Parenting Magazine Best Cribs in 2023
PARENTING Baby Must-Haves: The Essential Guide to Everything from Cribs to Bibs
Parenting; Baby Must-Haves; The Essential Guide To Everything From Cribs To Bib
Urban Infant Tot Cot All-in-One Modern Preschool/Daycare Nap Mat with Washable Pillow and Elastic Straps - Bears
Diono Buggy Buddy, Stroller Organizer, Black
- ORGANIZE ON THE GO - The Buggy Buddy stroller organizer keeps parents’ essentials organized and accessible on the go
- MULTI-PURPOSE STORAGE - Features 2 insulated drinks holders keep’s drinks extra cool and zippered mesh pocket to keep valuables secure
- UNIVERSAL FIT - Compatible with everything from ultra-compact strollers to full size travel systems
- EASY HOOK & LOOP ATTACHMENT - Buggy Buddy easily attaches to stroller handles with hook and loop fasteners
- AWARD WINNING - The Buggy Buddy Stroller Organizer has received the LBP award from Loved by Parents, a family-focused online parenting magazine
Parenting Tips: How to Help Your Children Choose New Friends
This article discusses ways to guide your child into choosing friends wisely.
Children make friends. The problem is that most children and teens make friends too easily and without concern for what type of person the new friend is. Because parents frequently do not know the child or the parents of the child, parental involvement in this process is minimal.
With small children, parents mainly worry about the safety of their own child with unknown adults.
However, your child's friends will have a significant influence on your child's personality and choices. Whether it is small children or teens, parents need to be active in their children's friend selections. At times it is necessary to guide your child away from current friends and encourage the development of new friendships that are more positive.
Seek out references from trusted adults who know the families and the children.
This is especially true when relocating to a new area where you are not acquainted with your neighbors and have few local friendships of your own. As you become more aware of the families around your home, solicit their input about neighborhood children and their respective families. This may seem like overkill, but once a strong bond is built between your child and his or her new friends, it can be extremely difficult to break.
Eavesdrop on your children's playtime with new playmates.
Learn to listen with a discerning ear to your child's conversations. You want to pay attention to prominent attitude issues that are coming out through their talk and their interactions. You want to help your child develop friendships with other children who are not bullies or troublemakers. This is not about being overprotective, it is proactive parenting.
For older children, watch attitude issues with new acquaintances--it's easier to nip it in the bud.
Often by the time children reach their teens, there personalities are well on the way to full development. Watch for tendencies toward rebellion against and rejection of adult authority. Friends who use inappropriate language and behavior need to be culled from your child's friend group.
Teach your children the type of people who are appropriate for friends.
One problem that some parents have in this area is that they have not chosen their own friends carefully. The children are just following the parent's lead. Unfortunately, most people work harder to choose a new pair of shoes than a new friend. Your children need to be exposed to proper models to pick as good friends. This starts with the parents doing a better job of making the right type of friends. Teach your children how that developing toxic friendships can lead to disastrous outcomes. Personalities are always more important that financial assets.
Expose your children to environments where positive friendships can develop.
If you live in a neighborhood that is less than the best, you may need to transport your child from time to time to places where he or she can be exposed to a different type of environment. Special types of classes like gymnastics can sometimes fill this role. However, do not overlook parks and playgrounds in other places. Even enrolling your child in a different school can help. Ultimately, friendship selections are up to your child. Your training and lifestyle will do the most toward helping your child develop friendships with the right people.