How Your Actions Influence Your Child’s Development

how your actions influence your child's developmentIf you’re wondering why your child does what he’s doing, chances are he got the idea from you. From making healthy lifestyle choices to learning to be a good friend, kids live what they learn and learning begins at home.

Food Choices

Parents control what their children eat by the foods they allow in the home. If your children are accustomed to having healthy foods available, they’re more likely to learn to make healthy choices.   As they grow up and start eating over friends’ houses or buying lunch at school, having healthy habits at home can empower them to make healthy choices when away from home.  Instead of keeping the cookie jar within arm’s reach, stock a draw in the fridge with fresh fruits and veggies.

Activity Levels

If you want to raise an active kid, be an active family. Make it part of your family’s routine to exercise each day. Whether it’s going for a walk or playing outside, make it a priority to demonstrate and encourage physical activity regularly. Let your kids see you moving and they’ll want to move along too.

Interactions with Others

How you engage with others will influence how your children engage with others. If you treat the wait staff at your favorite restaurant with respect, your child will learn to treat them with respect too. If you yell at the customer service representative for a mistake on your bill, they’ll learn to do that too. Show your child what being a friend and a caring member of society looks like by modeling the Golden Rule.

Cleanliness

Even the way you maintain your home will impact how your kids keep their areas and belongings. If you keep your home clean, neat, and free from clutter, your children will learn that this is the expectation. Encourage kids to take part in keeping the home clean and they’ll gain a better appreciation for keeping it clean.

If you want to raise a respectful kid, be a respectful parent. If you want to raise a child who cares for his health, take care of your health. Remember you are your child’s first role model. The good things, along with the bad, will rub off on him.

hire nanniesGuest blog by Michelle LaRowe of @eNannySource

With over 20 years of experience in the nanny world as an award-winning nanny, agency director, and parenting author, Michelle LaRowe is considered a leading industry expert. A mom herself, she loves to educate parents and nannies on the importance of quality in-home childcare. Find out more by visiting @eNannySource on Twitter.

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Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers

cloth diapers vs disposable diapersLike most parenting topics, the debate over cloth versus disposable diapers comes with many opinions. But like everything else, you have to decide what is best for you and your family. You can choose one method and stick with it, or alternate as you see fit. Many mothers use cloth diapers when they are home and disposables when out-and-about. It’s up to you. Here are the pros and cons of cloth diapers and disposable diapers.

Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers come in two formats: a terry cloth, cotton, or flannel cloth that you fold and fasten or an already-arranged diaper that looks just like a disposable. In the long run, cloth diapers will save you money (unless you use a diaper cleaning service). Over the two or so diaper years of your child’s life, you will spend about $300 on cloth diapers and washing, but $2000 on disposables.

Some parents are concerned about the dyes and gels in disposables, so cloth diapers are a more natural way of containing messes. However, they are messier than disposables. You’ll end up doing more laundry, too, sometimes two to three extra loads each week. Of course, unless you use disposables occasionally, you’ll end up carrying a poopy diaper home every once in a while.

Cloth diapers are less absorbent, but they also created fewer rashes. The decreased absorbency, however, can aide potty training. If your child feels wet, he/she is more apt to prefer the potty and spend her/his time in underpants.

Disposable Diapers

Disposables are easy to change quickly because of the adhesive strips. They are especially helpful for resistant babies who won’t sit still for changes.

The biggest convenience of disposable diapers is that you toss them away once soiled. Tape them up using their own adhesive so the mess is contained and drop them in the trash. Further, disposables are super-absorbent, so you end up changing less diapers, and the liners keep wetness away from the skin and rarely leak. This can work against you, however, as children don’t feel uncomfortable by the mess and don’t mind staying with diapers. Some diapers can rip if they are pulled too hard, which will probably happen to you when you’re away from home!

Although no studies offer evidence that the chemicals used to manufacture diapers are harmful, you never know. Diapers house a sensitive area and you may not want to take the risk. Some babies have allergic reactions that prevent them from using disposables at all.

The biggest downside to disposables is their impact on the environment. Worldwide, we produce 3.4 million tons of diaper waste per year, and they do not decompose.

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Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

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