Healthy Child Healthy World is one of my favorite sites for excellent information…this week has been a long one for me but I would love to share these wonderful articles that as so apropos for summer.
Have a great weekend!
See you all next week…hopefully!
The dog days of summer have arrived early at Chez Sorensen and my girls are practically living in the pool. I love that they’re spending oodles of time outdoors, but we’re going through copious amounts of sunscreen and my kids aren’t exactly fond of the laborious effort it takes to slather their bodies repeatedly throughout the day.
The trick in getting a tantrum to end as soon as possible, Potegal said, was to get the child past the peaks of anger. Once the child was past being angry, what was left was sadness, and sad children reach out for comfort. The quickest way past the anger, the scientists said, was to do nothing. Of course, that isnt easy for parents or caregivers to do.
Plenty of people out there that agree but there are also many who still believe in “spare the rod…spoil the child”.
There are so many ways to deal with discipline…one of my favorite books is…Dr. Harvey Karp’s The Happiest Toddler on the Block . It is a easy read and full of information that is extremely helpful.
“Sendek says spanking can lead to physical-abuse cases, when a parent loses control. She points out the ways to win cooperation and solve problems by using consequences with your children, but first warns it’s important for parents to take a time-out when they feel heated.
“Then you can say to your child, ‘You know, I feel bad you don’t have your bike but that’s the consequence; you made the choice for your behavior, and now this is the consequence of it’, and you don’t have to feel guilty about the discipline.”
Sendek adds that studies show spanking can make children aggressive as well as cause low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.
SpankOut Day USA, which falls on April 30, the last day of Child Abuse Prevention Month, was initiated in 1998 to raise awareness about the need to end physical punishment of children and to promote non-violent ways of disciplining. Informational events will be held throughout the state this week, and on April 30, all caregivers are encouraged to refrain from hitting children and look for alternative methods of discipline.