New Parents Network

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Infant and toddler - a wealth of health information from the Mayo Clinic

Whether you're a new parent or a seasoned veteran, you might have questions about infant and toddler health. Which vaccines does your child need? What's the best way to take your child's temperature? What should you expect at well-child exams? What are the latest developments in infant and toddler health?

The more you know about infant and toddler health, the more comfortable you'll feel caring for your child. Start by sharing your questions about infant and toddler health with your child's doctor. Remember, nothing is too trivial when it comes to your child's health.

Getting your children to help around the house

Getting Your Child to Help Out Around the House
Chores make kids responsible 
As a toddler, your child may have been be eager to help you with everything, even when you did not want the help! Now that same toddler is older and is far less excited about helping out around the house and has her own busy schedule of extracurricular activities, homework, and friends. Although your child may not be thrilled about doing chores, giving her the responsibility will build her self-confidence and remind her that she is a contributing member of your family. 

Babysitters fact sheet to prevent poisonings

Why do babysitters need to know about poisoning?

• Keeping children safe is a serious and important part of babysitting.

• Poisoning is one of the most common childhood injuries.

• Most of the time poisoning happens right at home.

• Children between 8 months and 6 years old are the most likely to be poisoned.

• Young children are curious.

• They like to put things in their mouth, especially if there is a colorful look or nice smell.

 

What are some common poisons?

 

Discipline tips

Disciplining your child is one of the hardest things to do as a parent. When you remember discipline is a form of love and guidance, it becomes easier.  The root word of discipline is "disciple" which means to follow or learn from.  

Here are some guidelines:

USA.gov information for parents and grandparents

Parenting Resources

 

Official information and services from the U.S. government.

 

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Child Care

Child care finder, safety checklist, provider resources...

 

Child Support

Enforcement handbook, FAQs, state child support websites...

 

Education Issues for Parents

Student grants, homework help, special needs...

 

Health Issues for Parents

Nutrition, hospital comparison, vaccines...

 

Safety and Crime Prevention for Parents

Mental Health Association of Arizona

Consumer Services

These programs provide information, referral, socialization and friendship opportunities for persons with a serious mental illness as well as homeless children. Implemented by trained volunteers, these programs prevent depression, suicide and hospitalization while encouraging independence.

* Information & Referral
* Compeer (mentoring for adults)
* Peer Support Groups

Drowning prevention

In Arizona, drowning is the number one cause of accidental deaths of children under age 4. This underscores the need for caution around pools, or any body of water, including bathtubs and buckets especially when infants and toddlers are present.

The importance of fathers in the healthy development of children

A noted sociologist, Dr. David Popenoe, is one of the pioneers of the relatively young field of research into fathers and fatherhood. “Fathers are far more than just ‘second adults’ in the home,” he says. “Involved fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring.”6 Fathers have a direct impact on the well-being of their children.