Dear parents and caretakers of young children, you’re doing great. Keeping up with everything can be a dizzying task- much like taking care of children under the age of five, as they’re always learning, changing and moving! We’re offering a few ideas to support your little one’s development, tips to keep them safe, and how to take care of yourself along the way.
Sharing family experiences, your own challenges and successes, is beneficial in many ways. This kind of storytelling teaches children how to celebrate life’s ups and overcome the downs. It builds self- awareness, helping them understand their own character and feelings, and promotes confidence and well-being. PBS Parents has put together questions to encourage thoughtful answers, lessons for kids 2 to 8, games to play together, self-led activities and pintables that are all geared toward building self-awareness.
As a caregiver, it is essential to take time for yourself. Even when it seems the days are too full and schedules are too busy, it is important to pause and practice self-care. Model good behaviors to your child by taking time for you- like practicing mindfulness and getting enough sleep. Other types of self-care include spending time with friends or family, Facetime or Zoom them if needed, or taking a stroll outside. Visit First 5 California for more!
September is also National Baby Safety month which focuses on practices and equipment to keep your child as safe as possible. For more information regarding safe-sleep practices and proper baby-proofing of your home including how to secure furniture visit jpma.org.
Right now, fires are affecting communities all along the west coast. In San Bernardino County our neighbors in the Yucaipa area are dealing with the El Dorado fire and we’re all experiencing heavy smoke and even ash in the air. Your child may be feeling some uncertainty about what’s going on around them or due to the possible shift in their regular routines, such as limited time outdoors. Sesame Street in Communities has resources to help address the big questions and feelings your child may have at this time. View their workbook here for family activities and exercises focused on reassurance.
Activity of the month: We’re pretty sure that hedgehogs are one of the cutest animals out there! Try a simple craft to create one using a fork to paint. This is a great one for kids of all ages and you only need three items: paper plate, brown paint, and a fork. I Heart Crafty Things has the hedgehog template to get you started. Try it, or one of their other hedgehog themed projects here
One more friendly reminder: Don’t blink or you’ll miss it- complete your Census form before September 30th! The Census was cut short this year, so if you haven’t already done so, it is vital that we all complete the form as soon as possible. The goal of the Census is to count all persons living in the United States and the five U.S territories. The count determines the federal funding states and communities will receive over the next 10 years. An accurate count in California is essential so that San Bernardino County receives money for our schools, child care programs, health and nutrition services and more. Visit 2020census.gov if you have more questions or are ready to fill yours out today. It is safe, secure, and important.