Child rearing tips

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Here are some quick child rearing tips. Pick one you like and apply it today to give you and your child a happy healthier life.

Travel Sickness

Encourage your child to look ahead at the road; may be play a game that involves looking forward. Looking into the distance where there is less movement really helps.

Kids & TV

The American Academy of Paediatricians says that high-quality, non-violent TV can have a positive impact on learning, but too much low-quality TV can stunt educational development.

Emergency First Aid

If a toddler is not breathing, lift the chin while pushing down on the forehead to open the airways. (NHS Direct)

Music Too Loud

Loud music can permanently damage hearing. If your kids like their music loud, turn up the bass, so that the music seems louder, and then you can turn down the volume.

Criticising Your Children

Don’t make personal critical remarks to your children (or your spouse) that you wouldn’t consider making to a friend.

Untidy Kids?

Put all the items in a box. When the box is full, give your children notice that anything still in the box in two days’ time will be put in the dustbin/garbage.

Keep Your Child Safe

A child safety seat for children up to the age of 6 reduces the risk of death in a car accident by 28%. Archives of Paediatric & Adolescent Medicine 2006; 160: 617-21

Soiling Clothes

The main reason that children soil themselves is that they are constipated. Constipation can make it painful to pass a stool, so the child becomes afraid. Constipation can be caused by the child not drinking enough fluids. If the body is short of water, it will take water from the stools making them harder to pass.

Small Decisions

Let your children make small decisions even when you know they are wrong. They too learn by their mistakes.

School Bags

Let your child carry his own school bag. It’s all part of growing up and being responsible.

Recurring Minor Illnesses

If you child has a series of minor ailments, it could be because something is happening at school that is causing the child to be stressed. Try Indigo Essences to help you children deal with upsets in their lives.

Toys

“A child can get everything he wants from ‘Toys R Us’ and yet, with amazing ease, still have a gloomy mental life. What really matters, in the end, is how much positivity there is inside his little head.” Martin E.P. Seligman

Conflict

To avoid conflict with your children give them a choice; e.g. would you like to go to bed at 8.30 pm or 8.40 pm?

It’s OK To Be OK

Don’t always say: “It’s OK as long as you do/did your best.” Sometimes it’s OK for your children to do just enough. Expecting anyone to always do their best is just too much pressure; the danger is the child stops trying altogether.

Selfish Parents!

Your child needs to see you doing things for yourself. This is not you being selfish – you’re teaching your child to look after their own needs rather than always expecting other people to do it for them.

Bedtime, Slow Time

Encourage your child in less energetic activities in the hour before bed, so he/she is able to wind down naturally.