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Myths of Motherhood Busted

Posted on October 16, 2015 by Named Team | 0 comments

Myths of Motherhood Busted

When people find out you’re expecting or you’re a new mum, you can be sure there will be no shortage of strange advice from using whisky for teething and putting tea bags in baby’s nappy. You may find it difficult to figure out what is truth and what is fiction. Following is a list of old wives’ tales that are actually myths.

Babies need a dummy.

Basically a dummy is a tool that baby can use to calm themselves. However, once you teach them that they have something at the end of their arm, hopefully they will learn to use that before using an external item to soothe. Simply keep directing their hand towards their mouth to soothe themselves. This will eventually phase itself out as your child grows older.

You must boil your bottles.

While this is true in some parts of the world, in Australia the water is pretty clean. The goal is to clean them, not sterilise them- so simple washing will be perfectly fine.

Allowing baby to suck their thumb will cause buck teeth.

Sure, thumb-sucking or pacifier usage can cause buck teeth, but it depends upon how old the child is as to whether this is temporary or permanent. If your 2 year old child still sucks their thumb but they stop before age 4, it will likely be temporary. Once this habit is ceased, the teeth will naturally reposition themselves. 

Don’t worry if baby teeth get cavities.

Baby teeth serve several different purposes from chewing to speech to holding space for permanent teeth to come in. If your child gets a cavity in their baby teeth, this can result in infections and serious pain, which can cause some problems with overall development, school attendance, and even their overall self-esteem.

When baby is teething, use whisky to soothe painful gums.

Paediatricians do not recommend that you use whisky or aspirin on painful gums. However, you can use things such as cold teething rings, baby acetaminophen, and even homeopathic teething tabs.

Never put baby on their back.

Back in the 1990s, paediatricians began to recommend that babies be put on their back. Since that time, the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has decreased by over 50
percent. A healthy baby will not die from choking on spit-up. However, they do die in their sleep on their stomachs.

Never touch the soft spot on baby’s head. 

As a parent, you can softly touch the soft spot in a very loving way. Gentle contact with your baby is always a good idea. Any other type of contact is not, no matter what. So, feel free to gently brush baby’s hair, wash their scalp, and enjoy being a parent.

Place a tea bag in baby’s nappy to get rid of nappy rash.

Actually, placing a wet tea bag in baby’s nappy is more likely to cause a rash. Dry tea bags are not likely to help either, and besides, they don’t stay dry for long anyway. Ask your paediatrician what is best for nappy rash and enjoy your tea bags in your teacup.

Get rid of nappy rash with exposure to sunlight.

While occasional exposure to air will help baby’s skin to heal and dry out, you should never trade a nappy rash for a sunburn. When outside, make sure you avoid the peak part of the day and always use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 to 30.

As an expectant or new parent, you will be bombarded with tons of well-meaning advice. However, if you feel something just doesn’t sound right, it’s probably not. You do have an innate sense of right and wrong- use it. If there is ever any question about your own intuitiveness, speak with your paediatrician. 

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Intellectual Development and Meeting Children’s Intellectual Needs

Posted on October 12, 2015 by Named Team | 0 comments

Intellectual Needs

Learning and understanding child development is directly related to cognitive and developmental psychology. Some popular theorists in this area are Jerome Bruner and Jean Piaget. Many of these individuals believed that children learn by building upon knowledge and experiences they learned before.

Jean Piaget Theories

Jean Piaget suggested that two methods that people process new information are through assimilation and accommodation. Assimilation is when new information is accepted by connecting it to previous experience. Accommodation is accepting new information that is completely different from other things experienced in the past. Piaget suggests four stages of development: sensorimotor, pre-operational, concrete operational, and formal operational.

Jerome Bruner Theories

Jerome Bruner stated that people learned through representation and maintained that as long as a student is given information in a prescribed order, they will be able to process and learn it. To start with, the student must engage the new information, called inactive representation. Next, the student must engage through images, called iconic representation. Finally, the student must engage through language, called symbolic representation. Additionally, Bruner stated that people categorise new information as they receive it.

Development during Infancy

Infants will begin by reacting to the world through simple, innate reflexes. As they grow and develop, they begin to learn how to maintain control of reactions/responses. The important developmental steps in the first year include the ability to intentionally move and to recognise that they can move objects. Additionally, an infant will learn what is called object permanence- an object continues to exist even when you can’t see it.

Development During Early Childhood

Following the first year, a child will develop speech and will mimic actions and words of other people. Important at this age is the ability of association- being able to put an object and a picture/object together. They will also begin to group objects together and categorise them into larger groups and understanding same/similar/different. The abstract and logical thinking will develop later on.

Intellectual Development Through Play

Playtime is critical for a child’s intellectual development. It is through play that they will develop their creativity and imagination. Additionally, they learn how to interact with others. Play helps develop problem-solving skills and helps them learn how to take risks and handle new situations. Allow children to play every single day- especially when they are very young. Allow them outside to play if possible, no matter what the weather. Finally, allow them to play alone and together with others.

Intellectual Development through Reading

Another key to intellectual development is reading. From an early age, you should be sharing books with your child. Make sure to have a variety of reading material from fiction to non-fiction, to catalogues, to information books. Reading should be fun. Always encourage children to become involved with the stories. Consider joining your local library or book exchange.

Intellectual Development through Trips/Visits

Go out and visit local art galleries and museums. You can find many that are free or low-cost. Even if you believe your child is too young to understand art, just looking at paintings, sculptures, and the like will stimulate emotions and ideas in them. Additionally, many museums have activities and workshops for children, especially when school is on holiday.

Intellectual Development through Talking

Sit down with your child and just talk- it doesn’t have to be anything grand, but it doesn’t have to be overly simple either. Just talk about everything. Explain to them how the vacuum works when you’re cleaning. When you’re out and about, talk about what you’re seeing. Allow your child to ask questions about what is going on, and what they’re seeing, hearing, or feeling at a given moment. As your child grows older, discuss other things such as what you’re seeing on the news or reading in the paper.

No matter what theory of development you prescribe to, there are many things you can do to encourage intellectual development in your child. Try out some of these activities; you may be surprised at the results.

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Unique Boy’s Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Posted on August 25, 2015 by Named Team | 0 comments

When it comes to creating a great room for your little boy, it can be hard to come up with creative ideas that will provide a happy, comfortable space. If you are trying to come up with a new decor for that special little man’s room, the following ideas should get those creative juices flowing so you can create a space that takes his imagination to an entirely new level.

Sports Themes

Nearly every boy has a favourite sport, and you can bring that love right into his bedroom. While you can go all out and paint the entire room, leaving the walls white will make things easier to change when he gets older. Instead, incorporate sports-themed pictures and wall hangings, and add small touches such as balls or equipment throughout the space. Don’t forget to choose bedding and a comforter that feature either multiple sports motifs, or his favourite team to tie the entire room together.

Go Nautical

Rich, vibrant blues always create a welcoming atmosphere for any little boy, and a nautical theme is sure to capture his adventurous spirit during playtime. Add paintings of anchors and sea creatures, and use complimentary whites, blues and reds to finish the look. For a completely modern design, consider using varying colours of blue paint to add anchors and sea life to the walls. Keep the furniture and bedding white to really make those colours and images pop. For a classical touch, consider adding a ship bedframe so he can dream he’s on the high seas at night. 

Arh, Matey

Few boys can resist the charm of a pirate-themed bedroom, and the options are truly endless. You can add simple touches such as canvas wall hangings featuring skulls and crossbones or treasure maps, or you can incorporate wall stickers and personalised decals for a special touch. Don’t forget to add a few sea creatures such as crabs or whales and even a life preserver to tie the look together. If you want to go all out, create a ship bed and add netting and rope ladders that lead to interesting new places throughout the room. Opt for dark blue or striped bedding to maintain the manly pirate look.

High Flyers

If your little man loves airplanes, you can easily transform his room into one that captures his aviator aspirations. Focus on using darker or neutral paint themes, and make sure to add a few grey or silver accents. Use the walls and ceiling to add airplane photos, or you can even hang multiple airplanes from the ceiling for even more interest when he’s drifting off to dreamland. You can also add propellers to one wall to create a focal point in the room.

Bring the Forest Inside

Nature is always an inspiring source for boy’s bedrooms. Bring a little of the outdoors inside with a stunning forest themed bedroom. Paint large trees on the walls, and incorporate rich browns and greens into the colour scheme. Add a few monkeys or other favorite animals, and watch your little guy’s eyes light up every time he walks into his room.

Focus on Colours

If you don’t necessarily want to choose a specific theme for your little boy’s room, you can completely transform the space using colour. Consider mixing oranges, blues and lime for a vibrant space that always looks inviting.  If you don’t want to paint the walls, you can incorporate colour through wall art, bedding, furniture, rugs and other decorations to create a new space that you can easily change when he gets older and discovers new hobbies and likes.

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Creative Parenting Ideas That Make Life with Kids Just a Little Easier

Posted on August 20, 2015 by Named Team | 0 comments

Every parent knows that there are some things that come up in daily life with children that can make things a bit tough. These creative parenting ideas will provide hacks you will love using – and probably wish you’d thought of yourself!

Banish Those Monsters

Every child has had those fears of a monster under the bed, but this little hack will get rid of it in a hurry. Take an old spray bottle and decorate it with little monsters – don’t make them too scary though! Fill the bottle with water, and tell your child it is Monster Spray. If he or she thinks there is a monster, all that’s required is a quick squirt of the bottle to banish it forever. Not only will your child feel proud that he or she got rid of the monster, the water inside won’t cause any damage. Just make sure the children know they can’t sleep with it in the bed with them to prevent any spills during the night.

Make Medication Easier

We all hate giving the little ones medicine, but there is a way to make the process much easier. Simply take an old pacifier and cut a small hole in the tip. The next time you have to give a dose, slip the dropper into the pacifier while your little one has it in his or her mouth. Slowly squeeze the dropper, and the medicine will actually make it into baby’s mouth, rather than all over the both of you. Make sure you don’t squeeze too fast, or cut the hole overly large, so it won’t come out too fast. 

Twin Troubles

Identical twins are hard to tell apart, but now you can help your friends and families get the little one’s names right (and you too at first!) These cute singlets feature TWIN BABY on the front, with different color words and letters for TWIN A and TWIN B. If you can’t find your own to buy, you can always create your own with a plain singlet and iron- on letters. Don’t worry, though, the two little tots will eventually be easy to tell apart without these cute and sneaky name tags! 

Stair Slides

When the weather isn’t right for a trip to the park, it’s time to come up with something creative to entertain the kids. If you have a staircase in your home, all you need is a large, heavy cardboard box. Cut it down so it fits all the way across the stairs, and let the little ones use it as a slide. Just make sure they understand they need to be careful! For this creative idea, you’ll want to make sure you use very thick cardboard that won’t collapse when they slide down the stairs.

Beat Those Drips

When the temperatures soar, every child’s favorite warm weather treat is a must-have. The next time you buy Popsicle, grab a pack of cupcake wrappers too. When you give the kiddos a frosty treat, poke the stick through the wrapper. It will capture all the sticky drips, making sure your kids stay clean and free of gooey Popsicle juice. Try to help little ones understand not to tip the treat too far, as that can let some of the stickiness drip out over the side.

We all love discovering new things with our children, but these five creative parenting ideas will make that journey just a little bit easier and less messy! Do you have any other creative ideas or hacks? If so, make sure to leave a comment below to share them with others!


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Praising Children the Right Way

Posted on August 10, 2015 by Named Team | 0 comments

It’s no secret that praising your children is an important part of their growth and development, especially if you want them to be confident in their abilities. However, while nearly every parent praises his or her child at some point, it’s important to make sure you’re doing it correctly. The following are some of the most common mistakes made when praising your child, and different approaches that will make those kind words even more effective for your child.

Over and Under Praising

While it may seem as if praising your child for every little accomplishment is a good thing, the reality is that it can backfire. Heaping praise for everyday activities can actually cause young children to think they need absolute validation of all of their activities. Additionally, this over-praising can lead to children being afraid of trying new things out of fear that they won’t receive that same validation if they aren’t successful with their attempt.

Under praising, however, can be just as bad. Failing to recognize when your child does do a great job at something can lead him or her to feel as if there is no point in trying to stretch their abilities to try something new. He or she may also begin feeling as if you don’t care, or that their abilities are not good enough to warrant praise.

In either situation, the results are certainly not what any parent wants for his or her children. The goal is to make sure to praise your child when he or she truly pushes their abilities or obviously works hard to  accomplish a goal. Whether that’s giving his all at every practice, or making the effort to clean up the house without being forced to do so, acknowledging real accomplishments will help your child’s confidence grow.

Ability Vs Effort

When it comes to trying new things, many children are always concerned they just won’t be good enough. If your child tries something new, make sure you are praising his or her effort, rather than the ability to do the activity. Not every child can make every basket or catch every ball as soon as they walk on the field, and there are some children who may never be a perfect player. However, if your child goes on that field and gives it her all, regardless of whether the team wins or loses, she deserves praise for putting forth the effort. By the same token, if your child wanders aimlessly around the field and puts in little to no effort, he or she should not receive praise, even if the team wins. This method of praising effort rather than ability will help your child understand that effort makes a greater difference than actual ability any day.

Praising Automatic Activities

While it always makes us proud as parents when our children do things without being told to do so, praising this behavior may not be the best method. If your child habitually studies every night, or keeps his or her room clean, giving praise once in a while is a great idea. However, constantly praising these types of habits will eventually lead to your child expecting the reward, and if it isn’t given, he or she might stop doing those things. If your child does go out of his way to offer help, or does something that he or she normally doesn’t do, praise is warranted to show how much you appreciate it.

Praising our children is a natural reaction, but making sure you are doing so properly will have a much greater impact on their confidence and desire to try new things.

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