Idaho CareLine: In Idaho, Dial 2-1-1 or 800-926-2588
The following are some basic suggestions to use when your baby cries:
Check to see that basic needs are met:
Offer comfort by:
Change the environment by:
Take a break:
Remember, a little crying will not hurt your baby.
Appropriate Discipline Tips
Telling the difference between unacceptable behavior and normal, sometimes nerve-wracking stages in a child's development is often difficult. It is important to understand what to expect of your child.
Model Correct Behavior: Patiently show the child the "right way" to behave or do a chore.
Redirect Behavior: Substitute a positive behavior for one that's a problem; drawing on walls — have paper available; throwing sand — use a ball for throwing; trouble taking turns — add another toy or use a timer to mark each turn.
Ignore Annoying Behavior When Possible: Ignore behavior that will not harm your child or others — bad habits, whining, bad language, and tantrums. It's hard to do nothing; however, this lack of attention takes away the audience your child is seeking.
Time Out: Use time out to respond to harmful behavior such as hitting or intentional destruction:
Helping Parents Help Themselves
There are many groups and organizations that offer free or low-cost parenting seminars or courses to help parents. Parenting classes can help parents:
Positive Parenting offers a link to local parenting classes in Idaho, as well as articles on parenting in general. Call the Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588 or 1-208-332-7205 (TDD) for listings of parenting classes throughout the state, or contact your local hospital or health care provider for information about classes near you.
Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) FREE Online Parenting Classes: You can hear the lectures, ask questions, and participate in the discussion, all from home! All you need is a computer with speaker. It's easy and fun! These classes are designed for caring parents who want to learn all they can to promote the heath and happiness of their families.