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5 Apps You Can’t Live Without For Children

5 Apps You Can’t Live Without For Children

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Being a working mom, I know how hard it is to find time to help your kids work on different lessons especially when they are young and learning so many new things.
I am by no means saying that technology can replace the quality time we spend with our kids but it can help us manage with a busy schedule. While we are making supper they can be on their tablets reading a book or they can be working on their sight words.
There are so many apps out there that can help your kids practice the new skills they are learning in school or help introduce new skills to them before they even get to school. They can also help you by keeping them busy while you finish up that crazy to do list that you got.

1. EPIC

This one is my favorite ones because I have a child who loves listening to books. She can’t read yet so this helps her because it reads the book out loud while it highlights the words so she can follow along. There are some really great books available on the app from fun books to educational books. Your child can choose from regular ebooks that they can read on their own, read to me books that read the book out loud and highlight the words as it goes, or there are audio books where your child can follow along in their own book while the app reads the book aloud. The app offers videos and quizzes as well. Click here for a free 30-day trial.

2. ABC Mouse

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I use this app a lot more during the summer so that my kids are still getting some educational lessons in. You can track your child’s progress as they move through the different lessons. I use this app for both my 5-year-old and my 3-year-old. Your child will learn math and reading skills plus many more. As kids move through the lessons they earn tickets and they can use their tickets on items for their character.

3. Khan Academy  Kids

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This app is a great fun app that the kids can play all while learning. My kids love all the different characters in the game. They get to learn math and reading as well as getting to be creative with drawing and storytelling. The app has lots of different books and lessons on social skills and feelings.

4. Sight Words Coach

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One of my daughters is in kindergarten and she gets a list of sight words each week. This app allows me to put her sight words into a list and it will say the word out loud and then she picks which word is correct out of four options. I like this app because she was memorizing the first letter of the word and picking out the word from that, but this app gives them four choices that all start with the same letter so she really has to work on knowing the words.

5. Maily

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This app isn’t exactly a learning app but it is a great app for kids to be able to communicate with other people. I have it set up so that they can send mail to their grandparents and my husband and I. They can draw a picture, type out a message, or even take pictures and send them. I love this app because it allows them to share their creativity with other people and I am the one who gets to control who they are talking to. I also get an email each time they send a message and I can see everything they send from my account.
Like I mentioned earlier using these apps can help a busy mom get some work done while your child is occupied and developing their skills and knowledge. I rely on these apps daily. I set goals for my children to reach weekly and this helps them want to learn and work on different lessons even though the games are pretty fun so it doesn’t take much to get them excited to learn.
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Do you have any apps for your children that you can’t live without? Comment below with different apps that you use.

 

 

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8 Ideas to help a sensitive child

8 Ideas to help a sensitive child

Do you have a child who becomes upset very easily? One small comment and they are crying and emotional. My oldest child is just like this and has been seeing the guidance counselor at school to learn different coping skills. I am going to share with some ideas that have helped us and hopefully they can help you.

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1. Deep Breaths

One of the best things that have helped us is to teach our daughter how to take deep breaths to help her calm down. When we start to see her getting upset we remind her to take five deep breaths and to count. After her deep breaths, she is usually still upset so we move on to our other strategies. The deep breaths help her calm down so that we can talk to her and help her decide which strategy she wants to use.

2. Personal Space

Create a space just for your child. This will be where they go when they need a break and some time to think and cool off. We decided to use the bay window in her room and to add some pillows and blankets so that it is a nice cozy place where she can go and take time where it is quiet. To help make it personal to your child you can have them help you decorate the space and give you some ideas to add. My daughter loves looking at pictures so we added a photo album full of pictures of the whole family.

3. Encourage Creativity

This can be writing, drawing, or building with blocks. The important thing is to find something they really enjoy doing. Then add that to their personal space so they can use it to help them relax. My daughter is really into drawing pictures so she has a notebook and a pencil in her personal space.

4. Books

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It is important to provide options for your child. This helps them feel like they are in control of something. Even when they feel like they can’t control their emotions at that moment they know that they can control what they do when they go to their personal space. Books are a great option to provide to your child. Whether they can read or not they are calming and it helps encourage a love for reading.

5. Sensory Items

Sensory items are a great tool to use to help your child calm down. There are some great DIY calming bottles and recipes to make slime. These are not only great items to put in your child’s personal space but they could come in handy if you are out and about they are struggling to manage their emotions.

 

6. Give them space

When your child is in their personal space cooling off it is important to let them be. They can’t process their thoughts if you constantly go in and bother them. If you are worried about them then peak in and check on them then walk right back out. They will tell you when they are ready. My daughter will go up to her room and cool off and within ten minutes she will back down ready to talk.

7. Talk to them

After they finish cooling off take that opportunity to talk to them. Ask them how they were feeling and what made them upset. Help them process through the situation. Tell them how proud you are that they used their strategies and took the time to cool off before getting really upset.

8. Talk to their teacher

If you are concerned about the way they handle their emotions then reach out to their teacher. Find out if they are also getting easily upset at school as well. Ask the teacher if there are strategies that they can use at school to help them manage their emotions. With my daughter, the teacher reached out to me about it. She made the suggestion that my daughter sees the guidance counselor and talk about different feelings. I thought this was a great idea. She also explained to me how during class she gives her breaks when she can see the emotions building up. It made me feel better that I wasn’t the only one noticing it and that the teacher wanted to help her deal with different situations appropriately.

As a parent, it can be very stressful when your child is getting upset and you can not even talk to them. When this happens remember to breathe as well. The worst thing we can do is get upset with them and make them more confused. When they are taking a break it is okay for you to go take a break too.

Teaching our children strategies helps to make them more independent and helps them manage stress better. We can’t always be there when they are struggling but we can prepare them with the skills that they need to get through it.

Comment below with different strategies your child uses to help them manage their feelings.

Teaching life lessons to my kids

Teaching life lessons to my kids

The other night at karate there were some pink belts for sale to raise money for breast cancer awareness. My daughter wanted a pink karate belt. I told her if she wanted one she needed to earn it. So, she asked her grandma if she could pick up apples for some money. She went out and picked up 20 buckets of apples and she got $20. She took that $20 and went and got herself a pink karate belt. I am so proud of her hard work and even though it wasn’t perfect (there was some whining at first) she is learning a valuable lesson about hard work.

I don’t want to tell her no she can’t have something because we don’t have the money for extras right now. I want her to learn that if she wants something bad enough, she will have to work hard for it and not accept no.

I know that it is important for kids to understand no. This was not the place for it though. We need to empower our kids to work for what they want and understand that they aren’t going to get everything handed to them.

I am so proud of her for finishing the job and working for something she wanted.

Comment with life lessons you have provided for your child.