People have been parenting for a long time and as a species we’ve gotten pretty good at it. But nobody is born with the skills and knowledge to raise happy, healthy children; we all have to learn those things. Sometimes we can all use tips like the ones below, from people who have been there before.
A useful tip for any parent is to resist the urge to do everything for your children. Instead, help your kids learn to do things on their own. In this way, they will develop an invaluable sense of confidence in their own skills and abilities and grow into capable, independent adults.
A tip that goes unheeded by far too many parents is the suggestion that they remember to take time for themselves. Setting aside some personal time to decompress and maintain hobbies and interests will help moms and dads stay energized and engaged in the lives of their children. This will lead to a happier, more fulfilled family.
If you want to encourage your child to study longer, don’t force them to sit at a desk for hours on end. Your child might feel more comfortable on a bean bag, or in the imaginary fort in their room. As long as the location is well lit, it can serve as a great study area. This just might motivate your child to study longer.
If your baby or young child has diarrhea, make sure to give them Pedialyte and lots of fluids. Just like adults, babies and young children get dehydrated after they have had excessive diarrhea, which can cause severe health problems. If your child has diarrhea for more than a few days, bring him or her to the doctor.
Tell your friends and family that you plan to breastfeed and educate them as to why. Let them know that you will have moments of stress and doubt and that they should help remind you of why you are doing this. If you provide family and friends a list of reasons why they will be much more likely to encourage and support you when things get hard.
If your child must take a maintenance medication on a daily basis, you should always check the pharmacy label and directions, upon picking up each refill. It is not uncommon for physicians or nurses to increase or adjust the dosages as your child’s age and weight increase. Reviewing the instructions at the time you pick up the medication is your best bet and can save your child from health risks.
Try to avoid giving children “I told you so answers.” Although in some specific cases this may be necessary there is generally a better way. It is very important for children to understand why they should not do anything because this allows them to grow as a person and to learn how to make their own good decisions.
Anybody who has kids has a lot to learn, but that doesn’t mean you need to reinvent the wheel every time. Suggestions like the ones in this article let you learn from other parents’ successes (and their mistakes!) to make the toughest, most rewarding job you’ll ever do just a bit easier.