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pt-20130924-2Having a child go off to Nursery school is always marked by joy that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things; and marred by sadness that your baby is growing up and going on to bigger and better things! The best way to ease the transition to school is by doing some “homework” of your own to make yourself and your little scholar ready for the first day of “BIG school”.

In this section, we will look at four (4) important areas where you can help yourself and your child be best prepared for nursery school and a lifetime of success. These areas are:

Change is part of life — it’s something we all have to learn to handle. But the huge shifts that have taken place in children’s worlds due to the COVID-19 pandemic are off the charts.
If you clicked on the title to read this article, you are probably feeling frustrated. Tired. Defeated. Parenting can be tough, especially after this year of parenting in a pandemic. You’ve probably already read a lot of parenting and child development articles, blogs, and books. But even with all the expert recommendations, you still feel like you’re struggling with your child’s behavior. What now?
Dinner time. New veggie. Here we go! I placed a piece of sautéed bok choy on my 4-year-old son’s plate and said, “Hmm. This is a new veggie called bok choy. I wonder what you’ll think about it.” He closely examined this suspicious veggie while sampling some more well-known items on his plate. He circled back after a few minutes and willingly tried it. On his own time. At his own pace. At his own will. After his brave bite, I followed up, “Was it crunchy? Soft?” to which he replied, “Soft. I like it.”
Grit involves sticking with something until you succeed. It's another word for perseverance or resilience, and it gives us the strength to try, try, try again. Grit supports a "growth mindset" ― a belief that our intelligence and skills can grow with effort. Kids with a growth mindset thrive on challenges, show resilience in the face of obstacles and view failure as part of the learning process. For a two-year-old, grit might look like learning how to put on shoes, use the potty or use words when they feel frustrated.
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