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30 Sep Solutions for Your Toddler’s Stress – Part 2

In our last blog post, we got started talking about a few of the reasons that young children experience stress. While we would rather there not be plenty more reasons that your child could wind up stressed at a young age, there are unfortunately more reasons that children undergo this stress. At Little Newtons, we do our absolute best to provide the best experience and exposure for your children so that they’re able to develop to the best of their abilities. In posting about these stressful factors, we hope to help you recognize when your child is under stress so that you can act accordingly before it becomes a bigger issue. Changes at Home Big changes become stressful for anyone, but when something is off in the only stable environment that children have, they’re aware of it. Whether it is something like a divorce, a big move that’s about to happen, a new birth or some other form of high anxiety experience in the household, your children can pick up on this energy. There isn’t any great way to avoid this stress from happening, especially since it’s difficult for adults to contain the stress they undergo. However, rather than let your child be exposed to it, do your best to discuss these stressful matters in private quarters where your child won’t ever have to pick up on something being wrong or out of the ordinary. It also helps to disclose that there may be a stressful environment at home to your child’s daycare teacher, just so that we can be aware and make note of any change in behavior that we see in the classroom. Too Busy for Their Own Good While our little ones aren’t walking around with a planner and a Blackberry, they are definitely still held to a schedule. Aside from the time spent at daycare, plenty of children are also spending their time participating in sporting events, attending religious services and still spending time with the family. When a child is too busy, they can become quickly irritated and can carry this mood into their everyday life. Sometimes the simple change in a schedule can be enough to create aggravation in a child’s life. Make sure to be conscious of your child’s tiredness levels and how easily they are sleeping at night. We can also keep an eye out on their napping and do our best to play a part in the rest that they’re getting. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Little Newtons is dedicated to providing your child with the best experience that they can possibly have at this age. We’re able to do that through our challenging curriculum and the environment that we create for them at our daycare. Make sure to check our blog out on a regular basis so that we can continue to provide you with helpful information and guidance on what your child is experiencing at this age. We can’t wait to see what your child can become after they settling into our daycare center....

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23 Sep Solutions for Your Toddler’s Stress

There are plenty of things that contribute to stress in adult life, from the bills that seem to flow on a consistent basis to the amount of time that we spend sitting at a desk for work, it’s not uncommon for adults to have one or more factors in their life that are leaving them stressed. While it may seem unlikely for your toddler to be experiencing stress given they aren’t at work and don’t have any bills to pay, stress in toddlers and young children is in fact very common. There are many signs that a parent may recognize in their child that will signal stress within a toddler. While the chances of these stresses leading to something like high blood pressure or cardiovascular problems, there are plenty of ways that children are physically affected by this stress and it should not be taken lightly. Here are a few of the most common reasons that toddlers experience stress at such a young age, as well as ways that you can minimize and care for them. Common Signs of Stress Everyone handles stress differently, and as a child who is extremely reliant on their parent or some form of provider, the primary ways that they deal with stress will be by acting out towards this person. Some of the most common ways that we see children acting out their stress are: Change or difficulty with a sleep schedule Loss in appetite or upset stomach Change in emotions; constantly upset or aggravated Increase in sickness Constipation or change in bowel movements Nightmares or night terrors Coping mechanisms like thumb sucking Reasons Children Stress Out In the same way that children react to stress differently, there are plenty of situations and circumstances that cause children to stress out in the first place. Below are a few of the reasons that we see children stress out at daycare and ways that you can minimize the situations at home and while they’re at school. Remember, it’s important to take these issues seriously so that they don’t lead to further issues, both emotionally and physically. Separation Anxiety Sometimes this reason becomes a component for stress for us parents as well. When children are accustomed to spending a majority of their time with a parent, spending a half or full day at daycare can seem like an eternity. This may happen in the first few months and maybe even year that your child attends daycare. This can also happen every once in awhile, this can happen when children move to different daycares or start a new program at a school. The best way to counter this is to ask them about their day afterwards and make the drop off as seamless as possible. Creating a comfortable relationship with the daycare teacher will improve the ease at which dropoffs go, and will allow for your child to feel much more comfortable when they are dropped off at daycare. Being comfortable with the daycare provider will also benefit any stress that is created from separation anxiety. Learning New Things Whether it’s in the classroom or at home, learning new things can create a big shift in the way a child’s life works, especially during the learning process. One of the best examples of life lessons that cause stress is potty training. With so much pressure and the discomfort of having an accident, there are plenty of reasons that kids wind up stressed. Patience is one of the ways that you can work on minimizing stress with this particular cause. Positive reinforcement is another way that children can feel confident in this new skill that they’re learning. Also, make sure that you don’t rush with whatever skill it may be that they are learning, this will only increase the chances of them stressing out about the situation. We’ve only just begun to visit the circumstances that can cause stress in toddlers and young children, but we have definitely not covered them all. Make sure to check back in the next couple of weeks as we cover a few other reasons that children undergo stress at a young age or while in daycare. Little Newtons in daycare in Champlin will always provide you with the information and guidance that you need for your child to succeed....

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18 Jun Books Children’s Minds Love

When you were little, we’re guessing you love to open a brand new book and look at all of the color pictures. If this sounds like something that was familiar in the past, it’s time to raise your child with the same excitement. There are many wonderful benefits that reading to your kiddo provides; however, many parents aren’t sure what books are the best ones to purchase. In our previous posts, the leading daycare center in Champlin has been giving parents the types of books that children’s minds love. Continue reading to learn more. Types of books to read to your young child: Patterned Concept Books Patterned concept books wonderful to include in your child’s library. These types of books allow your child a way to expand their understand of relationships, themes, ideas and so much more. They also use their illustrations as examples of various words and ideas. In fact, any type of book with strong rhythmic flow and patterns are great books to help children predict what’s next to come on the following page. Patterned concept books we suggest you read include the following: The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown Monday, Monday, I Like Monday by Bill Martin Jr. Learn how our daycare team incorporates reading into the daily curriculum at Little Newtons. Are you interested in learning how our daycare professionals introduce reading to your kiddo at Little Newtons? We encourage you to learn more from us by giving us a call or contact us online today. Also, stay tuned for our next blog: Do Children Enjoy Wordless Books?...

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09 Jun Types Of Books Children Love

Understandably, there are plenty of children’s books out on the market that are entertaining, engaging and perfectly suited for your newborn, toddler or young adult. However, there are some books that you may want to purchase over others. The leading daycare center in Maple Grove wants you to understand what books are the best to read and why. Types of books to read to your young child: Picture Storybooks Picture storybooks are a great place to start. When you go to the store to look for a new book, search for one with plenty of illustrations and bright colors. Children who are engaged in the look of a book are going to be more engaged in the story as well. Plus, sometimes children don't understand exactly what the words mean, but the picture may be able to explain the story to them in a much clearer way. Picture storybooks we suggest you read include the following: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting Quick as a Cricket by Don and Audrey Wood Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen Reading is a very important activity you should be doing with your child; we read to our daycare children every single day! In fact, there are plenty of benefits and scientific findings that state why parents and daycare providers should be doing so. We encourage you to read some of the benefits in our past blog post. However, stay tuned for more types of books we highly suggest you purchase for your child’s book collection. ...

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29 May Provide Benefits To Your Child Through Reading

Reading is so important to your child. Whether you enjoy reading or not, giving your child 30 minutes to an hour of story time per day can help them achieve great power and knowledge as they grow older and mature. In fact, we believe that reading is so vital to your kiddos, that our child care providers do it daily! Previously, we mentioned some of the most influential benefits children can obtain; keep reading to learn more. Reading to your child can give them the opportunity to obtain the following benefits: Children will be offered the opportunity to pick up on relationships, personalities, situations and also, what is good and bad within the world he lives. Moreover, reading a fantasy book to your child can help with free play as well as their imagination. Fairy tales through books can help your kid distinguish what is, and what’s not, real. There will be a time in your child’s life where their body, emotions and experiences will start to change. Reading them a story with a similar story will help to calm your child’s anxiety about how their growing in life, mentally and physically. For instance, if your child is not to fond of a new daycare you have enrolled them in, reading them the book I Love To Go To Daycare, written by Shelley Admont, may help ease their nerves and even get them excited to go! Get your child excited about reading and excited about growing up! With the help of our daycare professionals in Maple Grove, we know we can help your child get the benefits they need. Learn more from our professionals online now and stay tuned for our final blog about the benefits of reading: Reading Is Not a Chore, It’s a Habit!...

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23 May Benefits Of Reading To Your Kiddo

Did you know that reading to your child on a daily basis can provide them with a multitude of benefits without them ever realizing? If you are unaware of the many great benefits your child will get from their parents reading to them, it’s time to catch up by reading some of our previous posts. From letting your child’s imagination expand to teaching them colors, shapes and the ABCs, it’s important to understand the benefits reading can provide. Additionally, because reading can help our kids in daycare gain knowledge, we read to them daily. So, here are more great interesting benefits your child could be reaping! Reading to your child every day provides many amazing benefits! Did you know that reading to your young one could improve their IQ score by over 6 points? That’s right! A study published by Psychological Science in January of 2013 stated that “reading to a child in an interactive style raises his or her IQ by over 6 points.” This is astonishing and is something to consider when deciding whether or not you have time to read to your child. Reading to children allows them to develop early thinking skills. Books have the power to provide your child with the knowledge of cause and effect, which means they are more likely to exercise logic at an earlier age as well as the ability to think in more abstract terms. Your child may also learn to understand the consequences of their actions based off of the cause and effect, in other words, what’s right from wrong. We read to children and help them expand their knowledge. Our daycare in Maple Grove wants the best for your child, which means we take initiative to read to your child every day. Learn more about our daycare programs online today and stay tuned for more great benefits reading to your child can provide: Provide Benefits To Your Child Through Reading....

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10 May Why You Should Read To Your Kiddos At Bedtime

Do you know the impact of reading on children? If not, it’s time you catch up by reading our previous blog posts, because reading to kids can cause them to do well in the future. This is highly important! If you want your child to do well in the future by succeeding in school, have a well-versed knowledge base and in context influentially better than most kids, it’s time to start reading. But we know that your child isn’t with you at all times when growing up, which is why at Little Newton’s daycare in Champlin, we make it a point to read to your kiddo, daily. But why? Well, there are many more wonder benefits they’ll be receiving. Benefits your child will be receiving if you read to them daily include the following: Reading to babies is beneficial too! Even though your baby may not be able to understand exactly what you’re saying, when you read them a book, they’ll start to understand the concept of sounds and learn that words on a page are read from left to right. Plus, they’ll understand that the story will continue once the page is turned. If your child has a tough time keeping their attention on one concept for certain periods of time, start reading to them. Doing so promotes attention span growth, which is highly important for your child to acquire and have at all stages in life. Being able to concentrate will help your child in schooling as they grow older. Have you enrolled your child? When you enroll your child at Little Newtons’ daycare in Champlin, you can rest assured that they will be read to on a daily basis. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t continue to read to your child on your own at home. We suggest you read to your kiddo at least once a day, before bedtime is a great time. If you have questions, give us a call. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more benefits of reading to your kiddo at a young age: Go Shopping For New Children’s Books & Get To Reading....

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01 May Benefits Of Reading To Your Child

What was your experience with reading when growing up? Did you parents read to you every night before bed? Were you cared for at a daycare that read nap time stories? If so, can you remember your favorite books? We bet you can! Now, do you want your child to have the same experiences with children’s books growing up just like you? If so, you’re in the right place. Our incredible daycare, Little Newtons, has been providing parents with the benefits of reading, and why it’s incredibly important to read to your kiddo, and better yet, to choose a daycare that incorporates reading in their program, like us. We recommend you catch up by reading our previous post, then continue reading. Great benefits your child will receive from reading include the following: Did you know that reading can calm your child down? If you have ever experienced a hard time putting your kiddo to bed, try reading to them. It naturally calms restlessness and fret-filled kiddos. Reading automatically increases the amount of communication you and your child have. When you read to your child, they’re more likely to ask you questions, such as “What word is that?”, or make comments to you about the silly pictures in the book. Are you convinced that you should be reading to your child every night before bed? If not, we encourage you to keep reading, because there are some great benefits your child should not have to miss. Because we know how important reading is, we make it part of our daily curriculum here at Little Newtons. Learn more when you contact us. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more great benefits of reading to your child: Reasons To Be Reading To Your Child Everyday....

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23 Apr Ask Our Daycare Questions

It is vital you know what questions to ask your child’s prospective daycare. Whether your child will be going to the daycare part time or full time, you need to feel comfortable dropping your kiddo off for the center to care for your child all day. If you’re trying to prepare to drop your child off at the most recommended daycare in Champlin, it’s time to prepare yourself with a set of questions. We highly recommend you catch up by reading our previous posts to learn more, and then continue reading. Child Care FAQs What is your daycare’s visitation policy? This question must always be asked. Every child care facility is different than the previous and the next. If you were once used to the idea of having your sister come pick up your child without it being planned out first, it’s important you ask your new daycare if the same actions are OK. There are reasons every daycare facility has policies put into place, and that’s for protection of the children. However, we do believe you as the parent should never have to schedule an appointment to stop by and visit your little one, or the people caring for your kiddo. Have you chosen a daycare yet? Has the time come for you to set your eye on the day care of your choice? If so, we highly recommend you take a look at our daycare facility, Little Newtons. To learn more and have all of your child care FAQs answered, give us a call!...

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11 Apr Daycare Touring Questions You Should Ask

Learning the in’s and out’s of a prospective daycare is extremely important. Where you plan to take your child for daycare is something which should be taken seriously, this is why in our previous post the daycare providers at Little Newtons in Maple Grove started giving readers the first two questions you should ask when or before touring a facility. Here are more. Daycare FAQs What will happen if my child is sick? In each daycare or child care facility, there should be a clear plan for responding to an illness. You need to know the answers to questions, including, “Will my child need to come home?” and “Can I take my child to daycare while sick?” Each daycare center will have different answers. So make sure you understand them before you enroll your child. To learn about Little Newtons’ sick policies, click here. What is your facilities staff-to-child ratio? For many facilities, they will have a distinct answer, and for good reason. By law, there are different ratios per age group. Ideally, the ratio for children who are two to three years of age is 1:5; 1:7 for three to four-year-olds and 1:15 for five-year-olds. But like we said, every daycare facility is different. To learn about Little Newtons’ staff-to-child ratio, click here. Continue to learn more great questions you should be asking each daycare provider before you enroll in Maple Grove. Contact us online today to have your questions answered immediately. ...

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