Dealing with a 'moody' child can be very exhausting, especially if you are sensitive to the psychological repercussions that might develop and you are worried about where the moodiness will lead. Be assured that it's very rare to have clinically depressed children under preschool age, unless there is a serious issue. What you are probably dealing with is a child who slips into a bad mood and has trouble getting out of it. It's perfectly normal. How you deal with the mood, however, is important.
Here are a few pointers.
So, keep it in perspective, keep your cool and keep positive. Good luck!
Now summer is here, the children can't wait to get outside in the warm sunshine, but what can you do to keep them as cool as possible on the hottest days? Here are a few ideas!
Have fun, and keep yourselves as cool as cucumbers!
A new report published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies has stated that children of married couples progressed further but that this was a reflection of the social and economic breakdown of those people who choose to marry rather than live together.
It says that married parents tend to be higher earning and more stable in their relationships but when these elements were removed, the marital status itself had little bearing on the emotional or sociological development of children. Married parents were twice as likely to have gone to university and more likely to own their own home.
The research was carried out on 10,000 children. The findings are not necessarily surprising. Some of the statistics it quotes are of interest however as a reflection of our changing society.
Over the last 25 years the number of children born to unmarried parents has increased significantly to 30%. Of the married mothers questioned 75% of them said their pregnancy was planned. This was the case for only half of the un-married mothers.
The study concluded that while children of married parents do better socially and emotionally, that this benefit is not directly related to having married parents. Once the ethnic status, educational differences and economic status has been removed there are no longer any statistical differences in the children's standards. This raises the question of whether being married does influence children or whether co-habiting is just as good.
Of course, without getting political, this research could just be a timely response to the suggestion that a marriage tax break would be introduced by parties fighting to win their way into government!
It's official - parents are spending three times as much time with their children as they did a generation ago. Some of the findings concluded by Dr Sullivan and his team at Oxford University inlude:
The research was carried out by analyzing diaries kept by parents between 1975 and 2000. The people were then divided into three separate groups: those with no O Levels or GCSEs, those with one or more and those with a higher education qualification, such as a Degree.
When it comes to domestic chores, men do more now than they did and despite the advent of domestic appliances with "time-saving" claims, both men and women spend more time on domestic activities today than 25 years ago.
The results showed that in 1975 fathers spent a matter of minutes each day with their children on average. By 2000, this figure is more like 35 minutes. When it came to mums, in 1975 they spent about 20 minutes with their children and by 2000 it was over an hour.
This goes against the common opinion that suggests because more women are working they actually spend less time with their chidlren. This could be explained by the fact that parents are more aware of the need and benefits of spending time with their offspring.
This is where ToucanLearn comes in - we wish actively to encourage parents to spend more time with their children; with hundreds of ideas, games and crafts to do with your children, there's no excuse not to play together! Tell a friend about ToucanLearn and share the fun!
Children are a source of wonder - they constantly surprise! Your first child amazes you at every turn, you don't know what to expect, but suddenly you have this bundle that's doing the most amazing things! You never cease to be astounded at the achievements that you're baby manages, the things he or she does, and the things they do and later say!
Just when you think you have seen it all, your second child arrives. Well, you know now, you've been a parent for a bit and you know what to expect. ...but that's the weird thing! Baby number 2 doesn't do things in exactly the same way as their older sibling! That's odd - it's almost as if your second baby has a mind of their own! Well, you know what?! They do! You might expect your second child to behave identically to how your first did, but you're in for a surprise...a whole lot of surprises! You'll constantly be amazed at how this one grows up differently, unique in their own way!
Well, your third and subsequent children can't surprise you any more! You're wise now, you know they're going to be different, and you know they'll surprise and amaze you in a whole lot of new ways that you weren't expecting!
This is just the first of many wonders of having a family! There's so much more that you'll experience along the way...
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