Parenting information that may be of interest to parents of young children. If you prefer, a brochure can be requested through the Family Life Education Office at (605) 322-3660.
These are guides only and should never replace the advice of your physician.
Nutrition and Feeding
Children's Nutrition Guidelines
Having a basic understanding of nutritional needs and eating behaviors is especially important for parents of young children. Because of our society’s eating habits, children today are at a higher risk for developing heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Children’s Nutrition Guidelines (PDF)
Feeding Guide for Infants
A feeding guide for your child, from birth to 1 years old.
Feeding Guide for Infants (PDF)
Feeding Guide for Young Children
A feeding guide for young children, from 1 to 6 years old.
Feeding Guide for Young Children (PDF)
Guidance and Discipline
Reinforcement for Appropriate Behavior
The best way to teach a child correct behavior is by giving reinforcement for the behaviors the adult wants to encourage, rather than by calling too much attention to negative behaviors. Rewarding and reinforcing appropriate behavior is the best way to teach a child how to act in the world.
Reinforcement for Appropriate Behavior (PDF)
Discipline: A Teaching and Learning Experience
Discipline can be one of the most difficult and confusing issues when it comes to children. Remember that discipline does not only mean punishment. The word “discipline” comes from a root word meaning “to guide or to teach.”
Discipline: A Teaching and Learning Experience (PDF)
Young Children: Communication is Key
Through guidance and discipline, we teach our children the rules of life. Our goal should be for them to learn to control their own behavior. Positive communication can lay the groundwork for this learning.
Young Children: Communication is Key (PDF)
Handling a Biter
Biting is a common occurrence among toddlers. Many developmental characteristics influence this.
Handling a Biter (PDF)
Children and the Grieving Process
Talking to children about death is not an easy thing for parents to do. Sometimes questions about death come up unexpectedly. At other times the death of a family member or friend will make it necessary to have this discussion. You are the best resource and support as your child works through the grief process.
Children and the Grieving Process (PDF)
For parents, toilet training requires time, understanding and patience. For children, maturation, motivation and experience are all needed.
A Parent’s Guide For Toilet Training (PDF)
Many children develop a security ritual that may include thumb or finger sucking and/or a security object like a blanket, pacifier or toy. This is very normal, and is actually considered to be a sign of emotional health.
Thumb/Finger Sucking, Pacifiers, and Security Objects (PDF)
Child Development Newsletters
Feedings. Play. Safety. Health. There are so many things to think about when you have a new child in the family. Avera is here to help! Avera Children’s Hospital & Avera Medical Group Pediatric Specialists, along with the Sioux Empire United Way, is proud to bring you newsletters that provide helpful tips and fun ways to aid your child’s development in the early years of life. Access the newsletters.