Have you ever watched your husband change a diaper, feed your baby, or take them out for the day and wonder to yourself…”I’m never letting him touch my baby again.” Good news for you then. This dad (who nails it by the way), shared an instructional video on “how to” with the baby. He teaches everything from diaper changing to taking a baby on an airplane flight. Have your husband’s watch this instructional video and you’ll never have to worry about leaving him alone with the little ones again.
I’m pretty certain you don’t think, or even want to consider that you child is a brat because of you. I mean…who would want to – after all that’s a tough pill to swallow. Parenting is an uphill battle most of the time (or so it feels), no matter what age your child is. It feels like you’re in a fishbowl and whatever you’re doing is constantly being scrutinized by strangers, friends, and family. If you’re too involved, you’re raising weak children. If you’re not involved enough, you’re a bad parent and neglectful. Now you’re reading an article about how it’s your fault that your child is a brat! Sigh…where does it end?
Although children might pick up bad behavior by modeling what they see on TV or at school, parents are still to blame if they don’t put an end to it. Some parents insist on saying “Oh it’s the age they’re at.” In certain cases that’s true, but using it as a crutch or excuse for their behavior is not the way to help them. Elaine Rose Glickman, author of Your Kid’s a Brat and its All Your Fault says “If we don’t teach our kids a better way, nobody else is stepping up to do so.”
There are ways to stop that bratty behavior. First step is realizing what you’re doing to contribute to it. Don’t get defensive and place blame on someone or someplace else. For example while your child is whining, biting or hitting, saying that’s just what toddlers do could be setting you up for a rough ride ahead. Even at a young age, you must have consequences for your child past hugging them. A hug isn’t always the deserved solution.
One of the other ways to break this behavior is to stop giving them a sense of entitlement. We HATE telling our children no. That’s natural, who wants to see their child sad? But when kids become accustomed to hearing “yes” most of the time, it ends up adding up to be a sense of entitlement where they feel like nothing is enough, which isn’t doing them any favors. When they hit the real world someday, they are in for a sweet treat when they start hearing no.
These are just a couple of things to watch out for as a parent. Go to Popsugar.com to read about more ways to break this cycle.
Tattoos are not frowned upon like they used to be. In the past, the word tattoo held a stigma of someone you didn’t want to bring home to mother. However that is not the case these days at all. Tattoos are an art form that are enjoyed by anybody; CEO’s, Doctors, Teachers, Lawyers, Police Officers… you name it. They have sentiment and meaning that people have thought long and hard about. And unlike the old Navy sailor with a mermaid on his forearm back the day, they are not cheap. Tattoos can run hundreds, even thousands of dollars done by some artists with PHD’s in body ink.
Whether you’re a new mommy or a veteran with toddlers and adolescents, a tattoo is a great way to showcase the love you have for your children. It is also something you will cherish for the rest of your life. You can have tiny tats with your child’s name or even portraits of your children to permanently carry around for the rest of your life. Imagine your child’s name in tattoo water colors, or a portrait of your baby as they were just born immortalized on you forever.
Popsugar.com has some really neat ideas to get your creative juices flowing. To see them…CLICK HERE!
If you’re looking to give your baby a trendy and popular name but aren’t looking to choose something that every other parent used in 2017, check out this prediction of the most popular names of 2018 from Popsugar.com.
If none of these names appeal to you, check out the full list…CLICK HERE!
Says a study by economists at the University of Edinburgh, Analysis Group, and University of Sydney. The studies show that firstborn children have better thinking skills and higher IQ test scores than their younger brothers and sisters, even as early as age 1. This is probably a tough pill to swallow for all of you youngest or middle siblings. Although I’m the youngest in my family…I kind of get it.
Dr. Ana Nuevo-Chiquero, from Edinburgh University’s school of economics said, “Our results suggest that broad shifts in parental behavior are a plausible explanation for the observed birth order differences in education and labour market outcomes.” This means that it may be suggested that it could be the oldest kids are receiving more mental stimulation. This doesn’t mean that parents aren’t providing the same level of emotional support to their children, the firstborns were just given undivided attention with tasks that boosted thinking skills to where the younger children…not so much.
Does this mean that parents are pretty much over it by the time that younger siblings come along? That has yet to be determined, but one thing is for sure. There is a downside for eldest siblings. There is a lot more pressure for them to succeed in education and career goals later in life. So, it’s kind of a toss-up.
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