Making Time for Your Children

It's always important to spend time with your children, but that is sometimes easier said than done. In a lot of ways, children are more independent than ever before. They can and do amuse themselves with television, video games, computers, and even mobile devices. Parents, who have to work fulltime jobs (or sometimes more than one fulltime job), are either not home as often as they would like or too exhausted to spend time with their children.

It's always important to spend time with your children, but that is sometimes easier said than done. In a lot of ways, children are more independent than ever before. They can and do amuse themselves with television, video games, computers, and even mobile devices. Parents, who have to work full-time jobs (or sometimes more than one full-time job), are either not home as often as they would like or too exhausted to spend time with their children.

Yet, children still need time with their parents. It promotes their emotional, physical and mental well-being, and it helps them develop strong relationships with their family members. As difficult as it may sometimes seem, you should still try to make time for your children. Here are some things you can do that may help you in 2015.

Create a Schedule

Although children are pretty spontaneous in what they choose to do, working adults are more likely to follow stricter schedules. They go to work, run errands, fix meals and do chores around the house at specific times. As you put together your daily schedule, try to devote some time to your children. This can include watching TV after school, playing games after dinner or going for walks when the weather is nice enough. Whatever you and your children decide to do, making it part of your regular schedule will ensure that you will almost always spend time with them.

Learn to Play Their Games

Children like to play games with their parents, whether those are board games or video games. When you buy a new game of any kind, take the time to learn how to play it yourself. Not only will this help you decide whether a certain video game is appropriate for your children, but it will give you and your kids some common ground. You might even find you enjoy the game as much as your children do.

Work Closely with Early Education Learning Centers

Early education learning centers can be great for a child's development, and they can be a godsend to a busy parent. These centers help prepare young children for school and give them opportunities to interact with their peers. That doesn't mean that they will replace any time spent with you; on the contrary, early childhood education centers work best when the parents are involved. You shouldn't be a "helicopter parent" when it comes to such programs, but don't be afraid to discuss these programs with your child and their teachers.

Help Your Children with their Schoolwork

Just as you should be involved in your young children's early education, you should also be willing to help your older kids with their schoolwork. There may be things that you don't remember or flat out don't know, but simply letting your children know you are willing to provide help when they need it will go a long way in showing that you care about their future. Once again, don't try to be a "helicopter parent," but even a small amount of effort goes a long way.

When choosing what early education program to enroll your son or daughter in, make sure your child’s care remains on the cutting edge by taking your child to a Tender Care Learning Center in your hometown. With their innovative learning programs, professionally trained and certified teachers and unique environment, Tender Care Learning Centers provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere that both you and your child are sure to love. 

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Tender Care Accreditations

Tender Care is a Pennsylvania and Connecticut state-licensed child care and early childhood learning organization, an accredited member of NAEYC, PennAEYC, CAEYC, HAEYC, and PACCA, and is Keystone STARS rated.

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Accreditation

Tender Care Learning Centers has committed to accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as the measurement of our program excellence. NAEYC is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators, and is dedicated to improving programs for children from birth through third grade. NAEYC sets the standards for quality childcare and education in America, with an emphasis placed on the quality of interactions among teachers and children and the developmental appropriateness of the curriculum.

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The Keystone STARS program validates what Tender Care Learning Centers have been doing for many years. Your child's Early Education is critical to his/her development and future success in school and life. Keystone STARS sets requirements for early childhood educators to promote the best learning environment and safest setting possible for your child. As a parent, feel confident your child is safe and respected, is learning new things every day, and is well prepared for future success in life.