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 ||Most newborns need eight to 12 feedings a day — about one feeding every two to three hours ||For protecting young children during summer months, apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside ||The sun is the most important source of Vit D ||If every feeding is painful or your baby isn't gaining weight, ask a lactation consultant or your baby's doctor for help ||Contact the doctor if your newborn isn't gaining weight, wets fewer than six diapers a day or shows little interest in feedings ||Only close friends and relatives should visit you during your first month at home. They should not visit if they are sick ||AAP recommends to avoid blankets (a potential suffocation hazard) until your baby reaches her first birthday ||Preservatives, fragrances, harsh soap, rough fabric, sweat, and stress can be potential irritants for babies suffering from eczema ||Do not postpone your baby’s vaccines unless he is sick or feverish ||
Teaching children to share

 

Teaching children to share is a hard task. Most children don't understand the concept of "mine" and "yours" until they're 3 years old. Young children are naturally ego-centric. They see the whole world through the lens of their own wants and desires.

Some children get so attached to a toy that it becomes part of the child's self, to the extent that when asked to draw a picture of herself, a four-year-old would always include her doll -- as if it were part of her body. This can give you an idea on how hard it is to convince her to share this doll with a playmate.

Strategies that may work

  • Give your child plenty of opportunities to share neutral items. Sharing your favorite toy is much harder than picking out a treat at the store with the express purpose of sharing it with friends.
  • Play turn-taking games. Kids get a much better sense of what you want if you use the term taking turns.
  • Model generosity. When someone asks to borrow one of your "toys," make this a teachable moment: "Mommy is sharing her cookbook with her friend.” Share with your children: "Want some of my popcorn?" Find plenty of opportunities to model sharing.
  • Compliment your children as they make progress. Children will appreciate the third-party compliment.

As is the case with social skills in general, children don’t naturally develop the ability to share. Be aware that sharing requires practice, which always includes mistakes along with the successes.

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