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AD Kids Inc

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AD Kids Inc, Management Firm for The Commercial Modeling Industry
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06/16/2009

 
Curious Behavior "Toddlers are never little angels in public," says Ann Douglas, 38-year-old mother of four andauthor of The Mother of All Baby Books John Wiley & Sons, 2002)and soon-to-come TheMother of All Toddler Books. In fact, when her son was 2, he pulled the plug on the entirecash register system while they were shopping at a local liquor store. "He was magneticallydrawn to plugs and outlets," says Douglas."This is natural behavior for toddlers," says Robert Billingham, associate professor of humandevelopment and family studies at Indiana University. "Everything is so new, exciting,interesting and stimulating. They're simply responding in a curious sort of way."
Memory For A Good Game of Peek-a-Boo!The game 'Peek-a-Boo' wouldn't be possible without this idea of object permanence! A babylaughs and squeals when Daddy's face reappears from behind his hands, because she's beginning to realize that he's still there, even when he's out of sight. Babies who've mastered'Peek-a-Boo' have probably caught on to the idea of object permanence.
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: A Word of Caution!Although learning to distinguish temperamental traits will ultimately help you understand andwork with your child's temperament, it is important to note that over a third (35%) of thechildren in Chess and Thomas' study did not fit neatly into any of the three groups. If you areconfounded by your child's behavior, you might be tempted to assign them to one of thesecategories and say, "So that's why she acts this way, she's difficult." Doing this might initiallyassuage your confusion, but it can also cause you to misread or inadvertently ignore your child's needs.Labeling your child is also hurtful and counterproductive. Calling your child "difficult," "shy"or even "easy going" makes it hard for them to see themselves as anything else. Distilling thetotality of a child down to a single adjective is like describing a smooth, gooey chocolate icecream cone as "cold."What Makes Your Child Tick?Collecting accurate information about your child's temperament takes time. Carey suggestswatching your child over the course of four to six weeks. Keep a notebook on hand to jotdown what you see. If you are at work for much of the day, let your childcare provider knowwhat you are doing. Although they are unlikely to have the time to take notes, they can provide important insight.When you are with your children, observe them in a variety of situations at different times of day; eating, playing with friends, watching television, doing their homework and, if possible,while they sleep. Try not to focus only on the behaviors that bother you. Adopt a neutral, non- judgmental stance that includes your child's positive, joyful reactions.Some temperamental traits are easier to spot than others. "Approach/Withdrawal" or how your 
 
child reacts to new penguins...I mean people... is relatively obvious. "Quality of Mood",however, can be less clear-cut since fatigue, hunger, or illness can temporarily affect one'sdisposition. If you are unsure about a particular trait, keep watching. Over time, patterns willemerge. After a few weeks, you should have a much clearer picture of your child's truetemperament.
 Susan Henrichs Discriminating Palates: a.k.a 'Picky Eaters'Changes in eating habits at one year reflect not only changing bodily needs but also growingindependence. Toddlers show definite likes and dislikes when it comes to food. This is a signof their emerging individuality. Instead of pushing your child to eat a particular food, offer avariety of healthy foods and let your baby choose. In one well-known experiment, 1-year-old babies who were allowed to choose from a range of wholesome foods with no pressure fromadults, selected what they required–and ate balanced diets over a month's time.AD Kids Inc. 
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: Figure out ways to let your toddler do things himself. There's no reason why your toddler can't put his toys away or feed himself -- he just needs you to help make it easier for his little hands and limited attention span. Use small, sturdy dishes and utensils so he canmore easily feed himself, and place toy shelves low to the ground so favorite items will beeasy to reach. These simple adjustments mean that your child can do more on his own.You may also want to consider having him help with simple chores, such as folding napkins.Jackie Hornbeck-Wall of Atlanta lets her 18-month-old son, Isak, help her transfer laundryfrom washer to dryer, though she's the first to admit that her little helper sometimes findscreative ways to assert his independence: "One day he grabbed his still-wet doggy shirt out of the washer. No amount of pleading could convince him to let me dry it before he put it on. SoI let him carry his wet shirt around, trying to put it on, until he fell asleep and dropped it. Iwas able to dry it, but then he wore it for two days."Don't jump in too quickly. "Resist the temptation to always take over and do it yourself tosave time and frustration," says Goldstein. Too much intervention can be just as detrimental asleaving your child to her own devices; it undermines her confidence and makes her reticent tostrike out on her own in other scenarios. Parents often jump in when they're crunched for time. If you know your child is going to insist on wriggling into her own pants before you goout for the day, build in some extra time to let her give it a try. However, if your child is trulyheading for a meltdown, step in and offer instructive help. If she can't get her foot to the endof her pant leg, say "Sitting down may help," and guide her to a chair.About AD Kids IncDavid MacDonald,* a Hamilton preschooler, couldn't understand such questions as 'What ishe doing in the picture?' or 'Where is the ball?' and couldn't respond appropriately. After weeks of therapy, involving play-based interactive activities, such as special board gameswhere players practise asking and answering questions in a natural way using vocabularyfrom the game, David learned to reliably answer 'what' and 'where' questions, and is nowworking on 'who,' 'why' and 'how.'
 
What can be done?What should you do if you think your child has a speech or language delay? You can contactyour local preschool speech and language service. You can also see your family physician for assessment and possibly a referral to the nearest service in your community.Sandra Seigel, a paediatrician in Dundas, Ont., encourages parents who are concerned abouttheir children's communication skills to address the issues early on 'because it helps to teaseout if these are just children who are a little bit slow at acquiring speech and language skills, but will catch up later on — which is the vast majority — or if there's something moregoing on.' Seigel feels that it is encouraging and significant if the child is a little bit behind ingaining language skills, but is gaining other milestones. An early screening helps pick up if there are other developmental delays such as social and motor development skills. 'A lot of kids do catch up as they get older,' says Seigel.Early intervention certainly helped with my family. It started the ball rolling, slowly at first, but with increasing momentum and now it never seems to stop moving. These days, I eagerlylook forward to evening chats with my son. Sitting on the edge of his bed at night, I lovelistening to him talk about what new skateboarding tricks he's learned and what makes himhappy. And that's a development worth talking about.
3 a.m. Wake Up CallThis same 'spot check' routine can work for a baby who begins to wake in the night. Often thewaking is due to discomfort or a dream and leaving a baby to cry it out alone seemsunnecessarily harsh. At the same time, you don't want your baby to learn that you areavailable for play in the middle of the night. Therefore, go in and comfort your baby brieflyand make sure that everything is all right. If the crying keeps up, return to say a fewreassuring words, but leave again. Your attitude should be 'I'd like to stay with you too, but we both need our rest now.' Parents who show sympathy for their babies' feelings, even whilesetting firm limits on behavior, make it easier for babies to accept necessary limits. Andeventually a wakeful baby will find a way to comfort him/herself and fall asleep again.
Just Like Mom Used to MakeSome parents prefer to feed their babies homemade baby food. They feel homemade mealsare better because they can use high quality fresh foods. Plus they like having their babiesgrow accustomed to the taste of home cooking.If you'd like to try making food at home for your baby, you can find books in libraries or  bookstores with 'recipes' using a food mill or a blender–or check out Fun With Food at theActivity Playhouse.
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: "If it was really bad, I would tell her to look at me in my eyes so we could

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