What a cutie! So adorable. How precious. These were just a few of the comments people mentioned when voting for their favorite Swedish/Edmonds baby. Last month we asked folks to select their favorite baby from four of our newborns featured on our Have a Happy Birth Day billboards in Edmonds, Mill Creek and along Mukilteo Speedway.
Everywhere we go, there are rules. The mall, at school, at work, at other people’s houses, etc. Our children learn early on that rules of acceptable behavior changes from place to place. We can yell and scream at the park but not at the grocery store. We teach our children to use ‘inside voices’ at the appropriate places and when it’s okay to run and play. The child whose parents have not taught them how to behave in the classroom (by taking them to the library) can have a rougher start at school. Ask any kindergarten teacher.
There seems to be a trend in parenting nowadays, where the parents want to give the child what they want, because they fear that their child will not like them.
Will not ‘like’ them? We’re not talking about Facebook ‘like’, we’re talking about genuine “my child won’t like me if I make them clean their room”.
Knock. Knock. Helloooo, parents? I’ve got a secret.
I received this note from Evi Feltus, one of our amazing certified child life specialists:
"Swedish Pediatrics is holding a summer toy drive in July and August to replenish our treasure chest. Our amazing December toy drive sustained us for six months. We are looking for small toys valued under $10 to give out to children following difficult procedures.
- My Little Ponies
- Hot Wheels
- Lego sets
We are also seeking interactive light-up toddler toys to distract young patients during their stay.
Donations can be dropped off at 9 East Pediatrics on the First Hill campus any time; please remember to fill out a donation form for tax purposes. You can also mail them to 747 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122. Please include your name, address and phone number for tax purposes.
Also, Swedish Medical Center Pediatrics is registered at Target (new window will open) if you are looking for additional items or suggestions.
Thank you for your continued support in providing a comforting environment for our patients!"
(Questions about the toy drive? Email us at email@example.com)
Do you remember asking your parents to play a game with you when you were young? We would play dominoes and card games, like Gin Rummy and War. The cousins would get together a play epic, marathon games of Monopoly and Risk. The parents and grandparents played Canasta. (That was the only game I ever heard my sweet, adorable grandmother cheat at).
My kids enjoy games as well. We play cribbage, chess, and Cranium games. We also play video games together. Recently, I’ve heard a few parents tell me they don’t play video games with their kids. I think they’re missing out. We’ve had some rousing games of Super Smash Brothers Brawl or Wii Sports and Wii Play. There are more times than I can count where we’ve had to pause the game because everyone is laughing so hard that we’re crying.
When I play, it gives them the chance to teach me something:
When it comes down to the choice of rear-facing and forward-facing, there are lots of ‘reasons’ why parents don’t want to keep their child rear-facing longer, but there’s only one reason that counts for keeping them rear-facing, and that’s nearly eliminating the risk for spinal cord injury for your child.
As car seat technicians we hear all kinds of reasons why parents don’t want to keep their child rear-facing.
When a baby is 9-months-old and waves bye-bye, they are using the sign that you’ve taught them. The baby has the motor skills to sign and communicate but not the verbal skills yet.
Using sign language with babies can greatly reduce the frustration that is felt by both the parents and the child.
There comes a time when your child wants something but they can’t verbalize what it is. They will usually point and whine. Then we play the guessing game.
Mom: “Would you like juice?”
Child: shake of the head, more point and whine.
Mom: “Would you like a snack?”
Child: stomp the foot, more point and whine.
Mom: “Ugh, I don’t know what you want. Would you like a cookie?”
Child: (Through body language) Oh? A cookie? Sure, why not!
Child: (Learns that point and whine will get me either what I want or a cookie. I’ll need to do that more often.)
Starting at about 6 months of age, you can expose your child to signing. By about 9 months of age, they can communicate their needs.
Signing will not slow their speech; in fact, by showing them that communication goes both ways, they can learn to speak sooner. You’ll want to show them the sign and say the word with it, so they learn to associate the word with the sign.
Here are a few basic signs that are easy to teach, but very helpful: