Praising a new skill: Bike riding || Alabando una nueva habilidad: andar en bicicleta

We bought a balance bike this week and it’s been amazing! Our son loves riding it and we have not had to carry him once since he got it, which has given my arms (and my husband’s shoulders) a well-deserved break. Needless to say, we have spent the whole weekend outdoors teaching him to ride… Continue reading Praising a new skill: Bike riding || Alabando una nueva habilidad: andar en bicicleta

Children are amazing and hilarious||Los niños son increíbles y divertidos

This post is about the amazing things about babies and toddlers. Just as a reminder that children are amazing and hilarious.  Babies The first time they do anything: SmileLaughCrawlWalkHug you backKiss youWiggle to music (dance)Say their first words The look of excitement on their face every time you walk into a room even if you… Continue reading Children are amazing and hilarious||Los niños son increíbles y divertidos

Reading to toddlers || Leer a los niños pequeños

Reading to our son and using labelled praise to encourage his interest in books from the day he was born has meant that as a toddler he loves books. One of his favourite activities is going to the library and picking out books he wants to borrow. Reading during the toddler years has many benefits:… Continue reading Reading to toddlers || Leer a los niños pequeños

What to praise: Day care/Preschool/school || Qué elogiar: en la guardería / preescolar / escuela

Below is a list of common behaviors children engage in at day care/preschool/school along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. BehaviorLabelled praiseTalking with indoor voiceI like it when you use your indoor voicePlaying with other childrenYou’re so good at playing with othersFollowing instructionsNice job listening/good listeningUsing play equipment/toys appropriatelyI like the way you’re… Continue reading What to praise: Day care/Preschool/school || Qué elogiar: en la guardería / preescolar / escuela

Ways to praise: Toddlers || Formas de elogiar: niños pequeños

Toddlerhood is a time of rapid growth and skill acquisition. During the toddler years children learn to walk, talk, and engage with other people. When praising your toddler, it is important to think about the overall behavior you want to encourage. For example, if your child is putting clothes in the laundry basket a praise… Continue reading Ways to praise: Toddlers || Formas de elogiar: niños pequeños

What to praise: Home || Que elogiar: en el hogar

Below is a list of common behaviors children engage in at home along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. BehaviorLabelled praisePlaying nicelyAwesome job playing nicely with your toysDrawing/colouringNice drawing/ awesome colouringGetting dressedGreat job getting dressed on your ownGetting dressed - with helpI like how you let mummy/daddy help you put your shirt onFollowing… Continue reading What to praise: Home || Que elogiar: en el hogar

What to praise: Outside || Que elogiar: fuera del hogar

Below is a list of common behaviors children engage in outside of the home along with examples of how to praise these behaviors. BehaviorLabelled praiseHolding parents’ handAwesome job holding my handWalking next to parentGreat work walking next to meWearing sunscreenThank you for letting me put sunscreen on youKeeping hat onI love it when you wear… Continue reading What to praise: Outside || Que elogiar: fuera del hogar

Why is the way we speak to ourselves and others important? || ¿Qué es el lenguaje y cuál es su finalidad?

What is language and what is its purpose? Language is a structured combination of sounds that represent an object or idea. The primary purpose of language is to communicate with others. How we speak influences our thoughts Different cultures speak different languages and scientific research has found that the language one speaks can impact how… Continue reading Why is the way we speak to ourselves and others important? || ¿Qué es el lenguaje y cuál es su finalidad?

Labelled praise || Elogios etiquetados

Labelled praise Children crave attention, especially from their parents. They therefore tend to engage in behaviors that they find result in the most attention from their parents, sometimes these behaviors can be inappropriate/undesirable behaviors (e.g., banging objects until mum/dad pays attention to them, pulling leaves of beloved plants). Inappropriate/undesired behaviors are not easy to ignore… Continue reading Labelled praise || Elogios etiquetados