April 27, 2009

6 Essential Steps to Positive Potty Training

Toilet training can be a tumultuous time for both a toddler and his parents. However, it doesn’t have to be. Though it is always a time of transition, it can also sometimes be a wonderful period of learning for both children and their parents. By following these six steps for effective potty training, you can minimize the conflict and maximize results.

6 Steps for Effective Potty Training

1) Communicate: You cannot pile your child high with expectation if they do not understand what it is they are supposed to do. Tell your child what you are doing, why you are doing it, and what you expect them to do and you will find a far more compliant child who is ready to slay the potty training dragons along your side rather than battle you from the beginning.

2) Model: Children are no different from adults, only smaller. Many people learn best by visual rather than auditory instruction. This means you must show them what to do instead of simply telling them. Provide your child with an example to follow and it is likely they will follow it with a smile.

3) Prepare: No one goes camping without a backpack. It is best to prepare yourself for any situation you must embark upon. Toilet training isn’t any different. You must first check for signs of readiness with your child. As long as they meet the basic criteria (listening comprehension, follows direction, and muscle control), then it’s green lights all the way.

4) Start: You will first want to develop a routine and then get down to getting it done. Once you start, don’t stop. You may hit a few bumps, but it is much easier to keep on going than to make a u-turn and have to start down the same road on a different day.

5) Reward: Children, like adults, are often willing to work hard for their rewards. No one knows the currency of their child better than mom or dad. Find out what rewards your child would be most willing to work for and implement a reward system that will keep their motivation high.

6) Repeat: Success is vertical. You must use each victory to climb toward the next. Be consistent and persevere. Soon enough, potty training will be just another fond memory.

Toilet training isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t have to be so tough. Use these six steps to get a good grip on your potty training.

Sean Platt is a dad http://writerdad.com who runs a preschool with his wife, a teacher with over two decades of experience. Their preschool has seen a long string of toddlers learn to use the potty in a developmentally appropriate manner, in no time at all. You can check out their site at http://pottytrainingpower.com for more information.

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January 26, 2009

Sharing Bed With Infants A Bad Idea

The rate of accidental suffocation deaths among babies increased fourfold over the past two decades, according to a new study, despite a national campaign to encourage safe infant sleeping.

Authors of the study, which appears today in the journal Pediatrics, say the nationwide increase probably is the result of more thorough investigations and changes in how deaths are classified. Nevertheless, the researchers and local medical experts said the figures reflect a continuing problem and highlight concerns about whether babies should sleep in the same beds as their parents or siblings.

“These deaths are likely preventable,” said Carrie K. Shapiro-Mendoza, an epidemiologist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and lead author of the study. “So this problem is ongoing, and we should not divert our attention. … We need an infusion of more efforts to make them reduce further.”

Researchers have long studied Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, a term that refers to infant deaths that cannot be explained after a medical investigation. Shapiro-Mendoza’s study sought to find out if a newer, more specific category of infant death – by strangulation or suffocation – was increasing.

Full story: Don’t share bed with infant, parents told

January 2, 2009

Obesity Starts Earlier Than You Think

“If you want to reduce the likelihood of obesity in your children, start thinking about the hormonal consequences of your diet, before your child is ever born. He or she will be thankful that you did” – Dr. Sears.

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 1, 2009 — Recent reports have indicated that childhood obesity is set in place by the age of five, but, “Actually, it starts in the womb,” says Dr. Barry Sears, one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of diet on hormones and gene expression.

Dr. Barry Sears says obesity has a strong genetic component and starts in the womb. Bestselling author of The Zone, he founded MedWell Foods to help people lose weight. His new book is Toxic Fat.

“Obesity has an exceptionally strong genetic component. Couple that genetic predisposition with the wrong hormonal mix in the womb, and the child is destined to a life-long struggle against obesity and its health consequences,” added Dr. Sears, whose MedWell Foods was founded to help people lose weight.

“One solution to this problem is to make sure that the mother is controlling the dietary environment of the child,” said Dr. Sears. “Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, as it is likely that the mother has the same genetic predisposition as the child in the womb and more than likely is eating the types of junk food that ensures an obese child.”

Dr. Sears rose to prominence when he wrote The Zone, a New York Times #1 bestseller. He also wrote Toxic Fat, the just released book about obesity that addresses the causes of obesity and offers solutions to help people struggling with their weight.

Dr. Sears says, “It is often easier to change one’s religion, than to change their diet.”

Therefore, he set out several years to invent a new technology that could provide healthy comfort foods that would alter the gene expression of both the mother and the child in the womb.

He founded MedWell Foods, which offers products that are a result of new food technology that allows the production of once “forbidden” foods that normally cause people to gain weight, such as breads, pasta and desserts that now have been developed to decrease hunger instead of promoting it.

“By simply substituting the MedWell equivalent for the foods that people like to eat, you are ensuring a dramatic increase in appetite suppression along with beneficial changes in the genes that would otherwise promote obesity.”

MedWell food products can be ordered directly from the company at Medwell123.com.

December 18, 2008

Hottest, Craziest Baby Names

What were they thinking?

  • Apple
  • Bronx Mowgli
  • Sunday Rose

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December 11, 2008

The Greatest Parenting Invention

Our baby was having a huge meltdown the other morning while my wife was already at work. As I dropped my older son in front of the television and picked a Bob the Builder cartoon from On Demand, I wondered how my parents raised me and my sister before VCRs and DVR players and YouTube. Did they simply have to hope there was a “Sesame Street” episode starting on KQED when the toddler-related chaos hit DEFCON 1? How did they entertain us when “Electric Company” wasn’t on? Elaborate puppet shows?
I’m perfectly happy to take this for granted.

This is a thought I have almost every day. Whether it’s jumpy houses to wear my kids out at the Farmer’s Market or technological developments such as portable DVD players on plane trips, I frequently salute the parenting inventions that have come along during my lifetime.

Full story: The greatest parenting invention of your lifetime