Archive for May 2nd, 2012
By Julia Sullivan
Almost all women don’t have a problem with producing enough milk to breast feed. The ideal way to make sure that your baby is getting enough milk is to be sure that he’s well positioned, attached to the breast, and feed him as often as he gets hungry.
Some mom’s that are breast feeding will stop before they want to, simply because they don’t think they have enough breast milk.
There are signs that might make you believe your baby isn’t getting enough milk. If your baby seems hungry or unsettled after feeding, or if he wants to feed often with short pauses between feedings, you may think he isn’t getting enough milk – which are often times not the case.
There are however, two reliable signs that let you know your baby isn’t getting enough milk. If your baby has poor or really slow weight gain, or is passing small amounts of concentrated urine, he’s not getting enough milk.
All babies will lose weight within the first few days after birth. Babies are born with supplies of fat and fluids, which will help them keep going for the first several days.
Once your baby regains birth weight, he should begin putting on around 200g for the first four months or so. To get back to their birth weight, it normally takes a few weeks.
If the weight gain for your baby seems to be slow, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor or nurse to observe you breast feeding. This way, they can make sure that your technique is right and if they think your baby is breast feeding often enough.
To help you with your breast feeding, here are some ways that you can increase your supply of milk: 1. Be sure that your baby is positioned correctly and attached to your breast. 2. Let your baby feed for as long and often as he wants. 3. If you feel that your baby isn’t breast feeding enough, offer him more breast feeds. 4. During each breast feed, make sure you feed from both breasts. 5. If your baby has been using a dummy, make sure you stop him. 6. Some babies may be sleepy and reluctant to feed, which may be the cause of problems with milk supply.
By following the above tips, you’ll do your part in making sure you have enough milk when it comes time to breast feed. If you are uncertain or have other questions, be sure to ask your doctor, as he can answer any type of question you may have.
Flu Protection For Your Baby
By Julia Sullivan
It’s that time of year again: flu season. Each year, millions of people hunker down in the fall to prepare for the annual onset of influenza outbreaks. With the season comes an onslaught of visits to, at best, pediatricians’ offices and, at worst, hospital emergency departments by worried parents and their ailing children. Now that you’ve got a newborn, you want to be prepared.
So how do you keep your new baby healthy this winter?
While you cannot inoculate your baby, there are steps you can take to keep him healthy during flu season – many of them common sense.
What is the flu?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the flu is a contagious respiratory ailment caused by a group of viruses known as influenza. It strikes an average of five to 20 percent of the U.S. population each year, causing symptoms that range from fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, and muscle aches to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Complications associated with the illness include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions.
Young children, the elderly, and people with chronic health conditions are at particular risk for serious flu-related complications.
How do I avoid getting the flu?
The CDC recommends getting a flu shot as the number one way to avoid getting the flu. If possible, get a flu shot in October or November, although you can still be vaccinated into December.
Parents, siblings, and caretakers of young children should be vaccinated. The American Academy of Pediatrics revised its recommendation in 2006 to include flu shots for children as young as six months and up to age five years. The CDC also recommends that pregnant women be vaccinated. Studies suggest that maternal immunization may help prevent the flu in young infants.
While your newborn is too young to safely receive the vaccine, and whether you were or weren’t vaccinated while pregnant, he can’t catch the flu, if he does not come into contact with the virus.
Other simple preventatives include covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands with soap and water – often, avoiding close contact with those who are sick, and keeping your baby out of crowded public places. The flu is spread through contact with the respiratory droplets of an infect person, primarily from coughing and sneezing, so be alert and act accordingly.
What to do if you or your baby get sick?
If you think you have the flu, minimize contact with your baby as much as possible. Drink plenty of fluids and rest. Take fever-reducing medications, as necessary, and contact your physician if your condition worsens. If your baby becomes ill, ensure that he continues to nurse often to prevent dehydration. Call your pediatrician immediately if your baby has trouble breathing, is not feeding adequately, seems less responsive than usual, or his rectal temperature rises above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Influenza is a serious concern, especially for parents of newborns. But simple, common sense strategies can help you keep your baby healthy throughout the flu season.
By Stephanie Davies
Grandparents have raised their own children, worked hard throughout their lives, survived many hardships and have more than earned the right to relax in a golden glow of retirement. However there is an increasing trend of grandparents becoming parents again, raising their children’s children, or in some cases, even their great-grandchildren. In fact, there are currently 4.5 million children being raised by grandparents in the United States alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That is more children being raised by grandparents than there are children in the entire foster care system.
Whether due to financial problems, lack of stability, non-interest, or other problems on behalf of the parents, many grandparents find themselves in the unique position of raising small children in the golden years of their lives. This can prove to bring its own set of unique challenges and rewards, some more unexpected than others.
Some grandparents may feel embarrassed or hesitant to seek custody of their grandchildren in court, not wanting to go up against their own children legally. It is never an easy situation, and even though the parents of the child are seldom around, the grandparents may not wish to cause further trouble in an already troubled situation. For this reason, some grandparents may even be raising their grandchildren without full or even temporary custody rights.
Many times, this situation is unexpected and unplanned, leading to financial difficulties as well as frustration and anxiety. Many second-time parents are on a limited income or social security, which makes the situation more difficult, as there is also a tendency to want to overspend on your grandchildren. Be sure that you have a proper budget planned out and that you don’t overspend in unnecessary areas such as toys, games and activities.
Another important part of being a second-time parent is to make certain that you have a solid support system behind you. In many towns, there are special support group meetings especially for your situation. There are also many different resources available on the internet. A few of these are:
On the surface, being a grandparent raising a grandchild isn’t very much different from being a parent the first time. As with your own children, being a parent the second time requires love and caring, a firm attitude and nearly endless patience. However, raising children for the second (or third) time can also be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life.
A firm hand and discipline are also a necessity when it comes to raising grandchildren. Too many grandparents are more lenient on their grandchildren, either because the feel badly about the situation that the grandchild is in, or because they wish to correct mistakes they made with their own children. It is important to remember that all children need guidance and discipline, and that if you approach it from the standpoint of providing the best care possible, which includes being firm yet loving, you will be not only making the child’s life better but your own life easier.
It is also important to take some time to relax and enjoy the time you have with your grandchildren. Especially since most grandparents do not have a full-time job as they had with their own children, you now have plenty of time to have fun with and spend time with, your grandchildren. You are now free to enjoy spending time with them, listening to them, and helping them with homework, problem-solving, reading, or other activities.
But it is also important to realize that even grandparents need a break at times. Be sure to take time for yourself each day, away from the child/children, even if it is just a warm bath at the end of the day, or a book before bed. Make sure you have time to relax and unwind from the stresses of the day, and you may even need a few days vacation every now and then. If possible, see if there is someone trustworthy and reliable you can leave the grandchildren with for a day or two every once in a while for you to be able to re-energize and relax.
If you take things in stride, and have fun spending time with and caring for your grandchildren, you will find that being a second-time parent can be immensely enjoyable, and not just a stressful situation.
Stephanie Davies is a work at home mom to a 9 year old boy in Mid-Missouri. Her hosting company, Hosting WAHMs at http://www.hostingwahms.com offers premium webhosting from $2 per month and up, with an easy to use sitebuilder! She also offers writing services through her website as well.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Making it Work
By Jamie Rona
If you are a lot like my own grandmother who was left with three grandchildren to raise by herself, then I salute you. Grandparents raising grandchildren have become quite common these days. If you must know, there are over two million of you wonderful grandmas and grandpas out there who are doing a very good job in raising todays generation of kids which can be both trying and tiring. But, as my own grandmother pointed out, she would rather take care of her own grandchildren herself rather than leave us to the care of nannies who are technically, complete strangers.
Read below for some helpful tips for grandparents raising grandchildren these days. And remember, you are doing a great job at it:
It is important that you legally establish your status to your grandchildren. Most seek the advice of lawyers to find out if establishing yourself as your grandchilds legal guardian would be best.
Since you would be raising your grandchild, make sure that you have your financial status evaluated. The Internal Revenue Service can even make arrangements so that you and your grandchild can be qualified for Federal grants or tax deduction programs to give you financial support.
Is your home grandchild friendly? Make it a point to have a room or place in the house especially reserved for your grandchild.
Make an appointment with the schools in your area where you would enroll your grandchild. Be sure to explain to the teachers and officers the familys situation so they would be prepared to adjust according to what your grandchild would need.
Make sure that you are aware of your grandchilds medical history.
Take care of yourself. This new generation of children can a exhausting. And you can see the difference on the physical demands of children today compared to your own kids needs thirty years earlier. If you plan to keep up, make sure you are healthy and you have a lot of energy.
Stay strong. Not only in the physical sense but also emotionally and mentally. Always keep in mind that your grandchildren rely on you and need you. Take care of them, be involved in their activities in school, know who their friends are, and take active part in their lives.
Grandparents raising grandchildren have become all too common these days. It is important that both grandparents and grandchildren maintain a friendly and loving relationship between each other. Make memories with your grandkids and let them know they are a blessing, not a burden.
Jamie is a mother of three who enjoys fitness and the great outdoors. She is a self-employed journalist who spends her time learning about parenting and family relationships for her reports. As an authority in parenting, Jamie teaches classes in her community. In addition to writing, Jamie loves spending time with her family and their two dogs.
Jamie is a busy mother and teacher who likes exercise and the outdoors. She loves to make healthy smoothies and other treats for her family. She enjoys the convenience of her cordless blender. In addition to writing, Jamie loves spending time with her family and their two dogs.
By Kathrin Schwarz
Since Nineteen twenties developing psychologists had been serious about the parent influence inside the continuing development of children’s social along with crucial knowledge. In this discipline essentially the most robust strategy between all could be the review associated with “parenting style”. This Absorb describes being a parent type, considers four types, and covers the outcomes in the variations for the children.
Parenting can be a complicated action that features several specific behaviors that actually work on their own as well as together in order to affect child final results. Although distinct parenting habits, such as paddling or reading aloud, may influence kid growth, taking a look at any sort of habits inside solitude may be deceptive. Plenty of authors as well as scientific study has known that will singled out being a parent methods can be a small inconsequential in relation to being a parent in a broader facet for forecasting a new child’s well-being. Most of the time highest researchers’ utilizes a wider parent milieu provide Diana Baumrind’s raising a child type notion. Baumrind released the girl publication within 1991, wherever the lady explained about the different versions inside routine of parents regarding curbing as well as mingling the youngster.. Both the things which might be within this explanation are of much significance. You have to know a pair of points so that you can understand why description. Because the initial position we can easily repeat the typology produced by Baumrind would be to make clear standard nurturing type and not the ommissions just like harassing or perhaps neglectful raising a child. The particular management problems are thought being the other part of normal nurturing. There are numerous differences in your parent method involving curbing along with mingling the youngsters, though the major work of each and every mother or father is usually to affect, teach and also control their minor darlings.
There must be a couple of different aspects inside raising a child. They’re adult calls for and also parent responsiveness. Parental responsiveness (generally known as adult warmth or perhaps supportiveness) refers to “the extent to which mother and father deliberately create individuality, self-regulation, and self-assertion when you are attuned, supporting, as well as acquiescent for you to children’s unique wants and demands”.
Parental demandingness (generally known as behavior manage) refers to “the claims mom and dad help make about children to become integrated into the family whole, by simply his or her maturity needs, oversight, disciplinary attempts and willingness to address the kid whom disobeys”.
In the investigation created by Maccoby & Martin inside 1983, we to know that in accordance with large as well as reduced adult responsiveness as well as demandingness you’ll find 4 several types of mothers and fathers -authoritarian, authoritative, indulgent along with uninvolved. In their own book Baumrind says that many of those several types demonstrates different however usually happening types of parental ideals, procedures and also behaviours that creates the balance in between responsiveness and demandingness.
The particular Indulgent mothers and fathers can also be referred to as “permissive” as well as “nondirective”. It is often learned that the oldsters are “more receptive than they are strenuous. These are nontraditional and also lenient, do not require mature behavior, allow sizeable self-regulation, and prevent confrontation”.
Mom and dad on this kind tend to be subscription separated into 2 groups- nondirective along with democratic. Aforementioned one is far more diligent yet easygoing, employed along with committed to the youngster.
An clip via Baumrind, 1991,( r. Sixty two) clarifies Authoritarian mom and dad while “They are obedience- and also status-oriented, and also count on his or her order placed being obeyed without having explanation” , furthermore they are not sensitive yet very much stressful and also information. These mother and father produce well-ordered surroundings having a list of guidelines for young children. There are usually two form of Authoritarian mother and father: a new) nonauthoritarian-directive as well as w) authoritarian-directive. The first kind a single are incredibly distressing however the second option a single usually are not thus autocratic or invasive in employing their power or perhaps interfering needlessly.
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It is difficult in today’s violent society, to teach our children to empathize with people and to understand how others feel. For parents, teaching kids to be compassionate takes time, skills and enormous amount of patience and efforts. Just like you teach your child to ride a cycle or tie shoelaces, you need to teach your children to be compassionate, kind and caring while they are growing up. Here are a few parenting tips that will help you instill the value of compassion in your children:
Encourage children to donate
Involve your children in the charitable work you do. Encourage children to donate their toys they have outgrown and clothes which they no longer wear to the kids who cannot afford these things. On occasions of Christmas or Thanksgiving, ask your children to give away some of their toys, dolls etc to the kids who are less fortunate.
In fact, take your children to an NGO or some charitable organization where they can themselves hand over the items to the kids. Seeing other kids feel happy on receiving those toys will make your child understand the joy and value of being compassionate.
Importantly, you must make your children understand that donation or giving away does not mean disposing of waste items. In fact, to realize the pleasure of giving, give away items which are in good condition and you find them of value. After all, a shirt which is torn or a toy train which is broken is of no use to anyone. So encourage your child to donate those items which he/she may have outgrown but are in good state.
Ways of being compassionate
Being compassionate does not mean only donating. It also means spending good time with the elderly people, helping a blind man cross the road, helping the elderly find their way in a crowded area to the elderly, comforting someone in distress, being friendly to the new guy in the class, being polite to the waiters, helping your neighbors and other such pleasant gestures.
Compassion also means being kind and caring to animals, not only your own pets. Once you teach your child to love animals and consider their feelings, you will find your child taking the lead in protecting even stray animals from getting bullied by the neighborhood children. Compassion builds the foundation for trust and respect. Only when you experience compassionate living, do you truly learn to love and respect others. Also, when you help your children learn to be compassionate, you are also safeguarding them against behavior problem.
As a parent the best way to instill these values in your children is to practice them yourself. When your children will notice how you love and take care of your own parents, your children will learn to follow in your footsteps. Encourage your child to spend time with his/her grandparents, go out with them for walks and be with them when they need their people around them.
Have conversations with kids
Parenting children does not only amount to providing for their daily needs. It is vitally important for every parent to develop and nurture a healthy parent child relationship where you can freely discuss with your children about life wisdom such as the joys of giving to others, the pleasure in being compassionate, the fulfillment of spreading love.
If your child is not being friendly to a new student in class, tell him/her to imagine how would he/she feel if he/she was in that persons place? How would your child want to be treated by the others? The point is to make child understand that everyone has feelings and we should not hurt anybody’s emotions. Once your child learns to view the world from the other persons point of view, he/she will develop a loving, considerate and compassionate nature. This is an essential need of healthy child development. If you dont instill these values from a tender age in your children, it might be too late to learn when they are grown up.
All living creatures have feelings and being kind to them will only make you feel good. Make your children know that they can help create a better world by being gentle and compassionate towards others.
Noah Brown is a freelance writer who writes extensively about motivational videos which offer tips on parenting children. He has written several enlightening articles on inspirational quotes and videos which offer parenting tips to strengthen parent child relationship.
Find your parenting
By Kathrin Schwarz
Developmental psychiatrists possess explored through 20′s your effect regarding mom and dad in children’s cultural and critical competence. Among the various strategies, the area named “parenting style” is just about the most important fields of study. In this article we have mentioned in regards to the raising a child design, granted very much relevance towards the 4 kinds and also have actually discussed about the outcomes of variations on children.
Nurturing is not simply having a baby to the kid as well as growing the little one. Yet, this is a many sided activity such as child’s advancement jointly along with separately. Selected habits through the parents’ side similar to spanking or reading out loud can influence the little one nevertheless examining all of them separately could be unreliable. In various studies it is often found out that the particular larger facets of raising a child are much much more advantageous compared to the certain nurturing procedures. Experiments attempting to reflect this particular parent milieu rely a lot in Diana Baumrind,ersus idea about the same. According for you to Baumrind- 1991, the concept of raising a child fashion is needed take into consideration the conventional variations within parent behavior wanting to discipline and also get friendly their young. . 2 factors are essential to comprehend the meaning. In the first stage, we obtain to learn about the nurturing design which it should realize diverse standard nurturing as well as exclude deviant parenting, observed in abusive along with responsible homeowners. The second level based on Baumrind presumption is that regular raising a child should revolve around handle problems. Though there might be variations in parent tactic inside trying to handle or get friendly their kids and the degree each goes for the purpose, normally it’s presumed the primary position coming from all mom and dad is influencing, instructing and handling his or her toddlers.
Inside some other way the adult demandingness or behavioral control signifies “the boasts mother and father help make about youngsters for being integrated into the household complete, simply by his or her readiness needs, direction, disciplinary efforts as well as motivation to be able to deal with the child who disobeys”.
Inside an investigation produced by Maccoby & Martin throughout 1983 it is demonstrated which according to the higher or perhaps decrease quantity of parental responsiveness or demandingness mom and dad may be of 4 types, indulgent, authoritarian, well-respected as well as uninvolved. You can find out from your book associated with Baumrind (1991) that every of those designs echo the several natural adult valuations, techniques, and actions in addition to a distinct harmony involving demandingness along with responsiveness.
(Baumrind, 1991, s. 62). Indulgent mom and dad could be additional divided into 2 types: democratic parents, that, even though lax, will be more careful, involved, along with dedicated to the little one, and also nondirective mothers and fathers.