When you introduce a new baby into the family, you want your older child (or children) to be excited, just as you are. But it's rarely an easy transition for the older sibling, who experiences much more downside from this new relationship than we usually want to admit. You probably already know to spend daily one-on-one time with each older child, and to keep your relationship with each child positive. Your ability to take delight in your older child is the single best protection against her feeling sibling rivalry toward the baby. But did you know that there are also many things you can do to foster a sweet relationship between your children, even while one is still a baby? Here are ideas that are easy to use -- even if you're sleep deprived!
Some children who are considered shy are highly sensitive, meaning very aware of and strongly affected by their environment. Others are introverted, meaning that they need time away from other people to renew their energy. Some children are so absorbed in their own projects and ideas that they're simply less interested in social interaction. So let's say, for the purposes of this article, that you're reading this because you want to support your child to become more comfortable in social situations. Hopefully, you appreciate your unique child, who probably notices social nuances that other children miss. But it's natural to worry if your child seems to feel anxious with other people. We all want our children to make friends easily, to feel comfortable asking questions at school, to speak up for themselves. The good news is that most kids can learn to manage social anxiety so they can connect happily with others, enter new groups, and speak up for themselves. They just need a little extra support.
You’re on the brink of losing your temper with your kids. You hold it in. You take a deep breath…and then you lose it. Ugh. Not a good feeling and certainly not productive. Just about every parent, if they admitted it, has lost their temper with their child. After all, pushing a parent to the brink is a large part of a child’s job description. They not only know which buttons to push, but how and when to push them to get the biggest rise out of us. Although a typical day in the life of a parent has more than its share of challenges designed to test our patience, there are certain scenarios that are almost certain to make us lose our temper with our children. So here are the reasons why you lose your temper, and what you can do about it.
Knowing what kind of independence to give your 8-year-old can be confusing. Here’s how to figure it out and our entire list of things mums of 8-year-olds should do.
Puberty is the combination of physical and emotional changes that occur when a girl or boy becomes a young woman or man. Puberty takes place at the point that the body starts to make new hormones. These hormones guide the physical changes but also produce emotional changes. The following describes changes in girls through puberty. The earliest expected age is 8 years old and the latest expected age is 16 years of age. Puberty is triggered when the pituitary gland, a pea-sized gland near the brain, signals the body to release hormones. Hormones then stimulate the growth and development of reproductive organs as well as other changes throughout the body. Breast changes will begin to occur. The breasts will begin to grow in size, including the nipples. It is normal for one of your breast to be larger than the other and for them to feel sore at times. Hair will begin to grow in new places during puberty. Pubic hair will slowly begin to grow in a triangular pattern in the pubic area. Hair under the arms will start to grow as well. You may also notice darkening of the hair on your legs or arms. Sweating increases and there is a change in body odor. This is a good time to start using deodorant. Skin will begin to become more oily than usual. This can cause acne and pimples on your face and back. There are over-the-counter medications and cleaning agents to help treat acne, and if these don’t work, there are prescription medicationsthat should help make a difference. Your body will begin to change shape. The hips and thighs will widen, and the pelvis expands. Your body will begin to have more curves About six months to a year before your period starts, you may notice a clear, white vaginal discharge. This is normal and might turn yellow on contact with underwear. If the discharge has a fishy odor or is so much that you would need to wear a panty liner, contact your doctor because this may be a yeast infection. At puberty, you will experience your first menstrual period. This is the discharge of blood and tissue from the lining of your uterus each month. During ovulation the lining of the uterus begins to thicken, and if the egg is not fertilized, it is shed during the menstrual period. This discharge of blood is referred to as the menstrual period but is most commonly called the period, and it is a normal function of the female body. A girl’s first menstrual period usually starts somewhere between age 8 and 16. Periods usually last 3-7 days and happen once a month. A girl’s average cycle, the time from the first day of bleeding of one period until the first day of bleeding for the next period, is an average of 28-32 days, although this may vary and be irregular in the beginning. There are many choices of feminine hygiene products, such as sanitary napkins and tampons, that can be used during your period. Take time to try different products to find which feels the most comfortable for you.
Your kids’ friends are going to have an impact on them, positively and negatively. It’s important to know who they are so you can help your children navigate and discern what’s right from wrong. Here are five essentials to know about your kids’ friends.
Every young girl dreams of a fairy-tale romance. So what kind of guy should you be teaching your daughters to look for? They need to know what to look for in a boy. Their future and their children’s future happiness depends on it. Here are some things mums should teach their daughters to look for in a boy.
In life, teenagers can be difficult to read. Every day, they perform in a world of adult agendas and judgment. They work really hard at perfecting the outside so everything on the inside can stay hidden where it is safe. There are a precious few they can trust so they develop their poker face. Teenagers have a lot going on under the surface that they either haven’t identified, are afraid to say, or don’t know how to tell you. So it remains inside, alone and unattended. What if we did know? It might change the way we parent teens. Here are 5 things your teenagers secretly want you to know but won’t tell you.