Sudden Sleep Setbacks

Sudden Sleep Setbacks

Just when you thought you your child’s sleep issues were improving, you hit a unexpected setback. You were beginning to enjoy feeling rested and feeling more confident in your child’s sleep patterns, so it can be very frustrating to go through sudden sleep setbacks with your child.

Unfortunately, solving children’s sleep issues is an on-going process can last years (not weeks). Children grow and change on a daily basis, which means that their sleep issues can be unpredictable and downright baffling. One day you will feel like you have it all figured out only to be sent back to square one the next day.

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Potty Training Praise – How Much is Too Much?

Potty Training Praise – How Much is Too Much?

It is hard to know what praise strategies you should use when your child is learning to use the potty. Should you give lots of applause and compliments? Should you show simple, matter-of-fact acceptance? What is the right response to encourage potty training success?

Researching this question doesn’t get you very far because both sides of the camp are very adamant about their opinions. Some experts say that you should absolutely give tons of positive feedback and turn potty training into a party – noisemakers, treats, songs and prizes. However, other experts say that you shouldn’t get overly emotional or excited and simply acknowledge that your child has done well.

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Using the Magic Word when Parenting

Using the Magic Word when Parenting

Day in and day out, parents are teaching their children to use their manners; but all too often, parents forget to use those same manners themselves. Parents make the mistake of modeling the exact opposite of what they’ve been teaching, which makes their parenting lessons much less effective. Or they take the opposite approach and are not direct enough.

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Is it Time to Have Another Baby?

Is it Time to Have Another Baby?

Making the decision about having another baby or not, whether this would be your second child or your fourth, is one of the major decisions you will make in your lifetime. There is no right or wrong answer, and there are many variables that play a part in the decision making process. The answer to the question of how many children you should have has a very different answer for each family. How do you make this decision? Here are a few suggestions that will get you closer to making the best decision for you and your family.

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Baby Cat Naps – Making Short Naps Longer

Baby Cat Naps – Making Short Naps Longer

Does your baby always wake up within an hour after being put in bed? Here’s how you can get your little one to take longer naps – and why you must do it.

Most babies who are cat-nappers fall asleep while being fed, or while in a car seat, sling, swing or someone’s arms. They are typically transferred to bed where they then sleep less than an hour. These factors clearly point out the causes and will lead us to the potential solutions.

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Should You Worry About Bedwetting?

Should You Worry About Bedwetting?

Does your child wet the bed? You may wonder if it’s normal and worry about what to do. Here are the answers.

Is it normal?

Almost half of all three-year-olds and 40% of four-year olds wet their beds multiple times a week. Additionally, 20-25% of five-year-old children and 10-15% of six-year-olds don’t stay dry every night. These percentages conclude that bedwetting, called Enuresis (“en-yur-EE-sis”), is normal behavior at these ages.

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How To Stop the Constant Interruptions

How To Stop the Constant Interruptions

Is your child constantly interrupting you? You could be talking to a friend on the phone, replying to an important e-mail, or having a conversation with your spouse, and suddenly your child chimes in with a question or request. Believe it or not, the reason behind these interruptions is that they want your attention and, when they interrupt, they’re guaranteed to get it. The good news is that children can be taught that other people besides themselves have needs to be addressed. Below are some tools to help you teach your child how to be mindful of other’s needs and put an end to constant interruptions.

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