Tips to Comfort Your Baby at the Doctor

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We understand that the first two years of your baby’s precious life can feel like a roller coaster ride full of doctor’s visits. We have some comforting tips to help you tackle the rocky road ahead, whether it’s an immunization shot, taking blood, receiving injection, or going to a regular doctor’s appointment for your baby.

Regardless of the occasion, take a deep breath and remember to relax. It’s surprising how much your baby can sense tension and anxiety from your touch. We highly recommend using a comfortable hold on your baby to make them feel safe and secure during these stressful doctor visits. If your child feels like they are about to slip out of your grasp, make sure to tighten your hold for their safety. If your baby is going in for a shot, it’s helpful if your baby can lay their arm down on a table.

How do comforting holds help in stressful situations?
• Control over their baby’s body to insure they don’t slip or fall
• Improve parent’s role in doctor’s visit and become a part of the procedure
• Help the doctor/nurse administer their medications safely while the parent can focus on holding their baby
• Safely hold baby during the child’s injection and relax them
• Provide comfort and security to your baby during doctor visit
• Makes your child more comfortable being in your arms/hold (as a non-threatening position for medical professionals)

Newborn Holding Tips:
• Hold your baby in the cradle position
• Gently hold and secure both legs down and together
• If a shot is being administered to your baby’s leg – you can leave this leg out and help keep your baby’s leg still during the shot
• As your baby gets a little older around three to five months you can switch from a cradle position to a sitting position
• Help your baby feel comfortable in a sitting position, facing forward while you hold them from behind
• Use the most comfortable option for you and your baby!

Older Children Holding Tips:
• Once your child has grown, you’ll find that the sitting on your lap facing forward position will be easiest for you and your baby
• Again, help your baby feel comfortable in a sitting position, facing forward while you hold them from behind

Bonus Doctor Visit Tips:
It helps to bring some comforting items along with you during your doctor’s visits. Whether it’s a pacifier, blanket or baby bottle, make sure your baby is happy it’s nearby and accessible. You can always nurse or feed afterwards to help your baby feel better.

Give your baby options when they are available, for instance, “do you want to close your eyes during the shot or do you want to look away?” This helps give your baby perspective on the situation and makes them feel like they have some control.

There is the rare case that your baby isn’t scared of needles, in this instance, you might be able to simply hold their hand through the procedure!
Written by Alexandra Gamache

 

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Soft & Precious to Attend Jazz in the Gardens for 5th Consecutive Year

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When: Saturday & Sunday, March 21-22

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Jazz in the Gardens is a highly anticipated music festival held annually in the city of Miami Gardens, Florida. This is the tenth year that the event will take place, and the fifth consecutive year that Soft & Precious Baby Products will be attending.

Last year, the ninth annual Jazz in the Gardens event broke attendance records, bringing in more than 68,000 event-goers and vendors from all around the world. Local, out-of-state and international attendees enjoyed multi-genre live music, a wide array of ethnically diverse foods, drinks and high quality merchandise from global vendors.

Artists Charlie Wilson, New Edition, Neyo, Earth Wind & Fire, Gladys Knight, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, LL Cool J, Fantasia, Mary J. Blige, Kenny G, Mary Mary, Boney James, Najee, Tina Marie, and Nicole Henry performed live to entertain guests.

This year, the event will be co-hosted by celebrity comedian, author and radio personality, DL Hughley. Best known as the original host of ComicView on the BET network, Hughley has also starred in the ABC series, The Hughleys, and performed in the film, The Original Kings of Comedy.

His counterpart will be co-host Rickey Smiley. Smiley is a stand-up comedian, television host, actor and radio personality, best known for hosting the Rickey Smiley Morning Show on Hot 107.9.

Musical entertainment at this year’s festival will include a mixture of well-known and local artists: Maxwell, R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxton, Run–D.M.C., Men of Soul, Sheila E., Brian Culbertson, Karina Iglesias, John Erinosho and Valerie Tyson.

Soft & Precious is thrilled to be invited as a returning vendor at this spectacular festival! We invite all fans of our products to stop by our booth to take a selfie with us and upload it to your social media using the hashtag #SNPselfie! We will announce our booth number on Facebook, so be sure to follow Soft & Precious Baby Products.

Written by Alyssa Mammano

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Bonding with Your Baby

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Bonding with your baby is an important part of becoming a new mom, and will lay the groundwork for your relationship with your child throughout his or her life!

What is bonding?

Bonding is that immense feeling of attachment and connection between mother and baby, which develops from the time your newborn is laid in your arms and continues to grow with time. This bond is what motivates you to give your baby endless kisses, shower him or her with love and protect them from harm.

A bond may be formed right away for some mothers, and can take some time for others. The length of time it takes may depend on how much time you spend with your new baby in their first days, researchers have said. However, the connection can happen gradually as your baby grows. Babies who are adopted or separated from their mothers at birth still have the ability to form everlasting bonds.

Why is it important?

Developing a bond between mother and baby is essential to the child’s emotional and mental stability. Babies who have built an attachment to their mothers generally show better socialization skills later in life. Newborns are usually apt to bond with their mothers immediately, but it may take longer for new moms to reciprocate. Especially when a child is adopted or placed in intensive care, mothers may take longer or have a more difficult time creating that connection to their babies.

Fortunately, bonding doesn’t happen in one day. Intense bonds take time to cultivate, and need reinforcement. It can be as simple as day-to-day care, or could need more focused attention. But the first time your baby smiles at you or falls asleep in your arms and you are filled with joy and love – you will know a bond has been created.

Understanding how babies bond

Interacting with your baby is the most effective way to ensure a bond is formed between the two of you. This interaction can be in several forms, and can be different for all babies. Touch, eye contact, facial expressions, talking and singing are all ways to interact with your baby.

Skin-to-skin contact is an essential element of interaction between you and your baby. Touch is an early form of communication for your newborn. He or she will be soothed by your touch, and you may even be soothed by theirs.

Eye contact and facial expressions are also important forms of communication. Your baby will try to imitate your facial movements early on, and will benefit from the close contact.

Talking and singing to your baby are the easiest ways to form a connection. Although your baby can’t respond yet, he or she recognizes your voice and enjoys listening to you. Simply describing objects or talking about your day in a calm voice can sooth your baby and develop a bond.

How to bond with your baby

The best way to bond with your new baby is to just spend time with him or her every day. While snuggling with your baby may come easy, he or she is also a person that you will need to get to know. Day-to-day care will reveal things about them that will help you understand their or personality.

You can also form a bond through skin-to-skin contact, or looking into his or her eyes and talking. Holding your baby against your chest will allow them to feel your heart beat and breathing pattern, which will sooth them. Your baby may also begin to mimic your breaths.

Over time you will learn what comforts your baby and what upsets him or her. This will teach you how to bond with them specifically. Soon enough you will watch his or her first smile, first cooing and first steps, and your heart will be filled with love and joy.

 

Written by Alyssa Mammano

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How To Keep Your Baby Warm & Safe!

How To Keep Your Baby Warm & Safe!

How To Keep Your Baby Warm & Safe!

Are you ready to combat the extra chilly winter this year?

S&P Baby Blog has some excellent tips for keeping your baby warm and cozy!

Combat the chilly weather with these tips for your baby!

Always double check your baby’s bedding and make sure it’s snuggly tucked in and is not loose.

We highly recommend that you also avoid purchasing thick bedding. Loose and thick bedding are dangerous and can cause accidental suffocation. To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), it’s recommended that your baby sleeps on it’s back with minimal pillows and blankets.

One-piece baby sleepers help keep your baby cozy all night long.

Skullcaps and regular pajamas will also help keep your baby warm. Check your baby’s physical condition and temperature to prevent your baby from overheating. If your baby is sweating, looks damp or clammy, then he or she needs you to remove their layers as soon as possible.

In general, babies don’t need extra bundling in comparison to adults. They can feel comfortable at room temperature.

Using a space heater?

Make sure it’s fireproof and is nowhere near your baby. The older your baby becomes the easier it will be for her or him to crawl, break things and get in harms way. Constantly check on your baby’s security and health to help build a strong healthy immune system and environment.

Is your baby warm enough?

Remove layers if your baby is sweaty and damp to avoid moisture build-up and discomfort to your baby. If you’re in extremely cold environments, bundle your baby up with mittens, hats and wool blankets when traveling.

How do you warm your baby’s bed?

Be extremely careful. You can use a hot water bottle or heating pad to warm their bedding/bed prior to putting your child to sleep. Remove the heating pad or bottle and allow it to cool to a safe and warm temperature for your baby.

Make sure to remove your baby’s layers when traveling inside and outside during the extra cold weather. Don’t let your baby overheat and keep them safe and cozy this year!

Written by Alexandra Gamache

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New Year’s Resolutions 2015: Mom & Baby!

New Year's Resolutions 2015

New Year’s Resolutions 2015 Soft and Precious Baby Products

Happy New Year Everyone!!

The Holidays are perfect for spending extra time with your precious baby, family and loved ones. As the Christmas and Holiday excitement settles, we prepare for January and the New Year ahead.

Now is the best time to take a moment and come up with some positive New Year’s Resolutions for you and your baby!

Have you ever heard, “It’s the little things that make a difference?”

The same thought works for resolutions. You and your baby can make small, but positive resolutions that you can apply throughout the New Year!

Become a better Mommy or parent and treat others the way you want to be treated. Set the standard high for yourself and enjoy the world around you and your baby. You’re the compass for your little baby’s precious life! Bring in the New Year with love, joy and happiness!

Here are some resolution ideas that you can use too!

Improve On Patience!

It’s hard to be patient when your child continues to loose their toys or makes a big mess – but you can be! Hint: relax and take deep breaths! Whenever you’re in a situation where you feel that your patience is running low, take a minute to relax and reassess the situation. A couple minutes of breathing and clearing your mind improves patience!

The same rule applies to your baby. Whenever they are running low on patience, try to relax them. Speak to your baby in a soothing tone and breath slowly to your child. Hearing your relaxed breathing and voice will ease their worries and improve their patience! Combat tantrums with these tactics too!

Manners Make Friends!

It’s never too early to begin and lay the groundwork for manners. Whether you and your baby are running errands, or are visiting family and friends – manners always make friends! Sometimes it’s easy to become flustered with our busy schedules and become a little snippy as we rush through the day. However, this is a habit to recognize and snip in the bud!

Being a Mommy or Parent comes with the responsibility to teach your children how to act and how to respect others. Next time you feel your mood may not be the best, try to smile and find joy in spending time with your baby. You can lift their spirits and teach them good manners! Remember to set the example for your baby, smile, be polite, and always say, “Thank You!”

Positive Reinforcement!

The next time your baby makes an accomplishment don’t forget to reward him or her with positive reinforcement! This can be as simple as a happy sound or word like, “Yay” or “Good” etc or giving them what they need or want. As long as you make your baby smile and realize that you’re happy with their accomplishment. The older your baby becomes the more this will become one of your best baby tools!

Educate Your Baby!

Continue to help your baby evolve by teaching them and reading to them. Check out our other baby blogs for Talking and Reading Tips! We also feature Child Behavior blog and Baby Safety guide too!

Whatever your New Year’s Resolutions turn out to be – choose one’s that impact you and your baby in the best ways possible. Create positive changes in your lives that will make you both happy in 2015!

 

 

Written by Alexandra Gamache

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Baby Talking Tips! Ages 18 months to 3 years old!

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From the time your baby is eighteen months to three years old, you’ll see significant advancements and progress in their talking skills.

We have some wonderful talking tips to share with you to help your child learn how to talk during this key period of time in your baby’s precious little life! Discover what to expect and guide your child with these helpful talking tips!

Get ready to enjoy your child’s progress from eighteen months to two years of age!

This is a very exciting time for you and your baby! He or she will begin to understand your instructions and directions. Your baby may start to put words together to construct phrases and specific references to an action, object or you! During this period of time your child is making leaps and bounds with their communication skills.

To encourage and advance your kid’s communication methods, ask for their help, and ask them different questions. Bring in music! Whether it’s a song, nursery or your kid’s favorite song on the radio – encourage them to sing along! Read to your baby as much as possible. While your reading to your child make them engage with the book and story. Have them point to different things on the page and tell you what they see. Time to “pretend play!” Mix up pretend time with whatever they enjoy, playing house, have a party with their toys, or talk to animals!

The beginning of conversations with your baby from two to three!

Are you ready to really talk with your baby? This is the amazing time when your baby will put words together and create their first simple sentences! After your previous practice with questions, your baby will now be able to answer simple questions, for example: Where is their toy? Are they hungry? What do they want? Around thirty-six months your baby’s imagine accelerates into more pretend play and understands complicated actions.

Help your baby during this crucial time of and teach your baby her or his name. Begin to incorporate numbers, sizes and shapes of different objects around your child. Start to ask them open-ended questions that make them think more about their answers. Ask your child details of a story your reading to them or what are their favorites. Act out different scenarios or stories and use these opportunities for your child to imagine and learn language.

Beware of television! Don’t let your child watch too much T.V.

Remember to give them quiet time, encourage them to sing, ask many questions, and enjoy conversing with your baby!

 

Written by Alexandra Gamache

 

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Baby Talking Tips! Teach your baby how to talk!

Baby Talking Tips! Teach your baby how to talk!

Baby Talking Tips! Teach your baby how to talk!

From the moment your baby is in your belly, he or she hears the sounds and voices nearby.

This S&P baby blog gives excellent tips for teaching your baby how to talk up to fifteen months! The next S&P baby blog will continue with more Baby Talking Tips in November. The second blog will cover baby-talking tips from eighteen months to three years old.

By the time your child is two years old, the majority of babies are capable of speaking a regular vocabulary. They will begin to express their ideas more often and increase the variety of ways they ask for what they need. These tips will improve your child’s ability to communicate and increase their ability to speak.

The first three months of your baby’s little precious life, he or she is constantly listening to your voice.

The adorable cooing and gurgling your baby makes, is their unique way of talking to you. Babies especially enjoy hearing you sing, even before they are born! Always talk to your baby, and bring him or her around others you talk to.

Babies are full of curiosity and enjoy listening to different voices and music. However, too much noise is not healthy either. Make sure your baby gets some quality quiet time to play and sleep.

From six to nine months you’ll start to hear your baby make new sounds.

They may even sound like words “mama” or “dada” may be heard around this time! Your baby will become much more sensitive to the tone of your voice. If you sound happy your baby will smile! However, if you sound angry you may make them cry or unhappy. Try to make your baby as happy as possible! Remember that singing is always a wonderful way to cheer up your baby!

Encourage your baby to begin and understand words by playing games that break down words like: “Pat-a-Cake,” “Peek-a-Boo,” and “Eye-spy.” Take your baby’s hands and create a rhythm to the words your teaching them.

Give your baby the opportunity to see him or her in a mirror. Teach them their name by asking, “who is that?” answer with their name. This is a visual process that can improve your baby’s ability to understand their name and appearance. Begin to point to things and talk about the objects that you interact with your baby.

The next twelve to fifteen months of your baby’s life are very exciting!

This is when the majority of babies begin to use words! They will start to ask for things with words that resemble their food, drinks, toys and most importantly you. Even though you may only hear your baby speak a few words. Your baby now has the ability to understand around 25 words or more.

Your baby will begin to be more direct about what he or she wants. You may see him or her pointing and directing your attentions towards what they need more often. Interact with your baby, and build and familiar routine where you teach them words daily.

Talk to your baby, and encourage them to name items and talk back to you. Ask your baby questions! Begin to create the foundation for conversation and improve your baby’s social skills!

 

Written by Alexandra Gamache

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Quick Guide for Baby Safety!

Quick Guide for Baby Safety

Quick Guide for Baby Safety

Your baby’s safety is your number one concern. It’s a constant challenge to keep your baby safe and sound. Here’s a Quick Guide for Baby Safety to ease your peace of mind and guide you through the best safety precautions.

Baby Don’t Fall!

Prevent your baby from falling and hurting themselves by taking these preventive steps. Never place your baby unattended anywhere high up and above hard surfaces. If you decide to set your baby down on the counter top, don’t let your baby out of your grasp and keep them in your hands. Do not leave your baby alone anywhere unless it’s in their safety crib or nap area. Your baby can easily roll or fall off of nearly anything, so watch out for your baby and provide a safe environment for him or her to grow.

Baby Safety Precautions

Always keep any kind of hazardous, chemical and dangerous objects away from your baby and locked up. Dangerous items can range from a hairpin, beaded bracelet, scissors, knife, medications and more. It may seem like an obvious one, but don’t ever shake your baby. Shaking your baby can cause brain damage and blindness and it’s nothing you ever want to risk. Never leave any pets alone with your baby. We highly urge moms to stay away from baby walkers; they are not safe for any age. Keep electrical wires out of reach and plug child safety inserts into your outlets. Refrain from using long tablecloths or anything that your baby can pull down. Add stops to your drawers so your baby can’t pull the drawers out.

Feeding Safely

Your baby needs your help eating, so there is no point to leave them unattended with snacks. Your baby can easily choke, so never prop up your baby bottle or leave a bottle with your baby unattended. Avoid high-risk foods for choking like: unpeeled apple slices, chopped-up raw carrots, nuts and candies. When using highchairs, always use the restraining straps for their legs and waste. These straps keep them safe and stop them from sliding out!

Sleepy Time Tips

All infants should be laid down to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Improve your risk of SIDS by having your baby nap with a pacifier. Provide a safe sleeping environment free of suffocating items like: plush blankets, pillows, toys and bumpers. The recommended crib slats are 2 3/8 inches apart or less for the most comfortable and safe headroom. Don’t freeze your baby, keep their room at a moderate temperature and dress them comfortably. Prevent your baby from overheating during the night and have them wear breathable clothes to reduce SIDS.

Car Seat Safety

Only use Federally Approved car seats when traveling anywhere. This is not a risk you ever want to take. Never drive off without making sure that your car seat is correctly installed and in the right position. For the first 2 years of your baby’s life it is safest to have their car seat facing the rear of the vehicle. The best spot for your car seat is in the middle of the back seat of your car.

Safety Car Precautions

Create a routine of placing your belongings in the back seat with your baby. Keep what you need nearby, but create the habit of going to the back seat to get your belongings. This way if you and your baby are ever in an accident it will be automatic routine to check your back seat before leaving your vehicle. Always keep a close eye on car remotes and lock your car doors. Babies love to play with remotes and buttons!

Smoke Alarms Galore!

Keep your baby away from any kind of smoke at all times. Install smoke alarms in every room in your home and change the batteries every 6 months. Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and keep one nearby your baby’s room. If your home uses gas make sure to install a carbon monoxide detector too.

 

Written by Alexandra Gamache

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Best Ways to Read To Your Baby

Best Ways to Read to Your Baby

Best Ways to Read to Your Baby

When is the right time to start reading to your baby?

The minute your precious baby girl or boy is brought in to this beautiful world they start learning.

The more exposure your baby has to talking, the quicker they will develop their language skills. If you haven’t started reading to your child daily, start now. Sure they pick up your daily words, but it’s best to start a regular reading routine for you and your baby. You want your child to become a happy and confident reader over time.

Cuddle & Read Combo

Read aloud to your baby while cuddling with them. When you can, bring your baby’s attention to the page and look at it together. Your baby enjoys hearing your voice, being close to you, and seeing the book’s imagery. Making your baby feel safe while reading to them will build your baby’s comfort and confidence with reading.

Eye-catching Baby Books

When choosing a book for your baby make sure it’s colorful, bold, and easy-to-see illustrations. You want to grab and keep your baby’s attention while reading to them. Try to pick books made of a soft fabric or plastic for comfort and safety. Your baby enjoys bright and attention-grabbing visuals so be ready when they grab for the book!

Always Talk to Your Baby

Babies are the best listeners, except when they are hungry or tired! Continue to converse with your baby all day everyday. Your baby learns how language works just from listening to you speak.

Encourage Baby Speak!

When your baby starts to coo, growl or gurgle don’t be alarmed, these are your baby’s best ways of communicating with you. Mimic these sounds and encourage their first attempts towards speech. You’ll notice your baby will make clearer noises as time passes, perfecting their gurgles with practice!

Mix up Reading by Singing!

When your baby is bored of you reading, try to sing instead. Sing your baby’s favorite songs time and time again. Repeating fun songs and books strengthens language development and connects positive feelings to reading.

Keep Baby Safe Books in Reach

Put books that our safe for your baby to play with as a toy within reach. A baby learns by touching and will enjoy playing with their books. In case your baby puts some toys in their mouth, only chewable books are in reach!

Baby Hands!

Encourage your baby to pick up, touch, grab and point to as many things as possible. Those little hand muscles will develop and become strong enough to turn pages!

 

Written by Alexandra Gamache

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Ten Tips to Improve Your Child’s Behavior

Ten Tips to Improve Child Behavior

Ten Tips to Improve Your Child’s Behavior

Ever wonder why your child exhibits better behavior for everyone else but you?

It’s quite simple, your child trusts you and knows you will love them unconditionally. You’d think that having your child’s trust would mean good behavior, however that’s not always the case. Here are ten tips to turn bad behavior into good!

First tip is to encourage independence. Many preschool teachers admit that kids are capable of more than we would expect. With this is mind, raise the bar for your child’s behavior and responsibilities. While your child is in preschool they meet the required tasks and behaviors. When your kid returns home, in most cases, the thumb returns to the mouth and they might whine about TV time. Put your foot down and expect more. Take the time to build better habits with your children so they continue to evolve and grow outside of preschool.

Second tip is to resist helping your child too much. Don’t forget the tasks that they are already capable of. Promote better behavior in your child and let your kid become more self-sufficient. If you find yourself at the, “should I help my child crossroads?” Ask them, “Do you want my help or can you do it yourself?” Most often your kid will respond that they want to do it themselves.

Third tip is to notice and not change your child’s productive behavior. If your kid has taken the time and either cleaned up their toys, made their bed, or put on a funky outfit, accept it and take it in. Even if your first instinct is to tuck the bed in correctly, pick up the extra toys, or give your child a matching outfit, refrain. If you recognize their efforts and don’t redo what they have done, then you’re on the right track. Thank your child for cleaning up and compliment them on their unique clothing selection. Encourage independence and recognize productive behavior, it builds confidence and courage.

Fourth tip is to pause before reacting in safe situations. For example, if your child is trying to draw and they break a crayon. Don’t automatically run to their side and get them another crayon from their box. Instead, let them figure it out and it will teach them to solve simple problems. Keep the perfectionism at bay and watch your child evolve into a problem solver.

Fifth tip is chores! Assign your preschooler some routine chores and watch their confidence grow. It starts with baby steps, like assigning chores to water the plants. A child who is actively responsible will become more independent. It makes your kid feel good to help the family and expand their capabilities, it’s a win win!

Sixth tip is don’t forget to praise your kid when they are good! Children repeat behaviors that obtain attention!

Seventh tip is humor! You can always lighten the situation by adding some laughter and making it a game. Take your child’s least favorite activities and make them funny. For example, if your kid doesn’t like to put on their shoes make up some sort of shoe game. Whatever game makes it fun for your child. Make your child laugh or smile, you’ll have a better chance of getting them to do what they don’t like.

Eighth tip is to beware of transitions! Notice that your child throws a tantrum every time you mention it’s time to stop playtime, end TV time, or leave a friend? Your child is getting upset because you’re not giving them enough of a heads-up. Start to give your child fifteen minutes notice before their done with their activity. This way they still have time to put their toys away or wrap up what they are doing. No one likes to be rushed, and our kids don’t appreciate it either.

Ninth tip is make is musical! There are reasons that the birthday, name, and holiday songs were created. They make it fun and easier for your child to participate in. Assign your child tasks to do while music is on. Music motivates your child, while making them happy and entertaining them. If your creativity is feeling low, why not suggest for them to complete a task before the song is over. This way it is now a game and they feel motivated to be more productive.

Tenth tip is how to prevent good-bye cries. We all remember our first day in preschool, kindergarten and middle school. Remember how it continued to become easier and less scary as we got older? Well here’s a tip to make good-byes happy and not sad. If your child is feeling nervous or anxious about leaving you, then give them a token to remember you by. It could be a photo, a paper heart, or jewelry, anything physical that they can touch. It will make your child less anxious and stop a tantrum in its tracks.

I hope these ten tips help you promote better behavior in your children. Apply these tips daily and you will begin to see results. If our kids can be good for their teachers, then they can behave for us too!

 

Written by Alexandra Gamache

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