There is so much to prepare for during pregnancy, to make sure we are ready for baby's arrival. But one thing that can often get forgotten in the bustle (or as in my case - not prepared in time), is your hospital bag. Ashton arrived six weeks early so I didn't get a chance to take the birth class let alone pack my bag. So I asked the experienced moms in our KTC Insiders group, what advice they have to give a new parent-to-be when it comes to what to pack in that bag. And it's not a bad idea to have it...
Why are goals so beneficial? Goals can help motivate and inspire us. They give us clarity and help us overcome procrastination. Goals allow us to monitor progress and can help keep us focused. And maybe most importantly, goals help us believe in our own abilities and fosters trust in ourselves that we can achieve what we believe. This is something we really want our children to know how to do. But it is important to know how to set goals, or they can backfire.
Having a growth mindset means you are more comfortable taking personal risks, and striving for stretch goals. It can also enhance brain development across a wide range of tasks, and even contribute to lowered stress, anxiety and depression. So how can we foster this in our child?
In our busy day-to-day lives we can sometimes feel disconnected from our families and maybe it feels like everyone in your family is moving in a million different directions. That's where our Family Plan comes in. Use it at the beginning of the year, or maybe even at the start of each month or week to connect with your family, and to get on the same page and make sure that this important time with your children doesn't get lost in the hustle and bustle.
If your child does end up biting someone else, try to not overreact. Remember that any attention (even negative) reinforces behaviours. So try to count to ten, or take a deep breath, or do anything else to calm your initial feelings of frustration, annoyance or embarrassment. Use a short sentence to let your child know that biting is not okay, like "no biting" or "biting hurts". Then switch your attention to the person your child bit. Simply say "Look! Your friend is crying because you bit her and biting hurts". Showing sympathy and directing your energy to the person who was bitten will teach your child that biting does not give them more attention and also teaches them empathy. It connects their behaviour (biting) with the result (friend crying).