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While children are resilient, they tend to cope better when parents
provide routine, support and reassurance. This is especially true for
children of divorce who experience changes in custody. Whether it's
the weekly parental switch off or a new custody arrangement, here are
some tips for helping a child transition from a change of
custody.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Prepare your child
for the change. Sometimes parents think it's less stressful for
children to keep them in the dark about what's going on.
Unfortunately, this can create more stress and feelings of insecurity
in children. Instead, tell and remind your child when a change is
about happen, even if it's a regular occ
Finding after-school child care is essential for working parents,
providing the kids with a safe, secure and stimulating environment in
which to spend their time once school gets out. It's less clear just
how much and in what form you should pay your after-school caregiver.
This payment depends on a variety of factors, including the child's
age, where you live and the specific type of after-school child care
you prefer.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll
Need
Telephone
Internet access
Budget
Contract
class="error">Call around to different after-school child care centers
in your area to get an idea of the average hourly, weekly or monthly
rates. Rates vary b
Telling your parents you are dating can be awkward, but it is
important to keep them informed of important changes in your life.
Your parents may set rules or guidelines for dating to protect you.
Remember to always follow your parents' rules when you start a new
relationship.Difficulty:EasyInstructions Talk to your parents about
the person you are dating. Tell them about the person and his
interests. Make sure to talk about the positive aspects of the person.
If he is an honor student, let them know. The more responsible he is,
the more comfortable they will be with you dating him.
Let your
parents meet the person you are dating in a casual setting. Have her
come to the game you're pl
Talking with children about difficult topics can be challenging for
adults. It can be even harder for some children to understand and
communicate their thoughts and feelings about certain subjects. It is
important to be patient and understanding, and to keep the lines of
communication open at all times.Difficulty:Moderately
ChallengingInstructions Have the conversation in a comfortable and
known environment if possible, such as the home. This will help keep
both the adult and child a little more relaxed. Keep it private as
well, so interruptions will be minimal and both of you can feel
assured that your conversation is just between the two of you, and not
anyone else.
Begin the convers
Potty training can be a grueling process. Toddlers are resistant to
potty training because they have been using a diaper their entire
life. It is best to have a dialogue with children about using a toilet
before they begin potty training. There are many different methods for
potty training. Some people prefer the 24-hour method, which works
well for older toddlers.Difficulty:Moderately ChallengingInstructions
Things You'll Need
Child-sized potty
Puppet
Turkey
baster
Water

Talk to your child about potty
training prior to potty training. The child should have an
understanding of how to use the toilet and what is expected of her
when you begin potty traini

Changing your son's surname depends to some extent on the laws of the
state where you live. Because name changes are regulated by individual
states, there are some variations from state to state. Most states,
however, follow the same basic procedure when it comes to changing a
child's name.Difficulty:Moderately ChallengingInstructions Complete
a petition for a name change, a legal document you can request from
your state court system's administrative office. (It goes by different
form names in different states -- for instance, it's a PC-51 form in
Michigan and a Form NC-100 in California -- but if you ask for a form
to petition for a name change, the court office will be able to help
you.
Foster parenting can be a difficult but emotionally rewarding
experience. As a foster parent, you will provide a temporary home
(typically 6 to 18 months) for children who are separated from their
parents due to legal or protective removal. To be a foster parent in
Indiana, you need to submit an application; undergo a physical exam,
background check, family assessment and initial training; and receive
licensing from the Department of Child Services
(DCS).Difficulty:ChallengingInstructions Things You'll Need
Be
21 years or older
Stable home with room for a foster child
Clean
criminal history
Financial and emotional stability
class="error">Apply to be a foster parent w
Gas pains can cause your infant to be cranky and uncomfortable. When
gas bubbles get trapped, the best way to help is to physically rub
them out of your baby. A lot of the time, rubbing the belly alone can
help expel the gas, but sometimes the infant will require a little
more help. There are a few ways that you can provide relief and
comfort for your baby and have him feeling better in no
time.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll
Need
Burping cloth

Lay a burping cloth over
your shoulder and position your baby so that her head is resting on
the shoulder as well. Use your hand to gently pat and rub the infant's
back, in between the shoulder blades

When trying to teach kids with ADHD potty training, you have to be
willing to try different things until you find what works best for
them. The three "P's" of potty training are persistence, patience, and
practice. With the right encouragement and support, your child can be
potty trained too.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You'll
Need
Potty
Stickers or lollipops
Potty
Chart
Pull-Ups
Books on Potty Training
Potty Training
Videos

InstructionsBefore you start potty
training, make sure your child is ready. Children with ADHD tend to be
ready for potty training later than other children. Focus on your
child's strengths and abilities when choosin

It is normal for infants to have unpredictable eating and sleeping
habits. As a new mother, you may feel that your baby is constantly
eating, especially in the middle of the night. You may be anxious to
get your baby on a feeding schedule. Your infant's health, nutrition
and emotional well-being are all significant during their first weeks
of life. Part of your infant's feelings of security is knowing food is
available when they want it, so enforcing a feeding schedule in the
beginning may be difficult. However, you can influence your baby's
feeding schedule in minor ways without causing too much stress in your
baby's or your emotional and nutritional needs.Difficulty:Moderately
Challengi

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