If you've ever had challenges with Daylight Saving Time (DST) and parenting, you’re not alone. Who knew 60 minutes would make such a difference?
"That hour is even more difficult for kids to deal with than flying cross-country to a whole new time zone," says Jodi Mindell, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia who specializes in pediatric sleep. "It can throw off their sleep, appetite, attention span, mood, everything." Why? A child's body clock is set by light and dark patterns, not by what it reads on your watch, Mindell explains.
Maximize your parenting on Halloween with these bonus opportunities!
To minimize candy overload, feed your kids dinner before trick-or-treating.Bonus parenting opportunity: Now’s your chance to discuss and review the ground rules for Trick-or-Treating. Decide on boundaries, groups, time, etc.
Did you know the word “tantrum” has been around since the early 1700's? Even our founding fathers and mothers were dealing with tantrums.
But think about this – when your computer is acting up and you can’t get anything to work, or you are trying to program your DVR, or trying to put your kids bicycle together with 11 million parts – that same frustration you feel, they do too. We have the awareness that there are better ways to express ourselves. Kids don’t!
Morning mania is nothing more than STRESS. Stress comes from feelings of powerlessness or inadequacy. We often think we have no power over a situation, when in reality, we do. Parents do have power over the morning routine. Here are a few examples:
• when the car leaves the house,
• what foods will be available for breakfast,
• how much help we can give each child
REGAIN your POWER! If you find yourself saying lots of “have-tos” and “can’t s”, try substituting “choose to” and “choose not to".
As the grown-up who has likely spent lots of time planning to make a special moment happen, it can be extremely frustrating to have your little one dissolve into tears when meeting his or her favorite character. Read on to find out what fears are common, and what to do about them.
One benefit of living and working in Richmond for 10 years is sharing my knowledge of local parenting resources for area families. From time to time, I’ll be inviting guests to answer your questions, right here on the CMoR Parenting Page. This month, I've invited Susan Brown, Assistant Director of Commonwealth Parenting, to share her expertise with us. Susan has extensive experience with the early childhood years, and you may have seen her from time to time at CMoR Central answering parenting questions on Member Mondays. ~ Liz
Working Mom vs. Stay-at-home Mom. Tiger Mom vs. Panda Dad. Two-Parent families vs. One-Parent families. Married vs. Unmarried. Traditional vs. Non-traditional.
Where does it end?
It ends here, with me, and with you.
When we see families with different parenting styles, we may find it hard to accept their methods. Whether they are complete strangers, close friends, or even family members, it’s easy, and very common, to let the comparisons begin.
There are so many things we need to teach our toddlers, such as how to put on their t-shirt and how to brush their teeth, but we also need to teach our toddlers how to wait.
Waiting is challenging for our young children, because their developing brains haven’t grasped abstract concepts yet. This means that they can’t fully appreciate what will happen if they actually DO wait patiently. They just don’t have self-control yet.
How's everyone sleeping at your house? Recently, I sat down with Shelly Perkins and Bill Bevins over at the Lite98 studios to talk about stages of sleep and how to set up a great sleep environment. Check it out!
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