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12 Commandment For Parents

A Few Titbits for Parenting

Parent’s Guide to Medicine Safety

Parental Self-Improvement Tips

Should You Really Give Power Drinks to Your Kids

Parenting Tips


12 Commandment For Parents

In a child’s education an important factor is the parents’ expertise for this “job”. No one is born holding all the knowledge, but we can learn and understand some things from books or advice from qualified persons. 

Amongst the commandments a parent should strictly follow are the following:

01.  Do not underestimate your child – they can understand more than you think they do and if you make them believe you think poorly of them this might affect their development.

02.  Don’t use threat – a child loves a challenge and once threatened they might probably go on and do what they wasn’t supposed to just to see if they can escape the punishment.

03.  Do not bribe your child – if you are trying to get them to learn for money for example, they will fail to understand the importance of learning, all they will get from this is the importance of money.

04.  Do not make a small child promise something – small children can’t hold promises so don’t force them to lie and then punish them because they did that.

05.  Do not keep them under a short leash – to grow up normally children need some space, some freedom.

06.  Do not use big words or too many words when you are talking to your child – keep your ideas simple and concise so they can understand everything you have to say.

07.  Do not expect an immediate and blind obedience – it is not recommended; the child has to be learn to think for their own to follow orders.

08.  Do not indulge them too much – they can develop compartmental disorders.

09.  Do not compromise when it comes to the rules of a game – the trick for a game to become educative is too have its initial rules respected.

10.  Don’t impose rules that don’t go with the age of your child.

11.  Do not try to inflict guilt – guilt is not an appropriate feeling for children, especially if they are little.

12.  Don’t give your child orders that you don’t take seriously – your child will try to please you and giving them an order is drastic, and it becomes cruel if that order is a joke.


All these “commandments” are addressed first to the parent. But they are to be referred to by teachers and educators as well. Along with the parents, they will settle upon an attitude and strategy for the education and growth of the child, so that they can give them all the things they needs to properly develop emotional and physically.


A Few Titbits for Parenting

New parents face many problems and issues that they are expected to understand and deal with immediately. Unfortunately, newborns do not come with an instruction book so here are a few topics that you may need to know about.   

* Bathing your baby:

Until your baby’s umbilical cord falls off one to two weeks after their birth, only give her sponge baths. A cotton ball or cotton swab dampened with alcohol can help to dry the umbilical stump or follow your paediatrician’s directions.  After the stump falls off, you can give him a bath in a sink or shallow tub. 

* Caesarian delivery:

A caesarian is usually performed to make delivery safer for you or your baby. C-sections can be done for many different reasons including stalled labour, complicated labour, problems with the baby that may make delivery difficult, or other problems.  It does not matter if you deliver vaginally or by a caesarian section, you are still a mother with a beautiful new blessing.     

* Circumcision:

Many doctors agree that there may be some benefit to circumcision, but it may not be absolutely necessary. It may help to lower the risk of urinary tract infections and eliminates just about any chance of penile cancer.  Circumcision does not cause long-term emotional problems for your child.   

* Diapers:

Most babies that are fed using the PDF method usually need a diaper change at each feeding time. This means that your baby will need about 6-8 diapers a day or more.  Many new parents time the diaper changes with the after dinner bowel movement, but if you miss it, you will just have a few more diapers to change during the day.   

* Diaper rash:

Sensitive skin is a common problem for some babies and they may get a diaper rash due to a food allergy, yeast infection, sitting too long in a wet or messy diaper, or teething. If you notice your baby beginning to get a diaper rash, talk to your paediatrician about which diaper rash medicine will work for your baby.   

* Growth spurts:

Growth spurts can start as early as 10 days after your baby’s birth. Growth spurts usually are preceded by a sleepy, lethargic day and a big jump in appetite.  Growth spurts may happen again at 3, 6, and 12 weeks and again at 4 and 6 months.  If you begin to notice that your child is not as satisfied with the amount that you have been feeding her previously, then she may be beginning a growth spurt period.  If you are breastfeeding, you may want to add a feeding or two to satiate your baby’s appetite and to help increase milk production.   

* Immunizations:

With all of the conflicting reports on immunizations, you may be unsure about whether or not you want your child to receive immunizations. I think that there are simply too many fatal diseases that can be prevented by immunizing your baby to take the chance.  If you are unsure, then you need to talk with your paediatrician, but understand that the reason that the infant mortality rate is so low in this country is because immunizations are routinely done.   

* Pacifiers & thumb sucking:

If you breastfeed, do not allow your child to use you as their pacifier. If your baby seems to have a need to suck beyond eating, then you need to give them a pacifier.  There is no “nipple confusion” between a breast nipple and a pacifier as they are very different in feel and taste.  Babies will know the difference between the two.  Some children do not want a pacifier but will suck on their thumb.  If you don’t have a problem with it, then let them.   

* Spitting up:

It is very common for babies to spit up, but some babies do it more than others. If your baby is growing normally, then there is no need to worry about it.  Projectile throwing up is not the same as spitting up.  Projectile throwing up is a violent reaction to reject the contents of the stomach and not just “burping” up a little milk.  If your baby does this frequently, consult your paediatrician.   

* Crib death (SIDS):

Many studies have been done regarding SIDS. Although the cause of SIDS has not been definitely defined, there are some correlations that have been made between SIDS and the following things: 


o Male babies are more likely to die from SIDS than females

o Prematurity makes it more likely

o Minority children are affected by it more often than non-minorities

o More children of young, single mothers die from it

o Children who live in a home with one or more smokers are more likely to be affected


Some people say that sleeping with your baby can reduce the risk of SIDS, but the American Academy of Paediatrics disagree with this statement and go on to say that there is a greater risk of SIDS in babies who co-sleep.  

Back sleeping is what most paediatricians recommend for babies to decrease the SIDS risk. The reason for this is widely debated between health experts. 

If you have concerns, talk to your paediatrician.



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Parental Self-Improvement Tips

In your quest to become a better parent, you often tend to ignore the fact that it is self-improvement that is the priority. Improving your children comes next. Most people try to change their children, while what would probably be better in the long run is to improve their own personality. 

If you are looking at being a better parent yourself, then these are five important things that you should not ignore at all. 

Learning from Mistakes

Parents must have the elegance to learn from their mistakes. When you are with your children, you are going to have several situations when things don’t work your way. At such times, your children are looking at you, learning from you. They are seeing how you handle the situation. Do you learn anything from it and put in a better effort? If you do, if you learn from your failings, then your children are subconsciously going to pick the habit as well. 

A Thirst for Knowledge

Most parents want their children to be the most knowledgeable people on earth, but what do they do to gain knowledge themselves? You have to keep learning. Whenever something new happens, make an effort to know about it. Emphasize on the importance of knowing all you can. This is what sets your children going. They also get this insatiable craving for knowledge and that stays with them for life. 

Being Social and Sociable

Children learn from their parents by observing them. How are you socially? Are you concerned about the people around you? Do you behave well in public? When you do that, your children are sure to follow in your footsteps. But if you are gregarious, a nuisance to others, thinking too much about yourself, then your children are going to think this is acceptable behaviour. 

Not Expecting Too Much

To avoid hurt, parents must refrain from building too many expectations from their kids. Children are going to be what they want to be; they will be individuals in their own right. Parents can only lead them to a distance; they cannot go all the way with them. And the root cause of parental hurt is over-expectation. Don’t expect your children to live in a particular way and you will be happier. 

Relationship with Your Partner

The most important thing is that you have to be loving and caring towards your partner. This has a very deep influence on your child’s life. If you are affectionate to your partner, your child will learn what love is. Try building on this relationship at all times. It is probably the most important education you are giving your child.


Power Drinks for Kids: A Must?

Go and let your kids play outside! Play is the easiest and most immediate source of exercise that is good in preventing obesity. Do not let your kid be a part of the growing number of obese kids in the US who may be susceptible to diseases like diabetes and hypertension. After play, it is necessary that you hydrate him with the right healthy drinks that could recharge his lost energy. If you were to choose between pure water, fruit juice and energy drink? Which would you buy for your kid? You may be tempted to buy energy drinks as it becomes popular in the crowd. But think again and ask whether you should really give power drinks to your kids.  

Power drinks come in different colors, flavors and nutritional details. Some promised to contain immune system boosters, calcium and even weight loss components. They are also sold in delightful flavors of orange, lime, apple, grapes among many others. Energy drinks also have special features. Some are called sports drinks designed specifically to provide stamina and endurance to a child athlete while doing sports like hockey, biking and basketball. They are said to contain electrolytes to replace lost nutrients during play and to maintain the body’s fluid levels. There are also that so-called vitamin or fitness waters. They may promise to be filled with organic herbal components, vitamins and minerals, yet, they contain calories, sweeteners and caffeine.  

These drinks are surely enticing to your child’s taste buds. You also would not have difficulty in convincing him to drink it because of its colors. However, as an adult, you should have more control over the situation. The presence of sugars and caffeine should immediately make you wary. Caffeine as a stimulant will inevitably rise energy levels, yet, we do not really know the extent of its effect to your kid. According to research, three cups of coffee is enough to make your kid display signs of nervousness and unusual activity like difficulty in sleeping and concentration and a higher occurrence of urination. Some kids may even have heart palpitation when their system is not accustomed to caffeine.  

Sugars found in energy drinks are assumed to be synthesized sugars that may contain harmful calories. They may be said to contain lesser calories but drinking energy drinks everyday will surely have an effect on the overall glucose levels. Diabetes is still a far-off possibility but who knows!  

Yes, there are power drinks designed for kids. They are even tested safe before being sold in the market. However, you should take control as to how many bottles of power drinks your kids should consume.

Consider other alternatives as well. Bottled, purified water is safer. Your kid would surely ask for something sweet in the mouth and you can always offer chilled whole fruits and nutritious snacks.


If you have enough time, prepare for organic fruit juices squeezed from your juicer. Keep this chilled inside a cooler while watching your kid’s game.  

Be careful of the fruit shakes sold in supermarkets, they may contain lots of sweeteners, too.


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