Believe it or not, children can experience stress just as much as adults. Pressure to do well in school, to make new friends or maintain old friends, or just managing expectations of mentors and role models are all example sources of stress for kids.
Some children may not be able to articulate the stress that they are feeling, however. The American Psychological Association (APA) recommends tuning into the following emotional or behavioral cues to recognize possible signs of stress.
In the busy life of a toddler, having to stop playtime in order to take a nap may well seem like it’s the end of the world. Nevertheless, most active toddlers need naps.
Daytime sleep not only is important for a child’s healthy growth and development, but it can also do wonders as a short, refueling break for parents.
Does your child fight against daily naps? Here are four toddler nap-time tips to help make it go a little more smoothly:
As a new school year begins, parents may be facing the problem of how to get their kids to go to bed at a reasonable hour. A solution: Kids will go to sleep if they understand why it’s important, studies have found.
Most moms with a newborn experience and are anxious to progress beyond the agony of sleep deprivation. Early on, often newborns eat frequently, sometimes as often as every two hours. Unless you have a helper who can handle several feedings in a row, you’re unlikely to come close to a “full night” of sleep until baby is closer to 2 to 3 months old.
In the meantime, here are some tips that may help you catch at least some of the elusive zzz’s you once knew so well:
A recent article in The New York Times caused a stir online and, possibly, in many households, too. The article, “The Trauma of Parenthood,” cited recent studies linking new parenthood to depression. Although this is commonly referred to as “postpartum depression,” The Times article said that the depression the studies identified were not hormonal in nature. Rather, the studies linked depression to the activity of parenting and noted that both men and women have similar experiences.
Parenting can be an all-consuming labor of love. With time, you can get back to feeling like “you” again.
Here are six tips to help ease the transition into new parenthood: