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Single parents are often so absorbed in tending the needs of their children that they neglect taking care of their own well-being. With proper coping skills in your emotional toolkit you can better overcome challenges as they arise and maintain better mental and physical health. Here are some great tips to help you develop a self-care routine to stay happy, healthy, and in turn be able to offer more to your children.
Single and stressed. The American Psychological Association explains that many singles “unrealistically expect that the family can function like a two-parent family, and may feel that something is wrong when it can not. The single parent may feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of juggling caring for the children, maintaining a job and keeping up with the bills and household chores. And typically, the family's finances and resources are drastically reduced following the parents' breakup.”
Sound familiar? As a single parent you face a number of stressors in your daily life that nuclear families do not. Conflicts with your ex, visitation and custody issues, reduced opportunities to enjoy your children, complications from dating and new relationships, seeing the effects on your kids, and disturbances in the relationships with extended family members can be complex challenges for single parents. It’s a struggle that can strain and damage your well-being.
First-aid. Experts cited by Psychology Today recommend establishing a “first-aid kit” to help you recognize and heal emotional damage that comes from stress:
Your toolkit. Taking care of yourself will help you overcome and heal emotional damage to maintain good mental health. Add these tools into your self-care program to support your emotional and physical needs:
Coping skills. When the going gets tough, employ deep breathing exercises, yoga and meditation to help you stay in the present instead of being distracted by the past or the future.
Good habits. Keep some structure in your days so you can find time to tend your basics. Eat right, exercise and get enough sleep. An established routine will also reduce your child’s stress and help you stay organized.
Positivity Maintaining an optimistic, positive attitude helps you overcome emotional challenges when they arise. Reflect on your successes by listing things you have accomplished for you and your children. Avoid comparing yourself with others and how you see their progress as parents.
Support network. The American Academy of Pediatrics points out you should not isolate yourself with busyness or try to be entirely “self-sufficient.” Reach out to family and friends but don’t underestimate the power of flexible childcare. Drop-in childcare offers single parents a safe alternative to creating “latch key” children. Flexible care doesn’t lock you into a set schedule and is an ideal solution when you work multiple jobs, need last-minute care, or simply want to have an hour of time to yourself.
Control finances. Money can be a big stressor, so experts advise that getting a handle on your situation will help you feel more secure, even if funds are tight. Establish a budget and set aside money for the future.
Time in nature. Single parents often are running to and from obligations and spend very little time savoring the outdoors. Being in nature reduces stress levels and promotes mental health.
Developing a self-care program can help you navigate obstacles and stay healthy and happy. You’ll be a better parent with more to offer your children, instead being run ragged. Learn to recognize when you need some first-aid, and put tools in your toolkit for better coping and psychological health. You deserve emotional well-being and a good self-care program!
By Daniel Sherwin
What are the benefits of care in a mixed age classroom? Children will learn from others through observation and interaction. Here are some reasons why we find learning in a multi-age setting is beneficial for our children’s development.
Social Emotional Learning and Development
When children have the chance to interact and socialize with peers of different ages, it helps them in developing social skills and building confidence as well as self-esteem.
Learning with your Peers
Learning with peers that are varying in age (2-5) helps children build confidence, learn from one another, and how to model for others by setting a good example.
Demonstrating and instilling the importance of teamwork can teach children to listen and respect the opinions of others, cooperation and equality.
Siblings can remain in the same classrooms while still interacting with other children. For some, it helps in the process of gradual entry if it is their first experience being away from family or caretakers.
Individual Support Plan
Teachers are able to to focus on the needs of each child rather than the developmental levels of the overall levels in a same age classroom.
Children learn compassion, patience and problem-solving skills as they interact and help other children.
Younger children will find a sense of challenge when working on more complex activities with older peers.
Children are exposed to different cultures and family backgrounds in which they learn to respect each other’s values.
Check our WOLO child care programs. We offer various educational drop-in programs and child care for ages 2-5. Click here to read more!
Congratulations to all our students on a FANTASTIC 1st Winter Piano & Music Recital at WOLO School of Arts! We want to thank all the teachers, staff, and parents for their support, hard work, and dedication to ensuring our recitals run smoothly and comfortably. Of course, our students are the main stars of the show. We are beyond excited to begin 2018 and we look forward to seeing everyone's progress as they delve further into their piano learning journey! For more photos, please visit...
~ Warmest, Miss Donna
Director of School of Arts & Happy Keys Piano Program
Are you interested in learning piano in a fun, engaging, and educational environment? We offer piano lessons for children to adults and we start at 3 years old! Sign up for a free lesson here! First month promo $99/4 (30 minutes) lessons.
Our Winter 2018 Program Guide is available!!! We offer many programs for babies to adults. We are excited to offer specialized programs that meet our WOLO values. To view the programs online, please visit our "services" tab as all programs are listed online. Registrations are now OPEN!
We offer the following...
Please call 604-829-1346, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop-by in person to register today!
1. Teaching Philosophy
We offer a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum which is interest-based, child-led learning here at WOLO. Some private schools such as Urban Academy, Stratford Hall, and York House to name a few, also offer the same type of curriculum for good reason. The theory is that when children are learning something that they are interested in, they can learn well beyond their capacity. Or at least, what we think their capacity is.
2. Early Education
We are an education centre in Vancouver that offers preparatory programs for preschool, kindergarten or private school. We value learning at a young age and believe that children learn more quickly during this time than at any other time in life. Research has shown the emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on the overall development and what kind of adult they will become. We believe that investing in early learning is so important to maximize their future well-being.
At WOLO, we offer a flexible model of care for families. Some join us for the entire school year with the option of taking vacation breaks without having to pay for a spot they are not attending. For example, the conventional group child care or preschool system requires you to pay for your spot for the entire school year regardless of how many days you are away sick or on vacation. We on the other hand, offer flexibility for families so they are only paying for the days they attend. This model works well for travelling families, shift workers, the self-employed, families with nanny share, etc.
4. School of Arts
Our School of Arts offers piano lessons, various musical instrument lessons which includes the ukulele, guitar, harp, and group music lessons such as piano, band and choir. We follow the Happy Keys program which is also a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. Students lead the direction of the curriculum while the teachers facilitate to their interests and needs.
ALL our teachers are either ECE or B.ED certified teachers who are trained in the Emergent curriculum. We have a background in early childhood education, kindergarten, and elementary school as well as psychology.
Our centre has been designed by renowned child care designer Ye Chu who has designed over 20 licensed childcare centres in the lower mainland. Our grand 32 feet high ceilings offer natural light and a feeling of openness. The natural grain cabinetry and flooring resembles the natural resources of Vancouver.
Tags: child care, flexible, drop-in, preschool, toddler, elementary, teenagers, adults, babies, reggio-emilia inspired, early learning, wellness, school of arts, vancouver
We highlight 8 reasons WHY your child needs WOLO piano lessons.
1. AMAZING TEACHERS
All our teachers are highly sought after, educated and passionate about teaching. Our team can teach ALL AGES (yes, as young as 3 years old) and we only bring on the BEST! We select our teachers who match our WOLO philosophy of teaching. We are RCM trained and offer highly individualized and personalized learning. We LOVE teaching and working with children!
2. PARENT INVOLVEMENT & CONSULTATION
Our School Of Arts director, Miss Donna is delighted to be there for parents. We specialize in education as we are certified teachers and we understand how important parent involvement is. This can be during or outside of class. Parents are encouraged to work together with their child's teacher to create a positive learning environment during class and at home.
3. REWARDS PROGRAM
Our program is based on the merits of perseverance, confidence, and effort! We provide fun challenges for students and parents while working towards their goals.
4. SPECIALIZE IN BEGINNER'S PIANO LESSONS
We specialize in beginner's piano lessons for all ages. We approach our programs with the understanding that at each developmental level, students retain information and learn differently. We look into our student's goals, motivations, beliefs and assist in discovering new sides of ourselves.
5. REGGIO INSPIRED PROGRAM
How are our lessons Reggio inspired? We ask our students questions, we guide them by encouraging them to explore, discover, and create. If a child is interested in dinosaurs, we can find songs with dinosaurs, use dinosaur figurines to learn notes on the piano and off the piano, create a song about dinosaurs, use figurines as practice motivators and many more!
We believe recital performances should be a time to celebrate our successes and gather to build community and a fun experience for everyone! We host a potluck after our recitals as we see our students and families as part of the WOLO family.
7. WOLO EXPERIENCE & LESSONS
The WOLO experience is about learning, growth and compassion. We value customer's feedback, our team's feedback and working together to create a better experience. Lessons for children at our centre is not only about dropping your child off to lessons. We strive to get to know our parents, building relationships with families and students and create community.
Our lessons include following a curriculum but also off the staff activities, games and working on building our student's confidence. Each class may be different and exciting!
Not only can you take piano lessons, but you can also learn other instruments if piano is not your forte. Such as guitar, voice, harp, etc. Join us for a camp, yoga, dance and many other activities. We are a growing ONE-STOP-SHOP and we love creating new programs!
Want to become a "VIP" Very Important Pianist at WOLO? Join our waitlist for a free trial private lesson now! Click here.
Miss Monica & Miss Donna recently participated in the Vancouver Baby & Family Fair! It was our first trade show and also our first time doing presenting on stage! We had a lot of fun meeting everyone. Thank you to all the families who dropped by! Here are some photos to recap!
Don't forget. We are currently offering FREE trial music lessons and 2 FREE hours of child care!
Sign up here or give us a call at 604-829-1346!
We are just updating our online method of signing up for programs, child care and payments. We have been using Amilia but we are taking it off our website. Families who are using the program can still book for child care online.
Please give us a call for any registrations or email us!
We are happy to help you! :)
Why would you want to massage your baby....
There are many benefits to massaging for both you and your baby!
* massage can promote bonding and attachment to parents/guardians
* encourage verbal and non verbal communication
* develop love and trust between parent/guardians
* create a sense of respect and value for babies
* can stimulate all systems in the body (circulatory, digestive, immune, hormonal)
* aid in muscular development and growth, coordination and balance
* creates mind/body awareness to babies that might seem disorganized
* may offer relief from cramps, gas, constipation or general tummy troubles
* may provide relieve from growing pains, muscle tension, teething discomfort
* can help to promote relaxation for baby and you
* can regulate behavioural states
* may improve sleep patterns
* may increase flexibility and muscle tone
* space for parents/guardians to connect with other parents
* a fun atmosphere to learn in
This is an inclusive class for all family dynamics and encourages both parents to engage in massaging baby. This class is best for infants under the age of 12 months.
* massage movements for the whole body
* theory on the benefits of massage
* theory on behavioural states of babies
* education on what oils to use on your baby
* open discussion time for parents to share on any topic pertaining to their baby or parenting
* snacks and drinks during discussion time
* extra dolls for parents to practice massage movement if their baby isn't in the mood
* a non judgment place for babies and parents to be authentically themselves
* crying babies, crawlers, squirmers, feeders and all babies in between are welcome
To sign up for the 5 week classes please visit www.wonderoflearning.ca or call (604) 829-1346
Classes begin on Friday September 22nd - October 15th from 10am - 12pm
We are super EXCITED for you to see our program guide. We will be adding more programs but for now, let's explore what we have to offer. Welcome to our first EVER program guide! Download here.
Parents, we are now more than just a flexible child care learning centre and school of arts! We FOCUS on wellness and wellbeing, community and introducing new exciting programs and workshops for all ages. We would like to be a place where you can come with the option to learn in various ways...through the wonder of learning. This is our first brochure and we appreciate any feedback.
Don't forget to download a copy for yourself! :*) We hope the visual helps with learning more about our centre.
In the meantime, we are currently offer OVER 25 FREE TRIAL CLASSES from September 12th - September 23rd for BACK-TO-SCHOOL! Please check out our promotions area.
Next, we will begin again on September 5th for the School of Arts school year. We are currently on our way to our second month since opening WOLO. We have an amazing and excellent group of passionate teachers and educators on board! We believe we offer more than just your typical lessons and classes...
We are happy to create a package for you to make your day and time here valuable and memorable. Please give us a call at 604-829-1346 for a direct inquiry during office hours. We look forward to serving our Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood and all neighbourhoods surrounding our area. We create WOLO for our families and what we envision learning is...
Our vision is to instil a love of exploring and to inspire children and all learners through the wonder of learning.
We look forward to meeting you soon! :)
Miss Donna & Miss Monica & WOLO TEAM