Is giving your child medicine a difficult experience? Does she fuss and push you away whenever it is time to take the medicine? When you finally get the medicine in her mouth, does she spit it out or let half of it drip down her chin?
Unfortunately, at some point your child will likely have to take medication. And since it is very important to give your child medication when necessary and as prescribed, it is also important to lessen the struggle and have your child take the medicine as needed.Read More
Pacifier weaning is often dreaded by parents; however, this post will outline gentle tips to slowly but surely wean your child from their pacifier. Unless there is a specific reason that you must take away your child’s pacifier quickly, then it is best to take a gradual approach.
When you are ready to start weaning, follow the tips below…Read More
Parents are exhausted by the end of the day, and children rarely go to bed willingly. This, of course, means that evenings can become a source of tension in your home. Luckily there is a simple solution to relieve some of this frustration and create a new, easier bedtime routine for your family.
Create a bedtime chart…Read More
“Let’s go!” “You need to hurry up!” “We need to leave!” Sound familiar? It is hard not to get frustrated when you are trying to get everyone out the door, on to the next activity, or ready for bed. It is even more frustrating when your attempts seem to slow everyone down even further rather than speed them up.
The first step in minimizing frustrations is understanding why kids dawdle, and then learning about what you can do to help…Read More
Part 2 of a 2 part series –
Previous Week: When Should You Move Your Child from Crib to Bed?
There are many ways to help your child make the transition from crib to bed. When deciding which way is best, you will want to consider your child’s personality and the size and configuration of his bedroom.
No matter which path you choose, be patient! Do your best to make it a pleasant experience for your little one. Keep in mind that such big steps toward growth sometimes happen in spurts, and your child may be excited to welcome change one day but wary of it the next. Maintain the important parts of your nightly routine and help your child develop a positive, happy association with her new bed, since she’ll be sleeping there for many years to come.Read More
Part 1 of a 2 part series –
Next Week: What’s the best way to transition from crib to bed?
When your child moves from the crib to his very own bed, it is a major milestone in his life as well as yours! Babies, of course, grow a little every day, but switching to a big bed is a very visible step in your child’s move from babyhood to childhood. Typically, a big-kid bed enters the picture sometime between your child’s first and third birthday. The most important key to success is to be patient and allow your child time to adjust to the change with as much pleasure, and as little trauma, as possible.Read More
Whether your child is beginning daycare, preschool, or elementary school, leaving Mommy and Daddy for the first time, or for the first time of the year, is a huge event. Some children seem to be able to run off happily with a quick wave goodbye, others slowly but steadily enter the classroom. But the most challenging kids are the ones who cling, cry and resist every effort you make to convince them that everything will be okay. If you have a superglue child, here are some ideas to help make this new experience more enjoyable for all of you.Read More