Babies only need breast milk or formula. Be sure and support your baby's head.
Your baby will soon smile at you, so be on the lookout for this exciting moment!
Your baby will not sleep through the night.
You can ignore the baby if she is just whimpering or wriggling around, but
do not ignore her cries.
Be sure to communicate with your baby. Talk to him as you change him, feed him, and go about your day.
Your baby may begin to have some fears, and may resist nap and bedtimes. Be sure to reassure him.
Follow your doctor's advice on introducing foods.
A one year old baby is very active. She may be sitting up, cruising, or walking by now.
Remove dangerous items from your baby's reach. If you have things around the house you do not want your baby touching, now is the time to put them up out of reach as well.
Your home is your baby's now too, and should be safe for her to explore and enjoy.
Discipline of a toddler does not mean punishment. Use gentle restraint or removal of the object.
If you become angry, put your baby in her crib for a minute so that you can calm down and
your baby will realize she has done something wrong.
At two years, a child begins to be more independent.
He will enjoy stepping up stairs holding your hand,
climbing on furniture,
kicking a ball,
Be careful of your speech. For example, don't ask "do you want to take a bath?" if "no" isn't really an option. Instead, say "it's time to take a bath."
Ignore temper tantrums and utilize two minute time outs when necessary.
Five year olds have great imaginations and lots of energy.
Make sure to encourage your child for not only completing tasks, but whenever they work on them.
Send the child to a quiet, boring place for discipline and explain right from wrong.
Eight year olds can help with chores effectively. Some examples are folding clothes, setting the table, emptying the dishwasher, and dusting. Encourage responsibility and friendships, as friends become very important.
Make sure that your child understands safety rules
especially with visitors, firearms, pools, and traffic.
Anticipate where your child may make future errors in judgment and discuss good choices.
Puberty. Hormonal changes. Feelings of inadequacy.
Make sure your child is getting enough sleep, excercise and nutrition.
Make sure they take vitamin supplements, especially Vitamin D in the winter.
Parents should make sure they know the signs of depression, anxiety,
and drug abuse.
Establish clear limits and consequences.
This can be an extremely difficult time. Your child will most likely dissapoint you at some point.
Make sure your child is educated on depression, anxiety, drugs, alcohol, sexuality, etc. Not only
to be able to identify
their own problems, but to help their friends.
Teach your child how to express themselves in healthy ways when they are upset.
For example, when sad, they can write or play music.
The most important thing for you to do is to be consistent and to be a good role model.
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