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.
What experts say is true– reading books to your child is very important. Children learn just about everything by reading, from colors and numbers, to shapes and letters. Experts believe that 30 minutes of book reading each night could have your child on the way to reading before they even reach kindergarten!
Make sure you have an appropriate first aid kit in your home. Children suffer a variety of different injuries and you want to make sure you are prepared for them. In your first aid kit, make sure to include, band aids, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, cotton swabs, bacitracin ointment, and calamine lotion.
Never feed your children soda in any form, whether regular or diet. Try giving them cold or warm milk, sugarless juice, and water so that they can get nutrients and vitamins.
A great parenting tip is to accompany your small children if they decide to go trick or treating. Young children definitely need a chaperone or parent with them when they go trick or treating because it can get hectic. You should be there for them to make sure they are safe at all times.
Make sure you have your child’s password for any social media sites so you can easily monitor on-line activities. Whether you ever log on to their account or not, knowing you can encourages your child to be more responsible with the information or photographs shared and their interactions with others.
Take good care of your relationship with your spouse. If you and your partner are on the same page and communicating well with each other, your children will grow up in a positive environment. In addition, your children need to understand that there are times they can’t be your sole focus.
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!
A great way to foster sound eating practices is to take junk food items out of the home. If candy, chips and cookies are not readily available, your child will probably not ask for them as often. Try reserving these special treats for events like Halloween and Christmas.
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.