Monday, September 24, 2012


When your child gets a nosebleed it can be a little scary.  The first time it happens you might start to panic and think something is terribly wrong.  However, once it happens enough times you start to get used to it and realize it's not as bad as you thought and there's ways to manage it.  Nosebleeds are common in young children and are not usually cause for alarm.  Our four year old (almost five year old) daughter started getting nosebleeds when she was three years old.  When she gets a nosebleed it normally stops after a couple of minutes.  

When our daughter started getting nosebleeds my husband and I were concerned because we didn't know what was causing them.  We brought her to the doctor and he said nosebleeds can be caused by dry air.  He also said if she's putting her fingers in her nose that could also cause a nosebleed.  If your child picks his/her nose and has nosebleeds be sure to trim their nails often.  He suggested we put a humidifier in her room, so we did and it worked pretty well.  She still gets nosebleeds but not as often as before. 

When your child has a nosebleed the best thing to do is remain calm.  Using a tissue, gently pinch the soft part of the nose and have them lean forward.  Try to avoid having your child lean back as the blood can go down their throat and cause vomiting.  Reassure your child and keep them comfortable. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Temper Tantrums

Children throw temper tantrums when they're angry or frustrated about something.  Usually if they don't get their way, they're over tired, hungry or they just want your attention they start to throw a temper tantrum.

When children are having a temper tantrum they might start to cry, scream or throw themselves on the floor.  When my four year old gets angry or frustrated she starts to cry and whine.  I always tell her she should be an actress because she's so dramatic.  She usually does that when she can't get what she wants or when she's hungry.  My three year old is a lot more emotional.  When she was younger she used to throw herself back onto the ground.  I was always afraid she was going to hurt her head. Now when she's having a fit she cries and runs around the house screaming.  Sometimes she throws things or runs upstairs to her room.  She usually acts that way because she's hungry and especially when she's tired. 

When your child is having a temper tantrum the best thing to do is ignore them and stay calm.  Don't give in to your child or reward that behaviour.  If they continue to act that way put them in time-out and explain why.  Don't go out with your child if they're hungry or tired.  When you do go out with your child make sure you bring a snack for them. 

After your child has a tantrum and you both had a chance to calm down, get rid of what caused the tantrum in the first place.  Talk to them and give them lots of hugs and kisses and praise them for behaving better.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Children Staying Active

It's important for children to participate in physical activity as there's many health benefits.  Children who stay active will have stronger bones and muscles and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

We like to enroll our children in extra curricular activities that they enjoy to keep them active.  Both of them go to swimming class and dance class every week and our four year old is also enrolled in gymnastics.

Parents should encourage their children to be active.  Take them to the park and run around with them or take them for a walk.  Doing things as a family is a fun way to stay active together. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Potty Training

In my opinion, potty training is one of the hardest things to do.  I remember how stressful it was potty training my first daughter.  I started potty training her when she was eighteen months old but she was not potty trained until she was three years old.  Sometimes I think I might have started too soon with her.  I used to put her on the potty every half hour or so and if she went I would give her a treat.  I used to do flash cards and read stories to her when she was on the potty to pass time. I even tried putting underwear on her but that didn't work either.  Then my husband suggested we get one of those portable potty seats and it worked!  Within three days she was completely trained!  She's four years old now. 

My second daughter is three years old and I'm in the process of potty training her, but she is not interested at all.  I started potty training her when she was two but I gave it a break because even though she seemed ready she wouldn't use the potty.  I have taken a break a couple of times but I really need to get her trained as she starts kindergarten next September.  I know it's a whole year from now, but time flies.  I also have an almost four month old daughter so I have a really hard time putting her on the potty all the time.  It's frustrating because if I put her on the potty every half hour she gets angry and does not want to go.  If I wait too long then she goes in her pull-up.  I tried putting underwear on her but that didn't work.  I might go to the dollar store and buy a bunch of little things and wrap them.  Then whenever she goes I'll give her a present.  I did that with my older daughter but it did work that well with her.  Every child is different so my three year old might respond better.  I guess we'll see what happens.

Potty training takes a lot of patience.  I have learned potty training my older daughter that the child has all the control and when she's ready she will be potty trained.