Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Disciplining a Child without Yelling

Disciplining a child is a great challenge for every parent. Sometimes you cannot control your temper and you are most likely to yell at our kids especially when we think they are not listening to us. However this doesn’t have to be the basis. Here are some ways to discipline a child without yelling or ending up in a screaming match.

1. Decide what you want your child to learn. Disciplining really means “teaching” Figure out what you want your child to know such as particular skills, character values and societal rules.
2. Take into account the age, temperament and personality. All children are different even those in the same family. The discipline techniques you apply to one child may not work to the other siblings.
3. Create a discipline plan. Write down unacceptable behaviors and apply a consequence to each. Make the consequence appropriate for the offense.
4. Discuss the plan with your child, if she’s old enough to give you her input. Find out what she thinks is fair and unfair about the plan and explain how and why you came up with those rules and consequences.
5. Acknowledge good behavior. Discuss this part of the discipline with your child too.
6. Don’t get upset over every little infraction. Learn to ignore some of your child’s misbehaviors.
7. Keep communication open. Talk with your child about why she chose to break the rule or why she won’t comply with your instructions. Suggest ways so you can both compromise.
8. Be flexible with your discipline. As your child grows up, you will need to make changes to the plan to reflect her age and circumstances.
9. Make your plan unique. If you have more than one child, create an individual discipline plan for each child.
10. Forgive yourself if you mess up. We’re human and we all yell at our children at some point in their lives. Don’t abandon all your hard work over one mistake, make adjustments if necessary and try doing it again.
11. Always respect your child. Even if you are disciplining her, make sure she knows that you love and respect her.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

How to Prevent Teeth Grinding for Children

Do you hear during the night that your child is grinding his/her teeth? Teeth grinding is just as unpleasant to hear especially if you are hearing it from your own children. Though, some teeth grinding is normal for children, but it doesn’t make it easy to hear. Below are some of the tips on how to prevent teeth grinding for children.

1. Remove stress factors from your child’s life. Teeth grinding at night come from stress during the day.
2. Create a quiet bedtime routine to relax your child before it is time to sleep.
3. Wait until your child is 5 before worrying about permanent teeth grinding problems. It was known that 33% of children under the age of 5 grind their teeth. Permanent teeth are much stronger and more sensitive to pain, so grinding isn’t as common.
4. Take your child to the dentist and discuss options to stop teeth grinding of your child. Sometimes some teeth are improperly aligned and it is the cause of the teeth grinding.
5. Tell your child not to chew on pens, pencils, straws, toothpicks and avoid giving him chewing gum. These habits are harmful because they allow your child’s jaw muscles to become accustomed to clenching which will make him prone to bruxism.
6. Place a warm cloth on your child’s cheek near her ear to relax her jaw muscles before he goes to bed.
7. Provide your child with water throughout the day. Teeth grinding often occur when an individual becomes dehydrated.

Warning! Don’t wake your child when she grinds her teeth. It could cause more stress because her sleep is interrupted. It could actually get worse.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

How to Save Money On Giving Gifts for Kids

Everybody loves Christmas most especially the kids. Because this is the time that they will always have new things and gifts from their parents, grandparent and godparents as well. Gifts for kids vary from small to big ones and from the cheapest to the most expensive price it has. Kids never mind how much the price it is as long as they want that toy for them. So, sometimes it is a big problem for some parents especially this time of crisis and tight budget. But there are some ways to save money on your children’s gifts that will still give a Merry Christmas for all.

1. Figure out what your child wants to have. Let them write a letter or wishes for Christmas to Santa. In this case you already have the idea on what to buy and make a bargain if you see that what he/she wants is expensive and tell him/her that just wish for small things because Santa has just enough money and there other children that he wants to give. List them down so that it will be easy for you to go for shopping.
2. Start comparing or have price canvassing from one store to another before deciding to buy.
3. Avail for discounts offered by many retailers.
4. Look into getting some of the second hand toys. This way your child gets a new toy that they desire for a lesser price.
What is important here is that you have given the best and enjoyment for your kids without spending too much.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Preventive Measure for Teeth Discoloration

Are you confident to smile and show your teeth? Of course everybody wants to have beautiful teeth. However, if your teeth are discolored you might be embarrassed and hesitant to show your teeth and most likely cover your mouth when talking or smiling to other people. Below are some of the tips to prevent your teeth from discoloration.

  1. Brush your teeth at least 2-3 times a day and floss your teeth at least once.
  2. As much as possible avoid drinking beverages such as coffee, tea, soft drinks and wine, it will cause discoloration or if you indulge, try drinking through a straw.
  3. After drinking beverages or eating foods that can discolor your teeth, rinse your mouth with warm water with salt.
  4. Avoid smoking or using tobacco products as it will discolor your teeth.
  5. Visit your dentist for check ups regularly so that the dentist can give an advice on how to maintain white and beautiful teeth.

Proper care of teeth starts from the early part of childhood. That is why it is important to monitor and teach the children on the proper way of caring the teeth.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Building Self Confidence

Self-confidence is believing once abilities. That is why as early as possible children should be guided in developing it. As parent or teacher it is a great responsibility to help the children build up self confidence. But how? Below are some of the simple tips:
1. Show respect and trust. The children show a natural curiosity, encourage them to do things independently, give enough attention and praise, avoid ironic remarks. If they do something wrong, avoid scolding him, instead guide them to find the solution or tell them the right method. This will strengthen their capability and will feel worthy to the family.
2. Set goal which they can achieve. Parents should be flexible in setting their expectations for their children. If that is what he gets then encourage him to do better next time.
3. Be a good model. Set as an example by your own action. Children always imitate what they see in you. Hence if you have poor confidence also then, it will be difficult for you to build up to your child as well. If you have poor confidence also, try working it and improve yourself first before building your children to be confident.
4. Be aware of children special talent and help them to build and grow from them. Even at young age children are already showing their special skills and talents, encourage them to build that talent and that will motivate them to develop self confidence.

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