Archive for April 3rd, 2012
By Julia Sullivan
Exercise is essentially important to the health of the infant. Its first exercise, of course, will be in the nurse’s arms. After a month or two, when it begins to sleep less during the day, it will delight to roll and kick about on the sofa: it will thus use its limbs freely; and this, with carrying out into the open air, is all the exercise it requires at this period. By and by, however, the child will make its first attempts to walk. Now it is important that none of the many plans which have been devised to teach a child to walk, should be adopted the go-cart, leading-strings, etc.; their tendency is mischievous; and flatness of the chest, confined lungs, distorted spine, and deformed legs, are so many evils which often originate in such practices. This is explained by the fact of the bones in infancy being comparatively soft and pliable, and if prematurely subjected by these contrivances to carry the weight of the body, they yield just like an elastic stick bending under a weight, and as a natural consequence become curved and distorted.
It is highly necessary that the young and experienced mother should recollect this fact, for the early efforts of the little one to walk are naturally viewed by her with so much delight, that she will be apt to encourage and prolong its attempts, without any thought of the mischief which they may occasion; thus many a parent has had to mourn over the deformity which she has herself created.
It may be as well here to remark, that if such distortion is timely noticed, it is capable of correction, even after evident curvature has taken place. It is to be remedied by using those means that shall invigorate the frame, and promote the child’s general health (a daily plunge into the cold bath, or sponging with cold salt water, will be found signally efficacious), and by avoiding the original cause of the distortion never allowing the child to get upon his feet. The only way to accomplish the latter intention, is to put both the legs into a large stocking; this will effectually answer this purpose, while, at the same time, it does not prevent the free and full exercise of the muscles of the legs. After some months pursuing this plan, the limbs will be found no longer deformed, the bones to have acquired firmness and the muscles strength; and the child may be permitted to get upon his feet again without any hazard of perpetuating or renewing the evil.
The best mode of teaching a child to walk, is to let it teach itself, and this it will do readily enough. It will first crawl about: this exercises every muscle in the body, does not fatigue the child, throws no weight upon the bones, but imparts vigour and strength, and is thus highly useful. After a while, having the power, it will wish to do more: it will endeavour to lift itself upon its feet by the aid of a chair, and though it fail again and again in its attempts, it will still persevere until it accomplish it. By this it learns, first, to raise itself from the floor; and secondly, to stand, but not without keeping hold of the object on which it has seized. Next it will balance itself without holding, and will proudly and laughingly show that it can stand alone. Fearful, however, as yet of moving its limbs without support, it will seize a chair or anything else near it, when it will dare to advance as far as the limits of its support will permit. This little adventure will be repeated day after day with increased exultation; when, after numerous trials, he will feel confident of his power to balance himself, and he will run alone. Now time is required for this gradual self-teaching, during which the muscles and bones become strengthened; and when at last called upon to sustain the weight of the body, are fully capable of doing so.
Exercise during childhood
When the child has acquired sufficient strength to take active exercise, he can scarcely be too much in the open air; the more he is habituated to this, the more capable will he be of bearing the vicissitudes of the climate. Children, too, should always be allowed to amuse themselves at pleasure, for they will generally take that kind and degree of exercise which is best calculated to promote the growth and development of the body. In the unrestrained indulgence of their youthful sports, every muscle of the body comes in for its share of active exercise; and free growth, vigour, and health are the result.
If, however, a child is delicate and strumous, and too feeble to take sufficient exercise on foot, and to such a constitution the respiration of a pure air and exercise are indispensable for the improvement of health, and without them all other efforts will fail, riding on a donkey or pony forms the best substitute. This kind of exercise will always be found of infinite service to delicate children; it amuses the mind, and exercises the muscles of the whole body, and yet in so gentle a manner as to induce little fatigue.
The exercises of horseback, however, are most particularly useful where there is a tendency in the constitution to pulmonary consumption, either from hereditary or accidental causes. It is here beneficial, as well through its influence on the general health, as more directly on the lungs themselves. There can be no doubt that the lungs, like the muscles of the body, acquire power and health of function by exercise. Now during a ride this is obtained, and without much fatigue to the body. The free and equable expansion of the lungs by full inspiration, necessarily takes place; this maintains their healthy structure, by keeping all the air-passages open and pervious; it prevents congestion in the pulmonary circulation, and at the same time provides more completely for the necessary chemical action on the blood, by changing, at each act of respiration, a sufficient proportion of the whole air contained in the lungs, all objects of great importance, and all capable of being promoted, more or less, by the means in question.
By MIKE SELVON
Foster parenting is a government-sponsored program that provides a temporary care family to children in need. There are also many private agencies that offer foster care, but they still need to meet government regulations. Parents interested in foster care go through an extensive process to become suitable for foster care before they are able to be certified and given children to care for.
Foster parenting typically applies to children that are considered minors, but there are certain cases in which co parenting foster care is taken on, usually in cases of children over the legal age that are disabled or have mental deficiencies. In some cases, co parenting foster care is also given to children over the legal age that the state requires be still “attached” to other family members that are already in the foster parenting system.
In many cases, foster care is a temporary home for children before they are either returned home to their biological parents or until they find another foster care home. One of the biggest issues in foster care is having the foster parents get too attached to the foster children.
Foster parenting can be tough because of this, so parenting styles must be adapted for the special circumstances of foster care. Instead of using traditional parenting styles, those in foster parenting utilize distance techniques to both give the child adequate professional care but also to remain emotionally distant so as to avoid any connection that would be harmful.
Foster parenting is also in place as a temporary home for those children who may be waiting for adoption. One of the many critiques of the foster care system is that it is a proverbial revolving door for children that offers them no real foundation for growth. Because the adoption process is so rigid and necessarily thorough, there is really no other option but to care for the child in the manner of foster parenting.
The foster parenting program may also be invoked in areas in which a parenting program demonstrates that a parent is unfit or unwell. In these cases, the parental rights may be removed by the state and replaced with temporary rights in which the state acts in the interest of the child. These cases are always tough and rarely end up well for the child, but the state feels compelled to act under the necessity of protecting children under its care.
Foster parenting is a tough part of life for those unfortunate enough to need the system to work for them. It typically is known for not offering any legitimate support in a long term sense and, instead, supplies temporary housing with emotionally distant “parents”. Often, the foster care home is said to be the worst possible place for a child.
Still, there are many people that have given their lives and love to foster parenting. These people are often never acknowledged as the selfless and giving people they are. Taking a chance on foster parenting can be a risky, but rewarding, venture.
The Basis and Purpose of Active Parenting
By Eddie Lamb
Parenting takes a lot of energy, and this is why the matter of active parenting is so truly crucial. Active parenting involves helping your children to learn survival and life skills, and although there are many skills that are involved in the raising of family, there are several factors in particular that are especially important, which are: courage, self-esteem, responsibility, and cooperation.
Courage is an incredibly important virtue to teach upon your children as if children have courage they will feel as though they are able to try and even if they fail they will feel capable and willing to try again. As well, it is important to know that courage is an incredibly strong base for children, and is a virtue and component that all children should have.
Another important matter of active parenting is that of the teaching of self-esteem. Responsibility is also incredibly important, as in active parenting, parents are leaders who encourage that of cooperation and stimulation of learning. It is important that all family members are able to make decisions and accept responsibility for their actions and decisions, and parents will not be able to be there for everything their child does, and so it is vitally important that the children have learned to make responsible decisions and thus have the courage to stick with those decisions.
Cooperation is another incredibly important virtue, as children who can cooperate with others will learn that life involves teamwork. Active parents are able to help their children to learn to have courage, be responsible, be cooperative, as well as to have them feel good about themselves overall. The matter of parenting revolves around the fact of protecting and preparing children to be able to survive and thrive in society, to feel good about themselves and their decisions, and to have them act with confidence in their daily life.
Regardless of how you go about being an active parent, the most important factor to remember is that at least you are doing something. There are so many options available in this matter in fact that it can be hard to choose which one to go with. The Internet, for example, offers a wide array of active parenting classes and courses that you can attend, some of which are even available to you at no cost, and the convenience of completing these courses online is incredibly beneficial to most.
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