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Encouraging Independence

As we recently celebrated Independence Day, we may reflect on how "independence" means something different at all stages of life!

As your child grows from a baby into a toddler with their own personality and preferences, you may wonder how you can encourage healthy independence at this young stage.

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The National Association for the Education of Young Children lends the following tips for encouraging toddler independence:

1. Give your child time to do simple tasks on his own. Children at this age can do many things older children can—it just takes a little more time.

2. Offer your child choices. Let her pick out pajamas, healthy snacks, and favorite play activities. Rather than setting up a power struggle between you and your child, empower her to make her own choices.

3. Choose your words wisely. When giving your child a choice, ask a question: “Would you like to put your coat on in the bedroom or in the kitchen?” If something is not a choice, make a statement: “You need to put your coat on before we go outside.” Being as clear as possible about what he can and can’t decide for himself as you support your child’s growth and independence will reduce frustrations for both of you.

4. Engage and interact with your child. Set him up at the kitchen counter to tear lettuce or break uncooked pasta. Give him a bowl and spoon as you make breakfast. Hop to the bedroom; sing in the car; read favorite books over and over. Share experiences and laughter together.

5. Respect your child as a person. Tell him what’s going to happen today: "I’m picking you up right after nap today." Let him know what's happening next: "After breakfast, we’ll get you dressed." Give cues: "We’ll start putting  the blocks away in a few minutes." And give him the opportunity to do it for himself: "Do you want to put your socks on by yourself?" Respect your child as an individual.

Remember that Toddlers and twos are learning all the time. They learn through their play, so be sure to give your child lots of time for both indoor and outdoor play experiences. Blocks, animal figures, dress-up clothes, cardboard boxes, bubbles, sticks, leaves, balls, and interesting kitchen utensils (pots and pans, empty spice containers)—these can all be exciting tools for learning through play.

Read more tips provided by the NAEYC here.


Always Looking for More Team Players

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Teddy Bear Day Care and Preschool is always seeking to hire experienced and talented individuals. Teddy Bear is a small family-owned child-care company that has been providing quality early care and education for 50 years in Alexandria and Fairfax County.

If you are looking for a very caring work environment that provides the following benefits:
- Well equipped classrooms
- Developmentally appropriate curriculum
- On-going training opportunities
- On-site supportive management
- Competitive pay based on EXPERIENCE and EDUCATION
- Starting every Day with a smile

Then you might be a great fit for our team! Please click here and learn more.

Tasty Treat: Toddler-Friendly Ice Cream

In honor of National Ice Cream Day, here are some ice cream recipes for toddlers you may want to try out.

Just beware of brain freeze!

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