Senin, 22 Maret 2010



    • ‘Monitor’ your child while you’re at home. Never be bored to ask your child if he feels comfortable and happy with the environment 'learning' in its class ? Is there a figure that care to him and capable to be trusting bonding ?

    • Never feel suspicious to your child ‘school’ if there is something happen. Try to be open minded about all the factor that cause. Could be from you or a family environment. Try to get a better solution you have to stop work or make decision to ‘ take out’ your child from school.

    • Try to understand that your child always want to close to you. Sometimes odd behavior merely seeking attention. If quit from your work is a hard decision, you can slightly reduce the working hours anyway so that your child feels comfortable for your presence at home.

    • Your decision to choose the pre-school is a decision of you both as a parents and not dictated by another or the results of the study, commercial advertising or other without ever knowing directly. Makae sure that your decision is the best decision for your whole family.

    • Choosing a school for your child is not only about the money. It’s about the taste (sense). As a parent you have to know what is the best for not only you but also your child.
    So, be wise..


    Still related with my article before, choosing an appropriate pre-school sometimes can be easy but sometimes not. Need consideration, accuracy and also ‘struggle’ to get it. And here is some tips to choose the pre-school :

    Make an appointment.

    Make appointment with every school to visit. Ask the program or curriculum and adjust the program with your child’s needs. Also ask about how to register, entrance fee, the cost of learning, and facility usage fees.


    In some schools, the school survey services are now beginning combined with the observation activities. So when visiting, you’re not only allowed to check the infrastructure of the school, but also can feel the atmosphere of the school directly. Some of schools also have one day trial program for the prospective parents.

    Check the ratio

    Look at the ratio of teachers to the students. Ideally the ratio of teachers – students is 1 : 3 – 5. So if the numbers of ths students is 12, the teachers who take care of is 3 people ( 2 primary teachers and 1 aides teacher ).

    Have same ideology

    Choose the schools that have similar ideological which held by the family. It's important that your child does not become confused when getting these lessons.

    Observed the characters of the teachers.

    Observed the way of the teachers when implement of education and discipline. How did the body language and tone of voice when the teacher scolded the child. Take a look at how social interaction and communication that exists between teachers and students and others.

    The Teachers Turn Over.

    Observed the turn over of the children. Faculty turnover can be a reference about how the foundation / school management was treating them. The convenience of the teacher can affect the learning process.


    Make sure that the school has an adequate facilities and infrastructure that maintained well and clean.


    Choose the location of schools that not too far away from home. Don’t takes requires extra cost, time just on trip to the school.

    Get the references.

    Get information from family or friends who send their children to various pre-school. Ask for information about the situation and the conditions according to their own experiences.

    Make second visit

    Visit the pre-school that you choose at least twice. At first you come by yourself and the second you come with your child and ask about their opinion. Introduce your child with the teachers that will teach them.

    Professional ?

    Try to assess, whether the school staff is really professional, trained and even have the educational background of education about children.

    No Prestige

    Never choose the pre-school just because of prestige. You have to consider about the comfort factor for the child with due regard to environmental factors of schools, don’t make them under pressure.


    Ask about the food / snacks are usually given to children. About nutrients and hygiene and also about the health services if the child is getting sick?


    Prepare financially sufficient. Each school has a variety of educational costs. Choose schools that match with your financial situation.

    So, be smart parents for your smart children.

    Minggu, 21 Maret 2010


    Dear parents, I’m sure that you’d like your children to grow bright and cheerful. Providing early education is absolutely needed. But, have you been precisely to choose pre-school for your children ?

    On 3 – 4 years old is the golden age of your little ‘sweety’. In this age, your children need some challenges in group to ‘pour’ their ideas. Naturally, they always have a big curiosity.

    A child growing, both mental and intelligence not only get at home. So they need ‘ place ‘ for learning and interacting. Good pre-school is not only able to stimulate the child to be smart, but also give a chance for the child to explore their world. It’s caused the pre-school education are correlated to children’s academic achievement when they enter to the next education level. A study conducted by the Trust for Early Education ( TEE ), United States, find that the child on 4 years old that have opportunity to learn in pre-school have better capability in terms of spelling and arithmetic. They also have well manage behavior easier and quicker and better in terms of internal absorption. But it also depend on the teacher of the pre-school itself. The teachers that are educated, trained and familiar in the world of early childhood development is an important factor in maximizing the potential growth of their students. Good and right teaching is an important foundation for children to follow the next education level.

    But today has been a shift in the basic principles of educational vision and mission of pre-school children. Pre-school tend to be understood as an academic or learning activities (reading, writing and arithmetic). In fact, the most important of pre-school education is how the education leads to the development of basic skills of the child development like discipline, the ability to create and creativity and self-control.

    So make the right consideration when choose the pre-school for your children. Try to be critical whether the pre-school you choose have experienced teachers, sensitive and caring nature and have grown up to be able to become your child's ‘trusting bonding’ and be able to support the development of emotional, social, and cognitive abilities of your child. Just remember, that decision to ‘put’ your children in pre-school does not mean that you are completely out of your duty as educator.

    Because of a good pre-school is if it makes you as partners in the team, not just those who entrust the care of children. Because after all, you're the parent who could be the real ‘trusting bonding’ for your children.

    Jumat, 05 Maret 2010


    You must have seen the above one-year-old is still drinking milk from a baby bottle. His parents may be so difficult to wean him from his bottle. The dentist said that one of the factors of tooth decay of the kids is baby bottle. Just because ‘ love ‘ their bottle very much, they don’t have beautiful smile anymore.

    You should wean your kids from their bottle earlier. Most doctors and child psychologists recommend 9 -12 months of age as the most appropriate time to release the child from the bottle. Here is some tips to avoid your kid to be ‘ baby bottle lover ‘ :
    • Recommend the glass in stages. Some brands of feeding equipment has the various shape of glass that suitable according your kid’s age.
    • Give the milk or water by the glass ( choose the cover according your kid’s age ) and let them make some experiment with it.
    • Start with once a day using glass, and then some other times use the bottle. In next several weeks the period of bottle using must be reduced and glass using is more often.
    • Say good bye to the bottle after several weeks then use only glass.

    If it had succeeded in this stages, never return to the bottle. Because once you get back to the bottle, your kids will use this chance to manage you and get back to be ‘ baby bottle lover ‘.

    Kamis, 04 Maret 2010



    On age between 1 – 2 years old, your kids start using mental and motor skills to pick and choose. In this age of developing what is called the autonomy where your child believed himself capable of doing anything themselves. But if this is not conducive to getting a response from the people around, the development will be the opposite, like a sense of shame and self doubt. Children can be like that if too much is forbidden.
    As a parent, of course you want the best for your kids, including the development of autonomy in them. Here are 6 ways to be a positive parents :
    • Not too much banned. As long as you keep on eyes and take care of them, give them a bit of freedom of movement for your kids.
    • Don’t be over protective for the things that are naturally encountered, like not given the opportunity to play outside for fear of being exposed to germs.
    • Give motivation to your kids about new things, like you can take them to playground and ask them to play around.
    • Keep your kid’s curiosity by showing and mentioning the name of object being viewed.
    • Give a chance to try home activities like eating pieces of food with his own hands.
    • Give a chance to choose, like choosing toys that will be played or clothes to wear.

    So, Be Smart and Be Positive Parents.



    Beside the bright color, carrot also have the sweet taste. Here is some benefits of carrot for your kid healthy.
    • Keep eyes healthy. Vitamin A change the violet color pigment in retina. It is the most essential to watch the dreary lamp. According to World Health Organization, about 1.4 million of kids in the world have the blindness as the result of vitamin A deficiency. So, this nutrition is very important for your eyes.
    • Increase the body immune. The cells along the airways, digestive system and urinary tract stay healthy. It’s very important to keep the body immune from infection. That’s why the deficiency of vitamin A deficiency in children is closely related to higher rates of respiratory diseases and diarrhea.
    • Breathing Relief. Carrots prevent the asthma in children, esspecially those that are always surrounded by the smokers. Research on children between 4 - 16 years old found that the intake of beta carotene in carrots will reduce asthma attacks by 10% when he was in non-smoking environment, and 40% if exposure to passive smokers.

    Note: Carrot more nutritious if less heated than in the raw state. This is because its vitamins and minerals more readily 'assimilated'.

    Selasa, 02 Maret 2010



    By the age of two years old, children have what is usually called “ language explosion “. Their vocabulary increases rapidly. They understand what are you talking about and much better to express their desires. In 1 – 2 years old, there are 3 main achievements in development of language of kid communication :
    • They have about 15 words before 18 months old.
    • Combines 2 words in one sentence before 2 years old.
    • Understand the simple instruction before 2 years old

    Your kid may still communicate using their body language like pointing something that they want. Nothing wrong if use the body language, but the priority in this age is verbal language development as the communication facilities for kid. So if your child point to glass, you can ask him, “ do you want to drink ? “. Then wait their reaction ( nodded, shook his head or answer with the short answer ). Then you can ask again, “ What do you want to drink ? Milk or tea ? “. These inducements will motivate your kid to respond and get involved in conversation.