Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center opened its first school in 1986 in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Today there are more than 121 Rainbow Child Care Centers found in 15 states.

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The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool opened its doors in 2012, and continues to grow every year. If there is interest in your area, please let us know!

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Rainbow Referral

Rainbow Referral

Do you know a family in need of a Home Away From Home? Share the Rainbow Difference with the Rainbow Referral program and receive one free week of tuition!

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Turning Strong Wills into Strong Leaders

“My child is so stubborn, strong-willed and bossy!”

How many times have you said something along these lines, or heard a different parent say something similar? I know I have. Both.

As parents, we often cringe when our child is behaving in ways that could be characterized by these adjectives, because it makes parenting hard(er). Honestly, it makes everyday tasks and activities more difficult because you never know about what, or when, you and your child are going to butt-heads.

BUT, what if instead we say, “My child is TENACIOUS, PERSISTENT and CONFIDENT!”?

What if we flip the tables, and the way we think? What if we appreciate the self-awareness and self-expression our children have; these are, after all, the same qualities that make great leaders. By embracing these characteristics and focusing on the positive, it may help us remain calm in those daily battles.

Of course, that’s not to say that you won’t ever be frustrated when your child insists on picking out
her own outfit… that may or may not be weather appropriate… and may or may not match…

…that may or may not have happened to me…

clothes

There was originally an Ugg boot on one (ONE!) of those adorable feet.

…last week…

Here at Rainbow Child Care Center, August’s Kids of Character theme is Leadership. We want our children to grow up to be great, confident individuals. Building leadership skills means reminding your child that being a leader means doing the right thing, being kind to others and showing others the right thing to do. It’s not about being loud or quiet, extroverted or introverted, it’s about leading by example.

Here are a few tips that can help build your child’s leadership skills at home:

  • Talk about the power of a positive attitude. Let them know that with the right attitude they can overcome challenges in life.
  • Allow children to begin making decisions and choices in their everyday life. This will help them learn responsibility and consequences for their choices. That long-sleeve shirt they are insisting on wearing in the 95 degree weather… they will learn (you may want to keep an alternate shirt handy though!).
  • Encouraging children to always strive for their personal best. Let them know that they don’t need to always compare themselves to others. It is better to make the right choice on your own than to give in to peer pressure and make a poor choice.