Becoming a parent can be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do, but it won’t be free of frustrations, anxieties and fears. Children don’t come with instruction manuals, and every parent worries about making irrevocable mistakes. Fortunately, there’s a lot of great advice out there for nearly every parenting situation you may face.
You can have your child lay face up on the counter with their head over the sink and a towel under their neck and let them have a small towel for their face and eyes. If your child is afraid of having their head underwater, or does not like water poured directly on their head, this will making washing their hair much less stressful for everyone.
Need a break from parenting but can’t afford a babysitter? Give a play date a try. A well set up play date will give your child some extra socialization and stimulation. In addition, you’ll get to enjoy some adult time with the other parents who are present.
Eat dinner with your family as often as you can. Eating dinner with your children encourages healthy eating habits. It also allows you a chance to re-connect as a family, to discuss what went on during the day. When you eat together as a family, you know where your children are and what they’re doing in the evenings, which makes it easier to curtail or control destructive behaviors.
Instead of buying a baby bath tub, just use the kitchen sink. The kitchen sink is the perfect size and depth to bathe your young child in. It’s also a great height so you won’t end up with a sore back after bath time. When your child outgrows the kitchen sink, they’ll likely be ready to move on to the regular bath tub.
When you are flying with a car seat, request a seat-belt extender from your airline. This item will make the belt longer and allow you easier access to the buckle when it is time to get off the plane. Many parents have trouble getting their car seat off the plane because the airplane’s belt gets caught in the car seat. An extender will eliminate the problem.
Using win/win negotiating strategies to help resolve the every day disputes that often arise between siblings can go a long way to help reduce fighting. When children quarrel, focus on trying to help them see that there is a solution that will get everyone’s needs met. Ask for their suggestions first and then offer more of your own.
If you cannot seem to get your child to take his medicine when he is sick, try adding the medicine to a spoonful of chocolate syrup. It will be like they are eating a bit of candy instead of the medicine that will make them feel better. Everyone will feel better.
One nice thing about being a parent is that you’re never alone. There’s always someone out there who has already dealt with the same issues you are struggling with. Don’t be afraid to listen to other parents and take their advice. Remember the tips you’ve learned and you’ll be able to better focus on the joys of watching your children grow.