As anyone with a child knows, parenting is far from an easy and simple task. Being a parent means being responsible for another life, not only financially but also morally. Being a parent means influencing the future with simple actions today. Here are some tips to help any parent shoulder the responsibility with intelligence and grace.
A critical parenting tip is to never allow a toddler to be near water, unattended. Bathtubs, pools, lakes and any other areas of significant water, can pose extreme danger to small children. By ensuring that young kids are never alone in such settings, the risk of accidental drowning can be drastically lowered.
When bringing a new baby home from the hospital, accept a little help from friends and neighbors. Friends can help by preparing a dish that you can keep frozen for a quick meal. Neighbors might be willing to chip in with a couple of errands or housekeeping duties. Taking advantage of the extra help will give you some rest and bonding time with your new baby.
Use a pump or hand express milk if you are engorged and the baby is not ready to eat when breastfeeding. There are few things more painful to a new mother than having produced too much milk and not having a way to release it. Our bodies gradually start to produce only what is needed for the baby but it takes a little while to regulate. By expressing some of the milk you can reduce the pain until baby’s next meal.
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.
It is crucial that you get your child interested in vegetables as soon as they are able to eat them. By not giving your child vegetables at this time of their life, they are not going to want to eat them when they get older, which prevents them from getting proper nutrients and vitamins.
Sometimes, unpleasant disciplinary actions must be handed down. “First, feelings; then discipline,” is a highly effective approach that begins with a positive statement that acknowledges the child’s feelings (right or wrong) and then explains your reason for setting the disciplinary consequences. This can help reduce the levels of resentment following the action.
When you are a parent there are many times when your children will try your very last nerve. It is essential to know when to hold back your battles. You should avoid punishment during moments of anger because it is during these moments when you are most likely to say something due to the anger and not because you are helping your child.
The above tips can’t possibly cover the whole complex scope of parenting, of course, and every child is unique and deserving of individual attention — but these tips can certainly help parents stick to the proper path for raising a beautiful child into a healthy, functional, productive adult. After all, in parenting, every correct action, however small, contributes to a child’s future.