How to Teach Children About Money in 7 Easy Steps

  Money can be a touchy subject for kids and parents alike, but it's also a topic that needs to be discussed. We want our children to understand the value of money and how it works, but it can be tricky to discuss these concepts without sounding preachy. As a parent myself, I've found that making learning about money fun is one way to get my child interested in the topic without worrying about them feeling like we're pushing an agenda or being lectured at. Here are some fun ways that you can teach your child about money : Let kids invent their own games or create their own money. Let kids invent their own games or create their own money. This works especially well with older children who already have a grasp on financial concepts like spending, saving, budgeting and investing. Let them create their own games using whatever they want as currency — anything from marbles to candy to paper clips could work! If they want to make up actual rules for using this new currency (f

Help your child break the habit of Thumb sucking

According to the beliefs of the old folks, children who thumb suck demonstrates a good character yet in reality according to clinical studies it is very common among babies as they have natural thumb sucking reflexes, that cause them to put their thumbs into their mouths which is normal even before birth at times.

The natural urge to suck among babies normally decreases after the age of 6 months.  However, some kids continue to suck their thumbs to soothe themselves, as it’s their way to comfort and calm themselves when they feel hungry, sleepy, scared, bored or restless.  When your baby turns 1 year old and still continues the habit of thumb sucking, then it’s about time to help him break the habit.

According to pediatricians, children who suck their thumbs often after the age of 4 can impose risks for dental and speech problems. Thumb sucking may lead to improper growth and formation of the teeth, moreover speech problems include not being able to say Ts and Ds or the child lisps and thrusts out the tongue when talking.

Home treatment measures can be done to help your kid break the practice.

Put away security blankets and other items your child associates with thumb sucking.

Wrapping the thumb with an adhesive bandage can help remind your kid not to suck the thumb.

Never scold or punish your child when you caught him sucking his thumb especially in front of other people.  It will only lower his self-esteem; instead patiently keep on reminding him the cons of the habit.

Praise and rewards offering may help him break the manner. Marking the calendar with stars  each day that your child doesn’t suck his thumb will motivate him to stop doing it.

Divert his attention not to suck his thumb by offering him an alternative. When he watches the television, you may give him a ball to squeeze.

Weaken the habit by distracting him, when its bedtime let him hold and hug a stuff toy that uses both of his hands while you are reading him a book.

Help your child break the habit at an early age, have patience, give your kid enough time to stop on their own. If the home treatment measures mentioned above do not work, talk with your child’s pediatrician for other treatment options.


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