If your goal is to have a cooperative child who interacts with you, it will require your active participation by having interactive exchanges with your child. But the benefits are huge – you and your child develop and strengthen your relationship as you increase your ability to communicate with each other. In other words, your child learns how to speak to you, and how to listen to you. Those of you who have teenagers know how important cooperation and communication can be, and these skills are developed during a child’s early years. Interactive exchanges are a short-term objective that meets the long-term goal of a healthy parent-child relationship.
Multi-tasking. If you’re a parent, you’re probably a pro. You know the drill: one ear on the phone, the other listening for baby. One hand spreading jam, the other checking e-mail.
You feel like you’re getting lots done, but you rarely feel peaceful. The truth is, according to recent research, multitasking can actually reduce your efficiency and endanger your health. If you’ve ever had to re-make dinner because you burned it while answering e-mails, or if your adrenaline regularly pumps overtime as you try to do four things at once, read on.
Studies have shown that an expecting mother’s poor oral health may lead to an increased risk for having preterm labor, premature delivery, low birth weight babies and twice the chance of developing preeclampsia. In February 2010, the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology noted that bacteria from an expectant mother’s mouth had caused a stillbirth at 36 weeks.
As parents, our goal is to raise our children to be as healthy and productive as they can be. Simple preventive measures or early routine treatment will make a difference in your child’s oral health.
Fetal-infant mortality rates are like the tip of an iceberg. Beneath the surface are health, social and economic factors that work together to continue to put more babies at risk. These rates are a well-established, accepted marker for the health and well-being of a nation, state, region or community.
Feeling the need to get outside with your kids, but tired of the same old trips to the pool and afternoons at the playground? Fortunately, we live in a wonderful community for exploring nature nearby. From the tiniest tot to the most adventurous teen, there’s something for everyone! Read on for a few ideas that will help bring a fun close to your summertime adventures in town.
Life with twins is crazy. It is also completely amazing, challenging, hilarious, and by far the hardest job I’ve ever had! I’m sitting here listening to the girls chatter each other to sleep… wait, strike that, now they are both wailing. Such is the way with twin 2-year-olds. If I had a dime for every time someone said, “I always wanted to have twins!” I’d be a rich woman. Far fewer people have actually offered to babysit.
Remember that glorious feeling of freedom when school ended for the summer? Then the dejection as reality set in and you realized you faced two whole months with nothing to do? Boredom! It’s even worse when it is your kids feeling bored and you don’t have the cash to go on vacation. The good news is that your public library can help you plan a journey of fun activities in your local community.
Everyone agrees that reading is vital to a child’s success. Research shows that there are six early literacy skills that are essential to creating a solid foundation for learning to read: print motivation, print awareness, phonological awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills – in other words – read, sing and talk.
By adding these elements to your parent-child time, you will be preparing your child for reading and learning. It does not cost any money; it only costs your time.
It’s understandable that parents may be looking for a quick response or a short-term solution. And in responding to challenging behavior, many parents feel the need to punish or give their children a consequence as a way to modify or change their behavior. While “time out” can be an effective way to respond to challenging behavior, it may be difficult to have a successful time out. Indeed, many children will resist time out, which leads to power struggles.
Music education is also known to provide benefits across the curriculum. A recent meta-analysis of 25 experimental studies using music education and music therapy activities to teach reading skills showed a significant correlation between music and reading ability.
Yet despite our efforts and knowledge, many believe that they and their kin lack musical talent. How has this happened?