When you just don’t know what to do and you are having doubts about your parenting skills, you may feel like you’re all alone in the world. You’re not! We’ve all been through it and we’ve all come through the other side better people and that includes our kids. Here are some tips on how we’ve dealt with a variety of parenting problems and survived.
If you have two or more children in the house, enlist the help of older siblings to care for the younger ones. Older siblings can help with playtime and can even monitor bath times (depending on their age). If you have a teenager and a young child, you might also be able to benefit from lower cost babysitting and teach your older child some responsibility in the process.
Make sure you have an appropriate first aid kit in your home. Children suffer a variety of different injuries and you want to make sure you are prepared for them. In your first aid kit, make sure to include, band aids, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, cotton swabs, bacitracin ointment, and calamine lotion.
In order to have a proper developing toddler, it is important that they get many hours of social interaction. A great idea to get this done is for them to enter a preschool. This way, they can meet other children their age and build their knowledge basis at the same time.
A little “me time” away from the company of your kids can be really important. Even getting a few hours to yourself while a friend or relative looks after your children can have a beneficial impact. Parents become really stressed, which creates tension, if they don’t get a break away from their kids.
Many children hate the bitter, chalky, or sour taste of commonly prescribed liquid antibiotic medications and vitamin and mineral supplements. Ask your pharmacist about medication flavoring options; some medicines can be prepared with a bitterness suppressor and sweetening agent. Popular flavors include cherry, banana, bubble gum, and even chocolate silk pie.
When treating common children’s cold and flu symptoms, always check the active ingredients in his or her medications whether it is an over-the-counter or prescription medicine. These products contain multiple ingredients that are commonly found in a number of medications. Rather than risk an overdose, it is safest to use only one medication unless otherwise directed by a pediatrician.
Using win/win negotiating strategies to help resolve the every day disputes that often arise between siblings can go a long way to help reduce fighting. When children quarrel, focus on trying to help them see that there is a solution that will get everyone’s needs met. Ask for their suggestions first and then offer more of your own.
If you are a savvy mother that likes to do home haircuts, this tip may help you succeed in a great home hair cut. If you are cutting bangs, just cut the hair that reaches the outside of the outer corners of the eyebrow. It will make it easier for you to cut them straight and even.
Make sure to give your twins time with you that they don’t have to share. All too often twins are thought of as one complete unit. They are separate people and they need time to discover who they are on their own. Make time each week to take one twin to the park or the store with you.
One of the biggest problems parents have with their children these days is getting them away from the computer, television, and video games. One solution to this is to show them how much fun reading and other activities can be. A great way to go about doing this is to take them to story time events at libraries and bookstores. Here, they might learn to enjoy reading by listening to interesting stories, and interacting with other children at the same time.
Start your child’s education as early as possible. Even when a kid is little, there are tons of games you can play with them that make learning fun. You can find games to teach them math, science, reading, spelling, etc. It’s never too early to start your child’s education, and if you make it fun, you’ll make them want to keep learning.
When birthdays or other gift giving holidays come around, instead of taking your child shopping, help them make a present. Not only will your child get to be creative and give a unique gift, but you’ll get to spend quality time together. This is especially good if the present is for the child’s other parent or another relative.
Just hold tight, breathe deeply and remember that tomorrow is another day. Implement the techniques we’ve supplied and come up with some of your own. Parenting is the hardest job on earth and there is no handbook or training that can truly prepare you for it. The beauty is that the foundation you are laying for your child, is well worth the effort!