Even though 2016 was an epic year for movies, it almost feels like a warm-up when you look at the long list of blockbuster films already on the release calendar for 2017. It's never too early to get excited about taking a trip to the theater, so we've lined up the biggest upcoming releases—and whether you're into action, comedy, horror, or drama, there's something here for everyone…
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter | 0:29
John Wick: Chapter 2 | 1:06
The Lego Batman Movie | 1:33
The Great Wall | 2:10
Logan | 2:34
Kong: Skull Island | 3:13
Beauty and the Beast | 3:49
Power Rangers | 4:31
Ghost in the Shell | 5:07
The Fate of the Furious | 5:38
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 | 6:09
Alien: Covenant | 7:03
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales | 7:28
Wonder Woman | 8:07
World War Z 2 | 8:39
Cars 3 | 9:13
Transformers: The Last Knight | 9:42
Despicable Me 3 | 10:07
Spider-Man: Homecoming | 10:34
War for the Planet of the Apes | 11:07
Dunkirk | 11:53
The Dark Tower | 12:38
IT | 13:26
Blade Runner 2049 | 14:14
Kingsman: The Golden Circle | 15:09
Friday the 13th Reboot | 15:53
Saw: Legacy | 16:33
Thor: Ragnarok | 17:06
Justice League | 17:33
Star Wars: Episode VIII | 18:05
Preparing Your Child For Nursery
How to cope when your child starts nursery.
Starting nursery is the beginning of a new and exciting stage in your child’s life. But it’s also the end of an era so feelings of sadness and anxiety are inevitable.
When you’ve been by your child’s side every waking moment from the second they were born – holding them, guiding them, comforting them, playing with them – it’s hardly surprising that watching them disappear into a room of virtual strangers is enough to fill even the most confident parent with questions and doubts.
What if he cries inconsolably when you leave him? How is she going to cope without you? What if the other children are mean? What if the staff forget to give him his dummy at nap time? What if she cries and nobody cuddles her?
While these anxieties are completely natural, it’s also worth remembering that children are far more resilient than they appear. In fact, there’s a good chance your little one is coping better with the transition than you are.
Then, of course, there’s the question of them coping a little too well.
What if he doesn’t bat an eyelid when you leave him? What if she prefers her key carer to you? What if he’s happy all day at nursery but cranky when he gets home?
As setting up a webcam to spy on your little darling isn’t an option, we asked Beverley Hallett, manager of Head Start Nursery and Preschool, Lewisham, to give us a sneak peek into what really happens at nursery when mummy and daddy aren’t there and offer her top tips from the front line.
What if my child is inconsolable when I leave?
Children usually cry because you are leaving and not because they are unhappy about being at nursery,” explains Beverley. “In the majority of cases, once the ‘goodbye’ part is over, a child will quickly settle into an activity or cuddle with a member of staff.”
To ensure the goodbye is as painless as possible (for your toddler and you), Beverley recommends the following tips:
1. “Choose a nursery that offers parents a lengthy settling-in period so your child can build up a connection and relationship with their key carer in the security of your presence before you leave them.”
2. “If your toddler is having trouble settling in, arrive early and factor in time to comfort and reassure them before you leave. Stay and play with them, help them to settle with their key worker, even have breakfast with them – but keep this separate to the ‘goodbye’ itself.”
3. “Make the actual ‘goodbye’ quick, firm and reassuring with no long, drawn-out returns for “just one more kiss or cuddle from mum”. Once you have said goodbye – you really need to leave.”
4. “Always say goodbye and reiterate that you will see them later. Be specific in a way that your child will understand – for example, after lunch, after tea, after story time – then leave.”
5. “Never just sneak out because you think your child is playing happily and is distracted and you don’t want to upset them. To the child, to suddenly look up and mummy is no longer there, feels like abandonment.”
6. “Children need the reassurance of a familiar, consistent, goodbye routine – whether that be a kiss, waving through the window or taking them to play in the block area. This signal will help them to cope with the transition from being in mum’s care to being in nursery care.”
The routine of saying goodbye and reassuring them that mum or dad will return is essential when supporting a child to settle into an unfamiliar environment.
What if my child cries during the day - and I’m not there?
Emotional moments will inevitably crop up, especially in the situations those child associates with mum, such as waking from a nap or at meal times or also if another child gets too far inside their physical comfort zone and they feel threatened. But remember the nursery staff will always be there to step in and comfort your child.
“A good nursery will contact you if your child cries for an extended period of time and cannot be comforted. In this instance they should agree to extend the settling-in period,” she adds.
“Most people who work with children do it because they love children and are genuinely concerned if a child is unhappy. If they tell you your toddler has been fine all day, the chances are they have.”
What if my child doesn’t cry?While it might not compare to the pain of seeing your child distressed, it can be pretty disconcerting when all the other toddlers are clinging onto their mums for dear life while yours runs off merrily without so much as a by-your-leave. But does this really mean your child doesn’t care about you?
Beverley explains that conversely this is a positive sign: “This just shows what a great job a parent has done of building their child’s emotional confidence and security, enabling them to attach emotionally to other adults outside their immediate family.”
Why is my child a devil at home and an angel at nursery?Don’t be surprised if the nursery tells you your child has been as sweet as pie all day only for you to be faced with an evening of tears and tantrums the moment you get them home.
“Remember that your child will probably feel tired at the end of the day,” explains Beverley. “Playing and exploring a new environment is hard work. They might like some quiet time when they get home so don’t bombard them with too many questions, however tempting.”
Easy Paper Crafts for Kids
Jump-start your child's creativity with these simple crafts made from all varieties of colorful paper.
The Project: Have your child draw a big, squiggly line at the top of the paper in one colour of marker, making sure to go all the way from the left to the right side. Use another colour for the second line, following along the first. Continue this way in a repeating colour pattern (or not!) to fill the whole page, then remove any tape. (This could take a while—encourage your child to take a break if necessary, or to work here and there over a few days.) How did the line change as he filled the paper?
Bonus Fun: Instead of a single line, have your child draw a few geometric shapes at different spots on the page, then radiate the patterns outward on all sides. What will he do when the lines intersect?
The Big Reveal
Turn coffee filters into pretty paper glass with this crafty idea from an art teacher.
A firm believer in the idea that art is for everyone, she loves planning lessons with projects that students can interpret in their own way, with no wrong answers. Here, she shares an example that was a hit with her students.
The translucency of the paper mimics the look of glass.
Have a Ball
Once your child has five or more shapes, he can slide two half-circles together at the slots to form an X, or slot together two to three pieces, rotating them until they stand on their own (at least three points should touch the work surface). From there, he can continue to add more pieces by sliding them together at the slots until he's satisfied with the result.
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5 (passive-aggressive) Anger Management Tips for Children
Does your child lash out or trash his room when he gets mad? Here's how to help him work out strong emotions and stop the bad behaviour. These tips should help defuse the situation somewhat, altering their current state-of-mind, and allowing you to then start discussing what is bothering them and redirecting their attention in a positive outlet??
Your 7-year-old lost his lunch money at school—and now his play-date cancelled. So he slams his Lego tower against the wall, sending bricks flying everywhere. Your heart stops. Does expressing anger that way mean he may become a violent adult? Um, unlikely
“Frustration and anger are normal emotions, and kids need a strong physical release for them,” she says.
But to safely redirect his feelings, have him:
1. Run around the living room or largest room in your home 50 (or any arbitrary number) of times; he'll be in a contained space, the counting will distract him and he'll get pooped out.
2. Go into a closed area (like the bathroom or a big closet or the basement) and yell at the top of his lungs. This gives him a safe place to vent without freaking out younger siblings (or the dog, or the neighbours).
3. Karate-chop a big piece of wrapping paper. It produces a satisfying ripping noise and makes him feel powerful. Go outside and make faces at you through the window.
4. Run around the house, and repeat. (After a few times, this is likely to dissolve into a giggling fit.)
5. Throw dirt at a tree. He'll get messy, but he can't hurt anything.
Karate Kids: The Benefits of Martial Arts
With a bloodcurdling cry, your 6-year-old leaps into the air in a karate kick, raising your hair and blood pressure simultaneously. Before you panic and pad the walls, try channeling this urge into a martial arts class.
Activities like tae kwon do, kung fu and aikido are a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they also promote violence, but that's a myth, according to experts. The martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.
A typical hour-long class begins and ends with a bow to the teacher, or master. After a warm-up, students practice the art's particular skills, which may include kicks, punches and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention.
Progress is often marked by the belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colors until black. Testing for each new level, generally every three months, is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals.
But, say experts, it's the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit: It often carries over into school, helping to improve behavior and even grades, according to recent research.
"Six is usually a good age to start classes," says Mimi Johnson, M.D., a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. By that time a child should have enough muscle control to punch and turn properly and safely—essential to getting a real kick out of the martial art he chooses.
Class optionsThe American T'ai Chi Associates recommends looking for a school that adheres to the original principles of the martial art it offers, rather than one that dilutes them by, say, pairing jujitsu with kickboxing: The purer the teaching, the more your child stands to gain. Here's a quick guide to help you choose the right class for your child
Karate (Japanese)A system of self-development using kicks and punches. Its quick, sharp actions involve snapping movements of the joints, which means that kids need to warm up carefully.
Tae Kwon Do (Korean)A form of karate developed as a military art, which has become one of the more popular martial arts in the U.S. It uses kicking and punching movements to energize the body, and breathing and meditation techniques to provide focus.
Judo (Japanese)Taught as a competitive sport, judo teaches kids how to throw a partner using balance and leverage and helps them learn self-control and respect for their opponent.
Jujitsu (Japanese)A competitive form of self-defense that teaches students to use their opponent's weight and strength against him. Having a partner fosters cooperation.
Aikido (Japanese)Uses many of the same movements as jujitsu but is gentler and noncompetitive. It, too, is an excellent discipline for teaching children how to work with a partner.
Kung Fu (Chinese)A rigorous and physical form of karate that involves more fluid movements than its Japanese cousin, making it easier on joints. It's fast-paced, so kids get an aerobic workout.
T'ai Chi (Chinese)Focuses on balance, stretching and weight-bearing moves. T'ai Chi is easy on the joints, boosts flexibility and improves concentration skills.