There is no subject that people have more advice to give than on parenting. Every pregnant women on the street is subjected to a barrage of unasked for advice on everything from how to feed them, how to raise them, and how to punish them. While we don’t have all the answers, here are a few good tips to help you on your way.
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.
Show physical affection for your child. Human beings naturally crave touch. Whether it’s a hug or a kiss or just a simple pat on the head, touch can be a great way to connect with and show affection for your child. Touch is especially important when they’re sick or feeling sad, since it will comfort them.
If you want to encourage your child to study longer, don’t force them to sit at a desk for hours on end. Your child might feel more comfortable on a bean bag, or in the imaginary fort in their room. As long as the location is well lit, it can serve as a great study area. This just might motivate your child to study longer.
Being around your children a lot can be very stressful. Make sure you take time out for you. Plan a dinner date with a good friend, go for a long walk to go to the movies by yourself. That little time away will be enough for your to recharge and be the best parent you can be.
Do not let your children gang up on you. If you are a typical couple than once you reach three children they will already outnumber you and your spouse. One good technique to avoid this is to have confrontations with children one and one. This prevents the giggles from setting in and you are able to maintain your authority.
Avoid arguing with your spouse in front of your children or their friends. It is important that the two of you show a united front, even if everything is not pure bliss on the marriage front. This does not mean you must act like the perfect couple, just that you are united in cases regarding children.
Be consistent. Children function better when they know what is going to happen during the day, especially young children. A huge change in schedule or no schedule will give you very crabby children. They will feel like they are out of control, and they will show you that in their behavior.
Take what we’ve given you in this article and learn what works for you. There is no one right way to be a parent. Every child and every family is unique and what works for you may not work for your neighbor. Use these tips as a jumping off point for your own exploration.