Sheww, these past few Winter months have had us so busy we haven't had a chance to catch up with our blog and reader questions! I would like to happily and over excitedly announce that we are expecting a new bundle to join our family in September 2013!
What is no? By definition, the two letter word no is defined as follows:
"Barking" Cough- The barking cough is exactly that. A loud, dry, hoarse, bark like cough. This type of cough is often referred to as croup ( a respiratory disease caused by a viral infection). However, croup is not always the case. A barking cough is often the cause of a swollen upper respiratory tract which may be the result of the common cold. And often seems to worsen at night. Monitor this type of cough for infections and swelling that will that may make breathing difficult. If it becomes difficult to breath seek medical attention. If it is due to irritation, a home remedy would be warm moist air humidifier, also drinking a warm cup of water will help loosen up the bronchioles.
Whooping Cough- Whooping cough is also known as Pertussis. A very contagious bacterial disease. It is caused whooping cough because it causes uncontrollable coughing fits which produce a "whoop" or gasping like sound usually in children and babies. This "whoop" noise is caused by the inhalation of air after coughing. These coughing fits can become so violent that the whooping cough sufferer may even vomit after coughing. Other symptoms include the sufferer feeling as if they are suffocating, feeling light headed, and fainting, followed by a period of feeling well and having no cough at all. See your doctor, antibiotics may be prescribed to lessen the risk of passing along to others as Pertussis itself is typically left untreated and a 6 week course of treating symptoms alone.
In summary, below is the following of when you should see your doctor:
- Tugging at the ear
- Poor sleep
- Irritability, restlessness
- Ear drainage
- Nasal discharge
- Diminished appetite
- Crying at night when lying down
The holiday season has a smell about it, a good smell, the crisp air, the musky damp leaves, and the smell of wood burning! My favorite time of the year. I often hear children say that their favorite holidays are their own birthdays (of course this IS in fact a holiday :) and then Christmas. (along the lines of their favorite subjects in school: Lunch and recess...)
Do we teach our children what the holidays are actually about aside from religion? Is it the fact that they are getting gifts, and alot of them? Or do they love the warmness and spirit surrounding them? The smiles on people's faces, the decorations, people helping people or the contagious sense of cheer?
Encouraging your child to help others is a huge factor in raising a well balanced child. The nuturing and compassion that goes into helping others is rewared by simply seeing others do better. A child who learns this at a young age will later become a kind & giving citizen, who puts others before him/herself. "Charitable involvement has been shown to help raise self-esteem, develop social skills, foster an introduction to the greater world and encourage kids to appreciate their own lifestyle."
Does my toddler understand Charity? YES!! Of course they do, a toddler's comprehension of this is simple, "I give, she smiles and says thank you." The phrase "Thank You" is a typically a praise in most households, a reward if you will. The reward for giving is the thanks and recognition given from the recieving party, however in the future the reward will change to being the feeling of "good" inside. This is self learned, and is most easily picked up by modeling their parents/caregivers.
Keep in mind young children are concrete thinkers, giving should be followed from beginning to end. Making a food basket, taking it to a family in need or the shelter vs. dropping coins in a Salvation Army bucket at the local store. The money you drop in the bucket is just that "Money in a bucket" They don't see where it is going, or who it is helping no matter how in depth you explain. If you are donating items/monotary gifts, I suggest getting in touch with your local social services and going about it that route, also, a lot of churches have lists of families who are in need. The angel tree is a great idea, but this concept should be used in older children Middle School and Up. Elementary and below need interaction with the person they are giving to to see and understand the whole process. (Also donating to your local food bank is a wonderful way for children get involved in a huge way. They can even help stock the shelves with the food they donated!)
It isn't always about giving items or monotary donations. It's about going out of your way to make someone's life better. We have an elderly neighbor who is ill, and lives alone. We make a point to go see her almost daily and check on her. She just lights up when she sees Mason, and talks about EVERYTHING! Giving your time is just as important as giving items! We plan on taking a trip to a local nursing home to share some goodies! This is also a great way to spread cheer!
I see alot of children in stores throwing fits over toys that they can't have, or that their parents won't buy for them. Very rarely do I come across a child "shopping" for someone else "oh so and so would love this" That makes me smile from ear to ear. A selfless child IS a happy child.
Wishing you all a very happy holiday season, and a wonderful new year! Merry Christmas! From our family to yours :)
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Reader Question: I have a question for your parents panel/other people on your page. I have tried every sippy cup/regular cup but Aiden won't drink milk out of anything other than a baby bottle (8oz medela bottle to be exact.) I gave them to my older sister because she just had a baby, so I don't have them anymore. Aiden won't take milk anymore, what should I do? Also, Abigail won't take milk either. I want them to have milk because I know it's good for them but they won't take it anymore? Help!
10 months is still early, but she needs a sippy cup as well. Have you tried the soft spouted ones? They are good for transition. I would introduce it to your youngest and just keep trying it over and over again. I think eventually she'll catch on. They even make small cups with the soft spout.
I wouldn't force milk. Maybe they just don't like it? There are other options in the process, such as yogurt, cheese, anything with dairy. My little one LOVES gogurt and regular yogurt. In fact, half of the time, that's ALL I can get him to eat. But it's good, because it's dairy and has the vitamins etc that he needs, whether he drinks milk or not.
So, sometimes the fussiness is just something the child has chosen, which they can break themselves with sufficient motivation. When my youngest was 2, he would only eat rice porridge - until we went on holiday, and we explained to him that if he wanted to come, he'd have to be flexible with what he ate, because there wouldn't be any rice porridge where we were going. On day one, my uncle served up lasagne, and he wolfed it down. From then on, he ate everything we ate with no complaints at all (for the next three years, at least!)
I would suggest either
* disguise the milk as something else or use other dairy products, or
* bring back the bottle for now
* wait for an opportunity that provides the child a motive to quit the bottle and move onto cups.
I know that we are recommended to break the bottle habit early. We are also recommended to get them to drink milk. If we can't follow both recommendations (and who can possibly follow ALL the recommendations parents are given!), we optimise.