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What Is The Best Way To Handle Bedtime Tantrums Caused By Over-Stimulation?

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Each night you plan to follow a bedtime routine, but are so busy, you often get started later than you intended. You spend special time with your child, including a fun activity so your child ends the day happy. Then, when it comes time to actually complete the bedtime tasks, your child falls apart and you find yourself handling bedtime tantrums. When a child “falls apart” during the bedtime routine, it is most likely due to over-stimulation.  Over-stimulation tantrums usually occur when young children are hungry, tired, or overwhelmed. They don’t know how to handle these physical changes... (Read More ...)

What Do You Do When Children Wake In The Middle of the Night and Want to Sleep In The Family Bed?

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  It is the middle of the night. You are suddenly woken up. Your child is poking you saying, “Can I sleep with you?” You are too tired to get up so you let your child squeeze into your bed. You toss and turn the rest of the night because you have a foot in your side and hand in your face. Getting children to stay in bed all night is a common bedtime problem, especially when children are insecure or lonely.  If this is the case for your child, you may be considering having a family bed.  Read the article “Is The Family Bed An Option For You?” to help you make a decision. Once you... (Read More ...)

Not Sleeping Comfortably In The Family Bed?

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 Your child was insecure at night. You started the habit of letting your child sleep in the family bed. Lately, you have been waking up in the middle of the night. Image: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net You are unable to get back to sleep because you feel like you are hanging on the edge of the bed. Finally, you decide to get out of bed and go sleep on the couch. Now that your child has gotten bigger, you want to stop this habit. Are you finding that as your child gets older there doesn’t seem to be enough room in the family bed for everyone to sleep comfortably?  Do you... (Read More ...)

Can Child Development Stages Play A Part In Aggressive Behavior In Children?

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You finally got a chance to meet up with a friend at the park so you could chat while your children let off some steam at the playground. You’re constantly distracted by the nagging suspicion that you need to keep an eye on child, because he can get a too rambunctious at times.  You’ve seen your toddler biting, hitting and being aggressive to other children in the past, so you keep a watchful eye on him. As you are listening to your friend’s story, you see your son push another child because he wanted to go through the tunnel and the other child was in his way. The other child begins to... (Read More ...)

HANDLING TEMPER TANTRUMS

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EXPERT ON CALL – HANDLING TEMPER TANTRUMS Q. I’ve read that I should ignore my child’s tantrums, but I worry that he’ll think I don’t care.  What is the best way of handling temper tantrums? A. Not all tantrums are alike. Therefore, using one approach for all tantrums is usually ineffective. You need to identify the cause of the tantrum your child is having to respond in a way that is most productive. There are four types of tantrums: Frustration tantrums. When a child is frustrated, it is reassuring for a parent to notice those feelings and the difficulty of the situation.... (Read More ...)

Concerns About Child Development Stages

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Concerns about Child Development Stages Parenting Advice Corner Question: My son will be 4 in September. He is trying to remain a baby. We do not encourage any type of behavior that he should be past. For example, at daycare he will go into the infant area and ask for a bottle: He tries to get us to rock him to sleep at night and he is practically glued to me when we are home. I only work part time, and make it a point to spend one on one quality time with him. He does not want to try anything new. I have watched the other children in his daycare and most stare at him as if he is really weird.... (Read More ...)