As fall arrives, so does the beginning of a new school year. Although the start of the school year can be exciting, it can also be overwhelming and stressful, especially for kids who are starting school for the first time or starting in a new school. Whether kids are moving up a grade or starting a new school, it means meeting new teachers, facing new academic demands and entering a new social circle, so it can create anxiety for the children as well as their parents. The following tips will help make preparing for the new school year less strenuous and more exciting. Get Familiar with the School
If your child went to the same school last year, you may only need to ask about the differences from last year. For example, does school start the same time as last year or are there any changes in the bus schedules. If your child is starting a new school, you should visit the school several times beforehand and attend the orientation or open house. A few weeks before the first day of school try to find out as much information as possible, such as:
- What the daily schedule will be
- What time school begins and ends
- Is a sack lunch and snack required or are meals are provided. If purchased meals are optional, how much are they?
Getting a child to go to sleep at night can be one of the most frustrating parts of parenting. Setting up a bedtime routine that is consistently followed will help your children know what to expect each night, helping them to get the sleep they need for their growing bodies and easing your stress and frustration.
1. Set an Appropriate Bedtime for Your Child
Often parents let a child stay up later because he or she doesn’t seem tired. Once a child is over-tired, however, the body releases cortisol. This hormone can make it more difficult for your child to fall asleep and increase the likelihood of him or her waking up during the night and early in the morning. Sleep experts say that children need to following amounts of sleep as they age:
- Children ages one to three need 12 to 14 hours of sleep each day.
- Children ages three to six need 10 to 12 hours of sleep each day.
- Children ages seven to 12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night.
- Teenagers ages 13 to 18 need eight to nine hours of sleep each night.
Use your child’s age and nap schedule as a guideline to adjust their bedtime accordingly.
A new sibling can evoke feelings of happiness, confusion, jealousy and excitement in your other children. Depending on their age and maturity levels, there are different ways to approach the topic. Having the patience and making the effort to help your children adjust to the transition will make for a happier home and family.
Don’t Tell Younger Children Too Early
Children who are pre-school age and younger may have difficulty grasping the concept of time. Telling them too far in advance of the due date will be confusing. Wait until the due date is closer to tell them. Children in elementary school have a better idea of time, so it’s okay to tell them once you are out of the first trimester.
Involve Them in Preparations
Buying a new car seat, having a baby shower or preparing a room are all exciting preparations for your new child. Get other children in on the excitement by letting them be involved in the preparations. Allowing them to choose an outfit or toy may help increase their excitement.
Stick to Routines
Many children feel jealous or scared because a new sibling can interrupt their own routine. Stick to the same routine as much as possible by being organized. Find someone to care for your children while you are in the hospital, organize rides so after-school activities can still be attended, make sure favorite snacks are in the cupboard and ensure babysitters stick to your regular schedule.
Having a baby can be a very rewarding experience. However, it also comes with its own set of unique challenges. Many mothers who are prepared to deliver the baby, often are unprepared when it actually arrives. This is often due to lack of information or misinformation from the sources around them. There are many key things to keep in mind when having a baby, and preparation has to start right at the beginning in order to ensure proper care. Luckily, there are many ways to do this and none set in stone. Caring for your child is ultimately up to how much research and preparation you are willing to put in.
The basic necessities should be a primary focus. Many people set up special rooms for their newborns not only to provide them enough space and comfort but also to create a bit of sound cushioning, due to the fact that newborns are notorious for breaking the sound barrier. Often, this room will also be used for storing toys and other necessary items. Many parents also choose to construct a crib for their newborn. It is important to choose a crib that is a good fit for a new child.
One of the other important facets of preparing for a new baby is nutrition. Many mothers grapple with the decision to breastfeed or use formula. There have been many studies on this subject and it would benefit the entire family greatly if the mother or father did research beforehand. Keeping your child’s nutrition in mind is just as important as providing a safe, comfortable living space. If you are someone who is expecting their first child or even another addition to the family, preparation can seem like a monumental task. All of the work and effort that is put in by the parents will pay off in time and there is nothing quite like seeing a child grow up to become a great adult. With a little bit of research, any parent can be prepared to welcome a new bundle of joy home.
Schedule Your Child’s Checkups When It Is Convenient
As a parent, you want to do everything possible to keep your child happy and healthy, but sometimes life gets in the way. It does not matter if you work long hours or are a stay at home parent, your time is valuable and often filled with responsibilities that can make keeping up with all of your child’s medical appointments a challenge. If you cannot get an appointment that works with your schedule to see your child’s pediatrician, the next best thing is to bring them in to be seen at an urgent care facility.
Checkups Can Detect Underlying Health Issues
It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for you to schedule regular medical checkups for your child. Your child is still developing, and their health and growth need to be monitored. Although you may feel that your child looks and acts fine, you are not always going to be able to detect when there is an underlying heath issue. Only with the guidance and care of a qualified health professional can you fully protect your child’s health.
Urgent Care Checkups Are More Convenient
Urgent care offers parents a great deal of affordable and convenient medical services that they can use for their children. It is the perfect place to go if your child is suffering from nonlife-threatening injuries, illness, or in need of a physical, vaccination or checkup. In fact, many parents prefer to take their children to an urgent care doctor because their child can be seen and treated faster. The cost is also much more affordable than going to a hospital or an ER. Urgent care centers provide convenience and affordability to parents making it easier for them to manage their time without neglecting their children’s health.
Although you make an effort to put your child first in everything you do, do not neglect their regular checkups. When it comes to children, there is no such thing as being too safe or cautious, especially when it is about their health and overall well-being.
Sibling rivalry is an age old tradition that rings true in every household. When people live together there are bound to be disagreements, but the spats between siblings can rise to extreme heights at times if left unchecked. Below are three powerful tips that you may not have considered to help stop sibling rivalry.
- Attack the Root
Sibling rivalries stem from different situations and circumstances that cause the children to feeling a certain way. There are a few common feelings that can spark a rivalry:
- Feelings of injustice
- Compounded resentment
- Craving attention
Children crave structure. This may not be apparent as they run screaming through the house throwing breakfast cereal, but they do. Routine subconsciously tells a child that someone is in charge. It helps them feel grounded, secure, and safe. A bedtime routine is one of the most pivotal ways you can add structure to your child’s life. In addition to creating a sense of security in your child, it can also bring some much needed relief to you, the parent. Here are steps to creating a bedtime routine for your child. Continue reading
Welcoming a brand new baby into the world is an exciting time, but it can also be extremely trying for new parents. The lack of sleep, worry and complex emotions that are very common can create a cocktail that may result in tension and high levels of stress. It is important for parents to take a little bit of time for themselves in order to relieve that stress and enjoy the short period of time that is the newborn stage.
For many new parents – especially moms – taking care of a baby requires nearly 24/7 attention. This often leads to neglect in the exercise department. Instead of putting off a workout, try adding one in to your day and see how it makes you feel. Many experts agree that any amount of physical activity can reduce anxiety and fatigue, leading to reduced stress as well. Continue reading
If you are reading this article, then congratulations! There is nothing more exciting than bringing a new life into the world. Now that you are expecting a child, you are probably feeling overwhelmed to say the very least. As with anything else, preparation is the key to pregnancy and raising a baby. Here are a few tips to help you make it from pregnancy to motherhood without a hitch.
You are solely responsible for your baby’s health care while you a pregnant, so you know to eat right and to avoid risky foods and activities. But the moment that you give birth to your child, you are no longer in complete control of your child’s well being. This is why having a healthcare plan and a great doctor is so important. Whether you are on an employer’s health plan or Obamacare, there are options available to make sure that your child is well taken care of. Make sure that you elect an adequate amount of coverage for your growing family. Continue reading
Research shows that many adopted children tend to develop a mental health diagnosis. In fact, a 2008 study compared about 500 adopted and non-adopted children and found that the odds of having an ADHD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) diagnosis were approximately twice as high in adoptees compared with non-adoptees.
This can be even more problematic when adoption agencies hide information and mislead parents who are leaning towards adopting. Then, when adopted children begin to exhibit mental health symptoms, parents may not know how to respond. Furthermore, they may not have made the decision to adopt if they knew that their child might develop a mental illness.
The mental health of adopted children is becoming more and more significant, particularly because the number of adoptions in the United States continues to rise. According to the National Council For Adoption,there were 130,269 domestic adoptions in 2002, whereas in 1996 there were 108,463 domestic adoptions. Continue reading