20 Blogs with Caring Ways to Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem

dumHaving high self-esteem is something that everyone needs, but something that is not necessarily easy to come by. Children especially need help developing high self-esteem, because low self-esteem can manifest into problems such as depression, eating disorders and, in extreme cases, even suicide. As a parent, one of your many jobs relating to your child is to help build up your child’s self-esteem. It’s important to really listen to your child and value what he is saying. You also want to avoid criticizing or belittling your child, as this can lay the groundwork for low self-esteem. Teach by example; by showing your child that you have strong self-esteem you can pave the way for him to follow in your footsteps.  These 20 blog articles will give you the tools you need to help improve your child’s self-esteem.


Showing pride in your child’s accomplishments will help him feel pride in himself.  Listen and respect your child when he’s talking to you, just as you would want him to respect you when you are talking.  Empower your child by giving him choices and letting him run with whatever he chooses.  These five blog posts will explain different techniques that can help you improve your child’s self-esteem.


When a child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) he may feel like there is something wrong with him when he compares himself to his peers.  As a parent, it’s important that you help your child see his ADHD in a positive way.  This is another opportunity to lead by example.  Learn more about how to improve the self-esteem of children with ADHD through these five posts.

Social Skills

Children with low self-esteem often isolate themselves, which makes the situation worse. Because of this, it’s important that you help your child improve his social skills and make some friends.  Having friends will give him a better outlook on life, which will help his self-esteem improve.  For more tips like these, look at these five blog posts.


The teenage years are formative years that can be very difficult for teenagers to navigate through.  Teens are often unkind to each other, and your self-esteem can suffer when you are the one being ignored or talked.  As a parent, it’s important that you keep the lines of communication open with your teen. Try not to judge when your teen tells you what is going on with her.  Take a look at these five blog articles to read more about what you can do to help improve your teenager’s self-esteem.

10 Ways to Support a New First-Time Mom

Working as a nanny is a rewarding and exciting experience, but it can also be a difficult one from time to time. Accepting a post with a brand new infant and first-time parents is often one of the more challenging occurrences that a veteran nanny faces, but it doesn’t always have to be. As a childcare provider, your first responsibility is to the child under your care. As the employee of parents, however, you’re also there to provide support and assistance in any way that you can. Brand new moms can run the gamut from terrified to completely overwhelmed, and helping them to adjust to their new role in the world can not only give them the assistance they need, but also help to create a better and more enjoyable working environment for you. These are ten of the things you can do to help brand new, first-time moms when they need it most.

  • Support Her Feeding Choices – While everyone from the World Health Organization to the La Leche League asserts that breastfeeding is the best and most nutritious choice for a baby, that doesn’t mean that all moms will be successful in their endeavor to breastfeed. Some may also opt for bottle feeding from the beginning for reasons that are solely their own. Regardless of how they choose to feed their new baby, realize that you’re not there to criticize them. Your job is to care for the baby and to ensure that he’s fed, not provide a single shred of commentary about what’s in his bottle.
  • Respect Her Parenting Style – Pregnant parents will read everything they can get their hands on, and may have their hearts set on a specific parenting style endorsed by a self-proclaimed expert long before they bring their new bundle of joy home from the hospital. Unless it’s actively harming the baby, however, it’s not your place to comment on that parenting style or to detract from it through your own actions. More often than not, unrealistic parenting styles and rigid rules about baby care will fall to the wayside as a new mom hits her stride and becomes more confident.
  • Allay Her Fears – Regardless of how together she may seem, it’s a safe assumption that your new mom boss and first-time mommy is at least a little frightened at the prospect of parenting. She may even be downright petrified. As an experienced childcare provider, you can help to make her more comfortable by allaying any fears you can along the way. Gently reassure her that she’s doing a great job and that she’s adjusting to parenthood beautifully.
  • Providing Extra Support to Post-Surgical Moms – Giving birth naturally is difficult enough; going through major abdominal surgery to bring a new life into the world is another story altogether. Make sure that you’re offering extra help to new moms that are recovering from a cesarean section, as she will likely have restrictions contingent upon her recovery.
  • Looking Out for Signs of Postpartum Depression – No matter how much a new mom reads about recognizing the signs of postpartum depression, it’s not always easy to self-diagnose such a serious condition. This especially holds true when her feelings are being dismissed by other moms in her social circle as the “baby blues.” If you notice signs of postpartum depression, you can provide your mom boss with invaluable assistance by talking to her about it and letting her know that it’s okay to ask for help.
  • Offering a Shoulder to Cry On – Dealing with the rigors of new parenthood while you’re holding a baby that simply won’t stop crying is enough to bring even the strongest mom to tears. While nannies are encouraged to establish and maintain professional boundaries, there is quite a difference between listening to a mom boss dish about her personal life and being there for her when she needs to vent a little bit. New moms don’t always feel comfortable opening up to their partners or family members, which leaves you uniquely positioned to offer them the support they need.
  • Giving New Moms Time to Sleep – Some parents will hire a nanny to look after their baby at night for sleep training purposes, even when they’re planning to be home. Others will wait until the last possible day of maternity leave to turn their precious baby over to a childcare provider. Even if you’re chomping at the bit to get home after a long day of work, one of the best ways you can support an exhausted new mom when she returns home is simply allowing her an hour or so of uninterrupted sleep by sticking around with the baby for a little while longer.
  • Helping Mom Learn the Ropes – While most brand-new moms aren’t eager to admit that their nannies know more about childcare than they do, some will quietly take parenting cues from the professional under their employ. Be sure that you make yourself available if your brand new mom boss is looking for help in terms of learning the basics, especially if she’s far away from family members or friends that could help.
  • Taking Plenty of Pictures – Your mom boss will have to tear herself away from her new baby to go to work each day, and will almost certainly hate feeling as if she’s missing important new developments. Even if the most advanced thing your infant charge does over the course of a day is discover that she has feet, make sure that you document the occasion with plenty of pictures for mom to see when she gets home.
  • Not Taking Jealousy Personally – No mom wants to leave the lion’s share of parenting responsibilities up to an employee, regardless of how experienced and competent a professional that employee might be. Try to take remarks made out of jealousy with a grain of salt until she’s had a chance to adjust to not only becoming a parent, but also being forced to leave her new baby behind each day.

15 Blogs for Learning about Vegetarian Diets for Kids

For parents who are vegan or vegetarian, raising their children with the same dietary habits may seem like a no-brainer. After all, it’s easier to fix one meal for everyone in the house when dinnertime rolls around, so feeding your kids the same vegetarian diet that you eat may seem like an obvious solution.  The following blogs will explain what some of the concerns are with raising children as vegetarians and what you should keep in mind if this is something that you want to do. Some of these blogs will sing the praises of a vegetarian lifestyle, some may point out some information that you didn’t know, and some will give you some helpful tips on how to raise your child as a vegetarian, complete with kid-friendly food suggestions.


Concerns about a Vegetarian Diet for Kids

If you are considering switching to a vegetarian diet for yourself and are wondering what some of the concerns are for raising your kids as vegetarians, these five blogs will help you pinpoint the things you should be concerned about as far as maintaining healthy kids.

Benefits of Raising a Vegetarian

The same benefits adults get from eating a vegetarian diet apply to children.  However, there are added benefits that you may not have considered before.  Meat contains a lot of hormones, and those hormones have been blamed for causing early puberty in meat eating children.  Read these five blog posts for more benefits of raising your child as a vegetarian.

How to Raise Your Child as a Vegetarian

Once you make the decision to raise your child as a vegetarian, there are a lot of things you need to consider.  These five bloggers will give you some information that you can use on your quest to get all of the right information for feeding your kids.

How to Determine if Your Child is Left or Right Handed

handsOne of the delights of being a parent is watching your child grow and develop. Some parents keep a development book handy to make sure their child is reaching all the milestones within the prescribed time-frame, and delight with each new development. Parents wait for their child to start smiling, talking, sitting up, crawling and walking with bated breath, eagerly looking forward to the next phase of their little one’s development. As you watch your bundle of joy grow, you may be interested in knowing how to determine whether your child is left-handed or right-handed. Some people may feel that it doesn’t matter, but for lefties, life can be a little more challenging if some adjustments aren’t made, and for parents of lefties, making those adjustments early can help your child in a variety of situations.

What is Hand Dominance?

Scientifically, hand dominance or handedness is explained as the hand that is most used in performing tasks or the hand that is the most nimble and rapid in performance. Among researchers and scientists, hand dominance is seen as a continuum between strong right and strong left. The four types of handedness are: right-handedness, left-handedness, mixed-handedness and ambidexterity.

By far, the vast majority of the population is right-handed. Left-handedness is less common. Someone who changes hand preferences when doing a variety of tasks is considered mixed-handed or ambidextrous. About 30% of the population displays this trait. Ambidexterity is relatively rare, but can be learned. Those who learn to be ambidextrous have a tendency to favor their naturally dominant hand, while those born with the ability are equally adept at doing things with either hand.

It is interesting to note that in identical twins there is often a difference in the handedness of the two, with one being left-handed and the other being right handed. Rik Smit explores this phenomenon in his book, The Puzzle of Left-Handedness. Australian researchers supposedly debunked the idea of the vanishing twin theory, which held that left-handers were part of an identical twin pair in which the right-handed twin fetus failed to develop, however, Smit re-visits this idea heavily in his research.

Indicators for Hand Dominance

For the most part, babies start off using both hands to do things and preference for one hand or the other seldom manifests before seven to nine months of age. Even then, the preference may not necessarily be permanent. Usually around two years of age there is steady use of one hand in particular, but some four- to six-year-olds may still be ambivalent regarding a dominant hand. Often, parents will assume that the hand with which the child catches or throws a ball is the dominant hand, but that isn’t always the case. More accurate indicators include observation of which hand the child uses to reach for items that are placed directly in front of him, or the hand she uses to feed herself. If she stirs things counter-clockwise, she is most likely left-handed.  Which hand does he use for grooming? These everyday tasks are more accurate in predicting the handedness of your child. Genetics plays a part in handedness as well. 10% of the population is left handed, and twice as many males as females are lefties. If both parents have a dominant left hand, there’s a 25% to 50% chance your child will be a leftie. Trying to change your child’s dominant hand may lead to frustration since it is a trait determined by genetics and the brain, and is not recommended despite the prevalence of the practice in generations past.

Since handedness is influenced by the brain, you should be aware that babies who show an exclusive hand dominance before the age of 18 months might have a motor development problem. Children who have had injuries to the right side of the brain may show a preference for using the left hand, so preference for the right hand could signal injury to the left side of the brain that’s previously gone undetected. Any concerns should be addressed with your pediatrician.

Interesting Research

While most scientists believe that there is no difference in intelligence between left-handed or right-handed people, Chris McManus, author of Right-Hand, Left-Hand believes that the left-handed population is growing, and that throughout history this population has produced a proportionately  greater level of high-achievers. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and Lafayette College found that among those who had post-secondary education, left-handers earned 10% to 15% more than their right-handed contemporaries with the same level of education. They also found that regarding the general population, however, there is no significant difference in income between the two.