Criticism of a person's parenting methods, even when the criticism is well intended and potentially helpful, can be difficult for some people to deal with. Parenting critics may be anyone from a child's teacher to another parent at the playground, but usually, the critics are close friends or relatives. Criticism might make you feel like you're not performing up to par as a parent, but there are times when it can be useful. Whether the criticism is constructive, misguided or downright negative, there are some steps you can take to effectively deal with any criticism that comes your way.
Your child with autism faces numerous struggles, and communication often tops the list. Using visual supports -- pictures or photographs, hand or body signals and environment-based cues -- can allow you to better communicate with him. Visual cues benefit your child, too, by allowing him to understand rules, choices and social situations, both at home and school. Plus, visual supports are adaptable for your child’s situation and can be reduced over time as he develops more skills.
Your child sings beautifully. At first you thought you were just being an overly proud parent, but friends and neighbors tell you how delightful he sounds and that he should be performing in public. Your next step would be to get him out into the singing community where he can explore his options and decide on the music path he wishes to pursue.
Belonging to a moms' group can be a beneficial way to gain support, obtain advice and discuss parenting concerns with like-minded mothers. Whether you want to chat about the benefits of organic diets or discuss specific parenting challenges, a moms' group can help you stay sane and calm when the going gets tough and also can allow you to provide the same service for other moms. Starting a moms' group might seem daunting, but your efforts will be well worth it personally -- and you'll have made a meaningful contribution to your community. You can start a smaller group, such…
If you’ve been blessed with a set of twins, you’ll have double the memories and love, but you may also have to pull out some creative parenting skills to keep your household running smoothly. If you expect your twins to share every toy, interest and moment, it may lead to resentment, fighting or complaining. Each twin is a unique individual that deserves to be treated as such and, if you approach your kids with this concept in mind, you’ll see positive results.
If you think back to your childhood, you may remember trembling under the covers -- terrified of the monster in the closet. Fear is a normal experience of childhood, according to an article on the University of Rochester Medical Center website. Babies are afraid of loud noises and strangers. Toddlers typically fear separation from a parent. Most 3- and 4-year-olds are anxious about creepy crawly things, monsters, animals and dark places. For older children, UMRC advises, fears revolve around social situations, such as how they are regarded by peers. Gentle encouragement and patience are the best way to help your…
For some kids, bugs can be fun and interesting. For others, they are just a bit too creepy-crawly for comfort! As noted by the Chicago Tribune, sometimes the best and only remedy for a fear of bugs is patience and time. But luckily, there are a few steps you can take to help speed up the process. Take advantage of your local library or the Internet to help your child learn more about these creatures, create some art projects and do some investigative observation. Bugs might turn out to be pretty cool after all.
Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, you can ask her to help out around the house. Not only do daily chores help teach responsibility, they allow your child to feel like she's making a contribution. Create a chore chart with incentives to keep track of your child's progress, offer motivation and reward her for a job well done.
Earning, handling and budgeting money are important skills your child must learn on her path to adulthood. One of the best ways to help her develop necessary money-management skills is through her allowance. Knowing when she’s ready to begin earning money, how much she should receive, whether to tie the allowance to chores, guidelines for her spending and saving and how to adjust her allowance as she matures are all essential to helping her become a fiscally responsible adult.
It’s no secret to you that good nutrition is a prerequisite for healthy growth and development, but inspiring your child to eat healthy foods may leave you puzzled and frustrated. Roadblocks seem to appear at every turn for parents who work to encourage their child to eat healthy. If your child is a picky eater, coaxing her to eat may present a daily challenge. Many children exhibit an insatiable sweet tooth, and peer pressure and television commercials may make it more difficult for parents to counter these childhood impulses, according to Helpguide.org. Concerned parents can make choices that encourage their…
Bullying has always been a problem among schoolchildren, but the stakes today are higher than ever. The advocacy organization Ark of Hope for Children reports that over 56 percent of children have witnessed some form of bullying in school and that 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying. Stopping school bullies before their actions escalate can help prevent lasting damage to your child's self-esteem. According to StopBullying.gov, ending a bully's habits requires a collaborative effort between parents, teachers and students.
Whether a child wanders off at an amusement park or is missing by other means, a child identification kit is an important and useful tool for law enforcement officials to use when searching for a child. While every parent hopes it will never happen, being prepared means police officers, other investigators and organized search parties have access to the description they need to aid in their efforts. Assemble the kit in an afternoon and then keep it in a safe place in case of an emergency.
A time-out period removes kids from stressful situations where behavior becomes uncontrolled and unacceptable to others. Dr. Glenn Latham -- education professor, behavioral researcher and author of "The Power of Positive Parenting" -- reminds parents that the time-out period isn't a punishment. When used constructively, the time allows your child to think about the behavior and make constructive changes. Used inappropriately, time-out resembles going to sit in the corner -- minus the dunce hat. The goal is that time-out allows your child to calm down and cool off.
Learning to ride a two-wheeler is an exciting milestone in the life of a child. This major childhood development helps kids develop balance and coordination, increases strength and provides a cardiovascular workout, according to Cris Rowan, pediatric occupational therapist in "Today's Parent" article "Learning to Ride a Bike." When teaching your child to ride a two-wheel bike, remember to be supportive and not push for it to happen too fast.
While most parents want their children to be happy all the time, the reality is that all children occasionally get the blues. The reasons a child might feel sad can range from losing a big soccer game to experiencing the loss of a pet. Other children might come home from school sad because they didn't do well on a spelling test or because a friend wasn't so friendly that day. When your child is down in the dumps, you can raise her spirits with a bit of fun and creativity so she's back to her happy, smiling self in no…
Keeping track of your own obligations and appointments is hard enough, but add in two, three or more children with a variety of social, school, and other activities, and it’s enough to tax even the most organized parent. You can keep it all straight, though, with forethought, weekly planning, and a system the whole family can learn and remember to use. So even when the unexpected pops up, you’ll be able to know the who, what, when and where of your whole family at a glance.
Your mother, your best friend and strangers at the grocery store all gave you plenty of parenting advice when you were sporting a pregnant belly. But you've probably found that all the wisdom in the world could not have prepared you for the reality of motherhood. Having a new baby is among life's most wonderful and overwhelming experiences. Be patient with yourself and remember that every first-time mother goes through a period of adjustment.
"Latchkey kids" is the term assigned to children who arrive home after school to an empty house because mom and dad are still clocked in at work. While this certainly isn't the most appealing situation for most parents, it's a reality for those who must work and can't afford to pay someone to care for their child until they get home. If this is the situation in your home, take precautionary measures to keep your child safe while he's on his own.
We all know children don’t come with rule books, and most parents are doing their very best to raise good, kind children. So when a mother you know is having a difficult time with her unruly child, it might be tempting to walk away or dismiss the problem as a personal matter. But you can make a difference for both the mother and her child by offering positive, helpful advice in a friendly and compassionate manner.
Because car accident injuries are a leading cause of death in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there's no question your child should wear a seat belt each and every time she gets in the car. That's easier said than done in many cases, especially once your child has discovered she can unbuckle her own belt. If this is a common scenario in your vehicle, take action now to keep your child as safe as possible while you're driving.
The Christmas season can be joyous and jolly, full of festivity and family togetherness. But helping your children look nice throughout the season can also put a jolly good dent in your pocketbook if you’re not careful. With a little bit of foresight and planning, looking merry and bright doesn’t have to break the bank. Your children can be comfortable and stylish at family gatherings, special events and church services for no or very little cost -- something even Scrooge would approve of.
The vision of your sweet angel writhing on a restaurant floor, kicking and screaming, is bound to embarrass you and make you want to escape under the table or out the back door, but that's not the answer. First, ban the embarrassment because most children throw a temper tantrum in public from time to time. It's time to take action to stop the tantrum, as well as prevent a future meltdown.
Children may not have much money of their own, but financial education needs to start long before they do. Most schools don't teach money management, so it's up to you to tell your child what she needs to know. You can still be an effective teacher, whether you've always been a financial wizard or you've made some mistakes. You don't have to be a perfect financial manager, but you do need to start talking about money management. The lessons you teach now can prepare your kids to handle money responsibly.
As a parent, there are few things as difficult as seeing your child in pain. Although your little one is likely to be cranky and irritable while he teethes, there are some tricks you can try to soothe him. Things to chew, a little medicine and lots of love should calm your child. Remember that his pain will be over soon, and he'll show you a brand new set of pearly whites when he smiles.
A ringing phone is like a homing device for your child. Even if he played quietly by himself a moment before, the minute you start a phone conversation, he is ready to chat. As a parent, you're used to little privacy, but your child needs to learn how to respect boundaries. The way you handle the interruptions influences how your child acts during future phone calls. By using simple yet effective techniques, you help your child learn to stay quiet when you're on the phone.
Free, unstructured play is an essential part of a child's development. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play encourages normal social, emotional and cognitive development, and fitting regular play time into your child's schedule is crucial. Starting a neighborhood play group is one way to help accomplish this goal. Your child will get a chance to enjoy some free play with other children, and you can form close relationships with your neighbors and other parents while you watch your children run around, playing and giggling.
Her little thumb tucked in her mouth looks adorable when she's little, but over time thumb sucking can become a problem. Not only do older children sometimes endure teasing about thumb sucking, they could end up with dental problems, such as misalignment of the teeth and improper growth of the mouth, according to the American Dental Association. Unlike a pacifier that you can take away, your child's thumb is always available and goes naturally to her mouth when she needs comfort. Finding ways to break her habit takes patience and trial and error.
Parent-teacher conferences roll around twice per year in most school districts: one meeting at the beginning of the year and one closer to the end. These meetings give parents and teachers a chance to discuss the child's specific progress and areas that need improvement. Your child's teacher handles most of the work by gathering examples of work and completing assessments, but parents also play a role in the success of the conference.
Your bed seems to be getting smaller and smaller as your toddler grows and continues to insist on sleeping with you. It may be time to get him to sleep in his own room. Co-sleeping is when parents choose to have their infant or baby sleep with them in their bed. When this continues beyond the first three to four months and into the toddler years, it can be difficult for the child to make the transition. It takes discipline and consistency to help a child adapt to sleeping on his own.
You teach your child everything from getting dressed to cleaning up after herself, but you also teach her values such as respecting nature. The Sierra Club recommends emphasizing experience over lessons as you teach your kids to appreciate and respect nature. Also keep in mind that the spending time in nature is good for a child's development and can be calming. Whether you live in an urban apartment or on a remote farm, your everyday life presents many opportunities to teach your child respect for all living things.
Any toddler or preschooler who hears, “You have three more minutes until clean up time,” may be a bit upset that play time is over. However, to a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, this advance warning – and having two more warnings at one-minute intervals until it is time to clean up – is essential. While transitions for a child with ADHD and for you, her parent, can be difficult, thinking ahead can help you use transitions to your advantage when it is time to change activities.
Most married couples disagree from time to time -- in fact, ABC News reports a University of Notre Dame study found that couples average about eight disputes per day, and that nearly half of these arguments are witnessed by the children. While some conflict is unavoidable, it is important for couples to manage their fighting so it doesn't result in their children being scarred for life. According to Dr. E. Mark Cummings, author of "Marital Conflict and Children," children as young as 6 months old are affected by marital conflict and may experience adjustment and sleep problems. Children who come…
A child may shoplift for any number of reasons -- to get attention, fit in, copy her friend’s behavior or get a thrill. Regardless of why she chooses to do so, she needs to know this behavior is wrong and must stop. If you believe your child is participating in this risky behavior, you should look for some telltale signs and address the issue immediately.
Whether your youngsters spend more time engaged in screaming matches than they spend in sibling harmony, or they’ve just gotten a little lazy when it comes to helping each other out, you can use a variety of simple tactics and lessons to improve their relationship. Help your kids to cooperate, appreciate one another and learn the value and satisfaction that comes from doing kind things for each other. And hopefully they’ll be sharing the TV remote and helping each other with homework and other tasks before you know it.
If your child is just starting out in the world of modeling, one of the most important considerations is putting together a portfolio of photos to showcase her personality and features. High-quality, tasteful photographs are essential to her modeling success, and finding the photographer who can bring out her best is essential to creating these great portfolio shots that agents and agencies want to see. You can jump-start her modeling career without breaking the bank by choosing wisely.
If you have any doubt about who the father of your baby is, you should get to the bottom of this issue as soon as you can. An official paternity DNA test is needed for accurate results. Establishing your baby’s paternity not only helps fill out his family tree, it also allows you to put the correct father on the birth certificate, collect child support and potentially qualify your child for Social Security, insurance benefits, inheritance rights, veterans’ benefits and other types of benefits from the father.
If asked if you love your children, the answer is most certainly a resounding "Yes, of course." However, love means different things to different people, and the form in which you communicate love sends different messages to your child about his personal worth. What he learns from his relationship with you is a defining influence on the kind of adult he grows up to be. When you love your child unconditionally, you help him develop a healthy sense of independence, joy, imagination, contentment, and the ability to give and receive love, says Richard Cohen, vice president of ChildTime Learning Centers.
If it seems like the holidays are taken over by presents, wish lists and decorating, it’s time to get back to the basics: teaching your children the true meaning of the holidays. “While parents are focusing on this year round, the holidays are a major built-in opportunity for parents to help children develop character and values,” says Rachel Robertson, director of education and development at Bright Horizons Family Solutions. “Receiving gifts has no long-term impact on a child’s development, but contributing to others and learning about giving and selflessness does.”
Your child has expressed interest in swimming and you are searching for a program that suits his needs and interests. It is a perfect sport to help your child get in shape, requires very little equipment and has minimal chances of injury. It is equally fun and engaging for both boys and girls, and is an activity that can be used for exercise and enjoyment for a lifetime. It can also be a lifesaving skill.
You want your children to love each other and develop deep, lasting relationships. They seem to be more concerned about arguing over whose turn it is to pick the movie or who's the smartest. Although their fights might make you want to tear your hair out now, teaching them to get along with each other and overcome disagreements will help them have a strong relationship with each other. It will also help them form friendships with people outside of the family.
A chore chart can be an effective communication tool that will help to keep your child apprised of what he is expected to do to help out on a regular basis. It can help to keep the house tidy and organized, and provide your child with a visual reminder of what he has accomplished, too. However, to make your chore chart a success, invest a bit of time in planning and family discussion before you post it on the fridge.
“A mother’s work is never done.” The adage never feels more real than when you are trying to manage your time well while caring for small children. From cleaning the house to turning in your company proposal on time, organizing your day is no small task. It is possible for moms to learn how to balance taking care of the house, nurturing young lives and handling outside responsibilities while still taking care of themselves.
Having an only child does not necessarily sentence him to a life of perpetual loneliness or whining to get everything he wants. While a parent can worry that Christmas morning is not as special without siblings to share it, an only child can contentedly celebrate special holiday moments with friends, cousins and parents. Keeping the wonder and magic of the season alive is a sure way to give your only child a holiday to remember.
Parents sometimes feel like anything their child does should be public information, but guiding a child into adulthood requires allowing privacy within safe, age-appropriate boundaries. Even the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child states that every child has a right to privacy, offering protection of a child’s private and family life. The key is finding a balance of mutual respect and trust.
Juggling a baby and college is no easy task. Making it work requires organization, dedication and flexibility. However, if you manage to balance a baby and college, you will likely go on to reap the benefits, including a greater sense of independence and achievement for you and a more secure future for both you and your child.
Laughter, play and imagination come easily for children, but parents often get stuck in the serious adult responsibilities of life. When you are too serious, you'll miss out on all those opportunities to play and bond with your child. Of course your child needs structure and guidance to learn discipline and right from wrong. Being a fun parent doesn't mean giving up those responsibilities. By thinking like a child and finding opportunities to play and laugh, you can create memories you and your child will cherish.
The bonding siblings experience by sharing a room is often overshadowed by the disagreements on things like sharing the space, privacy and cleaning. Some bickering is bound to happen, but teaching your kids to share the space can help keep the peace. Setting boundaries, teaching communication skills and giving each child ownership in the room are all components of helping kids live together in a shared space. With consistency and learning opportunities, your kids can navigate the differences that occur when sharing a room.
When she was little, your child wanted nothing more than to be near you, but as she nears adolescence, she may want more independence. Establishing a curfew can get her in the habit of following house rules and getting home on time when she's a teen and is even more independent. A curfew helps her develop responsibility, whether she goes to a friend's house or is just hanging around the neighborhood. Setting a curfew that works with your family's needs and your child's personality gives her some freedom while still keeping her safe.
Saying "No" can be difficult for a parent, either because you don't want to be perceived as heavy-handed and restrictive or because you just don't want to get into an argument with your child each time he asks for anything. It may be easier to give in than to fight, but doing so will only lead to escalating demands and eventually into situations that might be downright dangerous. Dr. David Walsh, author of "No: Why Kids--of All Ages--Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It," reminds us that saying no is actually an important way of teaching children…
Vegetables may not be at the top of your child's list of favorite foods, but they are an important part of a healthy diet and essential for proper growth. In a CNN article titled "Ten Ways to Get Kids to Eat Their Veggies," CNN Senior Medical Producer Elizabeth Cohen reports that many children do not meet government recommendations for vegetable consumption, according to a 2009 study by Ohio State University researchers. Parents can follow some quick tips to encourage their kids to eat veggies.
Every parent makes mistakes from time to time -- even the ones who have years of experience. Luckily, making a mistake can become a teachable moment if handled properly. Developmental psychologist Marilyn Price-Mitchell, on the Psychology Today's website, recommends that parents should help their children learn how to deal with mistakes by disclosing their own slip-ups. So, serve yourself up a big slice of humble pie the next time you make a mistake, and teach your child an important life lesson in the process.
While brushing her teeth, loading the dishwasher and putting her laundry away might not top your child's list of favorite pastimes, regular responsibilities can help to develop your child’s sense of competency and self-esteem. A to-do chart can help her to keep up with all of her daily tasks -- no constant nagging required -- and a creative and decorative one can make staying on track a little more fun.
Whether you're returning to work after maternity leave or re-entering the workforce after a some time at home with your child, you want to ensure your little one is well cared for when you're at work. Choosing a reliable and trustworthy daycare center can ease any anxiety you might have about leaving your child. With the right research, you can discover a daycare provider that enriches, encourages and supports your child every day.
Parenting can be one of life's most rewarding pursuits. It can bring great joy into life, but it can also be challenging and overwhelming. Because every child and family situation is unique, it can be hard to know the best thing to do in every parenting situation. While there is no magic formula for perfect parenting, there are certain traits and behaviors that successful parents share. Whether your children are toddlers or teens, implementing these principles will create a strong foundation for achieving your goal of being a good parent.
Lost shoes, cold lunch preparation, uncooperative kids -- the morning routine can feel like a circus that puts every ounce of your patience to the test. Running short on time is often a problem that leads to frantic scrambling to get everyone out the door. Preparation the night before and coming up with a routine you can keep helps you stay on track in the morning. By taking control of the morning madness, you can reduce your stress and the stress you put on your kids by rushing them.
Test taking is one of the activities in school that causes many children stress. For some it's just a few butterflies in the stomach, a positive form of stress that prepares the child to act. But for other, it's a negative form of stress that comes from feeling incapable or overwhelmed. As the Johns Hopkins School of Education's website explains: The chaotic heart rate patterns brought on by negative stress cause tumultuous activity in the brain, which negatively impacts how information is processed. This process compromises the ability to problem solve on a test. Stress also inhibits working memory by…
Raising a family of three or more children can give parents cause to worry about the effects of "middle child syndrome." Dr. Kevin Leman, author of “The Birth Order Book,” points out that birth order can influence a child’s personality, self-confidence and aspirations. Middle children often feel pressured by their siblings’ accomplishments and feel like they need to compete for their parents’ attention. It’s not all bad in the middle, though; middle kids are often more flexible, laid-back and independent than their brothers and sisters.
Death touches everyone at some point, whether it’s the death of a pet, a relative, a friend or classmate. Parents may wish to shelter their children from the pain of loss, but young people must learn to cope with death. You can help your kids deal with the loss of a loved one by providing age-appropriate information, encouraging them to express their feelings and seeking professional help for them if needed.
Whether the school library has suffered from funding cuts or the same books have graced its shelves for quite some time, you can rekindle a love for reading with a no-cost book swap for all of the students at your child’s school. Work together with your school’s administrative staff and get your child involved in the project to encourage her creative side and her love of reading, too.
It is possible to balance work and family life, but as with many things, you must have patience and put in the right effort. Plan your schedule so you can spend quality time with your little one every day. "Tuning in" to your child's interests and feelings helps build a tighter bond between you.
With so many conflicting spiritual and religious opinions in the world today, it may be hard for your teen to decide which road to take. You can be the number one spiritual teacher in your teenager’s life by demonstrating and guiding the way. Although you can’t force him into following your beliefs, you can give him a healthy start and trust him to make his own decisions from there.
If your child has discovered a passion for hockey, he might be dreaming of making the school team or city league or even becoming a pro hockey player someday. To accomplish those dreams, however, your child needs to become a good hockey player, and that is only accomplished with a lot of practice and a certain amount of natural aptitude. A parent can't make his child be a good hockey player. That is up to the child. Sometimes a parent wants a child to play a certain sport because the parent is living vicariously through the child. If your child…
Many pushy moms don't realize they're being pushy -- they feel they're simply acting out of love. Pushy moms often keep their eyes not on the child but on the prize. "My child may not be happy now," they say, "but he'll thank me in the long run." However, as a parent, your child's guaranteed present happiness should be more important as the future chance of success.
In the younger grades, teachers often give children plenty of support when it comes to long-term projects. They may break the project into small steps, give plenty of spread-out deadlines, and keep on top of students to complete each step. When children first encounter a long-term task with no given structure, they may not know where to begin. Planning is an executive skill all children need to learn in order to succeed -- in school, in the workplace and in life.
Busy households need all the help they can get. Cooking meals, cleaning, doing laundry, mowing grass, hauling out the garbage and caring for pets are just a few of the many tasks involved in maintaining a home. Parents who encourage their children to help around the house are preparing them for life as independent adults. They're also teaching them the value of pitching in and contributing to the well-being of the group. Children's self-esteem blossoms when they know they can provide real service to other people, starting with their families.
Children are impressionable beings, and they tend to adopt the language of those around them as an acceptable form of communication. When you swear in front of your children, you run the risk of them picking up your bad habit. Fortunately, once you've realized you need to stop swearing in front of your kids, you've won part of the battle. However, winning the rest of the battle against a bad language habit takes a strategic plan of action and a committed attitude.
In many ways, parenting is an unparalleled adventure. From changing diapers to picking out a prom dress, parenting is time- and resource-consuming, even in an ideal situation. Teen parents, often with minimal financial resources and insufficient education, enter this challenge with hurdles beyond the norm. Many teen pregnancy programs focus on the mother and her needs, but mentoring the father, while challenging, is also critical to increasing the father's involvement and building strong families.
Aggression involves actions that injure another person, either physically or emotionally. Aggressive behavior between children can cause concern when you witness it. If your child exhibits aggressive behavior toward others, redirection might involve helping your child move past the incident or helping him manage his own behavior. As your child gradually learns limits, he will become more adept at the self-control necessary to prevent harmful outbursts.
Your youngster is old enough now to sit in a regular chair at a restaurant. Gone are all the tools that were available as a toddler -- no high chair, booster, bib or accommodating server to pick up after your child. It is time for him to learn how to conduct himself in a public venue, so it is up to you to prepare him well for this experience.
As a parent, concerns about your child’s health and safety likely dominate your thoughts. Not only are you responsible for taking care of an incredible little being entrusted to your care, you are also charged with teaching her how to rely on you less and less each day. It’s only natural to want to do things for her, but sometimes doing too much for her compromises her ability to become independent -- which is, of course, her major job in life.
Working from home may sound like a dream come true to many people, but in reality, it's more of a juggling act. Issues concerning time management, division of labor and availability are often concerns for the work-at-home parent. When considering working from home, it is important to look at the reality of what working from home entails. In some cases, working from home may prove to be more difficult than going into an office every day.
You're used to keeping track of when bills are due, when doctors' appointments are scheduled and what meetings you have to attend, but getting your child to keep similar track of her own assignments and deadlines can be a challenge. Work with your child, and her teachers as needed, to develop a workable system she can use to take care of this important responsibility.
You worked all day, then spent the evening running the kids to and from their activities, somehow managing to feed them and get homework done in between. Everyone is finally settled in for the evening, and the last thing you want to think about is tackling household chores. But if you don't do a few things, you'll be facing a daunting mountain of laundry and lots of heavy-duty cleaning by the weekend. So establish a daily chore routine for yourself -- and family members -- to keep household chaos to a minimum and allow you to relax without feeling guilty.
From a very young age, children experiment with ways to get their parents' attention, as well as new ways to express themselves and assert their growing independence. Kids may use profanity to see what type of reaction it elicits or because they don't yet have the language skills to express anger or frustration. Halt your children's use of bad language by not using it yourself, teaching them how to appropriately express themselves and explaining why bad language is not acceptable for your family.
Children sometimes use back talk as a way to get your attention, but young kids also talk rudely when words fail to convey their feelings or emotions, according to Dr. Judith A. Myers-Wells, human development specialist and instructor at Purdue University. Teaching your children to respect you takes effort by both you and your kids. The respect project begins in early childhood with firm guidance from you and praise for your child's positive behavior in following directions and respecting you. Some simple steps help to develop a tradition of respect, and eliminate back talk, in your family.
You wrack your brain for new play ideas that can be interactive, educational and fun all at the same time. If your kids are like most, they will likely enjoy playing "restaurant" with you. With a few play items and a little creativity, you can make this activity both fun and educational for your children.
Situations that evoke anger in children are opportunities in which parents can guide children to respond appropriately. At the same time, the intimate instruction strengthens the parent-child bond. When dealing with a child who’s angry, parents have to appropriately regulate their own emotions first.
Most children threaten to run away at some point in their lives, but much to a parent's dismay some will actually take the plunge and do it. No doubt you are overwhelmed with emotions like fear and anger, and it's easy to feel lost and out of control when your child is missing. There are resources to which you can turn in this time of need, and actions you can take that will help bring your child home.
Surely your baby is one of the cutest in the world and worthy of winning the next big baby photo contest. While you and every other parent out there likely feels the same way, your baby is precious and beautiful. His cute little feet, sparkly eyes and chubby cheeks could very well win a contest. Other than the logistics of entering the contest, which most anyone can do, it takes a good photograph that captures your child's personality and beauty to win.
A fire safety plan teaches your kids how to respond if there is a fire in your home. Children who know how to react when a fire breaks out have a better chance of getting out safely. Even kids as young as 3 years old can follow a fire safety plan as long as they get plenty of practice, points out the U.S. Fire Administration. Being prepared for a fire emergency is key to preventing injury and death.
Placing your child in front of a kid-friendly television program while you work around the house or prepare dinner might seem like a better option than hiring a babysitter. However, the effects of excessive television when young can be significant. Children who watch a lot of television are more likely to be overweight, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP recommends that children under the age of 2 watch no television daily and that older kids watch no more than two hours of television a day, supervised by their parents.
There are several reasons why a child may develop a fever. He may become feverish while teething, after immunizations or as a result of illness. Fevers by themselves are not a cause for concern as they serve as an indicator that something is wrong. If your child is under 3 months of age and develops a fever, you should contact your healthcare provider. You can treat your older infant or child at home by keeping him comfortable until the fever passes.
When you get the news that your child needs to spend time in the hospital, you will undoubtedly have your own concerns, but it's important not to overlook your child's emotions during this stressful time. Your child's age affects how he understands and deals with a hospital stay, but most children have the same general concerns. While you want to protect him from unnecessary worry, you should also be direct and answer any concerns or questions he may have.
The leading cause of death in children is injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Common childhood injuries include drowning, suffocation, falls, car accidents, poisoning and fire. As primary caregivers, parents play a crucial part in preventing those injuries. Changing the environment to make it safer and teaching your child how to act safely are two primary ways to keep your child healthy and injury-free.
As of 2012, nearly one-third of American children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Many parents, hearing reports of the potential health ramifications of child and adult obesity, purchase jungle gyms and other playground equipment to give their brood a safe and fun way to get some exercise to fend off this problem. Choosing the right jungle gym involves several considerations to be sure that it is practical, safe and fun for enough time to be worth the investment.
If your child is having trouble seeing, he may or may not tell you what he's experiencing. Young children, in particular, might not have the words to explain that they can't see well. If eye problems run in your family or if you or your partner wear glasses or corrective lenses, your child is likely have similar problems as she gets older. Watch for telltale signs to help you identify a vision problem and get her the corrective lenses she needs.
The first born and the baby of the family tend to get special treatment, but that doesn't mean that the middle child is loved any less, Kevin Leman notes in his book "The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are." If your middle child perceives your love differently than you truly feel, find time to make him feel special. When your middle child gets plenty of parental attention, he'll feel special and loved rather than left out, as can happen for many middle children, Leman reports.
While no parent ever wants to lie to her child, there may be times you have to get a bit creative in order to get your little one to take the medicine that she needs. Young children may not fully understand why taking medicine is so important and they may be afraid to take it if it tastes bad. It's a struggle that nearly every parent is faced with at one time or another.
Swimming in the ocean isn't for everyone. The waves, swirling sand underfoot and wildlife swimming around, as well as the inevitable mouthful of salt water, is enough to keep plenty of people -- adults and children alike -- on dry land. If you are comfortable swimming in the ocean, and your kids know how to swim, then taking them in the ocean probably seems like fun. By introducing your children to the ocean slowly, and not forcing them to do something they are uncomfortable with, you can help them develop a love of the sea.
Puberty and related topics are among the most dreaded topics of conversation for parents, but it's your responsibility to educate your child and prepare her for what's to come. Imagine the distress of your daughter starting her menstrual period without being prepared for it. Sit your daughter down and have a conversation, even if you know it will be unpleasant or uncomfortable. You'll both be glad you did when the big day comes and your daughter gets her first period.
It is quite devastating to see a positive pregnancy test result only to miscarry the baby you were so ecstatic about. In addition to the physical symptoms of losing a pregnancy, you'll also feel a range of emotions in the days and weeks that follow. Taking care of yourself is the best way to recover from a miscarriage, but also understand that every women recovers at her own pace and what works for another woman might not work for you.
Whether it’s completing a homework assignment or getting ready for school, children with ADHD often have problems following directions. Of course, part of this is a concentration problem. According to Barbara Fisher, author of “Attention Deficit Disorder: Practical Coping Mechanisms,” the length of some directions often puts off children with the disorder, who think in a more tangible, step-by-step process. By breaking up the directions into a set of clear steps and rewarding each step, you help your child be more willing to move through with all the directions. For short-term directions, such as completing a homework assignment, you have…
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it will cost approximately $241,080 to raise a child who was born in 2012 through age 17 – and this doesn’t even include the cost of college. Sure, this figure is enough to instill panic in even the most practical of parents. To prepare for the ever-growing costs associated with raising your child, you’ll want to start saving now – long before he understands the value of a dollar.
A child’s fever can be frightening; you might wake up in the night to discover that your child is flushed, sweating and hot to the touch. In healthy children, a fever isn’t necessarily an indicator of something serious, according to KidsHealth.org. Fevers typically mean that your child’s body is fighting an infection. However, take appropriate steps to manage the fever and make your child feel more comfortable. If conditions worsen, you might need to make a doctor’s visit.
According to psychologist John Gottman, author of the book “Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child,” a child can understand the meaning behind the phrase “I’m sorry” from as early as 4. Parents can take advantage of this fact by apologizing for their own mistakes, thereby showing children the importance of owning up to mistakes and showing others that you wish to be forgiven. But apologizing isn’t as easy as just saying “I’m sorry” and hoping things will be forgotten; a proper apology comes with an explanation.
Children, being childish, have natural reasons for acting inappropriately. But parents, being responsible for preparing children for entering society, sometimes have to intervene. By identifying frequent acts of misbehavior and explaining the roots behind such behavior, you set the stage for limit-setting. The key to setting limits is to make your expectations and the consequences for breaking them clear. Be sure to get a summary from your child to ensure understanding.
Your child loves performing in front of an audience. She may be very talented and have had years of voice and drama lessons. Auditions will be part of her life if she is truly serious about pursuing her craft and she will need to be thoroughly prepared to effectively compete against others.
Just like adults, babies can have different kinds of hair, ranging from fine and wispy to thick and curly. If your baby has a head of curly hair, tangles may be a particular problem. You will probably find that your little one doesn’t share your priorities and couldn’t care less whether her hair looks neat and pretty. Do your best to manage your baby’s curly locks anyway.
Running a family is hard work -- holding down a job, paying bills, taking care of household needs, preparing meals and chauffeuring children to their various activities can be energy-sapping. Although you already know your kids love you, you can boost your cool factor by getting to know more about their genuine interests. The coolest dads are self-confident, though, so don’t get overly caught up in establishing your hipster credentials. Be confident, have fun and know that fatherly coolness will follow.
Routines can help children stay focused, follow tasks through to completion and, ultimately, succeed in school and in life. In addition, routines provide security and stability that allow kids to feel safe and better prepare them to handle stress. Establishing routines takes planning, organization and time. With a good strategy, loads of patience and the right tools, you and your children can enjoy all the benefits of an organized lifestyle.