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5 Simple Ways To Mark Valentine’s Day With Your Little Ones

Who says Valentine’s day is only for adults?

Here are some ideas for celebrating the day and making it that little bit special for your little ones.

1. Make a Valentine’s day meal

Holidays are ideal opportunities to create traditions your children will remember for life. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s day this year than to make or buy them a lovely meal that the whole family will enjoy.

2. Teach them Something

Holidays also always provide a teachable moment, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Teach your children the legend of St. Valentine and the history of Valentine’s Day.

3. Host a Party

If you can afford to in this Buhari era, why not host a party. A small one. Invite family and friends over for drinks and small chops, even extend the love to your neighbours. After all it is a day of love!

4. Do a random act of kindness

This is the perfect occasion to show others that you care. What better way to show your children the spirit of love than to donate toys or clothing your child no longer uses to the less privileged. Show love to your spouse and to random strangers in front of the children, tips someone you know might need some help, visit an elderly person. This is a great way of encouraging your child to be kind and thoughtful.

5. Tell your children you love them

This one seems obvious, right? But sometimes it’s easy to assume that our kids know that we love them and forget to say the actual words. Even if you tell them every day, tell them again and again. Three simple words, but children can never hear them enough.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Read These Parenting Tips For Lastborn Children

Lastborn kids are the babies of the house. They enjoy the attention of their parent who tends to be liberal and relaxed in their expectations and enforcing rules.

Lastborn children are likely to be fun-loving, uncomplicated and self-centered. They are the little star that steals the family show so often that they can get away with offences that if it were committed by the older sibling it would have been punishable.

Here, how to get your lastborn kids to behave well and grow upright;

  1. Practice Fairness: Sometimes parents get too engrossed with the achievement of the other siblings that the last-born is just a tag along. Making time for him/her own activity will help to give a sense of identity as part of the family. Get your last born involved in all the activities at home and with other siblings, there are little aspects that he/she can fit into easily.
  2. Make Him Accountable: Like it or not lastborns tend to get away with many things their elder siblings would have received punishments for at their age. Parents must be careful in overlooking offences that deserve some disciplinary measures else, it might create some resentment in the older siblings who will notice the preferential treatment.
  3. Protect Him: Parents need to look out for the last-born child when there is a tendency to be bullied and teased by older kids. Here you need to teach the older ones to be responsible for the last born kid, step in if you need to do so to stop the intimidation.
  4. Be Willing To Turn Some Requests Down: Be ready to say no and feel good about it. Lastborn kids can be self-centred sometimes, so they request for things that they may not need by throwing tantrums to force your hands to do their bidding. When she acts this way, you should not give in to the request. Treat her like every other child in the family.
  5. Explain Situations: Sometimes it is difficult for children of different ages to play together without anyone being left out especially the youngest. Perhaps he/she cannot run fast or jump high. The lastborn child might feel left out. Parents should explain the situation of things to the kid. It is only a matter of time before he/she would be able to do what others are doing. Then you should look out for common games and things every child can do together in the family without being left out.
  6. Double-Check; it just might be a trick: One of the common traits of a lastborn is being mischievous. Your youngest child may likely exaggerate some facts in other to get some attention. For example, if your last born child observes that whenever anyone is sick in the house, they get better meals and a warm and loving care. She may feign sickness just to enjoy this goodness. Be sure to double check health facts before giving in to your child’s claim.

This guide follows the principles of birth order theory but the reality is that not all kids would fit into the mould of birth order. Some are an exception to the general. Lastborns that behave like firstborns and firstborns that act like lastborns.

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