Temper tantrums, unfortunately, are an inevitable part of toddlerhood. Growing up is hard work and filled with lots of emotions! Here are some ways for parents to cope with a child’s tantrum without having one of their own.
No matter how large or small your family may be, family rituals and routines are important. We know that young children crave routines in their daily lives; knowing what is going to happen next provides them with a sense of comfort and security. In the same way, participating in family traditions gives your child a sense of belonging and connection within your family.
All children have reasons for getting mad, from someone stealing their swing on the playground to having to leave a play date when they are having fun; anger is a natural reaction to a frustrating experience. As parents, we cannot prevent our children from ever encountering these circumstances, but we can help them learn how to cope and express these powerful feelings in a calmer fashion.
It’s important to learn how to deal with adversity in life, but it is just as important to learn how to create and sustain joy. Dr. Hallowell describes a cycle of five repeating steps that are childhood roots of adult happiness. He feels the five cycle program should not only go on in childhood but throughout all of life.
You may have savored the moments when your infant preferred you to anyone else, but as they get bigger and they fall apart whenever you try to head to bathroom by yourself, their neediness and attachment seems unbearable. The good news is that separation anxiety is a normal developmental phase that nearly all children go through, fortunately it is not permanent.
My child hasn't been around many children her age. How can I help her make friends in preschool?
My child loves to listen to stories, but he can't read any words yet. Should I be worried?
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Some babies do well cat-napping for 20 minutes at a stretch, they aren’t irritable when they awake and sleep well during the night. But if your child remains cranky after waking, looks tired all day and sleeps poorly at nighttime, you may want to help improve her sleep patterns during the day. Babies who get efficient naps during the day tend to sleep better at night and allow both you and your baby time to recharge in order to enjoy the rest of the day.
“My child used to eat nearly everything I put in front of him, but now there are times when he skips entire meals. He either wants something other than what I cooked, or he says he isn’t hungry. Is this normal?”