Explain that the word “sorry” is useful only it it means, I will try not to do it again, and that all apologies are only as good as the actions that follow them.
Combat disaffection with involment. Children of all ages are generally more contented once they have a role. Whether it’s washing up, gardening, making something, decorating or sewing, give your child a task that is achievable and rewarding.
Work animal magic by giving your child their own pet to look after. Knowing that the animal is solely dependent on them can give them a first taste of real responsibility.
Teach them to live by their own lights, not to be led astray by other people’s.
Take the long view. Separation can be as upsetting for parents as it s for children. If you are dreaming the school trip and think you will be anxious the whole time your child is away, remember that in all likelihood it will be a great experience from which they will grow in confidence and independence. A little time apart from parents can be truly liberating for a child. Make sure that you take a lot of photos of your children and you together as well as individual shots.
Allow noise. A baby should be able to sleep through noise, so allow a reasonable hubbub in the house. Babies like to know that they are near to people and haven’t been abandoned.
Make a mobile out of objects that will attract your baby’s attention, in bright colours, with strong tonal contrasts.
Suspend these from a frame made of a couple coat happens joined at right angles, and keep the mobile well out of baby’s reach.
Use baby books with babies of all ages, including newborns, start with cloth or board looks containing vibrant patterns that your baby will find interesting. Prop the books open around where your baby is lying so that they can gaze at them.
Use toys at changing time. From about four months of babies can get tremendously wriggly during changes. Distract your infant by putting a baby-gym frame over the changing mat so that they can play and give vital seconds in which to change nappy.
Stay in the swim of things. Even though you’ve had a new baby. It’s still possible to stay in touch with the outside world. Put on the radio, watch a bit of TV, scan the newspapers, and chat to friends on the phone. You will get interrupted, but you will still feel better for it.