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Kids Game To Help Learn Alphabet
No: Walkers and jumpers do not help a baby learn to walk. Walkers and jumpers are ok to use under adult supervision, and for less than 30-60 minutes at one time. They are not for keeping a toddler in, without supervision. Dangers include crashing into furniture corners, flipping over, falling down stairs, and sliding through the seat (possibly getting tangled up and possibly getting choked). ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
See below.: Children have to learn how to choose friends wisely. Parents can help young children learn how to make friends by teaching them concepts such as sharing, compassion, and conflict resolution and how to choose good friends and resist negative influences. Kids learn how to get along by watching other kids. ...Read more
Absolutely!: I'm glad you posted this question...Having studied martial arts myself and having enrolled my son in the study as well. 'studying' imparts not only self-discipline but confidence and self esteem as well; and can be great in potentially dealing with "bullies". The only warning would be the demeanor of the sensei(or teacher); your child needs to 'fit' with him/her so meet with first and decide. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
O-tips: I think one of the most important ideas that you can teach your children is that wax in the ear is healthy and should not be compulsively cleaned with instruments such as a q-tip. The use of q-tips is one of the most common causes of impacted wax and is not easy to remove unless it is softened with hydrogen peroxide. Wax is anti-bacterial and lubricates the skin of the outer ear canal. ...Read more
Definitely could: Playing any sort of video games (or having screen time) before bed is likely to negatively impact sleep- these games make the brain "wake up" and its hard then to calm down to go to sleep. Violent games may cause the child to be have scary thoughts before bed and make it tough to fall asleep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
American Red Cross: Lots of good materials free on their website. You can probably bind videos on youtube as well but try to find one that references the arc or aha. ...Read more
Multi-dimensional Rx: Autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can't make him!!: First be sure your child is ready. Get a potty chair to practice. Ask your child to let you know when the diaper is wet or dirty. Set aside some time for the process, catch the child in the act of pooping, offer small rewards, never force a child but you can coax him/her gently.Never punish and have patience, it will happen. ...Read more
Good nutrition: Healthy dietary habits begin in childhood, so it's great you are asking this question. The best way to teach healthy habits is for you to model them yourself. Eat lots of vegetables and fruit. Find creative ways to bring a variety of veggies into the diet. Don't allow any trans fats. Eat vegetarian meals frequently. Grow a garden and use your own veggies. Have your kids plan and cook meals. ...Read more
Are computer games harmful to a child's development, or do they help train him for a future in computers?
Some are: Many computer games involve killing and maiming and seem to me to teach that violence is O.K. Others, like e.g. Snow boarding, teach dexterity and computer savvy. Like everything in life, it should be balanced by thoughtful restriction. I believe that the constant use of electronic gadgets is harming kids because it is surprisingly addictive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As Soon As Possible: Babies and toddlers brains are programmed to learn language. Regardless of language or culture, all babies and toddlers intuitively pick up language in the first few years of life. During early childhood, the brain is primed to pick up on the distinct sounds of different languages. Exposing your child to a second language early in their life makes it much easier for them to learn it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do I discipline a child without yelling or punishing? Children often don't understand what we try to tell them...
Make it fun: At the beginning practice sessions should only be 10-15 min and you can work up to 30 min. You can even have multiple 10 min sessions a day. Pick out some fun music books with songs your child may recognize. Sit at the piano bench with your child. Don't force practice sessions. If your child isn't enjoying it talk with them- maybe there is another activity they would rather put energy into. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Practice letters: And read lots of books together. Let your child "read" the books as well. Make reading books part of the bedtime routine. Simple pattern recognition books with good illustrations often help kids learn to read because they can follow the pictures easily. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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