Child Care: When to Start Schooling for Your Child?

School readiness involves a physical, social and emotional capacity to cope up with an alien environment. The demands are many. The child should have bladder and bowel control, should be able to overcome stranger anxiety and be away from his mother at least for some time. He should have a fair expression of language, both receptive and expressive.

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Child Care: Which School to Prefer in Initial Stages of a Child’s Schooling and Should There Be Exams?

WHICH SCHOOL TO PREFER IN THE INITIAL STAGES?

The ideal school at the age of 3 years is one where there is a lot of fun and joy for the child, along with learning of the basic and elementary things like knowing A-Z, names of common things, animals, colours etc. This learning should be in the spirit of play and fun; and not disciplinary where the child is made to sit at one place in the classroom for 3-4 hours and then taught things formally. The teachers over there should have a genuine fondness and love for the children and should be able to interact with them at their level.

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Child Care: Preparing A Child for Schooling

Two important issues to be addressed for preparing a child to start schooling are:

i. Separation Anxiety: The child has difficulty separating from the parents temporarily to spend some time alone in an alien place i.e. the school. This is a normal phenomenon occurring in many children. With time and firmness on the part of parents, this anxiety decreases as the child becomes acclimatised to the school environment.

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Child Care: Preparing A Child for Schooling

Two important issues to be addressed for preparing a child to start schooling are:

i. Separation Anxiety: The child has difficulty separating from the parents temporarily to spend some time alone in an alien place i.e. the school. This is a normal phenomenon occurring in many children. With time and firmness on the part of parents, this anxiety decreases as the child becomes acclimatised to the school environment.

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Child Care: Should a Child be Given Homework and Undergo Tuition and Should There Be Corporal Punishment?

SHOULD A CHILD BE GIVEN HOMEWORK?

Much homework should not be given to the child. The child already is in school from 8 o’clock to 3 o’clock. He gets up at 6 o’clock to reach school by 8 o’clock. On top of it, when he reaches home by 4 P.M., the thought uppermost in his mind is that he has to complete his homework. In fact, the school timings of a child are roughly equal to office timings of a government employee. When such employees reach home, they are usually tired and stressed out. Do they have to do any homework?

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Child Care: How to Handle School Phobia and Poor Performance in Children?

CURE OF SCHOOL PHOBIA

The important thing is that the child should not miss schools, because then it becomes all the more difficult to cure it. The parents should find out what exactly is making the child fearful of school. Talking with the child and the teachers may reveal the cause. Most likely it will be one of the factors mentioned above (at the age of 3-4 years, it is usually separation anxiety). If the parents feel that the cause is not separation anxiety but something else like a stern teacher, a bully etc., they should not hesitate, but rather go and discuss the matter openly with the principal or the class teacher. Once the parents have an idea of the child’s fear, they can take steps to rectify it, alone; with the help of the teachers; or with the help of doctors.

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Child Care: Toilet Training in Children

❖ All anecdotal reports of a child being toilet trained early (before one and a half-year) are due to a “conditioned reflex” whereby the child becomes conditioned to strain reflexly whenever he feels the potty seat under him. The child is not conscious of the bowel movement nor has it come under his control. He has to be retrained later on in life, which will be a true and learned training. Retraining is harder, so don’t toilet train a child before he is ready for it.

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Child Care: True Toilet Vs Conditioned Toilet Training

An important part of a child’s development is to achieve control over his passage of urine and stool. From birth till the age of one and a half-year, the child passes both urine and stool involuntarily in his diapers. Only after that is some sort of control achieved. Culturally, human beings, as opposed to animals, are supposed to pass urine and stool in the toilet. We associate it with a sense of cleanliness.

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