November 2011

Welcome to the sixteenth issue – November 2011!

In this month of November, we will share this alarming news about the world population. The worldís population is increased by 7 billion. The UN agency suggested that everyoneneeds a family planning access to control the growth of our population.

The issues below will surely help you to learn more about good parenting. From infants to teens, parents should be responsible on their upbringing. Whether you are a single parent or you are living together with your spouse, a proper parenting always counted. This will forever be reflected as your children grow older.

Let us celebrate our role as a parent. Have a happy parenting to all the mothers and fathers out there. Welcome to the sixteenth issue of the Parenting Essentials. Enjoy reading.

  • Parenting Around the Globe: World Population Needs Family Planning Access as it Nears to Increase by 7 Billions
  • Parents-Teens Connect: A Troubleshooting Guide to Teensí 5 Major Behavior Problems
  • Beginnersí Guide to Parenting: Potty Training Kids: Things to Remember
  • Kiddie Cure Section: All We Need to Know About Gastroesophageal in Infants
  • Life of a Single Parent: Spend Time with your Kids When you Have No Time
  • Suggested Reading: Becoming the Parent you Want to Be by Laura Davis and Janis Keyser




World Population Needs Family Planning Access as it Nears to Increase by 7 Billions


The United Nation agency emphasizes that the world needs better access to family planning services and contraception. This is considering that the world population is expected to hit seven billion on October 31. In addition, there are too many people do not have the way to control fertility.

With these concerns, the United Nation agency is releasing a report that says it is time to plan for more growth. Hence, that young people will be engaged and contributing to their communities. As well as the elderly will grow healthier and engaged.

People under 25 years of age make up close to half by 43 percent, and life expectancy is climbing. In the report says, the infant mortality climbed to 46 per 1,000 in the period from 2005 to 2010. Meanwhile, womenís fertility has dropped from an average of six children to a more manageable 2.5.

However, the world still adds an extra 80 million people to its population every year. They are about the same number of people who live in Germany and Ethiopia. The report says reproductive health alternatives are important and must be built into countries budget.

UNPFA executive director and a former minister of health in Nigeria Babatunde Osotimehin, refers in the report. He added in a decision by the US under Republican administrators to authorize condom distribution in developing countries. This is for HIV prevention, and not only for family planning purposes. These can serve both purposes, so it makes little sense to categorize them. On the other hand, this is also to pay for them from separate budgets.

Osotimehin says some governments have not always made family planning a priority. Plus, they have not honored womenís rights.

The report also says that sex education is also the key.

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clip_image006A Troubleshooting Guide for Teensí 5 Major Behavior Problems

Behavior 1: Communication devices such as cellphone and laptop rule their lives.

Solution: It is okay for parents to set reasonable limits, such as no using of cellphone during dinner. Some parents prefer not to let teens have computers or any gadgets in their rooms. This is seeing that it makes it harder to supervise gadget usage, and this is also reasonable. Many experts also add about establishing a rule that the computer has to be off at least one hour before bedtime. In this way, you ensure that your teens get more sleep.

Behavior 2: Your teens seem to hate you.

Solution: Parents sometimes feel so hurt by their teensí treatment through responding by returning the rejection. This is really a mistake and that teenagers still need their parents, even if they cannot accept it. Therefore, as the parent, you need to stay calm and try to observe their teenage rebellion phase. This usually passes by the time your child is 16 or 17 years old. You also need to enforce basic behavior standards if your teenagers are truly nasty or begin to curse at you. Another simple solution is by being there for them no matter what. This way, you make it more likely that they will let down his guard and confide in you, once in a while.

Behavior 3: Hanging out with kids you donít like.

Solution: Talk to your kids if you know that they are taken up with a group of troubled teens who skip school and do drugs. Tell your child, without putting him on the defensive, that you are concerned about who they are hanging out with. While you cannot forbid your child to hang around with particular kids, you can intervene and try to explain to what the danger it might get. Do not be afraid to ask for professional help like counseling or family therapy.

Behavior 4: Everything is a drama

Solution: Many parents tend to trivialize the importance of things in their teenagersí lives. Children may feel misunderstood, and eventually they stop being open to you. Do not offer advices, disparages her friends. Additionally you do not even try to say that they will realize how silly high school romances are. You just need to listen and sympathize by and putting yourself in their position.

Behavior 5: Staying out too late

Solution: Observe your family environment before insisting that your child respects your curfew. It may be possible that yours is unreasonable. Your child may seem up to no good, or does not feel happy at home. Subsequently you need to talk with him or her and figure out what might be going on. Nevertheless, if your curfew is in line with what is typical in your teenís crowd, then you may set consequences. You may enforce them if your teen continues to break your rules. In making a rule, you have to mean it.

If you have comments, suggestions or reactions about your problem with regards to your teensí social media messaging and text habits, donít hesitate to e-mail us at: We will glad to advice you further and guide you all the way.

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clip_image010Potty Training Kids: Things to Remember


  1. Look for the signs when they are ready to be train.
  2. Wait until your child is ready for potty training.
  3. Having a simple rewards and reinforcements can motivate them.
  4. Accidents do happen, so it is better to look for your child once in a while.
  5. Do not tackle potty training during another major change in your child.
  6. Expect that every child is different.
  7. Potty training in a day and night are important so that your kid will eventually master his or her routine.
  8. Believe that your child will eventually be potty trained.
  9. Unfamiliar potties can confuse your child such as public toilets. You may travel with his or her portable potty.
  10. Observe if your kids are having a problem like constipation or some underlying causes. If you suspect constipation, consult your pediatrician.

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clip_image014All We Need to Know About Gastroesophageal Reflux in Infants


Gastroesophageal Reflux or GER is a medical term doctors use to describe an acid-related condition. It is where the food and stomach acid flow back up into the esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter or LES opens and closes to allow food enter the stomach. This LES opens to release gas every after meals. For an infant suffering from GER, parents often see the result as spitting up, though vomiting may also occur. With this, more than gas in LES may escape, however. Other information are the following:

Common GER Symptoms in babies:

  • Refusing food or eating only small amounts
  • Irritability when feeding
  • Sudden or constant crying
  • Frequent spitting up or vomiting
  • Wet burps
  • Frequent hiccups
  • Arching the back while feeding
  • Bad breath
  • Frequent coughing
  • Poor sleep habits with frequent waking

A small numbers of infants will experience the less common symptoms including:

  • Frequent sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, wheezing, or pneumonia
  • Weight loss or poor weight gain
  • Hoarse voice
  • Frequent ear or sinus infection
  • Excessive drooling
  • Spells of not breathing

Diagnosing GER in Infants

clip_image017The doctor may make a diagnosis of reflux based on a parentís description of symptom and feeding history. Physical exam alone is also included in diagnosing whether the infant suffer from acid reflux. Other test may be given if the doctor suspects a more serious condition such as GERD. Lab test, Esophageal pH monitoring, and upper endoscopy may apply.

Treatment for Acid Reflux in Infants:

Remember, the treatment of acid reflux in infants depends on the severity of the problem. Your babyís doctor may decide to give no treatment that the reflux will disappear on its own. For most babies having this condition, will resolve itself during the first year of life. Additionally, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes for your baby in order to ease the reflux problem. However, if the reflux is more serious, or if your baby has been diagnosed with GERD, medication is given. These prescriptions may include Antacids, Acid Suppressers, and Acid Blockers. It is very essential to discuss treatment options with your babyís doctor before starting the treatment method.

Diane, a mother from Turkey, suspected her 8-month-old infant having a condition called acid reflux. Fortunately, her babyís condition is not so serious and their doctor had suggested some lifestyle changes as a treatment. She had discovered this website and went to her babyís pediatrician right away for physical exam.


If you have any proven experience in therapy and remedy of various ailments anddiseases for kids, then share it with us. We will be happy to publish it in our newsletter.


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clip_image019Spend Time with your Kids When you Have No Time


Spending time with your kids provides them with the opportunities to learn and to be heard. It is also a time to connect with them and this connection will make them feel loved. Then, take that little extra time with them and look back for all the memories together when you look back. The following are some ways to spend time with your children when you have no time.

Integrate your time together into your daily schedule

Children always love to help their parent in doing chores. Therefore, let them help you by doing the household chores together. While it might be messier, and it may take more time in the beginning, eventually they do it perfectly. You will see that children will become greatest helpers. At the same time, they will look back and remember that doing chores was always a special time with you.

Break Time

Some parents are busier than the other. However, you may still slide in your ďbreak timeĒ so that you can spend time with your kids even for 15 minutes. If you donít have a break time available, you may wake your child 15 minutes early so that you can spend a little extra time. You may do something fun in the morning and this would be very significant for your child.

One-on-One Time

Having time with your children alone is one of the best ways when you are doing something you both enjoy. This could mean going for a dinner together, or simply just sitting on a bench at the park. If you are a single parent, with more than one child, you could arrange it so that each child can spend quality time with you. Marking your family calendar is a great suggestion. In this way, you show your kids you make this time a priority.

Phantom Time

If you donít have spare time at all, you can still let you kids know that you care for them. You may write notes, and drop them into their lunch boxes. Use your creativeness to reach out with them. With this, your children will make them feel more loved and cared.

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clip_image023Becoming the Parent You Want to Be by Laura Davis and Janis Keyser



This book is informative, enlightening, and inspiring. It provides parents with the building blocks they need to discover their own parenting philosophy. Moreover, it also develops effective parenting strategies. The authors address the many dilemmas and joys that the parents of young children encounter. These are demonstrated through in-depth information, practical suggestions, and several lively first-person stories. The book also shows a range of solutions to the major issues that arise in the lives of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Becoming the Parent you Want to Be gives parent a permission to question, to learn, and to make mistakes. In addition, at the same time, it teaches the parent how to struggle, grow, and most of all, to have fun with their kids.

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