How Do I Teach My Child Good Money Habits?
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How Do I Teach My Child Good Money Habits?
How To Stop Thumb Sucking
New Covid 19 Rules For Pregnant Women
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Pregnant women can now have partners with them for scans, labour and birth during the Covid pandemic.
New NHS guidance means mums-to-be in England will be permitted to have one person beside them if they are not showing symptoms of the coronavirus.
This has been a traumatic time for pregnant mums during Covid, lockdowns, and tiers
It will apply to “at all stages of her maternity journey”, from scans to childbirth and the postnatal period.
Until now, individual NHS trusts have had the powers to ban partners from the appointments and even the birth of their child.
The risk of someone bringing coronavirus into the hospital, and to expectant mothers, was a concern.
It meant many women had been left to give birth alone since the start of the pandemic, sometimes suffering traumatic experiences without their loved one by their side.
Groups such as Birthrights and BirthBliss Academy said on Twitter they were “delighted” to see the new blanket guidance.
A campaign launched by BirthBliss Academy in September, #ButNotMaternity, called for the rules around maternity to be relaxed considering people could meet in the pub.
Coronavirus restrictions have made stepping into motherhood challenging in a number of ways.
Michelle Kennedy, who founded a virtual platform called Peanut for women to connect over issues related to motherhood, said this is echoed in the “unbelievable rise” in the number of people turning to her app for support.
Peanut, which allows users to speak over video and messenger forums, has seen its user base grow by 20 percent every month since lockdown began.
Nearly two million women are now using it including 500,000 in the UK and a charity boss said the pandemic has compounded the “trauma and distress” already felt by many women who have miscarried.
Clea Harmer, chief executive of stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, said social distancing limitations have meant women have had to go to the hospital and grieve their unborn baby alone.
After Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, spoke out about losing her unborn baby, Ms. Harmer highlighted the “enormous” impact coronavirus is having for women going through the same struggle.
She said “Attending scans and appointments can be really difficult, especially if you have had a miscarriage before, or your baby has died before, and often the scan is the place where you were told your baby has died.
“To be in that position on your own, without your partner there… there are heartbreaking stories of mothers being told on their own and having to go out to the car park or back home and tell their partner themselves.
“I think the trauma and the distress that that’s causing can’t be underestimated.”
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Tips to Stop Thumb Sucking
There’s no reason to worry about your child sucking their thumb. A lot of children suck their thumbs and fingers!
However, if your baby sucks their thumb for years on end or when they get to be a bit older, it can be cause for concern. It can delay speech development and change the bone structure of your baby’s mouth and jaw.
These changes won’t be permanent so long as your child stops sucking their thumb by the time they are five years old.
Children normally stop sucking their thumb when they’re around 3 years old. If your child is above the age of 3, here are a few ways you can help them break the habit.
- Talk to your child about why they shouldn’t suck their thumb gently explaining that it can be bad for their speech development and the development of their teeth. Always start by talking to your child about why thumb sucking is a bad habit. Talking alone doesn’t usually break the habit, but it can help your child decide that he or she wants to quit. Positive motivation to quit is half the battle. Some things to talk about with your child include:
- Germs: Thumb and finger sucking spreads germs and makes people sick.
- Teeth: Sucking pushes teeth forward and you might need braces.
- Teasing: Other kids will think you are still a baby or might tease.
- Speech: As long as you suck your thumb, it is hard to learn how to speak the right way. You might sound funny.
- Intervene gently and offer a substitute to their thumb – distract them: Jewellery you can chew, or ‘chewellery’, is a good substitute to help a toddler stop the sucking without losing the true pleasure they get from the oral stimulation. There are many options in many colors on Amazon and other sites.
- Find your child’s favourite thumb-sucking times: Watching TV and sleeping are two common times when kids fall back into their sucking habits. Identify your child’s problem times and then chat to your child to help you devise a quitting plan that focuses on these times. Cuddle a teddy or a toy instead.
- Sticker chart or positive reward system: Make a sticker chart and provide lots of praise and positive rewards for success. At first, your child might need a sticker for every hour he or she goes without sucking. If she goes a whole day, she might need a special reward such as extra books at bedtime. Eventually, you should be able to get to a daily sticker chart. Once your child makes it to about two weeks without sucking, you are probably home-free.
- Praise, all day: Find a way to remind yourself or your child’s caregiver to praise your child for not sucking at least once an hour.
- Try to notice & praise your child when they are not sucking their thumb instead of criticising them when they are.
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