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Most Popular 'Our Favourites' of 2013

In 2013 we've been asking the experts for advice on parenting topics, from potty training and sleep routines, to flying with children... We've covered lots of bases!

 

To kick off 2014 we're bringing you a selection of the most popular 'Favourites' articles over the past 12 months!

If there's a topic you'd like us to cover in Our Favourites, please email social@tinies.com with your suggestions. We're always looking for new and exciting topics!

Keep an eye out in 2014 for our monthly series on Education, as once a month we focus our attention on scholarly subjects and procedures.

Your Top 10 'Our Favourites' of 2013

1) Potty training

Potty training can take weeks or months, and there's no doubt that many parents dread it. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do now to help your child prepare for beginning the potty training process. And the good news is, you can start this preparation as early as you like.

The key to potty training is familiarisation. By making the potty or toilet seem like a normal part of life, and by relaxing and lowering your own expectations, you will help make this a less stressful transition for the whole family.

Read: Our Favourite Ways to Tell if Your Child is Ready for Potty Training

2) Setting boundaries for teens

We live in a world of boundaries and structure. Without rules and boundaries, there would be chaos. Teenagers recognise rules and boundaries at school, and the consequences when these rules are broken.

We asked Barbara Whiting-Smith, a Parent Support Adviser, to offer some advice to parents on how to set effective boundaries with their teenagers.

Read: Our Favourite Ways to Set Boundaries for Teenagers

3) Flying with children

Every year the time comes to plan a holiday, there are parents around the globe fretting over the fact that they might have to fly to reach their final destination. Yet there will be others who think flying with kids is easy, it all depends on the experiences you've had.

You may have spent hours beside someone's screaming child, or marveled at how well behaved the child in front of you is.

You may have rolled your eyes at the parent who ignored their child's tantrum, or made meaningful eye contact with the parent who'd jollying their child along.

Read: Our Favourite Tips for Flying with Children

4) Dealing with bullies

Bullying takes on many forms, from name calling to manipulative behaviour and physical threats, and more recently by text messages or on social networking sites.

It is important to realise that every bullying experience is unique and, while this article offers a summary of ways to deal with bullying, further information needs to be sought in each individual situation.

Read: Our Favourite Ways to Deal with Bullying

5) Sleep routines

Most parents in today's society are craving sleep. They have a busy lifestyle, they have multiple children to look after, housework to do and they usually go back to work when their baby is around 6 months.

When a baby doesn't sleep well, mum and dad are often left exhausted, grumpy and stressed... and so is the baby.

We asked the Baby Show's sleep expert Jo Tantum why it's important to get your child into a routine at night, and how to best go about it.

Read: Our Favourite Ways to Get Baby into a Sleep Routine

6) Choosing extra curricular activities

Every year, there's a debate that goes on in most houses:

How many after school clubs should children get involved with?

With the ever-growing list of after school activities children can participate in, it's hard to decide whether ballet and piano are a bit old school and if Karate and Science Clubs are more up your child's street.

Too many activities and your child may become quiet and withdrawn, as they are exhausted or stressed. On the other hand, not enough activity can leave your child quiet and withdrawn because they are bored. Both over stimulation and under stimulation can have the opposite effect - your child becomes over tired, irritable, moody, and can act out.

Read: Our Favourite Advice on Choosing After School Activities for Children

7) Threats and follow through

If you don't pick up your toys, I'll give them to someone who'll appreciate them. Eat your dinner or you'll have it for breakfast. If you don't stop fighting with your sister, we'll leave you here.

How many times have you issued a threat, and then not followed through to the consequence? Every time you don't implement the consequence, you make it harder to influence your child's behaviour.

Rather than thinking of what you are doing as issuing a threat, think if it as offering your child a choice between one action with consequences and another.

Read: Our Favourite Ways to Handle Threats and Follow-Through

8) Kids parties

Being organised and putting some time and energy into planning the party can make the difference between ending the day in smiles or tears, and we don't just mean your child's!

Parties can be fun or they can turn into all-out competitions between parents, leaving little thought to what the children actually want.

Sit down with your child and discuss it, but always remember to have a few realistic suggestions up your sleeve in case you need to curb their enthusiasm or imagination.

Read: Our Favourite Children's Party Planning Tips for Parents

9) Healthy snacks for kids

We know that 30% of children between the ages of 2 and 15 are classified as obese. Campaigns like Change4Life are always telling us that the kinds of foods we feed our children are contributing to the 21,000 children aged 5 to 19 who are treated in hospital for weight related issues every year.

Choosing meals and snacks for our children that are healthy and delicious is as important now as ever!

Read: Our Favourite Healthy Snacks for Kids

10) First aid kits

First Aid Kit Checklist

We've all noticed in a moment of panic, when someone falls and scrapes their knee for example, that there are no plasters left in the First Aid Kit. As adults we don't always keep things in stock, but when there are small accident prone bodies around, it's important to keep a closer eye on things.

We've asked Sue Phillips, our resident First Aider, to explain the basics of First Aid Kits and help take away some of the confusion!

Read: Our Favourite Family First Aid Kit Checklist

 
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