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Dear Wildkitten Families
Dear Wildkitten Families,
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday! I also hope you were afforded the opportunity to spend extra time with family and friends. These special relationships build feelings of safety and security in children while helping them realize that they have many people in their lives who care for them. It is easy to identify a child’s physical needs; however, emotional needs may not be as obvious. A strong sense of sense of security helps children think more clearly and learn new skills more easily. Also, encouraging words from adults are important in helping children develop self-confidence, high self-esteem, and a healthy emotional outlook on life.
Many of us commit to New Year’s resolutions. It can also be fun to help children set their own goals for the upcoming year. With young children, instead of making one big resolution…help him or her think of several different goals. (Maybe even one for each month.) Write them on a calendar or chart where the child can see and be reminded frequently of their new goals. One of their ambitions might be as simple as: In January, “Hug my little brother/sister at least once each day” or “Eat all my veggies for dinner in February”! No matter how small the goal may be, it will help teach your child to make commitments and follow-through with these promises. I hope you and your family have a wonderfully blessed 2018!