Showing posts with label parenting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label parenting. Show all posts

Friday, May 23, 2008

Parenting Article: Is Your Child Afraid Of The Dark?


Is Your Child Afraid Of The Dark?


Many children, for various reasons are afraid of the dark.
This maybe be for any multitude of reasons. Children in their inexperience, have vivid imaginations and can become fearful of the dark.

So what do you do if this is the case with your child?

Well, there are a few simple steps that can be taken to help to put your children at ease when night time or bed time comes.

1) Walk hand in hand with your child and look through the entire bedroom. Look under beds, in closets, behind objects etc. to show your child that there is nothing to be afraid of like monsters, etc.

2)Leave your bedroom door open as well as your child's bedroom door at night so they do not feel so alone or confined.

3) Close closet doors etc in child's bedroom. This will make them feel more at ease.

4)Place a night light in their bedroom for when they sleep at night so it isn't such a dark experience. the light will make the feel more at ease.

5)In some cases, provide them with a stuffed toy to sleep with at night. This way they will feel secure knowing they are not alone but have a cuddly friend with them.

6) Sometimes, some warm milk before bed will do the trick in making them sleep , quicker, and more soundly.

7) In some cases there maybe times where you play some relaxing, upbeat music (softly) that will keep them occupied until they fall asleep.

8)It is also good to reinforce with your children that you will see them in the morning. This will make them feel reassured that they will see 'Mommy' & 'daddy' in the morning.

* No doubt there are different strategies in order to deal with children over coming their fear of the dark. These are a few really good ideas to assist in helping your children have a good nights sleep with out it affecting you, or your sleep.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Preschool Learning For Parents: Your Child's Height & Factors For Physical Growth

Physical Growth In Children:

Genetic factors are important to physical growth. Tall parents tend to have tall children and short parents tend to have short children. However an interesting phenomenon called "regression toward the mean" has been observed.

Tall parents have children who are taller than average but shorter than their parents. Short parents have children who are shorter than average but are taller than their parents. Children grow upwards, but not steadily. For long periods children may not grow at all.

At other times they may exhibit rapid growth spurts. Your doctor will record the growth for your child on a growth chart. After recording a series of heights and weights at different ages, you can visualize the growth of your child.

If growth is extremely fast or stops for a long period, it will show up on the graph much more clearly, than through the traditional marks on the wall. At some time during growth and development, most children will be high or low on something.

Height has always seemed a trivial characteristic by which to judge any person. Unfortunately, our culture has traditionally placed values on various heights. Being tall has been as an asset for boys but a problem for girls.

Some parents are concerned that their children will be handicapped for being too tall or too short, and seek out ways to change growth patterns. Many tall women might remember being teased because of their height when they were younger.

Initially, growth is controlled by the growth and the thyroid hormone. During puberty, additional hormones kick in. as adolescents reach puberty, the pituitary gland increase the secretion of a hormone called follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).

For boys no single dramatic event makes clear that puberty is on its way. There is a typical sequence of changes however that might not be immediately obvious, because they tend to occur over a fairly long period, and begin between 9 and 14.

Alvaro Castillo has been writing health articles for five years. One of his specializations has been on parenting and pregnancy. If you would like to get the best out of parenting, then visit his website at http://www.myhomeparent.com or visit his blog at http://myhomeparent.blogspot.com to share your opinion.
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