Helping Children Settle in New or Temporary Surroundings at Natural Parents Network

I have a post today at Natural Parents Network aboutHelping Children Settle in New or Temporary Surroundings.”

Natural Parents Network: Helping Children Settle in New or Temporary Surroundings

As parents we try to respect our children in our day-to-day lives and in the choices we make. At home this is a whole lot easier than when you’re on the road, travelling or temporarily find yourself living away from home or with other people, something that happens to the best of us and for a variety of reasons.

We’ve spent a few months living with my family in a different country away from our home while I help in the care of my ill mother, and being away from our home, friends, groups and routines has taught me a lot about children, their adaptability, and how their place of priority up or down the list affects their behaviour.

The first thing, the most important thing, we’ve found, is to create a safe space for your toddler in the new environment. As we walk in to a new place, be it a hotel or a family member’s home, one of my first priorities is to create a hidey-hole. For us that was a computer desk with a large tablecloth draped over it. That’s where Ameli puts the toys she doesn’t want anyone else to play with and stashes her favourite read-to-herself books.

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The Importance Of Getting Kids Outdoors

As the seasons slowly begin to change and summer looms ahead, I’ve been thinking of some of the things I’d like to do with my girls outdoors this year. We love our time in the forests, and we make sure to get outdoors for a few hours at least three or four times a week, regardless of what ‘getting outdoors’ means.

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For some, this may be a play in the park, whereas for others, it could mean a walk in the forest, along the beach or across the fields. For others still, it may just be playing outside. There is no right or wrong, but the fact of the matter is every child needs to spend time outdoors on a regular basis.

There are many benefits to both children and adults for spending time outside. Learn more at my post on Natural Parents Network today, The Importance Of Getting Children Outdoors.