Feb 27, 2011

Starting To Walk

Yeah, baby Hannah has started walking!

She now walking a few steps alone. Go to daddy and go back to mom.
-- She started early, said the pediatrician, becouse she is lighthearted and lightweight.

Now we have to hide everything she reaches with her small curious hands. She is clinging to walk into things, walls, furniture and all that it can support her. Sure they are small portions of the house that she achieves. We don't force her, we let develop her new fitness normally. She gets tired easily, so it's important not to force.

Hannah has been very happy. I see in her eyes that she thinks so: 'Look Mom, I can now follow you, no matter where you go I'll be with you! "

Now she seems an little explorer. The paths of our house will welcome you.

Well, I'm thanking G-d for everything to be happening normally.

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Feb 18, 2011

A Mother's Love

Today I read the story of a mother.

An amazing story. An example for all.

This story filled my eyes with tears.

No, I didn't cried in grief, I cried because of joy: I found a warm-hearted mother.

I don't know her personally, only read your messages.

I learned a lot watching for everything she writes about her daughter and how she finds the strength to move on.

I think it's worth, we who are parents, look for your posts and learn a little with this mother.

This is the address of her blog:
'My Life as a mother of a disabled child'

Blessings to all,

Feb 14, 2011

How can parents help children's learning

"Students who read more do better, caring little what they: The correlation is observed for the books, newspapers and magazines. Students who had parents who read to them in early childhood have better performance."

Good schools teach, but only those who can educate for life are the parents - Parents are often eager to make big efforts for the education of their children. They are right. There are few areas of a person's life that are not directly and positively influenced by education.

Many parents, however, concentrate their efforts in the wrong place - They look expensive schools, with facilities advanced and showy technologically, and clog up their children in extracurricular activities.

The researchs shows that the most important factor for children's learning is the educational level of parents - The education of parents is more important than the education of teachers (three times, to be exact) and any other variable related to education.

The good news - There isn't evidence that the methods of acceleration of cognitive development for babies, whatever they are, have any impact. Some, like the Baby Einstein line of products, for example, have recently been identified as having a negative relationship with the development of vocabulary.

The researches also have shown that there is no correlation between IQ of children in preschool with his future performance (the ratio begins to appear there by 8 or 9 years), so there is no reason to despair if your child does not 're doing mathematic calculus before leaving the diapers.

There isn't, also, positive impacts for the babies who attend daycare. There is, yes, very significant impacts and relevant to children who attend preschool.

Research also shows that what happens inside home is more important than the choice of school - Two thirds of the difference between public and private schools should not, therefore, by the factors of school, but by the factors of the students. This doesn't mean that the school does not matter, obviously. The school is very important. But within the same system, in terms of learning, the differences are less important than most realize.

The most important thing parents can do, however, is in the house incessantly -  Access to and appreciation for cultural goods, particularly books, are fundamental. The amount of books that students have at home is pointed in several studies as one of the most important variables explaining performance. Of course, not are enough books: we must read them, and live in an environment where knowledge is valued. The students who read more, they do better, caring little what they read: the correlation is observed for books, newspapers and magazines.

The students who had parents who read in early childhood have better performance - Parents involved with school life of children and encourage them to do their homework have a positive impact. But parents who do their homework with, or for his son, cause deterioration in academic performance.

Living near the school help the student - In a review of eight studies on the subject, eight showed a negative relationship between distance from home to school and student learning. Perhaps this relationship to influence another detractor of learning: absenteeism. Student who missing classes, usually learn less.

The factors that impact learning are other - Like studying, have greater motivation, more ambitious aspirations for the future, persistence and consistency are all variables that are correlated with better grades. Parents can not instill in their children all these virtues, but there is much they can do to create home environments more conducive to the emergence or strengthening of these characteristics.

Finally, two caveats - Being a good student does not mean being happy or good citizen, or have any other virtue.
The important values for children to grow and be good citizens should be instilled by their families before from schools.

Summary and translation of the article published by Gustavo Ioschpe on VEJA.com.br magazine.

Feb 5, 2011

We must understand the children.

These days, on a ride on the shopping center, my family were relaxing to drinking a fruit juice and feeding our baby Hannah, when hysterical screams of a woman and a child aged 5-6 years started at some distance from us. We looked and saw a woman shaking violently her child wich crying increasingly strong.

Without thinking much I went near and ask them: Can I help? The response was silence for 5 seconds, and towards amazed, the child talked first.

She said:
- I want the Doll, the green! Please.
I was speechless and then I heard the mother say.
- This girl is terrible, I'm in a hurry and she wants to stop at every store!

I replied that the child seemed very polite and nice, not so terrible, and if the "Ms. Mom" allow show me what she wants, I would be happy to offer as a gift.

The reply came fast:
- I can not wait, have to go to the home of a friend, I have a pledge!
I said:
- No problem, show me what she want, give me the name and address home of your friend, I tell the store to deliver quickly. Is it just a gift. We exchanged our phones to identify the address correctly?

The lady agreed, the child smiled, gave me a kiss, thanked and went away.

I kept thinking: I have my Hannah, only 9 months, She still does not asks toys on the stores, or other material things. She asks only for food, affection and play baby. I'm anxious to get her to walk, hear she talk and start to really show your personality and ask me things; toys, dolls, food. I want she to ask me and show so much things!

The mother of child, I would say that was educated in good schools. So I think the financial issue was not what made the mother argue with his little daughter. I think maybe it was the lack of dialogue mother and young daughter.

Anyway, I think my desire to have Hannah asking me toys, walking, pointing with his hands, had an enormous effect on my attitude to intervene in something that was not (perhaps) my responsibility. But I was very pleased when I entered the store and bought the toy doll green and Hannah looked at him and it seemed that his eyes lit up!

Then I bought two, one for the child and one for my baby Hannah.

Leaving the store, I did a little silent prayer: May G-d allow My relationship with Hannah be blessed so I can understand She always.