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.

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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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6 Baby Teeth Care Tips

caring for baby teethCaring for your baby’s teeth can be a problematic experience. They will fuss, squirm, and protest any time you try and stick your fingers or a brush in their mouth. However, it’s just as important that we care for babies’ teeth as it is to look after our own. It’s true that they will eventually fall out, but proper technique is still required. You can start creating healthy tooth habits for your child by using these tips.

1. Start caring for your baby’s mouth before teeth arrive.

It’s important that you start the habit of caring for your baby’s teeth before they even appear. Using your finger or a warm, damp cloth, wipe off your baby’s gums after a feeding. This will brush away excess food that might be sticking around. This practice will also help you condition your child to having her mouth cleaned regularly, which will make matters easier when you start using a brush.

2. Mind the teeth as soon as they show up.

Many parents mistakenly put little value on their children’s baby teeth because they will be replaced. However, the spacing and alignment for adult teeth are preserved by the baby teeth. Proper spacing helps her chew and talk. If the baby teeth decay prematurely, the adult teeth could arrive at odd angles and improper alignments. Since the adult teeth push the baby teeth out, any bacteria that’s left behind from decayed baby teeth would immediately begin working on the next ones.

3. That first tooth needs to be brushed.

Start using a proper toothbrush as soon as the first tooth is visible. When we use a brush, we stir the bacteria colonies so they can’t adhere to the surface of the teeth, and knocks a good amount of it away so it doesn’t build up. Hold your child in your lap and brush (using small circles) the teeth, being sure to hit the gum line where plaque resides. You can begin flossing once two teeth exist side-by-side.

4. No sweet drinks!

Well, maybe you can offer some, but babies and toddlers who drink lots of sweet beverages are at a much higher risk for tooth decay. This is especially true for children who are put to bed with a bottle. The bacteria in our mouths uses the sugar from sweet foods and beverages to produce acid, which erodes our teeth. After the breastfeeding/formula age, water should be the preferred beverage.

5. See a dentist.

At one years old, the American Dental Association recommends babies have their first visit, but a majority of pediatricians think it can wait until age three if you practice great oral hygiene. The biggest benefit to an early dental visit is that you get your child used to seeing a dentist early, so by the time any serious cleaning or maintenance needs to take place, your child is already accustomed to the dentist’s chair.

6. Stay the course.

Your child is going to fight you. Continue pushing the tooth brush yourself until you are sure your child has developed the fine-motor skills to do it properly herself. Once she starts doing it on her own, monitor her so you can be sure it’s being done right. Come up with a song or game or something to make the experience pleasant so it’s not a struggle to get it done every morning and night.

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