Facing many of the challenges of everyday parenting can be just a matter of knowing some common sense tips to give you the advantage. If what you are doing is not working, this article has some ideas that can give you that advantage and make facing the everyday challenges smooth sailing.
Getting into an argument with your child is never fun, and when emotions are flying high, it can be easy to lose your cool and say things that you regret. When you feel yourself getting very upset, give yourself permission to take a time out. Walk out of the room, take a short walk, read a book – give yourself a chance to calm down.
Use clothes or items from the mother to wrap a bottle in if the baby is having trouble getting used to drinking from it. The smell of mom in the clothing will help calm the baby because he will associate it with his mother, thus making him more likely to give it a try.
It is important that you properly discipline your toddler when they bite you or someone else. Letting them get away with biting will just make them think it is okay. To show your toddler that you mean business, firmly tell them they cannot bite or take away their favorite toy.
Although most medication labeling states dosages according to age in years, you should consult your pediatrician if your child falls within those age ranges but is significantly heavier or lighter than other kids his or her age. Children metabolize certain medications much differently than adults, and dosing based on weight is more likely to deliver a therapeutic amount of the active ingredient.
If you are a new mom of twins, ASK FOR HELP! Not asking for help is one of the worst things that moms of twins do. Having newborn twins is not the same as having one baby. Take anyone and every one’s offer of help whether doing some grocery shopping, running the dishwasher, or just sitting with the sleeping babies for you to get a break. You will be a better mom for it.
Get your twins on the same schedule as soon as you can. Having two babies on two separate schedules can end up being the death of you. You have to get your rest where you can but twins who are hungry and sleepy at different times will keep you from doing so. If one wakes up hungry, feed him and then wake up the other one. Make sure to lay them down at the same time. It won’t take long before they start getting on the same schedule.
Making sure your children are fed properly will help your day run smoothly. When children are hungry, you will be able to tell right away. Infants will scream until they are fed, toddlers will throw a temper tantrum, pre-schoolers will get crabby, and older kids will get a horrible attitude. All this can be stopped by giving them a snack every 2-3 hours.
Do not believe that you have to give your children everything they want in order to make them love you. Most children crave limits and boundaries and they want to have someone that can be in charge and tell them what to do. They will push these boundaries so be prepared for that.
Teach your children good eating habits early on. Always offer at least one fruit or vegetable at every meal. Limit sweets as snacks, and encourage them to drink water, milk, or juice. The habits you teach them now will follow them throughout their life. They can help prevent obesity and other illnesses as well.
When your child throws a fit or goes into a temper tantrum, he or she may be overstimulated. Isolate the child from any exciting stimuli, in order to help him or her to calm down faster. A child-sized tent may be the best place to calm a truculent child. For a faster, cheaper alternative, you can put a blanket over a small table to create an isolated, calming cavern for your child.
When your children demonstrate an interest in or a talent for a particular activity, do all you can to cultivate their new-found hobby. Kids derive great benefits from excelling in any field, and they are far more likely to do so in a field they enjoy. Nurturing your child’s natural interests can provide a huge boost to their confidence and self-esteem.
Network with parents of children who share your kids’ interests and work together with them to build a supportive community. When your children develop hobbies or pastimes, you should make a commitment to supporting their interests. By pooling your resources with other parents, you can often achieve goals that would be impossible on your own.
As you can see from the tips in this article, there are many ways to use common sense ideas to overcome the challenges of parenting. Putting these tips to practical use will give you the confidence you need to be the best parent you can be, every day, for your children.