Everything about baby sleep can seem frighteningly high-stakes at 3 A.M. in the morning. Make one tiny mistake in his or her training and your child’s development will be seriously affected: he’ll either end up waking in the night well into his high school years, or worse, develop anxiety, depression, or mood swings. And with every sleep expert offering slightly different advice on the ideal timing and method for sleep training you may be unsure about who to believe, how to proceed, or which sleep training method you should follow. Below is the 6 science-backed strategies that have been proven to promote healthy sleep habits in babies and young children.
Family vacations are important. After all, everyone needs time to relax and unwind. In addition, the quality time family members spend together on these trips is important for healthy relationships. Unfortunately, family vacations can be expensive. Some Americans consider themselves on a tight budget when they only have $2,000 to spend, but what if you literally only have $200 in your savings account? Is a family vacation out of the question? No it isn’t, but you need to think outside of the box and closer to home.
As a grandmother and self-help writer, I’m often asked by readers, “How do you raise happy kids?” This is a question near and dear to every loving parent’s heart. No matter what we teach them, if we haven’t taught them how to be happy, or can’t parent in a way that makes them feel happy, it’s rather all for naught, isn’t it? So it’s a very pertinent question.
I’ve been blessed with having two happy children and two happy grandchildren. I applied certain principles in raising my kids, and see my son and daughter-in-law apply the same in raising their adorable daughters, Klara and Stina. In this article, I’ll share two tips I’ve learned along the way.
It is imperative for parents to begin exposing their children to books and reading at an early age
Did you know that 38% of grade four students have reading abilities below the lowest basic level as determined by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)? The NAEP is the only ongoing survey of what students known and tracks their performance in various academic subjects for the United States. In their report, the NAEP found that 38% of grade four students had reading achievement below basic levels, with a basic level reading score being 208.
NOT having sufficient levels of self-esteem, will impact a child’s relationships, communication, personal effectiveness and ability to reach their fullest potential.
Low self-esteem can be typically traced back during early childhood, usually before the age of six. It begins with someone saying or doing something that makes a child think that he or she is unlovable, unworthy, flawed, imperfect, or defective in some significant way. That “someone” could be one of his peers, or worse, could be someone in the family circle. Grown-ups may either be unaware of words and actions that could emotionally hurt a child or simply be dismissive that such actions do no harm at all. Unkind words or deeds brings about initial upset and has children start to believe that maybe there is something wrong with them.