Kids Instagram Obsessed? Is it damaging their Self-Confidence? Sue Weighs in on the Sarah Vine Daily Mail Podcast

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In this episode:

  • How Do You Survive a Teething Baby at Night?
  • Today’s Working Dads Want Modern Benefits: Here’s What Your Company Must Give Them
  • Sue Atkins in Conversation with Lisa Forsythe Author of the Award Winning ‘Simple Activities for Toddlers: A Practical Play-At-Home Handbook for Parents’

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Kids Instagram Obsessed? Is it damaging their Self-Confidence? Sue Weighs in on the Sarah Vine Daily Mail Podcast

I was on the Daily Mail podcast with Sarah Vine about Facebook aware of Instagram’s harmful effect on teenage girls, leak reveals!

Sarah Vine’s Femail Half-Hour: An EFFing crisis… and is it really OK to wear Crocs?

Imogen Edwards-Jones has spent much of the week queuing for petrol – so Sarah Vine and her co-presenter are talking about the  EFF crisis (Energy, Fuel and Food), why children and Instagram really shouldn’t mix – and debating the important question of whether gilets, Crocs and chipped nail varnish are now acceptable to snobs (as Tatler says they are), with Philip Sykes, founder of The British School of Etiquette. Plus, presenter and journalist Kate Silverton on her new parenting book, ‘No Such Thing As Naughty

The Article

What parents CAN DO

Research by experts agree that the best thing parents can do to minimize the risks associated with technology is to curtail their own consumption first. It’s up to parents to set a good example of what healthy computer usage looks like. Most of us check our phones or our email too much, out of either real interest or nervous habit. Kids should be used to seeing our faces, not our heads bent over a screen.

  • Establish technology-free zones in the house and technology-free hours when no one uses the phone, including mom and dad.
  • Don’t walk in the door after work in the middle of a conversation.
  • Don’t walk in the door after work, say ‘hi’ quickly, and then ‘just check your email.’
  • In the morning, get up a half hour earlier than your kids and check your email then. Give them your full attention until they’re out the door. And neither of you should be
  • Don’t using phones in the car to or from school because that’s an important time to talk.

Not only does limiting the amount of time you spend plugged in to computers provide a healthy counterpoint to the tech-obsessed world, it also strengthens the parent-child bond and makes kids feel more secure. Kids need to know that you are available to help them with their problems, talk about their day, or give them a reality check.

It is the mini-moments of disconnection, when parents are too focused on their own devices and screens, that dilute the parent-child relationship.

And when kids start turning to the Internet for help or to process whatever happened during the day, you might not like what happens. Tech can give your children more information that you can, and it doesn’t have your values – there’s no context or care. It won’t be sensitive to your child’s personality, and it won’t answer their questions in a developmentally appropriate way.

  • Delay the age of first use as much as possible. No Electric Babysitter!! I use the same advice here that I use when talking about kids and alcohol—try to get as far as you can without anything at all.
  • If your child is on Facebook you should be your child’s friend and monitor their page. DON’T put your head in the sand – it’s too important! But DON’T go through text messages unless there is cause for concern. It breaks trust, respect and privacy. If you have a reason to be worried then okay, but it better be a good reason. I see parents who are just plain old spying on their kids. Parents should begin by trusting their children. To not even give your kid the benefit of the doubt is incredibly damaging to the relationship. You have to feel like your parents think you’re a good kid.
  • Offline, the gold standard advice for helping kids build healthy self-esteem is to get them involved in something that they’re interested in. It could be sports or music or drama, art or whatever hobby or interest they show an interest —anything that sparks an interest and gives them confidence. When kids learn to feel good about what they can do instead of how they look and what they own, they’re happier and better prepared for success in real life. That most of these activities also involve spending time interacting with peers face-to-face is just the icing on the cake.
  • Help them make real friends in real life situations and look for BALANCE

Read this really good article from the Child Mind Institute


Answer :

Teething is an inevitable part of your baby’s development — and it can be a nerve-wracking time for parents as their little ones struggle through cutting those first few teeth.

No matter the time of day, a fussy baby who’s teething can be hard to calm. But at least during the day, you expect to be awake. So, what can you do to soothe your little one and get them back to dreamland at night, so the both of you can enjoy some shut-eye? Here are some tips.

When teething starts

Generally speaking, most babies begin teething somewhere between 4 and 7 months of age. But some children may begin teething earlier or later than this window.

Typically, you’ll know if your baby’s night time restlessness is due to teething because they’ll be exhibiting other common teething symptoms. Along with difficulty sleeping, these symptoms usually include:

  • irritability/fussiness
  • excessive drooling
  • chewing

But if your baby is experiencing a rash (other than a drool rash), fever, or diarrhea, something other than teething may be the cause of their discomfort. In that scenario, you should speak with your child’s doctor.

Ways to Help a Teething Baby Sleep

  • Give a gum massage

Your baby’s gums are irritated and sore, which can explain the nighttime fussiness. So when they wake up crying, try offering them a cooling gum massage with a durable teething ring. (Check out these top picks!)

With teething toys, make sure that they’re solid plastic rather than gel-filled, and store them in your fridge or freezer. Inspect the teething ring after every use to ensure that there aren’t any broken pieces that could pose a choking hazard.

Also, avoid teething jewellery such as necklaces and bracelets made from amber, marble, silicone, or even wood. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Trusted Source warns against them because they pose a choking risk.

  • Offer a cooling treat

Sore gums can really benefit from a cooling sensation. This trick is easy to use and doesn’t require any special equipment — just the foresight to keep a few washcloths prepped in the freezer so you’re not scrambling at 2 a.m.

  • Become your baby’s chew toy

Depending on whether this is their first tooth or not, you might let your baby gum at your fingers. Just make sure that your fingers are clean before you let them have fun. For added comfort, dip your fingers in cool water to help calm their gums.

  • Maintain baby’s regular bedtime routine

This might sound like a tall order but teething — much like many other periods in your baby’s life — is a temporary situation. No matter how tempting it might be to let teething disrupt your baby’s regular bedtime routine, don’t do it.

As much as possible, stick to the routine you’ve already established and try to keep your little one as comfortable as possible so that they can fall asleep.

  • Stay calm and carry on

Rest assured, you’re not the first parent to deal with this. And no matter how stressful it might seem, you’ll get through it! Try to maintain perspective, keep your little one comfortable, and give them extra cuddles.

  • The takeaway

Teething is one of those baby milestones that most parents have a love-hate relationship with. On the one hand, it’s exciting to see your little one grow and develop. But on the flip side, those first few teeth are usually when teething symptoms are at their worst and night time sleep is most disrupted.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to ease the discomfort and make sleep possible for both you and baby. And if you notice a fever or rash, call your doctor — there may be something else going on.

Check out the NHS website

Get some useful tips on co-parenting with your EX.

Working Fathers Want Modern Benefits: Here’s What Your Company Must Give Them

Dads are more involved in caregiving and household responsibilities than ever before. And after a year spent working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the message they are sending to current and potential employers is clear: “Dads want to spend more time with their kids,” says entrepreneur Michael Rothman, CEO and Co-founder of Fatherly, a leading digital media brand for men that reaches more than 23 million people with its articles, podcasts, newsletters, and events each month.

There are about 49 million working fathers in the US, according to the most recent census and workforce data. If businesses want to compete for that sector of the talent pool, leaders need to show dads that their companies are good places to work.

Fatherly’s new Best Places to Work for Dads certification program recognizes organizations that meet a 148-point set of criteria around family-friendly policies and benefits. Twenty-six companies made this year’s inaugural list, including TIAA, a Fortune 100 insurance provider where benefits for working parents include fully paid gender-neutral leave, coverage for surrogacy, adoption, and in vitro fertilisation, plus free homework help for kids, and even free virtual after-school programs.

This is a much different package of perks than the ones companies used to offer employees

When people are well supported as parents and otherwise, they give their very best, and that’s how companies are best able to help clients.

By focusing on company culture, HR-driven programmess, and family-friendly policies, companies can truly make themselves great places for working dads to put down roots.

Here’s how.👇

How NOT to do it! Keystroke tracking, screenshots, and facial recognition: The boss may be watching long after the pandemic ends……

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