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Parenting today AUGUST 2012
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Summer is a wonderful time for the young ones. The long
holiday, enjoyable camps, and the opportunity to vacation
with their mummies and daddies doing fun stuff , make it all
the more exciting.
The end of summer brings a period of transition for many
parents and children: the rst day of nursery, kindergarten,
primary and secondary school.
The period of adjustment can be a trying time, but as you
read the pages of this issue of Parenting Today you will nd
valuable advice from experts presented in an informative and
Leading off with the journey that prepares you for parting
with your baby to rejoin the world of work, we will share tips
on choosing a nursery, provide insights on what to expect as
the child develops, and more.
A childs hearing is more sensitive than many realize, read
on to nd out why, and how to protect it.
To ensure they have a balanced, healthy diet, review our
suggestions for making veggies fun and more appealing to
In keeping with the fun of the summer look out for the
creative party suggestions, and tap into your childs creativity
with a visit to our craft corner.
With the increasing stress on the total development of the
children passing through the education system, our focus
on extra-curricular activities, their value and maintaining a
balance is both timely and instructive.
It is with special thanks that we acknowledge our valued
contributors and advertisers, without whom compiling a
package such as this would have been impossible.
As our readers, your opinion is important. We welcome
your suggestions on what youd like to see in future editions
of Parenting Today, as we seek to inform, educate and
entertain you. Lyle JonesEDITOR
Parenting today AUGUST 2012
Contents6 Parting With Your Joy
12 Safeguard Your Childs Hearing
14 Paving The Road To Success In Secondary School
16 Doctor Q&A
18 Unlocking Their Full Potential
22 Healthy Hair is Good Hair
24 Healthy, Fun Foods26 Birthday Party Ideas28 Back-to-School Craft32 Happy Children are Healthy Children
ON THE COVER: ZAHRA AND HANNA ASHBYCOVER PHOTO BY INSIGHT DIGITAL
ISSUE #2 AUGUST 2012
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A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS
PARTING WITH YOUR JOYStory by Aprille Thomas
After the big day
has passed and
your baby home and spent
weeks, months, or even
years bonding with them,
its time for the next big
day leaving them. Some
parents wont be able or
will choose not to stay home and raise their children, and so it
becomes necessary to nd someone who can. This can be a
diffi cult transition for children and parents alike; but the truth
is that children are always transitioning, and its at these times
that they most need the love and support of their parents.
Director of Parent Education for Development in Barbados
(PAREDOS), Marcia Graham, is an authority on the subject
and advises that parents develop the mindset that they have
to concern themselves with transitions every year, and be
right there for their children, Transitioning means that you
have to spend extra time with the child.
The earlier, the better. Children who spend more time at home with their parents may have a harder time leaving them than those whose ties are severed early.
Day careOne of the biggest changes for parents is leaving their
children and going back to work. Particularly because choosing
the right day care centre for children isnt as easy as looking in
the telephone book or going to the one nearest to you. Rather,
Marcia off ers some guidelines for parents:
The earlier, the better. Children who spend more time at
home with their parents may have a harder time leaving
them than those whose ties are severed early.
Parents should be abreast of the developmental
expectations of their child at that age. Day care providers
should be able to provide you with information in the form
of literature; as well as tell you when your child reaches
The day care environment should be clean, light and airy.
It should resemble the cleanliness standards at your own
The staff at the day care should be caring, loving,
encouraging and embracing. They should off er daily
feedback during pick ups, about your childs habits and
behaviours eating, sleeping and so on. This is especially
important for children who cannot yet speak.
You need to nd out if its a provider who will call you
during the day regarding any unusual behavior your child
may exhibit. Providers should be open to communication.
Parents should ensure that they have a physical copy of
the providers policies and practices.
Some day care centres will only allow healthy meals,
snacks and beverages. You should know what your day
cares position is on the matter.
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Make sure that when you get home, your house is calm and empty because you will be tired and want some time to relax. Keep visitors to a minimum; . . .
Primary schoolBy the time children reach the age of four, they are a lot
more developed and independent. Marcia reminds parents
that at this time, children who attended day care would also
have had their relationships with their aunties broken, and
would need lots of support from their parents to help them
understand the big change. She advises that parents also
spend time doing research before choosing a school and
off ers the following tips:
Thoroughly research the school: alumni, teaching
methods and types of communication. You should
even nd out about the non-teaching staff because
they are the ones who will have contact with your
children before school, during lunch, when theyre
sick, and so on.
Find out what kind of curriculum is off ered. What kind
of subjects will they be exposed to?
Also be abreast of the milestones expected at this
age, so that if you nd that your children arent
reaching them, you can discuss it with their teachers.
Find out about extra-curricular programmes that
are off ered, for example, swimming, Cub Scouts,
educational tours, and Brownies.
Once you decide on a school, you should take your
child there and allow them to spend time in the new
school. It is important for parents to be positive about
the school, because children will pick up on this.
Before the school year begins, parents can do a few
trial runs to the school so that you can be familiar
with the time it will take, and maybe even learn a few
back roads in the process.
When school begins, parents should ensure that they
get involved with the Parent Teachers Association
(PTA), which will give you closer access to the school.
Participation is also advised, so that you will have the
ability to in uence policies.