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How to Keep Your Kids from Turning into Picky Eaters

How to prevent your child from becoming a picky eater? Great ideas to prevent your child from becoming a picky eater. Most people know someone that has a child that turns their nose up at just about every food item offered to them. If your child is a picky eater, you probably wish for them to eat right and not be so hard to please. There are some mistakes that parents make in an attempt to get their children to eat something, but these tactics simply perpetuate the pickiness. Here are things you should make sure not to do in order to raise children that happily eat what they’re served. Giving baby food for too long Baby food is simply a stage in your child’s eating journey that bridges the gap between breast milk or formula and real food. When your baby gets good at chomping food with his ...

Taming Your Aggressive Child

Tips for Dealing With an Aggressive Child Aggressive behavior can occur at any age. When you find that your child is exhibiting excessive aggressive behavior, you need to employ strategies to turn it around. Handling an aggressive child depends largely on the age group. Young children are prone to this behavior naturally as their little minds developed. 1. Consistency is key When dealing with aggressive small children, consistency is the key to success. Changing your response to aggression each time doesn’t send the right message to your child. For example, if your child has been making a habit of hitting his siblings, you must tell him in a calm voice using the same words every time that it’s not acceptable and he will need to take a timeout. 2. Lay down the law firmly You may find yourse...

Teaching Patience to Toddlers

Teaching Patience to Toddlers If you have a toddler, chances are you have him around with you all day every day. You go to the store together, plus the bank, post office, and many other places too. But even the best-behaved children can grow very impatient, particularly if you’re stuck waiting on line somewhere. That’s very normal because at their age, they don’t understand why they must stand on line.  When toddlers want something, you’ll notice that they want it now and trying to convince them otherwise is a waste of breath. It takes toddlers time to learn the art of patience and by remaining consistent when you teach them, you’ll be reinforcing this must-have skill for your child that will serve them well into adulthood. Try these tactics to help get your child to be more patient.  1. U...

How to Get Your Daughter’s Ears Pierced

Ear Piercing for Kids Proper Protocol Anywhere you go, you’ll find plenty of parents that think getting their daughters’ ears pierced as babies is the best way. You’ll also find just as many that want to wait until their daughters are old enough to handle the responsibility of taking care of the piercing. There is no right and wrong as far as timing goes, although pediatricians do advise waiting until 6 months or older for immunity reasons.  If you’re wondering about piercing your daughter’s ears, take the following things into consideration first.  Managing pain If you have any of your own piercings, you’ll know that it hurts. Your daughter needs to know that too. With older children, it is much easier to talk to them about the pain and prepare them. With children of any age though, you c...

Why Setting Limits on TV Time is Good for Your Child

We have all done it at some point or another. We have all turned on the TV and made our children sit in front of it so we can take care of things that need to be done. Whether it’s making an important phone call, getting some work done, cleaning, or even to just enjoy some peace, sometimes the TV can be a true godsend. But it’s also a false idol that we all worship and we need to set a good example for our children by not turning the TV on morning, noon and night. If you feel like your family is watching way too much TV, or even staring blankly at other technological devices, it’s time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with each other. Here are some suggestions for taking some technology-free time out together.   1. Go for a walk together Try taking a walk after dinner each night...

How to Deal When Your Child Vomits

There’s one thing that’s worse than stinky diapers. Vomiting. When your child vomits, especially if you’re a new parent, it can be a very traumatic experience. Not just for your child, but for you as well. But there are some things to keep in mind before you go into a full-blown panic. First of all, know that vomiting can happen for many different reasons. Sometimes, your child might vomit because something they ate caused discord in their tummy. It might just be a random vomiting, but the only way to know for sure is to keep an eye on your child. If she feels better afterward and there are no other symptoms, then it’s nothing to worry about. But there will be times that your child vomits because she is sick. You’ll know because a fever or other symptoms will show themselves. It could also...

Helpful Snacking Tips for Small Children

Little kids are always out for a snack. As soon as you give them one, they’ll come right back asking for something else. If you’re new to the parenting game, you might be trying to figure out how to handle this snacking business. We’ve got you covered with these easy tips. Maintain balance It’s fine to give your kids cookies or chips sometimes. But doing it all the time isn’t healthy. Choose snacks that come from the food groups such as fruit or veggies. If you’re on the go, use zipper bags to take along carrot sticks or apple slices. Bake your own baked goods so they will be healthier than store-bought ones with additives. Watch portion size Be careful that you don’t give too many snacks to your child. If you do, don’t be mad when he doesn’t want to eat dinner even if it’s something he us...

Encourage Independence in Your Kids with these 5 Phrases

Raising our kids right is important because one day, they’ll need to know how to take care of themselves. In order for them to know that though, we need to give them the tools they need now to grow into independent and strong people that can do things on their own. If you love your child, help her become a confident adult by encouraging her. Say these things to your child to help her reach for the stars. 1. “Go ahead. Give it a try.” Everyone gets scared about taking a new try on something. That’s because we all secretly worry we won’t be any good. But taking risks is important. Help them forget their fear by showing them how to do it and then letting them take a try. Don’t hover, but do stay nearby to show support or to answer any questions. You want your child to learn how to persevere t...

Teach Your Children to Say “Thanks” and Mean It!

With the holidays rapidly approaching, your children are bound to receive plenty of gifts from relatives and family friends. Some of these gifts will be things your children want, while others, like that sweater from Grandma, are probably less desirable. Still, you want to teach your child how to be thankful and show proper appreciation. Here’s how! Start early The best way to teach your child to say “thanks” and mean it is to set a good example with your own manners. Be sure your child hears you thanking the cashier at the supermarket or to the gentleman that held the door open for you on your way out of the store. Thank your spouse for washing the dishes too. Young children want to be like us so emulate the behavior you want them to exhibit. Thank your child for helping Don’t just comman...

The 7 Most Common Car Seat Mistakes Parents Make

When it comes to mistakes with car seats, what you don’t know you’re doing wrong can be fatal in an accident. Take a moment and read about these 7 common mistakes that the experts cite as the reason for injuries and deaths in car accidents so that you can make sure your child’s car safety seat is installed correctly. 1. Loose safety harness Check to see if the safety harness is snug enough on your child. If you’re able to pinch the fabric part of the harness straps between your fingers once you’ve already secured and tightened your child into the seat, it is too loose. These should be snug with no slack, ensuring that if you are in a collision, your child will be kept safe. 2. Car seat too loose According to car seat inspectors, this is the biggest mistake that parents make when installing...

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