Good learning programs for infants and toddlers?

Brittney - posted on 09/30/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My fiance and I have been trying to find good educational programs for his son. His ex doesn't want their son in early head start. We explained it was free and everything. She was all for it, they had almost all the paperwork filled out, then my fiance slipped up and said that he was glad I found the program. Now she hates it because it was my idea. Are their any online programs we can do with him when he is at our house? He is going to be 16 months old on October 20th. We have him on Saturdays for 10 hours. In January my fiance will start every other weekend for 48 hours and once weekly for 4 hours. So we could do the program with him more then. So are there any programs that help kids his age?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 10/01/2014

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Early head start is not 'your baby can learn'. Head start is a program for pre-school aged kids who may be at a disadvantage beginning their educational career in a mainstream classroom.

You said that it was a 'program', and that you had 'the paperwork filled out'. "Our baby can learn" wouldn't be advertised as a program with paperwork prior to purchase, you would simply purchase the DVDs at any Barnes & Noble or other bookstore.

If your partner wishes to interact with his child, in a somewhat educational way, he can simply interact. TALK. Point out shapes, colors, letters, etc. all the time. This early interaction is how the child develops the skills to continue into a program such as Head Start or preschool.

I understand that you're eager to be a stepmother. You need to understand that you are coming across as overbearing and interfering. Step parents NEED to let the biological parents co parent. Yes, you will give valuable input on a personal level with the kiddo, but your opinions, wants, and desires regarding the actual raising of the child will take a back seat to what his parents determine is the best way to handle things. You cannot expect to 'take over' as mom. Not when mom is actively involved and physical custodian of the child. If she weren't in the picture at all, it would be different, but she is, she has physical custody, and you are most likely making her very uncomfortable with your insistence that you be involved and consulted in every parenting decision.

Brittney - posted on 09/30/2014

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I wasn't talking about school. I was talking about just like his abc's. Things like "your baby can learn". My boyfriend was wondering when we saw an ad for it. And so I just decided to ask on here.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/30/2014

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Evelyn, she did have a couple of posts, and now I think I see why the child's mother is wanting to keep a distance between her and the child.

I don't think that Dezzerea is trying to be the "pushy" step, but I think that, perhaps, her enthusiasm for parenting may be coming on a bit too strong for mom to handle well, and perhaps she needs to step back and let the schooling decisions, etc, be made by the parents.

Ev - posted on 09/30/2014

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I agree with Shawnn. Its not important to push a child to preschool. They learn more with one on one, first hand experiences, and trying things themselves. They learn through trial and error. Did you not have a few posts about having guardianship and step mom's having say in the step kid's life?

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 09/30/2014

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Good grief, the child isn't even 2 years old and you're pushing him towards school???

Preschool. That's about all he really needs at the age of 16 months! Leave the pre-K school prep for when he's closer to 4.

I'm with your partner's ex on this one. Pushing the kid that soon is not a good idea. Let him grow into his learning with his peers. Don't push him to advance at 'your' pace. If you want to start teaching him...INTERACT with him! TALK to him! Share what's going on while you do things, point out shapes, letters, colors, etcc as a normal mode of conversation.

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