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.
Need a break from parenting but can’t afford a babysitter? Give a play date a try. A well set up play date will give your child some extra socialization and stimulation. In addition, you’ll get to enjoy some adult time with the other parents who are present.
If your child has a problem with wetting the bed, it is important that you get the problem addressed as soon as possible. You do not want your child to be a teenager and still wet the bed. There are medications available that help to stop a child from bed wetting.
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 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.
Do not put work above your child. Of course it is necessary to work in order to support yourself and your family, but if you are never around, your child is going to feel like you are a stranger, which will make them not want to trust you or be close to you.
Learn to breastfeed your baby in public so that you will be able to breastfeed for your child’s first year of life. Mothers who have not learned how to discretely nurse in public tend to start offering bottles and that is usually the beginning of the end of a breastfeeding relationship.
Prepare your child for a lifetime of safe street-crossing behavior. Always hold hands, look both ways, and then look both ways again when crossing a street or walking across a parking lot. Starting early will instill the importance of this responsible in your child, keeping them safe and sound as they walk to school or accompany you to the store.
While the advice of close friends and family can be very helpful, you don’t need to listen to the unsolicited tips from every aunt, cousin and coworker. Of course they may mean well, but at the end of the day the child is yours. The same goes for parenting tips from any other source, take them with a grain of salt.
Use your smart phone as a baby monitor. If you are visiting someone’s home or you are on vacation and do not have your monitor, you can download an application that will let your phone function as a monitor. If the baby makes a noise, your phone will call a number that you put into the application.
An important tip for young parents is to make time each day to read to your child. Exposing children to books and illustrations is a great way to introduce them to language and art. By doing this, you will help build their vocabulary and help them get ready to learn once they enter school.
A vital part of parenting is paying attention to all car safety regulations pertaining to young children and ensuring that you always have an appropriate safety seat for your child’s age. By making sure your child is properly restrained every time they travel, you will be able to greatly reduce the risk of serious injury.
Get your little one involved in meal preparation as soon as they are able to handle specific tasks with assistance and supervision. For example, having a toddler help pour ingredients into a bowl can teach basic measurement while allowing you to finish preparing a meal. Just be sure to supervise closely and keep your child away from any dangerous appliances or utensils.
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!