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Preparing Your Child for Day Care or Preschool

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016

day care prepLife can be pretty expensive in today’s world, and it’s not uncommon for both husband and wife to have full time jobs — especially when there are children involved. It’s common practice after a child is born for the new mother to stay at home care for the new addition tot he family. But once the baby is old enough, it might be time to start thinking of enrolling their child in day care so that Mom can return to work.

Here are some helpful hints and tips for preparing your child for day care or preschool.

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Encourage Bonding with the Caregiver

No one can take the place of a child’s mother — but in your absence, the caregiver will have to suffice. To prevent separation anxiety, help your little one to develop a good relationship with her caregiver by meeting the caregiver together, and showing your child that you trust this person. Knowing that her caregiver is there when you leave should be comforting to your child.

Familiarize Your Child with the New Routine

Your child might feel a bit shaken up if all of a sudden she’s place in day care for six hours a day. Slowly familiarize your child with the new day care routine by spending an hour or so for a few days with your child at the day care center before she actually starts. Help her to bond with the caregivers and other children. If she becomes involved with something, let her carry on on her own until she needs you again. You’ll be able to observe first-hand how your child will handle being in day care. Many day cares, like this child care center in Liberty, have small group sizes so that children are able to connect better with their caregiver.

Leave for Short Periods of Time

Your child has never been apart from you before — and leaving your child at day care won’t be easy (for either of you). Once your child has settled in and is comfortable with her caregiver, begin by leaving here there for just a few minutes at a time. Say goodbye to her, leave, and then come back once she has stopped crying. Don’t be tempted to come back before she’s stopped crying, as this will lead her to believe that her crying will bring you back. By staying away for just a few minutes, she will learn that you will return after you leave, and she will get used to these separations even when they grow longer.

Create a Parting Routine

Keeping your parting routine the same will help make things easier and reduce tears. For example, always tell her a story when you take her to day care, then hold her, tell her you love her, and what time you’ll be back to pick her up. Hand her over to her caregiver, and then leave with a standard gesture, like blowing her a kiss as you walk out the door. Goodbyes should be comforting, but don’t make parting too drawn out and dramatic.

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Coping with separation will be a lot easier for your child if you reassure her by explaining exactly what is going to happen when she goes to day care. The key here is to emphasize that you will come back for her every day. Don’t harp on the fact that you will leave her there every day, but instead focus on all the fun she will have there with her caregiver and all the other children.

Preschool

Going to preschool can be daunting for children, even for those that been to day care. Nothing should seem like work to children of this age, so it is very important to keep preparation for preschool fun for your child. If your child hasn’t had much to do with other children up to this time, get him involved with social activities like tumbling classes or music, to make activities like sharing, taking turns, and sharing a bit easier for her.

Take a lot of the mystery out of preschool by explaining to your child what to expect — like where she will be going, who will be with her, and what they will be doing in class.

For the first few days, make sure to have enough time in the morning to get ready and be at school on time and without any stress. The calmer things are done, the less stressful the separation will be. Also, have a goodbye ritual and stick to it, like a high five, a thumbs-up, or a wink for instance.

Leaving your child at day care or preschool is not just an emotional event for your child — but for yourself as well. Although it may be easier for you, be sure not to ever sneak away after you drop your child off. Instead, say goodbye nonchalantly (don’t tear up!) and with confidence, and she will probably do the same. And always keep to your promise and pick your child up on time — every time.

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Changes in menopause and perimenopause

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015

The term menopause denotes the permanent cessation of menstrual bleeding. Menopause occurs on average around 50-52 years of age. Perimenopause is the period right before menopause and is characterized by the gradual shutting down of ovarian function. During this transitional period, ovulation is less frequent due to depletion of ovaries during the years of their full activity. After menopause, there is a decline in estrogen level.

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Estrogen is responsible for the largest number of complaints and symptoms which the women encounter in this period: hot flashes, difficulties in bladder function, the feeling of vaginal dryness, low concentration, depression. Risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and malignant diseases of the breast is significantly increased in this period.

Menopause and perimenopause

The main task of the menstrual cycle is to prepare woman’s body for pregnancy. During this process, the endocrine glands in the brain (hypothalamus and pituitary) produce hormones that act on the ovary causing the development, maturation and the release of eggs from the egg follicles. The follicle, which contains the egg cell, produces hormones whose task is to prepare the uterus for a normal development of the pregnancy.

If pregnancy does not occur, the menstrual bleeding occurs. Around 40 years of age the ovaries become less sensitive to hormonal signals coming from the pituitary: as a result, there is a disturbance in the production of estrogen and progesterone in the ovaries, leading to changes in character of menstrual bleeding. Menstrual bleeding at this time may be more abundant, sparse and untidy.

menopause-age-symptoms-graphWhen estrogen production in the ovaries varies by quantity or decreases rapidly, a distortion of many body functions occurs:

Hot flushes

Hot flushes occur when the thermoregulatory center in the hypothalamus registers a drop in estrogen levels in blood. During the years of menopause a large number of women have these symptoms, but not all of them. Hot flushes are a sudden feeling of heat in the form of waves spreading from the chest through the neck to the face, and often extending down to the hands and sometimes the abdominal wall.

They last for several minutes and sometimes longer. Women can often predict them. If they happen overnight they often interrupt sleep. Fatigue and low concentration may be associated with hot flushes and can begin even during perimenopause. If during this period a woman takes the supplement of the missing hormone – estrogen – these problems can be successfully prevented, and if they are already present, they disappear quickly.

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Genitourinary changes

The tissue that builds the bladder and the vagina becomes thin and delicate because of long-term estrogen deficiency. Symptoms are reflected in vaginal itching, feeling of vaginal dryness, frequent urination and frequent infections of the bladder. Hormonal substitution may eliminate or significantly reduce these symptoms.

Skin changes

After menopause, the skin loses much of the previous elasticity. The content of collagen in the skin decreases, and the results is a loose skin that begins to wrinkle. It is important to recognize that this is a normal aging process to happen in both women and men, and it is only to a lesser extent caused by estrogen deficiency. For these reasons, hormonal substitution has little influence on skin changes.

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Changes in breasts

Smaller amounts of hormones during menopause and perimenopause have an impact on the reduction of connective and glandular tissue, which causes breasts to slightly decrease and loosen. These changes, like those on the skin, are natural changes related to the aging process and therefore cannot be prevented by estrogen supplement.

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