Kids are a joy for most parents. Most parents find great pleasure from interacting with their children and watching them grow up with the help of their guidance. While joyous, raising kids is certainly far from easy. The parenting tips below might be just what you need to solve one or two problems.
Praise your children often! If you ‘catch’ your child doing an appropriate behavior, tell him how proud you are. Children love positive words and praise. Hearing kind words will help your child to feel good about himself and will cause him to continue trying to do good things to receive more praise.
We all know that engaging in an argument with a toddler is never the most productive use of our time. To avoid arguments, make sure you explain your reasons for your rules in ways that are easy for your toddler to understand, and decide ahead of time which rules are flexible and which are non-negotiable.
It is important that when dealing with teenagers- college year children of yours to never have to hear about the money issues that may be happening your (mother and father) lives. If you can’t support them they will understand and take initiative. However, if they are supported by you but still get complaints about how much they cost to you, this will ruin your relationship with them.
Make sure never to get a toddler or child soda of any kind. Only give your children foods and drinks that will provide nutrients, vitamins and minerals that they need to learn and grow.
Do not let your children gang up on you. If you are a typical couple than once you reach three children they will already outnumber you and your spouse. One good technique to avoid this is to have confrontations with children one and one. This prevents the giggles from setting in and you are able to maintain your authority.
Use common household items to keep your child entertained. Items such as empty paper towel rolls, pots and pans, empty boxes and old clothing, can easily occupy a child’s imagination without a lot of financial investment. As an added benefit, children encouraged to use their imagination in play, are often more successful at problem solving as they get older.
It is okay to kiss and hug your spouse in front of your children because it is their first peek into what intimate relationships are like. While that is healthy, it is not a good idea to be much too sexual in front of them. That would be crossing the line.
Baby-proofing your home is essential once your little one begins crawling. Covering electrical outlets, and tying up loose cords is important. Secure anything loose that the baby could pull down, and put all chemicals up and out of baby’s reach. Children will find things to get into that even the most diligent parent can’t foresee. Baby-proofing will help keep you one step ahead of your little one.
Allow your child an appropriate level of independence. For example, when your child is ready to walk to school by himself, consider whether or not it is reasonable and NOT whether or not you feel comfortable with it. You’ll never be totally at ease with letting your child do things on his own, so just relax and let him have some leeway.
When you are going to a place where there will be large number of people, dress your children in colorful clothing that will be distinctive from a distance. You might want to consider matching clothing for the adults in your party. It will help prevent you and your children becoming separated in a crowd.
For better parenting performance, you should remember that your life as a parent and as a worker are not separate. If your job tends to give you stress, avoid taking that stress out on your children at all costs. When a parenting situation tempts you to be angry or disappointed, keep in mind the other stressful factors in your life that may contribute to your attitude.
Make sure your pre-schooler still gets a nap everyday. A child at that age still needs plenty of rest, in order to stay in a good mood. You might encounter resistance from him during nap time, but if your young child does not take his nap, he will be very cranky by dinner time.
You will never be the perfect parent. All parents fail, and accepting this is key. If you are always trying to be perfect, you will miss out on some great opportunities to teach your kids humility. Accept when you get it wrong and apologize for your mistakes. Learn from them and then correct the action for next time.
We hope that you can put one or two of the above suggestions to good use in your household. Give the pointers time to work. Above all, continue to let love dominate, and your children will thrive. Don’t expect perfection of either yourself, your spouse or your children.