Whether you are a first time parent or have welcomed an additional child into your family, parenting is a world filled with love, happiness and self doubt. Children, unfortunately, do not come with an instruction manual and it is quite normal to question your actions on a daily basis. Here are some handy hints to help make being a mother or father a little less confusing.
Make sure that your child is getting enough sleep each night. If they do not get enough sleep, they tend to lose focus throughout the day, which could prevent them from doing school work and other activities. Try not to let them eat or drink anything sugary for at least a few hours before bedtime.
Join a breastfeeding support and parenting group prior to giving birth to help you be comfortable in your breastfeeding. Women who join a group prior to giving birth are usually much more comfortable with breastfeeding than those who didn’t. The ability to learn and ask questions prior to having a crying baby in front of you is a lifesaver.
A great parenting tip is to never physically abuse your child. This severely damages your child, and if you’re caught, your child can be taken away from you. There are better ways to instruct and discipline your child, never resort to physical abuse.
TVs falling on children happens more than you would like to imagine it does. In the age of big screen TV’s, it is more important than ever to secure your television sets. The best place for a television is mounted to the wall, but if this is not an option, bolt it down to the entertainment center. Making sure your home is safe for your little ones is an essential part of parenting.
Make sure to give your twins time with you that they don’t have to share. All too often twins are thought of as one complete unit. They are separate people and they need time to discover who they are on their own. Make time each week to take one twin to the park or the store with you.
When you find yourself torn between spending time with your child and keeping the house immaculate, let the chores go to some extent. Your kids will remember fun times and making happy memories with you, but they will not remember that the kitchen wasn’t spotless or that you didn’t vacuum daily.
If your child is sick, especially with a fever or cough, it is crucial that you not send them to school. Not only does your child need to stay home and rest when they are sick, but sending them to school can increase the chances of your child spreading their illness to other kids.
In the years to come you will look back on your early days of parenthood and laugh at the mistakes and fears. In the interim each day with your child is a blessing and a joy. Cherish them and know that you are not alone in the concerns that you face but will always find support so that you do not have to face them alone.