Parenting

GalvestonParenting 101

Being a parent is not an easy job. In all honesty, and many parents would agree, it is a trial and error process, and unfortunately, our first child is the guinea pig for all of our experiments. Here are some helpful web sites to help with the parenting process:

  1. https://childdevelopmentinfo.com/how-to-be-a-parent/parenting/#.WwS93-4vzIU
  2. https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/ways-to-be-fantastic-parent/
  3. https://www.parentingforbrain.com/how-to-be-a-good-parent-10-parenting-tips/
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/index.html
  5. http://www.momjunction.com/articles/25-tips-help-become-better-parent_006705/#gref
  6. https://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/10-commandments-good-parenting#1
  7. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/emotional-fitness/201509/top-10-parenting-tips
  8. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-control/201708/top-10-parenting-tips
  9. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/communication-parents.aspx
  10. https://www.parenting.com/article/parenting-advice
  11. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0515/p642-s2.html?utm_cmpid=aafp&utm_campaign=afp&utm_div=pub&utm_mission=pe&utm_prod=afpj&hootPostID=a8bce38cb309883559ebb4acf53dc8dc
  12. https://www.parenting.com/blogs/mom-congress/melissa-taylor/10-best-books-thinking-parents

ChildcareFriends Fall

So it is time to go back to work after you have finished up your maternity leave. Every mother has that feeling of not wanting to leave their child behind during this time, although we love our jobs. We are weighing the risks and benefits of finding a nanny, finding a daycare, working part-time, or quitting our jobs to stay at home. The rising cost of childcare is also of concern when you are on a fixed income and have more than one child. Here are some helpful links on navigating the childcare field and selecting the right option for you:

  1. https://www.npr.org/2016/10/22/498590650/u-s-parents-are-sweating-and-hustling-to-pay-for-child-care
  2. https://newrepublic.com/article/112892/hell-american-day-care
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_care
  4. http://www.childcareaware.org/families/choosing-quality-child-care/
  5. https://www.parents.com/baby/childcare/basics/8-tips-for-choosing-child-care/
  6. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/work-play/Pages/Choosing-a-Childcare-Center.aspx
  7. https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/insurance/choosing-child-care-what-new-parents-should-know/
  8. https://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/daycare
  9. https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/84-how-to-choose-quality-child-care
  10. https://www.ncchildcare.nc.gov/parents/pr_sn2_checklist.asp
  11. https://www.babycenter.com/0_signs-of-a-good-daycare-center_6065.bc
  12. http://www.unitedwayaustin.org/09/2013/top-ten-things-to-look-for-when-choosing-child-care/
  13. http://www.oprah.com/relationships/what-to-consider-when-choosing-childcare

Trolley.run.2003Building a child’s self-esteem and confidence

Self-esteem is equivalent to a child’s self-worth or how they feel valued. Most children are open books, and it is easy to tell when a child has moments of high and low self-esteem. It is something that we are not born with and that is developed over time. A positive environment is vital to building a child’s self-esteem and confidence. Praising can both help and hurt self-esteem. Here are some helpful tips on how to build your child’s self-esteem and confidence in a healthy manner.

  1. https://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/social/boost-your-childs-self-esteem/
  2. https://www.todaysparent.com/family/parenting/how-to-build-your-childs-self-esteem/
  3. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/self-esteem.html
  4. https://www.askdrsears.com/topics/parenting/child-rearing-and-development/12-ways-help-your-child-build-self-confidence
  5. https://my.vanderbilt.edu/developmentalpsychologyblog/2013/12/instilling-self-esteem-in-children/
  6. https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/effective-biblical-discipline/why-kids-misbehave/building-selfesteem-in-your-kids
  7. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evolution-the-self/201608/how-raise-your-kids-high-and-healthy-self-esteem
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvufTp2c2LU
  9. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/mehdi-toozhy/7-simple-steps-to-develop-your-childs-self-confidence_b_6977296.html
  10. https://www.workingmother.com/content/10-tips-helping-your-child-build-self-confidence

Maintaining a healthy body image

From an early age, having a healthy body image is ingrained in our minds. Descriptors of people that we meet may include terms, such as skinny, fat, chubby, etc. Young children may be afraid to eat certain foods or wear certain clothing in an effort to prevent being called “fat.” Establishing a healthy body image from a young age is important to help build healthy habits later in life. Having a healthy body image is also synonymous with having a higher self-esteem. Many of us care about what others think or say about us. It is important for us to understand that we must be comfortable in our own skin and content with our bodies. We must love every cell of our body and love oneself just as we are. Please follow these links on how to create a healthy body image.

  1. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/body-image.html
  2. https://www.mirror-mirror.org/healthy-body-images.htm
  3. http://www.pamf.org/teen/life/bodyimage/healthyimage.html
  4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/tween-and-teen-health/in-depth/healthy-body-image/art-20044668
  5. http://psychologyofeating.com/exactly-healthy-body-image/
  6. https://www.everydayhealth.com/eating-disorders/how-to-have-a-healthy-body-image.aspx
  7. https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/body-image-0
  8. https://www.nutrition.gov/subject/weight-management/body-image
  9. http://www.pbs.org/perfectillusions/eatingdisorders/preventing_healthybody.html
  10. https://childmind.org/article/how-to-help-your-daughter-have-a-healthy-body-image/

How to deal with bullying

Bullying and harassment are everywhere: our schools, workplaces, sports events, social media/internet, etc. It is not easy dealing with a bully, and it is not easy helping a child or an adult going through bullying. The act of bullying can lead people down unexplained paths of isolation, self-esteem issues, and possible suicide. With the advent of social media/internet and cell phones, the problem seems to have taken to a more global level, which is out of our reach. Each of us has probably encountered a bully in our lives and have contemplated what we would do in such as situation. Please use these tips to help deal with bullying, either as a parent of a child being bullied or as an adult needing help with the situation.

  1. https://www.stopbullying.gov/get-help-now/index.html
  2. https://www.parents.com/kids/problems/bullying/how-to-deal-with-school-bullies/
  3. https://www.parents.com/kids/problems/bullying/bully-proof-your-child-how-to-deal-with-bullies/
  4. http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/bullies.html
  5. https://www.wikihow.com/Deal-with-Bullies-at-School
  6. https://www.irishtimes.com/sponsored/how-to-deal-with-bullying-at-school-1.2299598
  7. https://lifehacker.com/how-to-deal-with-school-bullies-of-all-ages-1803140275
  8. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-couch/201702/6-smarter-ways-deal-bully
  9. https://lifehacker.com/how-to-handle-being-bullied-as-an-adult-1726099137
  10. http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=286&id=1629

Adopting

For some of us, infertility issues may lead us down the path of adoption. Or we’ve always wanted to adopt or foster a child, as there are plenty of children without families who need a caring, loving home. Although the journey may be arduous and expensive, the end result with a loving child in your arms is priceless. Here are some helpful tips on navigating the adoption process in the state of Texas.

  1. http://adopt.com/texas/index.html
  2. https://www.adoptuskids.org/adoption-and-foster-care/how-to-adopt-and-foster/state-information/texas
  3. https://www.americanadoptions.com/texas-adoption/how-to-adopt-a-child-in-texas
  4. http://map.afamilyforeverychild.org/kids/KidsInState.php?id=45
  5. http://www.childadoptionlaws.com/child_adoption_laws/adoption_laws_texas.htm
  6. https://www.wikihow.com/Adopt-in-Texas
  7. http://www.provplace.org/adoption-costs-in-texas/
  8. https://adoptionsbygladney.com/i-want-to-adopt/foster-adoption
  9. https://adoptionanswersinc.com/adoption-information/adoption-process-in-texas/
  10. https://consideringadoption.com/adoptions-by-state/how-to-adopt-in-texas

This page was last modified on October 30, 2018