Thursday, August 11, 2011

Separation anxiety – Three tactics you may want to try

Although separation anxiety might be common in babies and toddlers, some parents may be surprised to learn that it can continue well past their son or daughter’s kindergarten years. The truth is that some children are simply more susceptible to the fear of being away from those who introduced them to the world. If your little one shows signs of this at a late age, there are several things you can do to quell the symptoms.

Try, try again. If it makes things easier, you should view separation anxiety as a football strategy – practice makes perfect. Leave your child with a babysitter you can rely on and evaluate the outcome. After some time, you’re likely to see some improvement.

Don’t emphasize the fact that you’re leaving. Although it might be amusing for both of you to make funny faces and tell a few jokes before you leave the house, this might only lead your young one to miss you even more. Give your kid a simple hug and make a continuous ritual out of it every day.

Stay firm to your duties. It’s tough for the little ones to comprehend the idea that you’re filling their bellies by going to work. If they complain and whine a little as you’re making your exit, don’t succumb to their behavior. Instead, confirm to them that everything will be all right.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Managing a play date for dads: The basics

Sure, you love spending time with your son – playing superman, tossing the little guy into the air and sharing a spoonful of peanut butter from the container are all in a good day’s fun. But as he gets older, it’s important that he socializes with other youngsters – and the etiquette of these play dates can be difficult for dads to navigate. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind.

1. Keep groups in even numbers. The old adage “three’s a crowd” is especially important to remember when organizing play dates for little ones. One-on-one meet-ups are often the most successful. When another child comes into the fold, it’s only natural that two of the kids may team up and leave the other one hanging.

2. Don’t let adult politics force a play date. Encouraging your son to hang out with your boss’ child, your best-friend’s daughter or the newest neighbor’s kids may not work out as well as you hope. If a fight breaks out among the kids, it could cause tension among the grown-ups.

3. Supervise. It’s imperative that you keep tabs on your youngster and all of those under your charge. Similarly, if you’re dropping your little guy off for a visit at his newest friend’s house, make sure that he’ll be carefully watched over. If you don’t know the parents well, stay at the house with your son, or suggest that you all meet up at a public place, like the park.

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Movie Review: The Smurfs

Hollywood always has a way of adding a “realistic spin” to a beloved classic tale, and the trend rears its ugly head once again in the latest family friendly flick to hit theaters – The Smurfs. Here, those little blue creatures struggle to break free from Gargamel’s grasp and somehow end up being transported through space via a portal that takes them to New York City.

Although it’s nice to catch a whiff of ’80s nostalgia through the franchise that practically had a monopoly on Saturday morning, dads should also be prepared for a two-hour cheese-fest sprinkled with bits of blue.

Hank Azaria remains the highlight of the film. Evolving from his recent quirky roles in Mouse Hunt and Year One, the actor unleashes his dark side as Gargamel, an evil wizard who seems to have a verging-on-creepy love-hate relationship with his cat, Azrael. Azaria, the man who voiced Apu from the Simpsons, hasn’t been this captivating since his turn as Agador in The Birdcage.

Neil Patrick Harris, who plays Patrick, the oblivious human who gets stuck with the Smurfs, does a decent job tackling the role of a soon-to-be father. Even though most dads might prefer to see a character who bumbles his way through the situation with foolishness and paranoia (Hugh Grant in Nine Months, anyone?), Harris’s portrayal provides a somewhat more realistic and lighthearted take on the uncertainties one faces at the start of raising a family.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

It’s a girl? How to cope when your baby isn’t a boy

Some dads do get disappointed if their new born bundle of joy is a female.  If you too are in such kind of dilemma, don’t worry – all of your hopes and dreams aren’t shattered.  In fact, there are many reasons to be proud of having a girl instead of a boy.

Many dads as well as mom pray for a boy as dads want someone to teach their athletic wisdom to and mom’s wants someone to take care of them.   Moreover, fathers are more overprotective of daughters – whereas sons are sometimes easier to guide when it comes to growing up and dating. Boys are more notorious, the sense of responsibility comes in a daughter at quite an early age.

Most of the times daughters speak openly with their dads which helps to improve father and daughter bonding. That’s why there is the phrase “daddy’s girl.”

As father, it’s important that to understand gender of the child doesn’t affect the way you raise the child. So sit back and relax knowing that your little princess will likely mature in ways that you’ve never imagined as long as you’re there for her. Just don’t spoil her too much!

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Should you track your kids?

It possible to keep track of almost anything nowadays with the invent of smartphones or computer – from your stocks to your team’s score. And if you are thinking of keeping track of your child then many gadgets are available in market for it. You may be wondering whether it’s okay to use tracking devices to ensure that your children are staying out of trouble. If this is the case, there are a few things for you to consider.

According to recent study conducted by Retrevo Gadgetology, 59 percent of parents think it’s alright to track their child’s location without his or her knowledge. Researchers found that 64 percent of moms would opt to track their kids, while 53 percent of dads think these methods are acceptable.

In addition to physical tracking applications even easy to understand programs will allow you to read your children’s text messages and emails, as well as monitor who they are calling.

Although these methods will likely keep your children safe, they might also make the young ones feel alienated.Whether you choose to limit your children’s privacy or not, it’s suggested that you monitor their communications discreetly. Some level of trust should always be established within the parent-child relationship.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Help heal your family with home cooking

Living off of pizza and Chinese takeout is one of the easiest ways to end up on the toilet, and eventually in the hospital. Once you have a child to raise, it’s time to start thinking about your health and the health of your family. Perhaps the best way for dads (and moms) to take control of their children’s diets is by regularly cooking wholesome homemade meals.

Being in control of what goes into your body is a fundamental right. When cooking a meal for your family, take pride in the fact that you decide what sort of water to use, which species of tomato to puree. Do you want organic or conventional chicken, canola or olive oil? It’s your call. You may generally tend to migrate to healthier ingredients simply by noticing how your body reacts to certain foods. On the other hand, when you dine out, you are essentially forfeiting your right to know what you’re eating, which can create tremendously negative effects (i.e. food poisoning and allergies).

Secondly, cooking the majority of your food yourself will save you money. When you pay for food from a restaurant, you’re paying for the service, too. You’re paying for the overhead, the utilities, the mystery ingredients, the owner’s son’s college tuition and the next payment on his mortgage – a truly noble contribution. However, when you cook for your family, all you pay for are the raw ingredients of your meal and the pennies it costs to light the stove.

The third – and perhaps most important – reason to learn how to cook is that it brings your family together. While anyone can order takeout and sit in front of the TV, it takes a fair amount of effort to make a quality meal. Involving the kids in the process won’t only teach them about healthy eating and encourage independence, but will also make them more eager to sit at the table and enjoy the fruits of their labor – something many families these days are sorely missing.

Learning how to cook isn’t just a fashionable trend, it’s a survival skill. In a world dominated by the on-the-go attitude, a little “slow” food can be just what the doctor ordered to keep a family sane, healthy and happy.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Diagnosing Asthma in Babies

Babies are susceptible to respiratory infections and may commonly be seen coughing or wheezing. However, mostly these symptoms are related to colds, or infections of the upper respiratory tract. However, coughing or wheezing may also indicate asthma.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a respiratory condition in which the tubes that transfer air in and out of the lungs become sensitive and inflamed. Upon contact with a trigger, the muscles around the walls of these tubes tighten further, making it difficult for the person to breathe. Since these airways are small in babies, even a small degree of inflammation or contraction is sufficient to give rise to symptoms of asthma.
You should consult the pediatrician if your baby:

  • Wheezes on more than one occasion.
  • Has continuous bouts of coughing that get aggravated at night.
  • Displays an unusual form of breathing.
  • Suffers breathing problems in response to a cold, or allergens such as dust or smoke.

Here are some facts related to asthma in babies:

  • An isolated episode of wheezing is no reason to suspect asthma. If wheezing is recurrent, the pediatrician may prescribe tests to check for asthma.
  • Most kids who wheeze as infants outgrow it and do not have asthma when they get older. Less than a third of babies who regularly wheeze during the first three years of their lives, continue to do so as they grow older.
  • Asthma if uncontrolled can, over time, seriously damage babies’ lungs. To avoid this, the pediatrician may prescribe asthma medications to babies who have symptoms of asthma, even if the diagnosis is not confirmed.
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Monday, May 4, 2009

Accurate Acetaminophen Dosage

Acetaminophen is one of the most common drugs administered to children. The drug is commonly given as a cure for fever and pain. Yet, for dads, it can be one of the most challenging drugs to give a dosage correctly. This is because Acetaminophen is easily available in many forms. It has become a staple resident of home medicine cabinets in one form or the other since the 1970’s. Due to its easy availability, Acetaminophen is considered to be the drug that causes most deaths by overdose. Overdoses occur because parents are unaware of Acetaminophen’s toxicity. Symptoms of acetaminophen intoxication include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, and liver failure.

There are few things that every dad should remember before administering Acetaminophen to their children.

  • Never give Acetaminophen to a baby under the age of 3 months without consulting with your doctor first.
  • The amount of Acetaminophen given to a baby depends on his weight and not on his age.
  • Read the medications label carefully as it is easy to be confused by the different forms and concentration of acetaminophen that is available at the medical store
  • Remember to use the measuring device that came with the medication to ensure correct amount of dosage.
  • Check whether you are giving an adult dosage or a child’s dosage before administering the drug. Even within the children’s version there are many variations depending on age group. For example, an infant drop formulation is three times as concentrated as the syrup given to toddlers.
  • Overdose of acetaminophen can cause liver damage.
Age: 0 to 3 months 4 to 11 months 12 to 23 months 2 to 3 years
Weight: 6 to 11 lbs./ (2.7 to 5 kg) 12 to 17 lbs./ (5.5 to 7.7 kg) 18 to 23 lbs./ (8.2 – 10.5 kg) 24 to 35 lbs./ (10.9 to 15.9 kg)
Drops: 0.4 ml (1/2 dropper) 0.8 ml (1 dropper) 1.2 ml (1 1/2 dropper) 1.6 ml (2 droppers)
Syrup: 1/2 tsp. 3/4 tsp. (3.75 ml) 1 tsp. (5 ml)
Chewable Tablets 80mg tablets: 2 tablets

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Protecting your Child Against Poisoning

With toddlers in your home, poisoning is another potential danger you have to come to grips with. Their curiosity might induce them to ingest, or come in contact with, toxic substances that could be harmful to them.
You will be surprised to know that just about anything can be poisonous to your toddlers. Here is a simple checklist:

  • Aspirin
  • Lye
  • Drain cleaning solvents
  • Cosmetics
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Moth balls
  • Bleach
  • Washing and cleaning liquids, soap bars, powders, etc.

To make your children aware of the dangers of ingesting unknown things, there are some simple thumb rules:

  • Never call medicines or any bright-colored, small pellet, lozenge, etc. candy.
  • Keep dangerous things out of your toddlers’ reach; take into account the fact that they are adventurous explorers and terrific climbers.
  • Make use of child-resistant locks, packages, etc. to stock the most dangerous things.

If any untoward incident were to happen, here are some signs that you need help:

  • Your toddlers have difficulty breathing.
  • They complain of severe throat pain or burning sensations
  • You spot burns on their lips or mouth.
  • Your children are experiencing convulsions, falling unconscious or are extremely sleepy.

In such a case, instant and immediate action could save your child. Always remember:

  • Never try to induce vomiting. If a strong acidic substance has been ingested, throwing it up could further injure children by burning their throat and mouth
  • In an emergency, call the American Association of Poison Control Centers at (800) 222-1222. You will be redirected to your local poison control center.

Useful Article: Child Development

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Child Behavior Suggestions – Cleaning up their Mess

Are you tired of your kids acting like royalty around the house? Making a mess of their rooms as they throw away their clothes and food, expecting you to go picking after them?

Enough is enough – pull yourself out of the mess by teaching your toddlers to help. Its time for Operation Clean Up! As a parent, the following steps will certainly help with the clean up:

  • STEP 1: Make an announcement. Let your toddlers know that it’s time to clean up. Give them a specific place to put the toys – a plastic tub or a toy box will do fine. Place the container in the middle of the room.
  • STEP 2: Using a loud voice, say “Look at this huge mess. Is there anyone who can help me?” as you are setting the container down. A toddler’s attention tends to pick up this tone. You can also make up and sing a cleanup song to get them into the swing. Remember to be happy and positive about the task.
  • STEP 3: By means of demonstration, pick up some toys on the floor and place them in the container. All the while you can continue with the singing and coaxing.
  • STEP 4: Now is the time to ask your children to (please) pick up a specific toy. Thank them when they start placing toys in your hand or in the container.
  • STEP 5: Always keep a back-up plan, as a consequence for not helping. Give them a timeout or better still, you can threaten to take away one of their treasured items till they start cleaning up.
  • STEP 6: Warn the toddlers only once and then follow through with the consequence they don’t help.
  • STEP 7: Continue cleaning up the toys until all of the toys are picked up.

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