be done very quickly and requires a fast reaction time. Again, these are skills than a young infant can add to their repertoire
of talents to aid in future development.
Signing is a wonderful way for parents to interact with their infants and the joy and closeness it facilitates has emotional and societal benefits as well. So you new parents out there, learn the basics of signing and open up a whole new world to your infants and toddlers.
by Rosa Manzanita
Education is extremely important for the youth of today to be successful in life. With the job market the way it has been, there are numerous qualified people applying for the same job. We need to make sure our children have a great education to make it in the world. We can’t sit back and think that a factory job will be waiting for them if they are struggling in School. Those jobs don’t really exist anymore. That is why we need to help our children in anyway possible.
My sister Marcia understands this and I applaud her for doing what needs to be done for her children. She has lived in North Carolina for the past five years and they have pretty good schools, but understanding and learning math is a problem for her daughter. She is in the 7th grade right now. Marcia isn’t the strongest at math either and had made the decision to look for a tutor in Charlotte, NC. After she interviewed several tutors she ultimately decided on Early Bird Learning. She just felt very comfortable with them and she felt that they have her daughter’s best interests at heart. I think that anyone that has a child that needs a little help should get a tutor. The longer you wait the longer your child will probably struggle. It is hard to learn some of this stuff on your own and the subjects that kids are learning today are a lot more advanced than when we were kids. My son is 4 years old and once he starts school I will make sure he has all of the help that he needs.
by Rosa Manzanita
My name is Rosa Manzanita and welcome to the best mommy blog online! Yes I know I may be jumping the gun a little. After all this is my first blog post. My goal is not necessarily the best mommy blog, but rather provide the best effort in my writing and advice that I can. I am a mother of 2 beautiful children in Arizona and I have had some experiences! I really believe I can make a contribution to the online mommy blogger community. There are plenty of mothers looking for advice and tips on the internet. I am always looking for tips and advice on various things, but I also just like reading about other people’s experiences. I plan on blogging as often as I can, so please come back and read often!