If you want to teach a child values, the best way to do it is by being good role models ourselves and by discussing the choices of everyday life. That means toddlerhood is young to "teach values" verbally, but a perfect time to start teaching values by modeling what you value.
Ok, so he's a wonderful little guy, affectionate and charming, and angelic when he's asleep. But he never stops moving, he grabs whatever he wants from other kids, he regularly hauls off and socks you in the face, and then laughs. He throws toys and purposely breaks things... How can you possibly make it through toddlerhood without succumbing to your natural homicidal responses?
It's August, and the start of school isn't far away. This is the perfect time to start getting everyone in your family into a good evening routine that will make mornings a pleasant, unrushed experience (Yes, it is possible!), whether your kids are in school yet or not.
Extensive research shows that anxiety dramatically increases pain. That means that if a child is less anxious during a medical procedure, he will perceive it as less painful and will be less traumatized afterwards.
A mom asked me recently "Should a natural mama ever consider using a pacifier?" I know there are experts who disagree with me, but the short answer is Yes, I could see that happening -- Rarely. Every baby is different and some simply have very strong comfort sucking needs.
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.
We all want to know that when our child ends up in a jam someday, he'll make the right ethical decision. Would it surprise you to know that the good and bad news about moral courage is that your child's behavior in difficult ethical situations depends mostly on you?
Whatever your beliefs, you probably want your children to know that life is sacred, that nature deserves a certain reverence, that their presence in the world contributes to joy and goodness, that things have a way of working out, that the greatest joy usually comes from sharing with others...
Virtually all three-year-olds go through a bossy phase. And most toddlers go through a brief biting or hitting phase that ends after a few incidents when the parents express their shock and dismay. Two- and three-year-olds are still trying to figure out what is socially acceptable behavior.