As we now know, we can no longer separate the mind from the body, or nature from nurture. Even more important, our new knowledge will change the way we parent and teach the young.
by Archer Crosley
If I had to stress one thing that you could do for your family to enhance its quality and productivity, it would be the family dinner or meal.
I believe there should be one meal per day where the family gets together and shares a common experience.
The family dinner is not just a time to exchange pleasantries; the family dinner is when the family sits down and reviews family affairs. How are the kids doing in school? Is Johnny cleaning is room? Where would they all like to go on summer vacation?
What do babies need? Their parents. Not the cute baby clothes you got at the shower. Not the baby swing, or seat, or crib. Not even diapers. You may need all that. But your baby needs his parents.
by Arindam Chattopadhyaya
Babies, too, like a massage, and it helps them to relax, sleep better, and sometimes, digest their food. Strokes that are used to massage an adult can be used on babies. You need to learn by practice what your child enjoys most.
Some points to remember while massaging your baby:
- He/she will not stay still for long periods of time
- The strokes will have to be gentle, and smaller to adapt to the baby's body
- Depending on the age, the child can be placed in your lap or on a floor towel during the massage
Human babies are born helpless, needing to be entirely cared for and protected. Luckily, they are born with all the necessary tools and "instructions" to attain such care for themselves.
Music is a particularly interesting aspect of child rearing because it is universal. It's a simple way for necessary bonding between parents and children to take place; bonding that begins during infancy, but carries on through childhood, adolescence, and even adulthood.
Remember lanugo? That weird hair covering our fetus that I told you about back in week 17? Well, now our hairy little beast is also enjoying something called vernix, a thick, cheesy, smegma-like coating that protects its body during its months of living the Life Aquatic.
Summer's half over! Don't worry, there's still time to make some fantastic family memories, even if you don't have the money or time to head off on vacation. But don't wait. The key is to get out a calendar and schedule the things you really want to do.
The crumpled face, the arms velcro-locked around your knees, the wail that rips through your heart. Virtually every parent who has left a toddler with a caregiver has experienced this. It's the normal response of a securely attached toddler who protests what she perceives as a life-threatening separation from her mother.