5 Ways to Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Parents play an important role in helping to develop their child’s self esteem, or what they believe about themselves. Children who feel good about themselves will be more comfortable socially, have a more positive outlook and be more confident in engaging in challenges. This article gives parents some tips on how to boost their child’s self esteem.


Biting Blues

When your toddler starts biting, whether it is you or his friends, it can be stressful for parents. Many parents worry what is causing this behavior and what can be done to help.

Toddlers can bite because either they are teething or they are frustrated. If your child hasn’t started to express himself verbally yet, he may retaliate to a difficult situation by biting or pushing as a way for emotional release.


Babies and Swimming

Swimming with your infant is a great way to bond with them, but it has been shown that professional swimming lessons help to improve overall intelligence and alertness of the child which results in an improvement in both their emotional and physical development.

You can start swimming lessons for your baby from as young as 6 months of age. These lessons should be seen as a means for allowing your baby to benefit from spending time in the water as well as learning good breath control.


Seatbelts and Airbags

The rule of thumb is that whatever protects you will protect your unborn child. By not using a seatbelt or airbags in your car, you put your unborn baby at greater risk for miscarriage, preterm labor or other serious complications.

The following article shows how expectant mothers should wear their seatbelts and also to encourage them not to disable the airbags in their car.


When should you start brushing your baby’s teeth?

As soon as your baby’s teeth start erupting from the gums, is when you should start cleaning their teeth. At first start with a moist piece of gauze to wipe away the plaque. As your baby gets more teeth, you can start to use a very small toothbrush with two or three rows of bristles on it. Speak to your pediatrician about what type of toothpaste is best to use.


Why Babies Wake

Babies wake for many reasons. A common cause for waking in the middle of the night is hunger. He may also wake if he has a dirty nappy, is too hot or cold, if something irritates his skin or there is an irritant in the air, or if there is too much light in the room. From 1 month to 6 months, your baby will generally sleep between 14 and 15 hours; thereafter it slowly decreases to approximately 13.5 hours in babies 18 months of age.