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Mom, am I your favorite?

Posted 9/23/2015 by UHBlog

Mom, am I your favorite?

Although you love all your kids equally, parents may show favoritism to one child without realizing it. To avoid favoritism in your family, follow these tips:

  • Make a special effort to spend some time alone with each of your children. Set aside an hour to bake cookies or play pickup basketball, depending on the child’s interests.
  • Every human is unique, so never compare a child with his or her siblings. Quick words can sting for a lifetime.
  • If you have a child with health or behavioral issues that require a great deal of your attention, encourage your other children to contribute to the care of their sister or brother in some small way. For instance, have your child read to the sibling who is ill. If possible, schedule one-on-one bonding with each of your healthy children so they do not feel neglected.

Could your mood affect your tot’s tantrums?

Moms are not alone in feeling baby blues. About one in 10 dads also develop postpartum depression. And a new study shows this sadness has consequences for the children.

Toddlers with depressed parents are prone to problem behaviors, such as aggression and disobedience. They also stand a greater chance of having anxiety and sadness themselves in their toddler years, the findings show.

Depression prevents moms and dads from being as supportive, positive and loving as they otherwise would. Though it is not always easy to seek help for yourself, doing so is important for your whole family.

Not sure where to start? Talk with your child’s pediatrician or your primary care doctor.

Stricter rules deter teens’ drinking

You might not think your teen listens to a single word you say. When it comes to alcohol, though, it turns out the message may be getting through.

The more often parents warned about the risks of drinking, the less likely adolescents were to consume beer, wine and liquor. That is according to a new study in the journal Addictive Behaviors.

Overall, parents tend to relax the rules about alcohol as teens age, the findings show. Moms and dads may underestimate their influence as fledglings start to leave the nest. However, consistent messages about the harms of drinking may play a key role in keeping your child from experiencing the consequences.

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