Jo's Editorial

I am a new fosterparent for infants and toddlers. Because of the abuse and trauma some of these children have suffered bedtime is a very scary and even traumatic time. How do you calm their fears and help them sleep? I understand the method that Jo uses but would I deal with trauma and fear the same way? Thanks

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I have a 10 month old boy. He tends to sleep 'through' until about 5.30/ 6am when he wakes up for a feed (he is breastfed) he will then sleep until about 7.30am. He goes to bed at 7pm without any problems. However recently he has started waking in the middle of the night, numurous times, and only a feed would settle him, he can settle himself as he is usually awake when put down for a sleep and sometimes wakes briefly and then goes back to sleep. So I am wondering:
Is he waking up, obviously not knowing what time it is, and expecting a feed because he associates waking up with feeding?
Or is he simply too young (and also because he is breast fed) to go through till 7am without a feed? He does eat a lot of solid food throughout the day though.
We have used the controlled crying technique successfully before so I was wondering whether to try and use this so he will sleep through until he is ready to wake up for the day (which he clearly isn't at 6am as he falls straight back to sleep when put back in his cot)
Any advice would be much appreciated!

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Hi everyone,

I have a 13 month old daughter and a 3 week old daughter. I have a double pram for them when we go shopping, but my 13 month old has been walking since 11months and she just loves to be walking. She hates not being able to walk, but obviously I cant put her down b/c she just runs off!

I was wondering what your opinions were on reins? My mum said to me the other day, that my daughter is too young for reins? I'm not sure either way?

Please help!!!!

Shel x

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We recently got a new puppy and my 3 year old son loves him but is extreamly rough. The dog is very tolerable of his behavior. My son is constantly wrestling, laying, pulling, and sometimes even kicks/hits the dog. Since getting the dog his behavior has gotten worse in pre-school, he has been wrestling more with the boys, not listening as well, ect (I do work in the day care center where his pre-school is but not in his room) I thought maybe he was acting as many would when a new baby comes into the house because the dog was getting a little extra attention. I made sure we have time to play games and spend a lone time togeher, but he always wants to include the dog. I have tried time outs when he is naughty towards the dog, but after he says sorry he goes right back to picking on the dog. I have also tried to explain to him a few time on why we need to be nice to the dog. I have taken away his most prized possetions (hockey) and have even threatened to call nanny Jo (which tends to be a good threat, he gets very scared and the behavios stops for a little while.) Threating to call Nanny Jo wont work forever. I am looking for any other suggestions to stop the abuse of the dog and also to help him at school. Thank you!

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My son is just over 2 years old and has always been a good eater who is willing to try new foods. He began vomiting every day at lunch at about 1 1/2 years old. Tests were done and luckily there were no obstructions that were causing this. We were advised to leave it alone and it would likely pass. Recently, the vomiting has started again but this time he seems to be forcing himself to gag and then vomit whenever he does not want something. It can be at the beginning of the meal or at the end of the meal. He will do this with food that he likes as well as food that is not his favorite. I am careful with his portion sizes and make sure that I am not overfeeding him. Sometimes he will tell me that he "wants to barf" and will proceed to vomit or other times leave it at just the verbalization of vomiting. I have tried to explain why this is unhealthy but lets face it...he's two! He will tell me that I have to clean it up so I have tried to delay cleaning him up immediately to see if it will have any impact. No luck there. I am at my wits end with what to do. Has anyone had this trouble or ever heard of anyone with this trouble? Help!!!!

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