July 28, 2011

How to Entertain a Two Year Old

Spending everyday with a 2 year old child is quite challenging, especially when you do not know how to entertain a toddler. Two year old children never seem to run out of energy, and they are eager to assert their independence. Always have a bag of tricks ready for each day that you will spend with a 2 year old.

The first step for entertaining a 2 year old is to have a plan. Do not wait until the last minute. Prepare a schedule of activities for the toddler and review it every evening. Follow the schedule each day making minor adjustments as necessary. Once the routine is established, you and your 2 year old will experience more enjoyable days.

The daily schedule for a 2 year old should include a list of educational activities which are entertaining,  and general routines with estimated time periods. Here is a sample schedule:

Click to view sample schedule: Toddler Daily Schedule

July 5, 2011

Keep Your Baby Healthy and Safe in Daycare

Daycare safety is a major concern of new parents. Although there are serious health and safety issues surrounding the use of daycare, there are steps that you can take as a parent to keep your child healthy and safe in daycare. It is essential to select a licensed, high-quality daycare center for your child, and speak up with any questions or concerns. Most importantly, trust your instinct. If something does not feel right, it probably isn't. Maternal instinct is a powerful gift. Did you know that 20% of SIDS deaths occur in childcare? Do you know the how to keep your child safe? Click here - 6 steps to keep your baby safe in daycare .

Parents seeking specific advice or with questions about their unique situations, can access personalized daycare/childcare advice at the following link: Daycare Questions?

Autism and Vaccinations: Will Your Pediatrician Tell the Truth?

The controversy surrounding the connection between soaring autism rates and vaccinations continues to escalate. Pediatricians assure parents that most vaccines are safe, but is their word good enough to ease your fears? The research community says there are no conclusive scientific studies which prove that vaccinations cause autism. Opponents of vaccinations also make a valid point, which is that there have never been any long term double blind studies for any vaccine ever to prove that they are not responsible for the development of autism in children. The vaccine testing, therefore, is on the general population.

Are you willing to play Russian roulette with your child’s brain? An analytical thinker will realize that something is causing autism and it is not just the drinking water. Decades ago, the autism rate was about 1 in 10,000. These days, the autism rate is more than 1 in 100. The interesting thing is that since the number of recommended vaccine injections has increased, so has the rate of autism.

Does the medical profession have any idea what kind of havoc these vaccinations are causing in the bodies of young babies whose immune systems have not had a chance to develop? What if the babies are allergic to the ingredients? What are the ingredients? Could they be toxic? Do you know what is being injected into your child, or are you blindly following the crowd being too afraid to question so-called authorities?

There are pediatricians who have reservations about giving vaccinations, and refuse to inoculate their own children and grandchildren, but they will inoculate yours. Medical school was expensive, they have loans to repay, and they need to make a living. In his book, How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, pediatric medical doctor, stated that “vaccinations are the bread and butter of pediatric practice.” Dr. Mendelsohn further explains that there are “significant risks associated with every immunization and contraindications that may make it dangerous for the shots to be given to your child.” However, most doctors routinely give vaccines to children while remaining unsure of their long-term consequences.

Parents have a right to know the truth about vaccinations. Do the benefits really outweigh the risks? To continue reading this article click the word autism or paste the following link into your browser: