Most people have a soft spot for children, especially if they have or have had their own. Dealing with other people’s children usually takes a bit more patience though, which is one of the reasons why school teachers deserve respect. At least more than they often do get. I know that it would not be a job for me. A penance, maybe.
So, over the years, I have collected a few tips on how to make life with children easier for both them and us. After all, children can be easily upset and we don’t want that, do we? Tantrums, crying, sulking, no, no no.
Label Your Kids: what was a very happy day out at the park or seaside can be ruined if you lose a child or even if a child loses a favourite toy. The best way to prevent this, besides not letting them out of your sight, is to tie a label to the child and it’s toy. The label can say your vehicle’s registration number, your address, the museum you’re visiting or anything relevant that will make it easy for a policeman to find you and return your lost property.
Wellie Watch: young children often have problems with wellington boots. In the winter months, they change out of them in school and lose one or put someone else’s on or even put their own boots on backwards. You can help them and their teacher out in this regard by affixing a label into the front of each boot. You can put anything on that label that you can teach your child, like the child’s name and whether the label is at the front or the back of the boot. This saves teachers a lot of time at the end of the day when 30-40 kids are trying to get changed and all are seeking help.
Self Expression: you should encourage, no, make your children write ‘thank you’ letters. It not only teaches them gratitude, but it also teaches them to write under your guidance instead of a teachers and you may have different ideas on how things should be done. However, you can take it a stage further than this and get them to write their own letters of condolence etc. Children are pretty good at understanding these emotions, so why not encourage them to express them to? It could help them a great deal in their adult lives, especially the boys.
All Messed Up: children just love to stick things on walls, after you have trained them not to scribble on the walls first that is. However, most of the propietory substances for sticking drawings and posters on walls leave marks eventually. Try squirting some toothpaste onto the back of the poster. Leave it to harden and then press to the wall. It will hold the poster and yet will wash off years later without a trace.
Turning Darkness Into Light: many kids hate the dark. You can use night lights, but a better way is to switch the light out and get them to close their eyes very tight for 20 seconds. When they re-open them they will be able to see again. The darkness becomes far less scarey.