When a baby finds that her signals are validated and responded to appropriately, that troubles are soothed and pleasure enhanced, she begins to sense that her feelings, expressions, of her very being, are of value and important. A baby learns that she counts for something. This is the foundation of the development of self-esteem -- a combination of who you are, how you feel about yourself, and what you think about your future potential.
When a couple has a baby, it is a profound transition in their lives. It is the most important change in their adult life. How becoming a parent affects each of them as individuals and as a couple is still not well understood in our culture.
For children and adults alike, traumatic situations are similar to earlier times in our lives when we had no words for our worst fears and when our cognitive resources were not yet up to the task of ordering and making sense of complex experiences.
Some people spend the fall eagerly awaiting the piney smell and warm glow of a live Christmas tree. Others who celebrate Christmas, find indoor trees, not to mention greenery-draped mantles and cinnamon-scented candles, bring little more than a runny nose and a tight feeling in their chest.
Dads and moms who find themselves in the drugstore trying to buy a thermometer in a hurry may be overwhelmed by their choices. The thermometer market has broadened in the last decade: While parents once had had two choices, there are now five or six.
Studies show that women are more prone to colds and flus after having children -- and kids themselves are exposed to germs continually in childcare and preschool. So it's smart to take up arms against those microbial invaders!
Holiday stress can take the joy out of the holidays quicker than any other natural emotion. Since women are hit the hardest... Or, are they? Actually, kids notice the overwhelming feelings, conflict during the busy season, and also become frustrated and sad.
If you have recently found yourself fretting over your child's waistline, you are not alone. The youth of today are fatter than ever before, and parents are starting to panic. Why are our kids so big, and what should we do about it?
Misinformation about fevers and whether to treat them abound. One of the most frequent reasons parents call or visit a pediatrician is their child's fever. What is a fever, and what actually causes it? Should it be treated?
Recently, a friend mentioned that schools are encouraging children to sneeze on their arm sleeve instead of their hand. The old adage "cover your mouth when you sneeze" takes on a new perspective. Now to demonstrate, instead of using a cupped hand, one would need to sweep your entire arm across your face. The 21st century sneeze.