Separation

Separation

Apr 02

This will be the first of a new series on Separation.  It is a topic that, in my opinion, is to broad and to important to delve into in just one post.  This first in YikeDat’s new series will focus on the “Why” of separation.  Why does separation happen?  Why is it important?  Why is it so easy for some children, and so difficult for others. As a preschool teacher, I’ve witnessed...

Toys, Toys, Toys

Toys, Toys, Toys

Mar 29

In today’s western society, we fill our lives with stuff.  We have our electronics that keep us “connected” to the world around us, we have our furniture, our homes, our cars, our TVs and computers, gadgets and gizmos, food, credit cards, cash, bank accounts, various nic-nacs and decorations and much, much more.  Children, also have huge collections of stuff for themselves; stuff that we...

A Surprising Question…”Big Kid Beds”

A Surprising Question…”Big Kid Beds”

Feb 21

For those of you who haven’t read the “about me” section, I’ve been working with children for about a decade, which clearly means that I’ve been working with parents for about a decade as well.  I get questions every day about anything and everything you can imagine regarding parenting, child rearing, child development, and more.  At this point, I’d like to...

Make A Routine

Make A Routine

Feb 18

Written By: Ryan Rudnick It may sound simple, obvious, or cliche, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important: a child’s routine.  Just like many adults, children thrive on routines.  Children who have special needs like Aspbergers disorder, Autism, ADHD or many others will do especially well with a very set routine.  Predictability is key.  Make sure that your child knows exactly...

Read, Read, Read!

Read, Read, Read!

Feb 18

Written By: Ryan Rudnick Reading is one of the easiest and most important things you can do with your child.  There isn’t even a need to wait until birth to read.  Read to your child in utero (and have your partner read to them too!).  They will learn the sound of your voices and begin to develop strong attachments with you before they are even born. Reading to your child once they are born,...

Teaching Children to Dress Themselves

Teaching Children to Dress Themselves

Feb 18

Written by: Ryan Rudnick Recently, a mother of a child at work asked me how she could help her child get himself dressed in the morning.  Her child is physically able to get himself dressed, but uses the oh-so-popular “look at that!” distraction method to avoid getting dressed.  No matter what she does, he tries to distract her with something else that’s happening. In situations like...