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Bonus Child Behavior Tips and Updates, Issue #004 -- teaser here
April 08, 2010 updates

• Check out the new free printable feeling charts. Feeling charts are a great way to help your children identify how they are feeling and what event or circumstance correlated with that feeling. It is also a fun way to open the lines of communication with your children on a daily basis, building a better parent-child bond.

• Trying to potty train your child? Having recently potty trained my son as well, find out what method I used and some additional ways to increase success in your own potty training adventures by reading my new page the Potty Training Guide. The method discussed may also work well for children with autism.

• Also, be sure to read my child behavior blog for additional updated pages and blog posts with more ways to help improve your child's behavior!

Bonus Child Behavior Tip

Improving Your Child's Manners

Many parents are very concerned about making sure that their children are in the habit of saying please and thank you on a regular basis. While it may seem logical to consistently prompt your child to say these things, I have found that the best way to get children to use manners is to excessively model them yourself.

When you have gotten into the habit of always adding please, thank you, your welcome, and I'm sorry to your own repertoire, children are able to see their benefit and importance in a relationship. With every request I make to my son, I always add the word please. Can you pick up your toys please? Sit down at the table please. Let's get ready for bed please. Please be quiet while I am talking.

I am actually surprised myself at how often he uses the phrase himself now. In fact, I pretty much never have to prompt him to say please as he almost always automatically says it himself for all requests at the age of three.

The other little trick I use is to delay complying with any request until he says it. On rare occasions I will have to prompt with "What do you say?" However, usually it happens more like this… "Play outside?" pause…"Pleeeeease! Play outside mama, pleeease!"

So, when considering the desire for your children to have better manners, work to excessively show manners to them on a regular basis and not just to others in front of them. Then not only will your children have better manners, they will feel more appreciated as well.

What’s in the News?

A New Reason to Ensure Your Child is Getting Enough Sleep

Recent studies indicate that difficulties sleeping are linked to an increased risk of unintentional injuries or death, such as car accidents, poor academic performance, negative moods, and increased use of alcohol and drugs. It appears that one out of 10 parents of toddlers and preschoolers state that their child has a sleeping problem, which means that finding a solution at a young age is extremely important.

"We found that 'having trouble sleeping' in early childhood, ages three to five, predicted a higher probability of 'having trouble sleeping' in adolescence, ages 11 to 17, which in turn predicted the presence of drug-related problems in young adulthood ages 18 to 21," said Maria M. Wong, associate professor in the department of psychology at, Idaho State University.

If your child has trouble sleeping, it’s never too late to seek help. There are many things that can contribute to difficulties sleeping including sleep apnea and reflux. Consulting with your pediatrician is a good idea as well as possibly having your child undergo a sleep study. You may also want to check out my page with helpful tips for sleep problems.

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