Apps that improve your relationship with your infant/toddler and stimulate their brain development while you're at it
Yep. Apps. I know, it's cliché, but the following apps are actually great handy tools to help parents improve their relationship with their child and stimulate brain development too. I reviewed Daily Vroom, Let's Play, and Learner Mosaic for Bundoo.
The apps are each created by very smart individuals with fancy backgrounds in education, neuropsych, engineering, early childhood development- so they know their stuff and they know of great ways of disseminating info to parents in easy to follow games and activities. So, not only are you having fun with your child, you are also fostering a foundation for lifelong learning and exploration.
To read more about these apps click here.
The other day I basically bashed the entire idea of being our kids' number one cheerleading squad. I realized I needed to leave you with some alternatives to constant praise.
I wrote this article explaining how to go about letting your child know you are proud of them without feeling like "good job" is every other 3 words out of your mouth.
I added great resources at the end of the article that you should truly check out on more information as to why constant praise can be so damaging and what to do instead.
I don't know if all of this stems from growing up with parents who never praised? So now we overcompensate? Or from the fear of not being the perfect parent and so we nervously praise everything so as to remind ourselves that we are doing a good job? Meaning, that the praise has nothing to do with our kids' competency but ours alone?
I would love your feedback, please share your comments below!
Happy New Year ! Welcome, 2016. I cannot help but wonder what lies ahead. 2015 ended with a bang. So many news stories shaking up our idea of liberty, freedom, safety to the core of our ideals and morals. I hope that this year brings about more calm, patience, less multi-tasking, more mindful tasking.
January tends to be the month of resolutions, big plans for big changes, excitement for what's to come. What if along with that excitement, we counterbalanced it with some pause, some contentment with what we've got. Yes, things could be better, yes, let's implement the changes before the habits are harder to break. But let's also look back on how far we've come and what we have already accomplished.
I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.
Interview with Krista Barth , Owner of My Educational Solutions, Fierce Advocate, Teacher, and Awesome Momma
I was introduced to the whole notion of advocacy and remediation on a perchance meeting with one of my son's classmate's moms- Krista Barth. Krista is passionate about her work. She exudes confidence and poise as she explains her role as an advocate and how with her help, perseverance, and fierce (but polite) attitude, she does not let her clients get sideswiped by the school system. With her vast knowledge on student rights, unrelenting motivation and energetic vibe, she helps kids get the services they need to excel in school.
As it turns out, Krista and I have some common beliefs, one of them being that children need a well-rounded, holistic approach to getting services they need to do better in life. So too, do parents, they need more streamlining, less time gaps in between realizing their child needs help and finding the professional who can help them once they enter the world of IEP's and 504 plans. Many parents don't know how to prepare for an IEP, many assume that they cannot refute what the school offers them, and sign off on plans that do not provide their child their right to better accommodations.
Having a one-stop shop helping parents navigate the school system and educational laws can make a world of a difference and definitely reduce parental frustration and anxiety in the process. Having worked in the public school system, collaborated with lawyers, attended trainings, and earned certifications, Krista is the right guide to help parents get the services their child needs to excel in school.
Krista and I have collaborated in that I provide the psycho-educational evaluations for children who are requesting her services for advocacy or remediation. When parents or teachers request an Individual Education Plan (IEP), the child needs a current report demonstrating strengths and weaknesses in different areas of functioning. My reports are thorough and detailed. I take my time to get to know the child, and explain via my report how the child's history, testing performance and results all culminate to explain the presenting problem. Then, I offer strategic, personalized, and clear cut recommendations to be followed at home and at school.
I interviewed Krista to give a better picture as to what is My Educational Solutions and how her services can help your child get the accommodations he/she needs to excel in school.
Please feel free to reach out to Krista on questions regarding advocacy!
Dr. Eva Benmeleh
I am a licensed clinical child psychologist in Hallandale Beach. I hope you enjoy the site!
221 West Hallandale Beach Blvd., Suite 202
Hallandale, FL 33009