Parenting can be a very rewarding experience, especially when you do the best job possible. You want your child to grow up to be successful and well-adjusted in their adulthood. This article is full of many tips to make parenting easier, less stressful and to raise the best child you can.
Try to make sure that you never force a child to eat. If it is mealtime and they simply refuse, accept that and offer up nutritious foods when they do become hungry. If a child is truly hungry, he will eat what you put in front of him.
All you need is a clear kitchen counter and a rolled-up towel. Put the towel on the counter and put your child on it so that his head is under the sink faucet. Then turn on the faucet to run water over his hair. For many toddlers, this method will take the fear out of having their heads dunked or water poured over them.
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.
While the advice of close friends and family can be very helpful, you don’t need to listen to the unsolicited tips from every aunt, cousin and coworker. Of course they may mean well, but at the end of the day the child is yours. The same goes for parenting tips from any other source, take them with a grain of salt.
A great parenting tip is to not spoil your child. If you give your child too much money or all the latest things, they’ll start attracting the wrong friends. Kids will start to use your child. You want your child’s friends to like him or her for their personality, not just for their money or cool stuff.
Children react better to positive reinforcement than negative reinforcement. Parents also often overlook when a child does something well but tend to get angry and hand out punishments when a child does something wrong. A much better environment would be where the parents praise and reward the child for doing something well. Children are much more eager to obtain rewards than they are to avoid punishment.
When trying to get your kids to eat their food while they are being stubborn, it is very important to try and make the process fun for them. They don’t yet understand the great tastes and necessities of eating, so the only thing you as a parent can rely on, is that they have fun!
As stated above, parenting can be very stressful and time-consuming, but when you do the best you can, the pride and sense of accomplishment you feel when you raise a well-adjusted and successful adult are well worth it. Follow the advice outlined above to make your job as a parent a little easier.