Baby Is Not Sleeping Through the Night? Enjoying the Moment

Having a little bundle of joy excites you more than anything. However, just a few days after having that blissful moment of joy reality sinks in. You face the heap of laundry, washing the dishes, and cleaning he house along with the long resounding cry of your beloved little angel. On top of this, is being able to get little to no sleep at all. So your baby is not sleeping through the night? It might seem awful right now, but try to enjoy this moment. Seriously!

According to experts, some babies will be able to adjust and sleep soundly by the time they reach third month. So more parents at this stage get to sleep through the night. A perfect recharge to face another day! What if your child still isn’t outgrown this phase? One inspiring story for moms struggling in this phase actually gave me hope that everything will get better. The blog simply says “Let It Be“. The name of the post really says it all.

“Equally, when you seek out the 15% of parents whose child never sleeps, it feels good – we are not alone! You too are up every few hours with a teething/nocturnal/wide-awake child. At 3am I know that maybe 5 of my friends are up too, we may as well have a conference call (and a coffee).”

Yes, this too shall pass. Well, enjoy it while it lasts because before you know it, your little bundle of joy will go off to college. Well maybe that’s still a ways off, but you get the point! If your baby is not sleeping through the night, take the time you will spend awake as some bonus time together. One day you’ll long for that.

Parenting Tips: How To Handle Picky Eaters

My children are not difficult to feed. Although there are certain foods that they dislike, they do not give me a hard time during meal times. However, my sister’s toddler is probably the pickiest eater in the entire world. Well, maybe not exactly that, but he is really one tough boy to please at the dining table.

My sister went through a lot of stressful meal times but eventually she was able to figure out exactly how to handle her son’s eating problem. She graciously shared with me some parenting tips that worked for her and I am sharing them so others who have the same dilemma may try them out:

1. Don’t force your child to eat when he is not hungry.

2. Structure your child’s meals–three regular meals a day and two healthy snacks in between meals.

3. Serve meals and snacks at about the same times every day.

4. Introduce new foods along with his favorites.

5. Make mealtime fun.

If you want more helpful parenting tips on how to deal with your finicky eater, here is a helpful post: 11 Best Tips For Picky Eaters.

Feeling Better About Your Parenting Techniques

If you have been feeling down about your parenting abilities lately, stop! If you really need some help shaking off the feeling that you are bad parenting check out this post, “How to Feel Better About Your Parenting”. I’m telling you that post will cheer you up, and probably give you a good laugh or two.

Anyway, you are probably doing a great job as a parent. If you are worried about your abilities it just means that you care very much. Caring about your parenting abilities and looking for ways to better yourself are a sign of a great parent. It is natural to have doubts and concerns, but in all reality I bet you are doing a really good job.

Teaching Your Child to Pick Up on Social Cues

A child’s first teacher is their parents. Parents teach children how to walk, talk, and feed themselves. There are also many other things that children pick up from their parents just by watching them. This refers to sayings, body language, and facial expressions. Children have to learn over time to read social cues. Social cues are verbal or non-verbal actions that guide conversation or behavior. It is awkward when somebody does not understand social cues, but the only way to learn them is to be exposed to them.

Teaching your child how to read social cues might be pretty difficult because the best experience is learning from real life situations. I read an article about how to teach your child social cues on The Family Coach that I thought was interesting. The article suggests that you try things such as role playing and practicing at home.

Have you tried teaching your child social cues? How have you been successful or unsuccessful in your attempts?