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Children and pets

When the child is young, he shares abilities with his pet, especially because neither of them speaks and because, in a way, they are in the same physical situation. Then interaction behaviors are observed between them. This happens through the stares (which are easier because the child is small and crawls around), the postures, the intonations (babble of the child, meowing of the cat), the gestures.

Between 9 and 14 months the record of the behavior of the human baby is very close to that of the animal. But, even if it is almost ego in terms of nonverbal communication, the big difference lies in the fact that the animal, especially the dog, is better equipped than the child to decipher what his partner wants to tell him. The baby, on the other hand, is aware of some intentions of the animal but is not able to interpret them. Therefore, communication between the two is very intuitive.


Precautions when a baby and an animal live together

The first rule is to always be alert and never leave the child and the animal alone in a room. A cat can give it a blow or a dog push it, usually, pets are not aggressive, if they are, it is because they are in an awkward situation or feel unwell.

Dogs stick their tails between their legs, crouch their ears and cats sniff or curl up. Adults have to be alert to detect those signs that the child cannot decipher, but to avoid reaching this point, it is essential that Parents play their role as educators in front of the child and in front of the animal. They have to explain to the little one that the animal is not a toy, that it is different from us. That means you have to know how to tell the child not to disturb the cat that sleeps on the couch, for example. Similarly, you have to set limits on the animal.

Finally, you have to impose some hygiene rules: wash your hands after touching the animal, avoid licking and sleeping together and, above all, control the health of the animal by taking it to the veterinarian at least once a year.

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Today’s children are digital, but how do you set limits on social media use? How can we help them enter a world from which adults are just learning?

First of all, is not to look at technological advances and social media with fear. Everything we discover generates a reaction, and if it’s new, we feel some fear. However, as adults we have to do the opposite, we have to get into it.

Any parent or teacher should have social media to understand and know how it works. And just like we talk about Facebook, also Twitter or any other social network, it is our responsibility as adults to learn from this language, which has other rules, which is different, to be able to help and guide the child and take advantage of these tools that, well used, are absolutely wonderful and, ill-used can be very dangerous.

In world 2.0 there is everything, fantastic things and bad things What is our duty as adults? It is to be vigilant, attentive, let them make their experience, but with guidance and care.

Important! in social media there are ages. In fact Facebook has a policy that no one under the age of 13 can create an account. This poses a complication, which is that the reality indicates that many children under the age of 13 have an account on this social network and therefore lie about their age to open it. That’s a dangerous first message for children. Lying is not a minor detail. Ethical principles need to be taught to children very clearly.

How can we take care of him in his life on Facebook?

We need to teach our children a number of things, such as what information to put on, explaining the new concept of privacy so different from previous generations, and more. Children need to know that once something is hung up on the internet it stays forever, and that, not only can their friends look at it but many people, therefore, it is important to take care of what is written or published. They need to know that there is private information that should never be shared publicly, they have to understand that on social networks they cannot say what they would not dare to say face to face and that they cannot use this tool to assault or defame. These are all things parents have to teach their children.

What about you as a parent, how do you avoid the dangers that social media is to your children? Take a moment to reflect on this and take the actions that work best for you and your family

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How much food is good for your child?

Babies and young children can be allowed to eat the right amount as long as you only give them access to healthy foods. Babies cry to let us know they are hungry and when they are full they stop eating. Things get complicated at 2 or 3 years when children begin to prefer the taste of certain foods and reject others, in addition to having much variability in how hungry they feel. You may worry that your child eats very little, children tend to eat the same amount of calories every one or two days, but the pattern of calorie consumption may vary from day to day. One day a child could eat a lot at breakfast, a lot at lunch and almost nothing at dinner. The next day, the same child could eat very little at breakfast, but he could eat a lot at lunch and dinner. Do not expect your child to eat the same amount of food at each meal and each snack every day.

What happens if there are bad eating habits? This can lead to low weight or overweight. Poorly fed children have a weaker immune system, which increases their chances of disease. A child’s poor eating habits can increase the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type  2 diabetes or high cholesterol later in life.

Help and support your child’s healthy eating habits as follows:

• Eat together as a family as often as possible. Make family meals a pleasant and positive moment. Avoid making comments about the amount or type of food your child eats. The pressure to eat actually reduces children’s acceptance of new or different foods.

• Choose healthy foods for your family’s meals. Children notice the selections you make and follow their example.

• Make meal times predictable. Eat at approximately the same time every day and always at the table, even for refreshments.

• Have meals often enough (for example, every 3 hours for young children) so your child does not feel very hungry.

• Outside of talking and enjoying time together, do not do anything else during meals: no television or other distractions.

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Although there is no definitive cure for the complaint or the common cold, antibiotics help fight bacterial infections, but they have no effect on viruses. Here are some practical tips to take care of your child during the flu season:

– Ideally parents should help their children feel comfortable, make sure they get more rest and drink plenty of water.

– The child’s doctor can consult your child or ask him to show you the nearest, if there is no improvement and a trusted pediatrician.

– Salt water nasal drops or saline help to release the nasal passages, as well as constant oxygen flow. You can apply between 1 or 2 drops in each nostril, this with the supervision of a specialist.

– Humidifier, also known as vaporizer, can help keep nasal secretions more moist and allow your child to breathe better. Place it in the room near your child Be sure to clean and dry the humidifier very well to avoid contamination with bacteria or mold.




– For children from 5 to 11 years old, with a teaspoon of honey.

– For children over 5 years old.

– Menthol ointments: rub a little on the chest or the front of the neck.


Last but not least, remember to give your child fruits and juices rich in vitamin C to help your immune system to rest its defenses and combat the complaint.


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The Montessori methodology agrees that, in order to attend a camp, any age in children is good, and when they are independent, they get more out of this experience. As a general rule, the first three days involve a period of adaptation, new friends, recognition of the area, different routines, meals, bedtime … everything changes.

Some children will find it harder than others to adapt but it is normal, in a few days they will feel in their space, although many parents choose summer camps with the idea of reinforcing their knowledge, the main subject will be coexistence. So, the best thing is not to worry about learning because of the fact that they learn science, art, etc. it is something that comes in addition if the children are enjoying the camp.

In Montessori summer camps, the mission is to have fun, share and carry out recreational activities that allow each child to develop their potential. For Montessori Gables every child is important, so we offer a program of activities and fun that includes:

• Arts and crafts.

• Science projects.

• Outdoor games.

• Aquatic game.

This school year ends soon, summer camp registration is open now, the camp begins on June 10 and ends on August 2nd. We will wait for you! More information HERE

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The potential of each child

One of the characteristics that has defined the Montessori Method, created by the Italian Maria Montessori at the beginning of the TWENTIETH century, was that each child could release the potential that it possesses in some activity, while being integral in terms of other areas or knowledge . Of Course, it is intended to teach young children, with tasks and values that they can carry out from an early age and that molded or instructed them in some way in the process of becoming adults.

Within the classroom, there must be a suitable environment for the child to feel confident and free to learn, a place where they practice affection, respect and discipline, where in turn the didactic materials available to them choose , thanks to his own interest. Seeing in this way that the child possesses in itself the capacities to go building himself. The father or teacher is nothing more than a guide, a person who will provide you with the tools for your learning.

Thanks to the environment where you will be given the freedom to choose, you will facilitate the knowledge of reading and writing on a par with certain rules and limits, that are only the observation towards that which interested them and the respect towards the activities of other companions , those little efforts that will be very significant in their formation.

While they are being instructed in general knowledge, as the aforementioned, at the time of these completed, if they want to play, draw, or carry out another activity, they are in the freedom to do so, since if it is their will, that must be respected.

They Will Have a moment to share and to know integral tools, that will help them throughout their lives, at the same time they will be given the opportunity to learn for themselves, to create independence and also to choose that they like, that they want to do to To develop its potential in terms of this activity or task. Pushing them, and encouraging them is only our duty.





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