Is your child afraid of going to the doctor? We have the ways you can help toddlers deal with visits to the doctor.
By Dina Roth Port
No child loves going to the doctor, but some kids are downright petrified. It's no surprise, considering that most kids don't like being handled by an unfamiliar person, let alone the fact that there's a chance they might get shots. Here are tips on how to help your little one feel a little safer and calmer during his next visit.
Accompany Your Child
While some parents need to have a grandparent or other care provider take kids to doctor's appointments, they should try to make the first visit or two, says Ari Brown, M.D., a Parents advisor and author of the Baby 411 book series. "If a child sees that a mother or father is comfortable in the new locale and that the parent trusts the doctor, then the child will l feel more secure," she explains.
Read Books and Role Play
Help your child know what to expect before going to the pediatrician. Purchase a toy
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2. Sleep: At this point, my son sleeps from 7PM until 6:30 AM every day; but I'm so
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Don't let your kids drag their feet about doing household chores. Instead, inspire them to make the dull routines enjoyable and entertaining.Read More »from 5 Ways to Motivate Kids to Do Their Chores
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Make It Playtime
Turn "kitchen time" into a dance party. Appoint one child to be a chef and another to be a DJ. The chef chooses what she would like to help make for dinner, such as a simple salad or mashed potatoes. The DJ chooses what appropriate dance tunes he'd like to include on a playlist.
No need to break the bank on kids Halloween costumes this year. These reader-submitted costume ideas are sure to inspire you to craft your own! (Make sure to click on the costume name for a picture of the easy-to-make outfit.)Read More »from Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids
By Janna Oberdorf
Why we love it: Because every little boy wants to be a knight in shining armor!
Do it yourself: Drape your son in some blue fabric to make this Musketeer costume. (Be sure to cut a hole big enough for his head to pop through.) Add a Zorro-style hat and a white feather, and make sure you pick up a plastic sword so he's ready for battle.
Why we love it: Because it's the perfect first Halloween costume for a baby that hasn't learned to walk yet (and is a pro at sitting and looking mischievous).
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