Wow! You have just become a parent. Now, what do you do? How do you interact with this new little miracle you hold in your arms? Will you know when to feed him/her? How will you know what the different cries mean? Of all the things we do in our lives, most come with an instruction manual. However, children don’t.
Every parent wants their child to behave better, but only parents see everything their child does. It is easy for a parent at a grocery store to pass judgment on you and your child as they walk by while your child is screaming at the top of their lungs, but it is almost as hard for you to remember that your child can behave well during that same time. “I wish that you would just behave yourself,” is a common phrase that many parents are heard saying to their children in the store. Well, getting your child to behave better is actually easier than you might think.
The rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years. Learn the simple steps that can help prevent it. The most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, found that nearly 20 percent of children were obese. Read that again. Not just overweight, but obese. This means that for children their age and height, they rank in the top 95th percentile or above. A staggering statistic when compared to results of previous generations.
Twelve. We now have a twelve-year-old. This is our second experience with having a twelve-year-old and, oh boy, is it a hard year! Looking back, it was a hard year for me. For kids, it seems as though they are always entering a “new phase” from the time they are born until they graduate. Then the phases seem to have wider gaps between them. Each phase comes with new challenges for both the parent and the child. So, why IS twelve such a difficult year for kids? I am going to give you my reasons and what I learned from my now 16-year-old through his twelfth year.
Motherhood is the hardest yet most rewarding job you will ever have. It can also be the most overwhelming job. A new mother can never go wrong if she listens to her instincts and lets go of the worry that can often occupy a new mom’s mind. Once you learn how to relax, you can fully enjoy motherhood.