During this period of containment, Nintendo's latest console, the Switch, has enjoyed immense success. It is quite possible that your child plays with it regularly.
So we have put together a list of games that we particularly like and which can make a great gift idea for your child. Some of these games are currently offered at a discount of up to 60%.
1) Yoshi's Crafted World ($49, a 40% discount)
Who does not know Yoshi, this friendly character from the environment of Mario Bros. In this original looking game, your child explores attractive and colorful environments in order to reach the finish line. A concept of double-sided levels makes the gameplay interesting and very challenging.
2) Mario Tennis Aces ($49, a 40% discount)
This is the ultimate sports game to have fun with your children. Use the Switch controller to hit the tennis ball virtually like a racket. Your child, regardless of age, will have fun!
3) Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker ($49)
This original puzzle-style game promises hours of fun as you complete each level with increasing difficulty. A colorful and imaginative game for everyone.
4) Splatoon 2 ($49, a 40% discount)
A shooter for ages 10 and up, Splatoon 2 is more popular because it allows people to play online with others. By using color to determine their territory, your child will develop their reflexes!
5) Minecraft ($29)
Another very popular game, which will appeal to slightly older children. This game allows you to develop your creative spirit in the Lego way by building virtual structures in a world full of surprises.
6) Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle ($29, 60% discount, 10 years +)
A game created by Ubisoft including a mix of Rabbids and Mario Bros. This strategy game will require reflection to face the situations offered and is recommended for children aged 10 and over. At less than $30, this game is currently a great deal.
7) The Lego Movie 2 Videogame ($29, 10yrs +)
For young fans of Lego and the latest movie in the name, this game offers the exploration of magical Lego worlds. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
It is normal for a toddler to wet the bed. However, by the age of 5, if this problem persists, we should start paying attention. It should still be put in context that 9% of children between 5 and 10 years old have nocturnal enuresis.
Tip 1: Don't lose patience!
As parents, we must not lose patience with this problem and not blame our child. Rather, we need to help him get through this period when self-esteem can be affected.
Tip 2: anxiety or fear
Is the bedroom or hallway to the toilet too dark for your child to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom? Does your child have anxiety or nightmares? You have to be attentive to the needs and state of mind which may have a connection with the problem.
Tip 3: Reduce fluids at night
Obviously, drinking more fluids during the day and less in the evening is essential.
Tip 4: Empower your child
A pee in the night? No problem. Ask your child to help you help wash the pajamas and bed sheets the next day.
Tip 5: Wake him up at night
Wake your child up at a specific time when you know they should urinate normally. But if your child is sleeping soundly, don't push it.
Tip 6: Use a "wet stop" (wet alarm)
Sometimes your child does not feel the urge to urinate. There are small devices that detect the first drops and emit sounds to wake up the child. This has been shown to have positive effects in allowing a better understanding of the needs of the body. You still have to be patient, but after a few weeks of use you can already see improved results.
For example, we tested the Wet-Stop3 alarm. This small device works with 2 AAA batteries. It is possible to put in vibration, sound or vibration-sound modes. The sound is loud and the child wakes up every time. A cable with a liquid detector is attached to your child's panties. It should be placed on the front of the panties in order to detect urine early on. A button on the side silences the alarm.
The Wet-Stop3 comes in three colors: blue, green or pink. It retails for $66.99 CAD. It was designed by a pediatric urologist and is suitable for both boys and girls.
Tip 7: Motivation
It is good to find a system to motivate our child during successes, for example a calendar with stickers and maybe a small reward after a few days without pee.
For example, why not give your child some new panties according to their current taste?
Whether it is to play instead of eating, watch TV a little more or avoid going to bed, all the reasons are good for your little one not to respect your instructions! We can give another "5 minutes" in front of the television, but the concept of time is not yet something well defined in their head.
This is probably the best time to add a timer to their routine. Many daycares already use this trick for playtime, so why not apply it at home? We tested it with our 3 year old and the success was remarkable!
In our case, we chose the timer "Time Timer PLUS". A timer designed for children with a very clear and intuitive interface for toddlers. It allows up to 60 minutes. It costs about $45.
In just a few weeks, our little one learned to set by himself the period of time we allow him. For example, we say "10 minutes of television" and he turns the wheel to the allowed duration.
The timer has another wheel on the back to determine the sound level of the buzzer. This is very useful for setting the timer quiet when his baby brother sleeps in the next room.
When the timer rings (and often even before the end of the period), our little one already starts to put away his toys or plans turning off the television. When it rings, he says "TV over" and he presses the red button on the remote to turn off the TV. This is an incredible change from our non-timer experiments, where we were entitled to cries even after several "other 5 minutes" extensions. With the timer, our little anticipates even the end of the period and he already knows that he must finish his activity.
Of course, you must first take the time to explain to your child the operation of the timer and the reason for its use. This will require a few tries before having a conclusive result, but be patient!
Alternatively, you can use an application on your phone. However, the result is not as good as your child does not necessarily associate your phone only as a timer and it is preferable that your child can himself define the duration allowed. Your child will be happy to have this responsibility in hand!
Share with us your experience of using a timer with your child!
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