Most little ones go through stages when they resist diaper changes. Unless you have the rare child who is uncomfortable in wet diapers, then he has no incentive to want a diaper change. By 11 months old, your child is old enough to want to be more in charge of his body and his time. He doesn't want an adult to swoop in and pick him up and disrobe him when he's busy with something.

Often, simply slowing down and connecting changes everything. Sometimes, giving the child control is the key to avoiding a power struggle. Often, not interrupting their play solves the problem by meeting their needs as well as yours. And sometimes you will probably find yourself resorting to distraction. So, here's a list of ideas to try, most of which will work sometimes, or for a while. You may find some good combinations that work for you. It is suggested that you print this list and add to it as you discover more solutions that work for you and your child.

Your baby is developing his own personality. What do you need to know to be a great parent? Your growing baby's developmental tasks, your priorities, and a simple Parents' Gameplan, all set up to make your life easier, when you've got only three minutes to read before he wakes up.

Last weekend, the second of our two children was married. Ross, our son, married a wonderful girl from Nashville, Tennessee. It was a great weekend in Nashville, and it left me with an unexpected feeling of accomplishment. Both our kids are now wed to great spouses, and we truly like their families. Two for two, that’s a blessing.  

As with most weddings, there was a large gathering of extended family for both the bride and the groom. It was fun to see these two different worlds collide. Young and old. Alabama and Michigan. Good dancers and bad. These worlds blended for a great celebration.  

I received the text from my neighbor and smiled, happy playtime was over. But I was also thankful for the abundance of playmates for my Little. I typed, “They’re headed your way,” as I politely shooed the kids out of my house and on to the next. I told my Little, “Okay, as soon as you pick up the toy you left, come right back.” He smiled and nodded. 

Ten minutes later, as I took dinner out of the oven, I peeked toward the front door, expecting to see him walking through. No Little. Okay… My eyes wandered over to the trash bin and recyclables. I usually leave them for my husband, but what the heck? Might as well 

Let your baby lead the way to solid foods. Feeding your baby solid food, after six months of breast milk or formula, is an exciting time for you and for him. Before you dive into this big transition though, there are some questions you'll want to ask yourself.

How do you get your baby to go to sleep and sleep through the night?

She may accomplish that milestone on her own, soon. Or she may need a little help from you to learn how to put herself to sleep. All humans have sleep cycles that take us into slightly wakened states during the night, and we all need to learn the skill of falling back into a deep sleep.

After a traumatic event, it’s normal for children to show changes in behavior. Keep an eye on children to find out what kind of help or reassurance they need.

I was recently challenged by my Sunday school teacher to think more deeply about my true purpose in life. You might think that such a search would typically be done by a teenager or young adult – not a 50-something grandfather who spends his working days helping teenagers find their purpose. But something my Sunday school teacher said struck a nerve and I came to a realization: What I had been telling others and myself, and how I have lived, have been in contradiction.

You can reassure children without any words at all. Hugs help, and another way of holding each other close is simply reminding your child repeatedly that your family is safe and together. Try these ideas, too. 

When violence happens close to you, you are shaken to the core. It’s extra important to take care of yourself so you can better comfort and protect children. Little ones learn lifetime lessons by watching their parents take care of themselves and build their own resilience.  

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