It’s never too early to read for your child ||Don't let your baby nap in the car seat after you're home as a substitute for crib since it's harder for young babies to breathe in that position ||Don't allow your pet on the couch while you are holding baby. This makes dogs bigger and taller in relation to your infant and may encourage aggression. ||Until your baby is 6 months old, he'll get all the hydration he needs from breast milk or formula, even in hot weather ||Trim your baby’s nails weekly after a bath when the nails are softened ||Plan for regular family meals. Enjoy being together as a family and give a chance for everyone to decompress from the day ||Expressing milk should be painless. If it hurts, stop. ||Your toddler may be clumsy simply due to her trials to master so many new physical skills at the same time. The more active she is, the more likely she will drop things, run into things, or fall down. ||Set aside time to spend with each child individually, so they don't feel like they're competing for your attention ||Stop the continuous criticism to your teens. Highlight their qualities instead. ||
Making Family Meals a Priority


Adolescents who eat regularly with their family members develop healthier eating habits, concludes a latest study - carried out by School of Public Health, University of Minnesota researchers - that examined the association between the regular family meals and the development of good eating habits in adolescents.

 

The investigators questioned 303 males and 374 female adolescents about their eating habits when they were 12 and 13 years old and then again 5 years later.

The findings demonstrated that those who had regular family meals, defined as five or more meals together per week, were more likely to eat healthy later on.

 

These healthy meals included consuming breakfast, vegetables, calcium-rich food, dietary fiber, and several nutrients including calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc.

 

The findings further showed that sixty percent of participants had regular family meals during early adolescence compared to thirty percent during middle adolescence, a finding suggesting that having regular family meals during the transition from early to middle adolescence positively impacts the development of healthful eating behaviors for youth

 

But making family meals happen can be a big challenge, so try to:

 
Plan:
  • Choose a time when everyone can be there
  • Remove the barriers (like no utensils, recipes, spices…etc)
 

Prepare and involve everyone

  • Kids can put the plates on the tables, fold the napkins, and be a "taster"
  • Teens can be assigned to a night cook with you as a helper
 
Enjoy
  • Wait until everyone is seated
  • Create a moment of calm before the meal begins
  • Enjoy being together as a family and give a chance for everyone to decompress from the day
  • Model good table manners (staying seated, passing items instead of grabbing them, not talking with your mouth full), but keep the discipline at a minimum. The focus should remain on getting your kids nurtured, connected, and part of the family.
 

 

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