For Parents

Having a child is a lifetime commitment. The majority of women who drop out of high school do so because they’ve had a baby. It is quite a challenge to finish your homework when you’ve got a crying baby on your lap. A lot of these women work very, very hard and become successful.

Teen boys who are going to become fathers also need the involvement of their parents. Although some boys may welcome the chance to be involved with their children, others feel frightened and guilty and may need to be encouraged to face their responsibilities (the father is legally responsible for child support in every state).

Pregnancy is a time of both physical and emotional changes. You can obviously expect changes in your body shape, and as well in your hormonal levels and metabolism. These changes can contribute to various physical and emotional discomforts.

There is some good news - not all of the common discomforts of pregnancy are experienced by ALL women. Try to remember that you may need to try more than one remedy before you find one that works for you and it is always important to discuss this with your physician. It is extremely important during your pregnancy to make sure you are nourishing your body with good nutrition. Making sure to eat well can certainly minimize the discomforts and help your body to cope with the stresses of daily life. If you experience a physical discomfort that is severe or does not go away, contact your health care provider. And, if you have a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or asthma, it is very important to see your health care provider throughout your pregnancy.

Almost all mothers-to-be worry about what to expect during the delivery process. Here are a few things to help you plan for what happens during childbirth and what surprises might come along.

And, just remember - - despite all the blood, sweat, and tears that are all part of childbirth, you’ll quickly get over all that pain once your adorable baby arrives. The most important thing to remember is to expect the unexpected! Now let’s get you ready for what is to come:

Welcome home! Having a new baby can be a big change, but you can do it! Try to rest when you can, and don’t be shy about asking for help when you need it.

Childhood vaccines offer protection from serious or potentially fatal diseases. Here’s what you need to know to make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date.

Given the schedule’s complexity and frequent updates, it can be challenging to understand which vaccines your children need and when. Find out how to stay on top of your child’s vaccines.

Every child is unique. Every parent is unique. It only makes sense that every parenting style is unique as well. However, there are a few things that every parent can do to raise a happier, healthier child. Parenting isn’t an easy job, but it’s one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. Enjoy it!

The early years are the most important years in your child’s life. That’s why it’s so important to hug, talk to and read to your child – even when your child is still a baby.

Each child grows and changes at a different rate. Some babies take a little longer to do some things. If you are worried, talk to your doctor or nurse.

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