Entertaining Kindergarten Kids
If you are planning to have a gathering that includes a lot of kindergarten kids, perhaps your child’s classmates, you had better be prepared to handle the amount of energy they can generate. Children at this age or full of imagination, and are also prone to doing whatever it is that they want whenever they want. They can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a challenge when you have them all together. Ask anyone who has ever taught kindergarten-aged children, and they will tell you it is very draining, but also very rewarding at the same time. Make sure you are up for the task and get help so you are not overwhelmed.
One thing to understand when you are going to have a gathering of kindergarten kids is that they are going to have moments when they are going to do what they want. This often leads to a chain reaction. Sometimes, while you may feel aggravated because you have a plan in mind, it is better to go with the flow and see where they want things to go. You should try to relax and see what is getting them so excited. Plan to be flexible and change your entire gathering. They know more about what they like than you do.
That does not mean that you can not get a group of kindergarten kids to have fun with the activities that you plan. What you have to do is to remember that they do not have a long attention span. Group activities are much better than trying to get them to do things one at a time. If you have a line of kindergarten kids waiting for their turn, you are going to have problems. They get restless very quickly, so try to plan things they can all do together and all at once. They will have more fun this way.
At times, you don’t have to make big plans to entertain kindergarten kids. They can entertain themselves in the right environment. As long as they have some toys or open space to play, they can usually have fun on their own. You do have to watch to make sure they are safe and happy, however, and be ready to intervene when someone inevitably gets upset by something that someone else has done. Kindergarten kids are fun and open, but they also get their feelings hurt very easily.
Not sure you want to leave kindergarten kids to their own entertainment? Find some activities for them. There are great web sites online that can give you ideas for games to play both inside and out. You can also find crafts and other themed activities for kindergarten kids if you look around. Think about the season and the reason for the event. You probably won’t have a lot of trouble finding the perfect thing or things for them to do. Keep gatherings to just a few hours, and keep the sugar to a minimum. The other parents will thank you for it.
Got Smart Kids?
Every parent hopes their child will be smart, or even gifted. However, most parents are not aware of what they are really wishing for when they think or say this. Smart kids can do very well in life, but they can be a completely different challenge when they are growing up. Anyone with smart children can tell you that being smart has its disadvantages at times, and while the child will be just fine, Mom and Dad are the ones that may get overly stressed, but with some adjustment, that does not have to be the norm.
Smart kids can learn and absorb information faster than other children. They are a few steps ahead because their brains work faster for some reason. This is something parents may notice at a young age, though all parents want to think they have smart kids. All children can learn and have a great life, but smarter children are going to excel earlier in life. These children are also usually a bit high strung when young and are going to be a bit more active than other kids. In some cases, they can even have behavior problems.
Why is this? For smart kids that learn and go through things fast, boredom is often the culprit for behavior problems. These kids are not bad kids, nor do they really have behavior problems that need extra attention. They are just bored because they have already learned what is being presented and they need more to keep their minds busy. Without the extra stimulation, smart kids are going to find something else to do, and sometimes that something else is not going to be a good thing.
Smart kids, in general, are going to need a little more attention. This is pretty much the only way to really keep them out of trouble in the long run, at least until they are old enough to realize they need something to do and can find something constructive on their own. Keep plenty of games and crafts on hand that is going to challenge your smart kids to keep them occupied when they start to appear bored with what they are doing. Playing with other kids and finding new places to explore can keep them busy too. They don’t need to learn all the time, they just need something new to do.
As your smart kids go through school, see if they test above average and can be accepted into special classes that are more challenging for them. These will be good for them and will keep them busy so they always have something new to learn. Some smart kids do well in these classes and others want to find something else to occupy their time. That is okay too. As they get near a high school, they can learn to find their own pursuits, but parents should still keep their eyes open for signs of boredom so trouble can be stopped before it begins. Overall, raising smart children can be a joy as long as you can challenge them and keep them busy with the right activities.