What is the ‘growth mindset’? Hints andtips for parents.
It’s been taking the U.S. by storm, and it’s about to hit the shores of the U.K. The ‘growth mindset’ movement is the latest way that psychologists think education could be changed for the better. So before it hits, let’s take a look at what exactly a ‘growth mindset’ is, and why the idea is proving so popular.
The idea originated with Carol Dweck, an American psychologist, and the gist of it is that increased effort generally leads to success. Dweck divides learners into groups with ‘growth mindsets’ and ‘fixed mindsets’, which is the difference between believing thateffort or innate ability drives success.
Basically, Dweck believes that a growth mindset can benefit the way that we learn and improve by helping us to overcome setbacks, like a low test score. It’s already been dubbed the next self-esteem movement.  Without a doubt, it could help your child’s development- so read on for some helpful hints and tips that you can use to get ahead of the curve.
Don’t praise the A grade, praise the effort that it took to achieve it.
This point is first for a reason. It’s definitely the most important part of creating a growth mindset. After an exam or a piece of homework gets marked and handed back, you have two options: to think of the short term success or failure of your child at a particular task, or to think of how to help them grow long term.
Encouraging effort is the cornerstone of a growth mindset. According to Carol Dweck’s own website, telling kids that they’re smart, or naturally gifted encourages a fixed mindset whereas praising hard work encourages a growth mindset. After all, if their success is natural to them, why should they try hard to overcome the challenges they will face in life? This leads to negative long term results as opposed to praising the effort they put in instead. 
Don’t criticise a low test score. Honestly appraise the effort they put in.
Of course, sometimes things go wrong. A piece of homework gets a low mark, or an unexpected question comes up in an exam. But when things do go wrong- and they will go wrong, at some point- it provides your child with an opportunityto grow. Giving bare criticism without a suggestion of how to further improve is absolutely detrimental to development.
By keeping criticism positive, we can encourage rather than discourage future success. Laura Reynolds, an author at InformED, described her experience: after giving a nerve-racking presentation on killer whales, she was harangued with negative feedback about her skills and ability… By her teacher… In front of the entire class!  This put her off public speaking for years to come.
But assessing performance using effort as a metric rather than technical correctness, it’s possible to give constructive criticism to the failure of a test or other task: it gives your child a concrete platform on which to move forward. At the same time, maybe they did put the effort in but failed anyway; being praised for trying their best can help lift their spirits and do better next time. It’s a win-win.
Set a good example by practicing what you preach
Now, this isn’t intended to be a criticism- just an honest appraisal of the effort you put into your own life! Setting a good example should be one of the first steps to encouraging your child to take on a growth mindset. Try taking on a growth mindset towards the everyday challenges of your life, and it will help both you and your child.
For example: do you complain about your job? Are you unhappy about your life? Is your house a tip? Well, what are you doing about it? Your child will know full well if you’re asking them to put the effort into their work, when you don’t put the effort into yours. And that’s likely to put them off the idea altogether.
Encourage your child to try new things
Don’t tell your child to play to their strengths. Far better for growth is to encourage them to try new things- and to turn effort itself into one of their strengths. Some children, for example, take like a duck to water to Maths, or to Art, or to Music; but it’s unlikely that your child will succeed in every single subject.
It’s tempting to tell them, in response to them failing to get to grips with a certain subject: ‘It doesn’t matter. It’s just not your strong suit!’ But this limits their growth, and stops them before they start trying to succeed.
Far better is to tell them that although they might not succeed at first, effort always beats out talent. If your child aces Maths tests but completely fails in Music, encourage them to pick up an instrument. They might not ever ace Music like they do Maths- but they’ll learn a valuable lesson about effort, that what you put in is what you get out.
It’s tempting to think that the ‘growth mindset’ movement might be the answer to complete future success. But it isn’t. Carol Dweck herself says that it is impossible to completely embody the growth mindset, since every single one of us will always be partly fixed in our old ways of thinking, no matter what we do to try and remedy that.
In an article on the subject, she said that ‘if we want to move closer to a growth mindset in our thoughts and practices, we need to stay in touch with our fixed-mindset thoughts and deeds.’  So rather than being something to avoid, a fixed mindset is actually essential to cultivating a growth mindset. Don’t forget that cultivating a growth mindset is a means to an end, and not an end in itself.
James graduated from The University of Sussex in 1996 and completed his P.G.C.E teaching qualification in 1997. Since then, James has worked as both a teacher, examiner and in management across a broad spectrum of the State and Independent Education sectors. He is committed to constantly upgrading his teaching skills and raising standards.
There is so many things parents can teach their children when they are still toddlers. At this young age is when kids are willing to learn almost anything including swimming. However, teaching a kid how to swim can be challenging for anyone. This is because kids have different learning styles compared to adults. That is their abilities, enthusiasm and way of thinking differs significantly from adults. If you want to make a swimming learning process effective for your kids, you need to think like they do. Not literally but put yourself in their shoes and see how you would have reacted if it was you.
There are various factors you need to take into consideration while teaching your kids how to swim. First is their physical appearance. Kids have smaller limbs than adults which mean that they will not swim as fast as adults. Also don’t expect them to learn strokes until their limbs are fully developed. Second, their lung capacity is very small. That means they cannot stay longer under water like adults. And third, the fact that kids have a bigger head than their body makes it harder for them to float in water. You need to take into consideration all these factors while teaching your kid how to swim. This will help you be patient with them as you they learn how to swim.
There is always a learning curve when it comes to swimming. So don’t expect your child to learn quickly how to swim like a dolphin. It takes time. When you are teaching your kids how to swim, expect them to scream when they first come into contact with water. Most kids are scared of water. It will not be easy convincing them to take the leap into water but assure them you will be with them throughout the swimming lesson. Kids are likely to trust you as a parent than strangers. The worst thing you can ever do is throw them into water when they are not ready to swim. Forcing your child to swim can result in unwanted accidents including swallowing water.
So the first thing you will have to teach your child is to love water. You can do this while bathing them in a bath tub. Let them play and enjoy the small pool so that they can come to relate water with fun activities. This will help them calm down when they jump into the big pool.
It is important you teach your kids to have fun while swimming. Even when they are scared of water make the swimming lesson as fun as possible. To make the swimming lesson fun you can start by teaching them how to kick their legs. Most kids enjoy kicking the water just to see how much water they can splash with their feet. Let them understand that kicking their legs helps them move while swimming. Afterwards you can teach them how to use their arms to pull themselves while swimming. With time they will learn how to use their arms and legs to swim through water.
For your kids to relax in water and stay afloat you need to buy them a floatation device. Make sure the floating device enables them to move their arms and legs. Once they are in their floaters you can let them balance on their own in water. A floating device helps a kid learn how to kick their legs and move their feet in water without sinking.
While teaching your kids how to swim it is important you teach them how to hold their breath. They can begin by placing their mouth in water before progressing to nose and mouth. To make it fun, you can let them blow bubbles in water. Kids always love the sound of it. After they muster this, you can teach them how to jump in the pool from the side using the floatation device. Once they grasp these basics you can teach them how to swim in the baby pool. Don’t make the lesson too long and always make it fun. After every lesson, make sure they keep progressing.
For the safety of your child you need to make sure the pool is clean all the time. You can use pool filter to collect any dirt that accumulate on water. Also make sure the steps and the pool floor is clean by choosing the best robotic pool cleaner. Robotic pool cleaner is an automatic pool cleaner that help helps you clean your swimming pool floor effectively. They rely on electricity which means you will not run your pool filter while cleaning the pool.
Teaching your kids is one of the most important life skills you can impart on them. Swimming is a good exercise for them and for their safety. I hope you drew inspiration from these swimming tips.
You go for a wellness check, anxious to see how your little one is progressing, and your doctor appears concerned. Your baby has lost weight. Instantly, you begin to worry: What’s going on? Why has my baby lost weight? Am I a bad parent? Let me tell you – baby weight loss is more common than you think. There are a number of reasons for your baby to have lost weight, but keep in mind that is long as your little one has not drastically dropped in percentile there is no need for you to worry. Whatever the cause of your baby’s weight loss, be sure to discuss any of your concerns with your child’s doctor.
Possible Reasons for Baby Weight Loss
Newborn Weight Loss – It is common for a newborn to lose weight (up to 10% of their birth weight) in the first few days of life, but your little one will usually gain the weight back within two weeks. Newborn weight loss is completely normal; your little one has been encapsulated in liquid for nine months and will lose some of that water weight upon entering the world.
How Much/Little Baby Eats – One of the biggest concerns from your doctor will be how much your baby is eating. If you are breastfeeding they will ask how often and for how long your baby eats; if your are feeding formula and/or solids your doctor will ask how often and how much the baby is being fed. Your doctor may suggest more frequent feedings and/or supplementation.
Reflux – Sometimes, a severe case of reflux can be the cause of weight loss because the baby is unable to absorb the nutrients due to reflux. Never fear, I worried about my baby’s spit-up (she projectile vomited regularly), but my doctor assured me that as long as there weren’t more than two or three large spit-ups a day that she was fine. You’d be surprised how much they are still getting! (If your baby is spitting-up frequently, watch for signs of dehydration and contact your doctor with any concerns.)
Diarrhea – Most breastfed babies have loose stool, so moms often have a difficult time determining what is diarrhea. Rest assured, if your little one’s poos are extra runny and lose their grainy appearance, it is probably diarrhea. Diarrhea can be accompanied by mucus, but are most often extremely explosive and runny to the point that they soak into the diaper like urine. Similar to reflux, diarrhea can cause weight loss (primarily from water loss) due to lack of baby’s ability to absorb the food’s nutrients. Other signs of diarrhea include: caved in soft, dark urine, poor overnight diaper, and irritability.
Virus – Unfortunately, the rotavirus (or stomach bug) is the most common culprit of weight loss in young children. Vomiting and diarrhea often accompany a virus and, unfortunately, the only real treatment is to let it run its course. In order to stave off dehydration and weight loss, offer your little one plenty of liquids (breast milk, formula, or pedialyte).
Activity – The upside of baby weight loss could be that your baby has become more active! A crawling baby on the move will often result in some weight loss in your infant.
Again, weight loss in babies is not uncommon, but unless it is excessive there is nothing to be overly concerned about. When in doubt, your baby will let you know if something is wrong. But, if you’re concerned, talk with your doctor who will (no doubt) ask you questions related to what we have shared with you.
Best wood toys for kids will never loose on popularity. With all the new toys that are more sophisticated, work on batteries and are interactive, you just can’t have a better toy. The oldest known doll toy that has been found is thought to be 4,000 years old and it was made of wood. Wood just gives that premium and sturdy feeling in hands. It’s really hard to damage them and everyone who has kids understands how important that is. They can thank their popularity in the modern age for their teaching factor and durability they provide. Wooden toys are perfect for kids and toddlers to learn shapes, textures and much more.
Where to buy wood toys for kids?
Amazon is a perfect place to look for your new wooden toy.
Which wood is best for toys?
The toy can be made practically from any kind of wood. The only important thing is that it has a good finish, no sharp edges, and no splinters.
When were wooden toys popular?
Wooden toys for kids were super popular before the plastic toys took over the market, but with their sturdy and quality construction, they never went away. In recent times they made a large comeback.
Why wood toys for kids?
Because wood toys are more quality than plastic and can last a lot longer, even generations.
Are wood toys safe?
All the Best Wood Toys for Kids
After researching and buying a good number of wood toys for kids we finally completed a long list of our favorite picks!
Every boy dreams of having his own tool box set. Set includes toolbox, big hammer, wrench, spanner, pliers, nippers, screwdriver, ruler, drill, pipe wrench, small hammer, saw and chisel. Featuring all of the tools your kids will need to own to be a real mechanic and fix the whole house. This wood toys for kids is appropriate for kids age 3+.
This wood toy for a toddler is a perfect teaching toy for your 1-4-year-old. Your baby can promote color and shape recognition and problem-solving skills and color with this wooden and sturdy box. The best thing – this toy is equally fun for your 1-year-old to a 4-year-old baby and with this wooden and sturdy box you can be sure that it will last that long.
One of classic wood toys for kids that your kids will just love. There are 18 multi-shaped wooden beads and three plastic rings that spin and slide along the wires, helping to teach tracking skills, shapes, and colors while stimulating tactile and visual. Visually such a simple toy but kids just love it because it challenges their skills to move and turn the different shapes. This is one of our favorite wood toys for kids, especially 1-year-old.
Some toys don’t have to be educational but they are just so much fun. We picked this toy because it’s sturdy and can last long while giving the kids what they want the most – Smashing things! This wood toys for kids is appropriate for kids age 2-4.
One more of the classics toys that are often a first educational toy for babies. Circles different sizes and colors will help your toddler to have fun and learn. Recommended age for this toy is from 18 month – 3 years.
This wooden toy is a first step into the world of sounds & mucic for your toddler. Wooden xylophone with a twist that makes the toy even more fun. Slide out xylophone works that you hammer the ball that slopes down the xylophone and makes different notes that are a lot more pleasing and quieter that regular xylophone. I know a lot of you parents will appreciate that.
Engine and two train cars stacked full with 15 colorful, wooden blocks. Can we get more nostalgic than that? We all grew up with that and they definitely are not obsolete. The educational and fun toy that will grab hours and hours of attention from your toddler.
It’s time to learn numbers for your kid. This wood house that helps you kids learn number, shapes, and colors while offering a lot of fun. There is one big advantage to this toy that us parents will appreciate – the toy house doubles as a storage for all the little blocks and numbers. For age 1-3.
An all-in-one melody-making music machine, with a xylophone, a drum, a cymbal, a guiro, a clapper, and drumsticks. This wooden toy will help kids to develop their awareness of rhythm and melody as they explore their own musical creativity. Appropriate for kids age 2+.
This 75 piece train set makes a perfect toy for your kids. The Large track that can go in any direction your little one imagines. With a large selection of extras, you can make your story as you wish.For kids age 2-7.
This wooden board toy can offer many activities for our kids. Sorting colours of the rings, counting the pieces, stacking blocks, naming the colours, putting the rings on the wooden pegs. With 20 blocks and 10 pegs for the child to stack the colourful rings (55 pieces) on so it is not suitable for little babies. Recommended age is 3+ for this toy.
It’s time for your baby to start learning the alphabet, and what better way to do that than with this cool wood toy that makes learning fun and intuitive. This toy will encourage your kid to learn letters faster. For kids age 2+.
Our favorite wooden toy for kids and parents. This storage organizer will help every parent with kids toys all over the house. And the bonus is that you can learn your kids from an early age to put away their toys when they are done playing. For any age.
Kids like to mimic adults and playing kitchen is a favorite game for both boys and girls. This wooden kitchen has a refrigerator, freezer, microwave, oven and dishwasher doors, Stove-top burners, ice makers that has lights and sounds. For kids 3+ years.
This Checkout register is not that different from other regular ones. But the wooden construction gives it sturdy and quality feel. The Checkout Register helps kids to cultivate their role play and imaginative skills. For kids ages 3-5.
Best choice for your kids first step into the music, this wooden toy ukulele will give hours of fun. Teaches young kids about basic rhythm, strumming, and other musical techniques and encourages children to develop auditory and creativity skills. For kids age 3+
Large wooden fire station with 10 furniture piece and a truck is a fun toy for any kid who likes firefighters. This play set is full of fun details like the helipad on the roof and garage doors that open and close. There’s nothing as exciting as saving the day, so make sure you pick this set up for all the young adventurers in your life. For ages 3+.
This wooden block cart includes 30 solid wood blocks featuring pictures, letters, and numbers. Kids can have fun stacking, sorting, and matching. This toy is another reason why people prefer wooden toys because of their durability. This wood toy for kids will last for years. It’s for age 1+.
I like to call them pre-lego but they are much more. This 100 block comes in 4 colors and 9 shapes that will help your toddler learn shapes and colors. 100 piece set allows you so much creativity and imagination. The blocks come in a variety of sizes including the half-circle measuring about 1-1/2 inches long and the tallest rectangular plank measuring about 3-1/2 inches long. For ages 1+.
This beautifully detailed wooden barn comes with sliding doors to let the animals come in and out, and the folding corral can be moved around and adjusted to any number of shapes. Inside the barn, each animal can get cozy in its own separate stall until it’s time to play again. For age 2+.
There is something in retro wooden toys that we just love. This truck with 6 cars is just a perfect example of that. Great for fine motor skills, gross motor skills, counting, color recognition, and narrative thinking. For age 3+.
We all played tumbling tower game, and playing it with our kids will return all the memories. You pull one brick and try not to tumble the tower. Warning – younger kids just love to tumble the tower and that is more fun than playing the game, but it is important that they have fun. For age 3+.
These magnetic puzzle games are a creative and engaging way to encourage hand-eye coordination and fine motor development. They are challenging enough to keep kids three and older entertained. Use the magnetic fishing pole to ‘catch’ the 10 colorful sea friends from the game board, then enjoy the challenge of returning them to the depths!
This game set includes 10 different games in a sturdy wooden case. Including Tic Tac Toe, Chess, Snakes and Ladders, Mancala, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Backgammon, Parchisi, Solitaire and Passout perfect for a family gaming night. For kids over 6+.
The toy’s design helps teach motor skills as well as basic cause and effect. With each step your child takes, the alligators take turns opening and closing their mouths with a gentle clacking noise. Perfect toy for a toddler that is learning to play.
Kids can learn about musical beats by clapping hands to a favorite song and then trying to match it on their very own brightly painted drum. They will just love this wooden drummer set. Appropriate for age 3+.
This is one versatile wood toy for kids. Your kid could use so many colorful wooden building blocks to pose a variety of graphics. You need get these blocks all back together on the board with no spaces. It is a good alternative to computer games. Perfect game for toddlers age 2+.
This large wooden activity cube is a quality product for toddler and baby’s first interaction with shapes and different interactions. This multi-dimensional activity cube has five different sides of fun games for your little one. Activities include curvy bead mazes, peek-a-boo open and close doors, racing car rollers, animal matching and ABC tiles. From age 1+.
A beautiful compliment to any nursery or playroom, the Tree Top Adventure wooden activity center was made for play with enduring quality components produced from select plywood, teak wood, stainless steel, rubber. Recommended age 1+.
If you have some wood toys for kids you would like to add to the list of best wood toys for kids, feel free to leave it in the comments.
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My good friend gave birth to the cutest baby boy just a few weeks ago. She already has a daughter (3 years old) and it seemed like her daughter is completely ok with the fact that some new little person is becoming the important part of her family. Well, that wasn’t true. Even though she looked ok, something was happening inside of her. Recently, her daughter started to wet her pants during the daytime without any good reason. When my friend started to ask around and do some research, she found out it’s a very common thing that happens to kids when they get a baby brother or sister.
It is just a phase, and it will go away, but what to do until then? Luckily, she heard about incontinence pants for kids and she wanted to give it a try. She ordered it online from DryAndcool and she couldn’t be more happy with those. I decided to share her story to help any other parent with the same problem. With these cool looking incontinence pants her little girl avoided teasing in her kindergarten due to visible wet pants while they still worked on solving her problem. Less than 1% of all affected children have persistent incontinence into adulthood, so it’s not really something alarming.
These incontinence pants for girls are made with an as high absorbency as possible without making them look big and like nappies. They are neat and cool looking, just like any other kind of briefs. DryAndCool online shop also has grown ups section, so you can also buy incontinence pants for men there.
This is not something anyone should be ashamed of. It’s something that happens very often, and at least you know you can hide it whilst trying to solve your problem.