Hot Parenting How-Tos

How To: Teach children to be gentle

In this tutorial, we learn how to teach children to be gentle. If children are in a setting with other kids, arguments will arise. If a child happens to try to harm another, you will need to tell that child that it hurts the other one if you harm them. Tell them that it's not nice and that they need to say they are sorry for not being gentle. Tell them that it is a nice thing to be gentle with other people and they will make friends by doing this. This will help your child be gentle and make ...

How To: Teach kids not to hurt others

In this tutorial, we learn how to teach kids not to hurt others. Tell them if someone were to hurt them or hit them, that would be hurting them on the outside. Tell that that it is not kind to do this sort of thing. Tell them that if someone says something not nice about them, that hurts you on the inside. This hurts their feelings and that is not nice. Let them know to say sorry for hurting someone's feelings or physically hurting them. Make sure the other person says that they forgive them,...

How To: Turn baby socks into pretty roses

Baby socks are great gifts to give for baby showers and christenings. But they're not always the prettiest thing to present. This video shows you how to transform baby socks into beautiful roses for a great presentation. Use this technique to adorn existing presents, or to present your baby socks as a bouquet. As we all know, babies definitely need to keep their toes warm!

How To: Get rid of head lice with Dr. Su Laurent

Head lice can be a nasty, unwelcome visitor in your life. And if you have children, you're likely to be confronted with an infestation sooner or later. Dr. Su Laurent explains that getting rid of head lice can be a tricky undertaking, but the most important thing is to be persistent. You'll need to wash the hair with the latest lice treatment available, as the lice may adapt to chemicals from year to year. It's very important to follow up this treatment at least one more time, seven days late...

How To: Bathe a newborn baby

This parenting tutorial teaches you how to bathe your newborn baby. Learn how to get the bath ready, how to hold your baby in the bath, how to safely wash your newborn's hair and safe products to wash your baby with. With the tips from this how to video you can get your baby clean and safe in the tub.

How To: Use a shirt as an emergency baby carrier

Need to carry your baby, but don't have your sling or baby kangaroo handy? Then watch this how to video to learn how to use a just about anything as a baby carrier in an emergency. You can use a towel, t-shirt, or a pair of stretch sweat pants. This particular demonstrations shows how to use your shirt to carry your tiny baby during an emergency.

How To: Teach your child to swim in the bathtub

In this vintage clip from the American Red Cross, learn how to teach your little tyke to swim in the bathtub. This clip from 1961 seems pretty hilarious these days but actually includes some useful tips on getting your little guy or gal used to water and the feeling of having it on their face. So, if you don't have access to a pool or ocean or just can't wait for the warm weather to start lessons, check out this video and get your kid started learning in your own tub today.

How To: Soothe and heal chapped nipples

On today's panel discussion the moms reveal the cure to chapped breasts; lanolin cream. Lanolin cream, which can be purchased at any drugstore, helps soothe and heal sore, tender, or chapped nipples. The best part of using pure lanolin is it's edible so it's not toxic to your baby.

How To: Take your baby's rectal temperature

In this tutorial, we learn how to use a rectal thermometer with a baby. This is the best to use for an infant six months or younger. Any fever could be serious, especially in the first 3 months. First, apply petroleum jelly to the baby's rectum and lift its legs in the air. Gently slide the thermometer into the rectum and wait until the temperature reads out. This will often stimulate the bowel movements of the baby, so make sure you keep wipes or paper towels near by for when you're finished...

How To: Make rock salt animals with your kids

In this video, we learn how to make rock salt animals with your kids. You can use any kind of animal including a snake or alligator. To start, cut out the shape on a piece of white construction paper. After this, you will need to mix up some water color in a shallow dish. You can make this by mixing up water with some food coloring. Now, dissolve the rock salt into it and then let the child brush the mixture onto the top of the piece of paper. Let this dry overnight, then when finished it wil...

How To: Prepare yourself for baby labor and delivery

In this video, we learn how to prepare yourself for baby labor and delivery. First, make sure you bring change for the vending machines, labor and delivery can take a lot of time. Watching the pain of the delivery process can drive you nuts because you want to rescue your wife. Don't be rude to the caregivers and make sure to help your wife by giving her an amazing foot massage. You will also want to give your wife a gift to show her you love her. Make sure you do NOT faint, this will make th...

How To: Disciple a teen

In this tutorial, we learn how to discipline a teen with Dr. Felicia Ferrara. Since teens have always been known to be hard to discipline, it's very important to do this. When you punish a teen, make sure you are giving them a punishment that suits the crime they did. It's very important that you set guidelines with your teen, they will most likely thank you when they become an adult. Always remember, making wrong choices will shape your teen and how they are as an adult. Allow them to make m...

How To: Use a towel as an emergency baby carrier

Need to carry your baby, but don't have your sling or baby kangaroo handy? Then watch this how to video to learn how to use a just about anything as a baby carrier in an emergency. You can use a towel, t-shirt, or a pair of stretch sweat pants. This particular demonstrations shows how to use a towel to carry your baby on your back in any emergency.

How To: Make an emergency baby carrier out of sweatpants

Need to carry your baby, but don't have your sling or baby kangaroo handy? Then watch this how to video to learn how to use a just about anything as a baby carrier in an emergency. You can use a towel, t-shirt, or a pair of stretch sweat pants. This particular demonstrations shows how to use a pair of sweatpants to carry your baby on your back in an emergency.

How To: Talk to your child about sex

The producers of this film should be applauded for their sensible approach in teaching parents how to talk to kids about sex. The awkward reading of cue cards and embarrassing situations will produce nervous giggles among even the most jaded audiences. This film was produced by some of the pioneers of sex education whose ideas are still being challenged by school boards today.

How To: Make children listen with their "listening ears"

In this video from CullensAbcs we learn a tip for how to children should listen with their "listening ears." This is taught by a girl and a gator puppet. She says to ask children to put on their listening ears so they can hear a story you are going to read to them or if you have something that you are going to say. Children like doing these types of things. It's a great tip to use to get your child to hear what you have to say. They can also make a sound when putting on their listening ears t...

How To: Do an Easter basket art activity with your kids

In this video, we learn how to do an Easter basket art activity with your kids. First, grab some white paper bags and have the child cut a line across the top of the bag. You can also use decorative scissors for more of an Easter effect. After this, let the child use paint, cookie cutters, glue, glitter, crayons, and markers to paint all over the bag! Let them make any design that they would like for the upcoming season! Once finished, let these dry and then open them up! These can be used fo...

How To: Use a Russian doll to teach potty training

In this tutorial, we learn how to use a Russian doll to teach potty training. First, put your Russian doll with a honey bear plastic bottle on the top of a toilet. Have them talk to each other about going to the potty. After this, give one of the pieces to your child and ask them questions about using the potty. From here, you can have them tell you how to use it, why, and when. Once you do this, you can ensure that your child has a good understanding of the potty and encourage them to use it...

How To: Save old crayons and make new ones

In this video, we learn how to save old crayons and make new ones. To do this, you will need to buy a Crayola Crayon Maker. Then, open up the maker and take your old pieces of crayons that you don't have a use for. Break them up and situate them in the tray inside the machine. After this, turn on the power and then the light will come on. The light will start to melt the crayons down and in ten minutes you will pour the wax into the molds. When finished, you will have some cool looking crayon...

How To: Help babies fall asleep

In order to help a bay to fall asleep you will need to establish a routine. The first step of a sleep routine is a warm bath. After you bathe the baby, you'll need to give the child a massage. Massage one body part at a time with baby lotion. To engage the child, you can name the body parts, as you massage them. Next, you should transition into quiet activities. This is a good time to read to the child or discuss the day. Even very young toddlers benefit from being read to. When the child app...

How To: Get infants and toddlers to sleep

Dr. Jodi Mindell teaches us how to get infants and toddlers to sleep. Night wakings are normal, all infants and toddlers will wake between 6-10 times at night. Self soothers will put themselves right back to sleeps and the others will wake someone up to put them to bed. To have a child more likely to become a self soother, then have them go to bed by themselves instead of rocking themselves to sleep. Refusal for children to go to bed is normal, but the child needs to learn how to fall asleep ...

How To: Choose the healthiest cheese puffs for your kids

Kids love Cheetos. There's nothing better than those crispy sticks and the joy of licking your orange fingertips when you finish. Or is there? Watch this Food Facts tutorial and learn why you should keep your family far away from Cheese doodles and other types of puffs. This clip will give you a basic rundown of all the mysterious ingredients inside these snacks and offer advice on finding much healthier alternatives for your family.

How To: Identify different types of diaper rash

There are a number of diaper rashes that your baby can face. Sometimes a rash can be a great risk and hard to treat. You may need to take your baby to a doctor if you have tried treating their rash with different types of ointments/creams/medication and the rash has not gotten better. It may be more than just a wet diaper causing harm.

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