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Top 3 Practical Parenting Tips

Your questions and comments have helped me along my journey to 100.

By
Cherylyn Feierabend,
January 30, 2009
Episode #100

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Sleep Issues

Questions come into my e-mail box all the time with different types of issues regarding sleeping or non-sleeping children. Sometimes the children won’t go to sleep, sometimes they won’t stay asleep, and sometimes Mommy and Daddy just need to get some sleep. Since every child is different, I can’t say that any one way will help your child sleep through the night or go to bed easier, but the best thing you can do is offer a bedtime routine. The routine is up to you and you may need to try a few different methods before you find the one that works best for you and your child. I found that my children go to sleep much easier if they have some Mommy or Daddy time before bed. We cuddle up and read three stories and then we sing a few songs together. I try to choose lullabies, but sometimes the kids just can’t get enough of Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. I don’t argue because the most important thing for them is that they have that special time before they go to sleep. We say goodnight to the stuffed animals and to each other and it always helps to settle them in. If they do wake up at night, remember, it’s a good idea to go check on your child. You don’t know what’s wrong until you see for yourself. He may just need a hug, but in case it is something more serious, you should always be there if your child wakes in the middle of the night for any reason.

Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums are no fun. I know that you agree because I hear about them more than any other behavior issue. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from parents who have used my suggestion to blow bubbles or have your child blow bubbles when a temper tantrum arises. The thing to remember is that once your child has dissolved into a tantrum, there is no reasoning with him. You can’t do anything to help until your child calms down. Blowing bubbles will get his attention. Once you have his attention, let him blow some bubbles too. This isn’t done to reward the child for his behavior; it’s a method you are using to cause your child to take deep breaths. This will help your child calm down, possibly even enough for you to have a conversation with him. Another thing to remember about blowing bubbles is that parents can use this on themselves too. If you ever feel like you are having a temper tantrum, try blowing some bubbles. You’ll feel better and it’s fun too. You may even forget why you were upset in the first place.

That’s it for now.

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