How many kids you should have?

child safetyMost of us stay perplexed about the idea of family planning. Family planning is an important aspect of life and planning your family is as equally important as planning your future. You may or may not differ in opinion with your spouse about the number of kids you should have. The number of kids you should have is also dependent on your financial and personal well being as all of us wish to provide the best grooming and the best education to all our children. Here we will discuss about the pros and cons of having a single as well as multiple children.

Having a Single Child

Having a single child is the latest trend which most of the families are following these days. We often hear about slogans which say “A Small family is a happy family”. The advantages of having a single child is not only limited to parents but to the child too. A single child gets all the attention and affection from her parents. All the monetary resources of the parents are utilized in the grooming of the single child and parents make sure that their child gets the best of everything in life. The resources are not divided among the siblings as they just have a single child to take care of. The child, on the other hand, feels special as she gets ample time and immense love from her parents. All her demands are fulfilled and she doesn’t have to share anything with her siblings. On one hand, life seems to be wonderful for a single child but on the other hand, she also feels bored and lonely when her parents are away. It is important for parents to help her develop a good friend circle so that she can interact with other children of same age group too. Sometimes it becomes difficult for children to share everything with their parents and they often share some personal things with their siblings. In the absence of siblings, they look for good friends who can either be their parents themselves or other children of the same age group. However, for most of us, life seems to be almost perfect for single children.

Having More Than One Child

This decision depends entirely on the parents and there is no harm in having more than one child. It is fun to watch how children interact with their siblings. The activities they do can be exciting to watch and will fill your home with the loads of happiness and notorious acts. The most important thing which children in large families learn is the art of sharing things with their siblings. They also learn how to work in teams and how to divide work. Children in large families learn a lot more than they can learn being a single child. However, arranging monetary resources can be a problem for some parents having multiple children. It might get difficult at times to arrange monetary resources for the education of multiple children if you are not financially stable. More children at home also means equal number of mouths to feed till the time they mature enough and earn for themselves. Having multiple children can also prove to be a wild ride as they require individual care and attention. They can be noisy at times and may often quarrel with each other over petty issues.

In either of the cases, the child safety, inside of the house and outside of the house, is of utmost importance. One can go for strollers, convertible car seats for keeping the children safe outside. As far as the inside of the homes is concerned, switch covers, protecting corners and keeping sharp and inflammable stuff away from the children will help a lot.

At the end, whatever decision you make about your family, you should discuss about it with your spouse and act sensibly. Never regret over a decision as all children are gifts of god.

Breastfeeding Your Children

feeding your childBreastfeeding your child is considered as the most important activity which you need to perform after your child is born. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to breastfeed the child for at least first 6 months after her birth. After that, the intake of solid food material and other baby food items is allowed. The breastfeeding can also continue post 6 months along with other baby food diet for as long as the baby and the mother wish to continue.

New moms generally get tired and short of energy most of the times during the day. This is due to the fact that breastfeeding your child demands extra calories from their body. This can be fulfilled by keeping a healthy and nutritious diet throughout the day, in fact, in taking 300 to 500 calories extra than the normal diet. Eating healthy, nutritious, fresh food and avoiding too much of caffeine and alcohol will provide your body with the desired nutrients and the fuel to keep up your body charged throughout the day.

It is also essential for you to monitor your baby at all times because children at the early age tend to get irritated and scared at times. For this, one can choose the best baby monitor available in the market which helps raise an alarm when your infant needs you. Watch My Tot will help you in the selection process.

Also, make sure to note down the type of food you intake while in your initial months of breastfeeding. The type of food you intake will reflect on the health of your baby. If you notice any issues in the health of the baby, try and relate it with the diet you are having throughout the day. Review it and eliminate that food item from your diet that might be causing health issues for your baby. For instance, if your baby is getting more fussy and gassy at times, it means she is experiencing digestion issues. Review your food journal and try to eliminate food items from your diet that might cause digestive disorders. This is a bit painful but you need to bear with it during the initial months of breastfeeding your baby.

Avoid food which you think may affect your baby’s health. You can search on the internet or consult your doctor for the list of such food items which might interfere with the baby’s health. Two such items which need to be controlled strictly are caffeine and alcohol.

While many mothers have already waited for nine long months of pregnancy before they can actually gulp a glass of wine, some wish to take it in limited quantity even during their initial months of pregnancy. However, Chronic Drinking of Alcohol during pregnancy can lead to birth defects, disability and other disorders in newborns. Chronic drinking is also not advised for breastfeeding mothers as it reduces the amount of milk production in the body thereby reducing the amount of milk intake by the baby. If you are very particular about your one glass of drink, it is advised to nurse before you go for that one glass of wine or drink. If you wish to nurse your baby after your drink, it is advised to wait for at least two hours before your one glass of drink. The number of waiting hours is proportional to the number of drinks you intake. So if you have 2 drinks, you are advised to wait for 4 hours before nursing.

How to provide basic education to your child?

bookMany of you might have wondered whether you should educate your child before their actual school education begins or not? The answer to this would definitely be YES, you should start giving your baby at least basic education which may involve basic etiquette, manners and behavioral education. This type of basic education should begin from within the home as soon as the child has grown enough to get a basic sense of understanding things.

Children being natural learners have a tendency to absorb things which they see around them. The first and the foremost thing which you need to do is to make your children’s environment good and healthy within the family. A healthy family environment can be maintained within the family by fixing the conduct and the attitude of parents at home. Do not forget the fact that children adopt things which they see within their surroundings. It is the duty of parents to check and maintain their conduct in front of their children as they are the ones who will be emulated later by their children.

Parents are definitely the first and the most important teachers for their children. All the basic things in life are taught to children by their parents. Parents teach children to speak, see, listen, eat and touch things. The basic Do’s and Don’ts in life are taught to children by their parents. Parents guide their children to judge between the good, the bad and the worst in life. Basic parenting also involves guiding your children to perform simple day to day tasks. Implanting good habits within children from a young age helps them become more independent and extra confident in performing various other tasks in life at a later stage.

Being parents, you need to train your children so that they are able to perform their day to day tasks independently. This is also an integral part of education which will help them at times when they will have to stay in their schools for long hours without their guardians. For instance, you need to provide proper potty training to them so that they don’t need anybody’s help to perform this natural phenomenon. Making your child potty trained is a tedious process and might take some time but don’t lose hope as this will make your child independent and confident on such issues at the same time making you less embarrassed in front of others.

Other simple day to day tasks which can be taught to children may involve brushing their teeth, making their bed neatly before and after sleep, how to draw in their sketchbooks, how to fill colors in their coloring books, how to take bath in the bathroom alone etc. With their increasing age, you will find that the child gets into a habit of doing his things independently which will amaze you and also make you happy that your training has finally worked for him. Remember not to give your child tasks which he cannot perform or tasks which require excessive strength and endurance. Also, you need to keep a good watch on your child during the initial stages of a task and judge whether the child will be able to do it or not. Do not hesitate to help your child as he is still in his learning period. Do not enforce things on your children which they don’t like. You may also have to bargain for certain things with your child. Educating your child can be a fun activity only if enjoyed with full zeal and enthusiasm.