Growing Independence: Tips for Parents of Young Children

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Children Love to Learn

  • Open and honest communication will create a lifelong closeness with your child.
  • Routines and responsibilities will let your child know what to expect. When a rule is broken, a natural consequence needs to follow.
  • As you teach your child how to be independent, you also need to teach how to be safe.
  • Learning how to be a good friend is an important skill you can teach your child.
  • Your little one is starting to explore the world outside your home. This is exciting, but can be scary!

Children from 4 to 6 years old are:

  • Beginning to develop their independence and form real friendships.
  • Learning rules to more difficult games.
  • Developing important life skills.

Set Limits

When children do something against the rules, explain simply and in a few words:

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Baby’s Temperament

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Consider these two babies, both from the same family, both girls:

  • The first infant is calm and quiet, happy to play by herself. She watches everything that happens around her, but rarely demands attention herself. Left on her own, she sleeps for long periods and eats infrequently.
  • The second baby is fussy and startles easily. She thrashes her arms and legs, moving almost constantly whether awake or asleep. While most newborns sleep fourteen hours a day, she sleeps only ten, and wakens whenever there’s the slightest activity nearby. She seems in a hurry to do everything at once and even eats in a rush, gulping her feedings and swallowing so much air that she needs frequent burping.

Both these babies are absolutely normal and healthy. One is no “better” than the other, but because their personalities are so far apart, the two will be treated very differently, right from birth.

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Blended families

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Blended families are formed when adults in a new relationship move in together. One or both partners may have children who live with the new couple some or all of the time. Given time, energy and care, blended families generally work well.

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Flying With A Toddler – 15 Tips and Ideas

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I’m not going to lie to you — flying with a toddler isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It can be downright traumatic at times, especially if you haven’t put any thought and preparation into your upcoming flight. Rest assured, sometimes you’ll get lucky and have an enjoyable, relaxed flight with your toddler.

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How Often Should I Feed My Breastfed Baby?

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You are breast-feeding your baby. You send him whenever she needs to be fed. Inother words, whenever it shows the signals of hunger, replying to them by feeding onhim. You could have called a support line of breastfeeding or saw a consultantlactating which all say feed your baby in this way is appropriate. You might evenhave raised the reliable information sources, such as infant feeding guidelines of theNational Health and Council Australia medical research which also indicate that thereis place to feed a baby according to the need. Despite this, you keep however, beingasked or said: your baby should feed already again?“Your baby is sucking many,are you sure that you have enough milk?” You spoil your baby and create bad habitsof his power so often.“Your baby will only get goulees and not put on enoughweight if you feed so often.” You are feeding your baby too often, it will end upoverweight. These words can make you doubt your power and your question if you dothe right things. So, how many times if your feed your baby breastfeed?

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Nipple Confusion – What Is It And How Do I Fix It?

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Nipple confusion is what happens when a mother uses artificial nipples (e.g. a nipplebottle or a dummy / sucks), and a breastfeeding baby becomes accustomed to adifferent way of fixing, or different milk flow. This can cause breastfeeding problems,as the poor attachment to the breasts, irritability in chest or the refusal of the breast. Itis important to note that, while the use of the artificial nipple can cause nippleconfusion, there is no certainty that it will be. Some babies come and go the artificialnipple with no problem breast.

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6 ways breast milk is Important for the immune system


Breast milk and the immune system

Breastfeeding is produced for eons. It is normal that our species. Many of us knowthat breast milk is important to support the immune system of the baby. Some of usare aware that not breastfeeding increases the risk of infection. However, manypeople think breast milk only helps support the immune system of the baby while itreceives. Surprisingly, this is not quite true. In fact, there is much longer term healthrisks associated with the SIP of breastfeeding. Part of this is probably due to the absence of breast milk during childhood. Indeed, there are many ways possible breastmilk is important for the immune system in the long term. Here are 6 of them:

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Breastfeeding Supplementer – What Is It And How Does It Help?

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There are various devices available that breastfeeding mothers may use for one reason or another. One device is called a breastfeeding supplementer. This device allows a baby to feed from the breast and receive extra milk (the supplement) while doing so. There are two types of breastfeeding supplementers available. One is Medela’s Supplemental Nursing System (SNS) and the other is the Lactaid. A breastfeeding supplementer consists of a container (e.g. a bottle) and a fine piece of tubing. One end of the tubing goes into the container and the other gets taped to a mother’s nipple. The supplement (e.g. expressed breastmilk, donor milk or formula) is placed into the container and as the baby drinks from the breast, the tubing carries the supplement from the container to the baby’s mouth. In this way, a breastfeeding supplementer means a baby can feed from the breast and receive a supplement at the same time.

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