Massaging infants' arms and hands can significantly reduce their pain from needle sticks ||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. ||Ask your baby's doctor about vitamin D supplements for the baby, especially if you're breast-feeding ||Make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||Do not postpone your baby’s vaccines unless he is sick or feverish ||When your infant is carried, he should be oriented toward the carrying adult ||Set aside time to spend with each child individually, so they don't feel like they're competing for your attention ||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. ||Infants raised on breast milk tend to score higher on tests of mental development than those on formula ||To help your kid stand up to negative peer pressure, encourage him to talk, use role playing with him, get to know the parents of your child's friends and finally deal with your own peer pressure. ||
Help shield sexual content from your child

Children are growing up faster than ever. Are there ways we can we stop them? Yes and no. There is more sex talk in the playground, children see sexualised images on TV, on the side of buses, magazines etc. Some of it is out of our control!

There seems to be more of it around than when I was growing up. There are so many new words to learn which the children revel in knowing and of course ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is out at the cinema at the moment. My children asked me if they could go and see it. They don’t have any idea what it is about. They have seen the posters though and know there is something ‘grown up about it’.

We cannot shield our children from the images they see and we cannot follow them around either so they are protected from hearing or seeing sexual content.
What we can do to help our children understand sexual content is:

Talk to our children about what they are seeing.
Make them also want to talk to you about what they are seeing i.e. be approachable
Discuss the new words they are hearing and learning and making sure they know the correct meaning of them.
Ask them what they know.
Educate them not to use words that are vulgar and crude that they hear and why they are vulgar.
Make sure they are watching or playing age appropriate TV, films and games.
Be aware of the language you use and remember that they DO overhear things.
Put parental controls on phone and internet devices.
Educate them in the difference between women and men they see in the media and real people.
Encourage them to ask questions.

Though we cannot completely shield our children from sexual content, we can help them to process and understand what they do pick up by practicing these tips.

 

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