Best Gifts for Kids? Air Soft!

Satisfying a kid with gifts may seem impossible. Be it Christmas or a birthday gift choosing a gift for kid can be a real headache.

But one gift for which kids may crave with glittering eyes is a gun. But any ordinary gun may not satisfy them . An air soft rifle is the toy which can give them real happiness.

Why Best toys for kids – Best Airsoft Rifles?

Kids do not want anything which is non-sporty. A toy which can be operated sitting on the floor is not desirable. They want something active.

Air soft Guns are made to do this. They can play with it and they can spend hours by just aiming it and firing it. The gun has pellets so physical harm is almost not possible (though protection to the eyes is necessary).

Kids love movies and cartoons. They try to copy the actions. An air soft gun as a toy will be a dream come true to them. Believe it or not it will be like their first love. They will never try to separate themselves from it.

The good sides of Air soft Guns as a toy

First of all your kid will have fun with it. But that’s not the only bright side. The physical activity with the toy is really good for your kid’s body development. One just can not sit with a gun. He or she must do some activity to play with the gun.

Air soft guns may also wake up the dormant dream in your kid to become a part of the country’s defense, or, your kid may practice with it and may become a great shooter to participate in the Olympic.

The best toys for kids – Air soft Guns may give your kid some friends. With a happy friend’s group and with all the physical activities your kid will be the happiest one. He/she may lead the neighborhood kids with a great smile on his/ her face.

Back To School Tips

The school year is about to begin. Many parents are wondering, “What are the best parenting tips to help my child get off on the right foot while beginning new school year?” Below are some parenting tips from a twenty-two-year school counseling expert.

1. Whether your child is entering a first grade or college, sit down with him, or her, and have a positive discussion on what school is all about. Keep the conversation light and strive to get your child talking. Stress that school is a process. It takes time. Mistakes and failure are going to occur. Share with your child that learning is life-long and if they do not understand something now that it will be learned later.

2. Ask your child what they need to be successful in school. younger children will need more help in this area and you may have to have assistance from your child’s teacher(s) in order to discover the needs of your child. These needs include supplies, emotional support, educational support (tutoring) and other academic needs of concern.

3. Be prepared to stay engaged with your child’s education without owning it. This is your child’s education, not your, and you want to avoid becoming a helicopter parent swooping down and saving them from failure. In fact, it’s important to realize that failure is part of the process.

4. Be supportive of your child’s school, the teachers, support staff, and administrators. There have been tens of thousands of teacher lay offs this past year and class sizes are going to be bigger than they have ever been before. Be supportive, realistic and non-threatening. Volunteer, get involved!

5. Be careful not to overload your child; especially with teens!  Too many children are doing too much. Parent and teacher expectation is sometimes set way too high for the child’s physical, social and emotional development. Avoid pressuring your child to participate in too many activities at one time.

The author of this article,  Scott Wardell, has been an educator for the past thirty-two years and has been a middle school counselor in Minnesota for the past twenty-two years.

5 Parenting Tips To Use Before Going To Parent Teacher Conferences

Depending on how your child is performing in school, parent-teacher conferences can be a mystery until you begin the conference.  Below are some parenting tips that you may find helpful before you even step into the classroom and meet with your child’s teacher.

1. Have a discussion with your child and ask your child the following questions:
a) ”How do you feel you are doing in school?”
b) what is your biggest concern about school?
c) What is one thing positive and what is one concern that your teacher is going to share with us about your school performance?
d) If your friends were hers, what would they say about you while you are at school?

2. If your school has an online student grading system that you can see before you go to the conference, download the information provided on your child. Review the information. Print it off and bring it with you to the conference.

3. Ask your child to show you some of his or her assignments before you attent the conference.

4. Questions to ask your child’s teachers at the conference: a) “How does my child interact with other children?” b) “Is my child doing his best?” c) What do you feel are my child’s greatest strengths and weaknesses?” d) Is my child involved in all the school activities that you would like to see her participate in?”

5. No matter what happens during the conference, be prepared to end the conference on a positive note. Prepare yourself to be proactive and open to new ideas that the teacher may share. Try to encourage your child to attend the conference.  It’s their conference too!

6 Steps To Reducing Math Anxiety

Remember when your child came running home from school all excited to share his or her new found skills in counting to 100, adding single digits and solving animal word problems?  What happens in a child’s life where one-day math is fun and the next is anxiety driven?  Below are some simple, but yet helpful math test anxiety prevention tips that are sure to get you, child or student, back on a successful math track.

1. Acknowledge the student’s anxiety.

It’s important for the parent and math teacher to recognize and acknowledge that that test anxiety is for real.  Sharing words like: ” I know you are feeling anxious or afraid to take the math test, but I will be here to help you do your best,” reduces many children’s concerns.  Kids want to please us.  They also fear to fail.  When you acknowledge their fear or anxieties, you are acknowledging them as a person.

2. Reduce the embarring feelings.

This can be done by avoiding statements like, “You should have known this!”  Statements like, “Test help me to help you.” and “You and I will work together to find the right solutions to solve math problems” will reduce math test anxiety faster than negative remarks.

3. Use chart, graphs, and pictures as often as possible.

Many math anxious student is visual learning.  They often do better with pictures or visual math depictions in finding solutions.

4. Practice makes perfect!

Just like many things that we do in life; the more we practice the better we get.  Use a variety of methods, teaching tools and strategies to help a child to learn math.  Encourage practice in the car, bus, dinner table and other times when you are together.

5. Make math fun not work! 

Teachers and parents who remain calm, confident and model a great attitude when helping a child solve a math problem are creating an environment that is less anxious and/or anxiety-free.  Attitude makes all the difference!