Monday, October 31, 2005

Therapy Balls Provide Developmental Fun

Everyone knows that children love playing with balls, but did you know that therapy balls can actually help with your child's physical development?

Therapy balls are used in different ways to assist muscle tone development, and body orientation for better balancing skills. Babies that have recently learned to sit up can strengthen their back muscles with the subtle shifting required to reach out for colorful therapy balls.

Older children who lack balance and muscle tone are helped by sitting on therapy balls. The constant muscle adjustment needed to keep the therapy balls in place actually helps the muscles strengthen, and teaches the body how to keep itself properly aligned.

The Sit-n-Gym Stability Ball is a therapy ball with small legs to provide a little extra stability. Children can become accustomed to the feel of the therapy ball while using the legs, and then turn the therapy ball on it's side to receive the full benefits of muscular-skeletal strengthening.

Gymnic Physiorolls are staples in many physical therapy facilities across the country. The peanut shape limits the rolling movement to backwards and forwards while allowing the therapist work side by side with the patient. You can work side by side with your own child, or just let them have fun playing with these therapy balls on their own, knowing how good it is for their muscle coordination.

Therapy balls are wonderful toys to aid any child's physical development.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Seven Keys to Child Obedience By: Anthony Kane, MD

Learning obedience is an important part of child development. This is the tool that allows you as parents to train your child. Through obedience your child will learn self-control and develop other positive character traits that he will need as an adult.

However, obedience cannot be forced upon the child. Parents who simply command their children will foster resentment, which will eventually lead to rebellion. In fact, some researchers feel that poor parenting techniques contribute to the development of oppositional defiant disorder in some children. Although you can punish a child for not obeying, this will not foster any long-term obedience. When the child reaches his teen years and becomes more independent, punishment will only serve to destroy the already faltering parent child relationship.

Our goal then is not to force our children to obey us, but to get them to want to obey us. This willingness to obey will only come about if the parent's commands are based upon seven principles.

1-Loving Concern for the Child

A child knows quickly whether a parent's demands are for the sake of the child or for the personal convenience of the parent. If the parent's primary motive for giving orders is to make his own life easier, then the child learns to place his own interests first, also. If you want to be successful in raising your child, then your reason for giving orders must be for the benefit of your child. When your child senses that your demands are for his sake, he will much more readily obey you. He knows that it is for his own good. He will know that any demands made of him, no matter how unpleasant, come from a genuine concern for his welfare.

2-Sincere Respect for the Child

Parents must respect their children. This is a concept that is not well practiced by our society. Western society focuses on possessions. Somehow in the back of many parents minds their children are counted among those possessions. We must remember that our children are not objects, but people. As people, they are deserving of respect. We must remember to give respect to our child to the same degree we would like others to respect us.


Very often our children do things that bother us. This is usually unintentional on their part and is just a reflection of their immaturity. However, if we show our children that we are annoyed they will begin to resent us. This resentment feeds their desire to rebel against our wishes. One of our goals as parents must be to try to keep our negative emotions in check.

4-Speaking Softly

Nothing gains a child's cooperation more than a gentle tone of voice. Speaking softly helps us to control our negative emotions, especially anger. A soft voice soothes and is more likely to be met with cooperation. It creates a relaxed atmosphere and is reassuring to children. When we speak in a soft voice it also conveys strength. We show our children that we are in control of the situation and not merely reacting to it. If the only step you take is to control the volume of your voice, particularly in stressful situations, that alone will foster better child compliance. You will find that everything around you goes more smoothly.

5-Make Moderate Demands

No one likes having demands placed upon him. Children are no different. Yet we are constantly commanding our children. We feel that as parents we must take steps to correct every misdemeanor that we see. When the orders become excessive or arbitrary the parent becomes more like a dictator that an educator.

If you place a lot of obligations on your child, then your child is going to resent and resist your authority. One of the most important steps in getting your child to listen to you is to reduce the amount of demands that you place upon him. This will require you to stay calm and overlook a lot of childish behavior. Commands should be made thoughtfully and be within reasonable limits. The general rule is that if a certain behavior is not something your child will be doing as an adult and if it is not dangerous, then you should not make it a priority to correct.

6-Follow Through

Even if you do all that has been mentioned so far, you will still need to give your child orders. When you do so, you must be firm and make sure that your child obeys. If you give your child an instruction you must insist that he fulfill it. Often it will be easier or more convenient to just overlook disobedience. This is the end will erode your authority as a parent.

You should only make moderate and well thought out demands on your child. However, when you do make those orders your child must fulfill them. If we want our children to take our words seriously, then we must show them that we are serious.

7-Be Free with 'Yes', but not with 'No'

We must try to grant every reasonable request our children make of us. They should feel that we are giving to them freely and in overflowing abundance at all times. You should make it a rule to give your child whatever he wants unless you have a good reason not to do so.

In addition, we should try to temper our use of 'no'. Try not to avoid saying 'no' whenever possible. For example, if your child wants to have a treat before dinner and you want him to eat first, rather than say 'n' or 'not now' say, 'yes, after dinner'. This small change in the way you use the words 'yes' and 'no' will change your child s perception from the feeling that most of his desires are being denied to that most of them are being granted.


It is natural for a child to want to obey his parents. It is also necessary for his proper growth and development. Applying these seven keys will help you to make it easier for your child to obey you. 

 If you want to see how you are doing as a parent, see our Parenting Quiz at

If you want more information on ways that you can teach even the most difficult child to obey you, please see our Child Behavior Program at

Anthony Kane, MD
ADD ADHD Advances

Monday, October 24, 2005

Play And Learn The Fun Way With Educational Toys

While it may seem that young children simply play all day, it's really much more than that and educational toys can really enrich your child's play time.

Play is extremely important to a young child's development process. It is how they learn early cognitive skills; how to take in information, organize it and act on it to solve problems, so educational toys are important. You can aid your child's development by observing what they like to play with and then providing appropriate educational toys to suite them.

Toddlers will get a lot of fun and sensory input with educational toys like the Deluxe Mini Play Cube. The Deluxe Mini Play Cube provide tons of sensory input as children play with the gears, abacus, path finders and so much more on these educational toys. Parents will also be happy to know that this innovative educational toy is self-contained, so no loose parts!

Blocks, Shapes, and Lacing for Children are educational toys that help children develop problem solving skills while also exercising their creativity. Perhaps your child will grow up to be an architect some day because of her early experiences with these educational toys?

Educational toys are a wonderful way for parents to encourage a child's full development.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Developing Creativity With Art Tables and Easels

Developing creativity through art is simply a wonderful way to round out your child's development. No doubt you may have read about the division between right-brain (talents and skills), and left-brain activity (logical thinking), but your child needs a whole-brain approach for full development.

Sadly, more children are loosing the opportunity for developing creativity as schools cut back on art and music programs. Therefore it's up to we parents to be sure our children are developing creativity by providing them with artistic toys at home.

Art tables are wonderful for developing creativity. The chalkboard table top has it's own safety paper cutter with feed through paper role. Developing creativity is unavoidable as your child spends hours in creative play in her own special place. Recessed cups provide handy storage for crayons, scissors and chalk.

Have more than one child? Then a two sided easl can help all of your children get a chance at developing creativity. These adjustable easels usually have a chalkboard on one side and a dry erase board on the other. Developing creativity happens naturally as your children explore each medium.

Nurture your child's right-brain for whole-brain development with art toys for developing creativity.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Stimulate Pretend Play With Activity And Train Tables

Activity and train tables are a wonderful way to stimulate pretend play in your child. An activity table will open up a world to explore that is only limited by imagination. Additionally, activity and train tables come in a diverse range of styles, shapes, and sizes.

Train tables offer up hours of fun pretend play for children. Trains can take your kids away on imaginary adventures that will keep them entertained for hours. These train tables are well thought out with landscapes embedded in the design and rounded corners; they are compatible with Brio and Thomas wooden train sets and accessories. The convenient storage holds the items between pretend play adventures.

Both activity and train tables do dual duty and not only stimulate your child to entertain themselves with their own imaginations, they encourage group play and help children not only learn valuable socialization skills, but simply sharing ideas about where to take their stories as they pretend play with an activity or train table is a fun way to learn to get along with others.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Pretend Play Food Creating Tomorrow's Chefs

Pretend play food may be creating tomorrow's chefs, you never know. Our children watch us everyday and learn so much from the simple things we do. Preparing a meal is one of the interesting things a child picks up on, and pretend play food is instrumental in creating tomorrow's chef. Creating tomorrow's chef is something every child thinks he is, when he acts out food preparation with pretend play food. 

Our pretend play food is one of the best ways for them to act out this concept. Simple toys are sometimes the best ones, and SensoryEdge's pretend play food may just be creating tomorrow's chefs.

A wooden toy food groups set is an ideal pretend play food toy to help him learn the proper diet we all should have, a necessary key in creating tomorrow's chef. Creating tomorrow's chef begins right here with the food groups taught through pretend food. 

Your child will spend hours playing with pretend play food, your child may not know he or she is learning valuable information for the future about nutrition and even some basic food preparation. Pretending to cook vegetables and serving them up to their stuffed animals around a table in their room could lead to your child cleaning their plate at dinner when you remind them their teddy bears ate all "their" vegetables.

Toy Wooden Kitchens

Other pretend play food toys that can contribute to creating tomorrow's chef is the plastic fruit basket, and the plastic vegetable basket. He will love learning all the different types, shapes, and colors of fruits and vegetables. These pretend play food toys are a stepping stone to creating tomorrow's chef.

Creating tomorrow's chef all begins with learning, and loving what they learn with pretend play food.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Fun Furniture for Kids

Kids love to have things of their very own and especially love to have kid's furniture that really fits their little bodies. Not only is the furniture kid-sized but many items can also be personalized for each child.

The first piece of kid's furniture that is sure to be a favorite is the old fashioned children's step stool. It can be used in a variety of conventional ways but is also a great place for toy battles, doll arrangements, or any other use a little imagination can think of. The step stool has a convenient built in carrying handle. The step stool is made of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) so it is strong enough to hold adult weight as well. Be sure to personalize the step stool as a special touch. The child will love to see his or her name written on the step stool. Please check the website for a complete listing of available step stool colors and personalization colors for this selection of kid's furniture.

Talk about feeling like royalty in the bedroom! Child's sofas are a dream-come-true for sleepovers, lounging, or just hanging out with friends. The chenille kid's furniture sofa comes in 4 different upholstery colors and is constructed with fire retardant dense foam. The chenille is incredibly soft to the touch and would be a great conversation piece for any room in the house. Personalized pillows are a must for a complete ensemble. The child's name on the pillows is a great finishing touch for ensuring the biggest smile on any child's face. Every child on the block will want to sit on this unique selection of kid's furniture.

Every princess needs a vanity and this piece of kid's furniture is must for the princess in your home. The Always a Princess Vanity will make any little girl think she is living in her very own fairy tale. The heart shaped mirror is topped with its own crown. There are also two heart topped boxes, each with hinged lids for storing all of the priceless princess gems, makeup or other special treasures. This incredible piece of kid's furniture also plays the music "Pomp and Circumstance" every time one of the boxes is opened. The Always a Princess Vanity also comes with a princess chair complete with a crown backrest and a removable heart shaped back cushion. The padded cushion is adorned with gold tassels that are sure to impress any little princess.