Jul 31 2012

How to calm a child's fears

Shots for school? How to calm a child's fears. TODAY 

Many parents know that a needle is in their kid’s future -- either shots or a blood draw. And kids know it, too.

Don’t lie. If you say it won't hurt and it does, they certainly won't believe you next time. 

Do stay calm and composed (no matter how upset you really are). Children of all ages will look to his or her parents for cues on how to react.

Don’t threaten kids with shots as a means of discipline. A line often overheard: “If you don't behave, the doctor’s going to give you a needle,” says the parent.

Do prepare them. “When kids know what’s going on and what to expect, they generally do better,” says Smith. “Truthfully answering any questions they have can be very helpful.”

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Jul 30 2012

Today really is National Cheescake Day!

Hey Blanche! Grab a fork -- it's National Cheesecake Day. msn 

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Jul 30 2012

Olympics: Parents Watching & Twitter Mistakes

US gymnast Aly Raisman's parents were hilariously nervous during her competition. Olympics 

A lot of moms get carried away watching their son or daughter in a youth soccer game for the local recreation league, so we can imagine what watching your child compete in the Olympics must be like. This is no doubt as stressful a time for the parents of athletes in London as it is for the actual competitors. Fortunately for us, some parents handle the stress in hilarious fashion.

 

Swiss Olympic Team Expels Player for Racist Tweet. abc NEWS 

This shows the importance of teaching children to be good sports about wins or losses.

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