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Solving Sleepy Time Problems

All children go through problems with sleep. Children who have mental health disorders or are in foster care often have more problems in this area. Sleeping in a strange bed and strange home contributes to this, but in many cases, a child in foster care who has sleep problems may be having intrusive or bad dreams. Or, they have had a pattern of bad dreams in the past, and they resist and fear going to sleep. In some cases, their medication may be interfering with sleep.

Teach Children to Think for Themselves

When children enter into confrontations with each other, parents tend to sometimes step in too soon to solve the children's disagreement by simply separating them, or handing out a consequence and forcing the children to apologize to each other. The only thing the children have learned is that adults will solve their problems, to avoid fights in front of adults, and that all you have to do to "make up" is say "sorry".

Parenting Styles

What parenting style do you use with your child? A Psychologist by the name of Diana Baumrind, studied a group of preschool children and their parents and concluded that parenting styles can be divided into three main types: the authoritarian, the permissive, and the authoritative. The methods each parent uses to guide, educate and discipline his or her child makes up his or her parenting style.

Kids and TV- Effects of television on children

At different ages, children watch and understand television in different ways, depending on the length of their attention span and the way in which they process information. These variables must be examined to gain an understanding of how television violence affects children at different ages. Psychological research has found that televised violence has numerous effects on the behaviour of children of different ages. These include the imitation of violence and crime seen on television towards behaving aggressively, and the displacing of activities, such as socializing with other children and interacting with adults, that would teach children non-violent ways to solve conflicts.

Dealing With Nighttime Enuresis in Children

Many children have occasional enuresis, or wetting at nighttime, even though they have been toilet trained for years. Quite a few children who have been traumatized by interpersonal violence will have nighttime (and even day time) wetting that is often not effectively treated by medication or restriction of liquids. Even older children may have nighttime wetting; it is not uncommon for the problem to continue to occur in children who are victims of PTSD even into their teen years.

Helping a Stressed Child Become Self Aware of Stress

Children who suffer from stress disorders often have lived for so long with their stress symptoms and behaviors that they do not realize that they are different from other children. They take their extreme level of stress and resulting behaviors as a fact of life. One step in treating stress behaviors in children is to help them to become self-aware of their stress, how the stress is cued and triggered, and the levels of their stress.

What's In A Name? When It Comes To Your Home Daycare Business, Plenty!

When it comes to marketing, one of the most powerful tools you can use to build your brand is a good business name. Choosing the right name for your daycare business is a very important task that requires a lot of thought and consideration. You want to choose one that fits your personality as well as your business outlook. Here are a few guidelines that will help you choose the right name for your Family Daycare.

Choosing Safe and Age Appropriate Toys

Toys are a fundamental part of every toddler's life. But if they aren't carefully chosen, they can become a threat. As you wander through a toy store, consider not only whether the toys you select will be fun and educational, but also whether they will be safe. Here's some important information to keep in mind when looking for toys for your child:

Morality and Children - Stages of moral development explained

Children learn their morals both from their family of origin, and the larger community of friends and school. It is important for adults to understand that morality is children (including teens) is a developmental process that takes place throughout the years of a child's life. This process can be guided and worked with a bit better if the adult understands the different levels of moral understanding that a child goes through at what age.

The Magician's Force

Make your choice offers in a clear, simple, authoritative manner. Assertiveness and boldness is the way a magician approaches a "volunteer" spectator. The spectator needs to feel that the magician has something valuable to share, and while assertive, is not going to embarrass or hurt them. So too, children need clear, simple presentation of their choices from you in an assertive and decisive manner. This kind of approach sets up a semi-conscious sensation of a boundary and limit to the choices available.

When to introduce solids to a child

It is recommended that you do no start solids until your child is six months old. Until six months of age breast milk or infant formula supplies your child with all his/her required nutritional needs. If you start solids too early can cause your child to develop food allergies. As child's intestinal tract is fully developed until about six months of age and introducing solids before this time can put a strain on their intestinal system.

Why children walk on their toes

Toe walking, also known as equines gait is usually considered to be a normal part of development, as long as your child is growing and developing normally. Toe walking usually occurs when your child is just beginning to learn to walk. Toe walking, however, can be a sign of a medical condition and can lead to problems with your child's walking, especially if it persists after three years of age.

Why play is important to children

Play for children is an absorbing, satisfying and joyful experience. As adults, when we observe children at play we often long to remember memories from our own childhoods, where we were able to abandon ourselves totally to the interests of the moment

Dealing with stranger anxiety

Stranger anxiety is the unhappiness that children experience when they are exposed to people who are unfamiliar to them. Infants can begin to experience stranger anxiety at as early as six months of age but it usually begins somewhere between eight and nine months of age. Before eight or nine months most infants accept unfamiliar people without much fuss. But as infants approach eight and nine months of age, they begin to show strong preferences for the people who care for them most of the time usually their parents.

Dealing with separation anxiety

Separation anxiety is a normal part of a child's development in which your baby will cry when you leave the room. In general it becomes worse around 10 to 18 months and then it gradually solves itself. Your child will eventually become less fearful when you leave her as she learns to remain comforted in your absence and can anticipate your return.

Difference between a licensed and unlicensed daycare provider in Ontario

A licensed daycare provider is a childcare facility that cares for more than five unrelated children under the age of 10 and meets criteria listed in the Day Nurseries Act and is set out by the Provincial Government. The Day Nurseries Act is the legislation that regulates licensed child care in Ontario. The act sets out the requirements that a licensed child care operator has to meet in order to operate. These requirements help protect the health, safety and well-being of children.

How to Find the Right Daycare

In order to find the best care for your child, your search must start early. You will want to choose the kind of care that will help foster your child's learning, as well as ensure their safety and happiness. Typically, parents start searching a daycare provider at least 2 or 3 months in advance, however, in some areas daycare spaces are harder to find, therefore it would be wise to start your search even a year in advance.

When to begin potty training a child

Most children begin to show signs to begin toilet training between 18 months to 3 years of age. Some of these signs include staying dry for 2 hours or more, having regular bowel movements, becoming uncomfortable with dirty or wet diapers and wanting to be changed, able to follow simple instructions, asking to use the toilet or potty and asking to wear underwear.

How to stop a toddler from biting

Biting other children and adults is a common behaviour most toddlers exhibit and increases when a child is frustrated or tired. It is very important not to overreact when it occurs, instead teach your child that this is not acceptable behaviour. Some steps you can take when your child bites may include:

Toilet training

Potty training is often one of the most frustrating aspects of parenting. For many parents it is traumatic, but for others, it can be a delightful experience. Potty training can be completed a lot sooner than most parents are led to believe. With the right approach, your child can be through with it about the same time that some expects say that it should begin. The purpose of this paper is to look at toilet training from different perspectives, encompassing historical beliefs, westernized beliefs and other cultural beliefs. Throughout the paper the terms toilet training and potty training will be used to signify the same.

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