- Growing up my mother placed small cups of cereal around the house in hopes of getting this very picky three year old to eat. Trying new foods and eating what was served became a daily battle. Today, one of my three children has carried on this family tradition. She is the picky one- unhappy with the food offerings, dislikes new choices and turns her nose at anything that may have once lived on a farm. I have mostly avaoided the food battles of my youth with her, opting instead to find dishes that include options she may enjoy. It has not been easy (And no one would consider her a foodie!) but I have seen improvement over the years. As a parent how do you deal with a fussy eater? Our content partner Healthy Children.org has some very informative articles on nutrition and parenting. The article below gives some helpful pointers for working with fussy eaters.
- One out of three isn't bad...right? Toilet training was a battle with two of my children, they were frustrated, we were frustrated, it didn't take long to see that battle lines had been drawn. Prizes were offered, reasonable plans were developed, sticker charts were created, but nothing worked. For many parents toilet training can leave you questioning your skills as a parent and wondering if your child will ever reach this milestone. HealthyChildren.org our partner site for pediatric content has some excellent pointers on toilet training including this article on the signs that your toddler is ready to toilet train. Check out the article and may you have a saner toilet training process than my family!
- As a child I was voted most quiet at a summer camp I attended. Meeting new people terrified me, new social settings were intimidating and it took a while for me to warm up to new people. As an adult I have moved past this, I am certainly an introvert, but being frozen by shyness is a thing of the past. For most kids that struggle with shyness- they will, like myself, overcome the struggle as they mature.
- Some kids are quiet. Some kids need transition time when entering new social situations. Some kids prefer to play alone. This is okay. When though, should a parent be concerned that their child's shyness, is a sign of something more serious? Healthy Children.org our partner site for pediatric content has a great article on shyness and when a parent should be concerned.
- Shyness in Children
- For some of us love was in limited supply growing up. Parents had difficulty expressing feelings towards their children, hugs were in short supply and "I love you" was a phrase reserved for special occasions only. Although it seemed that love was limited in our homes of origin, it doesn't have to be in our current families. Children are not spoiled by being told that they are loved, cherished and appreciated- on the contrary unlimited love creates a strong foundation from which children can flourish as they grow. Our content partner Healthy Children.org has an excellent article on ways that we can let our children know that they are loved, the link for the article is below.
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