One of the most amazing aspects of human existence is without a doubt, parenthood. Given that it is also one of the most challenging and that it does not come with instructions, the following article is designed to guide you in ways and means that other parents have discovered to be helpful.
Make sure your child has time to be a child! Don’t force them to grow up and deal with things too early. Kids are only young once, and it’s important that they get to make the most out of it. Give them time to play and explore and to just be a kid.
Let the baby nurse as long as he is still actively sucking with deep drawn motions. If the baby starts to slow down, hold down on your breast for a few seconds to release more milk. If he is still hungry, this will get him going again. If he does not respond then try switching sides as he may have emptied that breast.
Do not try to introduce the bottle to a normally breastfeed baby who is hungry. A hungry baby will not understand what the bottle is for and will reject it immediately because he at this point only associates food with the breast. Get the baby used to the bottle when they are not hungry so that they can learn that it provides food as well.
If you are having difficulty giving your toddler their medicine, try mixing it with chocolate syrup. This will make your child want to take their medicine instead of putting up a fight. You can also try placing OTC medications in the refrigerator. Your toddler will have a hard time distinguishing the taste of the cold liquid, making them more likely to take it without fussing.
Help the child to develop routines by establishing a schedule very early. If you give them specific times for different events they will begin to naturally adjust to these times. This will help to make shower, eating and bedtimes much easier. The child will also feel more secure.
To reduce stress when flying with children ask the gate attendant if they offer early boarding for families. If they don’t, ask if you can board early. This will allow you to secure your children in their seats ahead of time and it will also make it easier to find a storage compartment for your carry-on baggage.
One great way to become involved in your child’s life is to join peer groups. It can be anything from a library group to an athletic group to a mommy and me group. Not only are these peer groups great for getting involved in fun activities with your kids, but it allows both you and your child to meet people and make new friends.
One of the most important things to learn as a parent is when to seek advice. Hopefully this article has provided you with useful advice you can apply in your daily parenting. As with many things, benefitting from the experience of others is often wise, and we parents need every bit of wisdom we can get!