Why Infants Cry and How to Respond

It’s 3:00 in the morning. For the past few weeks you’ve only gotten 2-3 hours of sleep at a time and you are exhausted. Your newborn baby won’t stop crying. You feel like you’ve tried everything and you don’t know what else to do. You can’t help but ask in frustration, “Why are you crying?" For many years, parents and researchers have tried to answer this and the more important question, “what can I do about it?” This article will try to answer these questions, as well as give some useful su...
More

See How They Grow: An Infant’s Physical Development

As stewards of God’s sons and daughters, parents have a sacred obligation to look after the needs of their children. Among these responsibilities is becoming aware of how an infant grows physically. With knowledge, parents can optimally nurture this process. Just as infants’ brains develop at a phenomenal rate during the first year, their motor skills develop rapidly. They are learning constantly how to move their bodies and get their muscles to do new things. They frequently experience t...
More

Bonding with Your Infant

"Children are an heritage of the Lord," wrote the Psalmist. They are sons and daughters of Deity, and a merciful God allows parents to be stewards on earth of His offspring. As we are reminded in The Family: A Proclamation to the World, parents have a sacred obligation to their God to rear their children in love and righteousness, and they will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations. A newborn baby is the world's most helpless creature, and so much is expect...
More

The Art of Emotion Coaching

During the last few decades, researchers have increasingly come to understand how important it is to understand our emotions and handle them in a healthy way. The term "emotional intelligence," introduced by Daniel Goleman in a book by the same name, has become common in both research literature and books written for the general public. Emotional intelligence is learned, and the parents are a child's first teacher about emotions. You can help your child develop emotional intelligence by "...
More

Teaching Your Child Empathy

Can you remember a time when you heard a baby cry, and suddenly a lot of other babies started crying? You may not have known it, but that was empathy. What is empathy? Empathy is when we try to understand someone's feelings from their perspective, and then desire to help that person. Newborn babies react instantly to the distress of others by crying themselves. They are still too young to understand how to help, but empathy is there. Empathy develops as a child's brain and thinking ...
More

Teaching Children Self-Regulation

One of parents' most important responsibilities is helping children learn to govern themselves. According to experts, the best parenting combines firm expectations and reasonable freedom for children to make their own choices. When parents provide a good balance between rules and freedom, children learn to act responsibly of their own free will, even when parents aren't around. Options, Not Commands Children have an inborn desire for independence, and wise parents respect and respond to th...
More