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How can I stop my child from being unsportsmanlike? If you see
your child acting in an unsportsmanlike way on or off the
field, it is important to point out the behavior and ask your
child point-blank why it is that they would behave in such
a way. When the child gives you the reason for their behavior
be understanding and listen. Keep an open mind also, because
sometimes what seems like an unsportsmanlike behavior may
actually be a reaction to another behavior that you missed.
For example, your child may shove another child in order to
get the other child to stop kicking him or her.  Keep the
lines of communication open, and make your expectations
perfectly clear to your child.

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How can I celebrate the successes of parenthood? Many parents do not take the time to celebrate the things that they are doing right as parents.  This is important, because everyone needs to be recognized.  Take a few minutes to look in the mirror and reflect on how far you have come with your children.  And, thank yourself for a job well done, because no one benefits from well-raised children as much as the parents.
How can I become comfortable using a babysitter? First-time parents particularly become uncomfortable at the mention of the word. However, everyone needs an occasional break from parenthood and babysitters are often necessary to make it happen!  Ask for recommendations from friends and neighbors and even your church, and feel confident knowing that if someone else is willing to entrust their children’s welfare to a babysitter – you can too.  Start small, using a new babysitter for an hour while you run to the grocery store. Increase the time that you will be away gradually and watch how your children interact with the sitter.  Over time, you will become more comfortable leaving your children with a babysitter.
How do I decide whether to let my child sleep with me? The decision of whether or not to allow a child into the parental bed for night-time sleeping is a completely individual decision. Just know that once you begin to allow your child into your bed, they will be much less inclined to fall asleep on their own.  Therefore, decide early whether you are willing to sleep with your child every night.  Some parents have discovered that infants in the parental bed make nighttime feedings easier.  However, others have determined that putting the infant’s bassinet near the parents’ bed has the same effect.
What are some ways I can make my child’s room enjoyable for me? Many new parents forget that they will be spending a lot of time in their infant’s room.  Therefore, decorate the room for your tastes and with a décor that is welcoming to you.  If you place a comfortable rocker with soft pillows and a warm blanket in the room, you will find it a lot more enjoyable than if it contains only a crib and dresser.  Realize that you will spend time in this room when changing your baby, putting him or her to sleep and even when he or she is sick.
How can I teach my child to be a good sport? Nobody likes a sore loser.  The best way to teach a child to be a good sport is to practice good sportsmanship yourself.  If you are overly competitive, your child will pick up on this and emulate your behavior. If your child is going to play organized sports, be realistic about your expectations and never yell or scream at an official that you think was unfair to your child. Be consistent. If you see your child do something that is not sportsmanlike – correct the behavior and discuss it with your child after the game or activity has ended.

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How can I teach my child what to do in case of fire? Fire safety is one of the most important things that a child should learn from a young age.  The first thing to tell your child is “stop, drop and roll”. This mantra will stick with them throughout their lifetime.  Second, you should teach your child that if there is a fire they need to get the attention of ANY adult by yelling “Fire” and not “Help”.  Finally, teach them to get outside and to run to a neighbor’s home to call 911. Arranging a meeting place where you can check to see that all family members got to safety.
How can I teach my child what to do in an emergency? Teaching your young child to dial 911, and explaining repeatedly that the number is only for use in a serious emergency is a good start.  Older children will understand that they should only call 911 if their parent is unconscious or they are alone in the home.  In addition to knowing how to call 911, even young children should learn their home address and phone number along with the full names of their parents.  Remind your child that staying calm in an emergency is the most effective way to make clear judgments, but keep your own expectations realistic and know that children will panic.  If you are leaving your child alone for an extended period of time, ask a trusted adult to check in on them occasionally.
What should I do to keep my child safe around water? All children need to know about the dangers of water and drowning.  If you have a backyard swimming pool, put up a fence and raise the ladder if possible.  A pool alarm is inexpensive and takes only a few minutes to install. Never allow your child to swim, or be near water, alone and be sure to teach them about the buddy system.  These are lessons that will stick with them through their life and allow them to always be safe around water. Finally, enroll your child in swimming lessons.  Neighborhood pools and schools often provide these.  Knowing how to swim is the best defense against drowning or being injured in the water.
How can I keep my child safe around a hot tub? More and more families are installing hot tubs in and around their homes.  Because of the shallow depth, many people overlook the importance of covers.  Don’t make this mistake.  Use a cover with a lock every time you get out of the hot tub.  When children use the hot tub, it is important to let them in the water for only a few moments at a time, because the elevated water temperature can be dangerous for young bodies and lead to burns or dehydration. As with all dangerous household items, keep your hot tub chemicals under lock and key, because they can be very harmful if ingested or spilled.
How can I keep my child safe on the playground? Never allow your child to use playground equipment that is in need of repair.  And, unless the equipment is placed on a base of mulch or rubber padding of at least 12 inches there is a significant risk of injury resulting from falls.  Never leave your child alone at the playground, because if they should become injured you need to be there to assist them.  Teach your child that pushing other children on the equipment is absolutely unacceptable, and do not allow other children to push your child either.
How can I keep my child safe when playing inside?  You should never allow your child to run in the house because injuries can occur due to stairs and falls. And many parents have made a clear distinction between indoor and outdoor toys in order to avoid children throwing balls and other objects in the house.  If you allow your child to play hide and seek inside of the house, make sure that they understand that freezers and refrigerators are off limits, along with other potentially hazardous locations such as storage closets that are used for chemicals or cleaning products.  Have plenty of indoor friendly toys, games and activities available for young children in order to keep them safe inside your home.
What should I do to keep my child safe from poisons? The first rule of thumb for parents is to keep cleaning products and other chemicals out of the reach of children. This may be on a high shelf or in a locked cupboard. It also means not using your medicine cabinet for medication storage.  Keep medications out of the view and reach of children at all times.  Have the poison control number handy by every phone in the house in case of accidental ingestion, and never induce vomiting until you have spoken with a professional.
How can I keep my child safe when there are firearms in the home? The best option is simply to not have firearms in the home. But, if you must have them you should always keep them in a locked cabinet. Keep ammunition locked in a different location and NEVER tell your child where it is kept.  Teach your children about firearms, and the dangers that they pose.  Be honest with your child, because curiosity results in more firearms injuries than anything else.  Toy guns are a bad idea, and if your child asks for a BB gun, dart gun or other firearm toy – tell them no.
What can I do to teach my child to leave houseplants alone? There are many varieties of houseplants that are poisonous to children and animals, so be aware of what types of plants you are growing in your home. If you know that a specific plant is dangerous, keep it well out of the reach of your child.  Knowing what is growing in your home is important, because if your child should eat a piece of your plant and become ill – you will need to tell the poison control center or pediatrician exactly what the child ate that made them ill.

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How can I talk openly with my child about death? The first thing to remember is that death is a part of life, and that everyone will experience loss and grief at some time.  Generally, children who are of school age will have an understanding that death is permanent, however pre-schoolers and younger children may not quite get that their loved one will never come back. You must always be honest and open when discussing death, and more than anything else you need to make sure that your child understands that he or she should and can talk to you or another trusted adult about their feelings at any time.

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The common cold is something that all children will experience and in spite of advancements in medicine they have not yet found a way to prevent it. However you can cut down on the number of colds your child gets by helping them to be as healthy as possible.

Statistics show that a child may catch a cold about 8 times a year and will normally last about a week.  There are approx 200 know cold viruses, but the most common one is known as the Rhinovirus.  They have not been able to come up with a vaccine for a cold due to the number of viruses that can cause it.

The cold virus is easily spread by sneezing and coughing and kids don't understand about germs and what they can try to do to avoid them.  The cold virus can also be picked up easily by touching a contaminated object and then touching their own nose or mouth. Once they've been exposed to the cold virus they will develop symptoms in 2-3 days.  There are medicines on the market that help your child feel better while they have a cold but they don't actually cure the cold.

If you take the child to the doctor and get a prescription be sure to follow the recommended dosage. Decongestants can help reduce the swelling of the nose lining while antihistamines will help to dry up the runny noses and reduce the sneezing. If they are also experiencing headaches or muscle pains you can give them acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Be sure to give them lots of liquids and be sure to include some hot drinks and food as this helps to ease their sore throat, coughing and helps to clear out the mucus.  Chicken soup really does help to treat a common cold.  Other options could be to use a humidifier or put them in a steamy shower. You should keep them in bed the first couple of days of a cold to give their body time to rest and fight off the cold.

The way to help your child stay well is to feed them a healthy diet, get adequate sleep and exercise. These things will help to build up a good immune system and your child won't get sick nearly as often.
 

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It's that dreaded situation – your child is a bully, or at least, you suspect that is the case.  How should you deal with the situation?  It is important to realize that nearly one in ten children are victmized by bullies and that bullying is a very serious problem that should not be taken lightly.  Start by determining how your child is bullying others.  The most common type of bullying is physical;punching, pushing, kicking, etc.  However, a child may be teasing other children, calling them names or otherwise verbally assaulting them.  Once you have determined the type of bullying, you need to make it completely clear to your child that the behavior is unacceptable.  Then, you need ot find out the reason that your child has become a bully.  Talking to your child may lead to him or her giving you an explanation, however in many cases it is a good idea to involve a professional counselor who is specially trained to work with bullying children.

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A lot of people who visit my site are parents, particularly expectant moms. Faced with their impending special delivery these pregnant mamas can't countenance the thoughts of returning to work for 'the man' leaving their precious infant in some strange day care.  They come seeking an alternative and what better solution (as we all know) than starting the day care themselves.

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I happened across this on one of the provider discussion forums I frequent and wanted to share it with y'all.  It smacks of common sense and should be shared with all providers and parents alike!

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Here is an interesting thread from a child care providers discussion forum.  Just caught my eye and made me feel sad that there are parents who spend so little time with their kids.  It's comforting however, that there are providers who care!

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