“It takes a village to raise a child”, says the old African proverb. So what do you do without it? How do you raise your child to be confident? How do you set clear, effective boundaries? How do you deal with aggressive behavior? How do you help develop language skills? These are just a few of the questions every parent contends with.
“BabyBuzz” was created to help answer these questions and more. Babybuzz is a comprehensive, in-depth database providing support for parents dealing with various educational and developmental issues. A team of specialists, headed by Dr. Herzel Yogev, a senior clinical psychologist, has gathered the most relevant information on child development and compiled it into practical and concise daily parenting tips. Rather than tackle the endless information on child development on your own, we have gleaned the most essential components and packaged them for you in these concise and useful messages.
Dr. Herzel Yogev, the initiator and creator of this project, aims to support and guide mothers and children using a positive approach founded on his vast experience as a therapist, diagnostician, researcher and teacher. The team of specialists includes a number of renowned psychologists with experience in child development and education, and the contents of this project were reviewed by doctors. We believe that parenting is the most important job in the world. Our goal is for your child to develop in the best possible way, and for you to enjoy the extraordinary experience of parenting. You are not alone- we’ll be your “village” day after day, helping you find ways to support your child’s development, and giving you the tools to be the best parent you can be.
We’ve sorted through relevant scientific literature with a team of experts in the fields of psychology and pediatrics, and selected the most essential factors that constitute your child’s normal development. Within the existing knowledge and literature we’ve also pinpointed specifc things you can do to help your child grow up healthier.
For example, science today has proved beyond a doubt that smoking during pregnancy elevates the risk of behavioral problems in the child. And as for toddlers- many children adopt a certain “transitional object.” It can be anything from a doll to a piece of fabric- anything your child seems to use (hold, cuddle) when he or she needs to relax, when they’re tired, when parting from you or crying. Because this object is very important to your child, you must treat it with respect. Don’t try to take it away all at once. Your child will let go of it as they get older and develop the ability to calm down by themselves. When the time comes to say goodbye, the child needs to be a part of the process- don’t throw it out believing they’ll just “get over it.” You should also know that not all kids choose to have a transitional object.
We’ve taken the vast amount of information on child development that is now available, and transformed it from a list of rules and recommendations into structured daily tips with useful examples, that allow us to guide parents in the choices they make at different stages of the child’s development. Every tip begins by describing the developmental stage the fetus or baby is in, and goes on to explain what the parent can do to help their child’s development at this stage through vivid, practical examples from everyday life.
In addition, we’ve also addressed the thoughts, feelings and dilemmas that the child, mother or family members may confront at each stage of the child’s development. These issues are natural and legitimate, and we try to provide insights on how to deal with them, and explain their role in the child’s development. We also shed some light on the things that come naturally to many mothers, by explaining how playing peek-a-boo or playing catch can contribute to a child’s development, and give tips on how to play them even more effectively.
How the information is presented:
Through short, concise messages:
We’ve chosen to present the information we’ve gathered through the child, as if they are literally talking to you. So basically, we just allow your baby to “tell” you what developmental stage they’re in, and give you the information you need on how to make better choices at this stage, using examples from everyday situations that every parent faces.
For the more complicated issues of parenting, we’ll give you the information in parts, every day a different aspect of the same issue and how best to deal with it. One message, for example, will discuss the baby’s relationship with their favorite doll or pacifier, and the next will provide tips on how to react to this object, like not to wash it without the child’s permission.
Once a week, on Friday, you’ll receive a short and practical summary on a single developmental issue. This is our way of giving you “the big picture” on a particular topic, tying together the different tips you received throughout the previous weeks relating to this issue. The summary will also discuss complex topics such as sudden infant death syndrome or behavioral problems, and will provide a short scientific overview of the subject.
What don’t we do?
This program cannot replace meeting with specialists, and we emphasize the importance of seeking help and consultation whenever a more complex problem arises. The program provides parents with tools to identify problems such as hearing problems or speech impediments, and allows parents to look for clues that may guide them to seek the necessary professional help.
What we do:
We provide guidelines for healthier development of the fetus, baby, mother and family. We give parents the tools they need to detect signs that may point to a problem, and provide their child with the proper medical or psychological attention as soon as possible. In doing so, we are actively providing preventative treatment- both medical and psychological. The rule is that the sooner the baby is treated, the better the professionals can help. There’s no need to seek help just because a friend’s child can say “mommy” and yours still can’t. That may take some time, and that’s perfectly fine.
Our goal in this project is to provide parents with knowledge on how they can contribute to their child’s positive development at every stage, in accordance with the child’s age, and in the best possible way.