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How to Wean Your Child Off the Pacifier

If you have a toddler or even a preschooler holding tight to their binky, you’re not alone: pacifier weaning is a common challenge. While dental problems generally won’t result from pacifier use unless the habit continues beyond age 3, many parents find that pacifier weaning is easier before a child reaches 2 years old. (If you’re concerned, though, check with your pediatric dentist.) For a smooth transition, try these brilliant pacifier-weaning strategies from our readers.

1. Snip the Tip

One of the most popular pacifier-weaning tricks is cutting off the pacifier’s tip. After the ability to suck is removed, many children quickly lose interest. Try telling your child that the pacifier is broken, and let her throw it away. If the initial snip doesn’t do the trick, moms like Christina M., a mother of one son, suggest gradually cutting off more of the pacifier: “I tried cutting the end of the pacifier off a little bit every few days until there was nothing for him to suck on, and then he didn’t really want it anymore.” Just be careful that your child isn’t chewing off pacifier pieces, which could be a choking hazard.

2. Swap Soothing Items

“Try replacing the pacifier with something else that can give her security,” suggests Kate G. While a child may not instantly forget her pacifier, many moms found that alternative soothing items did eventually replace the pacifier. “I replaced the pacifier with a ‘sleep blanket.’ The first couple of nights/naps she woubaby-with-pacifier.jpg3ld cry for about 10 minutes, but her blanket against her face kept her warm and happy eventually,” says Angela C.

3. Gradually Reduce Use

While some moms advocate a cold-turkey approach to pacifier weaning, others like Meredith Z. find that gradually limiting pacifier usage is successful: “First, we limited pacifier usage to inside the house, then only to sleep time, then only to overnight, and then we said ‘let’s try bedtime without your bink just for tonight,’ and after the first night, he only asked for it once, and then he was totally fine. We just made sure we stuck to our rules, and let him be comfortable at each level before restricting bink usage more.”

4. Get Help From the Pacifier Fairy

Another popular pacifier-weaning tactic is to have a make-believe character reward the child for giving away their pacifiers. Sarah M., mother of two girls, shares: “Say that the Dummy Fairy will come and take them and give them to new babies that need them. Then you leave a special ‘big girl’ present in the basket for them when they wake up.” Other moms, including Linnea F., use characters the kids already believe in: “My kids all gave theirs to the Easter Bunny for little ones who need binkies and don’t have them. This would also work with Santa. We still had some withdrawal cries, but it didn’t last.”

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Instead of having imaginative characters bring a child a reward, some moms advocate openly trading the pacifier for a prize. “Take her to Toys ‘R’ Us and let her pick out a toy in exchange for the pacifier,” suggests Janice D. “It worked for me two times. You may have a few days that are a bit rough, but then it will be fine.” Other moms also had their child “pay” the cashier with a pacifier for th

6. “Lose” the Pacifier

After Melissa C. misplaced her daughter’s pacifier, she realized that simply pretending to lose it would be a good pacifier-weaning strategy. “Maybe if you somehow ‘lose’ yours and have him help you look for it and don’t find it, it’ll let him know that you care enough to help him, even if you can’t fix it.” Dawn D. says she used the same weaning tactic. “I just told her we lost it and we’d look, but then she was OK with ‘we lost it’ and in two weeks she forgot all about it.”

Math Games to Start Your Preschoolers With Early Learning

Using math games is the best way in which you can start off your preschooler with early learning. However, you cannot use conventional methods of teaching your preschooler math. They will not be able to grab hold of the concepts if you are not creative in the way you teach them math. You will first and foremost need to be patient with them and somehow find a way to make math interesting and fun for them. Here are a couple of online math games which will help your preschooler get an early start on their math.

  1. Color by Number:

This is a very creative math game where a certain pattern or shape is given in black and grey on the screen, and a list of colors on the left side. Your child will have to color the picture with the color that matches the number given on the screen. The pictures keep changing as your child finishes a set.math game color by number

  1. Count Money:

This game teaches kids the different values and types of money. Plus, they will even learn how to count in this game as your child will have to learn the total value of money that is given to them on each level. This game promises that your kids will improve their counting skills as well as concentration. They might even learn the value of different kinds of coins with this game.

  1. Learn to Count:

Learn to Count is a very easy counting type of game which is designed for preschoolers. In this game, your child will be shown pictures of some cartoon characters on the screen and will be asked to count the number of those characters that they see.  The game will help them to count better and more accurately.

Enrolling your child at Akeba Academy they will learn to count, master their shapes and colors and much more! We are the only childcare provider with a published curriculum. Call us today (912) 289-2725

How to encourage creativity in your children

As parents we all need to work on teaching our kids the life skill to enjoy some quiet time while encouraging their creativity.









Here’s how to do it:

  1. Turn off the televisions: Initially, after a bit of whining and screaming in the morning, they will find their way to the craft space. It will take months before it becomes their routine to regularly start their day drawing or making something in their jammies.
  2. Have a large cleared off, flat surface where they can design:
    Children just need their own fancy flat space to spread out. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a customized space, or even a simple desk will be helpful.
    If kids feel cramped up, they get bored easily and soon start begging for a television.
  3. Have a vast array of art and craft supplies within their reach: Keep your desk drawers and shelves filled with both your things and baskets of twine, glue, glitter, wash tape and loads of every coloring device imaginable. Make sure all their supplies are handy and easily accessible.
  4. Be calm and satisfied with random: The creation children put together often insensible. Plastic gems are stuck haphazardly to scrapbook paper and then painted over. It won’t always be pretty, but they will keep themselves happily busy for hours.
  5. Periodically organize, clean out, and restock supplies. Art and craft isn’t much fun when all your stuff is cluttered, crayons are small nubs, and glue bottle cap is dried shut.
    Few things in the world are more inviting than a clean and tidy space, and freshly sharpened pencils.
  6. Surprise them with new projects from time to time: Every once in a while, I’ll come home with a package of foam sheets, or a new color of glitter, or even a simple wooden birdhouse ready for painting.

Often they start with the new product, and keep right on going. For hours.

With a little bit of advance planning, a vow not to interfere or nag, and an oath not to turn on the television, you will be more than thrilled with the kind of creativity you strike in your kids and the things they create.

Everyday here at Akeba Academy, we encourage children to express their creativity.  We give them different exercises and activities that are a learning experience as well as  a chance for the children to use their imagination.

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5 Tips For Preschool Writing At Home Made Easy

It is very important for your kids to develop good handwriting skills so that they won’t find it difficult in higher classes while doing their assignments. Though, it is a computer-centric time, still it is important for your child to develop good and readable handwriting. Handwriting skills are really valuable as at some places it may also reflect your personality at your workplace.
Here are few tips through which you can encourage handwriting at home:

    1. Make your kid practice a lot

This is the best way to improve your child’s handwriting at home. The more they will practice, the more they will get better. There are a lot of practicing materials available on the internet.

    1. Shoulder girdle exercise

Make your kid to do shoulder girdle exercise before doing any handwriting task. Shoulder exercises help in strengthening and stabilizing the shoulder muscles that can free up the hand muscles for better handwriting. If your kid gets easily tired while writing, make them try these exercises as a break.

    1. Leave love notes

Leave love messages for your kid, either on their pillow, mirror or even in their bags. Ask them to write a reply and leave it for you. This will make your kid get involved in a lot of writing, thereby improving it.

    1. Make a comfortable grip

If your child doesn’t hold the pencil properly, he/she may get tired of writing. Give your kids rubber grips that are easily available at stationery stores. If your child loses a good grip, he/she may not feel fatigued while writing, and thereby improving the handwriting.

Improve your child’s posture
This also helps a lot in encouraging the handwriting at home. You can ask your child’s teacher about his/her posture how they sit in the class. You can visit your pediatrician and ask whether a visit to a therapist is needed or not.
Try these tips to encourage your kid’s handwriting at home.

At Akeba Academy helping the children develop handwriting skills is a must. We incorporate writing in our every day learning activities. This gives the children more and more practice each day until they can perfect it.

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