As a parent of a newborn you must be facing the difficulty of leaving your baby alone in a room and going on with your daily duties. Much as you would want to be with your baby all the time and keep him/her in front of your eyes all the time but it is not always possible. You will have to at some point of the time get on with the household chores like laundry, cooking, washing, vacuuming etc. In such kind of situations baby safety monitors are a useful things to have installed in your house.
There are many types of baby safety monitors available in the market for you to choose from. You can choose from analogue or digital monitors, wired or wireless monitors, video monitors, monitors with alarms and many more. You can select from the baby safety monitors based on the range and the features.
However just installing the baby safety monitor in your house is not enough. You have to take proper care of it just like any other instrument or device in your house for it to function properly. As the most important function of baby safety monitors is to let you hear even a small movement that your baby makes therefore you must ensure that the audio and video signals are working correctly. If there is too much static which is preventing you from hearing properly then change the monitor immediately to avoid false alarms.
Most of the baby safety monitors have receivers, which run on batteries. You must keep an eye on the battery. The strength of the battery will dictate the range of the receiver. Do not run the safety monitor on low battery as it can decrease the signal strength and you will not be able to hear properly. Baby safety monitors can be a real handy tool only if you keep them maintained properly. Do not toss them around to prevent breakage and if possible have a dedicated place in your house to keep them so that anyone in the family can access them.
Children who are critical thinkers are not afraid to be curious. They have the ability to ask good grades that are higher than average; even in public school systems where individualized teaching is largely impossible, they thrive better than most peers because teachers have a better idea on how to address their academic needs. While critical thinking may come naturally to some children, parents can provide guidelines and foster this skill as well. Teach your child to think critically by allowing them to consider the following methods of inquiry:
- What exactly do you mean by that? Clarifying meaning is a more active way of learning rather than simply accepting what you are told. Asking for clarification indicates interest, and communicates the desire to learn more. Children who are not afraid to ask questions when they do not fully understand something make the most out of their education. Even outside the class, asking for clarifications fosters good interaction with other people, and helps curb the bad habit of assuming too much.
- I wonder why that happens. Curiosity is the jumping board for learning. It opens up the mind to new things and deeper knowledge. Moreover, it shows awareness of the surroundings and sharpens the intellect. The curious child is a learning child.
- How can you tell? It isn’t enough to know information. In a lot of academic subjects, the ability to arrive at the correct answer is important. The child must learn the logical processes involved in order to be able to duplicate the solution to a particular answer.
- Is there any other explanation? Critical thinking implies being able to discern things rather than just memorizing data. If school is preparation for the real life, then students must learn to think for themselves. In the adult world, one problem often has more than just one solution.
- Am I explaining something or just labeling it? Book learning is somewhat heavily focused on categorizing things rather than truly understanding what it means. For example, while a child knows that biology uses binomial nomenclature, he must also be able to know what it means. Understanding what a thing really is and knowing how it works rather than simply knowing what it is called is the hallmark of analytical thinking.
Critical thinking goes beyond the mere accumulation of data. It promotes comprehension and enhances the ability to appropriately apply gained knowledge to real-life situations and problems. It is never too early, nor too late to teach your child how to think critically. This is a skill that will prove valuable to him for the rest of his life.
Joana Chrystal Ventura-Moises RN is also our expert blogger on plumbing and shower screens. She contributes home improvement articles to other websites as well.
- Encourage Critical Thinking in Gifted Students (brighthub.com)