Positive Ways To Encourage Your Child’s Good Behavior

Positive Ways To Encourage Your Child’s Good Behavior

Sick of the temper tantrums or attitude that your child is giving you? I completely understand! As a parent, you can be proactive and do what you can to change the environment. Here are a few positive ways to encourage your child’s good behavior.

Be a Positive Role Model

Whether you believe it or not, your child idolizes you. They watch your every move and emotion and they learn from it. If you aren’t actively aware of that, you are going to find yourself not being a positive role model. Being actively aware of the fact that you are a role model and doing your best to stay positive will have a positive influence on your child.

If you are happy and have a smile on your face, it is going to be difficult for your child to not have a smile on their face too!

Pick Your Battles

Not everything has to be a fight or even a learning moment. Pick and choose what scenarios and situations warrant a lesson or a teaching moment, but also pick the moments that could be ignored or passed. By doing this you open the floor for finding more moments to be positive and share encouraging thoughts.

I mean, who likes to yell and punish all the time anyway? Not me, and I’m sure you don’t either. Instead, congratulate your child for doing something well or boost their confidence by telling them they are good at something. Also, consider how exactly you punish your children. Maybe time out isn’t the best way to reinforce good behavior. Trust me, this consideration makes all the difference.

Share and Show Your Emotions

If you share your emotions, your child is going to be more likely to do so as well. If for whatever reason your child is acting out and their behavior is not good – communicate with them. Share your feelings of frustration about how they are acting and see what information they can give back to you. The hope behind this is that you can combat the negative feelings and find ways to focus on the positives to encourage good behavior.

You never want your child to feel like they are not heard. By actively listening to your child and being apparent and present in the conversation, you are creating a positive place for encouragement.

Did You Pinky Promise?

Keep your promises. Breaking these no matter what age can be hurtful and can result in negative or bad behavior. Not only does keeping promises show that your word is good for something, but it also serves as an incentive that can be used to encourage good behavior. Want your child to keep their room clean? Promise them that they will get ice cream over the weekend if they do so.

Not everything has to be a fight when you are a parent. Follow a few of these positive ways to encourage your child’s good behavior to lighten up the mood for everybody!

Baby First-Year Milestones to Remember

Baby First-Year Milestones to Remember

I’ve heard of new Moms so eager to get a photo of their baby’s first moments that they nearly missed them. Every day of a baby’s first year brings something new—so enjoy those baby first-year milestones by experiencing them, even if you miss the photo opp. Remember—you can always write about these memories or save mementos such as a blanket or toy, but you can’t live through that moment with your baby ever again.

First Real Smile

In those first few weeks, it seems like most of a baby’s facial expressions have to do with gas or pooping! There will come a moment, probably around two months, when, in the middle of some ordinary activity, your baby will respond to you with a genuine smile. “That’s my Mom and she’s talking to ME!”

First Bath

When and how you give your baby their first bath is something you’ll prepare for by discussing it with your pediatrician or nurse practitioner. Once you have it all figured out, and you’re confident you can get it done safely, you’ll experience your baby’s response to warm water and gentle sponging. Some baby’s love it, while others are confused and fussy. Whatever the reaction, the first bath is the start of a regular ritual and a special time to share with your baby.

Waving

Along with smiling, that first wave “bye-bye” to Grandma is the beginning of real communication. Your baby is showing they have learned that some gestures have meaning and that when they make those gestures, people respond in turn. That back-and-forth is a fundamental skill of conversation.

Saying Their First Word

You want it to be “Mama” or “Dada,” and often, it is. Even if your baby doesn’t say Mama until they are past their first birthday, they may say something else. Babies imitate sounds around them as part of making sense of their environment. You could get a surprise if the TV is playing kids’ shows for part of your baby’s day—I’ve heard of a baby whose first understandable “word” was “PBS!”

Rolling Over, Sitting Up, Cruising, and First Steps

Movement milestones are a lot of fun because the baby will keep doing it, and you’ll finally be able to get that video you’ve been hoping for. They’ll roll over, then progress to pushing up, sitting up, crawling, standing, and cruising, holding on to furniture. Don’t despair if you’re not there when that wobbly first step happens—your baby will love showing off their new skill as soon as you are there to witness it.

Solid Food

This is another baby’s first-year milestone to remember—the first spoonful of solid food. Social media is filled with hilarious reactions. But your baby’s reaction will be unique, and you might want to keep it in the family. One day, you could have a teenager on your hands who is none too pleased about their distant baby days lingering online!

How To Tackle Shift Work Disorder

How To Tackle Shift Work Disorder

Nursing professionals are no strangers to the dreaded 12-hour shift or night shift. Shift work disorder occurs in individuals, such as nurses, who work nontraditional hours like night shifts, early morning shifts, or rotating shifts. It results in excessive sleepiness and drowsiness. Other consequences of the disorder include work-related accidents, poor safety outside of work like driving while drowsy, or poor coping skills and mood swings, which can affect your social life. You should take these symptoms seriously if you want to improve your everyday life and your ability to perform as a nurse. Here’s how to tackle shift work disorder.

Prepare Your Body for Sleep

If you work non-traditional hours, it’s important to make sure you can sleep when there is time. This often means sleeping on a schedule that you may not be used to, like during daylight hours. To do so, try to minimize exposure to sunlight that can set your internal “daytime clock.” Also, follow a usual bedtime routine, and keep a regular sleep schedule, including on days off. When necessary, sleep aids, naps before work, and heightened sun exposure at the beginning of your shift can help you stay more alert.

Work with Your Employer

Most employers will be conscious of the negative effects shift work disorder can play on their employees. Your employer should give you at least 48 hours off between overnight shifts or consecutive long-hour days. This will give your body time to rejuvenate. If you aren’t receiving the necessary amount of time off, talk with your employer. You should also be wary of taking on too many extra shifts or tasks. Breaks and relaxation are a necessity, and giving away your downtime can come back to bite you.

As a nurse being alert and awake is imperative to the safety of your patients. Working unconventional hours can cause shift work disorder, which can drastically affect overall health. Follow these tips for how to tackle shift work disorder to stay active on and off the job.

Ways To Improve Your Sleeping Habits

Ways To Improve Your Sleeping Habits

As a medical professional, you know better than anyone the necessity of sleep. But with kids not wanting to go to bed and inconsistent work schedules, it can feel like life is trying to steal sleep away from you. You can’t always control the things that chip away at your sleep time, but you can start by finding ways to improve your sleeping habits.

Wind Down

You may have had this happen to you before. After a long shift or a hectic day, you are so exhausted that you think you will drop off immediately, only to find yourself lying awake for hours. If that has happened to you, you may benefit from some wind-down time before bed. Winding down gives your mind a chance to transition from the busy hubbub of the day to full relaxation. Reading a book or writing in a journal are good ways to wind down, but be wary of scrolling on a phone or another electronic device. The bright blue-light display may keep you from falling asleep.

Watch What You Drink

Sometimes we all need a little help getting through the late shift, and coffee is always there to lend a helping hand. But drinking highly caffeinated drinks too close to bedtime can make it harder to sleep. On the other side of the spectrum, a glass of wine may be the beverage of choice to wind down after a long day. While alcohol does make the body relax, it may also affect the quality of your sleep. Try light, healthy drinks, such as tea or warm milk, to soothe your body into a quality slumber.

Keep Your Sleep Space for Sleep

It’s amazing how many roles our bed can play, from a dining room table to an office space. But associating your bed with too many things other than sleep can make it harder to fall asleep there. A bedroom that is too hot or too bright can also make it difficult to fall asleep. Good curtains and cool temperatures are just a couple of ways to make your bedroom ideal for sleep.

Don’t let life steal your slumber. Sleep is a hard prize to come by, but fighting to improve your sleeping habits is well worth the effort.

4 Thoughtful Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas

4 Thoughtful Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas

The Coronavirus is still a pervasive threat in the U.S. Even so, many states are bringing staff and students back to the classroom this fall, with precautions in place. While you may fear sending your child to school, consider the stress teachers are under. It’s typically a challenge to corral kids and teach, but with a looming virus and complicated safety measures in place, their job gets even more exhausting.

To ease teachers’ re-entry, get them a gift to start their year on a bright, hopeful note. While there are always some do’s and don’ts to teacher gifts, there are even more amidst this pandemic. If you need inspiration, here are four thoughtful back to school teacher gift ideas and tips for giving them safely.

Supplies to Kick Off the Year

This one’s a mainstay. Teachers always need tissues, wipes, pencils, glue, and many more daily-use classroom items. Now more than ever, they need a healthy supply of cleaning aids to sanitize their space, plus enough single-use utensils to keep kids from reusing something others have touched. Give them peace of mind about the state of their classroom by making these supplies readily available.

Classroom Books

This fall, rather than changing rooms every period, many schools will have students remain in one place for the entire day. The result: classrooms need a proper stock of activities to keep kids occupied during downtime. While they can’t borrow classroom books, the teacher can still read to them.

Buy your kids’ teacher some new classroom books to fill the likely demand. Try to choose books with uplifting messages that will encourage students during this stressful time. Bonus points if you procure stories that represent culturally-diverse characters, as well as books that promote healthy classroom conversations on race and culture.

A Class Plant

Throughout the year, kids crave a sustained classroom activity. Books help in this area, but providing a class plant is another thoughtful back to school teacher gift option. Though teachers must man the watering can, students can watch as the plant flourishes and flowers. This gift also provides a built-in, practical demonstration of plant life, should their class go over that subject at some point.

SEL Resources

More important now than ever before, teachers want creative ways to teach social-emotional learning, or SEL. Posters are effective at getting across basic SEL principles. Beyond that, even connecting teachers with free, contact-less SEL games, conversation starters, and other activities will help. During this unprecedented time in teachers’ and students’ lives, these resources will matter, perhaps even more than their standard curriculum.

How to Give Teachers Gifts

It’s tricky to find ways to give a physical git without the risk of transmitting the virus. Always check with your child’s school before deciding to give something. One simple way to circumvent contact is by shipping directly to the school. If you can’t do so, ask whether you can wear gloves and a mask to transport your gift and arrange a drop-off area.

Tips for Teaching Students With Color Blindness

Tips for Teaching Students With Color Blindness

Enrolling your child in school, knowing they have a disability or deficiency, can be worrisome. Teachers may be untrained in how to handle specific challenges that can impact your child’s ability to learn and progress. Color blindness sometimes goes unnoticed by educators. Here are a few tricks and tips for teaching students with color blindness that you should share with your child’s teachers.

Labels

One of the best preventative tips you can equip your child’s teacher with is to label everything. Putting labels on markers and other craft materials can make hands-on projects easier and much more inclusive.

Avoid Color Coding

Oftentimes, teachers will use color coding for behavior charts or to organize subject materials, like requiring students to have certain color folders for certain subjects. These tactics can easily be avoided to make classroom rules easier to follow for your child. Recommend that teachers use emoticons or shapes instead of colors for behavior charts or eliminate organization based on colors.

Avoid Color-Reliant Images

Graphs, charts, maps, and other learning tools can heavily rely on colors. Instead of using these tools, suggest that your child’s teacher use black-and-white images or color images that have numeric or shape-coded labels as well, since finding only black-and-white images can be difficult at times.

Whiteboard and Chalkboards

Advise your child’s teacher that chalkboards often have great success with color deficiencies, whereas they will have to be much more conscious of your child’s deficiency when choosing whiteboard marker colors.

Textbooks

To keep textbooks engaging to young students, color is heavily relied on. Ask your child’s teacher if photocopies can be made available so that colorful text is transferred into black-and-white copy, keeping your child on track with the rest of the class.

Since all types of color blindness allow people to see colors differently, be sure to educate your child’s teacher on what their specific type of colorblindness reflects. Be sure to educate your child’s teacher on what specific type of color blindness your child has. By outlining these tips for teaching students with color blindness, you can rest easy knowing your child’s classroom will be inclusive and dedicated to their learning.