Baby Photo Competition
Wow, what a year this has been! This then, is our last Tiny Tots Corner for 2021… and we thank you for sharing valued snaps of your little ones with us. With that in mind, we urge you to keep your camera (or cell phone) handy over the coming holiday break and you are sure to be spoilt with numerous winning opportunities, which we would like you to share with us. We look forward to a wonderful 2022 and many entries of the cutest little ones out there… Wishing all our readers well over the festive season. Please remember to stay safe, wear your masks and sanitize.
The Editor’s decision is final.
This competition is open to all babies, between the ages of six and 24 months, who live in the Laudium Sun main distribution area.
Closing date: Wednesday, December 15.
Entries must include a recent, clear photo of your baby, accompanied by the full name and age of infant, and also parents’ names and addresses…as well as contact numbers.
All entries must be hand-delivered to the Laudium Sun office in Laudium or e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to: PO Box 786, Pretoria, 0001, and are to reach us before the closing date.
Winner, 1st Prize:
Aliyah (14 months) is the daughter of Shaakira and Muhammed Shahrukh of Black Wattle Ave, Heuweloord.
Winner, 2nd Prize:
Ebrahim (6 months) is the son of Samantha & Ashraf Abraham of Fortuna Str, Erasmia.
Winner, 3rd Prize:
Samiyah Hoosan, (9 months) is the daughter of Preshanee Moodley and Suhail Hoosan of Pearl Str, Laudium.
Toddlers and Challenging Behavior:
Why They Do It and How to Respond
Part 2 – continued from our October issue
OFFER YOUR CHILD IDEAS FOR HOW TO MANAGE STRONG EMOTIONS.
Young children need guidance when it comes to figuring out how to deal with big feelings like anger, sadness, and frustration. So, when your child is really angry, validate what he is experiencing: ‘You are really angry right now because I said no more television’.
Then suggest that he jump up and down, hit the sofa cushions, rip paper, cuddle up in a cozy area for alone time, paint an angry picture or some other strategy that you feel is appropriate. What’s important is to teach your child that there are many options for expressing his feelings in healthy, non-hurtful ways.
EMPATHIZE WITH YOUR CHILD.
It’s okay to let her know that you understand the choices she is being offered are not the ones she wants: ‘We have to leave now to go to Ms. Kelly’s house’. ‘I know you want to stay home with Daddy’. ‘You miss me and I miss you during the day, but staying home is not a choice today’. ‘Daddy has to go to work, but when we get home, we will finish the puzzle we started and have a yummy dinner’. ‘Do you want to get into the car seat yourself or do you want me to put you in?’
GIVE YOUR CHILD A VISUAL AID TO MAKE WAITING EASIER.
If your child has to wait until his oatmeal has cooled down, show him the steam rising from the bowl. Tell him that when the steam goes away, you can test the oatmeal on a spoon to see if it is cool enough. If you need to help your child brush her teeth for 2 minutes each day, use an egg timer so she can watch the countdown. Need 10 minutes to fold some clothes? Set a kitchen timer so that your child can keep track.
Timers are also great tools for helping children learn to share. Give them each a few minutes—using the timer—to play with a toy they both want, like the shiny new tricycle parked out back. It’s also helpful to state the obvious: ‘It’s hard to wait sometimes, isn’t it?’
LET YOUR CHILD MAKE CHOICES APPROPRIATE TO HER AGE.
Some examples include: what to wear (perhaps offer 2 choices) and what to eat (within reason), what to play, who to play with. This gives her a feeling of control and supports her growing confidence and sense of competency (the belief that “I can do it”).
Offering choices also helps head off the “Not That One” game where you keep offering your child different things and he keeps saying “Not that one, the other one!” Instead, try giving your child 3 choices and let him pick: ‘You can have an apple, a string cheese, or a bagel for snack. What sounds good to you?’
LOOK FOR WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD “PRACTICE” SELF-CONTROL.
There are many daily moments when you can teach your child this skill. For example, games that require turn-taking are great for practicing how to wait and share. Rolling a ball back and forth is an example. This game gives children the chance to wait and control their impulse to grab the ball. You can also take turns hitting a soft foam ball off a tee.
Or try acting out a story. Pretend play offers many chances to wait, take turns, and negotiate as children decide how the story will unfold. Another idea is playing “sharing music” where each of you chooses an instrument to play and set an egg-timer for 1 minute. When the timer goes off, switch instruments and set the timer again.