So, a couple months ago I heard about this text line for parents and caregivers called Bright by Text. Basically, this is a service which will text you two to three times a week with information about activities you can do with your child to help them grow and develop. You can start using the service as early as your third trimester and they will send out messages for children from zero to five.
I signed up for both my little girl and my baby on the way. The main reason I use this service is because it sends me ideas of things I can do with my daughter to change up our routine a little bit. It also gives me helpful information about how I can help my active toddler learn and helps me keep up with her development curve.
I'm a busy person, and it's hard to try and think up new activities to keep my little one occupied that aren't too complicated. This text line does all the work for me for free!
Some examples of text messages that I've gotten from them are:
- How can you teach your child something new? Connect it to something he already knows. (Link to more information) I used this message to start teaching my daughter about mom, dad, baby, brother, sister relationships, which is helpful since we are expecting a new little one. I also used it to teach her that animals have babies and moms too. Now she points to pictures she's never seen before and names all the family members!
- Music is a brain stretcher for toddlers! It supports all areas of learning and brain growth. Tips to incorporate music every day. (Link to more information)
- Your baby is already 21 months old! Growing up has a lot of important milestones, find out what your baby could be doing by 24 months! (Link to more information) I learned from this link that toddlers like doing and helping with chores because it makes them feel like an important member of the family. Now I let my little one help with cooking dinner, emptying the dishwasher, picking up her toys, etc. She loves it, and I certainly don't mind the help (such as it is).
- Now that your child is running around, it's time to help her balance. Make walking sideways and backward a game. She doesn't quite trust this game yet, but we still find it fun to try when we are shopping or waiting in a lobby and she's getting bored.
- A new baby is a joy for the family, but can be stressful for an older sibling. Follow the link to learn how to help them manage this new adjustment. (Link to more information) This was one of the first tips I got pertaining to my pregnancy and it was very helpful. I learned that when the new baby comes my little one may stop going to bed on time and may start pushing boundaries she didn't push before because she wants to know what else will be changing. It said the best method for dealing with this is to keep the original boundaries and schedules in place. Knowing that not everything will be changing will provide her with a sense of comfort and security. I never would have guessed!!
I know that the text line will soon be providing area- and age-specific activities that you can take your child to, such as free museum days or local family activities. I'm excited for this new feature but I haven't been able to take advantage of it yet.
If you want to be a part of this awesome service (which I highly recommend!!), then text UTFamily to 274-448 and you can get started!!