Although parenting is arguable the most important job in the world, it is, ironically enough, one of the few jobs that comes with little to no required training. (Not to mention no pay!) Anyone, after all, can be a parent. Faced with such an important job, where can parents go to for guidance?
Make sure you listen to what your child has to say. Listening can be anything from listening to them babble as babies, listening to how their day at school went, or listening to their problems. Kids want to know that you care enough to listen to them. If you listen to them, they’re more apt to listen to you.
Hold your breast with your fingers underneath and holding your thumb on the top when breastfeeding. Use the hand you use the most to support the head and the other hand for holding your breast. Place the nipple near his nose and he will open wide to take it in. This will provide the best latch for success.
Do not spank your child, no matter what they may have done wrong. Spanking actually has a negative effect on your child. It could cause him or her to fear you and when they get older, they will think that hitting is okay. In the long run, spanking can cause a child to become violent.
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.
Don’t constantly compare your children to others, especially when they are very young. Each child develops at his own rate and many of the earliest milestones do not mean anything about the long term traits of your child. Just because Jimmy speaks faster does not mean that he will have a higher intelligence.
A great parenting tip is to show your all of your children the same amount of love and affection. If you play favoritism with your children, they will grow up to resent you, and they probably won’t get along with each other. You should love all your kids the same.
Get down to your child’s eye level. A child respects a parent who looks them in the eye when they are talking. A child appreciates a parent who will get down on the floor and play with them. If your child is always physically looking up to you then you’re missing something in your parenting style.
Take all parenting advice with a grain of salt. Everyone and their brother will try to offer you parenting advice. Some of it is great, and some not so good. Since every child is different, what works for another parent may or may not work for you. Listen to your instincts first and foremost and you’ll be a better parent for it.
Being a parent can be simultaneously the most rewarding and stressful job imaginable. The benefits of a job well done, so to speak, are indescribable, but the average parent struggles from time to time with fears and concerns about their parenting skills. We hope the suggestions presented in this article have been helpful to you – you are not alone!