Parenting is perhaps the hardest job in the world and it is even harder because there is no pay, no on- the-job training and you’re always on the clock! The most successful parents know that good parenting is no accident and it’s not necessarily a trait that we’re born with. Good parents go out of their way to learn effective parenting techniques, such as some of the ones you are going to be reading right here.
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs there is. You will want to remain firm with your children, but it is just as important to be fair, honest and, most importantly, consistent. Once you have a good handle on these concepts, then you have a good foundation for effective parenting techniques.
Praise your children often! If you ‘catch’ your child doing an appropriate behavior, tell him how proud you are. Children love positive words and praise. Hearing kind words will help your child to feel good about himself and will cause him to continue trying to do good things to receive more praise.
If you have children in your home and you have a fireplace, make sure to get a fireplace or hearth gate. Thousands of children are injured each year from fireplace accidents. These injuries could have easily been prevented if the parent had taken safety precautions and gated off the fireplace.
When your child goes to the doctor’s office, be sure to tell the nurse or doctor if your son or daughter is taking any kind of over-the-counter vitamin or mineral supplement. Even though these products do not require a prescription, they can interact with or decrease the absorption of prescription antibiotics or other medications.
If you are exhausted trying to care for your newborn at night, put her rash cream on her diaper, Just before you go to sleep in the evening. This will save you time during late-night feedings, because you will be able to put your baby’s diaper on without worrying about putting the paste on her bottom first.
Do not make your child a plate of food and then force them to eat everything that is on it. Encourage your child to take very small portions and finish them, then let them know that they can always have another portion if the first one wasn’t enough.
Listen to your kids! Even when they are infants their chattering can tell you much about how they are feeling. Whether they are an infant or a teen, however, what a child is saying or not saying is often a dead giveaway as to what might be wrong. All you have to do is listen closely and use your intuition.
Good parents have to work hard at what they do and knowing what to do, doesn’t always come naturally and situations involving children are always changing, as they go through important milestones and gain new skills. Strategies that work at one age many not work at another and education on effective parenting techniques is key.