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How to Set Healthy Boundaries With Your Kids

Sometimes, the word “boundaries” inspires a negative connotation. But they don’t exist to make your life worse – as a matter of fact, they make your life infinitely better.
It takes practice and determination to set boundaries with your children, but don’t give up. Setting boundaries benefits everyone involved. Establish them early on to set an important precedent for your parenting style, help prepare your children for real-world consequences, and show them they have the power to take care of themselves.

1. Model Boundaries for Your Kids

If you don’t model the boundaries you expect your kids to follow, there’s a good chance they won’t model them either. Demonstrate waiting to speak with someone until their phone call has ended, knock before entering a room, and ask to borrow an item before taking it. Clean up after yourself, especially when someone else will use a space after you.

2. Make Boundaries and Consequences Clear

Before you can expect obedience, ensure children understand what the boundaries and potential consequences will be. Ask younger children to repeat your expectations back to you, and ask older children for a written explanation. Leave a space for their signature to emphasize how important this is.

3. Plan Ahead

Don’t make decisions in the heat of the moment. Rather, prepare by anticipating where problems may arise – such as mealtime or preparing for bed – and know your limits.

4. Stay Confident
When your child ignores a boundary, confront them. Avoid weak language and modifiers such as “okay?” at the end of sentences; these make you appear uncertain. Don’t discount your own authority. Stay warm, firm, and confident. Stick to your decisions, even when your child is upset, and be consistent with rules and consequences.

5. Why Boundaries?

Understanding your personal limits and knowing the power of “no” is an essential component of any healthy lifestyle or relationship. By including these in your relationship with your children, you show them that you value yourself, while also preparing them to be an adult who values themselves, sets up their own boundaries, and respects others’ boundaries as well.

For more tips on communication, education, and fun activities for your whole family, check out our Orlando private school blog.

Helpful Tips From a Preschool Teacher

font-2111748_640If your child falls between the ages of two and five, they probably actively explore the world around them while learning to share, recognize numbers and letters, and discover their independence. We have put together a few tips that will help you and your child get ready for kindergarten and beyond.

1. Always Follow Through
Parents can learn to always follow through when they give their preschooler a command. If it’s time to turn the television off and go to bed, don’t give in when your toddler begs for just five more minutes.

2. Have High Expectations
It’s easy to do everything for preschoolers because they are so young, but this isn’t the best thing for them. Preschool teachers point out that when you have higher expectations for your children, they will often meet those expectations. There’s no reason your little one can’t put their shoes and bookbag away after school, or toss dirty clothing in the laundry basket at the end of the day.

3. Encourage Independence
Encouraging independence is the best way to prepare a child for the future and there’s no reason you can’t start during preschool years. Teachers suggest you allow children to pick out their own outfit, pour their own cereal, and select a chore to help out with each day.

4. Praise All Achievements
Young children react to attention, so look for every opportunity to praise your youngster and be mindful of giving any negative responses. Teachers stress that the way you say things is important. Never raise your voice and if you need to redirect your child’s attention, try breaking out in song to get them to laugh.

Discover additional tips and tricks at Lake Forrest Prep, a private school in Orlando that aspires to create an atmosphere where the school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

2018 Top Book Trends

alone-1822474_640Not only does reading improve comprehension, it also introduces children to new vocabulary words. Our staff at Lake Forrest Prep suggests you take a look at the following books and add them to your must-read list for the new year.

1. Little Blue Truck’s Springtime
Designed for early readers, Little Blue Truck’s Springtime has flaps throughout that hold baby animals underneath. Kids will learn to identify new animals and there’s plenty of opportunities to practice counting as well.

2. Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold
Written by the #1 New York Times bestselling author James Patterson, Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold takes kids on a wild adventure through the Amazon. The book is designed for students in grades three through seven and is perfect for stimulating one’s imagination and satisfying a child’s thrill for excitement.

3. Dragon Masters: Chill of the Ice Dragon
Dragon Masters: Chill of the Ice Dragon is one of Scholastic’s chapter books for students in first through third grade. The text is easy to read and contains plenty of action to keep kids engaged. Children follow the main character, Mina, as she searches for a fire dragon to unfreeze her kingdom.

4. Time Jumpers (Five Kingdoms)
The final book in the Five Kingdoms series, Time Jumpers is a great choice for elementary students who have a love for sci-fi stories. If your child hasn’t read the first four books in this series, you may want to borrow them from the library before you jump into this one, which continues to follow the main character, Cole, and his faithful friends.

Discover additional tips and tricks at Lake Forrest Prep, an Orange County private school that aspires to create an atmosphere where the school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

The Best Apps for Kids

pexels-photo-691188These days, children are drawn to electronic devices so why not use them as an educational tool? There are plenty of options that are both entertaining and educational. We’ve compiled a list of the top five apps that you can download to any phone or tablet.

1. PBS Kids Daniel Tiger’s Storybooks
The Daniel Tiger’s Storybooks app contains interactive stories that teach important life lessons. Once a story ends, kids get a chance to play a game that reinforces what they learned from the story. The stories come in English or Spanish.

2. The Magic School Bus Oceans
Encourage your child’s love of science with the award-winning The Magic School Bus Oceans app. It’s presented in a kid-friendly comic book format, and kids can play games that help them explore ocean life, as well as view 26 real photos and 11 videos of underwater animal and plant life.

3. LOOPIMAL by YATATOY
Little ones that love music will appreciate the LOOPIMAL app. They can create their own song by moving around blocks of different notes. The blocks are actually animal characters that dance to the music, which makes the app even more appealing to younger users.

4. Motion Math: Hungry Guppy
Preschoolers and kindergarten students will find the Motion Math: Hungry Guppy app helps them master their numbers. Once the child can count, the app goes on to teach them how to add. The colorful, number-eating fish and the fun music throughout the activities really keeps their attention.

5. Stack the States
For history buffs, there’s the Stack the States app. Elementary students are taught to recognize all 50 states, their abbreviations, and their capitals. Each state is designed to look like a cartoon and kids have the option of putting the states on the map like a puzzle or completing a few matching activities.

Discover additional tips and tricks at Lake Forrest Prep, a private elementary school that aspires to create an atmosphere where the school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

Goal Setting for Younger Kids

goal-976853_640Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, conducted a study revealing that 43 percent of people who regularly write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. The team at Lake Forrest Prep believes goal setting is an important skill for younger children, and we have a few tips for how to teach them:

Step 1. Clearly Define Goals for Your Kids
Younger children need to understand why goals are important before they can make their own. Use the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of “something that you are trying to do or achieve” as a starting point. Then, give the kids a few examples such as: learning how to tie a shoe, doing 10 jumping jacks each morning, or completing homework before its due date.

Step 2. Create a Goal Chart
Help your children create goal charts that contain both short-term and long-term goals. This is an excellent way for children to learn the significance of planning for the future. If your child isn’t old enough to write their own goals, allow him or her to draw pictures instead.

Step 3. Review the Chart Regularly
Every couple of days, review the chart and talk about any progress your child has made. When they successfully achieve one of their goals, place a checkmark next to it, or give them a sticker to put on the chart. Praising your child is an excellent way to reinforce good behavior and encourage them to develop healthy habits.

Step 4. Repeat the Cycle
After your little one has mastered their goal list, start over with a new goal sheet. This teaches them that there is always something they can do to grow. Hang up the completed goal chart so when they become discouraged, they can look to it for motivation. Let them know that reaching a goal can take hard work and dedication, but it’s always worth it in the end.

Discover additional tips and tricks at Lake Forrest Prep, an Orlando private school that aspires to create an atmosphere where school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

4 Fun Activities to Do with Your Tween

tween-2601109_1280Spending one-on-one time with your tweens is extremely important. Not only does this give parents a chance to bond with their children, but it allows both the parent and child to get to know each other’s likes and dislikes.

  1. Take Pictures

Whether you have a camera or a cell phone, you and your tween can spend some time doing a photoshoot together. You may choose a woodland theme or beach scenes, or to get even more creative, consider a photo scavenger hunt to see who can complete an image list in the fastest amount of time.  

  1. Make a Snack

Cooking is an excellent way to express your creativity and find a new hobby. There are plenty of snacks that you and your child can alter to invent something new. For example, instead of using graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars for a s’mores, add a caramel drizzle or replace the chocolate bar with Nutella spread. Have a taste test to see whose creation came out on top!

  1. Tie-Dye an Article of Clothing

Another activity that shows your tween’s individuality is tie-dye. Craft stores sell inexpensive white t-shirts, and the only other things you need to get started are rubber bands and some fabric dye. Encourage your child to mix their favorite colors to make the t-shirt unique. You can even opt to dye a bandana, a pair of socks, or a purse! The options are truly endless.

  1. Go Geocaching

There are millions of geocaches around the globe just waiting to be discovered. If you don’t already have the app on your phone, consider downloading it with your tween. Then begin your search and see how well you can put your heads together to find new items. The best part is, you’ll be getting exercise at the same time!

Discover additional tips and tricks to help your tween grow at Lake Forrest Prep, an Orange County private school that aspires to create an atmosphere where school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

Best Family-Friendly Movies

pexels-photo-57043Spending time together as a family is important, and what better way to bond with the ones you love than over a movie and some popcorn? Of course, in order for the movie night to be a success, you’ll need to select a flick that is appealing to both children and adults. The staff at Lake Forrest Prep offer a few suggestions to get you started off on the right foot.

  1. Big

Big is rated PG and premiered back in 1988, but it remains an excellent family film. Tom Hanks plays Josh Baskin who makes a wish at 12 years of age that, when granted, leaves him inside a 30-year-old body. While parents appreciate the storyline, the kids will get a big kick out of Josh testing toys at work and learning what it’s really like being a grown up.

  1. Shrek

Shrek is one of the few cartoons that captures the attention of all audiences, whether you are two or 102. The first movie in the franchise was released back in 2001 and was rated PG. The sequels were equally as charming and would also make for a fun-filled family movie night. Mike Myers does an excellent job of playing the loveable and not-so-scary, big, green ogre, while Cameron Diaz shines as Fiona. The addition of storybook characters is a hit with the kids, while many of the jokes are geared toward the adults.

  1. Brave

Brave is the story about a feisty redhead named Merida who doesn’t want to be like every other girl. The film is rated PG and has plenty of hilarious characters to keep children entertained, like Merida’s little brothers, Wee Dingwall, and the Witch. Parents will enjoy the battle sequences, as well as appreciate the overall message of the movie.

Lake Forrest Prep, a private school in Orlando, aspires to create an atmosphere where school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

Tips for Helping Your Child Declutter

pexels-photo-261895It isn’t hard for children to accumulate a lot of toys. Unfortunately, if the items don’t have a set place where they can be stored away when not in use, it can leave the room looking messy and unkempt. We’re here to offer a few tips and tricks that parents can utilize to help their little ones declutter to reclaim space.

Donate Toys to Charity

The first step in decluttering is to go through each of the toys with your child and identify the items he or she is no longer interested in using. These items can then be donated to charity. This is also an excellent time to instill a giving spirit in your kids by teaching them about those who are less fortunate.

Make Use of Organizers

Your child will be more likely to keep the room neat and tidy if he or she has a place to put the toys. There are plenty of closet organizers, cubbies, and decorative storage bins on the market that you can purchase. Once installed, assist your little one in finding a home for each of the toys.  

Rotate the Toys

Children who have a hard time parting with toys may benefit from a toy-rotation schedule. Parents can divide the toys up into three or four piles and then store all but one pile in the attic. That leaves fewer toys to care for at any given time. Then, once or twice a month, swap a pile of toys from the attic with the pile in the bedroom. Your toddler will learn to love the old toys all over again.

Show, Don’t Just Tell

You may not realize it, but your kids are watching your every move. They will have no motivation to declutter their belongings if yours are a mess. Pick a room of your home and have your child watch you go through it. Show the little one you are finding a place for all of the items you keep and that you are willing to get rid of things you no longer use.  


Lake Forrest Prep, one of the best private elementary schools in Orlando, aspires to create an atmosphere where school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

3 Ways to Get Your Family to Enjoy Dinner Together

family-eating-at-the-table-619142_1920The University of Florida’s IFAS Extension states that a child’s development is positively affected when families dine together at least four times per week. This institute of higher learning also points out that family dinners increase a student’s chances of graduating from high school, as well as reduce the risks of teens abusing drugs. Here are three ways you can get your family together to enjoy a delicious dinner.  

  1. Take Turns Choosing the Meal

The best way to get the family invested in the evening meal is to give each member a turn in selecting the dishes. Parents can teach their little ones about nutrition and encourage them to help prepare the dinners they have chosen on their assigned day.

  1. Give Everyone a Time to Talk

Family members may not look forward to dinner time because they don’t feel like they are being heard. Getting together for the final meal of the day allows parents and children to bond, but only if they each get a chance to talk. If it typically takes your family an hour to eat, schedule 15 minutes for each person to have the opportunity to talk about their day uninterrupted.

  1. Get Kids Excited with a Themed Dinner

One way to entice the family to supper is to plan themed dinners. There are several ways you can go about this. You can go with days of the week, such as Meatloaf Mondays or Taco Tuesdays, or opt for different ethnic foods. Thursday, you could serve Italian, while Friday is for Chinese, and Saturday features Greek cuisine. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even organize a mystery dinner one night a month.

Lake Forrest Prep, an Orange County private school, aspires to create an atmosphere where school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

4 Holiday Dishes Your Children Can Make

cranberry-683913_1280It’s exciting when everyone contributes a dish to the family’s holiday meals, and there’s no reason to leave children out of this fun tradition! Here are some of our favorite holiday dishes simple enough for the little ones to whip up.

  1. Cranberry Raisin Salad

To make this popular appetizer, have your child fill a bowl ¾ of the way with a mixture of lettuce and spinach. If the pieces are too big, encourage them to use clean hands to rip up the lettuce. Toss in ¼ cup of dried cranberries and raisins, ½ cup of mandarin oranges, then top with an oil and vinegar-based dressing, and you’re all set!

  1. Chocolate Pudding Pie

Take out a ready-to-make graham cracker pie crust and set aside. Now, have your child pour one chocolate pudding packet into a big bowl and mix with 1 and ½ cups of milk and 4 ounces of whipped cream. Once these are combined, it’s time to transfer the pudding mixture into the graham cracker crust and finish off with strawberries, bananas, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips. The hardest part is waiting until it’s time for dessert!

  1. Corn Casserole

Corn casserole is a simple side dish that’s perfect for your little one to make. In a large bowl, have them combine 10 ounces of corn and creamed corn, 8 ounces of sour cream, one stick of melted butter, and 8 and ½ ounces of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix. Once all of the ingredients are mixed well, you can help your child spread them out in a greased baking dish. To finish off, place in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  1. Cute Chocolate Acorns

If you’re looking for a way to include your youngest child, these cute chocolate acorns are the way to go. Line a baking dish with tin foil and depending on how many people are eating, have your child unwrap between 25 and 40 Hershey Kisses. Next, spread a bit of chocolate frosting on the flat end of the Hershey Kiss and press a mini vanilla wafer over that. Add another dab of frosting to the center of the wafer and to top it off, press on a chocolate chip. Set each chocolate acorn on the baking sheet and store in the refrigerator until after dinner!

Discover additional tips and tricks at Lake Forrest Prep, an Orlando private school that aspires to create an atmosphere where school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

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