Parenting can be trying on a good day and completely overwhelming on a bad day. Having the know how to deal with struggles, both big and small, can make all the difference in the world. This guide offers some good, solid advice and tips, that go a long way towards settling the waters at home.
Time outs can be an effective form of discipline for your children. Time outs give the child an opportunity to think about what they have done. They also give everyone a little “cooling off” period before problems can escalate. Give your child one minute of time out for every year old they are.
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.
Be sure to take time for yourself and away from your kids. A trusted family member or friend could watch your kids so that you could get a break for a couple of hours. Parents that do not get personal or adult time away from children have higher levels of stress that magnify throughout the home.
Learn the signs of a baby on a nursing strike. Many parents experience a nursing strike and take that to mean that the baby is ready to wean. Actually babies go through periods where they are just less interested in breastfeeding in general. Babies do this generally when they are going through large developmental leaps. Just keep offering and they will come back to normal feeding rhythms.
Although most medication labeling states dosages according to age in years, you should consult your pediatrician if your child falls within those age ranges but is significantly heavier or lighter than other kids his or her age. Children metabolize certain medications much differently than adults, and dosing based on weight is more likely to deliver a therapeutic amount of the active ingredient.
As you buckle your child into his or her car seat, you should check to ensure that the shoulder straps are snug – not tight enough to cause red marks or indentations, but not loose enough that the child could wiggle out of the harness. To check whether or not the shoulder restraints are too loose or tight, try to pinch the straps together above the buckle. You should not be able to pinch them together.
If your toddler is having a tantrum, one of the most effective ways to get them to calm down is to minimize other noise and activity. Do not try to pick up your child; use a little table or chair and a blanket to make a small tent that he can go under. Give him a familiar object and let him relax.
Though parenting presents both big and small struggles along the way, in the end, it is the most rewarding and wonderful job in the world. Use the tips and tricks outlined in this article to help you handle the stresses, so you can relax and enjoy those small moments with the kids.