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17 Tips to Incorporate Learning into Everyday Life!

17 Tips to Incorporate Learning into Everyday Life!

Learning can happen anywhere and anytime.

This can’t be anymore truer for children! From the age of 1 to 5 years old, a child’s brain undergoes a rapid period of development producing 700 new neural connections every second. By the age of 5, 90% of a child’s brain is already developed, which means the progression from birth to 5 years old is a critical part of their lives.

With their brains developing at such a fast and exponential pace, learning can truly happen anywhere and anytime. Here’s a really great article to help you understand a child’s brain development from age 1 to 5 - click here.

In this article, I share 17 tips on how to incorporate learning into everyday life! Yes, you do not always need expensive toys, or lots of time and effort to prep activities 😉. Find out how below!

Calm Down Corner - A Positive Tool for Regulating Emotions

Calm Down Corner - A Positive Tool for Regulating Emotions

In our guide on Creating Effective & Inspiring Play Spaces (you can download it for free here), we had briefly introduced our calm down corner. Amazingly, I’ve had so many questions (a barrage really!) from parents on our calm down corner, so I thought I would spend some time talking about how it serves as a positive tool in regulating emotions, and how to create one!

Do also read through our blog series on Respectful Parenting (click for Part I, Part II and Part III), a calm down corner is very much in line with Respectful Parenting principles.

First, a little backstory...

We set up and introduced the calm down corner to our boy T back in Dec 2018, when he just turned 3 years old. I’ve heard about calm down corners (sometimes known as peaceful corner, chill-out corner, quiet corner) for a while now, but truth be told, was never truly bothered to set one up. T is a relatively gentle and mild-mannered boy, he didn’t have much tantrums – they were mostly short emotional outbursts which were really easy to manage and seemingly only occurring at home (never in public). I honestly thought my husband and I had this in the bag!

When he turned 3, coupled with the news of a 2nd baby coming and me being pretty much out of it (nauseous, exhausted) and not able to spend time with him like I usually do – he started throwing 30 mins (at least) long meltdowns. Sometimes they go up to an hour. They were triggered by the slightest things and could happen anywhere and everywhere.

Three Words That Changed My Perspective as a Mum

Three Words That Changed My Perspective as a Mum

I've read many parenting books, looked through various parenting articles, and had several parenting-related conversations with other parents before. If there's one article which really stood out for me and had a significant impact on how I view parenting life, it was this one article here.

This article truly changed my perspectives towards parenting, and also life in general. These 3 simple words made me look at every situation in a totally different light - "I get to".

By looking at every situation through the "I get to" lenses vs "I have to" lenses, my whole perspective towards the situation took a huge shift. And I've been constantly reminded of the need for this perspective shift in recent months.

Being a nauseous exhausted pregnant woman while juggling a full time job and handling a 3 year old toddler has proven to be tougher than I expected. I've had my fair share of frustrations throughout the last 3 years of parenthood, but throw in pregnancy hormones into the mix, my fuse has definitely been shorter than usual.