It’s very normal for parents to focus on what their children are doing wrong, but changing approaches and focusing instead on ways to foster your child’s strengths can be more effective. Parenting methods have significant impacts on children’s development, and positive parenting has been proven to reduce social, emotional, behavioral and health problems in children.
Choosing a preschool can be daunting and difficult. Ask around for recommendations from trusted sources. Search for programs that meet your family needs in terms of schedule and budget. Sliding scale or subsidized tuition may be available, and preschool tuition is usually eligible for a child care tax credit.
The parent-child relationship is a bond that lasts a lifetime, but other family have important roles to play too--aunts, uncles, cousins, and especially grandparents. The relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren is second in emotional importance only to the relationship between parent and child.
Expect your child to have mixed emotions when a new baby is on the way--it’s a big life change. Here are some ways you can make the new arrival go more smoothly.
It’s a natural part of your child’s development process to be difficult at times. Toddlers realize that they are separate beings and try to control their environment. As parents, we have to demonstrate positive ways they can channel that control instead. Some tips:
The arrival of a new baby can bring much excitement and joy to a home. But, as most new parents will agree, the addition of a new baby to the home can also be overwhelming at times, requiring parents to make many new adjustments to their lifestyle. And, the lack of sleep new parents deal with can fray nerves and add increased stress and strain for families.
Infants and toddlers often have a hard time learning to sleep alone. Experts recommend that babies sleep in the same room as you until they are at least six months old.