Summer is in full swing here in Calgary. Kids are out of school and busy with summer activities and hopefully getting plenty of time playing outside and splashing in water. Below are some articles you may want to read while watching your little ones, as well as some toys and books you may like for your family or as gift ideas for any birthday parties coming up.
Shaming parents for their parenting choices is never okay. Not only moms are exposed to its, but dads are also experiencing shaming for their parenting choices. This article talks about daddy shaming and the statistics behind it. Sadly majority of shaming comes from within the family, and also some fathers experienced that professionals like teachers and doctors also discount their roles as a parent. Have you had any experience with it?
In the Raymond Parenting discussion/playgroup I used to offer at Currie Barracks there were some dads who were quite willing to discuss how they were warned by a wife or mother-in-law not to roughhouse with their baby or toddler. At the time, I agreed. I’d just learned that a dislocated shoulder was a typical reason for a toddler to be seen in the ER. Parents (usually dads?) had picked up the child by their hands rather than under their arms. BUT it was also that same year I read new research urging moms to step back and allow the roughhousing many dads love to do. Turn out tumble-play and gentle roughhousing helps a child practice balance and learn to trust their body in a very natural way. So I pass this recommendation on both sides to you to decide what is right for your family.
Bathroom Resistance and Picky Eating... are they connected? Recently I did phone counseling with a family whose 3.5 year old has become resistant to toilet training. I'll call him Brian. Brian would occasionally pee in the toilet voluntarily but would staunchly refuse to try pooping in the toilet. Brian's doctor has diagnosed constipation and recommended diet changes.Interestingly, Brian's parents say he is also a very picky eater. So diet changes will not be easy. When I heard this it made me wonder if these two big childhood problems could be connected. Here is a link for you to see what I found - Preschoolers with Chronic Constipation Tend to be Picky Eaters. Sure enough, a further conversation with Brian's parents revealed that he is highly sensitive to food textures and clothing textures as well as loud noises crowded spaces. Raising a highly sensitive child can be complex in many ways. Let me know if you'd like to talk about this topic.
Magic Bunny Book caught my attention with the sweet illustration of the bunny on it’s cover. The book also does not fail to deliver a great message. It is a charming story of Bunny whose job it is to look over the sleeping child. Bunny is brave and is not scared of any noises in the dark. His job begins once mom kisses the child goodnight and leaves the room. Bunny spends it’s night making sure the child is tucked in and safe, while patting his hair and sitting next to him. Then when mom comes in in the morning, Bunny is exhausted and is ready for sleep. The story is very much in tune with the message of sleep training and the book is sure to be a hit at bed time reading!
Loveys are still on our mind here at Raymond Parenting. This Bloppy the Bunny is a breathable toy made out of “highly permeable soft knitted mesh” and is safe to leave in the crib with your little one. Bloppy the Bunny also has other friends like Ernie the Elephant, Henry the Hippo and Raff the Giraffe. These breathable toys offer a peace of mind for parents who want to introduce a lovey for their baby but are worried about suffocation hazard.
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